Archive for March, 2010

Interview: Women’s College Dean Lynn Gangone

Interview: Women’s College Dean Lynn Gangone

Alumnus Peter Funt carries on ‘Candid Camera’ legacy

One of the proudest moments in Peter Funt’s career came in 1967, when he interviewed Martin Luther King Jr. on his DU radio show. Another came in 2004, after Funt (BA ’69) had taken over for his father, Allen Funt, as host of the hidden-camera TV series “Candid Camera.” In […]

Editor’s note

Spectator to Citizen class trains new generation of leaders

Spectator to Citizen class trains new generation of leaders

The University of Denver always has prepared students to become leaders in business, law and other academic fields. A new sequence of courses offered through DU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) aims to prepare students to become leaders in their communities as well.

In a class by themselves: DU instructors get creative with out-of-the-ordinary courses

In a class by themselves: DU instructors get creative with out-of-the-ordinary courses

At DU, many courses are anything but traditional. Think classes taught via satellite. Think reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” for homework, or comparing two different kinds of sauvignon blanc during class. We asked students and academic departments around the University about some of their coolest and most outside-the-box courses.

Crane sculpture honors late professor Stuart James

Crane sculpture honors late professor Stuart James

Cotillion director teaches the dying art of good manners

Cotillion director teaches the dying art of good manners

Jon Williams (BA psychology ’76) is bringing civility back. Sixty years ago, Williams’ parents — a pair of professional dancers who had worked with Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire — founded Jon D. Williams Cotillions, which provided dance instruction and social-etiquette training to children in the Colorado Springs area. Williams […]

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan has mastered the wine business

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan has mastered the wine business

A few years after graduating from DU with a degree in international business, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan had a business lunch that changed her life. She was working for Citibank in London, and on the lunch menu was herb-crusted salmon and Sancerre — a white wine from the Loire valley in France. […]

Music, theater students join forces for bawdy Sondheim musical

DU’s Department of Theatre and Lamont School of Music are traveling to ancient Rome for their annual collaboration, teaming up to perform Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum March 3–7. In the early 1960s, long before he became world famous for songs like […]

Can immigration be reformed?

Can immigration be reformed?

Led by Director Jim Griesemer, DU’s Strategic Issues Program (SIP) each year sets out to see whether 20 leaders from varied backgrounds can examine an issue facing the state of Colorado or the nation in depth and then develop solutions through consensus. In 2009 the panel sought to develop a pragmatic solution to the multitude of issues entangled with immigration, both legal and illegal.

Graduates from different eras unite over alumni pin

Graduates from different eras unite over alumni pin

Like the more than 1,000 students who graduated from DU with her in June 2009, Caitlin Shea (BSBA ’09) walked away from the Commencement ceremony with a souvenir: a tiny crimson and gold alumni pin. The new grads were instructed to carry the pin with them to give to a […]

Law school grad also a trapeze artist

Law school grad also a trapeze artist

It’s probably safe to say there are few people who are equally comfortable trying a case in a courtroom and flying through the air, waiting for someone to catch them by their ankles. But flying through the air as a member of the Westminster-based Imperial Flyers trapeze and circus arts […]

Giving was Rosie Meyer’s motto

It’s easy to say the University of Denver was an important part of Rosie Meyer’s life. Meyer, who died Oct. 30, 2009, at age 82, earned a psychology degree from DU in 1949. She met her husband, Dick (BA ’51), at DU, her brothers also were alumni and her granddaughter […]

Alumna Alysia Kline climbs to the top with Outdoor Divas

Alysia Kline (MS finance ’04, MBA ’04) knows what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world. And she’s a competitor — in sports and business — as co-owner of the women’s outdoor gear and apparel company Outdoor Divas. Kline’s summary of running the business is simple: “It’s […]

Hope for Healing: DU researcher Dan Linseman is starting to unravel the mystery of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Hope for Healing: DU researcher Dan Linseman is starting to unravel the mystery of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Armed with $2.4 million from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Linseman has devoted the last three years to unraveling the mysteries of Lou Gehrig’s disease. The bulk of his work aims to identify some of the intra-cellular mechanisms by which apoptosis — or programmed cell death — occurs in ALS, in the hope that drug makers might someday use the information to develop better treatments. But well aware of the lack of time patients face, he’s also looking at more accessible potential remedies, such as antioxidant compounds in certain nutrients, that could provide relief even sooner.