60s and earlier
The Overseas Press Club awarded Al Kaff* (Econ’42) a distinguished service plaque for his work as a foreign correspondent and his years as a columnist for the club’s monthly newsletter. He worked as a United Press/UPI correspondent for more than 30 years before taking a job as a public relations writer at Cornell University. Al, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, is 90 and lives with his wife in Fairfield, Conn.
Pilot Peggy Moynahan McCaffrey (A&S’43) was honored for her role as one of the first American women to fly military aircraft as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. The WASPs flew nearly six million miles of noncombat missions during World War II. Peggy flew from Montrose, Colo., where she lives, to Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for her service during the war.
A lifelong passion for reading led compassionate alum Harvey Ancel (MPerServ’52) to win a Denver Channel 7 News Everyday Hero Award. He spends his time collecting books and distributing them to children living in low-income households. In his 90s, he volunteers with the Littleton School District and sends thousands of books across the country, often at his own expense. “Children need books,” he says. “I want them to know there are possibilities in this life.” Harvey lives in Centennial, Colo.
After 33 years of service Norman Einspruch (MPhys’55) retired from the University of Miami where he served as the engineering dean and chair of industrial engineering. He is a member of many honorary organizations, including Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, and is a fellow in such organizations as the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Norman plans to spend his retirement with his wife at their houses in Coral Gables, Fla., and Lake Oswego, Ore.
Eight-time Academy Award film score nominee and frequent Conference on World Affairs participant Dave Grusin (Mus’56) returned to the university in April for the conference and to perform concerts with Lee Ritenour and CU’s symphony orchestra. The program featured elements of jazz, classical and soundtrack music, including some of Dave’s most popular scores. He lives in Santa Fe, N.M., with his wife, Nancy Newton.
After leaving CU, Henry “Hank” Anton* (Acct’60) moved to Pueblo, Colo., where he ran his family business until 1984. Next, he went into the insurance business and retired in 2008. He still lives in Pueblo where he has been the local alumni president since 1975. His wife, Suzanne Sturgeon Anton* (A&S’60), taught junior high in Pueblo and works in real estate.
Bill Batton (MechEngr’60, MS’63) has spent the past 33 years working at Barber Nichols, a high-tech specialty turbo machinery company in Arvada, Colo. He writes he is still working but is trying to slow down. He lives in Arvada with his wife of 53 years.
Dedicated volunteer Sherry Clarkin (Mktg’60) has continued to do community service since the Alumni Association recognized her with its community service award in 1977. She spent 12 years as director of volunteer services for three hospitals and retired in 2002. She is involved in a volunteer reading tutor program and various church activities. She lives in Colorado Springs.
Realtor Pat Davis (Mktg’60) remained in Boulder after graduation and has worked with Coldwell Banker for 18 years. She and her husband have five children, two of whom graduated with MBAs from CU-Boulder.
A sportswriter and Olympic correspondent for The Boston Globe, Bruce Doten’s* (Engl’60) talents are not limited to writing. He also worked on the public relations staff for the mayor of Boston and founded the American Marketing Corporation, a Boston consulting group. He lives in Vineyard Haven, Mass.
After practicing law in Boulder for more than 40 years, Lane Earnest* (A&S’60, Law’63) retired to Palm Desert, Calif., with his wife. During his career Lane worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Army and as Boulder County District Attorney. He also has worked as a volunteer chaplain in the cruise ship industry. He and his wife Barbara Earnest* (PE’73), to whom he has been married 50 years, have two children and five grandchildren.
Ed Garrett (Jour’60) has been a dealer and collector of antique American Indian art and artifacts since 1980. He has purchased numerous farms and ranches in northern Colorado from 1962-1983. He lives in Loveland, Colo., with his wife.
A past president of the Association of Federal Communications Engineers, Fred Griffin spent 33 years as CEO and owner of Frederick G. Griffin Engineering in Lynchburg, Va. He and his wife have four children and six grandchildren. They live in Springfield, Va.
After retiring as a corporate executive and organizational consultant, Jane Hascall (Engl’60) is taking time to explore the world. She lives in Lakewood, Colo.
For the past 50 years Carol Cooper Hayward (Hist’60, MBA’86) has enjoyed 50 years of challenges, worldwide travel and a happy marriage that led to two children and one grandchild. She lives on a ranch in Larkspur, Colo., with her husband and writes that her life is full of horses, golf and travel.
Retiree Sondra Kellogg (Edu’60) spent 33 years with Jefferson County Public Schools as a teacher, supervisor and principal. She is director of the Colorado and Utah chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association and a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club. She lives in Lakewood, Colo.
CU Buff Club member and season ticket holder Darrell Laschanzky (Mktg’60) spent his career in the insurance field, working primarily in security and fidelity bonding. He served as vice president of Pioneer General Insurance Co. where he worked for 40 years. He lives in Centennial, Colo., with his wife.
During her career Paula MacNeil (A&S’60) was a public school speech and language pathologist who helped develop and train pathologists in techniques to help developmentally delayed students. She lives in Bend, Ore.
Retiree Roylynne Miercort (Hist’60, MedTech’61) worked as a medical technologist at the CU hospital in Denver. She also has been an active volunteer over the years, teaching science in American schools in the Philippines. She enjoys gardening, skiing and spending time with her grandchildren. She divides her time between Reno, Nev., and Denver.
After working for the U.S. Department of State for four years, William Morgan (Econ’60, PhD’64) joined the economics faculty at the University of Wyoming. He retired in 2002 and lives in Laramie with his wife. They spend winters in Newport Beach, Calif.
An active skier and biker, Priscilla Lichty Moxley (Edu’60) taught elementary school and did years of volunteer work and fundraising for a variety of causes. She works with Prudential California Real Estate and lives in La Jolla. She ran a Shakespeare competition in San Diego for years and is passionate about art and cooking. Priscilla makes occasional trips to Denver to visit her family and friends.
After graduation Nancy Proctor Pesman (Edu’60, MA’70) married Skip Cary (MGeol’59) and had three children. When Skip died in 1972, she became a school librarian and married Jerry Pesman (CivEngr’50) in 1975. She enjoys skiing, tennis and visiting her 12 grandchildren. Nancy lives in Boulder.
After teaching in Colorado’s Aurora Public School District for 27 years, Nancy Cochran Sullivan (Edu’60, MA’92) received her master’s degree at UC Denver in 1992. She retired in 1999, married and moved to California. Both of her daughters graduated from CU-Boulder. She lives in Pasadena, Calif.
After serving for 33 years as an IBM employee Thomas Trimble Jr. (Fren’60) retired in 1993 after a career focused on large computer systems marketing. He was married to Charmaine Carrey (Edu’59). After she passed away he remarried in 2004. He enjoys skiing and playing tennis. He and his wife travel frequently and live in Carnelian Bay, Calif.
Ann Hinds Tull (MedTech’60) spent 35 years working for the U.S. government as a research microbiologist. She also served as a U.S. diplomat in Egypt and Canada. She earned a master’s in management and supervision from Central Michigan University and works as an international franchise consultant. Ann lives in Englewood, Colo.
Teacher Mary Soule Wallace (Math’60) taught math and computer science in the San Francisco Bay area for 25 years, training business people in the use of computer software. Her husband Richard Wallace (ElEngr’60, MS’64) earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1969. He spent a few years in the Navy and then used his degrees to work in the field of lasers. The couple lives in Los Altos, Calif.
Civil engineer Richard Weingardt (CivEngr’60, MS’64) was named one of the 15 most prominent people in civil engineering by CE News. The Denver resident teaches and mentors engineering students through his writing and speaking on engineering. He has authored nine books on engineering achievements and legendary engineers. He is former national president of the American Council of Engineering Companies. In his spare time he is an oil painter, historian and writer.
During a marriage that has lasted more than 50 years, Jane Niles Van Deren (Hist’60) raised four children. In 1989 she returned to Metro State College to earn a bachelor’s degree in human sciences. She loves to travel and spend time at her cabin near Dillon, Colo. She writes she is still downhill skiing but has slowed down since her Buff Ski Club days. She lives in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Verle Williams (MechEngr’60) had a varied career, spending 19 years with Johnson Controls before working 28 years in his own professional engineering consulting company, which specialized in energy conservation. He traveled the world presenting energy conservation lectures. He lives in Escondido, Calif., with his wife.
After a career with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, F. Rodney Drake (DistSt’62, MD’66) retired as a colonel in 1989 and since has had a full-time private practice in Washington, D.C. He practices general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He has been president of the Washington Psychiatric Society, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington and the Baltimore-Washington Society for Psychoanalysis. He has two children and lives in Chevy Chase, Md., but notes that Boulder and CU remain at the epicenter of his life.
Decorated Vietnam War combat veteran Ted Ankrum (ElEngr’65) is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas District 10, which spans from Austin to Houston. He has served as deputy head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program and as chief of conservation and renewable energy commercial operations for the Department of Energy. Ted lives in Cypress, Texas. His website is www.ankrum2010.com.
After practicing law for 35 years in Loveland, Colo., Richard Ball (PolSci’66, Law’69) retired and shortly afterward decided the nonworking life was not for him. He became a business development officer with First Western Trust Bank at the Fort Collins branch. He’s using his political science degree to kick-start his Democratic bid for the state senate in a district that includes Larimer County. He lives in Loveland with his wife.
Scientist and CU Heritage Center Hall of Excellence honoree Spencer Silver (PhDA&S’66) helped invent an item that has stuck around for 30 years. He developed a unique adhesive that sticks to surfaces. Because of this adhesive, the Post-it Note was born. A writer for USA Today wrote a column about his love for the product, noting “the only time a Post-it will fail is late at night.” Spencer lives in St. Paul, Minn.
Hale Irwin (Mktg’67) was a football and golf star at CU and found worldwide acclaim as a golfer. He holds three U.S. Open titles and 20 PGA Tour victories, and he appeared five times on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. And he isn’t slowing down — Hale competed in the Senior PGA Championship at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., in May. When he isn’t golfing, Hale enjoys photography. He lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
The photograph of Old Main in the March 2010 issue of the Coloradan brought back many CU memories for Michael Logan (Anth’67). He remembers standing on the roof of Old Main with his roommate on Nov. 22, 1963, lowering the flag after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Michael lives in Knoxville, Tenn.
Author Donald deKieffer (PolSci’68) had his latest book Underground Economies and Illegal Imports published by Oxford University Press. The book is a unique asset for lawyers facing the chaotic landscape of illegal trade. It focuses on how international supply and distribution chains can be attacked by clever and not-so-subtle thieves.
Teacher Cheryl Beckwith (Edu’71, MA’80) and her fourth-grade class were national finalists in the Today Show’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Why My Class is Extraordinary” contest. The winning class, determined by online voting, was to be awarded a trip to the opening of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando. In the end, actress Emma Watson revealed that all four of the finalist classes would get to visit the park.
The founder of an architectural and engineering firm in Saudi Arabia, Zuhair Hamed Fayez (Arch, MA’71) was awarded an honorary degree CU in May. In the mid-60s, one of Zuhair’s English teachers sent his application to CU-Boulder and the Saudi government granted him a scholarship to study in the United States. In 1975 Zuhair returned to Saudi Arabia and established Zuhair Fayez and Associates with more than 1,000 employees.
After retiring from a career as a software engineer, Sandra Leviton Reay (Engl’71) released I Wanted to Fly, a CD of original and co-written songs that includes performances by her co-writers and friends. She says her music is getting great reviews and has been heard on the radio throughout the West. She lives near Monument, Colo.
The engineering college awarded Mohamed Al-Mady (ChemEngr’73) a distinguished engineering alumni award in the industry and commerce category. Mohamed has led the Saudi Basic Industries Corp. in Saudi Arabia since 1998. He helped transform it from a small regional company into the world’s most profitable chemical products manufacturer. He also was named the most influential person in global chemicals by the International Chemical Industry Society. Mohamed lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Top tax lawyer Richard Colombik (Acct’75) shared his advice with a wide audience when he guest hosted the Uncommon Law radio show. He answered people’s tax-related questions, speaking to a live radio audience. Richard is an author, lecturer and public speaker and is a former national liaison to the Internal Revenue Service. He lives in Itasca, Ill.
The Denver Board of Water Commissioners selected Jim Lochhead (EPOBio’74, Law’78) to be the next CEO/manager of Denver Water. He served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 1994-98, and has continued to represent the state with regard to interstate Colorado River operations and issues. “We will face a number of challenges in the future,” he says. “I look forward to bringing my experience to bear and to work with the employees to meet those challenges.” He and his wife moved from Glenwood Springs, Colo., to the Denver area in June.
For Carol Leimer Callan (MPE’77, MBA’87), a lifelong passion for basketball led to a job of which some can only dream. She serves as director of the U.S. women’s national team. She lives in Colorado Springs, home of the U.S. Olympic training center. Her son, Greg Callan (PolSci’10), graduated from CU-Boulder in May.
The World Trade Center Institute honored Jim Wheeler (EnvDes’77) with the 2010 Maryland International Business Leadership Award, presented to individuals at Maryland companies who have helped their companies succeed through determination, creativity and the cultural sensitivity that global business demands. Jim lives in Baltimore.
Interim vice president for academic affairs Craig Clark (CivEngr’78) of Alfred State College in New York gave a presentation on energy efficiency development and job creation at the annual Development District Association of Appalachia conference in Washington, D.C. His presentation highlighted projects funded by the organization that have allowed the college to expand its instruction in renewable energy and conservation of natural resources. Craig lives in Alfred, N.Y., where he also serves as mayor.
Steve Sande (CivEngr’78, MBA’83) and his wife Barbara Mackinder Sande (ElecEngr’77, MBA’83) write they have done a lot of traveling in the last year. They went to Africa on a CU alumni trip that included stops in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. They also visited places closer to home, such as Seattle, Santa Fe, N.M., and San Diego. When they are at home in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Barb works at Lockheed Martin helping satellite programs analyze problems, and Steve keeps busy by writing novels and blogging. He was a winning participant in National Novel Writing Month, writing a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.
Past winner of the Alumni Association’s Leanne Skupa-Lee Award Scott Wood* (Thtr ex’78) writes he is loving life and is running for the board of trustees in Erie, Colo.
Cell biologist Daniel Gottschling (MChem’80, PhD’84) was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious societies. “It’s flattering and an honor to be recognized by your peers for the quality and significance of your work,” he says. Daniel studies yeast cells, looking for molecular components that may be similar in humans and using his findings to research the link between aging and cancer. He lives in Seattle.
After graduating from CU-Boulder, Budiono Mismail (MElecEngr’80) returned to Indonesia. In 1991 he received his doctorate at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He worked at Brawijaya University in Malang for years in a number of positions, including head of the computer center and dean of the engineering faculty. From 2000-04, he served as education and cultural attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Merrill Lynch private wealth adviser William Corbellini (Fin’83) was recognized on “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State by State” list in Barron’s magazine. Advisers on this list must have at least seven years of financial services experience and receive good rankings in areas such as client assets, client satisfaction, compliance records and community involvement. William lives in Dallas.
After practicing dentistry in Colorado for nearly 25 years, Pasco Scarpella (EPOBio’83) was named president of the Colorado Dental Association, an organization committed to supporting organized dentistry that represents over 82 percent of the licensed dentists in Colorado. Pasco has held every governing office of the organization and served as editor of the Journal of the Colorado Dental Association. He is a general dentist and has a private practice in Brighton, Colo. He lives in Fort Lupton.
The Northampton VA Medical Center appointed Richard Tremaine (Psych’83) as associate director. The center provides psychiatric and substance abuse services as well as primary and secondary levels of medical care to veterans. Richard moved with his wife and four children to Massachusetts from Temple, Texas.
The governor of Arizona named Alan Willenbrock (ChemEngr, Mktg’83) to the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors, a group of nine people who manage the multipurpose facilities of the state. Alan has over 24 years of experience in the financial services profession assisting families in achieving their financial goals. In 2004 he was recognized as a leader of the global investment profession by the CFA Institute. He is vice president and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and lives in Tucson, Ariz.
Susan Fox-Wolfgramm (Bus’83) presented a paper at the 20th annual Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in England. Her presentation, “Towards Increasing Business Students’ Confidence in Facing a Confusing Business Environment: A Strategic Management Approach,” focused on the application of self-leadership and management strategies to help make sense of the global financial crisis. Susan is a professor of management at Hawai’i Pacific University and lives in Honolulu.
Musician Geary Larrick (PhDMus’84) had an article titled “Significant Recent Scholarship” published in the spring 2010 issue of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. He has written 40 articles for the organization since 1968 and has published a total of 80 articles during his career. He lives in Stevens Point, Wis.
Author James Lough (Engl’84) published his second book, Spheres of Awareness: A Wilberian Integral Approach to Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and Art (University Press of America). He chairs the writing department at the Savannah College of Art and Design and lives in Savannah, Ga.
Nurse Cecile Evans (Psych’85, Nurs’96, MS’00) accepted a position in Idaho at Boise State University as assistant professor of nursing. Prior she completed her doctorate in Memphis, Tenn. Her dissertation, “Function, Pain, and Health Status in Community-Dwelling Mid-Southerners with Limb Loss,” discussed pain-related disability issues across the life span with a focus on women and minorities.
After working in youth sports for many years, Peter Sabin Jr. (Rec’85) was named a 2010 Sports Ethics Fellow by the Positive Coaching Alliance. He was honored with this award because of his continued dedication to ethical play and good sportsmanship. He lives in Granite Bay, Calif., where he volunteers as director of a youth soccer club with more than 1,600 players and advocates for sportsmanship in the game.
The National Association of Educational Procurement announced the election of Sandy Rosenthal Hicks (Rec’86) as its new president. The organization is made up of more than 4,000 procurement professionals from 1,400 of the nation’s most respected educational institutions. Sandy is assistant vice president and chief procurement officer at CU and is responsible for directing purchasing and payables operations at all of CU’s campuses.
Aspiring politician Richard Curtis (Psych’87, MRelSt’91) announced his independent bid for the U.S. Senate in the state of Washington. He writes the state has a new primary that makes an independent campaign much more likely to succeed than in most states. More information about his campaign can be found at www.richardcurtis4senate.org. On top of this, Richard finds time to continue his work in religious studies. He presented his paper, “Theology and the Politics of Deception,” at the American Academy of Religion Northwest Regional Conference in April. He lives in Seattle.
Real estate agent Jeanette Meyer (MBA’87) continues to have great success in the industry. Last year she earned Quality Service Certified Gold Status recognition for exceptional customer satisfaction based on customer surveys. Jeanette has owned and operated Meyer Property since 2001. She lives in Fort Collins.
Last year Jay Bancroft (CompSci’88) traveled to South America where he canoed down the Amazon. He writes he has moved back to the East Coast from California to help his family and teach biology. He lives in Greenwich, Conn.
Former Alumni Association membership coordinator Michelle DuPuis Bradford (Soc’89) writes she, her husband Reed Bradford (ArchEngr’86) and their two sons moved to the Atlanta area after 10 years in western North Carolina. Reed is the director of product development at Cooper Lighting in Peachtree City, Ga. After being a stay-at-home mother for 12 years, Michelle re-entered the work force and is the Atlanta direct manager at Actors, Models and Talent for Christ in Tyrone, Ga.
Sunrise Anglers owner Thomas Schneider (Ger’90) has developed an apprentice program with the CU Fly Fishing Club and made contributions to help the club’s work with kids. Sunrise Anglers aims to provide relaxed fly-fishing trips in Colorado with experienced guides. It offers everything from guided trips to fly-tying classes. Thomas lives in Littleton, Colo.
As a project manager for Roberts & Schaefer Co. in Salt Lake City, Jim Greer (Mech Engr’91) has been busy the past few years. He has overseen the production of a new truck stop for a gold-mining client in Nevada and has been involved with a hot water and steam retrofit project in America’s only oil sands mine and refinery in Vernal, Utah.
In an attempt to encourage the value of liberal arts in a competitive world, former CU resident adviser Jennifer Graves Sertl (Engl, Phil’91) has written a book, Strategy, Leadership and the Soul: Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflection for a Global Economy (Triarchy Press). She says she is thankful for the great education she got at CU-Boulder. She lives in Pittsford, N.Y.
Former CU football players Alfred Williams (Soc ex’91) of Aurora, Colo., and Eric Bieniemy (Soc’01) of Prior Lake, Minn., were placed on the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot, and Alfred was nominated for the hall. National Football Foundation president and CEO Steven Hatchell (Jour’70) says, “It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.72 million people have played college football.” Steve lives in Dallas.
Rye, N.Y., resident Kenneth Frenchman (Mktg’93) became a partner at the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. He has litigated many significant insurance coverage cases throughout the country.
After welcoming the birth of son George Nathan McCloskey in May 2009, Carol Todd McCloskey (Hist’93) and Michael McCloskey (Comm’96) happily moved their family of four to Sarasota, Fla.
Ten years ago, Mindi Markatos Mackinnon (Comm’94) moved from New York City to Toronto. She lives with her Canadian husband and two young boys, whom, she writes, “keep me pretty busy.”
In working for the Denver-based company IncentaHEALTH, Todd McGuire (Mgmt’94) has received a patent for a corporate wellness plan. The technology-based health kiosks used privately by employees are a way for companies to give powerful nutrition and health strategies as an incentive to reduce obesity and improve lifestyles within the work force. Todd lives in Denver.
Delighted by the adoption in March of Savannah Qi Austin, their 5-year-old daughter from China, Heather Christopher Austin (Fin’96) and James Austin (Mktg’95) joyfully write that they are “adjusting to being a family of four.” While in China for the adoption they visited many sites with their other 5-year-old daughter, Sydney Austin, and Heather’s parents. The family lives in Thornton, Colo.
Researching wolf populations in Yellowstone National Park has proven very insightful for Dan MacNulty (EnvCon’95), a University of Minnesota postdoctoral researcher. His study of the predatory habits of wolves was published in the journal Ecology Letters. Dan found that while most wolves in the park live to be six years old, their ability to kill prey peaks when they are two to three. His study indicates there is not a strong correlation between the number of wolves in the park and the number of elk killed.
Pittsford, N.Y., resident and former AT&T executive Ronald Fulle (MTeleComm’96) wrote a book about the rapidly changing telecommunications industry, Telecommunications History and Policy into the 21st Century (RIT Press). His book is based on business case studies and personal experience. Ronald is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jive Software of Portland, Ore., bought the Boulder-based company Filtrbox, a social media monitoring company co-founded by Ari Newman (Mktg’96). According to the Colorado Daily, Filterbox’s technology can help Jive assist large businesses in making the most of social media information. Ari told the Daily, “I think it’s a great validation of what we’ve built over the last couple years.”
Puzzles have a new meaning for Chris Wirth (Law, MBA’97). He founded Liberty Puzzles, a Boulder company aimed at developing custom wood puzzles. Some of his puzzles designed for the CU Museum of Natural History, which just finished a yearlong exhibit on historic Navajo rugs, take on the shapes of featured rugs. These exquisite puzzles serve as a fundraiser to preserve the rug collection.
Baby boy Nathan Robert Nellis was born to proud parents Katherine Garioto Nellis (EBio’98) and Chuck Nellis. The family lives in Aurora, Colo.
As co-owner and designer of Cocobelle designs, Lucy Peglar (Anth’98) has seen her company successfully progress. Cocobelle shoes have been featured in many style magazines and have been worn by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. Lucy lives with her husband and two daughters in Uruguay.
Pasadena, Calif., resident Jenn Owens Rocca* (Aero’98) and her husband, Matt Rocca, have welcomed a new baby into their lives, Matheson Gray Rocca. Jenn is a senior systems engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mental health counselor Sarah Allen Benton (Jour’98) has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the CBS Early Show and in The New York Times to talk about her book, Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights (Praeger). She writes she continues to increase awareness about alcoholism through her work and lectures. Sarah lives in Boston.
Baby Elizabeth Ann Sauer was born to Theresa Benda Sauer (Jour’98) and husband Bernie Sauer (Aero’98). Theresa writes, “Elizabeth is already a Buffs fan, dancing along to the tune of the CU Fight Song.” The family lives in Denver.
In addition to his athletic stardom, including playing in the NBA All-Star Game in February, Chauncey Billups (Soc ex’99), point guard for the Denver Nuggets, has maintained a strong connection to CU. After the Buffs’ 87-81 loss to Kansas State in January, Chauncey spoke to the team, giving them encouragement that they were heading in the right direction. He also has been taking online classes at CU in criminology and conflict management. His brother, Rodney Billups, became CU’s director of basketball operations in June.
Award-winning photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve (Phil’99) has worked for Time, Newsweek, Stern and many other international publications. He won Photographer of the Year in the freelance/agency category from Pictures of the Year International. In addition to his dazzling and emotional photographs, Tomas has been working on a documentary about communism in the 21st century. He lives in Paris.
Insightful photos of young women coming of age with HIV/AIDS taken by Krisanne Johnson (Jour’00) in Swaziland, Africa, earned her a prestigious Getty Images Grant and W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, among others. She has been traveling around the world as a staff photographer for the White House and as a freelancer. She is based in New York.
Award-winning photographer Chip Litherland (Art’00) is a regular contributor to The New York Times. CU adjunct professor Kevin Moloney (Jour’87) had a large influence on Chip whose story about the public grief over a shooting of a high school cheerleader gained him much praise. See his photos at www.chiplitherland.com.
Teaching in Shanghai, China, has been a positive experience for Laura Jockovic Oster (Thtr’00). She joyfully explains, “I am learning so much about the culture here and am slowly learning Mandarin.” She encourages everyone to read her blog at http://laurapowers.weebly.com/. She worked for several years as event director at the CU-Boulder Alumni Association.
The trip of a lifetime was completed by Steve Shoppman (Bus’00) and Steve Bouey (PolSci’99, MPubAd’01) when they went on a two-and-a-half year, 77,000-mile expedition driving two Toyotas across 69 countries. The friends plan on making a documentary and writing a book about the expedition. They were selected by National Geographic as Adventurers of the Year in 2009. Both alums live in Denver. Read the feature on them on pages 4-9 in this issue.
Heather Kurland (Mktg’01) is focusing on her nonprofit, The Rita Fund, which focuses on donating money to women’s international charities. Kurland told the Colorado Daily, “We want to put money in the hands of women who are finding solutions.” She lives in Boulder.
In relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, Julian Martinez (MTeleCom’01) became the academic programs director for the Level Playing Field Institute. The nonprofit runs educational programs and conducts workplace research aimed at removing barriers placed in front of high achieving, low-income students, among others. Julian’s vision entails “a world where a true level playing field exists.”
Denver resident Alison Zinn (IntlAf, PolSci’01) joined the board of directors of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She is an associate at the Denver-based law firm Foster, Graham, Milstein, Calisher.
CU is amply represented in the solely vocal rock band FACE. Alums Ryan Driver (Anth’02), John Forest Kelly (EPOBio’02), Ben Lunstad (PhDChem’02) and Stephen Ross (Mus’03) make up four of the seven members. FACE has gained national attention and often performs the national anthem for the Denver Rockies and Broncos. All four live in Colorado.
Former Herd director Judd Rogers* (IntlAf’02, MBA’09) is working on wind and solar development opportunities in Chile. He says the enormous February earthquake was “definitely a wild ride.” Judd has a blog about both his work and earthquake experiences at http://juddtrip.blogspot.com/.
As an assistant professor of integrative biology at UC Denver, Alan Vajda (MEPOBio’02, PhDIntPhys’06) researches the ecological and evolutionary context of water contamination, specifically human and wildlife exposure to harmful chemicals in drinking water, and is attempting to spread the word through his talks such as one at CU-Boulder in March called “Sex, Lies, Water Supplies.”
CU couple John Buck (Econ’02) and Jessica Israel (Comm’03) were married last October in Calistoga, Calif. Buff groomsmen included Robert Freed (MCDBio’02) of West Hollywood, Calif., Matt Gangaware (Econ’02) of Denver and Dan Miller (Bus’03). CU bridesmaids were Mackenzie Johnson (Comm’03) of Stillwater, Minn., and Aimee Poimiroo (Mktg’03) of San Francisco who is assisting the Alumni Association in hotel arrangements for the Cal away football game this fall. The couple lives in San Francisco.
Thousand Oaks, Calif., resident Jose Marichal (PhDPolSci’03) has been granted tenure as associate professor at California Lutheran University.
Married couple Leah Feazel (MCDBio’05) and Andrew Nelson (BioChem’09) have started a nonprofit aimed at providing humanitarian and development assistance in Cameroon, West Africa, called Developing Opportunities for Orphans and Residents of Cameroon. In the spring they collected bicycles and computers from CU students to raise money for educational scholarships for orphans.
In The Denver Post article “Spelunking Steamboat for red worms,” author Jennie Lay (MJour’05) describes the exciting new discovery of extremely rare hydrogen sulfide-eating tubeworms living deep in a cave just beyond the Howelson Hill ski jumps in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She explains that CU professor Norman Pace realized their biological significance after previously studying the worms in the Pacific Ocean. Jenny lives in Steamboat and writes for the Coloradan.
Boulder resident Ryan Findley (Mgmt’06), along with brothers Andy Holdeman (Jour’08) and Ryan Holdeman (Psych’05), who live in Loveland, Colo., started a T-shirt and hoodie company called AFRCN APPRL. Their principle goal is to donate a part of the proceeds from clothing sales to one of three nonprofit organizations chosen by the buyer — Nothing But Nets, One Laptop per Child and The Hippo Project.
Former CU quarterback standout Joel Klatt (Econ’07) is co-announcer on the Klatt and Kreckman Show for Mile High Sports AM 1510. He explains his opinions are “formed from being in the locker rooms, on the sidelines and in the press boxes talking to the coaches, players and officials who are in the thick of it all.” Joel lives in Littleton, Colo.
Chris Markl (MPolSci’07) teaches economic development at Florida State College. He is working to build a nonprofit in Kenya that aims to assist entrepreneurs. To raise funds for this organization, he planned a 1,800-mile bicycle ride from Vancouver to San Diego in July with others called Kourage Ride. Chris lives in Jacksonville, Fla. Read more at www.kourageride.org.
Excited to have moved back to Orange County, Calif., Jessica Sporty (Mktg’08) enthusiastically writes she is “delighted to be back in the sunshine.” She is a menswear buyer for Pacific Sunwear and is looking for CU alumni groups in her area. She lives in Santa Ana, Calif.
Full-time professional dancer Ashley Williams (Aero, Dance’08) juggles a stimulating career as a medical researcher. She was featured in a story in the Pittsburgh Post–Gazette highlighting the creative aspects she brings to the two professions. She lives with her husband and dog in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In April Anthony Hull (PolSci’10) premiered his documentary In Passing on campus. The film follows the effects four CU students and alumni have had on the university community while largely blending in with the 30,000-person student body. One of the film’s subjects, Ethan Johnston, emigrated from Ethiopia after he was intentionally blinded at the age of 6 and forced to beg on the streets. John Sharza (Ethnic’10), an Alumni Association staffer, also appeared in the film. Senior CU film students Tyler Adams and Ryan Simpson shot and edited the film and Maria Genao-Homs (MJour’09) of Boulder provided special production assistance.
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Four out of 69 grants awarded to scientists nationwide under the Department of Energy’s new Early Career Research Program went to CU professors — the most awards received by any university. Michael Hermele, Alysia Marino and Tobin Munsat of physics and Arthi Jayaraman of chemical and biological engineering will each receive five-year research grants of at least $150,000 per year with the award.
Anthropology professor and department chair Dennis McGilvray’s book Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka (Routledge) situates Sri Lanka’s recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami within the broader social and political context, which included political patronage, competing efforts of hundreds of foreign humanitarian organizations and ongoing civil war.
When people are searching for jobs, the last thing they want to do is spend more money. With this in mind Tommy Benning and Logan Meyer, both mechanical engineering majors, created www.stusjobs.com. The website is free for job seekers to post their résumés and for employers to post jobs. It aims to help people find part-time or hourly work organized by geographic location.
Recipients of CU-Boulder’s 2010 Boulder Faculty Assembly Faculty Excellence Awards hail from departments across campus. Janet de Grazia (MChemEngr’94, PhD’98) of chemical and biological engineering, Nicholas Schneider of astrophysical and planetary sciences and LASP, David Barnett of philosophy and Mary Nelson of applied mathematics won Excellence in Teaching awards. Lisa Barlow of the Baker Environmental Residential Academic Program, Martin Bickman of English and service learning, Christopher Braider of French and Italian and Anne Dougherty of applied mathematics won Excellence in Service awards. Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work awards went to Takács Quartet members Edward Dusinberre, András Fejer, Károly Schranz and Geraldine Walther; Frances Bagenal of astrophysical and planetary sciences and Thomas Johnson of integrative physiology and the Institute for Behavioral Genetics.