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November 2015

Universitywide News

Chopp Talk donates food to those in need in Fort Collins

(Nov. 24, 2015) Due to inclement weather last week, the Chopp Talk event in Fort Collins was rescheduled. Rather than letting the reception food go to waste, Chancellor Chopp arranged for everything to be donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association, which provides the Fort Collins community with assistance to meet basic needs. Thanks to Chancellor Chopp for leading by example in the University’s mission to be a private University dedicated to the public good! Chopp Talk Fort Collins has been rescheduled to April 4, 2016. Email if interested in attending.

University Bookstore open house

Dec. 7-11 – University of Denver Bookstore, Driscoll Student Center

Stop by the bookstore Dec. 7-11 and enjoy special discounts of 25 percent off select items!

Spirituals Project to join Lamont School of Music

(Nov. 24, 2015) Next academic year, the Spirituals Project will become an official University program within the Lamont School of Music. Currently an independent nonprofit founded by DU faculty member Art Jones, the Spirituals Project’s mission is the preservation and revitalization of the music and social justice teachings of the sacred songs called “spirituals.” This music was created and first sung by enslaved African Americans. Narrated choral performances by a multi-ethnic community spirituals choir as well as curriculum about the cultural, psychological and historical impact of African American music will become formal programs at the music school.

A national search is currently underway for a new choral director with African American sacred music expertise. The conductor will lead the spirituals choir as well as form and conduct a student choir. All prospective candidates are encouraged to apply on the HR job site.

“I am very excited that the Spirituals Project will become an official program at DU,” said Art Jones, chair of the choral conductor search committee. “The fusion is a natural and symbiotic fit. It is congruent with the University’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, increased interdisciplinary collaborations and vibrant community partnerships.”

Celebrate! DU First Snow

Tentative: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. – Driscoll Green

Don’t miss DU’s newest tradition – “DU First Snow!” The forecast is showing this Wednesday, Nov. 11 may be the day! Stay tuned to DU social media, and if we see more than one inch of snow on campus, come celebrate at the SNOW ZONE on Driscoll Green!

University looks to enhance management for campuswide events

(Nov. 3, 2015) Conference & Event Services (CES) has contracted with The Hill Group, an independent management consulting firm based in Carnegie, Penn., to assess how well the University meets the needs of the community through event management and implementation. CES prides itself on delivering exceptional service, resources and support to events on the University of Denver campus while upholding the University’s integrity, values and inclusive engagement. This project is aimed at ensuring we continue to improve our effectiveness. In the coming months, CES and The Hill Group will coordinate interview work groups with various units to align and understand campus event needs in an inclusive manner. Key stakeholders will be invited to actively participate in the process. We will keep you informed of project updates as they become available. For questions, please email Cathy Grieve at

Celebrate! DU First Snow

(Nov. 3, 2015) Don’t miss DU’s newest tradition – “DU First Snow!” On the first weekday that the snow on campus measures one inch or more, celebrate at the SNOW ZONE on Driscoll Green! Gather around the fire pit and enjoy a hot cocoa or coffee. Stay tuned to the forecast and DU social media for details!

Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon salutes excellence, innovation

(Nov. 3, 2015) Missed the awards luncheon last week? Catch up on the individuals and teams honored with faculty and staff awards in this online DU Magazine story. If you were there, please note this important correction to Amy King’s introduction for the staff Quality Department Award: the award went to the staff in Learning Communities and Civic Engagement, which does manage the Living and Learning Communities and Pioneer Leadership Program on campus. Yet LCCE is not part of CCESL (Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning) as stated at the luncheon. Apologies to both the LCCE staff and CCESL. We know you’re both doing great work dedicated to the public good and doing us proud in the community! Congratulations to all the award winners!