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Aug. 29 is "College Colors Day" – wear your Crimson & Gold with pride!

(Aug. 26, 2014) National "College Colors Day" is this Friday, Aug. 29. Show your DU spirit and wear Crimson & Gold!

Take the faculty and staff communications survey

(Aug. 26, 2014) Last week, we sent you a survey to provide your feedback on University communications. If you haven't yet taken the survey, please take a few minutes to provide your input. Please select the link according to your DU affiliation:

Registration is open for Homecoming & Family Weekend

Thursday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 2
(Aug. 26, 2014) Celebrate the culmination of our sesquicentennial year with an all-class reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th anniversary of the Athletics Hall of Fame, PioneerFest, campus tours and other special events. Learn more and register today!

Operator Assistant launches Sept. 2

(Aug. 26, 2014) Beginning Sept. 2, University Technology Services will begin using Operator Assistant, an automation of the Web-based directory we all use today. Initial rollout is to on-campus callers only; please help us test the system. Rather than utilizing the online directory, please dial zero from your on-campus telephone to be directed to Operator Assistant, where you will simply speak the name of the person or department you wish to reach. If you have a difficult to pronounce name, please call the system (you can reach it directly right now by dialing extension 17400) and search for yourself. The Operator Assistant will repeat the name before connecting the call; if you find that its pronunciation is incorrect, please contact Karen Ornelas at extension 14567 or and we'll have your name properly recorded.

Canvas workshops

(Aug. 26, 2014) Canvas is the University of Denver's new Learning Management System, which will replace Blackboard over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. Canvas is currently available to all DU instructors who have classes listed on the course schedule. The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering a number of Canvas workshops over the coming weeks:

  • Canvas basics
  • Turn your Blackboard class into a Canvas class
  • Assignments and grading in Canvas

See the schedule and register online.

Academic and Administrative Units

Enrollment staff participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

(Aug. 26, 2014) The University of Oregon nominated DU to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and our entire enrollment staff stepped up to the task.

View their video.

Back-to-school special at the Book Stack – half-price books!

Sept. 2-6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, first floor
(Aug. 26, 2014) The Book Stack, our on-campus used book store benefiting DU libraries, is having a back-to-school sale Sept. 2-6! The Book Stack is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and is located in the south end of the first floor of Mary Reed. The Book Stack is run by volunteers, many of whom are DU alumni, parents or retired faculty and staff. The Book Stack also accepts donations of used books.

Representatives available to register your students to vote

(Aug. 26, 2014) The University's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning has arranged for representatives from New Era Colorado, a local nonpartisan civic engagement organization, to be available to register your students to vote and share nonpartisan voting information (e.g., mail-in ballots, forms of identification acceptable for voting) for 5-10 minutes during your class. Representatives arrive 10 minutes before class to register early arrivals and wrap up quickly after checking students' voter registration forms for completeness. Please contact Keara Fenzel,, Denver lead organizer with New Era Colorado, to schedule a voter registration presentation during your class. Please contact the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning at for any further voter registration questions.

Web update reminder notice

(Aug. 26, 2014) This is a reminder to go through your Web content and update any misspellings and broken links before students arrive. Regardless of whether you find errors, all users must re-publish each page of your entire site to ensure the pages are up-to-date on the Web server. For more information or assistance, please submit a support request to the Marketing & Communications Digital Team.


Register today for the Second Annual Crimson Classic!

Crimson Classic: Sept. 12, 4 p.m. – Register now!
(Aug. 26, 2014) Join your fellow DU faculty, staff, students and alumni for the second annual Crimson Classic 5K run and 1.5-mile walk on DU's beautiful campus. New this year, all participants will receive a Sport-Tek Crimson Classic T-shirt and timing chip! Focus on fun and achieving your personal best time! All participants who complete the race will be entered into a raffle to win a Fitbit activity tracker. Continue celebrating the spirit of fall and fun at the Sesquicentennial Fall Festivus, featuring food trucks, live music and more, immediately following the Crimson Classic.

Crimson Classic training – Run and walk groups

Wednesdays through Sept. 10, 4:45-5:45 p.m. – meet at Carnegie Green
Please register for each session you plan to attend
Join Provost Kvistad and Human Resources Director Amy King for Wellness Wednesday training. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome and will be led by trainers from the Coors Fitness Center. Can't make the training runs? No problem! Check out these training webinars and create your own plan.

Bike to Work Wednesdays – This week's breakfast sponsored by Admission and Financial Aid

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 8-9 a.m. – Carnegie Green
(Aug. 26, 2014) Bike to work (or use an alternative method of sustainable transportation) and enjoy a light breakfast and coffee. This week's breakfast is sponsored by well@du and the Center for Sustainability. If your department is interested in sponsoring a breakfast please contact

Eat well@du: Healthy recipe of the week

(Aug. 26, 2014) Check out this month's Farmers Market on Aug. 28 and try this fresh Corn Salsa recipe.


Farmers Market

Thursday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Driscoll Green
(Aug. 26, 2014) Vendors this month include Leffler family farms, GrowHaus, Aikopops, Cakewalk Bakery, Fat Green Bowl and Barbed Wire Reef. As always, BYOB (bring your own bag)!

Zero Waste Hockey Games

(Aug. 26, 2014) Last year over 450 volunteers helped us divert 68 percent of all trash at hockey games from the landfill to recycling and compost. Volunteer this year! As a Zero Waste Goalie, you will help educate fans on proper disposal of waste. Perks include a T-shirt, food voucher and a chance to watch the game. Convince 30 people from your unit to volunteer and you will be recognized on the scoreboard! For more information or to sign up, contact Kaela Martins, Student Zero Waste Manager, at

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