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June 2015

Universitywide News

Update July 1: Cherrington Hall now Open with regular Schedule

Cherrington Hall temporarily closed

(June 30, 2015) Cherrington Hall, which houses the Korbel School for International Studies, was closed on Tuesday, June 30, due to maintenance activity. Faculty and staff who work in the building were notified of the closure earlier today and will be informed when the building is expected to reopen. 

Building flooding on campus

(June 30, 2015) Last Wednesday’s severe weather in the Denver area caused some building flooding on campus, over and above what you may have heard about the Ritchie Center. We want to share updates on all campus locations affected; and we especially want to give you an understanding of the tremendous work of our Facilities, Custodial, Athletics & Recreation operations and Campus Safety employees who sprang into action to lessen the damage on our campus.

In order of extent of flooding, here are the affected buildings and their current status:

Ritchie Center: Flooding impacted the game level, entering Joy Burns Arena, Magness Arena, Hamilton Gymnasium and several support spaces, leading to full closure of the center Wednesday night. Joy Burns Arena reopened at 6 a.m. Thursday, the Coors Fitness Center and its locker facilities were open and Magness reopened at noon on Thursday. Hamilton will remain closed until we can fully assess the condition of the wooden floor. (As of June 29, DU Digest learned that the Hamilton floor will need to be replaced; no other details are known at this time.) Athletic teams’ locker rooms remain closed as well. While Barton Lacrosse Stadium sustained standing water that may impact its operation, at this time damage appears to be slight. All other venues are operating on their normal schedules, although some program and activity times may change due to rescheduling from impacted venues.

Sturm Hall: Flooding occurred in Davis Auditorium and the Anthropology labs due to the heavy rain and hail that blocked storm drains; in addition, the building had some water leakage due to a roof issue (which had already been scheduled for repair prior to this storm). Full damage assessments and restorations are underway.

Centennial Towers: Water entered an equipment storage area. Full damage assessments and restorations are underway.

Water from the storm entered several other buildings (see list below), although damage was limited to wet flooring which has been addressed.

In all cases where we sustained water damage, the suddenness of the storm and the volume of rain and hail in a short amount of time were major factors. Leaves, hail and other debris quickly overwhelmed storm drains and gutters, causing water—in some cases several inches worth—to come into buildings. Our teams quickly went to work ensuring the safety of people in affected buildings—most notably in the Ritchie Center where several hundred people were gathered for a number of camp and athletic activities. This was followed by concerted efforts to remove floodwater, protect equipment and facilities and immediately begin the process of drying things out to prevent mold formation.

On Thursday before the regular work day began for most, our response teams had already assessed, and where needed, adjusted event schedules in affected buildings, notified the people involved and worked to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.

The focus has now turned to assessing the extent of flood damage and restoring facilities to full operation. The University will be working with our contractor partners to repair facilities wherever possible, mitigate flood impacts through efforts such as mold prevention, and streamline processes to replace what can’t be fully restored.

The Department of Campus Safety also received reports of water in the following buildings:

  • Anderson Academic Commons
  • Campus Safety Center
  • Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
  • Craig Hall
  • Driscoll Student Center South
  • Frontier Hall
  • Johnson McFarlane Hall
  • Newman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Ricks Center for Gifted Children
  • Ruffatto Hall

Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” – Colorado Juvenile Defense Fund

(June 30, 2015) FOX 31 Denver is featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. The final segment, airing this Sunday during the 9 p.m. news, features the Sturm College of Law’s partnership with the Colorado Juvenile Defense Fund. Law students working directly with local practicing attorneys positively impact juveniles who find themselves in need of legal representation.

In case you missed it, view last week’s segment about the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic.

Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” – Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic

(June 23, 2015) FOX 31 Denver is featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. This Sunday’s segment (during the 9 p.m. news) features the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic housed at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. This story highlights the work students and alumni are doing locally to help rebuild a “new normal” during flood recovery. The clinic provides mental health outreach and fosters community resilience among those impacted by trauma.

In case you missed it, view last week’s segment about the Principal Prep program.

Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” – Principal Prep Program

(June 16, 2015) FOX 31 Denver is featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. This Sunday’s segment (during the 9 p.m. news) features the Principal Prep Program, which has produced leaders who are changing the face of education in Colorado—including 2014 Colorado Principal of the Year. This story follows their journey to become principals and how this unique DU program has helped them succeed and advance the quality of education in Colorado.

In case you missed it, view last week’s segment about the Bridge Project.

Denver Pioneers Men’s Lacrosse championship apparel

(June 9, 2015) Own a piece of history! Get your official NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship apparel, now available through your lacrosse apparel headquarters at the Denver Pioneer Store. Stop in at the Ritchie Center and check out the championship apparel made available to you here on campus or shop online anytime! Since the Pioneers historic win on Monday, May 25, more and more championship apparel options have been made available online, so check out one of the over 110 items today and support your Pioneers!

Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” on Fox 31 Denver

(June 9, 2015) FOX 31 Denver is featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. Be sure to tune in: this Sunday’s segment during the 9 p.m. news features student Dianna Flamenco, once a “Bridge Project Kid” herself, who is now working with K-12 kids as part of The Bridge Project, getting them prepared for a bright future. In case you missed it, view last week’s segment on robots helping children with autism learn social skills.

US Bank summer hours

(June 9, 2015) The US Bank branch in Driscoll Student Center will have new hours for the summer beginning Monday June 9 through Friday Sept. 4. The branch will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trustee Donald L. Sturm announces support of two initiatives toward the University’s ongoing commitment to veterans

GSPP military (June 2, 2015) Last week, the University of Denver held a ceremony to rededicate of one of our most historic structures, the Buchtel Memorial Tower, in honor of the nearly 500 military veterans who now are part of the student body. Additionally, Donald L. Sturm, a former Army psychologist, University of Denver trustee for more than two decades, and founder and chairman of ANB Bank, announced support of two initiatives toward the University’s ongoing commitment to veterans.

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Stories of “Transforming Passion Into Purpose” on Fox 31 Denver

An interdisciplinary faculty-student-robot research team based out of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is conducting a pilot study exploring whether humanoid robots like NAO can improve social and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. Photo: Wayne Armstrong(June 2, 2015) FOX 31 Denver will be featuring the University of Denver in a five-part feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. Be sure to tune in: the stories will air as part of the 9 p.m. news starting this Sunday, June 7. This Sunday’s segment will feature the innovative work of Mohammad Mahoor, who is using robots to positively impact those facing autism challenges.

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DU custodial concerns

(June 2, 2015) You may be aware of workplace concerns regarding the Custodial Services staff. The University has been and continues to look into the concerns and share information on the various ways custodial employees have to raise concerns within DU’s policies and the union contract. The University is committed to treating its employees equitably and providing a fair, safe and respectful work environment for all employees. 

Mandatory Title IX training for all employees

(June 2, 2015) Title IX training is now mandatory for all DU employees. You should have 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 shannon.seales@du.edu.

Library book returns

(June 2, 2015) Now through Friday, June 5, faculty may schedule an appointment to have their library books picked up and returned to the library. Email caroline.rew@du.edu to schedule a pickup.