Beyond all odds, a doctor
President’s Medical Scholarship empowers first-generation student to aim high and give back.Carmen Vandal, MD, doesn’t have time to organize clothing drives, deliver strollers to new mothers and make house calls to struggling refugees in Aurora. But she does these things anyway.
Breaking the Silence with Crowdfunding
Two educators dreamed of creating safe, inclusive spaces in classrooms and schools for LGBTQ students and their allies.They were Bethy Leonardi, PhD, and Sara Staley, PhD, both researchers at CU-Boulder's School of Education. As part of the school's Queer Endeavor initiative, they decided to produce a documentary film called Breaking the Silence.
Music holds strings of influenceBy Marty Coffin Evans Marty Coffin Evans ('64) is an alum, donor, trustee, and the daughter of two former faculty members in the College of Music at CU-Boulder. She recently wrote the following reflection on music, family, and giving. Sitting in Grusin Music Hall recently listening to the University Choir, I was transported back to previous years when I was on stage as a member of that group. I thought of the influence of music on my life and the different strings which tie it together.
A “Double” Gift of Education"Margaret Wolcott Marries Dam Engineer,” read Margaret Wolcott and Charles Double’s (’30) 1942 newspaper wedding announcement. The announcement began what their daughter, Lois Nobles, describes as a “very peaceful, squabble-free” marriage.
Teaching legend rises far above the “mean” with generous bequestDuring Dr. Klaus Timmerhaus’ 42-year career at the University of Colorado Boulder, he received a good deal of recognition. A chemical engineering professor and onetime Associate Dean, he received four prestigious teaching and service awards, one research award, was named to the National Academy of Engineering, and held a patent on cryogenic technology. But in this impressive list, one award catches the eye. “Dr. T,” as his students called him, received a student award naming him “meanest professor.” He took it as a badge of honor. “He was a hard-nose,” says his daughter, Carol Getty. “But after his death last month, CU sent me the evaluations his students submitted about his teaching. They universally graded him as an A.”
Inspired by Connections— and Inspiring Connections to ComeWith a UC Denver bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and decade-plus career on campus, Steve Eslary’s UC Denver connection runs deep. He has worked both with the campus’s international students and in the department of ethnic studies.
UCCS Students Set The Pace, In Community and With FundraisingThough UCCS’s highly selective Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC) includes some of Southern Colorado’s most promising young citizens, it does not put them on a pedestal. Instead, it puts them to work.
UCCS Scholarship Recognizes a Son’s Resilience and KindnessBrad Stoehr had dreamed of becoming a doctor since he had been a child. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1995 from CU-Boulder, he experienced the disappointment of a lifetime when he was denied entrance to medical school. But that didn’t stop him from earning a master’s degree in biochemistry at UCCS and founding his own company.
From Half A World Away, Hope for Students with Learning DisabilitiesEvery year, CU-Boulder admits hundreds of extremely bright students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities that can cripple their academic careers.Thanks to Hussein Hamed Fayez (MA ’82) of Saudi Arabia and a $200,000 endowment he created to support Disability Services at CU-Boulder, these students will get the help they need.
Gateway to a Healthier ColoradoWhen Elaine started a weight-management program under the auspices of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, she weighed 171 pounds and was a size 14. A veteran of countless fad diets, she was at the end of her rope. Now, at 134 pounds and size 6, she feels better than ever. “My 14-year-old daughter and I can shop in the juniors section together! It’s an awesome feeling,” she says.
Study-Abroad Scholarship Gives Life to Sarah’s MemoryIn winter of 1988, CU Boulder Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps was wrapping up the experience of a lifetime: a semester studying Shakespeare in Great Britain. She particularly enjoyed a trip to Edinburgh. She called her mother before her flight home and said, ''Mommy, I love Scotland. You must promise me you'll travel here with me.''
Parent Leadership SocietyParent leadership gifts ($2,500 - $50,000+) immediately enhance the CU student experience and augment the university’s reputation over the long term. Joining the Parent Leadership Society is a lifetime investment in your child’s success.
BA/BS-MDThe BA/BS-MD degree program is a partnership between University of Colorado Denver's (UC Denver) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. The purpose of the program is to assemble 8-10 outstanding students from broadly diverse backgrounds who are committed to serving the health care needs of Colorado. Being accepted to the program enables students to have a reserved seat in a top-ranked medical school where they will have the freedom to explore other interests during their exciting college years at UC Denver.
Honoring a Professor's ImpactWhile studying computer science at CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in the 1980s, Dr. Xiaodong Zhang (MS ’85, PhD ’89) benefited from the teaching and mentorship of then-faculty member Ralph J. Slutz, a computer pioneer who taught CU’s first computer class in 1954. Zhang’s academic career has since taken off, and he now chairs the computer science department at Ohio State University. He recently made a generous first-time gift of $50,000 to the College to honor his college mentor, and inspire CU alumni to make similar gifts. The gift will annually fund two $1,000 scholarships to students with exceptional achievement in computer science. Support the Ralph J. Slutz Student Excellence Award
Loss Leads to LegacyFormer student Michael Hoza had been thriving at CU-Boulder in the 1980s. He made great friends through his fraternity, was politically engaged on campus, and had fallen in love with Colorado: playing hockey, skiing, and riding his motorcycle along the Front Range.
Braxton ScholarshipA generous gift from Braxton Technologies allows talented students like Meral Sarper to attend UCCS.
Karen Possehl Women’s EndowmentThe impact of the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment (KPWE) is best described in the words of those it serves. “This program was the helping hand when I needed it most,” says Jan Grossberg, 2002 scholarship recipient. “It’s been an emotional and financial lifeline. Just knowing I had people to talk to was enough to help me change my life.”
Chancellor's Leadership ClassThis scholarship and leadership development program gives students the skills they need to be leaders in their chosen field while giving back to their community.
Excellence in Transplant Surgery
The Igal Kam Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery will ensure we continue to produce the nation's top research and provide the best clinical care for individuals who need a transplant of the kidney, liver, pancreas, heart or lung.