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DU Digest

Nov. 25, 2014

Universitywide News

University of Denver ranks among most popular colleges in the U.S.

DU is the 17th most popular college in America, according to a PolicyMic report.


1864 Service Challenge – only 12,000 more hours to go!

We’re about 12,000 hours shy of our goal of 186,400 community service hours in the 1864 Service Challenge! Learn more and log your hours today at

Care4Colorado Toy Drive

Through Dec. 17

Once again this year, DU’s Division of Athletics and Recreation is supporting the CBS4 Care4Colorado Toy Drive. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift card this holiday season to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. Drop off your donation at the Ritchie Center Box Office, the Coors Fitness Center, or prior to any hockey, basketball, or gymnastics meet now through Dec. 17.



Academic and Administrative Units

Center for Statistics and Visualization Open House

Thursday, Dec. 4, noon-2 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, room 152

Are you curious about the Center for Statistics and Visualization? Wonder how we can help you with your research endeavors? Come to our open house and hear about the services we offer to campus researchers, see our visualization facilities, including the only Prysm display wall in the state of Colorado, and learn about how you can use our facilities to communicate with your researchers in a high-impact way.



People News

Dean Saitta receives AAUP William S. Tacey Award

Dean Saitta, professor and chair of Anthropology, received the William S. Tacey Award for his service as co-president of the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Tacey Award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to a state conference over a number of years, including championing academic freedom and shared governance.



HR News

Special enrollment opportunity: New Long-Term Care insurance program

The University has a new benefit offering – Long-Term Care insurance. We are having a special enrollment opportunity from Nov. 1-Dec. 12, 2014. There is one last informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3.


Careers at DU

We are now including the most recently posted positions at the University of Denver in DU Digest; you can view these and all posted positions in the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.

DU employee discount for Los Lobos: Disconnected

Saturday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. – Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join the Colorado Symphony after the Thanksgiving holiday for a special concert experience in downtown Denver! Fusing rock, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Mexican sounds for 40 years, Los Lobos have emerged from their self-ascribed status as the “soundtrack of the barrio” to become household names. True to form, the rockers are returning to their roots to perform an intimate, career-spanning acoustic set that sheds new light on old favorites. Purchase $25 tickets using promo code DU20.



Healthy Holiday Challenge

Maintain your weight over the holidays and earn a $15 Amazon gift card with the Healthy Holiday Challenge! Visit the Weigh and Win kiosk in the Driscoll Bridge by this Wednesday, Nov. 26, to complete a pre-holiday weigh-in. If you stay within one pound by the post-holiday weigh-in, Jan. 1-8, 2015, you’ll earn a $15 Amazon gift card! All information collected by Weigh and Win remains confidential.

Nutrition Lunch ‘n Learn Series: “Hidden Ingredients in Food Labels”

Thursday, Dec. 4, noon-1 p.m. – University Hall, room 306

Registered Dietician Holly Klamer will share her secrets on hidden ingredients and what to watch out for on food labels; don't let the grocery store’s marketing fool you! Healthy snacks will be provided and feel free to bring your own lunch. Register via PioneerWeb under Employee: Training: Wellness. 

well@du is now on Facebook

Like us on Facebook for weekly nutrition and health posts, and up-to-date information on classes, programs and workshops. 


Inclusive Excellence

Native American Heritage Month: Volunteer for the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run

Wednesday, Dec. 3

This year marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre. The run is a commemoration for victims and survivors of the massacre, and for healing of ancestral homelands. Volunteers are needed all day on Wednesday, Dec. 3; sign up here. If you’re unable to volunteer, please join us on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at 15th and Arapahoe Avenue in downtown Denver (the original location of the University of Denver) for the presentation of the Captain Silas Soule Memorial Plaque and to walk the final mile to the Colorado State Capitol.

Learn more

See the full list of Native American Heritage Month events

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Still Matters”

Jan. 22-23, 2015

This year the annual Diversity Summit will kick off with TED-like talks featuring the Renew DU postdoctoral fellows and other researchers who are part of the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). The day will also feature lunch with MSNBC analyst and civil rights lawyer Michelle Bernard, followed by faculty, staff and student-led workshops and a time for action and engagement. As you are preparing your courses for the winter quarter, please consider incorporating the Diversity Summit as part of your syllabi. 

More information and registration


Faculty and Staff Workshops

Canvas workshops

The winter break is the perfect time for instructors to make the switch from Blackboard to Canvas. The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering several workshops and open labs to help with the transition. The workshops will have both in-person and online versions and include:

  • Canvas Basics
  • Turn Your Blackboard Course into a Canvas Course
  • Quizzes, Assignments, and Grading in Canvas
  • Why Quality Matters: Tips for Creating a Student-Friendly Canvas Course
  • Open labs

More information and registration


Featured Events

The holidays bring music, dance and sports to campus

Although many students have left for winter break, the University of Denver remains abuzz with holiday activities and athletics events.


Tradition & Legacy exhibit

Through Dec. 1, 2014 – Anderson Academic Commons

Don’t miss your chance to see this interactive exhibit in honor of the University’s sesquicentennial! If you haven’t taken this opportunity to travel through time and explore the University of Denver's remarkable story, stop by the AAC this week!


“A Dream of Temporary Space”

Sunday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. – Counterpath Press

In conjunction with Counterpath, the University of Denver Creative Writing program invites you to the opening of “A Dream of Temporary Space,” an installation by Dennis Rosenfeld. The opening will feature a reading by DU student Kameron Bashi, who will read from his work. 


Staff Advisory Council Winter Social

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8:30 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) invites you to meet fellow employees from across the University while learning a bit about DU's history as we close out the sesquicentennial! Join the SAC for a 30-minute presentation from University Historian Steve Fisher, with a reception following. Coffee and bagels will be provided. All DU employees are welcome; please RSVP.

CrImmigration: Crossing the Border Between Criminal Law and Immigration Law

Feb. 6-7, 2015 – Sturm College of Law

Registration is now open for the DU Law Review symposium, CrImmigration: Crossing the Border Between Criminal Law and Immigration Law. The emerging field of crimmigration law explores the convergence of criminal law and immigration law. Once two distinct areas of law, the fields have become increasingly intertwined as a result of recent political, social and legal developments. This transformation has created a dramatic shift in the interplay between courts and law enforcement with escalating consequences for immigrants.


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