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Ricks Center for Gifted Children (Denver, Colo.)

 Organization

University of Denver. 2040 South York Street, Denver, Colorado 80208. Date built: 1991. Major renovation: 1997. Gross square feet: 30,225. "A major fundraising drive in 1990 resulted in funding for a new facility. The parent body alone raised more than $100,000 for this project. The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Mrs. Ruth 0.W. Johnson, and several anonymous major donors were also essential to the success of the drive. In November 1991, Ricks Center for Gifted Children was dedicated and named after Alta Merle Ricks, our major benefactress. The new addition was completed in 1996 adding ten classrooms. An early childhood wing and a middle school wing now house the youngest and oldest students. A science lab, music recording studio, art lab, media and technology center are new, special features of the Ricks Center facility. The new facility was designed by architects who encouraged the children to contribute their ideas, and today it stands as a reflection of the unique learning needs of its students. Classrooms, a science and visual arts laboratory, media services, a foreign language lab, a multi-purpose room (for physical education, drama, music), and administrative office space are all housed in one building. Outdoor playgrounds are located on the site, and students also have access to many University of Denver facilities." Brick with copper roof and limestone trim?

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Box 37, 1993 - 2010

 File — Box: U338.0037
Identifier: U338.08.0037
Overview Box 37 contains trophies and plaques for competitions including Mathematics, 2010 World Affairs Challenge, Chess, and DU Homecoming. Also included is one (1) framed dedication of the building to Alta Merle Ricks.

Box 41, 1999

 File — Box: U338.0041
Identifier: U338.08.0041
Overview Box 41 contains two (2) chess trophies won by Ricks Center students in 1999. 1st and 3rd place.

Box 42, 1999 - 2000

 File — Box: U338.0042
Identifier: U338.08.0042
Overview Box 42 contains a 1st Place Denver Chess League plaque with stand. Year 1999-2000.

Box 5, Decorative Items and Souvenirs

 File — Box: M454.04.0005
Identifier: M454.04.0005
Overview Box 5 contains items owned and collected by Alta Merle Ricks. Items include decorative vase and bowl, a selective service medal for her husband, jewelry made by students of Ricks Center, a VHS from televangelist Robert Schuller, and decorative Chinese souvenirs.

Box 6, Trophies, 1917 - 1966

 File — Box: M454.0006
Identifier: M454.03.0006
Overview Box 6 contains trophies of Alta Merle Ricks and/or her family. This includes bowling trophies, a Lads 'n Lassies trophy for Alta and her husband, and a W.F. Williams Award given to Ethel McMahan (Alta's mother) in 1917.

Box 9, Basket and KU Belt, 1976 - 1987

 File — Box: M454.0009
Identifier: M454.04.0009
Overview Box 9 contains a basket embroidered with "AMR." Within this basket are items collected by Ricks including port of call pins for her and her husband, a bottle opener, and a belt with a Kansas University buckle.

Dr. Norma Lu Hafenstein Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M429
Overview This collection contains the personal papers of Dr. Norma Lu Hafenstein. Her professional papers can be found in U338, Ricks Center for Gifted Children Records.

Memorabilia

 Series
Identifier: M454.04
Overview This series contains physical memorabilia objects collected by Alta Merle Ricks. Items include a basket and port of call pin, decorative souvenirs, a selective service medal, and a VHS.

Paintings

 Series
Identifier: M454.02
Overview This series contains framed watercolor paintings done by Alta Merle Ricks. Also included is a star registry document.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children Records

 Collection
Identifier: U338
Overview Ricks Center at the University of Denver was founded in 1984 and was then known as the University Center for Gifted Young Children. The program has grown into a school serving approximately 250 children from three years of age through the eighth grade. The collection consists of historical records, photographs, and other memorabilia related to the founding and operation of the school.