Archive for May, 2009

Campus to be smoke free under new policy

An effort to simplify and extend the University policy on smoking will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010, making DU one of a handful of smoke-free campuses in Colorado. The new policy was outlined May 28 in a letter to the campus community from Chancellor Robert Coombe. The decision comes […]

Women’s College students to present at law and society conference

Christy Morris has spent the last few months working with the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and Charity’s House Ministries to address the challenging topic of recidivism reduction. The senior at the Women’s College — the only all-women’s higher education program in the Rocky Mountain region — was inspired by […]

Women’s golfers finish 5th at NCAAs

The No. 13 DU women’s golf team shot an 11-over par 299 to finish in fifth place overall at the 2009 NCAA women’s golf championship at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. DU’s fifth place finish marks the highest finish by a Pioneer women’s golf team at […]

Strategic Issues panel hosts final immigration informational meeting

When it comes to immigration, Canada has an interesting take: the federal government actually has to negotiate with the provincial governments. As states complain that the U.S. government saddles them with the costs of immigration — legal and illegal — without giving them a say in policy, Canada’s federal government […]

Hard work, creativity will help graduates tackle job market

There are still jobs available, but finding them takes hard work, creativity, and a little bit of gumption. Mary Michael Hawkins, director of the University of Denver’s Career Center, says that while 2009 DU grads face a challenging job market, they should not despair. “People are getting jobs, it’s just taking […]

Alum gets his diploma — 58 years late

Lloyd Hightower isn’t the typical graduate you’d see representing the class of 2009. For one, he’s 87. Plus, Hightower finished his DU business degree in 1951. But 58 years later, Hightower finally has a diploma to prove it. Hightower received the diploma during a ceremony at his Denver home on […]

DU wins Japan Cup

A team from DU’s second-year Japanese class won the annual Japan Cup competition held by the Japan America Society of Colorado in April. Teams from various high schools, colleges and universities from Colorado and Wyoming competed to perform Japanese language tasks and answer cultural questions in the competition April 14. […]

New book explains how moderates get weeded out of politics

Political Science Assistant Professor Seth Masket’s new book, No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures, (University of Michigan Press, 2009) explains how moderates have been left out of politics. “Activists, donors and a few key office-holders work together to pick candidates they like and give those […]

Alumna honored as Colorado’s principal of the year

Holly Hultgren (EdD ’81) has been an elementary school principal in Colorado for 20 years. In 2008, she was named a National Distinguished Principal of the Year. She was selected by her peers in the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals as the recipient for Colorado. One principal is chosen […]

Statistics professor pens ‘whodunits’ after class

When Anthony Hayter teaches his statistics students about the hypothesis theory, he asks them to think of it as a murder trial. The students might think it is out-of-character for Hayter, professor and chair of the Department of Statistics and Operations Technology at DU’s Daniels College of Business, but he […]

DU grad student conquers the mountain

Nick Catanzarite thought his dreams of competitive skiing were over. The 17-year-old from Indiana was spending his junior and senior years of high school in Winter Park, Colo., as part of an intensive program for young ski racers when—in January of 1995—he fell. “I just crashed,” the current DU grad […]

Alums discover new life in old art

Mary “Marty” McGuigan (BA ’92) and John McGuigan Jr. (BA ’89, MA ’97) joke that the past 10 years of their lives have been “like Indiana Jones without the Nazis chasing us.” Their adventure began during a 1998 blizzard in Denver. Stuck in their home, they randomly pulled down a […]

City delay forces DU to wait for answers on new zoning

University officials will have to wait longer than surrounding neighbors for details on how Denver’s new zoning code will affect them. The first draft of the rewritten code, which affects nearly every piece of property in Denver, will be released to the public June 1 at But the part of […]

Professor resurrects forgotten art

Annette Stott, director of the School of Art and Art History, has spent years researching the cemeteries of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana to highlight the work of sculptors in Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). “I’m most interested in what everyday people […]

On-campus self-defense class packs a punch

A woman walks home after a night out, striding down a poorly lit side street without trepidation. She’s heard the oft-repeated statistic that one in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, but her confidence in the precautions she has taken — carrying pepper spray and chatting with […]