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Maria Kuntz

Storyteller. Strategist. Collaborator. Creator.

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I've always been enchanted by stories. As a child, I was told to shut my books and go outside. I spent many years traveling, learning languages and meeting strangers for the chance to learn their stories. Today, I share stories. I ask questions, listen closely and write so as to shine a light on the gems that intrigue minds and connect with our hearts.

I use this same approach whether I'm working with colleagues designing programs for students and community members or if I'm interviewing donors and alumni. Every person, every event, has a story—let's share it!


Alumni and Student Stories

CU Engineering Magazine
Becoming 'Ilisaurri'

When he started as a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Herb IIisaurri Schroeder (PhDCivEngr'91) spent time researching rural sanitation in 100 Alaska Native villages. Because many still relied on portable toilets rather than sewer systems, the villages had higher occurrences of disease and infant mortality, since pathogens live longer in the cold climate.

University of Denver News Room
DU Prepares Alumna for the Marines

Capt. Avery (Denney) Crisp (BSBA '12) always dreamed of flying planes, but she never imagined DU would put her on a path to making that dream a reality. She was raised in western Colorado, where she skied with her family and played volleyball, basketball, soccer and track throughout high school.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
"I'm an artist who found a canvas in engineering" - Dana Stamo - Ep. 10

Food Containers: ​Compostable On CUE sits down with Dana Stamo. Dana is a fifth year chemical biological engineering student who is currently taking graduate classes and doing research with Professor Chatterjee. Dana is a recipient of the Chancellor's scholarship and a BOLD scholarship from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
Learning to speak new languages: Japanese professor turns satellite engineer

Amidst a fruitful career as a language professor and technologist, Sarah Withee joined Gen Z and Millenial students to become an electrical engineer. From a very young age Sarah Withee was intrigued by astronomy, black holes and quasars. In high school she followed a math and science track, but in college pursued a very different direction-education and linguistics.

News Articles

College of Engineering & Applied Science
Meet CU Engineering's class of 2023

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is just a few percentage points away from achieving one of its major diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Three years ago, the college publicly announced its goal to become the first public engineering school with an undergraduate population that is 50% female* while while reflecting the demographics of our state's high school graduates.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
ACTIVE Fellows explore research, leadership and teaching in engineering

Impact in the classroom. Diversity of minds and resources. Leadership training. Building community. These are some of the reasons that the 2019 ACTIVE participants gathered at CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science this week.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
Go For It encourages synergies between art and engineering at CU Boulder

This week an inflatable version of Go For It , a creation of the Chicago-based, internationally recognized artist Matthew Hoffman, is on display in the south quad of the Engineering Center at CU Boulder. Hoffman, who became famous for the You Are Beautiful project, was invited to CU Engineering as part of the Art is Engineering program run by STEM educator and lecturer Elisabeth Stade.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
CU Boulder Engineering deepens connection to community college faculty and students

Last week the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science was awarded its second National Science Foundation (NSF) grant this month to build new connections with Colorado community colleges. The newest project is a three-year grant for $600,000 awarded through the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
CU Boulder Engineering bets big on America's community college students

With a $10 million federal grant and an eye on community colleges, CU Engineering and partners aim to diversify engineering in Colorado-and coast to coast. CU Boulder will take a leading role on a new $10 million federal grant to boost the number of community college students who go on to study engineering at four-year colleges, a move intended to help pave the way for a more diverse engineering workforce.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
BOLD Center announces four new faculty fellows

Last year The BOLD Center launched a new fellowship aimed at supporting diversity across the curriculum and the college. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to launch projects or initiatives that support and encourage diversity and inclusion at CU Engineering.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
CoNECD names The BOLD Center Program of the Year

Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) honored The BOLD Center as Program of the Year at their inaugural conference in Washington D.C. on May 1. The BOLD Center was honored for developing programs that have significantly enhanced the participation of students from diverse populations that are historically underserved in engineering and computing, while enriching the students' learning experience in engineering and computer science.

College of Engineering & Applied Science
Student team competing in First Nations Launch

This week, five CU Engineering students will compete against 14 other teams at the Ninth Annual First Nations Launch in Wisconsin sponsored by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The team, led by junior Alyvia Hildebrand (MechEngr'19), first heard about the competition in late September.

Videos (Alumni Engagement and Student Storytelling)

University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science
The BOLD Center Video

I produced this video alongside Fireside Productions who we hired as freelance videographers. I led story development, speaker identification and scheduling, script review and approval and stakeholder management.

University of Denver Advancement
2017 Alumni Weekend

I produced, directed and wrote the storyboard and script for this video. It was created in collaboration with a videographer who I hired to capture b-roll and do all editing.

Philanthropic Impact, Proposals & Research

University of Denver Impact Report 2017
A Hockey Complex For Today's Student-Athletes

In spring 2018, DU will break the ice—on the new Miller Hockey Complex designed by sports facility giant JLG Architecture. The new complex is a long-awaited feat made possible by the generosity of more than 140 donors, including 70 former DU hockey players and DU alumnus and board of trustee member, John Miller.

University of Denver Magazine - Spring 2017
Alumnifire Ignites the Pioneer Network (p. 45)

Undergraduate business student Sam Bloomfield will graduate in June with a BSBA in marketing and minors in accounting and leadership studies. While nearly 70 percent of DU alumni remain in the Front Range after graduation, Sam hopes to move back to Minneapolis.

University of Denver Magazine Winter 2017 issue
Be Brighter (p. 35)

Be Brighter. Kindle your network of Pioneers across the globe. Whether you just arrived or graduated 50 years ago, Alumnifire connects you with fellow DU alumni everywhere.

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