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.

9/29 Update

Available FSEM Resources


  1. P3 Graduate Students

It’s week 3: could you use some more help in your classes?   

The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering in-class pedagogical support from graduate students! The Partners in Pedagogy Program (P3) Graduate Students are trained in best practices in Inclusive teaching and learning and are overseen and supported by OTL directors and a faculty fellow. P3 Graduate Students:   

  • provide faculty support
  • provide technical support
  • and implement fundamental tenets of inclusive pedagogy to help foster equitable and collegial environments for all students  

P3 Graduate Students engage in ongoing, deep learning experiences that develop their ability to support rich teaching and learning experiences informed by critical pedagogy. Through robust professional development, these graduate students have the necessary skills for monitoring Zoom chats and discussion boards to ensure collegial exchanges; troubleshooting technology issues related to Canvas, Zoom, and Kaltura; providing gentle safety guideline reminders to students, and more! If you are interested, please reach out to otl@du.edu and write “Need P3 support” in your message subject field. 


2. The Health & Counseling Center (HCC)

The HCC is offering virtual class visits this quarter, which can be customized to fit your course and student interests. Please visit their website to learn about options and request a visit.


3. Career & Professional Development Visits/Zoom Sessions

Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development, Carolyn Sommers is offering in-class or Zoom visits tailored to your needs. Options include an intro to Career Services, a workshop on professional values and skills, and a fill-in option when you can’t be in class. Carolyn can also partner with alumni and employers who will share more about their career journeys, the world of work, and life post-DU. For more information, email carolyn.sommers@du.edu or call 847.830.2767.

FSEM Happy Hour: Friday, September 25th, 4PM-5PM

Hello all-

We wanted to invite you to a informal BYO- everything virtual Happy Hour get together.  Since we are supporting each other through this COVID maze of FSEM teaching we wanted to bring the group together to share insights and challenges that have popped up thus far in the quarter. More specifically your approaches to working thorough some of these unforeseen obstacles.  If you can make it for even 20 minutes please stop in- we would love to see/hear from you. Please join us on Friday, September 25th from 4pm-5pm in Monica’s Zoom room. E-mail uap@du.edu for the Zoom link if you do not already have it.

FSEM Updates 9/22/2020

Hi there, FSEM Faculty,

We have a few updates to share from DU- see below. Additionally, we have included an email template that Rick Barbour wrote when addressing a student’s concern over a positive COVID result of a peer. He was kind enough to allow us to share it with all of you. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Students Impacted by Colorado Fires

With the damage done by the fires in Colorado, we wanted to share the plan for supporting students potentially impacted:

  • There are 23 students identified who could potentially be impacted the fires 
  • Student Outreach & Support will make outreach to the potentially impacted students directing them to complete the online SOS Referral Form. 
  • If students share that their travel will be impacted we can help communicate that to HRE and other offices as needed. 
  • We’ll be offering the Student Assistance Fund, if needed, to help with travel support or other needs. 
  • Marketing and Communications will be given the details of the outreach email.

If you know of students in need of support, please submit their information to Student Outreach & Support in order to get them connected to a SOS Case Manager. 

Students impacted by California Fires & Hurricanes

With the damage done by the fires in California and the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Laura, we wanted to share the plan for supporting students potentially impacted.

  • Our Registrar colleagues have quickly provided us a list students potentially impact by natural disasters within the US:
    • 87 students who could potentially be impacted the fires 
    • 72 students potentially impacted by the hurricane
  • Student Outreach & Support will make outreach to the potentially impacted students directing them to complete the online SOS Referral Form
  • If students share that their travel will be impacted we can help communicate that to HRE and other offices as needed. 
  • We’ll be offering the Student Assistance Fund, if needed, to help with travel support or other needs. 
  • Marketing and Communications will be given the details of the outreach email.

If you know of students in need of support, please submit their information to Student Outreach & Support in order to get them connected to a SOS Case Manager. 


New Student Withdrawal Options: 

Through Week 3 of the fall quarter (Oct 2) new students have the option to withdraw/defer their enrollment or withdraw from the university and indicate they are not returning. Please consult the University calendar https://www.du.edu/registrar/calendar/ for tuition refund and drop deadlines. 

  • Withdraw from Courses and Defer their Enrollment: Students have decided that they would like to drop current Fall 2020 courses and request permission from Undergraduate Admission to defer their enrollment to a future quarter. 
  • Withdraw from the University: Students have decided to attend another institution. 

If students require additional assistance withdrawing, they should contact The Office of the Registrar at 303-871-4095 or registrar@du.edu

If a student withdraws from the University after the published dates, they will still be responsible for tuition. A calendar of University drop deadlines can be found here https://www.du.edu/registrar/calendar/

Withdrawing from Courses and Requesting Deferred Enrollment

1.   Withdrawing from Quarter courses 

Students fill out an official withdraw in PioneerWeb to be removed from ALL classes. There are two options on the official withdraw form: Withdraw – Not Returning and Withdraw – Intend to Return. Students that plan to defer their enrollment select the Withdraw- Intend to Return option.

2. Requesting Deferred Enrollment 

Students considering deferring their enrollment to a future term, log on to their application status page and complete this form. The form will ask about their plans for the next year and will confirm they will not be enrolling in a degree-granting program or coursework at another college/university. 

Withdraw from the University – Not Returning 

Students fill out an official withdraw in PioneerWeb to be removed from ALL classes. There are two options on the official withdraw form: Withdraw – Not Returning and Withdraw – Intend to Return. Students that do not plan to return to DU in the future select the Withdraw- Not Returning option.

FSEM Trainings Follow-Up & Updates as of 08.04.2020

Hello again, FSEM Faculty,

We hope you all were able to attend the three trainings offered by UAP to prepare you for the upcoming academic year and the responsibilities of FSEM. We have put together the materials we have at present from the August 21st, September 2nd, and September 3rd trainings for you to access as necessary. As always, please feel free to reach out to us at uap@du.edu for any additional questions you may have. Keep up the good work and good luck with Discoveries next week!


Send us your Discoveries Zoom links please! We still do not have all of the links necessary for Discoveries week to run smoothly. Please e-mail them directly to grace.warner@du.edu.


The UAP team pulled together a comprehensive checklist to help you organize the return to campus protocols  and the things we need to be thinking about as we return to campus next week. 


August 21, 2020 Training: High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment

08.21.2020 Training Recording

September 2, 2020 Training: Fall Logistics Training

Regarding the Discoveries room assignments: The Discoveries meeting rooms are different than your FSEM sessions rooms. Both are listed in the document so you can send your students to the correct rooms AFTER your FSEM sessions. Additionally, the Orientation Leaders will NOT sit in on FSEM sessions. You will not necessarily interact with the Orientation Leaders (OLS). OLs are listed in the document in case you need to connect a student with one. Any building abbreviations should be covered here: https://www.du.edu/registrar/building.html


September 3, 2020 Training: FSEM Advising Training

FSEM Trainings this week- 09/01/2020

The training sessions will be meeting on Zoom. Please e-mail us at uap@du.edu for the link if needed.

Wednesday September 2nd from 10AM-12PM: Fall Logistics Training Guest presenters will include: Kelly Bitner from the Orientation team & Dr. Sarah Watamura in her role as COVID-19 Response Coordinator

Thursday September 3rd from 10AM-12PM: FSEM Advising Workshop 

Remember to complete the self-paced advising course in advance of the Sept. 3rd Advising Training session (10AM-12:00PM). See additional course information below.

You are invited to the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Advisor Training online course. As the only structured service on campus that provides the opportunity for ongoing, on-on-one contact with a caring and concerned representative of the University, your work as advisors could not be more important at this time of great uncertainty and change. 

This course is one of the first projects we’ve completed to better support our predominantly faculty advising model, and we plan to develop additional supports in the coming months and years. We’d love feedback as we roll out additional supports. 

FSEM Updates- 8/26/20

  • Our guest presenter for this Friday’s workshop had to cancel unexpectedly due to a family emergency. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with OTL to reschedule. In the meantime, the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT) is available on Canvas and contains a host of inclusive teaching resources.
  • As noted previously, Discoveries FSEM sessions will take place from 9-10:30 on Thursday and Friday of Discoveries week (September 10 & 11). If you haven’t already, please register your return-to-work day in PioneerWeb and begin your two-week quarantine period by Thursday, August 27th (tomorrow). Please remember to generate Zoom links for these meetings and send them to Grace Warner at Grace.Warner@du.edu
  • The Discoveries logistics workshop on Wednesday, September 2 (10am-12:00pm), will provide the most current information on student orientation. Attending faculty will be compensated $150.
  • Finally, please complete the self-paced advising course in advance of the Sept. 3rd Advising Training session (10am-12:00pm). See additional course information below.

You are invited to the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Advisor Training online course. As the only structured service on campus that provides the opportunity for ongoing, on-on-one contact with a caring and concerned representative of the University, your work as advisors could not be more important at this time of great uncertainty and change. 

This course is one of the first projects we’ve completed to better support our predominantly faculty advising model, and we plan to develop additional supports in the coming months and years. We’d love feedback as we roll out additional supports. 

We anticipate that completion of this course will take around 2 hours and are able to pay a $150 stipend for completion of the course and a short synchronous Zoom workshop later in the Fall. (Note: FSEM faculty have already been invited to a follow-up workshop on Thursday, September 3. Details about additional follow up workshops coming soon!). 

REMINDER: FSEM Workshop Opportunity Tomorrow 8/21

Good Morning all-

This a reminder that we have a FSEM Faculty Workshop tomorrow.  Please remember to register to received your $150 stipend.  

Friday, August 21st from 10-12.  High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment.  Guest presenter: Heather Tobin, OTL Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning

Registration link: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B

If you need the Zoom link, please e-mail uap@du.edu or reference the e-mail version of this update. We hope to see you all there. Thank you!

FSEM Updates- 08/17/2020

Hello, FSEM Faculty. Here are a few updates and two action items:

  1. Discoveries FSEM sessions will take place from 9-10:30am on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11. One of these sessions will be online. Please generate Zoom links (via Canvas or udenver.zoom.us) for both sessions (9-10:30 on 9/20 & 9/11) and email the links to Grace Warner Grace.Warner@du.edu . Discoveries organizers will share these links with your students and keep them on hand, in case of any last-minute additions/changes to your roster. Please reach out to Grace Warner if you need help creating Zoom links.
  1. Due to budget constraints and our limited time with students, FSEM faculty will not receive support from orientation leaders this year.
  1. FSEM faculty are invited to the professional development workshop, “High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment,” with guest presenter Heather Tobin this Friday from 10-12. Please RSVP at https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B   if you plan to attend.   
  1. Remember to reach out to the Students in your FSEM personally in August to receive your reallocated destinations funds. This is more than just an email- please have an individual zoom meeting or phone call with each student.  Contact Monica for more details if needed.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Student Accommodations for COVID Through Disability Services Program

The Disability Services Program (DSP) reviews requests for and facilitates COVID-19 related adjustments for enrolled students at the University of Denver (DU). TEMPORARY adjustments may be approved by the DSP for immunocompromised students due to an underlying medical condition, treatment plan, medication regimen or who are otherwise determined to be at a heightened risk by their licensed health-care professional with respect to COVID-19. Approved temporary adjustments are provided at no cost to the student.

Students who are immunocompromised, but who are asymptomatic and/or have tested negative for COVID-19 and would like to request academic adjustments due to their increased risk should first work with their academic advisor to determine what course options and delivery methods are available to reduce their exposure and/or best meet their needs.

After working with their academic advisor, if a student would still like to request temporary adjustments or ongoing accommodations associated with being immunocompromised, the student should complete the Request for COVID-19 Related Temporary Adjustments Form (PDF) linked below or complete a Request for Accommodation Form for ongoing disability accommodations. If you have questions about which is the right form for your circumstances, please contact the DSP for assistance. The DSP requires documentation from your clinician(s) or licensed healthcare provider(s) to support your request.

For additional information about when and how to make a COVID-19 related referral to the Disability Services Program please visit pages 47 and 48 in the Creating a Community of Care: An Action Plan for DU’s Fall Return to Campus document.

Disability Services Program COVID-19 web address https://www.du.edu/studentlife/disability-services/covid-19/index.html. When in Doubt, Reach Out! Contact DSP at dsp@du.edu or 303.871.3241.

Summer/Fall Training Sessions- Register NOW!

You will find the link to register for the 4 training opportunities coming up for FSEM faculty below.  Please note that we did have a date change for one of the trainings -there is no longer a training on Aug 14th.  Please note that each of the opportunities listed for registration pay $150.00You will only receive payment for the sessions you attend

The training sessions offered this summer/fall include:

  • Friday, August 21st from 10AM-12PM- High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment.  Guest presenter: Heather Tobin, OTL Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning
  • Friday, August 28th from 10AM-12PM- Inclusive FSEM, Guest presenter: Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, DU Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • Wednesday September 2nd from 10AM-12PM- Fall Logistics Training
  • Thursday September 3rd from 10AM-12PM- FSEM Advising Workshop

Please add to your calendars that the training sessions will be meeting on the Zoom link:   https://udenver.zoom.us/j/6752358337

Registration link: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B

Discoveries Updates- as of 07/31/2020

Good afternoon and happy almost-August. While we don’t yet have the final Discoveries schedule, here are a few updates so far:

  1. Staggered student move-in has been extended by one full day, so we’ll likely have only two (roughly 90-minute) opportunities to meet with students on Thursday and Friday of orientation week.
  2. One of these two sessions will likely be moved online, due to room and social distancing constraints.
  3. Final selection of this year’s One Book is delayed/ongoing, so it will not be part of our Discoveries curriculum this year (including the “One Prompt” submission).

Please expect further updates and changes in the coming weeks. While One Book will not be part of our Discoveries schedule, interested FSEM faculty and students will have many opportunities to engage with the program during the fall quarter if so inclined.

Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.

Town Hall July 13th, 2020

Thank you to those who attended yesterday’s town hall. We hope our team was able to answer your questions and provide you with the necessary information for success. If you were unable to attend or need a refresher, you can find the presentation slides as well as the Zoom recording of the town hall below.

As always, thank you for your work with FSEM, and please feel free to reach out to us at either uap@du.edu or firstsem@du.edu.

Town Hall Zoom Recording 07.13.2020

Fall 2020 Welcome Letters

Welcome letters are due Monday, June 1, 2020. A few sample letters from FSEM faculty last year can be found below. If you do not write your own letter or do not submit by the deadline, the boilerplate option below will go out on your behalf. Please send your letters to grace.warner@du.edu.

Fall Registration

Registration for fall 2020 begins on May 22, one week later than usual. If you haven’t already, please reach out to your FSEM students to schedule advising meetings. As needed, reassure them that the Chancellor’s current plan is to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall (with a final decision by 7/15). Staff advisors are also available to meet with students via Zoom. It’s more important than ever that we support our students through the process of registration and affirm their choice to continue their education at DU.

FSEM: December Listening Session & Faculty Reflection

Action Item: FSEM Faculty Reflection

Thank you for your hard work this term. Once grades are posted, please take time to complete a teaching reflection on your experience. This year’s reflection focuses on mentoring/advising and active-learning strategies. We expect the reflection will take about 45 minutes to complete; participating faculty will be compensated $150 for their time.

Access the FSEM Faculty Reflection here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_42rz8AxJWav4a8J


Don’t forget to register: December Discoveries Listening Session

This is a reminder for faculty to register for our FSEM winter professional development opportunity, which will be a (two-way) listening session for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and FSEM faculty regarding the future direction of Discoveries Orientation. Please see all logistical and registration details below.

Date:Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:Gregg Kvistad Special Events Room, Anderson Commons
Stipend:$150 for participation
Register here:https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ePXydbMFC6sI20J

Join the session via Zoom!

This year we are happy to add an option for FSEM faculty to join the FSEM December Discoveries Session via Zoom. Interested faculty should rsvp for the session above and indicate that they will join via Zoom. The instructions and meeting ID information to join via Zoom are below.

Joining the FSEM session via Zoom:

Topic: Winter FSEM Workshop
Time: Dec 2, 2019 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://udenver.zoom.us/j/232334768

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,232334768# or +16465588656,,232334768#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 232 334 768
International numbers available: https://udenver.zoom.us/u/aYoZp2St3

Or Skype for Business (Lync): https://udenver.zoom.us/skype/232334768



Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to answer them. We’ll see you soon!

Register Now: Discoveries Listening Session

Good afternoon, FSEM faculty,

We are excited to announce our FSEM winter professional development opportunity, which will be a (two-way) listening session for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and FSEM faculty regarding the future direction of Discoveries Orientation. Please see all logistical and registration details below.

Date:Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:Gregg Kvistad Special Events Room, Anderson Commons
Stipend:$150 for participation
Register here:https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ePXydbMFC6sI20J


Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to answer them. We’ll see you soon!

Winter Interterm Courses for Supporting Student Success

Good morning, FSEM faculty,

We would like to highlight two academic opportunities for Winter Interterm 2019. Each of these courses focuses on supporting students who may need some additional guidance, so if you have students in mind, please pass these opportunities along.

For students who may be struggling and need assistance getting back on track:

CNP 1650: Unlearning to Learn

Course:  CNP 1650
Course Title:  Unlearning to Learn
Credits: 2
CRN: 1048
Dates: December 2 –  23, 2019
Course Format: Online/distance with remote synchronus meetings on Mondays
Days: Mondays
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Kelley Baskins

Description: Introduction for students to gain self-awareness and broadening viewpoints to aid in their success as a student at the University of Denver. This course will focus on interactive and experiential learning around topics such as learning styles, emotional intelligence, strengths and virtues, and learning across difference. Note: this is an online, synchronous course that requires you to attend the course remotely via Zoom on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00pm MST.

For questions, contact: Kelley Baskins
REGISTER ONLINE VIA PioneerWeb.


For students who may want to explore passions and have a new start in the New Year:

LDRS 2100: Finding Your Way: Discovering Meaning and Purpose

Course:  LDRS 2100
Course Title:  Finding Your Way: Discovering Meaning and Purpose
CRN: 1056
Credits: 4
Online Course Dates: December 19, 2019 – January 2, 2020
Travel Course Dates: January 3 – 5, 2020
Program Fee: $500
Instructor: Kate Willink & Paul Michalec

Description:  The Finding Your Way retreat is an opportunity to slow down and identify your passion, deep commitment, and calling. This retreat is an invitation to meet and develop relationships and sense of belonging with fellow DU students who are also struggling with finding ways to understand the emerging sense of self at the interface between the demands of academia, larger social pressures, and expectations from loved ones. You and group of 10-15 DU students are invited (not required), through small group conversation, reflective readings, personal time, journaling, and art to find your way toward wholeness. The retreat will provide participants with greater clarity on how to slow down and attend to one’s deep sense of selfhood with courage, fearlessness, and imagination.

The actual travel portion of the course is from Friday, January 3 -Sunday, January 5, 2020 at La Foret Retreat Center in Black Forest, Colorado. The course will begin online on Thursday, December 19th and will have online assignments prior to the retreat in January.

For more information and registration instructions, visit the Interterm Website.


Please let us know if you have any questions and we appreciate you passing this along to students who may be a good fit!

Pioneer Travel & Expense: Drop-in Help Sessions

Good afternoon, FSEM faculty,

As we’ve waded into this new era of Pioneer Travel and Expense, we know it’s been a little bumpy for some. As such, we want to highlight a great opportunity for you to get one-on-one help with reimbursements with the experts, themselves: Shared Services.

Shared Services offers a centralized, weekly drop-in time to meet with a Shared Services Center specialist for one-on-one help with any Shared Services system. Come in with questions about:

  • Benefits
  • I-9 (part 2 completion)
  • Pioneer Travel & Expense
  • PioneerTime
  • PioneerJobs
  • P-Card pickup
  • Any other SSC related questions

Drop-in sessions occur every Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in Anderson Academic Commons room #184. No registration is necessary!

As we often tell students: take advantage of your resources!

Discoveries Assessment: We need your help!

Happy Friday, FSEM faculty,

We need your help in assessing Discoveries Orientation! While we have received a number of anecdotal information via email and/or in person, we really need the data to speak to the Discoveries experience for faculty AND for students. As such, we need your help in the following ways:

FSEM Faculty Feedback Survey
We are offering faculty $100 to complete this feedback survey by Monday, September 16th. This is your chance to tell us how Discoveries went and what recommendations you might have for future.

Discoveries Student Feedback
We would love for you to ask your students to please fill out the 2019 Discoveries Feedback Survey. We currently only have 85 student responses and we would like to hear from students, themselves, about their experiences and recommendations! Please consider announcing this in your FSEM class next week.

FSEM – Week 1 Updates


General Updates

We want your feedback: Training & Discoveries Week
In the effort to improve future FSEM training and the Discoveries Week structure, we are offering faculty $100 to fill out this feedback survey by Monday, September 16th.


How to un-hide your syllabus in Canvas
In order to place the One Prompt assignments in your course, we “hid” your course syllabi from students until they were ready. If you need assistance moving your syllabus back to the visible navigation bar for students, follow these instructions.


Navigating Pioneer Travel & Expense
In the transition to using Pioneer Travel and Expense for reimbursements, we expect that you may need additional assistance in working through this process. We recommend utilizing the expertise in Shared Services if you have questions in completing expense reports for reimbursement.
You can reach Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or sharedservices@du.edu.


Advising Updates

Advising drop-in hours this week
Central Academic Advising and Business Advising will offer drop-in hours this week for students. See the information below:

Non-Business Advising: Monday-Friday – 8:30 AM- 11:45 AM and 1:30PM- 4:00 PM
Location: Driscoll South (under the bookstore)
Contact: 303-871-2455 or advising@du.edu

Business Advising:
Monday – Friday 9:00AM- 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM- 4:00PM
Location: Margery Reed, 1st floor
Contact: 303-871-6910 or dcbundergrad@du.edu


Registration & billing deadlines

Sunday, September 15:
Last day for 100% refund for dropped classes
Last day dropped classes deleted from record

Sunday, September 22:
Last day for 75% refund for dropped classes

Sunday, September 29:
Last day for 50% refund for dropped classes

Monday, September 30:
No refunds on dropped classes from this day forward

Sunday, October 20:
Last day to drop (W Assigned) without approval
Last day to drop via PioneerWeb

Monday, November 4:
Last day to drop courses with instructor approval

Monday, November 4:
Last day to drop courses with instructor approval


Register now: Advising & Registration Refresher
In partnership with the central Academic Advising office, we will be offering an FSEM advising and registration refresher workshop on Wednesday, October 9th from 3:00 – 5:30pm (location TBD). This workshop is aimed at providing practical tips and information to ensure faculty feel prepared for the Winter 2020 advising and registration period. Register here.


Mentorship Updates

Submit early alerts NOW!
As discussed at the FSEM training, we would like for you to submit early alerts for any students that already seem to be exhibiting some warning signs. Submit Faculty Feedback and/or an SOS Referral for students so we can provide support early!


Student Intake Survey requests
As Leah mentioned at the FSEM training, students filled out a Student Intake Survey in which they were asked to indicate the following information for their first year on campus:

  • Community living goals
  • Health & wellness goals
  • Academic goals
  • Top 3 things they are excited about
  • Top 3 things they are nervous about

If you would like to receive these reports for your FSEM students, email Leah at leah.ogrady@du.edu.


Upcoming Events

Secure your Helen Thorpe tickets now!
If you have not already, please fill out this Qualtrics to reserve your FSEM’s tickets for An Evening with Helen Thorpe by 10AM on Friday, September 13.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:30PM in Gates Concert Hall.

NOTE: Please only reserve tickets for students who will attend, as there are only 500 tickets reserved for ALL FSEMs.


Encountering Stories Call For Submissions: due September 15th
We are pleased to announce our Call for Submissions for the fourth annual celebration and showcase of first-year writers’ responses to DU’s One Book, One DU shared prompt.

We welcome One Prompt responses in all genres—including multimodal texts (e.g., songs, videos, graphic
arts/comics) and spoken performances—by first-year students. If your work is accepted, it will be displayed
at the showcase event on Wednesday, October 30th from 6pm–7:30pm. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the One Book website.


Writing Program Fall Showcase: Sept. 19th
The Writing Program would like to invite FSEM faculty and students to the Fall Showcase Event on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Anderson Events Room.

Students will showcase, using posters, their writing projects from the academic year of 2018-2019.

This event will aim to inspire first-year student writers and give them an opportunity to gain insight into their future Writing Program courses and projects, as well as writing opportunities here at DU, such as Many Voices One DU, WRIT Large, and future Minor courses.

For more information, visit the Writing Program website.


Share your updates!

Have an update or announcement to share?
Email Leah at leah.ogrady@du.edu to share your announcement, update, or event with the FSEM community!

2019 FSEM Training Updates

Thank you to all who were able to attend our 2019 FSEM Faculty Training this year!

We are excited to kick off another Discoveries Orientation next week, and appreciate all of your flexibility in navigating all of the changes that have taken place or will take place this year. As a reminder, this year is PHASE 1 of intentionally redesigning and re-envisioning the purpose, process, and program of orientation. As such, please approach next week with a spirit of adaptability and know that we will absolutely be gathering constructive feedback and thoughts on how to improve this experience for students, faculty, and staff next year.

Read below for a number of Discoveries updates and reminders:

Discoveries Schedule

Check for Roster Changes!
Please double-check your FSEM rosters EACH morning of Discoveries, as there is the possibility of schedule changes throughout the week.

As a reminder, please take attendance at each FSEM Session and send the names of any missing students to Leah O’Grady (leah.ogrady@du.edu).


Discoveries Full Schedule Availability
The 2019 Discoveries Orientation Schedule will be published in the PioneerMobile app. First-Time, First-Year and Parent schedules will all be located conveniently on the home page of the app. For ease of navigation, you may wish to use the map feature within the app to help you locate buildings and spaces where sessions will be held.


Convocation Seat Reservations – Arrive by 10:15am!
As a reminder, all FSEM faculty should attend New Student Convocation on Tuesday, September 3rd in the Hamilton Gym. Seats will be saved for FSEM faculty, so look for those seat designations. Please arrive by 10:15am!


Lunch Schedule & Logistics

  • You asked, we listened: our team has been working with Campus Life on restructuring the FSEM lunch logistics on Wednesday. The dining locations will offer buffet lines and compostable carry-out trays for lunch, so you and your students can grab lunch and head to another location on campus (or you can stay and eat).
  • Your Orientation Leader will have your lunch tickets for both Wednesday and Friday (students will meal plans will swipe in with their student ID).
  • Due to shifting logistics, your lunch schedule and/or location HAVE CHANGED – please see the updated document below:

Destinations Updates
If there are any final details that need to be addressed for your Destinations trip on Thursday, September 5th, please contact Grace Warner (grace.warner@du.edu) as soon as possible. If applicable, bus confirmations will be emailed out by the end of this week.


Contact Academic Programs if you’re unable to lead an FSEM session!
As we move into Discoveries week, there are always circumstances that arise beyond our control. If you are unexpectedly unable to lead your session on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, please reach out to Leah O’Grady immediately so that we can ensure we have a Plan b option in place.

Please do NOT ask your Orientation Leader to lead your class during this time.


Discoveries Sessions Resources

The One Book Discoveries Guide (created by LP Picard) and the Meta-Cognition Discoveries Exercises (created by Kateri McRae) are available here for easy access (but are also available on the One Book and Discoveries Sessions tabs, respectively).


Advising & Common Curriculum Resources
For those who want to learn more about the registration information students were given over the summer or to look at the Common Curriculum information, check out the New Student Registration website.


2019 Training Slides Available Now
Below are the FSEM Training Slides that were presented at the 2019 FSEM Training.


Academic Programs staff will provide timely updates as they are available on all Discoveries sessions and logistics.

For questions or clarifications, please email Leah O’Grady (leah.ogrady@du.edu) or Grace Warner (grace.warner@du.edu).

Share YOUR best FSEM Resources!

In the effort to provide an opportunity for faculty to share their collective best practices regarding Discoveries Orientation Week activities (and beyond), we would like to invite you to upload and share any materials and resources that you have found to be instrumental in the teaching of your FSEM. Our focus will primarily be resources and materials focused on the Discoveries Week experience, but we welcome any and all materials that may be helpful to faculty at any stage in the FSEM experience.

Once materials and resources have been collected, our FSEM staff will make these available through the newly redesigned FSEM Faculty Resources website (coming soon!). Please upload your faculty resources and materials by August 15, 2019.  

Register Now: Fall Training

Registration is now open for the Fall FSEM Training – see additional information below:

  • Dates: Tuesday, August 27th and Wednesday, August 28th
  • Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Location: Anderson Commons Kvistad Events room
  • Other Info: Please bring your laptop to this training.

All FSEM faculty are required to attend both days of this training (unique content will be covered each day). Faculty will be compensated $200 for participation ($100 for each day). Please register for the training via Qualtrics RSVP form.