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August 2014

Universitywide News

Aug. 29 is "College Colors Day" – wear your Crimson & Gold with pride!

du historical items(Aug. 26, 2014) National "College Colors Day" is this Friday, Aug. 29. Show your DU spirit and wear Crimson & Gold!

Take the faculty and staff communications survey

(Aug. 26, 2014) Last week, we sent you a survey to provide your feedback on University communications. If you haven't yet taken the survey, please take a few minutes to provide your input. Please select the link according to your DU affiliation:

Registration is open for Homecoming & Family Weekend

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Thursday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 2
(Aug. 26, 2014) Celebrate the culmination of our sesquicentennial year with an all-class reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th anniversary of the Athletics Hall of Fame, PioneerFest, campus tours and other special events. Learn more and register today!

Operator Assistant launches Sept. 2

(Aug. 26, 2014) Beginning Sept. 2, University Technology Services will begin using Operator Assistant, an automation of the Web-based directory we all use today. Initial rollout is to on-campus callers only; please help us test the system. Rather than utilizing the online directory, please dial zero from your on-campus telephone to be directed to Operator Assistant, where you will simply speak the name of the person or department you wish to reach. If you have a difficult to pronounce name, please call the system (you can reach it directly right now by dialing extension 17400) and search for yourself. The Operator Assistant will repeat the name before connecting the call; if you find that its pronunciation is incorrect, please contact Karen Ornelas at extension 14567 or and we'll have your name properly recorded.

Employee communications survey

(Aug. 19, 2014) Watch your email tomorrow, Aug. 20, for an employee communications survey, and please take a few minutes to let us know how you like to receive University information.

Employee Appreciation Lunch this Thursday, Aug. 21

(Aug. 19, 2014) The Employee Appreciation Lunch is this Thursday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ritchie Circle (in front of Mary Reed). If you gave your RSVP to your departmental representative, your wrist bands will be available from that person on or before Wednesday, Aug. 20. If you were unable to RSVP, you may still attend the lunch; simply bring your Pioneer ID card to receive a wrist band on the day of the event. Please note: the Employee Appreciation Lunch is for University employees only.

Order "CrimsCinnamon & Gold" ice cream for your next event!

(Aug. 19, 2014) Have you had a chance to try the Liks ice cream flavor inspired by our DU colors? "CrimsCinnamon & Gold" combines cinnamon, raspberry and caramel for a unique flavor just for us! To order "CrimsCinamon & Gold" for your next event, call or email Jay Thompson, owner of Liks Ice Cream, at 303-282-5457 or The price is $40 for a tub that serves 50. Please place your order at least a week prior to your event.

Denver Days @ DU a huge success!

(Aug. 12, 2014) Last week, more than 150 employees participated in Denver Days @ DU! Volunteers from across campus helped clean up the alleys in our neighborhood; we covered nearly six blocks in two days! Volunteers also came out to help transplant the fertile soil from the current Permaculture Garden to its new location. We collected items and letters for members of the military; care packages have already been sent to troops in Afghanistan. We also collected many items for GIVE Denver, the Food Bank of the Rockies and the Denver Dumb Friends League. University Advancement volunteered as a unit to paint the Washington Street Community Center. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to the drives; and a special recognition for Student Financial Services, who had 100 percent staff participation during Denver Days!

View photos from throughout the week.

Chatting with Chopp – episode six

(Aug. 12, 2014) In the latest installment of this ongoing series, Chancellor-elect Chopp discusses sustainability, her favorite books and more. 

DU taking steps to ensure student safety in light of Ebola outbreak

(Aug. 12, 2014) The University of Denver's study abroad programs annually send students to locations across the globe, so administrators for those programs are always on the alert for potential risks to the safety of our students, such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Steps are being taken to ensure the safety of our campus community, including monitoring the situation throughout West Africa, working with students whose study abroad programs are near the outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to ensure their safety and checking the health status of students who may be returning to campus from the area. DU is accessing information sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and International SOS to stay on top of the situation.

Donate items to the Denver Days @ DU supply drives

(Aug. 5, 2014) Please consider donating items to the Denver Days @ DU supply drives we're hosting on campus this week! We are hosting a "Support our Troops" table, where you can write a letter to a member of the military currently serving overseas or donate items for care packages on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Anderson Academic Commons. We are also collecting items for GIVE Denver, the Food Bank of the Rockies and the Denver Dumb Friends League on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Ritchie Circle (in front of Mary Reed). Visit Denver Days @ DU online to see a list of the requested items. Thank you!

Chatting with Chopp – episode five

(Aug. 5, 2014) In the latest installment of this ongoing series, Chancellor-elect Chopp discusses access, athletics and more.

Employee Appreciation Lunch – Aug. 21

(Aug. 5, 2014) The Employee Appreciation Lunch will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ritchie Circle (in front of Mary Reed). Please RSVP to your departmental representative by Wednesday, Aug. 13. If you are your unit's representative, RSVP here (please note this link is for unit/department RSVPs, not individual employee RSVPs).

PioneerWeb launches this week

(Aug. 5, 2014) On Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m., University Technology Services will begin the process of replacing PioneerWeb with PioneerWeb. When DU PioneerWeb goes live on Friday, Aug. 8, you will be redirected from to While the new DU portal will sport a new name and mobile-friendly layout, PioneerWeb will retain the tabs, widgets and single sign-on access to the DU services you are familiar with.

Canvas workshops

(Aug. 5, 2014) Canvas is the University of Denver's new Learning Management System, which will replace Blackboard over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. Canvas is currently available to all DU instructors who have classes listed on the course schedule. The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering a number of Canvas workshops over the coming weeks:
• Canvas basics
• Turn your Blackboard class into a Canvas class
• Assignments and grading in Canvas
See the schedule and register online.

University among Forbes' top 50 schools for startups

(Aug. 5, 2014) The University of Denver was given the number 27 spot on Forbes' list of the top 50 schools for startup businesses in the U.S.