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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Tuesday, May 6, 11 a.m. – Lot O (2190 E. Iliff Ave.)
(April 22, 2014) Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the University's newest building; the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. Please RSVP.

It's Sexual Assault Awareness Week at DU

(April 22, 2014) Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in the U.S. and campuses across the country host events aiming to further educate university communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This week, DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) is hosting these on-campus events.

Shared Services Initiative committee continues exploration phase

(April 22, 2014) The Shared Services Initiative launched in January is in the midst of its second phase, exploring options for delivering business services campus-wide. In this phase, the Shared Services committee is working to test ideas before implementation is discussed. The third phase will be drafting recommendations to present to the chancellor and senior staff. Faculty and staff members can read more about this work by logging in (with your webCentral credentials) to the Shared Services Initiative Portfolio site. If you have questions or hear something about Shared Services you want to verify, email


Academic and Administrative Units

DU Service and Change fundraiser: The elephant in the room

Monday, April 28-Friday, May 2
(April 22, 2014) DU Service and Change (DUSC) has organized an interactive campuswide fundraising campaign for Smith and Munroe Elementary Schools. Smith and Munroe are attending this year's Day of Action as part of the annual Diversity Summit, and they are in need of resources to provide a quality education to their students. During the Elephant in the Room fundraiser, DU students can donate $3 to send a cardboard elephant cutout to professor's offices. You can then donate $3 to have the elephant speedily removed by a DUSC volunteer, or donate $1 extra to send the elephant along to another faculty member's office. The "elephant" on every university campus represents college access inequality. If you do not wish to participate, email to officially opt out of the event.

Student Activities accepting nominations and recognitions for the 2014 Pioneer Awards Ceremony

(April 15, 2014) The Pioneer Awards Ceremony is DU's annual campus-wide awards ceremony. Please participate in this ceremony by submitting the names of the award winners in your department for the academic year and allowing the Office of Student Activities to coordinate the presentation of all awards in one comprehensive program.


HR News

Benefited employees: Open Enrollment is May 1-15, information sessions begin next week

(April 22, 2014) If you are eligible for employer-provided health benefits, annual open enrollment is your opportunity to make changes to your current voluntary benefits provided through the DU health plan. The 2014-2015 benefits overview will be mailed out the first week of May, and you are encouraged to attend an hourlong information session.


Benefits Fair for all DU employees

Wednesday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Ritchie Center concourse
(April 22, 2014) The annual benefits fair showcases the wide range of offerings available to all DU employees. Learn about employee discounts as well as campus organizations designed to enhance your DU experience, and don't miss out on all the swag!

Coffee Break Series: Developing critical thinkers (NEW)

Tuesday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. – Mary Reed Building, DuPont Room
(April 22, 2014) This 30-minute discussion will provide an overview of how to develop critical thinking skills and different techniques to apply for each situation. Come prepared to jump right in and start thinking about thinking. We will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Coffee provided. RSVP to

Our past is your future: The history of DU (NEW)

Tuesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, DuPont Room
(April 22, 2014) Explore how it all began. This short 45-minute overview will take you on an exciting adventure of DU's past to present-day campus living. RSVP to


Wellness Incentive Program

(April 22, 2014) DU offers a significant health care premium credit when you complete the Wellness Incentive Program: the Total Health Assessment (online) and a biometric screening. If you are unable to attend an on-campus screening find out how you can still submit your biometrics before the May 15, 2014 deadline.

Eat well@du: Healthy recipe of the week

(April 22, 2014) This week's dish: Crustless Quiche with Mushrooms.


April is Earth Month!

FreeCycle Day

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Driscoll Bridge
(April 22, 2014) Give your gently used materials a new life! During FreeCycle day you can donate anything you want to repurpose (that is still in working condition) and take items others have donated. In the spirit of the original FreeCycle movement, we recommend you donate an item before you take an item.

Fifth Annual Earth Day Summit

Friday, April 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Ricketson Law Building
(April 22, 2014) The annual Earth Day Summit encourages social, environmental and economic sustainability and provides tools and guidance for attendees to take action to live more conscious lives. Please save the date for this free event presented by the DU Environmental Team in partnership with the Center for Sustainability and the Sturm College of Law Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society (NRELS). Registration is now open!

Permaculture Garden Uproot Day

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Permaculture Garden (west of Cherrington Hall)
(April 22, 2014) DU's Permaculture Garden is moving to make room for the new International Relations Complex. Spend a beautiful spring morning outdoors and help us transplant the garden to its new home at West High School. Bring your gardening tools, and don't forget water and sunscreen. Free food, giveaways, music and take-home plants make this a service project you don't want to miss (and when you're done, log your hours for the 1864 Service Challenge)! No RSVP necessary; early arrival encouraged.

Inclusive Excellence

Registration now open for the 13th Annual Diversity Summit

May 8-10
(April 22, 2014) For the first time, the 2014 Diversity Summit will host an event open to the broader community on Thursday evening: a screening and discussion of the documentary American Promise. Friday, May 9, is the traditional summit day of engaging workshops, speakers and awards. Saturday will be the second annual Day of Action, bringing primary school students and their families to campus to learn about paths to higher education. Register today!

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