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Editor’s note

Most of you have probably seen U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice all over the news lately. After all, she arguably is DU’s most notable alumna and is one of the world’s most recognizable public figures.

Working on behalf of the United States with much less fanfare is another notable Pioneer — U.S. Army Gen. George Casey, who commands the multi-national forces in Iraq. You’ll read about him in this issue’s cover story. Like Rice, Casey is an alum of DU’s Graduate School of International Studies. And like Rice, he is positioned to profoundly impact our world.

No matter your feelings about the U.S. presence in Iraq, I hope you’ll share in my pride that a leader of Casey’s caliber is also a DU Pioneer. Indeed, he even credits his University of Denver education with much of his success.

All DU alumni — both current and future — benefit from being part of a circle that includes the likes of Casey and Rice. We are part of the same great institution that influenced them, and we received the same extraordinary education. Whether we agree with their political positions or not, they have reached the pinnacles of their fields, and that achievement reflects favorably on us all.

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