when Don Nottingham (Law’04) snagged the stage of Boulder’s Fox Theater to sing for his law school classmates during their 2004 graduation party, he belted out Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” and other high-energy hits. He enjoyed every second of it.
From an early age, long before he became a U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General, Bernard Trainor (MA’63) pursued a simple life strategy.
re are people with a fascination for the machinations of local government, and people who like beer. Esther Manheimer (Anth’93) is at home in both camps, and among the lucky few to combine the two for her work: She’s mayor of Asheville, N.C., a place that “takes its pleasures seriously,” as the New York Times put it.
It was from a jeep on a 2008 game drive in Swaziland that Melinda MacInnis (MCreatWrit’97) saw her first wild rhinoceroses, a mother and calf.
District attorney is not a job for the faint of heart. Ask Stan Garnett (Hist’78, Law’82).
The first time Jacqueline Verdier (PolSci’05) saw a selfie stick, last year while visiting a friend in Asia, she laughed.
For Jake Hurysz, February was a good month.
In the annals of CU football, Derek McCartney has a famous name. Now he’s making one for himself.
Val Constien’s (EnvEngr’18) parents never had to tell her to go outside to play.
For millions of young children and parents worldwide, a problem-solving 7-year-old Latina girl with a flair for adventure has become a favorite imaginary friend.
No Business Like Show Business Actors play characters; Heather (Bus’03) and Jonathan Arthur (Bus’03) play actors. They’re stuntmen. “I was with Jennifer Love Hewitt for three years and Ali Larter for five, and it worked out nicely because then I knew their movements better,” Heather says. “If I do a good job, then no one
RUN, RICK, RUN! Running mountain trails was strictly forbidden for CU-Boulder’s track and cross-country athletes in the 1960s: Coach Frank Potts wanted his runners on the flats. But Rick Trujillo (Geol’70) couldn’t help himself and, on his own time, ran alone on Flagstaff and Green Mountains. “Running in circles never made sense to me,” says
With his steely blue eyes, sculpted Italian features and brawny physique, let’s just say actor Christopher Meloni (Hist’83) doesn’t have much to worry about in the looks department.
After searching for a four-year university where her Amarillo Junior College courses would transfer, she picked CU-Boulder. Her father, a draftsman working for the Santa Fe railroad, got her a free travel pass from Amarillo to Denver and then on to Boulder. At CU she became one of 36 women among 1,100 engineering majors.
Seana Steffen (PhDSoc’02) is making the world a better place one business at a time.
Essence of the Irish Pub Selecting the best Irish pubs in America seems like an idea conceived in one; few follow through on the notion the next morning. But after talking with pub owner and friend Ron Wallace, Robert Meyers (PolSci’61) spent a year traveling more than 10,000 miles for the project. The result is
The thrill of a challenge and the power to create products that sell help fuel Angela Mader (InfoSys’01) as she grows her small business.
For a high-end consumer goods company — as for chefs and epicures — presentation matters. At Williams-Sonoma, Heidi Dewell (Jour’91), makes things look good.
Throughout the 1970s huge barn dances organized by CU-Boulder students were held for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at a farm north of Boulder. According to psychologist and self-described amateur historian Glenda Russell (Psych’79, MA’83, PhD’84), they “represent the first time in northern Colorado that gay people controlled their own space.”
Best in Class Caroline Hult (Engl, Hum’04) is a numbers geek. What started out as a desire to make her experience as recruitment director for Teach For America more efficient became an innovative standard for how the organization selects teachers. “I deeply believe that who is in the classroom matters tremendously,” she says. Her novel approach
Bonnie Burton (Engl, Jour’95) has been a self-professed geek since she was a child. Growing up she enjoyed everything from Doctor Who to The X-Files and at the age of 12 she wrote fan fiction about the Battlestar Galactica TV series. But it was her love for Star Wars that helped propel her career.
Growing up in Loveland, Colo., Stephanie Meeks (Engl’87) gained an early appreciation for place.
When Aileen El-Kadi (PhDSpan’07) migrated to the U.S. from Spain as a CU-Boulder doctoral candidate at age 27, she attempted to fit in with the rest of the students. She listened to hip-hop music, bought trendy American clothes and tried to communicate like everyone else. However she soon realized she was trying to assume a different identity from who she was.
Philip Hart (Soc’66) remembers discovering photos of his great uncle James Herman Banning in family albums of his mother’s basement. He was wearing flight goggles and posing in front of big planes. Banning was America’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast.
When he was a child Luke Graham (Jour’06) dreamed of being a center fielder for the New York Yankees. By the time he turned 13, he realized his dream wasn’t realistic and searched for other sports-related careers.
Colleen Glyde Julian (EPOB’97, MKines’01, PhD’07) knows a thing or two about living in rarefied air. On her way to becoming a three-time cross country and track and field All-American at CU-Boulder, she experienced firsthand how running at high altitude can leave you breathless.
Concentrating to catch the nuances of each side’s position, Trey Lyons (PolSci’00), pictured right, sits at the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia. A foreign service officer stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Trey leads a unit focused on Georgia’s foreign policy and the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.
“You can change the way the rest of the world sees your country and culture in a single captured image of the Olympic flame passing through your streets,” comments Steve, chairman and CEO of Além International, an experiential marketer, creator and producer of special events based in Louisville, Colo.
Silvia Pettem (Psych’69) is the first to say that it is never too late to start a career. The 66-year-old has spent more than 40 years as an author, writer and historical researcher centered on the city of Boulder, but nearly two decades ago she realized a new passion well into her career — researching cold cases.
Jessie Mosnik (Ling’08) has become an expert at packing her suitcases.