Led by:

Brandon Buzbee, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Advancement

Linda Olson, Executive Director, Pioneer Leadership Program

Our alumni and friends number over 140,000, forming a vital network in Denver and around the globe. We want them to remain involved with the University—serving as our ambassadors, enjoying meaningful mentorships with students and engaging in creative work with faculty and staff. We want to build strong, vibrant systems that make a difference in the lives of our alumni and friends.    


Working Groups

Preparing for Careers and Lives of Purpose

Nancy Lorenzon

Director, Undergraduate Research Center, Teaching Professor, Biology

Heidi Perman

Executive Director of Career and Professional Development Director

Pat Perrella

Executive Director, Career Services

Trisha Raque-Bogdan

Assistant Professor, Media, Film and Journalism Studies

Matt Rutherford

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Co-Director, Project X-ITE

For the 2017-2018 academic year, we are focusing on the following priorities:

  1. Broadening student engagement with career preparation
  2. Tracking and mapping university-wide career related student learning outcomes in partnership withundergraduate academic learning outcomes
  3. Working with faculty actively engaging with students around career and graduate school preparation
  4. Creating a dynamic relationship with employing organizations by convening a sub-committee on managing campus-wide corporate relationships

During the 2015-2016 academic year, we estimated that 30% of our undergraduate students had at least one touch point with career services. By the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, nearly 50% of our undergraduate students had a formal touch point with career services, with an average of 3.3 touch points for those who engaged with our services. Our goal for the 17-18 academic year is to engage 60% of undergraduate and 40% of graduate students with Career Services and by 2025, we will have 90% engagement.

Faculty Career Champions: 

Last summer, we sent out a “Faculty Career Champions” survey to students to identify faculty that have supported student internship, career, and continuing education goals. We received over 350 submissions and as a result, we organized a Faculty Breakfast where over 80 faculty joined us for a career discussion on September 13th. We now have a Faculty Career Champion eNewsletter that includes information on career events, a faculty spotlight, and career related articles focused on student development. In late April, we will be sending students a nomination form for the 2018-2019 Faculty Career Champion Award and winners will be announced this summer.

As a result of the meeting in the fall, physics professor, Steve Iona, pursued his idea of hosting a NSM speed networking event with 12 alumni, 25 students, faculty and Dean Kutateladze, in partnership with Career Advisors. Read more about their collaboration and the innovative event that aimed to help STEM students promote the skills that they are learning in the classroom in ways that impress employers.

These conversations are happening in many areas across campus. When English professor, Donna Beth Ellard, wanted to make her First Year Seminar (FSEM) course an engaging and meaningful experience she began to ask herself “How can poetry assist a student over four years by helping them decide what their profession may be?”  Thinking outside the box, Donna Beth wanted to find a way to bring an idea of “Poetry in the Professions” theme into her classroom.  The goal was to have students learn how to be meaningful as they pursue and explore career paths. Read more! 

We are also partnering with X-ITE, CWC, and PLP in offering a pilot series of career and leadership 2 cr. courses open to all undergraduates, that will engage students in internship and job search preparation.  These courses are designed to give students the unique resources, skills, confidence and tools necessary to be successful in the internship search and develop a mindset for strong workplace excellence and leadership.

Electronic Internship Contract System: 

We have also been working on transitioning all of our departments onto an electronic internship contract system. In the last couple of months, we have worked diligently with Korbel in system transitions. Other departments have been moving from a paper-based system to an online module. The departments on the internship team are as follows:

Daniels College of Business

  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Undergraduate

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

  • Pre-Health
  • Geography

Engineering & Computer Science

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

Social Sciences

  • Media, Film & Journalism Studies

University College

  • All Programs, primarily Health Care Leadership

Korbel School of International Studies

  • Graduate Programs
  • Undergraduate Programs

Internship Funding: 

Additionally, we have been exploring philanthropic and academic opportunities to support and encourage professional internships for our students. As a part of the One Day for DU campaign in 2017, we raised over $2500 for our Internship Award Program.

Last Updated: 4/18/18

Engaging Alumni and Friends

Kevin Archer

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Teaching Professor, Director of the Geneva Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Dan Jacobs

Gallery Director/Curator, School of Art and Art History

Anthea Johnson Rooen

Director of College Access and Pipeline, Center for Multicultural Excellence

Brandon MacNeill

Associate Vice Chancellor, Athletics and Recreation

Mona Spitz

Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, Daniels College of Business

We are excited to host our 2nd annual Alumni Weekend! Please join us for the festivities! Learn more and register

For the 2017-2018 academic year, we have identified 3 priorities:

  1. Work with 50 faculty in the efforts to engage the alumni community
  2. Develop a strategic engagement plan within Denver focused on: Downtown, DTC, and Cherry Creek
  3. Enhance the campus visit experience for alumni

To accomplish our priorities, we are piloting and implementing various programs including:

  1. Alumni Mentoring Pilot Project
  2. Pioneers Hiring Pioneers Campaign
  3. Expanding Dine and Dialogues, a series that brings students and alumni together over a meal to discuss different topics related to student careers. Last year, over 150 students participated and 26 alumni were involved, representing companies from the Colorado Ballet to Comcast.
  4. Story Corps for Alumni, a series of stories available on the web of alumni from different eras
  5. Advance 360 Project by applying segmentation and messaging strategies to alumni with an marketing partner
  6. Increasing engagement of alumni in Denver community


Last Updated: 4/18/18