Becky Allen, Director of Planning & Budget
I am soon to travel to Tempe, Arizona for my 23 year old daughter’s graduation from the accountancy masters program at Arizona State University (ASU). She has just recently received notice that she passed the first of the four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. I have just passed that important milestone in life where you realize that your child now knows more than you do.
Kate Burns, Academic Adviser
I am looking forward to teaching another digital storytelling class during Summer Quarter—HCOM 2700 “Digital Narratives: Telling Our Stories about Education.” Students will explore cultural narratives about education and represent their own story using a creative mixture of photography, video, music, sound effects, and voice narration. In April I will travel to Laramie, Wyoming to show my film SoleJourney at the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.
Meghan Colombin, Coordinator of Instructional Services
Meghan Colombin coordinates the quarterly TWC course schedule and Educational Resource Center and works closely with TWC faculty and tutors. Meghan is also working toward a master’s degree in international administration at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. This year, Meghan has begun working with two other women graduate students at DU to develop and chair a Graduate Women’s Council. The Graduate Women’s Council hopes to support women graduate students in their research by providing funding and research skills workshops, and also provide opportunities for networking and mentoring among graduate women at DU.
A student of nonprofit administration, Meghan is very passionate about the nonprofit sector and has been volunteering since fall 2009 with Denver Gives, a nonprofit organization that promotes community involvement for young professionals in the Denver area and provides no cost programs and services to small local nonprofits. She has been sitting on the Charity Partnerships Committee of Denver Gives, which offers evaluation and consulting services to help small nonprofits become more efficient and effective. This March, Meghan also joined the Board of Directors of Denver Gives and will become more involved in overseeing the mission and vision of the organization and raising awareness in the community.
Marisa Ligons, Academic Adviser
In 2002, I was named a future leader by my hometown newspaper for my academic and leadership achievements. This February, I was contacted to do a follow up feature on what I am doing now. I was honored to be featured on the front page of the paper which highlighted my current pursuit of my MA degrees in Religious Studies and Higher Education and my work at The Women’s College (TWC).
In April, Heather Golden, our TWC Advising Intern, and I will be presenting at the DU Diversity Summit for Inclusive Excellence. Our presentation is titled “Whose Environment Is It Anyway? Pioneering Inclusive Communities Across the DU Campus.” We hope that some of you will attend. Also, in June I will be graduating with my MA in Higher Education.
Jennifer Lowry, Recruiter
It is going to be a milestone year; I am going to turn thirty in August! I am once again training for a half ironman in Utah with some of my girlfriends: swim 2.1 miles, bike 65, run 13.1. Even typing it now seems impossible, but with the motivation and love of my girlfriends we can accomplish anything! Before the training really begins, I am going to Africa! My mother is from Botswana and my parents are living in a country called Lesotho in southern Africa. My father is working on a project helping people to receive clean and potable water. Every time I go, I visit with my Auntie who has been an HIV survivor for 13 years in her village of Tabala. Her job is to walk the village and make sure people are taking medication, and instilling hope. We are also going to see my grandmother in her village Serowe, do safari and rappel down one of the highest waterfalls in Africa (legally), and see Victoria Falls! Just like all of the women at TWC, my story is also unique and I hope to come back and share it with all of our community.
Shelley Popke, Executive Assistant to the Dean
For my MA in Russian and Central European History at the University of Colorado I translated my great-grandmother’s memoirs from German to English and then built upon this translation for my thesis entitled An Account of the Life of a Volhynian German from 1915-1935: The Memoirs of Leontina Sonnenburg as the Basis for a Comparison between Tsarist and Soviet Nationality Policies and Practices. In May of 2007 I traveled to the Ukraine with my grandfather to visit Volhynia, the region that he grew up in and that I wrote about in my MA thesis. This April I will be traveling to Canada to celebrate his 90th birthday with him—go Opa!