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July-Aug. 2015

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Vinnik Fellowship award recipients announced

(Aug. 25, 2015) The Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel honors the life of the late Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik, esteemed physician, scholar, professor of medicine and respected community leader and activist. By providing funds for educational travel to Israel, the fellowship honors Dr. Vinnik's wish to foster increased understanding of Israel, Judaism, and Israeli and Jewish culture. This year’s recipients are: Rachele DiFebbo, Ivor S. Douglas, Rachel Fenn, Maha Foster, Amy Oppenheimer-Abitbol, Tiffany Sanders, Chany Scheiner and Keelie Sorel.


Joseph Labrecque publishes Flash CC Mobile App Development course

(Aug. 18, 2015) Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer, published a new course for Flash and ActionScript designers and developers.


Anne DePrince to receive 2015 Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award

Anne DePrince(Aug. 11, 2015) SafeHouse Denver has announced that Anne DePrince, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, will receive the 2015 Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award. This award will be presented at the Hope Gala on Oct. 17 in recognition of Anne’s outstanding efforts in providing inspiration and leadership to end domestic violence in our community.

Anne is a professor in the Department of Psychology where she contributes to the Child Clinical and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience programs. The co-editor of three volumes on trauma and violence, her research has been recognized with federal funding as well as local and national awards.  

According to SafeHouse Denver, “A longtime friend to SafeHouse Denver and champion for victim services, Anne's research has included an in-depth study of the Triage Team Project, as well as interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Anne's thorough and well-respected research has been a guiding and validating force for our service delivery at SafeHouse Denver. Her passion for improving victim services has directly benefited the adults, children and youth that we serve.”

Past recipients of the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award include, among others, former Governor Bill Ritter, Margaret Abrams, Ruth Glenn, Steve Siegel, Judge Brian T. Campbell, Mayor Michael Hancock, former Denver Police Chief Gerald R. Whitman.

Joseph Labrecque releases new tutorial

(Aug. 11, 2015) Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer, released a new tutorial on entitled, “Building custom HTML5 video playback with AngularJS.”


Retirement celebration for Nancy Allen

Friday, Sept. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join us as we celebrate the service and accomplishments of Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries since 1992. As the longest serving DU library dean, the third-longest serving dean in University history, and the longest serving female dean at the University, Nancy has managed collections and services for the main library and the music library, and oversaw the design and construction of the nationally acclaimed Anderson Academic Commons. Please RSVP

Welcome new senior leader: Barbara Brooks, associate vice chancellor for communications and community engagement

(July 14, 2015) Barbara Brooks will be joining the Division of Marketing and Communications as the associate vice chancellor for communications and community engagement in September.

Barbara brings a wealth of experience as an effective strategist, writer, publicist and adviser to leadership within both the private sector and higher education, in marketing communications, crisis PR, internal communications and media relations. In her new role as AVC, Barbara will be responsible for increasing the University’s global reputation and brand recognition through a strategy focused on media relations (traditional and new) and public engagement. She also will drive employee engagement through development of communications in support of employee programs and will be responsible for amplifying the University as a thought leader via strategic placement of the University’s leadership team and internal subject-matter experts.

She is joining us after 10 years at Colgate University, where she was most recently the associate vice president for marketing and public relations. At Colgate, Barbara helped create persuasive narratives and developed a variety of highly creative campaigns that fulfilled a number of institutional priorities for the university, from reputation building to admission recruiting, sexual health and safety to alumni engagement and fundraising. Previously, Barbara was director of marketing and communications at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and held senior positions at two marketing and public relations agencies in New York City.    

Barbara is an alumna of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and earned her master of fine arts in creative writing from the Writing Seminars program at Bennington College.  

Please join us in welcoming Barbara.

Christopher Hill to be featured panelist at CELL event

(July 14, 2015) Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, will participate in the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) event as a panelist on the rise of ISIL, the instability in the Middle East and the implications to U.S. and domestic and foreign policy.


Chancellor Chopp named Aspen Fellow, brings educator’s voice to Ideas Festival

Chancellor Chopp(July 7, 2015) University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp was recently named an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellow, part of the first class of 28 emerging leaders selected by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. She joined other Fellows at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival which concluded on July 4 in Aspen, Colorado. DU Digest spoke to the chancellor about her selection and attendance at the festival, both of which acknowledge and further dialogue with thought leaders on issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

Q. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations operate as a grant-making institution primarily in the areas of private higher education, secondary education, graduate theological education, health care and public television. What’s significant about being named among the organization’s first class of Aspen Fellows?

A. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations believed there was a need to have more people who are involved in education at the Aspen Ideas Festival to contribute to the many conversations. The Foundations also wanted to support innovative leaders in education and to engage such leaders in conversation about the future of innovation, leadership and excellence in education.

Q. The Aspen Ideas Festival is known for bringing together public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds. With such a wide array, what stood out for you at this year’s event?

A. There were so many sessions and so many people, it is hard to say any one thing stood out! I attended several sessions on neuroscientific research relating to children and the developing brain. It was fascinating. I also attended various sessions on international issues, the quest for meaningfulness, the nature of millennials, and one session on women and leadership. One of my favorite sessions featured artists who are using art to transform neighborhoods in Detroit and Houston.

Q. What new insights or ideas did you hear at the Ideas Festival that could involve or impact higher education?

A: I saw a great hunger for political conversation across party lines on difficult topics such as climate change, poverty and education. Maybe it is just the nature of being in Aspen, but I did sense that people were really anxious to start framing problems in a way that could lead to joining together to find solutions. I think the role of the arts in innovation, community engagement and cultural change was emphasized in a powerful fashion.  The need for new moral leadership stood out as especially relevant for higher ed. But critically speaking, I became concerned about the lack of institutional and historical analysis or awareness, especially in some of the sessions focusing on millennials. Indeed, I have suggested to the planners that some sessions at next year’s Aspen Institute be focused on the importance of history and the importance of building and changing institutions. There was too much overlap between the celebration of individual entrepreneurship and how to find individual meaningfulness. It was as if there was a subtle message that everyone should just focus on his or her own meaning and success. I don’t think we can live without institutions and I know it is not wise to ignore the lessons of history as we face the problems in our country and around the world.

Q. What’s next for the Arthur Vining Davis Fellows?

A. I think the Foundations, ably led by Nancy Cable, will invite another group of innovative leaders to be Aspen Fellows next year. The Fellows will serve as consultants, of sort, to the Foundations. I have already been in contact with several Fellows I met who work on persistence rates especially among underrepresented groups on campus. So what is next for me as a fellow is to follow up with some of the new resources this group could bring to DU.

Catherine Smith on the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

(July 7, 2015) DU faculty experts are regularly in demand to provide comment and context around major issues, in outlets ranging from the external media to our own DU Magazine. Catherine Smith is a Sturm College of Law professor and co-author of an amicus brief cited by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.


Welcome new senior leaders to DU

(July 7, 2015) July 1 marked the start of three new senior leaders at our University: Armin Afsahi , vice chancellor for University Advancement; Liliana Rodriguez, vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and JB Holston, dean for the Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering. Please join us in welcoming these leaders to our campus.

Welcome Siri Slater, Title IX investigator

(July 7, 2015) The Office of Equal Opportunity is pleased to announce the appointment of Siri Slater as a Title IX investigator. Siri joins DU from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she served in the same role. Siri’s experience and background make her a wonderful addition to the Title IX team; please join us in welcoming her to DU. Learn more about Title IX and sexual respect at DU at