Coloradan Magazine Archives

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Gridiron

In the annals of CU football, Derek McCartney has a famous name. Now he’s making one for himself.

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Profile: Elly Goetz

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.

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Profile: Son Nam Nguyen

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.

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Profile: Advanced Systems Group

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.

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Profile: Alan Cass

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.

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Profile: Morgan Heim

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.

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Profile: James Patton

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.

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Profile: Adam Lim

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.

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Profile: Sarah Weldon

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

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Profile: Shelby Tisdale

As director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, N.M., Shelby Tisdale oversees 11,500 years of Native American history. The broad collection contains almost 10 million archaeological artifacts and about 75,000 ethnographic materials and fine arts.

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Profile: Mark Dockstader

Who would have thought that running and wine paired so well? Matt Dockstader (Bus’78) did and in 2004 produced the first Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon.

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Profile: Ellie Vaughter

After a lifetime of helping others and dreaming about what it would be like to serve in the Peace Corps, Ellie Vaughter’s (Thtr’91, MHum’00) aspiration is finally coming true.

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Profile: Reporting from the dugout

In a male-dominated sports world, Alanna Rizzo (Bus’97, MJour’03) of Fox Sports Net (FSN) stands out in her role as a sideline reporter for the Rockies. But she believes a woman is equally respected and treated in her field if she’s willing to work hard and do her homework.

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Profile: Sarah Shupp

Growing up in Dallas, Sarah Schupp (Bus’04) says she always wanted to be an entrepreneur. “I used to get in trouble in elementary school for selling candy to the other kids on the bus, but the detention was worth it,” she says.

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Profile: Sheila Mullan

Sheila Mullan (Jour’82) has good advice for college students. “Don’t just take the easy A courses in college because the courses you struggle to get through may be the ones that have the most influence on your life,” she says.

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Profile: Mike A. McCoy

Mike A. McCoy’s (A&S’65) passion for achieving a better understanding of the interrelationship of ecological systems has evolved over the decades. “It wasn’t much understood in the ’60s,” he says.

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Profile: Single Carrot Theatre

When members of Single Carrot Theatre put on Illuminoctem last November, they used a classic storyline — destiny brings boy and girl together, they fall in love at first sight and, despite adversity, are united in the end.

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Profile: Tony Ortega

Barrio street scenes come alive through Tony Ortega’s (Span’80, MFA’95) use of bold yellows, blue-greens, orange, rust and hot pinks. The brown-bodied subjects with indefinable faces keep the focus on the everyday lives of indigenous Mestizo, Indian and Latino subjects and their environment.

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Profile: Richard Stevens

The knotted, age-worn fingers calculate $1.60 in their familiar dance across calculator keys and handwritten spreadsheets. Richard Stevens (MGeog’58) tenderly picks six tomatoes off the scale and hands them to the waiting customer.

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Profile: Ranching fever takes hold of ’em

When Randy George (ChemEngr’71, MBA’78), left, and Jim Yost (MAnth’67, PhD’72), right, met in Boulder during the late 1960s, they had no idea they’d end up running a guest ranch together in western Grand County, Colo.

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Profile: Living at motorcade speed

My life’s over, worried Annie Lyons (Comm’03) after learning she’d received a staff assistant position with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in July 2006. She wanted the job but realized the hours would be unimaginable.

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Profile: Dee Demmon

Life has been straight out of a history book. The longtime Boulder resident, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, attended Mapleton Elementary School as a little girl, watched the Boulder Courthouse burn down Feb. 9, 1932, and attended CU during the Great Depression. She even met Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Profile: Anthony Jackson

He spends countless hours helping foster youth avoid homelessness at all costs, mediating between angry landlords, exhausted caseworkers and frustrated youth. Anthony manages youth enrollment in the program, the ever-growing wait list and housing inspections. His least favorite aspect is paperwork, averaging around 250 pages per youth. He spends his remaining time tackling crises. Each morning his voice mail is filled with emergencies ranging from landlords who need their rent money to youth facing eviction.

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