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September 2015

Universitywide News

Campus community shares ideas on DU IMPACT plan

(Sept. 29, 2015) A crowd of about 30 gathered Sept. 23 for the first of what will be many campus conversations about DU IMPACT 2025, the draft strategic plan recently shared with the on-campus community. Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad opened the conversation with an overview of the four transformative directions outlined in the draft plan. Chancellor Chopp described these four as the “bold initiatives that define the narrative for DU’s future.” More

Preventing undergraduate student alcohol misuse

(Sept. 29, 2015) As we begin a new academic year, we have seen a decrease in alcohol-related medical emergencies among members of our undergraduate student population. While these incidents serve as troubling reminders of the ways in which alcohol use can negatively impact a student's DU experience, it is important to bear in mind that these occurrences have involved a relatively small number of students and are not representative of typical student behavior.

With this in mind, faculty and staff are asked to support campus prevention efforts by avoiding comments that normalize or condone high risk drinking and actively challenging the perception that “everyone drinks heavily.” Social Norms theories purport that many college students overestimate the degree to which other students utilize alcohol and that these misperceptions influence behavior. Communicating accurate campus norms may therefore reduce these high risk behaviors.  

Any faculty or staff member who encounters a student who is experiencing issues as a result of their personal substance use is encouraged to express their concerns and offer to connect that student with available resources. DU offers a variety of services for students who wish to explore issues related to their use of alcohol. For more information about campus resources and strategies for intervening with a student of concern, contact the Health and Counseling Center at 303-871-2205.

Call for nominations: Founders Day student awards

(Sept. 29, 2015) We are seeking nominations for the 2016 Founders Day student awards: Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Student. Winners will receive their awards at the 2016 Founder’s Day Gala in March, 2016. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Cindy Hyman at chyman@du.edu or Franny Starkey at franny.starkey@du.edu.

ParkMobile application now available for DU hourly lots

(Sept. 29, 2015) Parking Services is excited to announce a new partnership with ParkMobile, an app-based payment solution for hourly parking at the University. The ParkMobile app allows you to set 15-minute meter expiration alerts, locate your vehicle and pay for parking on the go. Stay in your meeting longer, or attend a campus event worry-free because you can now add time to your parking with ParkMobile. This service is available for iOS and Android devices at all hourly lots on campus (designated by green signage). Additional information including a demonstration video and registration information is available at www.parking.du.edu.  

IT’S ON US to end sexual assault on DU’s campus

(Sept. 22, 2015) Here at the University of Denver, we are committed to creating a campus culture where students feel safe, are able to succeed and feel empowered to take a stand against sexual violence. The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment, in partnership with the Student Coalition for the Eradication of Sexual Assault, is hosting DU's first annual Red Zone Campaign. On college campuses, the first few weeks of the academic year are known as the “Red Zone” – when first-year students are at a heightened risk for sexual assault.

The Red Zone is of highest risk because a student new to campus has more risk factors and less protective factors in place, and perpetrators seek out individuals who are vulnerable. For example, students may be experimenting with alcohol for the first time and not know what their personal limits are. They also may experience the social anxiety to try fit in in order to make friends, and the pressure to "look cool" by drinking. As a result, these students drink more than they feel comfortable doing or end up drinking beyond their personal limits of control. Perpetrators then seek these intoxicated individuals out in order to take advantage of them when they are vulnerable. In addition, friendships can be a significant protective factor, but first-year students new to campus do not have a stable friend group yet. Given this, bystander intervention is less likely to happen where friends could look out for one another.

This fall, let’s take a stand together, let’s speak up and act, and let’s prevent violence from happening in our community. This is our campus and IT’S ON US to ensure our fellow Pioneers are safe and promote a culture of respect and support for the people around us. To show your support for our students, participate in DU B.O.S.S. Day on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Show your support for our student body by wearing your DU B.O.S.S. hat or pin, your “Consent is Sexy” T-shirt, or any DU gear.

Imagine DU town halls

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Monday, Oct. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Chancellor Chopp, Provost Kvistad and others involved in the Imagine DU process will host two town hall meetings to discuss with faculty, staff and students the draft of the strategic plan. Read the draft, then come to one of the upcoming town halls to learn more, ask questions and—most importantly—provide your feedback. If you can’t attend either of these town halls, there will be other opportunities to offer feedback throughout the fall quarter, and you can comment online as well. No RSVP is necessary; beverages and snacks to be provided (bring your lunch if coming to the Sept. 23 session).

Call for participation in Pio-Palooza booths

(Sept. 22, 2015) Does your DU department or organization want the chance to promote to over 1,000 DU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff over Homecoming and Family Weekend for free? If so, reserve your booth at Pio-Palooza, featuring Taste of DU, on Oct. 17 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Driscoll Green.

The booths are dual-purpose – acting as both a free advertising and promotional space for your group as well as a trick-or-treat station for kids at our carnival. We will provide the booths and candy – you provide the rest. Feel free to get as creative (or not!) as you’d like. To reserve your booth, contact Shannon Gray, shannon.gray@du.edu, at the Office of Alumni Relations.

The booths will be set up around Driscoll Green, while musical entertainment is happening on the green. Additionally, there will be tons of activities for little Pioneers. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride.

Please note: S. Race St. and S. Gaylord St. between High and York will be closed from noon-5:15 p.m. The parking lots on E. Asbury Ave. will remain open and accessible.

Don’t miss the inauguration of Rebecca S. Chopp this Thursday and Friday!

Sept. 17-18

(Sept. 15, 2015) Don’t miss the two days of inauguration festivities! Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17, participate in the Crimson Classic and stay for Music on the Green, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Whitfields. The Friday breakfast and lunch panels sold out early, but you can catch the live stream. You can still join the procession and attend the installation ceremony without an RSVP. Join the conversation on social media with #DUinauguration, and read a preview article about the day’s events.

DU moves up in U.S. News rankings

(Sept. 15, 2015) The University of Denver caps off a year of accolades with a spot among the top 100 national universities included on the U.S. News and World Report list of “Best Colleges 2016.” The University is ranked 86 on the magazine’s list of national universities, up from No. 88 last year.

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Imagine DU town halls

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Monday, Oct. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

(Sept. 15, 2015) Chancellor Chopp, Provost Kvistad and others involved in the Imagine DU process will host two town hall meetings to discuss with faculty, staff and students the draft of the strategic plan that will be available this Friday at imagine.du.edu. If you’re attending this Friday’s inauguration installation ceremony, you’ll hear Chancellor Chopp outline the broad vision of the draft plan. The PDF will be available Friday, with an email to the community next Monday. Read the draft, then come to one of the upcoming town halls to learn more, ask questions and—most importantly—provide your feedback. If you can’t attend either of these town halls, there will be other opportunities to offer feedback throughout the fall quarter, and you can comment online as well. No RSVP is necessary;  beverages and snacks to be provided (bring your lunch if coming to the Sept. 23 session).

Inauguration of rebecca s. chopp-RSVP deadline is today!
crimson classic, music on the green, procession and installation ceremony

Sept. 17-18

(Sept. 8, 2015) Don’t miss the two days of inauguration festivities! Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17, participate in the Crimson Classic and stay for Music on the Green, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Whitfields. On Friday, Sept. 18, join the procession and installation ceremony! RSVP for the ceremony by today, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Faculty and staff emergency Red Folders

(Sept. 8, 2015) The Red Folder emergency guide has been updated to reflect a few minor changes in information and services. You can access a digital version of the Red Folder online. If you would like to update your hard-copy folder rather than print the online version, please make these important changes:

  • Outreach that was made by the CARE team is now being done by a dedicated full-time staff member
  • The phone number for Title IX coordinator has changed to 303-871-7481
  • Under the Quick Action Guide chart – Campus Safety should be listed as one of the first offices contacted for victims or witnesses of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking
  • The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) advocates can be reached by calling the Emergency and Crisis Number (303-871-3000) and requesting the CAPE advocate on call

Thank you to those who completed the survey providing feedback on the usefulness of the red folder. Within the next year, we’ll be making a major overhaul to the folder to incorporate the feedback through the survey. Email care@du.edu with questions or requests.

DU in the news

(Sept. 1, 2015) You may have recently seen media coverage on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determination involving the University. As you may recall, Professor Lucy Marsh, who teaches at the Sturm College of Law, filed a gender discrimination charge with the EEOC in 2013. Yesterday we were informed by the press that the EEOC had issued a letter of determination finding reasonable cause that a pay violation has occurred. Per the EEOC invitation, DU intends to participate in mediation and attempt to amicably resolve our differences in this case. As we try to find a final and just resolution, we will continually endeavor to ensure that our practices create an environment in which our employees are able to flourish as individuals to achieve their full potential.

Inauguration of Rebecca S. Chopp
Crimson Classic, Music on the Green, procession and installation ceremony

Sept. 17-18

(Sept. 1, 2015) Don’t miss the two days of inauguration festivities! Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17 participate in the Crimson Classic and stay for Music on the Green, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Whitfields. On Friday, Sept. 18, join the procession and installation ceremony! RSVP for the ceremony by Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Staff Advisory Council Staff Awards – nominations due Friday, Sept. 4

(Sept. 1, 2015) Do you know an outstanding staff member or department that has gone above and beyond at the University? Nominate them for one of the 2015 SAC Staff Awards! See the full list of award descriptions and submit your nomination at du.edu/staff . Nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 4. Awards will be presented at a faculty and staff luncheon on Oct. 28.

Battle on Blake – DU faculty and staff tickets

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

(Sept. 1, 2015) All DU faculty and staff have the benefit of purchasing tickets to the “Battle on Blake” outdoor hockey game at Coors Field against Colorado College through an exclusive presale! You can purchase tickets on Friday, Sept. 11 (tickets will be available to the general public on Sept. 18). In order to purchase presale tickets you must register by Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. You will receive a follow-up email with a unique code that will grant you access to purchase tickets on Sept. 11.

Protect yourself against phishing scams

(Sept. 1, 2015) The return of students to the University normally coincides with an increase in activity related to individuals attempting to gain access to our computing environments. While UTS does operate multiple automated security tools (mail and Internet filters, intrusion prevention systems, content filters, etc.) you also need to be aware of these risks and help prevent them. A couple recommended preventative measures:

  • Never share your username and/or passwords with anyone
  • Always use strong passwords (mixture of upper and lower case characters, include numbers and special characters, at least six characters long)
  • Lock your computer screen when away for extended periods of time
  • Never click on links in an email message from someone you do not know
  • Remember that the UTS Help Center will never ask for your username and/or password via email

Remembering and practicing these counter-measures will greatly aide in maintaining a secure computing environment for all DU users. Contact the UTS Help Center, 303-871-4700, for more information.