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 Alumni Stories


40th Anniversary

CU Denver honors a history of quality education in downtown Denver.

Flip the Classroom

Jon Bergmann, Flipped Learning

CU Denver alum and 28-year educator Jon Bergmann thinks he has the answer. He is making the real work happen in the classroom, not at home. He calls it a “flipped classroom."

Forty under 40 winners

Annie Davies

Four hundred thirty-five dynamic, up-and-coming city leaders under the age of 40 were nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s 2013 “Forty under 40” honor.

Urban Community Teacher Education

If you happen to visit Carolina Mendez’s kindergarten class at Goldrick Elementary School during “choice” time, you will notice her students choose to spend their free time “playing school.”


 Faculty Stories


Bob and Lennie Damrauer donate to create STEM lecture series

Bob and Lennie Damrauer

To Damrauer, a professor of chemistry, special assistant to the provost and newly appointed associate vice chancellor for research, the building has come to represent more than just a new center for student and academic life at the university.

Helping Spanish-speaking children with autism

Positive Early Learning Experience Center

Research shows that children from Spanish-speaking homes receive autism diagnoses as much as two years later than children from English-speaking homes.


 Patient Stories


25 years of transplant surgery for Igal Kam, MD

Jon Zeschin

His career path began in 1982 when, as a young resident in general and vascular surgery in Haifa, Israel, he found himself caring for casualties on both sides of a war between Israel and Lebanon. Some of the patients needed liver surgery.

Certified Nurse-Midwives

When Amanda Tam told her mother that she planned to have her first baby with a certified nurse-midwife, her mother asked a simple question: “Why wouldn’t you go to a doctor?”

Excellent affordable dental care at CU School of Dental Medicine

At 81, Fred Glaser takes his health very seriously. He’s fit, he eats well and he knows how important his oral health is.

Health and Wellness in Action

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Have you ever watched as someone lost half their body weight? You can witness this amazing feat in action during the fourth season of ABC’s hit series Extreme Weight Loss—filmed at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

New cystic fibrosis drug

Annelise Heinicke

It was Valentine’s Day 2012. A UPS delivery truck pulled up in front of Courtney and Jen Heinicke’s house in Durango, Colo. When the delivery man handed over their package, the husband and wife came at him with hugs.

Rural Health Care from CU Anschutz

Nathan Netsanet at Salud Family Health Center

Nathan Netsanet grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s largest city. So, he was far from home in every possible sense during his rotation at the Salud Family Health Center in Fort Lupton on the edge of Colorado’s eastern plains.


 Researcher Stories


Jacob Gump, Meagan Gold work to improve life for son and children with brain tumors

When he was 28 months old, on a holiday vacation on the east coast, Eli became seriously ill. He couldn’t keep any food down; he became dehydrated. For the first time ever, his parents heard him make one specific complaint.

Kim Heidenreich, PhD, and Traumatic Brain Injury

A professional football player suits up for a Sunday night football game—donning pads, shoes, jersey and of course, to protect himself from concussion, his helmet.

Saving History

Tracing the point-cloud model

Center of Preservation Research (CoPR) spent a week during summer 2012 gathering and recording image data from the rock, into which visitors have carved names and messages.


 Student Stories:


A cappella group Mix members graduate from CU Denver

For Mix, CU Denver’s 8-member a cappella group, the past year has been an unexpected series of triumphs, with all the drama of a “Glee” episode.

A CU Denver Legacy

Kevin Johnk, student

If you ever watched Kevin Johnk walk to the bus stop after class at the University of Colorado Denver, you might have noticed that his companion was roughly 70 years his senior.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

As the audience enters the theater, William Shakespeare sits on a bench on stage. The king and queen of the magical fairyland tiptoe up and put him gently to sleep.

Class of 2017 Why I chose CU Denver

The Class of 2017 has arrived at CU Denver in record-setting numbers—more than 1,150 freshmen, 16 percent more than last year. It is the largest freshman class in CU Denver's history.

Farms and the City

Amanda Weaver, Five Fridges Farm

Amanda Weaver’s students often ask her why she wears cowboy boots all the time. When they step a flip-flopped foot into manure at their geography instructor’s urban farm, they get it.

First Women's Soccer Team

CU Denver Women's Club Soccer

Women’s soccer is just one of at least seven—and possibly 12—new Club Sports teams this year in CU Denver’s growing Club Sports program.

Genetic Counseling Master’s Program

Courtney Morrow

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Ian Justl Ellis and Diane Banet 2013 Anschutz Medical Campus Commencement

At the Anschutz Medical Campus commencement ceremonies this year, nearly 800 graduates took the next step in their lives and careers.

Learning from Cherry Creek

When Senior Instructor Cheri Jones, PhD, wants to teach her General Biology 2 students about aquatic insects and water quality, she turns off her digital projector, tells everyone to grab their jackets and marches her class down the hall and out the door.

Many MBA Options

CU Denver Business School

When he moved to Denver from New York City, Laurence Hren wanted to add advanced training to his professional expertise. So, he decided to get an MBA from the CU Denver Business School.

Maymester provides opportunity to explore new field and fulfill requirements

Positive, convivial, intense, gratifying, experiential, passionate, life-altering—these are just some of the words that faculty and students use to describe their experiences in a Maymester class.

New Bioengineering Bachelor's Degree

CU Denver's College of Engineering and Applied Science is adding a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering to its graduate offerings in bioengineering. Approved in September 2012, this interdisciplinary program spans both campuses.

New CU Denver Lynx Mascot

Have you ever named a university mascot? Juliana Valera has. The integrative biology student won the “Name Your Mascot” contest for the brand-new University of Colorado Denver Lynx mascot.

New Student Orientation

At CU Denver, you might not even recognize a first-time freshman when you see one. That’s because, from day one, they’re already part of the diverse campus community—thanks, in large part, to New Student Orientation.

Office of Veteran Student Services expands to serve veterans

The old OVSS on the corner of 14th and Larimer Streets was a hard-to-find rabbit warren of offices with two computers shared by five student workers. The spacious new OVSS is modeled after USO centers in airports.

Outstanding student veterans praise university programs

On Nov. 9, 2013, thousands of Colorado veterans gathered on the CU Denver campus to celebrate Veterans Day with food, fellowship and the traditional fireworks display.

Performing Iron II

Maile Divine, Josh Sunderman

On a Friday night, in freezing temperatures and a mix of snow and rain, psychology major Maile Divine stood outside the Arts Building loading dock. She couldn’t wait to see the cast iron object from the sand mold she carved earlier in the day.

Pharmacist Hunter puts the adventure in Pharmacy

How do you make a career as a pharmacist sound like an adventure—second only to scaling Mount Everest by the north route or navigating the full length of the Pan-American Highway from Anchorage to Tierra del Fuego?

Scorpion Motorsports Project

Molly Zimmerman, mechanical engineering student

Molly Zimmerman reached down to scrub the filthy, old truck engine. Working alongside her teammates, she leaned in to give the job a little more elbow grease. Then, in a dirt-caked nook of the engine, she saw it: a baby scorpion.

Slope Battle 2013

You know it, and we know it: Colorado is one of the best places in the world for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. But which Rocky Mountain slope is best?

The New Nursing

Kristen Califano, nursing student

Kristen Califano already has a career. She’s worked as a registered nurse for five years—but now she’s getting her bachelor’s degree in nursing at CU Anschutz.

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