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University of Denver Magazine Winter 2012

University of Denver Magazine Winter 2012

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Winter issue of the University of Denver Magazine for alumni, parents, faculty staff and students
Winter issue of the University of Denver Magazine for alumni, parents, faculty staff and students

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Published by: University of Denver on Nov 15, 2012
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 WINTER 2012
M A G A Z I N E
IN ThE
 spotlight
DU shines at frst presidential debate
 
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University 
of 
Denver Magazine
 
 WiNtER 2012
 
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: When the sun rose over the University o Denver on Oct. 3, television crews rom the network morning shows were already at work, broadcasting live rom outside the Ritchie Center and reminding the country to tune intothe biggest news o the day: the rst presidential debate o the 2012 campaign. As the day unolded, roughly 3,000 media proessionals rom 47 countries swarmed across campus, readying orthe 90-minute showdown between the two men vying or the highest oce in the nation.For the University o Denver and or our students, aculty, sta and alumni, debate day was an opportunity toparticipate in the ultimate educational event—one critical to our democracy, one that would be ollowed all overthe world and one that would shine a spotlight on our remarkable students and aculty, our astonishing campus,our dynamic city and our beautiul state. We knew the debate would provide us great media exposure. But that’s not the only reason we sought to hostthe debate. Whenever we scan the horizon or opportunities, we look to our vision statement or guidance:The University o Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good. What better way tocontribute to the public good than by oering a orum or discussion among those who seek to lead us as weconront the great issues o the day? And what better way to serve our many constituencies than by supporting aprocess so essential to a healthy democracy?The University also wanted to unite the campus and our alumni community around a spectacular event,something all o us would remember or the rest o our lives. And a presidential debate—which one university president has dubbed the “Super Bowl o politics”—is a spectacular event with great educational value.To ensure the debate’s success, and its value to our students and alumni, the University hosted more than 100debate-related events—everything rom lectures to movie screenings—in the months and weeks leading up toOct. 3. More than 25,000 people attended this programming—yet more proo that the public thirsts or intelligentdiscussion about complex issues.The debate also gave us a valuable opportunity to partner with city and state agencies and entities. The University  was ounded well beore Colorado became a state, and we’ve grown up alongside the city we call home. Sonaturally we savor the chance to bring an international event to this wonderul place.Opinions may dier about which o the candidates emerged victorious rom Magness Arena. To my mind, thereal winner was the University o Denver. A special thank you is owed to our students, alumni, aculty and sta.Together, we made history.
Ofce o the Chancellor
Mary Reed Building | 2199 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80208 | 303.871.2111 | Fax 303.871.4101 | www.du.edu/chancellor
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Contents
FEatuREs
24
 
Ready or Prime Time
The presidential debate at the University o Denver is now inthe history books. Here’s a look at how it all went down.
By Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07, MA ’10)
DEpaRtmENts
 
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Editor’s Note
 
5
 
Feedback
 
8
 
News
 
U.S. News
ranking
14
 
History 
Digital DU
17 
 
 Academics
Urban Farming class
19
 
People
Prison garden
20
 
Research
Studying trees in Guatemala
22
 
Q&A 
Provost Gregg Kvistad on Renew DU
33
 
 Alumni Connections
On the cover: The Ritchie Center was the site o the frst presidential debate o 2012;read the story on page 24. Photo by Wayne ArmstrongThis page: Students Zach Gonzales, Samuel Gerry and Dia Mohamed were stand-ins on the debate stage or Republican nominee Mitt Romney, debate moderator Jim Lehrer and President Barack Obama, respectively, while technicians perected lights and sound.Photo by Wayne Armstrong

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