Archive for the ‘On Location’ Category

Historical Perspective: Buddha Statues

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Colin McCarey

In 1368, the final Mongol emperor of Kublai Khan’s 80-year-old Yuan Dynasty in China fled in the face of a sweeping peasant rebellion.  After nearly twenty years of multi-factional civil war, his retreat and the subsequent ascension to the throne of the former Buddhist monk Zhu Yuanzhang, marked the turn of an era and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.  The Ming’s 276-year span saw the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the completion of the Great Wall, massive naval expeditions as far abroad as the African coast, and a golden age of art and literature. (more…)

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Matt Weigel

Consider a college library – a mammoth, gothic space filled with dark wood, musty books, and miserable students – a place to sequester yourself during finals week while binging on caffeine and poring over arcane tomes in search of an A on your exam. It is not a place to meet friends, socialize, and pass a few hours in conversation – it is not a place associated with fun or engagement in any sense of the word. I have been to that library; I have studied in that library.  Many of us have. The University of Denver has rejected that antique notion of a library, introducing an entirely new approach to the way its students and faculty live, socialize, and learn. (more…)

Tessie, the Empress of Arkansas

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Ashley Cornelius
El Pomar founder Spencer Penrose left his mark in Colorado by establishing key landmarks such as The Broadmoor, the Pikes Peak Highway, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Less known about Mr. Penrose today is his notorious sense of humor. (more…)

Building a Better World

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Colin McCarey

As an anthropology major, I am deeply interested in human nature and action.  I tend to believe that altruism is not inherent in our nature, but is nonetheless critical to societal prosperity.  Actions taken for the benefit of people other than yourself and your immediate kin strengthen and enrich humanity, and establish a precedent that will enhance the future quality of human life. (more…)

25 Years Strong: CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Justin Coughlin

In 1979, Judge David Soukp, of Washington, saw a need for abused and neglected children to have better personal and meaningful representation in court.  The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) movement was born to fulfill this need.   To date, there are 933 programs with more than 77,000 CASA volunteers who have advocated for approximately 234,000 abused and neglected children nationwide. (more…)

My Love Affair With Colorado

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Devanie Helman

I was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado and attended the University of Denver. The mountains have become a permanent fixture in my concept of natural beauty, and the laid-back, loving nature of Coloradans has become commonplace. I am a true Colorado native, yet I have never felt more connected to the state than I do right now. As I consider my future plans, I decided to begin by looking outside Colorado’s borders.  The opportunity to leave the state forced me to look inward, and I began to realize how desperately committed to the state of Colorado I am. (more…)

Reflections on the SLE Winter Retreat

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Ben Haughton

As Fellows, we are fortunate to engage with a variety of unique individuals and groups on a daily basis. I have worked with a wide variety of people within El Pomar Foundation, on external nonprofit boards, and other organizations around the community. We are surrounded by impressive leaders, and I have gained  professionally and personally from each of these experiences. That said, a group that has had a significant impact for me over the course of my Fellowship is the staff, Fellows and scholars who comprise the Student Leadership Experience (SLE).


From Team USA to Team Colorado

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Ashley Cornelius

The Olympics convene the best and brightest athletes from around the world to compete not only for medals, but also for their country.  The whole world watches as these fine-tuned athletes compete in a myriad of sports showcasing their strength, endurance, and perseverance.  National pride is ever present during the games for athletes and audiences alike. Citizens from across the globe share in both the pride of its champions’ accomplishments and the sorrow of their defeats. (more…)

He Came Wearing Flip Flops

Friday, February 21st, 2014


Katy Rees

A boy, just slightly younger than me, shyly entered the Boardroom with a crock-pot full of chilly and a plate full of corn bread. He and his comrades graciously cooked the meal for us. After recognizing the welcoming atmosphere with a few friendly smiles and words from the Board, instant ease and confidence radiated from his expression.  As he proceeded to exit, I noticed two flip-flops slapping at his heels. (more…)

When browsing gifts for your sweetheart, avoid castles in Austria.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

During their many world travels, the Penrose’s came across numerous one of kind pieces of art and furniture for their home and the Broadmoor Hotel. One such piece is the famed chandelier, which currently hangs in the main dining room of Penrose House.

The chandelier is aesthetically beautiful and the story behind it speaks to Mr. Penrose’s persistence and strong love for Julie. (more…)