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Senior fuses biology and geography in study of health care

Senior fuses biology and geography in study of health care

When senior Jacqueline Smith came to the University of Denver four years ago, she intended to prepare for a career as a physician. “Originally I wanted to go to med school,” she recalls. “I’d always wanted to since I was a child.” That goal shifted over time, as she took […]

Elizabeth Escobedo is the author of “From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front.” Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Historian’s new book captures wartime experience of Mexican-American women

It was from her father’s sisters that Elizabeth Escobedo first heard the stories that would inspire her new book, “From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front” (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). With the men off at war, the […]

Joe Louis Barrow Jr. (BA ’68) is CEO of international youth development organization The First Tee. Photo courtesy of The First Tee

Alumnus helps teach ‘core values’ through golf

Often stereotyped as a game for the wealthy and elite, golf doesn’t seem like the ideal sport for teaching inner-city kids about values like honesty, perseverance and courtesy. That is until Joe Louis Barrow Jr. (BA ’68), CEO of international youth development organization The First Tee, starts to explain. “Golf […]

Alumna pays tribute to Hollywood legend

Alumna pays tribute to Hollywood 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 […]

Junior swimmer making the most of DU life

Junior swimmer making the most of DU life

What does University of Denver junior Ryan Holly like about swimming? As you might expect from a molecular biology major, his answer is very scientific. “I like that you can quantitate how well you’re doing,” he says. “You can mark your progress as you go. In basketball or football, there’s […]

Eryn Green received the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Creative writing PhD named one of country’s best young poets

Eryn Green got quite the send-off from the University of Denver’s creative-writing program. Shortly before receiving his PhD in June, Green found out he had won the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for his book “Eruv.” Green is now counted among a distinguished group of American poets who […]

‘Kindness of strangers’ sets alumna on path to DU

Rose Hanawa Tanaka (BA ’48) is many things: a DU alumna, a Denver public school teacher, a Japanese American internment camp survivor and, most recently, a scholarship founder. From humble beginnings in California to becoming a successful DU student and community leader, Tanaka always has been grateful to the University […]

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 […]

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 […]

2013 Colorado Book Awards recognize three DU authors

Carolyn Mears, an adjunct faculty member at DU’s Morgridge College of Education, has won a 2013 Colorado Book Award for “Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma: Advice Based on Experiences” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), an anthology designed to guide educators through the process of moving on, emotionally and academically, in […]