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DU Digest

June 30, 2015

Universitywide News

Building flooding on campus

Last Wednesday’s severe weather in the Denver area caused some building flooding on campus, over and above what you may have heard about the Ritchie Center. We want to share updates on all campus locations affected; and we especially want to give you an understanding of the tremendous work of our Facilities, Custodial, Athletics & Recreation operations and Campus Safety employees who sprang into action to lessen the damage on our campus.


Update: Cherrington Hall open with regular schedule July 1

Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” – Colorado Juvenile Defense Fund

FOX 31 Denver is featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. The final segment, airing this Sunday during the 9 p.m. news, features the Sturm College of Law’s partnership with the Colorado Juvenile Defense Fund. Law students working directly with local practicing attorneys positively impact juveniles who find themselves in need of legal representation.

In case you missed it, view last week’s segment about the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic.

Academic and Administrative Units

Front Porch Café open for the summer

The Front Porch Café in the Anderson Academic Commons is open all summer and we want your feedback! Now is a perfect time to stop in, grab a bite and fill out a mini-survey. (Look for flyers posted throughout the café area for the QR code and URL, or fill out a comment card at one of the two feedback boxes by the café. This is a quick survey to find out how the Front Porch Café might better serve the DU community.

People News

Journal of Contemporary China, edited by Sam Zhao, ranked as number one China study journal

Thomson Reuters once again ranked the Journal of Contemporary China, edited by Sam Zhao, director of the China Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, as the number one China study journal in the world in the newly released 2014 Journal Citation Reports.

Going-away party for Kathryne Grove

Thursday, July 2, 3-4:40 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

We announced June 17 that Kathryne Grove, director of Equal Opportunity, has accepted a position as corporate counsel with Level 3 Communications. As many of you know, Kathryne has been a leader in DU’s ongoing program to promote awareness and action around the issue of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct on campus and a voice for the University’s adherence to Title IX and other legal requirements. Please join us in wishing her well on her next opportunity!

HR News

Same-sex partner benefits

As an employer, the University of Denver is in line with Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriages legal in all states. The University has for many years provided same-sex partner benefits in keeping with our commitment to an inclusive and welcoming community for all. One change that might be in order for same-sex partners is to review tax withholding; see this article for more information.

Look for your Kaiser, Delta Dental and Rocky Mountain Reserve cards in the mail

The new benefits period begins July 1. If you elected a Kaiser or Delta Dental plan, or signed up for the Rocky Mountain Reserve health flex debit card, you should receive your new card(s) mailed to your home address in the next week. Please note: these cards often arrive in a plain white envelope. If you have questions, contact

Performance management goal setting reminder

It is important to get your goals in the new performance management system – WingSpan – before we roll out the appraisal forms. If you have questions about this process, either from an employee or manager perspective, please contact HR (303-871-7420) for assistance. HR will host training sessions when we implement the remainder of the appraisal forms and will also be available to provide customized training within your unit.

Fridays@Noon: Work-life balance

Friday, July 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall, room 203

Join us for the next Fridays@Noon lunch andlearn session as speaker and consultant Jason Weisgerber talks about the keys to work-life balance. Please note that all past Fridays@Noon sessions are available online.

Mentor Program

Looking for a mentor on campus for guidance and direction? Learn about DU’s Mentor Program and get involved today. 

Eight Simple Rules to Managing Conflict

We’ll be offering the Eight Simple Rules to Managing Conflict class again in the fall. In the meantime, you can read about each of the eight strategies online.

People Development consulting services

The people development team in HR offers a variety of consulting services for staff and faculty, including one-on-one coaching, team building and team/manager diagnosis. Check out our consulting services and let us know if we can help. Contact Greg Giesen ( if interested.


Check out all the open 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).


Outdoor Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie

Tuesdays July 7-Aug. 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Meet on the east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area

Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; limited mats will be provided.

Outdoor Iyengar Yoga with Jessica Sherwood

Wednesdays July 8-Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Meet on the east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area

Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; limited mats will be provided. 

well@du Wellmetrics Portal

We are pleased to announce the well@du Wellmetrics Portal will open to all DU benefited faculty and staff starting tomorrow, July 1, 2015! The portal offers a variety of challenges and wellness initiatives, personalized support information, resources and tools, and exciting incentives to support your health! If you don’t already have an account, be on the lookout for an email invitation from well@du.

Learn more


Bike to Work Wednesdays at DU

Wednesday, July 1, 8-9 a.m. – Carnegie Green (south of Anderson Academic Commons)

Bike to work and enjoy a light breakfast and great company compliments of well@du and the Center for Sustainability. If your office would like to sponsor a breakfast, contact for budget details.

Inclusive Excellence

LGBTIQ&A Summer Social Series 

We invite DU affiliates and your family and friends to join us for the 2015 LGBTIQ&A summer social series! This year’s remaining events include a road trip to the Colorado Renaissance Festival, the “As You Wish: Princess Bride Potluck” and the Colorado Rapids Equality Night. See the full schedule and RSVP at

The Racial Climate on Campus: Best Practices for Education, Response and Adjudication

Wednesday, July 22, noon-2 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 435

You are invited to bring a lunch and join the Center for Multicultural Excellence and campus partners as we participate in a national webinar with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, the president and a founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and the Washington Consulting Group. Washington will provide strategies for engaging in best practices that meet the needs of our diverse student body so we can educate students about what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and adjudicate incidents effectively and fairly. Please RSVP


UTS software training

This summer, tune up those PC skills at one of these UTS workshops:

  • What’s new in Office 2013: Wednesday, July 1, 9-11 a.m.
  • Working smart in Excel, Tuesday: July 7, 1-3 p.m.
  • 25Live training for Web calendar managers: Tuesday, July 14, 9-10:30 a.m.

Register via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Desktop Applications. 

Volunteer Opportunities

DU Bridge Community Garden volunteer days: two days left!

Tuesday, July 30, 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 11 a.m.-noon 

The Bridge Community Garden needs your help! In order to move the bees from our beekeeper's house to our garden, we need to have a barrier all the way around the beehive. We will provide tools and gloves; bring water, a hat and your friends! No RSVP necessary, just show up to the garden (located at the corner of Race and Iliff)!

Featured Events

Ongoing book sale

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Book Stack, Mary Reed Building

Over 40,000 quality books for sale at the Book Stack, a used bookstore run by volunteers, located on the main level of the Mary Reed Building. All proceeds benefit University Libraries.

Sixth Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: Carol Jickling Lens

Sunday, July 5, 7 p.m. – Williams Carillon (rain or shine

Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening! For this concert only, a camera in the playing cabin will broadcast on a screen below so you can see how the carillon is played. The tower will also be open for tours after the recital. Concerts continue alternate Sundays through Aug. 16; see the full schedule.

Newman Center Presents faculty and staff pre-sale

July 6-12

Purchase your tickets for next season’s  Newman Center Presents performances during the DU faculty and staff pre-sale! As a DU faculty or staff member you receive a 20 percent discount and have a chance to score the best seats before they go on sale to the general public. To redeem this special offer, bring your Pioneer ID to the Newman Center Box Office between July 6-12, or enter code FSNCP15 at Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. on July 12.

Second Annual DU Night at the Rockies

Friday, July 24 – Tuaca Terrace Deck on The Rooftop, Coors Field
Dinner: 4:30 p.m.
Game: 6:40 p.m.

Calling all Pioneer alumni, parents and friends! Please join us for an evening of baseball and mingling with fellow Pioneers! When you purchase tickets through DU, you will enjoy a delicious buffet meal with cash bar for two hours prior to the game. Get your tickets before they sell out!

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