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October 2013

University-wide News

October is Crime Prevention Month

(Oct. 29, 2013) As crime prevention month is winding down, we want to make sure you know what DU is doing to keep you safe on campus. You can sign up for a R.A.D. class, follow these tips to protect yourself from theft and stay safe, and remember that DU has many resources if you find yourself a survivor of crime or assault.

Heads Up

heads up banner at aac(Oct. 29, 2013) As part of the Heads Up campaign, the Denver Police Department and a photo radar enforcement van were on campus last week. DPD issued 31 citations; all for stop sign violations, eight of which were to cyclists. Together, let's keep our heads up and make our campus safe for all traffic.

Learn more about Heads Up on campus.

Voting on campus – Oct. 30, noon-5 p.m.

(Oct. 29, 2013) The Denver Elections Division will be on the Driscoll Bridge this week. If you're a Denver resident you'll be able to register to vote and cast a ballot for the 2013 Coordinated Election. You can also drop off your 2013 mail-in ballot at this location.

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

(Oct. 29, 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.PSCU

Participate in the 2013 Faculty and Staff Campaign

faculty staff campaign 2013 (Oct. 22, 2013) When you give to DU, you help provide scholarships, programs and the opportunities that make it possible for all of our exceptional students to gain even more from their DU experience.

Congratulations to the following departments that have achieved 100 percent participation this year: Alumni Relations, University Advancement and the Institute for Advancement of the American Legal System. All departments or units that reach 75 percent participation will receive a special "PIE"oneer celebration!

Give Today.

Support our troops this holiday season

(Oct. 22, 2013) Join Morgridge College of Education in supporting brave American military personnel this holiday season. Each year, Morgridge collects items to send to the U.S. troops abroad.

How you can help:

Donate items

Common items* requested by our troops include:

  • Beef jerky
  • Chips and dips
  • Pringles
  • Dried and canned fruit
  • Tuna packages
  • Canned beef / meat soups
  • Calf length white cotton socks
  • Cold medicines, decongestants
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Foot powder
  • Cortisone cream
  • Ibuprofen
  • Small fleece blankets
  • Oreos and chocolate chip cookies
  • Current magazines: current events, sports, health
  • Calendars
  • Games
  • Teas and flavored coffees
  • Holiday scented candles in jars
  • Letters and notes of encouragement (especially meaningful at the holiday season)

*It can take up to a month for boxes to reach the troops; no perishable items.

Bring items to any of the pick-up locations by Nov. 12:

  • Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall – rooms 110, 210, 320
  • Colorado Women's College, Chambers Center – Pioneer Resource Center, room 290
  • Sturm College of Law – Student affairs, room 115
  • Daniels College of Business – Community Square
  • Veteran Services – Driscoll South, room 3

Help with the cost of shipping boxes

  • Each box costs $14.85 to ship.
  • Make checks out to American Military Families (tax deductible) or Colorado Supporting Our Troops (not tax deductible).
  • Drop off checks to Karen Dittrick-Nathan (Ruffatto Hall 146) or Tamera Trueblood (Ruffatto Hall 320).2012 volunteers

Pack boxes

  • Volunteer to pack boxes on Nov. 12 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall board room, 105
  • Pizza will be provided by Interim Dean Karen Riley

Submit your sesquicentennial events

DU sesquicentennial(Oct. 22, 2013) As we approach our sesquicentennial year in 2014, many units on campus will begin spreading the word about upcoming sesquicentennial speakers and events. In order for your unit's events to be included in these 150th anniversary communications, please submit the event information to the Division of Marketing and Communications.

2013 faculty and staff awardees

(Oct. 15, 2013) At this year's University-wide Convocation, awards were presented to outstanding faculty and staff members. If you missed the luncheon, view the videos on the faculty and staff awardees, and read more:

Staff awards

Outstanding Service Award

Cheryl Jackson, administrative and budget coordinator, Office of Teaching and Learning

The highest honor presented each year is the Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes a person who exemplifies the mission of the University of Denver. This awardee is noted for fostering and promoting collaboration and cooperation on the DU campus, demonstrated caring, responsiveness, accountability and courtesy in their interactions with others.

This year's recipient of the "Outstanding Service Award" exemplifies friendliness, helpfulness, and willingness to work with people across campus. She never seems too busy to not only help others, but also to build connections with others through her work.

Just in the past year, she's volunteered for two major committees for the Staff Advisory Council: the Bookstore committee and the Staff Appreciation Picnic. She did so with a smile and a willingness to take on these projects, even though they were outside of her regular duties and a considerable amount of work.

In addition to her job duties and committee work, Cheryl also volunteers as a guide at a local museum and with junior high students through her church.

Crimson and Gold Award

Cathy Grieve, executive director, Conference Events and Special Programs

This civic engagement award is designed to honor and recognize an employee who displays outstanding commitment to and support of the University, exemplified by participation in volunteer activities within the University, and who is on committees to improve campus life for students, faculty and staff. This awardee is always available to help with campus activities that are not part of their daily jobs.

Cathy has displayed outstanding commitment and support to the University of Denver for decades. She has mentored more current and former DU employees than can be counted. She's always willing to lend her expertise and experience to DU staff, faculty and students. She serves as a sounding board and mentor to people at every level at DU.

"Cathy's work promoting the University – and countless departments and organizations within it – is literally unparalleled at the institution. Her work is conscientious, kind, thorough, precise, and always produces an extraordinary outcome." – Gregg Kvistad, Provost

Quality Department Award

The Office of Career Services

This award is designed to honor and recognize the staff of a DU department for outstanding quality service to the DU community. The award highlights a department which has promoted quality service through open communication, creativity, ethical behavior, integrity, caring and close individual attention, and has gone beyond its established duties to foster quality service affecting not only the department, but also students, faculty, other departments on campus and/or the surrounding community.

The Career Center's support of students and alumni goes above and beyond. The staff members in Career Services are highly professional, friendly and helpful.

The Career Services Department provides quality service through open communication, creativity, ethical behavior, integrity, caring and close individual attention in its interactions with students, faculty, staff, alumni, corporate representatives and business representatives. These attributes are especially meaningful given the challenges our students and alumni are facing in the current employment landscape. One has only to observe Career Services Associates in action at one of their sponsored job fairs to see what incredible efforts are extended to counsel students and alumni and provide job and networking opportunities in the local, regional, national and international job market.

Each employee serves as a valuable ambassador on behalf of everyone at the University. The impact of their work extends beyond the boundaries of the campus and is vital to the professional development and success of our students and graduates.

Faculty awards

John Evans Professorship

Kimon Valavanis, chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; head of DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute

Distinguished Teaching Award

Artur Poczwardowski, associate professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Distinguished Scholar Award

Donald Bacon, professor of marketing, Daniels College of Business

United Methodist Church, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award

Michael Kinyon, professor of mathematics, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching Award

Robert McGahey, adjunct professor, Sturm College of Law

Faculty Service Award

Ved Nanda, professor of international law, Sturm College of Law

Read more about the faculty awardees.

Campus construction update

(Oct. 15, 2013) You're probably wondering: "What's going on in front of Anderson Academic Commons?" and "When can I go inside Margery Reed?" and "What are those big piles of dirt by the Ritchie Center?" We have the answers to these, and more!

Anderson Academic Commons

A new limestone donor wall is being constructed near the main entrance of the Anderson Academic Commons, which should be complete November 2013.

Margery Reed Building

Daniels College of Business is projected to occupy Margery Reed the end of February 2014, with classes starting in the new classrooms spring quarter 2014.

Practice fields expansion

The practice fields expansion project is comprised of the replacement and expansion of a current natural turf field extending west from CIBER Field to the east side of High Street. The new fields will provide two lighted artificial turf practice fields that allow multiple field configurations to meet the needs of varsity, club sport, intramurals, open recreation and community use. Completion is scheduled for November 2013.

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

The groundbreaking for the new Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is projected to take place in 2014.

Debate 2012: Shining in the spotlight

(Oct. 8, 2013) DU commemorated the 2012 presidential debate on Oct. 3 with a special event: "Political Realities One Year After the 2012 Election: The Debate Continues," which featured a panel of political experts and the premiere of a documentary film showcasing the University's rigorous preparation for the debate.


Alert from DU Information Security Department

(Oct. 1, 2013) On Friday, Sept. 27, a malicious email was distributed that successfully convinced DU community members to click on a link which could have potentially disrupted email service on campus. If you received an email regarding "our webmail server upgrade" and clicked on the link in the email, please contact the Help Center at 303-871-4700 for further information.

DU is the target of many attacks on a daily basis; some more successful than others. Learn how to keep yourself informed and protected. If you would like to talk to an Information Security professional, please call 303-871-4940.

Thanks for doing your part to protect our technical resources.

DU Hockey home opener weekend – $8 tickets for faculty and staff

(Oct. 1, 2013) Come cheer on our DU Hockey Pioneers at their home opener next weekend against Merrimack. The Division of Athletics and Recreation would like to offer discounted tickets to faculty and staff for both games: Oct. 11 at 7:37 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 7:07 p.m. Purchase tickets online using promo code DUFACSTAFF.

Note: The code expires at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 for tickets for the Friday game, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 for tickets for the Saturday game.

Tell us why you wear the shield

shield(Oct. 1, 2013) How has DU made an impact on you? What makes you proud to be a part of DU? Share your story; tell us why you "wear" the shield.





Visit the University of Denver Event Series webpage

(Oct. 1, 2013) The University of Denver Event Series features upcoming lectures on campus that are open to the public; browse the list for events you may want to attend! Additionally, if your unit is hosting a speaker or lecturer, submit the event for inclusion on the site. The event must be open to the public, include a lecture, presentation, or panel discussion by experts in a particular field, and be focused around an educational/academic topic (not a purely social or networking event). If your event meets these criteria, submit it today.