Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

March 2008

Old Main - CU's oldest building


Dear Alum,

Hank Brown (Acct’61, Law’69) stepped down from his post as CU president on March 7. During his nearly three-year tenure he was widely credited with rebuilding the university’s image after scandals and controversy. A tenured faculty member in political science on the Boulder campus, Brown will teach a Maymester class at the law school. With Brown’s departure came the arrival of Bruce Benson (Geol’64, HonDocHum’04) as CU’s 22nd president. Read more.

As the photo of Old Main shows, Boulder continues to have snowfalls. It’s March, right? Send your stories and photos for Buffalum Notes to Marc Killinger. Some story ideas include your group at CU sports or club events or your travel photos. Hopefully you’ll have a CU sweatshirt or flag in the photo! Think also about writing a thoughtful or humorous piece about some aspect of CU for the CU Voices column. We need five or six photos to accompany that article. If you’ve moved or changed e-mail addresses, let us know. And don’t forget, you can always find the latest CU happenings at


CU Voices


Connecting with CU through the generations

Kim’s grandfather and CU professor Martin Schmidt

By Kim Egan

My family’s “CU voice” began in Boulder in 1934 when my grandfather, Martin F. Schmidt, graduated from CU. His commitment to CU continued for 45 years as a professor of transportation, management and organization at what is now the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business until he passed away in 1981.

In 1980, a perpetual scholarship was established to honor his distinguished service by donations from corporate sponsors, colleagues, students, friends and family. It has been awarded annually since then to deserving students so they can continue their business education.
Read more


News Briefs

CU honored for student community service

Andra Wilkinson in front of the Boulder County AIDS Project officeAndra Wilkinson (shown in front of the Boulder County AIDS Project) is one of 13,397 reasons the CU-Boulder is one of only three colleges and universities in the United States to receive a Presidential Award for General Community Service.

An estimated 13,397 CU-Boulder students participate in some form of community service and 3,512 are engaged in academic service-learning, a teaching strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction. Read more. Check out the Podcast

Lasers detect potential diseases via breath

It’s cool whatever it is!By blasting a person’s breath with laser light, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and CU- Boulder have shown they can detect molecules that may be markers for diseases like asthma or cancer.

While the new technique has yet to be tested in clinical trials, it may someday allow doctors to screen people for certain diseases simply by sampling their breath,
Read more. Check out the podcast here.

Have you heard about the Directors Club?

The Directors Club was formed by former members of the Alumni Association’s boasrd of directors,hence the name.

This group of alumni and friends supports the Alumni Association, the faculty, students and all members of the university community through educational and social activities as well as scholarships that promote interest, loyalty and connection to CU. Visit the Directors Club website to learn more.

Who’s your CU Idol?

The CU Idol competition rocks!CU’s biggest competition is back for its fifth year. CU Idol brings together CU’s most talented student singers to compete for the title of CU Idol and $1,000 in prize money. And the audience votes for the winner! Over 70 students auditioned, but only 10 talented finalists were selected by the Herd to compete in the finals at the Glenn Miller Ballroom on March 14 at 7 p.m. The show is FREE for students, alumni, friends and families. Get there early to get the best spot! Most students bring their iClickers to vote. See for more.

Conference on World Affairs luncheon

Ah, the familiar flags across the Norlin Quad marking the Conference on World Affairs.April 7-11 brings the return of the Conference on World Affairs to campus. This is the 60th year!

The Boulder Alumni club will host a luncheon and speakers from the CWA and the club on Tues. April 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Koenig Alumni Center. This year’s speaker is Juniper Jairala (MAeroEngr, BioMet’04), an aerospace engineer and fire dancer. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Scott Steinbrecher (PolSci’81, MPubAd’94).

That crazy Dave is back!

CU has one of the top ski college teams in the country.It’s March, and as he admits freely, he’s kind of crazy, so it’s a fine title for this month’s edition of Plati-‘Tudes, now in its eighth year! Associate athletic director Dave Plati (Jour’82) looks at all things CU, and some things not. The photo is of CU ski coach Richard Rokos and one of his alpine skiers in Steamboat Springs in January.

The class of ’58 wants you

We all remember the Sink!!Members of the class of 1958 planning committee are calling their classmates to encourage attendance at the 50-year reunion celebration May 8-9 in Boulder. If you are from this class and have not received a brochure and reservation form, please contact Eileen at 303-492-8485 or 800-492-7743.
Don’t miss this incredibly fun event! For more information, please go here.

Join us for a Lifetime!

It’s for a lifetime!Have you ever considered upgrading to a Lifetime Membership? There are many reasons to consider joining, including:
• The convenience of never having to renew.
• The pride of being connected to CU for life.
• Evidence of commitment to your alma mater.
• Continuing to be a part of giving over $100,000 in annual alumni scholarships.
Cost is $750 for Life! Please sign up online today or call 303-492-8484 for more information. We’d love to CU for life!

In support of teaching excellence

The Frascona Teaching Excellence Award was established in the business school in 1991Bob Falkenberg (Fin’77) and Martha Falkenberg of Woodside, Calif., are strong proponents of outstanding business education and have demonstrated their support through commitments to the Leeds School of Business building fund and the Frascona Teaching Excellence Award.

As a result of their deep appreciation for Professor Joseph Frascona’s dynamic teaching, Bob, his father Robert L. Falkenberg (Bus’51), and sister, Nancy Tuck (Fin’82), established the Frascona Teaching Excellence Award in 1991 in hopes that future generations of teachers at the business school would be encouraged to inspire their students as professor Frascona inspired them. More information

Gamow lecture features global warming

It’s the annual Gamow lecture, so get there early.Kerry Emanuel, internationally recognized for his research linking hurricane intensity to global warming, will speak on Thurs., April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. It is the 43rd George Gamow Memorial Lecture. Much of Emanuel’s research focuses on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. More information.

The heart of Ukraine beckons

Just one of many Roaming Buffaloes trips.Explore the stunning architecture and romantic squares of Bucharest, Romania, before cruising the fabled Dneiper River through the heart of Ukraine. Included on the itinerary are Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta as well as the towering minarets of Kiev. Join the Roaming Buffs as we tour this incredible destination from July 2 to 15. More information. Give a call at 303-492-0635 or e-mail Ryan to reserve your space now.

The spring game tradition is back with more!

What’s not to like? The Counting Crows on Friday April 18 at Folsom!

Fri., April 18:

Gridiron Bash, 6 p.m., at Folsom Field, Fanfest; 8 p.m. Counting Crows concert; $43. For alumni tickets go here. Promotional code is “alumni.” This is a competitive scholarship fundraiser. To vote for CU go here or text “CU” to 23909.

Sat., April 19:

Let’s fill Folsom Field!Pregame, 11:30 a.m., Balch Fieldhouse: Gather with other Buffs for entertainment, chalk talk, great food, raffles, door prizes and more! Contact Laura at 303-492-4071 for location and more information.
Healthy Kids Day, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free; Eighth graders and under will have a chance to participate in sports skills stations. The first 500 kids will receive a free CU t-shirt and food.
Football game, 1 p.m., free. This is your chance to catch a sneak peek of your 2008 Colorado Buffaloes in action!
More information

Coloradan correction and survey

The Coloradan has been redesigned for the March 2008 issue.Due to a reporting error, Sarah Elizabeth Quicksall (Engl,Phil’03, Law’07) mistakenly ended up in the R.I.P. section of the March 2008 Coloradan magazine. She is alive and well. We regret this error and sincerely apologize to her and her family for any inconveniences incurred.

Once you’ve gotten a chance to look at the newly redesigned Coloradan magazine, let us know what you think of the changes by taking the survey here.

Don’t lose your connections

My CU Network is here for you - take advantage!December 2007 graduates are officially loaded into the Alumni Association’s My CU Network at Whether you’re looking for a job or wanting to find an old friend, the Network is where connections start after graduation. There is no cost to register – click here now.

Ralphie loves renewers!

The revolutionary Apple iPod NanoRenew your membership online by April 30 and be entered to win an Ipod nano. To better serve our alumni, eliminate paper invoicing and put more of your membership dues towards great benefits, we’re launching Ralphie Loves Renewers online. It’s convenient, simple and fast to sign up online and, right now, enter the contest. Or, contact us at for further information. Join your Alumni Association now!

Family Camp is just around the corner

Family Camp has some great counselors!Load up the gang and head into the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a week at CU Family Camp. Family Camp is an all-inclusive week of activities and fun for people of all ages. Reserve your space now for the best week your family will share this summer! Additional mini-camp dates have been added from July 10-13. Give a call at 303-492-0635 or e-mail Ryan to reserve your space for a wonderful family outing! Check it out here.

Jacksonville is the location for this fall’s big pregame event.

Head to Jacksonville for the CU vs. FSU game

Save the date for this year’s big away football game in sunny Jacksonville, Fla., on Sat., Sept. 27! Pregame party, opening reception and hotel deals are in the works. Plan on joining alumni and other Buff fans for the festivities as we take on the Seminoles. For up-to-date information and to be placed on an interest list, please contact Laura or call 303-492-4071.

Be a marshal at May commencement

Every spring those graduating get to walk in procession around campus and in front of Old Main.Marshals are a vital part of a successful graduation ceremony. Alumni of all ages make wonderful marshals and we want you there on Fri., May 9, at 7:30 a.m. While helping usher graduates in the procession to Folsom Stadium, you can speak with them about life after graduation. A complimentary luncheon following commencement, hosted by Chancellor Bud Peterson is included. To volunteer to be a marshal go here or e-mail Sarah Adderholt.

Career Services is here for you!

Career Services is here for alums.

Let us help you with your job search.

Just In Time Fair, April 16!

Looking for interns or full-time employees?

Big 12 track and field meet at CU!

Featuring CU's great track & field team!Your Colorado Buffaloes are hosting the Big 12 Track and Field Champion- ships May 16-18 at Potts Field. Catch three-time All American Stephen Pfifer, two-time All- American Jenny Barringer and the rest of the Buffs as they go up against the best in the Big 12. Tickets start at just $6 and can be purchased by calling 303-49-BUFFS. More information.

Truly a CU love story

One of thousands of CU love stories.Helen Nickell Fisk (DistSt’51) and Bill Fisk (ElEngr’49) sent this photo in from 1998 when they received the first “CU Love Story” plaque given out by former Alumni Association president Kent Zimmerman (Edu’80, MPubAd’90) in Dallas, Texas, at an alumni admissions event. They were so excited to receive it, as Bill and Helen met at CU.

Contest Corner is back

Here's the cover of the winner's DVD.

The prize for one of the randomly selected correct answers is a beautiful CU-Boulder CD!

Q: Who said: “The only objective I was not able to accomplish was my personal goal of total demolition of the Engineering Center”?

A. Former CU President Hank Brown
B. Engineering Dean Robert H. Davis
C. Former Interim Chancellor and current Provost Philip DiStefano

(The answer is in the March 2008 Coloradan.)

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