Archive for September, 2009

Basketball coach Joe Scott signs extension

University of Denver men’s basketball head coach Joe Scott has signed a contract extension through the 2014–15 season. “We are proud of the progress that Coach Scott and his staff have made since coming to Denver,” says Peg Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for athletics and Ritchie Center operations. “We remain committed […]

Colorado Ballet opens 49th season at the Newman Center

For the second year in a row, Colorado Ballet will leave its home stage — the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver — to open its season at DU’s Newman Center. Playing at the Newman Sept. 11–13, All Pointes West kicks off the company’s 49th season. The Colorado-themed show […]

University of Denver students launch free bike lending library

A student-led bike library opened Sept. 24 at the University of Denver (DU) offering high-tech bikes on loan for free.

Westerman named Men’s Tennis head coach

The University of Denver has named Danny Westerman head coach of its men’s tennis program. The former Wisconsin Big Ten Medal of Honor winner replaces Geoff Young. Westerman comes to Denver after serving three years as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. The Los Angeles native was a […]

Discoveries program welcomes new students to campus

The quiet summertime campus environment will get an infusion of energy on Sept. 7 when more than 1,200 first-year students arrive for the annual Discoveries orientation week. Discoveries is designed to give first-year and transfer students a strong start to their DU experience through workshops, small group meetings, computer classes, […]

Late DU philanthropist established University’s first fully funded chair

Alumnus Leo Block, the philanthropist who contributed more than $2.5 million to DU, died Aug. 31. He was 94. “His energy and intellect belied his age,” says Chancellor Emeritus Dwight Smith. “Leo was a delightful and generous man to whom we in the DU community will remain indebted.” Block is […]

DU football Hall of Famer loses cancer battle

Sam Etcheverry, a star quarterback on the Pioneer football team and one of the University’s most accomplished athletes, passed away Aug. 29. He was 79. Etcheverry died in Montreal after a long battle with skin cancer. The funeral will be Sept. 12 in his hometown of Carlsbad, N.M. Nicknamed “The […]

State law publication recognizes DU law blog

The University of Denver-based corporate governance blog The Race to the Bottom ( has earned its share of respect. It’s cited regularly in other blogs and mainstream media publications when it comes to dissecting the shadowy world of the C-Suite and Board Room. From CEO pay to cooking the books, […]

GSSW alumni address high school drop-out crisis

While many schools report high drop-out rates, Byrne Urban Scholars — a Denver-based nonprofit that assists academically struggling youth — boasts a graduation rate of 100 percent for the past academic year. “This is a real crisis that perpetuates the cycle of poverty,” says Byrne Executive Director Patrick Byrne (MSW […]

Trygve Myhren named chairman of DU Board of Trustees

The University of Denver Board of Trustees has elected prominent Denver business leader Trygve Myhren to serve as its chairman. Myhren, a DU trustee since 1995, succeeds Joy S. Burns. The election took place Aug. 31. Myhren is president of Myhren Media Inc. He serves on the corporate boards of […]

Former chancellor lived life with zest even in old age

One of Lucien Wulsin’s more prestigious jobs was serving as DU’s chancellor, even if it was for only 11 days. Wulsin, who chaired the DU Board of Trustees and served as interim chancellor for just over a week in January 1984 after Chancellor Ross Pritchard was dismissed, died Aug. 23. […]

Men’s soccer team kicks off season, aims high

The DU men’s soccer team may be young, but their players are skilled, talented and ready to face one of the most competitive schedules in the nation. “We have the talent to be the best team in the conference,” head coach Bobby Muuss says. “We are a young team and […]

Chinese artist applies ancient technique to the modern world

Chinese artist applies ancient technique to the modern world

For a different view of many of DU’s iconic buildings, one need just visit the on-campus studio of Chen Hao, a Chinese painter and visiting scholar who came to the University to share his expertise in urban landscape with students and faculty. Chen grew up studying his country’s traditional method […]

When campus caught the flu

When campus caught the flu

“Avoid needless crowding … Smother your coughs and sneezes … Wash your hands before eating … ” These words of advice bring to mind warnings heard around the world during the recent H1N1/swine flu scare, but they were actually uttered in the fall of 1918 by Dr. William Sharpley, Denver […]

Parent offers advice for students’ spiritual growth

Many young people experience a crisis of faith while attending college. Once they find themselves on their own, some kids seem to falter when exposed to conflicting value systems and less overall supervision. As parents, we don’t want them to lose their way after we have spent years nurturing their […]