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.
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.
San Diego Padres chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel (Comm’91) always has viewed baseball as a platform to bring people together.
When Gregory Hinton (Bus’77) came out as gay in 1975, one of his friends, a theology student, threatened to drive him from Boulder with whips and chains.
Toshiko Luckow’s (MTeleComm’87, MD’10) motto for life came from a professor. “You can do everything you want to do — you just can’t do it all at once,” she recalls him saying. “So, voilà! That has been my motto.”
Len’s fascination with Einstein began at CU-Boulder which he began attending at age 30. During a geology course, his professor described a study he did in Zion National Park and then shared one of Einstein’s thoughts stating, “Many times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead and how earnestly I must work in order to give as much as I have received and continue to receive.”
With the launch of their business Winestyr, Robert Wilson (Fin’06), pictured in the middle, his brother John Wilson (Jour’06), right, and lifelong friend Scott Washburn (Fin’06), left, have one strong intention: to elevate the visibility of small, niche wineries.
What do Justin Timberlake, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Matthew McConaughey and Harrison Ford have in common? They can all be impersonated by film and voiceover actor Ross Marquand (Thtr’04) to perfection.
“My personal pride comes from continuing to push my beliefs on responsible development and environmentally conscious development to the forefront,” he says. “If I could bridge the gap between environmental conservation and development, that would be my proudest accomplishment.”
“I’ve been around the women’s team longer than anyone, and I’m a bit of an historian,” Carol reflects on her more than 30 years of providing color commentary. “I tell a story about what people want to know, what they’re interested in.”
Striving to stand out as filmmakers in the immensely competitive city of Los Angeles, Nick Loritsch (Film’03), pictured left, and Joshua Dragge (Film’99), right, have made a giant leap in the industry with the successful debut of their independent film Born & Raised.
Ancient Greeks believed the gemstone heliodor contained the power and warmth of the sun, and to jewelry designer Winifred Adams (Fren’96), her one-of-a-kind heliodor “King Crown Ring” certainly makes a powerful impression. The finger-sized gold coronet features a nearly 10-carat yellow heliodor surrounded by eight shimmering diamonds.
On May 22, 2011, in only 35 minutes, one-third of Joplin, Mo., was destroyed. Winds peaked at 250 miles per hour, reaching a maximum width of one mile. The Joplin tornado led to 161 deaths and the destruction of more than 8,000 buildings. During the recovery of Joplin’s tragedy, composer Hubert Bird (DMus’77) found a way to bring the community together.
Rappelling into a flooded canyon in Utah’s Zion National Park, photographer Jeff Diener (EPOBio’92) was sweating in his wetsuit in the 100-degree heat. Yet on his fourth rappel deep into the canyon, all was forgotten when a cathedral of glowing sandstone appeared 70 feet below. He immediately set up his gear and began shooting photographs.
Richard Pattenaude (PhDPolSci’74) may be chancellor of the University of Maine System, but his first love is teaching — teaching political science, to be more precise. But he almost became an economist.
Joel Bloom’s (Span’00) predicament was this: fresh out of college, degree in hand and a career path that was wide open. “If there’s one question I remember above anything else, it was people always asking me what I planned to do with a B.A. in Spanish,” he says. “My answer was always the same, ‘I don’t know. I’m majoring in Spanish because it’s the only field of study I truly love.’ ”
Elly Goetz (Soc’03) learned the importance of investing in herself and others while growing up. Her parents often took in children whose families needed help and taught her to invest her own resources to help others get what they needed.
One of Son Nam Nguyen’s (Fin’90) childhood memories is collecting cans off the inner-city streets of Denver to sell for cash when he was 10.
John Murphy (Mktg’77), David Sosnowski (CivEngr’77) and Dan Park (CivEngr’77) moved to Kittredge in 1973, quickly finding they shared a passion for skiing and adventure, interests that would serve as a foundation for their friendship and formation of a multimillion-dollar business.
Fourth-generation CU alum Alan Cass (A&S ex’63, HonDocHum’99) grew up on campus playing in the ditches and fishing for crawdads in Varsity Lake with strung bacon.
Kelly Heffer Green (Comm’97) may possibly head the most important company of which you’ve never heard.
With creative fundraising and social media savvy, Morgan Heim (MJour’09) is forging a path through the jungle of modern journalism and hopes to save a few species along the way.
After more than 9,000 flight hours and 60 years as a pilot, James Patton Jr. (Aero’56) landed at the end of his career where he first took off — on the plane of his childhood dreams.
Kevin Costner isn’t a sports scientist, but he played one on the big screen. Allen Lim (MKines’97, PhDIntPhys’04), on the other hand, is the real deal, and Costner can take some credit for that.
Gourmet food hits the trail Sarah Welton (MBA’07) loved to eat and camp, so she decided to co-found PackitGourmet. “Our family has been canoeing, skiing and camping together my entire life,” she says. “My mother always prepared our meals in the style of what is now PackitGourmet — grab-it-out-of-the-pack bag.” The idea of an online