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Top 10 of 2011: DU’s biggest news stories of the year

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock congratulated DU Chancellor Robert Coombe and the rest of the DU community after the University was chosen to host the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

From announcing that the University will host the first presidential debate of 2012 to the Pioneers lacrosse team making its first Final Four appearance, it was a year of big news at the University of Denver. As voted on by the staff of the University Communications department, here are the 10 biggest stories of 2011. (Click here to see the list of the most-read stories on DU Today)

1. DU lands the first presidential debate for the 2012 election.

2. DU announces it will study the feasibility of adding a medical school.

3. The family of the late Ron Moore donates the Highlands Ranch Golf Club to DU, and alumni Andy and Barbara Taylor donate $5 million to provide scholarships to foster diversity among undergraduate students attending DU’s Daniels College of Business.

4. The Pioneers lacrosse team makes it to the NCAA Final Four.

5. The Pioneers are founding members of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

6. The transformation of Penrose Library into a state-of-the-art Academic Commons begins.

7. DU law students post a 90 percent passage rate for first-time takers of the Colorado bar exam.

8. In honor of the University’s fourth-consecutive Learfield Sports I-AAA Directors’ Cup, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock declare Oct. 22, 2011 “University of Denver Pioneer Athletics Day.”

9. The Center for Colorado’s Economic Future and the Strategic Issues Program develop in-depth analyses of Colorado’s budget woes.

10. WeCar car sharing comes to campus.



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