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February 2015

Universitywide News

Be a B.O.S.S.

(Feb. 24, 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.

BOSS SonoraSonora Dolce  is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Denver, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, with an additional passion for intercultural global studies and social justice. She is the president of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music business and philanthropy fraternity for women on campus, as well as vice president of the Lamont Student Council. She also serves as the performing arts senator on Undergraduate Student Government and as a member of USG’s Diversity Committee. Sonora also is actively involved in Interfaith Advocates and the Social Sustainability Task Force, is a member of the Social Justice Living & Learning Community on campus, and had the honor of serving as the resident assistant for that hall during her second year.

Sonora is involved in five to six ensembles each quarter at the Lamont School of Music, with performances ranging from 18th century opera to Ghanaian Drumming. Sonora believes music is a powerful tool in building community and that music is vital in the struggle for social justice.

Supporting survivors of sexual violence is important to Sonora because justice cannot be achieved alone. Along with this, she also has witnessed firsthand the power of community in combating this issue. Sonora believes that shifting cultural norms and ending gender violence is possible when we recognize and commit to the responsibility we have to one another.

Crimson Friday

Friday, Feb. 27

(Feb. 24, 2015)Wear your DU colors and support our Denver Pioneers athletic teams! This week’s home events include swimming and diving, and the final hockey home series of the regular season. DU employees can receive $16 tickets (normally $24) for Denver Pioneers Hockey’s final home series vs. Miami (OH) on Feb. 27 and 28! Purchase tickets using promo code PIONATION. See the full schedule at denverpioneers.com.

Update on Campus Safety notice regarding motor vehicle theft

(Feb. 24, 2015)The stolen vehicle reported to Campus Safety on Tuesday, Feb. 17 was recovered in the morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 18. The vehicle was recovered by police in the southwest metro area. Although you cannot always prevent the actions of others, Campus Safety encourages all community members to secure their vehicles by locking doors and rolling up windows. Please report any and all suspicious activity to Campus Safety immediately at 303-871-3000.

Annual “Pioneers for People” Staff Advisory Council coat drive a success

(Feb. 24, 2015)Thank you to everyone in the DU community who contributed to this year’s “Pioneers for People” Staff Advisory Council coat drive benefiting the Denver Rescue Mission. You impacted 375 lives by your giving (275 coats and 100 other items, including hats, scarves and gloves). Thank you for helping provide for those in need and making this year’s event such a success!

Deadline extended: Nominate a colleague for the Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award

(Feb. 24, 2015)Established in 2001, the Robin Morgan Award is presented annually to a woman (staff, faculty or administration) who goes beyond her job responsibilities to advocate for women in the DU community. The award is named for Robin Morgan, who worked at DU in 1996-1997 and organized women to foster their professional development and enhance the mission of the University through women’s voices and competence. The recipient of this award is a woman who carries out these ideals. Learn more and nominate a colleague by Friday, Feb. 27.

Be a B.O.S.S.

(Feb. 17, 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.

BOSS JoieJoie Ha is a fourth-year student, majoring in anthropology and minoring in leadership, psychology and international studies. Joie dedicates a significant amount of her free time to helping her community at the University of Denver and the surrounding area. At DU, Joie is involved with Kappa Phi Lambda, Asian Student Alliance, Pioneer Breakers, Executive Greek Council and more.

Almost two years ago, Joie helped to charter Kappa Phi Lambda, the first and only Asian-interest sorority in Denver. Since then, she has held numerous positions for her sorority, including president, cultural chair, public relations chair and more. Kappi Phi Lambda aims to promote women empowerment and cultural diversity, with the goal of providing a safe space for girls who want to connect and learn more about inclusive excellence. 

Joie believes that it is incredibly important to support survivors of gender-based violence because, unfortunately, a lot of cases go unreported. Even when reported, there is still a stigma that survivors often face. Joie believes it is the community's job to create a safe space for survivors and to educate everyone on prevention, treatment and support. Each survivor should be given the correct resources and shown the respect that they deserve. 

Crimson Friday

Friday, Feb. 20

(Feb. 17, 2015) Wear your DU colors and support our Denver Pioneers athletic teams! This week’s home events include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s lacrosse and hockey. See the full schedule and purchase tickets at denverpioneers.com.

Explore Denver

(Feb. 17, 2015) Explore Denver is a program in which DU students, faculty and staff can receive free or deeply discounted tickets to attend local events and attractions such as Denver museums, theatrical and sporting events, cultural events and many others. Visit du.edu/exploredenver to see what’s coming up.

Deadline extended: Nominate a colleague for the Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award

(Feb. 17, 2015) Established in 2001, the Robin Morgan Award is presented annually to a woman (staff, faculty or administration) who goes beyond her job responsibilities to advocate for women in the DU community. The award is named for Robin Morgan, who worked at DU in 1996-1997 and organized women to foster their professional development and enhance the mission of the University through women’s voices and competence. The recipient of this award is a woman who carries out these ideals. Learn more and nominate a colleague by Friday, Feb. 27.

Internationalization Summit: Call for proposals

(Feb. 17, 2015) Save the date for the second annual DU Summit on Internationalization in higher education April 9-11. The summit 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. The 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 Friday, Feb. 20. More

BE A B.O.S.S.

(Feb. 10, 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. 

BOSS LarcyLarcy Brooks  is a second-year undergraduate student studying English (creative writing), Spanish and gender and women’s studies. Larcy feels very lucky to have found many supportive communities at DU, and is a member of the Social Justice LLC, a resident assistant in Johnson-MacFarlane Hall, a co-president of the Undergraduate Queer Student Alliance, a cast member of the Vagina Monologues and a Puksta Scholar at CCESL. 

As a young queer person, Larcy has seen personally the way that gender and sexuality based violence has affected their community. Larcy believes that because there is no healthy or comprehensive sex or relationship education for queer people in our schools, and frequently no healthy conversations about relationships from our families, emotional and sexual abuse are very common in our communities. For Larcy, part of being an activist in the community means creating more healthy conversations, more education, more support, and ending violence and abuse. It also means supporting the many survivors within our community. Everybody deserves to have healthy relationships and support systems.

BOSS KirbyKirby Lamar  is a first-year student studying international studies and gender and women’s studies. She is passionate about understanding people and their cultural backgrounds, and works to hear and listen to others’ stories so that she can understand individuals on a deeper level. Since coming to DU, Kirby has enjoyed finding new friends and mentors throughout the various activities she participates in. She is a member of the Pioneer Leadership Program, a sister in the Gamma Phi Beta soro rity, a partner in Pioneer-2-Pioneer (a club that pairs up domestic students with international students providing an organic cultural exchange), a member of the Undergraduate Women’s Council and an actress in the Vagina Monologues.

Kirby believes that being supportive of survivors of gender violence is important because no one should ever feel alone as a result of someone else’s actions. Gender violence is never okay and we should never let victims take the blame. Kirby wants everyone to feel comfortable in our community, which means working to be a light when someone is experiencing a time of darkness.

Important note on vaccinations

(Feb. 10, 2015) In light of the recent multistate measles outbreak in the United States, the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the importance of vaccination.

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 25-4-902.5, all incoming college students must submit proof of two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations before attending classes. While the state of Colorado does allow for certain exemptions to this requirement, if an outbreak of measles occurs on campus, state law requires unvaccinated students to leave campus.

The HCC strongly supports the use of all vaccines as a scientifically proven, safe and effective method of preventive care that affords vital protection to countless students, colleagues, acquaintances, family and friends. Employees who seek to be vaccinated should contact their health care provider.

While once thought to be eradicated, measles has seen a remarkable resurgence lately due to lower vaccination rates and international travel to areas where measles is still endemic.  In fact, Colorado has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the entire United States.  Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and even death. It is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.

Campus Safety alert update

(Feb. 10, 2015) Last week, you received a Campus Safety alert regarding a forced fondling incident, and we’d like to provide an update. The incident occurred off campus on a city sidewalk, and no injuries were reported. DU Campus Safety, in partnership with the Denver Police Department, is monitoring the area and continues to search for the suspect. The suspect is a white male with brown hair, approximately 5’11” and 170 lbs. We would like to reassure our community members that there have only been 24 incidents of this nature in the last 10 years, the most recent of which prior to this incident was in February of 2014. Campus Safety and the University are doing everything in their power to prevent these types of occurrences. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact DU Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.

Internationalization Summit: Call for proposals

(Feb. 10, 2015) Save the date for the second annual DU Summit on Internationalization in higher education April 9-11. The summit 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. More

Be a B.O.S.S.

(Feb. 3, 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. 

BOSS - Rory MooreRory Moore is a sophomore at the University of Denver, pursuing a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. His overarching goal is to be able to attend medical school and pursue a residency program in neurology in order to become a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Currently, Rory serves as the DU Black Student Alliance president, the Diversity Summit vice president, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government Diversity Committee, a student paraprofessional of the affinity group at the Center for Multicultural Excellence, a joint council member, a DU Pre-Health Society Club member, a Daniels Fund Scholarship mentor and a Pioneer Leadership Program mentor.

Rory finds it crucial to support survivors of gender violence because survivors have triumphed in protecting themselves and need friends who can be there, and available to talk, when it matters most. Rory believes that it is important to speak out against gender violence and to have awareness of the issues because everyone can take leadership when it comes to prevention.

University hosts Denver metro housing forum

(Feb. 3, 2015) Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the city’s Office of Economic Development will host “Bridging the Gap: A Solutions Forum on Housing” this Friday, Feb. 6, on the University of Denver campus. You may see slightly increased traffic and security on campus as a result; please note that this is a ticketed event and not open to the public. The University of Denver is the presenting sponsor, signifying the longstanding and deep connections between our campus and Denver.

Pioneers for People coat drive

Through Feb. 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.

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