Archive for March, 2006

Urban studies minor attracts students of many disciplines

Senior Emily Hungerford was one of a few undergraduates in the graduate-level Urban Landscapes geography class. She’s not the geography department’s next young star; she’s a sociology major earning credit in urban studies, her minor.  One of DU’s few interdisciplinary minors, the urban studies minor was started four years ago […]

Alumna points migrant students toward opportunity

Although she lives and works 1,000 miles away in California, alumna Angela (Maestas) Robbins’ heart belongs at DU. As a senior educational administrator with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Robbins, BA ’91, coordinates a program that allows at-risk students to learn from DU professors. Each summer, she sends […]

DU junior runs a full schedule, on and off the track

Brandon Davis is racing his way through college. Literally. When the DU junior isn’t speed-reading through his business management textbooks, he’s speed shifting through the turns and twists of racetracks around the country. Davis hits the gas in one of his souped-up Acura racecars for 20 or 30 auto races […]

Professor designs video games with social messages

Don’t expect to find the video game “Juan and the Beanstalk” at Best Buy. Currently in development by Rafael Fajardo, players decide whether to grow coffee or opium in a multi-chapter game intended to express the social complexity of Columbia of the past 30 years. Fajardo, assistant professor of art […]

Ricks Center tailors education to individual students

Since 1992, the University of Denver has graduated more than 30,000 students with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It has also graduated more than 200 13- and 14- year-olds. DU’s young students attend the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, which serves some 275 students from pre-K through eighth grade. Founded […]

Law school classes a respite for busy restaurateur

Melinda Pasquini was making pizza in her family’s Italian restaurant by the time she was 8. In old-world tradition, she worked alongside her immigrant parents and American-born siblings in the afternoons after school. Now in her early 30s, Pasquini is running two Front Range restaurants of her own while attending […]

Technology sends DU archaeologists around the globe

In 2005 alone, Larry Conyers searched for military and ancient graves in Hawaii, mapped tortoise burrows in central Florida, investigated a former settlement in New York’s Central Park, analyzed the La Brea tar pits and researched 5,000-year-old pit-house villages on the Oregon coast. Plus, he worked on sites in Scotland, […]

Broadening horizons

In August, the University awarded an honorary degree to visiting scholar Xinzheng Zhang, the vice minister of education for the Peoples Republic of China. During his visit here, we talked at some length about the efforts that many U.S. universities are making to attract international students and scholars, build study-abroad […]

Editor’s note

Editor’s note

When I graduated from DU in 1996, I thought “alumni” referred to graduates who gave money to the University. I graduated with a hefty debt and at the time had no plans to otherwise contribute to DU; alas, I thought “alumni” was a club I’d never join. Was I ever […]

Colorado’s Economic Future

A DU panel recommends a painful prescription to maintain the state’s fiscal health.

The Dolphin Cure

The Dolphin Cure

Alumni Deena and Peter Hoagland have found healing in an unlikely place.

A Tale of an Artist and a Big Blue Bear

A Tale of an Artist and a Big Blue Bear

A mention of the monumental sculpture at 14th Street and Speer Boulevard in Denver is likely to elicit the response: “I love that bear!” The sculpture in question is DU Associate Professor Lawrence Argent’s 40-foot-tall I See What You Mean, a Brobdingnagian blue beast that appears to be considering the activities inside the soaring atrium of the Colorado Convention Center’s new addition.

Lamont director Joe Docksey was instrumental in Newman Center vision

Lamont director Joe Docksey was instrumental in Newman Center vision

Lamont School of Music Director and Professor Joe Docksey, MA ’74, received DU’s 2006 award for distinguished service to the University at Founders Day. However, Docksey says that what others consider “distinguished service,” he calls “showing up to work.” When Docksey became director of the wind, brass and percussion department […]

Evans Award winner William Kurtz is part of the DU family

Evans Award winner William Kurtz is part of the DU family

When William Kurtz was a child, his family told him that he could do anything he wanted in life. Luckily for the University of Denver and the entire community, Kurtz wanted to help people and the institutions that serve them. Kurtz recently was honored at Founders Day as the 2006 […]


Chamberlin Observatory The article about Chamberlin Observatory [“DU’s bright star,” winter 2005] brought forth some memories I thought you might have an interest in. As a “faculty brat,” I lived in the 2300 block of South Fillmore, a block south of the park where the observatory is. Dr. Recht was […]