Alumni

Alumna chronicles her year of eating unprocessed food

Alumna chronicles her year of eating unprocessed food

“My first foray into unprocessed food occurred in the aisles of Trader Joe’s,” Megan Kimble writes on her blog. “It was a Wednesday afternoon, and I had an hour before I needed to be somewhere — plenty of time, I thought. I grabbed a cart, walked in the door, and […]

Public Policy alum leads the way in education

Dan Schaller (MPP ’10) started the master’s program at the University of Denver’s Institute for Public Policy Studies as a high school teacher interested in exploring ways he could engage in and influence the larger education debate. Now he is leading the way as director of advocacy with the Colorado […]

"Hopefully we’ll see people get health care, and get healthier, and see health care costs go down — that’s my motivation for of all this,” says Melanie Hererra Bortz. Photo courtesy of Melanie Hererra Bortz

Alumna helps spread the word about Obamacare

It hasn’t been an easy path for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). October’s launch of the exchanges — the online marketplaces where Americans shop and sign up for health plans under the law — was rocky, at best. Sign-ups have been lower than expected, and as the March 31 deadline […]

Iranian foreign minister makes virtual return to his alma mater

More than 200 students, faculty and community members came to the University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons on Tuesday to sit in on a historic conversation between Mohammad Javad Zarif, minister of foreign affairs for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador and current dean of […]

Psychology alum’s career in child care services comes full circle

Margot Lacey (BA ’77) began her years at the University of Denver on her 18th birthday: a day that remains an enduring memory of a college experience where she made lifelong friends, met her future husband and was set on an academic path that led to a career in psychology. […]

Through the Nathan Yip Foundation, Jimmy and Linda Yip have raised more than $2.5 million to help some 6,000 underprivileged children around the world. Photo courtesy of the Nathan Yip Foundation

Alumnus heads foundation that helps kids around the world

When Jimmy and Linda Yip lost their 19-year-old son, Nathan, to an automobile accident in 2001, they carried on his dream of helping underprivileged youth by forming a foundation in his name. “I had just named [the Yips] the godparents to my son six months prior, so I went through […]

Prizewinning poet turns attention to helping caregivers

Prizewinning poet turns attention to helping caregivers

Heather McHugh (MA ’73) has run the gamut since her days at the University of Denver. She is a respected poet with a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” to her name, a professor at the University of Washington, and the executive director of CAREGIFTED, a nonprofit committed to the well-being of […]

Rob Gleeson, left, plays Jeffrey, a quiet, intense “numbers guy,” on season three of Showtime’s comedy series “House of Lies.” Photo courtesy of Showtime

Business-school grad is a new cast member on Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’

Rob Gleeson (BSBA ’10) isn’t just a business-school grad in real life — he also plays one on TV. Gleeson, 26, has been cast as Jeffrey, a quiet, intense “numbers guy,” on season three of Showtime’s comedy series “House of Lies,” which stars Denver native Don Cheadle as a ruthless […]

Susan Claassen has staged her one-woman show “A Conversation With Edith Head” all over the world. Photo: Tim Fuller

Alumna pays tribute to a show-biz legend

When she died — in 1981, at the age of 83 — costume designer Edith Head was, in show-biz parlance, a tough act to follow. In her decades-long Hollywood career, Head won a whopping eight Oscars and dressed everyone from Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis to Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor […]

Hellen Kassa helped create the film "Sincerely Ethiopia" to shed some light on the positive things happening in the country. Photo courtesy of Hellen Kassa

Alumna Hellen Kassa spreads the good word about Ethiopia

Growing up in Denver, Ethiopia-born Hellen Kassa (BA ’12) knew her classmates weren’t getting the whole picture when it came to her homeland. “Any time 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 […]