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May-June 2017

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new compensation director megan brown

(June 20, 2017) Megan Brown joined DU's Human Resources and Inclusive Community team as the new compensation director, effective June 12. Megan will lead initiatives such as implementing the staff compensation program announced last fall, and will provide compensation strategy counsel to units across the University. She comes to DU after spending four years with Crocs, Inc., where she most recently served as total rewards manager. Prior to that, Megan worked for Aon Hewitt where she consulted with clients on effective and efficient compensation delivery programs to help align business objectives and delivered equitable and market-based pay decisions. Megan brings to DU extensive experience in designing and implementing comprehensive compensation programs. Please join us in welcoming Megan to DU!

thomas mcgee farewell celebration tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 14, 2-5 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290 (refreshments will be served)
(June 13, 2017) Thomas McGee, energy engineer with the Facilities Service Center, is leaving DU after more than eight years. His last day with the University of Denver is June 15, so please join us to wish him well. Through his identification of energy saving projects that helped save the University over $700,000 annually on its utility bills, Tom has been instrumental in the success and growth of the Universities Energy Reserve Fund that has been nationally recognized. His work has also helped the University achieve our goal of a 24 percent carbon reduction by 2020.

barbara brooks, associate vice chancellor, leaving du

(June 13, 2017) Barbara Brooks, associate vice chancellor for communications and community engagement, is leaving the University effective July 1. Barbara began her tenure with the University of Denver in September 2015, and served as interim vice chancellor for Marketing and Communications from January through August 2016. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the DU Newsroom, the University's repository of stories highlighting the academic and scholarly achievements of our students, faculty and staff. Barbara also worked to advance the University's strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025, through the creation of a special website and multiple print and electronic materials explaining the importance and significance of the strategic planning process and the plan itself.

Bradley-Doppes named recipient of ADA Builder's Award

(June 13, 2017) Peg Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center operations, was selected as the recipient of the Division 1-AAA ADA 2017 Builders' Award. More

Two Denver Law professors receive Fulbright Awards

(June 6, 2017) Congratulations to César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández and Robin Walker Sterling, both professors at the Sturm College of Law, on receiving Fulbright Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. More

Farewell to Megan Pendley Pickett

(June 6, 2017) Megan Pendley Pickett, director of student engagement, will be leaving the University of Denver effective Friday, June 16. Megan has dedicated the last 12 years of her career to the student affairs division, including Greek Life and student activities. Her efforts to build an inclusive fraternity and sorority community resulted in the addition of the Multicultural Greek Council. Under her leadership, fraternity and sorority life grew to 24 percent of the undergraduate population and campus traditions grew significantly, especially Winter Carnival, at which attendance increased from 52 people to over 1,200. She plans to spend time with her immediate and extended family in the Midwest, after which she will pursue certification in life coaching and starting this fall, will be working in a contract capacity as a college success planning coach. Please join us for a farewell celebration in her honor Thursday, June 15, from 3-5 p.m. in the Tuscan Ballroom, Joy Burns Center.

university historian steve fisher retiring

(June 6, 2017) After an almost 40-year career in the University Libraries, Steve Fisher will be retiring on June 21. Steve started at Penrose Library in 1977 as the assistant curator of special collections, and had a long career as University archivist and curator of special collections until he stepped into the role of University historian in 2012. We will celebrate Steve's career with a retirement brunch on Wednesday, June 21, at 10 a.m., in the Renaissance Room, Mary Reed building. RSVP and/or leave a note for Steve

Dan Ritchie and Erik Mitisek on ColoradoBiz magazine's "most powerful" list

(May 30, 2017) Chancellor Emeritus Dan Ritchie and Erik Mitisek, executive director of DU's Project X-ITE, were recognized by ColoradoBiz magazine as among Colorado's 25 most powerful people. More

Eric Butler named Title IX coordinator

(May 30, 2017) Congratulations to Eric Butler, who has been named the University's new Title IX coordinator, following a search led by a committee that included a wide range of campus partners including faculty and student representation. Eric has served as interim Title IX coordinator since February, and started at DU as an investigator in the Title IX Office in 2015. In his new role, Eric will serve as a central resource for all University constituencies on all issues related to Title IX, and be the designated agent of the University responsible for coordinating and overseeing compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. Most important, Eric will play a key role in our efforts to build and sustain a safe, gender-equitable campus climate for all members of the University community.

retirement celebration for associate professor diane waldman

(May 9, 2017) You're invited to a retirement celebration for Associate Professor Diane Waldman, recognizing 38 years of service to the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies. A reception with drinks and appetizers will be held in her honor following her last day of teaching on Friday, June 2. Register here

English Professor Jan Gorak retiring from DU

(May 2, 2017) After 28 years of inimitable teaching and service, English Professor Jan Gorak will retire at the end of this academic year. Please join us on May 18 at 4 p.m. in Sturm Hall 451 for his valedictory DU lecture, to be followed by food and drinks in the English Department (Sturm 495). All are welcome!

Congratulations to Art Jones!

(May 2, 2017) Art Jones, teaching professor with the Lamont School of Music, was recognized as one of the 2017 African Americans Who Make a Difference by the Denver Urban Spectrum at a celebration of its 30 years of spreading the news about people of color.

Associate Professor Nathan Sturtevant recognized for work with artificial intelligence

(May 2, 2017) Nathan Sturtevant, associate professor in the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, was recently elected as a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Read more