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Alumni Spotlight

Did you know there are 26,000 AHSS alumni? Find out what your former classmates are up to. Contact us if you'd like to nominate yourself or a fellow Pioneer to be profiled in our alumni spotlight.

by Tamara Chapman

ringeraEven before she claimed her PhD in human communication studies in 2007, Karambu Ringera began using her University of Denver education to help the people of her native village, Meru, and her home country, Kenya, contend with the challenges arising from the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

While still a doctoral student, Ringera founded International Peace Initiatives to help families affected by the disease, and after graduating, she returned home to accelerate her efforts, helping women start jewelry-making enterprises, ensuring that children who lost a parent to the disease could go to school, and creating the Amani Home for orphaned and vulnerable children. The home — which has emerged as a model for other such endeavors — keeps children within their village, allowing them to attend their local school and maintain close relationships with extended families.

Ringera’s early work was chronicled in a 2004 University of Denver Magazine article, and in spring 2010, she returned to campus to share her vision at a TEDxDU event. In May 2015, she was awarded the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. While in Denver to accept the award, Ringera sat down with the University of Denver Magazine to talk about her recent activities and latest projects. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Archived alumni stories (pdf format)

Neela Eyunni — September 2015
Alumna Finds Success as Beijing Journalist
Elizabeth Weishaupl — August 2015

Music Alum Uses Performance Skills in the Courtroom
Jennifer Stedron — July 2015

Alum Paves Way for Early Childhood Development
Chris Kim — June 2015

New Graduate Overcame Tone Deafness to Win Lamont Solo Honors Competition
Eric Kornacki and Joseph Teipel — April 2015

Alums' Nonprofit Brings Fresh Food and Opportunities to Impoverished Denver Neighborhood
Matilda Asuzu — March 2015

Recent Alum Lands Job that Infuses New Technology into Traditional Library Service
Geoff Gordon — February 2015
MGM Executive Endows Scholarship for Theatre Students
Katy Anderson Craig — January 2015

Alumna Embodies Education Dedicated to the Public Good
Grant Kniesly — December 2014

Alumnus Turns His Lens on Sexual Slavery in Award-winning Documentary
Jessica Lawson — November 2014 
Spanish Alumna Turns Children's Author
Herbert "Bud" Jones — October 2014
Music Alum Goes Green Down Under

Our archives go back to May 2010. If you'd like to see a story that's not listed here, please contact us.