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• DU history exhibit
• Gambling study
• B estselling author
• Government panel
• Accreditation visit

Remembering
9/11
Nearly a decade has passed
since the events of Sept. 11,
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2001, changed lives in many


ways. During the 2010–11
academic year, DU’s Bridges

Words of justice
to the Future series presents
“9/11: Ten Years After,”
which will explore why the
terrorist attacks happened
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made an impression on the 250
and how Americans are
high school and college students who attended her Aug. 26 lecture at DU’s being challenged to rethink
their values. Richard Clarke,
Sturm College of Law. Sotomayor fielded questions from students and talked chairman of Good Harbor
Consulting LLC and a former
about the challenges she endured before she became the nation’s first Hispanic White House counter-
justice. “I kept getting knocked down and I kept getting up,” she said. “That’s terrorism czar, will be the
keynote speaker for the fall
really hard to do. But getting up to try again helped me to succeed.” Sotomayor, Bridges event, which will
be 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in DU’s
who came to DU at the invitation of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Newman Center for the
Excellence, urged students to get the best education possible, no matter the Performing Arts. All Bridges
to the Future events are free
cost, learn to write well and actively participate in society. Read more about and open to the public, but
RSVPs are required. RSVP by
her talk at du.edu/today. calling 303–871–2357.
U.S.News ranks DU among top 100
The year that was...
U.S.News & World Report’s annual college rankings for under-
graduate education — released Aug. 17 — ranked the University Most of DU’s incoming first-year stu-
of Denver 11th on its national universities “Up-and-Comers” list. dents are 18 years old, which means
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DU was tied with the University of Southern California, the they were likely born in 1992. Here’s
University of Georgia, the University of Cincinnati and Bingham- what else happened that year:
ton University.
The report also placed the University of Denver among the • Bill Clinton beat out George H.W.
nation’s top 100 universities. DU ranked 86th along with the Uni- Bush and Ross Perot for the U.S.
versity of Colorado-Boulder, St. Louis University, Stevens Institute presidency
of Technology, Drexel University, Clark University and Binghamton University. • People first tuned
DU’s ranking is based on its Carnegie Foundation category as a doctoral/research university with in to cable main-
high research activity. U.S.News collects data on as many as 15 indicators of academic quality within stays Cartoon Net-
each category. DU ranked high for its freshman retention rate (87 percent); percentage of full-time work and the Sci-Fi
faculty (74 percent) and its percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students (62 percent). DU also Channel
was included on the list of “A+ Options for B Students.” • Top movies in-
“DU is committed to graduating students who are immersed in scholarship, engaged in the cluded Aladdin, Basic Instinct and
community and grounded in ethics,” says Provost Gregg Kvistad. “The academic strength of the Uni-
Batman Returns
versity continues to grow, and we are pleased to be recognized for our focus on excellence.”
• It was a big year for musical debuts
—Kristal Griffith
— Tori Amos, Stone Temple Pilots,
Rage Against the Machine, Pave-
ment and No Doubt all released
University College instructor brings Gulf oil spill into the their first albums
• The Bosnian War began
classroom • “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher
shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife
When Walt Burns arrived in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the oil spill response in May, he was of her lover Joey Buttafuoco
tasked with establishing security and communication for several thousand people coming in and out • DU had a varsity baseball team
of St. Bernard Parish’s command base in the middle of the Mississippi River bayou — a base with no — it played on a diamond next
Internet access, cell phone service or buildings. to Centennial Towers, where the
From his tent — in 100-degree heat — he used portable satellite dishes and microwave systems Cable Center is now located
to provide connectivity while dodging daily rainstorms and lightning shutdowns.
It was a fitting challenge for the University of Denver adjunct faculty instructor who teaches
courses in broadband and wireless networks at University College.

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“I think I get a little bit of real-world experience to bring back this way,” he says. UN I V E R S I T Y O F D E N V E R

Even though BP recently capped the leaking well, Burns is still in the Gulf, responding to the spill
15 hours a day, seven days a week. Although he’d like to go back to full-time teaching soon, he says,
“there’s so much oil in the Gulf that it may take months or even years to complete the clean-up.” w w w. d u . e d u / t o d a y
But when he gets five or 10 minutes to spare, he’s interacting with the students he’s currently Volume 34, Number 1
teaching in an online, introductory telecommunications course. Vice Chancellor for University
“It’s not about me,” he says of the class. “But every now and then I throw something in the Communications
discussion groups that provides a little extra insight or perspective on the difference between standard Carol Farnsworth
telecommunication and things you have to do in an emergency.” Editorial Director
Burns had his first experience in emergency technical response after Hurricane Katrina. Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
He worked for a year and a half helping New Orleans build its information technology and Managing Editor
communications infrastructure. Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07, MLS ’10)
“A group of us formed a company called Response Force 1,” he says. “When this situation Art Director
occurred, we just sort of got the band back together.” Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Their team consists of about 55 people, 45 of whom are local hires. Community News is published monthly by the
Among the projects he’s working on are installing GPS transponders to track major vessels and University of Denver, University Communications,
providing satellite communications to several residential barges he calls “flotels” that will house up to 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816.
The University of Denver is an EEO/AA institution.
270 workers near barrier islands that have become contaminated.
Meanwhile, the tents they’ve been working from are now equipped with DSL broadband and
Wi-Fi and are being joined by new structures, including a helicopter pad and firehouse. Their base
camp has become a small city where tens of thousands of feet of oil boom, absorbent material and Contact Community News at 303-871-4312
skimmers are maintained, staged and deployed. or tips@du.edu
To receive an e-mail notice upon the
“There is a strong sense of urgency and commitment by the local workers as well as everyone
publication of Community News, contact us
in camp to saving the threatened wetlands and way of life here,” he says. with your name and e-mail address.
—Jessica Glynn

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New DU Zone Card to make
merchant discounts count
Beginning Sept. 1, offers you can’t refuse
will be offers you can’t accept without a card.
A DU Zone Card, that is, which holders
can use to snag snazzy benefits ranging from
price discounts to outright freebies. On ice
cream, pizza, coffee, hotel services — whatever
a participating merchant wants to offer. Just flash
your card and you’re in.
“It’s about bringing the community into
businesses and into DU,” says Neil Krauss,
assistant vice chancellor for business and
financial affairs. “It’s part of our good neighbor
program.”
The cards are available to students, faculty,
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staff, alumni, residents — anyone who wants


one, in fact — and are free. The only restric-
The University Hall cornerstore is laid in 1890 tions are for merchants, who have to agree to a
menu of rules on how the program works and
Penrose exhibit showcases DU history how long it lasts. The first installment goes until
Dec. 30, when mer-
“The First 50 Years: Exploring DU History” is on display at DU’s Penrose Library. The exhibit chants will have to
coincides with the beginning of DU’s 2010–11 academic year in hopes new students and visiting sign up again.
parents will stop in to learn about the University. “We’re asking
“There is a push across the University to teach students more about our traditions,” says businesses to pro-
Steve Fisher, associate professor and curator of Special Collections at Penrose Library. “This vide some type of
fall, every new student will get a traditions opportunity or ben-
book with text and historic photos.” efit that lasts through
The exhibit includes 20 large framed the quarter,” Krauss
photos mounted on a long wall on the main says. “We have
floor near the Writing Center and 13 objects about 20 businesses
in four cases on the main floor as well.
signed up now.”
Most of the photos and information
Among these are
come from DU’s Special Collections, which
Ben and Jerry’s,
Fisher uses in his latest book University Park
Kaladi Coffee, Jam-
and South Denver (Arcadia Publishing, 2009).
ba Juice, the DU Bookstore, the Pioneer,
The book depicts the history of University
and Courtyard by Marriott in Cherry Creek.
Park as it was shaped by the relocation of the
All participating businesses will have to display a
University of Denver to the neighborhood,
which was finalized in 1892. DU Zone sticker and will be listed on the zone
“One of the main goals of the [Penrose website, www.du.edu/duzone.
Library] Exhibits Committee is to bring Not only will the cards enhance community,
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the wonderful lesser-known treasures in but it will also provide a chance for learning,
Special Collections to the attention of the since Randy Williams, adjunct professor of
DU founder John Evans DU community,” says Jeanne Abrams, entrepreneurship at the Daniels College of
committee chair and professor at Penrose Business, will be giving free monthly seminars to
Library. “As we approach the University of Denver milestone 150th anniversary, we hope to participating businesses on how to develop sales
make more visitors to Penrose — including faculty, students, staff and the local community — and build business.
more aware of the rich history of our own institution as we stand poised for the future.” The cards are available at four locations:
The plan is for a three-part exhibit — each part covering 50 years of DU history — to lead the Ritchie Center box office, the Coors Fitness
up to the 150th anniversary in 2014. Center, the Leo Block Alumni Center and the
“Exhibits are important because they bring to life objects and resources that are often unseen Newman Center box office.
or unfound by the general public,” Fisher says. —Richard Chapman
The exhibit will be on display until October.
—Kristal Griffith

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Dining halls recycle everything from boxes to burgers
If you’re not going to finish that hamburger, there are some plants across
campus that might want a taste.
Last fall, two University of Denver dining halls took recycling a step beyond
paper and plastic. At students’ urging, campus food service provider Sodexo
moved into “food recycling” of a sort. That doesn’t mean reusing leftovers; it means
composting: turning food waste into nutrient-rich soil for trees and plants. Some
of the very soil DU buys for its plantings could be the product of its composting
program.
Everything in Centennial and Nelson dining halls now goes into big composting
bins — every scrap of food, every napkin and even the “plastic” drinking straws,
which are actually made of biodegradable material.
DU campus Sodexo Director of Operations Nori Yamashita says he often
gets inspiration from students interested in making campus more sustainable. With
each idea, he adds more pamphlets and papers to his thick “sustainability folder,”
which is full of catalogs, vendor lists and price guides.
“Working on college campuses for 35 years, sometimes I forget how old I
am,” Yamashita says with a smile. “I get challenged by the students to do more.
They keep me tuned in to what the current issues and concerns are. I hear what
they are talking about, then I try to make changes they want.”
The idea of composting sounded feasible to Yamashita, but nothing is ever
as easy as it sounds. There were a host of obstacles to overcome. Finding a
“single stream” composting company — one that doesn’t require the extra
step of separating proteins from fruits and vegetables — finally was overcome
when Alpine Waste Solutions offered to haul single-stream compost. Diners can
dump everything from their plates into one container, even wooden stir sticks for
coffee.
“We are always interested to hear the ideas from the students,” Yamashita
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says. “We research everything they come to us with, we’re always exploring, and
we do what we can to find what solutions we can come up with.”
—Chase Squires

Nevitt giving city council a new way to work


New Denver City Council President Chris Nevitt is wasting no time reorganizing the council.

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Gone is the smorgasbord of 11 committees the panel previously used to do its work, replaced
by four standing groups and a special issues committee on medical marijuana.
Nevitt sees the new structure as a way to make sure council members focus on a broader range
of issues and get their bickering over in committee, not on the council floor.
“By combining, we’ll be more comprehensive and more members will be chewing on each
issue,” Nevitt says. “We can work quicker, too.”
The new standing committees are: Government Affairs and Finance; Land Use, Transportation
and Infrastructure; Business, Workforce and Sustainability; and Health, Safety, Education and Services.
The marijuana committee is chaired by Charlie Brown and includes the entire council, meeting when
convened by the chair. The new system went into effect Aug. 1.
Nevitt, whose District 7 includes DU west of University Boulevard, announced the changes
in late July, one of his first major acts since winning the council presidency unanimously on July 19.
The president’s chief duties, in addition to presiding over meetings and assigning committees, are to
represent council to the mayor and to keep the council united and effective. Nevitt says he’s eager for
the task, which he will spearhead as a voting, ex-officio member of all four committees.
Nevitt was first elected to City Council in 2007. His District 7 seat and those of the 12 other
members, plus the mayor, clerk and recorder, and auditor, are scheduled to be contested in May
2011 at a citywide general election.
For more information, visit www.denvergov.org and click on “City Council.”
—Richard Chapman

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Solid bet
For DU professor, gambling is an academic jackpot

A sk DU statistics professor Robert Hannum about how academically invigorating the study of probability, data collection and
quantitative analysis is, and he can’t bluff. “I freely admit there are many areas of statistics that I find dry and boring,” he says.
“That’s part of the reason I ended up doing statistics of gambling and game theory.”
Hannum has applied his top-shelf knowledge of statistics and probability to the study of poker. While some professors toil away at
microscopes and dusty volumes, Hannum studies the math behind flops, value bets, pot odds, full boats, pocket rockets and the nuts.
And, his conclusions have led to him playing a pivotal role in criminal trials around the country.
Although similar situations have played out in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, Colorado has its own homegrown version: In
2008 law enforcement stormed a Greeley poker game and arrested organizers. The ensuing charges contended that the organizers — in
running weekly games with a $20 buy-in at a local bar — were running an illegal gambling operation. Enter Hannum, who was called to
the trial as an expert witness. Calling upon his extensive research on the subject, Hannum argued, as he did in subsequent trials in other
states, that poker is a game of skill, not chance.
“It’s not like we’re saying chance isn’t involved, but we’re
saying it’s predominantly skill that determines the outcome,”
Hannum says. “Players determine what other players’ cards
are, who’s bluffing, how much they’ll bet, whether they’ll bet
at all. Most hands don’t even go to showdown.”
The importance to the defense teams of establishing
poker as a game of skill is that to do so exempts the
games from many gambling laws, which, simply put, define
gambling as games of chance.
In the Colorado case, Hannum’s testimony resulted
in a jury acquittal. However, the prosecution appealed,
claiming Hannum should not have been allowed to testify
on the grounds that a 20-year-old state Supreme Court case
already established poker as a game of chance. The appeal
was accepted, although the defendant, Kevin Raley, cannot
be retried.
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Anthony Cabot, a Las Vegas-based gaming attorney,


collaborated with Hannum on Practical Casino Math, a
reference book on gambling law. Cabot praised Hannum’s
contributions to the gaming law field and says lofty math
concepts are casino industry’s backbone.
“The gaming industry is based on statistics, which results in a positive financial benefit for the casino industry,” Cabot says. “Robert
has effectively provided both the courts and the regulatory bodies the proper framework for understanding the statistical nature of the
industry.”
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, a national advocacy group with 1.2 million members, has utilized
Hannum in the Alliance’s legal work.
“We believe poker should not fall under the traditional definitions of gambling because of the skill required to succeed, much
like bowling or billiards or golf,” Pappas says. “[Hannum] has been extremely instrumental in providing the statistical and analytical
reasoning for why poker is a game of skill.”
Hannum says he thinks the next frontier of the skills-versus-chance argument likely is the Internet and how laws will apply to online
poker.
Hannum can comment on the skills question involving many games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, and James Bond’s favorite,
baccarat.
One might assume such knowledge would have Hannum frequenting casinos and poker nights. Not so. He says deeper knowledge of
gambling has made the pursuit less appealing to him, not more.
“I might sit down at table games, but I’m doing it for background research,” he says.
Hannum adds that the dream of going to a Colorado casino or spending a weekend in Las Vegas and coming back with more money
is a delusion. He says it’s best to view gambling as an endeavor in which losing money is inevitable, and that the money lost (hopefully a
small amount) is nothing more than entertainment dollars.
“It should be viewed the same as going to the movies: a certain amount of money spent for a certain time period of entertainment,”
he says. “In the long run, you’ll lose money gambling. There just aren’t that many situations in which the player has the advantage over
the house.”
—Jeff Francis
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Writing history
Author says he was an ‘ambitious but bad’ writer before DU

M ichael White’s latest novel idea came to him while he was watching a show on the History Channel.
While watching a special, White (PhD creative writing ’88) became captivated by Lyudmila
Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper who killed 309 Germans during World War II and is regarded as the most
successful female sniper in history. After being injured in combat, Pavlichencko was sent to the United
States for a publicity visit and became the first Soviet citizen to be received by a U.S. president. Later, First
Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invited her to tour the country and talk about her experiences.
“I was struck by her and her story,” White says. “I knew this would be an interesting and relevant
topic.”
So White used Pavlichenko as the inspiration for Tat’yana Levehenko, the protagonist of his sixth novel, Beautiful Assassin (William
Morrow, 2010). He took the idea and “fictualized the American part of it,” he explains. “It’s a war story, a love story and a story about
espionage.”
It’s not the first time that history has influenced White; in fact it’s quite a common occurrence for the writer. His last novel, Soul
Catcher (William Morrow, 2007) centered on American slavery. Another of his novels, The Garden of Martyrs, (St. Martin’s Press, 2004)
recounts actual events of religious intolerance in early New
England.
“I go where my interests lead me,” he says. In Beautiful
Assassin, his primary interest was getting inside the character’s
head. “Here’s a woman who came from this oppressive place. I
felt very close to her. I was in her head; I felt her through each
motion — she’s a wife, a lover and a warrior.”
He says understanding the character is often the hardest
part of writing. In fact, the most important lesson he ever
learned, he says, was about working on building a character
—“not just through dialogue, but through action.” That lesson —
among others — was learned during his time in DU’s prestigious
creative writing program.
Most of all, though, he says: “DU taught me I was an
ambitious writer, but also a pretty bad one.”
His first attempt at writing a book came before he enrolled
at DU. When he got to the University, he showed his work to
John Williams, the only National Book Award-winning author in
Colorado’s history and one of the founders of DU’s PhD program.
“He basically took my story apart,” White admits. “I quickly
realized how much I had to learn.”
He likens great storytelling to a diamond. “You can get a
huge diamond, but until you cut it, polish it and fix it up, it’s
not going to be very good,” he says. After learning the rules of
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writing and applying them to his own work, he now has a new use
for them. White founded Fairfield University’s creative writing
master’s program in December 2008.
It’s a low-residency program, meaning that students only
come for two weeks twice a year, for two years. The experience,
he says, makes him think about his own writing — all while encouraging his students to have their work published.
White is currently working on his ninth book, about a woman who loses her child and travels cross-country in a spiritual journey. A
screenplay is underway for A Dream of Wolves (Perennial, 2000), a novel about a man choosing between his past and his future, a woman
he once loved and the woman he now loves.
Additionally, The Garden of Martyrs is being turned into an opera.
“I love classical music but I admittedly know nothing about opera,” White says. “But I would love to be there on opening night.”
—Kathryn Mayer

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Strategic Issues Program opens to gloomy fiscal forecast
The University of Denver’s Strategic Issues Program (SIP) began its fifth major study Aug. 12, aiming to understand the role of state governments in
the 21st century and develop recommendations for governance.
From what panelists heard from the program’s first speakers, Colorado — in its current incarnation — just might be doing it wrong.
SIP Director Jim Griesemer (pictured) and a nonpartisan panel of 20 leaders in government, academia, business and public service will explore every
facet of state governance, hoping to have findings and recommendations ready by next summer.
During the panel’s opening session, Director Charlie Brown and panelist Henry Sobinet, president of Colorado Strategies LLC, explained that the
current state fiscal policy isn’t just struggling, it’s been virtually designed to fail.
Laws limit how the state can raise funds, through the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, while another rule, Amendment 23, mandates that the state keep
adding funds to K–12 education. Other rules mandate paying Medicare’s skyrocketing
bills. With costs rising and new revenue through taxes restricted, there is a growing gap
between what the state must pay for and what it can pay for, and something’s got to give,
Sobinet said.
“There’s a billion-dollar chiropractic adjustment coming,” he warned.
The only real places to trim spending are in public higher education and in infrastructure
maintenance.
Brown piled on more gloomy news, pointing out how the state’s economic climate has
been in a downward spiral since 2008 and there’s no indication of an upturn soon.
Colorado’s distrust of a centralized state government has led to restrictive state spending
and revenue rules ever since the state was founded, Brown said. But that doesn’t stop voters
from demanding services.
Meanwhile, the state is struggling to pay its bills, said Todd Saliman, director of the
Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting. In the past two years, his
office has had to revise budget estimates 14 times because of dwindling revenues and rising
Medicare and school costs. As federal stimulus packages and state aid dries up, things are
going to get worse, and budgeters are running out of creative ways to cover costs, he said.
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“The flexibility? That disappeared a long time ago,” Saliman said. “The only choice now
is what to cut.”
>>www.du.edu/issues
—Chase Squires

Nonprofit helping seniors works as ‘insurance,’ alumna says


Elizabeth Kelchner understands that for some older adults losing a home means losing freedom. That’s where Washington Park Cares steps in.
Washington Park Cares is a nonprofit that offers service for people 55 and older and helps them stay in their homes by offering transportation and
other services, Kelchner says. Kelchner (PhD social work ’02) is Washington Park Cares’ executive director and an adjunct professor at DU’s Graduate
School of Social Work.
“A lot of our members see us as insurance,” Kelchner says. “At some time, they might need the kind of help we provide and they will be all set if that
happens.”
Yearly membership costs are low at $100 per person and $200 per household, she explains. Membership includes unlimited services, which includes
shoveling walkways during the winter, minor home repair and the most frequently requested service, transportation.
Additionally, the organization provides social activities for seniors and a chance to learn new things. There are book clubs, dinners at area restaurants,
cooking classes and lectures. Although the organization is called Washington Park Cares, it serves more than 10 Denver neighborhoods.
For Kelchner, though, the organization is more than just a kind of insurance — it’s a passion she’s had for years. Most of her career has been spent
with the elderly population. She served as a nursing home executive director for 10 years, taught aging courses at Syracuse University and worked in state
hospitals and disability centers.
When she heard about Washington Park Cares (WPC) in 2008, it was just starting up. A board of directors had just formed that included
Bill Eichelberger, who served as DU’s computing center director for 25 years. Eichelberger helped start the foundation and now volunteers for the
organization.
“From the beginning of WPC, I maintained a database of contacts, members and volunteers — and I still do that at the age of 88,” Eichelberger says.
He currently volunteers helping members with technology. The organization currently has about 135 members and 40 volunteers.
Kelchner says she’s talked with other social workers from around the country who are trying to start the same kind of organization.
A fundraiser for the organization will be held Sept. 24 at DU’s school of Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management from 5–9 p.m. Tickets are $60
each and include parking, food and drinks and participation in the live and silent auction.
>>www.washingtonparkcares.net
—Kathryn Mayer

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[Events]
September

Around campus 24 Flo’s Underground. 5 p.m. Williams Accreditation team invites


Salon. Free.
3 “The Way of What is to Come” by
25 Mike David’s Spirit of Adventure:
comment about DU
Dr. Sonu Shamdasni. 7 p.m. Lindsay
Auditorium, Sturm Hall Room 281. $15 an Unforgettable Journey of the
World. 2:15 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. This fall DU will undergo a compre-
for DU faculty and staff; $10 for DU stu-
dents. Additional performance at 7:45 p.m. hensive re-accreditation evaluation by a vis-
$38.75–$66.75. iting team representing the Higher Learning
6 Labor Day. University closed.
30 Punch Brothers featuring Chris Commission (HLC) of the North Central
Move in day for first-year students. Thile. 7:30 p.m. Free behind the curtain
8 a.m.–noon. lecture at 6:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Association of Colleges and Schools.
$32–$48. The public and members of the Univer-
13 Classes begin.
Unless otherwise noted, performances are $18 for sity community are encouraged to provide
16 “A Mighty Long Way” by Carlotta adults; $16 for seniors and free for students with ID. comment about the University in advance of
Walls LaNier. Hosted by the Women’s
Library Association and Friends of the November visit.
Penrose Library. 2 p.m. Wellshire Sports For more than two years, DU has been
Inn, 3333 South Colorado Blvd. $10 3 Men’s soccer vs. California
for WLA non-members. RSVP to engaged in a process of self-study, addressing
Polytechnic State University. 7 p.m. the commission’s requirements and criteria
Pam Burklund at 303–733–5660 or Ciber Field.
pburklund@comcast.net. for accreditation. The evaluation team will
4 Women’s soccer vs. Colorado. 7 p.m.
17 Women’s College classes begin. Ciber Field. visit campus Nov. 8–10 to gather evidence
Ruffatto Hall Dedication Ceremony. that the self-study is thorough and accurate.
5 Men’s soccer vs. Houston Baptist.
11 a.m. 1 p.m. Ciber Field. The team will make a recommendation
18 Book discussion with Helen Thorpe, 6 Women’s soccer vs. UNLV/Drake. to the commission about continuing DU’s
author of Just Like Us. 1 p.m. Iliff Great 12:15 p.m. Ciber Field. accreditation status.
Hall. Free and open to the public.
10 Volleyball Invitational. Hamilton The HLC is one of six regional accredit-
21 Book discussion with Chaplain Gary Gymnasium. Texas A&M vs. ing agencies recognized by the U.S. Depart-
Brower. Talking about The Lost Symbol Jacksonville State, noon; Gonzaga
by Dan Brown. Noon. Driscoll Student ment of Education that provides institutional
vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.; Denver vs.
Center South, Suite 29. Free. Texas A&M, 6 p.m. accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional
Unveiling ceremony for the peace accreditation — a voluntary process — eval-
11 Volleyball Invitational. Hamilton
pole, the 2010 class gift. 5 p.m. Evans Gymnasium. Denver vs. Gonzaga, uates an entire institution and accredits it as
Chapel. Free. noon; Jacksonville State vs. Notre a whole. Other agencies provide accredita-
28 Labyrinth Meditative Walk. 9 a.m. Dame, 2 p.m.; Gonzaga vs. Texas tion for specific programs. The commission
Iliff Great Hall. Free. A&M, 4 p.m.; Denver vs. Jacksonville
State, 6 p.m. accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of
Exhibits 12 Gonzaga vs. Jacksonville State. higher education in a 19-state region.
11 a.m.; Denver vs. Notre Dame. The University has held HLC accredita-
1 “A Woman’s World” presented by 1 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium.
Artists on the Move. Through Sept. 30. tion since 1914.
Hirschfeld Gallery, Chambers Center. 17 Men’s soccer vs. Oral Roberts. Submit comments about the Univer-
Opening reception Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. 7 p.m. Ciber Field. sity to: Public Comment on the University of
Gallery hours: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–
Friday. Free. Volleyball vs. Middle Tennessee. Denver, The Higher Learning Commission,
7 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium. 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL
30 2010 Juried Alumni Exhibition.
Through Nov. 14. Myhren Gallery. 18 Volleyball vs. Long Beach State. 60604.
Opening reception Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. 1 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium. Comments must be received by Oct. 8
Gallery hours: Noon–4 p.m. daily. Free. 19 Men’s soccer vs. Penn State. 1 p.m. and should address substantive matters
Ciber Field.
related to the quality of the institution or its
Arts Volleyball: $8; free for DU students. Soccer: $5 academic programs. They must be in writing
10 Colorado Ballet Presents Triple for adults; free for DU students and children 2 and
and signed, should include the name, address
Bill. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. under.
Additional performances Sept. 11–12 and telephone number of the writer, and
at 2 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. cannot be treated as confidential.
$27.65–$155.25. For ticketing and other information, including a full
listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/calendar. >>www.du.edu/accreditation2010
19 Organist Jurgen Essl. 3 p.m. Hamilton —Jim Berscheidt
Recital Hall.