Current Issue – Winter 2014

The DU campus as it looked in the early 1900s.

University celebrates 150th anniversary with calendar of special events

It took many decades for the University of Denver to become the school it is today, but the institution has its roots in 1864, when the Colorado Seminary — as the University was chartered — was founded by John Evans and a group of prominent Denver citizens. Evans previously had […]

An interdisciplinary faculty-student-robot research team based out of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is conducting a pilot study exploring whether humanoid robots like NAO can improve social and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Tech-savvy research team aims to help kids with autism disorders

A year ago, when her son Bobby, now 10, was first diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Jamie Lee wasn’t surprised. “By age 2, he didn’t crawl,” she recalls. “And there were other developmental issues.” Although she wasn’t taken aback by the diagnosis, she was daunted by the parenting […]

Erin Husi, a senior environmental science and international studies double major, worked an unpaid internship at Sprout City Farms, a Denver-based nonprofit that cultivates urban farms on underutilized land.

Summer internships give students a taste of the working life

There’s no doubt University of Denver students learn a lot in the classroom. But savvy students know that taking that classroom experience into the real world is a great way to boost a resumé and to explore career options. Students look for internships in a variety of ways, but many […]

Susan Claassen has staged her one-woman show “A Conversation With Edith Head” all over the world. Photo: Tim Fuller

Alumna pays tribute to a show-biz legend

When she died — in 1981, at the age of 83 — costume designer Edith Head was, in show-biz parlance, a tough act to follow. In her decades-long Hollywood career, Head won a whopping eight Oscars and dressed everyone from Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis to Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor […]

Hellen Kassa helped create the film "Sincerely Ethiopia" to shed some light on the positive things happening in the country. Photo courtesy of Hellen Kassa

Alumna Hellen Kassa spreads the good word about Ethiopia

Growing up in Denver, Ethiopia-born Hellen Kassa (BA ’12) knew her classmates weren’t getting the whole picture when it came to her homeland. “Any time I was in school or in class, people were like, ‘Oh, you’re from Ethiopia? What’s that like?’ It was very negative,” she says. “It was […]

The sold-out Korbel Dinner featured two-term former President George W. Bush as its special guest and keynote speaker. Photo: Bernard Wooten

George W. Bush is featured guest at Korbel Dinner

The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies raised more than $670,000 at its 16th annual Korbel Dinner on Sept. 9. The funds will support scholarships, faculty research and programs. The sold-out event featured two-term former President George W. Bush as its special guest and keynote speaker. The […]

Inside Lacrosse magazine ranked DU’s incoming class No. 11 — the highest rank since Tierney joined the Pioneers in 2009. Photo: DU Athletics

Lacrosse teams look to build on successes of last season

After the dust had settled and the tears had dried, in the months after the University of Denver men’s lacrosse season ended so discouragingly, coach Bill Tierney could only shake his head, recalling how the bitter end unfolded. “There hadn’t been any penalties the whole game,” Tierney says. “Then, to […]

Elizabeth Escobedo is the author of “From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front.” Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Historian’s new book captures wartime experience of Mexican-American women

It was from her father’s sisters that Elizabeth Escobedo first heard the stories that would inspire her new book, “From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front” (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). With the men off at war, the […]

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 […]

"We have a deep commitment to making sure educated women understand that it’s not just that they receive the education, it’s what they do with it," says Lynn Gangone, dean of Colorado Women's College. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Interview: Lynn Gangone, dean of Colorado Women’s College

Colorado Women’s College of the University of Denver celebrated its 125th anniversary in November, months after reclaiming its historic name (for many years it was known simply as the Women’s College). We talked with Dean Lynn Gangone about where the CWC stands now — and where it’s headed.   Q: […]