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February 2010 Community News

February 2010 Community News

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*Influential alums
*Former hoops coach
*Grilling society
*Volunteer Web site
*Trapeze artist
*Figure skaters
*Influential alums
*Former hoops coach
*Grilling society
*Volunteer Web site
*Trapeze artist
*Figure skaters

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 Influential alums
 Former hoops coach
 Grilling society
  Volunteer Web site
 Trapeze artist
 Figure skaters
University of Denver students gathered on the Driscoll Lawn Jan.19 for a fundraiser for Haitian relief efforts. The DU Grilling Societyserved chicken to 350 DU community members in return fordonations. They raised $1,000 during the event. In the aftermathof the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, DU students, faculty andstaff mobilized a variety of fundraising efforts. As of Jan. 29,the University community had raised more than $11,000 for theLambi Fund of Haiti, a nonprofit dedicated to building democracyand sustainable development in Haiti. To contribute, visit www.duhaitirelief.org.
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Olympic bound
University of Denver alpine skier Leif Haugen was named to Norway’sOlympic team and willcompete in the Vancouver Games this month. Haugen,a sophomore internationalbusiness major from of Lommendalen, Norway, has won two slalom races andplaced second in two giantslalom races for the Pioneers this season. Last year,Haugen led DU to its 20thnational title after finishingsecond in the giant slalomand third in the slalom at the2009 NCAA championships.
Volume 33, Number 6
 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
is published monthly by theUniversity o Denver, University Communications,2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816.The University o Denver is an EEO/AA institution.
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MLK Day 
DU students turned out for a“Day On” even on their day off.Nearly 300 students — includingthe men’s lacrosse team and theDelta Sigma Pi business fraternity— participated in a “Day On” dayof service Jan. 18 in celebrationof Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A group of students spent themorning painting an entrance wayat the Serenity Learning Center,a school for children and youngadults with developmental delays.Students also volunteered at anumber of community partnersites across Denver, and morethan 130 students picked up trashin the DU neighborhood.
Three DU alumni are named among Denver’s mostinfluential people
University o Denver alumni Terrance Carroll (JD ’05), Pete Coors (MBA ’70) and Ted Trimpa(BA economics ’89, JD ’93) recently were named among
magazine’s “50 Most InuentialPeople in Denver.”
is an arts and entertainment magazine eaturing Denver’s culture and events.Carroll, Coors and Trimpa were recognized or their powerul contributions to Denver’spolitics and economy.Carroll, speaker o the Colorado House o Representatives, is the frst Arican-American inColorado history to hold the post. Carroll also is an attorney and an ordained minister. He earnedhis Master o Divinity degree rom the Ili School o Theology in 1999.Coors, chairman o the Golden-based Coors Brewing Co., was named to the list because o his“branding power that transcends the tailgate.” Coors unsuccessully ran or U.S. Senate in 2004.Trimpa, a partner in the law frm Hogan & Hartson, is a Democratic political activist.
 —Elizabeth Fritzler 
Basketball greats mourn former DU coach
Troy Bledsoe’s ormer players remember their basketballcoach’s embrace o diversity on DU’s basketball team. And in the 1960s, that stance wasn’t always popular.“During my frst year, in 1965, there were probably twoblack players on varsity,” says Rick Callahan (BS accounting ’68, JD ’72). “By the time we were sophomores, there were around fve ... and by my senior year, the team was hal-hal.”Callahan, a white player, and Harry Hollines (BS ’68), ablack player who became DU’s all-time leading scorer, became the best o riends during that tumultuous time in American racerelations. They even roomed together — thanks to Bledsoe, they say — which was another rarity or the time.“For someone like me, who came rom a very poor background, he really opened up the world to me,” Hollines says o Bledsoe. “He recruited me, and he was a ather fgure to me.”Bledsoe, who served as DU’s head coach or six years and assistant coach or three yearsprior, died Dec. 30, 2009, ater a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 82.The Pioneers produced one o their most successul runs in Division I basketball during Bled-soe’s stint. The team went 5-20 in his frst season, but by 1966, Bledsoe had coached the Pioneers to their frst 14-win season. Bledsoe also recruited and coached DU legends such as Hollines,Horace Kearney and Byron Beck, whose number was retired by the Denver Nuggets in 1977.“He was truly a great guy who cared about his players,” says Moses Brewer (BA ’71, MA ’76). “He had an inectious smile and he rarely got upset with his players, even when they mademistakes — and that’s rare in coaching.”Bledsoe was born March 5, 1926, in Little Rock, Ark. He graduated rom North Little Rock High School and went on to serve in the Army Air Corps rom 1944–45. Ater being honorablydischarged, he attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he was a multiple letter winner in ootball, basketball and tennis, and won two all-conerence awards in basketball and ootball.He married Helen Childs in 1949. They had three children, Robert, Joseph and Diane.He earned his master’s degree rom the University o Memphis in 1955, and taught andcoached at the University o Arkansas beore joining DU in 1962. Ater earning a PhD in education rom DU in 1974, Bledsoe let to serve as director o athlet-ics at Fort Lewis College. He retired in 1992.
 —Kathryn Mayer 
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 Volunteer shovelers gearup for snow time
Handicapped and elderly residents near campus will be getting a helping hand this winter  when the snow ies and the wind howls. A brigade o volunteer snow-shovelershas been ormed to make sure neighbors whoneed help heting snow and ice receive it reeo charge. The eort is a service o UniversityNeighbors, a registered neighborhood organi-zation whose boundaries extend rom Univer-sity Boulevard to Downing Street and BuchtelBoulevard south to Yale Avenue.“There has been a lot o inormal, goodneighbor snow-shoveling going on, but we want to expand that,” said University NeighborsPresident Liz Ullman.So ar about 25 shovelers have beenenlisted but more are being sought. Ullmanestimates that some 100 households could useassistance rom the nearly 2,000 households in the target area. Volunteer shovelers or residents in needo shoveling help should sign up by calling303-722-1424 or by e-mailing Christy@christlutherandenver.org.Ullman says University Neighbors trustsresidents, so there are no eligibility criteria or getting shoveling help, she says. “We really eel there won’t be any abuses.”City code requires that snow and ice beremoved rom residential sidewalks within 24hours ater snowall has stopped.The next meeting o University Neighbors will be Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Christ LutheranChurch, 2695 S. Franklin St., near theintersection o Yale Avenue and Franklin. For more inormation about the group, go to www.universityneighbors.org.
 —Richard Chapman
DU professor’s work shown in Times Square
Christopher Coleman, assistant proessor o digital media studies (DMS) at theUniversity o Denver, says he wants to show his animations to as many people as possible.On Dec. 17, one o his videos was shown in one o the world’s most visible stages,New York’s Times Square.It was part o his reward — along with $20,000 — as the grand prize winner o  the Babelgum Metropolis art competition. A our-judge panel selected his animation “TheMagnitude o the Continental Divide” rom more than 450 video entries.“Coleman’s winning piece is digital grafti that plays into the graphic style o socio-political concepts o 21st Century-style street grafti, almost animated aerosol i you will,”says contest judge Lee Wells. “All o his work is impressive and this work suits the digitalscreen medium better than any other o the 450-plus entries.”The video is part o a series, called
 Modern Times
, Coleman started in 2002 ater hereceived a terrorism preparation pamphlet. Coleman was struck by how everyday threats topeople’s lives, such as obesity or car accidents, weren’t seen with the same overwhelming ear as a terrorist attack. Ater creating the series, he built on the idea by exploring how those ears play outin nations. “The Magnitude o the Continental Divide” portrays people who have little or no interaction with people o other nations but make warare decisions based on their impersonal impressions.To watch Coleman’s flm, visit www.digitalcoleman.com/video1.html.
 —Kristal Grifth
Listen to this
Lawrence Argent’s latest art exhibit is on display in Vail, Colo., until it melts. Argent, a DU art proessor, and Scott Rella, a Vail-based artist, have createdseven ice sculptures along Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village. The exhibit is titled “are you listening….” Argent is known or I See What You Mean — a blue bear sculpture outside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Argent has developed a style thatincludes sculpting larger-than-lie fgures. He is taking a similar approach in Vailby creating renderings o the human ear that stand more than six eet tall. Thesculptures are illuminated at night with energy-efcient LED lighting. Argent says he is exploring the pathways o listening with the ice sculptures.The art exhibit is part o Vail’s Triumph Winterest.
 —Kristal Grifth

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