Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

July 2008

Dear Alum,

It’s been hot, hot, hot this summer, but it’s to be expected and is a nice balance to the last couple of very cold winters we’ve had. We had plenty of snow and rain in the last few months, so the campus is a verdant blend of many shades of green kissed by flowers of many hues.

opening-underpass-tuscan-c.jpgWe really love to run your stories and photos in Buffalum Notes, and even your CU Voices essay —send them to Marc Killinger. 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

News Briefs

President Benson on Colorado outreach tour


This summer CU President Bruce Benson (Geol’64, HonDocSci’04) began a series of statewide visits during which he meets with alums and other higher education supporters to underscore how CU is contributing to Colorado’s economic well-being. During his community visits, Benson shares his vision for CU, thanks university donors for years of support and details the many reasons higher education is a good investment for Colorado. Click here for details.

Greenland ice sheet to be surveyed


CU and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers hoping for a unique glimpse into the workings of the massive Greenland ice sheet are undertaking the first unmanned aerial survey of the island’s fast-flowing outlet glacier region. This month the team is flying two small, unmanned planes over a portion of the ice sheet. See the complete story.


Join the Boulder alumni chapter

boulder-club-koenig.jpgThe Boulder chapter meets Aug. 19 and we would love to have you join us for a glass of wine and the opportunity to learn who we are and what we do. We will have a joint meeting with the Denver chapter from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by the Boulder chapter meeting. It’s a great way to stay connected to CU! E-mail for more info.

Homecoming to fete CU’s Olympic legacy

homecomingbarrelchip.jpgCome join the fun during CU Homecoming weekend Oct. 3-4. This year’s theme is “Go for the Gold” in honor of CU’s Olympians and Paralympians who will have just competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as those who competed in previous Olympic Games.

The big event Friday late afternoon is the Homecoming Parade, followed by a concert on campus and a school spirit event on the Pearl Street Mall. The Homecoming football game is Saturday, Oct. 4, against the Texas Longhorns, preceded by the alumni pregame party on Benson Field three hours before the game. There are lots of other events during the weekend, including the Marching Band reunion, (see right), so check the alumni Homecoming website often!


You’re invited to the CU Veterans Alumni Association luncheon

Save Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., for the next CU Veterans Alumni Association luncheon at Laudisio Restaurant at the 29th Street Mall in Boulder. This program will feature presentations by CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Nate Braden (Bus’03, MBA ’05), Veterans Club leader and former Marine; and Greg Akers of the CU Office of Veterans Affairs. For more information or to sign up, please click here.

Ride in the Buffalo Bicycle Classic


It’s the sixth annual Buffalo Bicycle Classic Sept. 7 in Boulder! Join your family, friends and neighbors. Choose from one of five different routes (14, 30, 50, 70 and 100 miles) to support this scholarship fundraising event for CU-Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. Register today to avoid late fees and see why this is Boulder’s premier cycling event!

herd-competing-like-a-buffa.jpgCompeting like a Buffalo

CU’s football program has been making strides toward returning CU to national prominence. Now it’s time for Buff fans to make the same commitment. “Compete Like a Buffalo” is a campaign to encourage fans to be prideful, passionate and classy when supporting the Buffs at sporting events. Find out what our athletes want from you, the fans, here.

Get the scoop on a parenting issue

bookstore-letting-go-book.jpgSending kids off to college this fall? This summer, figure out how it’s going to work with the help of this and other books from the CU Book Store. The store has lots of CU clothing, too!


Drive with pride

If you’re a Colorado resident, you can order CU license plates! Not only do you proudly show your affiliation with CU, but you also support the CU-Boulder Alumni Association scholarship program. Learn more here.

Job search on your mind?

careerservices.jpg Let Career Services help you connect with employers, discuss search strategies and/or fine tune your résumé— click here. Looking for a new employee? Consider hiring a CU-Boulder alum or student. Click here.

Hispanic dinner dance, pregame

haa-folks-in-front-of-paint.jpgSave the date for this year’s Hispanic Alumni Association dinner dance on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield. We’ll also be having a pregame party before the Texas game on the next day. It’s a Hispanic Homecoming! Click here for more information.

Roam to Normandy with the Buffs

travel-mont-st-michel.jpgParlez-vouz français? No need if you join the Roaming Buffs on our annual trip to Normandy and Brittany this Sept. 30, a great time of year to visit France. There are two more spots available for anyone interested in experiencing the Bayeux Tapestry, Mt. Saint Michel (in photo) and Omaha Beach, to name a few of the sites. And of course, don’t forget the food. Bon appetit! Click here for more details.

Workshop: managing stress mindfully

mentoring-workshop-betsyhed.jpgOn Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CU Career Services presents an alternative approach to stress reduction on the job and in the job search. The program is presented by Betsy Hedberg, Career Counseling intern. For more information click here.

A lawyer in paradise?


Lisa Teesch- Maguire (MBA, Law’04) moved to American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific, in April. After graduating from CU, she worked in the Arapahoe District Attorney’s office for three years before taking a job with the Office of the Attorney General in American Samoa as a felony prosecutor. Her cases range from first-degree murder to government embezzlement to kids breaking into houses stealing coconuts. Lisa says the judicial system is quite different from Colorado’s, and that it’s been an extremely eye opening experience. Check out her blog here. Thanks for writing, Lisa!

Our Kuwait alumni chapter


William Acosta- Trejo (Hist’01) is deployed to Kuwait as a defense attorney and some time ago he went to the hospital for a routine checkup. While there he struck up a conversation with Navy officer LTJG Katie Jones (EnvSt,EPOBio’00). They discovered they both had gone to CU! And since they were alums they wanted to take a picture and send it to the alumni office. They didn’t have a flag, so they used two t-shirts. They say that while they’re there, they’re the unofficial CU Alumni Club at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Go Buffs!

CU Voices


Colorado Daily ties renewed

By Nancy Dixon Davidson (PolSci’60)

Strong bonds of friendship lasting 50 years or more drew a group of alumni who had worked on the Colorado Daily newspaper staff between 1957 and 1961 to meet in Denver on May 7. The official 50-year reunion of the class of 1958 in Boulder was the impetus for this more informal gathering, but many of those attending were not 1958 graduates.

I, the author, arranged the reunion by e-mailing everyone I could think of. The response was extremely enthusiastic.

Read the complete story here.

Pregame football season starts soon!


Join other alums, Alumni Association members, HERD members, friends and guests at the official Alumni Association pregame parties for every home game this fall. Pregame events will begin three hours before kick-off on Benson Field southeast of Folsom Field. Football tickets will be available for sale on Aug. 1 at the athletics website (see story below). Stay tuned for more details! Click here for more pregame information.

CU vs. CSU pregame set to go Aug. 31!


Come and cheer on the Buffs at the Qwest Rocky Mountain Showdown and kickoff the 2008 football season. Pregame 2:30 – 5 p.m. at west entrance to Invesco Field at Mile High. Details to be announced soon – click here. For map click here (type control and the “+” sign to enlarge it).

Season tickets, three packs on sale now!


Purchase your season tickets today and don’t miss any of the action in 2008 as the Buffs take on Texas, Kansas State, West Virginia and more at Folsom Field. Season tickets start at just $235 and include tickets to six games at Folsom Field, plus the Qwest Rocky Mountain Showdown against CSU in Denver.

Fans who cannot attend all games also have the opportunity to select three games for the upcoming season with the U Pick ‘Em 3 Pack starting at $130. Single game tickets will be available starting Aug. 1. For more information or to purchase tickets click here or call 303-49-BUFFS.



Celebrate CU vs. FSU in Jacksonville

Our big away game against Florida State is only a month a way — we face the Seminoles in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 27. Gather with alumni and fans at our opening reception the night before the game and at our pregame party on game day at the Jacksonville Municipal stadium. The Friday night opening reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency. For details and to purchase tickets to the both events and the game, go here. There’s plenty to see and do in downtown Jacksonville, check out our website for more info or contact Becky at 303-492-2879.

Marching band Homecoming reunion!

marchingbandalumnipatch1.jpgCome home to the CU Marching Band’s 100th anniversary celebration Homecoming weekend, Friday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Highlights include participation in the Homecoming Parade and pep rally, band rehearsals, free entrance to the football game, playing with the CU Band if you wish, a half time centennial celebration show and much more. For more information see the Marching Band Alumni website or e-mail Diana Wilson.

Senior auditing is back

senior-auditors.jpgAudit most CU-Boulder classes for $10 per semester! You must be 55 or over and be a Colorado resident. Sign up Sept. 2, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. or Sept. 3, 8 a.m. – 12 noon at Koenig Alumni Center, 1202 University Ave. Alumni Association membership is not required. For more information, please go to this website or call 303-492-8484.

Ah, a Lifetime membership in summer!

lifetimemembershipgolf.jpgBenefits of Lifetime membership in the CU-Boulder Alumni Association are many, one being that you don’t have to renew every year! The cost is one-time $750. Please sign up online today or call 303-492-8484 for more information. We’d love to CU for life!

Be a mentor


You are a valuable resource for other alums and for students for career advice and mentoring. The My CU Network’s sophisticated career mentor module offers a mentoring network with your CU-Boulder alumni-only. Mentor seekers can search based on many criteria. Be a mentor! It’s free and you’re helping your fellow CU alums. Log in or register here.

A banner year for private support


Here are a few noteworthy gifts to CU-Boulder during last year’s record fundraising year:
• The Cox Foundation’s $75,000 grant to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication will give people all the over Colorado the opportunity to attend workshops hosted by journalism professors, staff and graduate students.
The Rose Community Foundation granted $10,000 to the Child Learning Center in speech, language and hearing sciences, an innovative educational center that supports a variety of educational programs for children with special needs and their typically developing peers.
The Betty Jean Bruno Dance Scholarship will make a dancer’s dreams come true.

Special thanks to each of our donors. Your support makes an incredible difference for CU and Colorado. For more information on private support for CU, go here.

Attention professional engineers!


The College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce the launch of a 12-credit Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate geared toward working professionals who want to play a more significant and influential role in business leadership by learning key innovation and professional skills. To learn more visit the E-ship website here.

Not a summer doldrums P-‘Tudes!


It’s as close to a lull in the sports year as can be in college athletics, but Associate Athletic Director David Plati came up with enough to stock a July P-‘Tudes. Always all things Buff and then some, and among his potpourri is a list of his most memorable CU moments as he begins his 25th year as CU’s sports flak. George Hypolite is in the photo.

Spencer family awards educators

education-thelma-pearl-at.jpgUnwavering commitment to good teaching and research is a legacy the Spencer family has left through grants given to the School of Education. Thelma Spencer EdD), pictured with her mother Pearl McPherson Spencer, annually donates $1,000 in her mother’s name to support practicing teachers. Her late brother, William Spencer, posthumously gave $10,000 to support doctoral research honoring his sister’s commitment to teaching. “My brother knew it was important to me,” Thelma says. “The result is that the university can make a difference in the things that I care about.” Check out the School of Education here.

Contest Corner

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! When you e-mail your answer please include your mailing address.

How many MacArthur Fellows (the “genius grant”) are CU-Boulder professors? In your e-mail response to one of the choices below, name one of them along with writing your address.

A. 23
B 7
C 15

Hint: Start out finding the answer at CU-Boulder’s Just the Facts site. Go from there! And congratulations to Helen Hilleary (Soc’90), last month’s contest winner. Most but not all of you correctly answered that black CU star track athlete Claude Walton (Mus ex’37) was only able to eat a meal on the Hill once during his time at CU because his teammates insisted he eat with them.

One thought on “July 2008

  1. “Lawyer in Paradise” interested me as I was a “Technician in Paradise” from 77 to 85, at NOAA’s climatic observatory in Samoa. Located on Cape Matatula at the E. end of the island (facing the SE trade winds), it was an hour’s drive from Tafuna near the airport where station chief Don Nelson and I lived. Samoa was certainly a different experience, a mixture of American and traditional Polynesian culture. I traveled widely on leave, as far as Australia and New Zealand, and the Brooks Range in Arctic Alaska–where I worked before Samoa, at the GMCC observatory in Barrow on the N. coast.

    I’ve also been through Kuwait, on the yearlong trip from London to Perth long ago. I later worked at the NASA tracking station in Carnarvon, 611 miles N. of Perth.

    –Roger Williams, Boulder, M.S. ’90.

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