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December 2013

University-wide News

Mail Services holiday hours

(Dec. 24, 2013) DU Mail Services will be open for limited hours for the remainder of December. They will be open Dec. 26-31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • There will be no delivery or pickup of mail to any departments on campus during this period.
  • A department representative with a DU ID may pick up departmental mail at Mail Services during these hours.
  • Mail brought to Mail Services by 2 p.m. will be metered. Please have your barcode card with you.
  • UPS will not provide a pickup on Dec. 24th or Dec. 31. PAC MAIL at 2450 S. University is an alternative UPS drop off location until 6 p.m.

Half off hockey tickets – DU vs. Brown on Jan. 3

(Dec. 24, 2013) Need a last minute gift? Give the gift of Pioneer Hockey! Enjoy 50 percent off tickets to the DU vs. Brown hockey game on Jan. 3. Purchase online with promo code DUFACSTAFF and print them at home, just in time for the holidays!

Save the Date - DU Faculty/Staff/Retiree Appreciation Day: Experience Denver Men's Basketball vs. South Dakota State

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – Ritchie Center
(Dec. 24, 2013) Bring your family and join your fellow faculty, staff and retirees for a pregame reception and Denver Men's Basketball! The pregame reception will take place in the Gottesfeld Room at 5:30 p.m. and tipoff is at 7 p.m. Student Athlete Awards will be presented at halftime. Save the date; registration will be available in January.

Volunteer for the CAPE Helpline

(Dec. 24, 2013) The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) is offering a hotline advocate training during winter quarter for individuals interested in volunteering for the CAPE Helpline. The training is 40 hours and focuses on preparing volunteer advocates to be able to respond to calls on the hotline related to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Volunteers are asked to make at least a one year commitment.

Applications are due to by Jan. 14, 2014 for this round of training. You must be able to attend every session in its entirety in order to be eligible for this program.

Training dates and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 10, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 3, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, March 10, 5-9 p.m.

For more information, please visit the CAPE webpage.

November employee town halls summary

(Dec. 17, 2013) On Nov. 18 and 19, Chancellor Coombe, Provost Kvistad and Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs Craig Woody hosted the first University of Denver employee town halls on Nov. 18 and 19. Thank you to those of you who attended a session and for your thoughtful questions. Several questions were submitted prior to the live session, and while many questions were addressed during the town halls, there wasn't time to get to all of the pre-submitted questions. We are working to compile the answers to the questions that were unaddressed, and are happy to provide you with a summary of the questions and responses from the live sessions. To view the summary, you must log into PioneerWeb and navigate to the employee tab. You will find the document under employee resources, documents/downloads/policies. We also invite you to continue submitting questions for future town halls to

DU now accepting applications for the AHSS dean search

(Dec. 17, 2013) The University of Denver invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS). The dean is the chief academic, administrative and budgetary officer for AHSS, responsible for leadership and development of all internal programs as well as external relationships and constituencies.

The position posting is available for review online. Please direct questions or nominee contact information to Nancy Allen, chair of the AHSS Dean Search Committee.

The position is expected to be filled by July 2014. Provost Gregg Kvistad appointed Rob Roberts, former chair of the psychology department, interim dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Save the date for the annual SAC coat drive

(Dec. 17, 2013) The Staff Advisory Council coat drive benefiting the Denver Rescue Mission will run Jan. 24 through Feb. 7. SAC will be collecting winter items for men, women and children to support those in need in our community. Drop off locations will be available throughout campus starting Jan. 24.


A note from Chancellor Coombe – University Holiday Party

Friday, Dec. 13, noon-1:30 p.m. - Renaissance Room, Mary Reed building
(Dec. 10, 2013) As the festive time of the year approaches, in order to allow each of us a bit of time to do whatever we need or want to do, I am pleased to let you know that the University will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 13. I hope, however, that you will plan to join us for a holiday reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Room of the Mary Reed building on this date. Please RSVP to Claire Brownell (x14876 or by Dec. 10 if you plan to attend.

Holiday giving opportunities on campus

The Division of Campus Safety is collecting toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which collects toys to distribute to less fortunate children in Colorado. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Parking Services office through Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The Division of Athletics and Recreation has teamed up with CBS4, KCNC-TV Denver, in support of the "Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive" which benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. The Ritchie Center will serve as a toy drop location before all hockey, women's basketball, men's basketball and gymnastic meets through Sunday, Dec. 15.

The Alumni Relations Holiday Food Drive benefits the Food Bank of the Rockies. Drop off nonperishable food items at the Leo Block Alumni Center through Tuesday, Dec. 17.


(Dec. 3, 2013) You may be aware that there's snow in the forecast and we want to make sure you'll know if there's a snow day! Update your emergency notification preferences, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and the homepage to stay informed about campus closures.

DU Alert

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety maintains an emergency notification system capable of pushing out emergency messages to everyone affiliated with the University of Denver in a very short period of time. When the system is activated, you will receive an email to your "" email address. You may also opt to receive notifications via telephone or text message; adjust your emergency notification preferences.

The system is activated in cases of:

  • An impending emergency situation
  • An actual emergency situation
  • Updates regarding a current emergency situation
  • School closures due to weather or other circumstances

Alumni Relations Holiday Food Drive

(Dec. 3, 2013) The Office of Alumni Relations collected many donations over Homecoming weekend as part of National Make a Difference Day, and they're extending the food drive benefiting the Food Bank of the Rockies through Dec. 15. Drop off your nonperishable food items at the Leo Block Alumni Center any time between now and Dec. 15.


(Dec. 3, 2013) Membership might have its rewards for other cards you carry, but simply being affiliated with the University of Denver gives you something extra. This month we're featuring discounts for the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 11-26, 2014. Use promo code DUSTUDENT to save up to $6 per ticket plus up to $4.50 per ticket in service charges.

DU Zone Card

Anyone in the extended DU community can get a free DU Zone card to enjoy special discounts and offers provided by more than 50 businesses near the DU campus. This includes those who attend DU Athletics & Recreation events, Coors Fitness Center members, Newman Center ticket holders, campus neighbors, visitors to campus, families and friends of students, faculty and staff, as well as DU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Those traveling to Denver for conferences held on campus also benefit from the DU Zone card program, as they can get DU preferred rates for lodging and transportation being provided by DU corporate sponsors.

The DU Zone card program has some exciting changes coming this fall, including a "Go Green" campaign that allows you to present a photo of the card to receive its discounts and offers.

Go to the DU Zone card website for more information.

Pioneer ID card gives DU faculty and staff even more!

Did you know that your Pioneer ID card lets DU faculty and staff in on more than parking areas and buildings?

As a DU employee, you have access to many discounts at restaurants, hotels and for cell phone and other services. These discounts are in addition to those you enjoy with the DU Zone card, and they are just for our employees! Some merchants require you to present your Pioneer ID card; others have special codes for DU employee discounts. Get a list of these employee-only offers here.

On top of this, the Pioneer ID card can be used as a flexible spending debit account (Flex account) at selected locations on and off campus. (Note that this is different from the health flexible spending account.)

All students, staff and faculty have a Flex account; you just need to make a deposit and you're ready to go! You can make deposits online with a credit card, or in the ID Office with cash or check. Then simply use your Flex for on-campus purchases at the bookstore, Quick Copy center, cafes and more.

Additionally, you receive an 18 percent discount when you use your Flex account at any on-campus dining location.

For more information, please visit the Pioneer ID Card website.

The University is working to add more discounts and offers to these programs, so check back often:
DU Zone card
DU faculty and staff specials
Pioneer ID card Flex account