Archive for February, 2009

Immigration policy needs help from Feds, experts say

As a nation struggles with immigration policy, leaders must beware unintended consequences and grapple with an array of potentially conflicting views and needs, experts warned University of Denver Strategic Issues Program panel members at a meeting Feb. 26. Don Mares, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, said […]

In education, culture matters (but not the culture you think)

When it comes to the achievement gap in public schools among students of different ethnic backgrounds, culture matters. But it’s not the kind of culture that most people think of, said Ginger Maloney, director of the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy and former dean of the University of […]

Performer, composer and teacher celebrates and pushes on

Ricardo Iznaola had big dreams as a young boy growing up in Cuba and Venezuela. It turns out they have all come true. But instead of sitting back and enjoying the accomplishments, he is pushing on to bigger things. Iznaola, chair of the guitar and harp department at the Lamont […]

Theater veteran and prisoner rights advocate directs off-Broadway play

The cast members of the off-Broadway play The Castle have been called extraordinary by some. But the play’s director, 75-year-old David Rothenberg (BA ’55) disagrees. Rothenberg says cast members — Angel Ramos, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan and Casimiro Torres — demonstrate an extraordinary amount of courage each time they […]

Men’s swimming and diving team wins conference championship, women finish second

The University of Denver men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams turned in one of their best performances in program history during the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championships this past weekend at the Centennial SportsPlex/Tracy Caulkins Pool in Nashville, Tenn. The men’s team captured its first-ever Sun Belt Conference (SBC) […]

New education ‘centerpiece’ gets off ground

Teaching teachers at DU got a $21.4 million boost Feb. 25 when 16 shovels ceremoniously turned ground and officially kicked off construction of a new college of education building. Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall of the Morgridge College of Education will be “a centerpiece of the future,” predicted Chancellor Robert Coombe. […]

‘Underground’ dance performance poses political questions

The Newman Center Presents series will host the David Dorfman Dance Company for a performance of the politically charged piece, underground, on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Dorfman created underground after watching a documentary about the Weathermen, an organization also known as the Weather Underground. Founded in 1969 as […]

DU alumnus shoots for (and hits) the stars

Few can say they were flying before they were driving. Meet Thomas Jasin (MS electrical engineering ’73). By age 14, he had already flown solo, two full years before he got his student driver’s permit. “Ever since I can remember I loved everything about aviation: the sights, the smells and […]

Upcoming tuition increase is the smallest in a decade

University of Denver students and their parents learned recently that the tuition hike for the 2009–10 academic year is the smallest in the last decade. The DU Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation that tuition be increased by 4.9 percent. Effective in the fall term of 2009, tuition for […]

Evans Chapel to hold four Ash Wednesday services

The Lenten season begins with four services on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Evans Chapel. Ecumenical services will be held at 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., and Roman Catholic services will be at noon and 9 p.m. This is the second year that University Chaplain Gary Brower has supplemented traditional Roman […]

Career fair focuses on sustainability and environmental stewardship

Nearly 1,000 job seekers from across Colorado met with employers Thursday, Feb. 19, at the third-annual Colorado Multicultural Career and Internship Fair held at the Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast. The 2009 Fair was focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship. The event was a strategic partnership between the University […]

Faculty Senate resolution urges compliance with Colorado textbook bill

Faculty members at the University of Denver are taking a step to help ease students’ pain in the pocketbook when it comes to textbook costs. In November, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution introduced by the Senate’s Student Relations Committee urging publishers who work with DU to voluntarily comply with […]

Alum creates diversity at Denver Public School center

Dan Lutz (PhD ’92) says his passion for international education started at his childhood dining table. “My father was a minister and he was passionate about international missionary work,” recalls Lutz. “When I was little, we had people from all over the world sitting at our dining table talking about […]

Plans for University Boulevard high-rise taking shape

Two hundred high-end rental apartments above three restaurants, a coffee shop and a boutique food market on the ground floor of an 11-story building. That’s developer Phil Caplan’s vision for what is now being called the Shops and Apartments at Observatory Place, a bold transformation of the southeast corner of […]

33-year-old alumnus owns top event management agency

For the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, producers wanted 3,000 Houston-area youths to simultaneously swarm the playing field to cheer on the performers. But who could they call upon on to orchestrate such ordered chaos? As the founder of Precision Event Group, an event management and experiential marketing agency, Jason […]