Archive for November, 2007

Ruffatto put thoughts into action

Joan Ruffatto, a DU benefactor and former staff member at DU, died Nov. 18. She was 55. Ruffatto recently left after two years as a study skills specialist and academic counselor for DU’s Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP). “She was very nurturing, very passionate about what she did,” says Jenna Wilson, […]

Curator catalogs Colorado’s history

Tucked in the basement of the Colorado History Museum and surrounded by row after row of filing cabinets, associate curator Alisa Zahller (MA art history ’97) works painstakingly to research and preserve history. It’s a job that requires careful attention to detail along with some basic detective work. Who created […]

Neighborhood activist Charles Howard dies

Elected representatives of the 26th largest city in the United States bowed their heads in tribute Monday to a DU graduate who worked tirelessly to make Denver a better place to live. Charles R. Howard (BA ’52) died Nov. 25 at Exempla Lutheran Hospice in Wheat Ridge after a long […]

DU law clinic files federal Supermax lawsuit

The Sturm College of Law Student Law Office filed suit Nov. 28 in federal court against the U.S. government, alleging the incarceration of longtime inmate Tommy Silverstein amounts to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. Silverstein, 55, has been in prison since 1975 and in solitary confinement since 1983.  Convicted of […]

Alum recounts breast cancer trial

Alum recounts breast cancer trial

A cancer diagnosis can take an ordinary life and turn it upside down. In The Heroics of Falling Apart: One Couple’s Breast Cancer Journey (iUniverse, Inc., 2007) Dan Gordon (MLS ’99) and Judy Gordon describe falling apart — and how that helped them keep it together. In 2003, the Gordons were […]

Professor says stress gets in the way of an authentic life

The holiday season is upon us, and for all the joys it brings, it also carries with it an extra dose of stress. There’s traveling during the busiest time of year, meeting family and social obligations, spending more on gifts and celebrations — all while maintaining everyday work and familial […]

Senior works to reform high school

As a junior at North High School, Julieta Quinonez thought she was receiving a great education. She took accelerated and advanced placement courses and earned good grades. But when a simple survey asked about her college plans, she was at a loss. “I had never met with a counselor. No […]

Judaic Studies hones new concept for long-term residencies

Performing artist Amichai Lau-Lavie doesn’t mind being a guinea pig for a new out-side-the-box idea. It seems he’s never been inside the box. When Lau-Lavie was asked to be the Center for Judaic Studies’ first artist-in-residence at the University of Denver, he didn’t hesitate. “I think it’s a good concept,” […]

Tax team wins championship

In what’s becoming something of a tradition, the University of Denver’s Graduate Tax Program is celebrating another championship win at the 2007 Deloitte Tax Case Study National Competition, which took place in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16–18. Team adviser Professor Edward Roche says the team worked hard to get ready and handled […]

Air travel to get more expensive, professor predicts

Travelers planning to take to the air this holiday season can expect more of the same woes troubling the airline industry all year: long lines at security, fickle weather and crowded planes. But they should be thankful. Next time, the trip will be just as difficult, and it’ll probably cost […]

Sturm professor runs for Colorado House seat

Sturm professor runs for Colorado House seat

Teaching the law is familiar territory for University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Tom Russell, but now he aims to make laws. The longtime professor is putting his years of legal experience and community activism together this year, making a bid for the Colorado State House.  Russell’s influence may […]

Scholar spends half his life with Bridge Project, returns for more

The University of Denver’s Bridge Project has spent the last 16 years opening up educational opportunities for kids in Denver public housing developments.  For Mario Santistevan, “the Bridge” has been a fixture in his life since he was 9. The Bridge Project offers a multifaceted approach to supporting education for young […]

Jenson finds life’s work in kids’ risky behavior

As a teacher in the 1970s, Jeff Jenson found himself drawn to the students in his middle school classroom who took drugs, missed class or consistently ended up in the principal’s office. It took him down a career path dedicated to finding out why kids get in trouble — and […]

Women’s College dean emerita awarded for being ‘bold’

Michele “Mike” Bloom, dean emerita of the Women’s College of the University of Denver, was recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado at the foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration luncheon Nov. 14. Bloom was one of 20 women who received the “Be Bold” Award, which recognizes the leadership of Colorado women who […]

‘Anne Frank’ performance to inspire Hope dinner

On Nov. 28, 63 years ago, Anne Frank and her sister Margot were one month into their confinement in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwestern Germany. On Nov. 28 of this year, Anne Frank’s emblematic story of courage and resistance to Nazi power will be dramatized before a special audience […]