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DU Digest

Oct. 25, 2016

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

This week we feature Nicole Taylor, director of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence, Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and JB Holston, dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. More

Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon

Whether or not you're attending tomorrow's event in Magness Arena, take a few moments to read about the faculty and staff members who are being recognized. Read this recent DU Newsroom story about four of the honorees: faculty members William Cross, University Lecturer award; and Laura Rovner, Distinguished Teaching Award; and staff members Alyssa Boltinghouse, Innovator Award; and Ulli Nierling, Outstanding Service Award. Read an earlier story about the other four faculty award winners (Seth Masket, Distinguished Scholar Award; Linda Wang, United Methodist Church, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award; Helene Grall-Johnson, Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award; and Nancy Wadsworth, Faculty Service Award). And see this overview of the other two staff award winners, the Graduate School of Social Work-Online MSW Department, Quality Department Award, and Gloria Bokenkamp, Crimson and Gold Award.

DU IMPACT 2025 town hall

Friday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m.—AAC, Special Events Room 290
Faculty, staff and students are invited to get the latest updates on DU IMPACT 2025 implementation at this town hall. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

support for voting in upcoming election

DU supports our employees' right to vote in the upcoming general election. All registered voters in Colorado now receive mailed ballots. Voters may return completed ballots by mail or at a number of locations. See a map of voter service and polling centers and other details on the Denver Elections Division website. Employees who choose to vote in person on Nov. 8 and who do not otherwise have a total of three hours off work during the hours that polls are open (7 a.m.–7 p.m.) may request up to two hours of paid leave on Nov. 8 in order to vote. All requests for time off to vote must be made to the employee's immediate supervisor in advance of Election Day (before Tuesday, Nov. 8). If you have questions related to time off, contact Molly Rossi, employee relations consultant, 303-871-3103 or

DU educational opportunities and events around election

From campus events exploring the election process, the electorate and the election outcomes, to faculty experts providing commentary on many aspects of politics and public policy, DU is providing a rich array of opportunities to learn and engage in this year's general election. Read more

Academic and Administrative Units

Share Our Strength founder coming to DU—two events

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2-3:30 p.m.--Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m.--Driscoll Student Center Gallery (snacks provided)

The University of Denver welcomes Bill Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America through the No Kid Hungry campaign . For over 30 years, Share Our Strength has grown to become one of the nation's leading anti-hunger and antipoverty organizations, raising and investing more than $600 million in the fight against hunger. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures®, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that offers strategy and implementation services to foundations and nonprofit organizations. He will discuss social enterprise on Wednesday and participate in a Food Waste Solutions Summit Thursday. More

Check out this week's faculty showcase video

In this video, Daniel Singer, professor at the University Writing Program, discusses strategies for activating student learning through community-engaged multimodal composition in a service-learning project. Students collaborated to orchestrate a series of recorded town hall-style interview events and produce a series of PSA videos designed to facilitate understanding and communication for local community members about the light rail expansion project. Watch here

Support Knoebel students: Try out Beans After Dark

Beans Coffee Shop, run by Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management students, hosts Beans After Dark every Thursday during academic quarters from 4:30-7 p.m. Stop by for beer, wine, a cocktail, or any of their usual drinks! If you would like to hold an event at Beans After Dark (open mic night, live music, etc.), email

HR News

Appreciative Inquiry with Chaplain Gary Brower

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m.—Nagel 102
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a philosophy for change. The major assumption of AI is that in every organization something works and change can be managed through the identification of what works, and the analysis of how to do more of what works. The same assumption can be applied to one's personal life. This class will provide both an overview of AI as well as an opportunity to "try it out." Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Appreciative Inquiry.

Bullies and Browbeaters

Thursday, Nov. 3, noon-1:30 p.m.—Nagel Hall 102
They are our offices, in our schools, and in our homes. In this class presented by Daniels Professor Barbara Stuart, participants will consider strategies to make these bullies and browbeaters less exhausting. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Bullies and Browbeaters.

Check out these new courses: Writing Technical Reports, How to Measure Learning Effectiveness, Graphic Design Tips & Tricks, and Betty Liu (anchor for Bloomberg Television) on Career Success. Get information on all the new classes.


TIAA Virtual Environment webinar: ALl about iras

Wednesday, Oct. 26. 10-11 a.m.

Check out these live financial webinars offered by TIAA through the online Virtual EnvironmentReserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).

Financial Fitness workshop: Holiday Spending

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9-10 a.m.—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
If holiday shopping is on your agenda in the coming weeks, sign up for this session presented by Public Service Credit Union that will cover simple steps to avoid a post-holiday season financial hangover. Please register by email to Tom Gregoire,


check out wellness classes happening this quarter

REFIT® with Kristin
Tuesdays through Dec. 20, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie
Tuesdays through Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica
Wednesdays through Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Boost your Zen
Thursdays, Sept. 22—Nov. 10, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall, room 306 (please register for this class via PioneerWeb)

Barre 3 Class with Katie
Thursdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17, noon-12:45 p.m.—Driscoll Suite 1864, room 145

Out of Our Minds Yoga
Thursday, Nov. 10, noon-1 p.m.—register via PioneerWeb—Employee—Training--Wellness

DU Club Running
Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.—in front of Sturm Hall
Open to all students, faculty and staff, from people who want to compete and go for gold to those who just want to stay in shape and run with others.

More info on all.


Campaign Fridays

Noon-1 p.m.—J-Mac 142
This new program from the Center for Sustainability provides lunch for anyone who stops by from noon-1 p.m. Fridays to learn more about a current sustainability-related campaign. Email if you have a campaign or group on which you'd like to focus.

Bike to South Pearl Street Farmer's Market

Sundays through Nov.13; bike gang departs J-Mac 142 at 11 a.m.-cargo bike returns at 1 p.m.
The DU community is invited to join the Center for Sustainability in support of local agriculture by biking to the South Pearl Street Farmer's Market. There will be a cargo bike to haul your items back and forth. Details

Go-Tober Team Challenge

DU is at the top of its category, with one week to go! If you're participating and forgot to track an alternate commute—via your feet, bike, bus, rail, carpool, or teleworking—log in and backtrack it. Congratulations to Carolyn Benard from the Butler Institute for Families in GSSW and Paula Cole from the economics department in AHSS for logging their trips and winning a Denver transit map water bottle. There will be two more winners this week from the participants who log at least eight one-way commutes by this Friday, Oct. 28. Post a photo of your commute on Facebook using #WayToGoTober (be sure to set your post to "public"), and be sure to log your trip. Registration is still open.

Inclusive Excellence

Students of Color Reception

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.—Ruffatto Hall Commons (1999 E. Evans Ave.)
Join the Morgridge College of Education for an opportunity to engage with prospective students and explore our community, and the accessibility of academic programs, services and financial aid. Info and RSVP.

Keepers of the Game film screening

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
University of Denver Athletics teams up with the DU Native American Student Alliance to present this new film from Emmy-winning filmmaker Judd Ehrlich. The film follows the Salmon River High School girls' lacrosse team in upstate New York, providing captivating insights into the power of tradition and spiritual value of lacrosse as a way of life, and the importance of creating opportunities for athletes to thrive. A panel discussing Title IX, women in sports and other cultural issues follows the film. Please RSVP.


How Research on Learning Can Inform our Teaching

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss some key research-based perspectives on how people learn that can be used as "tools to think with" when it comes to designing and facilitating learning experiences for our students. An initial 30-minute presentation on these research-based perspectives will be followed by an opportunity for faculty to reflect upon and discuss the ways in which these perspectives might apply to their own work with students. Register

Featured Events

Project X-ITE Speaker Series: Entrepreneurial Impact

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5–8 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater (discussion begins promptly at 5:15 p.m.)
Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo, will join Chancellor Chopp for a riveting discussion on Entrepreneurial Impact. Over the past decades, entrepreneurs and the companies they have founded have generated significant new wealth. Who are the most influential players and institutions? What impact are they having on wealth/income inequality? On society overall? This discussion will frame the global, national and local issues and discuss how Colorado continues to cultivate so many successful entrepreneurs. Please register

International Disaster Psychology–summer internship presentations

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m.—Craig Hall, Community Room
Hear from International Disaster Psychology students who engaged in an eight-week international internship over the summer. Students worked in Bosnia, Nepal, Cambodia, Chile, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Johannesburg, Malawi and the Philippines. Posters and panel presentations will cover the cross-cultural experience of working abroad, professional impact, growth in personal and global awareness and the re-entry process. The event is hosted by the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Register online

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