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January 2014

University-wide News

United in Orange Friday

(Jan. 28, 2014) The state of Colorado is buzzing as our Denver Broncos are headed to the Super Bowl this weekend! We invite you to join in the fun and show your Broncos spirit on United in Orange Friday. Wear your best Broncos orange this Friday, Jan. 31. We want to see your spirit: take a picture with your colleagues and post it to Facebook or Instagram using #udenver150 and #unitedinorange.

Tradition and Legacy exhibit

(Jan. 28, 2014) Have you visited the interactive Tradition and Legacy exhibit at the Anderson Academic Commons? This new exhibit will introduce you to some of the people, programs and traditions that have made our campus community exceptional.

Founders Day Gala – March 5

(Jan. 28, 2014) Join us as we toast the founding of the University and the many alumni, donors and friends who have contributed to its development. At the gala, previous honorees will be recognized for their impact on the University's past, present and future.

Register today!

Chancellor Coombe to step down in June

(Jan. 21, 2014) University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe has informed the Board of Trustees that he will retire from the University on or about June 30, 2014. Coombe has served the University for 33 years since joining as a member of the faculty. He was provost from 2001 and became the University's 17th chancellor in 2005.


January is Stalking Awareness Month

(Jan. 21, 2014) Stalking is a type of harassment when one person is receiving unwanted attention by another person or group, two or more times, with threats towards the victim or causing fear in the victim. People stalk for different reasons, but whatever the reason, it is a crime. DU offers many resources to know if you're being stalked and how to get help.

How to know if you're being stalked:

  • Someone is following you.
  • Someone shows up at your room, your apartment, your classroom, your workplace.
  • Someone gives you or leaves you unwanted gifts.
  • Someone is sending you unwanted texts or emails or messages through social media. These are all types of cyber-stalking.
  • Someone is threatening your loved ones or pets.

How to get help:

If you feel endangered, don't talk yourself out of calling for help.
Report the crime via:

  • Campus Safety at 303-871-3000
  • Local law enforcement by calling 911

Seek advice and/or counseling:

How to help:

Be a B.O.S.S. At DU, to be a B.O.S.S. means to be a leader on campus and to be willing to speak up and act in order to prevent violence from happening.

  • Be aware,
  • Observe your situation,
  • Size up your options,
  • Speak up and act.

THE BIG EVENT – faculty and staff information session Jan. 23

Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. - 1864 Suite, Driscoll Student Center
(Jan. 21, 2014) THE BIG EVENT is the official student kickoff celebration for the sesquicentennial 1864 Week activities. The planning team is seeking participation from campus departments in the form of programmed activities, sponsorships, marketing or volunteer event support. Please attend an informational meeting for campus departments on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. If your department is interested in participating or needs additional information, please contact Francisco Chacon at 303-871-4231 or via email at

THE BIG EVENT is scheduled to take place on Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Driscoll Student Center, Campus Green and the Ritchie Center.

For the last 150 years DU has supported a vibrant experience for students. THE BIG EVENT is a new Pioneer tradition that serves the following purposes:

  • Celebrate 150 years of history of the University of Denver and the student experience.
  • Provide a vibrant event that is an alcohol-free alternative activity for students.
  • Instill a sense of school spirit and Pioneer pride for attendees.
  • Bring groups together for a common purpose by providing meaningful programming opportunities for student organizations and campus departments.
  • Develop community on campus.

New sesquicentennial website

(Jan. 14, 2014) In honor of our fascinating history and rich traditions, the University of Denver has created a special sesquicentennial website——to serve as the cyber hub for the many festivities planned for 2014.

For the first-time ever, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends will be able to log on to a single site and reach out to old and new acquaintances. They can do so thanks to a DU exclusive: the Pioneer Network. Harnessing LinkedIn technology, the Pioneer Network invites visitors to the site to search for folks with a DU tie—former professors, long-ago classmates, alumni with similar interests or students looking for mentors and opportunities. It's a great tool for networking, socializing and collaborating.

Visitors to the site also can journey through the decades via an interactive timeline that traces the University's 150-year evolution into the forward-thinking institution it is today. Think of the timeline as a work in progress, where time travelers can flesh out the historic record with recollections of their own.

In addition, three different historical maps allow visitors to compare the campus that was to the campus that is. What's more, a special event portal makes it easy to plan campus visits around sesquicentennial programming.

The sesquicentennial site is the result of a collaboration between several University of Denver offices and the award-winning advertising agency Vladimir Jones.

Employee Town Halls – responses to pre-submitted questions

(Jan. 14, 2014) In November, Chancellor Coombe, Provost Kvistad and Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs Craig Woody hosted the first University of Denver employee town halls. 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 have collected responses to a number of these pre-submitted questions.

Please 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

Information and tips from Campus Safety

(Jan. 14, 2014) As we're all getting back into our routines after the winter break, here are some safety reminders from the Department of Campus Safety:

Office security: the majority of all burglaries and thefts on campus occur as a result of rooms left unsecured. Follow these tips to secure your workspace.

  • Lock your door even if you are only stepping away for a moment.
  • If you work in a cubical or open space, make sure you have a drawer available to you that locks and secure your valuables any time you walk away.
  • If you don't have a locking drawer, submit a work request with Facilities Management to install a lock (this is a billable service).
  • Don't loan your keys to anyone.

Parking lot security: there was an attempted auto theft on campus on New Year's Eve. Follow these tips to protect your vehicle.

  • Lock the doors and roll up the windows, even if you're only parked for a minute.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Take your valuables with you or secure them in the trunk.
  • Never leave your car running while unattended.

Report: Report theft or suspicious persons to Campus Safety.

  • Theft: Report any thefts to Campus Safety by calling 303-871-2334. An officer will be sent to your location to take your report.
  • Suspicious persons: If you see a suspicious person on campus, call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.

R.A.D.: Campus Safety now has R.A.D. classes for both men and women and is offering February courses for free.

Message from Chancellor Coombe

Jan. 7, 2014

Dear Members of the University Community:

I am sure that many of you are aware that this past month the membership of the American Studies Association voted to support a boycott of academic institutions in Israel. This was done in an effort to protest the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians within that country. The University is not an institutional member of the ASA, although there may be individual members among our faculty and staff. Nonetheless, I've received a number of letters and messages from alumni and other members of the DU community asking that I take a stand on this matter on behalf of the University, as have the leaders of other colleges and Universities. I will do so now.

Whatever one's opinion of issues in the Middle East, an academic boycott is wholly inappropriate as a means of expressing that opinion as it presumes that the academic bonds that bind scholars together should somehow be used to apply political pressure. Such a boycott is completely counter to the academic freedom that undergirds higher education in the United States and the world. In truth, it is only the free, unencumbered flow of ideas that leads to progress, whether in politics, culture, science, or any other pursuit.

DU is an institution that is proud of its many international programs. The Cherrington Global Scholars program, the international programs in our undergraduate and graduate disciplines, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the many international students that we welcome to our campus are important parts of our institutional character. International education of our students and the pursuit of international scholarship and research are central to our mission. An academic boycott of any part of the world runs counter to that mission.

Consequently, the University of Denver will not support the ASA boycott, and we will continue to vigorously pursue academic interactions with Israeli scholars and institutions, as we do with those of any other nation.


Robert D. Coombe
Robert D. Coombe

"Tradition and Legacy" exhibit opening – Jan. 13, noon

(Jan. 7, 2014) Join us for the opening of the "Tradition and Legacy" exhibit on Monday, Jan. 13 at noon in the Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room, featuring remarks from Chancellor Coombe, DU trivia, a prize wheel, light refreshments and, of course, a chance to tour the exhibit. No RSVP necessary.

In honor of the University of Denver's sesquicentennial, this new interactive exhibit introduces visitors to some of the people, programs and traditions that have made our campus community exceptional.

Mixing artifacts and video clips with text and archival photographs, "Tradition and Legacy" shows how aspiration and vision came to animate the DU experience. Individual displays focus on everything from Athletics and Recreation to campus life, from Homecoming festivities to Commencement traditions.

This self-paced trip down Memory Lane begins Jan. 13 and runs throughout 2014 in the Anderson Academic Commons, where it spans three floors. Don't miss this opportunity to travel through time and explore the University of Denver's remarkable story.