FSEM Updates: 10/05 – 10/11


Please see the info below from your colleague Angela Parker.  The event is a great opportunity for our first-year students, so please feel welcome to incentivize participation by offering extra credit. Thanks, Monica

“Nothing Lives Long, Only the Earth”

Honor in the Face of Death & Cheyenne Chief White Antelope’s Song


Over a century and a half ago, Colonel John Chivington led 675 Colorado volunteer soldiers to massacre a Cheyenne and Arapaho village on the banks of what is now known as Sand Creek. Chief White Antelope, one of the leaders of a respected Cheyenne military societies, the Dog Soldiers, saw the militia descend on his people and chose to sing his personal honor song in the face of death. Chief White Antelope earned this song because of his bravery and leadership in the protection of his people.

On October 11, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the University of Denver will welcome George Levi, Creg Hart, Roger Davis, and Kendal Kauley, four Southern Arapaho and Cheyenne singers who keep Chief White Antelope’s song as a living historical source for their community, the generations that preceded them, and the generations yet to be born.

Listen carefully, because as the song teaches us, “Nothing lives long, only the rocks and the earth.”

This campus visit will allow students to consider and learn from Cheyenne musical traditions and to interrogate the connection between the founding of DU and the Sand Creek Massacre. This visit also works to create reciprocal relationships with Cheyenne & Arapaho descendant communities, and to educate the broader campus community about the enmeshed history of our institution and the violent displacement of tribal communities.


  • Please forward the event information to your networks
  • Please post the posters attached to this email, either physically or to social media networks
  • If you are faculty, please consider offering extra credit to your students to attend
  • If you are a student, please encourage your student groups to attend as a group


Monday, October 11, 7:30pm

Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center (Lamont)

Sponsored by the Lamont School of Music, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, the First Gen Program, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History, the Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of English, and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality.

Tickets are free at the Newman Box Office, or you can reserve online with a $4/ticket service fee. QR code leads to the online ticket system.


I wanted to send out some information & reminders. As usual the fall quarter is flying by, I hope you are doing well. We have a Professional Development opportunity on Friday October 22, 2021, from 10:30-12:00 Sturm 379 (description below). You will be paid $150 for your time.  Hope to see you there. Please register at the Qualtrics link below:


**Workshop Description:

Meeting First-Year Student Writers Where They Are

Many college students start their studies without yet having all the skills they need to write successfully. So how can faculty members help students develop their writing skills? This workshop focuses on strategies that instructors can use to support writing development, including building in low-stakes “writing to learn” assignments, providing targeted feedback, and having regular conversations with students about the kind of work they are being asked to do in any given writing assignment. 

**Mentoring Syllabus resource page

Attached you will find a Mentoring syllabus resource page. We hope you find the information useful and remember that advising week will be here before you know it! You should plan to use the coming weeks 5-7 to start meeting with your students.

**HCC Fall Quarter workshops

Attached you will also find a list of fall workshops offered by the Health and Counseling Center for your students.


As you begin to advise students for Winter 2022, you may find helpful the attached document with information for faculty about WRIT courses. The majority of students will take WRIT 1122 in the Winter, and the Writing Program offers a variety of different options and themes for students to consider.

The attached documents includes information to convey to your students as well as course descriptions for our offerings.

As always, if you or your students have questions, email me (richard.colby@du.edu)

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