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• DU iPhone app • Jamba Juice closes • Injured hockey star • Bangladesh research • Green report card

Welcome to the WAC

The University announced Nov. 11 it will move into the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) beginning in the 2012–13 season. Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball will move from the Sun Belt Conference to the WAC. Peg Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation (pictured left with WAC Commissioner Karl Benson, Chancellor Robert Coombe and DU Board of Trustees Chair Trygve Myhren), said during an announcement at the Ritchie Center that this was a day everyone in athletics had envisioned for years. Coombe talked about DU’s 10-yearclimb to new athletic heights — rising to NCAA Division I status in all sports and winning three Director’s Cups, the trophy given to the best overall athletics program without a football team. >>Read the full DU Today story at

DU football undefeated since 1960

The University of Denver played its last football game — a 21–12 win over Colorado State University at Hilltop Stadium — on Thanksgiving Day 1960. The University announced its decision to terminate the program the following January. Attendance had been declining for years as hockey competed for attention as DU’s flagship sport. Chancellor Chester Alter believed that expenditures on football were taking funding away from other programs including scholarly projects and even intramural sports. The University’s Board of Trustees agreed and voted unanimously to end the program.
—Steve Fisher

DU launches iPhone app
Don’t have DU on your iPhone? There’s an app for that. The University of Denver launched its first iPhone application in November. The program is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The app gives users access to the latest campus news and an events calendar. It also allows users to access DU videos and photos, the athletics website and maps and polls. There’s even a link to the DU fight song. “The app is a way for us to use technology to communicate about DU to the various audiences that we are trying to reach,” says Jim Berscheidt, interim vice chancellor for university communications. “It is internal and external, reaching not only faculty, staff and current students, but alumni and prospective students as well.” The app also includes a checklist option for prospective students, which will help them with the application process. It was developed in cooperation with the DU admission office. Akash Jain, a computer science grad student, says the app looks great. “I really like the event section, and the campus map will come in handy to all the students, because it is sometimes hard to find certain buildings on campus,” Jain says. He says the tab that shows the hours of operation of various offices — such as the bursar’s office, the library and the recreation center — is really useful as well. The app has found its way to DU alumni, too. “I like the fact that DU is trying new ways to reach out to students and alumni, and the fact that it isn’t just sports information,” says alumna Mila Morgese. “I would love to see this used as a means to advertise for events on campus, and to let us know what is going on with policies and administrative changes.” Morgese (MA higher education ’10) graduated in June and is looking for work. She says the app hopefully will give her an edge because it will give her mobile access to DU’s employment page. University officials are in the process of developing an Android app compatible with other smart phones and tablet devices. The application is free and can be downloaded at iTunes.
—Katie Feldhaus

International study abroad stats
DU ranks 4th in the nation among doctoral and research institutions in its percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad, according to the report by the Institute of International Education. During

2010 Open Doors 2009–10 academic year, DU sent 61.4 percent of its

undergraduates abroad. DU’s top destination was Spain. The number of international students studying at DU increased from hail from

6 to 7 percent

this year. International students and make up approximately

18 different countries 9.5

percent of the total population at DU. China is the top country represented at DU. The University offers more than

150 study-abroad programs in 58 nations.


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Volume 34, Number 4 Interim Vice Chancellor for University Communications


Jim Berscheidt

Jamba Juice closes store near DU
Jamba Juice, a familiar food and beverage business in the University Lofts building at University Boulevard and Evans Avenue since 2007, has peeled its last pineapple and whipped up its final smoothie. The store at 2076 S. University Blvd. closed Nov. 16 and by midday Nov. 17, crews were removing lights and ripping down the sign. It is one of two corporate-owned stores to close, a spokesman says, leaving 15 other corporate stores in the Denver area. Jamba Juice, a California-based restaurant chain that features healthful food and beverages, operates 432 company-owned stores and 311 franchises, according to a press release. In June 2009, the company launched a refranchising initiative for up to 150 company-owned stores by the end of 2010. The DU-area store closing is related to that effort, the spokesman says. University Lofts owner Pat Barron said he didn’t expect the 2,000-square-foot space to be vacant for long, noting that he’s already received inquiries from potential new tenants.
—Richard Chapman

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Injured Pioneer Martin ‘lucky to be here, happy to be here’
Online reader comments to Jesse Martin
All of our best for a safe recovery and plentiful future. Your unfortunate injury reminds us of what is really important in life and is inspiration for all. Although rivals on the ice we are all in this together.
—U of M Gophers

Best wishes from Canada; hard work and dedication that got you to DU will get you through your rehab and a full recovery. All the best Jesse.
Jesse Martin, with Coach George Gwozdecky (pictured left) and his father, Terry (right), spoke to reporters Nov. 16.

Chase Squires

—Rod Mackenzie

For University of Denver hockey standout Jesse Martin, the biggest difference in his life may have been made by a tiny sliver of bone. Martin, 22, was looking to get the puck out of his own zone in the second period of an Oct. 30 game at rival North Dakota when the puck started to come off his stick. He tried to corral it, looked down, and was slammed by onrushing North Dakota forward Brad Malone. On Nov. 16, less than three weeks after the collision, Martin spoke at a press conference at Craig Hospital. “I just lost [the puck] a little bit and then it ended up kind of sliding to the slot,” Martin recalled. “You know as a center the last thing you want to do is give that opportunity up so I kind of reached for it, and left myself in a very vulnerable position, and I didn’t see Malone coming at all. “All of a sudden I’m on the ground, on the ice, and I’m in this position that is like, it’s one you would never find yourself in, like your arm is bent, kind of in a weird way, and that surprised me that I’m still in that position and why am I not moving out of this position? So I thought maybe I was winded. I ended up realizing that I wasn’t winded and I started to get a little bit concerned that I can’t move my arms, and I tried to move my legs to get up and that didn’t happen.” Martin had suffered three fractures to the C-2 vertebra in his neck. Doctors told him most people who suffer that kind of injury in a high-speed accident die. Of those who don’t die, most are paralyzed. Of those who aren’t fully paralyzed, many never fully recover. For Martin, the saving grace may have been a tiny sliver of bone. “The way they described it is like a cigar cutter, your two vertebrae, and the only reason they didn’t just go across [and sever the spine] is because when it fractured, a chip of the vertebrae came down and was stuck in the vertebra and didn’t allow it to go across,” Martin said. “That would be the reason I didn’t end up in another situation.” Martin said he asked a doctor if his luck was like winning the Powerball lottery drawing. The doctor told him no, it was like hitting the Powerball twice. “For [the doctor] to say it’s like winning it twice, you can’t even come to grips with how lucky you are … It’s overwhelming.” Looking ahead, Martin says he plans to head back to his home in Edmonton, Alberta, to continue his physical training. Then he plans to come back to DU for the winter quarter, continue his studies and support the Pioneers. >> >>
—Chase Squires

Jesse, as you look back on this over the years I believe you will find that this moment will be the direct source of so many good things that you have coming to you. Harness the energy that surrounds you and take everything that you can from this situation. Thank you and your team for everything you have given me over the years! Godspeed my friend!
—Whit Matthews

Get well soon; there are many, many people following your progress and keeping you in their thoughts.

Great to see that you are up and walking already. Just take it easy — no need to get on the ice any time soon. Your teammates will have your back.
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The ‘Bangladesh Miracle’

Professor receives grant to study effects of good health in Bangladesh
n the United States, television shows like “The Bachelor” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” suggest that to attract a man, women need only be sexy, fashionable and fun. So it might surprise some to learn that in developing nations, the first step toward better marriage prospects is — wait for it — eliminating diarrheal and respiratory diseases. That’s the theory, anyway. Randall Kuhn, director of the Global Health Affairs Program at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, is about to test it with his colleagues — and 24,000 study participants — in Bangladesh. Kuhn believes that better health can have far-reaching social and economic effects, like enhanced education, job and marriage opportunities. “If you had measles as an infant and it had gone encephalitic and affected your brain, arguably your marriage A Bengalee baby receives a dose of polio vaccine. prospects would suffer,” Kuhn says. “But an even more nuanced story would be that repeated episodes of disease, which tend to intersect with each other and with malnutrition, tend to compromise your human capabilities and affect how others see your capabilities.” Kuhn and his team at DU just netted $240,000 to prove it. It’s part of a larger $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, which will be shared by researchers from CU-Boulder, Brown University and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research. “To receive U.S. government funding for a project of this magnitude, in a place as far away as Bangladesh, during a recession is a major achievement for DU,” Kuhn notes. But the real beneficiaries are likely to be people in developing nations throughout the world, as Kuhn tries to answer the overarching question: Under what circumstances does better health lead to better development and human security — and when does it not? Kuhn’s project builds on work done earlier, in what is now the world’s longest-running health research project. In 1963, researchers set up a field office in Matlab, Bangladesh (then called East Pakistan), distributing cholera vaccines to villagers, who had the secondhighest rate of cholera in the world. By 1966, the fatality rate had plummeted to 1 percent. In the 1970s and 1980s, health workers began “doorstep delivery” of contraceptives there, as well as vaccinations for mothers and children against devastating illnesses like polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and tetanus. In a 15-year period, fertility rates declined dramatically, from 6.5 to three children, on average. “The latest UNICEF health study [showed that] the leading cause of death for Bangladeshi children ages 1 to 5 is now drowning. The real message is not what kids are dying of, it’s what kids are not dying of,” Kuhn adds. “That’s a huge victory.” Some have called it the “Bangladesh Miracle,” Kuhn says. But the real measure of the program’s success will be whether Bangladeshi people have better lives, not just longer ones, he adds. So perhaps it was serendipity: Right around the same time the cognitive effects were observed, another type of intervention was gaining widespread attention: microcredit — or making very small loans to help impoverished people finance a small business. So in 1996, Matlab researchers set up a multifactorial study, investigating the effects of microcredit, singly and jointly, with the effects of health interventions. It seemed logical, Kuhn says, that “the two points of cognitive function would be a lot more useful if someone were offering you a loan.” Kuhn and his team propose to find out. They spent two years developing a survey, which will be administered to every woman and child involved in the 1996 research, as well as their descendants. With questions about marriage, earnings, social networks and more, it attempts to assess the impacts the health and credit interventions have had on Bangladeshi lives. In March 2012, Kuhn, his team and about 200 fieldworkers will begin collecting the surveys from all 24,000 people — whether they’re still living in Matlab or have migrated somewhere else in Bangladesh in search of a better life.
—Laurie Budgar
Karen Kasmauski, National Geographic


DU students rate education experiences higher than students at peer institutions, survey shows
Eighty-six percent of surveyed first-year University of Denver students reported a favorable image of the institution, and 79 percent of surveyed seniors would choose DU again if they could start their college career over, according to the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). NSSE’s annual survey results provide diagnostic, comparative information about effective educational practices at participating colleges and universities. The 2010 report details results from a survey of 362,000 students attending 564 U.S. colleges and universities. For the sixth consecutive year, DU students rated their education higher than students at peer institutions in four of five benchmark categories: level of academic challenge; active and collaborative learning; student-faculty interaction; and enriching educational experiences. The survey provides a comparison between individual schools and peer and national institutions based on surveys of first-year and senior students. The survey measures DU against three different comparison groups, including all 2010 NSSE participants and a group of institutions with the same Carnegie Foundation classification. The final comparison peer group consists of schools within the Carnegie Foundation’s “engaged campus” classification — more than 150 universities whose institutional missions are focused on “curricular engagement” and “outreach and partnerships” with the community. Student respondents gave DU high marks on the level of academic challenge. Eighty-three percent of first-year respondents felt the University places substantial emphasis on academics, and 55 percent said they frequently work harder than they thought they could to meet faculty expectations. Respondents indicated that they are actively involved in their learning, both individually and working with others inside and outside the classroom. First-year and senior students reported making frequent presentations in class. According to the NSSE, 62 percent of first-year students frequently discuss readings or ideas from course work outside of class, and by their senior year, 63 percent of students have participated in some form of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op or clinical assignment. Students also reported a high level of engagement with faculty members. Of seniors who responded, 88 percent said they at least occasionally discuss career plans with faculty, and 70 percent of first-year students indicated that they frequently receive prompt verbal or written feedback from faculty members. In regards to educational experiences, 76 percent reported participating in community service or volunteer work.
—Jordan Ames

Clothing can help boost kids’ esteem, alumna says
Mary Overington (MSW ’98) is eager to talk about why her work for the Denver-based Clothes to Kids organization means so much to her. “When I hear the stories about kids who come in [to our store] and their eyes say, ‘Wow. I get to shop and pick out what I like,’ that’s the greatest part of this,” Overington says. It’s a story Overington and the other founding members of Clothes to Kids of Denver Inc. hear often. Kids who can’t afford new school clothes visit the Clothes to Kids store, browse the racks, try on clothes and leave with a week’s worth of clothes — for free. That’s the mission of Clothes to Kids, a nonprofit providing low-income school-aged children clothing to encourage school attendance and self-esteem. “The kids have said when they are in school they see other people that bully the kids that don’t come well dressed,” says Overington, a social worker with Denver Human Services. “They are isolated and ostracized, and they don’t tend to join school activities. “These clothes make them feel good about themselves, make them feel accepted. In these particular struggles — like grandparents raising their grandkids — and in this time of economic disparity, how do you chose between feeding your children and clothing them?” The clothing — donated by retailers, individuals and clothing drives — goes to the organization’s store at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd. Those who qualify — families must live in Denver county and be on a need-based financial assistance program such as a free or reduced school lunch plan — can visit the shop twice a year. They come home with new underwear and socks as well as five tops, four bottoms, shoes, a jacket and other accessories that are either new or gently used on each visit. In the years since its 2008 founding, the nonprofit has served more than 4,000 children. “I’ve been a social worker for my whole career, but this has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” she says. To volunteer or get involved with for Clothes to Kids, e-mail
—Kathryn Mayer
Courtesy of Clothes to Kids


Around campus
18 Rocky Mountain School of Dance
presents A Christmas Story. 6 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $25.

9 Soul and Role. 4 p.m. Fireside

Room, Driscoll Center North. Free. Concert. 3 p.m. Williams Carillion, Ritchie Center. Free. and remember the loss of loved ones. Noon. Evans Chapel. closed through Dec. 31.

DU earns good grades for going green
The University of Denver goes to the head of the class when it comes to sustainability, a national survey finds. The Sustainable Endowments Institute of Cambridge, Mass., surveyed the 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada with endowments of more than $160 million and graded them on its annual College Sustainability Report Card. With a grade of A-, DU was among the top 52 schools in the country to receive an A. The institute, founded in 2005, is a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the United Nations Foundation and other groups. “It’s a really good benchmark and reference point to see what we’ve been doing in these areas,” says geography Professor Rebecca Powell, chair of the DU Sustainability Council. “It is really exciting.” Powell says the report is a valuable overview of DU’s efforts provided by a third party. DU has raised its grade from a B+ last year and a B two years ago, with the improvements coinciding with the rise of the Sustainability Council and concerted, campus-wide efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Over the past two years, the University has initiated a robust single-stream recycling program, added food composting in dining halls, reduced the use of air conditioning in the summer and replaced lighting with more efficient systems, among other programs. In this year’s survey, DU scored “A” grades for dining services and the purchase of locally grown foods, environmentally friendly building policies and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. Of the five schools surveyed in Colorado, DU was the highest scoring research institution, sharing the top grade of A- only with Colorado College. Colorado State University and the University of Colorado both received grades of B+, and the Colorado School of Mines received a C. The DU Sustainability Council meets monthly, bringing together faculty, staff and students interested in finding sustainable solutions to everyday energy needs. The council meets monthly, and all are welcome to attend. >>
—Chase Squires

12 12th annual Holiday Carillon

19 “Hark! Brass & Angels Sing”

14 Blue Holidays. An event to honor 25 Winter holiday break. Campus

presented by Denver Brass. 4 p.m. Additional performance Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $27.75–$47.75.

1 Men’s basketball vs. Utah State.
7 p.m. Magness Arena.

1 Friends of Chamber Music Piano
Series presents Jeremy Denk. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $33.75.

4 Men’s basketball vs. Cal State
Northridge. 4:30 p.m. Magness Arena. Vanderbuilt. 2 p.m. Magness Arena. Force. 7 p.m. Magness Arena. State. 1:30 p.m. Magness Arena.

5 Women’s basketball vs.

3 Classical Dance Arts Foundation
presents International Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $21.

8 Women’s basketball vs. Air

11 Women’s basketball vs. San Jose
Intra-squad Pioneer Gymboree. 2 p.m. Hamilton Gymnasium. Men’s basketball vs. Portland. 4 p.m. Magness Arena.

4 Granny Dances to a Holiday

Drum by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances Dec. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m., Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. Byron Theatre. $38. ents “A Season of Peace.” 4 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $14–$25. Line. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $49.75.

14 Woman’s basketball vs.

Northern Colorado. 7 p.m. Magness Arena.

5 Young Voices of Colorado pres-

18 Men’s basketball vs. Northern
Colorado. 5:30 p.m. Magness Arena.

6 “Making Spirits Bright” by Lorie 7 “A Night in Bethlehem,” Holiday

21 Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas22 Women’s basketball vs. 29 Women’s basketball vs.
University of Texas at El Paso. 7 p.m. Magness Arena. Louisiana-Lafeyette. 7 p.m. Magness Arena.

Pine Bluff. 7 p.m. Magness Arena.

Jazz Trio featuring Solveig Slettahjell on vocals, Tord Gustavsen on piano and Sjur Miljeteig on trumpet. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. Free behind the curtain lecture at 6:30 p.m. $32–$48. sented by the Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre. 6 p.m. Additional performances Dec. 11, 12,18 and 19 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. $16. “Christmas in Colorado.” 2 p.m. Additional performance at 7:30 p.m. $19–$27.

30 Men’s basketball vs. Louisiana6:07 p.m. Magness Arena.

10 It’s a Wonderful Life pre-

Lafeyette. 7 p.m. Magness Arena.

31 Hockey vs. Northern Michigan.
Hockey: $18–$27; $5 for DU students. Men’s basketball: $9–$15; free for DU students. Women’s basketball: $8–$11; free for DU students. For ticketing and other information, including a full listing of campus events, visit calendar.

11 Sound of the Rockies presents