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Mile High Alumni: Five recent graduates who are shaping Denver’s future

Mile High Alumni: Five recent graduates who are shaping Denver’s future

Denver has come into its own in recent years, earning a reputation as a hotbed for tech, arts, dining, craft beer, entrepreneurship and an engaged millennial population. Just as DU has helped to shape Denver over the past 150 years, the University has a strong influence on the city’s latest […]

"The secret of longevity and a successful brand is ...hard work, passion, commitment to family and humanitarian efforts,” says alumnus Marc Schulman. Photo courtesy of Eli's Cheesecake

Alumnus Marc Schulman carries on a cheesecake legacy

Family is a way of life for Marc Schulman, president of Chicago-based dessert empire Eli’s Cheesecake. Schulman (BSBA ’76) inherited the business from his father, the late Eli Schulman, owner of several now-shuttered Chicago-area eateries that played host in the ’60s and ’70s to celebrities such as Woody Allen, Barbra […]

"Volunteer with a variety of organizations until you find out what really pulls at your heartstrings,” says Yvette Cook. Photo courtesy of Usher's New Look

Alumna helps Usher shape next generation of leaders

For Yvette Cook, there was no choice growing up but to serve her community. She says her civic-minded parents encouraged her to follow a path of altruism. Now Cook (BA ’82, MA ’85) heads up Usher’s New Look (UNL), an Atlanta-based nonprofit started by the multiplatinum-selling performer at the age […]

Alumni shaping Denver: Brian Vicente, Amendment 64

Alumni shaping Denver: Brian Vicente, Amendment 64

Brian Vicente (JD ’04) has been fighting the marijuana fight for more than a decade, most significantly as co-director and one of two primary authors of the 2012 measure that made Colorado the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. These days Vicente and his 50-person firm, Vicente […]

"It’s been really cool to see those artists being able to take what they’re doing at Nocturne and further their art and their careers." Photo: Anthony Camera

Alumni shaping Denver: Nicole Mattson, Nocturne

Two years ago, Nicole Mattson (BSBA ’03, business; MBA ’12) and her husband, Scott, opened Nocturne, an upscale jazz club in Denver’s up-and-coming RiNo (River North) neighborhood. A hotspot for local jazz artists and aficionados — including faculty and students from the Lamont School of Music —t he club has […]

"As somebody who cares about connecting foreign-trained professionals to the same work they’ve been doing in their home countries, it’s a perfect time [in Denver]." Photo: Anthony Camera

Alumni shaping Denver: Hillary Frances, Emily Griffith Technical College

Hillary Frances (MA ’09, international and intercultural communications) is instructional dean of adult education and the Language Learning Center at Emily Griffith Technical College, where she helps prepare nontraditional students — including refugees and immigrants — for the workforce. The school’s bridge classes are designed to help adults who worked […]

"LoDo is one of the hottest markets in the country right now, and I think the Union Station development was the paramount catalyst for that." Photo: Anthony Camera

Alumni shaping Denver: CJ Chapman, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

A Denver native and East High School graduate who went to Princeton to play basketball, CJ Chapman (JD ’06) returned to his hometown after college to pursue a law degree at DU. He is now a partner and real estate lawyer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he has negotiated […]

Alumni shaping Denver: Candi CdeBaca, Project VOYCE

Alumni shaping Denver: Candi CdeBaca, Project VOYCE

Candi CdeBaca (BS ’09, sociology; MSW ’09, social work) is co-founder and executive director of Project VOYCE, a nonprofit that mobilizes and trains Denver youth to work on problems in their schools and communities. Her goal is to prepare kids from Denver’s poorer neighborhoods to claim their seat at the […]

Pioneer Rodney Billups returns to campus as men’s basketball coach

Pioneer Rodney Billups returns to campus as men’s basketball coach

Rodney Billups never expected his career to turn out the way it did. He dreamed about playing professional basketball. He wanted to be a business owner. Retire early. Follow in the footsteps of his brother Chauncey Billups — the former NBA star and arguably the best player to ever come […]

Journalism grad is the voice of the Denver Broncos

Journalism grad is the voice of the Denver Broncos

For most Coloradans, autumn Sundays are synonymous with one thing — Denver Broncos football. DU alumnus Conor McGahey (BA ’07), who this year became the public-address announcer at Broncos home games, has a unique perspective on the blue-and-orange mania that overtakes Denver each weekend. In the booth for all of […]