Several of Denver’s best-known preservationists joined the CU Denver History Department for its annual student awards ceremony. Fittingly, the recent event took place at a historical landmark – the Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower building on the 16th Street Mall.
David Tryba, a CU Denver graduate in architecture and noted Denver architect and preservationist, and his wife, Stephanie, joined the ceremony along with renowned LoDo and Larimer Square preservationist Dana Crawford. Other dignitaries on hand included longtime CU Denver History Department supporters Tom and Judy Ward; CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, PhD; Pamela Jansma, PhD, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; History Department Chair Kariann Akemi Yokota, PhD; and Holly Kylberg, who owns the top five floors of the D&F Tower and gave a tour of the space to the ceremony attendees.
Presiding over the ceremony, which took place in The Clocktower Cabaret, was Tom Noel, PhD, professor of history and director of Public History & Preservation.
Chancellor Horrell thanked everyone for attending and noted that CU Denver is an educational, research and community-service treasure. “At the heart of our institution is our committed, dedicated and talented faculty and amazing students,” she said. “They come to us with their hopes and dreams in hand, and want us to be a part of helping those dreams come true.”
Yokota said the the annual awards ceremony acts as a crossroads event. “We’re bringing together members of the community, the university and classrooms – all in service of creating a wonderful experience for our students, many of whom we’ll honor tonight,” she said.
Student award winners were:
- Rose Campbell, the $1,000 Ward Family Prize for Public History (presented by Tom and Judy Ward)
- Lindsey Flewelling, the $1,000 Tryba Family Prize for Historic Preservation (presented by David and Stephanie Tryba)
- Marina Mecham, the Myra Rich Prize for Top Undergraduate Honors Paper (presented by Associate Professor Chris Agee, PhD).
Crawford, in presenting Graduate Historic Preservation Certificates to four students, echoed David Tryba’s remarks in saying, “This is an important time in preservation in Denver, and we have to watch our old buildings and our built environment very carefully.”
The certificate winners were: Greg Brill, Jade Martin, Glendon Butterfield and Kirby Page-Schmit.
On behalf of the History Department, Rebecca Hunt, PhD, associate professor, gave Amazon gift certificates to two exemplary students – Farron Straitz and Jennae Smith – who are coming to CU Denver from Community College of Aurora.
The department also recognized students involved with the Historical Studies Journal, which is published each year. The 2017 journal editor is Erica Fontenot, while next year’s editor is Brittany Huner.