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October 2014

Universitywide News

Don’t miss these Homecoming & Family Weekend events!

(Oct. 28, 2014) See the full schedule and register online. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at midnight.

Spirit Day
Wednesday, Oct. 29, all day (Free)

It’s time to show DU spirit by wearing crimson! Pioneer Ambassadors will patrol campus in golf carts and hand out DU branded sunglasses, foam fingers and other DU apparel to those showing their school spirit.

All-class reunion
Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight – Gates Field House ($25)

Are you a DU alum? Our 150th anniversary calls for a celebration of historic proportions, so we’re gathering alumni from every decade for our first-ever All-Class Reunion. There will be something for every Pioneer during this extended evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy delicious cuisine and live music, an early-evening kids costume parade and late-night casino games, a photo booth and plenty of great memories. Tables by decade make it easy for you to reconnect with classmates. All we need now is you! More

PioneerFest
Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll Green (Free)

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at PioneerFest, DU’s free afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from the Lamont Alumni Jazz Jam and DJ West, and local fare from Denver’s popular food truck community.

Reminder: Asbury Avenue closure

(Oct. 28, 2014) Asbury Avenue will be closed between Gaylord and Race Streets during PioneerFest on Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon-5 p.m. Access to parking garages on Asbury will be not affected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Last chance to get your new Pioneer ID Card!

(Oct. 28, 2014) The Pioneer ID Card office is issuing new ID cards to all faculty and staff members. Old cards will be deactivated on Nov. 1, 2014. The Pioneer Card office is located in Driscoll Center South on the lower level. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your old ID with you to exchange it for your new card.

1864 Service Challenge  - We need your hours!

(Oct. 28, 2014) As the end of our sesquicentennial year approaches, so does the end of the 1864 Service Challenge. We are near our goal; you could be the one to put us over! Log your community service hours dating back to Jan. 1, 2014 at sesquicentennial.du.edu/1864challenge.

Save the Date: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Sunday, Nov. 16  – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m.
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St. at 4 p.m.

(Oct. 28, 2014) An appetizer buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. A registration link will be sent out on Oct. 28 along with additional information about the event. Hosted by Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation. Please call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.

Cyber Security Awareness Month tip of the week
Stop. Think. Click: Seven Practices for Safer Computing

(Oct. 28, 2014) 

  • Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  • Know who you're dealing with.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a two-way firewall, and update them all regularly.
  • Be sure to set up your operating system and Web browser software properly, and update them regularly.
  • Protect your passwords.
  • Back up important files.
  • Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online.

Visit http://onguardonline.gov/stopthinkclick.html for more information.

Cartridge/toner recycling

(Oct. 28, 2014) The University of Denver now recycles all cartridges/toner through Staples using this easy, three-step process:

  1. Box cartridges/toners
  2. Add Staples label
  3. Put the labeled box in your campus mail area

It’s not too late to register for Homecoming & Family Weekend

Oct. 30-Nov. 2

(Oct. 21, 2014) Celebrate the culmination of our sesquicentennial year with an all-class reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, PioneerFest and other special events. Learn more and register now!

PioneerFest and street closure

Pioneerfest: Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll Green
Asbury closure: Saturday, Nov. 1, noon-5 p.m.

(Oct. 21, 2014) Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at PioneerFest, DU’s free afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from the Lamont Alumni Jazz Jam and DJ West, and local fare from Denver’s popular food truck community. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride!

Asbury Avenue will be closed between Gaylord and Race Streets during PioneerFest on Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon-5 p.m. Access to parking garages on Asbury will be not affected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Last chance to get your new Pioneer ID Card!

(Oct. 21, 2014) The Pioneer ID Card office is issuing new ID cards to all faculty and staff members. Old cards will be deactivated on Nov. 1, 2014. The Pioneer Card office is located in Driscoll Center South on the lower level. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your old ID with you to exchange it for your new card.

DU taking steps to ensure campus safety in light of Ebola outbreak

(Oct. 14, 2014) With the continuing worldwide news on Ebola, we’re providing this reminder of DU’s commitment to keeping our campus community safe. The University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) continues to closely monitor the recent developments regarding Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the United States and worldwide. There are currently no reported cases in the state of Colorado and the HCC is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health to prepare for that possibility. Additionally, the University’s Critical Incident Management Plan contains specific guidance for responding to public health emergencies.

The HCC receives daily updates about the Ebola situation worldwide and has enacted protocols to assist in detection and coordination of care should the need arise. Overall the risk of contracting Ebola is very low. It is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the illness and not through air or water.

For DU students, faculty or staff who may be considering travel to West Africa, the HCC recommends following the CDC’s Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa. The University of Denver’s study abroad programs annually send students to locations across the globe; steps are being taken to ensure the safety of our campus community, including monitoring the situation throughout West Africa, working with students whose study abroad programs are near the outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to ensure their safety and checking the health status of students who may be returning to campus from the area.

Regardless, any person who becomes ill while traveling, even if only a fever, should consult a health care provider immediately and tell him or her about their recent travel and potential contacts. Tell the provider about your symptoms prior to going to the office or emergency room so arrangements can be made to prevent transmission to others in the health care setting.

Campus Conversations with Chancellor Chopp

Chancellor ChoppThursday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

OR

Thursday, Oct. 16, 4:45-5:45 p.m. – Driscoll North, room 1864

(Oct. 14, 2014) Please join the Staff Advisory Council and the Faculty Senate for a conversation with Chancellor Chopp on the topic of her Convocation address last week. No registration necessary.

Save the Date: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Denver Men's BasketballSunday, Nov. 16  – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m.
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St. at 4 p.m.

(Oct. 14, 2014) An appetizer buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. A registration link will be sent out on Oct. 28 along with additional information about the event. Hosted by Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation. Please call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.

Call for participation at PioneerFest booths

(Oct. 14, 2014) Does your DU department or organization want the chance to promote to over 1,000 DU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff over Homecoming & Family Weekend for free? If so, reserve your booth at PioneerFest on Nov. 1 from 3-5 p.m. on Driscoll Green. Again, it is free for your organization to participate.

The booths are dual-purpose – acting as both a free advertising and promotional space for your group as well as a trick-or-treat station for kids at our carnival. We will provide the booths and candy – you provide the rest. Feel free to get as creative (or not!) as you’d like. To reserve your booth, contact Shannon Gray at the Office of Alumni Relations.

The booths will be set up around Driscoll Green, while the Lamont Jazz Jam and DJ West perform on the Green. Additionally, there will be tons of activities for little Pioneers. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride.

Founders Day – call for award nominations

(Oct. 14, 2014) This year, eight awards will be presented in recognition of the notable achievements of University of Denver alumni, friends, staff and outstanding students. Help us recognize these members of our community at the 2015 Founders Day Gala on March 5, by nominating your favorite Pioneer by Friday, Oct. 17. Learn more and submit your nomination.

Cyber Security Awareness Month tip of the week: Do not reply to unsolicited email messages (spam)

By responding to spam, you only confirm that your email address is active. You should also avoid clicking the "remove me" link in the message, as links in email can point to an IP address other than the one you think it references. The best thing you can do is delete the message. If you received the email in your DU inbox, you can forward the message as an attachment to is-spam@du.edu. In addition, many free email service providers will allow you to easily report spam if you received it through Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, or Gmail.

University of Denver ranked in top 50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums

DU arboretum(Oct. 14, 2014) Among the more than 2,000 trees at the Chester M Alter Arboretum, there are 10 champion and notable trees. These include unique trees from around the world and some of the largest trees of their species within Colorado.

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Have you joined the Pioneer Network?

(Oct. 14, 2014) More than 50,000 alumni and students have come together in the new Pioneer Network. The Pioneer Network uses the existing power and flexibility of the LinkedIn network to bring together University of Denver Pioneers around the world.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend

Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Homecoming (Oct. 7, 2014) Celebrate the culmination of our sesquicentennial year with an all-class reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, PioneerFest and other special events. Learn more and register now!

Fourth Annual Faculty & Staff Campaign

(Oct. 7, 2014) Last year, over 31 percent of faculty and staff members donated to DU! Scholarships have grown, programs have expanded and our students will go on to change the world... because of you. Philanthropy takes root, grows and gains momentum from the inside out. With your support, we can continue the momentum. Please make your gift, of any amount to support any area of your choice. Also don’t forget to join us for the complimentary campaign luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Cable Center.   

Campus Conversations with Chancellor Chopp

Thursday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

OR

Thursday, Oct. 16, 4:45-5:45 p.m. – Driscoll North, room 1864

(Oct. 7, 2014) Please join the Staff Advisory Council and the Faculty Senate for a conversation with Chancellor Chopp on the topic of her Convocation address last week. No registration necessary.

“Unsettling Times: Higher Education in an Era of Change”

(Oct. 7, 2014) Over the past month, you may have heard Chancellor Chopp refer to the Strategic Issues Program (SIP) report on higher education, “Unsettling Times: Higher Education in an Era of Change.” As the University continues its strategic planning process, this report has now been officially released and is available on the SIP website.

Founders Day – call for award nominations

(Oct. 7, 2014) Do you know alumni, students or friends of the University who you would like to see honored for their leadership, mentorship or other contributions to the community?  Or perhaps one who inspires others to give back through service or philanthropy, or who you consider to be unusually successful or innovative? Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary service to the University? Help us recognize these members of our community at the 2015 Founders Day Gala on March 5, by nominating your favorite Pioneer by Friday, Oct. 17. This year, eight awards will be presented in recognition of the notable achievements of alumni, friends, staff and outstanding students. Learn more and submit your nominations.

Graduate Research and Performance Summit: Building Bridges Across the Disciplines

(Oct. 7, 2014) You may have heard Chancellor Chopp mention the incredible cross-disciplinary research among our graduate students. The second annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit examines the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of graduate student research. Please encourage your students to submit their research to highlight the work coming out of your units! For more information and to submit a proposal, visit portfolio.du.edu/grps.

Cyber Security Awareness Month tip of the week: How to spot a phishing email

(Oct. 7, 2014) An email may be a phishing email if:

  • There are misspelled words in the email or it contains poor grammar.
  • The message is asking for personally identifiable information, such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, PINs or Social Security numbers.
  • There are "threats" or alarming statements that create a sense of urgency. For example: "Your account will be locked until we hear from you" or "We have noticed activity on your account from a foreign IP address."
  • The domain name in the message isn't the one you're used to seeing. It's usually close to the real domain name but not exact. For example, phishing website www.regionsbanking.com versus the real website www.regions.com.

Conflict Resolution Month – Call for contributions

(Oct. 7, 2014) Throughout Conflict Resolution Month, October 2014, learn how faculty, staff and students at the University of Denver contribute to constructive engagement and peaceful conflict resolution. How do you contribute to constructive engagement and conflict resolution? Let us know, and follow DU’s activities. Also, you can contribute useful advice to deal with a conflict by visiting the Driscoll Bridge Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout October.

Have you picked up your NEW Pioneer ID Card?

Pioneeer ID Card image(Oct. 7, 2014) The Pioneer ID Card office is issuing new ID cards to all faculty and staff members. Old cards will be deactivated on Nov. 1, 2014. The Pioneer Card office is located in Driscoll Center South on the lower level. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your old ID with you to exchange it for your new card.

Campus Climate for Students working group requests your feedback

(Sept. 2, 2014) The Campus Climate for Students Working Group is charged with developing institutional recommendations to improve the campus climate for all students with special focus on three subsets of students: domestic students of color, LGBTIQA students and international students. Throughout the past year, this committee has gathered information about the work that is currently occurring to improve the University’s climate for our students. The purpose of this information gathering is to build upon the strengths of current strategies that could be beneficial if employed institutionally.

As part of this information gathering, we are trying to provide voice to as many of our colleagues as possible who work on a daily basis with our students to help inform these institutional recommendations. We understand that we have committed colleagues throughout campus who have and continue to dedicate their time, expertise, resources and passion to improve our campus climate. This cross-campus committee serves as another opportunity to continue to build upon this expertise with institutional leadership as part of a strategic planning process to create transformative and sustainable change.

We would like to invite you to share your voice during Campus Conversations that will focus on the Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results (S.O.A.R.) for a welcoming and affirming campus climate for all students, with special focus on the three populations previously listed.

  • Thursday, Oct.2 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Driscoll Student Center Room 1880                      
    • Focus of Campus Conversation: International Students
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Driscoll Student Center Room 1880               
    • Focus of Campus Conversation: LGBTIQA Students
  • Friday, Oct. 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Chambers Center Garden Room (CWC)                   
    • Focus of Campus Conversation: Domestic Students of Color
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 from 10:30-noon in Chambers Center Garden Room (CWC)                       
    • Focus of Campus Conversation: All three groups

The results of the Campus Conversations, the information collected from last year, and the results of planned student focus groups will all inform these recommendations scheduled to be submitted to institutional leadership by Feb. 1, 2015.

Please RSVP for one or more of the sessions. Thank you for your time and partnership in this critical work.

On behalf of the entire Campus Climate for Students Working Group,
Niki Latino, Art Jones, Molly Hooker, Gina Johnson