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Jan. 27, 2015

Universitywide News

Be a B.O.S.S.

All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. Check out how these student leaders believe, support and listen to their friends. More

It’s On Us

Americans across the country are making a personal commitment to keep women and men safe from sexual assault through the "It's On Us" initiative. "It's On Us" asks everyone to make a personal commitment not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution for campus sexual assault. Several Pioneers made their pledge on this DU "It's On Us" video.

Crimson Friday

Friday, Jan. 30

Show your DU spirit and support our Denver Pioneers athletics teams by wearing crimson and gold this Friday! This week’s home events include:

  • Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. No. 20-ranked Denver Pioneers meet No. 1 Oklahoma at the Burnsley Invitational presented by Porter Adventist Hospital. Pink Night for Breast Cancer Awareness. Tickets only $9.
  • Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth: Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Air Force: Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon
  • Women’s Tennis vs. BYU: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Princeton: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

Winter 2015 University of Denver magazine available online

Visit to read the winter issue of the University of Denver Magazine.

20th Annual University of Denver Women’s Conference: Call for proposals

It is time to submit your proposal to present at DU’s annual Women’s Conference on March 27, 2015. We look forward to continuing our 20-year tradition calling together students, staff, faculty women and allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity. This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring the Power of Possibility.” The deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 30. More

Academic and Administrative Units

SafeTalk – an open forum with Campus Safety

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

In the fall, the Department of Campus Safety conducted a campuswide survey of students, faculty and staff to solicit feedback regarding service levels, perceptions and training programs that Campus Safety provides. To continue this dialogue, Campus Safety has scheduled a series of open forums to receive feedback and share information with the DU community about Campus Safety. You may see the survey results here. We take your feedback seriously; the results of this survey have highlighted our strengths and our weaknesses. More

Applicants sought for Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for advanced study in Israel

DU’s Center for Judaic Studies is accepting applications for the 2015 Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel. Adults of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including educators and students who are working in fields as varied as the arts, wellness, social justice, sustainability and religion. The application deadline is March 16. More

DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics seeking participants for two studies involving knee ligament injury

Participation in either study involves a one-to-two-hour session at the DU Human Dynamics Lab (located within the Ritchie Center), where you will perform activities of daily living and/or muscle strength tests. More

People News

Joshua Biller receives Bruker Thesis Prize 2015

Joshua Biller, research scientist in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received the Bruker Thesis Prize 2015 by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This award recognized outstanding work by PhD students in the field of EPR spectroscopy. Biller has been invited to present at the 48th Annual International Meeting of the ESP Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chancellor Chopp’s Remaking College named among Phi Beta Kappa’s “Top 14 Books of 2014” list

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, named Chancellor Chopp’s book, Remaking College, to its “Top 14 Books of 2014” from recommendations by Phi Beta Kappa staff and members.

Nominate a colleague for the Robin Morgan Outstanding Staff Woman Award

The Robin Morgan Outstanding Staff Woman Award is presented annually by DU’s Women’s Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND) to a staff woman who goes beyond her job responsibilities to advocate for women in the DU community. Learn more about the award, and nominate a colleague no later than Feb. 13.

HR News

Update on SilkRoad Performance

As communicated last week, Human Resources is implementing a new performance management system – SilkRoad Performance – for the current performance year. Testing is currently being done on the goal setting function, and it’s anticipated the new system will roll out to you next week. Stay tuned; HR will provide instructional materials via email and the HR website, and offer training on the system in a lab environment next month. In the meantime, whether you are a manager or an employee, you should now be thinking about and discussing what you and/or your team should be accomplishing this year so you are ready to record goals when the system is live.

DU employee discount of the week: Mad Greens

Show your DU ID at the Mad Greens located at 2073 S. Colorado Blvd. and receive a free beverage. See all DU employee discount offers

Careers at DU

View the most recently posted positions at the University of Denver; you can view these and all posted positions in the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.


Passport is back – Register by Jan. 30

Are your New Year’s resolutions wavering or does the cold weather have you bundling up inside? Join your colleagues on our next Passport journey to some warm weather destinations. Enjoy the support and accountability of a Travel Companion as you help each other with wellness goals. Check out the details of this four-week journey that will begin on Feb. 2. Register now and select your Travel Companion by Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 p.m. MST (if you have not selected a companion by this time, one will be chosen for you. Sorry, no exceptions can be made). Even if you have already gone on a Passport journey you will need to re-register for this trip. 

Faculty and staff Yoga classes

Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Coors Fitness Center, Studio C

Tuesdays: Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga with Blake

Wednesdays: Beginner Iyengar Yoga with Jessica

well@du yoga classes are open to DU faculty and staff at no cost. Registration is not necessary, but please arrive a few minutes early for your first class to complete some brief paperwork. 

DU selected as finalist for the 2015 Healthiest Employer Award

The University has been named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award. The DBJ selected metro-area employers with a focus on employee worksite wellness. Finalists were selected on key considerations such as a tobacco-free workplace, health screenings and assessments, and health education and initiatives. More


Bike Mechanics classes

Members of the DU community have the opportunity to learn bike mechanic skills through classes offered by the Bike Depot in the Nagel basement bike shop. Sign up for classes to feel safer about riding and save yourself the cost of tuneups!

  • Mechanics 101 ($10): Feb. 12
  • Mechanics 201 ($20): Feb. 19


New Records Management resources available

New online resources are available to help you manage DU records. Visit the Records Management Training/Resources page to view the official Records Management policy, records retention/disposition schedules and a list of each department’s liaison who will serve as your department’s initial point of contact for concerns regarding records management. Questions? Contact David Padilla of Enterprise Risk Management at or 303-871-2775.

Winter quarter library workshops

The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many different instructional workshops, guides and tutorials to help the DU community learn about library research. See the full schedule, course descriptions and register here. Upcoming courses:

  • Production 101: Thursday, Jan. 29, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • BrowZine: Friday, Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m.
  • Citations: Chicago Turabian, APA, MLA: Friday, Jan. 30, 1-2 p.m.

Software training workshops

If you or your co-workers are looking for new information or if you are interested in a refresher, please check out the software training calendar and register online. Upcoming sessions:

  • Banner student overview training: Thursday, Jan. 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Banner purchase requisition training: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities

Global Friends program

The Global Friends program is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff to promote cross-cultural friendship on the University of Denver campus. This is a great way to explore the place that we like to call home, and to share Denver with an international student. More

Call for donations for the Second Annual Professional Attire Fair

The Professional Attire Fair is sponsored by the Career Center and the Center for Multicultural Excellence to make business clothing items more accessible to our students. If you have any pieces of professional attire (male or female, any size) that you are not using, please pass them on! Donations can be dropped at the front desk of the Career Center (located beneath the bookstore in the Driscoll Student Center).

Featured Events

Lovely & Amazing: Books and boxes by Alicia Bailey exhibit

Through March 30 – Anderson Academic Commons, main level

Lovely and Amazing, begun in 2006, is a tribute to artist Alicia Bailey’s great-aunt, Ruth Wheeler: a beloved biology teacher, naturalist, youth advocate and feminist who lived and worked in north Denver for 70 years. Ruth found the natural world a place of endless delight. She left behind a collection of biological specimens, notes and photographs, which Bailey has incorporated into a series of three-dimensional collages, boxes and book works.

Pioneers for People coat drive

Through Feb. 6, 2015

The Staff Advisory Council is hosting the sixth annual “Pioneers for People” coat drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. We are collecting new and used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather items. In addition to providing collection boxes across campus throughout the two-week drive, we’re hosting a one-day collection event on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Anderson Academic Commons. More

Winter blood drive

Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Bonfils Blood Center is on campus for the winter blood drive. You can reserve an appointment time by contacting Bonfils at 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines

DU Winter Research/Scholarship Resources Fair

Thursday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons

The Research/Scholarship Fair is a one-day mini conference with two primary foci: increasing your chances of securing funding by leveraging the expertise of professional grant writers, and learning about the array of research resources available to the DU community. Mor 

Lacan and Nietzsche: The Interpretation of the Unconscious/The Interpretation of the Analyst

Thursday, Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 286

A “critical conversation” between psychoanalyst Vanina Muraro and religious studies professor Carl Raschke on the clinical kinship between Jacques Lacan and the philosopher Nietzsche. More

Graduate Research and Performance Summit: Building Bridges Across the Disciplines

Friday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Driscoll Center

The second annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit on cross-disciplinary research aspires to examine the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of graduate student research and professional work. The day will consist of poster sessions and panel presentations. More information and registration

Work On Purpose

Friday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Craig Hall Community Room

Are you passionate about living and working for the social good of your community? The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is hosting a series of workshops that encourage you to use your unique skills to make a social impact. This event is co-sponsored with DU Service and Change and the Living and Learning Communities. Join us for a day of personal reflection towards social change. Snacks and lunch and provided. Sign up here

Policy and Practice: Trends and Challenges Impacting Gifted Learners

Thursday, Feb. 5, 4:30-7 p.m. – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall

Featured panelists include Chester E. Finn, Jr. – distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Rena F. Subotnik – director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association. Please RSVP for this free event.

“Conversations with Chancellor Chopp”

Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 251

Chancellor Chopp will provide updates on DU’s strategic planning process at this session and hear your thoughts and feedback on the ideas to be considered for the future of our University. Don’t miss this opportunity to add your voice to the planning process. RSVP

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education’s 2015 conference – Weaving Together Innovative Thinking and Design: The Future of Differentiation

Friday, Feb. 6 – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Bertie Kingore as well as the 2015 Institute Palmarium Award winner as a lunchtime keynote. Presenters from across the country will be in attendance with sessions geared toward a variety of audiences. More

Winter Carnival

Feb. 6-8 – Keystone Resort

Celebrating the 54-year history of the Winter Carnival – an annual student event – we invite alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to join students for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other high-country fun at Keystone Resort. More

Coping with Change in Higher Education: The Growing Strategic Role of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Monday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall

Join us for a lecture by Professor Barbara Holland, PhD, senior scholar with the Center for Service Learning at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; opening remarks by Chancellor Chopp. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Graduate School of Social Work and Morgridge College of Education. Please register.

Celebrating DU’s 2015 Community Engagement classification

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4-5 p.m. – CCESL (Driscoll South, suite 18)

Join the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and visiting scholar, Dr. Barbara Holland, to celebrate the Carnegie Foundation’s recognition of community engagement at the University of Denver. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, email

Department of Religious Studies annual Kirk Lecture featuring Anthea Butler

Thursday, Feb. 12, 6-9:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Anthea Butler is associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate chair of religious studies. A historian of American and African American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and gender, African American religion, sexuality, and religion and popular culture. More 

Elevating the Conversation: Critical Skills in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management & Support “Learning through Lived Experience”

Friday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium

For far too many years suicide prevention has not engaged the perspectives of those who have lived through suicidal experiences. Because of social stigma and fear, as well as personal shame, a culture of silence prevailed. This year's event is an opportunity to benefit from the lived experience of suicide attempt survivors. This training will also help serve as a bridge to developing a conversation about suicide prevention between mental health policymakers and consumer advocates. (Sponsored in part by DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.) More information and registrationEarly bird registration deadline Jan. 31.

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