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March 2014

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UPDATE ON THE SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE

(March 25, 2014) In January, the University began work on the Shared Services Initiative, a campus-wide exploration of ways in which we might enhance the delivery of business services to our campus constituents. The committee leading this work has completed its initial phase and has produced a comprehensive view of where we are today in the delivery of our core business services. Work now turns to exploring options for delivering business services and drafting recommendations for the chancellor and senior staff to be presented by early summer. You can learn more about the findings, as well as next steps, by logging in to the Shared Services Initiative Portfolio site. In the near future, an email box will be available for you to submit questions about this initiative.

In reaching this stage in the process, the committee (listed below) has met with a broad set of campus constituents to gain a wide range of perspectives, insights and opinions. Their effort is being supported by the higher education consulting firm Excelcor, led by Scott Nastaja, president and CEO, and Susan Bockhoff, senior strategy consultant.

Committee members held as many as 30 interviews with key stakeholders and presented their findings on the current state of delivering business services at DU to groups such as the Faculty Senate, Staff Advisory Council and the Deans' Council, among other groups.

The purpose of the Shared Services Initiative is to develop, consider and test various models, approaches and ideas aimed at improving, enhancing, and expanding DU's current services.

Shared Services Committee

Rohini Ananthakrishnan, University Technology Services
Joe Angleson, Department of Biological Sciences
Chris Bennett, Office of the Controller
Joe Benson, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Joe Bogner, Business and Financial Affairs
Stefanie Cowan, Center for Multicultural Excellence
Teri Fuller, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Margaret Henry, Office of the Controller
Amy King, Human Resources
Jen Kogovsek, Campus Safety
Linda Kosten, Office of the Provost
Leandra Martinez, Athletics
Julia McGahey, Office of the Provost

Margery Reed Hall grand opening celebration

Tuesday, April 8, 11 a.m. – Margery Reed Hall patio
(March 25, 2014) Daniels College of Business invites you to celebrate the grand opening of Margery Reed Hall! An open house will follow a brief opening ceremony; light refreshments will be provided. Please register.

First Annual Internationalization Summit

Friday, April 11, 7:45 a.m. – Ruffatto Hall, Sturm Hall and Daniels College of Business
(March 25, 2014) Registration is now open for the First Annual Internationalization Summit. The summit is a daylong gathering celebrating internationalization efforts at the University in the context of our sesquicentennial. Comprising over 40 sessions, workshops, poster sessions, research presentations and roundtables, the summit promises stimulating and engaging conversation about what internationalization means, has meant, and will mean for a great private university dedicated to the public good.

The Summit's keynote speaker is Richard Stenelo of Lund University in Sweden, a target strategic partner, who will be presenting LU's strategic internationalization efforts in the context of their upcoming 350th anniversary in 2016.

Pre-summit events on Thursday, April 10 include workshops on topics ranging from contracts and agreements to intercultural learning in classes. The day after the summit DU celebrates its annual Festival of Nations in the Ritchie Center. Find out what internationalization is and participate in the discussion of what it means to DU for the next 150 years. The full summit description and schedule are available at the Internationalization Summit homepage. Please join us by registering here.

Space for lunch and the keynote speaker as well as the Intercultural workshop and closing reception is limited. As such you are encouraged to please register early. Online registration that includes lunch will close Monday, April 7 at noon.

The Summit Committee is grateful for the support of DU's Sesquicentennial Fund, the Morgridge College of Education and the Office of Internationalization.

Staff Advisory Council hosts spring town hall: "Advancing a positive campus climate for all DU employees"

Thursday, March 27, noon-1:30 p.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Driscoll Center
(March 18, 2014) The Staff Advisory Council will host the second town hall of the 2013-2014 academic year on "Advancing a positive campus climate for all DU employees." Featured speakers include members from the Center for Multicultural Excellence, the Status of Women study and the Status of Faculty and Staff of Color study. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the two study groups currently in process, as well questions about DU's campus climate in general.

More information and registration

University of Denver featured on several Rocky Mountain PBS broadcasts

(March 11, 2014) In case you missed the broadcast last month, you can now view Rocky Mountain PBS' "Colorado Experience: University of Denver" online. Chancellor Robert Coombe sat down with RMPBS CEO Doug Price to discuss his pending retirement and years as the institution's chief executive on the Feb. 28 episode of "Colorado Quarterly," which is also available online. In addition, the Feb. 21 episode of "Colorado State of Mind" featured Dean Lynn Gangone of Colorado Women's College.

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

(March 4, 2014) During 1864 Week, there's something for everyone to enjoy—see the full lineup of events here.

1864 Service Challenge and Sesquicentennial In-Service Program

(March 4, 2014) The 1864 Service Challenge is an important expression of our University's commitment to the public good. As DU community members, we are challenging each other to achieve a combined 186,400 hours of community service by the end of 2014. Visit du.edu/1864challenge to learn more and log your hours (you may log any service hours dating back to Jan. 1, 2014).The new Sesquicentennial In-Service Program allows you to utilize one day, with pay, to volunteer on a community or University service project. Learn more.

"Tradition and Legacy" exhibit expands

(March 4, 2014) Three new installations have been added to the "Tradition and Legacy" exhibit on display throughout 2014 at the Anderson Academic Commons: "Creative Arts at DU," "A Tradition of Philanthropy" and "A World-Class Student Population," an interesting snapshot of our current student population showing that we attract high-achieving students from countries on every continent except Antarctica.

In honor of the University of Denver's sesquicentennial, the interactive "Tradition and Legacy" 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. New installations cover the University's tradition of philanthropy, which focuses on the students and programs made possible based on giving to DU, creative arts, which showcases the variety of arts across campus, and our current student profile showing the many countries from which we attract high-achieving students.

Don't miss this opportunity to travel through time and explore the University of Denver's remarkable story, told through the Tradition and Legacy exhibit spanning three floors at the Anderson Academic Commons.