Post Tagged with: "alumni"

Gene Tang opened 1515 Restaurant in 1997. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alumnus Gene Tang lives a life of hospitality

Food and cooking always have played a role in Gene Tang’s life. He has fond memories of growing up in Hong Kong, where his parents ran a boutique hotel and restaurant. “I was reared in the hospitality business,” he says. Tang (BSBA ’71, MBA ’75) says he learned early on […]

Alumnus challenged apartheid, attended Mandela’s inauguration

Alumnus challenged apartheid, attended Mandela’s inauguration

Editor’s note: This story first ran in 2004 and is being reprinted in honor of Nelson Mandela On Valentine’s Day, 1978, two men in stocking masks barged into Richard Lapchick’s Norfolk, Va., office. They tied him up, and for the next hour they smashed metal file cabinet drawers into his […]

DU experience inspired alumna’s leadership institute

Within five years of completing her undergraduate education, Heather McDougall (BA ’96) earned a master’s degree, studied at two universities in Europe and added this to her resume: founding an international leadership institute. “Little did I know it was going to be a crazy, heartbreaking process,” she says. “People wouldn’t […]


Alumna Ellie Schafer was handpicked to show visitors around President Obama’s new home

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in the winter 2009 edition of the University of Denver Magazine. We are putting it back on the front page because Ellie Schafer is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Alumni Symposium. Get more information and register for the event here.   […]

Sazza co-owner Jenni Hayes took members of the DU community on a tour of the restaurant's garden in July. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Sazza founder pioneers an urban garden

Remember when eating organically wasn’t so popular? Jeff Rogoff (BA ’93) does. He opened his earth-friendly restaurant, Sazza, with his wife, Jenni Hayes, in 2006. At that time, it wasn’t about an upcoming trend; it was about a shared passion. Rogoff and Hayes have always believed in organic, clean eating […]

Alums open new restaurants in DU neighborhood

Alums open new restaurants in DU neighborhood

Three new alumni-owned establishments have opened in the DU neighborhood since January. Here’s a look at the new spaces and their Pioneering owners.   Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery, 2730 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit #19; Owner: Alex Comisar (BSBA ’07) Backstory: Taking a cue from homegrown chains such as Chipotle […]

Body of work: Alumnus Phil Heath talks about his journey to Mr. Olympia

Body of work: Alumnus Phil Heath talks about his journey to Mr. Olympia

Phil Heath thought basketball was his destiny. He was wrong. Though Heath came to the University of Denver on a basketball scholarship, he ended up finding much more success in the world of bodybuilding. In 2012 he claimed his second consecutive Mr. Olympia title, and in September 2013, he’ll return […]

Alumna Wendy Calvin is a pioneer in geothermal energy research

Wendy Calvin (BS ’83) has a passion for science. Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy in Reno, Nev., Calvin believes geothermal energy will help solve the global environmental crisis. Founded in 2002, the Great Basin Center is part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering […]

Jami Duffy is helping to create a state-of-the-art youth media studio where thousands of at-risk and underserved students will get a hands-on education in the musical arts from world-class musicians. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alumna helps to change lives through music

Jami Duffy’s message is simple: Career options exist outside traditional paths. She should know. She’s taken traditional, wadded it up, kissed it goodbye and tossed it in the trash. But back in 2000, when she entered the University of Denver, Duffy (BA ’03) admits she was on that traditional path. […]

Former volleyball player awarded prestigious McLendon Minority Scholarship

Recently graduated University of Denver volleyball student-athlete Faimie Kingsley is one of five winners of the prestigious John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award, announced Friday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. Kingsley will receive a $10,000 grant to be […]

"Law school made me a better comic," says Troy Walker, "and comedy has made me a better public speaker.” Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Law school alum takes comedy seriously

Jokes about lawyers are well-documented. Jokes from lawyers — that’s a different story. Actually, that’s this story. Meet Troy Walker (JD ’11), a lawyer who tells jokes — for a living. He’d been joking around long before he entered the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2008. “I’ve […]

Hellen Kassa helped make the documentary "Sincerely Ethiopia." Photo courtesy of Hellen Kassa

Alumna’s film sheds new light on Ethiopia

Growing up in Denver, Ethiopia-born Hellen Kassa knew her classmates weren’t getting the whole picture when it came to her homeland. “Anytime I was in school or in class, people were like, ‘Oh, you’re from Ethiopia? What’s that like?’ It was very negative,” she says. “It was like, ‘We see […]

Joe Saunders retired from his position at Visa in April and will focus on his other roles, including chair of Teach for All, an organization working to expand educational opportunities worldwide. Photo courtesy of Visa

Alumnus Joe Saunders led Visa through ‘historic evolution’

Joe Saunders hasn’t had it easy for the past six years. As CEO and executive chairman of Visa Inc., Saunders led the global electronic-payments network through what he calls “an historic evolution of payments” made even more difficult by the recent financial crisis and ongoing federal regulations. He led Visa […]

Guitarist and alumnus Chris Broderick rocks out nightly as lead guitarist for Megadeth

Guitarist and alumnus Chris Broderick rocks out nightly as lead guitarist for Megadeth

A guitarist in local heavy-metal bands when he first started studying at the Lamont School of Music in the 1990s, Chris Broderick took a break from his studies when he was enlisted to play in Colorado-based band Jag Panzer in 1997. That led to a stint as a touring guitarist […]

Women’s Bean Project founder shares life lessons at Masters Program

Women’s Bean Project founder shares life lessons at Masters Program

Josepha “Jossy” Eyre, founder of the Women’s Bean Project, came to campus April 23 to talk to students about her path to social work and the importance of following your passion. Eyre (MSW ’86) was on campus as part of the Masters Program, which invites successful alumni back to campus […]