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April 21, 2015

Universitywide News

University of Denver ranked in top 5 Best Urban College Campuses in the U.S.

Rural or small town college campuses can be peaceful, but there’s something alluring about a big city. Students are drawn to urban campuses for their abundance of cultural and professional opportunities, all-encompassing amenities, and the promise of fun.


Pioneer Awards Ceremony: Call for award winners

The Pioneer Awards Ceremony is the University of Denver’s annual campuswide awards ceremony. Each year, the Office of Student Activities asks colleges and departments across campus to participate in this ceremony by submitting the names of your award winners for the academic year and allowing the office to coordinate the presentation of all awards in one comprehensive program. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring wider recognition to the outstanding students, faculty and staff in your areas by taking part in this end of the year celebration!


In case you missed it: DU student Cameron Hickert named 2015 Truman Scholar

University of Denver junior Cameron Hickert has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar. Hickert is one of 58 students selected from nearly 700 nominees across the nation and the only student from a Colorado university to receive the award.


Academic and Administrative Units

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. On-campus book collection boxes are available through April 30 at the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (Driscoll South, Suite 22), Daniels College of Business (Joy Burns Center, HRTM, third floor, west side), University Hall (first floor, west side) and Fisher Early Learning Center (front desk). Thank you for your support!

DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics seeking participants for a study involving knee ligament injury

Participation in the 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. If you are between 18 and 75 years old, have torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and have not had the ligament repaired, please contact Dr. Adam Cyr at for more information or if interested in participation.

People News

Jim Montgomery featured on CNN Money

Former NHL player Jim Montgomery managed to avoid many of the money pitfalls that plague professional athletes in retirement. Now he continues to stay involved in the sport he loves by coaching hockey at the University of Denver.


HR News

Performance Documentation: The good, the bad and the ugly

Tuesday, April 28, 1-2:30 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall, room 019

All supervisors and managers in need of a tune-up on documenting performance are encouraged to attend this session. Sign up on PioneerWeb (Employee tab, Training: Management and Supervisory).

Fridays@Noon Lunch and Learn: Causes & Solutions to Team Dysfunction

Friday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall, room 203

Join us for the next Fridays@Noon Lunch & Learn session as Greg Giesen discusses the causes and solutions to team dysfunction. Sign up on PioneerWeb (Employee tab, Training: Professional Development) and bring your lunch.

Calling all mentors!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for DU staff or faculty, your time has come. Step one is to watch the introduction video and fill out the mentor application form. The mentor program is anticipated to begin June 1, 2015.


Check out the most recently posted 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).


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. If you are currently on a Kaiser health plan you should be receiving emails from the well@du team inviting you to utilize the wellmetrics portal; these messages are not spam, and you can manage your email settings once you log in. Please note: both you and your covered spouse/partner must create individual accounts in the portal and complete the Well-Being Assessment (in addition to biometric screenings) to earn the incentive. More

April is National Financial Literacy Month
Five moves you can make today to help you be prepared for retirement

Did you know two-thirds of those approaching retirement do not feel financially prepared? If you’re getting close to retirement age, you may be wondering if you’re financially prepared to stop collecting a paycheck. Now is a good time to consider moves you can make immediately to help ensure your retirement will be as you imagine.



April is Earth Month!

Subscribe to the sustainability listserv to keep up on all of the sustainability activities on campus. Mark your calendars (and make a reservation) to eat at Session Kitchen on Earth Day, April 22, from 4-10 p.m. Mention you’re there to support sustainability at DU and a portion of sales will go to efforts out of DU’s Center for Sustainability.

Sixth annual Sustainability Summit

Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Sturm College of Law

This student-run event includes two sustainability keynote speakers from the Colorado community, two break-out sessions with several speakers, student presentations and an organic catered breakfast and lunch. This year’s theme is “Our Concerns. Our Communities. Our Colorado.” Register now.

Community Supported Agriculture

If you are interested in having seasonal, local, sustainably grown food delivered to campus all summer and fall, consider purchasing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share through Leffler Family Farms. This year the Leffler family is offering a full share (15 consecutive weeks) or a half share (eight non-consecutive weeks). A good way to learn how a CSA works is to split a share with a friend or colleague. Sign-ups are due soon; don’t delay! Deliveries start June 14.


Inclusive Excellence

Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series presents: Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Wednesday, May 6, 12:30-2 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

The Critical Cultural Lecture Series is designed to provoke conversation at DU about the importance of disciplines like Queer and GLBT Studies, Disability Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies and other programs that interrogate questions of power and privilege. Please RSVP

CME Celebration: A Look Back

Thursday, May 7, 6-10 p.m. – The Cable Center

Please join the Center for Multicultural Excellence in celebrating the people, programs and progress toward creating a more inclusive University of Denver! Join us for hors d’oeuvres, a short tribute program and entertainment. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 23.


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