Articles written by: Doug McPherson

Class of 1947 to join Commencement procession

Class of 1947 to join Commencement procession

Check out these new bits from the University of Denver in 1947:  – DU posts 16-4 record and earns berth in NCAA baseball tournament; Pioneers fall to eventual national champion California.  – Football team defeats Colorado 26-20 before 28,063 at DU Stadium in final meeting between the two teams. As […]

Former DU roommates turned entrepreneurs enjoying success

It seems unlikely that Craig Harrison (BSBA ’03) and Ryan Boykin (BA ’02) would become business partners considering their complaints about each other as roommates at the University of Denver. “Ryan has this over-the-top progressive lifestyle. Who really eats tofu and bean sprouts anyway?” Harrison says.  Boykin shoots back, “Craig […]

DU’s historic observatory serves as eye to the sky

DU’s historic observatory serves as eye to the sky

The University of Denver’s historic Chamberlin Observatory is the proverbial peephole to stars that’s been giving humans a visual outlet for their cosmological curiosity since 1894. “The observatory is many things: an architectural marvel unique in Denver, the center of the University Park community and it codifies the past, present and […]

DU research may lead to happier children

Not many kids know Brian Wolff (MA ’05) but what he’s doing as a fourth-year PhD candidate in DU’s clinical psychology program may help prevent depression and anxiety later in their lives. Wolff has spent much of his adult life learning how stress affects children living in poverty. In his master’s […]

Ricks Center students earn big bucks in stock market game

Wall-streeters had better take notice — some “small” streeters are ready to take over the market. They may only be in grade school, and some may call them “small” businesspeople, but when it comes to picking stocks, they know what they’re doing. A group of elementary school students at the Ricks […]

Skaters take to the ice in annual show

“Headlines on Ice” will feature some of the country’s best ice-skating talent May 4–6 at DU’s Magness Arena. The show’s theme relates to newspapers and their sections: business, entertainment, travel, style and sports.  Toni Rogers, DU figure skating manager and ice show director, says the event will showcase more than […]

Meyer creates DU team for March of Dimes walk-a-thon

When Brooke Meyer was born she weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces and was just 16 inches long — 10 weeks premature. Today, she’s a 5-feet, 4-inch member of the Pioneers women’s basketball team. Even though she’s far from the biggest player on the court, she’s one of the highest scorers […]

DU helps international students file tax returns

Tax time is tough enough for natives, but it can be especially, well, taxing for international students. That’s why the University of Denver has adopted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, to help international students with their returns.  Each year, students from the […]

DU delivers on promise to invest in public good

DU revised its vision statement in 2001 to: “The University of Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good.”  Eric Fretz, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) director at DU says it’s more than just words. Fretz says it’s about the school marshalling its intellectual […]

SEA Semester illustrates human impacts

Philosophy and religion have reputations for being deep subjects. But they’re not nearly as deep as the SEA Semester program. Deep as in the ocean kind of deep. The semester-long study-abroad program lets students get their feet wet in piloting, celestial navigation, practical seamanship, oceanographic sampling techniques and marine lab procedures […]

World-sized classroom takes students to Middle East

Samantha Sussman may have learned the most significant lesson of her life last year when she spent time studying in Israel.  “Living in Israel you recognize what’s really important in life and not to sweat the small stuff,” says Sussman, a senior international studies major from Philadelphia who spent the […]

Classical meets pop in Gates Concert Hall world premiere

Talk about your strange bedfellows — classical and pop music together. But as strange as it may sound, the two are set to debut together on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Center’s Gates Concert Hall. The performance is a Newman Center Presents event: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with renowned […]

Students opt for a different kind of spring break

While most college spring breaks bring waves of ocean water, drinking and unadulterated hedonism, some University of Denver students are opting for breaks that yield ripples of change and hope throughout communities. Case in point: Sophomore psychology major Manuel Del Real will spend his spring break March 17–25 in a […]

‘Quit’ not in Lowery’s vocabulary

Tyesha Lowery remembers an important lesson from her mom. “She taught me to never quit at anything I do,” Lowery says. And ever since her high school basketball days in Arlington, Texas, she has clearly relied on that lesson. Lowery, a sixth-year senior who earned her BSBA in statistics last […]

Voltaire Society rolls out welcome mat

You might think an honor’s club named after the cantankerous and highly intelligent French philosopher Voltaire might be, well, uh, a little stuffy.  Not true, according to one of its own. “Our society is not exclusive in any way,” says Laura Johnson (BA ’06), a literature studies master’s candidate and […]