The Daniels Newsroom shares its favorite stories from the past year

As the new year approaches, the Daniels team took a look back at the 153 blogs it posted in 2022 and selected some of its favorites in a variety of categories.

Daniels news

Students sit on a rock in the wildernessThe University of Denver Creates New Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Industry Program to Redefine Talent Pipeline for the U.S. Outdoor Industry

The largest ever one-time gift from the VF Foundation launched the Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Industry (LORI) Program will prioritize the diversity of the talent pipeline in the rapidly growing outdoor industry. The curriculum, housed jointly in the Daniels College of Business, the Korbel School for International Studies and the Sturm College of Law welcomes its first class this spring.

Runner up: DU Program Sprouts New Opportunities for Refugees

Outside picture of the New York Stock Exchange

Research stories

Q&A: How COVID Lockdowns and Financial Aid Policies Affected the Stock Market

In an attempt to keep its citizens safe and the economy stable during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments stepped in, ordering lockdowns and cutting interest rates. In research published in the Journal of Economics and Business, three Daniels College of Business faculty—Tianjie Deng, Tracy Xu and Young Jin Lee—wondered whether such policies made any difference, and if so, why?

Runner up: The Donkey, the Elephant and the Connection to CEO Political Ideology and Lobbying

Hand holding a phone with Cryptocurrency market on screen

Faculty expertise

Eleven Questions With Joshua Ross: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

Despite its rising popularity, crypto remains very cryptic to the many Americans still accustomed to standard currency, whether as cash, debit, credit or other forms. The Daniels Newsroom recently sat down with Joshua Ross, director of Entrepreneurship@DU and teaching assistant professor of entrepreneurship for an updated primer on cryptocurrency.

Runner up: From Pandemic to Endemic: The Future of Work-Life Balance, featuring Cindi Fukami, professor of management

Undergraduate stories

Daniels Team Utilizes Ski Industry Knowledge to Win National Diversity Case Competition

They felt like underdogs, but undergraduate business students Alisa Sautter, Emily Winn, Preeti Saldanha and Amina Penn bested schools like UC Berkeley, Penn State, Georgetown and the University of Michigan to take first place in the National Diversity Case Competition.

Runner up: Senior Shines on Unexpected Stage

Grad student stories

Online MBA Students Connect During Immersion in Italy

When taking MBA courses in an online world, it can be challenging to build connection with your classmates and professors through a computer screen. That’s why immersions, particularly international ones, have become a crucial tool in fostering relationships for the MBA@Denver team, getting students out from behind their computers, inviting them to explore the global business landscape and develop lifelong friendships with their classmates.

Runner up: Student Entrepreneurs Take Flight at BASE Camp

Alumni stories

DU Alum Builds Connections Through Distilling Company

Deep, interconnected roots—they’re a part of Owen Locke’s journey, a distinctive feature of the aspen trees he uses in distilling whiskey and a vision for the community he is creating through Locke + Co. When Locke (MBA 2009) and Rick Talley (MBA 2009) where Daniels students, they learned all about whiskey as they worked part time at Jim Beam. After graduation, they bought a still and, eventually, created a full-fledged business.

Runner up: MBA Alumni Get Second Chance at COVID-Canceled Trip

Photo of Arjun Murti, veteran Wall Street analyst, board member at ConocoPhillips, creator of the Super-Spiked blog

Voices of Experience podcast

Why ‘Clean’ and ‘Green’ Muddy the Energy Transition

Arjun Murti (BSBA 1992) is hoping to change the way the country talks about a transition away from fossil fuels. On the Voices of Experience podcast, Murti explains what the labels “clean” and “green” energy overlook, dissects the Inflation Reduction Act, and offers advice on starting a career and finding a mentor in the business world.

Runner up: From Lawyer to Tech CEO


Loyal Giving: Daniels Alumni Give to the University Faithfully Year After Year

There isn’t an exact definition for a loyal giver. Many alumni and friends of the University of Denver are extremely generous. Yet, there are a group of donors who are amazingly faithful, giving year after year. The Daniels College of Business Daniels College of Business has at least 30 donors who have given to the University every single year for 25 years or more. Some up to 40 years in a row.

Runner up: Alum Creates Endowed Scholarship to Honor MBA Grad