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DU Digest

Nov. 24, 2015

Universitywide News

Chopp Talk donates food to those in need in Fort Collins

Due to inclement weather last week, the Chopp Talk event in Fort Collins was rescheduled. Rather than letting the reception food go to waste, Chancellor Chopp arranged for everything to be donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association, which provides the Fort Collins community with assistance to meet basic needs. Thanks to Chancellor Chopp for leading by example in the University’s mission to be a private University dedicated to the public good! Chopp Talk Fort Collins has been rescheduled to April 4, 2016. Email if interested in attending.

University Bookstore open house

Dec. 7-11 – University of Denver Bookstore, Driscoll Student Center

Stop by the bookstore Dec. 7-11 and enjoy special discounts of 25 percent off select items!

Spirituals Project to join Lamont School of Music

Next academic year, the Spirituals Project will become an official University program within the Lamont School of Music. Currently an independent nonprofit founded by DU faculty member Art Jones, the Spirituals Project’s mission is the preservation and revitalization of the music and social justice teachings of the sacred songs called “spirituals.” This music was created and first sung by enslaved African Americans. More

Academic and Administrative Units

Campus Safety receives international accreditation from CALEA

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) has awarded the Division of Campus Safety (DCS) at the University of Denver with its Campus Security Accreditation. The CALEA accreditation program is voluntary and requires the University of Denver’s Division of Campus Safety to comply with 294 standards in order to gain accredited status—a prestigious recognition of public safety professional excellence. More

Internationalization grants

Did you know that DU faculty and staff members can apply for Internationalization grants? Faculty members have a range of funding possibilities, and staff members whose work involves international strategic partner Lund University can also apply. There are specific requirements for each category of grant, including letters of support, project outlines and a detailed budget. Complete information is at the Internationalization Grants webpage at Deadlines are coming up, so act today if interested.

Share your expertise during Teaching and Learning Week!

As part of DU’s upcoming Teaching and Learning Week (Feb. 8-12, 2016), the Office of Teaching and Learning will host an “Unconference” – and we need YOU! The agenda will consist of topics proposed by participants. Presentations are short (15-20 minutes plus discussion) and focused on specific teaching strategies, assignments or technologies, for example. Alternatively, you could lead a guided discussion on a particular challenge or an idea you’d like to kick around with colleagues. Complete this brief proposal form to suggest a topic you would like to present or lead a discussion on during the Unconference. Additional information about Teaching and Learning Week can be found on the OTL website.

Community Language Institute announces winter language classes – 20 percent discount for faculty and staff

The Center for World Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the winter class offerings as part of the new Community Language Institute. The Community Language Institute offers noncredit, nontraditional language learning opportunities to the Denver metro community in the evenings with online practice and cultural exploration, as well as in individual, self-directed language study formats. These classes are ideal for lifelong learners who want to learn a language and build communities around languages and cultures. Winter classes in Sanskrit, French and Spanish (beginner and intermediate levels for French and Spanish) start Jan. 4, 2016. Class descriptions and registration information are available online. To claim your 20 percent discount, use the code FACSTA15 when paying.

Women’s Leadership Council seeks donations for The Gathering Place

Accepting donations through Dec. 4

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. DU’s Women’s Leadership Council has decided to give of our time and personal donations by sponsoring and preparing a lunch for The Gathering Place on Dec. 7. If you would like to join WLC by adding your own personal contribution to The Gathering Place, we will be collecting donations of new toiletries, new socks and underwear for women or children, non-perishable food items of any type, or checks (made out to The Gathering Place). You can drop off your donations at either Linda Kosten’s office (Mary Reed 201B) or Karen Riley’s office (Dean’s Suite, Ruffatto Hall 320) anytime between now and Dec. 4.

People News

Chancellor Chopp and Lauren Casteel named to Colorado Women’s Chamber 25 most powerful women for 2015

Rebecca Chopp, chancellor, and Lauren Casteel, CEO of the Women’s Foundation housed on campus in the Chambers Center, have both been named to the Colorado Women’s Chamber list of “Top 25 Most Powerful Women.” Alumna Katie Kramer also made the cut. More

Brandon Buzbee joins DU as associate vice chancellor for Global Networks

Brandon Buzbee has joined the University of Denver as University Advancement's associate vice chancellor for global networks. In this newly envisioned role at DU, Brandon will be responsible for setting the vision for, and overseeing the execution of, donor pipeline development, industry engagement, student philanthropy, career and professional development services and Universitywide alumni engagement. More

Sarah Pessin receives 2016 Everding Distinguished Lectureship

Sarah Pessin, professor of philosophy and Judaic Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Everding Distinguished Lectureship from the Iliff School of Theology. The lectureship features outstanding speakers from the Anglican-Episcopal, Jewish and Islamic traditions to enrich the education and outreach programming of Iliff and Saint John’s Cathedral.

Vice Provost Emerita Sheila Wright passes away

Sheila Phelan Wright, vice provost emerita at the University of Denver, passed away last week. Sheila was instrumental in developing the Pioneer Leadership Program and Learning Communities. She also helped create the DU-Bologna Center for Civic Engagement in Bologna, Italy. Sheila was a member of DU’s Women’s Leadership Council. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Hamilton Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the Joy Burns Plaza at the Newman Center.

HR News

Meet Janis Bonds, executive assistant to the vice chancellor

Janis Bonds joined the University in September. As executive assistant to the vice chancellor of Human Resources, Janis is the primary point of contact for the Office of Human Resources. Responsibilities include schedule management of appointments and meetings, processing expense reports and ensuring the vice chancellor is fully prepared and has all necessary materials for appointments and meetings. Janis takes a team approach in anticipating the varied needs of a busy and engaged Human Resources office and supports members of the senior management team in Human Resources. More

Change: Managing your emotions and expectations

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon – University Hall, room 304

Change is something that we face on a daily basis. Changes comes in many forms but not always on our terms. In this class, Ken Pinnock, director of people development, provides an overview of why people tend to resist change, how to adapt to change and how to implement change. Register via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Professional & Career Development and select Change. 

Medicare 101 & DU retiree benefits (for DU benefited employees)

Thursday, Dec. 3, 9-10 a.m. – Daniels College of Business, room 100

Are you confused about Medicare? Have you ever wondered about your options? Do you know if you are or will be eligible for DU retiree benefits? DU retirees and Human Resources are hosting an educational session on Medicare and Kaiser Senior Advantage Plan options. This session will focus on the DU Group Senior Advantage Plan and Medicare. Registration is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, HR Processes and select Medicare 101 & DU Retiree Benefits.

Fridays@Noon: Wayne’s World! A Look at the photographs of Wayne Armstrong and stories behind them

Friday, Dec. 11, noon-1 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall, room 203

Join us for the next Fridays@Noon as DU photographer Wayne Armstrong shares some of his best photos over the years and the stories that go along with them. Register via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Professional & Career Development and select Fridays@Noon. Watch past videos, including our last show on “increasing your intuition.”


Check out all the open positions at the University via the Employee tab of PioneerWeb (select “DU Career Opportunities” under the Performance and Career Development section on the left side).


Fall yoga classes-no class this week

Tuesdays through Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Driscoll Student Center, Suite 1880 (no class the week of Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays through Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Driscoll Student Center, Suite 1880 (no class the week of Thanksgiving)

Join Stephanie on Tuesdays for Vinyasa and Jessica on Wednesdays for Iyengar. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; a limited number of mats will be provided. 

Wellmetrics portal: New individual and team challenges

We have launched new challenges for you to join and participate in this fall! As a bonus for the holiday season, join a group of 4-15 colleagues in the Winter Workouts Challenge for a chance to win a $100 gift card! For a complete list of individual challenges and the bonus team challenge, log in to your account


Take the DU Transportation Survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card

Complete this year’s transportation survey for a chance to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards! Do you commute to campus? Are you a loyal user of the RTD College Pass or Eco Pass? An avid bike commuter who wants to see more bike racks or bike lanes around campus? A daily driver with parking improvement ideas? Contribute your ideas and feedback to the 2015 transportation survey to have your voice heard as part of a campuswide transportation planning effort. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is open through Thursday, Nov. 26.

Inclusive Excellence

Queer & Ally training

Queer & Ally (Q&A) level 1 and 2 training provides knowledge, awareness and skills regarding LGBTIQ&A communities at DU and beyond. Sign up for an upcoming session:

  • Friday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Level one
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Level one
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m. – Level two

17th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk 

Nov. 26-29 

The Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk is an annual event in remembrance of the Cheyenne and Arapaho murdered at the massacre, as well as the survivors. It is a critically important event that was conceived to promote healing and understanding within both the Native and non-Native communities affected by the massacre. It also serves as a means of recognizing the ancestral homelands of Cheyenne and Arapaho people as participants make their way from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, northeast of Eads, Colo. to Denver.


2016 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Jan. 21-22, 2016

The 2016 Diversity Summit will explore how each of us can individually contribute to creating an inclusive campus and in the process change our community; registration is now open. Each year, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and the Diversity Summit committee recognize individuals from across the campus who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and contribute to advancing the tenants of Inclusive Excellence at the University of Denver. Through the Provost’s Champions of Change Awards, the Diversity Summit committee recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and/or departments/organizations who contribute to Inclusive Excellence through exemplary leadership. Review the criteria and submit your nominations today.



Mindfulness and Meditation: Stress reduction workshop

Fridays, Jan. 15-March 4, noon-1:30 p.m. – Sie Center, room 150

Join this free, eight-week series on mindfulness and meditation taught by Claude De’Estrée, Buddhist chaplain at DU, professor at the Josef Korbel School and director of the Human Trafficking Center. Required reading: Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark William and Danny Penman. Registration required

Featured Events

Register now for Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Sunday, Dec. 20, lunch served starting at noon – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center

Save the date for the annual faculty, staff and retiree appreciation day, hosted by Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation. Join us for lunch starting at noon. DU Men’s Basketball will take on Eastern Washington at 1 p.m., and Women’s Basketball faces Colorado St. at 4 p.m. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 15. VIP cards for DU faculty and staff are only $99 and are good for tickets to all soccer, volleyball and basketball games. Call 303-871-2336 for more information and to order.

More Athletics events over break

In addition to the appreciation day Dec. 20, DU faculty, staff and students can also get free tickets to other basketball and hockey games over the winter break. See Chancellor Chopp’s email for details.

Save the Date: Winter Carnival 

Feb. 1-7, 2016

From skiing and snowboarding, to ice skating and chili cook-offs, Winter Carnival is one of DU’s favorite traditions. Mark your calendars for a weekend you won’t want to miss! More

Battle on the Blake: DU Pioneer’s Hockey vs. Colorado College

Saturday, Feb. 20, Coors Field

Don’t miss “Battle on the Blake,” the first collegiate hockey game ever played at Coors Field! This game will also mark the first time that DU and CC have faced off in an outdoor match. The DU-CC rivalry dates back to 1950, with the Pioneers having gone 165-116-17 in 298 all-time meetings with the Tigers. Denver swept Colorado College in the teams' four-game season series this past season to reclaim the Gold Pan Trophy, bestowed annually upon the winner of the DU-CC series. Get your tickets today!

Save the Date: 21st Annual DU Women’s Conference

Friday, April 1, 2016

The theme for this year’s conference is “Not Just a Women’s Conference: Issues that Affect Women Impact Everyone.” Co-Chairs are Theresa Hernandez, associate director for Library Operations, John Nichols, director of the William T. Driscoll Student Center and Erin Whinnery, Inclusive Excellence fellow, Campus & community Partnerships.


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