Archive for May, 2009

Kirkland Museum founder wins arts prize

Hugh Grant, director of the Kirkland Museum, has received the 2009 Arts and Humanities Prize for his work preserving the artistic legacy of Colorado artists, including former DU art school director Vance Kirkland. The prestigious prize is presented annually by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in the categories of science and medicine and […]

Law alumna argues for Commencement singing gig, wins case

Last year, Amy Weichel (JD ’08) sat quietly through her graduation from the Sturm College of Law. This year, she’ll be heard loud and clear by everyone in attendance. Weichel (pronounced WHY-kl) has eased into her law career with some part-time work. But she’s coming back to DU on May […]

University chaplain talks ‘Twilight’ and vampires

Chaste, immortal vampires and forbidden love are not typical literary themes explored in college texts. But Stephanie Meyers’s Twilight books are wildly popular on campuses nationwide, despite the series’ target pre-teen demographic, and the series continues to dominate the Chronicle of Higher Education’s monthly list of best-selling titles on college campuses. […]

Peter Groff prepares for job in Obama administration

Peter Groff’s final days as president of the Colorado state senate were spent working on a flurry of last-minute bills and preparing for his move to Washington, D.C. At the same time, the executive director of DU’s Center for New Politics and Policy―formerly the Center for African American Policy―also wrapped […]

Student-athletes honored at annual awards banquet

Senior swimmer Blake Worsley and sophomore skier Antje Maempel earned Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at DU’s 74th annual student-athlete awards banquet May 11 at the Ritchie Center. The celebration honored each of Denver’s 17 intercollegiate sports programs and included awards for Pioneer sportsman and sportswoman of […]

DU students team up with ninth-grade students to tackle the issues

Students from DU’s Public Achievement program teamed up with ninth-grade students from Bruce Randolph School last year to tackle issues including immigration, teen pregnancy and better lunch choices. The projects—which were presented May 11 at the high school as part of the program’s end-of-year celebration—are designed to give students a […]

Neighbors to get shredding at Shred-a-Thon

Getting rid of confidential documents in the age of identify theft isn’t as easy as it used to be. Simply tearing paper in half and throwing it in the trash is no guarantee that sensitive information on that document can’t be retrieved. Or that stiff fines won’t result if the […]

Katz named interim dean at Sturm College of Law

DU Chancellor Robert Coombe has announced that Professor Martin Katz will serve as interim dean of the Sturm College of Law, effective July 1. Katz follows outgoing Dean José (Beto) Juárez Jr., who announced in February his decision to step down as dean. Juárez plans to conduct research during the […]

When homework isn’t homework, it’s research

When first-year DU biology students sign up for Professor Buck Sanford’s newest class, they have really signed up for something bigger: a real-life probe into global warming. For their class lab work, students have been measuring tree buds as leaves emerged this spring. Then they upload weekly findings into global […]

Dalai Lama’s envoy visits DU

The Dalai Lama’s representative in negotiations with China told a gathering of students, faculty and visitors at DU on Friday that Tibetans are more focused on their language, way of life and religious institutions rather than a territory. Lodi Gyari, special envoy for the Dalai Lama, said people who believe […]

Donations top $14K as teams prepare for Relay for Life event

DU will host its fifth annual Relay for Life at 7 p.m. tonight. During the 12-hour event held on DU’s Driscoll Lawn, teams will walk to celebrate cancer survivors and honor those the disease has claimed. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. In past years, DU has raised 10,000–$50,000 […]

Council takes stock of the year in sustainability

From blue bins to green parking to putting it all in black and white, DU’s Sustainability Council in May wrapped up a year of new initiatives and environmental thinking. The council, comprised of students, faculty and staffers, spent the year writing an all-encompassing sustainability plan as part of DU’s participation […]

Center for Performance Excellence opens

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) opened the Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) May 6 to deliver sport and performance enhancement services to the community. “GSPP is a leading school in delivering psychological services to the greater Denver community,” says Peter Buirski, dean of GSPP. “CPEX provides us with […]

Xcel Energy CEO discusses energy future at Voices of Experience event

Dick Kelly, CEO of Xcel Energy, discussed the current and future decisions of his company in front of nearly 100 people gathered at the Cable Center on May 6. The event was part of the Daniels College of Business’ Voices of Experience speaker series. Xcel Energy has 3.4 million electric […]

Blockbuster rolls credits, signals Noodles and Company’s DU neighborhood debut

Broomfield-based Noodles & Company is preparing to open a new restaurant in an East Evans Avenue location previously occupied by a Blockbuster video store. Blockbuster stopped renting DVDs and other items on April 20. The departure clears the way for Noodles to finalize lease arrangements and to see about renovations to […]