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• U.S. News ranking
• Western novelist
• Tea research
• Diplomacy center
• Dog day care
Justin Edmonds

Miracles on ice
Jose Sanchez, 10, celebrates after scoring a goal on the fifth and final day of
Back to school:
the Miracles on Ice hockey camp sponsored by the Gary and Leslie Howard More than 1,200 new first-
year, first-time undergrads
(MBA ’03) Family Foundation. Sanchez was one of 33 Bridge Project students
are expected to arrive at
who took to the Magness Arena ice for a hockey game Aug. 7 following a week DU this fall, with nearly half
ranked in the top 10 percent
of skating lessons, classroom instruction in math and reading and listening of their high school class.
to motivational speakers. The camp teaches students the importance of The proportion of domestic
minority students among the
maintaining a strong mind and healthy body while encouraging discipline, entering class will reach a new

commitment and team play. The Graduate School of Social Work Bridge high of 18 percent, and more
than 5 percent will be from
Project opens up educational opportunities for kids in Denver public housing countries other than the U.S.

DU ranked among nation’s top 100
Writing exercise
The University of Denver is keeping its place among the top national universities in the 2010
U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
The magazine’s annual rankings for undergraduate education, released August 20, again In his book The 4 a.m. Breakthrough:
places DU among the nation’s top-100 universities. DU ranks 84th — up five positions from Unconventional Writing Exercises that
last year — tied with American University, Marquette University and the Stevens Institute of Transform Your Fiction (Writer’s Digest
Books, 2008), writing Professor Brian
DU ranked high for its freshman retention rate (88 percent); its acceptance rate (64 percent)
and percentage of full-time faculty (74 percent). Additionally, the rankings recognize DU for having Kiteley offers readers 200 writing
small class sizes — more than 65 percent of DU classes have fewer than 20 students — and exercises, giving instructions — and
for a first-year class that includes 43 percent who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high motivation — for each exercise. Try
school class.
your hand at one:
The Daniels College of Business ranked 83 on a list of 183 undergraduate business programs
nationwide. Daniels was tied with 17 other schools, including Texas Christian University, Loyola
University Chicago, Brandeis University, Marquette University and George Mason University. Write five paragraphs of narrative about
Daniels ranked 83rd in the 2009 rankings as well. one individual who has decided to stop
In addition, DU ranks No. 8 — tied with the University of Southern California and the spending so much time with a gang
University of Vermont — in the “Up and Coming National Universities” category. The category
spotlights universities regarded by top college officials as “making promising and innovative
of friends. Each paragraph should be
changes.” about an isolated problem of this larger
DU’s U.S. News ranking is based on its Carnegie Foundation category as a doctoral/research issue. All five paragraphs should have
university with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report collects data on as many as 15 overlapping characters, but you do not
indicators of academic quality within each category.
have to follow one character all the way
—Chase Squires
through the five paragraphs. Think of
the paragraphs as tiny stories in and of
themselves. Separate each paragraph by
DU introduces nanotech graduate program a space. 1,000 words.
The study of nanotechnology does

not just affect the production of the latest

mini iPod.
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Nano-scale science and engineering

are the foundation for the next genera- w w w. d u . e d u / t o d a y
tion of technological breakthroughs, says Volume 33, Number 1

Rahmat Shoureshi, dean of the School Vice Chancellor for University

of Engineering and Computer Science Communications
Carol Farnsworth
(SECS), and DU will begin playing a role
Editorial Director
in these breakthroughs. Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
SECS and the Division of Natural
Managing Editor
Science and Mathematics (NSM) have Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07)
added a new master’s and PhD graduate program in nanoscale science and engineering — the Art Director
first university in the Rocky Mountain region to offer such graduate degrees. Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
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dean of NSM. “And, I expect we will be able to draw even more students to DU from local University of Denver, University Communications,
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SECS has identified four areas within nanotechnology as possible areas of study: nano-
energy, nano-aerospace structures, nano-medicine and nano-security.
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—Laura Hathaway
Denver’s Dallas
Author uses West as primary setting in novels

T here are plot twists in the books of Denver-

Courtesy of Sandra Dallas

based author Sandra Dallas that surprise
even her.
“The thing I’m writing now, I have various
characters, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere,
this couple dies. And they have this daughter,”
says Dallas, who earned a BA in journalism from
DU in 1960.
“I thought, ‘OK, we have to do something
with the daughter’ … then I realized she’s not
really their daughter. She has her own story. And
she’s become to me the most interesting character.
She was this throwaway character that I didn’t
even conceive of before I started writing her into
it, and now she’s become very important in this
Dallas, 70, is the author of eight historical
novels, most of them set in the American West.
Her latest book, Prayers for Sale (St. Martin’s Press),
which came out in April, was her first to reach the
New York Times bestseller list. She celebrated the
feat with her friend Arnie Grossman, a fellow
author and DU alum (BA ’59).
“I thought it was spectacular, but I wasn’t
surprised,” Grossman says. “I knew it was one
day coming because I have a great deal of faith in
her writing skills and she has a growing audience.
Each book seems to do a little bit better than the
previous one. I’m very proud of what she’s done.”
Set in 1936 in a fictionalized version of
Breckenridge, Colo., called Middle Swan, Prayers
for Sale takes place in the world of gold-dredging,
an early 20th-century industry in which giant
barges scooped rocks and gravel from the bottom
of mountain streams in an effort to find gold.
The book’s protagonist, 86-year-old Hennie
Comfort, is a quilter whose daughter has left the
harshness of Middle Swan for a better life in the
lowlands. When a young bride and her gold-dredging husband move to Middle Swan, Hennie and the young woman strike up a friendship.
Hennie shares stories about her life inspired by the squares on her quilt.
Dallas has many stories of her own to share. She’s lived in Denver most of her life, residing for the past 40 years in a stately home
near Eighth Avenue and Downing Street. A year after she graduated from DU she was hired on at the Denver bureau of BusinessWeek,
eventually becoming the magazine’s first female bureau chief. While at BusinessWeek she wrote several short books on local history, and
when she turned to fiction writing in her late 40s, she continued to use the West as her primary setting. She says she strives for an
authenticity her fellow Western authors don’t always achieve.
“I try to make my characters true to the time,” says Dallas, whose other novels include Tallgrass and New Mercies. “We have what I
call the ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ syndrome today, where you have 21st-century women in long skirts, and they love Indians and
they protect the environment and they stand up to men and they’re doctors and lawyers. They’re great role models, but they’re not very
— Greg Glasgow

Student center now features Fielder artwork
Works from famed Colorado photographer
John Fielder grace the walls of the Driscoll University
Center as part of a new art installation.
Nine large photographs of Colorado scenery have
been purchased and installed in the Fireside Room, the
hallway outside of the meeting rooms, Jazzman’s Café
and the Campus Activities office. Larger banners with
rotating images reflecting the season will hang over the
entryway to Driscoll North.
The prints were purchased as part of an effort to
give the center a more regional look.
“If you blindfolded someone and dropped them
into campus, would they know that they are at DU?”
says John Nichols, Driscoll Center director. “We
wanted to put together a look that reflected our
surroundings in Denver and in Colorado.”
Gary Reed

Fielder — the father of a DU alumna, Kathryn

Fielder (BSBA management ’09) — has spent the past
30 years hiking and skiing into Colorado’s backcountry to photograph remote areas many have never seen. He is the author of 38 books,
including Colorado 1870–2000, a coffee table book of his repeat photographs of images first captured by 19th century photographer William
Henry Jackson. 
The nine prints at DU were the first phase of Fielder’s initial $91,000 proposal. Nichols has committed to purchasing additional artwork for
the 1880 Suite, 1864 Room and Commerce room. The prints in each room will have autumn, water and wildflower themes, respectively.
Nichols says the University will purchase additional prints as funds become available.
“We’re going to chip away at it and buy single prints over time,” Nichols says.
The University recently received a $5,000 donation from Rick and Gina Patterson, parents of senior communications major Anna Patterson,
to add to the Fielder installation.
—Jordan Ames

Student researcher puts green tea to the test

In the popular press, green tea has become a magic elixir with the power to prevent

Alzheimer’s, smooth wrinkles and ward off cancer.
In Dan Linseman’s lab at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, a team of undergraduate
and graduate student researchers has started investigating natural products such as green
tea to see if they are as potent as the claims.
Natalie Kelsey (BS ’08) started working in Linseman’s lab as a senior Honors student
studying whether EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a major antioxidant component of
green tea, can protect brain cells from oxidative stress.
In healthy cells, the energy-producing mitochondria are busy producing energy,
which in turn creates oxidative stress. Healthy cells make their own antioxidants to
neutralize the oxidation process. Aging and disease upset this delicate balance, and this
causes cell damage.
Using in vitro cultures of cerebellum cells from rats, Kelsey exposed these cells to
various forms of stress along with the EGCG compound. The EGCG, she found, protected cells from oxidative stress but not other insults. This
makes EGCG a potential candidate for treating oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases. Her study was published in the March 2009 issue
of the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.
Now a first-year graduate student, Kelsey is looking at broccoli, garlic, grapes and rosemary for their antioxidant poten-
tial. Her early conclusions: Rather than directly acting as free radical scavengers like EGCG, they seem to boost cells’ own antioxidant
After finishing her master’s degree, Kelsey plans to attend medical school.
“I’ve gotten some really great experience in the lab,” she says. “I had no idea how scientific research works. Now I see how much work goes
into something before it ever becomes a pharmaceutical.”
Incidentally, before beginning her research, she hated green tea. Now she is a regular imbiber.
— Leslie Petrovski
Environmental law clinic

Wayne Armstrong
reaches endangered plant
University of Denver law students don’t back
down when they head into court, even if their target is
the United States government.
Students and faculty at DU’s Sturm College of
Law Environmental Law Clinic have been battling for
years with the Department of the Interior on behalf
of an Arizona-based environmental group seeking
endangered species protection for two plants found
only on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Aug. 18, the clinic reached a settlement with
the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the
Department of the Interior that will see the government
revisit an earlier decision to deny endangered species
protections for the two plants. The dispute dates
back to 1996, when the Virgin Islands Department of
Planning and Natural Resources sought to have the
John and Anna Sie enlist their grandchildren to formally open the center Aug. 7 as Korbel
rare plants listed. Dean Tom Farer looks on.
In 2004, the Tucson, Ariz., based Center for
Biological Diversity started pressing the federal
government to rule on the request, which languished
New diplomacy and security center opens at DU
for years in bureaucracy. The Center also challenged
Anna and John Sie were on hand to dedicate SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Center for
the government’s ultimate 2006 decision not to protect
International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International
the plants. DU law students have been representing
Studies Aug. 7.
the center.
Joined by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and a host of University leaders
Law students at the clinic do real-world legal work
and supporters, Chancellor Robert Coombe said the Sie family’s commitment to
under the guidance of DU professors, who are licensed
the program and to the development of the new 5,500-square-foot annex that will
attorneys. In some cases, students actually appear in
house it guarantees DU’s place as a leader in international studies.
federal courts under a government student lawyer
The center bears the name of John Sie’s father, Sié Chéou-Kang, a diplomat,
educator, author and playwright who spent much of his adult life in Europe forging
Professor Michael Harris has been overseeing
relationships on behalf of China.
the endangered plant case. Under the most recent
Both the center and the annex constructed for it were developed through a
development — the Aug. 18 settlement in the United
$5 million commitment from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. In addition, the
States District Court for the Northern District of
foundation has endowed a chair for a scholar to lead the program.
Georgia — the government agrees to revisit its 2006
John Sie delivered an emotional address, recalling the important lessons he
rejection. In addition, the government agrees to pay
learned from his father and mother and his hope for the future of global relations.
more than $50,000 in legal fees to the center.
“Today marks the opening of a building and a new commitment at the University
Harris says the settlement is a good sign for the
to international security and diplomacy,” he said. “I’m simply overwhelmed.”
center and its bid to see the plants protected.
Sie spoke candidly about his father’s work as both a respected diplomat and as
“I am confident that in its reconsideration the
a passionate father and person. He said he learned integrity, the pursuit of excellence
government will finally reach the conclusion, based on
and selfless commitment to others from his father, and also his appreciation for art
sound science, that both species are imperiled,” Harris
and cooking. And through his mother, Sie said he developed a moral compass that
guides him today.
The plants at issue are the agave eggersiana and
The SIÉ Center will provide leadership training for SIÉ Fellows, a program
the solanum conocarpum. The agave is a robust,
consisting of 10 international security specialists and diplomats that will begin in fall
perennial herb that can grow from 16 to 23 feet tall
2010. The center also will provide students at DU’s Korbel School a new resource
with large flowers. The herb is native only to the
for studying global security, policy and diplomacy issues.
island of St. Croix and is extremely rare. The solanum
The addition to Cherrington Hall has many Asian design elements, including a
conocarpum is a thornless flowering shrub that grows
roof of blue-glazed tiles and a Japanese-style courtyard garden of rock forms focused
more than nine feet tall. Native only to the island of St.
on a magnolia tree. It was constructed using the Green Building Rating System,
John, the shrub is one of the most endangered plants
which focuses on the highest standards in energy conservation as developed by
in the Virgin Islands.
LEEDS — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
—Chase Squires
—Chase Squires

MBA students help spread the

Deborah Howard
word about cancer foundation
Raymond Wentz was only 17 when he was
diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Without family support, Raymond and his sister
Michelle lived on their own in a small apartment, worked
at the grocery store and rode their bikes everywhere.
Raymond even rode his bike to chemotherapy
treatments — more than 20 miles from his home.
While Raymond was ill, his oncologist, Dr. David
Schrier, asked Michelle if they could manage on their
own during Raymond’s last days. She answered, “Yes.
The only thing we have to worry about is food.”
“She said it with such sincerity, it was so heartfelt,”
Schrier says. “They never played the role of victim.”
Schrier was so moved by Raymond and Michelle’s
brave response to their situation, he founded the
Raymond Wentz Foundation in 2002 to ensure that no
cancer patient in Denver would go without food, heat
or shelter.
Six years later, Schrier shared Raymond’s story
with Cory Foreman, a student in the Daniels College
of Business executive MBA program. At the time,
Foreman and some of his fellow MBA students — Chris
Deel, Kim Hoeksema, Daniel Maes, Harish Rajagopal
and Kristine Strain — were working as a group on
their Social Capital Project, a five-quarter team project
designed to benefit an organization or the community
as a whole.
After talking with Schrier, the executive MBA
group decided to work with the foundation to provide
marketing and operational assistance.
Since its inception, the foundation has given nearly
2,000 grants to patients to cover basic needs such as
food, shelter, transportation and utilities, but Schrier Professor’s artwork accepted into Holocaust Art
says requests for help have doubled over the past few
months. Museum
“The requests far outweigh our resources,” he
says. “We needed some help to raise our visibility and Four portraits drawn by Deborah Howard, associate professor of art and art
increase our fundraising efforts.” history, were accepted into the permanent collection at the New Holocaust Art
Starting in January 2009, the DU group began to Museum in Jerusalem.
meet with Schrier, the foundation’s executive director The museum is part of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. It houses some
and board members to discuss operations and areas of 10,000 works and according to the museum is the largest and most wide-ranging
need. The group established an advisory board made Holocaust collection in the world.
up of DU faculty, alumni and community members Howard began drawing portraits of Holocaust survivors several years ago after
with nonprofit expertise, and has become involved she gave her students an assignment to draw a series of three portraits. One of her
with the organization’s fundraising events. Additionally, students, who was Japanese, drew a series of portraits of Asian people because
the students completed a comprehensive marketing she felt artists depicted them all the same. Howard asked the student who she
feasibility study, redeveloped the Foundation’s Web site felt looked the same; her answer was old people. Howard disagreed and in that
and worked to increase the organization’s visibility via moment realized she should do portraits of Holocaust survivors.
social media. Howard started with one person and through word of mouth has drawn 25
The Daniels group will continue to work with child survivors over a five-year period. The entire work is titled “Portraits of Child
the foundation through March 2010, at which point Holocaust Survivors.”
they hope to turn the work over to a new group of Howard traveled to Israel to visit Yad Vashem and meet museum members.
executive MBA students. The curator selected four of her portraits to go into the permanent collection.
—Jordan Ames —Kristal Griffith

Puppy love
Alumna’s love for dogs breeds million-dollar business

S tudies have shown that pet ownership has numerous health benefits, from relieving stress to lowering cholesterol. But for Heidi Ganahl
(MHS ’99), dogged affection from her furry friends not only helped the 42-year-old survive a personal tragedy but also inspired a million-
dollar idea.
Ganahl and her husband, Bion Flammang, started developing a business plan for Camp Bow Wow — a dog day care and boarding
franchise — in 1994. But before the couple could enact their plan, Flammang died in a plane crash.
“My dogs helped remind me that I still had a life to live,” Ganahl says.
Ganahl’s unhappiness was palpable to those around her. Conscious of her suffering, her brother, Patrick Haight, offered to help turn
the dream she and Flammang had shared into a reality.
In 2000, using money from a life-insurance settlement following her husband’s death, Ganahl and Haight opened the first Camp Bow
Wow location in Denver.
With clean facilities reminis-
cent of a mountain lodge, plenty
of room for dogs to play, and live
Web-cams for owners to check on
their “campers,” Camp Bow Wow
has been a hit among animal
It’s grown into the largest
dog day care in the nation. To
date, Ganahl has sold more than
200 franchises, doing $30 million
in system sales last year alone.
Ganahl’s corporation, D.O.G.
Development LLC, also launched
a new brand, Home Buddies, an
in-home pet care service.
“Starting Camp Bow Wow
helped her move on with her life.
She’s so much happier now than
she was 10 years ago,” Haight
Ganahl’s business savvy also
has earned her a position on the
advisory board for the University
of Colorado’s Leeds School of
Courtesy of Heidi Ganahl

“Marketing and branding
are clearly strengths that Heidi
brings to her business,” says
Dennis Ahlburg, dean of the
Leeds School. “She is also passionate about entrepreneurship and one’s ability to change the world through best business practices.”
Not surprisingly, changing the world for Ganahl means helping the canine population through the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. Every
year, the foundation gives $50,000 to the Colorado State University veterinary school to fund canine cancer research and donates money to
organizations that spay and neuter pets. Camp Bow Wow facilities also take in foster dogs and have helped 2,500 pooches find permanent
“I chose this business because I love dogs and I wanted to grow a brand around something I loved,” says Ganahl. “But what I find most
rewarding is the
fact that I have contributed to creating better care for our pets in this country.”
—Samantha Stewart


Arts 19 Volleyball vs. Oregon. 11 a.m. Retired surgeon leads

11 Colorado Ballet’s All Pointes West.
Hamilton Gym.
new health care program
7:30 p.m. Additional performances Sept. Volleyball vs. Minnesota. 7:30 p.m.
12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 13 Hamilton Gym. Allan Kortz (MHS ’99) isn’t good at
at 2 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. $19–$129. 20 Men’s soccer vs. Washington. retirement. The general and chest surgeon
18 Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 7 p.m. Pioneer Field. stopped practicing clinical medicine in 1994
Ensemble’s Rivers of Hope. 7:30 p.m. 22 Volleyball vs. Northern Colorado. after more than 35 years but he says not
Additional performances Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Hamilton Gym.
7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Gates working made him “almost feel guilty.”
Concert Hall. $19–$38. 25 Women’s soccer vs. Louisiana- “I thought, ‘there’s so much I can
Monroe. Pioneer Field. contribute. I don’t want to waste it,’” Kortz
25 Flo’s Underground, jazz combos.
5 p.m. Williams Recital Salon. Free. 26 Volleyball vs. North Texas. 7 p.m. says.
Hamilton Gym. A year into retirement, he took a
26 Keigwin + Company Bolero
Colorado. 7:30 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. 27 Women’s soccer vs. Louisiana- course at DU’s University College called
$28–$48. Lafayette. Noon. Pioneer Field. Vertically Integrated Healthcare Systems
27 Organ Duets, Four Hands and Four and liked it so much he decided to go for
Feet. 3 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall. $18 Soccer admission: $5 adult; $2 children 2 and
under; students free with ID. Volleyball: $8 adults; his master’s in the now defunct health care
adults; $16 seniors; free for students and children 3 and under and students with ID free. organization and systems program.
Pioneer card holders with ID.
“I learned a lot about the business side
Around campus
of health care [that] a lot of physicians [like
1 Taste of Languages. 6 p.m. Lindsay myself] didn’t know much about.”
1 Zimbabwe AIDS Treatment Auditorium, Sturm Hall. RSVP at 303– And the self-described “lifetime
Assistance Project Art Exhibit. 871–2291 or www.universitycollege. learner” is now encouraging others. He
Through Oct. 31. Hirschfeld Gallery, du.edu
Chambers Center. Visit www. has helped develop the University College
zataproject.org. 7 Labor Day. Campus closed. master’s program in health care leadership
24 “The Family Stage: Photographs Discoveries student orientation which starts this fall.
by Janet Delaney, Todd Hido and begins. Through Sept. 11. “This [new degree plan] is going to
Cecil McDonald Jr.” Through Oct. 31. Dorm move-in begins for new have more to do with current health care,”
Myhren Gallery. students. Kortz says. The program is marketed
8 Music and Meditation. Noon. Evans to nurses, physicians, other health care
Sports Chapel. Free. professions and those outside the industry,”
4 Volleyball vs. Air Force. 1 p.m. 9 Dorm move-in begins for returning he explains.
Hamilton Gym. students. There are three concentrations within
Volleyball vs. Southern Utah. 14 Fall classes begin. the program: health care policy, law and
7:30 p.m. Hamilton Gym. ethics; medical and health care information
17 Jackson/Ho China Forum:
5 Volleyball vs. Eastern Illinois. 1 p.m. Understanding a Diversified China. technologies; and strategic management of
Hamilton Gym. 4:30 p.m. Cherrington Hall Annex, health care systems.
11 Volleyball vs. Colorado. 11 a.m. Room 150. Free. RSVP to ccusc@
Because of his efforts, Kortz, has been
Hamilton Gym. du.edu or 303–871–4474.
named the program’s director.
Volleyball vs. Cal Polytechnic State. 21 Bridges to the Future: China’s Way “It’s a great program and very timely,”
7 p.m. Hamilton Gym. Forward. Keynote speaker James
Fallows. 7 p.m. Gates Concert Hall. he says. “With the economy the way it
Men’s soccer vs. Dayton. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP at is, the health care field is quite attractive.
Pioneer Field. www.du/edu/bridges Health care itself is dynamic; however, a
12 Volleyball vs. San Diego. 7 p.m. 22 Book discussion with Chaplain career in health care is stable.”
Hamilton Gym. Gary Brower. Talking about To Kill >>http://universitycollege.du.edu/
13 Men’s soccer vs. Belmont. 2 p.m. a Mockingbird. Noon. Driscoll South,
Suite 29. Free. grad/hc/index.cfm.
Pioneer Field. —Kathryn Mayer
18 Volleyball vs. Georgia Tech. 7:30 p.m. For ticketing and other information, including a
Hamilton Gym. full listing of campus events, visit www.du.edu/