Alumni

Alumni connections helped build fast-casual eatery Chop Shop

Alumni connections helped build fast-casual eatery Chop Shop

After an intense four years at the University of Denver earning a degree in international business while playing men’s lacrosse, Christian Anderson (BSBA ’05) chose to travel instead of jumping into a job. He visited Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand before returning to Denver, where he landed a job at Beverage […]

Alumnus turns his lens on sexual slavery in award-winning documentary

Alumnus turns his lens on sexual slavery in award-winning documentary

Grant Knisely fell in love with Nepal in 2001, when he traveled there as part of a service learning project at the University of Denver. It was during that trip that Knisely made his first documentary film, “Project Nepal: A Time to Learn,” which was about the DU students on the journey and their experiences volunteering with nongovernmental organizations in Kathmandu.

Joseph Teipel, left, and Eric Kornacki are the founders of ReVision International. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alums’ nonprofit brings fresh food and opportunities to impoverished Denver neighborhood

The road to transformation for one of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods began half a world away — in Nicaragua, where a 2006 service-learning project inspired two University of Denver students — economics major Eric Kornacki (BA ’09) and criminology major Joseph Teipel (BA ’07) — to fight poverty at home. “Joseph […]

Prizewinning poet turns attention to helping caregivers

Prizewinning poet turns attention to helping caregivers

Heather McHugh (MA ’73) has run the gamut since her days at the University of Denver. She is a respected poet with a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” to her name, a professor at the University of Washington, and the executive director of CAREGIFTED, a nonprofit committed to the well-being of […]

“[DU is] a place where I could do everything from test new stuff to see old friends," says Rob Gleeson, left. "It’s an incredible ally to have a university on your side.” Photo courtesy of Showtime

Business-school grad Rob Gleeson does a stint in Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’

Rob Gleeson (BSBA ’10) isn’t just a business-school grad in real life — he also plays one on TV. Gleeson, 26, played Jeffrey, a quiet, intense “numbers guy,” on season three of Showtime’s comedy series “House of Lies,” which stars former Denverite Don Cheadle as a ruthless management consultant. The […]

Alum couple crafts brewery with a social mission

Alum couple crafts brewery with a social mission

What’s the story behind the name of Two22 Brew? It’s not the address of the brewery in Centennial, Colo. — nor does it have anything to do with the alcohol content of any of Two22’s offerings. Here’s the story: The brewery’s owners — University of Denver grads Paige Schuster and […]

Alumna chronicles her year of eating unprocessed food

Alumna chronicles her year of eating unprocessed food

“My first foray into unprocessed food occurred in the aisles of Trader Joe’s,” Megan Kimble writes on her blog. “It was a Wednesday afternoon, and I had an hour before I needed to be somewhere — plenty of time, I thought. I grabbed a cart, walked in the door, and […]

Public Policy alum leads the way in education

Dan Schaller (MPP ’10) started the master’s program at the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy Studies as a high school teacher interested in exploring ways he could engage in and influence the larger education debate. Now he is leading the way as director of advocacy with the Colorado […]

"Hopefully we’ll see people get health care, and get healthier, and see health care costs go down — that’s my motivation for of all this,” says Melanie Hererra Bortz. Photo courtesy of Melanie Hererra Bortz

Alumna helps spread the word about Obamacare

It hasn’t been an easy path for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). October’s launch of the exchanges — the online marketplaces where Americans shop and sign up for health plans under the law — was rocky, at best. Sign-ups have been lower than expected, and as the March 31 deadline […]

Iranian foreign minister makes virtual return to his alma mater

More than 200 students, faculty and community members came to the University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons on Tuesday to sit in on a historic conversation between Mohammad Javad Zarif, minister of foreign affairs for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador and current dean of […]