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March 24, 2015

Universitywide News

Strategic Planning: Engaging Community town hall

Tuesday, March 24, 4-5 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Even as the University dreams big with its Imagine DU process (including over 80 meetings with more than 900 members of the community), we are preparing to take specific actions in 2015 to improve the DU community. You may now read the four Engaging Community task force reports as well as the University’s specific action plan to address their recommendation. The communitywide town hall with Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Provost Gregg Kvistad and members of each task force will discuss the reports and the action plan. Please RSVP here if you are able to attend. Otherwise, you are encouraged to share your feedback online.

Imagine DU: Shape of Knowledge open houses

Wednesday, April 1, 10-11 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

Thursday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

The members of the Shape of Knowledge working group are hosting two open houses for faculty and staff to take part in the consultation process for Imagine DU. This group is tasked with exploring the changes in knowledge, research and teaching. During the open house we want you to think boldly and creatively about how what we do in and outside classrooms, seminar rooms and labs and throughout our larger community might change in the next 10 to 15 years and how the University can best address those changes. If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please select one of these sessions and RSVP here.

Now boarding for School Days Off Spring Break!

Did you know that as a DU employee you receive a 10 percent discount on the Ritchie Center’s School Days Off program? School Days Off provides an active program for kids ages 5-11 on days when local schools are out of session and includes activities throughout the Ritchie Center. This spring break, participants will travel the world with their Ritchie Center Passport and enjoy themed sport activities in a different country each day. Spring break weeks include March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. Registration is available online, by phone at 303-871-3908, or in person at the Ritchie Center. When registering, use the code FACSTA15 to receive your discount.

2015 William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award: Call for nominations

The William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award is given annually to a faculty or staff member for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring students inside and/or outside the classroom. All current faculty and staff, regardless of academic rank or title, who are in good standing with the University are eligible to be nominated. The recipient of the award will be announced at the Pioneer Award Ceremony to be held on May 13, 2015. Make your nomination. Nominations will be accepted through the close of business on Friday, April 3. For additional information contact John Nichols, director, William T. Driscoll Student Center, 303-871-3864 or

New to the neighborhood and need a residential parking permit?

Now you can apply online! Save yourself a trip downtown and visit for more information on the program and what you need to apply for a permit.

UTS rolls out Microsoft Office 365

DU has contracted to use Microsoft Office 365 and will begin rolling it out to students in late March and faculty and staff before the end of the academic spring quarter. With Office 365, you will receive one TB of cloud storage, five downloads of the most recent version of Office for Mac or Windows PCs, and the ability to create and edit Microsoft Office documents in a web browser. Document sharing allows multiple people to edit a document at the same time! Stay tuned for further information, and visit for more information.

Academic and Administrative Units

SafeTalk – An open forum with Campus Safety

Monday, April 6, 5-7 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join Campus Safety for another event in this quarterly series. We have heard your voice and we hope to have a dialogue with you about the service we provide and incidents that affect campus. There are no planned topics for this event; we will discuss what you ask us to. You may stop by or stay for the whole event. We hope to see you there!

University Libraries joins Greater Western Library Alliance

With GWLA membership, DU students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing DU’s own library collections. DU will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the University money through collective purchasing power. DU Libraries also now have peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects related to contemporary research library developments and challenges. Learn more at

Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk to join Lamont School of Music faculty

Tenor Matthew Plenk will step off the stage of the Metropolitan Opera this fall and accept an assistant professorship in voice with the Lamont School of Music. 


Denver Law Jessup team runner-up at regional competition

Now in its 56th year, the Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools worldwide. Denver Law Jessup team members placed second overall in the Pacific Regional competition, earning the opportunity to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which take place in Washington, D.C., in April.  Denver Law’s team will compete against over 120 teams from more than 80 countries for the Jessup Cup. More

VideoCast featured video

This week’s featured video is entitled "How the Blended Classroom Benefits Students and Professors: Creating and Using Effective Videos in Your Class." Guest speaker Aaron Dewald from the University of Utah presents effective principles when creating instructional videos. View the video.

Newman Center Presents announces 2015-2016 season

Further cementing its reputation as Denver’s primary presenter of modern dance, the Newman Center Presents series welcomes four dance companies to campus in its 2015-2016 season, including the world premiere of a new dance co-commissioned from Paul Taylor. The season also features musicians ranging in style from classical and jazz to pop and Creole. Eight of the artists on the schedule are making their Denver-area debuts.


March Book Stack sale

On sale for half-price during the month of March at the University Library Association Book Stack: all books about women’s studies, music, art and travel. Plus, selected fiction is $3 per bag. Store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mary Reed Building, main floor. For more information, call 303-871-2665.

People News

David Ciepley named Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow

David Ciepley, associate professor of political science, has been named a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The fellowship is granted to recently tenured scholars in the humanities and social sciences in the years immediately following the granting of tenure, and provides potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects.


HR News

Fridays@Noon lunch & learn

Friday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join us for the Fridays@Noon lunch & learn as we talk about the Restorative Justice program with coordinator Maggie Lea. Find out how this innovative program at DU (which brings offenders, victims and stakeholders together in a cooperative process), inspires life-changing resolution. Sign up on PioneerWeb (Employee tab, Professional and Career Development) and remember to bring your lunch. Visit the Fridays@Noon webpage to watch past shows and to see our future guests/topics.

Performance management reminder

Don’t forget to set your goals for the 2015-2016 performance year. If you haven’t already entered your goals into the new Wingspan system, please visit the HR website for details on using the new system. Additionally, Human Resources is available to provide team or one-on-one coaching to ease you through the goal-setting process. Contact for more information.


Check out the most recently posted positions at the University via the Employee tab of PioneerWeb (under Performance and Career Development).


2015-2016 Wellness Incentive Program

At DU, we believe that your health is your greatest asset; to support you and your family in caring for that asset, we offer a significant premium credit for individuals who complete the Wellness Incentive Program by May 15, 2015. Your healthy choices help both you and the University save on health care costs, therefore, mark your calendar now for next fall’s Crimson Classic on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015!


Sustainability Forum: Dialogue Across Disciplines

Friday, April 3, 1:30-3 p.m. – Driscoll Underground

The DU Center for Sustainability and Sustainability Council invite faculty, students and staff to creatively envision possibilities for interdisciplinary research and teaching related to four potential projects: Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, Multimodal Transportation Hub, Farm-to-Table Network and Solar Partnerships. Please RSVP

Inclusive Excellence

March is Women’s History Month

See all Women’s History Month news and events.

Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s

Thursday, April 2, noon-1 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 286

Don't miss "Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s." IRISE welcomes Amy Villarejo, chair and professor of Cornell University's Department of Performing and Media, as a part of their Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series. Reception to follow. Questions? Email

Oh, the places we'll go! 10th annual DU LGBTIQ&A Gala

Thursday, April 9, 5-7 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

Join us for this free annual soiree, this year celebrating a decade of individual and collective achievements in making DU a more inclusive, excellent and fabulous place for LGBTIQ affiliates, Allies and, in fact, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We recognize particular successes of the past year, and get fired up to create an even brighter future. Nominate yourself or others for an award, or volunteer to help with plans, or on the night. More information and RSVP

Culture is…something to celebrate! CultureFest 2015

Friday, April 10, 4-7 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Join us for CultureFest 2015 (formerly Festival of Nations)! CultureFest is a DU tradition that celebrates the cultural diversity at the University of Denver through performances, food and interactive booths! CultureFest is free and open to the public, and is a fun event for all ages.


Spring Flick & Feed/back: If These Halls Could Talk 

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Location to be confirmed upon registration

Join the Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) and Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies (MFJS) for a light dinner, followed by a screening of director Lee Mun Wah's documentary If These Halls Could Talk. The film shares stories from 11 college students who discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. A post-film discussion will be led by Margaret Thompson, associate professor, MFJS, along with Debra Mixon Mitchell, adjunct professor and director of diversity recruiting, CME, and a CME student facilitator. Space is limited; RSVP by Monday, April 20. Questions? Email

Volunteer Opportunities

Women’s Conference

Friday, March 27

The 20th Annual Women’s Conference is just around the corner and is in need of volunteers! Volunteers are needed the day of the conference, Friday, March 27, for a variety of positions. To volunteer, please select the time and activity from the volunteer schedule that you’re interested in and email your choice to Lindsay Poehlmann at


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