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. 

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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  

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.