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Teaching and Learning Week: Teaching and Inspiring Excellence

March 30-April 3

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Do you have a new teaching idea or approach that you’d like to try? Looking to find some resources or connect with colleagues to share teaching ideas and strategies? Stop by the kickoff session of Teaching and Learning Week, the Office of Teaching and Learning Open House/Meet-and-Greet, to learn more about our upcoming “OneNewThing Mini-Grants” and “Peer Classroom Visit” programs. Don’t miss the sessions offered by invited speaker James Lang, and the many other workshops and discussions at the inaugural Teaching and Learning Week!

See the full program and register for individual sessions.

One-night lecture with Peter Hanson: The Collapse of the Federal Budget and What It Tells Us About the Need to Reform the Senate

Tuesday, March 31, 7-9 p.m.
The once-effective process for adopting a federal budget has collapsed, leading to two government shutdowns in the last 20 years. Peter Hanson, assistant professor of Political Science, presents research to explain why the Senate bears a disproportionate responsibility for the breakdown of the budget process and how reforming practices like the filibuster could ease disputes over federal spending and allow legislators to once again play meaningful roles in lawmaking. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEW15 to save 20 percent on registration.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in the U.S. Every April, college campuses across the country host events with the goal of educating university communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it. More

Imagine DU: Shape of Knowledge open houses

Wednesday, April 1, 10-11 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

Thursday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

The members of the Shape of Knowledge working group are hosting two open houses for faculty and staff to take part in the consultation process for Imagine DU. This group is tasked with exploring the changes in knowledge, research and teaching. During the open house we want you think boldly and creatively about how what we do in and outside classrooms, seminar rooms and labs and throughout our larger community might change in the next 10 to 15 years and how the University can best address those changes. If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please select one of these sessions and RSVP here.

Workplace Bullying: What is it and what can we do about it?

Thursday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

The Staff Advisory Council is proud to welcome S.L. Young to the University of Denver to introduce the topic of workplace bullying. S. L. Young is an author, blogger, project/program leader, business professor and inspirational speaker who writes and speaks about dealing with life and business topics. Young's books and blog provide solution-oriented guidance to address challenges such as: belief, educational struggles, depression/suicide, ethics, workplace bullying and more. Lunch provided; please RSVP

Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s

Thursday, April 2, noon-1 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 286

Don't miss "Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s." IRISE welcomes Amy Villarejo, chair and professor of Cornell University's Department of Performing and Media, as a part of their Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series. Reception to follow. Questions? Email

Why is North Korea so perpetually furious at the U.S.?

Friday, April 3, noon-1:30 p.m. – Ben Cherrington Hall, room 301

Featuring Blaine Harden, former East Asia bureau chief of the Washington Post, New York bureau chief national correspondent and writer for New York Times Magazine. More

Good Friday service

Friday, April 3, noon – Evans Chapel

This is an ecumenical Good Friday service. Contact Chaplain Gary Brower,, for more information.

Sustainability Forum: Dialogue Across Disciplines

Friday, April 3, 1:30-3 p.m. – Driscoll Underground

The DU Center for Sustainability and Sustainability Council invite faculty, students and staff to creatively envision possibilities for interdisciplinary research and teaching related to four potential projects: Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, Multimodal Transportation Hub, Farm-to-Table Network and Solar Partnerships. Please RSVP

Colorado Black Student Leadership Conference

April 3-4

The registration deadline for the Colorado Black Student Leadership Conference (CBSLC) is approaching: sign up by March 27. The 2015 CBSLC is open to everyone and features Dr. Boyce Watkins, Representative Rhonda Fields and community animator Anthony Grimes as keynote speakers. Also new this year is our first talk-back with the Denver Police Department, Black Professional Panel and Career Fair. For more information please visit

SpringFest featuring the 23rd annual Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4 – Humanities Garden

The Staff Advisory Council invites the DU community and friends to celebrate the beginning of spring and one of the University’s favorite community traditions. The festivities will include breakfast foods and coffee, Qigong/Tai Chi, yoga for the whole family, fun tours of campus, flower planting to take home and the 23rd annual Easter egg hunt! All activities are free of charge. More information and registration

Mental Health Awareness Week

April 6-10

Several events are happening next week to raise awareness of the impact of mental health issues on college students, reduce the stigma of mental illness and promote help-seeking behavior. It’s all part of DU’s Mental Health Week, created by the student organization known as DU MIND that was founded by junior Amanda Pennington. The Health & Counseling Center is partnering with DU MIND to host a week of educational activities, speakers and events.

All-week events (April 6-10):

  • Psych Club and Psi Chi: Mental Health Trivia - Driscoll Bridge
  • Alpha Phi Omega and Diversity Committee Mental Note
  • Free wristbands and T-shirts - Driscoll Bridge
  • Social media campaign (#NotEveryStruggle, Twitter: @DUMHW, Instagram: @DUMHW, FB: Not Every Struggle,

Monday, April 6:

  • Chi Omega Dance Away Stigma,  11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Driscoll Green
  • Health and Counseling Center, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and DUPB   Silver Linings Playbook and mental health panel,  5 p.m. - Sturm 151

Tuesday, April 7:

  • Tri Delta “Fat Talk Free,”  11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Driscoll Bridge
  • Delta Sigma Pi “Stress Talk” featuring speaker Dr. Corey Ciocchetti,  5 p.m. - Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall
  • Diversity Committee “As You Are,”  6:30-8 p.m. - Driscoll 145

Wednesday, April 8:

Mental Health Symposium feat. experts on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, PTSD, autism, and depression sponsored by DU Honors and Pioneering Friendships,  7 p.m. - Ruffatto Hall Commons

Thursday, April 9:

  • Health and Counseling Center Stress and Wellness Screenings,  10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Driscoll Green; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside of Olin and Boettcher
  • In Our Own Voice: a presentation hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and DU campus partners,  6:30 p.m. - Anderson Academic Commons
  • DUPB Theory of Everything movie screening, MIND presentation on mental health,  8 p.m. - Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Partners: Alpha Phi Omega, Chi Omega, Colorado Depression Center, Delta Sigma Pi, Diversity Committee, DUPB, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Health and Counseling Center, Honors Program, HYPE, Mortar Board, NAMI, Pioneering Friendships, PLP, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Tri Delta

Learn more about the impact of mental health issues on college students in this recent study by NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) and through the national student organization Active Minds.

Celebrate Anderson Academic Commons’ LEED Silver certification

Monday, April 6, 3 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Dean and Director of the University Libraries Nancy Allen and University Sustainability Coordinator Chad King in acknowledging achievement of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for the Anderson Academic Commons building. The University completed the major renovation of the Penrose Library into Anderson Academic Commons in 2013; from the beginning, DU purposefully designed the project to increase efficiency, reuse or recycle materials and to make the building healthier for its occupants. The University learned last fall that AAC earned the Silver, or third highest category, for “green” qualities, which include a new high-efficiency heating and cooling system, water conserving faucets and toilets, high-efficiency light fixtures and use of low-e glass windows. The AAC joins the Ricketson Law Building and Nagel Hall as the third LEED-certified building on campus. The other two buildings, as new constructions, earned LEED Gold status.

SafeTalk – An open forum with Campus Safety

Monday, April 6, 5-7 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

campus safety badgeJoin Campus Safety for another event in this quarterly series. We have heard your voice and we hope to have a dialogue with you about the service we provide and incidents that affect campus. There are no planned topics for this event; we will discuss what you ask us to. You may stop by or stay for the whole event. We hope to see you there!


Guest Lecturer: Anisa Mehdi

Tuesday, April 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

The Department of Religious Studies and Media, Film and Journalism Studies welcomes Anisa Mehdi to give an insightful lecture at DU. Anisa is a respected filmmaker who has created well-regarded documentaries on the Hajj and other subjects for National Geographic, PBS and more. For more information, contact Andrea Stanton.

ISIS, US Foreign Policy & the Future of Syria 

Wednesday, April 8, noon-1:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join us for a timely discussion on the Syrian revolution, the rise of ISIS and the role of U.S. foreign policy throughout the last four years. Three guest speakers will include: Ambassador Fred Hof, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and a special advisor to President Obama on Syria, Rafif Jouejati, the director of FREE-Syria, a humanitarian nonprofit, and the English spokeswoman for the Local Coordinating Committees in Syria, and Nader Hashemi, director at DU's Center for Middle East Studies and a professor at the Korbel School. For more information, contact Doug Garrison.

Do you like baby elephants?

Wednesday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium

Join the Institute for Human-Animal Connection for this free event to learn more about the conservation work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. At the heart of their work is the Orphans' Project, an elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program that has cared for over 150 wild-born baby elephants and released them back into wild herds at Tsavo East National Park. This project offers hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. 

More information and registration

Appreciative Living Circle

Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Location TBD             

Are you interested in having a more positive outlook? Have you heard about Appreciative Inquiry and want to know more? Participating in an Appreciative Living Circle may be the ticket! Appreciative Living is not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. It is about taking responsibility for the life we have created and for the one we desire. An Appreciative Living Circle is a four-week program, and will be offered at no cost to participants. (Note: It is not a religiously- or faith-based program, but is easily adaptable to anyone’s belief system.) Space is limited, so, if you are interested in learning more, please contact Chaplain Gary Brower at 303-871-4488 or

University Library Association tea and lecture – Annette Stott

Thursday, April 9, 1:30-3 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Scottish Immigrant Alexander Ross erected a monument in Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery containing four beautiful marble portraits. An Adventist and chronologist, until Easter of 1898 he had been certain that he would not die, for that was his predicted date of Jesus Christ’s return to earth. This is the story of his reaction to the disappointment of that day as he turned to the cemetery and sculpture for consolation.


CCESL Community Spotlight: Children’s Literacy Center

Thursday, April 9, 3-4 p.m., Driscoll Center, Suite 18

Children’s Literacy Center provides after school one-on-one tutoring to elementary school children reading below grade level in Colorado, at no cost to families. Join us to learn more in conversation with Sierra Maloch, program coordinator. Please RSPV to Refreshments will be provided.

AHSS Faculty Lecture – How Poverty Gets Into the Brain for Both Children and Parents

Thursday, April 9, 4:30-6 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium

Presented by Pilyoung Kim, assistant professor, psychology. Childhood poverty has been consistently linked to suboptimal physiological and emotional health outcomes in children and adults. At this lecture, Kim will review how poverty influences the brain particularly from two perspectives: emotion regulation in children and parental love toward children in parents. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.

Oh, the places we'll go! 10th annual DU LGBTIQ&A Gala

Thursday, April 9, 5-7 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

Join us for this free annual soiree, this year celebrating a decade of individual and collective achievements in making DU a more inclusive, excellent and fabulous place for LGBTIQ affiliates, Allies and, in fact, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We recognize particular successes of the past year, and get fired up to create an even brighter future. Nominate  yourself or others for an award, or volunteer  to help with plans, or on the night. More information and RSVP

Second annual Internationalization Summit

April 9-10 – Ruffatto Hall and Driscoll Student Center

The Internationalization Summit is a daylong gathering to celebrate internationalization efforts at the University with specific focus on internationalization at home, or efforts taking place on the DU campus. Held primarily in Ruffatto Hall, and comprising over 30 sessions, workshops, research presentations and roundtables, the summit promises stimulating and engaging conversation about what internationalization means in the context of the home campus. The keynote speaker is David Fearn of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a target strategic partner.


Culture is…something to celebrate! CultureFest 2015

Friday, April 10, 4-7 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Join us for CultureFest 2015 (formerly Festival of Nations)! CultureFest is a DU tradition that celebrates the cultural diversity at the University of Denver through performances, food and interactive booths! CultureFest is free and open to the public, and is a fun event for all ages.


Ambassador of El Salvador: A New Moment in the Relationship between the U.S. and Central America - A Case for the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

Tuesday, April 14, noon-1:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

His Excellency Francisco Altschul, was designated Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States in 2014. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Architecture at the "José Simeón Cañas" Central American University (UCA),  councilor in the city assembly of San Salvador where he headed the Urban Development Commission and spokesman and delegate on behalf of the governing Farabundo Marti Liberation Front (FMLN) in Mexico, Yugoslavia, Algeria, and Washington, D.C.  RSVP required by April 7, 2015.


Chaplain’s Book Discussion: Cries of a Black Sheep by Marie Jackson

Tuesday, April 14, noon –Anderson Academic Commons, Dean’s Conference Room

“Marie Jackson's story is unique, in that it takes you on a journey through her life from the inside. It is a raw and honest look at her experience of childhood sexual abuse, her descent into her own personal hell and her climb back into the light. It is painful and disturbing, at times, but ultimately full of hope. If you work in a helping profession, Marie's story will give you perspective to help others who have gone through the darkness of abuse, as well as with families with their own challenges preventing them from shining a light on the truth. If you have been through your own abuse, this book will inspire you and help you to realize you are stronger than you believe. This book is an amazing gift.” – Rhonda Gale, MS, LPC

Marie works at DU's Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and will join us for the discussion. Copies of the book are available free of charge from the Chaplain's Office. Contact if you'd like one.

AHSS Distinguished Speaker Van Jones, CNN Political Correspondent

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-8 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium

"Imagine a new economy, where the founding principle of our country — liberty and justice for all — is deeply rooted in our economic philosophy and design, where businesses can profit alongside flourishing communities. To achieve this prosperity, we need to transform our ideas and understanding around ownership and wealth — transcending consumerism, transforming corporations and revitalizing communities,”- Van Jones. At this lecture, Jones will argue that we need to build institutions that expand and unite these seemingly small and disparate strategies. He will discuss how the new economy is not a revolution — it's an evolution, a long-term plan that reimagines capitalism with intent and creates businesses with a conscious design that respects communities and the environment.


The Rise of China and the Return of Alliance Politics:  Prospects for US-China Relations

Friday, April 17, noon-1:30 p.m. – Cyber Café, Ben Cherrington Hall

Featuring Robert Ross, professor, Boston College, associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, and senior advisor of the Security Studies Program, MIT.


Star Jam Concert

Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m. – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center

The University of Denver and Concerts Colorado are excited to announce Star Jam 2015; get your tickets before they sell out! Star Jam features headliners Jeffrey Osborne and Sheila E, with special guests Evelyn “Champagne” King and the Mary Louise Lee Band. Ticket proceeds will support the Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors project that helps injured, post-9/11 veterans and U.S. military.

Spring Flick & Feed/back: If These Halls Could Talk 

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Location to be confirmed upon registration

Join the Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) and Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies (MFJS) for a light dinner, followed by a screening of director Lee Mun Wah's documentary If These Halls Could Talk. The film shares stories from 11 college students who discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. A post-film discussion will be led by Margaret Thompson, associate professor, MFJS, along with Debra Mixon Mitchell, adjunct professor and director of diversity recruiting, CME, and a CME student facilitator. Space is limited; RSVP by Monday, April 20. Questions? Email

it gets better Journey

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Ruffatto Hall Commons

Join us for the it gets better Journey at the Morgridge College of Education. Take a multimedia journey through the history of it gets better and engage in a dialogue about helping young people who are confronted with bullying and other challenges in their adolescent years. This event is open to the community; please RSVP to attend.

Fifth Annual “Choose Your Own ADDventure” Conference

Saturday, April 25

Since 2009, the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) has partnered with other DU departments as well as community resources to host "Choose Your Own ADDventure" for LD/ADHD families and professionals. It's a free, all-day conference that explores and increases the understanding of the many nuances of ADHD and LD. More information and registration

The Raising of America Signature Hour: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation    

Tuesday, April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Morgridge College of Education Commons

Join the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, Qualistar Colorado and Rocky Mountain PBS for a no cost screening of The Raising of America. Following the 60-minute episode, a panel of early childhood education leaders will talk about how communities can work to provide a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable future to give all children the opportunity to get a strong start. Space is limited; register today!