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April 2013


(April 30, 2013) University of Denver's El Pomar Scholars (a group of students involved in a not-for-profit leadership development program through the Pioneer Leadership Program) are organizing a Junior Achievement effort to take over Vaughn Elementary School in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, May 10. DU faculty and staff members and students can volunteer to spend a morning in an elementary classroom. Training will be provided, so if you're interested, email ASAP for information about how to volunteer.


(April 30, 2013) Each year, remarkable members of the University of Denver's student body, faculty and staff make significant contributions to our campus community. The Office of Student Activities recognizes these individuals and organizations at the Annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony that takes place at the end of each academic year.

Outstanding and Pioneer Awards

The Office of Student Activities also coordinates the nomination and selection process for the following awards presented at the Pioneer Awards Ceremony:

  • Outstanding Student Award
  • Outstanding Student Organization Award
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award
  • Pioneer Award

Click here to learn more about each award. Nominations are due to Megan Pendley Pickett no later than Friday, May 3.

Departmental Awards

Awards are given by a number of departments across campus to recognize and celebrate the achievements of students, faculty and staff at DU. If your department presents your own awards, you may choose to have your award recipients recognized during the Annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony program. You may also elect to present your awards during the ceremony itself. In order to have departmental award recipients recognized at the ceremony, your department must submit a notification form for each award to the Office of Student Activities. Notifications are due to Megan Pendley Pickett no later than Friday, May 3.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for Performing Arts.


(April 23, 2013) Events throughout the week will educate the DU community about sexual violence and how to prevent it:

  • The Clothesline Project – all week
  • Take Back the Night – April 23, 7 p.m.
  • Denim Day – April 24, all day
  • DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment open house – April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Consent Carnival – April 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • V-Day Benefit Reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer – April 27, 7 p.m.


(April 16, 2013) Take Back the Night (also known as Reclaim the Night) has become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual and other forms of discriminatory violence. The first documented Take Back the Night (TBTN) event in the U.S. occurred in Philadelphia in 1975, followed the next year by the first international TBTN event in Belgium, with 2,000 women representing 40 countries. TBTN events are organized by groups of all sizes, across the world. They typically begin with a rally followed by a march, and sometimes include candlelight vigils.

Jackson KatxDU's TBTN event, part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, will begin at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Jackson Katz. Dr. Katz will give a multimedia presentation on "Men, Women, Sex and Violence." Educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist, Katz has been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy. View his 2013 TED talk, "Violence and Silence."

DU's TBTN event is an invitation for the DU community to come together to raise awareness and take a stand against violence. Following the keynote, Katz and the Denver Gaels will lead the TBTN march at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall.
Free and open to the public, please RSVP.

DU's 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Week is April 22-27. Events include:

  • The Clothesline Project – displayed throughout the week
  • Take Back the Night – April 23, 7 p.m.
  • Denim Day – April 24
  • DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment open house – April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Consent Carnival – April 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • V-Day Benefit Reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer – April 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance online, $15 at the door.

DU's 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Week is co-sponsored by: Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment; Health and Counseling Center; Gender and Women's Studies Program; Rape Awareness and Gender Education; Graduate Women's Council; DU Programming Board; Center for Multicultural Excellence; Center for Judaic Studies, Department of Campus Safety; Amnesty International; Queer Straight Alliance; and the Title IX Office.


(April 16, 2013) Former Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach and general manager Jim Montgomery has been named head coach of the DU men's ice hockey team.



(April 16, 2013) Like any institution, the University of Denver has always paid attention to risks and worked to lessen the impact of threats to its operations. In an age where organizations both public and private face increasing scrutiny of actions taken and decisions made, there's a growing trend to expand the focus of risk management.

The University is among the first group of higher education institutions to embrace what's called "enterprise risk management." Whereas before, organizations focused primarily on risks from external threats – fire, weather, accident and the like – those practicing enterprise risk management take a broader approach. In addition to assessing and managing these external, insurable threats, an enterprise-wide risk management focus seeks to identify all potential risks by assessing actions taken and decisions made in setting strategies and running operations.

To lead the University's efforts in this area, Jeffrey Adams recently joined DU as director of Enterprise Risk Management. Adams will work to broaden the focus of the existing Risk Management department. He reports to Craig Woody, vice chancellor for Business and Finance.

Adams and his team will work with academic and administrative units across campus to help the University meet its goals through proactive assessment and management of risks in these areas:

  • Strategy formulation, operations and external threats
  • Records management
  • Compliance

"Our job will be to provide a framework and tools to help those responsible for making strategic decisions and running the operations to identify, plan for and monitor risks and opportunities," Adams said. "For example, we can help you identify not only the kinds of risk you have across functions, but give you tools to assess threats and risk tolerance, so that you can best determine how to allocate capital to address the risk and meet objectives."

Among the benefits of enterprise risk management to universities is that it allows integration and coordination across many separate entities. The University of Denver's decentralized structure means risk management activities practiced in one unit likely differ from other units – possibly creating a new risk of inconsistency when it involves the same kind of function.

"Today, decisions to manage and mitigate risks are made in each of our units, mostly independently," Adams said. "This new focus will help people in the units review their responsibilities and see how what they do or don't do affects the achievement of our overall University of Denver mission and goals."

An Executive Risk Management and Compliance Committee led by Provost Gregg Kvistad and Vice Chancellor Craig Woody will oversee this broader enterprise-wide risk management focus.

Adams said he is in the process of getting to know the University, reaching out to leaders in the units, and beginning to identify risk management "pain points."

Adams is new to DU, having worked most recently for General Electric, where he led teams to reduce risk, enhance products, slice cycle time and propel world-class customer loyalty scores. He is experienced at using in-depth analytics and win / win lean six sigma process improvement to manage enterprise risk while enhancing value and customer satisfaction.


(April 9, 2013) In 1990, a coalition of women's groups in Cape Cod, Mass., began the Clothesline Project. Many of the women had survived sexual violence and were seeking a way to educate the community about the issue in a way that could not be ignored. The concept of decorating T-shirts and hanging them on a clothesline came from visual artist Rachel Carey-Harper, who was inspired by the AIDS quilt. The clothesline is intended to honor survivors as well as act as a memorial for victims who lost their lives. The act of designing a T-shirt is meant to be healing for survivors, friends and families, providing an outlet for them to tell their stories in a personal and meaningful way.

The movement quickly spread across the world, and now has an estimated 500 projects with 50,000 T-shirts. DU's 2013 Clothesline Project will be displayed during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 22-27. Survivors, families, friends and allies are invited to design and decorate a T-shirt beginning this week per the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 10, 12-2 p.m., Korbel 309 and Ruschmeyer Conference Room, Daniels 302
  • Thursday, April 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m., CME Conference Room
  • Monday, April 15, 9-11 a.m., Marion Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center
  • Wednesday, April 17, 12-2 p.m., Sturm Hall 310
  • Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m., Craig Hall Conference Room
  • Friday, April 19, 9-11 a.m., CAPE Conference Room, Nelson 124


(April 9, 2013) Nominations for the 2013 William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award are now being accepted. The award is given annually to a current member of the University of Denver faculty or staff for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring inside and/or outside the classroom. Dr. William T. Driscoll, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was an outstanding educator at the University of Denver, actively involved in the lives of students. The William T. Driscoll Student Center is named in his memory.

  • Current members of the University's faculty and staff are eligible to be nominated for the award with the exception of prior recipients. To see past years' recipients, click here.
  • Nominations made by anyone other than a current University of Denver student must have letters of support from current DU students in order for the nominee to be considered.
  • The receipt of the award will be announced at the 2013 Pioneer Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5 p.m., Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Only the recipient's department chair or head of the department will be notified of the award in advance of the ceremony.
  • The nomination form is available here. The deadline for nominations and letters of support is the close of business on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Please contact John Nichols at or 303-871-3864 with any questions.


(April 9, 2013) Located in the Joy Burns Center at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, Beans Cafe is run by students in a variety of majors around campus. Stop by for a drink, snack or lunch!

Brewing local Vail Mountain coffee and tea
Serving pastries and bagels from three local bakeshops
Sandwiches and salads made in-house
Monthly drink specials: the Agave Latte, Lavender Lemonade, Italian Sodas, and Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade

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7:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Beans After Dark
Thursday Nights
4:30 – 7 p.m.
Featuring appetizers and fine wines by the glass.


(April 2, 2013) In advance of Earth Day on April 22, the University has put together a month of events spotlighting sustainability.