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April 2015

Universitywide News

Microsoft Office 365 now available

(April 28, 2015) The University of Denver has selected Microsoft Office 365 to provide cloud-based collaboration and storage tools for DU students, staff and faculty members. All currently employed staff and faculty members can now take advantage of these services:

Office Pro Plus Benefits – You can download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to five personally-owned Windows or Apple computers. Office Pro Plus Benefits also includes licenses for iOS and Android mobile devices, which don't count against your five. This service is expressly for your personally-owned computers; University Technology Services will continue to install Office on University owned-computers which also won’t count against your five.

Office Online – Web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint allow you to make quick changes to your documents on any Internet-connected Windows, Apple, or Linux computer. Office Online is also where you go to collaborate with others on your documents in real-time.

OneDrive for Business – You have access to one terabyte of cloud-based storage provided and managed by Microsoft. Files and folders stored on OneDrive for Business may be shared with other DU students, staff and faculty members.

Visit to find information on logging into Office 365, directions for using Office 365 features, answers to frequently asked questions, the acceptable use policy and more information.

If you would like assistance getting up and running with Office 365, attend one of our workshops for staff and faculty. Bring your laptop, phone, tablet, or use one of our lab computers and we will have you logged in and creating documents in about 15 minutes. This is an open house format; arrive any time during the workshop and stay as long as you like. All of the workshops will take place in Sturm Hall, room 353:

  • Friday, May 1, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Microsoft Office 365 does not replace department-based shared folders or Zephyr home folders, and you are not required to make any changes at this time. Over the summer we will be moving staff and faculty email accounts to Office 365. This will not have an impact on the way you use email, calendars, or contacts; you will still be able to use Outlook, Apple Mail and your favorite mobile apps. Stay tuned to your DU Digest for updates.

We hope you will enjoy the capabilities of Office 365 and discover new ways of working with students and colleagues. Please contact the UTS Help Center at 303-871-4700 with questions that are not answered at

High school graduations come to campus

Once again it is time for DU to host the area’s high school graduations beginning in May. Some of these events have the potential to make parking an issue on the north side of campus; you can see the full schedule online. If you are a current parking permit-holder, you will receive more information via email in the coming weeks if your parking area is affected.

Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 23, 2015

(April 21, 2015) Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day inspires and empowers our youth. This day has reflected the spirit of encouraging the hopes and dreams in kids as they experience our work and our organization. In the past, DU has hosted different events for our kids on campus. This year, we encourage you to bring your child to work and be creative in integrating them into your day. Create a learning partnership in which your child can understand how you move through your day, what types of meetings you have and who you interact with on your team, within your department and throughout the University. Useful tips in assisting the learning and engagement in the day:

  • Explain, in detail, what your job entails and how you must interact with others.  
  • Encourage your child to interview your coworkers with questions like: What do you do? What is your favorite part of your job? What do you like about working for DU?
  • Have them participate in meetings where they can learn more about operations or problem solving.
  • Bring them to different buildings so they can see and experience the activities of our students and our beautiful campus. 

We will bring a very robust program next year that will include different activities across campus. In the meantime, please do not miss out on this opportunity of spending the day with your child to create motivations and strengthen an appreciation for your contributions to your family. 

DU Gives Day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Join the fun for the first ever DU Gives Day! For every gift received on May 20, we’ll plant a pinwheel on Carnegie Green representing the momentum philanthropy builds. Visit for more information. 

University of Denver ranked in top 5 Best Urban College Campuses in the U.S.

(April 21, 2015) Rural or small town college campuses can be peaceful, but there’s something alluring about a big city. Students are drawn to urban campuses for their abundance of cultural and professional opportunities, all-encompassing amenities, and the promise of fun.


In case you missed it: DU student Cameron Hickert named 2015 Truman Scholar

Cameron Hickert(April 21, 2015) University of Denver junior Cameron Hickert has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar. Hickert is one of 58 students selected from nearly 700 nominees across the nation and the only student from a Colorado university to receive the award.



DU Denim Day

Wednesday, April 15

(April 14, 2015) April marks national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and universities across the country host events with the goal of educating their communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it. One key event for bringing the DU community together to take a stand against sexual violence is Denim Day. Please join us in wearing denim on April 15 in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Show your support on social media with #DUDenimDay.

Denim Day Video, click to play

University of Denver announces partnership with Quarterly Forum

(April 14, 2015) The University of Denver and Quarterly Forum, a non-partisan, not-for-profit leadership organization of 100 of the Rocky Mountain region’s most influential business and community leaders, announced a partnership that makes the University the organization’s exclusive academic partner. This new affiliation is built on the longstanding traditions of leadership development that are the cornerstones of both institutions.


Pioneer Awards Ceremony: Call for award winners

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(April 7, 2015) The Pioneer Awards Ceremony is the University of Denver’s annual campuswide awards ceremony. Each year, the Office of Student Activities asks colleges and departments across campus to participate in this ceremony by submitting the names of your award winners for the academic year and allowing the office to coordinate the presentation of all awards in one comprehensive program. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring wider recognition to the outstanding students, faculty and staff in your areas by taking part in this end of the year celebration! Nominations are due to the Office of Student Activities no later than Wednesday, April 29.

Departmental notification and nomination forms for all of these awards are available online. Please contact the Office of Student Activities via email at with any questions.