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DU Digest

Feb. 2, 2016

Universitywide News

DU faculty in the news

In this week's highlight of faculty in the news, we feature Ron Throupe, professor at the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Linda Kanan, adjunct professor at the Morgridge College of Education, and Justin Marceau and Alan Chen, constitutional law experts. More

2016 diversity summit draws biggest attendance ever

The 2016 Diversity Summit offered thought-provoking keynote speakers and dozens of workshops designed to explore how each of us can individually contribute to creating an inclusive campus and in the process change our community. Watch a short video recapping the event.

DU video of the week

This week's video is from the Diversity Summit 2016 conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Damon A. Williams. This video also includes recipients of the DU Champion of Change award. Watch the video.

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

Copyediting for Externally Funded Grants and Journal Articles

The Office of the Associate Provost of Research is pleased to offer copyediting for externally funded grant proposals and/or journal articles written by University of Denver faculty. The copyediting will be completed by either Juli Parrish or Brad Benz, both of whom are faculty members in the University Writing Program. Drafts of journal articles and grants will be copyedited for matters of correctness, style and professional polish. Generally, there will be a three-week turnaround for copyediting services. For more information, please contact Associate Provost of Research Corinne Lengsfeld at

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!

Second Annual Teaching & Learning Week Feb. 8-12

Thursday, Feb. 11, 9–10:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.–Anderson Academic Commons, Room 345 (OTL Conference Room)

How do we prepare students to address real-world problems and challenges? - Faculty panels
During a morning and an afternoon panel session, DU faculty members from different disciplines will give short presentations of specific strategies used in their courses, ranging from exposing students to complex problems, to running collaborative scenarios, to engaging students in projects in the community. Short presentations will be followed by a "world-café"-style discussion and sharing of ideas for how we can apply these strategies in preparing students to work collaboratively and creativity, deal with complexity and uncertainty, consider multiple perspectives, and cultivate caring. These panels are part of the Teaching and Learning Week series on "Teaching for Impact." Register for the morning panel, the afternoon panel, or find out more about Teaching and Learning Week.

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. This year's summit is a collaborative effort brought to you by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment; Title IX; Gender and Women Studies Department; Center for Multicultural Excellence; Undergraduate Women's Council; Undergraduate Student Government; Queer Straight Alliance; and the Student Coalition for the Eradication of Sexual Assault.

HR News


New form for your 2015 federal income tax filing

When the Affordable Care Act (also known as health reform, or the ACA for short) was passed, with it came with a host of reporting requirements for employers and health insurance companies. Beginning this year, around the time you receive your form W-2, you may receive one or more new tax forms related to health insurance you may have had or were offered in 2015. Form 1095-B will be provided by the insurer (Kaiser Permanente); form 1095-C is provided by the employer (University of Denver). Please note that the IRS has delayed the employer deadline for delivery of these forms to employees from Feb. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. More

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.

Reminder: Check your home address information in PioneerWeb

With events such as open enrollment coming up, it's a good time to make sure your home address is up-to-date: log in to PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Update Addresses and Phones to check what's on file for you and make changes as needed. In addition to important open enrollment information that's mailed to employees' homes, Human Resources will also be sending out Total Rewards statements in the coming weeks.

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. We will also be highlighting the professional development efforts from groups and departments on campus every morning (Monday-Thursday) with a Bagel-for-Breakfast Series from 8–9 a.m. These groups/departments include the People Development team in HR, the Staff Advisory Council, Daniels Executive Education, the Center for Professional Development, Campus Safety, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Campus Life. See the full lineup and register now.

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.


Friday, Feb. 12, noon-1:00 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 tip

When taking a class that includes exercises, download the exercise file (on the right side of the page) ahead of time so you have everything ready to go. That way you won't have to interrupt the flow of learning.


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.


Keep pedaling forward, DU

The DU Office of Sustainability is rolling out a new streamlined bike registration system for all DU community members. Simply register your ride in the DU bike database. In the event that you are separated from your bike, being registered can assist officers in returning it to you (if found) or from it being sold at auction. New registrants will be eligible for doors prizes and will receive an ID sticker in the mail to place on their bikes (please input your campus address for ease of delivery).

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.

World Culture Day, We Speak talent show
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Lindsay Auditorium

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: Call for proposals

The 21st annual DU Women’s Conference theme is “Not Just a Women’s Conference: Issues that Affect Women Impact Everyone.” We are currently accepting workshop proposals! The deadline to submit is Feb. 19, and the conference date is April 1. More information


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

Featured Events

Department of Geography & the Environment Winter Colloquium

Thursday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30 p.m.—Boettcher Auditorium 101
Christian Reichel, lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, will be giving a presentation titled "Local environmental knowledge in the time of the Anthropocene: Participatory mapping of human-nature interaction in Switzerland and Indonesia." This presentation shows how in the time of the Anthropocene local environmental knowledge, its underlying perceptions of nature, and the resulting handling strategies of climate-related risks may be integrated into an adaptive governance approach. The presented research is based on anthropological fieldwork in a high Alpine region of Switzerland, mountain areas of West-Papua and coastal Indonesia.

Stopping Slavery at the Source: Community-based Strategies for Eradicating Slavery

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. (reception); 5:30 p.m. (speaker)—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater
The Human Trafficking Center at the Korbel School of International Studies invites you to a presentation by Marice Middleberg, executive director of Free the Slaves. Middleberg oversees the organization's wide range of innovative anti-trafficking initiatives around the globe. Please RSVP

First Generation Family Celebration

Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.–noon, Marcus Commons at Daniels College of Business
Are you the first person in your family to go to college? Join Student Life and CME during Parents Weekend for our First Generation Family Celebration. This program is for you, your parents, grandparents, and anyone who has supported you. There will be a program delivered by Linda Quintanar, (director, Volunteers in Partnership) and Adrienne Martinez (assistant director, Inclusive Excellence, Access and Success). Please let us know if you plan to be there so we can order enough food for everyone. RSVP here. For questions about this event, contact Linda Quintanar at 303-871-2943 or Sharon Bond 303-871-3708.

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