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Jan. 20, 2015

Universitywide News

Be a B.O.S.S.

All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. Check out how these student leaders believe, support and listen to their friends. 


20th Annual University of Denver Women’s Conference: call for proposals

It is time to submit your proposal to present at DU’s annual Women’s Conference on March 27, 2015. We look forward to continuing our 20-year tradition calling together students, staff, faculty women and allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity. This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring the Power of Possibility.”


DU’s Second Annual Internationalization Summit: Call for proposals

All members of the DU community are encouraged to submit proposals and participate in the second annual DU Summit on Internationalization in higher education on April 10. The summit aims to highlight, celebrate, challenge and discuss the various ways in which DU faculty, staff and students connect with and participate in the global community. Priority deadline for all submissions is Feb. 20.


Academic and Administrative Units

SafeTalk – an open forum with Campus Safety

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

In the fall, the Department of Campus Safety conducted a campuswide survey of students, faculty and staff to solicit feedback regarding service levels, perceptions and training programs that Campus Safety provides. To continue this dialogue, Campus Safety has scheduled a series of open forums to continue to receive feedback and educate the DU Community regarding issues surrounding Campus Safety. You may see the survey results here. We take your feedback seriously; the results of this survey have highlighted our strengths and our weaknesses.


DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics seeking participants for two studies involving knee ligament injury

Participation in either study involves a one-to-two-hour session at the DU Human Dynamics Lab (located within the Ritchie Center), where you will perform activities of daily living and/or muscle strength tests.


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University College Enrichment Program offers DU faculty and staff 20 percent discount

The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non−credit short courses, lectures and seminars. Explore a wide range of subjects – from history and contemporary issues to science, literature and the arts—without the pressure of exams, grades or admission requirements. To claim your discount, enter code EPZONEW15. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

Learn more and register

People News

Retirement Party for Sergeant Stephen Banet

Friday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

Sergeant Stephen (“Steve”) Banet has faithfully served the DU community for 13 years as our crime prevention specialist. We would like to invite the entire community to attend a retirement party for Sergeant Banet on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Ritchie Center Gottesfeld Room. 

Dean Hill receives TIME Teddy Award for memoir

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, received a TIME Teddy Award for him memoir, Outpost, published in 2014. The Teddy Awards, named after Theodore Roosevelt, recognize political courage.


Joseph Labrecque joins Art Heroes Advisory Council

Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer, has been invited to serve on the Art Heroes Advisory Council for the Art Heroes creative collective. Art Heroes is an alliance of digital media instructors and students.


Nominate a colleague for the Robin Morgan Outstanding Staff Woman Award

The Robin Morgan Outstanding Staff Woman Award is presented annually by DU’s Women’s Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND) to a staff woman who goes beyond her job responsibilities to advocate for women in the DU community. Learn more about the award, and nominate a colleague no later than Feb. 13.

Correction: Robert Whitman elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Robert Whitman, senior lecturer in electrical and computer engineering at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. AAAS Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.


HR News

New performance management system and goal setting

Based on employee feedback, Human Resources is implementing a new performance management system – SilkRoad Performance – for the current performance year. Stay tuned to your DU Digest and your HR liaison for more details and training tools as HR puts the finishing touches on the system. In the meantime, whether you are a manager or an employee, start thinking about and discussing what you and/or your team should be accomplishing this year so you are ready to record goals when the system is live. The goal section of SilkRoad Performance is modeled on an outcomes-based approach to performance management. A desire for this approach was raised by members of the DU community and has been strongly endorsed by senior leadership.


DU employee discount of the week: Le Creuset Premium Cookware – Cherry Creek

Show your DU ID at Le Creuset signature store at Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North and save 20 percent off Le Creuset branded cookware, bake ware, kitchen tools and more. Offer is valid on regular price items only and select new items may be excluded. This discount cannot be transferred or combined with any other offers, and is not valid towards gift certificates. See all DU employee discount offers

Careers at DU

View the most recently posted positions at the University of Denver; you can view these and all posted positions in the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.


DU selected as finalist for the 2015 Healthiest Employer Award

The University has been named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award. The DBJ selected metro-area employers with a focus on employee worksite wellness. Finalists were selected on key considerations such as a tobacco-free workplace, health screenings and assessments, and health education and initiatives.


Passport is back – Register by Jan. 30

Are your New Year’s resolutions wavering or does the cold weather have you bundling up inside? Join your colleagues on our next Passport journey to some warm weather destinations. Enjoy the support and accountability of a Travel Companion as you help each other with wellness goals. Check out the details of this four-week journey that will begin on Feb. 2. Register now and select your Travel Companion by Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 p.m. MST (if you have not selected a companion by this time, one will be chosen for you. Sorry, no exceptions can be made). Even if you have already gone on a Passport journey you will need to re-register for this trip. 

Weigh & Win kiosk relocated to Driscoll Underground

The Weigh & Win kiosk formally located on the Driscoll Student Center Bridge has been relocated to the Driscoll Underground, Driscoll Student Center – North, lower level.  If you need assistance locating the kiosk please inquire at the Driscoll Information Desk.

Learn more about the Weigh & Win program

Faculty and staff Yoga classes

Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Coors Fitness Center, Studio C

Tuesdays: Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga with Blake

Wednesdays:  Beginner Iyengar Yoga with Jessica

well@du yoga classes are open to DU faculty and staff at no cost. Registration is not necessary, but please arrive a few minutes early for your first class to complete some brief paperwork. 


Feedback for Enhancing Sustainability Strategic Initiatives task force

The Enhancing Sustainability Task Force, as a part of the Engaging Community: A Strategic Implementation Initiative planning efforts, was tasked with implementing ideas recommended through the 2014 Sustainability Plan. The task force has prepared draft recommendations inclusive of many areas of campus, reflecting the broad scope of sustainability. The task force requests your review and feedback through the survey found at this link as we finalize these recommendations.

Healthy, local and organic food now delivered to campus

Sign up for a food box from the GrowHaus to receive a delivery of a mix of organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, bread (or gluten-free tortillas). These boxes are typically cheaper than the supermarket and they support food justice efforts in north Denver. Order by Thursday for Monday deliveries available for pickup from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Sustainability, JMAC 142.  Email with any questions.

Bike Mechanics classes

Members of the DU community have the opportunity to learn bike mechanic skills through classes offered by the Bike Depot in the Nagel basement bike shop. Sign up for classes to feel safer about riding and save yourself the cost of tuneups!

  • Mechanics 101 ($10): Jan. 15 and Feb. 12
  • Mechanics 201 ($20): Jan. 22 and Feb. 19
  • Six-week Master Mechanics Class ($200): Jan. 21-Feb. 25  

Colorado Aquaponics

Thursday, Jan. 22, 4-5 p.m. – CCESL suite 18, Driscoll South

Join the Center for Community Engagement and Service learning to learn more about Colorado Aquaponics in conversation with Tawnya Sawer. Colorado Aquaponics combines the practice of aquaculture with hydroponics to create an integrated and balanced system that allows for sustainable community-based local food production.


Inclusive Excellence

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence: Estlow Center Luncheon

Friday, Jan. 23, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – online

Registration is now closed for the Diversity Summit; if you were unable to register, you can catch the Friday keynote featuring Michelle D. Barnard via live stream. Bernard is the chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and other television networks. Bernard is a regular political analyst with Hardball, Up, and The Daily Run Down. 



Winter quarter library workshops

The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many different instructional workshops, guides and tutorials to help the DU community learn about library research. See the full schedule and register here. Upcoming courses:

  • Three Googles: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5-6 p.m. (online)
  • Manage your research with RefWorks: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6-7 p.m. (online)
  • Citations: Chicago Turabian, APA, MLA: Thursday, Jan. 22, noon-1 p.m.
  • Business Research Tools: Thursday, Jan. 22, 6-7 p.m. (online)
  • Citations: Chicago Turabian, APA, MLA: Tuesday, Jan. 27, noon-1 p.m.

Software training workshops

If you or your co-workers are looking for new information or if you are interested in a refresher, please check out the software training calendar and register online. Upcoming sessions:

  • OU Campus Web editor training: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Banner journal entry training: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Banner student overview training: Thursday, Jan. 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Are they really learning? Methods for gathering formative feedback to improve teaching

Monday, Jan. 26, 3-4:30 p.m.

Our tests, papers and assignments allow us to see how well students have learned. But there are ways to find out more about what they are learning along the way.


Volunteer opportunities

English Language Center Conversation Hour

This program connects native English speakers from the University of Denver with international students who are learning English at DU’s English Language Center. International students can practice their English and everyone will have the opportunity to learn more about other cultures. Conversation Partners would meet with students every other Mondays and Thursdays from 2-2:50 p.m. Classes are located in Towers and Halls. Please contact Linda Le at to sign up.

Global Friends program

The Global Friends program is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff to promote cross-cultural friendship on the University of Denver campus. This is a great way to explore the place that we like to call home, and to share Denver with an international student. More

Call for donations for the Second Annual Professional Attire Fair

The Professional Attire Fair is sponsored by the Career Center and the Center for Multicultural Excellence to make business clothing items more accessible to our students. If you have any pieces of professional attire (male or female, any size) that you are not using, please pass them on! Donations can be dropped at the front desk of the Career Center (located beneath the bookstore in the Driscoll Student Center).

Featured Events

Faculty Triennial exhibit

Through Feb. 22 – Vicki Myhren Gallery

The Vicki Myhren Gallery presents a sampling of work by faculty of the School of Art & Art History. The Faculty Triennial shows off the wide range and extraordinary quality of work by both regular and adjunct faculty. Exhibiting artists include: Lawrence Argent, Catherine Chavuin, Lea Ertz, Rafael Fajardo, Sarah Gjertson, Deborah Howard, Jeffrey Keith, Stephanie Lindsey, Roddy MacInnes, Evan Mann, Suchitra Mattai, Tom Mazzullo, Conor McGarrigle, Laleh Mehran, Mia Mulvey, Alfredo Ortiz, Naomi Scheck, Derrick Velasquez, Chinn Wang, Timothy Weaver and Edie Winograde.

I AM (NOT): Stories of Stigma exhibit

Through March 13 – Driscoll Center gallery

Drawing from surveys of over 150 individuals experiencing stigma, this exhibit visually showcases the narratives of 25 people. Each visual narrative includes two stories, as well as a metaphor representing their stigma and a tagline that captured it. The first story presented is their experience of stigma and the second one captures an event that brought the storyteller great pride.

Strategic Issues Panel on Legislative Accountability

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m.-noon – Anderson Academic Commons

DU’s Strategic Issues Program is hosting two roundtable discussions: one with six former Colorado legislators (8-10 a.m.) and another with three former governors (10 a.m.-noon). RSVP required. Learn more about the 2015 Strategic Issues Panel.

English Department and Creative Writing Program present: Faculty and alumni reading

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 451

This event features readings from Laird Hunt, associate professor of English, and alumna Sara Veglahn.


Pioneers for People coat drive

Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2015

The Staff Advisory Council is hosting the sixth annual “Pioneers for People” coat drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. We will be collecting new and used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather items. In addition to providing collection boxes across campus throughout the two-week drive, we’ll also be hosting a one-day collection event on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Anderson Academic Commons.


Winter blood drive

Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus for the winter blood drive. You can reserve an appointment time by contacting Bonfils at 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines

Jackson/Ho China Forum Lecture - "China's Grand Strategy: the Known and Unknown”

Tuesday, Jan. 27, noon – SIE room 150

The Center for China-U.S. Cooperation continues their Jackson/Ho China Forum series with a lecture titled "China's Grand Strategy: the Known and Unknown" presented by Dr. Michael Pillsbury, Pentagon consultant and director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.


DU Winter Research/Scholarship Resources Fair

Thursday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons

The Research/Scholarship Fair is a one-day mini conference with two primary foci: increasing your chances of securing funding by leveraging the expertise of professional grant writers, and learning about the array of research resources available to the DU community.


Graduate Research and Performance Summit: Building Bridges Across the Disciplines

Friday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Driscoll Center

The second annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit on cross-disciplinary research aspires to examine the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of graduate student research and professional work. The day will consist of poster sessions and panel presentations. 


Policy and Practice: Trends and Challenges Impacting Gifted Learners

Thursday, Feb. 5, 4:30-7 p.m. – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall

Featured panelists include Chester E. Finn, Jr. – distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Rena F. Subotnik – director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association. Please RSVP for this freeevent.

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education’s 2015 conference – Weaving Together Innovative Thinking and Design: The Future of Differentiation

Friday, Feb. 6 – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Bertie Kingore as well as the 2015 Institute Palmarium Award winner as a lunchtime keynote. Presenters from across the country will be in attendance with sessions geared toward a variety of audiences.


Winter Carnival

Feb. 6-8 – Keystone Resort

Celebrating the 54-year history of the Winter Carnival – an annual student event – we invite alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to join students for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other high-country fun at Keystone Resort.


Coping with Change in Higher Education: The Growing Strategic Role of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Monday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall

Join us for a lecture by Professor Barbara Holland, PhD, senior scholar with the Center for Service Learning at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; opening remarks by Chancellor Chopp. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Graduate School of Social Work and Morgridge College of Education. Please register.

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