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January 2010 Community News

January 2010 Community News

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Published by: University of Denver on Dec 25, 2009
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’s Strategic Issues Program (SIP), a nonpartisanpanel of leaders in business, government andeducation, worked throughout 2009 studying one of the country’s most prickly issues—immigration. Theresult of their work is a 50-page report,
Architecturefor Immigration Reform: Fitting the Pieces of PublicPolicy
. In it, the panel makes 25 recommendations forimmigration reform.The panel’s chairman, Jim Griesemer (pictured),said at a news conference Dec. 9 that the panelrecognized the challenge of dealing with a triple-threatof problems: illegal immigration, a lack of UnitedStates policy focus and an entrenched ineffectiveimmigration system. But, he noted, the issue alsopresents opportunities to build economic strength andcreate a competitive global advantage for the countrywhile strengthening social vitality and cohesion.“Global migration and the great shift thatwe’re seeing through global capitalism representsan opportunity for the United States,” he said. “It’san opportunity to be captured, not a reality to beavoided.”The panel’s recommendations fall into five areas: national security, social vitality, economicenhancement, family unification and refugee concerns. The common thread is a shift in nationalpriorities to focus first on policies that benefit the United States. A full list of the recommendations and the entire report is online at www.du.edu/issues. Among the recommendations: The creation of a secure, government-issued workeridentification card required for employment, coupled with an electronic system for employers toverify legal status. The report also calls for greater flexibility in issuing work visas combined with asimplification of the visa process, cutting the convoluted system from nearly 200 visa classificationsdown to eight categories.In addition, the panel calls for strong border enforcement and adequate resources for customsand border patrol agencies. And without excusing violations that have led to some 12 million people living in the U.S.illegally, the panel finds that deporting that many individuals is simply not realistic. Meanwhile,leaving that many people living in a shadow state is also impractical and unproductive. The panelcalls for creating a process that allows illegal immigrants to come forward and register for aprovisional status, working toward full legal residency.But that residency would require English language proficiency, Griesemer said.Read more at www.du.edu/today
 —Chase Squires
Re–lax. Men’s lacrossecoach Bill Tierney hasbeen recognized for hismove to the Universityof Denver. Tierney hasbeen named
Lacrosse Magazine
’s 2009 Personof the Year. In June2009, Tierney joinedDU after 22 seasons with Princeton. Whilethere, he led theTigers to six NCAA championships, eightNCAA championshipgames and 14 Ivy Leaguechampionships. ThePioneers lacrosse seasonkicks off in February.
Immigration issues
Nonpartisan DU panel calls for national reform
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Rosetta Stone offers online language option
DU students still can take traditional oreign language classes like Spanish, French, Ger-man and Italian, but those looking to delve into more exotic languages like Pashto, Farsi andTagalog have another resource: Rosetta Stone, an online language-learning program that isavailable to all DU students, aculty and sta through the Penrose Library Web site, www.du.edu/penrose.“I was getting a lot o requests rom the Graduate School o International Studies to getlanguage CDs because they wanted to learn dierent languages rom around the world,” says Arts and Humanities Reerence Librarian Peggy Keeran, who purchased Rosetta Stone or DU two years ago. “But they wouldn’t circulate and it would be too limiting. So I started to look tosee i I could nd an online solution.”That’s when Keeran discovered Rosetta Stone, a “dynamic immersion” system that com-bines images and interactivity to teach additional languages in much the same way peoplelearned their rst language. To date, more than 3,700 people have used the program at DU,including graduate students and researchers who use it beore traveling to oreign countries.“I think it’s a great resource,” says Morgridge College o Education Proessor Gloria Miller, who uses Rosetta Stone to study Spanish and Chinese. “I like the fexibility o being able to do itanytime, anywhere, and they have some very unique cognitive strategies that they use to helpyou acilitate your learning.”For the rst year, Rosetta Stone charged DU a small ee while it determined demand.The second year, the ee was signicantly higher. Purchased on their own, the Rosetta Stoneprograms cost more than $200 per language.“We basically said, ‘We can’t aord this,’” Keeran says. “But people were like, ‘You have toget this.’ We have not heard rom so many users about something ever. We looked careully at the statistics and decided the use justied the expense.”
 —Greg Glasgow 
Exhibit highlights 150 years of Denver Jewish life
“Blazing the Trail: Denver’s Jewish Pioneers,” an exhibit thatdocuments Denver’s rst Jew-ish residents, will be on displayat DU’s Penrose library throughmid-February.The story is told through 12panels illustrated with photos andincludes other documents andhousehold items. Jeanne Abrams,proessor o Judaic studies at DUand director o the Ira M. Beck  Archives and Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, is curator o the exhibit.“It is highly signicant that the 150th anniversary o Denver’s ounding coincides with the150th anniversary o Denver’s Jewish community,” Abrams says. “It refects that Jewish citizens were ‘present at creation’ so to speak. This unusual phenomenon helps to explain the pivotalrole that Denver Jews played in the political, social, cultural, economic and religious develop-ment o our city.”The exhibit is part o the Center or Judaic Studies’ celebration o 150 years o Jewish liein Colorado. The nine months o events and programming surround the theme “Pioneering Jews: Cowboys, Rebels and Trailblazers.”
 —Kristal Grifth
Volume 33, Number 5
 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
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DU scores high withgraduate success rate
percent of University of Denver freshmen student-athleteswho entered college in 2002earned their degrees, accordingto the latest NCAA GraduationSuccess Rate (GSR) data. DU bested the NCAA Division Ioverall GSR of 
percent by
percent. DU’s student-athlete four-class average of 
percent was higher thanthe general DU population’s
percent showing. Women’sgymnastics, lacrosse, skiing,soccer, swimming and diving,tennis and volleyball achievedperfect
percent scores.Men’s soccer, swimming anddiving, and tennis wereperfect as well.
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anye West grabbing the mic fromTaylor Swift. Rep. Joe Wilsonshouting “You lie!” during a speech byPresident Obama. Tennis player SerenaWilliams cussing out a line judge. Has anage of incivility come to America?Not if Jon Williams (BA ’76) hasanything to say about it.Sixty years ago, Williams’ parents— a pair of professional dancers whohad worked with Arthur Murray andFred Astaire — founded Jon D. WilliamsCotillions, which provided danceinstruction and social-etiquette trainingto children in the Colorado Springs area.Williams took over the company in theearly 1980s and expanded it from sixto 50 programs nationwide, including aspring cotillion at DU’s Cable Center. TheDenver-based company now teaches morethan 10,000 people a year.In addition to the cotillion dancesfor kids in elementary and middle school,JDW Social Education Programs alsooffers social training for high schoolstudents, colleges and businesses. Participants learn everything from table manners and interview techniques to communication skillsand customer relations.“The demand is huge,” Williams says. “More businesses are recognizing the role that social skills play in regard to their employeesand how to deal with their clients. More colleges are adding it to their core curriculums. It’s added value for young people going out inbusiness. Parents are recognizing it. When you see all the problems we’re dealing with today, whether it’s from the politicians or it’s fromour celebrities or just general bad behavior, we’re losing our sense of civility.”Replacing Facebook with face-to-face interaction, the cotillions recall social dances with boys in jackets and ties and girls in dressesand gloves — more because of clammy hands than any sense of fashion, Williams explains — getting a dose of etiquette while they learnto dance.“We’ll have them do the jitterbug, and in between the jitterbug we’re talking to them about a character scenario — what would youdo in this situation?” Williams says. “And then we’re going to do some salsa. So they’re still thinking that over and they’re having fun,but they’re not in a lecture situation. They’re learning things subliminally in the process of having fun.”Cotillion programs meet five times over a 10-week period, each 90-minute session devoted to a mix of dance lessons and etiquetteinstruction. On the final evening parents are invited and mothers dance with sons and fathers with daughters.One parent who knows cotillion well is Sheila Oldenburg (BA ’78). She has two children who have gone through cotillion — herdaughter, April, now 22, was in middle school when she started the program.“She will tell you that she was a little chunky and a little clunky and feeling like she wasn’t as polished as she wished she had been,”Oldenburg says. “It really gave her confidence.”Williams says he hears from former students about how the cotillion prepared them for the big events to follow: dating, college and job interviews, business meetings.“Social skills are not about how you hold a cup of tea with your pinky stuck out or how to use a fingerbowl; it’s about substance andcharacter,” he says. “You’re seeing what’s happening on the corporate levels today — quite often character and ethics are missing. Socialskills are kind of the tools that bring out the best in us if we’re good at them.”>>www.cotillion.com
 — Greg Glasgow 
One in a cotillion
 Alumnus teaches social graces
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