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November-December 2016

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Founder of Center for Oncological Psychology Excellence (COPE) named one of Bizwomen's women to watch

(Dec. 20, 2016) Diane Simard, founder of COPE at the Graduate School of Psychology, was named to Bizwomen's national 100 women to watch list. In addition to her work with COPE, Simard is the co-founder of Aero Electric Aircraft Group. The article states "Simard's impact on her community goes well beyond aerospace. She's working to change an aspect of cancer treatment as well. Simard, who recently fought breast cancer, founded . . . the first program in the country to educate psychology students about cancer counseling and increase access to such services for patients."

Daniels College of Business professor volunteers with Pet Partners

(Dec. 20, 2016) Many DU faculty and staff are making positive contributions to Denver and the Front Range. Hugh Grove, professor of accountancy, and his dog Bearje, work as a certified therapy team and have volunteered more than 90 hours this year at three Denver assisted-living communities and a Ronald McDonald house. Grove and Bearje will be working at Denver International Airport on Dec. 22, where they will pass through security and provide therapy to children, adults and seniors experiencing anxiety in crowded airports. Read more at the Newsroom

Professor named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

(Dec. 13, 2016) David Patterson, professor of biological sciences, whose research has contributed to our understanding of Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, cancer and more, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The association bestowed this honor in recognition of Patterson's distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. Read more at the Newsroom

Rebecca Arno moves to new position with Barton Institute

(Dec. 13, 2016) David Miller, executive director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, has announced that Rebecca Arno will join the institute in January as a director. Arno is currently executive director of Foundation Relations in University Advancement. She brings 25 years of philanthropic sector service to this new role, including as the vice president of communications and operations at the Denver Foundation, the first vice president of communications at the Daniels Fund and first communications officer for Peninsula Community Foundation, now part of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which is the largest community foundation in the United States.

Arno has extensive fundraising experience, as well as experience working for nonprofits in the health and environmental sectors. She has provided volunteer leadership to numerous causes, including serving on the boards and as board chair for local, statewide and national organizations. Her relationships throughout metro Denver and across the United States will greatly benefit the Barton Institute as it develops its programs.

Miller extended thanks to search committee members Laura Barton from the institute's executive committee; Karen Mathis, associate executive director at the DU Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System; and Patience Crowder, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law.

Retired long-time DU employee Silco passes away

(Dec. 13, 2016) Judith Silco, who retired from DU in 2009, passed away in October. Prior to retiring, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Judi began her University of Denver career in 1978, and will be remembered by her co-workers for her kind and giving spirit.

Denver Law professor appointed to Civil Rights Committee

(Dec. 13, 2016) Adjunct constitutional law professor David Kopel has been appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Kopel says that he hopes to carry on a family tradition of defending and advancing civil rights. "Today, there is a growing threat of intolerance and disrespect for the Constitution," he says. "I hope the State Advisory Committee will able to defend the rule of law and civil rights for everyone." Kopel's late father, Jerry, and mother, Dolores, each graduated first in their class from DU Law in the 1950s. In their careers, they worked on many civil rights issues, especially racial integration, fair housing, property rights and debtors' rights.

Ron grahame promoted to du deputy director of ahtletics

(Dec. 13, 2016) Longtime DU administrator Ron Grahame has been elevated to the position of deputy director of Athletics effective immediately. Grahame will continue to supervise the Division's 17 Division I athletic programs and will have day-to-day oversight of the division in the absence of the vice chancellor. More

University COllege employee founds non-profit

(Dec. 13, 2016) Chelsea Scott, an academic advisor at University College, founded a non-profit called Denver Mom Cares. Denver Mom Cares is made up of a group of moms in the Denver area, coming together to give back to the community they love. They believe that giving is an important part of life and hope to pass that value along to their children. starting at pre-school ages. Scott and the group were recently featured in a segment on 9News.  

Joseph labrecque speaks at adobe max

(Dec. 13, 2016) Adobe MAX is the premiere international creativity conference with over 10,000 attendees this year. The Office of Teaching and Learning's Joseph Labrecque was invited to speak on Animate CC 2017 animation and interactivity at this year's conference in November.

Going-away celebration for Amy King

Monday, Dec. 12, 4-5:30 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
(Nov. 29, 2016) Please join this celebration for Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Amy King in recognition of her many contributions to the University of Denver community. Amy has accepted the position of senior vice president and chief people officer for Centura Health. Her last day at DU will be Dec. 21. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to

Brian Gearity publishes blog series

(Nov. 22, 2016) Brian Gearity, director of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Sport Coaching program, is publishing a series of blogs entitled "Understanding Your Athletes: 10 Must-Read Sociology Articles for Coaches."

Anthony Hayter interviewed about Fulbright Scholar experience

(Nov. 22, 2016) Anthony Hayter, professor of Business Information and Analytics at the Daniels College of Business, was interviewed about his experience in Thailand as a Fulbright Scholar. Hayter participated in several research projects conducted by the department of statistics at Chulalongkorn Business School. Read the full interview

Joseph Labrecque publishes three courses

(Nov. 22, 2016) Joseph Labrecque has published new courses on and Pluralsight. On, his course "Animate CC 2017: New Features" provides a tour of the new features in Adobe Animate CC 2017, the keyframe-based animation software formerly known as Flash Professional. For Pluralsight, "Animate CC Game Development" instructs the student on how to design and develop web-based games for HTML5 Canvas using Adobe Animate CC and "Animate CC Mobile App Development" teaches the student how to take advantage of mobile device hardware using new API's in ActionScript 3.0.

New assistant director for inclusive teaching practices

(Nov. 15, 2016) The Office of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave is joining DU and will be working closely with faculty and other members of the DU community on issues of inclusion and diversity in the classroom. Valentina is a native of South America and has many years' experience conducting workshops and consulting with faculty members on all aspects of teaching, most recently at the University of Colorado where she worked in the Graduate Teacher Program. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and involve equity and diversity in higher education, postcolonial Latin American Literature, and cultural representations of crime. She will hit the ground running as she leads a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17 and engages with her OTL colleagues in planning the all-day workshops, "Inclusive Excellence and Our Teaching" on Dec. 5 and 13. Please don't hesitate to contact her ( with your questions, challenges and suggestions about making our classrooms inclusive and welcoming to every student.

Lamont faculty member being honored in New York Nov. 7

(Nov. 1, 2016) M. Roger Holland, Lamont School of Music teaching assistant professor and director of DU's Spirituals Project, will be recognized Nov. 7 by the Archdiocese of New York's Office of Black Ministry. The award honors Holland for his consistent commitment to mentoring diverse college student-leaders through the ministry's Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund. More