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


Dear FSEM Instructors,

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Allyson Mackender (she/her)

Student Success Coordinator

University of Denver

2199 S. University Blvd.


Hello all-

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

Dear FSEM Colleagues,

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

Here’s a short plot summary:

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

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

Thursday, November 3 @ 7:30pm

Friday, November 4 @ 7:30pm

You can purchase tickets here.

Running time: 100 minutes, no intermission

Appropriate for ages 12+

Director:                                  Anne Penner

Scenic Designer:                     Brian Mallgrave

Costume Designer:                 Janice Benning Lacek

Lighting Designer:                   Shannon McKinney

Sound Designer:                     Almeda Beynon

Technical Director:                  Steven McDonald

Stage Manager:                      Adara Baltazar

Assistant Stage Manager:      Annie Mulvihill

Movement Choreographers:  Diana Dresser + Anne Penner

Movement Captain:                Kate Hebert

Fight Choreographer:             Dale Girard

Translator:                              Don Taylor


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

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs

Mary Reed Building

Denver, CO 80208

(office) 303.871-2448


Pronouns: she/her/Dr.

Bookstore E-mail- 10/20/22

Hi all,

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



Info & Announcements 10/17


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

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

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

Winter Quarter FSEM class- 10/13/22

Hello all-

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

Info & Announcements 10/11 & 10/12

Winter 2023 WRIT Course Descriptions

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

The majority of students will take WRIT 1122 in the Winter, and the Writing Program offers a variety of different options and themes for students to consider.

As always, if you or your students have questions, email me (


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

*Hello FSEM faculty,

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

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

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh

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

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

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

FSEM Info & Announcements 9/29

Hi all-

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

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

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

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

FSEM Info- Concur update from 9/20

Hello all-

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

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

· Division: 1253 University Academic Programs

· Org/Department: 328262 Destinations

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

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

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

FSEM Info- please distribute ASAP

Good morning-

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

First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide

Hello FSEM Faculty,

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

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

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

Thanks for all your support with this program.

First Ascent FSEM Faculty Guide


First Ascent Website:

What is First Ascent?

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

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

FSEM First Ascent Date Assignments

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

Fall Quarter Dates

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

Spring Quarter Dates

  • May 5-7 
  • May 12-14

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

Student Participation, Date Change Requests & Exemptions

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

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

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

Faculty Expectations

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

FSEM Faculty Participation Form

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

FSEM Info & Announcements- 9/12/22

Hello all-

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

Concur Info

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

Wed Sep 14 at 10am via Zoom.

Theater Department Announcement

Dear FSEM Faculty

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



Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Request

Hello FSEM professors,

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

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

If your classes are already full of activities, but you believe that your students would be interested in the CRES minor, can you please point them to the CRES website? It will be updated with my new “Director’s Message” shortly.

Thank you very much in advance for supporting CRES,

Dr. Reggie Byron

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