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University of Denver Magazine Spring 2013 issue

University of Denver Magazine Spring 2013 issue

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Quarterly magazine for DU alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends
Quarterly magazine for DU alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends

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CATALYST
FOR
 CONNECTION
The Anderson Academic Commonsis so much more than a library
 
 
CATALYST
FOR
 CONNECTION
The Anderson Academic Commonsis so much more than a library
 
SPRING 2013
M A G A Z I N E
 
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University 
of 
Denver Magazine
 
SPRING 2013
 
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers:Two years ago, I wrote a column or the
University of Denver Magazine
about Penrose Library and a transormationalrenovation project that was to begin or this campus landmark. Penrose had opened in 1971 as an iconic modernbuilding o that time, complete with orange carpets and “egg” chairs. Very little had been done to the building since then, however, and our purpose or the renovation was to change not only the appearance, but the entireunctionality o the building.In an age where data and inormation are available anywhere, anytime, Penrose had become much more aboutpeople than about access to bound volumes, and its spaces or people—to work and think, either individually orin groups—were totally inadequate or today’s DU. So a undamental objective was to replace the space onceoccupied by bound volumes with new space or students and aculty members, in an environment conducive todeep intellectual activity. Also actored in was the clear need or a campus center, a ocal point or our intellectualculture and or the social culture that sustains it.The 10 years during which we planned this project, raised unds and started construction were also years o tremendous transormation in higher education. This transormation has to do with the undamental mechanismso teaching and learning, the basic relationships between aculty members and students, the nature o aculty work,and the ocal points o aculty scholarship. Behind this transormation is also the undamental reality that we needto change the nancial model o higher education. In many ways, the metamorphosis o Penrose Library into the Anderson Academic Commons is emblematic o that broader change.Over the course o those 10 years, there were
many
internal battles over just how much o the past was to beretained and just how ar we should reach or the uture. For many o us, a library is much more than a building.It is a place associated with our own intellectual stories, our personal paths to learning and scholarship. It is deeply bound up with our proessional culture as aculty members, and that can be very dicult to abandon or a yet-to-be-claried uture driven by rapidly accelerating technical and social change. But change we must.Collectively, we must prepare ourselves to seize a uture in learning and scholarship that may well be very dierentrom the past that nurtured us so well, but one that holds the potential to be ar more eective, impactul andrewarding.The Anderson Academic Commons is truly glorious. It is a magnetic place, fooded by light. It is a place dedicatedto learning and thought and yet amazingly comortable, a place to meet riends and colleagues. It undoubtedly  will be our center, an iconic DU building or today and the uture. I our journey to the Anderson AcademicCommons is emblematic o the dicult path to broader change, the result is surely indicative o our institutionalstrength. A quick stroll through the building is really upliting, almost therapeutic. It is such as to convince one thatthough the uture may hold many challenges, or us at DU it is bright, indeed. 
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
26
 
 A Catayst or Connection
Te Anderson Academic Commons gives students and faculty a 21st-century library to call their own.
By Tamara Chapman and Greg Glasgow
30
 
Digging or Insight
 Archaeology students uncover World War II-era history at Amache.
By Tamara Chapman
36
 
Pioneering Peope
Founders Day recognizes alumni accomplishments.
By Janalee Card Chmel
DEPARTmENTS
 
4
 
Editor’s Note
 
8
 
News
Athletic conference change
14
 
 Arts
Visiting painter Dana Schutz
16
 
Research
Mapping website
19
 
 Academics
Ethics boot camp
20
 
Sports
Lacrosse season
21
 
 Views
Crane memorial
23
 
Peope
Legal help for farmers
24
 
Q&A 
Christopher Hill on Iraq
41
 
 Aumni Connections
On the cover: The Anderson Academic Commons provides students and aculty withnew points o connection; read the story on page 26. Photo by Wayne ArmstrongThis page: The library’s amed egg chair is moved into its new home in the Anderson Academic Commons. The new hub or interdisciplinary learning opened its doors March 25;read the story on page 26. Photo by Ce Shi

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