DU honors 2018 class of Distinguished Alumni

DU honors 2018 class of Distinguished Alumni

DU recruited an accomplished group of graduates for its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Olympic ice skater and U.S. diplomat Michelle Kwan (BA ’09), retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna (JD ’70), and Joseph Saunders (BSBA ’67, MBA ’68), former chairman and CEO of Visa. All three were on […]

$5 million gift establishes new leadership academy

During Alumni Weekend in May, DU announced a $5 million gift from Joe and Sharon Saunders to establish the Saunders Leadership Academy. It is one of the largest endowed gifts in support of scholarships to the University in its history. The initiative includes traditional financial aid support, personal and pre-professional […]

As deputy superintendent at Denver Public Schools, Susana Cordova now leads the district that raised her.  Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Susana Cordova sticks to her roots

Getting ahead in life meant getting out of the community. At least that’s what everyone told Susana Cordova when they urged her to leave her Latino Denver neighborhood behind. An education was her chance to rise up, they said. To be more than a secretary or a factory worker like […]

Stuart Portman is Orrin Hatch’s resident expert and most trusted voice on the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Stuart Portman

Alum Stuart Portman brings health care expertise to Senate post

When the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history needs help understanding health care, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), 84, turns to a fresh-faced kid from St. Louis who is young enough to be his grandson. Stuart Portman (BA ’13), at just 27 years old, is the senator’s resident expert and most trusted […]

Geography grad pushes alternative transportation for city of Denver

Geography grad pushes alternative transportation for city of Denver

When Stephen Rijo came from his hometown in New Jersey to start his undergraduate education at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, his biggest adjustment had nothing to do with dorm food or the thin mountain air. It was more like, “Where are all the trains?” “I couldn’t believe there weren’t […]

Alumna shares the human side of climate change

Alumna shares the human side of climate change

When Dayna Reggero was younger, she was a talker. The University of Denver alumna took every opportunity to put her face on TV or get her name in the newspaper as she fought to protect the environment. Now, at age 37, she’s figured out it’s even more powerful to listen. […]

In hopes that students there will dedicate their lives to vital international causes, Grant Wilkins and his second wife, Marlene, created the Grant and Marlene Wilkins Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Alumnus Grant Wilkins crusades against polio

Grant Wilkins (BA ’47) has dedicated his life to eradicating polio. For more than two decades he has traveled the globe, sharing his story in an effort to raise money for PolioPlus, a Rotary International Program aimed at eliminating the disease. He also distributes vaccines in the countries he visits. […]

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Alumna builds a business around edible insects

Insects — whether crickets, locusts or ants — can be quite the pests. But for Wendy Lu McGill (MA ’12), they present an opportunity to cater to adventurous eaters looking to shake up their palates with an unusual but nutritional delicacy. McGill is CEO and founder of Rocky Mountain Micro […]

Law school grad Sana Hamelin founded the Denver Cat Cafe. Photo: Danielle Lirette

Cats the catalyst for cool cafe concept

Three years after launching the Denver Cat Company, Sana Hamelin (JD ’12) still has all nine of her “crazy cat lady” lives. That’s no small feat. After all, opening the Mile High City’s first and only cat café — where customers can nab a java fix while hobnobbing with resident […]

"I think it’s important for mankind to push boundaries and explore. Exploration is naturally coursing through our veins," says Robb Kulin. Photo courtesy of NASA

DU engineering grad is part of NASA’s new crop of astronauts

“Star Trek” had Kirk, Picard and Spock. Now NASA has Robb Kulin (BS ’04), a University of Denver alumnus who is one of 12 out of more than 18,000 applicants to be selected for the 2017 astronaut candidate program. While his future missions may include seeking out new life and […]

Yoal Ghebremeskel is the founder of Street Fraternity. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alum-founded Street Fraternity helps Denver immigrants find their way

Twenty years ago, a 12-year-old boy and his family arrived in Denver from Eritrea, full of excitement and uncertainty. Yoal Ghebremeskel (BA ’07) recalls asking his mother why his family had to leave their home and come to this mysterious place called America. “For education, opportunity and to have a […]

“To serve in the highest leadership role of any organization is a privilege. To do so at an organization like Rocky Mountain PBS is truly extraordinary,” says Amanda Mountain. Photo courtesy of RMPBS

University College grad advances to the top at Rocky Mountain PBS

Amanda Mountain (MPS ’15) has been busy the last two years. Not only did she become a first-time mom, but she has risen to the top of Denver’s nonprofit media world as president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media, the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS. If anyone knows […]

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

When Crisanta Duran (BA ’02, public affairs and Spanish) decided to run for office at age 29, her dual bachelor’s degrees became powerful tools. “Being able to speak with people in their native language was very, very helpful” says the sixth-generation Coloradan who in November became the first Latina to […]

Stella Peterson found a network of support at the University of Denver’s Latino Leadership Institute, a program designed to elevate Colorado Latino leaders into positions of influence across sectors and industries.  Photo: Wayne Armstrong

DU helps foster a new generation of Latino leaders

By almost anyone’s account, Stella Peterson’s story was one of success. A first-generation college graduate, entrepreneur, triathlete and mother of two, Peterson already had an impressive resumé. But she wanted more—primarily to expand her network and to make contact with other Latinos in Colorado’s business world. “I wanted to connect […]

Steven Dunn's debut novel, "Potted Meat," was nominated for a 2017 Colorado Book Award. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Veteran Steven Dunn finds his voice

Steven Dunn thought he was a painter until his girlfriend (now wife) pointed out the number of words he used in his paintings. That’s when he realized his true calling was writing. “I knew that I wasn’t doing what I needed to do with painting,” says Dunn (BA ’14). “I […]