Discoveries Assessment: We need your help!

Happy Friday, FSEM faculty,

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

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

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

FSEM – Week 1 Updates

General Updates

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

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

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

Advising Updates

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

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

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

Registration & billing deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mentorship Updates

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

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

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

If you would like to receive these reports for your FSEM students, email Leah at

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit the Writing Program website.

Share your updates!

Have an update or announcement to share?
Email Leah at to share your announcement, update, or event with the FSEM community!

2019 FSEM Training Updates

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

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

Read below for a number of Discoveries updates and reminders:

Discoveries Schedule

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

As a reminder, please take attendance at each FSEM Session and send the names of any missing students to Leah O’Grady (

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

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

Lunch Schedule & Logistics

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

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

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

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

Discoveries Sessions Resources

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

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

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

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

For questions or clarifications, please email Leah O’Grady ( or Grace Warner (

Share YOUR best FSEM Resources!

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

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

Register Now: Fall Training

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

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

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