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Strategic planning for the next five years and beyond pg. 4 Meet the Colorado Poet Laureate, also serving as academic director for Professional Creative Writing pg. 8
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS ISSUE
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE NOTES OF IMPACT VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2 | SPRING 2018
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NOTES FROM THE DEAN
Dear Friends, In this second issue of Notes of Impact, I’m pleased to introduce our new strategic direction to our University College community. We spent several months gathering input from staff, faculty, and students to help develop a forward-thinking plan that aims to elevate our presence in Denver, on the Front Range, and on the national stage. I invite you to review our strategic direction (page 4) and share your thoughts. You’ll find an in-depth overview at www.universitycollege.du.edu/strategicplan where there is an opportunity to submit comments. Whether advocating for patients (page 10) or spreading cultural awareness across the state (page 8), our community members helped to inspire the new strategic direction. The stories you’ll find in this issue remind me of the impact our community members have and the value they bring to their work, our college, and the world around us. Please share your stories of success with us because when you accomplish something special, it is a strong reminder of why we do what we do here at University College. Sincerely,
Michael McGuire Dean
IT’S THE ERA
WE’VE BEEN PREPARING FOR In 1938 the University of Denver had the progressive foresight to introduce University College programming to help working adults earn degrees by attending classes in the evenings and on weekends. Today, we are poised to reaffirm this heritage of forward thinking for a new era in higher education and offer more opportunities for engagement. For 80 years, University College has been honing our expertise in delivering practice- and problem-based curricula in order to serve adult learners. Through bachelor’s completion, master’s degrees and graduate certificates, and personal and professional development, University College has been your partner for lifelong learning. We aim to solidify this distinction by forging new partnerships, amplifying our impact on the community, and providing you with career-focused programming that makes an impact. Now more than ever, continuing education is needed to satisfy employer demands and propel careers forward. Career paths are far less linear than those of previous gen4
erations and adult students are becoming the new majority in higher education. With increasing innovative, market-driven options available to learners, whose demands are becoming more and more sophisticated, University College will stand as the clear choice for adult learners seeking professional and personal development throughout their lifetime. This new era presents a game-changing opportunity for University College and we’re here to serve you—our alumni, our faculty, and our friends in the community. We are envisioning a future of profound impact that reinforces the personalized and high-value experiences expected here at the University of Denver. In other words, it’s the era we’ve been preparing for.
CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
University College’s passion for providing programming to help adult learners reach their professional and personal goals through continued education is what makes us tick. Our goal is to become the preferred provider of continuing and professional education in Colorado and beyond. Our strategic direction will guide us toward that goal.
1 | Expanding Opportunities We plan to add to our high-value programming by continuing to build a robust catalog of credit and non-credit offerings. For example, the Center for Professional De velopment will strengthen our connections to our community by providing relevant and timely short courses that serve professional needs.
2 | Being Market-Relevant The Institute for the Future predicts that 85% of all jobs in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. That means professionals need to prepare for whatever the market demands. Our programming will continue to be market-relevant, preparing our graduates (and alumni who need another credential) for today and tomorrow.
3 | Engaging Alumni We will develop and implement a community engagement platform that helps
our alumni find programming and connections that advance their careers and satisfy their curiosity—no matter their age or stage!
4 | Pioneering Adult Learning Research Our community understands that adults have different learning needs. Our goal is to pioneer research and development in this area, hosting symposia and encouraging faculty to be innovative in their teaching techniques.
5 | Leading the Continuing Education Field Continuing education continues to evolve, often innovative in both content and delivery. We will lead the professional and continuing education field into the new era for higher education by implementing a holistic approach to engagement. 6
ENGAGEMENT To read a more in-depth outline of the University College strategic plan, please visit universitycollege.du.edu/strategicplan 7
FACULTY: MAKING AN IMPACT
W I T H T H E C O L O R A D O P O E T L A U R E AT E
Joseph Hutchison, academic director for the Professional Creative Writing program, received a one-year extension of his term as Colorado Poet Laureate—a multi-year stint that took him around the state of Colorado sharing stories, poetry, and culture. What is the state of our arts and culture scene in Colorado? Colorado is frankly in the midst of a renaissance in arts and culture. Art, music, and literary events are taking place north and south, on both sides of the Continental Divide. This scene is happening because the state is attracting and nourishing artists through arts and culture organizations large and small. It’s not a top-down effort, but a bubbling up within communities. From my point of view, this makes the current scene more than a trend; it is foundational—something artists and audiences can build on far into the future.
What surprised your most about your experience as Poet Laureate? Aside from my surprise at being nominated and then appointed by Governor Hickenlooper, who it turns out made the final choice himself (yes, he’s actually a reader), there has been the continual discovery of excellent poetry being produced around the state. I have to say that I’ve never considered myself a “Colorado poet,” only because my roots are more local. I’m a Denver poet for sure, maybe a Front Range poet. As Poet Laureate, I’ve been able to connect with poets I may never have encountered except online—poets who speak from and for other localities, other communities. I’m certainly more of a “Colorado poet” now than I was before the gift of this position.
What do you envision for the future of poetry and creative prose writing? The writing and reading life is in transi8
tion—into what, I’m not sure. On the one hand, readers are demanding an adherence to tested genres; on the other, writers are pushing, even shattering, the boundaries between genres. The old system of publishing, rooted in New York and distinctly urban in nature, is in a late stage of collapse, and smaller independent presses, as they did in the 1960s, are springing up everywhere to fill that expanding void. Although I’m dubious about such innovations as e-readers and online fan fiction, I believe there’s never been a better time to be a writer. But then writing always flourishes in times of rapid change.
What advice to you have for emerging and long-time writers? First and above all, writers need to write. Emerging writers in particular should never turn down an opportunity to write, whether it’s in their favored genre or not. What looks like an exercise can easily turn out to be a breakthrough. Long-time writers—a category I fall into—have a different challenge. The technological imagination most emerging writers have grown up with is a challenge for long-time writers. I’m not sure it can actually be acquired in a deep way once one has developed certain sustaining writing habits. That’s why I generally advise long-time writers to choose their projects on the basis of passion, which means saying no to anything that doesn’t serve that passion. And for both emerging and long-time writers: Don’t confuse publication with success. If the history of literature teaches us anything, it’s that quality writing ultimately finds its way to the readers it was meant to please.
FACULTY: MAKING AN IMPACT
ALUMNI: MAKING AN IMPACT
FROM PATIENT TO ADVOCATE
“I started DU’s grad program while in recovery knowing I would go back into the workforce retooled and well prepared to focus on my new calling helping people with healthcare challenges.” — JC Montañez, ‘18 graduate 10
ALUMNI: MAKING AN IMPACT Failure is what led Juan Carlos “JC” Montañez back to school. Not a typical type of failure like in a career or academia, but rather, kidney failure. JC was working on a multi-million dollar architecture project in Latin America when he had to start his life over. After beginning dialysis treatment back in the U.S., JC was placed on a kidney transplant list. It was at this time he decided to go back to school to study nursing and healthcare systems. “I needed to find a way to occupy my mind or I would lose it,” he explained. While on the transplant list, JC earned his associate’s degree in nursing at the Community College of Denver. Still waiting for a kidney, he continued on at Metropolitan State University for his bachelor’s in healthcare management. Waiting still, JC decided to apply to the MS in Healthcare Leadership through the University of Denver’s University College. The summer before starting his master’s degree and six years into dialysis, JC underwent his kidney transplant. “I started DU’s grad program while in recovery knowing I would go back into the workforce retooled and well prepared to focus on my new calling helping people with healthcare challenges.” While in the Healthcare Leadership program, JC expanded his healthcare knowledge and developed a robust professional network. Recipient of several recognitions and scholarships—including the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership Scholarship and the ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship—JC recommends
all students get involved with professional organizations to help them cultivate their soft skills. “As a non-traditional student who has already been in the workforce and having been a hiring manager, I know your education is very important,” he said. “But it’s the professional organizations and networking opportunities that are invaluable in rounding out our academic accomplishments.” JC found his niche in healthcare policy and legal issues, learning from attorneys and healthcare professionals in his University College courses. In addition to his coursework, JC has been working pro bono as a legislative healthcare policy advisor embedded in the Colorado State Capitol. “Going to hang with our representatives is like going to a live lab,” he said. “I’ve earned the trust of high-profile healthcare champions, and having navigated kidney failure, I know what is good and what is not so good in healthcare, so I am able to offer first-hand insights.” That first-hand knowledge is what inspired JC to change careers and pursue a role as a patient advocate. He’s already working as a change consultant, putting what he learned in the classroom into action in the workplace. Now that JC has graduated, he is pursuing opportunities to lead a hospital system in the U.S. or Latin America and waiting for an offer. And based on JC’s experience, it’s amazing what can be accomplished when you’re waiting.
Career & Professional Development Alumni Relations career.du.edu du.edu/alumni Use the Pioneer Careers database to search job opportunities, connect with DU alumni through Pioneer Connect, and make an appointment with a career counselor.
Find an alumni event near you, attend career and professional development sessions or view recorded sessions, and 11 find ways to connect with your fellow alumni online or in person.
STUDENTS: MAKING AN IMPACT
BUMP, SET, SPIKE, STUDY COACH KATELIN BATTEN SHARES HER DU EXPERIENCES ON AND OFF THE COURT
We often hear stories about student athletes balancing their time between the classroom and the field or court, but what about student coaches who do the same? At University College, we’re proud of our students who are pursuing their education while also serving as coaches at the University of Denver. From golf to volleyball, hockey to soccer, University College students can be found across DU athletics! “This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and one of the best investments I ever made in myself,” explains Katelin Batten about her MS in Leadership and Organizations. Serving as the associate head coach for women’s volleyball at the University of Denver, Katelin is a Pioneer through and through. In fact, she enjoyed her experience at University College so much, she chose to continue on as a graduate student and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in HR Employment Relations. “My motivation was just to further my career as I saw it as an investment in myself and in my coaching career,” she said. “And it really truly made me a better coach for my players.” Finding the motivation to work full-time as a coach while attending graduate school was easy for Katelin, who transforms lessons learned in class and applies them on the court (and vice versa). Katelin’s coaching career started early, being mentored by great figures who she refers to as “legends” in the field. She took a coaching position at the University of Denver when she was 23 and hasn’t looked back. “I love being able to love what I do.” Coaches are particularly drawn to the Leadership and Organizations and Strategic HR programs, which focus on cultivating collaborative leadership skills that help add value to organizations and teams. The programs dig into issues like change management, human relations, risk assessment, handling crisis, and the promotion of values. “Part of a coach’s job is to provide leadership to players, while continually learning,” said Dr. Pat Greer, academic director for both the Leadership and Organizations and Strategic HR programs. “These programs offer lifelong learning skills, with a deeper understanding of what leadership is and how to ‘live’ it in any coaching position.” Working as a recruiting coordinator, Katelin spends time interacting with prospective students and their families. “As I’m going through this HR certificate, when we get to the topic of recruiting I can provide a different perspective because I’m recruiting athletes,” she said. The online course format allows Katelin to stay on the road while continuing with school. From Italy to the Dominican Republic, she has been “in class” around the world, learning new ways to cultivate her coaching skills. “My coaching style can help someone perform better,” she said. “I’ve learned tools I can use to tap into my players’ intrinsic motivation to do something.” 12
STUDENTS: MAKING AN IMPACT
Erik Billinger, Head Coach for Men’s Golf and earning a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizations
David Carle, Assistant Coach for Men’s Hockey and earning a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizations
Clayton Zelin, Volunteer Assistant Coach for Men’s Soccer and earning a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Human Capital in Organizations
BO OKSHELF Anatomie of the World by Annie Dawid
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How to Say Anything to Anyone by Shari Harley 2000 Master of Applied Communication
Raising Mediators by Emily de Schweinitz Taylor 2015 Master of Professional Studies in Communication Management (Alter native Dispute Resolution)
Relevance Raises Response by Bob Bentz Adjunct Faculty for Communication Management
Working V ir tually by Trina Hoefling Adjunct Faculty for Leadership and Organizations
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