The Chicagoland Network

With close to 5,500 members, the DU Chicago Network is a vibrant and historically connected community. Whether you are an alumnus, parent, current student, or friend in the DU Chicago Network, you are an integral connection in this DU Network and there are so many ways for you to plug in to help sustain this community. Are you just moving to the Chicagoland area and want neighborhood recommendations? Have you been in the city for a while and are looking to make a career move? Or maybe you are interested in gathering with some fellow DU Chicago Network folks for a low-key, hockey watch party to cheer on the Pioneers? No matter what you are interested in, the DU Chicago Network is eager to connect with you.

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Meet Madiha Younus

Madiha pursued her two-year full-time MBA from Daniels in 2017. She has worked in technology, retail, nonprofit and insurance industries. Currently, she is working as a Project Manager at Gallagher. When she is not working, she likes to give back to her community by volunteering at various events in the Chicagoland. Reach out to her to share your DU stories, for general mentorship and to explore new places in the Midwest. 

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Annual Events

DU Day at the Ballpark-Chicago Cubs

Sunday Aug 18, Meetup at 11:00AM. First Pitch at 1:20PM

It’s time for the annual summer tradition of DU Day at the Ballpark! We are delighted to be back at Wrigley Rooftops as the Chicago Cubs take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Come join your fellow alumni, parents, incoming and returning students, and friends for an afternoon of food, fun and reconnecting.

Your ticket gets you all-you can eat food and drink, DU discounted admission for this game, and DU swag. We are excited to use this opportunity to showcase the tremendous Chicagoland Network for the University of Denverallowing this community to better connect.

Details for meet up and registration here:

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • Hockey Watch Parties, Chicago Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Night Out with The Cubs or White Sox
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown Chicago teams
  • Holiday Party
    • Annual holiday tradition as DU host alumni and friends.
View all events here

Staff Leaders

Meet Brent Thompson

Director of Regional Engagement

Brent helps guide strategy and execute engagement efforts of all alumni, families, parents and friends across the country and in select international networks as well as develops a programmatic portfolio for the regions in collaboration with Denver-based advancement team. Brent's goal is to create a culture of lifelong engagement and volunteerism among constituents in the regional markets and networks that builds our pipeline for campaign philanthropy and long-term engagement for the University's Global Network. 

Brent has served in a number of different roles throughout his 15-year career in higher education for the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas system and now with the University of Denver. He is also adjunct faculty for the Executive Education in Daniels. Brent has worked in several different capacities including employer relations, career development, accreditation, and alumni engagement. Brent is a proud University of Denver and University of Oklahoma graduate and his entire wardrobe is crimson!

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Meet Alec Lask

Associate Director of Development, Midwest.

Alec joined the DU Advancement team as the Associate Director of Development for the Midwest Region in December of 2023, focusing on growing philanthropic partnerships with our partners in the Midwest. Alec looks forward to learning more about our alumni and friends from across the heartland in the coming months and years ahead.

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Connect With Us


If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at This portal is a menu of volunteer opportunities and your open door to engage with the DU community. Choose from a variety of one-off and ongoing projects that are meaningful to you.  

The DU Career Network allows you to connect with DU students and alumni for mentoring and career networking. Share your expertise with those pursuing similar professional interests by joining

If you have any questions about volunteering with DU, please email



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