Archive for December, 2005

Chill factor

Chill factor

If you pricked one of Paul Stastny’s veins, it’s a good bet that along with blood, you’d find some ice flowing in there. There has to be. What else can explain his phenomenal first year playing DU hockey? As a first-year forward last season, Stastny took home rookie-of-the-year honors from […]

Destined to teach

Destined to teach

Her mother was a teacher, her sister is a principal, and two of her other siblings have been educators. It seems that for Cathy Grieve, MA ’72, PhD ’79, teaching may have been destiny. For more than 30 years, Grieve has fulfilled that destiny at DU. Grieve performs dual roles […]

Betty Marler helps create new futures for troubled girls

Betty Marler helps create new futures for troubled girls

Being the namesake for a correctional facility may be an uncomfortable tribute for some, but for Betty Marler, MSW ’81, it feels right. In recognition of Marler’s extensive work in youth corrections, her name adorns a locked correctional facility for juvenile girls — the Betty K. Marler Youth Services Center, […]

Letters

Ernie Stroud is an advocate for military vets

Ernie Stroud is an advocate for military vets

When asked whether a military career is a viable option for a college graduate, Ernie Stroud, BS management science ’79, answers with passion. “I believe to serve one’s country is an honor, privilege and a duty not to be taken lightly,” he says. “Our freedoms in America did not come […]

DU’s bright star

DU’s bright star

Astronomy was one of the first disciplines taught at the University of Denver, and the program remains strong 125 years later. “Astronomy is one of the academic disciplines at DU nearly as old as the University itself,” says astronomy Associate Professor Robert Stencel. DU astronomy owes its start to Prof. […]

Of learning and knowing

Of learning and knowing

In the grand parental tradition of cultivating aspirations, I’m always assuring my daughter that, given some effort on her part, she can be anything she wants. An architect. An entrepreneur. A marine scientist. Secretary of state. (Gum-smacking mall rat, I caution her, is out of the question.) Upon further reflection, […]

Writer Mary Finley turns serendipitous encounters into award-winning fiction

Writer Mary Finley turns serendipitous encounters into award-winning fiction

When it comes to writing, Mary Finley, BA English ’64, is convinced of one thing: “You have to write that to which you are entitled.” For Finley, that translates into serendipitous story encounters that span decades. She recalls the time a full-grown cougar stared at her as it crossed in […]

An enriching experience

An enriching experience

Earning a master’s degree in business management and going on to retire from a career as a training director for a bank system is a pretty good way round out a resume. At least that was what Jane Nielsen thought until she started taking courses through University College’s Enrichment Program, […]

Editor’s note

Editor’s note

I recently bumped into a dear old friend — Prof. Emeritus Larry Herold, who was my undergraduate geography adviser. In just the few minutes we spent catching up, I recalled, quite vividly, what this professor had meant to me as a student and how he impacted my life. Professor Herold […]

A cooperative approach

A cooperative approach

Some professors are exceptional lecturers, holding sway over a classroom of students with an unerring command of facts, inspiring oratory and a touch of theatrics. Likewise, some students thrive under the traditional lecture hall format, readily absorbing the information presented and using it to compete with their classmates for the […]

Pilot David Kerr was flying high before DU

Pilot David Kerr was flying high before DU

In fall 1940, David Kerr, BS ’47, enrolled in DU’s engineering school. Like any other freshman, he was eager to earn his degree and start his career. But it was an uncertain time. Europe was embroiled in World War II, and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the […]

Craig Hall opens

This fall, the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) welcomed its students into a new home — Craig Hall — which is a renovation and expansion of Spruce Hall, the school’s home since 1976. The building was revamped with a specific purpose in mind: to provide an environment that facilitates […]

Measures of excellence

This issue of the University of Denver Magazine contains articles about some of our wonderful current students and graduates, about some of the important research projects being pursued at the University and about our engagement with the Denver community. We read often these days about different definitions of academic quality, […]

450-million-year-old fossil resides in Mudd Science Building

450-million-year-old fossil resides in Mudd Science Building

This 450-million-year-old, foot-long trilobite fossil, which now resides in the biological sciences teaching lab in the Mudd Science Building, was found in the Sahara Desert. Predating insects, trilobites were marine bottom feeders that appeared during the Cambrian era and became extinct about 250 million years ago. Although there are no […]