Articles written by: Doug McPherson

Kristen Hamilton is the women’s soccer team’s all-time points leader and leading goal scorer, and she’s the only NCAA Division I athlete in history to be named player of the year in three conferences. Photo courtesy of DU Athletics

Women’s soccer player makes Pioneer history

Senior finance major Kristen Hamilton made University of Denver history in January, becoming the first Pioneer women’s soccer player to be drafted to the National Women’s Soccer League. The Western New York Flash picked Hamilton up in the fourth round. A standout on the field since her first year at […]

Erica Chenoweth, who joined the Korbel School in 2012, has focused her research on investigating whether and when nonviolence works — and influential groups around the world are taking notice. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Korbel Professor Erica Chenoweth is getting noticed for her work on nonviolent resistance

The Philippines’ famed “Yellow Revolution” of the 1980s, which resulted in the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos from office and the restoration of democracy in the country, also was one of history’s greatest nonviolent protests. The streets were filled with thousands of unarmed Filipinos — so many weaponless citizens that, […]

First-year student Zach Miller, who grew up on an Indian reservation in New York, is a starter on the men's lacrosse team. Photo: Clarkson Creative

Lacrosse is part of first-year player’s Native American legacy

It’s said that Native Americans invented lacrosse, its origins taking root as early as the 12th century, played by the Iroquois in what is now New York state, southern Quebec and Ontario, Canada. European immigrants have changed the game some since then, but what hasn’t changed is the zest and […]

Gene Tang opened 1515 Restaurant in 1997. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alumnus Gene Tang lives a life of hospitality

Food and cooking always have played a role in Gene Tang’s life. He has fond memories of growing up in Hong Kong, where his parents ran a boutique hotel and restaurant. “I was reared in the hospitality business,” he says. Tang (BSBA ’71, MBA ’75) says he learned early on […]

Troy Walker is a regular at Denver’s two Comedy Works clubs; in summer 2011 he performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison as part of a Film on the Rocks event; and in April 2012 he was part of a group of Denver comedians who traveled to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Jester with a JD: Law school alum Troy Walker takes comedy seriously

Jokes about lawyers are well-documented. Jokes from lawyers — that’s a different story. Actually, that’s this story. Meet Troy Walker (JD ’11), a lawyer who tells jokes — for a living. He’d been joking around long before he entered the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2008. “I’ve […]

Alumnus Joe Riche helps large-scale artists realize their visions

Alumnus Joe Riche helps large-scale artists realize their visions

It had to be. Joe Riche (MFA ’00) becoming an artist, that is. At age 4 he was already grasping some of the finer points of art — at his grandmother’s house. She had a small replica sculpture of the Greek goddess Venus — you know, without the arms. “I […]

International Disaster Psychology students help Colorado heal after flooding

The image of flood waters washing away highways, homes and businesses this fall is seared into the memories of many in Colorado. The state has suffered its share of disasters over the last couple of years – fires and floods chief among them. Yet renewal blooms. Within weeks of the […]

Disaster psychology students help healing efforts after Colorado floods

The image of flood waters washing away highways, homes and businesses this fall is seared into the memories of many in Colorado. The state has suffered its share of disasters over the last couple of years – fires and floods chief among them. Yet renewal blooms. Within weeks of the […]

"Law school made me a better comic," says Troy Walker, "and comedy has made me a better public speaker.” Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Law school alum takes comedy seriously

Jokes about lawyers are well-documented. Jokes from lawyers — that’s a different story. Actually, that’s this story. Meet Troy Walker (JD ’11), a lawyer who tells jokes — for a living. He’d been joking around long before he entered the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2008. “I’ve […]

Gene Tang builds 1515 Restaurant on a lifetime of experience

Gene Tang builds 1515 Restaurant on a lifetime of experience

This profile could have ended up very differently. It could have been about a guy who was so successful early in his career that he just spent his days in the mountains doing what he loved: fly fishing. But it was not to be. Gene Tang (BSBA ’71, MBA ’75) […]