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May 2014

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Lawrence Golan named music director of York Symphony Orchestra

Lawrence Golan(May 27, 2014) Lawrence Golan, professor and conductor of DU's Lamont Symphony Orchestra, has been selected as the new music director and leader of the York Symphony Orchestra in York, Pennsylvania.





Lisa Westendorf receives Gold Star Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Lisa Westendorf(May 20, 2014) Lisa Westendorf, assistant director of communication for the financial aid office, will be recognized and presented the Gold Star Award at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' annual conference this summer. The Gold Star Award recognizes innovative ideas in the financial aid arena at any level, targeted toward any constituency. Lisa conceptualized and implemented an email series for incoming students that has enhanced our exceptional quality service by providing information and introducing topics that help families all the way through the financial aid process, no matter where the student decides to enroll.

Vice Chancellor David Greenberg receives Bonfils Stanton Community Service Award

David Greenberg(May 20, 2014) In honor of his transformative role in education reform, David Ethan Greenberg, vice chancellor of institutional partnerships, has received the Bonfils Stanton Foundation's 2014 Community Service Award. The recognition is part of a trio of foundation accolades given annually and known throughout the state as Colorado's Nobel Prizes.



Celebration of Life Gathering for Calvin Sparks

Saturday, May 24, noon-4 p.m.
(May 13, 2014) All who knew Cal are invited to a Celebration of Life for Calvin Sparks, former professor of photography in the School of Art and Art History, who passed away last month. Join the loving company of Cal's wife Reni, daughter Nikki, son-in-law Mike, granddaughter Katy and grandson CJ in celebration of the joy he brought to the world. The celebration will be held at the home of Cal's daughter and family; please RSVP to In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation in Cal's memory to an art-related nonprofit of your choice.

Retirement celebration for Paul Laesecke

Paul LaeseckeTuesday, May 27, 4-8 p.m. – Joy Burns Center, Tuscan Ballroom
(May 13, 2014) Please join us to acknowledge and celebrate Paul Laesecke's 56 years as a DU Pioneer, both as a student and instructor at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, upon his retirement. Please RSVP



Staff profile: Diane Wendt

Diane Wendt(May 6, 2014) Last month, the University officially dedicated the Diane Wendt Sports Fields, which provide year-round green space for varsity athletic programs, club sports and the general student body. The fields are named for long-time DU Athletics administrator Diane Wendt. "My heart is filled with love and appreciation for being honored in this way, and I am forever proud to be a Denver Pioneer," Wendt says.

Wendt has been a Denver Pioneer since 1971, when she was appointed as an instructor of health and physical education. In 1974 she was named the first director of women's athletics at DU. A forerunner in the effort for equity, Wendt founded and facilitated the University of Denver Gender Equity Task Force and served as a member of the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force in 1992.

"My work as a member of the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force helped educate me about the importance of achieving educational equity in college athletics," Wendt says. "I gained insight into the value of strong leadership to help ensure men and women student-athletes would have equitable opportunities to participate as full partners in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Denver."

To highlight her special contributions to women in sports, the University initiated the Diane T. Wendt Equity Award to recognize outstanding contributions toward the advancement of equity within the intercollegiate athletics program. Wendt has also been recognized by the campus community in receiving the Distinguished Service to the University Award from the University of Denver Alumni Association and being inducted into the University of Denver Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

Wendt says it best: "GO PIONEERS!"

Douglas Clements named to NAS Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8

Douglas Clements(May 6, 2014) Morgridge College of Education professor Douglas Clements has become a full member of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Committee of the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.

Retirement reception for Julanna Gilbert

Julanna GilbertMonday, May 19, 3-5 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room
(May 6, 2014) You are cordially invited to a reception to acknowledge and celebrate Dr. Julanna Gilbert's career at the University of Denver, as a faculty member in chemistry and as executive director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, upon her retirement. For questions about the event, contact