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March 2017

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DU training Ugandans to enter the workforce
(March 21, 2017) The DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan furthers the University's work in researching and addressing the world's problems. Read about the Hospitality In-Service Training Program, a partnership featuring DU, the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) and Staffable to develop strategic partnerships in East Africa and the United States with a focus on education and social impact.

Creativity abounds at DU's Maker's Market
(March 21, 2017) DU IMPACT 2025 builds on our strong history of meaningful engagement between our faculty and students. Read a story about a unique offering from a faculty-student collaboration that was displayed at DU's first-ever Maker's Market.

Faculty in the News

(March 21, 2017) DU faculty members were in the media this week discussing an EU ruling on religious symbols and the gun industry. Read more from   Lisa Conant and Trent Steidley.

Help our Pioneer hockey player win top honor!

(March 21, 2017) University of Denver hockey senior defenseman Will Butcher was named a 2017 Hobey Baker Award finalist, one of only 10 players nationally up for men's college hockey's top honor. He is the lone finalist from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) this season and the sixth in the conference's four-year history. You can join the fan voting until March 26 to help Butcher win this honor!

Send Silence Packing display coming to DU

Tuesday, March 28
Send Silence Packing, a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of donated backpacks representing college students lost to suicide each year, will be displayed all day on DU's Driscoll Green. Active Minds, Inc. brings the display to campuses throughout the year, to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources and inspire action for suicide prevention. DU is the first campus in Colorado to host this powerful display, which offers a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental and behavioral health concerns. If you are need of support services or additional resources, visit the Health & Counseling Center.

april is sexual assault awareness month

(March 21, 2017) Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. Faculty and staff can stand with DU students to increase awareness and learn about ways to provide a safer, more compassionate campus environment and to more comprehensively support individuals who have expressed concern regarding sexual assault and harassment. Get more information about events during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

register for internationalization summit

Friday, April 14, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Ruffatto Hall and Driscoll Student Center
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Internationalization Summit. More than 30 sessions throughout the day will focus on engaging content around timely issues such as refugees, migration and the internationalization of higher education. To open the event, there will be a reception and talk from Masha Gessen, a Russian and American journalist, on Thursday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m., and an Innovating Internationalization design thinking workshop on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m.-noon. And on Friday after the summit, be sure to stay for CultureFest from 4-7 p.m., a 30-year tradition at DU to celebrate and learn more about the rich cultural diversity in our community.

Celebrate spring with DU's annual Springfest

(March 21, 2017) 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Springfest at DU. Join the University and surrounding communities for family fun on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Humanities Garden behind Mary Reed. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, yoga and Tai Chi, crafts for all ages and an egg hunt at 11 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Springfest website.

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DU professor Amin Khodaei on the forefront of smart city research
(March 14, 2017) Thanks in part to two research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Denver, along with other project partners, is researching how best to move away from legacy electric power grids and focus on consumer-deployed technologies within a smart grid. That modernization, Khodaei says, can fundamentally change the way electricity is supplied and delivered while helping to make the development of smart cities a reality. Read more about this "strengthening our community" initiative on the DU IMPACT 2025 website.

DU geography professor Matthew Taylor inspires doctoral student to study environmental justice in Guatemala
(March 14, 2017) As an undergraduate at the University of Iceland, Anna Sveinsdottir was interested in human-environment interactions. She initially decided to focus on studying the impacts of tourism, a path that led her to Nicaragua for fieldwork. It was in Nicaragua that she met Matthew Taylor, a DU geography professor who has been crisscrossing Latin America for 26 years, studying everything from rural electrification to water resource management. Taylor encouraged Sveinsdottir to explore issues of natural resource extraction and land tenure. Read more of this "impacting our world" story on the DU IMPACT 2025 website.

Du in the news

(March 14, 2017) DU faculty and staff were in the media this week discussing climate change research, the travel ban and the appropriation of African-American spirituals. Read more from Cullen Hendrix, Marjorie Smith and Art Jones.

Sexual Assault Awareness Summit

Thursday and Friday, March 30-31
Two events are coming up to kick off DU's Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Thursday evening March 30, Anne Munch, former prosecutor and advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, will present a keynote address. Then on Friday, March 31, Munch will be joined by Jon Krakauer, author of the national bestseller Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, and Debbie Osgood, a nationally recognized expert on civil rights laws and regulations that govern institutions of higher education, for a lunch panel discussion. Register for lunch

Women's History Month events

(March 14, 2017) DU's Colorado Women's College has compiled a list of events happening this month in celebration of Women's History Month, both on campus and in the metro area.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame exhibit coming to DU

Opening reception: Thursday, March 30, 4:30-7 p.m.—Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
(March 14, 2017) Cap off Women's History Month at the opening reception for an exhibit featuring the stories of 152 extraordinary Colorado women, past and present. Colorado Women's College is bringing the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame exhibit to campus March 27-June 26. CWC is also hosting the opening reception, where you can view a selection of the panels and portraits of hall of fame inductees who have made their mark in philanthropy, science, the arts, law and advocacy, meet the organizers of the hall and mingle with some of the women included in the hall of fame for their impact on Colorado and the world. Register for the March 30 event.

march blood drive

Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.–Driscoll Student Center conference rooms (by the ballroom)
(March 14, 2017) Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus March 16 for a one-day blood drive. Reserve an appointment time by calling 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.

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DU IMPACT 2025 website re-launches

(March 7, 2017) Stay informed about the great work being done by DU faculty, students and staff to move forward on the key initiatives in the University's strategic plan through the DU IMPACT 2025 website. The site has been updated with new stories about ways we're transforming our students, strengthening our community and impacting our world. You can also learn more about the progress of the 10 strategic "clusters" working in areas such as designing and developing knowledge, DU and the public good and sustainable DU.

Faculty in the news

(March 7, 2017) DU faculty were in the media this week discussing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Carnival traditions and marijuana law. Read more from Nancy Sasaki, Carl Raschke and Sam Kamin.

Opportunity to sign up for spring "sustained dialogues"

(March 7, 2017) Last fall, DU introduced the campus to a DU IMPACT 2025 initiative aimed at preparing students to use constructive and open communication, especially during times of tension that affect everyone. The effort has grown with trained facilitators in "sustained dialogue," who will lead small groups meeting over several sessions to explore and develop action plans to address critical issues to improve campus climate at all levels. Spring sessions are being planned, and if you're interested in getting involved, fill out and submit this form and you'll get more info as it's developed. Open at all DU students, faculty and staff.


Thursday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.—Driscoll Green
(March 7, 2017) DU's fourth annual Mental Health Festival will feature Fresh Check Day, an expo-style event designed to bring the entire campus community together to "check in" on the mental well-being of our students. The festival is hosted by DU MIND, a student-led mental health awareness and advocacy organization, in conjunction with DU's Mental Health Week, April 3-7. The DU Mental Health Task Force is collaborating with DU MIND on Fresh Check Day, which brings together interactive, student-led booths with food, prizes and giveaways to create a positive atmosphere, appeal to a wide array of students, connect students to campus and community resources, and promote a caring, inclusive environment. In order to have a successful event, we need your support! Please sign up to volunteer at this year's Mental Health Festival.

march blood drive

Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.–Driscoll Student Center conference rooms (by the ballroom)
(March 7, 2017) Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus March 16 for a one-day blood drive. Reserve an appointment time by calling 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.