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.

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!