Articles written by: Doug McPherson

Heart condition freezes hockey career but gives player a mission

David Carle is glad this story isn’t an obituary — more specifically, his obituary. It easily could have been. Carle, a freshman at the University of Denver, was a top recruit and scholarship recipient to play hockey for the Pioneers this fall. But this summer doctors at the Mayo Clinic in […]

Lessons on tap for students at wine fest

Pop! Let the sipping begin. The University of Denver is playing host to the 4th Annual Denver International Wine Festival Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Festivities will take place at the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM). But this year’s event isn’t just about the wine. “We’ve placed […]

Student-athletes get lectures on game of life

This fall 80 freshmen DU student-athletes are attending workshops designed to help them score not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in life. Student-Athlete Support Services at DU is using messages from Randy Pausch, the charismatic young college professor at Carnegie Mellon University who chronicled his […]

Retired professor devotes life to race relations

William Gravely, a retired professor of religious studies at the University of Denver, says he doesn’t remember when he first heard about what happened on Feb. 17, 1947. But the horrific event that occurred that day has stuck with him. Early on that Monday, a mob of men snatched a […]

Coach scores 17-year mark in soccer

When Jeff Hooker began coaching women’s soccer at the University of Denver most of his current players were kicking around in baby cribs. That was 17 years ago — a long time, especially considering Hooker never wanted to be a coach. “I told myself that’s the one thing I wouldn’t […]

Nonpartisan DU research group clarifies ballot issues

Colorado voters might be scratching their heads a little more than usual when they enter the election booths Nov. 4. That’s because they’ll see 18 statewide ballots — the most since 1912. To reduce some of that head scratching, DU’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future has written summaries of four […]

Freshman beats odds making education top priority

Indya Clark says school has always been what she calls her “getaway time.” And in her short life, most would agree she has needed some getaway time. She spent fifth grade homeless. “It felt like the longest year of my life because you never knew where you were going to […]

Alumna taps creativity, media to help teens

Joy Zarra didn’t set out to help teens. In fact, after earning her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2003 from the University of Denver, she was more focused on grade-schoolers or adults. And when a friend told her about a job opening working with teenagers, the first question she […]

Students get lessons from topsy-turvy market

On Monday, Sept. 29, University of Denver students watched $21,000 disappear from their investment portfolio in the wake of the stock market’s historic plunge of 777 points. That was real money, not play money like in other stock market simulations. Real life. Real lessons. “As soon as the vote [in […]

Scholar award winner sets sights on human rights

Micheline Ishay gets thank you notes from people living in war zones. “They write me for having inspired them. There is nothing more rewarding than that,” says Ishay, a professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She’s also the winner of the 2007–08 Distinguished Scholar Award, given annually by […]

Alumnus takes play seriously

David Sapia (BSBA ’91, MHS ’98) has found a shortcut to health and happiness: “Don’t let your career rule your world.” Sapia takes his shortcut on a motocross dirt bike — he plays hard and rides harder. At 45, Sapia admits he’s one of the older riders racing on the […]

Professor predicts presidential campaign will get ‘plenty nasty’

Who says it never rains in Colorado? For the last few months the state has been flooded with political ads, hopeful rhetoric and campaign promises that no umbrella could possibly withstand. And according to one University of Denver professor, the forecast from now through Nov. 4 is for an even […]

Professor says security, privacy a tough balancing act

The next time passengers fly out of Denver International Airport, they may be strip-searched and not even realize it. That’s how privacy expert and DU Sturm College of Law Professor John Somadescribes what a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) machine does to travelers. The TSA admits the device, which it uses to scan […]

Interview: Dean Tom Farer on the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Interview: Dean Tom Farer on the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Q: How is the Korbel School different from other international studies programs? A: We primarily prepare students for positions as administrators, analysts and, down the road, policy-makers. To that end we integrate courses drawn from all of the social sciences plus history, law, public administration, public policy, public health and […]

Mujda Amini is raising money to build libraries in Afghanistan

Mujda Amini is raising money to build libraries in Afghanistan

Mujda Amini (BA economics and political science ’01) believes education is a way to achieve peace in the world. And she believes it enough to act—by raising funds to build libraries in Afghanistan. Her first library went up this summer in the small, rural town of Chooqdakh, Afghanistan, where nearly […]