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April 26, 2016

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

 This week we feature Bonnie Clark, associate professor of anthropology, Keith Miller, associate professor of chemistry, Daniel Sweeney, director of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics at Daniels College of Business, and Rafael Ioris, assistant professor of Latin American history. More

book drive to benefit children throughout colorado

Join Serve Colorado-Governor's Commission on Community Service and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children in supporting grade-level reading by donating books for Colorado children. New or gently used books for newborns through fifth graders are appreciated. Book collection boxes are available across campus through April 29, located in Anderson Academic Commons (near front desk), the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (Driscoll South, suite 22), Fisher Early Learning Center, and University Hall (1st floor, west side). Thank you for your support!

Prospector temporarily unavailable at University of Denver libraries

The University of Denver Libraries organization is in the process of migrating to a new catalog system. As part of this process, we need to temporarily suspend Prospector services beginning on April 30, 2016 until late summer. All Prospector requests must be placed before this date. This suspension in services is required in order to allow us to upload new data and reconfigure our system to integrate with the Prospector system. Prospector services will be available again starting late summer. While Prospector is unavailable, there are still a number of options for requesting materials. More

administrative professionals day is april 27

This Wednesday, April 27, marks the observance of the 2016 Administrative Professionals Day in the United States. Did you know that this observance dates back to 1952? And that many work environments across the world observe this event? At DU, we encourage you to acknowledge the important role of administrative professionals to our work at the University, especially on this day set aside to say thank you.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 28
The University of Denver Human Resources Department is fully supportive of "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day" (TODASTW®) on Thursday April 28, 2016. This day is designed to be more than a career day - the learning opportunity goes beyond the average "shadow" an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. We encourage you to bring your child to work and be creative in integrating them into your day. More

save the date-relay for life

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m-7 a.m.—Gates Fieldhouse
Relay for Life is an all-night event open to the entire DU community packed full of free food, entertainment and activities. Relay is not a run, it is a 12-hour gathering to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever. The idea is cancer never sleeps so for one night, so neither will we. Registration is $10 and helps to support the American Cancer Society in their fight against cancer. Register yourself or a team

Campus Safety testing new "blue light" emergency phone

If you happen to notice a new blue light emergency phone being installed outside the north doors of the Driscoll Center, please note that it's only a test and not connected to the campus emergency phone system. Campus Safety is installing this test phone as a way for our community to see and touch the newest technology (solar/wireless) available in blue light emergency phone systems. Watch your DU Digest for more information. And check the map to find existing blue light emergency phones that are connected to the system (click Campus, then Emergency Phones). From other phones, report emergencies to 911 for Denver Emergency Services or 303-871-3000 for campus emergencies.

Academic and Administrative Units

mce hosts second annual higher education leadership lecture series

Tuesday, May 3, 9:30-1130 a.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
Presented by the Department of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education, the topic is Race, Identity, and Freedom: A Conversation with Jonathan L. Butler. The keynote lecture is open to all—register here to attend. Current DU students are invited to attend the Roundtable Discussion Lunch, held at Katherine Ruffatto Hall's Mountain View Room from noon-1:30 p.m. This event is limited to 30 students—register here to attend. Jonathan L. Butler is a graduate student in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri and a founding member of #concernedstudent1950, a student collective at Mizzou that addresses racism and discrimination on campus. Butler made headlines in fall 2015 for initiating a hunger strike to protest racism on his campus.

grant applications with lund university

Did you know that University of Denver staff can apply for a grant to pursue a project with Lund University? These grants are a result of the MOU and partnership agreement that DU has signed with LU encouraging staff mobility at both institutions. The final deadline for application is Friday, May 13, although there may be earlier deadlines in different units for the letters of support that need to be included. More information

Instructor-led Active Shooter Response training

Wednesday, April 27, noon-1 p.m.–Driscoll Gallery
The Department of Campus Safety has partnered with the Driscoll Student Center to provide an instructor-led Active Shooter Response training course to the DU community to supplement the training available via Canvas. This important course covers material that the online course does not, such as: concerning behaviors exhibited by potential shooters, other preventative measures, what to do during an active shooter incident, and what the University and city response will be. This training includes demonstration with simulated firearms. This course is open to all current students, staff and faculty. Registration is free. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Driscoll Student Center. Departments may also request this training be delivered in a customized format for their office by emailing Campus Safety.

denim day is tomorrow (April 27)

Join in and wear denim tomorrow, April 27, to recognize Denim Day and the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Share on Twitter "why you wear denim" using hashtag #DUDenimDay #SAAM. Get more information about  Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

call for actors-korbel's humanitarian crisis simulation

The Korbel School's Humanitarian Crisis Simulation exercise will take place over Memorial Day weekend in May, sponsored by the Humanitarian Certificate program. We need volunteer actors to play parts such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), government officials, international funders, etc. Learn more and sign up.

Attend the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium

Wednesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m.—Driscoll North Ballroom, Gallery, Commerce Room and Room 1880
Each year the Undergraduate Research Center sponsors the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium, an event that showcases the exemplary scholarship of the University's undergraduate students. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the symposium. For the second consecutive year, we will be collaborating with the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning to broaden the scope of the scholarship represented at the symposium.

Sie Cheou-Kang Center named inaugural home of the Journal of Global Security Studies

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies was recently appointed the inaugural home of the Journal of Global Security Studies. The journal addresses the need for scholarly interaction and debate across the broad field of security studies. More

People News

Daniel Ritchie will receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Chancellor Emeritus Daniel Ritchie is one of more than 90 American citizens who will be honored May 7 with the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations' Ellis Island Medals of Honor. According to the organization, the awards are "presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select group of individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration." Ritchie served as the University's chancellor between 1989 and 2005 and as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2007. He served as CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from 2007 to 2014. More

HR News

fridays@noon lunch & learn series

Friday, April 29, noon-1 p.m.--location TBD
Join Ken Pinnock of People Development as he interviews Rick Packard, Director of Enterprise Risk Management, and his risk management team at DU. This interview is a requirement for the Supervisory Skills-2 Pathway. You can also watch the video afterwards on the Fridays@Noon website. Register

Break free of the over-parenting trap and prepare your kids for success

Friday, May 6, 9-10 a.m.—Nagel Hall, room 102
Based on the book How to Raise an Adult, Chris Dani and Mike Bleier from DU's Learning Effectiveness Program explore ways to let go of over-parenting behaviors in order to allow your kids to take charge of their lives with competence and confidence. Register

Supervisor Core Competencies workshop 1

Thursday, June 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.–location TBD
This half-day, intense and interactive workshop is geared towards new supervisors looking for a basic foundation to begin their supervisory role or experienced supervisors seeking back-to-basics competencies and tools to improving their role as a manager and leader. Content includes: The Nature of Supervision and Communication; Performance Management and Professional Development; Onboarding, Engagement and Retention. This course is required for the Colorado 14ers Supervisory Pathway. This class is part of the Colorado 14ers program. Register

Do you want to take the Mindfulness class on campus but are unable to fit it into your busy schedule? Not to worry. has come out with an array of new classes including Mindfulness with John Ullmen. Visit the site to login and type "Mindfulness" into the search box.

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Benefited faculty and staff: Open enrollment for health care benefits coming up

If you are eligible for voluntary benefits such as medical, dental and vision plans, as well as health savings and flexible spending accounts, your opportunity to enroll or make changes is coming up May 1-15. Learn more about all your benefit options and benefit changes for the new health insurance plan year beginning July 1, 2016 at one of these open enrollment forums:
• Wednesday, April 27, 8:30-10 a.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 200
• Tuesday, May 3, 3-4:30 p.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 305
• Wednesday, May 11, 8:30-10 a.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 200
Please register for a session via PioneerWeb, Employee Tab>Training>HR Processes.


Sustainability Summit—bring your kids

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.—Sturm Hall
Each year, the DU Environmental Team partners with the Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee to organize our Sustainability Summit at DU. This year, the summit is built around the theme of viewing sustainability through "the looking glass." We will be focusing on the three E's of sustainability: Ecology, Economy and Equity. Rather than focusing on just environmental sustainability, we will look at financial sustainability and social justice, and how these three are intertwined. New at this year's Sustainability Summit, we are adding a portion for kids. During the two breakout sessions, we will be showing The Lorax and doing one hands-on activity. Kids are welcome throughout the entire summit and are able to receive breakfast and lunch as well! Register


Boost your zen: Eight-week meditation and stress reduction course

Thursdays, May 5- June 23, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall room 306
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 weekly 45-minute 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 lunch time. Register via Pioneerweb; Wellmetrics Incentive Program participants will earn 100 points per class.

Winter yoga classes

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.

REFIT® with Kristin

Thursdays, now-May 26, 4-5 p.m.–Driscoll Ballroom for April 28-please check here for weekly room location
REFIT® is a group fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. 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. REFIT® is open to everybody and every BODY – come give it a try! Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in and a friend.


Center for Multicultural Excellence training sessions—spring quarter

Q&A: Queer & Ally (Q&A) Level 1 and 2 training provides knowledge, awareness and skills regarding LGBTIQ&A communities at DU and beyond. Intro to Inclusive Excellence provides background on the University's IE framework (what and why), group work on how to apply that in people's particular areas, and ends with some general tips for awareness and action. Responding to Microagression is an introduction to what constitutes, and how to respond to, everyday microaggressions. Dates, times and to register

turningpoint webinar on classroom response systems

Faculty and instructors: Interested in how to use classroom response systems such as clickers and mobile phone apps? Join our vendor TurningPoint in a webinar to be held on April 26 and 27 and May 4 and 5. Register

alternative methods for rewarding teaching: MOrgridge College of Education

Wednesday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room, AAC 345
As many units and departments across DU explore alternative methods for evaluating and rewarding teaching, the OTL will continue to bring together those working on this effort to compare notes and share ideas. The Morgridge College of Education has been developing a new model for evaluating teaching based on using multiple sources of evidence. The process is being piloted in both winter and spring quarters this year. Norma Hafenstein, part of MCE's Faculty Executive Committee, will share the model, rubrics and processes used as well as preliminary feedback from pilot results. Register

du assessment training

Thursday, April 28, 10-11:30 a.m.—OTL conference room, AAC 345
DU Assessment is a software application built exclusively for DU faculty and staff. Learn how to use DU Assessment to collect student assignments for assessment, conduct surveys or performance reviews and submit assessment reports and plans. If you have worked with DU Assessment before, bring your questions and ideas. Register

online program development: Faculty motivation and program administration panel

Thursday, April 28, 2–3:30 pm, Mary Reed Building, duPont Room
Are you interested in creating online programs or offering courses online? Are faculty reluctant to teach online? This session will discuss the necessary steps for building successful online programs, as well as provide strategies for engaging and motivating faculty to teach online. The panel features several "voices of experience" in online program development, course design, student support, teaching and learning. Panelists include Brian Gearity, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, John Hill, University College, Hope Kentnor, Sturm College of Law, and Jae McQueen, Graduate School of Social Work. Register

Free financial planning workshops

Thursday, April 28 and Thursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m.
Maximize your personal finances by attending one or both of these upcoming financial planning workshops hosted by the School of Accountancy at Daniels College of Business. The April 28 event focuses on investing in real estate, and the May 19 event looks at the financial implications of HR decisions. Food will be provided. Please RSVP

Teaching Philosophy Statements

Wednesday, May 4, 2-3 p.m.—OTL conference room, AAC 345
Thursday, May 5, 10-11 a.m.—OTL conference room, AAC 345
This session is a follow up to two workshops offered in early April about Writing (or Rewriting) a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. Participants in these earlier sessions, or others who wish to obtain feedback on their teaching philosophy statements, are welcome to attend. Participants will be asked to share a teaching philosophy statement ahead of time if possible, and we will spend this hour informally reviewing and providing feedback to each other over coffee and snacks. Two identical sessions will be offered. Register for May 4 or May 5

Faculty showcase: Team based learning

Wednesday, May 4, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room, AAC 345
Team Based Learning (TBL) has been shown to be an effective strategy to engage students and improve learning. TBL includes both accountability for individuals and the benefits of working in a team. A sample lecture, using TBL, will be given to demonstrate how it works allowing individual instructors to decide if TBL is right for them. Register

open lab/office hours for hands-on assistance with canvas

The Office of Teaching and Leaning staff will be holding open lab/office hours to provide hands-on assistance to faculty and staff with Canvas, the University's learning management system. Please bring your own tablet or laptop. Registration is not required, but will ensure the sessions are staffed appropriately. Register for any session by clicking on your date/time of choice:
Monday, May 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, May 20, noon-2 p.m.
All workshops held in the OTL conference room, AAC room 345

Featured Events

The New Faces of Human Rights: Google as Government and Newmont as a Transnational Norm Entrepreneur

Friday, April 29, 12:15p.m., SIE COMPLEX 1150 (formerly room Sié 150)
Jason Pielemeier, special advisor and head of the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights section in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will discuss his career path and the department's work in emerging areas of human rights policy and practice. Pielemeier is visiting the Sié Center at the Josef Korbel School as a practitioner-in-residence. Lunch will be served. Please register.

"Afro-Medieval Literature?" a Symposium on Temporality

Friday, April 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m.—Sturm Hall, room 451
Periodization is the organizing principle for English, History, Art History, and other humanities-related disciplines. It structures undergraduate and graduate curricula, faculty hires and professional conversations within and across these disciplines. And yet, it is fraught with problems, among them, the temporality of "ethnic literatures." Join Assistant Professor Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College), alongside DU professors Davor Balzar (physics), Hillary Hamann (geography) and Esteban Gomez (anthropology), in a discussion on the relationship between temporality and academic disciplinarily. This event is generously sponsored by the Department of English, the AHSS Dean's Office, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Center for Multicultural Excellence.

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