Archive for December, 2011

Alumna Michelle Kwan joins Figure Skating Hall of Fame ranks

University of Denver alumna Michelle Kwan (BA international studies ’09), the most decorated figure skater in American history, can add another item to her long list of accomplishments: She’s been elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame class of 2012. “Throughout my competitive career, it was always important […]

Students help rebuild on Gulf Coast

Ten University of Denver students spent Dec. 4–11 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast working with Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The sorority and fraternity members painted, landscaped and cleared debris, and they were able to meet with many residents of the homes they were working […]

When school is on break, the DU ski team gets to work

When school is on break, the DU ski team gets to work

For most students at the University of Denver, the holidays signal the end of the quarter and a much needed break from school. For the DU alpine and Nordic ski teams though, it means it’s time to kick into gear. Both teams stay in Colorado for most of the break, […]

Letters

DU to host first presidential debate of 2012

DU to host first presidential debate of 2012

The Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the University of Denver as the host site for the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate. The debate will be held on Oct. 3 in Magness Arena at DU’s Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. “The University of Denver is excited for […]

Class of ’56 reunion brings back memories of DU in the ’50s

Class of ’56 reunion brings back memories of DU in the ’50s

A few years ago, a group of alumni from the tight-knit Class of 1956 decided the standard 10-year reunions weren’t cutting it. Now they reconvene every five. “We were having such a good time that we said, ‘We ought to get together more often. We’re getting older. We’d better step […]

Alumnus Mike Kaplan is Aspen Skiing Co.’s king of the hill

Alumnus Mike Kaplan is Aspen Skiing Co.’s king of the hill

A lifelong skier who learned the sport on a tiny ski hill in Wisconsin, Aspen Skiing Co. CEO and President Mike Kaplan (MBA ’93) now runs one of the world’s top ski complexes. Aspen has four resorts offering a wide range of terrain: the beginner’s paradise at Buttermilk; the steeps […]

Women’s College professor establishes scholarship in honor of her late grandmother

Women’s College professor establishes scholarship in honor of her late grandmother

Carmella Lucia Fredo Lennon was a tenacious woman who made a lasting impact on many people, especially her granddaughter, Tiffani Lennon, chair of the law and society program at the University of Denver Women’s College. “I’ve never known a stronger, more powerful woman,” Tiffani Lennon says. In her grandmother’s memory, […]

Student actress doesn’t see disability as liability

Student actress doesn’t see disability as liability

Jenna Bainbridge auditioned at schools across the country and found the best fit practically in her backyard. Bainbridge—a sophomore voice major from Castle Rock, Colo.—received a DU Provost Scholarship, a scholarship from DU’s Lamont School of Music and a private scholarship. While DU made good financial sense, the University also […]

Finance major Lindsay Cone a double threat on the slopes and on the links

Finance major Lindsay Cone a double threat on the slopes and on the links

No one would give it a second thought if Lindsay Cone decided to pack away her golf bag to spend more time honing her skills on the ski slopes. Cone, after all, has won a pair of All-America honors since joining DU’s ski program, and she has emerged as one […]

Stamps from around the world turned into one-of-a-kind map

Stamps from around the world turned into one-of-a-kind map

Using canceled stamps she got from international student applications, Betsy Pike — now an admission coordinator for University College — made this world map when she was a work-study student in the Office of International Student Admission. Pike (BA ’03) says the recent increase in online applications results in far […]

Three Questions: Robert Stencel on NASA’s discovery of new planets

Three Questions: Robert Stencel on NASA’s discovery of new planets

Robert Stencel holds the William Herschel Womble Astronomy Professorship at the University of Denver and is director of DU’s Chamberlin and Mt. Evans observatories. His research focuses on stellar evolution and infrared instrumentation. He notes that important astronomical events for Denver and the region in 2012 include an annual eclipse […]

DU alum, law student forms super PAC for Newt Gingrich

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are far from Iowa’s rolling plains, but a University of Denver law student is finding he can still reach across the heartland to make a difference in one of the most contentious presidential primary races in years. Charlie Smith, a third-year law student at DU’s Sturm College […]

For Olson, giving back to his alma mater is a matter of loyalty

For Olson, giving back to his alma mater is a matter of loyalty

It’s a brisk October day in 1955. Three young men in University of Denver football uniforms stand on a sideline, their coach hovering nearby. One of the players, a tall, buzz-cut lineman wearing No. 78 and a wide grin, holds the game ball. That moment almost six decades ago — […]

Top 10 of 2011: DU’s biggest news stories of the year

Top 10 of 2011: DU’s biggest news stories of the year

From announcing that the University will host the first presidential debate of 2012 to the Pioneers lacrosse team making its first Final Four appearance, it was a year of big news at the University of Denver. As voted on by the staff of the University Communications department, here are the […]