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November-December 2014

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Former ELC director Norma King passes away

(Dec. 23, 2014) Norma King was a DU employee from 1976-2008, where she served most recently as the director of the English Language Center. Norma fought ovarian cancer head on with grace and with humor for seven years. She had dedicated her life to her family and friends and thousands of international students during the many years she taught at the University of Denver.

A farm girl, she grew up in Waukomis, Okla., attended Phillips University in Enid Okla. and the University of Northern Colorado where she received degrees in English, speech and education. She felt she lived a charmed life receiving numerous honors in high school and university and was fortunate to be able to travel to over 65 countries, in many of which she promoted the University of Denver.  

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Myrtle Noland and her sister Carolyn of Waukomis and Oklahoma City, Okla. She is survived by two daughters, Tara King of Boulder, Colo. and Sasha King, Albuquerque, N.M., her daughter in-law, Caeri Thomas and three grandchildren, Tehya and Vayla of Boulder and Amani of Albuquerque.

Any memorials may be given to COCA – Colorado Ovarian Cancer Association.

Retirement party for Sergeant Stephen Banet

Friday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

Sgt. Stephen Banet(Dec. 9, 2014) It is with mixed feelings that the Department of Campus Safety announces the retirement of Sergeant Stephen (“Steve”) Banet.  Steve has faithfully served the DU community for 13 years as our crime prevention specialist. In his role, he has contacted countless staff members, faculty members and students on this campus to provide them with safety training. We would like to invite the entire community to attend a retirement party for Sergeant Banet on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Ritchie Center Gottesfeld Room. 

scott lumpkin announces plans to retire

Scott Lumpkin(Dec. 2. 2014) Scott Lumpkin, vice chancellor of University Advancement, has announced that he will retire from the University effective June 30, 2015. Scott has had a remarkable impact on DU over a 30-year career with the University. Most recently, he led the successful conclusion of the ASCEND campaign that raised nearly $500 million in gifts and commitments. Prior to that campaign, he was involved with many of the largest gifts that DU has received since the 1980s. Please join us in expressing our appreciation to Scott.


Dean Saitta receives AAUP William S. Tacey Award

Dean Saitta(Nov. 25, 2014) Dean Saitta, professor and chair of Anthropology, received the William S. Tacey Award for his service as co-president of the Colorado Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Tacey Award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to a state conference over a number of years, including championing academic freedom and shared governance. 


Frank Tuitt to receive 2014 Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award

Frank Tuitt(Nov. 18, 2014) Frank Tuitt, associate provost for inclusive excellence, will receive the 2014 Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award this week at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference. This award is given annually for exemplary research contributions related to underrepresented populations of color. The recipient is vetted through a subcommittee constituted by doctoral students and faculty, by the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation (ASHE-CEP).

Professor Emeritus Goldman makes Thomson Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list

(Nov. 18, 2014) NSM’s Physics & Astronomy Professor Emeritus Aharon Goldman is recognized in the Reuters’ Thomson Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014” list, which is populated by scientists from top research institutions worldwide, including many Nobel Prize laureates.


Loss of Professor Emeritus Joe Hornback

(Nov. 18, 2014) Professor Emeritus Joseph M. Hornback passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10. Dr. Hornback joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Denver as assistant professor in 1970. Professor Hornback loved teaching and cared deeply about his students. Joe will be deeply missed by his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and around the University. Plans for memorial services are pending.