Archive for December, 2010

States of Change

States of Change

A one-year, nationwide journey changed Dafna Michaelson’s life. Now she’s trying to change the world.

DU General Counsel Paul Chan is the new president of the Colorado Bar Association

DU General Counsel Paul Chan is the new president of the Colorado Bar Association

University of Denver General Counsel Paul Chan, the new president of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), makes it sound as if leading 17,777 lawyers isn’t such a difficult task. That’s 17,777 people who argue for a living. But Chan (BA English ’81) — who took the reins of the CBA […]

Interview: Robert Hardaway on birthright citizenship

Birthright citizenship — the concept that anyone born in the United States is automatically a U.S. citizen — has become a hot topic in politics and the immigration debate, with some lawmakers proposing bills to end automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. Sturm College of Law Professor and constitutional […]

Alum David Ballentine details Vietnam experience in ‘Gunbird’ memoir

Alum David Ballentine details Vietnam experience in ‘Gunbird’ memoir

David Ballentine has many titles: PhD, DU alum, college instructor, Marine. But the one whose significance he finds increases with age is the designation Vietnam combat veteran. Ballentine (PhD philosophy ’79) recently put his Vietnam experiences into a memoir, Gunbird Driver: A Marine Huey Pilot’s War in Vietnam (Naval Institute […]

Business major JoAnna Burciaga balances school, work, motherhood

Business major JoAnna Burciaga balances school, work, motherhood

Don’t bother telling JoAnna Burciaga she can’t do something. That’s only going to give her the motivation she needs to go ahead and do it. Burciaga grew up in a poverty-ridden Denver neighborhood that had “a lack of motivation and a lack of knowledge,” she says. Her family didn’t give […]

Greetings From the Sanatorium

Greetings From the Sanatorium

Letters from doctors, personal correspondence and candid photos provide a window into the private lives of turn-of-the-century Denver tuberculosis patients. A Penrose archive helps tell their stories.

Rolling Stones album cover part of upcoming Warhol show at DU gallery

Rolling Stones album cover part of upcoming Warhol show at DU gallery

This 1977 album cover designed by Andy Warhol is among a number of works by the noted pop artist that will be on display in DU’s Myhren Gallery as part of Warhol in Colorado, opening Jan. 20 and running through March 13. The exhibit features a large collection of photographs […]

Alums’ feature film documents life on the ‘loneliest road in America’

As a DU student, Mardana Mayginnes traveled the so-called “loneliest road in America” — the Nevada stretch of U.S. 50 between California and Utah — several times each year as he drove back and forth between campus and his home in northern California. After graduation, when Mayginnes (BA English ’06) […]

Ralph and Trish Nagel: Cultivating Creativity

Ralph and Trish Nagel: Cultivating Creativity

Ralph and Trish Nagel can spot opportunity even if it’s buried under sod and trampled by short-cutting pedestrians. Witness the School of Art and Art History’s new Nagel Art Studios, an annex made possible by a $2.3 million gift from the couple. Clad in limestone and copper, the structure rises […]

Life is inspiration for poet Dan Beachy-Quick

For poet Dan Beachy-Quick (BA English ’95), inspiration can hit at any time: while researching the 19th century in America, reading Moby Dick for the 10th time, taking a walk or watching his newborn daughter. “The poems are part of my attempt to understand being in the world in an […]

State of the Art

State of the Art

A new building brings renewed focus to DU’s School of Art and Art History.

Letters

Microfinance class teaches students about responsible lending

Microfinance class teaches students about responsible lending

Students at the Daniels College of Business are learning new lessons about responsible lending and impoverished communities thanks to the school’s Deutsche Bank Microfinance Class, which recently was cited in a Forbes.com article on the 10 most innovative business school classes in the U.S. Students in the Daniels class work […]

Campus Holocaust memorial takes shape

A new Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site at DU is designed to transform the memory of the millions in Europe murdered by the Nazis more than 65 years ago into acts of social justice. “Remembering the Holocaust should not simply be a passive act,” says Sarah Pessin, director of DU’s […]

Historian Phil Goodstein uncovers the ghosts of DU

You might not want Phil Goodstein (MA history ’75) to learn too much about your life. He just may find all the skeletons. Goodstein uncovered plenty of bones in his latest book, The Ghosts of University Park, Platt Park and Beyond (New Social Publications, 2010), in which he examines historic […]