Dallas-Ft. Worth Network

They say everything is bigger in Texas! That is true when it comes to the Texas-sized DU Network in the Dallas/Ft. Worth (a.k.a. DFW) area which consists of over 2,200 DU supporters. This community will welcome all y'all with a friendly howdy at one of the signature events in the greater metro area whether it is a Rangers baseball game, annual service project, or a watch party for one of DU's amazing sports teams. The DU DFW Network is eager to connect with you and is open to alumni, parents, current students, and friends of DU. Connect with your Network Leaders below or reach out to your staff liaison to learn how to get more connected. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet Rafael Hernandez

Hello! I am a proud DU MBA alumnus. I am an executive with the Office of Residential Care Facilities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Fort Worth, TX with commercial real estate finance experience in New York City and the Greater Boston Area. I am also a Major and Armor Officer in the Army National Guard and currently serves as the Battalion Executive Officer (XO)  for 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard. I love to run long and mid distance and enjoy staying connected to DU as a member of the Daniels Alumni Advisory Board (AAB). I am currently a PhD candidate in Finance and Real Estate at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

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Annual Events

DU Day at the Ballpark-Texas Rangers

Sunday Aug 18, Meetup at 11:30AM. First Pitch at 1:35PM

It’s time for the annual summer tradition of DU Day at the Ballpark! We are delighted to launch this event for the Dallas - Ft. Worth Network. Come join your fellow alumni, parents, incoming and returning students, and friends for an afternoon of food, fun, and reconnecting as the Texas Rangers take on the Minnesota Twins.

Your ticket gets you DU discounted admission for this game and DU swag. We are excited to use this opportunity to showcase the tremendous Dallas - Ft. Worth Network for the University of Denverallowing this community to better connect. 

Details for meet up and registration here: https://rsvp.du.edu/event/rangers2024/summary

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • Hockey Watch Parties, DFW Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Night Out with the Rangers
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown team. 
  • Annual Service Project
    • Annual tradition of the community coming together for a project that benefits the public good. 
View all events here
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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 volunteering.du.edu 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 du.firsthand.co

If you have any questions about volunteering with DU, please email alumni@du.edu.



Please email rh2752@columbia.edu to connect with a DU DFW Network leader today!



Please email brent.thompson@du.edu to connect with a DU staff member.


Looking for more ways to connect with DU? Please email alumni@du.edu

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