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  • Grad Gazette: March Edition

    OGE Staffing, COVID-19, Graduate Housing

    Highlights from this month's Grad Gazette

    COVID-19 Admission/Enrollment Update

    The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has delayed TOEFL and GRE Testing for applicants and may have delayed visa interviews for deposited students in certain countries. The OGE is committed to supporting students and applicants impacted by the outbreak and spread of this virus. To support applicants who may be affected by the coronavirus a new section titled DU Holds Extension Tracking has been added to Slate's Program Details tab. These new fields are intended for tracking application materials impacted by the outbreak such as test scores, official transcripts, or official proof of degree documents. Review process.

    Office of Graduate Education Staffing Updates 

    Over the past few months, the Office of Graduate Education has experienced some staffing changes including promotions and new hires. Join us in welcoming our new staff and celebrating the advancement of our dedicated staff.

    New Hires

    Savvi Koy, Graduate Student Services Coordinator
    Savvi joined the office in December, from Aspen University where she served as a doctoral academic advisor. In her free time, she teaches English and enjoys live music and skiing. She holds a BS in Business and Management from St. Cloud University and an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

    Rhonda Fisher Eaker, Ph.D., Program Manager, DU/Iliff Joint Ph.D. in the Study of Religion
    Dr. Eaker brings more than 20 years of educational administration experience to the DU community. Joining as program manager for the DU/Iliff Joint Ph.D. program in February, Dr. Eaker holds BA from Baylor University, MEd from the University of California Davis, and Ph.D. from the Colorado State University. As the director of the applied learning center at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, she was awarded the 2019 Effective Administrator Award.

    Adaku Marizu, Graduate Funding Assistant
    Adaku has been award a graduate teaching assistant with the OGE. As she purses a Tax LLM with the Strum College of Law, Adaku will support the business operations of the OGE. Adaku has a background in corporate and commercial law and is already a graduate of Strum's Roche International Business Transactions (IBT) LLM program.


    Danette Machisic, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services
    Serving as an integral part of the student services team for more than a year and a half, Danette was promoted from graduate student services coordinator to assistant director on Nov. 1, 2019. She has been a valuable resource for students, faculty, and staff during her time in the OGE. Danette has taken on leadership roles in graduation evaluations, dissertation/thesis processes, and student staff management.

    Sarah Buenavidez, Associate Director of Academic Student Services
    Sarah has been a fundamental of part the OGE for more than five years. In her tenure, she has served an admissions counselor, student services coordinator, and assistant director of graduate enrollment. In her most recent role as associate director of graduate enrollment, Sarah managed a team of four while overseeing Slate application management, the compliance of admissions policies, and coordinating central Admit Day activities. In her new role, Sarah will continue to oversee policy compliance, execute events such as the Research and Scholarship Symposium, and supervise a team.

    Ellen Ahn, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment
    Ellen joined the OGE in 2017 as an admissions assistant and quickly proved herself as a leader. In her role as assistant director of graduate enrollment, Ellen oversaw the development of new student checklists in collaboration with MarComm and IT. Ellen is now responsible for overseeing Slate application management, coordinating campus-wide initiatives, managing admissions policies and compliance.

    Temporary Hires

    During this time of transition, our temporary staff has been essential to maintaining our day-to-day operations. Aubrey Shinofield serves as front desk support for the office, providing administrative assistance to the admissions team. Samantha Bradfield and Gracie Singer serve as graduate admission assistants, working with the admission team to process application material and manage Slate applications. Jenny Pither will join the office on March 16, 2020, to support the student services team processing graduation checks.

    Graduate Student Housing

    The 2020-21 academic year will be the first-time graduate students are offered on-campus housing options through Housing and Residential Education (HRE)! Graduate students can select from rooms in Centennial Towers, Nagel Hall, and University Place Apartments. Students interested in on-campus housing should fill out a housing application. HRE estimates the availability of 100 beds to accommodate graduate students. More information can be found on the HRE website. Please direct any questions about graduate housing to Lynzi Patton, Manager of Communication and Community Relations, at [email protected]

    Fulbright Scholar Application Fee Waiver 

    The Office of Graduate Education is excited to announce, effective immediately, the University of Denver will waive the graduate degree program application fee for Fulbright Scholars. Fulbright Scholars must complete their online graduate application, except for payment of the application fee. The student's program advisor can then request the application fee waiver on behalf of the student by e-mailing the Office of Graduate Education at [email protected] Please contact the Office of Graduate Education at [email protected] or 303-871-2706 for any questions.

    eShipGlobal Updates (Summer 2020)

    The OGE Systems team is working on a Slate integration project to assist with shipping immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) via eShipGlobal. This enhancement will allow for data to flow back into Slate once the shipment has been made and noted in the eShipGlobal portal. This will reduce duplicate data-entry and allow for a smoother process when shipping immigration documents to international applicants.

    Student Services Upcoming Deadlines

    March 6th: Deadline to submit the approved thesis/dissertation to ETD/ProQuest for all winter 2020 quarter graduation candidates 

    March 20th: Deadline for thesis/dissertation formatting approval for all winter 2020 quarter graduation candidates 

    March 30th: Deadline to submit the Oral Defense Committee Recommendation form to the Office of Graduate Education for all spring 2020 quarter graduation candidates 

    April 6th: Deadline to apply for summer quarter 2020 graduation 

    Transfer of Credit Requests

    Newly matriculated students (winter 2020 starts) should submit any requests for transfer of credit by the last day of the winter quarter 2020: Friday, March 20, 2020.

    Delay of Graduation Fees

    Students who delay their graduation incur a $20 delay fee by the Office of Graduate Education. This fee will now be added to the student's bill in PioneerWeb by the Bursar's Office. Previously, students could only pay by cash or check to OGE. Please reach out to [email protected] if you or any students have questions about this new payment process.

    The delay of graduation fee only applies to those students in units that the OGE certifies the degree which includes:

    • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • Graduate School of Professional Psychology
    • Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    • Morgridge College of Education
    • Joint Doctoral Program with the Iliff School of Theology
    • Masters students in the Sturm College of Law
    • Ph.D. students in the Daniels College of Business and the Graduate School of Social Work

    Graduate Student Language Support

    Did you know that the English Language Center offers free, zero credit English language support courses to graduate students each quarter? The course assists international students in discovering and mastering the communication norms of graduate programs by working with students to identify the language skills that will help them succeed in their field of study. Following a workshop format, the course includes a variety of speaking and writing activities. Students are encouraged to bring assignments and projects from their major coursework as examples for class discussion.

    During the spring quarter, students can register for the course which is offered on Mondays & Wednesdays from 12-12:50 pm (April 6th through May 27th), listed as ELC 3003: Integrated Communication Skills (CRN 5694). Please contact Matt Griffin at 303-871-3083 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Continuous Enrollment Registration

    Students approved for Continuous Enrollment (CE) for the 2019-2020 academic year were sent registration information for the spring 2020 term in late February. If there are new students who will have completed all coursework and will only be working on their non-coursework requirements but have not yet been approved to register for CE, please have them complete the continuous enrollment form.

    Policy Highlight: Continuous Enrollment

    Registration for CE is limited to students who have completed all required coursework (except for independent research hours) and are pursuing academic work/research necessary to complete a degree. CE is designed primarily for students who are working on a thesis, dissertation, or research paper/capstone. CE enables students to maintain active status with the University and access to university resources while CR hours will not appear on student transcripts. Students are responsible for registering themselves in CE each quarter by the appropriate registration deadlines. View Continuous Enrollment Policy.

    For more registration information, please direct students to email [email protected]


  • Grad Gazette: February Edition

    Non-degree App, Deadlines, Research Opportunity

    Highlights from February's Grad Gazette

    Non-degree Slate App

    OGE is pleased to announce that the electronic Graduate Non-degree Application (formerly known as Special Status) will launch on Monday, February 24, 2020. The new graduate Non-degree App will improve the student experience, streamlining the process for faculty and staff at the University. Learn more.

    Admit Day Save The Date

    Student Services Upcoming Deadlines

    February 14: Deadline to submit the thesis/dissertation to the oral defense committee for winter quarter 2020 graduation

    • February 28: Final date for Oral Defense for winter quarter 2020 graduation

    March 6: Deadline for electronic submission of approved thesis/dissertation to ETD/ProQuest and accepted by OGE

    OGE Forms

    The Graduate Course Substitution form, Waiver Approval form, and other OGE forms can be found on the new OGE website. Student-facing forms such as continuous enrollment, dual degree forms and personal leave of absence can be found under Current Student Resources. Forms submitted by departments such as advancement to candidacy can be found under Faculty/Staff Resources.

    Transfer of Credit Requests

    Newly matriculated students (winter 2020 starts) should submit any requests for transfer of credit by the last day of the winter quarter 2020: Friday, March 20, 2020.

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    DU's Strategic Partnership with the University of Western Australia

    Through DU's strategic partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA), there is an opportunity to send DU master's students with research interests to UWA over the summer for an 8-week individualized research-intensive program. The program is research-intensive and could be a good fit for students who might be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or other degree at UWA.

    Placement is competitive. DU has five (5) spots open to students with research experience. A variety of placements are available in various subject areas. The program matches students based on interest in research projects at the university. Applicants should have academic support from DU faculty that speaks to their research experience.

    The program dates are Monday, July 6, 2020 through Friday, August 28, 2020. Applications opened on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Nominations for the five DU spots are due by February 17, 2020, to Levi Lindsey ([email protected]). The final deadline for applications being sent to UWA is Friday, February 28, 2020.

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