Archive for August, 2008

Restoration to put new shine on Renaissance Rooms

One of DU’s most beloved, historic places is being renovated this summer. Located on the second floor of the Mary Reed Building, the rooms dubbed Renaissance North and Renaissance South served as part of the University’s library from 1933–72. “Renaissance North and South are some of the University’s most important […]

DU professor connects with youth at DNC “OUTBURST!” event

While Peter Groff reminisced about talking politics over the dinner table with his father during a lecture, the young people in the audience were texting political questions and “clicking” their opinions on the most important issues of the day. Their questions and answers appeared in real time on a screen […]

Tree planting project aims to add 100 trees to campus

The University of Denver campus is getting a little greener in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Daniels College of Business. The Daniels Centennial Trees project aims to plant 100 different trees across campus by April 2009. The college is soliciting donations to cover the cost of the trees and […]

DU’s newest residence hall opens

With gold shears slicing a red satin ribbon and praise and pride on every tongue, nearly 400 people gathered Aug. 21 to formally dedicate DU’s first “green” residence hall on a brilliant blue August afternoon. Nagel Hall, a 356-bed, $39.8 million building named for Ralph and Trish Nagel, who donated […]

University makes final preparations for convention week

With the Democratic National Convention just days away, the University is finalizing details for its participation. Some 840 DNC staff members have already arrived on campus and will be staying in residence halls until Aug. 29. A highlight for DU will be an international relations forum — co-hosted by the Korbel School […]

Genocide survivor now works to raise awareness

She speaks four languages, has four children, is looking for a publisher for her personal memoir — and she’s also a survivor and refugee of the Rwandan genocide. Hadidja Nyiransekuye  (MSW ’00, PhD social work ’07) came to the U.S. in 1998, four years after the genocide in which an […]

Mid-rise at light-rail station on fast track to approval

That triangle of green space near the platform at the University of Denver light-rail station is now officially up for sale. Directors of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), which owns the station, agreed late Aug. 19 to pursue talks with a developer seeking the land for a six or seven-story […]

JJ Johnston memorial service scheduled

A memorial service for Professor Emeritus James “JJ” Johnston will be held Sept. 6, 10–11:30 a.m., in Magness Arena. A reception will follow in the Ritchie Center Gottesfeld Room. All members of the University community and general public are welcome to attend; guests are asked to wear DU’s colors — […]

Students doing ‘unglamorous’ work for DNC

For some politically savvy students, simply being in Denver during theDemocratic National Convention isn’t enough. Many have secured a spot in the action. They may be putting in long hours and even doing some mundane work, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity — so say students who scored […]

Recycling electronics will be made easy at Green Sunday

Feeling “blue” over how to toss out electronics in a “green” way? Say “yellow” to a solution. It’s GRX, a Denver-based company that collects old computer monitors, worn out printers, derelict DVD players and unwanted TV sets — plus the cables and VCRs to go with them — and recycles and […]

Wartgow named Morgridge College of Education interim dean

Former Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Jerry Wartgow will serve as interim dean of DU’s Morgridge College of Education while the search continues for a new dean, Chancellor Robert Coombe and Provost Gregg Kvistad announced Aug. 19. Wartgow will start on Sept. 3. Former Dean Ginger Maloney left the position this […]

Alumnus explores the West for travel guides

Eric Peterson (MA ’98) has published the first book of what he hopes will be a travel series covering numerous states: Ramble Colorado: A Wanderer’s Guide to the Offbeat, Overlooked, and Outrageous(Speck Press, 2008). Peterson has traveled extensively throughout the Western region and written several books, includingFrommer’s Montana & Wyoming, Frommer’s Yellowstone […]

Alumna to compete in fourth Paralympics

As if one Paralympic gold medal isn’t enough, Allison Jones is on track to get another one — but this time in a different sport. In 2006, Jones (BSME ’07) took home a gold medal as a skier. Now she’s racing for one as a cyclist. Jones was born with […]

DNC staffers to stay on campus during convention

School’s not in session yet, but residence halls will still be packed in the coming week. Beginning Aug. 21, some 840 Democratic National Convention staff members will be staying at Centennial Halls, Centennial Towers and Nelson Hall. Staffers are expected to leave campus Aug. 29. Students will begin moving into […]

Accident claims student’s life

Senior psychology major Devany Carroll died Monday, Aug. 18, from injuries sustained in an accident at her off-campus apartment. She was 21. Carroll was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. “Devany’s energy was striking. She was enthusiastic about learning and seeking broadening experiences,” says psychology Professor Daniel McIntosh. “More than […]