FSEM Announcements and Info 11/4 & 11/8

11/4/22: Please share your feedback on advising your FSEM students this quarter!

Dear FSEM faculty,

As we near the end of fall quarter, Student Success and the Office of Academic Advising would love your feedback on your experience of advising your FSEM students this quarter. As we’re in the first year of implementing the new first-year advising model, your input is critical to making sure we are collectively providing excellent advising experiences for our first-year students.

The survey has three questions and should take just a couple of minutes to complete. Please share your feedback by Friday, November 18.

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5onwcMQIMwsF7M2

Thank you in advance!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh and Tonnett Luedtke


11/8/22: FSEM Info & Announcements

Hello-

Hope everyone is hanging in there. Only one announcement this week- see below. Best, Monica

Message from New Student & Family Programs:

New Student and Family Programs thanks you for your hard work with our students during their first quarter. We are appreciative of your role in student transition through Discoveries, supporting their registration to participate in First Ascent, and all else you do both inside and outside of the classroom. We hope that you have had a wonderful time getting to know your students as well as the 4Discoveries Leader that supported your class. 

As the quarter wraps up, we are beginning to think about the next quarter, and even next year. With this, we turn to you for your support in recruitment of students both for future First Ascent Trips as well as to join our 4Discoveries Leader team, as well as feedback on our fall programming. 

First Ascent: 

For any of your students who did not join us for our fall First Ascent trips, there is still an opportunity for them to attend. If you have a student that is interested, please encourage them to visit our website to sign up for the spring trips. Additionally, we’ve built a new email specifically for all First Ascent inquiries. See contact information below. 

Website: https://studentaffairs.du.edu/orientation/first-ascent

Email: firstascent@du.edu

4Discoveries Leader Nominations:

As I previously shared, this winter and spring, we look forward to turning our attention to recruitment of new 4Discoveries Leaders. While we do not have the job posted yet, we are hoping to begin to gather names of students that you believe would be great leaders for our incoming students. By way of the below survey, we aspire to generate personalized emails for each recommended student, using quotes from your submission encouraging them to apply to be a Discoveries Orientation Leader. As you write, please keep in mind that the verbiage shared should be something you would feel comfortable with the mentioned student reading: 

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_enEyliEDh63EiB8

We always encourage you share with the student that you are nominating them. While we will send out a nomination to the student alerting them of their nomination – it always means more coming directly from you! 

Discoveries Feedback

We look forward to hearing more direct feedback about your experience with the 4Discoveries Leaders, First Ascent planning and future collaborations and support of our new students. Please be sure to provide us your thoughts and insights in the end of quarter FSEM Faculty survey distributed in the coming weeks.

Again, thank you so much for your support of our first year students! 

Remaining Registration PINs and Antigone: 10/31 & 11/1

10/31/22

Dear FSEM Instructors,


Due to technical difficulties, an attachment was not included on an email sent earlier today regarding the remaining registration PINs. Please see the original email below and the file attached to this email:

Happy week 8! As always, there are several students who have not yet been advised and cleared for registration, although we message that students should have taken care of this by the end of last week. We’re reaching out to you to ask you to leverage your potential in-person interaction with your student in class this week to make outreach to those who have not yet been cleared.

Attached is a list of all students who had their PINs remaining as of 7 am this morning (Monday 10/31). Please search for your name to see which students still have PINs remaining. If you are able to approach any students in your class personally before or after class and remind them of the importance of being cleared for registration before their registration time comes, that would be great. You can remind them that the Office of Academic Advising has drop-in availability all week long (see here for exact hours and link for Zoom drop-ins).

I apologize for the serial emails. As always, let us know if you have any questions about advising or need to consult on how to best advise a particular student.

Best regards,

Allyson Mackender (she/her)

Student Success Coordinator

University of Denver

2199 S. University Blvd.


11/1/22

Hello all-

Hope the end of the quarter is going well for you. Please see the attached info from Anne Penner about a great event happening on campus. Please pass this along to your students. Best, Monica

Dear FSEM Colleagues,

I have had the honor of directing 15 student actors at DU in a production of Sophocles’ Antigone. This ancient Greek play, which Sophocles wrote for the Festival of Dionysus in 441 BC, has held a particular power over me the past few months. It has been performed thousands of times, in dozens of countries and languages over the past 2,500 years. It remains startlingly relevant, as it tells the story of an individual—Antigone, a very young woman—pushing back against the rule of law. How many of us have, at least once in our life, chosen to disobey the law because it disagreed with our innate sense of moral justice? How many of us have witnessed excessively proud leaders refuse to listen and take the good advice of their colleagues and citizens?

Here’s a short plot summary:

Ancient Thebes survived a civil war but at a terrible cost. The sons of Oedipus—Eteocles and Polyneices—fought each other for the throne and ultimately killed each other. Their uncle, Creon, has declared himself king and ordered that the body of Polyneices, whom he regards as a traitor, be left unburied outside the city walls. Anyone who defies Creon’s orders will be put to death. Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, is outraged by the decree’s cruelty and believes it insults the gods as well as the memory of her brother. She resolves to bury her brother’s body, even if it means she will die. Sophocles’ Antigone dramatizes the moral struggles and civil disobedience following war. Originally performed in Ancient Athens during a time of rising national pride, the play exposes the dangers of a leader clouded by their own hubris and praises the devotion of one woman’s fight for justice.

The play will be performed in the Byron Theater, located in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU campus, at the following times:

Thursday, November 3 @ 7:30pm

Friday, November 4 @ 7:30pm

You can purchase tickets here.

Running time: 100 minutes, no intermission

Appropriate for ages 12+

Director:                                  Anne Penner

Scenic Designer:                     Brian Mallgrave

Costume Designer:                 Janice Benning Lacek

Lighting Designer:                   Shannon McKinney

Sound Designer:                     Almeda Beynon

Technical Director:                  Steven McDonald

Stage Manager:                      Adara Baltazar

Assistant Stage Manager:      Annie Mulvihill

Movement Choreographers:  Diana Dresser + Anne Penner

Movement Captain:                Kate Hebert

Fight Choreographer:             Dale Girard

Translator:                              Don Taylor

 Cast:

Cooper Atchison, Jenna Clements, Hannah Girgis, Sam Werkema, Ryan Thomas, Erin Kubat, Haley Barth, Mo Fine, Libby Williamson, Andrew Sawyer, Ruby Gregerson, Kate Hebert, David Keenan, Kolbe Maksym, and Donovan Cates

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs

Mary Reed Building

Denver, CO 80208

Monica.Kosanovich@du.edu

(office) 303.871-2448

(website) http://www.du.edu/uap/

Pronouns: she/her/Dr.

Bookstore E-mail- 10/20/22

Hi all,

It looks like the bookstore sent an email by mistake. We only have one FSEM faculty teaching in the Winter, and she is all set already. Please disregard that e-mail.

Best,

Grace

Info & Announcements 10/17

Hello-all-

Only a few announcements today. Bs Well! Best, Monica

*The Writing Center has sent over some course descriptions for your advising sessions for their WRIT 1122 & WRIT 1133 classes in Winter 2023. See below :

**Wanted to let you know that we will be moving up the deadline for the FSEM class proposals to teach in the FSEM for Fall 2023.  The proposals will now be due in early January to align with the registrar course creation process.  Be on the lookout for the RFP next week.

Winter Quarter FSEM class- 10/13/22

Hello all-

Admissions has just let me know that we have students starting at DU in the Winter Quarter and they wondered if we could offer an FSEM section. I am currently looking to see if there is any interest for someone to teach their FSEM again in the Winter quarter. Right now, we are looking for 1 class and you could select the day/time that works best for you. We will pay the standard overload rate for the class. This email is just to gauge interest so please respond back and let me know if this is something you would consider. Best, Monica

Info & Announcements 10/11 & 10/12

Winter 2023 WRIT Course Descriptions

OAA has this information, but I wanted to make sure FSEMers had this document as well. Feel free to share with students in your classes or in advising as they consider their Winter schedules.

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.

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

Richard


Hello all- Please see the 2 announcements below. Best, Monica

*Hello FSEM faculty,

I hope the fall quarter is going well for you so far! As we approach the middle of the quarter, I wanted to send along another reminder about the faculty alerts system. When a student struggles in FSEM, this is often a strong indicator that the student may benefit from additional support to succeed in college. To that end, we ask that if you have a student who may be at risk of not passing your FSEM course at any point in the quarter, please submit an alert. (More details were sent to all faculty on Monday.)

Thank you for your partnership in supporting your students in this way!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh

**You are Invited: Celebrating Teacher Scholars: An Evening with Provost Mary Clark and Professor of Law Roberto Corrada

Being a teacher and a scholar are not mutually exclusive, rather, these identities complement one another.  When we cultivate a teaching practice informed by research and the available teaching literature in our field, we are engaging in scholarly teaching. At DU, the teacher-scholar model has been described as the heart of our identity. While being a teacher-scholar blends research, theory, and practice, some faculty go beyond classroom applications and empirically examine their teaching practice. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a systematic inquiry into changes to teaching practice, the resultant outcomes for students, and the publication of the findings. 

Join us Tuesday, October 18 at 5:00 pm in the Faculty Lounge, CCOMS 2800, for an evening with Provost Clark and Roberto Corrada, Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning and Professor of Law at Sturm College of Law. Corrada will share his journey through developing innovative approaches to teaching challenges and how he parlayed his creative solutions into scholarship. Please register here to attend: http://otl-events.du.edu/public/registration/6332

FSEM Info & Announcements 9/29

Hi all-

Just a few things today. Hope your quarter is going great. Best, Monica

*Please remember to get your Destinations trip receipts/reimbursements into Concur for September close of month- thank you! 

** The School of Art & Art History is holding our open house in-person Advising Day on Friday, Oct 21. Please share the attached flyer with your students.

***Remember to RSVP for the FSEM faculty reception on Oct. 10th.

FSEM Info- Concur update from 9/20

Hello all-

We have been informed by the shared services about the Travel & Expense Concur processing change and unfortunately, they will no longer allow Grace and I do a reimbursement for you in Banner. They require you to enter everything in Concur. The link to the website is below to help you-

https://www.du.edu/sharedservices/employees/paying-goods-and-services

I have attached the directions to charge your Destinations trip expenses to our org and the org info is below. I do approve every purchase so please make sure your FSEM class expenses are broken out correctly if you have more than one expense listed.  Best, Monica

· Division: 1253 University Academic Programs

· Org/Department: 328262 Destinations

Lastly- here are the directions from Shared Services to sign up for Concur training if you feel you need that:

If you navigate to Pioneer@Work under Employee Tools via my.du.edu/dashboard and select “View Training Calendar”, you can select the relevant training you would like to register for.

FSEM Info 9/19/22: COVID Testing and First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide

FSEM Info- please distribute ASAP

Good morning-

Please get this information out to your FSEM classes ASAP. You may want to consider printing it and handing it out.  Many of our first years do not know how to get tested on campus.  Thanks for your help. Best, Monica


First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide

Hello FSEM Faculty,

We hope that your first week of classes went well. I am emailing to pass along our First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide that will hopefully support questions regarding the First Ascent trip.

Here is also a gallery of photos from our trip last weekend to provide a visual of KMC and programming. First Ascent Weekend September 16th-18th

Please review the document attached or the information copied below (both the same material) and reach out with any questions. Amber, Matt, and I (Liz) are all continuing to support on mountain programming throughout the fall, limiting our time on campus, but will work to support any questions that come up for you and your students alike.

Thanks for all your support with this program.

First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide

Resources

First Ascent Website: https://studentaffairs.du.edu/orientation/first-ascent

What is First Ascent?

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the University of Denver acquired the Kennedy Mountain Campus (KMC). This upcoming year, we are excited to begin to build a new DU tradition, First Ascent! First Ascent is an experience that is personalized to our first-year students, allowing them to embark on self-reflection, connect with their peers through team building as well as exploring the breathtaking Kennedy Mountain Campus and the outdoors. 4Discoveries Orientation Leaders will accompany their classes on a 2-night weekend getaway that will be transformational in their time at DU.

The weekend at KMC will provide students with new immersive 4D opportunities for exploration, challenge, and connection. A variety of activities ranging from wilderness hikes, rock climbing, and challenge courses to personal and leadership development workshops will be offered. It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, challenge oneself by participating in outdoor recreational activities, relax, and simply enjoy the beauty of nature.

FSEM First Ascent Date Assignments

There will be seven (7) weekends in fall quarter and two (2) weekends in spring quarter. The spring dates are back up options for students unable to participate in the fall quarter or later decide that they would like to participate. Please see the FSEM Assignments document for these details.

Fall Quarter Dates

  • September 9-11 (transfer/exchange)
  • September 16-18    
  • September 23-25 
  • September 30-Oct. 2 
  • October 7-9  
  • October 14-16    
  • October 21-23   

Spring Quarter Dates

  • May 5-7 
  • May 12-14

Unfortunately, we cannot modify the currently assigned date for the entire FSEM class at this time due to logistical coordination and communication that has already occurred. In the future we will work to support the coordination of FSEM faculty in this experience as well as debrief the overall experience for this academic year. We apologize for any challenges and conflicts that have occurred up to this point. We recognize that this year is not perfect, but we are working to provide the best experience for students and faculty as we can given the current logistical coordination and maintenance needed at the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus (KMC).

Student Participation, Date Change Requests & Exemptions

Please remind your students that they must complete the First Ascent Participation & Exemption Form even though they have been assigned a weekend based on their FSEM course. This form allows us to collect critical data related to allergies, dietary preferences/needs, ADA accommodations, gender identity for housing accommodations and preferences as well as data on why students are not able to participate or do not want to participate. It also allows students to change their assigned weekend.

All students must complete this form immediately. Students who do not complete the form at least 2 weeks prior to their weekend may not be guaranteed the housing, ADA and dietary accommodations they need due to the necessary lead time in coordinating these components. If students are unsure if they completed the form or need to modify their submission, they can resubmit and we will utilize their most recent submission.

Students can change their weekend experience when they complete the participation form. We are finding that for a multitude of reasons, students need to modify their experience date to accommodate their respective schedule. This is not a problem, but we must know immediately to include them in the correct weekend experience.

Faculty Expectations

  • Faculty are welcome to join their students on their First Ascent Experience with their FSEM class but are not required. We will have a full team of professional staff members including 4Discoveries Orientation Leaders supporting this experience. Please see the First Ascent Schedule Overview for those details. Note: Due to feedback of class conflicts, jobs/work, and other commitments we have recently moved the departure time of the trip back to 4pm to accommodate student schedules and participation.
  • The role of the faculty participation during this program will be limited due to the experience capacities we have in place at this time at the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus (KMC).
    • Due to limited housing capacity and the priority to house students, faculty are encouraged to join students on Saturdays of the experience. Given the volume of our incoming class, we only have enough space for students. If faculty are requesting to stay overnight and/or travel on the bus, please indicate this in the FSEM Participation Form. We will work to accommodate requests on a case-by-case basis but cannot guarantee travel or housing for faculty.
    • For liability and risk management purposes, only faculty can join their students during First Ascent. We are unable to accommodate spouses, partners, children, or pets at this time. No pets are allowed at KMC.
    • Faculty will not be guaranteed participation in the outdoor adventure activities of the First Ascent experience given the program capacities to prioritize student participation. These activities include Challenge Course, Cliff Lake Hike & Climb and Guided Hikes
    • We encourage faculty participants to engage with their students during the other various components of the experience which include The 4D Experience Lab, Arts & Crafts, Free Time, Meditation & Reflection, and Choose Your Own Adventure @ the Activities Center.

FSEM Faculty Participation Form

If you are planning to join your students for their First Ascent experience, we ask participating faculty to complete this FSEM Faculty Participation Form so that we can gather some essential information and prepare accordingly to provide you with appropriate details for preparation, reminders, travel in addition to ensuring proper dietary and housing accommodations should those be needed.

FSEM Info & Announcements- 9/12/22

Hello all-

Hope everyone had great Destinations trips last Friday and your quarter is off to an awesome start.  I have several announcements listed below so please check out all the highlighted areas.  Concur has had some updates so if you have not been in the system recently, they are having a session for training that you can attend. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Concur Info

If you have trouble with our Concur website for Pioneer Travel and Expense, you may want to attend the upcoming training session

Wed Sep 14 at 10am via Zoom.

Theater Department Announcement

Dear FSEM Faculty

Good morning. My name is Anne Penner, I teach in the Theatre Department, and I also teach an FSEM. DU Theatre is holding Fall quarter auditions this coming Wednesday evening. If you can, please email the info below to your FSEM students. There are tons of high school theater students at DU who aren’t Theatre majors, and we’d love to get them involved as actors and in other capacities. If your students have any questions about these auditions or getting involved in other ways (Theatre classes, working backstage crew for a show, working in the scene and costume shops, etc.) please encourage them to email me: Anne.Penner@du.edu.

Thanks.

Anne

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Request

Hello FSEM professors,

I hope the Fall quarter is off to a good start for everyone! As the incoming Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) Director, I would like to introduce myself (virtually) to all of you. I am Dr. Reggie Byron and in addition to my role as CRES Director I am also a tenured professor in the Sociology and Criminology department here at DU. 

I am writing with a request. If there is any time within the next couple of weeks that I could stop by your FSEM class to give a three-minute advertisement about the CRES minor (and soon to be major), I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to get the word out to first year students. Please let me know if this is an option and we can coordinate an appropriate time. (Reginald.Byron@du.edu

If your classes are already full of activities, but you believe that your students would be interested in the CRES minor, can you please point them to the CRES website? https://liberalarts.du.edu/critical-race-ethnic-studies It will be updated with my new “Director’s Message” shortly.

Thank you very much in advance for supporting CRES,

Dr. Reggie Byron

HCC Fall ’22 Group Therapy opportunities

Discoveries Posts & First Ascent Info

9/7/22

Hello All-

Hope everyone is great and ready for the week.  We do have a few sick faculty and OL’s so we are doing the best we can when these unforeseen things pop up and shifting around accordingly- FYI.

If I have any immediate info that you all need these next few days, I will send an email to this group. Otherwise, assume all is well if you don’t hear from me.

The only item to check currently:

If you are going on a Destinations trip on Friday using RTD please make sure your students have their RTD pass. They should have gotten it with their DU ID. If not tell them to go get it at the ID office ASAP.

Remind them all to bring it with them on Friday!!!!


Hope all is fantastic, and you have a wonderful week. Best, Monica

Hello all-

In case any of your students did not get their RTD pass, and they were told they would not be ready until Friday- the problem has been fixed!! 

I personally drove to RTD headquarters in downtown and got extra cards to be printed out for our Destinations trips. The DU ID office is printing away as we speak. They will be ready starting tomorrow at 8:30am and your students can swing by the ID office (below the bookstore) to pick them up if they don’t have them already. Best, Monica

9/8/22

Hello all-

Please have safe and awesome adventures with your students tomorrow. I am running the on-campus Carillion tour in the Ritchie Center, but please email if you need to reach me.  I did have one question from several faculty about students who need to re-schedule their KMC Ascent weekend. I received the info below for the Orientation team tonight.  Best, Monica

***Please share with the student the First Ascent website. Linked here. It will also indicate a form which the student should fill out indicating that they are interested. However, are unavailable to attend their scheduled weekend. 

Website Link

Participation & Exemption Form

FSEM Fall Trainings Follow-Up (8/31 & 9/1)

8/31/22- FSEM Logistics Training


Hello all-

Thank you for joining us yesterday for the FSEM training. We did record the session so if you missed it, please reach out and Grace can send you the link. The PPTs from Heather’s & Kateri’s presentations are below, as well as the handouts and helpful links. These will also be posted in the appropriate sections of the dufsem.com site.

You can see the schedule overview on these websites:

  1. New Student Discoveries Schedule
  2. Parent & Family Orientation
  3. This is the Discoervies teams’ live Discoveries Orientation Schedule document. It is not a PDF as it is still semi-evolving with minor details. Please reference it for any Discoveries-related questions you may have.

9/01/22- Advising Training


Good Morning & Happy Friday. Here are the presentations from the Thursday Advising training meeting. Grace has recorded the zoom session so please reach out if you need that. Next week will be wonderful, fun, & chaotic like it always is.  Have a restful weekend but know I am on email if you need anything urgent.  Best, Monica 

See you all tomorrow at FSEM training! 9-1pm

Hello all-

See you all tomorrow at FSEM training in the Sie Complex on the 5th floor in the Maglione Room.  We have had a few people come down sick, so Grace has created a zoom link for the meeting. Please email if you need it.  See you soon. Best, Monica

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs

2199 S. University Blvd.

Mary Reed Building

Denver, CO 80208

Monica.Kosanovich@du.edu

FSEM Announcements & Info 8/24

Hi all-

Remember that FSEM & Advisor training is a week away!! See the link below to register. Also, please see the message from the new program coordinator of the CAHSS First-Generation program. See you all in person next week.  Best, Monica Kosanovich

**Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Training- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

***Note from Renissa:

Hello FSEM faculty,

My name is Renissa Gannie, and I am the Program Coordinator of the CAHSS First-Generation program. Could you allow me 3-5 minutes to speak to your class on the first-generation mentorship program? The presentation will be quick and will not take up too much time. Please let me know if this is possible.

Hoping you are well,

Renissa

Renissa Gannie (She/Her/Hers) 

CAHSS First Generation Program Coordinator 

College of Arts Humanities & Social Science 

University of Denver 

Renissa.Gannie@du.edu

Telephone: 7208400609 

Sturm Hall 376

*****

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs

2199 S. University Blvd.

Mary Reed Building

Denver, CO 80208

Monica.Kosanovich@du.edu

FSEM Info & Announcements: 8/9 & 8/17

8/9/22

Dear FSEM Faculty,

As the new academic year approaches, I hope that this email finds you healthy and looking forward to your FSEM courses. 

I’m writing to ask for your help in making the Writing Center and its resources and offerings visible to your FSEM students by sharing information on your course management site or syllabus and by integrating us into your courses

As many of you know, the Writing Center is for everyone: it is a learning and support site for students, staff, and faculty, offering in-person and online writing consultations, peer reviews, drop-in hours, and resources that help individual writers and groups to navigate the complexities of writing in college and in life. All writers—more and less experienced, more and less confident—can benefit from talking through their work with a peer consultant, learning new strategies and habits, identifying and using resources, and making informed choices about their language and literacy practices. 

The document linked here includes several important kinds of information for you:

  • A syllabus statement you can add to your course management site or adapt for your syllabus. 
  • Options for integrating the Writing Center into your courses: class visits, studio hours, peer reviews, and more.
  • Language for incentivizing your students to visit the Writing Center. 

I hope that you will encourage your students to make an appointment at the Writing Center and/or that you request a class visit, peer review, or other support. I also ask that you let us know if you plan to require or incentivize a whole class to visit us. Required visits work better when the consultants have some context, so please get in touch in advance!

You can click here to be taken directly to our support request form or write to me at juli.parrish@du.edu or Assistant Director Prof. Megan Kelly at megan.j.kelly@du.edu to discuss options.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Juli Parrish

Juli Parrish, PhD

Director, University Writing Center

Teaching Professor, University Writing Program

University of Denver

Co-Editor, Literacy in Composition Studies

President, Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association


8/17/22

Hello FSEM Faculty-

We are getting closer to the start of the quarter. Destinations tickets are being bought as we speak (thank you Grace) and I am sending times out to those of you staying on campus for activities.

As always, I reached out to our friends in DSP to see if any students have put in for a mobility accommodation request that we needed to know about.  Our new Director of DSP Dr. Catherine Wharton (Welcome) said she has not received any requests but did ask if I could share some language with you that should be in your syllabus and/or Canvas into the page.  Please see the blurb below:

At the University of Denver, we take accessibility very seriously. For our FSEM Discoveries Trip, I have planned <insert description>. If you believe you may have difficulty with access because you use a wheelchair or have other mobility needs, please contact the Disability Services Program as soon as possible so they can assist you in planning and accommodating your access.

Also, remember:

Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Training- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs

Monica.Kosanovich@du.edu

FSEM Info & Announcements: 7/22 & 8/2

07/22/22

Hello all, Happy Friday!  

SURG registration is coming up next week July 25th-29th. First-year students are excited to register!  

FYI…..We open FSEM classes at 5 slots per day (Mon-Thur) to give everyone an equal shot during registration because we have no waitlists.  If you receive personal emails begging to be let in to your class please tell the student you cannot override the system to let them in. They have to wait until a spot is available. If you have any problems with a student or parent email please forward them to me. Thanks, Monica

Upcoming FSEM Trainings:

Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Trainings- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

**NEW Summer Optional Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at session

UDL Your Course Overview– 

On August 10th, from 12-2 pm, we welcome you to join Becca Ciancanelli, the OTL’s Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Ellen Hogan, the Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction, to engage in a UDL Your Course Overview. This particular workshop will introduce the important components of infusing UDL into your course with some highlights from each workshop topic. These strategies aim to center the needs of students with disabilities but can also enhance learning experiences for all learners. Please be prepared to focus on a certain aspect of your course, whether that be materials, using canvas, classroom participation, or assessment. Participants should expect to take away some new strategies for enhancing inclusive teaching practices for their FSEM students!

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQkWw6sHuPkrdZA

**New 4D FSEM Optional Training Studio

Please see the invite below.

Dear FSEM faculty,

The 4D Experience team invites faculty registrants for an in-person 4D FSEM Training Studio on Tuesday, August 30th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Community Commons 2600. The studio will be led by Dr. Laura Perille, Co-Director of the 4D Experience, and Dr. Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching in the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Through interactive activities, this studio seeks to provide participants with the frameworks, mindsets, and tools to further advance their commitment to holistic learning and development in line with the 4D Experience. First, the studio will offer greater insight into how the 4D Experience is being conceptualized and made real for students and the larger DU community in the coming years. In addition, and most critically, the studio will support participants in designing for greater belonging and purpose, both in the classroom and in individual interactions with students. Participants will come away with actionable strategies for setting the stage for belonging to emerge in their work, thereby not only enhancing and invigorating our students’ 4D Experience but also gaining tools that may be applied across their professional work.  

Please register by Tuesday, August 9th for the studio by using this Qualtrics form. An email from the 4D Experience team will then be sent to confirm your participation. Participants will receive $250 for attending the entire three-hour training.  

If you have any questions about the studio, please email laura.perille@du.edu.

We hope that you will join us! 

Best wishes, Dr. Laura Perille and Dr. Virginia Pitts 

**Lastly remember this is the Official Discoveries Schedule for FSEM responsibilities, so you can start to plan for the beginning of Fall quarter. The Lunch & Learn session information from Thursday is attached in case you could not make the session the Orientation team provided.

Wednesday, September 7th

Convocation – faculty should plan to attend 10am

Lunch- Faculty invited to have lunch with their FSEM class

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-3pm

Thursday, September 8th

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-2:45pm

Friday, September 9th

FSEM Destination trip 9am to 3pm


8/2/22

Happy August! 

Hope you are all well.  SURG went great and we currently have 1516 students registered across the FSEM classes.  Most of you have room to take 1 more student, you are at 18 out of 19 seats, so hopefully, you will not have many pleading emails to be let into your class coming your way. However, I am happy to help if you get any of those. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Dates to remember:

Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Training- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

**NEW Summer Optional Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at session

UDL Your Course Overview– 

On August 10th, from 12-2 pm, we welcome you to join Becca Ciancanelli, the OTL’s Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Ellen Hogan, the Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction, to engage in a UDL Your Course Overview. This particular workshop will introduce the important components of infusing UDL into your course with some highlights from each workshop topic. These strategies aim to center the needs of students with disabilities but can also enhance learning experiences for all learners. Please be prepared to focus on a certain aspect of your course, whether that be materials, using canvas, classroom participation, or assessment. Participants should expect to take away some new strategies for enhancing inclusive teaching practices for their FSEM students!

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQkWw6sHuPkrdZA

**New 4D FSEM Optional Training Studio

Please see the invite below.

Dear FSEM faculty,

The 4D Experience team invites faculty registrants for an in-person 4D FSEM Training Studio on Tuesday, August 30th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Community Commons 2600. The studio will be led by Dr. Laura Perille, Co-Director of the 4D Experience, and Dr. Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching in the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Through interactive activities, this studio seeks to provide participants with the frameworks, mindsets, and tools to further advance their commitment to holistic learning and development in line with the 4D Experience. First, the studio will offer greater insight into how the 4D Experience is being conceptualized and made real for students and the larger DU community in the coming years. In addition, and most critically, the studio will support participants in designing for greater belonging and purpose, both in the classroom and in individual interactions with students. Participants will come away with actionable strategies for setting the stage for belonging to emerge in their work, thereby not only enhancing and invigorating our students’ 4D Experience but also gaining tools that may be applied across their professional work.  

Please register by Tuesday, August 9th for the studio by using this Qualtrics form. An email from the 4D Experience team will then be sent to confirm your participation. Participants will receive $250 for attending the entire three-hour training.

If you have any questions about the studio, please email laura.perille@du.edu.  

We hope that you will join us!  Best wishes, 

Dr. Laura Perille and Dr. Virginia Pitts 

**Lastly remember this is the unofficial Discoveries Schedule so you can start to plan for the beginning of Fall quarter. The Lunch & Learn session information will be shared at the FSEM Professional Development on August 31st if you cannot attend on July 21st

Wednesday, September 7th

Convocation – faculty should plan to attend 10am

Lunch- Faculty invited to have lunch with their FSEM class

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-3pm

Thursday, September 8th

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-2:45pm

Friday, September 9th

FSEM Destination trip 9am to 3pm

FSEM Info & Announcements 7/12/22

Hello all- 

Hope you are all staying cool and are ready for the next heatwave!  We have several dates to have you put on your calendars and new invites to trainings. Please see below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

SURG registration is the week of July 25th-29th. First year students are excited to register!  

Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Training- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

**NEW Summer Optional Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at the session

UDL Your Course Overview– 

On August 10th, from 12-2 pm, we welcome you to join Becca Ciancanelli, the OTL’s Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Ellen Hogan, the Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction, to engage in a UDL Your Course Overview. This particular workshop will introduce the important components of infusing UDL into your course with some highlights from each workshop topic. These strategies aim to center the needs of students with disabilities but can also enhance learning experiences for all learners. Please be prepared to focus on a certain aspect of your course, whether that be materials, using canvas, classroom participation, or assessment. Participants should expect to take away some new strategies for enhancing inclusive teaching practices for their FSEM students!

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQkWw6sHuPkrdZA

**New 4D FSEM Optional Training Studio

Please see the invite below.

Dear FSEM faculty, 

The 4D Experience team invites faculty registrants for an in-person 4D FSEM Training Studio on Tuesday, August 30th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Community Commons 2600. The studio will be led by Dr. Laura Perille, Co-Director of the 4D Experience, and Dr. Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching in the Office of Teaching and Learning.  

Through interactive activities, this studio seeks to provide participants with the frameworks, mindsets, and tools to further advance their commitment to holistic learning and development in line with the 4D Experience. First, the studio will offer greater insight into how the 4D Experience is being conceptualized and made real for students and the larger DU community in the coming years. In addition, and most critically, the studio will support participants in designing for greater belonging and purpose, both in the classroom and in individual interactions with students. Participants will come away with actionable strategies for setting the stage for belonging to emerge in their work, thereby not only enhancing and invigorating our students’ 4D Experience but also gaining tools that may be applied across their professional work.  

Please register by Tuesday, August 9th for the studio by using this Qualtrics form. An email from the 4D Experience team will then be sent to confirm your participation. Participants will receive $250 for attending the entire three-hour training.  

If you have any questions about the studio, please email laura.perille@du.edu.  

We hope that you will join us! 

Best wishes, 

Dr. Laura Perille and Dr. Virginia Pitts 

**Lastly remember this is the unofficial Discoveries Schedule so you can start to plan for the beginning of Fall quarter. The Lunch & Learn session information will be shared at the FSEM Professional Development on August 31st if you cannot attend on July 21st

Wednesday, September 7th

Convocation – faculty should plan to attend at 10am

Lunch- Faculty invited to have lunch with their FSEM class

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-3pm

Thursday, September 8th

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-2:45pm

Friday, September 9th

FSEM Destination trip 9am to 3pm

Discoveries Orientation Week Information

Hello all- 

Hope summer is treating you well!  I wanted to send the unofficial Discoveries Schedule we have received so you can start to plan for the beginning of the Fall quarter. We believe it will not change dramatically at this point, but I would like to encourage you to attend the info session below if you can. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Wednesday, September 7th

Convocation – faculty should plan to attend at 10am

Lunch- Faculty invited to have lunch with their FSEM class

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-3pm


Thursday, September 8th

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-2:45pm


Friday, September 9th

FSEM Destination trip 9am and 3pm

Info & Announcements 6/21

Hi all-

One announcement today from the Student Success team today. Hope all is well.  Best, Monica

Dear FSEM faculty,

Thank you so much for your engagement and conversation at the FSEM town hall on DATE to discuss the Enhanced Advising Model and changes to first-year advising. Please see attached for the FAQ document, which includes answers to several of the questions that arose at the town hall. 

If you have additional questions, please let Heather, Kateri, or me know!

Best wishes,

Kristy

FSEM Updates & Announcements- 5/31 & 6/7

6/7/22

Hello all-

One last email reminder before the quarter ends so, please check out all the info below.  As soon as the Discoveries Orientation schedule info comes to us, we will be sure to send it to you ASAP.  Hope you can check email a little this summer and I promise I will only send important updates as needed. Grace and I are here all summer so please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks so much and best wishes for wonderful summer.  Best, Monica

FSEM activities reimbursements for Spring are due ASAP! Thank you for getting them into Concur and let us know if you have any questions. 

Important Dates for Fall:

FSEM training- Wednesday August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided)

Advising Trainings- Thursday Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex

FSEM Welcome letters due- June 15th.  Please submit to the link below.

 FSEM Welcome Letters 2022

Destinations Trips Friday Sept 9th from 9-3pm

Be on the look out of an email from Grace to confirm your Destinations plans if you submitted them in your FSEM proposal. We will be buying bulk rate tickets this summer so we will need to confirm if your still plan to go there. Remember all travel to Destination locations needs to be on RTD. Thanks


5/31/22

Hello FSEM faculty,

We are going to move forward with collecting FSEM Welcome letters for the fall. Please note that only FSEM faculty who will be teaching this Fall 2022 need to complete this. A few sample letters from past FSEM faculty can be found in the folder labeled EXAMPLES. If you do not write your own letter, the boilerplate option in the EXAMPLES folder will go out on your behalf. You will only be able to access the welcome letter folder using your DU e-mail address. Please save your letter using this format: Last name, First name. You will need to upload your letter to this link:

 FSEM Welcome Letters 2022

Please let me know if you have any questions or complications with access to the folders.

Best,

Grace

Info & Announcements: 5/25

Hi all-

Reminder that we have the last FSEM training payment opportunity for the year on Friday this week- see the info below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Virtual Spring Town Hall meeting May 27th from 3-4pm. Mark your calendars & you will receive $150 for your attendance. 

Zoom Link: https://udenver.zoom.us/s/87604647197

Topic to be discussed:

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 3-4pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

Info & Announcements 5/3/22

Hello all-

Hope this email finds you well. 2 announcements today about upcoming meetings- please see below. Thank you, Monica

Spring professional development meeting– please see the welcome message below from the facilitator. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Save the Date: Virtual Spring Town Hall meeting May 27th from 3-4pm.

You will receive $150 for attending. Registration coming soon. Topic to be discussed:

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:30 pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

Updates & Announcements 4/21/22

Hi all-

Please remember that Grace has sent you the course details to review for FSEM Fall 2022 classes (if you are teaching for us). Please review them but you only need to contact us if something is incorrect by Friday, April 22nd. Thank you!

Spring professional development meeting- please see the welcome message below. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Thank you! https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

FSEM Update- 4/13/22

Hello All-

Wanted to let you know that Grace has sent you the course details to review for FSEM Fall 2022 classes (if you are teaching for us). Please review them but you only need to contact us if something is incorrect. Thank you!

As promised info on the Spring professional development meeting- please see the welcome message below. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Thank you! https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

FSEM Update 4/11/22

Hello ALL-

Please see the message below from our student success team. Thank you- Monica

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first-year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:30 pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

FSEM Info & Announcements – April 4th, 2022

Hi all-

Happy Monday. Please see the important info below about an upcoming PD opportunity and orientation leader recruitment info for fall 2022 from Liz Spooner (Liz.Spooner@du.edu) in Student Affairs.  Hope all is well- take care. Best, Monica

Spring FSEM Professional Development May 13th 10-11:50am. More information coming soon but please hold the time on your calendar.

Orientation Leader Information

For FSEM Professors: 

Thank you so much for your work to support our first-year students in your role. We value your work and nominations for those of you that previously nominated students as we expand this partnership. We have worked to reach those nominated students via email a number of times this year encouraging them to apply. However, we are still looking for incredible student leaders! With this, if you have time we would greatly appreciate you sending out the following messaging and or promotional flyer to your current and former students. Again, thank you for the time and consideration! 

Message for Students: 

Discoveries Orientation is now searching for emerging leaders to join us to be Discoveries Peer Leaders/4D Mentors (formerly known as Orientation Leaders)  

This is a great position for students who are looking to build their leadership skills, welcome new students to campus, meet other DU students and so much more! 

Our team leaders will work 40 hours the two weeks before classes start and continue through Fall 2022 working 10 hours/week. This is a paid position! (work-study funding not necessary!)


Apply here:  
https://du.12twenty.com/job-postings/35006701409679

I received 60+ nominations for first-year students this year and have been continually reaching out to those students to promote this role. Again, am always thankful for our FSEM faculty for their work in the classroom and in promoting this role. 

Please let me know if there is anything further!  Liz

FSEM Update- 3/28/2022

Hi all-

Happy Monday & I hope you have an awesome start to the Spring Quarter. Only 1 announcement today from the Writing Center about a roundtable conversation for faculty research and writing practices. Be well. Best, Monica

HCC Spring Group Schedule 3/17/22

Hi all-

Please see the message below from Todd Adams. Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break. Thanks, Monica

Dear colleagues,

Please find attached the group counseling and workshop offerings by the HCC for the upcoming spring term. I would appreciate if you would share widely with your teams, particularly those who work directly with undergraduate and graduate students.

Thank you,

Todd

FSEM Update 2/21/22

Hello all Happy Monday!

Please see the message from Kristy Firebaugh below.

Dear FSEM faculty,

I wanted to send a reminder about the Path Forward Program and ask that if you are able, to please reach out to your eligible students on the attached list to encourage them to join this week (registration closes this Friday the 25th). So far, only about 5% of the eligible students who received a C or lower in FSEM have joined Path Forward, and with your encouragement, we are hoping to provide additional support specifically for these students through the program. Thank you in advance for any encouragement you can provide!

Best wishes,

Kristy

Fall 2022 FSEM RPF

Please find the RFP attached for submitting a proposal for FSEM 2022-2023. The Deadline is March 1, 2022, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Please remember you need to re-apply every year with a current syllabus even if you are a veteran FSEM faculty. The link to apply is: 

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8DkDhEUGfcnED8q

Lastly, wanted to let you know that we will be having 2 professional development opportunities in the Spring Quarter instead of having a session this Winter quarter. Thanks, Monica

FSEM Updates Week of 2/1/22

2/1/22

Hello all-

Please see the message from Kristy below. Best, Monica

Dear FSEM faculty,

I’m excited to share the below announcement and information about the new Path Forward Program (the message below went out to all faculty advisors this morning). Invitations to eligible students will go out next week. I’ve also included a full list of eligible students, sorted by FSEM faculty last name, so you can see which of your advisees will be invited to the program. Please encourage eligible students to sign up, and let me know if you have any questions!

Best wishes,

Kristy


Announcing the Path Forward Program

Kristy Firebaugh

Hello faculty advisors,

The office of student success is pleased to announce the Path Forward Program, which provides additional support to eligible first-time, first-year undergraduate students as they plan for their academic paths into their second year and beyond. The program pairs positive academic behaviors with financial incentives to encourage success in their academic journeys.

Audiences for this pilot are those who may benefit from additional academic support, including students who are: undeclared; taking fewer than 12 credits in fall 2021 or winter 2022; on academic warning or academic probation; or received below a C in FSEM or a common curriculum course in fall 2021.

Eligible first-time, first-year students will receive invitations to the program on Feb. 1, and students can sign up until Feb. 25. Attached is a flyer with information about the program and a link to sign up, as well as a list of FAQs.

We ask that you please encourage eligible students (who receive an invitation) to sign up for this program. In particular, upcoming academic advising meetings may be a great opportunity to remind or discuss these benefits of the program any students you meet with who have received an invitation.

Please let me know if you have questions about the program, and thank you for encouraging students to engage in the academic resources we have available as they continue at DU. Given this program’s focus on first-year students, additional information will be sent to FSEM faculty shortly.

Best wishes,

Kristy

Kristy Firebaugh, PhD

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Mary Reed 302A

303.871.3795  |  Kristy.Firebaugh@du.edu 

Pronouns: She, Her, Hershttps://du.inspire.civitaslearning.com


2/2/22

Hello All- 

Hope everyone is staying warm today- Brrr.  Please remember that all FSEM fall faculty reflections are due by Friday to receive the $150 payment in your March 1 paycheck. Best, Monica

Faculty Reflections Survey for FSEM 2021

Thank you to all who have answered the survey thus far. Please remember you will receive $150 dollars for filling out the survey. We would love as much feedback as possible please click on the link below:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pVEHbyw2LxY7BQ

Fall 2022 FSEM RPF

Please find the RFP attached for submitting a proposal for FSEM 2022-2023. The Deadline is March 1, 2022, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Please remember you need to re-apply every year with a current syllabus even if you are a veteran FSEM faculty. The link to apply is: 

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8DkDhEUGfcnED8q

FSEM Update- 11/19/21

Hello all-

A note to you from Jennifer is below. We hope you all have a restful break- take care. Best, Monica & Grace

Dear FSEM faculty,

You did it.  You made it thru to week 10.  Let’s just say it, this quarter was rough, and I think that everyone is ready for it to be completely over.  And you are so close!  Thank you for showing up in your classes every day, taking on your coursework, your students’ needs, their quirky behaviors, their distress, their anxiety… all while managing your own self and all the other responsibilities you have, and testing and wearing a mask.   It’s a lot. 

Additionally, I’d like to share some good news. We recently reviewed our FSEM budget and because of fall programming changes, we have additional $$ to support you.  To that end, we are placing an additional $350.00 in everyone’s December 1 paycheck.  I know it isn’t a lot, but I don’t think it is fair to retain the savings.  So, yay.   This is not professional development money; you do not need to do anything to get this money.   

We’ll plan a kickoff social hour in January to welcome folks back for winter quarter.  Happy grading and extended break.

Yours,

Jennifer

FSEM Update– 11/16/21

Hi All-

See the message below about recruiting Student Orientation leaders for next fall. Let’s help recruit as many students as we can! Hope this final week is treating you well. Best, Monica

MESSAGE FOR FSEM LEADERS: 

The Discoveries Orientation office invites you to share with us any students that you believe would make a strong Discoveries Leader for the incoming class. 

Discoveries Leaders play a vital role in introducing our incoming students to the University of Denver community by way of their work prior to and during Discoveries Orientation week. With this, we seek students who have a strong desire for cultivating community, gaining leadership experience, and working in a team environment. Students should have strong verbal and written communication skills, and a willingness to engage in challenging conversations. 

By way of the below survey, we aspire to generate personalized emails for each recommended student, using quotes from your submission encouraging them to apply to be a Discoveries Orientation Leader. As you write, please keep in mind that the verbiage shared should be something you would feel comfortable with the mentioned student reading. 

Please follow this link to recommend a student (or submit the form numerous times for additional students), that you believe fits this description!

Thank you for your time and recommendation,

Liz Spooner, Graduate Fellow Discoveries Orientation  

FSEM Updates 10/18 & 10/19

10/18/21

1- Question student survey help request

Hello FSEM professors!  Can you please give your students a heads up the 1 question survey is coming? The survey will come out this week and we are hoping you can email your class ahead of time with the message we have included below. Thank you for your attention to this request!  Best, The Student Success Team.

Dear Name of Student, 

Heads up! An important survey will be hitting your inbox this week, and DU’s Student Success Team would love to hear from YOU. One of the University of Denver’s top priorities is the overall well-being of our student body. We want to make sure you are thriving here at DU. Your participation in this survey will help us take the pulse of our students’ feelings of success and achievement this quarter. 

This survey is not connected to your academic records, but your participation DOES make a difference. The anonymous results from this survey will be shared with the broader DU community to help peers, parents, professors and staff understand what helps students succeed and thrive on campus. The results will also be presented to leadership at DU to help inform decisions. Plus, you might win a little something for yourself as well!   

Please stay tuned for this important email, and make sure you fill out the survey before November 1 to ensure your voice is heard. 

Thanks in advance!

2- Ordering books for your future classes- General FYI (not for FSEM since this class is meeting)

No doubt, the word/expression of the year is “supply chain problems.” When it comes to books, there are a lot of breaks in the chain, from paper manufacturing to book production to transport. Because of these issues, book orders need to be submitted soon. The deadline from the bookstore is October 15. Remember, it is federal law that students need to know what book they need to buy for a course before they register for it. If you plan on requiring a book, please complete these instructions below.

SETTING AN ACCOUNT

1.visit https://adoptions.efollett.com/OnlineAdoptionsWeb/onlineAdoptions.html?storeNumber=1282&langId=en_US

2. If you have an account already, select Sign In at the top of the page and follow the ADOPTION section.

3. If you do not have an account, click the blue button that says “New? Register Here.”

4. This will take you to the account creation page; the Bookstore Supplied Password is 1282

5. Before you leave the account creation page, make sure to set yourself up as an “approver” or your order will not process in the system.

6. Once you complete your registration you will be taken to the screen to enter new adoptions; see ADOPTION.

ADOPTION

1. Select Order Course Materials, and New Order.

2. Use the drop down menus to select Program (University of Denver), Term, Department, Class, and then Section.

3. The next screen will ask you to enter books by ISBN, or Search by Author and Title, when you have all the ISBNs entered, click “Continue.”

4. This will take you to the review screen, if everything is correct, click complete order.

As usual, email Matt Averach (1282txt@follett.com) at Follett with any questions or last minute changes. 

The bookstore also needs to know if you are not using a book. I realize that it is an inconvenience to let them know that you don’t need a textbook. 

10/19/21

Just a reminder that 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:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mCBpyQJdygsyou

**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. This workshop will be facilitated by Megan Kelly and Juli Parrish from the Writing Center.

FSEM Update: 10/12/21

Hi all-

We just received information that the first-year students got some confusing messaging on who to meet with for advising before registration.

Can you please reach out and communicate with your class that you are indeed their advisor and will meet with them for advising and pin deletion for winter quarter registration.  

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and have a great day.

Best, Monica

FSEM Updates: 10/05 – 10/11

10/05/21

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

BLURB

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.

ASK

  • 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

DETAILS

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.


10/06/21

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:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mCBpyQJdygsyou

**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.


10/11/21

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)

Discoveries Update 9/9

Hi all- 

What a wild week it has been- thank you so much for your patience, ability to troubleshoot, and innovate past problems as they arose in your classes. Kelly and the Orientation team have been working super hard to make this week amazing for all our students. 

I hope that you are enjoying this time with your students, I know they are loving this time on campus.  Based on the way things have been going so far, we all need to build in extra time for everything!  We’ve had classrooms without furniture, IDs that don’t work in certain buildings, confusion about testing, and of course, the general anxiety about the world!   

As much as we wish for normalcy in Denver we are just not there yet. RTD is still running on a limited schedule, local restaurants do not have enough workers, and did anyone mention the heat???  Wow- the odds feel stacked against us but being able to be in person this year is such a reward.  Thank you for all that you are doing with your students.  

I have sent everyone the on-campus schedules for the activities you signed up for and appreciate that you’ll try to be at your tour location when you are scheduled.  If it all goes sideways and gets off schedule, please remember the faculty and staff running these facilities are volunteering their time and are trying their best. Just go with the flow, or find an alternative in that moment (hey, take a walk to Observatory Park….)

Thank you so much for teaching in the FSEM this year- we could not do any of this without you!  Best, Monica & Grace

Discoveries Day 1 Updates

  • Kelly the Orientation Director just called- they did not get the QR codes put up. Please don’t look for them- just check campus clearance status on students.
  • Kelly Bitner and the Orientation team is in charge of the rooms this week for Discoveries and I am happy to help as best I can.  So sorry this is happening. I am calling as many building manages as I can to double check for you.
  • Please call Campus Safety at 303-871-2334 to unlock your room if you find yourself locked out.

Discoveries Updates 9/6/21

Hello all-

Just wanted to remind you about a few Covid Protocol things but also share some great news. I volunteered and worked in the Spit Testing facility all weekend long and we had tremendous turn out for testing. Saturday, we had 992 people come through and Sunday finished out at 934!

What that means is that we had a lot of FTFY students get in the system so they will be ready to go for your class first thing on Tuesday morning.  Hooray!

Please remember to check the student clearance status of your class on Tuesday morning and if anyone is not cleared or having a Covid protocol related issues you can send them to the help center over in the Chambers Center. Best, Monica


Hi again-

Just want to make sure you all know how to check for student clearance, or your own. It is super easy and does not show any personal info.

They can do it on their phone. They go to:

Pioneerweb.du.edu

Enter DU ID (it is their 87#)

Password

Once in it is big and green in the middle of the Screen-

It says:  CLEARED, High Contact Activity

If you don’t see this, please send them to the Chambers Center (corner of High & Asbury). Thanks, Monica

FSEM Fall Trainings Follow-Up

Hi all- 

Thank you for attending the trainings this week. The power points are attached for both Weds & Thurs.  I have also included the links that folks asked for during discussions- see below. Thanks, Monica 

In light of topics arising from our conversations on Wednesday, faculty might be interested in Jared Del Rosso’s 2021 essay on “Pandemic Pedagogy” in Humanity & Society. https://journals-sagepub-com.du.idm.oclc.org/doi/full/10.1177/0160597620987008

Links and follow-up information from the trainings

  • Please send Zoom link to Grace for Tuesday as a just in case (per Covid Coordinators) – Grace.Warner@du.edu
  • Info for how to have Crimson Connect for Live Orientation Schedule: Below are the instructions from Jessie Stellini (also the contact for questions) about how faculty can login to Crimson Connect (either on their browser or if they download the app which has the orientation schedule). 
    1. All of them should now be able to use the “School Login” function in CrimsonConnect and then their first.last@du.edu and SSO Password to log into the system and see everything that’s happening. 
    2. If they are asked to select a “Hub” the “DU Community Hub” is the primary CrimsonConnect portal and the “Discoveries Orientation Hub” is the portal specific for Discoveries this year (it’s set up more like a “Guidebook” style schedule app – than anything). 
  • Info from Advisor Training ** There will be another technology workshop before registration for winter quarter, especially for those frustrated by the wifi.  Exact date/time TBA.
  1. As a reminder, your FSEM students will not be assigned as your advisees in Banner (which will then appear in Inspire) until the end of Week 1 (and it might take until into Week 2 to do them all). If you played around with making Groups in Inspire, be sure that you do NOT use a static group created 9/2/2021 for the rest of the quarter. (A static group will not update with any changes in enrollment.) A dynamic group should work well, or you can wait until your students are assigned as advisees.
  2. See below the template email I currently use to instruct students how to make an appointment in Inspire.
  1. Login with your DU email address and password (same as PioneerWeb). After logging into inspire, you can click “Contact my Advisors” in the Connect box on the home screen.
  2. This will show you a list of advisors currently officially assigned to you, and you can click “Schedule an Appointment.” Then you will be asked to select a modality, topics for the appointment, and feel free to enter any other notes about what you’re hoping to discuss or achieve.
  3. After scheduling an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation, and will be able to see the appointment in the Calendar tab and in “My Appointments and Events” in Inspire.
  4. If you do not have an advisor assigned or your preferred advisor is not visible using that process, you can instead click “Schedule Appointment” from the Connect box on the home screen. Where it says “Select office(s) to begin” select “Undergraduate Resources, Programs, and Advising.” This will allow you to select from more advisors (for example, you may select any of the psychology faculty advisors, or even our generic advising profile, called Psychology, Advising) and see their availability, then schedule an appointment in the same way as described above.
  5. See here for an easy step-by-step guide with screenshots.
  • Many of you were asking about a key for the attributes that were included in your schedule check emails. Here it is:
Attribute CodeAttribute Description
BUSBusiness Interest
ESTMEquity in STEM
FRSTFirst Generation Applicant
HNRSHonors Program
PLPPioneer Leadership Program
PHAPre-Health Advising
VIPVolunteers In Partnership
DENPRODenver Promise
ELIExcelling Leaders Institute
ESTEMEquity in STEM
FGCOMP1st Gen COMPASS
PPPPioneer Pathways Program
SCELLC: Creativity & Entrepreneur
SEALLCLLC: Environmental Awareness
SILLCLLC: International
SPLPLLC:Pioneer Leadership Program
SSJLLC: Social Justice
SWELLLLC: The Wellness House
TRCOMPTransfer COMPASS

FSEM Updates 8/25 and 8/30

8/30/21

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Looking forward to seeing you all this week.  I have attached the FSEM Discoveries week room assignments for your FSEM class- Kelly Bitner sent it to us on Friday. Check it out!

Reminder- you need to be cleared for campus and where a mask to our meetings on Wednesday & Thursday.  If you are cleared for campus already – great, you are all set. If you are not and need a spit test, please visit the care pod today to do your test. Here again is the link for you. Best, Monica

Back to Campus Info

https://www.du.edu/coronavirus


8/25/21

Just wanted to touch base about next week’s trainings on Sept 1st & Sept 2nd. As I am sure you have seen the mask mandate has gone into effect for meetings with 5 or more. While the Maglione room (5th floor) in the Sie Complex is large and well ventilated we will all need to be masked. We have ordered extra tables so people can spread out across the room.

Additionally, we will be providing a box lunch on Sept 1st so that you can choose to stay and eat while sharing ideas with your colleagues or take it with you to un-mask and eat where you feel comfortable. The Sept 2nd training will have coffee/tea & pastries that can be enjoyed at your seat where you can un-mask to eat.

Please remember that you need to have completed your Covid spit testing by Monday August 30th to be cleared for campus starting on Wednesday Sept 1st. You must be cleared for campus to attend these trainings.

I have attached the Discoveries week schedule again for you and the student success team wanted me to let you know you are invited you to attend the Student Convocation on Friday 9-10:30 with your class.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sept 1st and Sept 2nd.

FSEM Update: 8/10/21

Hello all- 

I know many of you are not around campus right now and are hopefully off enjoying summer, so I appreciate you checking email. As of yesterday, our FTFY student count was at 1664 registered and we have 89 FSEM’s running. AMAZING- it is going to be a great year!  Thank you all for your commitment to the program.  Best, Monica

Discoveries/Destinations Info

Orientation Leaders

The OL’s will not be coming to your FSEM classes from 9-10:15am, that will be time for only you and your class. The OL’s will be at all the other conference style activities and the Discoveries meetings throughout the week. Please plan accordingly.

One question that has come up is who will teach FTFY students how to register going forward?  This year the Office of Academic Advising and the advising staff in various colleges reached out to new students before SURG to answer questions and walk them thorough the process. They have all been exposed to how it works- FYI. 

Destinations Plans:

We are in the final stages of Destination confirmations and getting ready to buy tickets.  Remember there are no bus rentals this year and everything must be accessible by RTD– using your ECO pass. Mask are required on RTD so please remember to let your group know before leaving on Friday.   RTD is also on a limited schedule so please check the trip planner here. 

https://www.rtd-denver.com/app/plan

As you all know by now, we are offering on-campus options this year for those of you who want to have an easy option for your class or are concerned about the delta variant and want to stay in our community. You can do one or several with your class as a whole. We will send a group email later this week to everyone interested in on-campus options next week to get you all signed up, so we don’t have crowding at any one indoor location. 

  • Lunch together in the new Commons- we will pay for your faculty lunch
  • Ice Cream Social from 1-3pm in the new Commons room 1700. Drop in. 
  • Tour of the behind the scenes at the Spit lab
  • Tour of the Innovation Design lab
  • Art Gallery in Community Commons open with representative to speak about current exhibit installed. 
  • Bounce houses on the lawn at the Community Commons starting at 3:00pm. Drop in
  • **Still getting confirmation if we can have tours of the Carillon 1-4pm
  • **Still waiting confirmation on if Ice skating in the joy Burns area at the Ritchie Center will be open for open skate between 1-4pm

Fall Training Sessions

Sept 1st FSEM Fall Logistics training 9-1pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Box lunch will be provided.

Sept 2nd– Advising Training 9-12pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Morning Snacks will be provided.

Please register for the trainings at: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Yb2Ewj7h6X8mlE

Also, please remember that these trainings are in person, and you must be cleared for campus. 

Back to Campus Info

https://www.du.edu/coronavirus

Finally, we have been made aware that students will be tested as they arrive on campus and must receive a negative spit test result to begin going to activities/classes on campus.  This could affect your Tuesday morning FSEM meeting at 9am.  We will keep you updated as we receive more info!  

FSEM Update 7/26/21

Hi all- 

Happy Monday! Lots of information to share and starting this week you will receive a weekly Monday FSEM update from me.  So be on the lookout and as always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. Grace & I are happy to support this amazing program. Best, Monica 

Discoveries/Destinations Update

Orientation Leaders

We received word from the Orientation team that they only have 50 students apply to be Orientation leaders and thus they are having to adapt. This means they will not have enough for all the FSEM classes so they are shifting to a model where the student leaders will float around between the classes. Once we have more details on what this means I will pass it along. Please plan accordingly.

Destinations Plans:

As you already know trips this year will now take place after new student Convocation on Friday morning. Grace and I have been emailing and touching base with faculty whose plans may be impacted by RTD transportation issues or museum closures. We will continue to reach out this week to finalize plans with you. We hope to hear from RTD this week about updated bus schedules. Additionally, as Covid is still with us, please remember that we must follow University protocols set out for our return to campus this fall. We will pass information along to you as soon as we have updates to share.

We are also offering some on-campus options this year for those of you who want to have an easy option for your class. An email is coming soon with detailed activities for you to choose from. Thus far we have lined up: Ice skating at the Ritchie Center, a behind the scenes tour of the spit lab, lawn games with bounce house activities on the campus green, and an ice cream social to stop by. More options are being confirmed this week – so stay on campus with your FSEM class and enjoy a fun afternoon together.

Fall Training Sessions

Sept 1st FSEM Fall Logistics training 9-1pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Box lunch will be provided.

Sept 2nd– Advising Training 9-12pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Morning Snacks will be provided.

Please register for the trainings at: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Yb2Ewj7h6X8mlE

Also, please remember that these trainings are in person, and you must be cleared for campus.   

COVID Protocols for Return-to-Campus

Updates from 6/9 and 6/25

6/9

Hope you are staying cool.  Only 2 announcements today. Take care- Best, Monica

All receipts for FSEM 2020 programming are due to the UAP Office by Friday June 11.  Thank you!

Hello advisors,

As this Academic Year is coming to an end, we at the LL&C (Languages, Literatures and Cultures), the SSLCS (Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies) and the CWLC (Center for World Languages and Cultures) are working together to find a more efficient and successful future for Languages and Cultures at DU. We are hoping to gather information that can help us be better and to better support you. Please, take a few minutes to answer 10 questions that we plan on using to adapt and improve.

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mGvlzLihh7cOFw

Thank you very much,

Claudia Vega Norell

Program Coordinator

Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Department of Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies


6/25

Hello All- 

Hope this finds you having a lovely summer!! Check out the updates on fall events and orientation:

Discoveries/Destinations Update

Hot off the presses, the approved Discoveries orientation schedule is attached. You will notice an important change from previous years regarding the Destinations trips on Friday 9/10. The trips will now take place after new student Convocation on Friday morning. For faculty who requested group tickets, we be in touch to confirm your plans and work with this new schedule. Convocation ends at 10:30, so faculty might consider eating lunch on campus before heading out for an afternoon activity. We are also offering some on-campus options this year. Reach out to me/Grace if you’re interested.

We contacted several Denver museums about Destinations options. Most are willing to work with our large numbers on Friday afternoon; however, the Denver Art Museum is not accepting larger groups. As an alternative, the Denver Botanic Gardens is offering deeply discounted tickets to us. Grace and I will contact all of you that this affects to see if you can change your plans.  

Fall Training Sessions

Sept 1st FSEM Fall Logistics training 9-1pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Box lunch will be provided.

Sept 2nd– Advising Training 9-12pm in person in the Maglione Room- 5th floor Sie Complex. Morning Snacks will be provided.

Welcome Letters

Lastly, please remember that the final day to submit your FSEM student Welcome Letters is July 1. Thank you to everyone who has submitted theirs already. Letters will be sent to students in early August after July registration.

As always, let me know if you have and questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Update from 6/3

Hi all-

Hope this finds you well! Please see the Reminder & Updates below.  Best, Monica

Welcome Letters from you to your FSEM students!

The Office of Admissions plans to send each FSEM student a welcome video (they provide) and a personalized letter from their FSEM faculty advisor. The purpose of the faculty letter is to welcome students and foster an early connection to you as their faculty advisor.

The primary goal of the letter is to make a connection with students, to offer a few personal words from a DU faculty member, and, as a trusted colleague suggested, to let them know “there’s someone waiting to shepherd them when they get here.”

We have set the June 14th deadline, but you can submit now as many of you are gone for the summer. However, if you would like additional time to compose your letter and/or adjust for emerging information, we will happily accept them through July 1st at the link below.  Examples of faculty letters sent in the past are attached to this email for your reference.

You will need to upload your letter to this link: 

https://denveru-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/grace_warner_du_edu/EgUZHqoGmDhAh-9m64ZKSpMBrHBZHx3sR0mhtYVy2Jbhcg?e=Z3XYQP

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Discoveries & Destination Update

Dear 2021-2022 FSEM faculty,

Earlier this quarter, we asked you to save some dates and times for Discoveries orientation. Last week, leadership in Student Affairs indicated that they are likely to make significant changes to the schedule, breaking with the model of previous years.

If you have not yet formalized your Destinations arrangements, please hold off for now. If you have already made Destinations purchases, reservations, etc., we will work creatively to honor them. Normally, the Discoveries schedule is fully locked into place by this time of year, so we understand your frustration. We will share the finalized schedule with you as soon as we have it.

Sincere apologies for the inconvenience,

Heather

Heather Martin, First-Year Seminar Faculty Director

Updates from 5/13 and 5/18

5/13/21

Hello all-

Hope this email finds you well.  We are jam packed with info for you today- please see below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the sun.   Best, Monica

Welcome Letters from you to your FSEM students!

The Office of Admissions plans to send each FSEM student a welcome video (they provide) and a personalized letter from their FSEM faculty advisor. The purpose of the faculty letter is to welcome students and foster an early connection to you as their faculty advisor.

The primary goal of the letter is to make a connection with students, to offer a few personal words from a DU faculty member, and, as a trusted colleague suggested, to let them know “there’s someone waiting to shepherd them when they get here.”

We have set the June 14th deadline, but you can submit now as many of you are gone for the summer. However, if you would like additional time to compose your letter and/or adjust for emerging information, we will happily accept them through July 1st at the link below.  Examples of faculty letters sent in the past are attached to this email for your reference.

You will need to upload your letter to this link: 

https://denveru-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/grace_warner_du_edu/EgUZHqoGmDhAh-9m64ZKSpMBrHBZHx3sR0mhtYVy2Jbhcg?e=Z3XYQP

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Discoveries Updates: 

  • At this time, FSEMs are scheduled to meet 9am-10am on Tues, Wed, and Thurs of Discoveries week (Sept 7, Sept 8, Sept 9).
  • Destinations is scheduled for Friday Sept 10.
  • We have about half the usual number of Discoveries Leaders in comparison to last year, and we have a much larger incoming class. Kelly is creating a rotating schedule for Discoveries sessions.
  •  It is not planned for Discoveries Leaders to have a role with faculty. We can discuss what needs faculty may have and how we can find ways to support them.
  • Advising support will be available during Discoveries week for any students who need it.
  • 2nd year students can move in as early as Wed Sept 8th and will have the option to join Discoveries programming. We are also working on a 2nd year specific program for Friday.
  • Rosh Hashanah is during Discoveries week, Mon evening through Wed evening. Accommodations will be made for students who will not participate in the regular schedule until Thursday morning.

Destinations Trips:

Scheduled for Friday September 10, 2021

Many of you submitted your plans with your FSEM proposal- thank you!  If you have any changes to these plans or have made decisions what you would like to do now that we know we will be back in person, please send us an email to keep us updated. Grace is starting to figure out how many tickets we will need to purchase for such destinations as DMNS, DAM, CO History Museum, etc.  Again, please let us know if your plans have changed by June 1, 2021 especially if you left the information open ended on your proposal. 

This year’s budget will be approximately $30 per student in your class- with the average class size of 19- FYI. 

In the spirit of establishing community and spending time with your FSEM group we will be promoting this year’s Destination trip activities be ½ day affairs and accessible by public transportation.  We are sorry but we will not be able to provide busses this year so please plan accordingly.  We will offer a new on-campus option for FSEM groups to meet for lunch on the campus green if you are not planning to go on a destination trip on Friday. Let us know if you would like to join this option.

Please email me monica.kosanovich@du.edu if you have any questions or concerns about Destinations for this coming fall- I am happy to brainstorm options or alternatives with you. 

5/18/21

Resources from FSEM/ DU Grand Challenges Training Session on Friday, May 14th