By Catherine Gray Beuten
Office of Integrated University Communications
The University of Colorado Denver is confronted again and again with budget challenges, yet it bravely and boldly continues to forge ahead. That’s the message Chancellor Jerry Wartgow told about 25 honorees at the 2010 Alumni Award Reunion Luncheon Oct. 29 in the Terrace Room at the Lawrence Street Center. “We’re doing great things,” he said, noting that in the three months he has been chancellor he has been highly impressed by the faculty and staff. “There is great energy and excitement. There is momentum at this university.”
The Alumni Association invites all Denver Campus award recipients to come together in the spirit of the university. “This is a Who’s Who of leadership,” Wartgow told the group. The luncheon also offers an opportunity to provide a “state of the university” and to promote the campus.
Recipients of the Alumni Association awards have a record of distinction with the University of Colorado Denver’s Campus and/or in their profession, community and society at large.
Wartgow knew many attendees because of their shared contributions in the community. He honored those he had worked with in the 70s to establish the Auraria Campus. “In the planning stages, people said it wouldn’t work; that three institutions couldn’t get along,” he said. “And now we have the most beautiful urban campus anywhere in the world. It was all worth it, no question about it.”
Photo: Chancellor Wartgow, center, chats with Rich Von Luhrte, left, and Gary Meggison.