Denver Alumni Club Executive Board
Desiree (Hall) Embury
Why I love UNI: I love UNI's *SPIRIT* in more ways than what that means when cheering on the Panthers! UNI was the place I wanted to be as a kid, the place I felt empowered during my time on campus and the place I am proud to be from years later.
Why I love UNI: I love UNI because of the opportunities it provides to students. The size of the university is perfect - it's large enough to provide students with all the resources of a big institution, but small enough to allow students the chance to become deeply engaged with the university community.
Why I love UNI: The campus was small enough to make an easy transition from a small Iowa town but large enough for new opportunities and potential to meet new people! Working on campus while in college also gave me a great connection to the campus and surrounding community....it even helped me to determine a future career path!
Why I love UNI: I love walking into a Panther event 500 miles away from campus here in Denver and seeing all the purple and gold and nice people. The last time I went to an event before the DU vs. UNI basketball game I brought my 8 year old daughter. Her comment was ʺThere is a ton of Purple and Gold here and the people here are so nice!ʺ I think that sums up my Panther Pride!
Why I love UNI: It is hard to put into words why I love UNI. I truly believe that UNI and being a Panther is in my blood, as I am a third generation graduate from the UNI. My Dad has instilled a great love of the university and everything it stands for in me and my brother. I love the Panthers so much I have devoted walls of my house to show that love.
BA Accounting '12
MA Accounting '13
Senior Assurance Associate, RSM US LLP
Why I love UNI: I love UNI because of the size – it is big enough that students have every resource imaginable available to them yet small enough that the class sizes allow everyone to establish genuine relationships with classmates and professors alike. Today some of my closest friends are people I met my freshman year in Noehren Hall, and I still talk to some of my old professors. I think that says a lot for the type of community that exists at UNI.
BA Finance '01
Lone Tree, CO
Portfolio Manager, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
Why I love UNI: Growing up in a family where my dad and two uncles graduated from UNI some might say the love for UNI was forced upon me! I don't think they shared with me the fact there were alternatives when it came to the state schools. My love for UNI was sealed on January 3, 1990, when I was one of 20,000 plus UNI fans in the UNI-Dome watching the Panthers take down one of those state schools!
Denver was founded as a mining town in 1858. After the gold dried up, Denver became known as the supply hub for all mining related activities and continued to boom with the railroads coming.
Why Denver Rocks...
The Mile High City has it all- it is a city that has all the aspects of city life and adventure. You can ski during the day and then enjoy a microbrew or hit a club at night. From amazing restaurants, trendy bars and a thriving music scene to modern high-rises that overlook the Rockies you'll realize why Denver is one of the most chill-out cities in the country.
Where to Live...
Cherry Creek: An upscale community located just a few miles east of downtown. However, the atmosphere could not be any different than downtown. Best known for the Shopping Center with more than 160 stores it is also surrounded by the 40-mile long Cherry Creek Trail.
Downtown: Known as both the financial and entertainment hub of the city. A few notable destinations: the outdoor pedestrian and transit mall (Denver's 16th Street Mall) is 1.25 miles long and has over 300 stores and restaurants and Union Station with restaurants, hotel, and of course transportation.
Highlands: Northwest of downtown the Highland neighborhood is both charming and trendy. It is a mix of old and new homes, restaurants and retail stores. The architecture is characterized by exposed brick walls and winding staircases.
Lower Downtown (LoDo): Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is the prime destination for after parties following sporting events. There is always an opportunity to have fun at one of the area's 90 bars and pubs. The region is characterized by their red brick buildings.
Where to Play...
Mt. Evans: Get your hiking shoes on and explore the breathtaking views over the mountains and the valleys below and maybe you'll see some wildlife. The Mt. Evans highway is seasonal and opens in May.
Denver Botanical Gardens: One of the largest botanical gardens in the United States, occupying 23 acres. The garden emphasizes native plants, which are in 43 individual gardens.
Coors Field: Home of the Colorado Rockies baseball club. The stadium opened in 2005 and has a seating capacity of 50,000. Cheer on the Rockies and enjoy the view of the mountains.
Denver Zoo: This zoo is committed to a long term plan to replace and modernize exhibits and is one of Denver's top attractions. It is home to polar bears and monkeys.
Where to Dine...
The Kitchen: A Boulder-based community of restaurants that boasts a menu from local farmers. It boasts a seafood bar, small plates, and a main menu featuring char-grilled salmon and oven-roasted sirloin.
Colt & Gray: A LoHi (Lower Highlands) restaurant that is known for its crafted cocktails and small plates.
Euclid Hall: One of Denver's best restaurants for food and beer pairings, and its off-the-wall menu items, including an entire section called "Because We Can."
Rioja: The Mediterranean-themed restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and regular rotating specials: homemade pastas, an extensive brunch special, and pastries (such as house made donuts- which made the nation-wide, best of dessert lists!).