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In hopes that students there will dedicate their lives to vital international causes, Grant Wilkins and his second wife, Marlene, created the Grant and Marlene Wilkins Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Alumnus Grant Wilkins crusades against polio

Grant Wilkins (BA ’47) has dedicated his life to eradicating polio. For more than two decades he has traveled the globe, sharing his story in an effort to raise money for PolioPlus, a Rotary International Program aimed at eliminating the disease. He also distributes vaccines in the countries he visits. […]

Sara Hertwig Photography

Alumna builds a business around edible insects

Insects — whether crickets, locusts or ants — can be quite the pests. But for Wendy Lu McGill (MA ’12), they present an opportunity to cater to adventurous eaters looking to shake up their palates with an unusual but nutritional delicacy. McGill is CEO and founder of Rocky Mountain Micro […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification — or both, whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and […]

DU has, in recent years, become known for its research on family health, peace and stability, and aging. Illustration: Sally Vitsky

Good Work: Inside DU research that is supporting families, helping seniors and creating a safer world

From engineering to psychology, biology to social work, mathematics to law, University of Denver faculty members bring in millions of dollars each year to conduct research on behalf of federal, state and local governments, as well as corporations and foundations. The money is a boon not just to faculty members, […]

Lawyer and alumnus Edgar Barraza first came to DU on the Nagel Scholarship, an annual full-ride scholarship for three international students who otherwise would not be able to afford a DU education. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Ralph and Trish Nagel helped Dreamer Edgar Barraza reach his dream

Ralph and Trish Nagel have long been known for their philanthropy at DU and throughout Denver. In March, they were recognized for their many contributions to the University with the Founders Medal — the University’s highest honor. No one knows the power of the couple’s generosity more than Denver lawyer […]

Law school grad Sana Hamelin founded the Denver Cat Cafe. Photo: Danielle Lirette

Cats the catalyst for cool cafe concept

Three years after launching the Denver Cat Company, Sana Hamelin (JD ’12) still has all nine of her “crazy cat lady” lives. That’s no small feat. After all, opening the Mile High City’s first and only cat café — where customers can nab a java fix while hobnobbing with resident […]

"I think it’s important for mankind to push boundaries and explore. Exploration is naturally coursing through our veins," says Robb Kulin. Photo courtesy of NASA

DU engineering grad is part of NASA’s new crop of astronauts

“Star Trek” had Kirk, Picard and Spock. Now NASA has Robb Kulin (BS ’04), a University of Denver alumnus who is one of 12 out of more than 18,000 applicants to be selected for the 2017 astronaut candidate program. While his future missions may include seeking out new life and […]

Yoal Ghebremeskel is the founder of Street Fraternity. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alum-founded Street Fraternity helps Denver immigrants find their way

Twenty years ago, a 12-year-old boy and his family arrived in Denver from Eritrea, full of excitement and uncertainty. Yoal Ghebremeskel (BA ’07) recalls asking his mother why his family had to leave their home and come to this mysterious place called America. “For education, opportunity and to have a […]

“To serve in the highest leadership role of any organization is a privilege. To do so at an organization like Rocky Mountain PBS is truly extraordinary,” says Amanda Mountain. Photo courtesy of RMPBS

University College grad advances to the top at Rocky Mountain PBS

Amanda Mountain (MPS ’15) has been busy the last two years. Not only did she become a first-time mom, but she has risen to the top of Denver’s nonprofit media world as president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media, the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS. If anyone knows […]

“These are extremely important books in American literary history,” Billy Stratton says of captivity narratives, adding that they have done much to shape the public’s image of Native peoples to this day. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Re-examining Western history with DU’s growing collection of captivity narratives

Whether he’s teaching a survey of American postmodernism, a course on Southern Gothic fiction or a seminar on Native American literature, Billy J. Stratton, an associate professor of English, encourages students to get face-to-face with the text. Not a digitized epub or PDF, but a typeset book nestled between two […]

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” is the 2017–18 selection for One Book One DU, a common reading program that asks first-year students to explore a single text and examine the many ways it is viewed by others.

One Book program provides community reading experience for new Pioneers

When the 1,400-plus members of DU’s Class of 2021 arrived on campus in early September, they shared at least one thing in common: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy.” The bestselling memoir, which chronicles what the author calls “a family and culture in crisis,” is the 2017–18 selection for One Book One […]

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Ten miles inland from the coast of the Connecticut River, the landscape is punctuated by a picturesque horse ranch complete with leafy shade trees, white picket fences and expanses of bright green grass. But DU archaeologist Larry Conyers can show you an entirely different picture of the farm … underground. […]

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

When Crisanta Duran (BA ’02, public affairs and Spanish) decided to run for office at age 29, her dual bachelor’s degrees became powerful tools. “Being able to speak with people in their native language was very, very helpful” says the sixth-generation Coloradan who in November became the first Latina to […]

John Baker

Men’s lacrosse slips to Maryland in NCAA semifinal

The NCAA championship proved elusive for another year for the DU men’s lacrosse team, which lost 9-8 to the Maryland Terrapins in the May 27 semifinal game at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston. Maryland went on to defeat Ohio State in the championship game. This was DU’s fifth trip to […]

Initiative will fund construction of new student center, residence hall

Initiative will fund construction of new student center, residence hall

A re-imagined Driscoll Student Center, a residence hall dedicated to first-year students and a new career center for students and alumni all are in the planning stages, thanks to an April decision by the Board of Trustees to raise money for new construction to improve the student experience at DU. […]