Letter from the Dean
Welcome to the new Pinnacle, the student, alumni and retiree e-magazine of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We have moved to an online format to save production costs and to allow more frequent publication of this award-winning periodical, which will now be published six times a year. The goal of the publication remains the same: to provide information about goings-on within the college and to build and maintain connections with the college’s most loyal supporters—its students, alumni and retirees. Following this column, you will find articles that provide insight into some of the fascinating activities of the college’s faculty and students, notes from alumni and retirees and announcements about departmental, college and university events. We hope you will enjoy the contents, and we welcome your feedback.
One upcoming event I will highlight is the first Homecoming for the University of Colorado Denver, scheduled for the week of October 16-22, with most activities taking place on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd. We think you will enjoy the planned activities (more on these later) as well the opportunities that will be provided for connecting with old friends and faculty members. Please save the dates.
With all best wishes,
- Maintaining Positive Connections in Military Marriages During Combat
Editor’s note: Beth Allen, assistant professor of psychology, shares her research about military marriages and techniques for preserving connections and relationship health during wartime.
In the 60s, my parents had a fairly traditional marriage, but by the early 70s the cultural shifts regarding gender roles represented by The Feminine Mystique and Ms. Magazine had reached our home, and my parents struggled to find a new balance. They had a rough time of it, until a relative suggested that they try Marriage Encounter. They attended a Marriage Encounter weekend, and another, and worked in a deep and honest way on their marriage. They have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have one of the most loving and healthy marriages I know. Watching their journey made quite an impression on me as a child, and I grew up wanting to understand relationships and help couples the way my parents were helped.
In This Issue
- Alumni Profile - Tennis: Philosophy Grads Find Success in Music
How do two graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences become sailors-turned-musicians? By studying philosophy.
Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley met by chance in a philosophy course. Riley, who Moore says is dyslexic, mistakenly signed up for the class. It wasn’t long before they fell in love and declared philosophy as their major. When they graduated in 2008, Moore had planned to go to law school. But instead of jumping right into more education or a career, the pair detoured, deciding to take what they learned from their philosophy degree—doing something for its own merit—to explore the world.
- Donor Spotlight - Alumna Makes a Difference for the University and Education Statewide
Diane Messamore, JD, a 1973 alum of the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, is a master of networking and making connections.
Messamore selected CU Denver for its convenience to allow her to go to school at night while working days. Once she earned her bachelor’s degree, she moved into the professional field where she’s still currently working: pensions, employee benefits and actuarial consulting. She jokes that in her field you need to be something that starts with an “a”--an actuary or an attorney.
- Frontlines - Program Assistant Embraces Role as Mentor and Exudes Tireless Dedication to the College
Written by Chris Ferguson, graduate assistant and master’s student in the Department of Communication
If, per chance, late at night you see a solitary light on the fifth floor of the King Center glowing from the Department of Political Science, chances are it’s Cory Gruebele hard at work.