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                    Our Commitment To Diversity 
    We believe that every person matters.  We respect and embrace the 
      uniqueness of identities, gifts, perspectives, histories and life  
             experiences of all members of our community. 
      We are committed to creating an empowering, accessible, and  
           equitable environment for a plurality of voices by: 
•Building relationships through kind words and actions 
•Examining how our actions individually and institutionally affect mem‐
bers of our community 
•Confronting those who speak or act insensitively while inviting chal‐
lenges to our bias, assumptions, and positions of privilege 
•Taking the time and the risk to build genuine connections with others 
with whom we do not typically interact 
•Promoting the achievement and support of a diverse student body, staff 
and faculty team 

Welcome!                                                 4
The Sophomore Slump                                      6
Center for Multicultural Excellence                      8
Study Abroad                                             12
Choosing a Career                                        18
Academic Advising for your Second Year                   22
How to get an Internship                                 26
International Service Learning                           28
Second Year Road Map                                     34
Partners in Learning: Connecting with Faculty            36
The Writing and Research Center                          38
Dupe’d                                                   40
Health and Counseling Center                             42
Sexual Assault and Men as Allies                         52
Dating and Mating                                        54
Off Campus Housing                                       56
Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning     58
Financial Aid                                            62
Club Sports                                              64
Student Organizations                                    66
Checklist for Second Years                             3 70
              Welcome to the
         Second Year Survival Guide!
This guide is produced by the Office of First and
Second Year Experience (FY-SYE) at DU. The SYE is
based in Student Life, and is designed to meet the needs
of second year students at DU. Please take a look at the
FY-SYE website for more information on the program
in its entirety ( The site
includes event listings, FAQs, the Pioneer Pride e-
newsletter and much more.

One of the reasons why the SYE program and this
guide exist is because of a phenomenon called the
“Sophomore Slump”. The “Sophomore Slump” is often
marked by indecisiveness, depression, and a feeling of
being “lost”. As you transition from your first year to
your second year at DU, you may find that the array of
services advertised to you in your first year become less
visible. These resources and services are still available
for you but historically universities have assumed that
as a second year, you know where to get help.

This guide has a wealth of information to ensure you do
have knowledge of pertinent resources on campus. It
includes tips and deadlines for study abroad , how to
get an internship, academic advising resources, health
and wellness related articles, and much more. It has
been intentionally put together to cover the issues many
second year students may face through the year. It is
intended to be a resource throughout your year, so
please keep it safe as you never know when you may
need it!

The Second Year Experience exists to continue to
advertise services and community engagement
opportunities as well as address your specific needs
around major and career choice, academic advising,
study abroad and much more.

Some example SYE programs are: a Fall conference for
second years, One Stop Shop programs where you can
get a variety of tasks completed on one night, and a
monthly e-newsletter, the “Pioneer Pride”. The
newsletter is distributed a couple times a month to your
DU email address.

I very much look forward to working with you during
the 2008-2009 academic year and beyond! The
Sophomore Slump does have a habit of creeping up on
you, but there are resources here at DU to help you
through this transition and the decisions that lie ahead of

Michael Johnson, Program Director
Office of First and Second Year Experience

The Sophomore Slump is a feeling, a phenomenon that can
catch you off guard. Here are some of the signs that maybe
the slump has found you:

   Lack of motivation
   Uncertainty about whether you want to be at college
   Uncertainty about whether you want to continue with
   your major
   Indecision about what major to declare
   Indecision about career choice
   Possible conflict between what you want and what your
   parents want, which could lead to de-motivation and dis-
   interest in school
   Sleeping a lot
   Heightened procrastination
   Fear that success of your first year cannot be repeated
   Lack of energy and excitement about studying things that
   might have interested you before.
   A feeling of being lost or invisible
   Peer group disintegration ie: you don’t think you have
   much in common anymore with your first year friends

If you are experiencing any of these signs then seek assis-
tance. You could chat with an RA, a trusted professor, an aca-
demic adviser, or a counselor. There are many people at your
university or college who can help you move through this.

There are many decisions ahead of you in your second year.
Now you are settled into the University of Denver, your
future after college has crept a little closer. No need to panic,
there are plenty of resources available to assist you with the
decisions approaching. Some milestone decisions you may be
dealing with throughout your second year, and some things
you might want to start thinking about now are:

1. Where should I study abroad and do I even want to?
2. What is my career choice - what do I want to be, how will
my major affect that, will I need an internship?
3. What should I major in, or is the major I declared in my
first year still right for me?
4. How do I get an internship, when should I start looking,
how helpful will it actually be?
5. Financing my education past my second year, what if I
cannot get a job, what if I lose work study and financial aid?
6. Do I want to go to graduate school, what does that mean -
GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT. What about research, should I do

This guide can help you with many of these questions as can
various offices across campus: The Study Abroad Office, The
Career Center, Academic Advising, your major department.
Don’t think that you are alone with these decisions, many of
your peers are likely experiencing the same questions and con-
cerns. Talk with your friends, an adviser, or one of the many
departments on campus designed to help you survive your
second year at college!

                   Bring diversity into focus
The Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) works with stu-
dents, faculty, staff, and alumni to ensure that the University of
Denver (DU) remains an exceptional private institution that
achieves excellence through diversity.
Student Organization include: Asian Student Alliance (ASA), Black Stu-
dent Alliance (BSA), Hindu Students Council (HSC). Hawaii Club, Native Stu-
dent Alliance (NSA), Latino Student Alliance (LSA), Pi Lambda Chi Latina So-
rority, Inc., Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), Vietnamese Student Association

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Number: (303) 871-2942
Facsimile Number: (303) 871-7700

Lamont A. Sellars Diversity and Unity Retreat
October 3rd-5th, 2008
Registration opens September 8—September 26, 2008

The Diversity & Unity Retreat is a two and a half day retreat that
takes undergraduate and graduate students to the mountains of
             Colorado for self discovery and learning related to
             leadership and diversity.

               The retreat brings together individuals from vari-
               ous social identity backgrounds including race,
               ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation,
               gender, ability, and other groups. Participants re-
               turn with new knowledge of diversity, skills to
               promote tolerance and understanding, friends
               with whom to continue interacting and network-
               ing and a sense of responsibility to serve as an ally
               to social identity groups
               other than those to which
               they belong.
Voices of Discovery
Winter Quarter (apply
in the Fall)
The Voices of Discovery
Intergroup Dialogue
Program brings together
small groups of students
from diverse back-
grounds to share their
life and campus experi-
ences related to diver-
sity. Participants explore
a variety of questions
including: How do other
students experience DU
in similar and different
ways than you? What would you like to know about a group dif-
ferent from your own? What would you like to teach others about
the groups to which you belong? The dialogues are more than just
conversation; they’re focused—exploring campus experiences, in
relation to group identity; facilitated—led by 2 trained facilitators,
one representing each identity group involved; and fair and full—
having roughly equal numbers of each group represented in each
dialogue group.

Dates TBD.
Questions? Contact M. Mia Schutte at or by phone (303) 871- 2270

2009 LGBTIQ and Ally Celebration GALA
Join the LGBTIQA community at DU for a celebration of commu-
nity members who go the extra mile and community allies. Watch
for invitations to this event early in 2009.
Questions? Contact Sarah Nickels or by phone (303) 871-4614

Annual Diversity Summit
The University of Denver Diversity Summit is a power
packed day consisting of campus and nationally recognized
scholars speaking on the topic of diversity.

Questions? Contact M. Mia Schutte at or by phone (303) 871- 2270

Profiles of Excellence
Profiles of Excellence Celebration & Awards Ceremony is a
standing tradition of the Center for Multicultural Excellence
and the University of Denver. The ceremony is CME’s oppor-
tunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and
contributions of our community, allies and advocates. The
event is packed with valued traditions of multiple cultures.
The event is free and open to family, friends and supporters.

Questions? Contact Denise Ann Pappas, CME Manager & Assistant to
the Associate Provost for Multicultural Excellence, at or by phone (303) 871-2507

Women's Circle Luncheon Series
The Women’s Circle Luncheon Series initiative is designed
to bring 30 women of color together each year from across
the DU campus to include undergraduate women, gradu-
ate women, staff, faculty, administrators and community
and/or alumni. The group will meet three times each year,
once each quarter.

A speaker will be chosen for each quarter to address the
group on a topic relevant to them as women, as women of
color, and as women seeking balance and support in career
and in their lives. They will be assigned 10 to a table ensur-
ing each table has a mixture of women representing all
groups (undergrad, grad, staff, etc.) They will listen to a
speaker and then dialogue (share) their own opinions and
stories AND be encouraged to form a support system for
each other. We are excited about the intergenerational and
life stage aspect of this program that will allow women to
share their stories from different perspectives.

Questions? Contact Johanna Leyba at, (303) 871-7661.

              DU Study Abroad Programs
Did you know that almost 60% of DU students study abroad?
That’s more than thirty times the national average! We hope that
you will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to join
your fellow peers and explore your global options. If you are
hesitant, though, we understand – after all, there are some com-
mon myths about study abroad, and perhaps one of the follow-
ing is holding you back.

Myth #1: Study abroad is too expensive
Not necessarily! Through the ground-breaking Cherrington
Global Scholars program, you can study abroad for approxi-
mately the same cost as attending DU. Even extra costs such as
travel to and from your program site and visa fees are covered.

Myth #2: Study abroad will delay my graduation
At DU we work to find programs that have the classes you need
to stay on track.                     Many departments have a
designated                                 faculty person who ad-
               Roam around the world          vises for study abroad
               like me! Traveling is made      and can help you find
               easier by DU’s Cherrington      the perfect fit. There
               Global Scholar Program!         are study abroad pro-
                                             grams for every major
                                          and options for each of
                                   DU’s quarters. Also, most DU
                  students go abroad during the fall quarter and
               attend a semester-long program, which means they
               end up with more credits than they would have
               earned on campus!
Myth #3: You have to speak a foreign language to
study abroad.
There are many study abroad options without
language prerequisites, like those in English-speaking countries
such as Australia or Scotland, and others in non-English speaking
countries like The Netherlands or China where classes are taught
in English. Study abroad is a fantastic way to learn a new lan-
guage or brush up on high school language skills.

Myth #4: I’ve already traveled a lot – study abroad is no differ-
Even if you’ve been around the world three times, you still have
much to learn through study abroad. You might live with a host
family or take classes with local students, and will gain perspec-
tives and forge relationships that simply aren’t possible as a tour-
                           * * * * * *

So you’re ready to go abroad, but you’re asking yourself “How do
I choose where to go?”

There are many resources at DU to help you make this important
decision. Take advantage of the following:
• The Study Abroad website (
• General Advising Sessions
• Study Abroad Library
• Returnees
• Peer Advisors
• Study Abroad Advisors

What do you need to do?
• Inquire online (MyWeb → Student & Financial Aid)
• Attend a General Advising Session
• Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
• Talk to returnees
     •   Talk to your Academic Advisor
     •   Know your deadlines!

         Calendar of Study Abroad Events/Deadlines

     September 24 – Study Abroad Fair (Campus Green,
     October 1 – Application deadline for winter quarter
     January 20 – Priority deadline for competitive fall term
     February 1 – Application deadline for spring quarter
     March 13 – Application deadline for fall term programs

     **Also, don’t miss these regularly-scheduled events!**

     General Advising – Every weekday at the I-House
     World on Wednesdays – Every Wednesday, Nelson
     For more information,


Time to test your global savvy! See if you can answer the fol-
lowing questions correctly. The answers are posted on our
(under “Information Sessions”).

1. What country is the #1 destination for DU study abroad
students this year?
2. What is the most densely populated country in Europe?
3. What are Switzerland’s four official languages?

Match the American English word on the left with its UK or Aus-
tralian equivalent on the right.
            swimsuit                 jumper
            breakfast                sarnie
            turtleneck               snog
            diaper                   cozzie
            sweater                  brekkie
            sandwich                 boot
            trunk                    skivvy
            kiss                     nappy


Here’s how you find us:

International House
Office of Study Abroad
2200 S Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80208

Head east on Warren (so Mary Reed is directly behind
you), cross University and walk one block. The I-House
is at the junction of S. Josephine and E. Warren

            The I-House


Mary Reed

             $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

The Career Center, Driscoll South

As a second year student there are some proactive steps you can
take to help you decide on your major and career plan.

Step One - check what you still need to do below:

    Schedule an introductory appointment with a career counselor;
call 303 871-2150 in the Career Center in Driscoll South.

   If still undecided on a major consider taking career related as-
sessments: Myer-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest
Inventory, (call 303-871-2150 to set the introductory appointment
and find out more information).

                    Research careers and majors at the Career Cen-
              ter web site at and then Career
              Links section.

                    Conduct “informational interviews” with
              departments and academic advisors to review major
              and minor options.

                   Conduct “informational interviews” with
              people in different careers to get more information.
                    Use the Career Center handout
              “Informational Interviews”, found on the Career
               Center website under Handouts.
     Write a resume, utilize the Career Center
Counselors for assistance, and use the Resume handout.

       Shadow alumni and other professionals in career interest
areas; utilize the Career Center Network database.

     Research internship options with a Career Center
Counselor; use the Career Links section of the web site and the
DU Careers Online database to assist in your research.

       Attend our DU Career/Internship Fairs in October, Febru-
ary, and April to research career fields and internship options.

Step Two -
From the check list you have filled out above, develop three steps
you plan to take in the next three-six months below:

                                              timeline (when)

1. ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

3. ___________________________________________________

Bring your check list filled out with your plan of action to an in-
troductory appointment with a Career Counselor at the Career
Center and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate.

Your Name_______________________________________________
DU ID_______________________ Date________________________
Below is a list of workshops that are offered through the Ca-
reer Center, go to our web site and look
under workshops for dates and times each quarter.

Dazed and Confused Workshop
This is an interactive workshop to assist students who need help
in figuring out what to major in and help with researching ca-
reer direction; and includes a discussion of resources, some ac-
tivities, and goal setting.

“Find an Internship! It won’t find you!”
An internship is one of the best ways to gain experience in your
chosen field (build your resume), to confirm if the field or major
really is a good fit for you as well as to add richness to your
classroom learning. Internships are a tremendous way to start
building the relationships that are the critical foundation of net-
working. This workshop will cover the basics of finding an in-

Making the Most of a Career Fair
Prepare to maximize your attendance at the Non-Profit and
Government Career Fair. Learn tips to help you stand out from
the crowd.

How to Write a Winning Resume
Attend and Receive direction on starting your first resume or
reworking a current one. Develop your resume into a profes-
sional look that will get you more attention from employers.

Business Etiquette: More Than Just Eating with the Right
People decide if they like or dislike us within the first seven sec-
onds. Latest statistics show that many times the decision to hire
someone is made within the first two to three minutes of the ini-
tial meeting. Learn more about how appearance, body language,
presentation skills and business etiquette are factors which im-
pact your job search success.

Career Café
Stop by and pick up information if you see our table in a resi-
dence hall and ask questions about the Career Center services
related to internships, career fairs, resumes and more. Register to
win taking a career assessment worth $25!

Careers with Purpose, Opportunities in the Non-Profit
There are many career paths in the nonprofit in fields related to
the arts, environment, human services, education and public pol-
icy. Find out more about how to get started in a career in the
non-profit sector.

“Workin’ for the Feds! Jobs w/ the Federal government”
Over the past several years, the Federal government has been
one of the brightest spots in the job economy. Why? There are
24,000 current openings nationwide, a majority of Federal work-
ers are over 40 and nearly 20% of the full-time, ‘permanent’
workforce is projected to retire in the next several years. Many
Federal agencies are actively recruiting students who are nearing
graduation or who are seeking employment opportunities while
still in school. Learn about the general process of getting hired as
well as the many advantages of working for the Federal govern-
             for Second-Year Students


Finding a primary adviser

If you are a student returning to DU, you will be transition-
ing away from your First-Year faculty mentor (your primary
adviser for your first year) and will need to find another pri-
mary adviser by seeking out one of the resources below.

If you are a transfer student new to DU, you will initially be
advised by a professional adviser from The Center for Aca-
demic and Career Development during the orientation ses-
sion. As you move into the quarter, you will need to find an-
other a primary adviser by seeking out one of the resources

Are you declared or undeclared?

If you are an undeclared student and have not chosen a ma-
jor yet, you need to contact The Center for Academic and Ca-
reer Development (The Center 303-871-2455) and set up an
appointment with an adviser to help you with questions
about your degree completion plans. These professional ad-
visers are trained to help you with general and specific ques-
tions. They work with a variety of students and have many
ways to help you get connected to faculty who will guide you
in your academic and career pursuits. They can generally dis-
cuss options for all of the different majors and minors across
campus. These advisers might also suggest that you meet
with a career counselor who can help you determine what
major/career will be best for you.
If you have declared a major, then you need to go to that spe-
cific major department to connect with your primary adviser to
guide you through your major and degree requirements. Your
major adviser can also talk with you about possible minors that
will complement your major studies. The major adviser will
guide you in designing a graduation plan, discuss course pre-
requisites, and determine the appropriate sequence of courses.

Keys to your continued success:

   Keep a copy of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the aca-
   demic year you entered
   Download your Academic Progress Report (APR) each
   quarter and check the accuracy of the courses and the
   placement of courses in the correct degree categories
   Consult with your primary adviser frequently and develop
   a comprehensive degree plan
   Get a copy of the current student planner and keep track of
   important information and dates
   Get any summer school or study abroad classes pre-
   approved by the authorized person; if you need help see
   your adviser
   Visit an adviser in The Center if you are confused about
   anything related to your academic progress, if you don’t
   understand a University policy, or just have general con-
   See your primary adviser or an adviser in The Center to
   help you get back on track if you are struggling academi-
   cally or personally

Items to focus on in the second year:
   Plan out with primary adviser your major and minor
   (course pre-requisites and sequences)
   Finalize study abroad planning as it relates to your degree
   Visit the Career Center
   Learn about double majors, dual degree programs, 3/2 and
    4/1 programs, graduate and professional school options and
    Prepare for summer classes or internships

Timetable for Advising:

First week:
•   Get classes squared away and do not miss any classes
•   Drop/add as quickly as possible and work with the faculty
    directly to get caught up on any missed work

Weeks 3 - 5:
• Locate your primary adviser
• Begin thinking about the upcoming quarter and draft a tenta-
  tive schedule of classes
• Determine where you will get your registration form (which
  includes the day, date, and time for your registration as well
  as your Alternate PIN for registration)

Weeks 6 & 7 (Advising weeks):

              •  If necessary withdraw from any classes by end of
                the 6th week
              • Check your holds and update your address in
              • Make an appointment with your primary aca-
                demic adviser (call, e-mail, or visit The Center)
              • Review your APR and confirm your graduation

Weeks 8 & 9 (Registration weeks):
• Register using webCentral
• See an adviser if you discover problems or need
  help with registration

Week 10 and Final Exam Weeks:
• Focus on your final projects, papers, assignments, & final ex-
• Allow time before you leave campus to follow through on any
  questions for the upcoming quarter

What else do the advisers in The Center do?
• Help you understand university policies and your rights and
• Teach you registration procedures and help you find a miss-
  ing Alternate PIN
• Guide you in reading your APR
• Help you begin a graduation plan in conjunction with your
  primary adviser
• Evaluate overload requests (taking more than 19 credits)
• Discuss interterm courses and strategies for adding credits
  outside of the primary terms
• Advise on changes of majors/minors, dual degree programs,
  and double majors/minors
• Help you determine whether taking time off from school is
• Refer you to specific faculty for transfer course approvals
• Help you navigate a road to academic success if you are strug-

         For more information, visit:

             If you have questions please contact:
             Zawdie Ekundayo, Academic Adviser
            Driscoll Student Center, South – Suite 30
           “Can’t Get a Job Without Experience…
            Can’t Get Experience Without a Job!”

Avoid this common dilemma when you graduate by com-
pleting one or more internships. They can help you gain ex-
perience, while exploring your future career. Internships are
one of the top ways organizations find new employees, ac-
cording to the National Association of Colleges and Employ-

Advantages of an Internship:
• Explore career options and/or confirm career choice.
• Obtain work experience related to career interest.
• Learn and develop career skills.
• Connect classroom studies to the workplace.
• Obtain valuable contacts for networking.

Find Your Internship:
1. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to learn
about the many services and resources available to you.
2. Focus on the type of experience you hope to gain, given
your short and long range goals.
3. Prepare your resume, have it critiqued by a Career Coun-
selor, and discuss how to write a cover letter.
4. Research internships, starting with DU Careers Online,
5. Identify organizations where you would like to work using
the Career Links resource on the Career Center website. Talk
with your faculty advisor, department, family, and friends
for additional contacts and leads.
6. If you are interested in receiving credit for your experi-
ence, talk to a faculty member from your department before
starting your internship.
7. Prioritize your options and apply for several opportuni-
8. Maintain contact with your Career Counselor for addi-
tional assistance.
9. Follow up with potential employers until you have one or
more interviews and the internship you want.
10. Report your success to your Career Counselor, so we can
share your excitement!

Keep In Mind:
• Networking is often the best way to find an internship/
   job. Talk to family, friends, professors, alumni, etc. and
   keep your options and your mind open to new experi-
• Create your own opportunity, by proposing an intern-
   ship to potential employers. Ask yourself, “How will the
   employer benefit?” Approach that employer and “sell”
   your skills.
• In addition to summer opportunities, consider short-
   term or part-time internships during school or winter
• Don’t rule out unpaid opportunities. Consider working
   a paid position, while doing an unpaid internship or vol-
   unteering in a setting that matches your career goals.

Call The Career Center at 303-871-2150 to set an appoint-
ment with a Career Counselor to discuss ideas and options
for getting a great internship.

The Career Center, Driscoll South lower level
                      BOSNIA         DHARAMSALA ( INDIA)

                      EL SALVADOR              THAILAND

Calling all Second Year Students!

Do you want to have an international education experience
   but for some reason, you’re not able to study abroad?

Are you looking for a UNIQUE and AMAZING summer or
   winter interterm opportunity for 2008 or 2009?

Did you know that many students study abroad AND par-
   ticipate in an ISL program?

Do you want to do something that opens your eyes, stretches
   your mind, and impacts the way you think about the

DU’s International Service Learning programs might be just
what you’re looking for:

   •    Interact with the global community
   •    Acquire and apply knowledge
   •    Work towards meaningful change

What you, as a second
year student, need to

This experience could
change your life forever!

Scholarships and financial
aid are available, so you
shouldn’t let $ stop you from embarking on one of these in-
credible opportunities!

You need to apply for the summer program in Bosnia by
Mid-January 2009, so you should talk to Melissa Schaap about

You need to apply for the winter interterm programs by April
14, 2008, and it’s not too early to start talking with Melissa
( or Karyn (!

      “Project Thailand was undeniably one of the most benefi-
      cial experiences in which I have ever participated. It
      forced me to challenge ideas that have been impressed
      upon me since I was a child and resulted in a new view of
      the world. The academic component of the program was
      gratifying; the service component was extremely reward-
      ing. I have emerged a more capable, mature, and under-
      standing person.”
      ~ Project Thailand participant 2006

     Students spend eight weeks during summer session in a re-
     gion of the world where much can be learned about conflict
     resolution, human rights, trafficking, mental health, and the
     democratization process in a post-war country. Undergradu-
     ate participants usually develop the curriculum for and facili-
     tate a DU-initiated multi-ethnic summer school, in addition
     to volunteering in Sarajevo for the first two weeks and build-
     ing on last year’s OSCE summer school initiative for college
     students in Zepce. Throughout the summer, students learn
     from numerous guest speakers representing various organi-
     zations in Sarajevo.

                        “My experience through the ISL program
                      was one of the most valuable learning and
                        traveling experiences of my life. For the
                       first time I was exposed to the values and
                      way of life in the East which cut down many
                      of my Western notions and encouraged my
                       personal development. I have learned so
                      much about religion, culture, family, friends
          30          and working towards happiness and justice
                                          in life.“

                                      “The experience
                                    was, in many ways,
                                     indescribable and
                                       thoroughly life-
                                    changing. This type
                                    of program is simply
                                      incomparable to
                                    classroom learning.”

Students spend four weeks in Dharamsala, India, home of the
Tibetan government in exile. The course provides a founda-
tional understanding of the history of Tibet and the issues
facing the Tibetans in exile. Students also learn about India, a
country of great disparity and sharp contrasts. Service place-
ments range from teaching children and adults English or
computer skills to helping write documents and grants for
Tibetan human rights organizations. Each student also tutors
a participant from Gu-Chu-Sum, an organization that works
with ex-political prisoners in Tibet. Students learn from nu-
merous local guest speakers in both Dharamsala and Delhi
and spend their final days touring Agra and Delhi.


Students spend four weeks in San Salvador learning about El Sal-
vador’s transition to democracy after their recent war. The
course examines a variety of academic themes including educa-
tion, economic obstacles to development, environmental issues,
gender roles, human rights, politics, and conflict resolution. Stu-
dents work with a well-established local NGO called Circulo
Solidario on various community projects. Examples of past pro-
jects include tutoring children, participating in campaigns for
cleaning up the community and ending violence against women,
and building a road.

DU partners with the International Sustainable Development
Studies Institute (ISDSI) (based in Chiang Mai) to provide DU
students the opportunity to learn and serve in Northern
Thailand. Students live with and work alongside the Karen, one
of Thailand’s seven tribal people, as they rebuild and repair their
old network of trails in Mae Hong Son, a northern province in
Thailand. In addition to learning about Thailand, students study
              the Karen’s culture, history, and way of life, and
              take a critical look at community based tourism
              and sustainable development.

                          My experience in Bosnia taught me
                           not only that people are people all
                             over the world, but I now have a
                            fresh perspective on international
                         issues and concerns… I cannot think
                           of a more fulfilling way that I could
                          have spent my summer. … I learned
                           more than I ever could have imag-
                           ined.” ~Project Bosnia Participant
For more information on each program, news
about new programs, and to help you determine
which is the best fit for you,
visit our website: or feel
free to contact Melissa Schaap   “I feel invested in continu-
(Projects Bosnia, Dharamsala      ing to learn about the Ti-
                                 betan situation as well as
and Thailand) or Karyn
                                   incorporating new ideas
Sweeney (Project El Salva-        and values that I learned
dor).                               abroad into my life and
                                   community here at home.
                                    This experience allowed
                                      me to apply ideas and
                                   knowledge to actual situa-
                                      tions, through which I
                                   learned that truly knowing
                                   is experiencing. I learned
                                    more through this experi-
                                     ence than I could have
                                     ever learned in a class-
                                   room or through research.
                                    I hope to continue learn-
                                     ing through experience
                                    and finding ways to con-
                                     tribute to the well being
                                   and happiness of commu-
                                      nities in my nation and
                                       - Project Dharamsala
                                          participant 2006

  Hey, Second Years. . .

         Get to Know
        Your Faculty!
Ideas for connecting with faculty…
⇒ Visit faculty during their office hours.
⇒ Ask questions and make comments in class.
⇒ Utilize the “Let’s do Lunch” program through Partners in
⇒ Learning to invite a faculty member to have lunch with you
     and a few others. Use this time to find out more about
     their research and areas of study and interest. Why not
     invite your first year seminar or writing instructor?
⇒ Create programs through your student organization that you
             can invite faculty to attend.
             ⇒ Invite a faculty member to be an advisor for
             your Greek chapter.
             ⇒ No declared major yet? Make an appointment
             with a faculty member to learn about their field,
             course requirements, and career opportunities.
             ⇒ Visit the Partners in Learning program website
             to find out about upcoming events or to get help
             for your great program idea that involves faculty.
         36 ⇒ Check Webcentral daily and read flyers/
             posters about upcoming opportunities to connect
             with faculty.
How many can you check off?
  1 = Preschoolers do that much!
    2 = Elementary School level
      3 = Middle school level
       4 = High School level
         5 = College Level
    6+ = Masters and PhD level

                            Students who connect with their faculty
      Did                   outside of class and get involved with
                            extra-curricular activities tend to get
      You                     more out of their education, connect
                          their learning inside and outside the class-

     Know?                room, and graduate at higher rates than
                          those who don’t.

              Don’t get left in the dust –
               get to know your faculty!
            You may find a mentor for life!

  . . . engages students with faculty outside the classroom

          For more information, contact Partners in Learning
             at or 303-871-3654

     Research by Nancy Sommers shows that students new to
     writing think it is a solitary activity, while experienced writ-
     ers know that writing is a social process, best shared often
     with others

     Learn the experienced writers’ secret.

         Try a Writing and Research Center
     Take your writing beyond the freshman level and discover
     what more than 650 DU students already know.

     We offer:
     •   free, one-on-one collaborative consultations with friendly
         writing consultants, drawn from a variety of majors
     •   strategies for making the transition to upper-division
     •   advice on writing like a professional in your field


                                            It was very helpful to
                                            brainstorm and bounce
                                            ideas off of the consult-
                                            ant ... I will definitely
                                            come back, this is a won-
                                            derful program.
                                            -DU student, Writing and
                                            Research Center user,
We’ll work with you on:                     Fall 2006

•   projects from any area of study
•   creative writing
•   applications for jobs, graduate, or professional programs
•   writing for student groups
•   personal writing
We’ll work with writers at any point in the writing process:
brainstorming, developing ideas, organizing, revising, using
sources, and editing.

Schedule appointments by phone or online. We also accept
walk-ins when consultants are available. Consultations begin
on the hour and last about 45
                                  Writing and Research Center
                                      Dr. Eliana Schonberg, Director
Phone: 303-871-7456                   University Writing Program
                                      Doug Hesse, Director
wrc.htm                               Writing and Research Center
                                      University of Denver
                                      Penrose Library 201
                                      2150 E. Evans Ave.
                                      Denver, CO 80208
                                      Phone: 303-871-7456


DU Peer Education—DUPE’D
Peer education is an exchange of truthful, accurate, and re-
latable information between people of the same age, social
group or social structure. The DU Peer Educators, other-
wise known as DUPE’D are DU students who live healthy,
balanced, fun and energetic, lives and care about the health
and well-being of all DU students. This student-led organi-
zation is sponsored by the Health and Counseling Center.
DUPE’D holds events, gives presentations, and creates pro-
grams and campaigns on a variety of health topics includ-
ing: stress management, nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, sexual
health, eating disorders and body image. Check out the
DUPE’D website at

Get Involved
DU Peer Educators devote 10-15 hours per month to peer
education activities. Peer educators work in a variety of
settings: in the peer education office, on campus during
events and off campus during trainings and conferences.
Every year, new students join DUPE’D; for an application,
go to or
contact the DUPE’D advisor, Kelly Fenson-Hood

 DUPE’D Events
Oct. 6: National Depression Screening Day

Oct. 20-24: Alcohol Awareness Week

Feb. 9-13: Sexual Responsibility Week

Feb. 23-27: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

April 2: National Alcohol Screening Day

        Top 10 Best Coping
     Get Organized. Buy a planner
     and start scheduling! Try to
     schedule time to study, work out, and chill with friends.
     Keep a to-do list; focus on one thing at a time. Nothing
     is more satisfying than crossing out completed tasks.
     The more tasks that get crossed out, the lower your
     stress will be.

     Manage Your Time. Procrastination is your worst en-
     emy. If you know you have a project due next week,
     work on it now…think about how stress-free you’ll be
     when it’s done a day or two early.

     Get Plenty of Sleep. It’s true; you’ll function better and
     remember more of what you’ve learned if you get
     enough sleep. Eight hours a night is the best, so make it
     a priority – don’t schedule early classes and/or make
     sure you’re in bed early enough to get in 7-8 hours of
     sleep. It will make all the difference when it comes to
     controlling stress.


Take Time to Relax. If you never stop going, you’re
bound to burn out. It sounds crazy, but seriously, just
take some time to chill; it will do wonders.

Exercise! If you take an hour a day to get some exercise,
you’ll have more energy and more focus the rest of the

Know When to Say No. College students love to over-
obligate themselves. If your planner is filled up and
you’re at your obligation limit, Just Say No…It’s okay to
say no sometimes.

Eat Healthy. The more nutritious food you give your
body, the more energy your body will give you…it’s as
simple as that.

Balance School Demands and Social Demands.
There’s a place and a time for everything. If you know
you have an 8am test tomorrow, it may not be the best
idea to stay out with friends until 3am tonight. Reserve
time to hang with friend and reserve time to focus on

Take Some Alone Time. Do you ever spend time by
yourself? Even if it’s only 10 minutes a day, find that
time and chill out by yourself; you’ll be amazed how
rejuvenating it is.

How to help a friend...
If you worry that a friend or a loved one might have an eating
disorder, you are not alone. As many as one in three college
women have struggled with weight, food, body image, disor-
dered eating or an eating disorder by the time they graduated
from college. The majority of sufferers are females aged 18-24.
Below are signs and symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. If you
recognize several of these signs and would like professional as-
sistance, please contact the Health and Counseling Center at
303.871.2205,, or visit the website

Physical warning signs
⇒ Significant loss of weight in a short time
⇒ Dressing in layers or wearing baggy clothes. This is often
   used to hide body shape and weight loss
⇒ Unusual table behaviors such as:
      ♦ Spreading food around on their plate so the meal ap-
         pears to be eaten
      ♦ Cutting food into very small pieces
      ♦ Spitting food out instead of swallowing
      ♦ Putting food in napkin and disposing of it later
      ♦ Going to the restroom directly after eating, usually to
         vomit food before digestion takes place. May run
         water to cover sound of vomiting

⇒ Excessive exercise. Exercising multiple times per day or for
  long periods of time
⇒ Exercising while sick or injured
⇒ Pale or grayish skin
⇒ Hair loss
⇒ “Chipmunk cheeks” (swollen glands due to vomiting)
⇒ Bloodshot eyes
⇒ Bruising under the eyes and/or on cheeks
⇒ Loss of menstrual cycle
⇒ Mood swings
⇒ Signs of depression

Other warning signs to watch for:
⇒ Diet pills
⇒ Laxatives
⇒ Food stored in odd places such as closets or under the bed
⇒ Lists of foods eaten
⇒ Weight loss sites stored in the web browser “favorites”
⇒ Weight loss books

Conversational warning signs:
⇒ Always talking about being “fat” or scared of being “fat”
⇒ Always talking about their weight
⇒ Constantly counting calories
⇒ Complaints of diarrhea or constipation
⇒ Never satisfied in other areas of life (i.e. school, work)
⇒ Will not go out to eat. May say, “I already ate” or “I’m not
⇒ Cooks meals for others, but will not eat
⇒ Self-demeaning labels

It is imperative to let your friend know that you care about
her or him and that you are there to support her or him.
Here are some suggestions:

"I'm here for you if you need me. I know you're struggling
with a lot of stress lately. Let me know how I can help."

You may want to go further and share with her/him what
you have observed. If you choose this approach, be specific
and communicate your concerns and what you are feeling.
Here are some examples:

"I've noticed you've lost so much weight and that you're still
dieting and losing. I'm worried about your health."

"It seems like we're always talking about weight and food
and exercise. You seem so concerned about the way you
look. I'm really worried about you."

"I heard you throwing up 3 times last week. I know when
that happened before you said you had the flu. I'm really
worried that it's more than that. I'm scared something will
happen to you."

Your friend may deny or minimize the situation by saying
something like, "I used to have a problem but I'm better
now.” If she or he denies it and wants to avoid it, you may
have to be satisfied with expressing your concerns directly
and letting it be for now. Let her or him know that you are
still her or his friend and you are there if she or he wants to
If your friend is willing to talk and be open about the prob-

lem, it's important to listen with empathy and without
judgment. It may be tempting to try to use logic, reality,
and reason to talk someone out of these "irrational" ideas,
your job is not to solve the problem; your job is to listen.

If the conversation is positive, and your friend is receptive,
the next step is to help her/him get professional help. For
DU students, the Health and Counseling Center is a great
resource. A registered nutritionist can evaluate nutritional
status and eating patterns. Counseling Service can evaluate
the overall eating disorder in the context of the person's
current and past life and provide treatment recommenda-
tions; while the Health Service can provide a medical

Eating disorders are often observed by friends and/or fam-
ily, but are left untreated. If you have a loved one whom
you suspect suffers from an eating disorder, please love
them enough to confront them. The first steps to recovery
are love, support, and communication.

This information was adapted from material from the Eat-
ing Disorder Center of Denver (http:// and the DU Health and Counseling
Center (

Think about how you’ve felt on most days over the past 6 months…
                                               Yes   No

 1. Most days I feel very nervous

 2. Most days I worry about lots of things

 3. Most days I cannot stop worrying

 4. Most days my worry is hard to control

 5. I feel restless, keyed up or on edge

 6. I get tired easily

 7. I have trouble concentrating

 8. I am easily annoyed or irritated

 9. My muscles are tense and tight

 10. I have trouble sleeping

 11. Did things you noted above affect your
 daily life (home-life, work, or leisure) or
 cause you a lot of distress?

 12. Were the things you noted above bad
 enough that you thought about getting help
 for them?
Could it be Depression?
Over the past two weeks, have you…

   Been feeling low in energy, slowed down?
   Been blaming yourself for things?
   Had poor appetite?
   Had difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep?
   Been feeling hopeless about the future?
   Been feeling blue?
   Been feeling no interest in things?
   Had feelings of worthlessness?
   Thought about or wanted to kill yourself?
   Had difficulty concentrating or making decisions?
   Have you ever had a week or more of sustained, unusually
   elevated mood, like a "high," out-of-control behavior (such as
   risky sex, over-spending), racing thoughts, and little need for
   Have you ever had a week or more of sustained, excessively
   irritable mood, with anger, arguments, or breaking things
   that led to difficulties with others?
   Have you ever had any close blood relative (parent, child,
   sister, brother) with depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol
   abuse, or who was psychiatrically hospitalized?

If you checked 5 or more of these – contact the DU Health &
Counseling Center to learn more about our Counseling Services.
All DU students are entitled to 2 free Counseling Session each
year. Call 303-871-2205 to schedule an appointment or learn
Alcohol is a depressant. This means that it depresses, or slows down your
nervous system. It triggers a wide range of physical, emotional, and behav-
ioral changes in users, determined by doses and reflected in the blood alco-
hol levels of the drinker. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream,
                and goes to every organ, including the brain.

      In the brain, alcohol affects our ability to process information:

                • It takes you longer to react to situations.
                 • You have trouble exercising judgment.
                    • You are not as well coordinated.
 All body systems are affected by alcohol. Side effects include dilation of
 blood vessels (which causes flushed skin) and increased gastric secretion.
At high doses, side effects include mood swings, unrestrained behavior, and
                    inability to control motor functions.

To see a breakdown of how your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) affect your
  body visit

              As for the calories of alcohol, this energy source
           should probably be counted as fat in the diet because
           metabolic interactions occur between fat and alcohol
           in the body. When the body has both fat and alcohol
            to burn, it gets ride of the toxic alcohol while burn-
            ing it off as fuel. This causes the fat to stay in stor-
            age. Alcohol promotes fat storage in the abdominal
           area causing the "beer belly" effect, along with being
           stored in the thighs and legs. There are 7 calories per
           50gram of alcohol, one ounce of alcohol represents
                          about half an ounce of fat.
Alcohol Warning Signs: Worried about your drink-
          ing or a friend’s drinking?
Is your friend or are you…
    Drinking alone or in secret
    Not remembering conversations or commitments—
    sometimes referred to as "blacking out"
    Making a ritual of having drinks before, with or after
    dinner and becoming annoyed when this ritual is dis-
    turbed or questioned
    Losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to
    bring pleasure
    Irritability as usual drinking time nears, especially if al-
    cohol isn't available
    Keeping alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work or
    in the car
    Gulping drinks, ordering doubles, becoming intoxicated
    intentionally to feel good or drinking to feel "normal"
    Having legal problems or problems with relationships,
    employment or finances

If you checked ANY of these – contact the DU Health &
Counseling Center to learn more about our Counseling Ser-
vices. All DU students are entitled to 2 free Counseling Ses-
sion each year. Call 303-871-2205 to schedule an appoint-
ment or, to learn more visit    51
                 Need Advice? Call the
                DU SEXUAL ASSAULT
               SURVIVOR ADVOCATE
                       Free, confidential advice
                           Available: 24/7

     Leave a message and a trained DU advocate will call you back
     within 1 hour to answer your questions, provide support, and re-
                           source information.

          Brought to you by the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention
                Office, 103 Nelson Residence Hall, 303.871.3853



The Men as Allies program has had two successful years
at DU and we are looking for a third! Men as Allies aims
to bring together a group of undergraduate men to talk
openly and honestly about issues relating to masculinity,
gender, and sexual violence. The group is all male and
advised by a male graduate student.

Sexual Assault primary prevention programs involve edu-
cating men on what it means to be male and deconstruct-
ing the messages men receive throughout their life re-
garding their gender. Men as Allies hopes to foster a safe
space where these issues can be discussed confidentially
and openly. The Men as Allies discussion sessions are
held every two weeks. Meeting times for the Fall quarter
have not yet been determined.

Men as Allies is also working in conjunction with the Rape
Assistance and Awareness Program and has created a
High School Education Program. This new program edu-
cates members of the DU Men as Allies group to visit lo-
cal high schools and present on sexual violence to high
school men. Training for this program will happen in late
September and high school visits will begin in October.

Questions? Contact Lisa Ingarfield, Program Direc-
tor, Gender Violence Education and Support Ser-

103 Nelson Hall, 303-871-3853


         Hooking Up: Dating & Mating in College

The dating scene in college today is different from when your
parents were in college. Students today are much more casual in
terms of dating and mating. There are several things you should
consider when pursuing a relationship.

Move at a pre-determined pace. Decide now what you're willing to
do and not do with a sexual partner. Make your intentions clear
with your partner. Communication is key to a healthy sex life -
whatever form of "sex" you and your partner decide to engage

Be clear. The term "hooking up" is too vague - discuss what hook-
ing up means to you and how far you're comfortable going in a
relationship. Not everyone in college is sexually active - people
tend to talk more than they walk. You'll gain more respect from
your partner, your friends, and yourself if you hold yourself to
set standard.

                    Consider the aftermath.

Physically: Whether you've engaged in kissing, petting, oral sex,
anal sex, or vaginal-penile intercourse - you've put yourself at
risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases. Always
plan ahead before to be sure you're prepared should you and
your partner decide to engage in a sexual act. However, this does
not always happen. Once you are sexually active (engaging in
ANY sexual act, not just intercourse) be sure to get checked regu-
larly. Just because you don't NOTICE an infection, doesn't neces-
sarily mean you are in the clear - many STDs have minimal or no

Emotionally: Sexual acts of any kind involve emotions. After a
hook-up, you may feel confused, embarrassed, let-down, or
even powerful. Explore your emotions and discuss these with
others. It is natural and normal to be "emotional" after hooking
up with someone - whether you are in an established relation-
ship or had a casual sexual encounter.

The Role of Alcohol. Alcohol lowers inhibitions. Meaning - you'll
do things you wouldn't normally do if you were sober. If you
choose to drink alcohol, limit how much you consume and stay
with people you trust.

Remember alcohol is not an excuse for aggressive or forceful be-
havior, nor is it a reason to blame, especially when things move
faster and further than one partner is comfortable with.

Know your resources on campus.

•   The Health & Counseling Center offers STD testing
    (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & HIV testing is free for under-
    graduates who pay the Health & Counseling Fee), Annual
    Exams, physicals, birth control consultations, HPV immuni-
    zations, and couples counseling. Call 303-871-2205 for more
    information on these services or to make an appointment.

•   The Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate Network: 303-871-
    3456 (on call, see previous page for advertisement)

•   The Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office: 303-

Because upperclassmen are not guaranteed on-campus
housing, junior or senior students have three options for
housing. These also apply for students returning from study

1. Find off-campus housing. One great resource is the Off
Campus Housing website maintained by DU. This website
gives you tips on how to get started as well as providing an-
swers to any questions you have, information on landlord-
tenants rights and responsibilities, and listings of apart-
ments and roommates ( You can also
browse the Off Campus Housing binders in the Campus
Life Suite in North Driscoll.

2. As an upperclassman you can enter the housing lottery
for on campus accommodation. However, spaces are not
guaranteed. In order to increase your chances of securing a
space, you should be flexible about where you would like to
live (ie: don't limit yourself to only wanting a single in As-

3. For study abroad students, it is possible to submit a win-
ter quarter housing application by the May deadline (before
you leave for study abroad) to try and secure a spot. How-
ever, as an upperclassman you need to be flexible about
what kind of housing you will accept if your application
comes up in the housing lottery. See Housing and Residen-
tial Education’s (HRE) website for more information

A HRE representative attends the mandatory study abroad
orientation to explain this to all students before going abroad.
In addition, this information is listed on the Housing and
Residential Education website. The earlier you apply, the bet-
ter your chances of obtaining on-campus housing and using
your housing grant.

For information on how to be a good neighbor and the expec-
tations that are placed upon you when you move off campus,
a handout has been developed for DU students that can be
found at the Off Campus Housing Office in rm.227 Driscoll
North or

                DATES TBA

  The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL)
  is a University-wide organization dedicated to the creation, design,
  development, processing and implementation of public good work.
  It is an important next step in DU’s evolution to becoming “a great
  private university dedicated to the public good.”

  At CCESL, we strive to serve faculty, students and campus/
  community partners by providing support and resources for
  involvement in civic and community engagement. With a staff of
  six, plus several undergraduate and graduate work studies, we
  cultivate and implement programs in an effective manner. Some of
  the ways in which we do that include directing academically-based
  community service, overseeing the University’s co-curricular
  programs, and enhancing DU’s ties to both the local and global
  communities. Below are some of our highlighted areas: Service
  Learning, Alternative Breaks, Student Activism and Events,
  Community Work Study and AmeriCorps, Public Achievement,
  and Puksta Scholars.

  Service Learning
  During a full academic year, over 1000 students enroll in service
  learning classes and complete more than 12,000 hours of service tied
  to their coursework. These students come from all areas, ranging
  from Business and English to Digital Media Studies. Annually, over
  50 faculty members incorporate service-learning opportunities into
  one or more of their classes or do some form of public good work.
  The number of service learning courses offered at DU (55) ranks
  above the national average. Outside of classes, students also
  participate in service learning through individual and group
  activities (with student clubs and organizations) by accessing our
  online Opportunities Database at

Alternative Breaks
These non-credit, University-sponsored experiences are held during
spring break and winter and summer interterm. They combine
domestic or international travel with service work and cultural
immersion, and provide unique opportunities for students to
become more aware of issues in our world. Past international
locations include Mexico and Nicaragua. Domestic locations
include Big Bend National Park and a downtown Denver
immersion. Keep an eye on our website for application deadlines
and information sessions!

Student Activism and Special Events
Our Center advises the campus community on volunteer and
activism opportunities including development and implementation
of campus-based activities, coordination of programs, and
providing input on issue-based initiatives headed by student
groups. With a new Student Leadership Council to be developed
this year, we look to students to play a crucial role in civic
engagement and service learning opportunities at DU. We also
coordinate service learning and experiential opportunities fairs, DU
Volunteer Days, and a Public Good lecture series and conference
each year.

Community Work Study and AmeriCorps
DU students who qualify for financial aid may qualify for financial
aid may engage in community activities through our community
work study program. CCESL administers a Community Work
Study program with over 40 students earning funding through a
number of Denver-area non-profit agencies and schools each year.
Additionally, since 2004, DU students have received over $325,000
in AmeriCorps education awards. These AmeriCorps awards

 provide an opportunity for our students to become involved in
 the community while receiving funding to be applied toward
 tuition and loans.

 Public Achievement (PA)
 Focusing on partnerships with Denver schools, our PA program
 places DU students as coaches for middle and high school youth
 to develop and carry out service learning projects. Since 2001
 over 100 coaches have worked with more than 2000 students in
 DPS and their communities to achieve academic and personal
 excellence. By expanding currently held notions of politics,
 democracy, and citizenship, PA aims to empower individuals
 into active creators, decision-makers and agents of public

 Puksta Scholars
 The Denver-based Puksta Foundation provides nine annual
 scholarships of $6,000 to DU students who excel in the classroom
 and in the community. These students are expected to spend
 each year working on one community project that will encourage
 sustainable social change. Past projects include starting a
 tutoring program at an elementary school, implementing a Wind
 Energy Campaign on campus, and converting the entire campus
 coffee service to Fair Trade. Only first-year students may apply
 for the Puksta scholarship, so contact our office soon if you are
 interested! Application deadline in Spring 2008.


1. Take a service learning class! Check the schedule for
classes with a service-learning component and refer to
our website for a list of classes:

2. Check out our Opportunities Database to get your-
self or your organization more involved with the com-

3. Apply to participate in one of our Alternative Break

4. Attend one of our Public Good Lectures and/or
Conference with national figures on civic engagement.
(Look for dates and ways to RSVP on our website!)

5. Stop by! Give us a call or drop by to discuss any of
our programs and the possibility of receiving Commu-
nity Work Study if you qualify for financial aid.

303-871-3706 WWW.DU.EDU/ENGAGE


      Financial Aid for Second Year Undergraduate Students

The Office of Financial Aid provides financial aid assistance and coun-
seling services designed to help students and their families finance a
University of Denver education. Financial Aid Advisors are available
by phone, email, and appointment.

Financial Aid Application 2009-2010 Timeline:
January - The FAFSA is available online.
April 1 - Priority deadline for continuing undergraduate students ap-
plying for need-based aid. The FAFSA and any required documents
must be received by the Office of Financial Aid on or before April 1st to
be considered for all sources of federal, state, and institutional funding.
June - Final award notifications will be emailed as available and will be
viewable on myWeb for continuing undergraduate students who have
submitted a FAFSA and any required supporting documents.

Complete the following checklist for the 2009-2010 year:
  Submit a FAFSA, receive award notification, accept/decline awards
  on myWeb
  Apply for private scholarships
  Conduct a job search to secure part-time employment
  Authorize COF on myWeb every quarter (COF eligible students
  If needed, apply for Parent PLUS Loan or private student loan to
  cover educational expenses for the year
  Pay your bill every quarter
  Contact a Financial Aid Advisor if your financial circumstances
  change during the year
  Contact Financial Aid if you plan to Study Abroad or be a RA
  Contact Financial Aid if you plan to stop-out or withdraw from DU
Payments and Refunds
Payments and refunds are processed by the Bursar’s Office. Please contact
the Bursar’s Office directly 303-871-4944 or to arrange pay-
ments or to inquire about the refund process. Payment options include,
but are not limited to: education savings plans; cash, check or money or-
der; credit card payments; and/or nine month payment plan.

                  2008-2009 DIRECT COSTS                                  ANNUAL          QUARTER
                                                         Flat Rate      $32,976       $10,992
                                                 12- 18 credit hours
                                                 Credit Overload                      $916 x ___
      If you are taking more than 18 credit hours in a quarter, cal-                  Credit hours
      culate each additional credit using the following tuition rate.

                                 Undergraduate Activity Fee             $300          $100
                                 Undergraduate Health Fee               $390          $130
                                            Technology Fee              $144          $48
                         Technology Fee for Credit Overload                           $4 x _____
                                                                                      credit hours
                              Centennial Towers (double)                $6,315        $2,105
                                 Centennial Hall (double)               $5,286        $1,795
                             Johnson-McFarlane (double)                 $5,286        $1,795
                                     Nelson Hall (double)               $6,183        $2,061
                        Nelson Hall (double deluxe suite)               $6,831        $2,277
                                       Nagel Hall (double)              $6,183        $2,061
        La Chateau, Cavalier, University (unfurnished 2BR               $5,652        $1,884
                   Aspen, Skyline, Hilltop (furnished 2BR)              $6,327        $2,109
      Gold (Unlimited access to cafeterias + $75 meal plan              $3,807        $1,269
       Crimson (Unlimited access to cafeterias after 11:00              $3,612        $1,204
                              a.m. + $150 meal plan cash)
                Copper (80 meals + $300 meal plan cash)                 $3,612        $1,204
                Bronze (35 meals + $175 meal plan cash)
        Insurance coverage is for 12 months and is billed fall and      $2,220        $1,110
                                                 spring quarters.       $1,653        $551
                Office of Financial Aid                                 YOUR TOTAL   $
        2197 S. University Blvd P: 303-871-4020                         COSTS
     F: 303-871-2341                           PER QUAR-
Get your game on with DU’s intramural sports organization.

Sports offered include:
Flag Football         Ice Hockey
Tennis                Volleyball
Soccer                Basketball
Broomball             Kickball
Dodge Ball            Softball
Football              Ultimate Frisbee

Register Quarterly for intramural sports teams! The cost is $30
per team. Deadlines vary each quarter. Entrance is first come,
first served. So register early!

The Intramural Sports Council will have its inaugural year in
2008-2009. The Intramural Sports Council will work with the
DU Student Programs Manager to promote and guide the direc-
tion of the DU Intramural Sports program. We are seeking stu-
dent representatives from the DU undergraduate and graduate
student, Greek Life, and Residence Life communities to be a
part of the Intramural Sports Council’s inaugural year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to
have your voice be heard! If you are interested in becoming in-
volved in the Intramural Sports Council, please contact the Stu-
dent Programs Manager, Dan Wahl, at 303.871.3912

Back for its second year, P.I.B. begins
its season on October 13th. Don’t miss
out on your chance to be a part of the DU Basketball tradition!
Team registration is $60 ($50 for teams with a 50% returning
roster from 2007-2008) and the registration deadline is October
2nd at 5pm. This year, P.I.B will host Men’s Competitive, or
Intermediate, Recreational, and Co-Rec divisions on Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in Hamilton Gymnasium.
Registration forms are available online at Don’t forget, P.I.B. is the only
Intramural Basketball opportunity on campus and will span
the fall and winter academic quarters.

Become a part of the largest student organization on the DU
Campus and join a Club Sport! DU currently offers 29 differ-
ent Club Sports and information can be found online at With over 800 student
participants, Club Sports is a great way to meet friends and
remain active in sports during your time at DU.

Celebrating 80 years of DU’in it in the mountains, the Alpine
Club is one of DU’s oldest student organizations. Alpine Club
is your connection to the great outdoors, offering inexpensive,
student led outdoor adventure trips for DU students. Visit for more information, trip schedules,
and meeting information.

             DU students get involved. They participate in
             more than 100 student organizations, and they
               arrange much of the programming on cam-
pus. In addition, they oversee the radio station and newspa-
per that keep the campus up-to-date on everything from the
               latest music to breaking news.

DU Environmental Team (DUET)

DUET works on issues on campus such as recycling and
clean energy and sponsors projects and advocacy work off
campus. Make a difference! Join DUET! First meeting:
Monday, September 15, 5 p.m., Driscoll Student Center
(Commerce Room) Questions? Email Christy Cerrone,
DUET Advisor at

Stay tuned to KVDU
DU's student radio station offers a wide mix of musical gen-
res. Tune in, and you'll hear hip hop, punk, indie rock, talk
and much more. The programming is selected and presented
by student DJs. Visit for more informa-
           PUMP UP your resume! Join a         Read and
           Student Organization on cam-         write all
                                               about it in
                                            The Clarion
                 The student staff at The Clarion covers every-
          thing from student government to academic news.
       The lively editorial page gives students a chance to
       express their opinions about everything from campus
       issues to international events. The Clarion is pub-
       lished once a week during the school year. Visit for more information.

          Disclaimer is an independent, student-run newspa-
          per that invites a variety of students to write opin-
          ions and create dialogue about a wide range of so-
          cial issues. Do you have an issue that you're a pas-
          sionate advocate for? Write for Disclaimer!
          Contact the Editors at:

          Pioneer Partners
          Pioneer Partners members tutor and mentor stu-
          dents at nearby University Park School each Mon-
          day and Tuesday afternoon from 3:40 - 5:15 pm.
          Contact: Elissa Croghan
          Contact: Whitney Adams
                                             DU Volunteers

                                       DU Volunteers is a group of
Looking for other ways to reach      students who are interested in
out to the community? DO you         serving the DU community as
                                   well as the greater Denver com-
 have a passion for making the     munity through various service
             world                                          projects.
  a better place for children.      For more information, contact
                                    Andrew Wojdyla, DU Volun-
                                                     teers President
          Become a
                                                 Ph: 719-440-8771
        NIGHT OWL                        Email:

 For more information

Need a Job?

       Check out the Student Employment Website at:

                         There are several different jobs that are
                         listed on this site including: nannying, res-
                         taurant work, local businesses, work study,
                         jobs on campus, and several others! Visit
                         this site if you are looking to make some

 The low down on getting around at DU

 DU Transportation Center
         -Pick up your free RTD
 transit pass (good for bus and
 lightrail around Denver)
         -Find the best bike or bus
         -Learn about the lightrail
         on the North end of Campus and how to get to differ-
         ent areas around DU including:
                 -the airport
                 -shopping venues
                         All without a car!!!
 2130 S. High St. in the Evans Ave. Parking garage
 Phone: (303) 871-RIDE(7433)
             Partners in Scholarship (PinS)
PinS provides a unique opportunity for students to enhance their
undergraduate experience through a collaborative research pro-
ject. With the assistance of a faculty partner, students design
and execute a project that involves in-depth study in their spe-
cific area of interest.

PinS funding helps cover the expenses necessary to ensure the
completion and success of the project. Expenses may include
supplies such as books, software, or lab equipment, travel for
research, or materials like props for a play. Students may re-
quest up to $1500 each quarter. Applications for 2008 Fall Quar-
ter are due September 18 , 2008.

                    Greek Life at the University of Denver
Greek Life at the University of Denver has been in existence since 1889.
Today the University hosts nine national organizations for men and six
national organizations for women.

Membership in a fraternal organization provides undergraduates and
alumni with tremendous opportunities for lifelong friendship, leadership
development, scholarship enhancement and social interaction.

Our Greek students are scholars, athletes, and campus leaders; they are
positively contributing to and benefiting from the University of Denver
collegiate experience.

Fraternities                       Sororities

•   Beta Theta Pi                  •   Delta Delta Delta
•   Chi Phi                        •   Delta Gamma
•   Kappa Sigma                    •   Delta Zeta
•   Lambda Chi Alpha               •   Gamma Phi Beta
•   Phi Kappa Sigma                •   Pi Lambda Chi
•   Sigma Alpha Epsilon
•   Sigma Chi
•   Sigma Lambda Beta
•   Theta Chi
•   Zeta Beta Tau
       Watch for the first Pioneer Pride, e-newsletter
       Second Year Symposium conference, 9/12/08
       Pick up your DU Planner from the Center (below bookstore)
       Apply to attend the Diversity and Unity Retreat, registration
       opens September 8—September 26, 2008

       Start thinking about study abroad, speak with an adviser
       What classes do you need to take next quarter? Visit with your
       academic adviser

       Register for your Winter classes
       Attend R&R Night to help you relax & refuel before exams
       Begin searching for internships for the summer
       Apply to participate in the Voices of Discovery dialogue pro-
       gram held in the Winter quarter

       Enjoy your Winter Break!
       Study abroad deadlines begin in January, plan your next steps
       If you are undeclared, visit an academic adviser who can help
       you explore some ideas you might have about major choice


  Study abroad deadlines are approaching. make an appointment
  Think about joining a new student organization
  Deadlines for Orientation Leaders and RA applications often
  happen at the beginning of the year.
  Attend the Everything you need to know about Study Abroad

  Major choice requirements, study abroad and internship dead-
  lines are likely to occur from this month onwards.

  Study abroad deadlines this month—the last ones of the year
  Attend the R&R Night before your exams for a chance to refuel
  Enjoy your Spring Break!

  Attend the off campus housing fair on 4/15/08 for information
  about next year
  Attend Sexual Assault Awareness Week activities

  Attend the Eighth Annual Diversity Summit
  Spring cleaning? Clear out some old things before summer

  Attend R&R Night before final exams to relax and refuel
  Get ready to move out of the residence halls and Greek Houses


                  DUIT Staff 
                (303) 871‐2245 
   Michael Johnson, Program Director 
Office of First and Second Year Experience 
                (303) 871‐3989

          The Discovery Continues!


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