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• Pioneer skiers
• Fashion tips
• Newman Center Presents
• Trompeau Bakery
• Bike sharing program
• The Lauren Project
Wayne Armstrong


Quite the (side)show
TEDxDU 2011 will celebrate
“radical collaboration” on May 13
with a mix of humor, science, faith,
The DU theater department and the Lamont School of Music teamed up in history, technology, music and more.
The afternoon event will feature a
February and March to present the 1997 musical Side Show, which is based creative mashup of speakers and
on the real lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Freshman vocal musical acts, including author and
animal activist Temple Grandin, local
performance majors Katie Turley (pictured on left) and Cecilie Nygaard
singer-songwriter John Common,
(pictured on right) were cast in the lead roles. Written by Bill Russell (book and Christopher Hill, dean at DU’s
Korbel School of International
and lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music), the musical follows the life of Daisy and
Studies and former U.S. ambassador
Violet, who were born to a single barmaid in Brighton, England, in 1908. After to Iraq. Community members can
appearing in circus sideshows and in vaudeville, the twins made the move to attend the live program at the
Newman Center, take part in the
film, appearing in Tod Browning’s 1932 cult-horror classic Freaks and in 1951’s simulcast in the Driscoll University
Chained for Life, an exploitation film based on their lives. The musical also Center, or watch the event online.
Registration opens April 5 at
documents the twins’ efforts to fall in love and get married.
Pioneer skiers take three individual titles at NCAA

national championships Top 10 Essentials Every Woman
Should Have in Her Closet
University of Denver junior Ida Dillin-
goen (pictured) of Oslo, Norway, won the
individual title in women’s giant slalom, and
1 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
senior Seppi Stiegler of Wilson, Wyo., won times before washing, and turn them inside out
before washing to maintain coloring.
the title in men’s giant slalom at the NCAA
skiing championships on March 9. 
Also, freshman  Sterling Grant of
2 A crisp white button-down (without any

Amery, Wis., completed  an undefeated 3
A pair of sleek black heels. Invest in a
good pair because these will be your go-to
season in women’s slalom with a title in sla-
lom on March 12. 
The University of Denver ski team
4 A little black dress. It sounds pretty
cliché, but a LBD will take you anywhere
you want to go appropriately.
finished in fifth place at the NCAA cham-
pionships. The University of Colorado took 5 A black blazer. This can top a dressy
look, be thrown over a dress or dress up a
pair of jeans.
6 A pair of knee-high black boots.
DU Athletics

Although she entered the race with Make sure they aren’t embellished.
no career victories in either slalom or giant
slalom, Dillingoen won the giant slalom in 7 A good white T-shirt. Designers are
obsessed with creating tissue-thin T-shirts
that are too sheer, so make sure there is some
dramatic fashion. In 11th place after the first run, she came back and smoked the field by more than
opacity to the shirt.
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
8 A good black T-shirt.

of 2:01.90. 9 A trench coat. Be it black or khaki, make
sure it fits well and hits you mid-thigh.
—Media Relations Staff
10 A black leather handbag. This
should be an investment piece because
you will live with this thing day-in and day-out.

Hamilton family gives $250,000 to University of Denver Compiled by DU senior Erin Bleakley, fashion
designer and owner of Erin Kathleen Couture,
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.

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The money will be used for a program designed to advance students’ understanding of how UN I V E R S I T Y O F D E N V E R

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
w w w. d u . e d u / t o d a y
an installation at the museum and participate at DU through class projects, guest lectures, Volume 34, Number 8
demonstrations and workshops.
“We are fortunate to have these two important institutions working to grow the visual arts in Interim Vice Chancellor for
our community,” Frederic Hamilton says. “It is our hope that this donation further engages students University Communications
Jim Berscheidt
and the public in the creative process of artists working today.”
Editorial Director
“The University of Denver has a long-standing relationship with the Denver Art Museum — Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
we have closely aligned educational missions,” says M.E. Warlick, chair of the School of Art and Art Managing Editor
History. “This is very enriching for our students who want to meet professional artists.” Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07, MLS ’10)
The first Hamilton visiting artist was video artist Steina, who was here in March. Beginning Art Director
April 4, DU and the museum will welcome renowned ceramic artist Walter McConnell, professor Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
and chair of the division of ceramic art at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University Community News is published monthly by the
in Alfred, N.Y. University of Denver, University Communications,
2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816.
McConnell is known for his unfired, apparitional installations of moist clay housed in plastic The University of Denver is an EEO/AA institution.
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
Contact Community News at 303-871-4312
Ritchie Center and the Hamilton Family Recital Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing or
Arts. Frederic Hamilton is chair of the board at the DAM, and Jane Hamilton is a member of DU’s To receive an e-mail notice upon the
Board of Trustees. publication of Community News, contact us
with your name and e-mail address.
—Kristal Griffith

All that Jazz
Titanic tribute, jazz artists part of Newman Center’s 2011–12 season

J azz fans will find a lot to like about the 2011–

Michael Wilson
12 Newman Center Presents series, which
includes performances by vocalist Jane Monheit
on Oct. 18, pianist Chucho Valdes and his Afro-
Cuban 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
“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
Newman Center Presents 2011–12 season
all come to the same place, to a concert hall, to share Oct. 1 Ballet Hispanico
something that might be brand new to all of us.” Oct. 18 Jane Monheit
The season’s most unique convergence comes Nov. 12 Abraham Inc., featuring klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, funk
on April 15, 2012, when the Newman Center joins trombonist Fred Wesley and DJ Socalled
forces with Denver Friends of Chamber Music, Dec. 8 Anonymous 4, “The Wood and the Vine”
Historic Denver Inc., History Colorado, the Colorado Jan. 29 Europa Galante and mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, “Vivaldi
Historical Society and Young Voices of Colorado Pyrotechnics”
to present a concert commemorating the 100th
Feb. 14 Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers
anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The
March 1 L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Rivalry”
show features the JACK string quartet playing
Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic, plus a March 21 Boston Brass and Imani Winds play songs from Miles Davis and
commissioned piece by composer Payton MacDonald Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain
in honor of the most famous survivor of the wreck, April 15 “The Sinking of the Titanic,” JACK Quartet, percussionist Payton
Denver resident Margaret “Molly” Brown. MacDonald and Young Voices of Colorado
The 2011–12 season also includes two dance April 28 AXIS Dance
concerts — Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 1 and AXIS May 11 Brad Mehldau Trio
Dance on April 28, 2012 — plus theater (L.A. Date to be determined,
Theatre Works’ “The Rivalry,” based on the 1858 “Two Men Talking,” Paul Browde and Murray Nossel
debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen
Douglas, on March 1) and classical (Italian baroque Season subscriptions go on sale April 21; single tickets go on sale July 21.
ensemble Europa Galante and mezzo-soprano Vivica Call 303-871-7720 or visit for tickets
Genaux perform works by Vivaldi on Jan. 29). and more information.
—Greg Glasgow
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
Kathryn Mayer

“Secondly, it’s an acknowledgment that the key areas
of academic focus — ethics, sustainability and leadership
— best prepare our graduates to effectively compete in
DU-area bakery moves to bigger space a global economy where it matters most. Thus, it speaks
volumes regarding the value proposition of our PMBA
Come April, DU denizens used to getting their French fix at Trompeau Bakery on program in general.”
Evans Avenue are going to have to travel a little further south to satisfy their croissant The part-time MBA program rankings are part of
cravings. the magazine’s “Best Business Schools” list. Results are
The bakery — currently at 1729 E. Evans Ave. — will move to a larger space at calculated from surveys administered to directors of other
2950 S. Broadway, on the east side of Broadway south of Bates Avenue, by early May. part-time MBA programs and business school deans.
It will stay in its original space until at least April 23 so that customers can pick up their Additionally, for the 10th straight year, DU’s
pastries and goodies before the Easter holiday. Sturm College of Law was ranked among the top 100
“It’s still just a nice bike ride away from here,” says owner Barbara Trompeau. “It will law schools in the country. It moved up three spots to
all be the same, just in a bigger space.” No. 77.
Trompeau and her husband, Pascal, moved to Denver from Vierzon, France, and Several of the law school’s specialized programs
opened the DU community staple in January 1997. They have been busy baking breads, were ranked among the nation’s best as well. The
quiches, cinnamon rolls, cookies and galettes there ever since. publication credits DU with having the 13th highest ranked
The new space is three times larger than the bakery’s current digs, and Trompeau part-time law program. A clinical training program ranked
says she expects to add a few more employees to accommodate more customers. 17th. The report also recognizes DU’s environmental
There is no word on what will move into the Evans Avenue storefront, although and natural resources law program at No. 17 and legal
Trompeau says there already has been a lot of interest. writing program at No. 19.
—Kathryn Mayer —Media Relations Staff

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.
Nathan Solheim

Now through Earth Day on April 22, an annual B-cycle membership or renewal is on
sale for $49. The normal cost is $65.
—Kathryn Mayer
Lauren’s legacy
Project honors DU student killed by carbon monoxide poisoning

L 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
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
Courtesy of Don Johnson

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.”
—Kathryn Mayer

DU buildings open to
Around campus 14 The Lamont Opera Theatre
Department and the Lamont community during annual
1 School Days Off. Also April 4 and Symphony Orchestra Present:
25. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Ritchie Center.
Puccini Suor Angelica and Gianni
Schicchi. 7:30 p.m. Also April 15 and
5 “China, North Korea and the 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 17 at 2:30 p.m.
U.S.: A Problem too Important Gates Concert Hall. $10-$27. Members of the DU community can find out
to be Deemed Impossible.” By 17 Percussion Showcase. John Kinzie, what’s so special about the buildings they walk by
Rear Admiral Eric McVadon. Noon. director. 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital every day during the seventh annual Doors Open
Room 150, Cherrington Hall. RSVP Hall. Free.
to Dana Lewis at or Denver, a two-day event that gives the public free
303-871-4474. Free. 20 “Jazz Night,” Lamont jazz ensem- access to some of the city’s most interesting and
bles. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall.
10 9News Health Fair. Hamilton Free. historic buildings.
Gymnasium. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. “The history of our city can be found in our
23 Alarm Will Sound Performs 1969.
12 Book discussion with Chaplain 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $38– architecture,” says event manager Carol Hiller.
Gary Brower. Talking about Small $48.
Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. Noon. This year’s theme is “Modern Architecture: The
Driscoll South, Suite 29. Free. 26 Lamont Symphony Orchestra. ’50s and Beyond,” and among the more than 70 sites
7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free
14 Immigration in a New Light. but tickets required. selected for the April 16–17 event are six University
Noon. Driscoll North, 1864 confer- of Denver campus buildings, as well as the Kirkland
ence room. Free. 29 Violinist Lawrence Golan and
pianist Alice Rybak. 7:30 p.m. Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which is named for
15 Sesame Street Live: “Elmo’s Hamilton Recital Hall. Adults: $25. the former DU art professor.
Healthy Heroes.” 7 p.m. Also April Students: $15.
16 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 “Your buildings are landmarks,” Hiller says.
p.m.; and April 17 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. “People know exactly where you are but many people
Magness Arena. $15–$60. Sports would never just stop by and take a look at the Daniels
19 Labyrinth Meditative Walk. 9 a.m. 2 Gymnastics NCAA Regionals. building or the Ritchie Center. They drive by, they see
Iliff Great Hall. Free. 6 p.m. Magness Arena.
it from the highway, but this really gives people an
22 Good Friday Service. Noon. Evans 3 Women’s tennis vs. North Texas. opportunity to come and take a close look.”
Chapel. Free. 11 a.m. Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
23 Community egg hunt. 11 a.m. Doors Open sites go beyond DU and are
8 Men’s tennis vs. South Alabama.
Harper Humanities Garden. Free. Noon. Gates Tennis Center. throughout the city. Most tours are self-guided,
26 Music and meditation. Noon. Women’s soccer vs. Air Force. though architects and historians will be available to
Evans Chapel. Free. 4 p.m. CIBER Field. provide information.
9 Creighton vs. New Mexico men’s The weekend also includes a number of free
Exhibits soccer. 4:30 p.m. CIBER Field. expert guided tours; preregistration is required.
1 “Jennifer Karady: Soldier’s Men’s soccer vs. Tulsa. 7 p.m. Most buildings are open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April
Stories from Iraq and CIBER Field.
16 and 17; check the website (
Afghanistan.” Through May 1. 10 Men’s tennis vs. Central Florida. doorsopendenver) for specific days and times. At DU,
Myhren Gallery. Open noon–4 p.m. 11 a.m. Gates Tennis Center.
daily. Free. the open buildings are:
16 Women’s lacrosse vs. California.
5 “Transition.” Exhibit of Linda 3 p.m. Location TBD. Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd. (open 10 a.m.-
O’Neill’s abstract paintings. Through Men’s lacrosse vs. Ohio State.
May 31. Free. Chambers Center. 2 p.m. April 16 and 17)
3 p.m. Invesco Field at Mile High.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness,
weekend hours vary. 23 Women’s lacrosse vs. Oregon.
1 p.m. Location TBD. 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.
Arts 30 Men’s lacrosse vs. Fairfield. 1 p.m.
Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Robert & Judi Newman Center for
1 Flo’s Underground, Jazz combos. the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.
Also April 8, 14 and 22. 5 p.m. Boettcher Center West, 2050 E. Iliff Ave.
Williams Recital Salon. Free. Men’s lacrosse: $9. Tennis and women’s lacrosse: free.
Daniels College of Business,
4 Borromeo String Quartet. 1 p.m. 2101 S. University Blvd.
Hamilton Recital Hall. Free. For ticketing and other information, including a full
listing of campus events, visit F. W. Olin Hall, 2190 E. Iliff Ave.
—Greg Glasgow