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This Month's Featured Stories  

Annual AHSS Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture

Save the Date!

bottaMonday, May 11, 2015
Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Avenue

5:30 p.m. — AHSS alumni reception
6:45 p.m. — Presentation of the annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards
7:00 p.m. — Lecture “ One Size Doesn't Fit All: The Importance of Participatory Communication for International Health Development ” Presented by Associate Professor Renee Botta

Return to campus this spring to join us for the free AHSS alumni reception and John C. Livingston Lecture. Connect with AHSS alumni, faculty and students during the reception (complimentary hors d'oeuvres and open bar). Then hear from Renee Botta, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies, about international health development.

Playground equipment that disappears overnight. A new public toilet that no one uses. A vandalized water tank. What do these things have in common?

They are well-meaning projects in the developing world that failed because project leaders from developed nations didn't include local knowledge, ideas and innovations in the planning and decision-making process. At the lecture, learn how participatory communication necessitates local involvement in identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, choosing solutions and implementing health programs.

RSVP today!

Two AHSS Students Receive Founders Day Awards

We are proud to recognize two AHSS students who received awards during the 2015 Founders Day Gala. Founders Day is an annual gala that celebrates the University’s founding; DU turned 151 years old on March 5, 2015.

Richard Maez (BA ’15, history and Spanish) was the recipient of the outstanding undergraduate student award, which recognizes a student who has served DU in a noteworthy and significant fashion. Leslie Rossman (PhD ’15, communication studies) was the recipient of the outstanding graduate student award.

Maez is a 3+2 dual degree student; in addition to receiving his BA degree this spring, he will also receive an MA in education in 2016. A member of the University’s Pioneer Leadership Program, he is external president of the DU Programming Board and was a member of the Chancellor Search Committee that helped select new DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.

Rossman, president of the graduate student government, is a PhD candidate in communication studies, where her research focuses on the intersections of critical rhetoric and rhetoric of political economy. As a student leader, she helped create the Graduate Research Summit, an annual event that spotlights research by graduate students from all over campus, and developed new programming to welcome first year graduate students.

Read more about Founders Day.