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August 2014

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Enrollment staff participates in ALS ice bucket challenge

(Aug. 26, 2014) The University of Oregon nominated DU to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and our entire enrollment staff stepped up to the task. 

Back-to-school special at the Book Stack – half-price books!

Sept. 2-6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, first floor
(Aug. 26, 2014) The Book Stack, our on-campus used book store benefiting DU libraries, is having a back-to-school sale Sept. 2-6! The Book Stack is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and is located in the south end of the first floor of Mary Reed. The Book Stack is run by volunteers, many of whom are DU alumni, parents or retired faculty and staff. The Book Stack also accepts donations of used books.

Representatives available to register your students to vote

(Aug. 26, 2014) The University's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning has arranged for representatives from New Era Colorado, a local nonpartisan civic engagement organization, to be available to register your students to vote and share nonpartisan voting information (e.g., mail-in ballots, forms of identification acceptable for voting) for 5-10 minutes during your class. Representatives arrive 10 minutes before class to register early arrivals and wrap up quickly after checking students' voter registration forms for completeness. Please contact Keara Fenzel,, Denver lead organizer with New Era Colorado, to schedule a voter registration presentation during your class. Please contact the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning at for any further voter registration questions.

Web update reminder notice

(Aug. 26, 2014) This is a reminder to go through your Web content and update any misspellings and broken links before students arrive. Regardless of whether you find errors, all users must re-publish each page of your entire site to ensure the pages are up-to-date on the Web server. For more information or assistance, please submit a support request to the Marketing & Communications Digital Team.

DU Advancement gives back to community during Denver Days

VC Lumpkin painting with staff(Aug. 19, 2014) Individuals from throughout the University participated in Denver Days, a citywide effort to engage neighborhoods through community service projects and neighborhood activities. University Advancement took that opportunity to gather the entire division in support of the local community. About 50 members of the advancement team - from University Advancement and across campus - volunteered a total of 313 hours to paint the Washington Street Community Center over the course of Aug. 7-8, 2014.

The service project was an opportunity for Advancement team members to step aside from the day-to-day work and forge new collaborations while investing in the local Denver community. Advancement members came together both in the spirit of Denver Days and as an opportunity to participate in the University's 1864 Service Challenge. Saskia Sawyer, director of gifts and records, organized and led the effort.

"It is so exciting to see everyone working together for a cause and organization that is outside the University that does such important work for our community," says Scott Lumpkin, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

The Washington Street Community Center (WSCC) is located just a few miles from campus. It provides programs to meet the needs of working families, individuals, and groups in the area, as well as serving as a neighborhood hub for learning and gathering.

The impact on the WSCC was substantial, providing a much-needed update that, due to cost, would not have happened without Advancement's help. The University's participation both saved the center about $5,500 and brought awareness to the center's service in the community.

Mayor Michael Hancock stopped by the center on that Friday to help with painting and to affirm Advancement's investment in the local community. News staff from several local television stations as well as the Denver Post also spent time covering the event. Advancement team members and others marked the event on social media with the #DUGivesBack hashtag.

"We hope that this event, and the energy and attention was generated by DU's investment in WSCC will help other organizations, businesses and individuals recognize the value of investing in the community," says Roberta Bloom, Executive Director of WSCC. "These are challenging times for small nonprofits like the Washington Street Community Center, and we need this sort of help in order to fulfill our mission of service to the community."

By Sarah Satterwhite

View photos of the day

Read the Denver Post article 

Campus Safety offers free CPR/AED class

Monday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. – Campus Safety training room
(Aug. 12, 2014) The Department of Campus Safety, in support of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program, will be offering a CPR/AED class open to the campus community. This class will prepare you to perform CPR and utilize an AED on adults and children suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. The course is offered free of charge to University community members. End time depends on size of class and level of student engagement, but classes generally end in time for lunch. Space is limited; register online.

Videocast featured video

(Aug. 12, 2014) This week's featured video, "Finding the right teaching technology at DU," highlights several popular educational technologies supported at DU. Topics include Canvas, DU CourseMedia, DU VideoManager, DU Portfolio and Camtasia Relay. View the video.

University receives 2014 Innovator Award for Anderson Academic Commons

students working at computers in anderson academic commons(Aug. 5, 2014) The University of Denver received a 2014 Innovator Award for the Anderson Academic Commons at Campus Technology's annual summer conference last month.



University awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant

(Aug. 5, 2014) The University of Denver has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to fund a 2015 summer institute for secondary school teachers entitled, "Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean." The institute will be a joint program with George Mason University, hosted by DU, that will offer secondary school teachers of courses such as world history, world geography, comparative government, world religions and global studies the opportunity to focus on the Mediterranean region from a world historical perspective.