As flurries fell outside, Denver’s Mile High Station was cozy and lively Thursday night filled with holiday cheer and more than 300 Daniels alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered for some fun at Snow Ball. The annual holiday celebration, presented by the Daniels Alumni Advisory Board, included a silent auction, wine pull, photo booth and a chance to honor three exemplary alumni.
Alexandra Tune (MAcc 1995), Nick Phelps (BSBA 2009) and Albus Brooks (EMBA 2016) were the recipients of Daniels’ 2017 alumni awards.
Tune was given the Ambassador Award, presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment and service to Daniels and DU, is actively engaged as an alumnus or alumna, and exemplifies the highest ethical standards.
According to her nominator, Tune, a managing director at Deloitte & Touche, has been coming to DU events ever since she graduated, usually with her husband Cam, also a DU alum. Described as a great ambassador for DU, Tune recruits students, guest lectures and chairs the School of Accountancy Advisory Board. She also regularly arranges for a team of her Deloitte colleagues to help teach “Accounting Communications.”
Nick Phelps received the Pioneer Award, presented to a rising star, an innovator with a successful startup business who displays out-of-the-box thinking.
According to his nominator, Phelps has a successful track record as an innovator. While a student at DU, he co-founded DU’s Grilling Club with classmate Jason Lundberg. Fueled by their passion for food and sustainability, Phelps and Lundberg went on to create an online farmers market following graduation to make local food more accessible to consumers. Phelps is also the founder of From The Farmer LLC.
A third generation DU alumnus, Phelps is highly engaged at Daniels and DU. He established the Phelps Fund for Recent Graduates to support the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management and co-chaired last year’s record-breaking One Day for DU.
Albus Brooks was presented with the Steward Award, which honors an individual who is an effective leader in his/her community, company or organization, and is recognized as a thought leader in his/her profession.
According to his nominator, Brooks plays a pivotal role in the community by representing District 9 on Denver’s City Council and also serving as city council president. He has dedicated himself to improving the lives of his constituents and people throughout Denver. Brooks is also a proud DU alumnus, always eager and willing to give back to the College. The only alumni award recipient able to attend this year’s Snow Ball, Brooks was presented with the traditional crimson jacket at the event.
Daniels extends its deepest thanks to the numerous alumni-owned businesses involved in the evening, including Three Tomatoes Catering, Little Bites Bakery and DJ West of Team Nickel Productions. Ten alumni-owned businesses also contributed to the silent auction. The College also thanks everyone who participated in the silent auction and wine pull. The proceeds will benefit the unpaid internship fund.