Letter from the Dean
First, we describe the opportunities available to CLAS students at the International College of Beijing where CU Denver offers degree programs in Economics and Communication. Kelsey Evans, a current student who is beginning her second semester in Beijing notes, "…in Beijing, my classmates quickly became my friends."
Next we travel to the San Francisco Bay area where Trev Yoder translated a degree in Sociology into a career in design and art and where Daniel Rosnick provides psychological counseling to death row inmates in San Quentin. In the final two stories, retired Professor of History Mark Foster provides down to earth travel advice for the adventurous and fit, and Casey Allen describes the learning opportunities provided by Study Abroad courses.
Denver is one of the great cities of the world, but getting away can lead to growth in unexpected ways. We hope this issue of Pinnacle whets your appetite for travel, and perhaps convinces you to study in Beijing, to take a study abroad course, or to buy that 50 acres of land you have been dreaming about.
With all best wishes,
- International College Beijing Offers World of Opportunity to Students and Faculty
Program with China a Potential Wellspring for Cultural Exchange and Understanding
CU Denver students, faculty and alumni travel all over the globe: researching, studying and experiencing other cultures. But despite a golden opportunity waiting for active faculty and students, few are currently heading to China as part of the CU Denver International College Beijing (ICB). Those who have taken advantage of the ICB program say it's the experience of a lifetime, and the road to China is open and waiting for those looking to broaden their cultural horizons.
In This Issue
- Alumni Profile - Alumnus Takes Experience Designing for Fashion and Creates Independent Art Career
Many artistic people don't find their path in life until after college. Trev Yoder graduated from CLAS with a Sociology degree in 1990, and went on to a very successful career designing for one of the world's most iconic brands: Levi Strauss & Company. Though CU Denver didn't provide Yoder with his art training, his liberal arts education was key to his future. "I think it's a great place for young people, the location and the campus," Yoder says of his time at CU Denver. "I had some really interesting professors there; it was a school that suited me well."
- Alumni Profile - Mental Health Care on Death Row is Improving Thanks to a CU Denver Alum
Clinical psychologists focus on helping to improve the lives of their patients, and the work done by Dr. Daniel Rosnik, Psy. D. is fundamentally no different than that done by other psychologists – except that most of his patients are on death row.
- Donor Spotlight - Take Some Travel Tips from a Retired Professor/World Traveler
Mark and Laurie Foster aren't your traditional snowbirds. Though they did escape the cold of this Colorado winter for Arizona shortly after Christmas, that short flight was just a "warm-up" for March when they will head to Singapore and Malaysia.
- Frontlines - Geography by Rail Course Gets Students on the Road to Applying Classroom Knowledge in a Whole New Way
Mark Twain said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness," and Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences Casey Allen agrees. That's a big part of why he regularly leads students on field study courses through the University of Colorado Denver Study Abroad Global Education program. "I'm all about getting students outside the four walls of a classroom, and I'm lucky to be in a department that supports that."