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November-December 2015

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DU retiree and alumna Clarice Lubchenco passes away

(Dec. 15, 2015) Clarice Lubchenco, a well-loved DU employee who was devoted to students, her work and the University of Denver, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6. Clarice attended Colorado Women’s College from 1940-1942. She was the president of the student body and was elected Athletic Queen in 1941. Clarice married DU graduate Pete Lubchenco in 1943 and raised a family including two DU graduates. Clarice worked at DU from 1959-1975. She moved to Virginia for six years and returned to DU in 1981 where she became administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for Student Affairs. 

While at DU, Clarice organized a singing group, the Enginaires, comprised of faculty wives and female staff members, published the Mini-News for Student Life, played the organ at several hockey games and received the Amica Universitatis Award, Pioneer Spirit Award, the Unsung Heroine Award and the Clarice Lubchenco Outstanding Service Award which was established in her honor in 1990 by Student Life and continues to be awarded each year (now in her memory). Clarice retired from DU at the end of June 1993.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at University Park United Methodist Church where Clarice was a longtime member. The family requests memorials be given to either the University Park UMC or Denver Hospice.

Retirement celebration for Dorothy Lechowicz-Edwards, Daniels College of Business

Monday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. – Daniels College of Business, Schneider Board Room

(Dec. 8, 2015) After 22 years at the University of Denver, Dorothy Lechowicz-Edwards is retiring from the Daniels College of Business. Dorothy worked in the Controller’s Office for one year and has served the Daniels College of Business since 1994 as associate dean, directing various areas in the college. Most recently, she has been the associate dean for inclusiveness and diversity. Dorothy is a CPA and has worked in the public accounting and banking industries. All of us at the Daniels College will miss her but wish her well in the next chapter of her life.

Laird Hunt awarded inaugural Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine

(Dec. 8, 2015) English Professor Laird Hunt was awarded the inaugural Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine in Paris for his book, Never Home. Hunt is the first winner of this new literary award for an American novel "distinguished by its prominent literary qualities."

Former trustee Carl Williams dies at 87

(Dec. 8, 2015) Cable television innovator Carl Williams, who served as a University of Denver trustee from 1997 until 2004, has died. He was 87.


Former trustee Jordon Perlmutter dies at age 84

(Dec. 8, 2015) Perlmutter introduced planned communities to Colorado with construction, but is also remembered for his philanthropy.


Chancellor Chopp and Lauren Casteel named to Colorado Women’s Chamber 25 most powerful women for 2015

(Nov. 24, 2015) Rebecca Chopp, chancellor, and Lauren Casteel, CEO of the Women’s Foundation housed on campus in the Chambers Center, have both been named to the Colorado Women’s Chamber list of “Top 25 Most Powerful Women.” Alumna Katie Kramer also made the cut. More

Brandon Buzbee joins DU as associate vice chancellor for Global Networks

(Nov. 24, 2015) Brandon Buzbee has joined the University of Denver as University Advancement's associate vice chancellor for global networks. In this newly envisioned role at DU, Brandon will be responsible for setting the vision for, and overseeing the execution of, donor pipeline development, industry engagement, student philanthropy, career and professional development services and Universitywide alumni engagement. More

Sarah Pessin receives 2016 Everding Distinguished Lectureship

(Nov. 24, 2015) Sarah Pessin, professor of philosophy and Judaic Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Everding Distinguished Lectureship from the Iliff School of Theology. The lectureship features outstanding speakers from the Anglican-Episcopal, Jewish and Islamic traditions to enrich the education and outreach programming of Iliff and Saint John’s Cathedral.

Vice Provost Emerita Sheila Wright passes away

(Nov. 24, 2015) Sheila Phelan Wright, vice provost emerita at the University of Denver, passed away last week. Sheila was instrumental in developing the Pioneer Leadership Program and Learning Communities. She also helped create the DU-Bologna Center for Civic Engagement in Bologna, Italy. Sheila was a member of DU’s Women’s Leadership Council. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Hamilton Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the Joy Burns Plaza at the Newman Center.

Barbara Kreisman appointed to International Board of Trustees for EMBA Council

Barbara Kreisman(Nov. 10, 2015) Barbara Kreisman, associate dean of the Daniels College of Business, was elected to the International Board of Trustees for the worldwide Executive MBA Council. She is one of nine individuals serving in this capacity for a three-year period. The EMBA Council is comprised of representatives from more than 400 universities and is the governing body of EMBA programs globally.

Linda Olson and Karen Riley participate in annual Women Build Week

Olson Riley Habitat

(Nov. 3, 2015) Linda Olson, interim dean of Colorado Women’s College, and Karen Riley, dean of the Morgridge College of Education, participated in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women Build Week. Olson is the Mayor Pro Tem of Englewood, and was invited to serve as the honorary chair of the four-day event. She attended each day to speak with the crew and was able to share with them Colorado Women’s College mission of building sustainable lives for women. Olson and Riley both raised a minimum of $250 to participate in the build. Women Build Week is a unique opportunity to engage civic-minded women with Habitat for Humanity’s mission.

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