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February 2013


(Feb. 26, 2013) Tuition is the University of Denver's primary revenue source, and the University is working hard to keep tuition increases to a minimum. The Board of Trustees recently approved the administration's recommendation that tuition be increased by 3.95 percent for the 2013-2014 academic year (effective fall quarter 2013). All higher education institutions face the same challenge, and we continue to compare favorably against our peer institutions when it comes to value and cost. Letters to students and parents have been sent informing them of this increase.

Emergency Notifications - Are you signed up?

(Feb. 26, 2013) With the winter weather picking up, we want to make sure you'll know if there's a snow day! 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 (text messages are generally regarded as the best way to reach you in an emergency). Adjust your emergency notification preferences here (login to PioneerWeb, MyWeb tab, select Notification Preferences).

The system is activated in cases of: an impending emergency situation, an actual emergency situation, updates regarding a current emergency situation, and school closures due to weather or other circumstances. Non-DU community members can follow the University of Denver on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about campus emergencies and closures.

1,000 Cranes

(FEB. 19, 2013) After the tragedy of the Aurora Theater mass shooting on July 20, 2012, University of Denver students joined together in the community project Cranes for Joy. For this project, 1,000 origami cranes were folded to honor those whose lives were taken, and in particular, recent graduate Alex Teves, whose bravery saved lives that night.

Read the full story about the 1,000 Cranes for Alex Teves.1000 cranes for Alex Teves

Cranes for Joy was founded by Daniels EMBA student Rumi Nishimura to bring joy and celebration of life through the art of origami cranes. The crane, which represents good fortune and longevity, is a mystical creature throughout Asia believed to live for a thousand years. Cranes for Joy is growing and needs volunteers in all areas, including operations, marketing and finance. Visit them online or email

Now working on Sandy Hook 1,000 Cranes for Peace, Cranes for Joy has partnered with the University's International Student and Scholar Services, folding cranes together during their weekly Global Café events. Nishimura also trained 25 eighth graders at Liberty Middle School in Aurora as WINGS leaders. These WINGS leaders will teach their fellow students how to fold cranes as part of the school's community service curriculum. Once Cranes for Joy receives 1,000 paper cranes, they will send this beautiful gift to Newtown. Get involved and fold a crane for Sandy Hook.

The University of Denver ranks second in the U.S. for graduate school Peace Corps volunteers

(FEB. 12, 2013) The University of Denver took the No. 2 spot on the 2013 list of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the graduate school category, and No. 18 in the undergraduate medium school category. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions.

"Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service," says Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "As a result of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are well prepared for the challenge of international service. They become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit of service and leadership back with them when they return home."

Last year the University of Denver ranked No. 3 in the graduate category and No. 27 in the undergraduate category. There are currently 20 graduate students and 23 undergraduate alumni serving overseas in 19 host countries. Since 1961, 541 University of Denver alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

Special Performance Dedicated to Bob Mesko

(FEB. 5, 2013) Newman Center Presents and the Lamont School of Music will collaborate on "The Oracle," choreographed by Australian dance legend Meryl Tankard and danced by a single extraordinary dancer from Australia named Paul White.

This special performance will be dedicated to our friend and colleague, Bob Mesko. This performance is particularly fitting as a tribute because it features dance and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, both deep passions to Bob. We hope that you will be able to attend.

The performance is a unique collaboration between the Newman Center Presents series and the Lamont School of Music. In the first half the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Lawrence Golan, will perform Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. Dancer Paul White will join the symphony for Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Read more about the performance here.

The performance will take place Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $18 (students: $5 with ID at the Box Office only). Please drop by the Newman Center Box Office (M-F, 10-4; Sat. 12-4), call 1-7720, or visit them online to purchase tickets.

For more information visit Newman Center Presents online.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Bob's family in this time of remembrance.

Learn more about the University's internationalization efforts

(FEB. 5, 2013) If you're interested in learning more about how the University of Denver is making a global impact, then you'll want to mark your calendar for the next in a series of presentations on our ongoing internationalization efforts, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

The February session will feature Professor Sandy Johnson and graduate student María José Aldana from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies presenting on their experiences in Delhi, India. As are all presentations in the series, it's free, open to all faculty, staff and students, and there is no need to register. It will be held at the International House, and refreshments will be provided, thanks to funding from the Office of Internationalization.

The internationalization series is directed by Professor Russell Fielding, Department of Geography and the Environment, through a partnership with Eric Gould, vice provost for Internationalization. Each talk in the series will focus on a different case of the University of Denver's ongoing internationalization efforts. Topics may include overseas fieldwork, teaching abroad, student exchanges, and more. Plans call for two presentations per academic quarter.