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

**remember to sign in using your DU e-mail address.

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

**remember to sign in using your DU e-mail address.

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

Updates: Week of 5/3/21

5/4/21

Good Morning All-

See important reminders & new information below. Hope all is well. Best, Monica

Faculty Information for Autumn Quarter 2021 Registration Important Registration Dates

  • Friday, September 10: Last day to register without a late registration fee via Pioneerweb. 
  • Sunday, September 19: Last day of 100% Refund for dropped classes. Last Day to enroll in a course without instructor’s approval. 

Undergraduate students MUST see their adviser to be able to register. Once advised, advisers delete the alternate PIN on PioneerWeb, thus clearing the student to register. The Delete Alternate PIN function is located in the Faculty Registration Toolschannel on the Faculty tab of PioneerWeb.Please encourage your advisees to check for Registration Holds by clicking Registration Status on their Student Tab in PioneerWeb. Financial Holds update nightly. All holds must be cleared before they can register.

Spring training with DU Grand Challenges:

Title: Integrating DU Grand Challenges into Your FSEM

Time/date: Friday, May 14th, 10am-11:30am MT

Location: https://udenver.zoom.us/j/85315391659

Participants: Current or future FSEM faculty interested in exploring community-engagement opportunities and/or public-good themes with first-year students

Description: This workshop is designed to help faculty explore how DU Grand Challenges programs and resources can both enhance their FSEM and provide First-Year students with concrete pathways to becoming engaged community members. We will provide a brief overview of DU Grand Challenges themes and pedagogical practices that align with the themes. Next, we will review examples of how faculty have integrated DUGC into their courses and engage in small-group brainstorming to explore connections within participant FSEMs. We will then review how DUGC can support students’ academic and public identity development beyond the classroom through programs like DUGC Student Scholars and ACE grants. Finally, we will review resources to support faculty involvement in DUGC including class grants and paid mentorship opportunities. 

Format:

  • 90-minute interactive workshop
  • Zoom

Faculty stipend:

  • Faculty participants receive $150 in recognition of their time 

Please register here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a62q2uoWYfdogvk


New Spanish Option for students:

New Spanish course we are offering this Fall for students interested in reinforcing their grammar before starting with 2100 (our writing intensive course). Often First-Year students that have experience with Spanish place at 2100 and don’t want to do the 2001-2-3 course series, but find 2100 is too advanced. This course has been created to fill that gap. See the flier below for details.


5/7/21

Hi All-

Virginie the Director of Center for World Languages and Cultures  asked me to share this information with you all.  This is a video explaining the FOLA requirements. Its target audience is our students, but this might be helpful to you all as well. I’m also attaching a revised flowchart based on this video she shared.  Please contact Virginie with questions or if you have anything she can assist you for advising your students. 

(https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/2357732/uiconf_id/41433872/entry_id/1_eo99eo8w/embed/dynamic)

FSEM Updates from 4/19/21

Hi all-

Wanted to send a quick update about the deadline the bookstore sent about having your department submit book requests for Fall 2021 now.  I have spoken with the Director of Operations and she apologized for any confusion on timing.  She was trying to get a jump on the summer book orders.

I let her know that the FSEM program CRN’s are being built by the registrar’s office at the end of this week so they will have course numbers assigned and be ready by May 10th

Please have your book orders ready for your FSEM classes by May 12th and send them in via the normal process for your department/college.  Also, please feel free to share my email with any administrative assistants in your area who support you with this process. Let me know if you or your department have any questions or concerns about this.  Thanks for your patience. 


Hello all-

Wanted to send an opportunity your way. Hope you can make it! Best, Monica

Title: Integrating DU Grand Challenges into Your FSEM

Time/date: Friday, May 14th, 10am-11:30am MT

Location: Please contact FirstSem@du.edu for Zoom details.

Participants: Current or future FSEM faculty interested in exploring community-engagement opportunities and/or public-good themes with First-Year students

Description: This workshop is designed to help faculty explore how DU Grand Challenges programs and resources can both enhance their FSEM and provide first-year students with concrete pathways to becoming engaged community members. We will provide a brief overview of DU Grand Challenges themes and pedagogical practices that align with the themes. Next, we will review examples of how faculty have integrated DUGC into their courses and engage in small-group brainstorming to explore connections within participant FSEMs. We will then review how DUGC can support students’ academic and public identity development beyond the classroom through programs like DUGC Student Scholars and ACE grants. Finally, we will review resources to support faculty involvement in DUGC including class grants and paid mentorship opportunities.

Format:

  • 90-minute interactive workshop
  • Zoom

Faculty stipend:

  • Faculty participants receive $150 in recognition of their time

Please register here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a62q2uoWYfdogvk

FSEM Update 3/30/21

Hi all-

Some friendly reminders from Tonnett Luedtke- Executive Director of Academic Resources. See Below. Best, Monica

Spring Quarter Classes begin tomorrow!

Students can add/drop via Pioneerweb through Tuesday, April 6th 

Academic Advisors in both the Office of the Academic Advising and the Daniels Office of Undergraduate Programs have drop-in hours to support students with schedule changes. 

Non-Business Advising 

Wednesday March 31st – Friday April 2nd and Monday, April 5th – Tuesday April 6th 

8:30 AM- 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM- 4:00 PM Mountain Time

  • Virtual Drop-In’s Advising Link   
  • An academic advisor will give the student a call back at the number provided
  • Questions:  advising@du.edu

  *Starting Wednesday April 7th –  Drop-In Advising Monday and Wednesday 1:30- 4 PM MST

Business Advising 

Inquiries about business secondary admissions, business degree requirements, or business course registration

Wednesday March 31st – Friday, April 2nd*

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

*Starting Monday, April 5th – Daily Mon- Fri Drop-In 1-3 PM MST 

  • Business Virtual Drop In’s Advising Link
  • An academic advisor will give the student a call back at the number provided
  • Phone: 303-871-6910
  • Questions: DCBundergrad@du.edu

Update from 3/25

Hello all-

Hope you are having a nice Spring Break and are feeling ready for the Spring Quarter.  We have had a request from Student Outreach & Support to provide feedback about the SOS office and their services.  Since you the FSEM faculty are the on the front lines of working with our new students to DU I thought you could provide viral information to them about your experiences.  Thank you for considering this request.  Take care- Best, Monica

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Greetings all,

The office of Student Outreach & Support is participating in a program review to assess the areas and functions administered by the office. Can you please ask the folks in your areas to complete a quick survey that will aid us in gathering the community’s feedback on the services provided by the SOS office? Please feel free to forward this correspondence to anyone you think would be able to share some feedback to the office.

We’d also appreciate if you can submit your feedback by April 12, 2021.

Link to the survey: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofDenver&layout_id=15

Your time and thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Michael

Spring Interterm 2021 Course Offerings

Hi all-

Wanted to send you information about the classes we are offering for Spring Interterm in a few weeks.  Please share with your advisees.  DU is encouraging students to stay in Denver over the break so we are offering an expanded selection of classes from March 20-March 30th. Thank you for your help spreading the word.  Please direct anyone my way if they have questions. Best, Monica  

Reminder: 21-22 FSEM Proposals Due March 1st

Hi all-

Please remember to submit a proposal for 2021 FSEM classes.  The deadline is fast approaching- March 1st. Yes- even if you have taught the same class in the past, we need you to fill out the proposal form every year.  Thank you for your help in getting these into us. Much appreciated!  Best, Monica

FSEM 2021 Call for Proposals:

The Qualtrics link to apply is:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f5dICRmuNRB1L7

1/26/21 Updates

Hi all- 

Wanted to send a few reminders & info.  Hope all is well and you are staying warm today. Best, Monica

FSEM 2021 Call for Proposals:

Due March 1st.  Qualtrics link to apply is:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f5dICRmuNRB1L7

This fall, as part of Chancellor Haefner’s strategic imperative to “create a global, holistic, ‘4D’ student experience,” seven faculty members piloted sections of a new 4D-themed FSEM. Please contact Heather Martin if you’d like to join the 4D FSEM conversation and/or integrate dimensions of wellbeing, character, and career and professional development into your FSEM course.

Student Success Coaching

Student Success Coaching offers individual coaching sessions as well as group workshops on a variety of topics, such as goal setting, time management, study skills, and stress management. A flyer is attached and more information is available here. If you are interested in having a coach facilitate a workshop for your class, please email ACE@du.edu.

Undergraduate Student Registration Information for Spring Quarter 2021 

  • Monday, February 1: Advising and Registration Approvals begin for Spring Quarter 2021. 
  • Friday, February 19: Undergraduate Student registration time assignments begin. Information on how time ticket assignments are determined can be found on
    the Registrar website. 
  • Tuesday, March 30: Last day to register without a late registration fee via web. 
  • Tuesday, April 6: Last day of 100% Refund for dropped classes. Last Day to enroll in a course without instructor’s approval. 

Reflection and RFP Proposal Reminders

FSEM Faculty Reflection Fall 2020:

We value your opinions and would greatly appreciate you responding to the survey. (Link below) 

Faculty Reflections are due by Jan 10thI will happily extend the deadline to the end of January for those of you who may need more time.  

If you complete the assessment by Jan 10th your $150 will show in your Feb 1st paycheck.

If you complete it between Jan 11th-Feb 1 your $150 will show in your March 1st paycheck due to payroll calendar deadlines.  

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1oH7DIWc95KUCx

FSEM 2021 Call for Proposals:

The RFP for you to review is attached and the Qualtrics link to apply is:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f5dICRmuNRB1L7

This fall, as part of Chancellor Haefner’s strategic imperative to “create a global, holistic, ‘4D’ student experience,” seven faculty members piloted sections of a new 4D-themed FSEM. Please contact Heather Martin if you’d like to join the 4D FSEM conversation and/or integrate dimensions of wellbeing, character, and career and professional development into your FSEM course.

FSEM RFP for 2021-2022: Now accepting submissions

Hello all-

Wanted to get you the FSEM 2021-2022 RFP before the University closes over the holiday so you can be thinking about your next fall FSEM class. The Qualtrics link to apply is: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3f5dICRmuNRB1L7

This fall, as part of Chancellor Haefner’s strategic imperative to “create a global, holistic, ‘4D’ student experience,” seven faculty members piloted sections of a new 4D-themed FSEM. Please contact Heather Martin if you’d like to join the 4D FSEM conversation and/or integrate dimensions of wellbeing, character, and career and professional development into your FSEM course.

Finally, I hope this email finds you all in good health and enjoying the beautiful CO sunshine today. As always if you have any questions or concerns please let me know. 

Best, Monica

Call for Discoveries Orientation 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. This upcoming fall, we hope return to an orientation format that mirrors previous pre-COVID years, utilizing Discoveries Leaders to assist with in-person sessions and beyond. 

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,

Kelly Bitner, Assistant Director of New Student Programs 

Liz Spooner, Graduate Fellow Discoveries Orientation  

FSEM Reflection Link and Payment Details

Hello all,

I hope this email finds you all in good health. We would like to ask if you could please take some time over the Winter break to reflect on how this unique Covid Fall quarter went for your FSEM class. We value your opinions and would greatly appreciate you responding to the survey. (Link below)

$150 will be added to your February paycheck if you respond no later the January 10th.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns and as always thank you for your dedication to the FSEM program. It is so successful because of your hard work. In partnership- Monica & Heather

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1oH7DIWc95KUCx

FSEM Faculty Reflections and RFPs for Fall 2021

12/1/2020

Hi all-

Hope you had a wonderful break last week and are moving into finals week seamlessly.  Just 2 quick things to let you know about since I have received questions about them.

1-The 2020 FSEM Faculty reflection assessment survey will be coming to you in the next few weeks. Please take the time to complete it and I will add $150 to your Feb. 1st paycheck. I will send an announcement once it is open for your responses.

2- Please start thinking about submitting a FSEM proposal for Fall 2021. The RPF will be coming out in January with a due date of approximately mid-March.  We look forward to working with you and offering your FSEM class again.  As always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we wrap up this quarter.

Be Well!

Best, Monica

11/6 Announcement from Academic Advising

Student Success Coaching

Meet one-on-one with a Student Success Coach to improve your college performance! Topics are customized to fit your individual needs, including goal setting, time management, stress management, study skills, discovering your strengths, and connecting with resources. Please click here for more information and to schedule a remote appointment.

Updates and Announcements 10/26-10/30

Reminder from last week:

Today marks the next phase of our research in Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence using the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Survey.  The survey is designed to bring us insight about  social, cultural, and community experiences among our undergraduate, graduate, and law students. The survey will be available online from today until 12/4.  Students have all received an email invitation with a unique link to complete the survey.  We are hopeful that we can capture as many student voices in this research as possible. 

One of  goals is to gather enough data to inform specific departments and areas of student support in order to provide meaningful and informative data for the DU Community.  As such, we welcome any support in encouraging students to complete the survey.  Attached you will also find a flyer about the survey with information about the survey and giveaway incentives.  This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Denver Institutional Review Board.  For questions or clarification, please feel free to follow up via email.  We look forward to partnering with you in this endeavor as we continue to support our student community.


10/28/2020

As you advise students for Winter 2021, 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, all listed in this attached document.

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


10/30/2020

  1. Please see the invite from Grand Challenges for your students.

2. Good morning everyone—thanks to each of you for your efforts to promote a safe and healthy community. We value student input and feedback, and we’d appreciate hearing more from you as we seek to continually improve our communication, programs, and protocols. Please take a moment to tell us more about your fall quarter experiences in a brief (less than 5 minutes) eight-question survey and to share suggestions you may have for fall and winter.

You can take the survey by clicking here. (PioneerWeb login required.)

Please let me know if you have any questions – keep safe and stay well.
 

With appreciation, Todd Adams
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Updates and Announcements: 10/19-10/23

10/19/2020

  1. The attachment below is for you to pass along to any of your FSEM students who may be a liberal arts major about a new 1st Generation Student support offering in the CAHSS. 

2. Be Advised:  Winter Quarter 2021 registration has been moved two weeks later than originally scheduled.

Winter 2021 Registration 

  • Monday, Nov 2nd
    • Academic Advising and Registration Period Begins and Alternate Pins are ready for deletion. All undergraduate students should be advised and cleared to register by Friday, Nov 13th.
  • Friday, Nov 13th
    • Early Registration for Athletes and Undergraduate Students with early registration as an approved DSP Accommodation
  • Monday, Nov 16th
    • Priority Registration Begins and Honors/ROTC student registration 
  • Friday, Nov 20th
    • Winter 2021 New Student registration begins

Academic Advising and Pin Deletion

  • ALL First- year students should meet with their FSEM mentor to review their schedule and to have their alternate PIN deleted.
  • Business students or those intending to apply for Secondary Admissions to Daniels should attend a group advising sessions and/or meet with a Daniels Undergrad Programs Academic Advisor (303-871-6910, DCBundergrad@du.edu).

  Drop/Withdrawal Dates

  • The last day to drop a course without an instructor’s approval via PioneerWeb is Sunday, Oct 25th

10/23/2020

As you may or may not know DU allowed students to defer to a Winter Quarter start because of COVID concerns this fall. We have 26 students who elected to begin their DU career in January 2021 and thus we believe it is extremely important to be able to offer at least one, potentially two, FSEM classes in the Winter Quarter. 

If you are interested in teaching your FSEM class again in the Winter Quarter we can offer pay overload and the additional advising stipend as the faculty instructor.  Please let me know if you are interested in this opportunity ASAP and I am happy to provide specific details to you. Thank you so much for considering this request!  

Best, Monica

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Interim Associate Director, Academic Programs

Monica.Kosanovich@du.edu

Updates and Announcements from 10/12-10/16

10/14/20

Due to adjustments for Covid-19, student registration for Winter 2021 has been pushed to the very end of the term (November 9–20). While it may be useful to check in with students on their intentions for winter quarter, course schedules are not currently available, so we cannot review their registration plans at the normal time. We do not yet know when schedules will be published; we will share that date when we have it. Thank you for your flexibility.

10/15/20

This week’s updates are from the Advising Team! 

Advising Corner

Registration preparation resources

FSEM advisors, please check out these resources and consider sending them to your students! The videos are taken from the new student registration website:

  1. Preparing for registration video
    1. Billing agreement
    2. Checking time ticket
    3. Confirming the major
  2. How to register video, part 1 (how to register for classes)
  1. Navigating the registration area in PioneerWeb
  2. How to search for courses, find course descriptions, restrictions/pre-reqs, 
  3. How to register, part 2
  1. How to search for classes by attribute
  2. Common errors you may encounter
  3. How to register for linked classes (lecture + lab)
  4. Creating course plans video
  5. Guide to the Degree Audit PDF (Registrar’s website)
  6. Degree Audit for New Students PDF

Faculty Friday Consultations 

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising in the Office of Academic Advising, is offering 30-minute faculty advisor consultations to support you with advising questions you may have.  Individual consultations will be available multiple Fridays before Registration Week (November 13-20). 

October 16, 23, 30 (select the date in order to find time slots)

Sign up here

Staff Advisor Class Visits (new FSEM faculty only)

As you prepare students for Winter registration (now starting November 13 for undergrads), please keep in mind that the Office of Academic Advising is able to visit classes for new FSEM faculty! Submit a request for a class visit here.

Update 10/9

Happy Friday! Just one announcement today:

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) at DU is starting a pilot a mentorship program for first-generation students majoring in the liberal arts. The program will involve a team support approach, providing interested first-gen CAHSS undergraduates with an opportunity to engage with a network of faculty/staff and peer first-gen mentors and/or allies. We’d love to hear from students who are interested in joining the program, both as participants and as peer mentors. Please respond by October 16th.

If you are a CAHSS undergraduate who is the first in your family to attend college, and you would be interested in having a faculty/ staff member and fellow first-gen liberal arts student help guide and support you through your college years, please email Elizabeth.Escobedo@du.edu and tell us a bit about yourself: What’s your year (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and major? What would you like in a mentor (e.g., are you looking for someone in your own major/minor? Someone who is also first-gen? Someone who shares your academic or extracurricular interests?)? What would you hope to get out of the program? Feel free to be informal and to be as detailed or general as you like. 

If you are a CAHSS undergraduate and would be interested in serving as a peer mentor, and potentially making a significant impact in a fellow student’s life, please fill out this survey: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9WUOVOJj9avbJOd

Questions? Email Elizabeth.Escobedo@du.edu or Ingrid.Tague@du.edu.