In 1951 professor Dick Jessor arrived in Boulder expecting to “slum for awhile before moving to civilization on either the West or East Coast.” Instead he founded the university’s Institute of Behavioral Science and stayed for six decades.
At age 24, CU student Anthony Hull has already hosted several television and online programs, including for Fox Sports Net. He is an actor who produced a documentary about the CU student experience last spring. Hull plans to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
After his childhood in Cameroon left philosophy professor Ajume Wingo pondering some of life’s deepest religious and political questions, he came to the United States in search of answers by exploring political philosophy.
Charged with preserving and promoting CU history, the CU Heritage Center is located on the third floor of Old Main. Director Kay Oltmans (MComm ex’75) has been the primary caretaker of everything from a moon rock to the stuffed head of Ralphie I. As she approaches retirement, she shared some university secrets with Coloradan editor Tori Peglar (MJour’00).
Before vice chancellor of student affairs Julie Wong arrived two years ago, she was preparing to travel the world on Semester at Sea. Today she oversees a multitude of departments from Wardenburg Health Center to the Alumni Association.
Assistant professor Najeeb Jan of geography moved from the United Kingdom to Pakistan as a teenager, creating experiences that play out today in his classes from “Human and Political Geography” to “Political Islam.” Coloradan student writer Alex Bak met with him to discuss his childhood, the future of Pakistan and the war on terror.
Associate professor Reiland Rabaka of ethnic studies had no television while growing up in the projects of Austin, Texas, and reading was his escape. Today a vast bookshelf covers an entire wall of his office, adorned with works by Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston and Ayi Kwei Armah. Former Coloradan student writer Erika Usui (Jour, Jpn’09) caught up with him to discuss the role hip-hop music plays in his classroom.
When the Buffs host Colorado State on Sept. 6, Dan Hawkins will begin his fourth season as CU’s head football coach. He talked with Coloradan contributor Mark Wolf (Jour’70) about football, music and kidney stones.
Beyond being CU’s first pest specialist, Scott Harvey has another claim to fame: the most photographed man on campus. Traps and bait in hand, Harvey crisscrosses campus in response to elk and deer sightings, ant trails, bat guano and even a lost monkey on Norlin Quad. In the process he ends up in many pictures taken by the university’s photographers. In between calls about a new family of cockroaches, Harvey told Coloradan contributor and CU junior Emery Cowan about managing wildlife on campus.
In a chaotic economy there are few better people to be in a boat with than Chris Bittman (Jour’85), University of Colorado Foundation chief investment officer.