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The Rose Window,

The Rose Window, Trevorrow Hall In September, faculty and students moved into Trevorrow Hall, the stunning new home for the Lamont School of Music on the DU campus. The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts is a one-of-a-kind facility that anchors the southeast corner of the University Park campus at University Boulevard and Iliff Avenue. The entire building will be completed in spring 2003, but the classroom building is now in use. With many unique features, the Newman Center is a result of the vision of many people, including Chancellor Dan Ritchie and DU architects. We asked University Architect Mark Rodgers to describe one particularly prominent feature – the rose window. In May of 1999, Cab [Childress, DU’s Architect Emeritus] returned from his ‘I am no longer THE University Architect and I am going to enjoy life’ trip to France. He handed me a sketch of the west elevation of the performing arts center that had what looked to me like a miniature hurricane on the west pediment. After a few days, I finally mustered the nerve to ask him, ‘What is this?’ He responded, ‘A rose window.’ I must have looked perplexed, because he continued with, ‘not a geometricecclesiastical rose window like I saw at Chartres, but rather a real rose window.’ DU Welcomes Another Record-Breaking First-Year Class Admission staff visited more than 450 high schools last year and interviewed nearly 1,500 students to shape another record incoming class, which also includes the first students selected through the Ammi Hyde interview process. Along with National Honor Society members and class presidents, the Class of 2006 includes an American Indian princess from the Crow tribe, a male perfume model, and an entrepreneur specializing in retrieving and reselling lost pink golf balls. “The biggest surprise is finding a student who hasn’t done much,” says Virginia Egan, Office of Admission executive administrator. “We have students from your I found a new rose a few days later at a floral shop and sketched it quickly on the computer. It was a placeholder. In May of 2000, I was handed the last review set of the Newman Center drawings. I noticed that the window schedule did not include a rose window. After a few phone calls, I told Val (my wife) that I needed to go to the office Saturday and create a rose window. I stopped by the rose garden of the Leo Block Alumni Center and picked a flower (without permission). As I understood Cab’s intent, the idea for the window was not the mathematical representation of a rose, or a logo, but something that actually felt like a rose. Furthermore, I wanted people in the building to feel like they were a bee. I wasn’t sure how it would stay up so I referred to the Indiana Limestone Manual and tried to keep the pieces reasonable yet flowing. After a couple of reviews by the chancellor and Cab, the computer drawings were incorporated into the bid set. After the bids, we found ourselves a bit over budget. The chancellor inquired about the cost of the rose window but was surprised to find out that the cost was minimal. I told him I had challenged Soderberg with the same incredulous look [regarding the cost], and the response Chuck gave me was, ‘I bid this project partly because I want to make that rose, it will be the hallmark for the building.’ The rose design has now been ‘logoified.’ It will appear on the business cards, the interior signage, etc. In a real way, the rose signifies a performance well done, be it an aria or an Olympic skating event. As a symbol for a home to a variety of performance activities, I think it works exceptionally well. typical families, and we have students who helped support their families. There’s not a continent that students haven’t visited, and most have done public service. One student spent a summer teaching English in Siberia and another taught wheelchair dancing.” John Dolan, vice chancellor for enrollment, expects approximately 1,200 to enroll for fall quarter, up from 1,157 first-year and transfer students last year. This brings projected total undergraduate enrollment to approximately 3,800. The incoming class is 52 percent female and 48 percent male. The mean grade point average is 3.4, and 65 percent received DU merit awards.

Veteran Fund-Raiser Tapped to Lead University Advancement at DU George E. Engdahl joined DU as vice chancellor for University Advancement in mid-September. A veteran of nearly four decades in the non-profit sector, Jack Miller introduces George Engdahl. Engdahl comes to DU from Thousand Oaks, Calif., where for eight years he was California Lutheran University’s senior vice president for University Advancement. Engdahl’s responsibilities at DU include leading the development of advancement vision and strategy, increasing private gifts to support the institution’s goals, and managing staff and operations in both advancement and alumni/parent relations. “The University of Denver will have an extraordinary vice chancellor in George Engdahl,” said Chancellor Dan Ritchie. The DU Campaign ended 20 months ago after Bridges to the Future Explores American Values In response to the events of September 11, DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie and Colorado State University President Albert Yates are determined to move beyond remembrance to foster a deeper public understanding of America’s changing place in the new millennium. Together, they have launched Bridges to the Future: American History and Values in Light of September 11, a yearlong, statewide series of events to explore American history, values and expectations for the 21 st century. “As institutions of higher education, we have a responsibility to guide our state in managing the enormous scope and complexity of the issues facing our country and the world,” says Ritchie. The following free lectures start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public: raising $273.7 million, almost twice the original goal. Ongoing fund-raising success continues to facilitate quality additions to the University Park campus, including the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts scheduled to open next spring. California Lutheran is in the midst of an $80 million capital campaign that Engdahl organized and led. In addition to serving Cal Lutheran—his undergraduate alma mater—Engdahl held senior development positions at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Augustana College in Illinois. “Successful fund-raising programs are driven by a vital institutional mission, a dynamic vision and a strong case for support,” said Engdahl. “I want to help DU reach the next level in its goal to become one of the nation’s finest universities.” Engdahl succeeds Jack Miller, who headed advancement at DU for eight years. Miller will continue to serve the University as a consultant on advancement projects. Oct. 27 Randall Balmer “Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism” Sanctuary, University Park United Methodist Church 2180 S. University Blvd. Oct. 28 Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex 950 13th St. Nov. 1 Former U.S. Representative Pat Schroeder DU, Sturm Auditorium, Sturm Hall 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Nov. 6 U.S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf CSU, Moby Arena (tickets are required) Nov. 21 Columnist and author George Will DU, Magness Arena, Ritchie Center April 8 Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu CSU, Moby Arena For more information, visit

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