Archive for July, 2009

Alter pavilion aims to put arboretum on the map

The grassy knoll behind the Mary Reed Building that is a favorite spot for outdoor classes will be getting a lovely canopy roof by summer’s end. The roof will cover the Alter Arboretum Pavilion, a welcoming station for visitors and a device for identifying notable foliage, class gifts and important […]

Author encourages writers to exercise

To hone their skills, Brian Kiteley might recommend writers try the Marlon Brando, the Bacon in Egypt or the Donald Rumsfeld. They are all exercises in his new book The 4 a.m. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books, 2008). “The idea is to trick yourself […]

Music class rocks

Calling all University of Denver student music lovers. You know who you are. Ray Kireilis, a professor in DU’s Lamont School of Music and a concert clarinetist, has a course for you — and he needs students for his summer class, Evolution of Rock. The five-credit course begins July 20 […]

Mother-daughter pair takes turns teaching each other

Jessica Deal (BA ’03, JD ‘06) had enough reasons to be nervous teaching an Italian culture course at DU’s Women’s College. It was the first class she taught. It was her own concept. And, it was the first Italian studies course offered in the college. But one factor made this […]

College desegregation champion John Blackburn dies

John Blackburn, a prominent civic leader who worked at the University of Denver during the 1970s, died July 3 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 84. Blackburn was instrumental in the desegregation of the University of Alabama. As a top-level administrator there, he was credited with helping assure the enrollment of […]

Former DU prof keeps panel on gas drilling cool

Getting environmentalists and natural gas drillers to tone down their conflicts and talk out their differences took a big step July 8, and a former DU law professor Howard Boigon was at the heart of the peacemaking. The venture came in a showdown panel discussion between environmentalists and drillers at […]

Marathons help alumnus face tough economic times

To Arnold Whitman (BA ’75), running a marathon and running a business are nearly one and the same. “Especially during these difficult economic times, in both cases the name of the game is endurance,” says Whitman, CEO of Formation Capital, an equity investment and asset management company in the senior […]

DU a top destination for Jewish students

DU is one of the top 60 schools Jews choose, according to Reform Judaism, the world’s largest circulated Jewish magazine. In the magazine’s third annual Insider’s Guide to College, DU is ranked No. 28 for the top private schools Jewish students select. Twenty percent of DU’s undergraduate student population is Jewish, […]

Blues & Brews fest to make Pearl Street hum

The 1200 block of South Pearl Street is typically a quiet place — craft studios and residences sandwiched between Lincoln’s Roadhouse and the Duffyroll Café. All that changes July 11. At the stroke of noon — rain or shine — nine well-seasoned national and local blues bands will take over […]

Colorado’s economy heading towards a cliff, report says

As the nation struggles through a deep recession and states such as California are facing fiscal disaster, Colorado could be heading in the same direction. Colorado’s lawmakers have had a tough time filling a $1.8 billion gap in the 2009–10 state budget, and DU’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future warns […]

Math prof used statistics to champion civil rights

The last year of George Bardwell’s life was like a dream come true, his family says, as he watched Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign and inauguration. “George delighted in watching President Obama chart a new course for our country, a course consistent with the core principle which guided George’s own […]

Pioneers selected in NHL draft

Incoming recruits William Wrenn and Drew Shore highlighted the University of Denver’s three selections in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on at Bell Centre in Montreal. Wrenn, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Shore, of Denver, were both selected in the second round. Wrenn was selected No. 43 overall by San Jose, […]

Pending zoning changes jostle neighbors in Platt Park

When more than 100 people gather in a stuffy church basement to talk about Denver zoning and they bandy about phrases like “hornswoggled” or “sold down the river,” some degree of unrest might seem present. Still, the gathering at Hope Community Church last Wednesday, July 2, in the Platt Park neighborhood northwest of […]

Alumnus endows scholarship fund

Growing up on the plains of West Texas, Houston Harte (BSBA ’83) was surrounded by a dusty horizon, long, flat stretches of cotton and oil fields, and philanthropy. “Giving was just part of my family,” says Harte, who now lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., as a semi-retired investor. “My grandparents […]

Women’s College students build Habitat house

Fifteen hammer-wielding women from the Women’s College of the University of Denver will help make a father’s dream of homeownership come true on July 9. The women will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build work day, helping build a home for single dad Rodolfo Reyes and his 3-year-old […]