Articles written by: Samantha Stewart

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Alumnus and polio survivor works to eradicate disease

Alumnus and polio survivor works to eradicate disease

On April 12, 1955, it was announced that Jonas Salk had successfully developed a vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis, arguably the most notorious disease of the 20th century. Salk’s intravenous vaccine and Albert Sabine’s oral vaccine — developed in 1961 — helped make polio a thing of the past […]

DU’s Bridge Community Garden takes root

DU’s Bridge Community Garden takes root

Do you have SOLE power? DU does, now that the Bridge Community Garden is up and running. SOLE—an acronym used to denote food that is sustainable, organic, local and ethical—aptly describes the fruits and veggies grown in the garden, located across from Centennial Halls at 1819 S. High St. Members […]

Alum pens young-adult novel about sailing adventure

After his mother abruptly moves out prior to the family’s annual sailing trip, 16-year-old Luke and his angry and confused father set out alone on the weeklong voyage. The routine journey becomes a fight for survival when an unexpected summer storm pulls Luke’s father overboard. Without anyone to rely on […]

33-year-old alumnus owns top event management agency

For the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, producers wanted 3,000 Houston-area children to simultaneously swarm the playing field to cheer on the performers. But who could they call upon to orchestrate such ordered chaos? As the founder of Precision Event Group, an event-management and experiential marketing agency, Jason Wanderer (BA […]

Alumna caters to urban gardeners

Diane Stahl (BA anthropology and psychology ’80) used to amuse her coworkers with her vacation plans. Instead of plane tickets and a passport, Stahl’s itinerary involved seed packets and a spade. The backyard of her Washington Park home substituted for an exotic locale. Now, as the owner of Urban Roots, […]

Alumna caters to urban gardeners

Diane Stahl (BA anthropology ’80) used to amuse her coworkers with her vacation plans. Instead of plane tickets and a passport, Stahl’s itinerary involved perennials and a spade. The backyard of her Washington Park home substituted for an exotic locale. Now, as the owner of Urban Roots, Stahl no longer […]

33-year-old alumnus owns top event management agency

For the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, producers wanted 3,000 Houston-area youths to simultaneously swarm the playing field to cheer on the performers. But who could they call upon on to orchestrate such ordered chaos? As the founder of Precision Event Group, an event management and experiential marketing agency, Jason […]

Trailblazer seeks out challenges even in her nineties

Trailblazer seeks out challenges even in her nineties

For her upcoming birthday, 94-year-old Marion Downs (MA audiology ’51) says she plans on going skydiving — again. Even as she approaches the century mark, Downs — who went skydiving for the first time to celebrate her 90th birthday — rarely allows her age to interfere with her desire for […]

Turtle Island Quartet performs holiday music Dec. 6

In celebration of the holiday season the Newman Center for the Performing Arts will host the Turtle Island Quartet Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall. The Solstice Celebration performance will feature holiday music from around the world including English carols, 16th century Scottish reels, Jewish songs […]

Alumnus George Lof pioneered development of solar heating systems

Alumnus George Lof pioneered development of solar heating systems

On Parkway Drive in the Englewood, Colo., neighborhood of Cherry Hills, a piece of history is for sale. Years ago, however, the technology which makes this item distinct was of little interest or value to anyone other than its owner. That’s because the heating system employed in the house on […]

Alumna doesn’t let age interfere with adventure

Alumna doesn’t let age interfere with adventure

For her upcoming birthday, 94-year-old Marion Downs (MA audiology ’51) says she plans on going skydiving—again. Even as she approaches the century mark, Downs—who went skydiving for the first time to celebrate her 90th birthday—rarely allows her age to interfere with her desire for adventure. She admits, however, that in […]

Hockey fan embodies Pioneers pride

Hockey fan embodies Pioneers pride

Dressed in his ever-present crimson and gold apparel, Harold Beier (BA liberal arts ’47) is the very picture of Pioneers pride. Members of the campus community also know him as DU hockey’s biggest fan. Although he retired 21 years ago, Beier has spent his golden years hard at work. Despite the […]

Kronos Quartet to set music to political dialogue Nov. 8

The Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet will perform at the Newman Center Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in collaboration with “Alternative Radio” host David Barsamian and environmental activist Diane Wilson. Barsamian created “Alternative Radio,” a worldwide independent radio program, to bring issues and insights ignored by mainstream media sources into the public […]

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet glides across stage Nov. 1

If previous years are any indication, Gates Concert Hall will be at maximum capacity Nov. 1 for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s 7:30 p.m. performance. Based in Aspen, Colo., and Santa Fe, N.M., the contemporary ballet company is a favorite in Denver and consistently sells out shows, says Newman Center Executive […]