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February 2014

University-wide News

DU history episode kicks off new season of Rocky Mountain PBS' 'Colorado Experience'

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. – Rocky Mountain PBS (Channel 6 in Denver)
(Feb. 25, 2014) Throughout its 150-year history, the University of Denver has seen plenty of triumphs and hardships, not to mention colorful characters, bold leaders and independent thinkers.


Celebrate 1864 Week: Connect with DU notables, step back in time and enjoy refreshments!

(Feb. 25, 2014) During 1864 Week, there's something for everyone to enjoy—see the full lineup of events here. And since this is a University after all, take some time to learn a little something about our history.


Asbury Avenue closure – Friday, Feb. 28

(Feb. 25, 2014) To allow for setup for The BIG Birthday Event, Asbury Avenue between Race and Gaylord will close at noon on Friday, Feb. 28 through 1 a.m. March 1. Access to the permit lots off Asbury will not be affected.

Chancellor search committee seeks your input

(Feb. 18, 2014) As you know, the University is engaging in a search process to fill the chancellor position, with the goal of keeping the process transparent to the entire DU community. In order for the search committee to receive your input, several town hall style "listening sessions" will be held this month. 

While the committee encourages any and all comments and feedback, there are several specific questions on which they seek your input:

  • What are the University of Denver's strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the University that the Board of Trustees should have in mind as it contemplates a new chancellor?
  • What are the key attributes and personal characteristics that should drive assessment of candidates to serve as new chancellor?
  • Anything else the committee and the Board of Trustees should consider?
  • Do you have a name or names to suggest to the search committee? Why?

In-person town hall style "listening session" meetings:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7-8 p.m. - AAC 290-Special Events Room, please RSVP
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.  - Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, please RSVP

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person sessions, you may join a conference call session:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 10-11 a.m. Mountain Time, please RSVP
    Participant access instructions: Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to start time
    Call toll free: 888-609-5668
    Participant Passcode: 190526
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 3-4 p.m. Mountain Time, please RSVP
    Participant access instructions: Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to start time
    Call toll free: 888-599-8688
    Participant Passcode: 663168

If you are unable to attend any sessions, email your feedback to


Visit the chancellor search website for updates on the progress of the search and the position description.

Last chance to register for the Founders Day Gala on March 5

(Feb. 18, 2014) Make your reservation today and 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 now!

Strategic Issues Panel report on higher education now available

(Feb. 18, 2014) Last spring, DU commissioned a study panel to examine the rapidly-changing environment of higher education, assess the impact on the University and provide recommendations to the DU board of trustees and administration. The report, based on the panel's work, is now available to the DU community on Portfolio (you'll need to log in with your PioneerWeb credentials to download the report).


(Feb. 11, 2014) The University has received a report of chickenpox by two students at Daniels College of Business. Chickenpox is a contagious disease. The classic symptom of chickenpox is a rash that turns into itchy blisters. The rash may first show up on the face, chest and back then spread to the rest of the body. Other common symptoms that may begin to appear one-two days before the rash include high fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and headache. The chickenpox vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 1996, and anyone born in the U.S. before 1980 is considered immune. If you were born in 1980 or later, you may benefit from receiving the chickenpox vaccine (varicella). If you are concerned about any symptoms or would like the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider.

Pioneers for People annual coat drive – through Friday, Feb. 7

(Feb. 4, 2014) There's still time to bring in your old coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and other cold-weather items for the annual Staff Advisory Council coat drive, in support of the Denver Rescue Mission. Help provide warmth to someone in need: drop-off bins are located across campus.


Have you visited the Pioneer Network?

(Feb. 4, 2014) For the first time ever, DU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends can log on to a single site and reach out to old and new acquaintances 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. Browse today at