Magazine Feature

Katrina still presents needs near and far

For the month of July, sophomore journalism studies major Ian Tyson lived in a large warehouse lined with bunk beds. He bathed in an outdoor box shower where he had to wash himself in three minutes or less. Some days he would wake up at 5:30 a.m. and help feed […]

Nobel laureate Esquivel works for human rights

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, a former architect from Buenos Aires, is one of 10 Nobel Peace Prize laureates who will take part in PeaceJam’s 10th anniversary celebration at the University of Denver Sept. 15–17. Esquivel was awarded the peace prize in 1980 for his nonviolent approach to fighting human-rights violations in […]

DU alums garner bar association appointments

Two DU alumni are at the top of the law world after presidential appointments in the American and Denver bar associations. Karen Mathis was appointed president of the American Bar Association (ABA) in August, and Paul Chan was named president of the Denver Bar Association in July. Mathis, (BA ’72)—a […]

Pollution pushed senior into environmental field

Growing up in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, an area scattered with rivers and lakes, Curt Shneider witnessed the environmental damage caused by pollution. That insight inspired him to prepare for a career in the environmental field, and beginning with his sophomore year, he came to DU to do […]

Publishing Institute reveals mysteries of book world

The University of Denver’s Publishing Institute recently wrapped up its 31st year with a record 100 students enrolled in the month-long intensive program. This summer, as in the past, some of the publishing industry’s top executives came to Denver as faculty. Along with lectures, the institute provides hands-on editing and […]

Scholars’ Network connects students, businesses

The Scholars’ Network, designed to connect higher ed students with local businesses and government agencies, started in 2004 as a DU Pioneer Leadership Program community change project. Scholars’ Network President Christopher Dirgo came up with the idea for an organization that capitalizes on students’ economical impact. Last year, the network […]

Martinez paying it forward with enthusiasm

A sociology assistant professor is commanding attention for her teaching methods and research, and she is making inroads toward intercultural understanding of Latino communities. But she remembers what it was like to be on the other side of the lectern. When Lisa Martinez was a freshman at the University of […]

Sports and writing spur Edelman to Lone Star state

Brandon Edelman has been preparing for a sports writing career since high school, but the recent DU graduate says he’s going to Texas in two weeks to try his hand at media relations. He’ll intern with the MasterCard Alamo Bowl in San Antonio until next January. In high school, Edelman’s […]

Prado counsels Latina girls

The fact that almost one in three Hispanic female high school students considers suicide motivated Lydia Prado (PhD psychology ’94) to create a suicide prevention program named Voz y Corazon—Spanish for voice and heart. “It is a huge challenge for Latina teens to negotiate a healthy bicultural identity in the […]

Merritt’s blog covers crime and justice

Jeralyn Merritt’s entire career has focused on defending the rights of the criminally accused. Whether it’s writing multiple times a day on her popular blog,, serving on Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s defense team or appearing as a legal analyst on MSNBC and Fox News, Merritt has always had the […]

Art aficionado focuses on western art

When Peter Hassrick arrived on campus in the 1960s to study 19th- and early 20th-century western American art, he was treading new ground. “At that time, no one was particularly interested in western American art, but DU allowed me to tailor my studies,” says Hassrick, MA art history ’69. Because […]

Summer Commencement ceremony marks personal and institutional milestone

“By the power vested in me…” Beginning with those words, Chancellor Robert Coombe conferred undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees on more than 300 graduates who marched in the University of Denver summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 18 on Carnegie Green. Approximately 150 undergraduates and 550 graduates earned degrees this summer. Coombe […]

GSSW rebuilding social work profession in China

Tong’s career choice remains a mystery to many Chinese because, for many years, their government denied the existence of social problems and the need for social work. But now a unique partnership between the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Beijing’s China Youth University for the Political Sciences (CYUP) […]

Fee makes ‘good works’ look easy

As associate director of DU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), Glenn Fee is paid to care about social issues. He works with student social-action groups, coordinates the community work-study program and alternative breaks, which connect students with community organizations. And when he goes home for the evening, […]

University launches new Web site Sept. 1

On Sept. 1, users who log on to will see a new home page. The changes are part of a long process to make the University’s Web sites more user-friendly and effective. Chris Stewart, Web communication director, says the new site is the result of a strategic approach to online […]