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 – Week 5 Updates


Advising Updates

Spring 2020 Advising Begins This Week!

Monday, February 3rd
Academic advising and registration period begins and alternate pins are ready for deletion (not sure what this means? register for our advising & registration refresher above!). All undergraduate students should be advised and cleared to register by Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 21st
Early registration for Athletes and Students with early registration as an approved accommodation

Monday, February 24th
Registration for Spring 2020 opens for undergraduate students

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.

All Undeclared second-year students should meet with a staff academic advisor in the Academic Advising Office for advising and pin deletion. (303-871-2455; advising@du.edu)

All declared majors meet with their departmental advisor for advising and pin deletion.

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).


Registration & billing deadlines


Sunday, February 16th:
Last day to drop (W Assigned) without instructor’s signature via PioneerWeb

Monday, March 2:
Last day to drop courses with instructor approval

Monday, November 4:
Last day to drop courses with an instructor’s signature on an add/drop form

IF students have extenuating circumstances that prevented them from dropping a course by Monday, March 2nd  then they can submit an academic exception petition to request a late drop.  Students should speak with an academic advisor prior to submitting their petition.  Students can go online to schedule an appointment or call the front desk staff in the Academic Advising Office to schedule an academic advising meeting, 303-871-2455 Driscoll South, suite 30 (below the bookstore).


2020-21 FSEM Request for Proposals: due March 1st

Academic Programs is now accepting proposals for First-Year Seminars for the 2020-21 academic year. All information about program eligibility, responsibilities, and proposal submission can be found in the official Request for Proposals (RFP) below. Proposals are due March 1, 2020.

Please note that returning FSEM faculty are also required to fill out the proposal Qualtrics (link to be found at the end of the RFP).

For questions about this process, please contact firstsem@du.edu.


Register Now: “Reboot Your FSEM” Winter Workshop

We are excited to announce the winter professional development opportunity for FSEM faculty. Please save the date for this interactive workshop, focused on fine-tuning course content and making room for mentoring.

Date:Friday, February 14, 2020
Time:2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:Anderson Commons, room 301
Stipend:$100 for participation
RSVP:Register here

Registration for Spring Interterm 2020 is now open!

Spring interterm courses are great for students who are looking to take advantage of spring break between winter and spring quarters. Students may choose from a variety of course types (travel, on campus and online courses) and course schedules.

Contact uap@du.edu or visit the Interterm website for more information.


Share your updates!

Have an update or announcement to share?


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

2020-21 RFP & Winter Opportunities

2020-21 FSEM Request for Proposals: due March 1st

Academic Programs is now accepting proposals for First-Year Seminars for the 2020-21 academic year. All information about program eligibility, responsibilities, and proposal submission can be found in the official Request for Proposals (RFP) below. Proposals are due March 1, 2020.

Please note that returning FSEM faculty are also required to fill out the proposal Qualtrics (link to be found at the end of the RFP).

For questions about this process, please contact firstsem@du.edu.


Save the Date: “Reboot Your FSEM” Winter Workshop

We are excited to announce the winter professional development opportunity for FSEM faculty. Please save the date for this interactive workshop, focused on fine-tuning course content and making room for mentoring.

Date:Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:TBD, location forthcoming
Stipend:$100 for participation
RSVP:Register here

One Book, One DU: Faculty & Staff Town Hall

We invite you to join DU faculty and staff for a conversational happy hour in which we unveil the remaining literary contenders for the 2020-2021 One Book selection. In addition to enjoying refreshments, you’ll learn about the 5 remaining titles under consideration (above) and have an opportunity to provide feedback on these selections.

Date:Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location:Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Building
Feedback survey:Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit electronic feedback on the shortlist options after the Town Hall (or any time if you are unable to attend the event).

For any questions, please email onebook@du.edu.



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

FSEM: December Listening Session & Faculty Reflection

Action Item: FSEM Faculty Reflection

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

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


Don’t forget to register: December Discoveries Listening Session

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

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

Join the session via Zoom!

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

Joining the FSEM session via Zoom:

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

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

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

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

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



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

Register Now: Discoveries Listening Session

Good afternoon, FSEM faculty,

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

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


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

Winter Interterm Courses for Supporting Student Success

Good morning, FSEM faculty,

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

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

CNP 1650: Unlearning to Learn

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

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

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


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

LDRS 2100: Finding Your Way: Discovering Meaning and Purpose

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

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

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

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


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

FSEM – Drop Deadline Monday & Upcoming Events


Advising Updates


Registration & billing deadlines

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


Upcoming Events

Join Us: Development of African Immigrants Conference


Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 11:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall
FREE ENTRY – OPEN TO EVERYONE

1st panel: Development of Congolese and Francophone women
2nd panel: Jobs, Justice, and Economic Autonomy in the Diaspora
3rd panel: Pan-Africanism, African Unity, Black Identity, Culture, & Resistance (moderated by our own FSEM faculty member, Tapha Ly!)

For more information, contact Lumiere Sidonie (lumiere.sidonie@du.edu) To RSVP, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/congo-development-conferenceafrican-immigrants-tickets-75943153015


Join Us: First Annual DU Zombie Crawl


Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm (Costume contest with prizes at 4:45 pm)
Location: Carnegie Green (in front of AAC)

Students in Jennifer Campbell’s FSEM “Using Our Brains: An Interdisciplinary Study of Zombies in Popular Culture” are holding a DU Zombie Crawl and will be filming horde and chase scenes to be used in student films. Please share this information with your students. Faculty, staff, partners, and children are welcome to join, too–the more the scarier!


Share your updates!

Have an update or announcement to share?


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

Pioneer Travel & Expense: Drop-in Help Sessions

Good afternoon, FSEM faculty,

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

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

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

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

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

FSEM – Week 4 Updates


General Updates

Register now: Advising & Registration Refresher


In partnership with the central Academic Advising office, we will be offering an FSEM advising and registration refresher workshop on Wednesday, October 9th from 3:00 – 4:30pm (Driscoll South, suite 30 – check in at front desk). This workshop is aimed at providing practical tips and information to ensure faculty feel prepared for the Winter 2020 advising and registration period. Register here.


Advising Updates

Winter 2020 Advising Begins Next Week!

Monday, October 7th
Academic advising and registration period begins and alternate pins are ready for deletion (not sure what this means? register for our advising & registration refresher above!). All undergraduate students should be advised and cleared to register by Friday, October 25th.

Monday, October 28th
Registration for Winter 2020 opens for undergraduate students

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.

All Undeclared second-year students should meet with a staff academic advisor in the Academic Advising Office for advising and pin deletion. (303-871-2455; advising@du.edu)

All declared majors meet with their departmental advisor for advising and pin deletion.

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).


Registration & billing deadlines


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

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

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


Registration for Winter Interterm 2019 is now open!


Winter interterm courses are great for students who are looking to take advantage of the winter break between fall and winter quarters. Choose from a variety of course types (travel, on campus and online courses) and course schedules (some are as short as 1 week!).

Contact uap@du.edu or visit the Interterm website for more information (Note: students must apply to register for travel courses by October 15, 2019).


Mentorship Updates

Submit early alerts NOW!


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


Upcoming Events

Join Us: Winning with Women


Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall

When women run for office, they win just as often as men win. So why aren’t there more women in office? Because they don’t run. Join Congresswoman Diana DeGette, State Representative Leslie Herod, and former State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in a panel discussion and networking event aimed at demystifying the process of running for office.

For more information and to RSVP, visit: http://bit.ly/2ksk9D8


Join Us: Power to the People Italian Rap & Activism event


Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: TBD

The Department of Languages & Literatures invites you to a special performance by Italian rapper and social activist Amir Issaa. Issaa, whose mother is from Rome and father is from Egypt, addresses themes of citizenship as an activist and artist.


Encountering Stories Call For Submissions & Autumn Showcase

Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Kvistad Events Room, Anderson Commons

We are pleased to announce our Call for Submissions for the fourth annual celebration and showcase of first-year writers’ responses to DU’s One Book, One DU shared prompt.

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


Share your updates!

Have an update or announcement to share?


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