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September-October 2014

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Q&A with Sergeant Stephen Banet, crime prevention specialist, Campus Safety

Stephen Banet(Oct. 21, 2014) Sergeant Banet has been with the University of Denver for nearly 13 years. We sat down to talk shop with him.

Q: Give us an overview of the services Campus Safety provides to faculty, staff and students.

A: We provide most every service that is offered by a police department: investigations, vehicle jump starts, foot escorts, patrol, office and classroom lockouts, crime prevention and victim services. We don’t just do emergencies.

We also offer a variety of training, including R.A.D. (Rape  Aggression Defense for women, Resisting Aggression with Defense for men), Intro to Self-Defense, CPR & AED, Active Shooter and “Mace in Your Face,” just to name a few.  You can always contact us to schedule training for your unit!

Q: What are some things people may not know about DU’s Department of Campus Safety?

A: Forty-five percent of our officers have served as military police, sheriffs, or city police officers, and 43 percent identify as people of color. DU Campus Safety officers receive over 360 hours of training before they are allowed to work alone. This includes campus geography, self-defense and arrest control, report writing, University policies, state and local laws, first aid and CPR.

We are involved in the CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation process for security agencies. This accreditation process demonstrates that we pay attention to best practices in our field relating to hiring, training, and establishing and following a set of written directives.

Q: How does being in the middle of a metro area like Denver affect your job in Campus Safety?

A: It definitely provides us with some unique challenges. Since we are a private campus, but open to the public, our officers often encounter individuals that have no real business on campus and are at times involved in criminal enterprise, such as theft and assault.

Additionally, things that happen on or near campus affect the quality of life of our neighbors. For example, if students are having a disruptive house party in the neighborhood, it’s on us to take care of it. When we can match the address with a student, we can refer the student to DU’s student conduct office.

We also receive calls from DPD (Denver Police Department) to identify students taken into custody as DU students. In these cases, students will also go through DU student conduct in addition to police charges.

Q: Clearly, Campus Safety at times has to play a policing role on campus, but talk about the many ways you work with the campus community to prevent incidents.

A: Campus Safety practices Community Oriented Policing (COP), the core of which is community involvement. Basically, COP encourages law enforcement agents to get out in the public and make contact with people. We find out what areas they’re having problems with and see if we can help improve their quality of life. We can also help people to solve their own problems through education.

At DU, our officers are required to complete a certain number of what we call “PR’s”, which are contacts with University community members during the course of their shift. We also present in front of all incoming freshmen and transfer students during Discoveries week, plus we speak to all incoming employees at the in-person Thriving at DU sessions. We also attend the Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) meetings which are held monthly at Denver Police Department District 3 to hear about issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.  

We’re always working on expanding our outreach, and we’re currently growing our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Q: What would you describe as the number one safety tip for folks on campus (including faculty, staff, students and guests)?

A: I actually have two tips that I’d like to share. The first concerns personal safety and that is to always pay attention to what is going on around you; be alert. The second deals with property crime, which is our most reported type of crime. Never leave your valuables unattended, even for a minute. Lock your office door and if you have a cubicle, have a drawer set aside in which you can secure your belongings while you are away.

The second part to both of the above is call us if you see something suspicious or if something doesn’t feel right. Call us right away at 303-871-2334, and don’t talk yourself out of calling us!

Q: You mentioned stolen property is the most reported crime on campus; what are some simple steps we can take to prevent it?

A: Over 70 percent of property crime on campus comes from unsecured or improperly secured items. Prevention is as simple as securing your valuables.

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment at DU?

A: I was recognized by DPD for assisting in the apprehension of an individual who was wanted for serial sex crimes. While monitoring the CCTV system, I observed him attempting to gain entry to the women’s locker room at the Ritchie Center. I called in other officers who actually made the stop. It was a true team effort. Read more about the commendation

There are so many intangibles with crime prevention. I feel good that we’re giving it our best shot every day. It’s a group effort; we all have a common goal.

Sturm College of Law’s Randy Wagner honored for volunteer activities at DU

(Oct. 7, 2014) SRandy Wagnerince arriving at the University of Denver four years ago, Wagner has steadily focused his attention on sustainability and diversity on campus. For his work, Wagner was recognized with the 2014 Crimson and Gold Award at the Oct. 2 Convocation ceremony. 




Conor McGarrigle receives 2014 Leonardo Award for Excellence

Conor McGarrigle(Oct. 7, 2014) The 2014 Leonardo Award for Excellence has been awarded to Conor McGarrigle, professor in Emergent Digital Practices, for his article “Augmented Resistance: The Possibilities for AR and Data Driven Art,” published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) Vol. 19, No. 1, 2013. Conor McGarrigle is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of digital networks and real space. His work is concerned with the integration of location-aware technologies into the everyday and the spatial implications of ubiquitous data collection regimes.

His practice is characterized by digitally mediated urban interventions, with projects ranging from situationist dérives to augmented reality mappings of the geography of the Irish financial collapse. Exhibitions include the 2011 Venice Biennale, SIGGRAPH, La Biennale internationale du design de Saint-Étienne, FILE São Paulo and SITE Santa Fe. He received his PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012.
The Leonardo Award for Excellence recognizes excellence in articles published in Leonardo publications. Previous winners include Rudolf Arnheim, Otto Piene, Charles Ames, Frieda Stahl, Donna Cox, Janet Saad-Cook, George Gessert, Alvin Curran, Karen O’Rourke, Eduardo Kac, Hubert Duprat with Christian Besson, José Carlos Casado with Harkaitz Cano, Bill Seaman, Arthur Elsenaar with Remko Scha and Steve Mann.
Leonardo journal and book series editors, staff editors and project heads reviewed all articles published in Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal and Leonardo Electronic Almanac in 2013 to select this year’s winner. For more information about the Leonardo Awards Program, visit

Rachel Walsh publishes Ugo Foscolo’s Tragic Vision in Italy and England

Rachel Walsh(Oct. 7, 2014) Associate Professor of Italian Rachel Walsh recently published her first book, Ugo Foscolo’s Tragic Vision in Italy and England with University of Toronto Press.



Joseph Labrecque publishes Adobe Flash Professional CC Learn by Video

(Oct. 7, 2014) This critically-acclaimed interactive training program from Adobe Press offers exceptional quality high-definition video to teach the fundamentals of Adobe Flash Professional CC (2014 release). Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer with the Office of Teaching and Learning, presents a comprehensive introduction to Flash Professional, including best practices as well as fundamental concepts of animation and interactivity.


CME’s Debbie Mixon Mitchell to receive 2014 Outstanding Service Award at Convocation

Debbie Mixon Mitchell(Sept. 30, 2014) A passionate advocate of equity and inclusion, Debbie Mixon Mitchell is a constant example of what it means to be caring, responsive, courteous and accountable to others.




Convocation awards will recognize faculty excellence

(Sept. 30, 2014) The University of Denver prizes research that benefits the public good and teaching that transforms the lives of students. Purposeful research and inspired teaching are celebrated each year with an awards presentation at the fall Convocation ceremony.


Anne DePrince participates in Vice President Joe Biden’s roundtable to combat domestic violence

Anne DePrince(Sept. 30, 2014) Anne DePrince, director of DU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Vice President Joe Biden on domestic violence. DePrince was the only researcher present and was able to highlight her team’s findings from their community-engaged research on the subject.


Introducing Dr. Susan Zvacek, associate provost for the advancement of teaching and learning

Susan Zvacek(Sept. 30, 2014) Please help us welcome Dr. Svacek, who will be joining the University on Oct. 1.



Sturm College of Law faculty members Theodore Z. Gelt and Stephen Pepper to receive 2014 Law Stars awards

(Sept. 23, 2014) Gelt, adjunct professor, will receive the Thompson G. Marsh Award, and Professor Pepper will receive the Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award at the Oct. 2 DU Law Stars event.


Joseph Labrecque appointed to Adobe Education Leader Advisory Board

(Sept. 23, 2014) Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer with the Office of Teaching and Learning, has been chosen as the newest higher education representative on the Adobe Education Leader Advisory Board. The board exists as a way to provide direct representation of educational institutions to the Adobe Education Worldwide Team. This is a three-year term appointment.

Retirement party for Phil Tripp

Friday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m. – Joy Burns Center atrium

(Sept. 16, 2014) Please join us to celebrate the retirement of Phil Tripp, senior software specialist, UTS, after 29 years of dedicated service to DU!

Lynn Gangone to be Honored at “Aspire to Inspire” luncheon

Lynn Gangone

Friday, Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Fritz Knoebel Event Center

(Sept. 16, 2014) Lynn Gangone, dean of Colorado Women's College, will be honored at the "Aspire to Inspire Luncheon." The luncheon supports Project Aspire in helping provide scholarships to women seeking to complete their degrees. Proceeds will go towards Colorado Women’s College student scholarships.




Joseph Hutchison appointed Colorado’s Poet Laureate

(Sept. 9, 2014) Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has introduced Joseph Hutchison, faculty and interim director for Arts & Culture and Global Affairs at University College, as the new Colorado Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature statewide. Hutchison will carry on the tradition and duties over the next four years by presenting the opening poem for the Colorado General Assembly legislative session, visiting schools and libraries across the state, reading at literary festivals and presenting poetry at public events. 

HTML5 Game Development with Phaser, with Joseph Labrecque

(Sept. 2, 2014) Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer with the Office of Teaching and Learning, has a new publication out on HTML5 Game Development with Phaser shows you how to put Phaser to work, creating a multistate game that can be played on both desktop browsers and mobile devices.