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Boulder resident John Farrington* (PreMed’49, MD’52) has completed a term on the CU Medical Alumni Board of Directors and serves on the board of the CU Foundation. He received the CU University Medal in 2009. He writes that he and his wife are busy with volunteer work, the Senior Auditors program at CU-Boulder, golf, fishing, travel, bridge, gardening and their 10 grandchildren.
Last fall Paul Scheele (ElEngr’52) and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He retired from Ball Aerospace in 1990.They have five children, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. They enjoy attending Buff football games and live in Boulder.
After working for the University of Miami for 33 years, Norman Einspruch (MPhys’55) retired. At the university he served as dean of the College of Engineering and chair of the industrial engineering department. He and his wife divide their time between Coral Gables Fla., and Lake Oswego, Ore.
Last summer Jack Crane* (Acct’58) went on a trip to London and took a Scandinavian and Russian cruise. He lives in Boulder and is a member of the Alumni Association Directors Club, a social, philanthropic and educational booster group for the university.
After coaching football and teaching English in Nederland, Colo., Lewis “Al” Bartlett (PE’59, MS’64) was a farmer for 50 years. He retired in Gig Harbor, Wash., and is trying his hand at freelance writing. Last year his article “Cornwell’s Folly” was published in the August issue of Air & Space Smithsonian.
CU Buff Club member and season ticket holder for 46 years, Darrell Laschanzky (Mktg’60) spent his 40-year career in the insurance industry working primarily in the surety and fidelity bonding field. He retired in 2001 as the vice president of the Pioneer General Insurance Company. He lives in Centennial, Colo., with his wife of 53 years.
Rodney Young Jr. (PolSci’60) wrote a children’s picture book, Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War’s Most Famous Mascot (Kane Miller). The book is about “Old Abe,” an eagle present at several Civil War battles that is said to have inspired northern troops during combat while also squawking at the opposing army. His website is www.OldAbeEagleHero.com. Rodney lives in Laurel, Md.
Former CU president Hank Brown (Acct’61, Law’69) took his “Icons of the American Republic” political science class on a trip to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last November. The class introduces students to the founding period of the United States through the events, concepts and individuals depicted in art exhibited in the building. This was the third year he has taken the class on the trip, which is funded by donors. Hank lives in Denver.
Gilbert “Jim” Howell (PE’60) called in to report he is, in fact, alive and happily retired in Montrose, Colo. The December Coloradan incorrectly listed him as deceased due to a reporting error. Jim, who grew up in Montrose, has lived there for 14 years after spending 37 years teaching and coaching in Anaheim, Calif.
A history assessment specialist for Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., Lawrence Beaber (IntlAf’62, MHist’65) retired after 40 years of service. During his career he helped revise the Foreign Service Officers Exam, introduced the document-based question to the AP European History Exam, worked on the design and launch of the 2002 AP World History course and worked on several overseas programs. He volunteers at the Princeton University Art Museum, tutors English and is passionate about painting with watercolors. He has four children and three grandchildren and lives with his wife in Lawrenceville, N.J.
The American Lawyer has named Joe Bell (Math’62) a “Lifetime Achiever” for his work in energy practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., where he lives. He was given the honor for his public service and for putting his civic duties at the core of his work.
In response to the September 2010 Coloradan story, “The World by Road,” William Kieffer (A&S’63) reminisced about his own time in the Peace Corps. He writes he joined in 1963 and went to Nepal, along with five other CU graduates, the most of any university in the U.S. William lives in Coral Springs, Fla.
In response to the article “A change is gonna come” in the September issue of the Coloradan, John Putnam (Hist’63, MA’68) writes he remembers when Mary Mothershed (Soc’64) was crowned Homecoming queen. He says the Homecoming was especially memorable because it was the first for him and his wife Ardyce Otte Putnam (Math’63, MA’92) as a married couple. They live in Colorado Springs.
Life has been a grand adventure for Dwight Grotewold* (MPerServ’64). He was director of CU undergraduate admissions until taking early retirement in 1983. He traveled much of Europe while he was director of guidance at the International School in Belgium. He focuses on setting up a program that gives every third-grade student in his area their own dictionary. He also was selected as the “Outstanding Rotarian” in his Arizona district. Recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery, Dwight is ready for more adventure and lives with his wife in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
Former professor of entomology at Virginia Tech, Donald Mullins (Zool’66) received the title of professor emeritus. He is known for his contributions to the understanding of entomology through his work in insect physiology and biochemistry and for emphasizing high standards in learning while helping students work toward successful careers. Donald lives in Blacksburg, Va.
Needlepoint was once a hobby for Mary Sue Wilson Murphy* (Edu’66), but she has turned it into a successful career. She stitches for needlepoint designers and writes “Stitch Guides,” instructions for stitching the canvases. She has written six needlepoint stitch books, one of which is available as an app for iPhones, iPods and iPads. Mary Sue lives with her husband Randy Murphy* (Fin’67) in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Murray Ruffell* (Mktg’66) is an active golfer at the Sawgrass Country Club in Florida. He also works on a television camera crew that covers The Champions Tour for PGA Productions. A father of five, he and his wife live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He is a member of the Alumni Association’s Directors Club.
After 26 years as chair of the architecture and engineering department at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., Tom Turman (ArchEngr’66) retired. He continues to practice architecture in Berkeley. He has two books available at Borders, WAWA: West Africa Wins Again (Xlibris) and Teacher!: Stories to Be Read and Graded by Friday (Xlibris).
Archaeologist Susan Collins (Anth’69, MA’71, PhD’75) retired last fall after 22 years of service as the Colorado state archaeologist and deputy state historic preservation officer at History Colorado. She is the longest tenured state archaeologist in the history of the position in Colorado. She is known for her leadership, negotiation, support and ability to develop strong working relationships with federal and state agencies. Susan lives in Boulder.
After graduating from Boston College with an MBA and a doctorate in business policy and strategy, Candida Greer Bush (Latin, Span’70) taught entrepreneurship and strategy at Boston University for 17 years. In 2005 she moved to Babson College to become the Paul T. Babson chair in entrepreneurship, director of the Arthur M. Blank Entrepreneurship Center and chair of the entrepreneurship division. She received an honorary doctorate of philosophy in business and economics from Jonkoping University in Sweden, and her husband of 38 years accompanied her to the ceremony. Candida lives in Duxbury, Mass.
A partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm Duane Morris, Sheila Slocum Hollis (Jour’71) received the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award for her long-term service and significant contributions to the community. She was the first woman president of the Federal Energy Bar Association and served as president of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment, among others. She is widely published in energy law and policy matters and taught at the George Washington University Law School for 20 years.
Jerry Brekke (PhDPolSci’74) co-authored the book Understanding Missouri’s Constitutional Government (University of Missouri Press), which delves into the foundation of the Missouri government and describes the interpretation, use and operation of state constitutions. Jerry is an emeritus professor of political science at Northwest Missouri State University and lives in Maryville, Mo.
After drinking the water from Eldorado Springs, Peter Heinz* (EnvDes’74, MArch’76) never left Boulder after graduating. He and his wife Arlene Miller Heinz* (Edu’78) celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Peter’s architecture practice PEH ARCHITECTS in Boulder. The couple has stayed connected to CU by traveling with the Roaming Buffs, serving on the Alumni Association board and as members of the Directors Club. Peter is on the board of directors of Downtown Boulder and is a past board member of the Downtown Management Commission and Architects and Planners of Boulder.
Three years ago Kenny Sarfin* (Mktg’74) opened a bookstore in northern New Jersey. The store has been very successful, carrying 65,000 titles and hosting author events attended by such celebrities as Raquel Welch and Darryl Strawberry. Kenny writes he has a wonderful staff, which includes his three children, one of whom, David Sarfin, is a junior finance major at CU. He lives in Northvale, N.J.
Founder of the Culinary School of the Rockies, Joan Sack Brett (Law’75) has become passionate about starting a sustainability center in Boulder, which would be a place to teach farming and to supply fresh produce to hospitals, schools and other institutions. She developed a proposal with a graduate student at CU’s Leeds School of Business, although she was unable to raise money for a $60,000 feasibility study. Joan lives in Boulder.
The national law firm Dykema announced Robert Duty (PolSci’76) is one of its 69 lawyers to be ranked by peers as a leader in his field, according to the Woodward/White Best Lawyers in America guide. He is a resident expert in Michigan on the Equal Employment Law for The Experts Forum, a web-based risk management policy available to employers and insurance carriers across the country. Robert lives in Auburn Hills, Mich.
As a member of the national law firm Dykema’s health care practice group, Katherine Kudner (Psych’76) represents health care providers and biotechnology companies in aspects of health care law. With the enactment of health reform legislation, she focuses on assisting employers, biotech companies and providers with the interpretation of the new law and its requirements. She speaks on topics related to health reform, FDA regulation, HIPAA and compliance. Katherine lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A former global warming skeptic, James Balog (MGeog’77) received the 2010 Heinz Award for his photographs documenting global climate change around the world. He took more than 500,000 photos to illustrate glacial retreats, often using extreme measures such as rappelling into crevasses or climbing icy cliffs to capture the perfect image. James lives in Boulder.
Lakewood, Colo., resident Douglas Dinsmoor (EPOBio’77) has been part of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association’s Social Media Task Force for over a year. As a volunteer Douglas gives insight into the social media world to determine ways to foster relationships among alumni and students. Occasionally, he spends time as a DJ for the jazz and blues radio station KUVO, which can be heard at 89.3 FM in Denver or online at www.kuvo.org.
Clinton, Wash., resident Gray Kochhar-Lindgren Jr. (Phil’77) wrote a book about the history of coffee and cafés, Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista (EyeCorner Press). The book delves into painting, philosophy and poetry. He is director of the Center for University Studies and Programs and professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell.
After fulfilling his award-winning duties as a career officer in the Senior Foreign Service, Daniel Bennett Smith (Hist’77) has served as U.S. ambassador to Greece since September. Before this role, he served as executive secretary of the State Department.
Fashion consultant and Alumni Association board member Hillary Fritz* (Engl’78) started her career as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. She moved on to become a director for Esprit and later vice president of Calvin Klein. She is a consultant for the Jessica Simpson Brand, Sanctuary Clothing and Development. Hillary visited CU last fall to share her experience and offer advice to students interested in a fashion career. She lives in Westport, Conn., with husband Dain Fritz (Comm’77). Their son, Matthew Fritz (Engl’09), lives in Boulder.
There is never a dull moment for Karl Edmark* (ElEngr’79). He writes that he divides his time among three places — golfing and visiting with family in Scottsdale, Ariz., participating in winter sports in Sun Valley, Idaho, and boating in Seattle.
Cell biologist Daniel Gottschling (MChem’80, PhD’84) was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2010 class of fellows in October. The academy supports research, scholarship, artistic accomplishment and exemplary service to society. Daniel lives in Seattle and works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
A man of many talents, Seth Darst (ChemEngr’82) performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 in Montreal with the I Medici de McGill Orchestra. He is a molecular biophysicist at Rockefeller University in Manhattan. He lives in New York City and is the son of Judy Peschken Darst (Mus’59) and Richard Darst (ArchEngr, Bus’59) of Bend, Ore.
Lawyer Nan Joesten (ChemEngr’82) was appointed in August to a leadership position in the American Bar Association. Nan will play a large role in planning the organization’s 2012 meeting in Chicago. Her complex litigation practice emphasizes intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark disputes. She received the Berkeley Law School’s Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. Nan lives in Alameda, Calif., and serves on the CU Engineering Advisory Council.
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art exhibited work by Denver artist Steven Batura (Art’83) last fall. His series, Edits, consists of large-scale paintings and multidimensional collages made of fashion and design photography collected from magazines and the Internet. The Denver Art Museum and other public and private collections have featured Batura’s work, including the Denver Public Library and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
New parent John Bauer (Fin, IntlBus’84) wrote to say he was appointed chief architect at the Library of Congress the same week in September that his son Jack Bauer was born. He also visited Boulder for the first time in 25 years that same week, going to the Hill, campus and Pearl Street. During his undergraduate years he worked as projectionist at the Art Cinema (formerly on the Pearl Street Mall), plus Flatirons and Fox Theaters and Holiday Drive-In. John lives in Reston, Va., with his family.
Past president of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Dave Bieber (MGeol’84) was elected to a three-year term as member-at-large on the executive committee of the American Geological Institute, a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations. Dave lives in Eldorado, Calif.
Boston-based Synergy Investment and Development named Stephen Brodsky (Fin’84) chief operating officer. He will be in charge of all aspects of real estate operations, including leasing, management services and finance/accounting. Stephen has more than 24 years of experience in the real estate industry and lives in Westwood, Mass.
Retired music professor Geary Larrick (PhDMus’84) wrote an article titled “Supplemental Marimba Literature” that appeared in the fall 2010 issue of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. He also performs piano, snare drum and marimba regularly. Geary resides in Stevens Point, Wis.
Green energy advocate and Boulder resident Tom Weis (EnvSt’85) rode 2,500 miles from Colorado to Washington, D.C., for eight weeks last fall on a human-powered, electric assisted “rocket trike.” He hoped to raise support for a national goal of a 100 percent renewable electricity grid by 2020.
Associate professor Joe Perry (Hist’85) of Georgia State University wrote a new book, Christmas in Germany: A Local History (UNC Press). Joe teaches German and European history. For more information about his book, visit http://www.uncpress/unc.edu/books/T-8231.html.
When not at work as a bankruptcy partner at international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, Michael Parker* (ArchEngr’86) serves as coach and co-founding director of the San Antonio Fusion Football Club. He coaches two of his five children, one of whom has secured a position in the South Texas Olympic development pool in the last two years. He also is proud of his oldest son, a senior in high school. Michael lives with his family in San Antonio.
Alumna Debra Christensen Anderson (Art’87) won an Emmy at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in September. She edited and produced Split Estate, a documentary that addresses oil and gas development in the Rocky Mountain West. The film highlights the interactions among Colorado residents and the energy companies that own mineral rights to drill on private land. Debra lives in Santa Fe, N.M.
The California Healthcare Institute promoted Molly Emerson Ingraham (Jour’87) to vice president of business development. She is focusing on bringing more California biomedical companies and academic institutions into the institute’s coalition of more than 275 organizations. Molly has worked for the institute for 15 years, including as vice president of operations. She lives in San Diego.
Phil von Hake (InfSys’87) wrote to say he was happy to return to Boulder for a job as marketing manager at Pike Research, a fast-growing market research firm with its main office directly across from the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall.
Election Day brought success for Don Beezley (Fin’88) who was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in District 33 (Broomfield, Colo., area). He lives in Broomfield with his wife and two sons.
Regent emeritus Paul Schauer* (ElEngr’88) and his extended family gathered at the Boulder Reservoir for an end-of-summer party in August at the Muddy Buddy, an off-road obstacle course competition. Paul and his son Robert won their 56-65 combined age group with a time of 40:15. Paul lives in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Economist Gary Horvath (MBA’89) was featured in a Denver Post article last summer discussing the current state of the U.S. economy. He warned that the eventual expiration of the $800 billion federal stimulus package could blow huge holes in already strained local and state government budgets, forcing more layoffs. Gary lives in Broomfield, Colo.
Professional writer and editor Tanya Rinehart Ishikawa (Jour’89) joined 20 National Press Foundation Fellows from around the nation last June in Washington, D.C., for a “Retirement Issues in the 21st Century” program.Tanya plans to incorporate this training into her work writing and editing for various publications, including Denver Open Media and Boulder Magazine. Tanya works from her home office in Federal Heights, Colo., serves as co-chair of the Colorado Green Party and has a 5-year-old son.
The bronze award for excellence in distance learning was awarded to Harry Starn Jr. (MFin’90) from the United States Distance Learning Association for his financial planning program’s extraordinary sucesses. He is associate director of the California Institute of Finance at California Lutheran University. Harry has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and managed his own practice, Action Financial Planning, for 14 years. He lives in Westlake Village, Calif.
Director of CU’s Payroll & Benefit Services, Lisa Lynch Affleck (Comm’91, MInfoSys’98) has been named the President’s Employee of the Year for CU’s system administration. She was chosen for her exceptional job performance. She lives in Erie, Colo.
After several years of performing in theater roles across the country, Angela Reed (Psych, Thtr’91) received her big break. She played the lead in the ensemble cast of Michael Frayn’s Broadway play Alphabetical Order and received a positive review in The New York Times for her hassled librarian character. Angela lives in New York City.
As the chief experience officer for the new fitness event company Advitam, Jason Weisberg* (PolSci’91) has plans to run fitness retreats in resorts across the country. Previously a widely quoted financial expert, he says he changed career directions after realizing life is not solely about money. Jason lives in Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Twin boys Jeremy and Travis Cooper were born to Joleen Ediger Cooper (Acct’92) and her husband last June. Joleen is controller at the Buchanan Yonushewski Group in Denver. The family lives in Englewood, Colo.
A passion for sports has turned into a career for Geoff Kulesa (Mktg’92). He runs a million-dollar sport prediction business where he uses his educational background and statistics to predict the outcome of sporting events. He also runs several sports-wagering online businesses, one of which has grown to nearly 50,000 users in two years. Geoff lives in Golden, Colo.
Baby Mia Louise Vilgiate was born on Aug. 22 to parents Nico Vilgiate* (PolSci’92) and his wife Ashley Zuzack Vilgiate* ( IntlAf’98). Nico is senior vice president of CB Richard Ellis and Ashley is vice president of sales and brand management for DuWop. The family lives in Santa Monica, Calif.
AgentSheets, a company founded by Alexander Repenning (PhDCompSci’93) and his wife Nadia Gatti Repenning (Mus’96), allows users to design their own agent-based games that can be published on the Internet. The company has been incorporated into the curriculum of all computer classes in the Boulder Valley School District middle schools to instill interest in math and computer science in students. The founders live in Boulder.
Boulder Chamber of Commerce member Christine Day (Engl’94) is a major organizer of Boulder 2140, a successful business networking group for young people. The group’s three goals are to provide professional development, foster philanthropy and sponsor social and cultural events. Christine told the Boulder Camera she hopes to get more members involved in volunteering within the community. She lives in Boulder.
Denver-based health care technology company Healthagen has named Jim Greiner (MBA’94) as chief operations officer. He will help the company become a leader in the mobile healthcare market. Jim was previously CEO of Rocketalk, an international consumer mobile social networking startup and was senior vice-president and general manager of MapQuest, Inc.
After participating in a 25-hour nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (Collector’s Library), David Dowling (PhDEngl’95) was inspired to write his own book, Chasing the White Whale: The Moby-Dick Marathon; or, What Melville Means Today (University of Iowa Press). The book explores the reasons Moby-Dick still retains a presence in many people’s lives today. David is an English lecturer at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City.
Award-winning advertiser Jake Benjamin (Jour’96) has joined SapientNitro as creative director in New York. For 12 years he has created and directed campaigns for clients such as Tide and Hyundai. Jake earned a Titanium award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for his successful Hyundai “Assurance” campaign, which offered customers the chance to return their car if they lost their job.
Baby girl Sailor Danielle Roth was born to Dan Roth (Comm’96) and his wife last spring. Dan works as a regional bond specialist for Charles Schwab & Co. in Denver. He writes his family of five avidly supports CU athletics and lives in Centennial, Colo.
Boulder resident Jud Valeski (Comp
SciAp’96) was featured in the article “City leads nation in biking to workplace” that appeared in the Boulder Camera. He bikes his children to school and then rides to his software firm every day, even in inclement weather. His son rides alongside him while his daughter rides in a bike trailer. He told the paper, “I want my kids to think about life and about transportation without a car.”
Sports physiologist Allen Lim (MKines’97, PhD’04) is making breakthrough progress in the sport of bicycling. He was director of sports science for Team RadioShack where he used unique strategies to train the top names in cycling, including Lance Armstrong for the Tour de France. He is known for popularizing the measurement of power output in cycling (the human equivalent of horsepower) by using cycling power meters. He lives in Boulder.
The excellent leadership skills and community service demonstrated by Matthew Smith (Econ’97) prompted Leadership Denver, a Denver Metropolitan Chamber Leadership Foundation program, to invite him to be part of its 2011 class. He is a family ambassador for Children’s Hospital in Denver and is involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver and the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Matthew is an attorney for Husch Blackwell Sanders and lives in Aurora, Colo.
In the June 2010 Coloradan, we neglected to include Brook Aitken (Film’98) in the story “Where the Oscars roam.” Brook served as director of photography for The Cove, the Oscar-winning documentary. Another film major Chris Cavanaugh (Film’07) brought this to our attention, writing, “Brook did an amazing job on the film, especially given the technical and logistical challenges the crew faced to capture those powerful images.” Our sincere apologies to Brook for this oversight.
CU grad Erica Black (FilmSt’00) was director of photography for the hit documentary Reclaiming the Blade, which led iTunes documentary sales two summers ago. The film celebrates the history of the sword and features actors and crew members from popular film series, such as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Erica lives in Clemson, S.C.
Michael Diaz (ApMath, CompSci’00) and wife Lynne Bryant Diaz (ApMath’00, CivEngr’06, MCivEngr’08) welcomed their second son, Gavin Diaz, to the family. Michael works at CA Technologies and Lynne is a stay-at-home mother. The family lives in Frederick, Colo.
Author Mike Tolerico (Jour’00) has published his first book, Sunsets and Shattered Glass: Finding God and Gospel in Everyday Life. He is a staff pastor at Journey Church in Denver. His book and blog can be found at miketolericowords.com. Mike lives in Castle Rock, Colo.
Five years after leaving CU, Joe Schwab (Mktg’00) started an investment advisory firm, Summit Portfolio Advisors. His sister, Liz Schwab Uhl (Mktg’99), and father joined shortly after. They have had continued success over the last five years. After limiting client losses in the 2008 market, the company launched its own mutual fund in June 2009. Joe lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
After several years of working as a journalist in Colorado, Jenny Shank (MFA’00) finished her first book The Ringer (The Permanent Press). The book is set in Colorado and was inspired in part by the 1999 shooting of Ismael Mena by the Denver police in a no-knock raid. Jenny works as the books and writers editor of Newwest.net and lives in Boulder.
Entrepreneur Michael Komarnitsky (Aero’01) writes he is CEO of a new startup company called GoMiles.com. It helps people manage all their frequent flyer miles, hotel points and car rental points, maximizing the value of their assets. Michael lives in Seattle.
GSD&M Idea City, an advertising agency in Austin, Texas, promoted Shannon Bicknell Lugo (Jour’02) to account director. During her time at the agency, Shannon has worked with such companies as Southwest Airlines, DreamWorks Animation and the Zale Corp. She lives in Georgetown, Texas.
Elias Bachmann (Comm’97, MBA’04) married Trish Groom (Bus, Span’03) in 2010, followed by Elias receiving the CFA charter, a globally recognized designation in the field of investment management and research analysis. The couple lives in Boulder.
CU business school grads Kevin Lindley (Fin’04) and Lauren Lessner Lindley (Mktg’04) married and live in Chicago. Lauren is a benefits supervisor for TCA Holdings and Kevin is a senior client service associate for J.P. Morgan.
Cox Enterprises appointed Jamie Kennedy (Anth’04) vice president of business development. He oversees the company’s business development functions, including evaluating new business opportunities, acquisitions and long-term investment strategies. Jamie lives in Atlanta.
After graduating from CU the first time, Adelita Mendoza (EPOBio’04, MCDBio’10) landed a job with the CU medical school where being around doctors and pharmacists piqued her interest in biomedical research. Because of this experience she decided to return to CU to earn a second bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology to study cancer development. “It was a tough decision to start over, but now I know I made the right one,” says Adelita, who was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She lives in Lakewood, Colo.
“When I think of attending college at CU-Boulder, I only have fond memories of the beautiful place,” writes Steven Tellefson (Mktg’04). Since graduating he married his college sweetheart Suzanne Ruys Tellefson (Mus’04), an orchestra teacher in Douglas County, Colo. Steven works for Lockheed Martin as a contracts negotiator. The couple lives in Highlands Ranch and have a child.
After leaving CU, Mark Zunkel (Ger’04) worked for a few years in the Denver area before deciding to continue his education in Germany to pursue a degree in brewing and beverage technology at the Technical University of Munich. After graduating as an engineer, he hopes to come back to the U.S. to work in a brewery.
As a freshman, Matt McCue (Engl’05) was a walk-on to CU’s cross country team. Since then he has written An Honorable Run (BookSurge Publishing), which explores his relationships with his running coaches and the lasting impressions they made in his life.
Two ex-throwers from the CU track and field team married in Pray, Mont., in November. Chase Mullen (Arch’05) was a Big 12 award winner in the hammer event, and his bride Hannah Warfield-Ruffatto (PolSci’07) was the Big 12 champion in the javelin event. Chase is employed by Winston Associates as a planner and Hannah is a congressional aide to U.S. Rep. Ed
Law’78). The couple lives on Colorado’s Front Range.
Amid tendonitis and stress fractures, former CU track standout Dathan Ritzenhein (Hist’06) placed eighth in the ING New York City Marathon in November. He broke the American record in the 5,000 meter run at the Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2009. He took third place, finishing behind Olympic and world champion Keninisa Bekele of Ethiopia. He lives in Beaverton, Ore.
Seven years after being honorably discharged from the Air Force for homosexual behavior, Mara Boyd (WomSt’07) fought the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. She was an active supporter of the Murphy Amendment, a bill that would repeal the policy. “It has been a long journey and a lasting passion to see the day that soldiers can serve openly and proudly,” Mara said before Congress overturned the bill in January. “It will happen.”
Since getting a job as a digital imaging technician, Chris Cavanaugh (FilmSt’07) has been busy working on commercials, music videos, TV shows and feature films. His most recent accomplishment was the film 127 Hours directed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and starring James Franco. “It has been a great experience working in the film industry, and I feel CU has been instrumental in preparing me for my career and life in general,” writes Chris. He lives in Los Angeles.
A member of the 1990 football championship team, Al Hull (Hist’07) is a hero in other walks of life as well. As a Marine, he served in Iraq several times and is serving in Afghanistan. Al was recognized with the rest of the team last fall at Folsom Field for their 1990 championship victory. He lives in Vista, Calif. Al’s brother and CU student Anthony Hull produced a documentary on him, which can be viewed at www.vimeo.com/16621560. See an article on Anthony on page 44.
Historical romance author Ashley Henderson March (Chin’07) published her first novel, Seducing the Duchess (Signet). After graduating she realized her love for the genre and decided to write a book. Ashley has a three-book contract with a publisher and spends her time writing and raising her two daughters. For more information, visit ashleymarch.com.
After leaving CU Shannon Schou (Soc’07) earned her master’s in social work, graduating from the University of Denver with honors in June 2010. Her focus was on adult and late life challenges with a clinical concentration. Shannon works as a counselor at The Haven Mother’s House in Denver and plans to become a licensed addiction counselor and a licensed clinical social worker.
After a trip to Africa, Andy Holdeman (Jour’08) was inspired to start a clothing company called AFRCN APPRL with his brother Ryan Holdeman (Psych’05) and friend Ryan Findley (Mgmt’06). The company aims to support local economies in Africa through the sale of hoodies and T-shirts. Three dollars from every purchase goes to the buyer’s choice of one of three nonprofit organizations that support growth and well-being in Africa. The shirts are made in Africa by local workers and shipped to Colorado for printing and distribution. To buy a shirt, visit www.afrcn.com.
Accountant Henry Laurion (Acct’08, MS’08) married Catelin Crane. He and his wife are accountants for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Denver. They celebrated their marriage with a trip to Hawaii.
Freelance photographer Mara Auster (Jour’09) placed in the top 10 in the Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia competition with her entry “The Gates: A Colorado Ranching Family.” Mara lives in New York City.
Five notable CU grads — Mark Arnoldy (Psych’10), John Dykes (IntlAf’09), Christa Hasenkopf, an atmospheric and oceanic sciences doctoral student, Sarah Lawrence (MSpLangHearSci’10) and Kathryn Williamson (WomSt’09) — received Fulbright awards that aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Mark will work to combat child malnutrition in Nepal. John is an English teaching assistant in Germany working with students to gain insight into the issues faced by minority groups. Christa will install air-pollution monitoring instruments in Mongolia. Sarah is in Uruguay as an English teaching assistant and to write about Uruguayan families’ attitudes toward education and literacy. Kathryn will study family-centered maternity at a hospital in Argentina.
Boulder local Tracy Wilson (Bus, Econ’09), who graduated from Fairview High School, married her high school classmate, Taylor Roberts, who is an actor. The couple celebrated with a trip to Disney World.
Ever since becoming part of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps at CU, David Knutzen (CompSci’09) had the goal of using his skills in Iraq. That objective came to fruition when David served a six-month deployment in Camp Adder, Iraq, where he worked as an Air Force communications officer. To him, it is the ultimate opportunity to use the training he received in Boulder. “It would have been disappointing to spend time training for something and not get to do it for real,” he says.
After winning the U.S. Air Guitar Regional competition at Boulder’s Fox Theater in April, Matt Barats (Film, Psych’10) snagged one of 16 spots at the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals in New York City. Matt was judged on technical merit, stage presence and making the performance an art form. He lives in Boulder. View him on YouTube.
Advertising major Lauren Brown (Jour’10) got her dream job working in the advertising department for Boulder-based technology company InspiringApps. “I knew I wanted to go into advertising for a long time,” says Lauren. “But it wasn’t until college that I decided I wanted to work with a tech company.” She lives in Boulder.
After an internship managing online communications for a public relations firm, Elyse Heslin (Comm’10) decided social media was a talent she could put to good use. She landed a job as a social media community manager for Boulder media company Room 214.
Former CU men’s basketball player Dwight Thorne II (Mktg’10) signed a professional contract last summer to play with BG Karlsruhe in Germany. He had several successful seasons during his time at CU and was second on the team in scoring his junior year. “This is one step in the direction of helping reach my ultimate goal of playing in the NBA,” Dwight says.