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Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​

 WELCOME BACK WEDNESDAY | Wednesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Denver, CO

Welcome Back Wednesday

Wednesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Tivoli 267 

Welcome Back Wednesday hosted by the CU Denver Career Center on March 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Tivoli 267

The CU Denver Career Center is offering exclusive day-of career counseling appointments and workshops just for alumni! If you are interested in career exploration, looking for guidance on job search strategies, or just want to brush up on your skills, this is the opportunity for you! 

Appointment slots are limited, and registration is required. Call the Career Center to reserve your appointment or workshop slot today: 303.315.7315.

Career Counseling Appointments
Normally $45 | FREE to alumni all day on March 21

Strong Interest Inventory Interpretations
Normally $60 | $15 for alumni all day on March 21

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
Normally $60 | $10 for alumni from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on March 21

NOTE: Prices are good for appointments on March 21 ONLY. Any rescheduled or cancelled appointments will the charged the normal rates.

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 CAREER EDGE WEBINAR SERIES | Thursday, March 29 | 12:00 p.m. MST | Online

Thursday, March 29 | 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. MST

Career Edge Webinar Series Presented by the CU Denver Business School and CU Denver Alumni
You are invited to join the Networking & Executive Interactions session in the Career Edge Webinar Series on Thursday, March 29.

Learn about the nuance of your behavior in profroessional settings and hear best practices, effective follow-up strategies, and how to create a memorable impression. Hosted by Stephanie Sindt, MA'14 and Jordan Alvarez, BSBA'14.

Alumni who studied or are interested in business will benefit from this series: the four sessions will help you build industry knowledge and grow professionally. You can participate from an​ywhere.

Career Edge Series Recordings

November RecordingDenver Metro Area Industry Landscape—What's Hot

January RecordingResumes That Get Results

Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​


 BACK TO BUSINSS SPEAKER SERIES: KAREN HERTZ, MBA'05 | Thursday, April 5 | 6:00 p.m. | Golden, CO

Back to Business Speaker Series: Karen Hertz, MBA'05, Founder of Holidaily Brewing Company

Thursday, April 5 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Holidaily Brewing Company
801 Brickyard Circle B, Golden, CO 80403

Karen Hertz, MBA'05, Founder and Owner of Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado

Meet Karen Hertz, MBA'05 and Chief Brewista for an evening of brews, food, and networking. Hear Karen's story, the challenges and successes of opening her own gluten-free brewery!

 MURPAA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE | Tuesday, April 17 | 5:30 p.m. | CU Denver Building

Coding For Resilience: Learning from the Venacular

Tuesday, April 17 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | CU Denver Building, 2nd Floor
1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202

CU Denver Building
The College of Architecture and Planning and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Association is pleased to present CODING FOR RESILIENCE: LEARNING FROM THE VERNACULAR, a distinguished lecture by Assistant Professor Korkut Onaran

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
$15 registration includes food and beverages
CU Denver Building, 2nd Floor 1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202

In his lecture, Assistant Professor Korkut Onaran will introduce a variety of approaches to form-based code. This will be followed by a discussion of the way certain vernacular settings respond to climatic conditions in hot-arid and hot-humid climates. Simple coding tools along with exemplary lot types will be introduced and recommended for adoption by zoning codes that address communities in these climate zones.

Evening Program
  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Facilitated Networking
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Korkut Onaran Lecture
  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Open Networking and Closing
Registration will close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.​

About the MURPAA Distinguished Lecture Series: Designed to highlight the efforts of a distinguished MURP alumni or a planner that has positively contributed to MURP students, the College of Architecture and Planning, or CU Denver. The lecture is intended to encourage thought-provoking discussions and exchanges of ideas in a specific area related to architecture and planning.
College of Architecture & Planning Assistant Professor Korkut Onaran
Before Korkut Onaran formed PEL•ONA Architects & Urbanists with Ronnie Pelusio in 2010, Korkut Onaran, Ph.D., worked at Wolff-Lyon Architects as partner principal between 2007 and 2010, and as a senior associate between 2001 and 2007. He has been teaching as an Assistant Professor Adjunct, in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver since 1997. Korkut has been the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism since 2009.

Korkut is an urban architect with a broad knowledge of development codes and regulation cultures, a subject he explored extensively through his doctorate studies. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching focuses on producing planning and design solutions for real world situations where students collaborate with local planning officials.

He was honored as the Mentor of the Year by AIA Colorado North in 2007. Korkut has extensive experience in designing and managing mixed use projects, preparing master plans, and crafting development codes. He has won prizes in architectural competitions including first prize in the national competition (in Turkey) titled “Small House,” second prize in the architectural competition for a mixed-use downtown complex in Kusadasi, fifth prize in the architectural competition for the Opera House and Performing Arts Center in Ankara.​


 LYNXCONNECT: WORKPLACE TOPICS | Wednesday, April 25 | 12:00 p.m. MST | Online

LynxConnect: Workplace Topics

Wednesday, April 25 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST 

CU Denver LynxConnect, an online networking platform for CU Denver Alumni
You are invited to join CU Denver Alumni's next monthly online networking event on Wednesday, April 25. This month we will take up conversation surrounding common challenges encountered in professional life such as becoming a new manager, communicating effectively, conflict resolution, salary negotiation, and work/life balance.

Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional, you are likely to encounter these common situations: this online session will help you exchange ideas for strategically engaging challenges and grow professionally.

LynxConnect events are online, one-on-one chat sessions that connect you with alumni in your preferred field through a virtual discussion booth of your choice: exchange ideas about industry trends and current challenges, discuss how you got your start, and share advice with those looking to enter the field. 

Our general networking category is great for those who are exploring a variety of career paths or looking to switch up the conversation. These online chats can be tailored to your interests and professional challenges--simply join the discussion booth that best fits your situation and go! 

Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​


 ALL ALUMNI NETWORKING NIGHT: SPRING EDITION | Wednesday, April 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Balisteri Vineyards - Denver, CO

All Alumni Networking Night: Spring Edition

Wednesday, April 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
Balistreri Vineyards 1946 E. 66th Ave. Denver, CO 80229

CU in the City Life - Table Talk

Join us for All Alumni Networking Night: Spring Edition Wednesday, April 18. The evening will be comprised of two, short guided networking rounds, followed by open time for guests to mix and mingle.

Enjoy two free glasses of wine and appetizers all night, while participating in discussions facilitated by your fellow Lynx alumni. Top off the evening with a winery tour and catch up with old friends or make new connections in the community during open networking.

How it Works

You will be assigned two networking tables to visit during the structured portion of the evening. Our staff will prepare these table arrangements based on your responses to a few key questions on our registration form about your current or desired industry, what topics you are interested in discussing, and more.

We strongly encourage you to please fill out the registration page completely so that we can assign you tables that will be relevant to your experience and interests. An alumni discussion facilitator at your table will help break the ice and keep the conversation going, so don't worry if you're new to networking: we got your back.

  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. - Check-in and Registration 
  • 6:50 - 7:10 p.m. - Networking Round 1
  • 7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Networking Round 2
  • 7:35 - 8:30 p.m. - Open Networking and Winery Tour

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

Featured Alumni Table Hosts

Antwan Jefferson, PhD'07​Antwan Jefferson, PhD'13 is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. In his work, Antwan teaches in the Human Development and Family Relations program and the Urban and Diverse Com​munities concentration of the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate (EdD) program. His teaching emphasizes interrogating race, class, and gender arrangements; achieving social justice; increasing an asset-based emphasis on diverse families; and supporting stronger and deeper community engagement in the schooling education of students through the pre-service training of helping professionals and teachers

His research agenda considers the ways that family and community members experience schools and organizations in their communities, including the implications of space, voice, and power in decision-making and not-for-profit organizations and schools. Antwan also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships in the SEHD’s Office of Partnerships. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from CU Denver in 2013, following completion of a dissertation entitled “(Un)Invited Families: Locating the Institutional Power of School at Work Against the Involvement of Families.”

Antwan Jefferson, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) and Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) programs in the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver. He also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships, bringing together the School of Education and Human Development and local community organizations that serve children, families, and the broader community.

His work emphasizes service and accountability to the community, including a focus on encouraging professionals to serve communities in response to challenges. His research agenda examines the ways that family and community members experience schools in their communities, and the ways in which the institutional power of school(s) impact the individual power of families and community members.​​ ​​​​​

Colin Chapman, BS'99Colin Chapman, BS'99 designs & installs immersive audio-visual systems for commercial, residential & professional audio clients. He specializes in elegant custom solutions tailored to the space & individual tastes. His experience and creative expertise remove the complexity of technology so you experience only the finest in sound & vision. 

Colin has been contracted to work nationally in the following locations; New York City, The Hamptons, Los Angles, Washington State, Marfa Texas and Colorado.

Valerie Lash, BA'00Valerie Lash, BA'00 is the imaging director and RIS/PACS administrator for Centura Health, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, CO.  Valerie has also worked in imaging management positions at St Anthony and Littleton Adventist Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver and her associates degree in Applied Science from the University of Southern Colorado.

Most importantly Valerie provides leadership, guidance and expertise in the imaging areas of CAT scan, echocardiography, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, x-ray, and the electronic medical records for imaging.  Valerie has worked as a technologist in California, in trauma radiography, CAT scan, MRI, interventional, mammography and management.

She currently resides in Keystone and Littleton, Colorado, enjoying the outdoors and all that Colorado offers. Valerie can be contacted at

Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD'07Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD'07 currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013 and a Woodrow Wilson International Fellow in 2017.

In 2006, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to head up Denver’s Road Home. In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the first five years, Denver’s Road Home leveraged over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by HUD as one of the top six homeless programs in the country. In 2007, Mayor Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver. In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined to form a new Office of Community Impact under Jamie’s direction.

Since 2009, as the founder and CEO, he has also worked to develop the GLI, an innovative research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda with a social impact focus. Building a campus modeled after the Aspen Institute in rural Ugandan and forging a series of academic and public-private partnerships, this “poor man’s” Aspen institute serves over 200 scholars annually, has hired over 300 East Africans into the workforce and is engaged in multiple research initiatives throughout Uganda. The institute hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Summit and a growing music festival with a focus on HIV prevention and testing. Recent partnerships include work with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and New York Fashion week, both aimed at empowering and employing Ugandans in the workforce.

Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. During his tenure at Urban Peak he was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Council for Youth Policy for the National Network of Youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), Emerging Leaders (2003), and Leadership Arts (2004) and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. Jamie was selected in 2005 as an inaugural Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal. In 2017, he was named by CoBiz Magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Colorado.

Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University. His career focus is on domestic and international work related to poverty alleviation, specifically targeting homeless and vulnerable youth in developed and developing countries.

Jamie serves on boards for the Biennial of the Americas, Colorado Music Coalition, the Presidents Leadership Class at the University of Colorado, Take Note Colorado and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs Advisory Board. He has previously served on the boards of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood Association, Colorado Health Institute, Curious Theatre, Denver Foundation Human Services Advisory Board, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Family Directions, the Harm Reduction Action Center, Level One Health Board, Morgridge Family Foundation 21st Century Classroom Board, and the 9Kids Who Care Advisory Board.

He is active as a national and international researcher and presenter. Over 50 publications, poster presentations, lectures and keynotes include a recent article on mental health services in rural Uganda, a book chapter in Globalizing the Streets, and an article in American Journal on Addictions featuring a multi-city research project he directed on homeless youth.

He is the recipient of the 2017 Urban Peak Maverick Thinker Award, the 2014 Creighton University Alumnae Merit Award, the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation, the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and named in the 2011 Power Issue of the Out Front magazine as a leader in Lesbian & Gay community. Jamie has extensive international experience with travel to over 110 countries. He is an avid runner and has participated in over a dozen competitive races including a two-time finisher of the New York City Marathon. His partner Andrei lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the State Department and his son graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in international development.


 ALUMNI LEADERS IN EDUCATION PANEL & RECEPTION | Thursday, May 3 | 6:15 p.m. | Denver, CO

Alumni Leaders in Education Panel Discussion & Networking Reception

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
Coohills 1400 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO 80202

CU in the City Class Life

CU Denver alumni working or interested in the field of education are invited to our next alumni industry panel, featuring local leading alumni in education. Join us for a panel discussion that will take up hot topics in the industry, policy and budgeting challenges, and more. Following the presentation, stay to network with the panelists and fellow alumni in the education space.

Evening Program

  • 6:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Check-in and Registration 
  • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion
  • 7:15 - 7:30 p.m. - Q&A
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Open Networking 

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Amy Anderson MA'98 PhD'03Amy Anderson, MA'98, PhD'03 is the Managing Director of ReSchool Colorado, an initiative of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, launched in 2013, to co-design a new system of education where all learners and their parents equitably access meaningful and relevant learning from an expansive landscape of providers and develop the capacity to flourish in increasingly complex and dynamic systems of work and life.  

Prior to serving in this role, Amy led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as Associate Commissioner.  Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities.

Prior to CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning.  She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Amy is a founder and former Board Chair of The Odyssey School, a Denver Charter School started in 1998. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Anderson holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Philippe Ernewein MA'03Philippe Ernewein, MA'03 is a native of Turnhout, Belgium. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from Longwood College (1994) and Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver (2003). He is an alumnus of Teach For America. Philippe is Board Chair of Celebrate EDU, committed to creating a bright future for young adults with developmental disabilities and diverse learning profiles. He is also a consultant for Words Beyond Bars, a project committed to introducing powerful and transformative literature to incarcerated individuals.

Philippe has been in the field of education since 1994. He presents annually at a variety of national and international educational conferences and workshops. Philippe was recently recognized as the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities Professional of the Year (2017) and also the recipient of the prestigious Floyd G. Hudson Service Award by the Council for Learning Disabilities (2017). He is currently the Director of Education at Denver Academy. His published work and blog can be found at Philippe lives with his wife, two daughters and a flock of chickens on the eastern bank of the Platte River near Denver, Colorado, USA.

Tina Martinez, BA'00
Kent Seidel Associate Professor at CU Denver School of Education and Human DevelopmentAs director of C-PEER, Dr. Kent Seidel collaborates with districts, schools and community groups to develop a focused priority research agenda. His research taps into shared thinking, creates local solutions and contributes to collective impact in education. .

Prior to coming to CU Denver in summer 2014, he was associate professor with a rare dual appointment in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Research Methods & Statistics at the University of Denver since 2007. He holds a PhD in non-profit and educational management/organizational theory from University of Cincinnati, and his research training includes econometrics and statistical analysis as well as qualitative and mixed methods design. He has worked with schools and districts in program evaluation since working as a research consultant with the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center in 1996. 


Dr. Seidel has many years of experience with large-scale collaborative projects involving mixed methods and advanced statistical designs. His focus in teaching and in research has been on bringing educators to the table with researchers with a focus on generating usable knowledge for practitioners to apply in their work. His personal primary research has focused on performance-based approaches to improving educator support and school quality. He is Principal Investigator for the current IES-funded study of novice teachers’ core competencies and student achievement, working with 21 preparation programs in the state. 

Prior large-scale, multi-site efforts that he has managed in collaboration with district partners as PI or Co-PI include the Channel Analysis study of novice teachers in Denver Public Schools (6 IHEs and 3 alternative route providers, 2009-2011); Profiles of Teacher Proficiency (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with state departments of education and higher education and a district partner); and the Ohio Teacher Quality Partnership studies (51 IHEs, state departments of education and higher education, $5+million various sources). 

Between 1990 and 2006, Dr. Seidel worked actively with all of the professional associations that developed national standards, including serving as executive director of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform from 1998 to 2006; was one of six writing the national theatre standards; served on the national steering committee developing the 1997 NAEP assessment for the arts; and worked closely with the 20 national associations facilitating their work on the National Study of School Evaluation’s new accreditation and program evaluation resources and the curriculum mapping effort of AAAS/Project 2061.

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Office of Advancement | Alumni Relations

We are happy to announce that as of July 21, 2017 we are back at the Lawrence Street Center in our new office suite:

1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1201
Denver, Colorado 80204

Phone: 303-315-2333


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