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After the fall 2009 quarter, 97.2 percent of students who entered the University of Denver as first-year, first-time students returned for winter quarter 2010. It is the highest fall-quarter-to-winter-quarter persistence rate since 2001, when 97.5 percent of students returned. Last academic year, the rate was 96.1 percent. Based on numbers after the third week of classes, 34 students out of the first-year class of 1,210 did not return for winter quarter. “We pay attention to our student persistence rates to help us do a better job in retaining and graduating students,” says Tom Willoughby, vice chancellor for enrollment. Many factors impact persistence, Willoughby says, including whether the University has done a good job in selecting students that are a good fit for DU. “While some of the reasons students don’t return are beyond our control, there are many things we can take charge of and influence,” Willoughby says. He says this includes providing an inclusive environment with strong academic and student life programs that provide a quality student experience. “We collect and track information to access patterns and use this information to improve programs to increase student satisfaction,” he adds. Willoughby says registered students with a 3.0 GPA or higher have a significantly higher rate of persistence than the overall class. He also notes that students left for a variety reasons but financial aid was not one of them — 97.4 percent of students classified as having high financial aid need returned winter quarter.
At new sub shop, a working class hero is something to see
Coloradans who think a “famous Brooklyn hero” is second baseman Jackie Robinson or center fielder Duke Snider are in for a tasty bit of re-education. Deli Zone, a regional chain of sandwich shops, opened a DU-area restaurant Feb. 16 with proof that the phrase has nothing to do with the old Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team and everything to do with hero sandwiches. Classes start at the newest Deli Zone location at 2439 S. University Blvd., just south of Wesley Avenue. Let the course work begin! “It’s a nice little sub sandwich environment,” says proprietor Trey Cronin. “We’ve been looking in the University area for a while now. We feel our concept is tied nicely to the community.” For those who weren’t around in the 1930s, heroes are another name for the oversize Italian sandwiches popular in New York. The sandwiches were so large, New York Herald Tribune food writer Clementine Paddleford once quipped, that you needed to be a hero to finish one. Deli Zone hopes to expand on that lore at its DU location, the 13th in a chain that began in Boulder in 1994 and now includes stores in a number of Colorado cities including Aurora, Thornton, Lafayette, Wheat Ridge, Centennial, Longmont, Broomfield and Denver. The Deli Zone concept is New York-style hot and cold subs, sandwiches and salads, everything from the Manhattan (grilled turkey, artichoke hearts, lettuce, tomato, onions, provolone, garlic spread and pesto mayo) to the New Yorker (corned beef and pastrami with coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Dijonaise on French bread.) The 40-seat sandwich shop will deliver from Broadway to Monaco Parkway and Alameda Avenue south to Hampden Avenue and will stay open as late as 2:30 a.m. on weekends. It opens at 7 a.m., offering breakfast items such as the Kong sandwich, an assembly of eggs, bacon, ham, hash browns and American cheese on French bread. Variations on the Kong are named for people such as Joe Namath and Joe Torre, and for New York locations including Times Square, Wall Street, Central Park and Hell’s Kitchen. >>www.delizone.net
Psychology prof recognized for work on depression
Benjamin Hankin, associate professor of psychology at DU, has received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for early career contribution to psychology. The association gives out one award in each field of psychology every two years. Hankin received the award for contributing to the field of psychopathology. “I’m extremely excited and also surprised and humbled by the whole thing,” Hankin says. Hankin has been studying depression for almost 15 years and has made significant findings. From the research he and his colleagues have completed, they’ve found that depression increases during adolescence sixfold in the high school years and this is when twice as many girls as boys become depressed. “Depression is a significant public health concern,” Hankin says. “It affects all areas of your life: school, family, friends, work and happiness.” Rob Roberts, chair of the DU psychology department, says Hankin has been a wonderful addition to the program since he arrived in 2008. The department has a strong focus on developmental psychopathology. “Depression is a pervasive and serious mental health issue, so Ben’s work could have a significant impact on many,” Roberts says. “He’s also a great collaborator. In the short time he’s been here, he’s started collaborative research projects with many of our faculty.” Hankin will accept the award at the American Psychological Association convention in San Diego Aug. 13.
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‘Brothers and Sisters’ writer draws on DU theater degree
hen Molly Newman was a theater major at DU, it never occurred to her how her acting training would prepare her for a career behind the scenes. Newman (BA theater ’76), currently a writer and executive producer for the ABC drama “Brothers and Sisters,” finds that having a grasp of acting technique makes her job easier. “As a producer, I work with these powerhouse actors every day, so it’s important for me to understand their process as artists — what they need to interpret the scene correctly, how they can emotionally make the journey from point A to point B in an honest and compelling way,” she says. The show, which debuted in 2006, is a character-driven family drama with one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Lowe and Ken Olin. Now in its fourth season, “Brothers and Sisters” averages more than 9 million viewers each Sunday. Newman says that when she’s writing, she needs to get inside every character’s head, understand their point of view and know what they want. These are the first steps she learned as a student actor when approaching a new character: What does my character want in this scene? What is the conflict or obstacle standing in the way of getting what I want? What is my point of view? “We have a large ensemble on our show, and sometimes I’m writing scenes with 10 or more characters,” Newman says. “The challenge is knowing from moment to moment what each character is thinking as well as what he or she is saying.” Newman has been a writer on “Brothers and Sisters” since the beginning of its run on ABC. Her colleagues credit her with helping establish the voice and tone of the show. “Her diverse acting background instantly makes her a better writer for TV,” says David Marshall Grant, executive producer and showrunner of the hit series. “TV lives or dies on dialogue, and Molly can go from drama to comedy on a dime.” Over her career, Newman has written for other series, including “Frasier,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Murphy Brown.” She traces the start of her writing career to a time just after she graduated from DU. The Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) was auditioning local actors and Newman prepared an unusual audition piece adapted from oral histories of 19th and early 20th century women who quilted. The audition led to an invitation to expand the material into a full-length play and eventually led her to a career as a playwright. Her efforts became the musical Quilters. Originally produced by the DCTC in 1982, the play ran on Broadway in 1984 and was nominated for six Tony Awards. Quilters became one of the most produced musicals in America and was revived by the DCTC this year. “I’ve reinvented myself more than once — from actor to playwright to television producer and writer,” she says. “For me, each experience informs the next one. I don’t think I could have landed in this career place without going through the various steps along the way. And I hope there are more to come — I’m always invigorated by a new challenge.”
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Miracle on ice
DU alum who helped coach 1980 Olympic hockey team recalls historic win
hirty years ago, the United States Olympic hockey team—which consisted of amateur players from the college hockey ranks—upset what was considered the world’s greatest hockey power, the Soviet Union, in Winter Olympics competition in Lake Placid, N.Y. The victory, now known as the “Miracle on Ice,” was re-enacted in the 2004 film Miracle, starring Kurt Russell. The University of Denver didn’t have a player on the team, but alumnus Craig Patrick (BA economics ’69) was behind the bench for the Miracle on Ice. Patrick (pictured, far left, with the DU team) played four years of hockey at DU and then played in the NHL for a decade. As his playing days wound down, Herb Brooks, the head coach for the 1980 Olympic team, asked Patrick to serve as assistant coach. Patrick would go on to serve as DU’s athletic director from 1987–89 and work as a general manager with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, and Patrick talked with DU about the legendary victory, his part in the story and its meaning after three decades. Read the full story at www.du.edu/today. Were you aware of the magnitude of the Miracle on Ice during the games in 1980? We had no idea what it meant. We were trying to win a hockey tournament. We were trying to win a medal—maybe we had an inkling. We were staying in the Olympic Village, so we really had no idea what was being presented in the media at the time. Has the accomplishment’s meaning changed over the years? I think the people that witnessed it have passed it on to their children. And with the movie, kids today have a good feel for what happened. It hasn’t diminished at all in my mind or in the public’s mind. People who have watched the movie have the same feeling as we did back then. I still get requests every day to sign autographs in the mail. And I was just an assistant coach. What did you think about the movie Miracle? I think it was great. It was really well done. Obviously, Hollywood had to change things. The director said, ‘We have to show in two hours what you did in seven months.’ They had to move quick. But the storyline is perfect, and it was really, really well done. It should have been ‘The Herb Brooks Story.’ He did an unbelievable job preparing that team. He knew a year in advance what he was going to do and how he was going to do it. What was your role as an assistant coach? My first day on the job Herbie said, ‘Craig, here’s your most important duty: We have an eastern faction of players and a western faction of players who hate each other. I think I’m going to have to be a tough jerk and you’re going to have to be the good shepherd to bring them all together.’ That’s exactly the way it played out. He was a brilliant man. His major in college was psychology. [U.S. player] Robbie McClanahan said he was a master psychologist, which he was. The victory over the Soviet Union was special. But how did you prepare the team to play for the gold medal? Herb made sure everyone was in bed and getting rest. It was great to beat the USSR, but it wasn’t over. We had to play Finland. We were down 2–1 after the first period in the gold medal game, and Herbie was furious. He said he didn’t even want to talk to them, so he told me to go in and talk to them. I went in and made my pitch and they said, ‘Craig, don’t worry. We’re going to win this game.’ And they did, 4–2.
Business college ups its admission requirements
Students who enter the University of Denver beginning in fall 2010 with the intention of majoring in business will face new competitive entrance requirements for the Daniels College of Business. The secondary admission process is designed to reduce the number of undergraduate business majors from roughly 2,200 to 1,800 over the course of four years. “Nationwide, the interest in business degrees is increasing, and as the Daniels College of Business’ reputation has grown, so have our numbers,” says Dan Connolly, associate dean for undergraduate programs at Daniels. “By reducing the number of students, we will be able to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience in the personal manner for which we are known.” Daniels joins many other schools — including Texas Christian University, Notre Dame, the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University — in implementing a secondary admission process. Students will be able to enter the Daniels College of Business through three channels. A very small number of highly accomplished candidates will be invited to be admitted upon application to the University. Transfer students also will be evaluated for direct admission to Daniels when applying to DU, provided they have met the prerequisite course requirements. The vast majority of students will participate in the secondary application process during the fall quarter of their sophomore year. Students who are currently enrolled in the University of Denver will not be subject to the new admission requirement. To apply, students must first complete seven prerequisite courses and pass the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exams for Microsoft Excel 2007, Word 2007 and PowerPoint 2007. The application process includes an online application, submission of a cover letter and resume, and an interview with business professionals. Using a whole-person evaluation approach, admission decisions will be based on a student’s academic performance and promise, involvement in the University and surrounding communities, quality of resume and cover letter, interview performance, and overall well-roundedness. Those who are not admitted on their first attempt may apply again during the next application cycle, provided their applications and credentials have changed substantially to warrant a second consideration, Connolly says. Students interested in pursuing one of five business minors are not required to complete an application.
New club gets students footloose
Sophomores Caitlin Barrett (pictured, left) and Janelle Ludowise (right) were dancers without a stage. They came to DU with a love of dance and the experience to back it up, but they didn’t have a place to perform on campus. So they put their best foot forward — literally. They began DU Tappers, a club for students with or without tap-dancing experience. Currently there are eight active members. “I began tap dancing when I was 5 years old but I didn’t really concentrate on it until I was 8,” says Ludowise, an English major from San Jose, Calif. “After that, I became more passionate about tap dancing and have kept at it ever since. When I got to DU, I really wanted to continue with tap because it was something I felt so strongly about and loved so much, but I couldn’t find any tap dance opportunities on or off campus.” The club, which held its first meeting in September, mostly consists of experienced tappers, but the level of experience varies. “We have members that have been tapping for years and others that haven’t put on tap shoes in years,” Ludowise says. “We also have members that have never tap-danced in their lives.” Their initial goal was that experienced tappers would teach the non-experienced dancers, says Barrett, an anthropology major from Durango, Colo. Their cumulative goal is to showcase student-choreographed work to the campus community by the year’s end. “Tapping by yourself is just not the same as tapping with a group,” Ludowise says, noting that tap is all about the sounds. “Each step contains a certain amount of sounds. A shuffle — which is one of the basic sounds a tapper first learns — has two distinct sounds,” Barrett explains. “The first sound comes from a brush forward, and the second sound comes from a brush back. Tap is all about the rhythm in your feet.” Barrett and Ludowise act as instructors for the group, too. The first thing they warn beginning tappers, they say, is that learning to tap will take a lot of repetition. “It’s helpful to break down one step into smaller steps,” Barrett says of her teaching technique. “You teach the smaller steps and then fit them together into the big step. Even if the student understands the general idea of the step it is usually beneficial to keep practicing that step to truly master it.” It takes about a year to learn the basic moves of tap, she says. Meetings for DU Tappers are held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Centennial Towers lounge.
8 North Indian Classical Ensemble. 4 Founder’s Day. 6 p.m. Seawell Grand
Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. $150. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. residence. Noon. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. Lamont men’s and women’s choirs. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free. Lamont Guitar Ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free.
3 Women’s lacrosse vs. Loyola. 1 p.m.
Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
9 “The Playground,” Lamont artist in
5 Reformation of Islam. A talk by
5 Men’s tennis vs. Sacramento State.
Noon. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion. Hockey vs. Colorado College. 7:35 p.m. Magness Arena.
Tawfik Hamid, formerly an Islamic extremist, and now an Islamic scholar and reformer. 7 p.m. University Park United Methodist Church. Free. 5 p.m. Sie Center, Room 150. Free.
6 Men’s lacrosse vs. Penn. Barton
Lacrosse Stadium. 1:30 p.m. Women’s lacrosse vs. Holy Cross. 4:30 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
9 Middle East Discussion Group.
10 Lamont Wind Ensembles. 7:30 p.m.
Gates Concert Hall. Free.
14 8th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial
Holocaust Lecture. 4 p.m. Infinity Park Event Center, International Ballroom. $15. Ritchie Center. $50 per day.
11 Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free. Bagpipes & Co: Síochán! Gates Concert Hall. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances March 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. and March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. $21–$47.50. An Unforgettable Journey of the World. 2:15 and 7:45 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $35–$60.
7 Men’s tennis vs. Iowa. Noon.
Stapleton Tennis Pavilion. Men’s lacrosse vs. Lehigh. 1:30 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
12 The Denver Brass presents Brass,
23 School days off. Through March 31.
13 Gymnastics vs. University of IllinoisChicago. 6 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium. Men’s lacrosse v. Canisius. 7 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
1 “Jazz Night,” Lamont large jazz
ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free.
13 Mike David’s Spirit of Adventure:
20 Women’s lacrosse vs. Rutgers. 1 p.m.
Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Gymnastics vs. Arizona and California. 6 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium.
String Chamber Ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free.
16 Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
2 Wind Chamber Ensembles. 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. Lamont Percussion Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free.
7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $28–$48. Free Behind the Curtain lecture at 6:30 p.m. Arnaldo Cohen. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $27.50.
27 Women’s tennis vs. Northern
17 Friends of Chamber Music presents 25 Marcus Tardelli, Brazilian guitar.
7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $38.
Colorado. 10 a.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion. Men’s lacrosse vs. Air Force. 1 p.m. Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Men’s tennis vs. Illinois State. 2 p.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
3 Out of Context: Sloan Hoffman,
horn; Alison Lowell, oboe; and David Plylar, piano. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A joint production between the DU theater department and the Lamont School of Music. 8 p.m. Additional performances March 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and March 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. Byron Theatre. $20 general admission; $15 for seniors, military and students.
1 Great Moments in DU Archaeology.
Through March 19. Museum of Anthropology. Sturm Hall, Room 102. Open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Free.
28 Women’s tennis vs. Wyoming.
Men’s tennis vs. Pacific. 2 p.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
10 a.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
5 Flo’s Underground, jazz combos.
5 p.m. Free.
7 Lamont Composers Series. Conrad
Kehn, director. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free.
The Gleaners: Contemporary Art from the Sarah and Jim Taylor Collection. Through March 7. Myhren Gallery. Open daily noon–4 p.m. Free.
For ticketing and other information, including a full listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/calendar.
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