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April 2014

University-wide News

Heartbleed update

(April 29, 2014) University Technology Services is recommending you change your PioneerWeb password at this time – there is a small chance your credentials may have been exposed to the Heartbleed bug by one of the websites used by the DU community. No critical applications were vulnerable to Heartbleed, but some sites hosted by our vendors were vulnerable. UTS has verified all DU sites and critical sites hosted by our vendors have been updated and are no longer vulnerable. The chance any DU credentials were compromised is very low; however it is recommended you change your PioneerWeb password as a precaution. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the UTS Help Center at 303-871-4700 or online via the ServiceNow support site.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Tuesday, May 6, 11 a.m. – Lot O (2190 E. Iliff Ave.)
(April 22, 2014) Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for the University's newest building; the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. Please RSVP.

It's Sexual Assault Awareness Week at DU

(April 22, 2014) Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in the U.S. and campuses across the country host events aiming to further educate university communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This week, DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) is hosting these on-campus events:

Take Back the Night

Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an international phenomenon that began in the early 1970's in Germany, responding to a series of sexual assaults and murders. For DU's TBTN event, Dr. Caroline Heldman will be presenting: "The Sexy Lie: Hidden Harms of Sexual Objectification and What We Can Do About It." The keynote address will be followed by the TBTN march around campus. The march will be led by DU's Pioneer Leadership Program.

Denim Day

Wednesday, April 23
Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. An Italian woman was raped, and when the case went to trial, the jury found her assailant guilty. The Supreme Court then overturned the ruling, saying that jeans are too difficult to remove and the assailant could not have done so without the victim's help. Show your support by wearing denim!

Consent Carnival

Thursday, April 24, noon-4 p.m. – Driscoll Green
The Consent Carnival is a fun event, including snacks, prizes, entertainment and music. Games and activities will focus on educating the campus community on the importance of obtaining consent in the context of intimate relations.

Shared Services Initiative committee continues exploration phase

(April 22 2014) The Shared Services Initiative launched in January is in the midst of its second phase, exploring options for delivering business services campus-wide. In this phase, the Shared Services committee is working to test ideas before implementation is discussed. The third phase will be drafting recommendations to present to the chancellor and senior staff. Faculty and staff members can read more about this work by logging in (with your PioneerWeb credentials) to the Shared Services Initiative Portfolio site. If you have questions or hear something about Shared Services you want to verify, email

The purpose of the Shared Services Initiative is to develop, consider and test various models, approaches and ideas aimed at improving, enhancing, and expanding DU's current services. At the end of each phase of this work, information will be shared with faculty and staff members.

Security bug Heartbleed: What you need to know relative to DU systems

(April 15, 2014) The Heartbleed bug, a flaw in the OpenSSL tool used by many websites to secure user data, has been all over the news recently. The University of Denver has reviewed all its critical servers using SSL, giving first priority to those that can be accessed from the Internet, and found that no critical applications provided by DU are vulnerable. A handful of other servers and applications at DU are being patched and checked as quickly as possible. It's important to know that not every computer is vulnerable, just those using a certain version of OpenSSL and only on specific operating systems. UTS provides this helpful information to learn more and protect your information.

Nominations for the 2014 William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award are now being accepted

(April 15, 2014) The award is given annually to a current member of the University of Denver faculty or staff for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring inside and/or outside the classroom. Dr. William T. Driscoll, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was an outstanding educator at the University of Denver, actively involved in the lives of students. The William T. Driscoll Student Center is named in his memory.

  • Current members of the University's faculty and staff are eligible to be nominated for the award with the exception of prior recipients.
  • Nominations made by anyone other than a current University of Denver student must have letters of support from current DU students in order for the nominee to be considered.
  • The receipt of the award will be announced at the 2014 Pioneer Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5 p.m., Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Only the recipient's department chair or head of the department will be notified of the award in advance of the ceremony.
  • The nomination form is available here. The deadline for nominations and letters of support is the close of business on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Please contact John Nichols at or 303-871-3864 with any questions.

Diane Wendt Sports Fields dedication

Tuesday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. – Diane Wendt Sports Fields
(April 8, 2014) Chancellor Robert Coombe and Chair Emerita Joy Burns cordially invite you to attend the dedication of the Diane Wendt Sports Fields. Seating will begin at 11 a.m. with the formal ceremony taking place at 11:30 a.m. Entrance to the Diane Wendt Sports Fields is located at High Street and Jewell Avenue. No RSVP necessary.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week at DU is April 21-25, 2014

(April 8, 2014) The prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S. has led President Obama to form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in January of this year. The statistics reported in "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action" show that one in five women has been sexually assaulted while in college, and the majority of survivors know their assailants.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in the U.S. and campuses across the country host events aiming to further educate university communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it. On-campus events throughout the week will bring the DU community together in solidarity.

DU's Sexual Assault Awareness Week is brought to you by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE), a department of the Health and Counseling Center (HCC). CAPE provides programs and resources that promote healthy relationships, teach non-violence and equality, and foster a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Denver community. CAPE also supports survivor healing by providing advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence. All services are confidential and free of charge.

This year, CAPE launched the "Be a B.O.S.S." campaign to encourage students to take action and speak up to prevent violence from happening.

To be a DU B.O.S.S. is to:
Be aware,
Observe your situation,
Size up your options,
Speak up and act.

Stay tuned to your DU Digest in the upcoming weeks for more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Week events on campus, and view the full schedule here.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 24, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(April 8, 2014) Please join the Staff Advisory Council for this opportunity to bring your children to work! We will have a morning filled with activities and fun: the kids will take a tour of the Clarion and the Academic Commons archives, complete a scavenger hunt, create their own newspaper and much more! This event is open to children ages 7 to 13. A waiver is required for participation. Please RSVP prior to April 18.


Last chance to see Denver lacrosse at home - $10 tickets

Saturday, April 26, noon – Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium
(April 8, 2014) Don't miss out on your last chance to see your top 10 ranked Denver men's lacrosse team play at home this year! Join us as we host Marquette University to close out our home regular season. To say thank you for all that you do for our student-athletes, DU faculty and staff can enjoy $10 tickets to this game (normally $15). Purchase tickets using promo code DUFACSTAFF (service fees may apply). This game will sell out so get your tickets now!

Bike thefts on campus

(April 8, 2014) The Department of Campus Safety has received an increasing number of bike theft reports. Please follow these tips to ensure the safety of your bicycle:

  • Always secure your bike to a bicycle rack.
  • Secure your bike in a manner in which the bicycle frame and front wheel (if possible) is secured to the rack.
  • The only style of bicycle lock approved by the University of Denver is a U-Lock.
  • Register your bicycle with Campus Safety. Registration is free and is used to help return lost/stolen bikes to their rightful owner.

Colorado Avalanche to honor national champions Denver ski team

(April 1, 2014) The University of Denver ski team will be honored during the Colorado Avalanche game on April 3. The Pioneers secured their 22nd NCAA Championship last month. Denver Pioneer fans can purchase a limited number of discounted tickets to see the Avalanche face the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center on April 3.

Follow-up to Staff Advisory Council spring town hall

(April 1, 2014) Thank you to staff and faculty members who attended the Second Staff Advisory Council town hall meeting on campus climate, Thursday, March 27. There was a very good turnout with plenty of information shared about the Status of Women and Status of Faculty and Staff of Color study groups. If you were not able to attend either of the town halls or you have additional questions about the study groups or DU's campus climate, please email your questions/comments to and we will forward your feedback to our panelists.

Got questions about the University's Shared Services Initiative?

(April 1, 2014) As the University continues work on the Shared Services Initiative, you can submit questions or comments to email You can also learn more about the findings, as well as next steps, by logging in to the Shared Services Initiative Portfolio site: