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November 2012

Bring your kids to campus over winter break and save

(Nov. 27, 2012) If you have children between the ages of 5-11, check out our School Days Off Winter Break special! School Days Off is a sports day camp offered at the Ritchie Center on days when most schools are out of session.

Register for any five days of Winter Break School Days Off for just $225, or save 10 percent on individual day registrations when you enter the coupon code FACSTA12 during online registration. The School Days Off Winter Break schedule and registration forms are available on the School Days Off website. Please contact Jon Bullard at 303-831-3908 with questions.

People news of note

(Nov. 27, 2012) Korbel Professor Erica Chenoweth received the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for the ideas set forth in her co-authored book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict. This is the second award for Erica and her co-author, Maria Stephan of the U.S. State Department.

Dean Lynn Gangone of The Women's College will be honored Jan. 16, 2013, at the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Gala. She was named one of the 25 most powerful women in Denver in September.

Peg Bradley-Doppes announces DU move to Summit League

(Nov. 27, 2012) The University of Denver has accepted an invitation to join the Summit League effective the 2013-14 academic year. This new affiliation allows for 11 of our 17 sports programs to have a stable home in one conference location.

Sports competing in the Summit League include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball. The University's remaining sports—hockey, gymnastics, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's skiing—will continue in their respective conferences.

The University of Denver becomes the 10th member of the conference, joining IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne), University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha), University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University.

"While this move means that we will only compete in the Western Athletic Conference for one year, our goals remain the same," said Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for Athletics and Recreation. "We are focused on having a great 2012-13 season in all sports, and will work to assist the WAC in maintaining its viability as a conference.

"This is a wonderful day for our institution, as we can feel confident that we have a stable home in a league that has multiple institutions known in the Rocky Mountain region."

Deadline near to secure commemorative book bindings for Academic Commons

(Nov. 26, 2012) The University of Denver is planning a special commemorative display in the interior of Penrose Library acknowledging those supporting the new Academic Commons with gifts of $250 or more. Personalized commemorative book bindings will be in place to honor the alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends making such gifts.

Only around 100 spaces are left, and you have until Dec. 31 to make your gift or final pledge payment to receive this recognition.

From Scott Lumpkin, Vice Chancellor - University Advancement

(Nov. 19, 2012) It is with great sadness I am writing to inform you that our dear friend and colleague, Bob Mesko, passed away on Friday afternoon after a long fight with cancer.

Bob came to DU in 2008 with more than 12 years of national and international fundraising experience. Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Bob was raised in New York City where he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in international relations. The fall of communism attracted Bob back to Slovakia, where he co-founded Bratislava Dance Theater, the country's first professional modern dance company. Before joining DU's advancement team he served as director of development for the Colorado Symphony.

Bob was a great asset to the University in his role as director of development, and was particularly engaged with fundraising efforts for the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and the Lamont School of Music. His tremendous dedication, great passion for the arts, and love for life are just a few of the qualities that we will miss. Bob died at the age of 49 and is survived by his loving wife, Natalie, and their beautiful daughter, Vivienne.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2200 S. Harrison St. There will be a reception to follow at Parish Center. There will also be a visitation on Monday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Horan and McConaty Funeral Home, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd.

Bob touched many lives across our campus and the greater Denver community. He will be missed deeply.

University of Denver Magazine wins CASE awards

(Nov. 14, 2012) The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Mid-America District VI recently announced recipients in its awards program to recognize and celebrate outstanding programs and individuals. The University of Denver Magazine won gold in best magazine design and bronze in best magazine overall!

RTD Smart Card update

(Nov. 14, 2012) RTD will be switching to a Smart Card system for buses and light rail in January. The DU Transportation Center and Pioneer ID Card Office had hoped to have cards available by now, but there has been a delay due to supply problems.

It's expected that Smart Cards will be available for faculty and benefited staff by the beginning of December and for eligible students at the beginning of January. These dates are tentative and based on when the card supplies become available.

DU is working with RTD to ensure that there is no gap in access to RTD services for eligible students, staff and faculty.

See our FAQ about Smart Cards for more information.