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2015 Graduates of Note

Senior leaves as DU's most decorated swimmer ever

Samantha Corea spent her college career rewriting the Pioneer record books. She'll leave DU with eight school records, more than any swimmer in school history. She finished off her collegiate resume by breaking three DU records and medaling twice at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

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2014 Graduates of Note

Graduating senior eyes starting her own wearable tech company

“I fully believe that if you want something bad enough, if you put your intention out there and work your butt off, that you can achieve it,” says University of Denver senior Makayla Cappel.

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Passion for Kurdistan guides Korbel student’s next step

Bina Hussein knows she’s in good company at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where, in addition to her class work, she serves as a student ambassador and runs the school’s Middle East Discussion Group.

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Graduating senior a champion for public education in Colorado

University of Denver senior Taylor Lobato was the named plaintiff in the high-profile case Lobato vs. State of Colorado. The lawsuit—filed in 2005 by a group of parents from around Colorado and school districts from the San Luis Valley—challenges the adequacy of public education funding in Colorado.

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Finance major’s nonprofit donates school supplies to kids in need

Alex Olmanson, a senior finance major at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, has set out to help alleviate nationwide school supply shortages with his business, Working on Our Future (WOOF).

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Senior fuses biology and geography in study of health care

When senior Jacqueline Smith came to the University of Denver four years ago, she intended to prepare for a career as a physician. “Originally I wanted to go to med school,” she recalls. “I’d always wanted to since I was a child.”

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Social work student addresses the stigma associated with mental illness

Although it was one of the most difficult times in his life, Andrew Steward has never been shy about talking about his battle with mental illness. Steward, a student in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, has shared his story, and spoken out against the stigma surrounding mental illness, at TEDx events (including one at DU in 2011), legislative meetings and community events.

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