Who doesn’t love a good office party to get in the holiday spirit? Every year the DU Enrollment Division – made up of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid – gets together to celebrate our hard work over the past year and gear up for the holiday season. This year our party took place at the top of the Sie Complex on campus, which has gorgeous views of Downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
Campus views from the top of the Sie Complex
We kicked things off with a delicious and festive lunch buffet which included roasted chicken with a cranberry glaze, alfredo tortellini, grilled sweet potatoes, mini-cheesecake bites, brownies and more!
Holiday lunch buffet
First in line!
After lunch, the real fun began with the annual holiday gift exchange – a long standing office tradition. Each staff member brings in a wrapped gift (which is added to the gift table) and then draws a number. During the gift exchange, as your number is called, you get to go to the front of the room and pick a gift from the gift table OR steal a gift that has already been chosen and opened by another coworker. There is an ever-growing list of rules about how many times, how and when you can steal a gift. Things get competitive, but in the end everyone walks away with a gift that they like (or a gift they can at least laugh about). : )
This year’s gift table
An added bonus this year: before you chose your gift, each staff member had to say their favorite Denver restaurant. Here are some of the ones that were mentioned:
Denver Biscuit Company
The 49 Food & Spirits
Olive and Finch
Wash Park Grill
Wine Experience Cafe
City O' City
Ester’s Neighborhood Pub
White Chocolate Grill
Federal Bar and Grill
Welton St. Café
Jim's Wings (Ft. Collins)
As we head into the holiday season, it’s always a good time to reflect and think about the things we are thankful for. I’m extremely lucky to work with such a wonderful team of people here at DU and am grateful that each year we can spend this time together eating delicious food, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
Sarah Towey - Senior CRM Specialist, Undergraduate Admission
The six-week long winter break is a unique staple of the University of Denver’s quarter system. Prospective students and parents often wonder... what do students really do over break? To answer this question, I have interviewed three current DU students to gain their first-hand perspective:
Meredith: Why don’t you all introduce yourselves, sharing your name and grade?
Cameron: Hi! I am Cameron Wilson, and I am a senior majoring in International Studies, French, and minoring in Math…. and I am a Colorado native, if you will.
Alyssa: My name is Alyssa Page, and I'm a senior majoring in marketing. Oh, and I am graduating early in Spring of 2018!
Avery: Hi! I am Avery Hitchcock, a senior and triple majoring in Psychology, Criminology, and Political Science and minoring in Business Administration.
Meredith: Thanks for the quick introduction guys! So what are you doing over break?
Alyssa: Where are you working?
Cameron: Undergraduate Admission
Meredith: Do you typically work over break?
Cameron: Yes, the six-week break allows you to take on internships or work. Oh, and isn’t Alyssa Beckerman in an interterm class?
Cameron: She is abroad right now in Rome!
Meredith: Do a lot of students go abroad for interterm classes?
Alyssa: No, but a handful of students take advantage of them.
Avery: The ones that do have a great experience though, and a lot of the interterm courses offer financial aid.
Meredith: Alyssa and Avery, what are you two doing over break?
Alyssa and Avery: We're also working!
Meredith: It seems like it’s an awesome opportunity to work. What are some other pros and cons of the six-week break?
Alyssa: You can relax and spend time with family... or apply for jobs!
Cameron: You can also work on your professional development - I have spent a lot of time updating my resume.
Avery: If you are applying to grad school you can visit schools. At the same time, though, you do need to fill your time to make sure you don’t get bored. The break feels long.
Cameron: The down side is all of my friends are in school right now.
Avery: Yeah, most schools are on the semester system, so it can be kind of a bummer when you go back home.
Alyssa: Overall, though, the break is a really nice time to focus on other things besides academics.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do over the winter interterm. Take it from these current Pios – the six-week period can be a great break.
Meredith Lawlor - Campus Visit Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Admission