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Alumna donates ‘Millionaire’ winnings to                                                                        DU’s Morgr...
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  1. 1. [ ] 0 3 . 2 0 1 1 CAMPUS | NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE | RESEARCH ARTS | EVENTS | PEOPLE Inside • ‘Millionaire’ contestant • Tuition increase • Helping Kenyan children • Library renovation • Pearson Prize • DU astronomerWayne Armstrong Gold standard Three DU skiers took home Stirring things up gold medals in the alpine skiing competitions at the 25th annual winter World University Games Aspiring chefs from DU’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children received a weeklong held in Erzurum, Turkey, Jan. 29– series of cooking lessons — including spending time with a professional chef Feb. 6. Jennie VanWagner (pictured), a sophomore from — during a special week called “intersession” for 5th–8th graders. During Traverse City, Mich., won gold intersession, teachers create classes designed to encourage students to pursue in the women’s giant slalom event; Sterling Grant, a freshman a passion or discover a new one. Instructing the chefs-in-training was Dan from Amery, Wis., earned a Witherspoon from Denver’s Seasoned Chef Cooking School. Besides mixing gold medal in the women’s slalom event; and Seppi Stiegler, and measuring, the students learned about the regional Mediterranean a junior from Wilson, Wyo., cuisines of France and Italy. Witherspoon helped the students prepare finished first in the men’s slalom event. Second in importance to panna cotta with raspberry sauce, penne pasta with creamy blue cheese and the Olympics, the international mushroom sauce and stuffed chicken breasts with rice pilaf. There even was a sporting event for university student-athletes is held every banquet for parents. two years.
  2. 2. Alumna donates ‘Millionaire’ winnings to DU’s Morgridge College of Women’s College Education is partnering with DU’s Women’s College will receive the Rocky Mountain Prevention $25,000 for scholarships thanks to alumna Research Center on the “Healthy Carter Prescott (BA English ’71). Eaters, Lifelong Movers” project, Prescott was selected as a contestant onCourtesy of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” which is estimated to improve the the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in late 2010 and pledged her health of more than 11,200 winnings to the college. K-12 students by October 2013. The episode featuring Prescott aired The partnership received a $1.8 Feb. 17. million grant from the Colorado While she was hoping for a longer run Health Foundation, which says on the show, she was excited to get as far as she did. Colorado ranks 23rd out of “It was a great experience,” Prescott says. “I knew going into it that it could go either way. I 50 for childhood obesity. During had fun and raised money for scholarships. That means a lot to me.” the first year of the project, the Prescott attended the Women’s College on scholarship. research team will begin work with “I couldn’t have gone to college without the scholarship,” she notes, “so it means a lot to me to be contributing to scholarships and making a difference in the lives of women.” 19 elementary schools in the San The question that stumped her: In 1961, there was a contest to give Mr. Clean, the household Luis Valley and 10 elementary cleaner, a first name. Prescott was given four name choices: Veritably, Rollo, Gently and Wink. schools in Eastern Colorado. They The answer? “Veritably.” will expand the program to middle “I am thrilled with Carter’s success on ‘Millionaire’ and her commitment to the Women’s College,” says Women’s College Dean Lynn Gangone. “Through this scholarship gift, we can help and high schools spanning 14 more women advance into leadership positions through education. We are grateful to Carter for school districts in the San Luis giving back to the college in such a significant and meaningful way.” Valley in winter 2012 . By 2013, —Kim DeVigil the project will have reached 57 schools across both regions. Tuition increases by 3.74 percent for 2011–12 year [ ] The DU Board of Trustees has approved a 3.74 percent tuition increase for the 2011–12 UN I V E R S I T Y O F D E N V E R academic year. Effective fall 2011, full-time undergraduate tuition will be $36,936. Room and board charges for students choosing standard double-occupancy rooms and the premium meal plan is set at w w w. d u . e d u / t o d a y Volume 34, Number 7 $10,184. The mandatory student fee will remain unchanged at $321 as will the student health fee of $432 and the technology fee of $144. Interim Vice Chancellor for In total, the cost of attendance for DU undergraduates will increase by 3.68 percent to University Communications Jim Berscheidt $48,017. Editorial Director Graduate student tuition will rise to $1,026 per credit hour effective fall 2011. Some graduate Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96) students enrolling in 12–18 credit hours per quarter will be charged a flat rate (tuition equivalent to Managing Editor 12 credit hours), or $36,936 for the academic year. Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07, MLS ’10) DU students and parents were notified of the tuition hike in letters sent by Provost Gregg Art Director Kvistad Feb. 24. Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics “At the University of Denver, our careful planning and actions in the last three years have not Community News is published monthly by the only preserved but enhanced the value of a DU education,” Kvistad wrote. “Building on a budgetary University of Denver, University Communications, 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816. and fiscal discipline that was already in place, the University restructured its non-academic staff and The University of Denver is an EEO/AA institution. reduced its expense budget.” The University has continued to invest in its “core mission” of promoting learning by recently adding 16 faculty positions with plans to add 23 more next year. On the financial front, the University added $10 million in aid last year and intends to add more than $8 million next year. Contact Community News at 303-871-4312 or tips@du.edu Those two investments, Kvistad wrote, “are the most important the University can make for a To receive an e-mail notice upon the student’s education.” publication of Community News, contact us —Kathryn Mayer with your name and e-mail address. 2
  3. 3. Starting small Alumna’s microlending initiative sends Kenyan children to school W hen mothers with HIV/AIDS asked Karambu Ringera (PhD human communication studies ’07) for help to send their children — who would soon be orphans — to school, she didn’t just listen. She made a plan, rallied friends, raised funds and has since sent nearly 1,000 children to school in her home country of Kenya. In 2010, three college students supported by Ringera’s education fund for orphans graduated with bachelor’s degrees. But the staggering number of orphans in Kenya continues to rise. “There are 1.4 million orphans in Kenya and 2.4 million adults living with HIV/AIDS who will leave orphans when they die,” says Ringera, who spoke about “Emancipating Marginalized People From Dependency” at the 2010 TEDxDU event. “We can’t institutionalize all of those children in orphanages. So I’ve started thinking, ‘What would be a proactive response?’” The devastating news of infection, combined with the overwhelming challenges of poverty, make many women want to give in and give up, Ringera explains. “How do we keep them alive longer so they don’t leave their kids too early?” To Ringera, the solution meant addressing their poverty. She began helping women make jewelry out of recycled paper and watched as the projects created sustainability, confidence and possibilities for the women. “The cottage industries help create income to have good food and greater access to medication,” she explains. “Once a woman gets nutrition, medication and income, she thrives. It builds her self-esteem — and her confidence. HIV/ AIDS is no longer the killer disease that it was.” When Mary came to Ringera in 2004, she was a single mother with AIDS who couldn’t afford to put her daughters through primary school. Ringera taught her to make laundry detergent to sell and pay for their education. Mary also joined the jewelry-making group. With the money she made on the jewelry, she bought chickens. She sold the eggs and a few of the chickens to buy a beehive. With the income from her successful detergent and chicken projects, she bought a bicycle to increase her distribution. Then people started asking her for bar soap, so Mary learned how to make it and added another product to her growing enterprise. “Now she has become this awesome entrepreneur, and women’s groups are inviting her to come and talk and inspire them to start their own projects,” Ringera says. Community-sponsored initiatives like Mary’s have long been a part of the grassroots work Ringera does through the nonprofit she founded, InternationalWayne Armstrong Peace Initiatives. But last fall, Ringera upped the ante and created a more formalized microlending program called Friends of Amani that will enable more women to support their families through cottage-industry projects like jewelry-making, weaving, soap-making, beekeeping and raising chickens, goats, rabbits and fish. “Friends of Amani is my way of creating a fund that can give these women loans to develop the kind of initiatives that will take them to the next level of financial security and enterprise,” she says. Instead of “reinventing the wheel,” Ringera decided to use KIVA, a Web-based nonprofit that specializes in microfinance loans. Through the KIVA website, people can donate directly to the Friends of Amani fund. Women write proposals and submit loan applications, and KIVA approves loan requests that meet the requirements. Loans are issued to the women and then repaid back to KIVA, which then transfers the money to the lender. Lenders can also give a “donation” instead of a loan. The entrepreneur still repays the “loan,” but instead of the repayment going back to the lender, it will go into the Friends of Amani portfolio to support other projects. “It is a way to support these women so they live longer and so that we stop this ‘churning out’ of orphans,” Ringera says. “There is no nation that has developed through a welfare system. People need to create their own solutions. Otherwise, ideas from outside will not change the circumstances of their life. If the poor have access to small loans, they can take charge of their lives and create their own sustainability.” >>www.kiva.org/team/friends_of_amani —Janna Widdifield 3
  4. 4. academic commons, south elevation renderingPenrose Library to be updated for 21st century Plans are under way for DU’s Penrose Library to get a new look and feel. The project is called the Academic Commons and is intended to supportthe needs of library patrons in the 21st century. “When Penrose Library was built in the early 1970s, library spaces were designed to support individual study,” says Penrose Dean Nancy Allen.“Now, the needs of students and faculty are changing. We have a wonderful opportunity to anticipate the way library patrons of the future will interactwith information, materials, books and each other.” The project, which will cost approximately $32 million, will update the inside and outside of the current building. Updates will be designed to offerareas where students can work in groups, develop team projects and collaborate with faculty and other students. The library also will allow faculty tocombine research based on books and journals with online scholarly communication and digitized primary resources. Renovations are expected to begin in summer 2011 and take 14–18 months. Preparations for the work are already under way. It’s expected to takea few months to remove everything from the library, which should be ready for construction this summer. All books and collections will be moved to aclimate-controlled off-site annex and most employees will be moved to Aspen Hall. Most of the transition will occur after Commencement. During renovations, the Driscoll ballroom and gallery space will serve as the library’s public space. All materials will be picked up and returned thereand visitors will be able to access academic services such as the Technology Help Desk, the Writing Center, the Research Center and the Math Center. The Quickcopy Center will move to the DU Bookstore. “We will retrieve and deliver collections during construction, aiming for only an hour or two between request and delivery,” Allen says. “We playsuch a vital role for students and faculty at DU and will continue to provide all those services.” In the renovated library, active collections will be housed on the lower level with low-use collections located off campus in a new collectionsannex. “I often get asked if we’re getting rid of the books,” Allen says. “I can assure you that books and other materials will continue to be as valuable to ourcollection as our digital resources.” While dates could change, the target date for re-opening the library is December 2012. —Kristal GriffithDU student receives $10,000 Pearson Prize for higher education A University of Denver student has received one of the first-ever Pearson Prizes for Higher Education. Felipe Vieyra, a junior political science and international studies major from Morelia, Mexico, was one of 10 recipients chosen for the $10,000fellowship, which recognizes undergraduate students who are active in community service. Vieyra, a member of DU Students for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and a volunteer for El Centro Humanitario, organized a communityevent called Noche Cultura to encourage involvement with the nonprofit and build relationships between day laborers and the Denver community. Hewas selected for his efforts to reform the American immigration system. “Being an immigrant myself, I wanted to help immigration day laborers who are not easily integrated into the Denver community,” Vieyra says. “I ampassionate about reforming the faulty immigration processes and wanted to do something about it.” Vieyra says it took 14 years to obtain his American citizenship. Because of the experience, he says, he wanted to work on immigration reform incollege. “The immigration community in Denver has a mix of many different races and colors, but we all share struggles,” Vieyra says. “It is important to meto build community bonds to help break barriers and address important issues.” The Pearson Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Pearson PLC, an international media company whose holdings include The Financial Times andPenguin Publishers. The foundation supports community service and educational leadership that address key social challenges. —Katelyn Feldhaus 4
  5. 5. Eye in the skyDU astronomer earns a view from spaceU niversity of Denver Professor Toshiya Ueta deals in the big picture, looking at what’s not visible to human eyes from a platform cloaked in shadow high above the Earth. His quest is to understand the life cycle of stars. As an astronomer, he studies the very biggest questions of how stars — and their subsequent solar systems — die. How are the nextgenerations of stars born from the ashes of these dead stars? What keeps the cycle continuing? His work has earned him a coveted block of time as lead investigator to collect data from the Herschel Space Observatory. Like theHubble Space Telescope, the space-borne platform operated by the European Space Agency in cooperation with NASA has the abilityto peer into distant reaches of cold space. Unlike Hubble, Herschel can detect faint heat signals in the far-infrared light generated byremote clouds of “dusty” particles that are believed to be the raw material of stars. The platform allows Ueta to view these clouds throughtheir slight warmth. The Earth’s atmosphere, which Courtesy of NASAis much warmer than cosmic particles, obscures thatwarmth. The need to detect even the faintest traces ofwarmth is why Herschel is stationed permanentlybehind the Earth’s shadow of the Sun, to keep itsability to investigate the cold universe. When Uetasays “warm,” that term is relative to surroundingspace, as in about minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit. “I’m interested in stars that are like our sun,but older and larger versions of them,” Ueta says.“As they get past ‘middle age,’ stars start losingtheir surface matter and become a major source ofmaterial in space.” Because he is looking into such distant regions,some 3,000 light years away, everything Ueta seesactually happened at the dawn of the Iron Age,around the time when David was ruler of the ancientIsraelites in 1000 B.C. “When stars get old, they swell up and thegravity gets lower and things start flying off,” Uetasays. “Those will be the building blocks for the nextgeneration of stars. When I talk about this story, Ialways use the term reincarnation. This is the cosmicreincarnation cycle.” To make things more complicated, the data Uetais looking for is heat that isn’t actually visible tothe eye. Instead, he will design a series of computerscripts detailing the data he is seeking, which will be collected and translated as numbers. Then, all of that data must be examinedand interpreted for him to develop findings. With hundreds of terabytes of data expected, the process will take the volume of fundingthrough NASA and at least three years to complete. It will involve as many as 30 scientists working with Ueta scattered around the globe.Of the project’s $414,000, about $309,000 will be directly under Ueta’s management. Ueta’s research — dubbed the Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey, or HerPlaNS, for short — uses roughly 3 percent of all the availableobservation time on the Herschel Space Telescope in 2011, representing what’s believed to be the largest block of time awarded to aresearcher from the United States. To even submit the proposal to access the telescope’s limited time window, Ueta had to learn how the instrument worked andunderstand how to design computer scripts that will collect the data that will make his work meaningful. Each step of the way hasinvolved intense study. The result, Ueta says, should be scientific evidence that will help us understand the intricate and monumentalworkings of space, time and matter. “This is all part of a very long, very complex cycle,” Ueta says. “We are trying to understand the chemical and physical evolution ofthe universe on a very large scale of space and time.” —Chase Squires 5
  6. 6. [Events] MarchAround campus Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibit. Through March 30. Iliff School of 18 Denver Brass Presents: Brass, Bagpipes & Co: Sláinte! 7:30 p.m. 1 Labryinth Meditative Walk. 9 a.m. Theology. Hours: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday- Gates Concert Hall. Also 2 and 7:30 p.m. Iliff Great Hall. Contact Barbara Gish at Thursday; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday; March 19, 2:30 p.m. March 20. $12–$43. bgish@du.edu. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. 19 Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary I Shot Andy Warhol, film screening in Ballet, world premiere of “SHIRO conjunction with Warhol in Colorado 31 Jennifer Karady: Soldiers’ Stories from SHIRO.” 8 p.m. Byron Theatre. $28.75– exhibit, with introduction by Museum Iraq and Afghanistan. Opening reception $33.75. of Contemporary Art Denver Director 5–8 p.m., through May 1. Myhren Gallery. Adam Lerner. 7 p.m. Myhren Gallery. Free. 24 Faculty Recital. Duo Esprit, featuring Free. Basil Vendryes, viola, and AnnMarie Liss, harp. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. 4 Michael Ondaatje, reading by The English Patient author. 7:30 p.m. Davis Arts 25 Like Father, Like Son? Piano, song and Auditorium, Sturm Hall. Free. 1 First Tuesday Student Concert. Noon. more featuring Jeffrey Kahane and Gabriel Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. Kahane. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. 6 Documentary screening of 9500 Liberty, Free behind the curtain lecture at 6:30 with directors Annabel Park and Eric 2 Lamont Chorale and Lamont Men’s p.m. $32–$48. Byler. 1 p.m. Cherrington Hall. Free. and Women’s Choirs. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free. 27 Mendelssohn Trio Faculty Concert. 7 “China and the Middle East: Islam, Featuring Theodor Lichtmann, piano; Energy and Ethnic Relations,” 3 Lamont Steel Drums Ensemble. Barbara Thiem, cello; and Ronald Francois, lecture by Professor Dru Gladney. Noon. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. violin. 3 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Cherrington Hall. RSVP to ccusc@du.edu 4 Side Show, a musical. A co-production or call 303–871–4474. Free. Unless otherwise noted, prices are $18 for adults, $16 for of the Lamont School of Music and the seniors and free for students with ID and DU faculty and staff. 8 Book discussion with Chaplain Gary DU theater department. 7:30 p.m. Byron Brower. Talking about America’s Four Theatre. Also 7:30 p.m. March 5 and Gods, by Paul Froese and Christopher 2 p.m. March 5–6. $15–$25. Sports Bader. Noon. Driscoll Center South, Suite Flo’s Underground, vocal jazz combos. 4 Men’s tennis vs. UNLV. Noon. Gates 29 Conference Room. Free. 5 p.m. Williams Recital Salon. Free. Tennis Center. “Popular Resistance in Palestine,” 5 Piano Trio Faculty Concert. Featuring Women’s lacrosse vs. St. Mary’s. lecture by Palestinian-American human Richard Slavich, cello; Linda Wang, vio- Noon. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. rights activist Mazin Qumsiyeh. 6 p.m. lin; and Alice Rybak, piano. 7:30 p.m. Cherrington Hall, Arthur Gilbert Cyber Hamilton Recital Hall. Women’s tennis vs. Colorado. 5 p.m. Café. Free. Pinehurst Country Club. Sound of the Rockies, “Letters to 9 Ash Wednesday services. 7:45 a.m., America.” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hockey vs. St. Cloud State. 7:37 p.m. noon, 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Evans Chapel. Hall. $19–$27. Magness Arena. “Photographing Warhol,” forum in 6 Guest Artist Recital. Svet Stoyanov, 5 Men’s lacrosse vs. Jacksonville. conjunction with Warhol in Colorado percussion. 5 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. 1:30 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. exhibit. 6:30 p.m. Myhren Gallery. Free. Hockey vs. St. Cloud State. 7:07 p.m. Lamont Composers Series. Leanna10 “Yankee Whalers and the Russian Kirchoff, director. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Magness Arena. Avant-Garde: Tracing a Family Tree Recital Hall. Free. 6 Men’s tennis vs. Nebraska. Noon. Through Theater,” lecture by Allison Gates Tennis Center. Horsley, assistant theater professor, 4 p.m. 8 Lamont Guitar Ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Sturm Hall, Room, 286. Free. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. Men’s lacrosse vs. Manhattan. Master Class. Svet Stoyanov, percussion. 1:30 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium.21 School Days Off. Through March 25; also March 28–April 1. Ritchie Center. $50 1 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. 7 Women’s lacrosse vs. North Carolina. per day. For information and to register, 9 Lamont Wind Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. call 303–871–7728. Gates Concert Hall. Free. 9 Women’s lacrosse vs. Vermont. 4 p.m. Daniel Handler, Denver Post Pen and 10 Lamont Symphony Orchestra. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Podium Series. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Featuring Madoka Asari, piano, and works 12 Gymnastics vs. Arkansas. 6 p.m. Hall. $39–$52. by Beethoven, Part and Strauss. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium.22 Music and Meditation: “Storms and Gates Concert Hall. Free. Men’s lacrosse vs. Notre Dame. 7 p.m. Calm.” Noon. Evans Chapel. 11 Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Bridges to the Future Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. Byron Theater. Free behind 19 Women’s lacrosse vs. Boston. 1 p.m. — 9/11: Ten Years After. Featuring the curtain lecture at 6:30 p.m. Also Barton Lacrosse Stadium. journalist and poet Eliza Griswold. 7 p.m. March 12. $35. Gates Concert Hall. RSVP at www. 12 Mike David’s Spirit of Adventure, 26 Men’s lacrosse vs. Air Force. 1 p.m. du.edu/bridges or call 303–871–2360. featuring photos, stories and music from Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Free. around the world. 7 p.m. Gates Concert 31 Women’s tennis vs. Oklahoma State. Hall. $41–$69. 1 p.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.Exhibits 16 Olga Kern, Friends of Chamber Music Piano Series. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hockey: $18–$27; $5 for DU students. Gymnastics and men’s lacrosse: $9. Tennis and women’s lacrosse: Free. 1 Warhol in Colorado. Through March 13. Hall. $12.25–$50.25. Myhren Gallery. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. daily. Free. For ticketing and other information, including a full listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/calendar.6