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March-April 2015

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Jim Montgomery featured on CNN Money

Jim Montgomery(April 21, 2015) Former NHL player Jim Montgomery managed to avoid many of the money pitfalls that plague professional athletes in retirement. Now he continues to stay involved in the sport he loves by coaching hockey at the University of Denver.



Jeremy W. Reynolds to make Carnegie Hall debut

Jeremy W. Reynolds(March 31, 2015) Lamont School of Music clarinet faculty member Jeremy W. Reynolds will be making his Carnegie Hall debut on Thursday, April 7 with The Waldland Ensemble performing world premiere works by Libby Larsen, Kenji Bunch, Dana Wilson, Michael Kimber and Anthony Constantino. The Waldland Ensemble is made up of Reynolds, Hillary Herndon (viola faculty, University of Tennessee-Knoxville) and Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo (piano faculty, Sewanee-University of the South). Following their performance at Carnegie Hall, the ensemble will perform at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland in June 2015, Clarinets for Conservation in Moshi, Tanzania and release a recording on MSR Classics in September 2015. 

David Ciepley named Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow

David Ciepley(March 24, 2015) David Ciepley, associate professor of political science, has been named a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The fellowship is granted to recently tenured scholars in the humanities and social sciences in the years immediately following the granting of tenure, and provides potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects.

Ciepley’s award will allow him to pursue research on his book manuscript, Our Corporate Civilization and its Neoliberal Crisis, at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The immediate post-tenure years are a time for emerging leaders in their field to break new ground and develop new approaches that will have lasting impact,” said ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs Matthew Goldfeder. “For fellows to spend an academic year in residence at a national residential research center provides them the opportunity to reach more broadly across disciplines and expand the significance of their research for the humanities and social sciences.”

Ciepley’s research revises received understandings of governance in the West by recovering its corporate roots and structure.

“The first half of my book details the borrowings of the liberal democratic state from corporate practice, including elected executives, representative assemblies, legal personhood, written constitutions and judicial review. Constitutional states and corporations embody a common institutional technology,” said Ciepley. “The second half leverages this to challenge the reclassification of business corporations over the past two centuries, from 'bodies politic' to private institutions. Corporations are really a hybrid, combining state privileges with private financing and staffing. Misconstruing them as strictly private exempts them from any duty to the public, accountability to the public, or even publicity to the public, while earning them legal protections and rights of political participation that they ought not have."

Ciepley has a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He joined the University of Denver in 2007 and became tenured in 2013.

“Dr. Ciepley is an extraordinary scholar,” said Dean Daniel McIntosh. “This award not only recognizes his accomplishment but also will allow him to further advance his field and our understanding of corporations in our society.  We are proud of this recognition and thrilled he will get this opportunity.”

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Ciepley was a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and during the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow in the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. 

Honoring Bob Yablans

Bob Yablans(March 17, 2015) The University of Denver has lost a dear colleague, alumnus and friend. Bob Yablans, senior research support specialist for University Technology Services and former director of engineering for the School of Communication and then the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, passed away on the morning of March 10, 2015.



Sarah Enos Watamura to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows

Sarah Watamura(March 17, 2015) Watamura is an associate professor of psychology, and the director of the Child Health and Development Lab. Watamura is one of 21 leaders selected by the Institute.





Lynn Gangone accepts position with American Council on Education

Lynn Gangone(March 17, 2015) Lynn Gangone, dean of the Colorado Women’s College, will be leaving the University to assume a position as vice president for leadership programs at the American Council on Education. 



Founders Day Award recipients

Thursday, March 5

(March 3, 2015) The University has announced the recipients of the 2015 Founders Day Awards, which for the first time will recognize an outstanding graduate student and an outstanding undergraduate student, in addition to celebrating the accomplishments of notable alumni, donors, faculty and staff. 


Nadia Kaneva guest-edits Feminist Media Studies journal

Nadia Kaneva(March 3, 2015) Nadia Kaneva, professor in Media, Film & Journalism Studies, was the guest-editor of a special issue of the journal Feminist Media Studies, which was released in January. She also wrote the introductory essay, entitled "Mediating Post-Socialist Femininities: Contested Histories and Visibilities."