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January 2015

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Be a B.O.S.S.

(Jan. 27, 2015) All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. Check out how these student leaders believe, support and listen to their friends. 

BOSS4 NathanNathan Duval  is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences. He studies the molecular genetics and metabolic changes associated with a variety of human disorders and conditions, primarily those related to aging and age-related disease. While at the University of Denver, Nathan has been the first author or co-author on six publications with more on the horizon. He hopes to one day run a research lab devoted to understanding the biochemical, genetic and metabolic changes associated with human disease that may lead to more effective therapeutics. 

In addition to his studies, Nathan has devoted a lot of time to promoting graduate students and graduate scholarship across campus as president of the Graduate Students of the Four Faculties (GSFF) and a member of Graduate Student Government. GSFF, the largest graduate student association on campus, has provided tens-of-thousands of dollars to hundreds of students to aid in conference travel to promote graduate student research and DU.  

Nathan believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their gender, race, or sexual orientation. Supporting survivors begins with listening and believing without judgment. He believes that empowering and supporting survivors helps create a culture that respects the differences in people and changes the way we think, respond and talk about abuse.  

BOSS4 JesseJesse Spivey is a second year student majoring in both philosophy and chemistry. Although Jesse is interested in a number of academic areas, his primary interest is in studying the way in which ethics shape our search for new frontiers. Moral objective truth is what he is really looking for. Jesse believes that all individuals, regardless of how they identify, have a right to their physical safety, mental well-being, and equitable social status, which is why he combats gender violence, and why he is proud to “Be a B.O.S.S.” This sentiment has guided his academic career and inspired how he approaches his position as a resident assistant in Centennial Halls. Jesse is an ad vocate for social justice and believes that even if we all come from different world views, we can envision a similar future in which we are all treated with the respect we deserve.  

 

It’s On Us

(Jan. 27, 2015) Americans across the country are making a personal commitment to keep women and men safe from sexual assault through the "It's On Us" initiative. "It's On Us" asks everyone to make a personal commitment not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution for campus sexual assault. Several Pioneers made their pledge on this DU "It's On Us" video.

Crimson Friday

Friday, Jan. 30

(Jan. 27, 2015) Show your DU spirit and support our Denver Pioneers athletics teams by wearing crimson and gold this Friday! This week’s home events include:

  • Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. No. 20-ranked Denver Pioneers meet No. 1 Oklahoma at the Burnsley Invitational presented by Porter Adventist Hospital. Pink Night for Breast Cancer Awareness. Tickets only $9.
  • Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth: Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Air Force: Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon
  • Women’s Tennis vs. BYU: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.
  • Men’s Tennis vs. Princeton: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

Winter 2015 University of Denver magazine available online

(Jan. 27, 2015) Visit magazine.du.edu to read the winter issue of the University of Denver Magazine.

BE A B.O.S.S.

(Jan. 20, 2015) All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. For more information on the DU B.O.S.S. campaign, visit us at www.du.edu/cape.

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Morgan Thomas is a senior at the University Denver, majoring in international business with minors in both political sciences and legal studies. She currently serves as the Panhellenic president, is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is a member of the Idiosingcrasies.

Morgan believes that it is crucial to support survivors of gender violence because no one can ever have too many friends or shoulders to lean on when times get tough. Gender violence is gaining increasing attention on DU’s campus and Morgan believes that we need to work together as a community to create more awareness and prevent gender violence from happening in our community.

 

 

Carnegie Foundation selects DU for elite 2015 community engagement honor

(Jan. 13, 2015) The University of Denver was one of 63 private universities nationwide re-selected for the esteemed Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation in 2015. Carnegie awards schools that demonstrate a distinctive institutional focus on community engagement—both locally and globally. Please save the date to celebrate this important accomplishment: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4-5 p.m. at CCESL (Suite 18, South Driscoll).

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Be a B.O.S.S.

BOSS week 2(Jan. 13, 2015) All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. For more information on the DU B.O.S.S. campaign, visit us at www.du.edu/cape.

Kiki Boone is a senior at the University of Denver, majoring in Spanish and integrated sciences. She is a captain of the lacrosse team and leads Younglife at Cherry Creek High School. Kiki believes it is important to support survivors of gender violence to promote equality and to help heal the emotional and physical injuries inflicted upon the victims. 

 

 

 

Crimson Friday

Friday, Jan. 16

Show your DU spirit and support our Denver Pioneers athletics teams by wearing crimson and gold this Friday! This week’s home events include:

  • Men’s basketball vs. Western Illinois: Jan. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Men’s hockey vs. St. Cloud State: Jan. 16 at 7:36 p.m.

Update on fall quarter armed robberies

(Jan. 13, 2015) The robberies that occurred this past fall are still being investigated and there have been no additional incidents to this date. Campus Safety has increased the number of personnel assigned to patrol duties through a new arrangement of shift schedules. To increase the presence of safety personnel even further, Campus Safety has contracted with G4S Security to provide additional patrols on and near campus. The Denver Police Department continues to have an increased presence in the area as well.

The Division of Campus Safety is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of our community and is making every effort to prevent any further incidents as well as to assist in the apprehension of those responsible for these crimes. Campus Safety urges all community members to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity immediately at 303-871-3000.

Foot escorts are available 24/7 by calling 303-871-2334. In addition, Campus Safety offers a 90-minute self-defense class that is available to anyone in the DU community. Please direct all other inquiries to our sergeant of community partnerships at james.m.johnston@du.edu.

20th Annual University of Denver Women’s Conference: call for proposals

It is time to submit your proposal to present at DU’s annual Women’s Conference on March 27, 2015. We look forward to continuing our 20-year tradition calling together students, staff, faculty women and allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity. This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring the Power of Possibility.”

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Second Annual Internationalization Summit: Call for proposals

The second annual DU Summit on Internationalization in higher education will be held April 10 and aims to highlight, celebrate, challenge and discuss the various ways in which DU faculty, staff and students connect with and participate in the global community. This summit is envisioned to serve as a conduit for discussion and sharing of what internationalization means to the DU community. All members of the DU community (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students) are encouraged to submit proposals and participate in the summit. For more information and to submit a proposal, see our website. Priority deadline for all submissions is Feb. 20.

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University of Denver named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

(Jan. 6, 2015) This award recognizes exceptional service that promotes positive community change.

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Be a B.O.S.S.

BOSS poster-Hayden and Leslie(Jan. 6, 2015) All members of our community can be leaders when it comes to supporting survivors of gender violence. For more information on the DU B.O.S.S. campaign, visit us at www.du.edu/cape.

Hayden Johnson  is currently serving as the Undergraduate Student Body president for the 2014-2015 academic year and was a co-creator of SCESA, the Student Coalition to Eradicate Sexual Assault. He is a senior this year, majoring in socio-legal studies and history. Hayden sees issues of gender and relationship violence as one of the most important issues facing DU, and strongly believes that the Pioneer community can promote a zero-tolerance environment for sexual misconduct and gender-related offenses. Supporting survivors of gender violence is important because it is a major step toward creating a student body that actively stands up for their peers, and promotes a campus culture of advocacy and respect.

Hayden strongly believes that education is a key part of helping the community build and grow in a positive way around this issue, and show that while only some are perpetuating the problem, everyone must be part of the solution. 

Leslie Rossman is a doctoral candidate in rhetoric and communication ethics. She received an MA in political studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her research interests include rhetorical mediations of labor and globalization, rhetoric and political economy, the effects of neoliberalism in the workplace, as well as gender and sexuality in popular culture. Leslie has been an active leader at the University of Denver through her roles in Graduate Student Government, Graduate Students of The Four Faculties and the Communication Studies Graduate Student Organization.

As president of the Graduate Student Government, Leslie is committed to working with administration, faculty, staff and students in creating an environment where discussions surrounding education and prevention of sexual assault and gender violence are supported and encouraged. It is her belief that in order to change the culture of gender violence we must come together as a campus community and transform previously held ideas of sexual assault awareness through education, dialogue and survivor support. 

Prevent the spread of communicable diseases on campus

(Jan. 6, 2015) As students and staff return to campus from around the country and from study abroad, there is a likelihood that communicable diseases can spread quickly.  Additionally, The Centers for Disease Control has said that the flu is spreading widely and early this season.

The Health and Counseling Center has become aware of a gastrointestinal virus that has spread rapidly on campus in the past few days.  These viruses can cause extreme discomfort, dehydration, and symptoms such as nausea, vomiting diarrhea, and stomach cramps. The virus is spread by direct contact with contaminated surfaces, people, food or other objects. It is not spread through coughing or sneezing. It is not life threatening and symptoms generally pass within 12 to 36 hours. If you develop the rapid onset of such symptoms, students should contact the HCC and staff should call their healthcare provider or go to urgent care or the Emergency Department.

Good hygiene can prevent the spread of such viruses. The best means of prevention is regular hand washing and cleaning hard surfaces with bleach-based products and disinfectants. Individuals should not share utensils or drinking cups.  Students, faculty and staff should not attempt to clean up after an ill individual. Instead, call a building supervisor or residence hall advisor  who can assist in contacting the proper custodian. 

20th Annual University of Denver Women’s Conference – call for proposals

2015 women's conference image (Jan. 6, 2015) It is time to submit your proposal to present at DU’s annual Women’s Conference on March 27, 2015. We look forward to continuing our 20-year tradition calling together students, staff, faculty women and allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity. This year’s conference theme is “Inspiring the Power of Possibility.” The conference planning committee is seeking workshops and presentations that inspire and inform women in the following thematic areas:

  • Power gained through diversity and inclusion
  • Power and organizational politics
  • Power and promotions (tenure track; senior administration; student success)
  • Power and personal development
  • Power and work-life balance

Proposals must address one of these five key areas, provide opportunities for interaction, and provide tangible takeaways for participants. Submit your proposal by Jan. 30. Approved presenters will be notified by Feb.13.

If you have questions regarding the conference or the call for proposals, please contact Debra Mixon Mitchell at dmixon@du.edu  or Patti Helton at phelton@du.edu for more information.

Crimson Friday

Friday, Jan. 9

(Jan. 6, 2015) Show your DU spirit and support our Denver Pioneers athletics teams by wearing crimson and gold this Friday! This week’s events include:

  • Thursday, Jan. 8 - Women’s Basketball vs. Omaha at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 9 - Women’s Gymnastics vs. North Carolina State at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 11 - Women’s Basketball vs. North Dakota State at 1p.m.

Register now: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Wednesday, Jan. 21 – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.

(Jan. 6, 2015) Join Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation for Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day! Parking will be free in Lot 108. Pick up your tickets in the Ritchie Center west concourse starting at 4:30 p.m.; the appetizer buffet starts at 5 p.m. in the Gold Club, and door prizes will be awarded at 5:45 p.m. in the Gottesfeld Room. RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Call 303-871-7420 with questions.

Pioneers for People coat drive

Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2015

(Jan. 6, 2015) The Staff Advisory Council is hosting the sixth annual “Pioneers for People” coat drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. We will be collecting new and used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather items. In addition to providing collection boxes across campus throughout the two-week drive, we’ll also be hosting a one-day collection event on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Anderson Academic Commons.