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August 2013

University-wide News

Get your discounted* DU Hockey tickets before the general public – Sept. 4-5

(Aug. 27, 2013) DU Athletics & Recreation would like to extend a special offer to our Pioneer Family: all DU faculty and staff have the opportunity to purchase individual tickets to DU Hockey home games before they go on sale to the general public. All DU faculty and staff may go to the Ritchie Center North Ticket Office on Sept. 4 or 5 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to buy DU Hockey single game tickets. You must have a valid Pioneer Card to purchase tickets.

DU Hockey tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Sept. 6. Don't miss out on this opportunity to secure your tickets to see your Pioneers take on Air Force, Niagara, Canisius, Brown, Miami (Ohio), North Dakota, Colorado College and the rest of the NCHC! These games will sell out so get your discounted* hockey tickets before they are all gone.

*not all games are offered at a discounted price

Very Important Pioneer

Are you a Very Important Pioneer yet? DU Athletics VIP cards are on sale now and are an exclusive deal for faculty and staff. For $99, you can get up to four tickets to any DU Athletics ticketed sport (excluding hockey and lacrosse) played at the Ritchie Center! For more information, please call 303-871-GOAL (4625), go to or visit the Ritchie Center Box Office.

DU EXECUTIVE DASHBOARD – Training sessions relocated

(Aug. 20, 2013) The DU executive dashboard provides access to institutional reports used by the University. 

Training sessions have been scheduled to help you navigate the new dashboard and familiarize you with the enhancements:

  • Enrollment - Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1-2:30 p.m., new location: Daniels College of Business 345
  • Undergraduate Admissions – Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1-2:30 p.m., new location: Daniels College of Business 345
  • Graduate Admissions – Friday, Aug. 30, 1-2:30 p.m., new location: Daniels College of Business 345

Please RSVP for the session(s) you plan to attend.

Some of you may have experience with the dashboard and will appreciate the enhancements and some may be ready to acquaint yourselves for the first time. The executive dashboard is an excellent tool for accessing data and information at the University.

You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. They are designed so the focus area will be covered in the first 30 minutes, with other aspects of the executive dashboard covered in the remaining 60 minutes. Therefore, those interested in each topic can attend an entire session and the first 30 minutes of subsequent sessions to avoid overlap.

Current parking permits expire Aug. 31

(Aug. 20, 2013) If you are a current parking permit holder, your pass expires at the end of this month. If you renewed or purchased a permit for the 2013-2014 academic year, you should have received your new permit in the mail. 2013-2014 permits are valid beginning Sept. 1, 2013. If you would like to purchase a permit, visit the parking and transportation website and log in with your PioneerWeb credentials. For questions about parking on campus, visit the parking and transportation website.

Thank you for your years of service to the University – wear your pin with pride!

(Aug. 13, 2013) If you weren't able to pick up your years of service pin at this afternoon's picnic, please visit Human Resources. We have hundreds of employees celebrating milestones:

  • Five years of service: 193 faculty, 417 staff
  • 10 years: 142 faculty, 335 staff
  • 20 years: 90 faculty, 78 staff
  • 30 years: 56 faculty, 23 staff
  • 40 years: 16 faculty, 5 staff
  • 50 years: 2 faculty

View the years of service booklet to see which of your colleagues are celebrating, and be sure to congratulate them!

Pioneers CARE "Red Folders" distributed this week

(Aug. 13, 2013) The Red Folder is a tool from the Pioneers CARE program to help you recognize some of the signs of students in distress, be supportive of their needs and facilitate referrals to the appropriate resources on campus.

The Pioneers CARE (Communicate, Assess, Refer, Educate) outreach program helps find solutions for students experiencing academic, social and crisis situations, including mental health concerns. Use the Red Folder to help identify if a student is in distress, and the best course of action for you to take. You may submit a Pioneers CARE report for a student you feel needs assistance.

Hard copies of the Red Folder are being distributed to all faculty and staff members this week. While employees may have changed positions or have left the University since the mailing labels were printed, please hold on to the packets for future hires.

Visit the Pioneers CARE website to learn more about the program.

New DU employee recognition Program

(Aug. 7, 2013) The University of Denver is introducing an employee recognition program designed to acknowledge milestone years of service with the University. The new recognition program will be launched at the August 13 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Picnic.

At the picnic, employees who have achieved milestone years in increments of five – 5 years, 10 years, etc. – are invited to pick up the appropriate DU logo pin for their years of service. For example, if you have achieved from 5 – 9 years, you may pick up a 5-year pin; if from 10-14 years, a 10-year pin, etc. Due to the sheer number of milestone anniversaries our employees have achieved, we will not be able to give individual recognition at the picnic. If you have earned a service anniversary pin but are unable to attend the picnic to pick it up, please contact Human Resources at extension 17420.

Going forward, individual employees will receive their DU service pins in the month they achieve their milestone year.

In addition, the recognition program includes special awards for employees who achieve decades of DU service – 10 years, 20 years, and up. Employees who earn these special awards will receive acknowledgment and be given a service anniversary award on behalf of the University.

DU employees through the engagement survey and feedback have told us that the simple act of recognizing employees for their service to the University fosters a great work environment.

We're pleased to have an employee recognition program acknowledging years of service to the University. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at extension 17420.

Value, competition and changing demographics: themes of the latest presentations to the DU Panel on the Future of Higher Education

(Aug. 6, 2013) View the videos of presentations by Jeff Selingo, Tom Willoughby and Rita Gunner McGrath from the July 31 meeting.

Donald Norris, David Longanecker and Stuart Butler to present at Aug. 14 meeting of the DU Panel on the Future of Higher Education

(Aug. 6, 2013) Observe one of the final presentation sessions of the DU Panel on the Future of Higher Education on Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. – noon in the Anderson Academic Commons special event room. Visit the Portfolio site for more information.

New campus maps

(Aug. 6, 2013) Last week, the University launched a new digital and print mapping system that provides an easy and fun way to navigate our beautiful campus. You're invited to visit the site and explore the new system!

The previous URL,, will now direct you to the new online map. However, the links for individual buildings have changed. If you use these links in any of your materials, please update them now.

Additionally, if you see something on the new map in your area that doesn't look quite right, contact Kate Johnson in Marketing & Communications at 303-871-6515 or at

The new maps have been months in the making and use state-of-the-art technology to increase interactive possibilities. Both 2-D and 3-D versions are available online. The former incorporates photos and information about the campus' many buildings and sites. The latter offers a highly visual way of navigating the campus from landmark to landmark.

The new mapping system is the result of a months-long, research-intensive collaboration across campus, with dozens of people from dozens of units contributing. The end result will offer campus visitors—whether prospective students, returning alumni or ticketholders to a cultural or sporting event—an up-to-date tool for:

  • locating a particular building
  • finding convenient parking
  • plotting the shortest route between two locations
  • previewing seats at a concert hall, theater or athletics and recreation venue
  • learning about an outdoor sculpture or fountain
  • downloading driving directions for a specific address
  • creating a map customized to individual interests—one showing only science buildings or athletics and recreation venues, for example

The digital map also offers access to photo or video tours, providing prospective students and visitors a way of screening the various buildings and points of interest long before they step foot on campus.

For questions about the map project overall, please contact Matt Eschenbaum in Marketing & Communications at 303-871-4256 or at

Turf field project to expand field space at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness

(Aug. 6, 2013) University of Denver Board of Trustee and longtime Athletics and Recreation supporter Joy Burns has committed to be the lead donor for the University's turf field initiative.