Welcome to Fall Gathering Days: October 9 – 15, 2022
All of us in Denver are looking forward to having you on campus this fall. Gathering Days are when students travel to Denver to attend their courses. It is a special time for the Iliff community to be together for academics and fellowship for meals, classes, social events, guest speakers, prayer and worship. By gathering on the beautiful Iliff campus, there are distinctive opportunities for meaningful, engaging, and transforming conversations.
For Fall Gathering Days, all Iliff’s hybrid courses have REQUIRED class time ON CAMPUS in Denver. Click here for the schedule of courses and events.
You are required to be on campus only for your hybrid courses, and only for the period when your section of each hybrid course is scheduled to meet. If you are enrolled in online-only courses you do not need to come to Denver.
Note #1: Attendance for the on-campus portion of all hybrid courses is required in order to receive credit for the course. Consult the Masters Student Handbook.
Note #2: Courses that normally meet weekly on campus, will meet ONLINE in week 5 of the term (during Gathering Days), in order to avoid scheduling conflicts for you.
Special Events to Plan to Attend:
– Tuesday, October 11th @ 5:00-7:00 pm:
Innovation Lab Happy Hour during which you can learn about and meet Iliff people who are working on projects including ethical AI, Ecojustice, Religion and Politics, and health.
– Wednesday, October 12th @ 5:05 pm:
Fall Convocation in the Iliff Chapel. Students, faculty and staff will all be recognized; President Wolfe will give the address, outlining his vision for this academic year. This is our big fall term academic ritual – a fun gathering!
If you have any questions, you can reach out to me (Rev. Dr. Cathie Kelsey @ email@example.com), your faculty instructor, or any staff member. We’re eager to help you navigate.
Travel and Getting Around Denver:
If you fly to Denver: plan a minimum of two hours between your flight arrival or departure and when you must be on campus at Iliff. It is a large airport, 45 min distant from Iliff, and under construction. Uber/Lyft and taxi service is readily available. Car rentals, though available, seem to be more expensive this year. RTD LightRail line A starts at the airport and connects to lines that comes to within 15 min walk of Iliff and also connects to bus line #24 that stops at Iliff.
If you drive to Denver: parking at Iliff is $2/hour, maximum of $10/day. Pay with a credit card at the kiosk next to the lot. University of Denver (DU) manages the lot.
If you take the train to Denver: the Amtrak station is located next to the downtown light rail station (RTD) which can bring you to the north side of DU, a lovely 15 minute walk to Iliff’s location.
Iliff is on bus line #24 (runs north/south on University Blvd) and is one block south of the bus line #21 that runs east/west on Evans. The “trip planner” at RTD-Denver.com is excellent and can show you exactly how to get from one address to another at the time of day on the day you want to travel. Mobile ticketing allows you to purchase fares in advance on your phone. $3 per ride between Iliff and downtown, but $10.50 to or from the airport.
Iliff itself does not have housing on campus. For the hotels listed below students will need to make reservations directly with the hotel, mentioning you want the “Iliff School of Theology” discount. Call them at the hotel rather than using their website to make your reservation.
There are other hotels that are marginally closer to Iliff, but we have not been able to contract for a reduced rate with them yet. (Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, La Quinta)
Many students have found that renting through AirBnB is less expensive, particularly if a group of students rents an entire house or apartment with several bedrooms. There are a couple of apartments within 2 blocks of campus that have BnB units.
If you look at the RTD LightRail map, you might find an AirBnB or hotel deal near a stop that is further away from Iliff but that gives you easy access.
The “Iliff Connect” Facebook group is a great place to share or learn about discoveries with other Iliffians. The group can be found publicly but is a private group (request membership to access).
Plan to have breakfast and dinner off campus. We are arranging for lunch at Iliff on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 1pm. There are also at least 16 low price restaurants within 2 blocks walk of Iliff, and 15 more 4 to 6 blocks away.
Check out the official Denver Visitors Guide to learn about our places and spaces, and our weather, as well as tips about visiting us in the mile high city.