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International studies program receives gift from alumnus

University of Denver graduate Steve Musick has made a contribution to the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) to support students in the school’s Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration Program (GFTEI).

Musick received master of science in management and master of science in financial services degrees from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Penn. He graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in 2006 with a master’s degree in global studies. 

An investment adviser for more than 30 years, his Golden, Colo.-based boutique firm — rebranded Destiny Capital in 2000 — manages assets of more than $150 million.

The GFTEI Fund for Students, established with a contribution of $20,000 from Destiny Capital, supports the professional development of GFTEI students through internships, research, conference participation and guest lectures. Destiny Capital will make contributions to the fund on a quarterly basis. 

Musick and Ilene Grabel, professor and degree director of the Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration Program, will manage the fund and consult with students about its use. 

“Steve is one of the most unselfconsciously generous men I have had the pleasure of meeting,” says GSIS Dean Tom Farer. 

Musick also created the GFTEI Mentor Program where he’ll serve as a mentor to two GFTEI students each year. For the 2007–08 academic year, GFTEI students Ania Jankowski of Westminster, Colo., and Mohammad Holil of East Java, Indonesia, were selected to participate. 

Professor Grabel says the fund and mentoring program will provide invaluable support for students interested in pursuing careers in global trade and finance in the private, public and non-profit sectors. 

“For me as practitioner in the financial services industry, some of the best learning I did at GSIS came from the other students,” says Musick. “So it only seemed natural to me to try to connect back to GSIS students. This is my way of doing that.”

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