Articles written by: Doug McPherson

First-year student Zach Miller, who grew up on an Indian reservation in New York, is a starter on the men's lacrosse team. Photo: Clarkson Creative

Lacrosse is part of first-year player’s Native American legacy

It’s said that Native Americans invented lacrosse, its origins taking root as early as the 12th century, played by the Iroquois in what is now New York state, southern Quebec and Ontario, Canada. European immigrants have changed the game some since then, but what hasn’t changed is the zest and […]

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 […]

Troy Walker is a regular at Denver’s two Comedy Works clubs; in summer 2011 he performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison as part of a Film on the Rocks event; and in April 2012 he was part of a group of Denver comedians who traveled to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Jester with a JD: Law school alum Troy Walker 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 […]

Alumnus Joe Riche helps large-scale artists realize their visions

Alumnus Joe Riche helps large-scale artists realize their visions

It had to be. Joe Riche (MFA ’00) becoming an artist, that is. At age 4 he was already grasping some of the finer points of art — at his grandmother’s house. She had a small replica sculpture of the Greek goddess Venus — you know, without the arms. “I […]

International Disaster Psychology students help Colorado heal after flooding

The image of flood waters washing away highways, homes and businesses this fall is seared into the memories of many in Colorado. The state has suffered its share of disasters over the last couple of years – fires and floods chief among them. Yet renewal blooms. Within weeks of the […]

Disaster psychology students help healing efforts after Colorado floods

The image of flood waters washing away highways, homes and businesses this fall is seared into the memories of many in Colorado. The state has suffered its share of disasters over the last couple of years – fires and floods chief among them. Yet renewal blooms. Within weeks of the […]

"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 […]

Gene Tang builds 1515 Restaurant on a lifetime of experience

Gene Tang builds 1515 Restaurant on a lifetime of experience

This profile could have ended up very differently. It could have been about a guy who was so successful early in his career that he just spent his days in the mountains doing what he loved: fly fishing. But it was not to be. Gene Tang (BSBA ’71, MBA ’75) […]

Skiier Jamie Stanton latest recipient of Willy Schaeffler Scholarship

When Jamie Stanton learned he’d won the University of Denver’s Willy Schaeffler Scholarship, he was on his way to do something you might not expect a young man with just one leg to do. “I was in my car picking up a friend to go wakeboarding,” says Stanton. Actually, Stanton […]

Skiier Jamie Stanton latest recipient of Willy Schaeffler Scholarship

When Jamie Stanton learned he’d won the University of Denver’s Willy Schaeffler Scholarship, he was on his way to do something you might not expect a young man with just one leg to do. “I was in my car picking up a friend to go wakeboarding,” says Stanton. Actually, Stanton […]