Current Issue – Spring14

DU at 150: A journey through the decades

DU at 150: A journey through the decades

The past 150 years have seen wave after wave of change for the University of Denver. From our humble beginnings in 1864 in a single downtown building, the University has grown into the city’s signature institution, and today, we are known for our distinctive campus, our international presence, and our […]

Donne and Sue Fisher make $5 million gift to University of Denver

Donne and Sue Fisher are investing $5 million in the future of early childhood education through a gift to the University of Denver. Longtime supporters of the University whose generosity named the Fisher Early Learning Center at its inception, the Fishers demonstrate their ongoing commitment to young children through their […]

"I think it’s an incredibly exciting time, and I see DU entering an entirely new phase, where we have a real chance to become one of the truly extraordinary universities in the nation," says departing Chancellor Robert Coombe. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Departing Chancellor Robert Coombe reflects on his 33 years at the University

In January 2014, Robert Coombe, the University’s 17th chancellor, announced he will retire at the end of June, along with his wife, Julanna Gilbert, executive director of the Office of Teaching and Learning and a member of the chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Coombe assumed the chancellorship in 2005, after serving […]

Matthew Watwood is a Boettcher Scholar who also has received the Robison Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship, the Edgar Everhart Endowed Scholarship and the David C. and Betty S. Hess Endowed Scholarship. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Senior Matthew Watwood balances triple major demands with ease

When he’s not doing homework for his triple major in physics, math and computer science, University of Denver senior Matthew Watwood is pursuing his passion for magic, performing at Colorado Avalanche games and at Elitch Gardens, where he also leads physics presentations for high school students. “Magic is a hobby […]

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 […]

Many stations in "Tradition and Legacy" include cases full of artifacts — from vintage athletics and cheerleading uniforms to Commencement scepters and DU beanies.

Sesquicentennial exhibit digs into DU history

To prepare for a sesquicentennial exhibit at the Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver archivists dug deep into their collections to find photographs, uniforms and other artifacts that help tell the DU story. “Tradition and Legacy” — an interactive exhibit that opened Jan. 13 — features 13 stations spread throughout […]

“[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 […]

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 […]

Members of Denver's game-making community came to campus in late January for the Global Game Jam. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

University a host site for January’s Global Game Jam

It’s not often you see students giving up a weekend in the pursuit of art. But such was the case in late January, when about 50 University of Denver students joined other members of the city’s game-making community for the 2014 Global Game Jam, a worldwide event that challenges teams […]

The DU marching band helped rouse the crowd at the Founders Day Gala. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Founders Day 2014 celebrates University of Denver legacy in style

Eschewing the typical Founders Day format for a party befitting the University of Denver’s 150th anniversary, the 2014 Founders Day Gala was a grand celebration of the University’s long history. The event took place March 5 at the Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center in Denver and welcomed more than 1,100 […]