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Alumni & Friends Events

Here you can learn about recent and upcoming Alumni & Friends Events.

April 25

Denver Art Museum Special Exhibit Docent Tour

Join the Denver Chapter on a special exhibition tour at the Denver Art Museum with an optional on-site dinner reservation afterward at The Ponti.

Led by a specially trained docent, this 60-minute tour focuses on one of the museum’s special exhibitions - Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection. Discover breathtaking works by Japanese women artists in the 1600s to early 1900s and hear their tales of strength and perseverance as they navigated the strict gender roles and social regulations of the time to pursue their artistic passion. From nuns to entertainers to noblewomen (and some who were even all three!) Her Brush explores the universal human drive of artistic expression as self-realization. Highlights include works by the renowned artist-nun Ōtagaki Rengetsu and literati artist Ike Gyokuron.

The Ponti is an immersive dining environment serving a locally sourced, seasonal menu created in collaboration with James Beard Award winner and celebrated Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski. Dinner is optional and not included in the admission price.

Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Time: 5-8 p.m. (MT)

Location: 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Cost Per Person: $15


May 12

Second Friday Breakfast Presents Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director of Travis County Parks Foundation

Please join your fellow alumni and friends as we welcome Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director of the Travis County Parks Foundation.

She also currently serves as the board chair of the Austin Outside coalition. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Joanna has held a variety of positions at nonprofit organizations, including serving as the founding executive director of Shoal Creek Conservancy. She has also managed three successful open space and transportation bond campaigns in Texas and New Jersey.

Joanna received a master’s degree in Geography and the Environment from The University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Sciences from Bryn Mawr College. She is an Austin (almost) native, arriving at the age of 5. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and adventuring with her husband and curious young son.

Joanna will talk about the Foundation and their 2023 priorities, and then expand out to talk about partnering with Austin Outside and the work of Austin Outside. It takes collaborations and partnerships to make it all happen!

As always, there is plenty of free parking and we supply the coffee and breakfast tacos.

Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. (CT)

Location: Stinson's Café 4416 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756

Cost Per Person: Free


June 1 

Denver Business School Happy Hour at The Family Jones 

Join us for our inaugural 2023 kick-off happy hour networking event for the Denver Business Series at The Family Jones. This locally owned and award-winning distillery will be offering several tours throughout the evening of their distillery process and we'll be offering two drinks from their spirits menu, along with light appetizers. We'll be mixing and mingling in their unique space, and weather permitting, on their outdoor patio. Event limited to the first 60 people, due to space constraints.
Each ticket is $40/ticket and includes 2 mixed drinks and light appetizers.

Time: 5:30-8 p.m. (MT)

Location:The Family Jones, 3245 Osage St., Denver, CO 80211

Cost Per Person: $40