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DU Digest

Feb. 9, 2016

Universitywide News

DU faculty in the news

In this week's highlight of faculty in the news, we feature Rebecca Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court justice and the executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at DU, DU Political Science Professor Peter Hanson, and Mark Aoyagi, director of Sport and Performance Psychology and associate professor in the Graduate School of Psychology. More

you're invited to Du's newest tradition: the global reveal

Friday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m.—Magness Arena, Ritchie Center
For 10 years, the University of Denver has been recognized as one of the top study abroad programs in the country, sending thousands of students around the world. To celebrate our pioneering community, we are inviting DU faculty and staff to participate in our newest tradition-the Global Reveal. Whether it means reminiscing about French baguettes, crowded Beijing subways, or elephants wandering through camp, get ready to share your favorite abroad stories and be there as DU students find out where they are headed! Enjoy international food, music and fun! We'll also be revealing the winners of our study abroad photo and blog contests. Let's celebrate our students' excitement; please RSVP.

daniels college of business receives $2 million gift for endowed chair

The Anna and John J. Sie Foundation has provided a $2 million gift to establish the Ron Rizzuto Chair for Excellence in International Executive Education. The endowment recognizes Rizzuto's 40 years of outstanding teaching and research, and his ongoing work with the Chinese Executive Media Management Program (CEMMP). The work of the Rizzuto Chair will enhance Daniels' growing international reputation and visibility. Learn more

SAC coat drive-Happening now!

The Staff Advisory Council is hosting their annual coat drive Feb. 1-15. There will be drop-off locations around campus accepting ALL winter items (not just coats) including gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, kid’s winter weather coats and accessories, etc. So start rummaging through your winter items for our friends at Denver Rescue Mission! If you are interested in helping SAC with this drive by posting fliers or checking drop-off boxes in your area, please email Tamra Carlson at

Academic and Administrative Units

reminder: 2nd annual teaching & learning week is this week!

The theme this year is "Teaching for Impact: Conversations about Learning." This week, we're inviting faculty, staff and students to share an experience that had a positive or memorable impact on learning–either in a course you've taken, or an example from a course that you've taught. You can post your story (and read others' responses) on our Teaching and Learning Week Padlet. We also encourage you to share this link with your students and ask them to add their responses as well. (Posts to the page are anonymous, and no log in is required.) Visit the Teaching and Learning Week 2016 website for a full list of events.

Do you have creative students who want to win $500?

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, a newly formed interdisciplinary institute at DU, is inviting our students to design its logo. Guidelines are: Logo should reflect the institute’s vision: Quality in Life, Wellness and Community of older adults; design requirements: minimum print size 1.5 inches|online 100 pixels. Logo may be used for events, signage and social media. The winner receives a $500 prize and an opportunity for global industry recognition. Runners up receive prizes as well. Submission deadline: March 1, 2016. Students should submit their logo to: Share this announcement with your students!

SAAM Summit April 7-8: Save the date and submit a proposal

Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. The second annual SAAM Summit will be "Beyond The Single Story: Strengthening our Understanding of Gender, Sexuality, and Violence," with the goal to deepen and complicate the narratives around the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and gender-based violence. Our keynote for the summit is Andrea Gibson, who will perform on the evening of April 7, followed by a day of workshops on April 8. Please save the date and consider submitting a proposal for a workshop through this link by Feb. 19

People News

martin katz named among most influential people in legal education

For the third year in a row, Dean Martin J. Katz, Sturm College of Law, is named among the top 10 most influential people in legal education by National Jurist magazine. Read more on SCOL's website.

bill lobb retirement celebration

Friday, Feb. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.–Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
William (Bill) Lobb will be retiring from the University of Denver Feb. 15, 2016. Bill has served the University in a number of positions for over 30 years. He joined the DU community as an accounting technician prior to working in the Controller's Office as manager of financial reporting. He will finish his time at DU in Human Resources where he has served as senior financial budget officer. Please join us to acknowledge and celebrate Bill's 30 years as a DU Pioneer. Please RSVP to

HR News

Quick questions with Jean McAllister, Title IX coordinator, part one

We're continuing our series in getting to know Human Resources. In case you missed it, we already spoke with Amy King about the new HR strategic plan, Ken Pinnock about people development and Lloyd Moore about benefits. Next, we dive into Title IX with Jean McAllister. Read part one

annual legal and trends update

Upcoming sessions on Feb. 22, 23 and March 2
The newly "rebooted" Annual Legal and Trends Update will provide faculty and staff members that manage people, programs and/or budgets with important information regarding pertinent changes to employment laws, University policies or practices and trends impacting the work we do. It is important that managers and supervisors at the University understand and are able to apply knowledge of workplace legal issues, regulatory compliance requirements and other policies and procedures. Register through the Employee Tab on PioneerWeb by selecting Workplace Law and Policy under the Training header. Email Molly Rossi, ( Employee Relations consultant, with questions. More

Professional development week, Feb. 15-19

The purpose of Professional Development Week is:

  • To provide professional and personal development training for faculty and staff
  • To highlight all the amazing professional development programs and resources on campus, and
  • To roll out our new campuswide professional development program, The Colorado 14ers

The week features nationally renowned inspirational speakers every afternoon (3:30-4:30 p.m.) from Monday to Thursday, culminating with a closing luncheon on Friday featuring Ed Tate, the World Champion of Public Speaking as our keynote. Please note that you may be put on a wait list as many of these sessions are completely full. See the full lineup and register now.

more professional development week (no rsvp required)

During Professional Development Week, we will also be highlighting the professional development efforts from groups and departments on campus during a Bagel-for-Breakfast Series. Bring a friend and stop by Monday Feb. 15 through Thursday Feb. 18 from 8–9 a.m.:

• Monday, Feb. 15--People Development team in HR and the Staff Advisory Council—AAC Special Events Room
• Tuesday, Feb. 16—Daniels Executive Education and the Center for Professional Development—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
• Wednesday, Feb. 17—Campus Safety—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
• Thursday, Feb. 18—Center for Multicultural Excellence and Campus Life—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room

invite us to your next staff meeting

We would love to come to one of your staff/departmental meetings to share all the amazing professional development opportunities that are available to all staff and faculty on the DU campus. Contact Greg Giesen of the People Development team to schedule something. Whether it's, Professional Development Week, the Colorado 14ers People Development Program or any of our consulting services, we have a lot to share with your group. Get more programs and services information.


Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m.—Mary Reed, DuPont Room
On our next Fridays@Noon, Ken Pinnock and Greg Giesen will be talking about all the events and speakers for the upcoming Professional Development Week and introduce you to the Colorado 14ers People Development Program at DU, one of the most comprehensive professional development programs on college campuses. Visit the Fridays@Noon page to watch past shows, including our recent show on


Check out all the open positions at the University via the Employee tab of PioneerWeb (select "DU Career Opportunities" under the Performance and Career Development section on the left side).


february finance seminar: couples and money

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.—Joy Burns Center, room 231
Compatibility means a lot more than liking the same movies or flavor of ice cream. It also means being able to successfully talk about and manage your finances. Whether you're walking down the aisle or celebrating your silver wedding anniversary, this workshop follows your Valentine celebrations to keep your love, and your money matters, in harmony all year. Featured presenters: Terrie Martinez, investment advisor representative; Chris and Marlow Felton, authors of Couples Money: What Every Couple Should Know About Money and Relationships. Bring your spouse/partner.

Benefits educational session: Understanding your HSA and high deductible health plan

Friday, Feb. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 100
Come join our Wells Fargo and Kaiser representatives for an informational session to learn how to make the most of your health savings account (to include investments and financial planning) and how it functions with the high deductible health plan. This will be beneficial for employees who are enrolled in the high deductible health plan (CDHP w/HSA) or any benefited employee who is considering a health care plan change during open enrollment. Receive 100 well@du Wellmetrics points for attending.


Nutrition classes

Going Gluten-Free, Wednesday Feb. 10, noon–1 p.m.–University Hall, room 306
Learn the what, why and how of a gluten-free lifestyle. This class includes tips for navigating a gluten-free diet every day. Class will be led by a Kaiser Permanente RD. Feel free to bring your lunch! Healthy gluten-free snacks will be provided. Register via PioneerWeb

Healing Foods, Wednesday March 9, noon–1 p.m.–University Hall, room 306
Let's explore the connection between food, disease, illness, and inflammation. Walk away with simple and easy ways to incorporate healing foods into your everyday life. Class will be led by a Kaiser Permanente RD. Feel free to bring your lunch! Healthy snacks will be provided. Register via PioneerWeb

Mindfulness: Boost Your Zen is back – Eight-week program

Thursdays, now-March 10, noon-12:45 p.m. – University Hall, room 306

How do you bring a sense of calm, relaxation and focus to the rush of daily life? In this eight-week course, you'll learn a practical approach to staying calm, being focused and handling stress. You'll love this course if you've wanted to know more about meditation and mindfulness but weren't sure how they could help you in real life. Each class is a blend of practical, down-to-earth exercises in mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction. You’ll decompress, you’ll laugh, you’ll feel like you took a vacation at lunchtime. Both past and new participants are welcome! Please register via PioneerWeb.

Winter yoga classes–starting this week

Tuesdays, Feb. 2-April 26, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.–Driscoll Student Center

Wednesdays, Feb. 3-April 27, 11:30 a.m –12:15 p.m.–Driscoll Student Center

Join Stephanie on Tuesdays for Vinyasa and Jessica on Wednesdays for Iyengar. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; a limited number of mats will be provided.

New fitness class comes to DU: REFIT® kick-off event

Thursday, Feb. 18, 4-5 p.m.–campus location TBA
REFIT® is a group fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. The community-centered approach of REFIT focuses on building relationships through the shared experience of fitness, creating a safe space that encourages participants of all shapes and sizes to work out. REFIT combines several elements of fitness into one power-packed hour. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. Please reserve your space for the kick-off event by registering via PioneerWeb. Classes will continue on Thursdays after the kick-off event. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend!

Interested in becoming a well@du Wellness Champion?

Are you passionate about wellness and want to support the wellness community at DU? If you are interested in serving as a liaison between well@du and your department, learn more about the Wellness Champion Program and complete an application by Feb. 29.

Inclusive Excellence

Black History Month events

The following events will occur during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. The theme is Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.

Black Actors Guild performance
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.—Lindsay Auditorium

Spokentainment: SlamNuba
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.-Craig Hall

Straight Outta Compton film collaboration with DUPB
Thursday, Feb. 25—Davis Auditorium

21st annual DU Women’s Conference: keynote speaker and Call for proposals

The 21st annual DU Women's Conference on Friday, April 1 will feature Lauren Casteel, president and CEO of the Women's Foundation of Colorado as the luncheon keynote speaker. There's still time to submit workshop proposals, supporting the theme for this year's conference: "Not Just a Women's Conference: Issues that Affect Women Impact Everyone." Submit proposals by the Feb. 19 deadline. Learn more about the conference. Registration for the conference is now open.

Internationalization summit: call for proposals

The third annual Internationalization Summit is April 15. All members of the DU community are encouraged to submit research-oriented presentations and proposals from diverse philosophies and perspectives including theoretical, dialogic, collaborative, practical/applied, experiential and action-oriented. The submission deadline is Feb. 22. Visit our website to complete the application and to learn more about the summit.


Queer & ally (q&a) training

Queer & Ally (Q&A) training (level 1 and 2) provides knowledge, awareness and skills regarding LGBTIQ&A communities at DU and beyond. Please register for an upcoming session:

Level 1
Monday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26, noon-2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 2-4 p.m.

Level 2
Friday, Feb. 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 182

All sessions will be held at the Center for Multicultural Excellence conference room, 1981 S. University Blvd., unless otherwise noted.

developing and revising student learning outcomes

Thursday, Feb. 18, 9-10:30 a.m.—AAC 345 (OTL conference room)
This workshop focuses on developing or revising student learning outcomes (SLOs) at the program level. In addition to discussing the elements of effective outcomes, the workshop covers strategies for faculty discussion about program outcomes. Register

canvas basics workshop for new faculty users

Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.—noon
This workshop is an introduction to Canvas, the University's online Learning Management System. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A and an open lab session for you to start building your Canvas courses. Facilitated by: Benjamin Johnson and Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning. Register

using student portfolios for assessment

Friday, Feb. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.—AAC 345 (OTL conference room)
This workshop explores student portfolios as a tool for assessment. In addition to a general discussion of portfolios in assessment, the workshop will include an overview of the updated DU Portfolio system and examine ways to leverage this software for program assessment. Register

associate provost for research 2015-2016 webinar series

The following is a list of the upcoming webinars and seminars designed to facilitate research and scholarship:

• Developing Strategic Partnerships for Successful Proposals-Thursday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m.-contact for weblink and call-in number a couple weeks prior to the event
• Budgets and Budget Justification-Thursday, March 17, 1 p.m.-contact Corinne.Lengsfeld@du.edufor weblink and call-in number a couple weeks prior to the event
• Foundation Relations-Thursday, March 31, 1-2 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 152
• High Performance Computing Usage and Resources at DU-Thursday, April 14, 1-2 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 152
• Information Visualization: Disseminating Your Research Message-May 12, 1-2 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 152

Featured Events

brain rounds

Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon-1 p.m.—Morgridge College of Education, Ruffatto Commons (main floor)
The Center for Professional Development invites you to the next in a series of free monthly lectures in translational science taught by thought leaders in neurology, psychology, biology, neuroscience and more! Our February Brain Rounds features Lotta Granholm, founding executive director of DU's Knoebel Institute for Health Aging, lecturing on emerging treatment strategies for Down syndrome. No registration required; attendees wanting continuing education credit can receive 1.0 CE for $30 (payable onsite). Plus, the best food truck in Colorado, Farm to Truck, will be onsite for lunch!

Valentine's day lunch

Sunday Feb. 14, 11 a.m.—Driscoll Ballroom
You are invited to join Parent & Family Relations for a special Valentine's Day treat. We are designing beautiful desserts and a plated meal of pasta tossed with basil, lemon, olive oil and vegetables topped with grilled salmon. If you have dietary preferences, email after you have registered. The cost of this event is $30. Please RSVP

Lunchtime seminar: Environment and Consultation in the Brazilian Democratic Developmental State

Monday, Feb. 15, noon—Ben Cherrington Hall, room 301
The Korbel Latin America Center presents Dr. Kathryn Hochstetler, CIGI Chair of Governance in the Americas in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor or Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Hochstetler has published widely on topics such as civil society and social movements, environmental politics, and presidentialism, with an empirical focus on South America or United Nations conferences. She will discuss pressing environmental issues facing Latin America with a focus on the Brazilian state. Lunch will be provided.

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