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November 2013

University-wide News

DU's first employee town halls a success!

(Nov. 26, 2013) Last week, Chancellor Coombe, Provost Kvistad and Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs Craig Woody hosted two employee town halls for faculty and staff. We had a great turnout and you raised very thoughtful questions. Stay tuned to your DU Digest over the next few weeks for a summary of the questions addressed.

Alumni Relations Holiday Food Drive

(Nov. 26, 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.

Reaching out following recent natural disasters

(Nov. 19, 2013) The University of Denver sends its thoughts to those affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines and tornadoes in Midwest states. Resources are available for those who may need them if family or friends are affected by these disasters and/or wish to make a donation to relief efforts.

DU's International Student and Scholar Services is available to any student or scholar who has been affected by the typhoon; call 303-871-4912 or visit the International House.

The University's Health and Counseling Center and the University Chaplain are also available for those seeking counseling resources.

If you would like to make a donation to relief efforts, we encourage you to choose an agency that is known to provide direct support, such as Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, UNICEF and the Salvation Army.

Mobile update

(Nov. 19, 2013) DU's mobile website - - has been updated to include a directory, improved access to library services, event updates in real-time, and enhanced video and social media channels. Explore using your mobile device today!

There's snow in the forecast; are you signed up for DU alert?

(Nov. 19, 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

Toy Drives on campus

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, the Division of Campus Safety will be collecting toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The foundation collects toys to distribute to less fortunate children right here in Colorado. If you would like to donate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Parking Services office any time now through Dec. 10.

Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive

DU's Division of Athletics and Recreation has teamed up with CBS4, KCNC-TV Denver, in support of the Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive to benefit 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 gymnastics meets. More

Employee Town Hall – Nov. 18, noon-1 p.m.; Nov. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.

(Nov. 12, 2013) Do you have questions for the University's senior administration? Join Chancellor Coombe, Provost Kvistad and Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs Craig Woody for an open-ended question-and-answer session.

Our senior leaders are introducing these sessions to encourage open, transparent communication between the administration of the University and its faculty and staff as we enter into our sesquicentennial year.

While the intent of the town hall is to give you an opportunity to ask your questions in person during the session, you have other options for submitting questions:

  • Send in your questions with your RSVP, which includes a space to enter in questions
  • Write your questions on cards that will be available at the town hall and collected during the session
  • Send your questions to

Please RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 14.

Strategic Issues Program report: Campaign Finance Reform

(Nov. 12, 2013) For more than a year, a non-partisan panel of 19 accomplished business, community and academic leaders drawn from across the state worked together to find practical solutions and provide recommendations for money and elections in Colorado and at the national level. On the morning of Nov. 12, 2013, this group, the University of Denver Strategic Issues Program (SIP) Panel, released its report entitled Money, Elections and Citizens United: Campaign Finance Reform for Colorado. The work was funded by the University as part of its ongoing commitment to support the public good.

During its process, the panel received 13 presentations from state, national and international campaign finance experts. These experts include Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Andrew Romanoff, Senior Legal Counsel for the Campaign Legal Center Paul Ryan and Legal Director for the Center for Competitive Politics Allen Dickerson. Panel members also reviewed a wide range of written materials and held extensive discussions on the impact of money on elections in Colorado and the nation.

"When addressing the issue of campaign finance, reforms need to accommodate an environment where unlimited political contributions and spending are the dominant reality," said panel chair James Griesemer.

True to the panel's mission of setting partisan viewpoints aside, Money, Elections and Citizens United: Campaign Finance Reform for Colorado reflects the consensus of the University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on campaign finance reform. The panel's 14 recommendations provide a practical approach to campaign finance policy in Colorado and nationally, and focus on three key areas: money in elections, expanded disclosure and leveling the playing field.

The three main recommendations from the SIP study include a recognition of the reality that the rising river of money flowing into the electoral process is not likely to abate anytime soon. A second theme of the report concerns the importance of public disclosure of campaign contributions which will allow voters to understand who is supporting candidates and issues and to make informed decisions in the electoral marketplace. The third idea deals with creating a reasonably level playing field for those involved in the political process.

"We hope that the work of the panel and the ideas presented in this report will stimulate an informed discussion among citizens and their elected representatives, one that can improve the electoral marketplace and strengthen our democracy," said University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe.

A copy of the full report, along with video presentations from experts who provided information to the panel, is now available.

By Will Jones

Holiday Cheer – Share your favorite holiday recipes!

(Nov. 5, 2013) Join the Department of Annual Giving in thanking our Annual Giving Donors Societies for their continuous support throughout the year. Send in your special holiday recipes to share as warm wishes from all of us at DU to our alumni and donors! The compilation will also be posted online for all to enjoy. Please include your name, title, department and any fun fact that you would like to include about your recipe. Email your submission to

DU Faculty/Staff/Retiree Appreciation Day: Experience Denver Men's Basketball vs. Stanford – Nov. 17, 11 a.m., Ritchie Center

DU men's bball(Nov. 5, 2013) Join your fellow faculty, staff and retirees for lunch and Denver Men's Basketball, compliments of Human Resources and Denver Athletics and sponsored by Public Service Credit Union, in appreciation for all that you contribute to DU. Please register by Nov. 13; families are welcome.

A lunch buffet will be served in the Gottesfeld Room at 11 a.m., and door prizes will be announced at 11:45 a.m. (you must be present to win). Tickets will be available for pickup in the west concourse of the Ritchie Center (located under the Williams Tower) at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 17. Call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.