We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. Here’s a summer sampling of Denisonia, including a Salt Lake City playwright, prison-to-prison swim, a new idea in sports stores, and a lifelong musician.
In This Week
Brittany Klintworth Bullen ’05, a cum laude English writing major, wrote and scored “Shelter, The Musical” with her brother-in-law, Nowell Bullen, and donated the proceeds to benefit homeless shelters in Salt Lake City. These days, she’s shopping the show around to build momentum and maybe even take it all the way—to Broadway.
It Starts With …
Alcatraz, believe it or not, was the goal. Sarah Peck ’05, a Phi Beta Kappa swimming All-American, was determined to stretch her boundaries, so she set out on a 10-mile solo swim across the San Francisco Bay, prison to prison, from San Quentin to Alcatraz. She also wrote a poetic and lucid account of her adventure that brings you right into the water with her.
Vernon Hills Review
Justin Smith ’98 stepped out of the box when he opened the first store in Chicago devoted solely to the fast-growing sport of lacrosse. Smith, a lax team captain and standout goalie at Denison (an All-NCAC first-teamer with 461 career saves), realized that the kids he was coaching couldn’t find anything beyond a basic level of equipment or advice from local sports stores, so he did something about it.
Since the tender age of four, Theodosia “Teddy” Westlake ’51, has known that music would be a major component of her life. After her graduation from Denison (yes, she was a music major), Teddy taught voice, piano and the organ to students for “umpteen years.” Then, not quite ready to call it quits at retirement, she founded Vintage Voices, a choir whose only requirement is for the singer to be more than 50 years of age. That was 12 successful and song-filled years ago, and Teddy is now ready to pass the baton to the next director.