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AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards

In May, we recognized the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Achievement Awards at the annual Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Alumni Service to AHSS Award:  Amelia Ribnick Kleiman

This award is granted to an AHSS alumnus/a who has made significant contributions to the liberal arts at the University of Denver. He/she has offered their time, expertise, enthusiasm and energy to improving liberal arts programming at DU and has helped to preserve and promote AHSS traditions at DU.

Amelia Ribnick Kleiman received her BA in political science and economics, graduating with University and economics honors in 1979. She also holds an MBA and JD from the University of Houston. She is Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropic Services with Kleiman Enterprise, and President of ARK Consulting, a firm whose mission is to help non-profits repair the world. In her free time, Kleiman enjoys giving her time and talents to the University of Denver. She has served in various leadership roles with the greater Houston Alumni Chapter, has acted as interviewer and recruiter for the DU Office of Admissions, and is a founding board member of the AHSS Advisory Board, currently serving as president. As president, she devotes countless hours to advising the dean’s office and leading a national group of alumni board members. 

Recent Alumni Achievement Award:  Christopher Luther

This award is granted to an AHSS alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 15 years (this year, after 2000). This award recognizes a nominee's professional or personal achievements. This nominee is a growing leader in their field, and priority is given to candidates who have demonstrated creativity or originality in their achievements.

Christopher Luther received a Bachelors in music performance from the Lamont School of Music in 2006. He later earned a Masters in Violin Performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. He is assistant professor of music at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches viola, chamber music, and string pedagogy. Luther is the founder and director of the annual Colorado Viola Celebration, held at UNC, and is on the faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival, and Pepperdine University’s summer music program in Heidelberg, Germany. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, now in its 17th season. This camp offers 26 classes in 11 instruments for musicians of all ages, including a number of kids from inner city LA. While at DU, Luther organized a bluegrass group called City Sky. They played a concert on the DU Campus Green in August 2014 as part of DU's Sesquicentennial Summer Concert Series.

Community Engagement Award:  David Rosenberg

This award is granted to any AHSS alumnus/a who has dedicated him/herself to serving the community, locally or globally. His/her accomplishments have improved or enriched the lives of others. His/her contributions need not be publicly renowned, but should demonstrate creative or original achievements that offer societal or educational value.

David Rosenberg received a BA in psychology and mass communications from DU in 1978. He is the co-writer and producer of the PBS educational TV pilot LOST TREASURE HUNT, which uses history curriculum to reach young viewers in an entertaining way. And he is the co-author of the Soccer World book series which uses soccer to highlight culture, diversity and learning. Rosenberg is the Founder of the SoldierCare Project, a national humanitarian outreach effort for wounded and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder veterans. Supported by grassroots efforts, the SoldierCare Project has mentored over 100 wounded veterans in the last 10 years. He is founding advisor to international NGO GrassrootSoccer, an African AIDS/HIV project using soccer curriculum to reach young African children. He is also founding director of the Paramount Studios Disabled Actors Workshop, and has been recognized for his humanitarian work including an award which honors television writing that uplifts the human spirit, and another for positive portrayal of disabilities in television.

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dr. Karambu Ringera

This award is granted to any AHSS alumnus/a who has demonstrated special career or personal achievements. This person is a leader in their field and has made outstanding contributions to their field.

Dr. Karambu Ringera earned a PhD in human communications from the University of Denver in 2007. She is the founder and president of International Peace Initiatives, a global network of individuals and organizations seeking innovative and alternative means of overcoming the devastation of disease, conflict and poverty in the world. She has led a “revolution” in the way people think about caring for vulnerable community members; the way people produce food and think about transforming so called wastelands - be that environmental, societal or the mind of a person! She has created an orphanage in Meru, Kenya, where she lives, for care and support of children affected by HIV/AIDS that is being emulated in Africa as a model for community development and support. And, she has created an eco-space to help people in her community re-think food production for sustainable livelihoods in the wake of GMOs and increasing cancer cases in her community.

In 2012, Ringera was awarded the African Achievers Award by a UK organization for her community work empowering women living with HIV/AIDS and supporting HIV/AIDS orphans in her country. Since her graduation in 2007, she has brought groups of both university and high school students from the US and UK to Kenya for educational and cultural exchange, including internships for DU graduate students.

Past Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Awards:

  • Alumni Service to AHSS Award: Dr. Edythe Miller (BA '50 and MA '53, economics)
  • Recent Alumni Achievement Award: Mahalia Newmark (BA '08, English)
  • Community Engagement Award: Hannah Seigel Proff (BA '04, English, gender and women’s studies)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Hao Jiang Tian (MA '87, music)
  • Alumni Service to DU Award: (Posthumous) Dave Briggs, BA, political science
  • Recent Alumni Achievement Award: Meghan Doyle, BA '02, political science
  • Community Engagement Award: Elizabeth Kingman, BA '71, speech communication
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mayor Steve Hogan, BA '70, political science and history

The AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards program was created in 2012 under the AHSS Advisory Board, which offers its experience, expertise and energy to the leadership of the divisions to enrich the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences communities. The award selection committee is made up of AHSS Advisory Board representatives and the dean.

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