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• Pioneer skiers • Fashion tips • Newman Center Presents • Trompeau Bakery • Bike sharing program • The Lauren Project
Quite the (side)show
TEDxDU 2011 will celebrate “radical collaboration” on May 13 with a mix of humor, science, faith, history, technology, music and more. The afternoon event will feature a creative mashup of speakers and musical acts, including author and animal activist Temple Grandin, local singer-songwriter John Common, and Christopher Hill, dean at DU’s Korbel School of International Studies and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Community members can attend the live program at the Newman Center, take part in the simulcast in the Driscoll University Center, or watch the event online. Registration opens April 5 at www.tedxdu.com.
The DU theater department and the Lamont School of Music teamed up in February and March to present the 1997 musical Side Show, which is based on the real lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Freshman vocal performance majors Katie Turley (pictured on left) and Cecilie Nygaard (pictured on right) were cast in the lead roles. Written by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music), the musical follows the life of Daisy and Violet, who were born to a single barmaid in Brighton, England, in 1908. After appearing in circus sideshows and in vaudeville, the twins made the move to film, appearing in Tod Browning’s 1932 cult-horror classic Freaks and in 1951’s Chained for Life, an exploitation film based on their lives. The musical also documents the twins’ efforts to fall in love and get married.
Pioneer skiers take three individual titles at NCAA national championships
University of Denver junior Ida Dillingoen (pictured) of Oslo, Norway, won the individual title in women’s giant slalom, and senior Seppi Stiegler of Wilson, Wyo., won the title in men’s giant slalom at the NCAA skiing championships on March 9. Also, freshman Sterling Grant of Amery, Wis., completed an undefeated season in women’s slalom with a title in slalom on March 12. The University of Denver ski team finished in fifth place at the NCAA championships. The University of Colorado took first. Although she entered the race with no career victories in either slalom or giant slalom, Dillingoen won the giant slalom in dramatic fashion. In 11th place after the first run, she came back and smoked the field by more than a second on her next run to win with a two-run time of 2:05.98. It also marked the first women’s giant slalom individual championship in the history of DU skiing. Stiegler, who missed all of last season due to injury, won the men’s giant slalom with a time of 2:01.90.
—Media Relations Staff
Top 10 Essentials Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet
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A pair of jeans that fits you correctly. It’s difficult to find, but when you do, buy a couple of pairs. Also, wear the jeans several times before washing, and turn them inside out before washing to maintain coloring. A crisp white button-down (without any detailing). A pair of sleek black heels. Invest in a good pair because these will be your go-to
A little black dress. It sounds pretty cliché, but a LBD will take you anywhere you want to go appropriately. A black blazer. This can top a dressy look, be thrown over a dress or dress up a pair of jeans. A pair of knee-high black boots. Make sure they aren’t embellished.
A good white T-shirt. Designers are obsessed with creating tissue-thin T-shirts that are too sheer, so make sure there is some opacity to the shirt. A good black T-shirt. A trench coat. Be it black or khaki, make sure it fits well and hits you mid-thigh.
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A black leather handbag. This should be an investment piece because you will live with this thing day-in and day-out. Compiled by DU senior Erin Bleakley, fashion designer and owner of Erin Kathleen Couture, www.erinkathleencouture.com
Hamilton family gives $250,000 to University of Denver
Frederic and Jane Hamilton have donated $250,000 to the University of Denver in order to strengthen the link between DU’s School of Art and Art History and the Denver Art Museum. The money will be used for a program designed to advance students’ understanding of how artists and museums work together to present important international installations to the public. The gift will fund two visiting artists per year for five years. Selected artists will prepare an installation at the museum and participate at DU through class projects, guest lectures, demonstrations and workshops. “We are fortunate to have these two important institutions working to grow the visual arts in our community,” Frederic Hamilton says. “It is our hope that this donation further engages students and the public in the creative process of artists working today.” “The University of Denver has a long-standing relationship with the Denver Art Museum — we have closely aligned educational missions,” says M.E. Warlick, chair of the School of Art and Art History. “This is very enriching for our students who want to meet professional artists.” The first Hamilton visiting artist was video artist Steina, who was here in March. Beginning April 4, DU and the museum will welcome renowned ceramic artist Walter McConnell, professor and chair of the division of ceramic art at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. McConnell is known for his unfired, apparitional installations of moist clay housed in plastic enclosures. The artist will be in residence through April 16. His work will be featured in the exhibition “Overthrown: Clay Without Limits.” Earlier contributions from the Hamiltons funded the Hamilton Gymnasium in DU’s Ritchie Center and the Hamilton Family Recital Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Frederic Hamilton is chair of the board at the DAM, and Jane Hamilton is a member of DU’s Board of Trustees.
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All that Jazz
Titanic tribute, jazz artists part of Newman Center’s 2011–12 season
azz fans will find a lot to like about the 2011– 12 Newman Center Presents series, which includes performances by vocalist Jane Monheit on Oct. 18, pianist Chucho Valdes and his AfroCuban Messengers band on Feb. 14 and pianist Brad Mehldau on May 11, 2012. In keeping with the season’s “Convergences” theme, the Newman Center also will feature some jazz-heavy collaborations, including Abraham Inc. — a musical project that teams klezmer clarinet player David Krakauer with funk trombonist Fred Wesley, of James Brown fame, and DJ Socalled — on Nov. 12; and Boston Brass and Imani Winds, who will team up March 21, 2012, to perform their arrangements of songs from two classic Miles Davis/ Gil Evans albums, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. “The theme really came from an effort to try to emphasize our overall mission, which is to present an eclectic mix of disciplines and cultures and show how, especially today, artists are drawing on a wide variety of inspirations and creating new work that’s really hard to categorize according to old labels,” says Newman Center Executive Director Steve Seifert. Seifert says the theme also applies to “the convergences that happen from a social point of view, getting audiences to come together to performing arts spaces to experience this wide range of things together: the common experience that we share, as diverse as we are, bringing our own different experiences and cultural backgrounds together, we all come to the same place, to a concert hall, to share something that might be brand new to all of us.” The season’s most unique convergence comes on April 15, 2012, when the Newman Center joins forces with Denver Friends of Chamber Music, Historic Denver Inc., History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society and Young Voices of Colorado to present a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The show features the JACK string quartet playing Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic, plus a commissioned piece by composer Payton MacDonald in honor of the most famous survivor of the wreck, Denver resident Margaret “Molly” Brown. The 2011–12 season also includes two dance concerts — Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 1 and AXIS Dance on April 28, 2012 — plus theater (L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Rivalry,” based on the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, on March 1) and classical (Italian baroque ensemble Europa Galante and mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux perform works by Vivaldi on Jan. 29).
Newman Center Presents 2011–12 season
Oct. 1 Oct. 18 Nov. 12 Ballet Hispanico Jane Monheit Abraham Inc., featuring klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, funk trombonist Fred Wesley and DJ Socalled Dec. 8 Anonymous 4, “The Wood and the Vine” Jan. 29 Europa Galante and mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, “Vivaldi Pyrotechnics” Feb. 14 Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers March 1 L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Rivalry” March 21 Boston Brass and Imani Winds play songs from Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain April 15 “The Sinking of the Titanic,” JACK Quartet, percussionist Payton MacDonald and Young Voices of Colorado April 28 AXIS Dance May 11 Brad Mehldau Trio Date to be determined, “Two Men Talking,” Paul Browde and Murray Nossel Season subscriptions go on sale April 21; single tickets go on sale July 21. Call 303-871-7720 or visit www.newmancenterpresents.com for tickets and more information.
Professional MBA program, law school climb in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The Professional MBA (PMBA) program at DU’s Daniels College of Business was ranked No. 59 out of 166 part-time MBA programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 grad school rankings, which were announced on March 15. The ranking reflects an upward stride for the program, which was ranked No. 70 in 2010 among a smaller pool of programs. “First, [the improved ranking] reflects the growing quality and relevance of our degree program,” says George Simon, academic director for the PMBA program. “Secondly, it’s an acknowledgment that the key areas of academic focus — ethics, sustainability and leadership — best prepare our graduates to effectively compete in a global economy where it matters most. Thus, it speaks volumes regarding the value proposition of our PMBA program in general.” The part-time MBA program rankings are part of the magazine’s “Best Business Schools” list. Results are calculated from surveys administered to directors of other part-time MBA programs and business school deans. Additionally, for the 10th straight year, DU’s Sturm College of Law was ranked among the top 100 law schools in the country. It moved up three spots to No. 77. Several of the law school’s specialized programs were ranked among the nation’s best as well. The publication credits DU with having the 13th highest ranked part-time law program. A clinical training program ranked 17th. The report also recognizes DU’s environmental and natural resources law program at No. 17 and legal writing program at No. 19.
—Media Relations Staff
DU-area bakery moves to bigger space
Come April, DU denizens used to getting their French fix at Trompeau Bakery on Evans Avenue are going to have to travel a little further south to satisfy their croissant cravings. The bakery — currently at 1729 E. Evans Ave. — will move to a larger space at 2950 S. Broadway, on the east side of Broadway south of Bates Avenue, by early May. It will stay in its original space until at least April 23 so that customers can pick up their pastries and goodies before the Easter holiday. “It’s still just a nice bike ride away from here,” says owner Barbara Trompeau. “It will all be the same, just in a bigger space.” Trompeau and her husband, Pascal, moved to Denver from Vierzon, France, and opened the DU community staple in January 1997. They have been busy baking breads, quiches, cinnamon rolls, cookies and galettes there ever since. The new space is three times larger than the bakery’s current digs, and Trompeau says she expects to add a few more employees to accommodate more customers. There is no word on what will move into the Evans Avenue storefront, although Trompeau says there already has been a lot of interest.
Bike sharing program rolls back in for spring
The bikes are back in town. The Denver B-cycle program — which had been closed for winter since December — officially reopened March 14. All 50 bike kiosks around Denver — including two on campus and one near the DU light-rail station — will be stocked with the popular red loaner bikes. Benjamin Turner (MBA ’08), director of sales, marketing and public relations for Denver B-cycle, says all bikes were overhauled over the winter. The bikes have different handle grips and sturdier kickstands. Additionally, “the overall kiosk experience is much better,” Turner says, citing new color LCD screens that improve responsiveness and functionality. On the first day that the bikes were back, 939 trips were taken throughout Denver, Turner says. Now through Earth Day on April 22, an annual B-cycle membership or renewal is on sale for $49. The normal cost is $65.
Project honors DU student killed by carbon monoxide poisoning
auren Johnson died two years ago, but her legacy lives on. Johnson, a 23-year-old graduate student studying international relations at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her off-campus apartment Jan. 5, 2009. In her memory, people close to her started the Lauren Project, an organization that provides grants to people ages 21–35 for international mission projects. The project also aims to prevent similar tragedies by providing carbon monoxide detectors for Colorado homes. “She was so damn opinionated and she didn’t care who knew that,” says her father, Don Johnson, who heads the Lauren Project. “She had such a desire to make the world a better place, and that doesn’t die. Deep within her soul, she somehow knew the difference between right and wrong. Justice was something she didn’t think anyone should not have.” The project awarded its first Lauren Moilien Johnson International Human Rights Award in October 2010 to Michelle Emry, who knew Lauren as a fellow undergraduate student at the University of Portland. Emry was awarded approximately $2,500 to assist with her expenses during a Thailand mission working with Shan refugees. Johnson awarded another $1,200 grant this month to Tysha Medeiros, a Colorado State University student who is going to Panama to work on ecotourism projects. In general, Johnson says, the Lauren Project will distribute $5,000 in grant money per year with amounts varying on need and availability. “Lauren had this great passion for international rights. We are sending these people out to do the things Lauren can’t do,” Johnson says. “She’d be pretty pumped about the international human rights stuff — that was part of her every fiber,” Johnson says. “The thought that this would be going on in her name would mean a great deal to her.” For Johnson, the project’s work on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning means even more. “Ten to 15 people have told me that they bought a [carbon monoxide] detector after Lauren died and it went off and their family was saved,” he says. Since Lauren’s death, the Lauren Project — teamed with other organizations — has given away about 1,300 carbon monoxide detectors. During the first two weekends in March, some 115 volunteers for the project went door to door in Windsor, Colo., and offered free carbon monoxide detectors to residences that didn’t have one. They visited 3,000 Lauren Johnson traveled to Nicaragua for a service project in homes and about 300 signed up. The Windsor-Severance Fire Department 2008, shortly before her enrollment in DU’s Josef Korbel School will install the detectors. of International Studies. Funding has come from a variety of sources, including funds the Lauren Project collected from a silent auction last year. Johnson’s company, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, where he works as a financial associate, donated 1,000 detectors to the cause. It’s easy to see the influence of Don Johnson, says Mike Davis, fire marshal at the Windsor-Severance Fire Department. Johnson was instrumental in the passing of a state law that requires carbon monoxide detectors and other safety measures in homes and apartments throughout Colorado. “It takes great effort to change laws within any state. However, [Johnson] has stayed the course in trying to change not only regulations, but most importantly, life safety education as it relates to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Davis says. “It is commendable to see such passion and dedication toward life safety education even though I know that it hurts to not have such a great young leader — like Lauren was — still with us.” Indeed, that pain is present for Johnson. “I would tell everyone: Don’t take the people you love for granted, and don’t assume they will be there tomorrow.”
Courtesy of Don Johnson
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25. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Ritchie Center. $50. “China, North Korea and the U.S.: A Problem too Important to be Deemed Impossible.” By Rear Admiral Eric McVadon. Noon. Room 150, Cherrington Hall. RSVP to Dana Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-871-4474. Free. 9News Health Fair. Hamilton Gymnasium. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Book discussion with Chaplain Gary Brower. Talking about Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. Noon. Driscoll South, Suite 29. Free. Immigration in a New Light. Noon. Driscoll North, 1864 conference room. Free. Sesame Street Live: “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes.” 7 p.m. Also April 16 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and April 17 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Magness Arena. $15–$60. Labyrinth Meditative Walk. 9 a.m. Iliff Great Hall. Free. Good Friday Service. Noon. Evans Chapel. Free. Community egg hunt. 11 a.m. Harper Humanities Garden. Free. Music and meditation. Noon. Evans Chapel. Free.
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Department and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Present: Puccini Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. 7:30 p.m. Also April 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 17 at 2:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $10-$27. Percussion Showcase. John Kinzie, director. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. “Jazz Night,” Lamont jazz ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free. Alarm Will Sound Performs 1969. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $38– $48. Lamont Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free but tickets required. Violinist Lawrence Golan and pianist Alice Rybak. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Adults: $25. Students: $15.
DU buildings open to community during annual event
Members of the DU community can find out what’s so special about the buildings they walk by every day during the seventh annual Doors Open Denver, a two-day event that gives the public free access to some of the city’s most interesting and historic buildings. “The history of our city can be found in our architecture,” says event manager Carol Hiller. This year’s theme is “Modern Architecture: The ’50s and Beyond,” and among the more than 70 sites selected for the April 16–17 event are six University of Denver campus buildings, as well as the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which is named for the former DU art professor. “Your buildings are landmarks,” Hiller says. “People know exactly where you are but many people would never just stop by and take a look at the Daniels building or the Ritchie Center. They drive by, they see it from the highway, but this really gives people an opportunity to come and take a close look.” Doors Open sites go beyond DU and are throughout the city. Most tours are self-guided, though architects and historians will be available to provide information. The weekend also includes a number of free expert guided tours; preregistration is required. Most buildings are open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 16 and 17; check the website (www.denvergov.org/ doorsopendenver) for specific days and times. At DU, the open buildings are: Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd. (open 10 a.m.2 p.m. April 16 and 17) Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd. Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Boettcher Center West, 2050 E. Iliff Ave. Daniels College of Business, 2101 S. University Blvd. F. W. Olin Hall, 2190 E. Iliff Ave.
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2 Gymnastics NCAA Regionals.
6 p.m. Magness Arena.
3 Women’s tennis vs. North Texas.
11 a.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
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Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Through May 1. Myhren Gallery. Open noon–4 p.m. daily. Free. “Transition.” Exhibit of Linda O’Neill’s abstract paintings. Through May 31. Free. Chambers Center. Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., weekend hours vary.
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Men’s tennis vs. South Alabama. Noon. Gates Tennis Center. Women’s soccer vs. Air Force. 4 p.m. CIBER Field. Creighton vs. New Mexico men’s soccer. 4:30 p.m. CIBER Field. Men’s soccer vs. Tulsa. 7 p.m. CIBER Field. Men’s tennis vs. Central Florida. 11 a.m. Gates Tennis Center. Women’s lacrosse vs. California. 3 p.m. Location TBD. Men’s lacrosse vs. Ohio State. 3 p.m. Invesco Field at Mile High. Women’s lacrosse vs. Oregon. 1 p.m. Location TBD. Men’s lacrosse vs. Fairfield. 1 p.m. Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Also April 8, 14 and 22. 5 p.m. Williams Recital Salon. Free. Borromeo String Quartet. 1 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. Free.
Men’s lacrosse: $9. Tennis and women’s lacrosse: free. For ticketing and other information, including a full listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/calendar.