Coloradan Magazine Archives

University of Colorado Boulder

Editors note – March 2012

Every family has its histrionic stories that shape the next generation. In my family’s tales, there are nuns who fled the church chasing romantic love, traveling folk singers, hippies who defied their parents by living in caves in Jerome, Ariz., and grandfathers who invited priests over to bless the bowl of holy water in the hallway.

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Volume 16, Number 3 March 2012

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the university. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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Volume 16, Number 2 December 2011

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the university.

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Volume 16, Number 1 September 2011

VOLUME 16, NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 2011 Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the university. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association.

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June 2011 Editor’s note

I am saying goodbye to an old friend this month, one who changed my life when I was 24. I left everything — my boyfriend, a job at a quirky newspaper, a quiet mountain town outside of Aspen — for the CU journalism school. And I never looked back.

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Volume 15, Number 4 – June 2011

VOLUME 15, NUMBER 4 JUNE 2011 Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the university. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association.

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March 2011 Editor’s note

The ski season is not what it used to be for me and my husband, Tom Rutkowski (MCivEngr’03), since we had kids. We used to explore Colorado’s mountains on backcountry hut trips and ski moguls at the resorts.

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Volume 15, Number 3 – March 2011

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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Volume 15, Number 2 – December 2010

DECEMBER 2010 Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint

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December 2010 Editor’s note

This fall I was driving down Broadway past the UMC when my 4-year-old daughter announced from the backseat she was not going to college. I almost drove through the red light. Not go to college?

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September 2010 Editor’s note

In the 1930s, CU President George Norlin often spoke of the beauty of the campus, which he said was “worthy to be the outward frame of the university’s soul.” But I often think about the people who have shaped CU’s inward frame. One of these people is Ron Stump, who retired in mid-August after two-and-a-half years as Alumni Association executive director and 12 years in student affairs, including nine as vice chancellor.

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Volume 14, Number 4 – June 2010

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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June 2010 Editor’s note

In May my son Saroj Shilpakar (Geog’10) graduated from CU, which may sound odd, given we are only 14 years apart. But Saroj left Nepal five years ago to live with my husband Tom Rutkowski (CivEngr’03) and me and quickly became part of our family. We taught him how to rock climb, brought him to concerts at Macky, took him to the East and West coasts and helped him apply to CU.

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March 2010 Editor's note

Tucked in a tiny house north of Varsity Lake is the headquarters of the Conference on World Affairs. It’s so unremarkable I almost walked by it the first time I visited. Yet inside great minds are at work year round to bring the world to Boulder for one week.

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Volume 14, Number 3 March 2010

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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December 2009 Editor's Note

Join us in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Alumni Association’s Forever Buffs program. Last November we launched the program when we eliminated dues and welcomed all undergraduates and alums to a lifetime of services. Forever Buffs aims to create lifelong CU relationships from freshman year through retirement.

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Volume 14, Number 2 December 2009

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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Volume 13, Number 1, September 2009

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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September 2009 Editor's note

CU has had its share of traditions. Years ago, students held tug-of-war games across Varsity Lake, weeded the Norlin Quad lawn during Dandelion Picking Day and forced all freshmen to wear green beanies.

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June 2009 Editor's note

Under deep blue skies, I watched 5,282 students graduate on May 8, joined by more than 100 members of the class of 1959 who seemed so fit I’ve decided being a Buff is a passport to the fountain of youth. Speaking of youth, two examples of CU’s outstanding caliber of graduates are Eric Eason (ApMath, EngrPhys’09) and Ryan Kramer (Aero’09) who arrived on campus at ages 13 and 14, respectively, and head to graduate school next fall. Wow!

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Volume 13, Number 4 June 2009

Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and

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March 2009 Editor's note

When Sgt. Geoffrey Melvin described searching for explosives in Iraqi palm tree groves, I felt as if I was beside him. During our conversation in the UMC, the environmental studies major brought to life his combat experiences while nearby students chatted absentmindedly on their cell phones and did their homework. Through his words I caught a glimpse of what it’s like to fight a war, return home and realize life goes on, even as your mind suffers what writer Barbara Kingsolver has called “a jet lag of consciousness.”

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Volume 13, Number 3 – March 2009

The Coloradan aims to connect, inform and engage readers in the life of the University of Colorado at Boulder through regular communication with alumni, faculty and staff members and friends of the University. It is published four times per year in March, June, September and December by the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. Permission to reprint articles and illustrations may be obtained from the editor.

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