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2009 October: Community News

2009 October: Community News

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Inside this issue:
*New board chair
*Leo Block remembered
*Bike-sharing program
*Engineering whiz
*Basketball duo

Inside this issue:
*New board chair
*Leo Block remembered
*Bike-sharing program
*Engineering whiz
*Basketball duo

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Published by: University of Denver on Oct 01, 2009
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 New board chair
 Leo Block remembered
 Engineering whiz
 Bike-sharing program
 Basketball duo
 Anthony Maiani (pictured at center), a junior forward on the DU hockeyteam, and fellow hockey players help incoming undergraduates move into theUniversity’s Johnson-McFarlane Hall Sept. 7. In addition to student athletes,members of other organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ, the BlackStudent Alliance, DU Greek Life and Hillel also helped undergraduate studentsmove into the dorms during Discoveries Week, DU’s incoming undergraduateorientation program. The weeklong program is designed to give first-year andtransfer students a strong start to their DU experience through workshops,small group meetings and computer classes. Classes began Sept. 14.
Moving in
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Giving back
During 2008–09,students in DU’sGraduate School of Social Work completed201,840 internshiphours, contributingmore than $3.6 million to Colorado’s humanservice delivery system.If your department hasdata on volunteer timeand service, contact usat tips@du.edu.
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Basketball coach Joe Scott signs extension
University o Denver men’s basketball headcoach Joe Scott has signed a contract extension through the 2014–15 season.Terms o the three-year extension werenot disclosed.“We are proud o the progress that CoachScott and his sta have made since coming to Denver,” says Peg Bradley-Doppes, vicechancellor or athletics and Ritchie Center operations.Scott has increased the Pioneers’ win totalin each o his two seasons at Denver, including a 21–6 record at Magness Arena.“My sta and I are committed to building a sustainable winning program here at Denver,”Scott says. “I like the progress we have made, but we still have work to do and are looking orward to the challenge.” With the youngest team in the nation last season, the Pioneers were 18th in eld-goalpercentage and 22nd in scoring deense, while Nate Rohnert became the third All-Sun BeltConerence rst team member in team history. Scott returns his top eight players while adding three reshmen in 2009–10.Season tickets or the 2009–10 Denver Pioneers are currently on sale. Ticket packagesstart at $64. Individual game tickets go on sale Oct. 5. Admission or DU students is ree with aPioneer Card.
 —Media Relations Staff 
Trygve Myhren to chair of DU Board of Trustees
Prominent Denver businessman Trygve Myhren has beenelected chairman o the University o Denver Board o Trustees.Myhren, a DU trustee since 1995, began his term Sept. 1, suc-ceeding Joy Burns.Myhren is president o Myhren Media Inc. He previouslyserved as president o the Providence Journal Company, chair-man and CEO o American Television & Communications (nowTime Warner Cable), chairman o the National Cable Television Association and on the boards o eight public companies. He isa ounder or co-ounder o six cable TV networks, including theFood Network, Northwest Cable News and E! Entertainment. At DU, Myhren has served on several trustee committees, sequentially chairing the Univer-sity’s audit, nance and budget, and aculty and educational aairs committees. Myhren and his wie, Vicki, are the principal supporters o the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery in the Shwayder ArtBuilding.Burns, a DU board member or 28 years, served as chairman rom 1990 until 2005 andagain rom 2007 until Aug. 31, 2009. An icon o Denver’s business, civic and proessional sportscommunity, she is president and CEO o the D.C. Burns Realty and Trust Co. and president andowner o the Burnsley Hotel in Denver. She will continue to serve on the board.The Joy Burns Arena at the Ritchie Center and the Joy Burns Plaza in the Newman Center  or the Perorming Arts were, in large part, made possible by her generosity. The Franklin L. BurnsSchool o Real Estate and Construction Management is named or her late husband.Peter Gilbertson (BA ’75), ounder and CEO o Anacostia & Pacic Co., joins Myhren andBurns on the board as new member.
 —Media Relations Staff 
Volume 33, Number 2
 Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Carol Farnsworth
Editorial Director 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
Managing Editor 
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07)
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Community News
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Meet the Class of 2013.
Most o DU’s incoming frst-year studentsare 18 years old, which means they werelikely born in 1991. Here’s a sampling o what was happening that year:
The grunge revolution was born— Nirvana released its landmark
• The Gulf War was raging• Top movies included
Beauty and the Beast,
Silence of the Lambs 
City Slickers 
The Ritchie Center, the Newman Center
and the Daniels College o Businessbuilding had yet to be built, and theLamont School o Music was acrosstown at DU’s Park Hill Campus, along
with the Women’s College and the
College o Law
• DU had a varsity baseball teamDenver Boone was DU’s ofcial
Redesigned DU homepage headlinesbranding initiative
 A new brand strategy is at the heart o the redesigned DU Web site that launchedSept. 14.The homepage (www.du.edu) now has links or dierent audience groupsand top-level pages that ocus on prospective students. But the Web site is just onecomponent o a larger initiative to bring ocus and clarity to the University’s vision tobe a great private university dedicated to the public good.“This eort is intended to be a logical extension o our vision, values, mission andgoals statements, one that urther claries them or the University community andgives them voice or a much broader audience,” Chancellor Robert Coombe wrote inan August memo to deans and administrators.“Our goal is to develop greater visibility or DU as an action leader, as an institution that proactively addresses the great issues o our day,” Coombe wrote. “We need to tell our story well, with many examples.”The strategy calls or the University to ocus its internal and external communicationon DU’s eorts to improve the human condition. The University community has theopportunity to validate DU’s “action leadership” with “DU Something 365,” a page on the new Web site dedicated to sharing stories about the research, scholarly, serviceand creative endeavors that provide tangible proo o DU’s positive impact on the world.Students, aculty, sta and alumni are invited to submit their own stories andphotos directly to “DU Something 365” by clicking on the “Submit your story” button.Those submissions also will be routed or possible use on DU Today or in other campus publications.The action-leadership message also is on display in new campus light-pole banners that highlight some o the many ways students and aculty are “DU-ing something” toimprove the human condition. Stories related to the banners appear on DU Today,DU365 and elsewhere on the DU Web site.
 —Media Relations Staff 
Late DU philanthropist established University’s first fully funded chair
 Alumnus Leo Block, a philanthropist who contributed more than $2.5 million to DU, died Aug. 31. He was 94.“His energy and intellect belied his age,” says Chancellor Emeritus Dwight Smith. “Leo was a delightul and generous man to whom we in the DU community will remain indebted.”Block is the namesake or the Leo Block Alumni Center and the Leo Block EndowedChair.“Simply put, Leo loved DU. He credited DU with giving him an international perspectiveand a passion or learning,” says Scott Lumpkin, associate vice chancellor in University Advancement.Block (BA ’35) met Smith in 1985, when Block attended his 50th reunion at DU.“He invited me to visit him in San Antonio, an invitation which I accepted, and those visitscontinued both there and in Denver,” Smith says.Block contributed $1 million or the rst ully unded chair at the University.“[The chair] brought a series o visiting proessors to DU or 20 years, beginning with ormer Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm,” Lumpkin says. Lamm has remained at DU as executivedirector or the Institute or Public Policy Studies.“Because o its timing, this git and the addition o Lamm to the aculty represented a realand morale-boosting enhancement or our academic community at a critical juncture in our history,” Smith says.In 2008, Block permanently assigned the chair to the Jose Korbel School o International Studies.Block was the ounder and owner o Block Distributing Co., now called Republic National Distributing, which became the largest wine andliquor-distributing outlet in south Texas.
 —Kathryn Mayer 
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