Past Events

2020 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting was held via Zoom on October 17, 2020. Debbie Scheer, an emcee, benefit auctioneer, and humor strategist, spoke about “How to Strengthen Your Humor Muscle without Pulling a Hammy.” Debbie effortlessly uses humor as a way to break through the discomfort that prevents us from talking about the things that we NEED to be talking about. Her motto is, if we can laugh about it, then we can surely talk about it, regardless of what the ‘it’ is.

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2020 Key Connections Panel Discussion

The Alpha Association hosted a Key Connections event for newer Phi Beta Kappa members in the Denver area. This year was a Zoom panel discussion on September 24, 2020, that dealt with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — the new world of work, financial well-being, and personal coping skills, followed by a trivia contest. Click here for the PowerPoint slides or a list of resources. A private video of the discussion is available on YouTube.

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2020 Annual Banquet Postponed Indefinitiely

The 2020 annual banquet was postponed due to health concerns about the Covid-19.

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Visiting Scholar Lecture Nov. 7, 2019

The DU Gamma Chapter co-sponsored a lecture entitled, Two-Mile Time Machines: Ice Cores and Abrupt Climate Change, by Dr. Richard Alley, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and the Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State.

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2019 Annual Meeting Oct. 5 at the Denver Athletic Club

The Alpha Association of Colorado’s annual meeting was held at the Denver Athletic Club. Jeff Shoemaker, executive director of The Greenway Foundation, spoke about “No Water, No Colorado: The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Engaging in Urban Waterways.”

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Alpha Association of Colorado 2019 Annual Banquet

The Alpha Association’s annual banquet was April 6, 2019, at the Denver Athletic Club. Dr. Tom Noel, Professor of History at the University of Colorado–Denver, spoke on “Color-Oddities: Strangest Things about the Highest State,” a light-hearted overview of Colorado history from Mesa Verde to the “Mustang” at DIA.

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2018 DAM Tour “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker”

Alpha Association members toured the Denver Art Museum’s exhibit, “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker” with a docent, followed by dinner afterwards.

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2018 Annual Meeting September 22, 2018

The annual meeting was held Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mount Vernon Canyon Club. Greg Carpenter, Artistic and General Director of Opera Colorado, spoke about  “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at What It Takes to Produce Opera in Denver.”

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2018 Colorado Judicial Center Tour

Alpha Association members and their guests toured the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center.

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2018 DU

Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa, Washington, D.C., and Former President, Brandeis University spoke at the University of Denver on “Speaking about Free Speech: It’s Complicated — Navigating the countervailing demands of free expression and civility, especially on college and university campuses.”

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