Archive for February, 2008

Clouds can’t eclipse moongazing at Chamberlin Observatory

The crowds came, the planets aligned, and then, the clouds settled in. But overcast skies couldn’t completely block out a lunar eclipse over Denver Feb. 20, and University of Denver students and faculty joined the public and Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) members at DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatoryto watch the earth’s shadow […]

Record number of high school seniors apply to DU

For the first time in the 144-year history of the University of Denver, the number of high school seniors applying to DU has topped 8,200. The total is 33 percent higher than this time last year and 46 percent higher than year-to-date applications in 2006. The total number of inquiries […]

Mason family endows scholarships in gymnastics and women’s basketball

Art and Polly Mason have gifted $200,000 for endowed scholarships in gymnastics and women’s basketball. “We thank Art and Polly for such a wonderful gift to the University,” says Athletics and Recreation Director Peg Bradley-Doppes. “Athletic endowments provide the gift of opportunity for generations of DU student-athletes, and we’re thrilled […]

Refugees share stories of courage during African Extravaganza

The African Community Center of Denver hosts the 5th annual African Extravaganza at the University of Denver beginning Feb. 20 to celebrate African heritage and bring attention to the African refugees in Denver. “It’s a great opportunity for the African community in the Denver-metro area to give back to local community,” […]

Certificate in humanitarian assistance unveiled

The University of Denver has unveiled a new Graduate School of International Studies program that awards a certificatein humanitarian assistance.  The program teaches students the practical aspects of disaster relief, development, conflict resolution, global politics, and humanitarian and human rights practice, according to Peter Van Arsdale, senior lecturer and the program’s […]

Tickets to be issued for undergraduate Commencement

Due to an increase in the number of graduating seniors, tickets will be required for guests planning to attend the June 7 University of Denver undergraduate Commencement ceremony at Magness Arena. No tickets will be needed for graduate or law school Commencement ceremonies. This is the first time DU has […]

East Timor’s president has ties to DU

East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta remains in an Australian hospital following an assassination attempt on Feb. 11 that also targeted the country’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao. Ramos-Horta was shot twice by gunmen, but Gusmao escaped unharmed. While the small island country is thousands of miles from the University of Denver, […]

Professor dispels myths about life in Africa

Lucas Shamala (PhD religious and theological studies ’06) may have grown up in Kenya, but he didn’t live in the jungle or meet lions while he played. Those are just a couple of myths about Africans and African life that Shamala tries to dispel among his students at Metro State […]

DU student contributes to article about racial bias among police

Racial bias is an issue that impacts police departments across the nation. However, until recently, there has been little research on how racial bias may affect officers’ decisions on whether or not to shoot suspects who appear to be armed. According to research published in the June 2007 issue of Journal […]

First-year student wins 72-hour writing contest

Eric Peterson, a freshman computer science and digital media studies major won DU’s first 72-hour writing contest sponsored by the University Writing Program. “I was surprised,” says Peterson. “It was definitely a challenge. Writing is kind of a chore for me, whether creative, academic or for business.” Peterson was one of […]

Cooking class, hockey to highlight Dads and Granddads Weekend

Whether sliding down the slopes together or cooking side by side, DU students and their fathers and grandfathers will have an opportunity to spend quality time together at the Dads and Granddads Weekend Feb. 22 and 23. The biannual weekend event is sponsored by the University of Denver Parents Program.  […]

DU panelists testify before Colorado legislative committee

Colorado’s Constitution is filled with conflicting fiscal requirements, unintended consequences and a myriad of detail, University of Denver panel members told a Colorado legislative committee Feb. 14. “We found that the legislature’s ability to respond to changing conditions was hamstrung by provisions embedded in the constitution,” said Jim Griesemer, chairman […]

Everyday hero is anything but ordinary

Talk to adjunct law Professor David Schott, and it’s hard to figure out how all those lawyer jokes got started. For his countless hours of volunteering and his enthusiasm for the law and Denver’s young people, Schott received the KMGH-7 “7Everyday Hero” award this week. In addition to teaching trial practice […]

Gift establishes chair in Italian program

The Italian Program in the Department of Languages and Literatures has received a $1.5 million gift from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. The gift will establish the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed Chair in Italian Culture. Italian is among the most popular languages of study for DU students. This quarter, 157 […]

Kazakhstan pragmatic about business, ambassador says

As his nation struggles to overcome hundreds of years of domination in just a couple of decades, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the United States says his country is working quickly to establish a pragmatic, pro-business climate that fosters growth politically and economically. Ambassador Erlan Idrissov addressed the Denver Council on Foreign […]