Archive for September, 2006

Fretz’s approach to service learning is academic

Eric Fretz’s service-learning approach is a pragmatic one. DU’s new Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) director says he embraces the philosophy of John Dewey and other early 20th century American philosophers who believed truth comes from what works. In particular, Dewey’s belief that the individual’s value comes through […]

Chancellor calls for investments in faculty and staff

In his Convocation speech Sept. 29 in Magness Arena, Chancellor Robert Coombe called on the University to invest in faculty and staff to ensure DU’s continued success. That, he said, will “enable us to make good on a debt of honor we owe the people of this wonderful city whose […]

College of Ed’s Michalec reinvigorating DPS teachers

Nervous high school, middle school and elementary students entering the classroom on the first day of school might not believe it, but the teachers often are as uncomfortable as they are.  It is DU College of Education Professor Paul Michalec’s goal to instill Denver Public School teachers with confidence and […]

Nature or nurture? Keenan is starting to figure it out

For decades, parents who wanted to raise brilliant readers were told to read to their children daily. Reading, many parents believed, was an entirely nurtured skill. Psychology Professor Jan Keenan, recipient of the University of Denver’s 2006 Distinguished Scholar Award, says her research shows that nature also plays into a […]

Saitta targeted as a ‘dangerous’ professor

The University of Denver’s new Faculty Senate president is one of the 101 most dangerous academics in America, according to author and activist David Horowitz. Dean Saitta, professor and former chair of anthropology at DU, was named in Horowitz’s new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America (Regnery […]

Wall Street Journal ranks Daniels College of Business No. 3 in ethics

The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver tied Yale University for the No. 3 ranking for producing students with strong ethical standards, according to The Wall Street Journal’s/Harris Interactive 2006 rankings of graduate business schools released Sept. 19. Daniels was ranked No. 12 on the list of the […]

Students rank DU high in student engagement

University of Denver students again rated their college experience higher than peer institutions in four of five benchmark categories, according to this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey measures effective educational practice in five areas: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, student-faculty […]

Hillel dedicates new Merage & Allon Hillel Center

The University of Denver Hillel chapter will dedicate the new Merage & Allon Hillel Center from 4–6 p.m. on Sept. 26. The two-story, 8,000-square-foot center is 10 times larger than the group’s former building. Chancellor Robert Coombe, building namesakes Harvey Allon and David Merage, and Eran Gasko from Hillel’s International […]

DU’s new carillon program reunites friends

Todd Fair and Andrea McCrady followed the siren song to the Netherlands Carillon School in the mid-70s. There they met, became friends and studied under the masters on the bells of the Tower of Our Lady in Amersfoort.  Fair stayed in the Netherlands for the next 24 years, learning Dutch […]

A Night in Naples features Neapolitan songs, food and wine

Central City Opera Festival Italiano Orchestra tenor Brian Downen and Maestro John Baril will present A Night in Naples at the Newman Center’s Gates Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Part of the Newman Center Presents series, the performance includes the likes of “Aprile,” “Santa Lucia” and “Mattinata” and ends […]