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May 2015

Universitywide News

Denver Men’s Lacrosse National Championship Celebration

MLAXTuesday, May 26, 6 p.m. (seating opens at 5:30 p.m.) – Peter Barton Stadium (rain location: Hamilton Gymnasium)

(May 26, 2015) Come celebrate the University’s 30th national title, and the first men’s lacrosse title from a school west of the Mississippi! Celebration Cake to be served following short program at exit; autographs and prizes; championship merchandise available.

Read about the victory, purchase merchandise and more at   

Mandatory Title IX training for all employees

(May 26, 2015) Last week, you received an email from Kathryne Grove, director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, outlining mandatory training for all faculty and staff members about Title IX. You should have then received an email from Canvas inviting you to the course as a student. This is correct. Please follow the link and complete the course. If you didn’t receive an email, or no longer have it, please contact

Library book returns

(May 26, 2015) Now through Friday, June 5, faculty may schedule an appointment to have their library books picked up and returned to the library. Email to schedule a pickup.

May 20 is DU Gives Day

DU Gives Day

(May 19, 2015) Participate in DU Gives Day on Wednesday, May 20! For every gift made to DU on this day we’ll plant a pinwheel on Carnegie Green representing the momentum philanthropy builds. We will also be giving out T-shirts to faculty, staff and students who post and tweet their selfies about #DUGivesDay. Meet us on the green to take your pictures with our selfie sticks. Spread Pioneer Pride and transform student lives. Join the fun… inspire the future!


Men’s Lacrosse advances to NCAA semifinals!



Semifinal Watch Party: Saturday, May 23, 11 a.m. – Crimson and Gold, Boones Tavern, The Pioneer, South Philly Cheesesteaks and Stadium Inn

The DU Men’s Lacrosse team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals. The game in Philadelphia against Notre Dame will play at 11 a.m. MDT on Friday, May 23. If they win, the final game will play at 11 a.m. MDT on Sunday, May 25. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN2. Go Pios! #DUGAMEDAY #Pioneer1Nation

Newly renovated Buchtel Tower honors military veterans

buchtel tower(May 19, 2015) After years of disuse, the University of Denver’s Buchtel Memorial Tower has a new purpose — one that’s closely tied to the original mission of the building to which the tower was once attached.

Buchtel Memorial Tower — located on the south side of campus, east of the Anderson Academic Commons — is all that remains of Buchtel Chapel, which was destroyed by fire in 1983. Originally completed in 1917, the building was first called the Memorial Chapel in honor of DU students who died serving their country during World War I.

On May 28, the tower will be rededicated in honor of military veterans who now are part of the DU student body.

“DU has approximately 500 student veterans, ranging from undergrad to PhD,” says Damon Vine, the University’s new veterans services coordinator. “When I came to campus for my [job] interview, I was shown the tower, and my first couple of weeks here I learned about all the efforts that went into it from various campus entities — facilities, UTS, the chancellor’s office, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Anderson Academic Commons. It was really touching to see all these entities come together to provide this space dedicated to veterans and actually put it to use.”

University Architect Mark Rodgers says the tower renovation has been in the works since 2011, when construction started on the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site next to Buchtel Tower.

“One of the reasons we put the memorial in that location is that, in a way, the tower is a symbol of a faith that had come under great stress and yet persevered and was still standing,” Rodgers says.

As the Holocaust memorial project was coming to a close, Rodgers and his team turned their attention to the tower, which needed a great deal of work — including removal of the last of the debris from the 1983 fire — to be transformed into a small conference room. The space will host meetings devoted to veterans’ issues, as well as various high-level campus gatherings.

“There are eight chairs; three have the DU seal, and the other five have the seals of the major branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard,” Rodgers says.

Rodgers and his team also added a black-and-white picture of the original chapel to the new room, as well as the original dedication plaque from 1917. It will join a new plaque that will commemorate the tower’s rededication in 2015 — and the significance of returning the structure to its original purpose.

“It’s a nice way to not lose the past,” Vine says. “It puts a comma in the storyline, not a period.”

The Buchtel Memorial Tower rededication ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the adjoining Estlow Gardens. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony and reception will be moved to the Special Events Room in the Anderson Academic Commons, AAC 290.

By: Greg Glasgow

Save the Date: Chancellor Chopp’s Inauguration

Friday, Sept. 18

(May 19, 2015) The University is planning a full day of events to inaugurate our new chancellor and celebrate the emerging vision under her leadership. Events will key on the importance of higher education to Colorado and include speakers from institutions across the state. A planning committee is in place, and is meeting with student representatives before the spring quarter ends to reflect student input in the plans.

Join Alumnifire: DU’s new networking platform

(May 19, 2015) DU has launched Alumnifire, an exciting new networking platform for DU community members. Alumnifire allows users to leverage the networking capabilities of LinkedIn and the robust job bank of, making it a powerful tool for anyone looking to change careers or get connected.

High school graduations come to campus

(May 19, 2015) Once again it is time for DU to host the area’s high school graduations. 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 should have received an email with more information.

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to the University

(May 12, 2015) There have been a number of alerts on campus recently, some that fortunately turned out to not be the serious threat they first appeared. This may cause you to question—or worse, ignore—future alerts. To help you understand why these alerts are important, here’s some insight into our Campus Safety procedures and tips to ensure you stay informed during incidents.

We’ll use events that occurred at DU on Thursday, May 7, to illustrate. Many of you received our alerts that day; if you haven’t signed up to receive alerts, you can do so here.

Why was the alert issued?

We use DU alerts to notify our on-campus community when there is a threat on or near the University in order to keep you safe. The first alert is intended to give immediate warning of the threat. For example, the first alert issued on May 7 shared that Campus Safety had received information on a threat to the community of a suspicious person on campus and told anyone on campus to remain indoors. Once we know more, we issue an alert update to provide details; on May 7, the second alert shared that the report was of a male entering the Ritchie Center carrying an assault rifle. These two alerts were issued less than 10 minutes apart, following a protocol to immediately notify the campus and provide steps to ensure community safety (the first alert), immediately contact Denver Police (given the nature of the report) and then provide more details on the threat (why the first alert was issued). The second alert included a warning to those in the Ritchie Center to find a secure place locked from outside entry.

With Denver Police on site, Campus Safety received a new threat report, this time a call made by a member of the DU community regarding a male near the Newman Center carrying a handgun. With the campus already alerted to a situation, Campus Safety issued a third alert providing the details of this new threat and warning the entire campus to remain indoors and take shelter in a secure place.

Both the Ritchie Center and Newman Center areas were searched by Denver Police and cleared, with the final alert issued roughly 90 minutes after the first alert. While the message in this final alert was “all clear,” we asked the DU community to remain vigilant; this is standard procedure when the area in the incident report is searched and cleared of any threat.  As an important reminder, if you are in an area being searched during incidents like these, follow all instructions of police and Campus Safety personnel.

As with all reported incidents where no suspect is found, Denver Police and Campus Safety continue to investigate the May 7 situation. Since the initial report came from what is believed to have been a computerized call, DU shared information with the FBI which is consulting on the case.

Keeping informed during an incident

While Campus Safety is focused on ensuring community notification and resolving the threat working with the Denver Police, the University’s Marketing & Communications division works on providing accurate, up-to-date information to the community outside of campus. As a member of our on-campus community, you can sign up to receive safety alerts so you receive the immediate notification when an incident occurs.

We do our best to ensure the media report factual information, but during an incident, we use the University’s official Twitter account, to post the latest and to our knowledge most accurate information.

Please remember that during a threat situation on campus, our priority is ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Campus Safety is simply unable to take calls during these times unless it’s someone on campus reporting an emergency or with information about the threat situation occurring on campus.

In addition to its role during campus incidents, Campus Safety offers follow-up and crime prevention information via its own social media channels in addition to safety education classes.

Crimson Friday!

Friday, May 15

Show your DU spirit by wearing Crimson & Gold this Friday, and cheer on our Pioneers Men’s Lacrosse team as they meet Ohio State in the NCAA Quarterfinals!

Men’s Lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

Saturday, May 16 – Sports Authority Field
Tailgate: 11 a.m., lunch served at 1 p.m., register
Game: 3:30 p.m., tickets (promo code “DU”)

The No. 4 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team won 15-9 over Brown in the NCAA Tournament First Round! Denver advances to play Ohio State on Saturday; get your tickets in the DU fan section by 5 p.m. this Friday, May 15. Group tickets also available. Use promo code “DU.” Admission to the tailgate is free, but you must register. Can't make it to the game? Catch all of the action on ESPNU.

May 20 is DU Gives Day

DU Gives Day

(May 12, 2015) Participate in DU Gives Day on May 20! For every gift made to DU on this day we’ll plant a pinwheel on Carnegie Green representing the momentum philanthropy builds. Spread Pioneer Pride and transform student lives. Join the fun… inspire the future!


DU social media

(May 5, 2015) Did you know DU has active social media accounts? Did you know these accounts are becoming the go-to source for campus communications? Get in the know and follow the University of Denver on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for the latest updates and news!

High school graduations come to campus

(May 5, 2015) Once again it is time for DU to host the area’s high school graduations. 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 an email with more information if your parking area is affected.