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March 21, 2017


DU training Ugandans to enter the workforce
The DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan furthers the University's work in researching and addressing the world's problems. Read about the Hospitality In-Service Training Program, a partnership featuring DU, the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) and Staffable to develop strategic partnerships in East Africa and the United States with a focus on education and social impact.

Creativity abounds at DU's Maker's Market
DU IMPACT 2025 builds on our strong history of meaningful engagement between our faculty and students. Read a story about a unique offering from a faculty-student collaboration that was displayed at DU's first-ever Maker's Market.

Universitywide News

faculty in the news

DU faculty were in the media this week discussing an EU ruling on religious symbols and the gun industry. Read more from Lisa Conant and Trent Steidley.

help our pioneer hockey player win top honor!

University of Denver hockey senior defenseman Will Butcher was named a 2017 Hobey Baker Award finalist, one of only 10 players nationally up for men's college hockey's top honor. He is the lone finalist from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) this season and the sixth in the conference's four-year history. You can join the fan voting until March 26 to help Butcher win this honor!

Send Silence Packing display coming to DU

Tuesday, March 28
Send Silence Packing, a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of donated backpacks representing college students lost to suicide each year, will be displayed all day on DU's Driscoll Green. Active Minds, Inc. brings the display to campuses throughout the year, to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources and inspire action for suicide prevention. DU is the first campus in Colorado to host this powerful display, which offers a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental and behavioral health concerns. If you are need of support services or additional resources, visit the Health & Counseling Center.

Sexual Assault Awareness Summit

Thursday and Friday, March 30-31
Two events are coming up to kick off DU's Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Thursday evening March 30, Anne Munch, former prosecutor and advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, will present a keynote address. Then on Friday, March 31, Munch will be joined by Jon Krakauer, author of the national bestseller Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, and Debbie Osgood, a nationally recognized expert on civil rights laws and regulations that govern institutions of higher education, for a lunch panel discussion. Register for lunch

april is sexual assault awareness month

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. Faculty and staff can stand with DU students to increase awareness and learn about ways to provide a safer, more compassionate campus environment and to more comprehensively support individuals who have expressed concern regarding sexual assault and harassment. Get more information about events during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Women's History Month events

DU's Colorado Women's College has compiled a list of events happening this month in celebration of Women's History Month, both on campus and in the metro area.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame exhibit coming to DU

Opening reception: Thursday, March 30, 4:30-7 p.m.—Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
Cap off Women's History Month at the opening reception for an exhibit featuring the stories of 152 extraordinary Colorado women, past and present. Colorado Women's College is bringing the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame exhibit to campus March 27-June 26. CWC is also hosting the opening reception, where you can view a selection of the panels and portraits of hall of fame inductees who have made their mark in philanthropy, science, the arts, law and advocacy, meet the organizers of the hall and mingle with some of the women included in the hall of fame for their impact on Colorado and the world. Register for the March 30 event.

mental health festival

Thursday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.—Driscoll Green
DU's fourth annual Mental Health Festival will feature Fresh Check Day, an expo-style event designed to bring the entire campus community together to "check in" on the mental well-being of our students. The festival is hosted by DU MIND, a student-led mental health awareness and advocacy organization, in conjunction with DU's Mental Health Week, April 3-7. The DU Mental Health Task Force is collaborating with DU MIND on Fresh Check Day, which brings together interactive, student-led booths with food, prizes and giveaways to create a positive atmosphere, appeal to a wide array of students, connect students to campus and community resources, and promote a caring, inclusive environment.

register for internationalization summit

Friday, April 14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Ruffatto Hall and Driscoll Student Center
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Internationalization Summit. More than 30 sessions throughout the day will focus on engaging content around timely issues such as refugees, migration and the internationalization of higher education. To open the event, there will be a reception and talk from Masha Gessen, a Russian and American journalist, on Thursday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m., and an Innovating Internationalization design thinking workshop on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-noon. And on Friday after the summit, be sure to stay for CultureFest from 4-7 p.m., a 30-year tradition at DU to celebrate and learn more about the rich cultural diversity in our community.

Celebrate spring with DU's annual Springfest

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Springfest at DU. Join the University and surrounding communities for family fun on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Humanities Garden behind Mary Reed. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, yoga and Tai Chi, crafts for all ages and an egg hunt at 11 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Springfest website.


Academic & Administrative Units

uts offering one-on-one technology support

The UTS Help Center is offering opportunities to schedule one-on-one support sessions with full-time technology support specialists, starting Monday, March 27. You can request an appointment by logging in and entering an incident at, or by contacting the Help Center at 303-871-4700. Sessions will be in the walk-in area of the Help Center at Anderson Academic Commons. More information

Center for World Languages & Cultures offering spring quarter language classes

Registration is open for spring classes in American Sign Language, French, Italian and Spanish. Classes begin the week of March 27. Faculty and staff are eligible for a 20 percent discount on noncredit courses with the code FACSTA17 when registering online (some exclusions apply). Learn more and register

Submit your pitches for Fish Out of Water—An Inspirational Night of Storytelling

Event: Wednesday, April 26, 4-6 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
Calling all students, faculty and staff! The DU Leadership Academy is seeking submissions for this 2nd annual storytelling event. Like NPR's Storycorps and The Moth podcast, Fish Out of Water will feature personal stories about being a "Fish Out of Water" – A time when you were totally out of your element. Visit the Fish Out of Water page for more info and submit your story idea by Friday, March 31. Still have questions? Contact Lara Bruce, or 303-871-4509. You can also RSVP now to attend the event on April 26.

Featured DU VideoCast event

The Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver is a first-of-its-kind training program and partnership with community cancer centers. This recorded event was about the psychosocial issues that commonly affect cancer survivors as well as their families and caregivers.

Ritchie School Engineering and CodeART summer day camps—DU employee discount

The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science will be offering four summer day camps this year for high school students, with a $100 discount off the $495 camp fee for children of DU faculty and staff. Registration is now open for the engineering camps and will be coming soon for the CodeART camps. Learn more about the engineering camps (open to students entering 9th-11th grades) and download an application. Email Yvonne Petitt with engineering camp questions. Learn more about the CodeART camps (open to students entering 10th-12th grades). Email Susan Bolton with CodeART questions.

one day for du

On May 24, 2017, the University of Denver community will gather together for the third year in a row to support the institution and the transformative crowdfunding projects of its members on One Day for DU. If you are interested in starting a project to be featured on One Day for DU, please submit your project using this form by April 7. University of Denver sponsored programs and registered student organizations are eligible for participation. Please note that no individual may benefit from the funds raised by One Day for DU.

People News

Creative writing students honored

Congratulations to one alumnus and two students from the creative writing program who are finalists for the 2017 Colorado Book Award: You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior by Carolina Ebeid (current PhD student); 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad (current PhD student); and Potted Meat by Steven Dunn (BA '14, English).

Staff member publishes book

Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer, has published a book along with Tom Green titled Beginning Adobe Animate CC: Learn to Efficiently Create and Deploy Animated and Interactive Content. This is one of the first comprehensive books on Adobe Animate CC to thoroughly examine and demonstrate how to create and deploy interactive and motion design content to mobile, tablet and desktop screens.

HR News

Eight Simple Rules to Managing Conflict (part 1)

Thursday, March 30, 2-4 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall 203
Conflict is unavoidable and has the power to be a real asset to any business or personal relationship if managed correctly. In Part 1, Greg Giesen of People Development, will reveal rules one-to-four on how to manage conflict effectively. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Eight Simple Rules, Part 1. Also know that you can now watch rules one-to-four on the Fridays@Noon videos which will count for part 1 in the Colorado 14ers program as well

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday, March 22, 2-4 p.m.—Margery Reed 203
This highly interactive workshop provides an introduction to emotional intelligence including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Join Mia Elizardi from the People Development team and Julie Casper from Wellness as they guide you through activities throughout the session that will help provide quick and easy ways to develop your emotional intelligence for application in your career and life. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Intro to Emotional Intelligence.

Supervisor Core Competencies workshop 2 (can be taken with or without workshop 1)

Friday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall 203
This highly interactive workshop is appropriate for new or experienced supervisors looking for basic competencies and tools to improve their role as a manager and leader. Content includes: managing diverse populations, team building, conflict resolution and managing meetings. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Management and Supervisory—Supervisor Core Competencies Workshop 2.

Supervisor Core Competencies workshop 1 (can be taken with or without workshop 2)

Friday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—location TBD
This highly interactive workshop is appropriate for new or experienced supervisors looking for basic competencies and tools to improve their role as a manager and leader. Content includes: nature of supervision and communication, performance management and professional development, onboarding, engagement and retention, and utilizing supervisory resources. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Management and Supervisory—Supervisor Core Competencies Workshop 1.


Watch last week's show on Facilitating Effective Meetings.


tiaa virtual environment webinars coming up

Check out these live financial webinars offered by TIAA through the online Virtual Environment:

• April 12, 10-11 a.m. and April 18, 1-2 p.m.: Within Reach: Transitioning from Career to Retirement
• April 12, 1-2 p.m.: Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
• April 13, 10-11 a.m.: Retiring Utilizing Buckets of Money
• April 13, 1-2 p.m. and April 18, 10-11 a.m.: All About IRAs

Reserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).


REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Student Center Pub/Subway (ground floor, north end)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays through May 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesday, through May 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center



banner training workshops

See the UTS Software Training calendar for information and to sign up. Contact Carolyn Bolden with questions.

Join the Office of Teaching and Learning from your home or office this week for the following virtual workshops:

Using Office 365 tools for co-authoring and file sharing
Wednesday, March 22, 10-11 a.m.
This virtual session will demonstrate how to use web-based Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) for coauthoring and editing. We'll also provide an overview of OneDrive for Business. Register

How can I teach with web conferencing?
Thursday, March 23, noon-1 p.m.
Web conferencing tools like Zoom, Adobe Connect and WebEx can be used effectively in both online and traditional face-to-face courses. In this virtual session, we'll discuss use cases, tips and techniques for getting started with web conferencing. Register

Writing Fridays: Weekly writing session still happening during spring break

Friday, March 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—AAC room 284
Sponsored by IRISE and the Writing Center, this workshop is for graduate students and faculty to work on and talk about your article, dissertation, book chapter, conference proposal, class paper or creative project. Bring your lunch; light refreshments will be served. Let us know you're coming using this form. Walk-ins are also welcome. For questions, email or call 303-871-7431.

Featured events

Teacher Transparency and the Creation of Identity Affirming Learning Environments

Thursday, March 23, noon-1:30 p.m.—AAC, The Loft (room 390)
Join Frank Tuitt, senior advisor to the chancellor and provost for diversity and inclusion, and professor of higher education, in an interactive session that aims to investigate how teacher transparency can humanize the instructor and reduce the anxiety and intimidation that can be created by a faculty member's reputation or high-profile status. Boxed lunches provided; please register.


Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.—Newman Center
Hailed by NPR's Fred Child as "one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music," yMusic's six New York City instrumentalists flourish in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their performance for us will include new works by Chris Thile and Pultizer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, co-commissioned by the Newman Center with Carnegie Hall. 20 percent discount for faculty and staff; complimentary parking. More information and purchase tickets

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