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• Sandwich shop • Ruffatto Hall opens • The ‘Ideal Woman’ • DU hockey star • Carillonneur

Oh, the places they’ll go
Some 850 graduate students received their degrees at DU’s graduate Commencement ceremony June 4 at Magness Arena. The ceremony’s speaker was Lewis Sharp, former director of the Denver Art Museum, who encouraged graduates to pursue careers in nonprofits. “Education is the single most valuable tool that can be bestowed on an individual, and you have taken advantage of this opportunity,” Sharp said. The next day, more than 1,000 students received diplomas at the undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

On June 18, 1884, trustees, faculty and students crowded into the First Baptist Church for the University of Denver’s first Commencement. John Hipp, the son of German and Swiss immigrants and the sole graduate, received his diploma from Bishop Warren, who reportedly voiced an enthusiastic and fitting “Hipp! Hipp! Hurrah!” in praise of the honoree. Hipp, a staunch supporter of the temperance movement, was admitted to the Colorado Bar two years later and practiced law until his death on June 29, 1928.

Classes begin in new Morgridge College of Education building
During the past year, the entire campus and surrounding DU community have watched the day-to-day construction progress of the University’s newest building — Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall. Now just minor finishing touches remain, and faculty and staff have moved into the new home of the Morgridge College of Education. Students started summer courses there June 14. Construction began a year ago on the 73,568-square-foot, $21.6 million building located on the corner of Evans Avenue and High Street. The building is the result of a gift from Mike and the late Joan Ruffatto and the Morgridge Family Foundation. It is named after the Ruffattos’ daughter, Katherine (BA biological science ’05). Jane Loefgren, the primary architect in the design of Ruffatto Hall, says the building has been constructed to provide spaces for collaboration. “Ruffatto Hall will provide a flexible, innovative and multidisciplinary learning environment, and it takes advantage of its location to provide great views of both the campus and the mountains,” Loefgren says. Final landscaping and site infrastructure work will be ongoing throughout the summer, she says. Ruffatto Hall houses approximately 75 faculty and staff. It also will house the John and Tashia Morgridge Literacy Intervention Clinic, the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education, the James C. Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, the DU Learning Effectiveness Program and Disability Services.
—Kim DeVigil

DU English Professor Bin Ramke won a 2010 Colorado Book Award for his book Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems. The prestigious award, given for 13 different book categories, represents the best writing in the state for a given year. Ramke beat out the other four poetry category finalists, including one of his former students. Dan Beachy-Quick (BA English ’95) was a finalist for his book This Nest, Swift Passerine: A Poem. In addition to teaching, Ramke edits the literary magazine Denver Quarterly and has authored another nine books of poetry. “Poetry is different from novel-writing, in that people assume a novel is entertaining, and not many people are entertained by poems,” Ramke has said.

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Jimmy John’s sandwich shop to open on South University
Competition for the fast-food appetite on South University Boulevard will get a little toastier this summer with the opening of a Jimmy John’s store just north of Evans Avenue. Jimmy John’s — a nationwide sub and sandwich shop based in Champaign, Ill. — will open near the end of July in the former Colorado Petfitters at 2075 S. University Blvd., franchise owner Brendan Killian says. Killian already owns two of the 21 Jimmy John’s stores in Colorado. Nationwide, there are some 1,100 franchises, with about 200 opening each year, Killian says. Situated just north of Mustard’s Last Stand on the west side of University Boulevard, the Jimmy John’s store will occupy the end unit of an array of eateries that includes Blackjack Pizza and in early August a new chicken-and-chili shop called Zingers. The five-store stretch of retail shops also houses PakMail and Darque Tan. The menu at the DU-area location will be the same as at other franchise stores, a 17-item array of club and sub sandwiches with bread baked on premises plus pickles and cookies. “‘It’s freaky fast’ is the slogan and that’s no joke,” Killian says. “We did 50 box lunches recently in 15 minutes. Most places want 24 hours notice.” Operating hours are a bit vague, starting when the first batch of bread comes out of the oven and extending until an hour after the bars close, Killian says. He figures that means the shop will be open from 11 a.m. to around 3 a.m. Moreover, the store will deliver as little as a single sandwich in a territory measured as far as you can drive in any direction for five minutes at high noon, Killian says. If that seems a bit unusual, it’s because Jimmy John’s is built on a unique tradition of upbeat, relaxed, friendly attitude combined with speed. “If a sandwich is ready in 30 seconds, that’s too slow,” Killian says.
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Artist poised to share ‘Ideal Woman’ with the world
If anyone appears to be on the brink of something big, it’s Allie Pohl. Pohl, who graduated June 4 with her master’s degree in electronic media arts and design, is poised to share her Ideal Woman with the world. Ideal Woman is the name of a variety of artistic projects Pohl has taken on to convey her belief that society is obsessed with the “perfect woman.” “In this digital age, women are inundated with images that culturally outline feminine beauty,” she says. “Often, these commercially packaged versions of beauty are simply illusions created by advanced technology.” Pohl uses many art forms, including sculpture, ceramics, video and jewelry. Her final project for DU, Ideal Woman: 36-24-36, showcased multiple sculptures that modeled the “perfect” Barbie. Kyle MacMillan of The Denver Post reviewed Pohl’s show at Hinterland Gallery. “Her deliberate mimicking of the repetition and slick, manufactured feel of today’s female idealizations becomes a savvy, pointed critique of it,” MacMillian wrote, adding that Pohl “already has a more extensive resume than some better-established professionals.” While Pohl was delighted to have her work highlighted in the Post’s entertainment section, it’s hardly the first time her work has drawn attention. She makes Ideal Woman necklaces out of Lucite. She enjoys the notion that advancement in technologies that allow her to cut Lucite into “cookie cutter patterns” are being used in other ways to make women into “cookie cutter patterns” as well. “The necklace demonstrates our culture’s desire to emulate a look that seems naturally impossible to attain,” she says. The necklaces, which can be purchased online, have attracted notice. They’ve been featured in magazines including Marie Claire, Denver Magazine, Trend Hunter and Orange Appeal. “It’s been wonderful to watch her blossom,” says Laleh Mehran, Pohl’s adviser and associate professor of electronic media arts and design. Mehran says Pohl has an ability to listen to recommendations and execute them at an incredible speed. Mehran says the idea for the necklace came out of one of their meetings. Before Mehran knew it, Pohl had designed and created the necklaces. The same thing happened with the idea for her blog, too. Pohl says everything really came together for her at DU. She’s not sure what her future holds, except that she’ll stay in Denver through the summer. She just hopes her art and message catch on. “I hope this iconic necklace is more than just a pendant; when worn it is a catalyst for instigating new ideas, conversation and change,” she says. >> http://idealwoman.wordpress.com
—Kristal Griffith

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Pioneers hockey star makes academic All-America team
University of Denver senior hockey standout Tyler Ruegsegger was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine academic All-America men’s first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Ruegsegger earned a 3.95 GPA in management and helped the Pioneers to a 27–10–4 record, their 12th WCHA regular-season championship and their 21st NCAA tournament appearance this season. Ruegsegger tallied a career-high 41 points on 16 goals and 25 assists, earned all-WCHA second-team accolades and was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete for the third straight year. With 28 career power play goals, Ruegsegger ranks third on Denver’s all-time list. One of the top-50 scorers in school history, he tallied 123 points on 56 goals and 67 assists in 147 career games. Named to the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary as a junior, he led Denver to 97 wins, one WHCA championship and three NCAA tournament appearances in his career. Ruegsegger was named to the academic All-America second team last season and to the third team as a sophomore in 2007–08.
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4 University Park Community Council and
University Park Mom’s Club Annual Bike Parade and Fire Truck Spray. 10 a.m. Observatory Park. Free.

New faculty member rings a bell
Of course with the name Carol, Carol Jickling Lens would grow up to play the carillon. Call it fate, karma, whatever. The name Carol was destiny. “I was a December baby and my grandmother sent a telegram suggesting Carol, as in carol for Christmas bells,” says Jickling Lens, who became DU’s carillonneur in January. As a 5-year-old, she heard the bells that would eventually define much of her working life. “I remember walking up to the church my family attended. It had a carillon, and it was the best thing I ever heard,” she says. “So we pestered the lady at the church for lessons on it, but she said I had to be older and bigger.” Finally, at age 13, she started lessons. She’s since earned two diplomas on the carillon from a school in the Netherlands. If you’re outside on campus around noon, you can hear Jickling Lens playing the carillon that sits atop the Ritchie Center. And you may either feel mesmerized or unimpressed. “I’ve heard it all,” Jickling Lens says. “Some are immediately bewitched and some call it a bunch of noise. But I think some people are entranced the first time they hear it, this music wafting down from on high.” The carillon clearly stands apart from most other instruments. DU’s features 65 bronze bells, the biggest of which weighs six tons. It has a piano-like keyboard that musicians strike with their fists. Jickling Lens’ fascination with the carillon fails to fade. “It touches me. It makes a gorgeous booming sound that to me is a part of everyday life along with the birds and the wind,” she says. “I hope I’m giving that kind of pleasure to other people.” Outside of music, Jickling Lens enjoys travel. She’s done plenty. After having lived in England, Ghana, Libya, Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, (her husband is in the oil business, hence all the homes), her move to Denver in December was a homecoming. She lived here from 1993–97. “When I started the job, Joe Docksey [director of the Lamont School of Music] said, ‘Welcome home,’ and that’s exactly what it feels like.” She says she’s happy to be part of DU. “It’s an amazing university that strives for excellence in every part of the school,” she says. “My son got his degree in finance from here, and that’s served him well in his career.” Jickling Lens knows she’ll never gain rock-star status on the carillon. “It’s a very anonymous art … some think it’s a machine playing,” she says.
—Doug McPherson

5 Independence Day holiday. University closed. 21 Chinese Art and Photography Exhibit.
Also July 22. Driscoll Center Bridge. 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Free.

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24 International Mixed Martial Arts Exhibition.

Magness Arena. 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Also July 25 from 9 a.m. –5 p.m. $25–$50.

Arts

15 Disney’s The Jungle Book. A Rocky Mountain

Conservatory Theatre production. Byron Theatre. 11 a.m. Additional performances July 15 at 5 p.m. and July 16 at 2 and 5 p.m. $13 for children; $15 for adults. Guys and Dolls Jr. A Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre production. Byron Theatre. 8 p.m. Additional performances July 16 at 11 a.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre production. Byron Theatre. 2 p.m. Additional perform-ances July 16 at 8 p.m. and July 17 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. $13 for children; $15 for adults.

For ticketing and other information, including a full listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/calendar.

University College program ranked a ‘best buy’
DU’s University College has been named a “best buy” in online master’s programs by GetEducated.com for its Professional Studies in Leadership and Organizations program. GetEducated.com is an independent website that provides consumer information about online degree programs. The college’s master’s program was ranked No. 12 in the site’s 2010 survey for overall affordability out of 25 regionally accredited schools offering 32 distance leadership degrees. According to GetEducated.com, the average cost of a distance learning leadership degree is $23,077; a University College degree costs approximately $22,080. Get Educated.com says the No. 1 thing consumers want to know is where to obtain a high quality degree at a reasonable cost.
—Kim DeVigil

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