60’s and Earlier
Married in the Ewing farmhouse east of Boulder in 1938, Vernon Ewing (Jour ex’38) and Gweneth Massingill celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11.
Vernon is a former freelance writer and producer of TV, radio and print advertising. The couple still lives on the historic Ewing farm. Fellow journalism school alum Helen Bloedorn Duhon* (Jour’38) sent the couple’s news to the Coloradan.
The Victor C. Vaughan Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry Emeritus at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, M.J. “Jud” Coon (Chem’43) was elected Honorary Life Member of the International Society for Studies on Xenobiotics. The honor recognizes his discoveries on the metabolism of drugs and other environmentally occurring foreign compounds. He lives in Ann Arbor.
An emeritus art professor at the University of Michigan, Gerald “Jerry” Hodge (Art ex’43) is one of a group of seven in the Trompe L’Oeil Society of Artists. He exhibits his paintings regularly and gives several workshops a year, most notably at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona, in trompe l’oeil painting (a French term that translates as “fool the eye”). Jerry lives in Ann Arbor.
In an Oct. 6, 1945, game against Utah, the CU football team pounded out an 18-13 win. For those who may not remember the details, Bud Almond has converted a short film of the game shot by his father, Julius Henry Almond (MechEngr’49) onto DVD. The film also captures a bit of 1940s CU culture with footage of the 1946 homecoming parade and ski jumping in Chautauqua in 1948. Bud writes he will make a copy for anyone interested, charging only the cost of a blank DVD and postage. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since serving in the Korean War, Roger Allen (A&S’52) has had quite a range of experiences. He produced PBS’s The Frugal Gourmet Cooking Show, graduated from The Desert Institute for the Healing Arts in Tucson, Ariz., and developed and directed The Desert Readers, a performance group that reads stories, jokes and poetry to elderly people living in care facilities. He also taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, Syracuse and in American Samoa. Roger lives in Tucson.
After reading Janet Singleton’s piece on the Korean War in the September 2008 Coloradan, Wayne Hardy (CivEngr’54) wrote to the Coloradan staff about his travels to North Korea. On the trip in 2007, he visited the demilitarized zone and stood in the room where the armistice was signed, adding that “the 38th parallel literally runs right down the middle of the table.” In his ventures around the capital city he described the locals’ friendliness and the beauty of the capital city, Pyongyang, which was rebuilt after the war. He also has traveled to South Korea twice and lives in Centennial,Colo.
A retired engineer, John Howe (MechEngr’56) is devoted to raising public awareness about critical energy issues, especially the subject of peak oil, the concept that we will run out of oil at some point. As president of Howe Engineering Co. he focuses on identifying and defining a post-peak oil economy. He lives in Waterford, Maine, with his wife, Deborah Mead Howe (Art’69).
After reading about Frank Clarke (A&S ex’57) in the December 2008 Coloradan, Nancy Salomon Goldberg (A&S’57) sent us some more information about him. She says that although she didn’t know him, she remembers Frank was handsome and the King during 1956 CU days. Sure enough, Frank was one of two students voted to the throne of King Neptune’s Court during the 1956 “Sea U Days.” Nancy lives in Weston, Fla.
Profiled in the March 2009 Coloradan, W. Gordon Fink (ElecEngr’58) wrote to say that working on cold cases in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County helped pave the way for him to join the Drug Enforcement Agency, not the National Security Agency, as he was already employed by the NSA by then. He lives in Annapolis.
On a trip to South Africa with the Roaming Buffs alumni travel program in February, John Thompson (Fin’58) and Doris Horton Thompson had quite a viewing experience. On a game drive, the couple came upon a newborn Cape buffalo, still wet and wobbly on its feet. Surrounding the calf was not only its mother but a whole herd of buffaloes protecting the young one. Doris summed up the experience with a “Go Buffs!” and John described the trip as “terrific.” The couple lives in Camarillo, Calif.
Another two vacationers on the CU alumni trip to South Africa, John Beach (MechEngr, Bus’60) and Jan Peterson enjoyed their time exploring South Africa, Botswana and Zambia immensely. John has joined Alumni Association trips to Russia and the Sea of Cortez since retiring from the plastic molding business in 1998. He lives in Loveland, Colo.
Recalling her senior year at CU, Eileen Rose Haffey Brown (Mus ex’60) writes she had the “incredible challenge and pleasure” of playing with the University Orchestra. Her performances at CU were just the beginning of many more rewarding experiences, thanks to her time at the music college. Eileen lives in Sun City West, Ariz., and summers in Electra, a tiny town near Durango, Colo.
After developing close bonds during their time at CU from 1956-1960, a group of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers has continued to gather for various events. In October the group celebrated its 50th reunion with a weekend in Boulder topped off by the CU-Texas football game. Alamo, Calif., resident Ken Dulany (Fin’60, MBA’62) chaired this year’s event, assisted by Michael Glassco (Mgmt’62) of Denver and Michael McClelland (Fin’65) of Los Angeles.
In the Structural Engineer December 2008 issue, Richard Weingardt (CivEngr’60, MS’64) wrote about opportunities, thankfulness and the good fortune that structural engineers have of being able to design and build important structures that can improve people’s standard of living. He is CEO and chairman of Richard Weingardt Consultants, Inc., a Denver-based structural engineering firm.
Until this year, Renaldo Kuhler’s (A&S ex’61) artistic work outside of his job as a scientific illustrator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C., remained stacked in boxes. With the premier of a feature-length documentary, Rocaterrania, and an exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, however, Renaldo’s colorful drawings of a fantastic world called Rocaterrania were finally revealed to the public. The vibrant pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings capture a universe that Renaldo has been creating for 50 years, with fantastic-looking cities and hundreds of characters. Beyond just fantasy, Renaldo says Rocaterrania also reflects the story of his life.
Born and raised in Boulder until he graduated from CU, Robert “Bob” Moore (Engl’61) published The Great Bluff Street Sled Race (Xlibris). The book is an anthology of short stories about unforgettable events in the lives of ordinary people with stories ranging from humorous to heartwarming. Bob lives in Wichita, Kan., and has two daughters.
The winner of the 2007 MetLife Nuestras Voces Grand Prize for her play Kiss Bessemer Goodbye, Ramona Tencha Avila-Friedenberg (A&S’62) has produced a new play, Angie’s Fire. The play tells the story of a spirited, physically infirm elderly woman whose siblings want to put her in a nursing home. Tencha lives in Denver.
New Yorker David Jarrett (Fin’62) wrote the Coloradan to say that there was a mix-up in the March issue, which incorrectly stated he lived in Aurora. He has lived in Manhattan ever since he graduated from CU. He donated his photo archive to Norlin Library and has his work online at www.DavidJarrett-photography.com.
In May Michael Widlar (Chem’92) accepted an award for his uncle Bob Widlar (ElecEngr’62) who passed away. The award, given by the National Inventors Institute, honored Bob’s work in designing one of the first integrated linear circuits. In 1992 Bob received CU’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and, in 1994, was one of the College of Engineering “Centennial Medalists.” Michael lives in Middlebury, Conn., and works for Advanced Material Technology, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer.
In October 2007 Susan Williamson Calkins (Engl’63) and Hugh Calkins (A&S’64, Law’69) retired. Susan was a trial and appellate judge with the Maine Supreme Court for 27 years, and Hugh worked with Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
Sharing his expertise with students at his alma mater, Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Don Grusin (Soc’63, MEcon’67) taught a world music video course at CU in fall 2008. The class, offered through the ATLAS Center for Arts, Media and Performance, focused on helping students produce videos that promote social change and global awareness. Don, who is a regular guest at CU’s Conference on World Affairs, is based in Venice, Calif.
The Space Foundation awarded Peter Teets (ApMath’63, MS’65, HonDocSci’90) the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award this spring. A former undersecretary of the Air Force and former president and COO of Lockheed Corp., Peter is the first Coloradan to win the foundation’s highest honor. He lives in Colorado Springs.
Villa Park, Calif., residents John Fader* (ElecEngr’64) and Mary Lynn Mitchell Fader* (A&S ex’65) headed off to Europe last summer on a cruise of the Black Sea. They visited several cities, including Bucharast, Romania.
In a 40-year university teaching career that included two years teaching freshman English at CU from 1960-62, James B. Misenheimer (PhD Engl’64) received more than 20 awards for distinguished teaching. He has since become a vice president of the Samuel Johnson Society of London and is the American editor of the Modern Humanities Research Association’s Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (Cambridge) for 16 volumes. James and his wife live in Terre Haute, Ind.
Professor emeritus of business at Southern Oregon University, Dennis Powers (A&S’64) published his 10th book this year. Taking the Sea (AMACOM) tells of the 19th century wreckers and ship salvagers who traveled through dangerous seas to rescue ships in distress. The book features rare photographs of ships in peril and harbors of the day. Dennis and his wife live in Ashland, Ore., where they returned to after a six-week trip to 10 countries earlier this year.
Beginning last fall Jeannie Doepper Thompson* (Zool’64) of Boulder and Mary Lee Beauregard (MPubAdmin’83) of Denver began their terms as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the CU Foundation board of directors. Joe Romig* (Phys’63, PhD Astro’75) of Boulder and Laura Price McGuire (DistSt’82) of Monument, Colo., joined them as newly elected members to the board of directors.
Hancock, Maine, resident Douglas Kimmel (Psych’65) co-edited Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and Clinical Perspectives (Columbia University Press). Doug is a member of the American Psychological Association Board for Application of Psychology in the Public Interest.
A former Airbus A300 captain for Fed-Ex, Orley Mitchell (A&S’66) retired from the company in 2002 and lives with his wife in Parachute, Colo. He worked for FedEx for 30 years and the couple’s son, Shawn Mitchell (Art ’89) of Memphis, is following in his footsteps as captain for a FedEx 727 plane. Their daughter, Orlene Mitchell (EPOBio’93), works for law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver while their other son works for Denver engineering consulting firm Schmidt & Stacy.
Former Olympic skier Tom Upham (PE’66) couldn’t make it to CU’s 2008 Homecoming festivities, which honored the university’s Olympians with its theme “Go for the Gold.” However, he did make it to Boulder to visit his daughter and to catch up with Barbara Ferries Henderson (A&S ex’65) and her husband. Tom notes Barbara was the best female downhill racer in the United States in the 1960s.
In the monumental process of creating a 120-foot long, 45-foot-high mural as a tribute to the work ethic of the American worker, Ellen Griesedieck (A&S’70) decided to enlist some help. Infusing the Winstead, Conn., project with youthful creativity, Ellen worked with students from West Virginia to New Mexico who created different elements of the mural, such as glass oceans, wooden axes and red tiles for a worker’s plaid shirt. The Sharon, Conn., resident expects to finish the American Mural Project in about a decade.
Keeping busy was no problem this year for Jim Navratil (Chem’70, MS’72, PhD’75), with trips to Peru, India and Guam. He also spoke at conferences in Tripoli, the Czech Republic and Tucson, Ariz., and squeezed in time to see friends and family around the United States. Jim works on a part-time basis for Hazen Research in Golden, Colo., on mine water treatment and uranium ore processing research and lives in Pendleton, S.C., with his wife.
An energy lawyer and partner at Duane Morris, Sheila Slocus Hollis (Jour’71) was named dean of the Oil and Gas Bar and is the first woman ever to give the Deans of Oil and Gas Practice Lecture. Sheila serves on the Duane Morris executive committee and partners board and previously was the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She lives in Washington, D.C.
A sociology professor at Columbia College of Chicago, Baheej Khleif (PhDSoc’71) published Sam, Meriam and Me (Jameel Publishing) in 2008. The novel tells the story of a love triangle between three people of different cultures and religions. Baheej was the first director of the Arab-Jewish Cultural Center in Haifa, Israel. He lives in Sleepy Hollow, Ill.
At its annual dinner on Oct. 29, Historic Denver presented the Ann Love Award to L. Michael Henry (Law’71) for his longtime citizen activism in protecting landmarks and landmark districts in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Michael is staff director of the Denver Board of Ethics.
An Olympic skier and medalist in 1964, Jimmie Heuga (Pol Sci’73) was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, writes Annette Bowman Sundquist (PE’73) of Park City, Utah. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1970, Jimmie founded the Heuga Center for MS in 1984. He lives in Louisville, Colo.
Former astronaut and retired U.S. Army colonel James Voss (MAero’74) was elected to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute board of directors. He worked for NASA for 19 years, including flying on five space shuttle missions. The Houston resident serves as vice president of engineering for SpaceDev, Inc.
Shortly after his 75th birthday Chuck Sisson (EdD’74) wrote Pitch Black (Author House), a mystery novel set, in part, on the Navajo reservation. He served as director of business services for the Boulder Valley Schools in the early 1970s and has held public education positions in Washington, D.C., Florida, Kansas and Texas. He lives with his wife in McKinney, Texas.
The Decision Sciences Institute presented its 2008 Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award to Krishna S. Dhir (PhDBus’75) for his years of service to the institute. Krishna is the Henry Gund Professor of Management and dean of the Campbell School of Business at Berry College in Georgia. He lives in Mt. Berry, Ga.
Littleton, Colo., resident Susan Rupp Elliott (ComDisor’75) was named 2009 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Deaf since her late teens, she teaches at Highlands Ranch High School and specializes in working with the hearing impaired.
For Gary Dahl (Mgmt’76), his relationship began with his wife when she hired him as a retail employee at the clothing store The Pipefitter on the Hill. Since then, the couple’s relationship has morphed into a successful business partnership and marriage. Gary and Bonnie run what is now called The Fitter on the Hill and also opened Savvy clothing store on the Pearl Street Mall with their daughter in 2007. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in December.
After starting her company The Write Direction in her condo in Boulder in 1989, Debra Jason (MComDisor’77) celebrated her 20th year in business in January. The Write Direction specializes in writing Web and direct marketing communications. She lives in Hanalei, Hawaii.
After making wine in 1981 in his basement, John Garlich (ArchEngr’78, MCivEngr’89), along with wife, is founder and owner of Book-Cliff Vineyards Winery. The couple lives in Boulder and works their vineyard in Palisade, Colo., during the weekends. They produce about 2,700 cases of 11 different varietals and opened a new tasting room at the winery on Lee Hill Road this spring.
Newly elected as Boulder County’s district attorney, Stan Garnett (Hist’78, Law’82) took over the job on Jan 13. He has served on the Boulder Valley School Board for two terms and previously worked as a trial attorney for Denver-based law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He lives in Boulder.
On their yearlong trip to see the world and learn Spanish, Kent Zimmerman (Edu’80, MPubAd’90) and Christine Lanier Zimmerman (Ger’80) discovered the perfect surfing village in Canoa, Ecuador. It “is the surftown of your dreams,” Kent wrote in an article for the Boulder Camera, with warm water, friendly locals and consistent swells, along with inexpensive seafood and beachside lodging. The couple continued to Argentina and Chile where they raved about the scenery and culture. Kent is former executive director of the Alumni Association. The couple lives in Boulder and Crested Butte when not gallivanting around the world. Read more at www.kentsadventures.com.
In a small wedding on the beach, Rick Reilly (Jour’81) married Cynthia Puchniarz in October. Friends from Los Angeles and Denver helped the couple celebrate, including Denver mayor John Hickenlooper. Rick is a sports writer for ESPN, TV reporter and screenwriter based in Denver.
A professor of molecular biophysics at Rockefeller University in Manhattan, Seth Darst (ChemEngr’82) showcased his other area of expertise, the piano, at a November concert in Montreal. He played Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with the I Medici Orchestra, writes his mother, Judy Darst (Mus’59), who lives in Bend,Ore. Seth lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Taking a more lighthearted approach to financial matters, Alumni Association board member Jenny Herring (Jour’82) has been writing satirical articles for eFinancialCareers.com. In one article, “Goodbye, COBRA!” she puts a fun twist on her advice to employees about basic standards that potential employers should meet. Her piece about returning to CU appeared in the February edition of Buffalum Notes, the Alumni Association’s e-newsletter. She lives in Norwalk, Iowa.
With 25 years of experience working in sales and marketing, former Alumni Association board member Kimbirly Orr (Mktg’83) joined Sue Procko Public Relations in January. In her position as vice president for business development, she is exploring new business opportunities for the company. She has worked for New Hope Natural Media and Questex Media Group and lives in Centennial, Colo.
In March Steve Swanson (EngrPhys’83) made his second flight as an astronaut after NASA’s space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. As lead spacewalker aboard the International Space Station, he helped install a new solar array. He is recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and lives in Friendswood, Texas.
Parents Tool Talk internet radio show invited Greg R. Thiel (MEdu’84) to be the guest expert for February’s topic, “Make a Play Date with Your Spouse.” He is a certified family life educator and lives in Centennial, Colo.
At a luncheon in January, FBI special agent Mark Colburn (MCDBio’85) was honored as the Kansas City, Kan., FBI agent of the year. Prior to joining the FBI in 1992, he spent six years as a naval aviator flying helicopters off the USS Constellation in the Western Pacific. Mark, his wife and their four children live in the Kansas City area.
Currently director of the Law Office Management Assistance Program in Boston, Rodney Dowell (PolSci’85) was appointed co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s law practice management section for the 2008-09 year. Previously, he worked as founding partner at the litigation firm of Berman & Dowell. He lives in Melrose, Mass.
Golf Range Magazine named Brian O’Hearn (Rec’85) one of the top 50 golf instructors in the United States for 2008. He is the PGA golf professional at Sagamore Golf Center in North Hampton, N.H., and lives in Amesbury, Mass., with his wife and their cats.
A partner at Clifford Law Offices, Timothy Tomasik (Jour’86) received the William J. White Award of Excellence from the Chicago Bar Association for his work as chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. He has been a member of the committee for 10 years and lives in Western Springs, Ill.
The F.J. Heyne Centennial Professor in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, Jerome Williams (PhDBus’86) was awarded the 2009 Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award. The award is one of the most prestigious a marketing educator can receive. Jerome lives in Pflugerville, Texas.
Traverse City, Mich., residents John Beattie (MCDBio’88) and Kimberly Woodward Beattie (Bus’90, MEdu’95) have three children, ages 7, 3 and 1. John is a managing partner and interventional cardiologist with Grand Traverse Heart Associates.
Fifteen years after Chipotle Mexican Grill owner Steve Ells (Art’88) opened his first restaurant in Denver, the company has gained not only financial success but also many loyal employees, including Boulder resident Monty Moran (Comm’88), chief executive, and Denver resident Joe Stupp (Engl’88), director of customer service. Monty knew Steve during their high school and college days. Joe, also Steve’s high school friend, now manages Chipotle’s customer e-mails, internet marketing and music played in the restaurants.
After graduating from the Texas Heart Institute with a certificate in clinical perfusion, David Fritschen (Kines’89) is a clinical perfusionist with Denver Perfusion Services, working with Denver area hospitals. He lives in Englewood.
Fascinated with raptors since she was 12, Anne Sargent Price (EPOBio’89) works as raptors curator at the Raptor Education Foundation. The Brighton-based nonprofit group takes in large avian predators that cannot fend for themselves in the wild. As a part of her job, Anne gives many educational presentations about the facility’s birds, which she describes as “unbelievable.” She lives in Littleton, Colo.
After losing his CU class ring while on honeymoon at Greece’s Santorini Island, Peter Baumgartner (Jour, PolSci’90) didn’t think he’d ever see it again. But the ring was found by a Finnish father-and-son duo who e-mailed journalism school Dean Paul Voakes. As a result, the ring eventually found its way to its owner. Peter is an avid CU fan who served as sports editor of the Campus Press in 1990. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic, and is a senior online media editor for Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty.
Founder of Serac Adventure Films and the Adventure Film School, Michael Brown (Geog’90) is a filmmaker whose films include Farther Than the Eye Can See, Light of the Himalaya and The Endless Knot. He also shoots for the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and NOVA. He spends about 10 days a month in Boulder and the rest of his time training or holed up at the office editing, researching and preparing for his next shoot.
Law firm Jordan Schrader Ramis named Steven Shropshire (IntlAf’91) a managing shareholder of the firm. He joined the firm in 2001, became a shareholder in 2004 and was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2005. He lives in Portland,Ore.
Intellectual property law firm Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds announced that Mark Solomon (MElecEngr’91) was named president of the Boston Patent Law Association. He is a principal with the firm and specializes in guiding engineering companies and university engineering centers through the development, management, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He lives in Brookline, Mass.
National sales manager for Vail and Keystone Resorts, Katy Stunkard Burley (Psych’92) received the Rising Star award, which recognizes her commitment to the success of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and other committees on which she has served. She also won the Outstanding Committee and Special Project award for her work with the Democratic National Convention. She lives in Denver.
A principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and CU adjunct professor, Chuck Kutscher (PhDMechEngr’92) received the 2008 Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award for his contributions to protect Colorado’s environment and provide clean power through renewable energy. He teaches mechanical engineering at CU and frequently speaks about climate change and renewable energy on campus. He lives in Golden,Colo.
Middletown, R.I., resident Heather Churchville Locke (Soc’92) was awarded a licensed mental health counselor credential in 2008 and is the assistant administrator of community support services for Newport County Community Mental Health Center.
Longtime Buff fans Dean Prok (Civ Engr’92, MD’04) and Lori McGee Prok (Engl, EPOBio’96, MD’01) are proud parents of toddler Mia Prok, who appeared on the JumboTron screen at Folsom Field leading the crowd in singing the CU fight song at home football games. They live in Denver.
In May Michael Widlar (Chem’92) accepted an award in Mountain View, Calif., for his uncle Bob Widlar (ElecEngr’63) who passed away. Bob was honored by the National Inventors Institute for his work in designing one of the first integrated linear circuits. Michael lives in Middlebury, Conn., where he works for Advanced Material Technology.
Varell Fuller (PolSci’93) writes he has created a Facebook group called “CU Black In The Day Alumni,” which is an online reunion of black CU alumni from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. He lives in San Francisco.
Last fall the CU regents unanimously approved the appointment of Tanya Mares Kelly-Bowry (IntlAf’93) as vice president of government relations. Previously, she served as the associate vice president of state and federal governmental relations for the CU system. She lives in Westminster,Colo.
Writer Michelle LeBlanc (Jour’93) wrote in the Valley Courier Online that she feels “writing is like prayer” and that it “quiets her monkey mind.” She enrolled in writing classes at Adams State University last spring semester and is “attempting to figure out what may be next” for her. She lives in Alamosa,Colo.
Firefighter Justin Dombrowski (Psych, Soc’94) has shifted his career to managing disasters around the country, and says his work is rewarding but that it’s not the same hands-on excitement. He lives in Boulder.
Author Tina Dozauer-Ray (MMus’95) published a gardening-themed children’s book called Too Many Zucchini for Zachary Beany (Lifevest Publishing). The book includes a pack of organic zucchini seeds and a zucchini bread recipe. More information is at www.ladybuggardening.com. Tina lives in Louisville,Colo.
An associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at South Dakota State University in Brookings, John Walker (PhDMus’95) is the Patricia Pierce Distinguished Artist in Residence. He also is the principal piano, harpsichord and celesta for the South Dakota Symphony. He lives in Brookings, S.D., with his wife and son.
Co-artistic director of Variable Velocity Performance Group in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Diana Stanton (MDance’97) made her debut as director of Orchesis Dance Company in January for the company’s annual showcase, Impact. She is assistant professor of dance at California Polytechnic State University.
Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights (Praeger Publishers) was written by Sarah Allen Benton (Jour’98), a licensed mental health counselor. She is a blogger for PsychologyToday.com and wants to bring the conversation of alcoholism to the table to shed light on a disease that affects many. She lives in Boston.
In December 2008 Scott Martinez (MTeleCom’98) and Dan Pabon (MechEngr’01, Law’05) took a leave of absence from Denver’s Holland & Hart to serve President Obama and the presidential transition team in Washington, D.C. The Office of the White House sought the twosome’s advice and legal skills. Over the course of two months, they provided the legal framework for transparency and ethics issues. Scott lives in Aurora and Dan lives in Denver.
“Acoustic ninja” Trace Bundy (Civ Engr’99), who returned to Boulder after a tour of the Far East, played tunes from his CD Missile Bell: Part 2 at the Boulder Theater last fall. He earned his moniker because of his unique percussive finger work and lives in Louisville,Colo.
Proud parents Kristy Sawyer Walsh (Mktg’99) and Sean Walsh (Fin’00), along with big brother Colin Walsh, welcomed new Buff Dylan Everett Walsh in June 2008. The family lives in Denver but spends a lot of time in Boulder during football season.
Author Carrie Vaughn (MEngl’00) has published more than 30 short stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines and is author of the urban fantasy Kitty Norville series. In January 2008 her short novel Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Grand Central Publishing) was ranked 20th on The New York Times Best Seller List, and in February 2009 Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (Grand Central Publishing) reached number 13. She lives in Boulder.
The law firm Dykema announced last fall that Ryan C. Williams (Comm’00), who focuses on general litigation matters, was one of eight associates to join the firm in its Chicago office.
Mosca, Colo., resident Daniel Newmyer (Fin’01), who teaches at Antonito Junior-Senior High School, was selected one of 10 Society for Science & the Public fellows for 2009. He was chosen for his vision to promote science in underserved communities and received a monetary award for his classroom, as well as full support to attend the Fellows Institute in Washington, D.C., during the summer.
Martial arts expert and reality show contestant Eliot Marshall (Math’02) told the Boulder Camera that being a contestant on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter was “a very interesting experience, to say the least.” He is a jujitsu instructor and lives in Superior, Colo.
A newspaper reporter for six years, Amy Reinink (Jour’02) has covered hurricanes, elections, murder trials, municipal government, national championship games and small-town festivals. She lives in Silver Spring, Md.
CU couple Pete Devlin (Comm’03) and Kate Robinson Devlin (MKines’02) are still loving life in Boulder. Pete coaches high school lacrosse, and the duo loves to ski as many days as possible.
Last spring Kevin Morse (Hist’03) joined Arnstein & Lehr’s bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and restructuring practice group as an associate in the Chicago office. Previously, he served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
In December 2008 fellow Las Vegas Teach for America alums Elliott Hood (Comm, PolSci’04) and Caroline Smith Hult (Engl, Hum’04) married at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where they were joined by nearly 300 family members and friends, including several dozen CU grads. Elliott is a development director for Teach for America in Chicago, and Caroline is an executive for the organization’s recruitment team. They live in Chicago.
A group of Roaming Buffaloes travelers bumped into Young Mo Kim (PolSci’04) on a path in the Cape of Good Hope area in South Africa in February. He was with his parents, who were visiting from South Korea. Young works as a market researcher in the economic section of the Korean Embassy in South Africa.
Actor Ross Marquand (Thtr’04) has appeared in several film and television productions, most recently in A Lonely Place for Dying. He says the arts program at CU provided him with the education and training he needed to make it in Hollywood.
In 2007, Patrick Salvi (Mgmt’04) joined the Illinois-based law firm Salvi Schostok & Pritchard. He concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. He also chairs the board of advisers for St. Agnes of Bohemia Elementary School on the southwest side of Chicago.
Publishing information for college students’ parents, Sarah Schupp’s (Mgmt’04) business produces institution-specific guides in partnership with universities across the United States. University Parent features restaurants, shops and resources and gives tips for traveling to college towns. She lives in Boulder.
The Massachusetts Bar Association president appointed Rodney Dowell (PolSci’05) co-chair of the association’s law practice management section for 2008-09. He is director of the Law Office Management Assistance Program in Boston, which assists attorneys in establishing and institutionalizing professional office practices and procedures.
Ian McKittrick (BioChem’05) writes that one of his best friends, Stephen Allen (Hist’06) of Telluride, is bicycling around the world to raise awareness about and to fight epilepsy. Stephen has epilepsy and started a nonprofit organization called Seize the World Foundation to promote the idea that people with epilepsy can lead active lifestyles and to support epilepsy research funding. Ian, who serves on the foundation’s board of directors, adds that all of the foundation’s volunteers are CU alums. Ian lives in Denver.
Proud mother Tracy Taylor-Sea (Comm’05) writes she and her husband welcomed the newest love in their lives, future Buff Megan Michele Sea. The family lives in Longmont.
CU’s Office of International Education announced that Steven Bethard (PhDCompSci’07) was presented the Daniel Henkel Service Award at the International Coffee Hour last December. This award is not presented every year but only when a candidate rises to an extraordinary level of merit. The Boulder resident was a key member of the International Peer Mentor Program and maintained the office website.
Journalist Efrem Rodriguez (Jour’07) works for public relations firm JohnstonWells with his background in emerging media, online communications and Web interfaces. He provides team support for clients including Qwest Communications and the Regional Air Quality Council. He lives in Boulder.
A personal trainer, fitness expert and transformation coach, Stuart Schaefer (Fin’07) of Castle Rock, Colo., published a book that teaches how to create, maintain and perfect a complete physical, mental and emotional lifestyle. Lifetime Physique (New Vision Publishing) guides readers through a 10-step transformation program to overcome mental inertia and reach success.
Faculty, staff & students
Working toward his dream of being an astronaut, doctoral candidate Ryan Kobrick studies the abrasive nature of lunar dust to help scientists design safer and more durable spacesuits and spacecraft. He is one of 33 science, engineering and medical students from Colorado schools who received a total of $165,000 in scholarships from the Colorado chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation in November.
In April Kambiz Khalili assumed the role of executive director of Housing and Dining Services. He comes to the university with extensive background and experience in housing operations, dining services, student development, capital construction, facilities management and business/financial management. For the past five years he has served as the director of dining services, deputy director of Housing and Dining Services, and most recently the interim executive director at the university. Prior to his work at CU-Boulder, he served as director of housing and dining services and director of dining services at the University of Northern Colorado.
Last December Jeremy Darling (Thtr ex’10) set out for an eight-day community service trip to Israel with the nonprofit Jewish National Fund on a volunteer mission to maintain and repair communities along the northern region of the Negev desert. Although security was a great concern with the Israel-Gaza tensions increasing during that time, Jeremy told the Boulder Camera that “the conflict made the work we did stronger, in a sense. It helped us realize what we were working for…real peace can only come through working from the ground up.”
A CU-Boulder professor and an undergraduate student are two of the four winners of the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Award, one of the university’s highest honors. English professor Martin Bickman and Upasana “Bela” Mohapatra (IntPhys ex’09) received an engraved plaque and a $2,000 cash prize in March. The award recognizes faculty, students and administrative employees who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular responsibilities and outstanding service to the broader community.
In February Colorado native Liz Kritza became the fourth head volleyball coach in CU history. She came to CU after a four-year stint at Tulane where she led the Green Wave to a record of 76-39 and 41-21 in Conference USA action. She replaces Pi’i Aiu (DistSt ex’89), who stepped down as head coach in January after 12 seasons. He compiled a 199-154 record and took the team to the NCAA tournament on nine occasions.
The African Students Association does outreach on campus to enable the CU community to gain a more tangible sense of distant cultures, with Luwam George (IntlAf ex’10) as the group’s president. Luwam, whose parents are from the East African country of Eritrea, told the Boulder Camera the group provides an outlet for students to tap into the unique history and heritage of cultures that might otherwise be difficult to learn.
Physics distinguished professor Margaret Murnane was named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense. She was one of eight fellows selected in the inaugural round of the program, which provides her up to $3 million in total direct research support for up to five years. Her group will develop high-power, ultrafast lasers in the mid-infrared region of the spectrum. She is a fellow at JILA and runs a joint research group with her husband, physics professor Henry Kapteyn.
Pro skier Matt Walker (Bus ex’10) told the Boulder Camera he would like to use what he learns in the business school and apply it to winter sports when he stops competing professionally. He adds that to succeed as an athlete, it’s important to balance schoolwork with hitting the slopes as much as possible.
Mike Campbell and Kim Warner of university communications received an Award of Excellence from the University & College Designers Association for their 2007 football invitation package.
English associate professor Valerie Forman wrote Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage (University of Pennsylvania Press). The book explores how the development of new economic theories, discourses of Christian redemption and the rise of tragicomedy as a popular genre helped shape thinking about loss and profit in early modern England.
CU div, short for “develop and innovate with vision” as well as a reference to a Web-coding tag, is a Web-based student group started by student Rob Witoff (Aero ex’09) and Cameron Robertson (Fin ex’09). The website, http://cudiv.com, connects students with local companies for roles in startups or already established companies.
Last November Deb Coffin was named associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, a position she had held since July in an interim appointment. She has worked at CU for seven years, and previously served as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and supervised the departments of housing and dining, residence life, Greek life and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Program.
Anthropology associate professor Dennis McGilvray published Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka (Duke University Press), an ethnographic and historical analysis of the island’s Tamil-speaking Hindu and Muslim communities in the midst of the Sri Lankan civil war.