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DU ranks number one for undergraduates studying abroad

(Nov. 18, 2014) From Argentina to Australia, Bolivia to Belgium, the University of Denver sends its students around the world each year to take part in study-abroad programs that help shape their lives and careers. According to the 2014 Open Doors report released Nov. 17 by the Institute of International Education, DU is number one in the nation among national doctoral and research institutions in the percentage of undergraduate students who participate in study-abroad programs. 


Chancellor’s website features first community feedback video

(Nov. 18, 2014) Chancellor Chopp reports on the community feedback themes she’s been hearing and shares insights on the University’s strategic planning process already underway in this video. The chancellor’s website – – has also been updated to include a new set of questions seeking feedback from DU community members, a “News & Updates” tab where you can see the chancellor’s appearances in the news media as well as her letters to the DU community, and a “Strategic Planning” section where you can keep up to date on the University’s strategic planning process.

Crimson Friday!

Friday, Nov. 21

(Nov. 18, 2014) Show your DU spirit and support our Denver Pioneers athletics teams by wearing crimson and gold this Friday! This weekend, our Denver Pioneers Hockey team will be at home taking on Air Force on Friday and meeting Wisconsin on Saturday! Men’s Basketball will also be at home on Sunday playing Coppin State. See the full schedule and get your tickets at!

Care4Colorado Toy Drive

Through Dec. 17

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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

Students for Africa: Call for Papers 

(Nov. 18, 2014) Students for Africa has the pleasure of inviting undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on a carefully considered original topic related to the African continent with preference given to the topic of African higher education. Submissions are due Monday, Dec. 15. For details, please visit the Students for Africa Portfolio site.


People News

Frank Tuitt to receive 2014 Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award

(Nov. 18, 2014) Frank Tuitt, associate provost for inclusive excellence, will receive the 2014 Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award this week at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference. This award is given annually for exemplary research contributions related to underrepresented populations of color. The recipient is vetted through a subcommittee constituted by doctoral students and faculty, by the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation (ASHE-CEP).

Professor Emeritus Goldman makes Thomson Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list

(Nov. 18, 2014) NSM’s Physics & Astronomy Professor Emeritus Aharon Goldman is recognized in the Reuters’ Thomson Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list, which is populated by scientists from top research institutions worldwide, including many Nobel Prize laureates.


Loss of Professor Emeritus Joe Hornback

(Nov. 18, 2014) Professor Emeritus Joseph M. Hornback passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10. Dr. Hornback joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Denver as assistant professor in 1970. Professor Hornback loved teaching and cared deeply about his students. Joe will be deeply missed by his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and around the University. Plans for memorial services are pending. 


HR News

Special enrollment opportunity: New Long-Term Care insurance program

(Nov. 18, 2014) The University has a new benefit offering – Long-Term Care insurance. We will have a special enrollment opportunity from Nov. 1-Dec. 12, 2014; informational meetings are being held this week.


Careers at DU

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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.



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

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

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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, November

"Raven Cry Message from the Stronghold" art exhibit

Through Nov. 21 – Anthropology Museum, Sturm Hall, first floor

(Nov. 18, 2014) This exhibit features works by Walt Pouier.

Volunteer for the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run

Wednesday, Dec. 3

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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 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

Campus Climate for Students Working Group requests your feedback

(Nov. 18, 2014) The Campus Climate for Students Working Group is charged with developing institutional recommendations to improve the campus climate for all students with special focus on three subsets of students: domestic students of color, LGBTIQA students and international students. As a final part of the information gathering process, we invite you to share your thoughts with the working group by answering a brief, anonymous survey.


IRISE Research and Creative Works Grants Request for Proposals

(Nov. 18, 2014) The IRISE Research/Creative Work Grant aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative works that seek to deepen our understanding of inequalities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation) that impact the quality of life for historically marginalized communities and/or to promote equality in diverse communities.


Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Jan. 22-23, 2015

(Nov. 18, 2014) Registration is now open for the 2015 Diversity Summit! The theme, “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Sill Matters!” refers to a peaceful multiracial march that took place in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965. The march was to draw attention to the call for equal voting rights in this country. Met with violence, their efforts helped call national attention to the need for comprehensive voting rights legislation; and the federal Voting Rights Act became law on Aug. 6, 1965. This year's 14th annual Diversity Summit will focus on actions that made progress possible 50 years ago and what we can do today to continue the struggle for social justice and equality in the United States. Register today!


Faculty and Staff Workshops

Canvas workshops

(Nov. 18, 2014) 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


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