Archive for December, 2006

Ricks Center students take on congressional roles

On Dec. 14, students from DU’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children participated in a mock congressional panel and debated the 2008 National Park Service (NPS) budget. The 19 fifth and sixth graders acted out roles as senators, environmentalists, recreational users and Park Service employees. Since September, the students from Rebecca Gallagher […]

Planners back light-rail apartments; decision delayed

Blowing December snow put on ice a plan to rezone land near the University of Denver light-rail station for an 11-story high-rise, but the delay did little to ease the chill between the developer and neighborhood groups. One of the two organizations fighting the proposal, the West University Community Association, […]

Homeward Bound program sends DU students back to high school

When Miriam Tapia was interviewing for the diversity enrollment director position at DU this summer, she was immediately struck by the high caliber of multicultural students on campus, she says. “They’re so impressive and I began to think that [the students] are really the best resource for DU to recruit […]

New GSSW human-animal institute is the first of its breed

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) has founded a multidisciplinary Institute for Human-Animal Connection to address the relationships, both positive and negative, between animals and people. It is the first such program to be based at a U.S. social-work school. The institute’s mission, according to co-director and social work […]

Attorney Paul Chan follows in hero’s footsteps

When Paul Chan was asked to consider running for president of the Denver Bar Association, he knew it wasn’t really a choice. After all, he could never turn down the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of one of his heroes — early civil rights champion and former Colorado Gov. Ralph […]

A Denver cycling icon dies

For more than a quarter century, the Denver Spoke, an unassuming East Evans Avenue bike shop near DU, has been an icon of the bicycling world. Top racers and celebrities flocked to it and championships were earned because of it — successes largely driven by Dong Ngo, a sharp-tongued, effervescent […]

Law Dean Emeritus Robert Yegge dies

Robert Yegge, dean emeritus of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, died Dec. 16, 2006, of respiratory failure at a Denver hospice. He was 72. Yegge served as acting dean of the DU College of Law from 1965–66 and as dean from 1966–77 and again from 1997–98. Since […]

Suicide a real concern in DU community

It isn’t easy to admit there’s a suicide issue in the DU community, campus health officials say; but without talking about it, the problem won’t go away. In each of the last five or six years, at least one member of the DU community — students, faculty and staff — […]

Students learn change comes through knowing the community

Pioneer Leadership Program students are learning that building relationships is an important step in affecting community change. In the required Models of Community Change course, they are asked to identify areas of tension or conflict — such as a shortage of clean water — then go into a community and […]

High Performance Living course covers life with passion, purpose

Here’s a topic that students can get into: How to live life with passion and purpose. It’s more than just a topic for one University College course — it’s the bottom line of the syllabus for the 3-credit Applied Communication course, aptly called High Performance Living.  “That’s the academic title of […]

Abrams delves into lives of pioneering Jewish women

After growing up and attending college in New York, Jeanne Abrams was awed by the wide-open space and the “tremendous feeling of the possibilities” when she arrived in Colorado in 1973. In her new book, Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail, A History in the West (New York University Press, 2006), […]

Librarian spreads enthusiasm for learning

The stereotypical bespectacled school librarian, commanding silence with narrowed eyes and furrowed brow, never existed in the persona of Liz Keating (MA librarianship ’74). Keating is a library information specialist for Leawood Elementary School in Littleton, Colo., and she views her interaction with students as an “opportunity to impact future […]

‘Granny’ makes a new home at DU

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been performing Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum for 15 years. But putting the show together this year was almost like starting over. After financial reasons forced the ensemble to move from its longtime venue at the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), Cleo took the […]

‘Incredible Internet Guy’ envisions ‘new’ Internet

Cyber-trends author Ken Leebow has seen the “new” Internet, and it is us.  People all over the world are generating a flood of information on the World Wide Web, sparking “Revolution 3.0,” Leebow told guests Dec. 8 at the 2006 School of Engineering and Computer Science awards banquet. “We are, […]

Sports Medicine keeps athletes on their skis, skates and sneakers

December could have started out better for the University of Denver hockey defenseman and senior captain Adrian Veideman.  On Dec. 2, in a heated game against rival Colorado College, he collided with an opponent, slammed into the ice and was carried away on a stretcher. The result: a severe concussion. Injuries […]