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May-June 2015

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Journal of Contemporary China, edited by Sam Zhao, ranked as number one China study journal

Sam Zhao(June 30, 2015) Thomson Reuters once again ranked the Journal of Contemporary China, edited by Sam Zhao, director of the China Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, as the number one China study journal in the world in the newly released 2014 Journal Citation Reports




Going-away party for Kathryne Grove

Thursday, July 2, 3-4:40 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

We announced June 17 that Kathryne Grove, director of Equal Opportunity, has accepted a position as corporate counsel with Level 3 Communications. As many of you know, Kathryne has been a leader in DU’s ongoing program to promote awareness and action around the issue of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct on campus and a voice for the University’s adherence to Title IX and other legal requirements. Please join us in wishing her well on her next opportunity!

In case you missed it: Westword names “Ten Most Famous DU Attendees”

(June 16, 2015) Westword recently published this article highlighting who they perceive as DU’s most famous alumni, including Barbie’s “mom!”

US Lacrosse field to be named after Bill Tierney

Bill Tierney(June 9, 2015) The playing field at the new US Lacrosse national headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, will be officially known as William G. Tierney Field.




Memorial for Professor Emeritus Alton Barbour

Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m. – Evans Chapel

Alton Barbour, popular DU professor emeritus, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the age of 81. Alton was former chair of the Speech Communications department; he served as Faculty Senate president from 1975-1976 and was the University Lecturer in 2003. He was known as “the flying professor” for his skill on the trapeze. He earned his BA from the University of Northern Colorado in 1956 and his MA from DU in 1961. He began teaching at DU in 1965, earned his PhD here in 1968 and retired in 2005. A memorial celebrating his life will be held Thursday, June 25. – Provided by Steve Fisher

 Parking will be available in Lot E, located in the northeast corner of Evans Ave. and High St.

Retirement Celebration for Scott Lumpkin

Scott LumpkinWednesday, June 3, 3-5 p.m. – Tuscan Ballroom, Joy Burns Center

Please join us as we honor Scott Lumpkin for his 36 years of service to DU and wish him well on his next adventure.

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Memorial for Ed Estlow

Friday, June 5, 2:30 p.m. – University Park United Methodist Church

Join us as we honor the life and service of University of Denver Honorary Life Trustee and alumnus, Edward W. Estlow (’42). Reception to follow the service at 3:15 p.m. Please call 303-871-2209 to confirm your attendance at the reception. 

Chad King wins Way to Go Commuter Champion award

Chad King(May 26, 2015) Chad King, DU’s sustainability coordinator, won the Way to Go Commuter Champion award through the third annual Denver Regional Council of Governments Way to Go awards program. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership, innovation and achievement in commute options.



Going away party for Dan Connolly

Dan ConnollyThursday, June 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall patio

Please join the Daniels College of Business as we send Dan Connolly, senior associate dean, off to his new opportunity as dean of the business school at Portland State University. Dan was with the University of Denver for 14 years.

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Scott Leutenegger included in BFA exhibition

(May 12, 2015) Scott Leutenegger, professor in computer science and past president of the Faculty Senate, is completing his BFA in studio art from the School of Art & Art History after pursuing the degree for 14 years. Some of Scott’s work will be on display during “Threshold: 2015 BFA Exhibition” in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, May 14 from 5-7 p.m.


Honorary Life Trustee Ed Estlow dies at age 95

(May 12, 2015) Ed Estlow — a 1942 graduate of the University of Denver who was recognized by the institution as an honorary life trustee in 2014 — has died at age 95.


Helen Driscoll 1924-2015

(May 12, 2015) The University lost a good friend recently when Helen Driscoll passed away on April 15. Helen was the wife of DU Professor Bill Driscoll whom the Driscoll Student Center is named for. Helen was born in 1924 in Denver. After graduating from East High School, she enrolled at DU in 1944. She met Bill when she joined the Pioneer Promenaders square dance group and they married in 1946. They had two boys, Clint, born in 1947, and David, born in 1949. Soon after David’s birth they moved to California where Bill entered the PhD program in Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After his graduation the family returned to Denver and Bill joined the DU faculty. Helen founded the Mother Goose Preschool at the University Park Methodist Church and also had a long career with Denver Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. After leaving DPS she bought the De Colores Art Gallery in Cherry Creek. In 1983 Bill died of a heart attack at the age of 63 and Helen remained a widow for the next 32 years. Helen enjoyed opera, baseball, traveling and playing bridge. She won a Community Service Award from DU at Founders Day 1995, and in March of 2014 Helen was a speaker at a DU sesquicentennial event honoring Bill Driscoll and the center named for him. Helen will be missed.

Submitted by Steve Fisher, University Historian