Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

August 2008

Dear Alum,

The summer finally stopped sweltering (after all, it could snow soon!). We’re previewing a raft of football events below as the season is fast approaching. And the news item below about CU’s record-breaking research dollar take last fiscal year is certainly worth crowing about as well! The photo below of the new (in 2006) Wolff Law building and the Flatirons is by Casey A. Cass.


We 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

Sponsored research breaks record


NASA helped CU-Boulder rake in about $280 million in sponsored research awards in fiscal year 2008, surpassing last year’s record-breaking total by roughly $14 million. “Our faculty should be commended for their success in a time of economic uncertainty and increased competition for federal dollars,” said Stein Sture, vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school. Read the story here.

Hot (and cold) topics take stage on campus before DNC


Top national climate scientists, energy experts and environmental journalists will be discussing the science of climate change and the road toward a viable national energy strategy in a symposium on the Boulder campus Aug. 22-23. “Meeting the Global Energy and Climate Challenge,” which takes place just prior to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, is free and open to the public. In the photo is Konrad Steffen, A CU Greenland climate-change expert, who will speak. Here’s the complete schedule.


Homecoming to fete CU’s Olympic legacy

homecoming-marching-band-pa.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 Olympics. The big event Friday afternoon is the Homecoming Parade, followed by a concert on campus and the Pearl Street Stampede downtown.

The Homecoming football game is Saturday, Oct. 4, against the Texas Longhorns, preceded by the alumni pregame party on Benson Field 2½ hours before the game. Click here for all the info.

Share your CU memories!

national-council-round-up.jpgHelp round up and recruit the next Herd. Our Fall Preview programs are a joint effort of the Alumni Association, Admissions Office and others to generate enthusiasm about CU among prospective students and their parents. Alumni have the opportunity at events around the country to speak about what made CU special for them. Relive your memories with those who have not yet been to CU! For more information contact Becky at 303-492-2879 or see the list of cities and register to attend here.


Veteran alums to gather

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

Bicyclists of all ages and skills get ready!


Be sure to register soon for the Boulder Buffalo Classic, the premier fundraising event for College of Arts and Sciences scholarships, on Sept. 7. There are various ride lengths, and you become eligible for some great prizes when you donate above your entry fee, such as two tickets in the chancellor’s box to the Nov. 15 football game vs. Oklahoma State. Best of all, an anonymous donor will match your pledge. Check out the prizes and all the other information here.

Join freshmen at convocation and the Global Jam

convocation-welcome-sign-th.jpgAlumni and all other members of the university community are invited to the New Student Convocation on Friday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Folsom Stadium. “This annual gathering helps create a positive atmosphere and invigorating spirit for the upcoming academic year for our students, faculty and staff,” says Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

After the ceremony the marching band will lead the crowd to Farrand Field for the annual Global Jam, where there will be international food and entertainment until 2 p.m. For information call the student affairs office at 303-492-8476.

Class of ’59 50-year reunion alert!

50-year-reunionfinal-this.jpgNext year’s reunion of the class of 1959 will take place Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 2009. One of its highlights will be marching in the graduation procession to Folsom Stadium. A committee will form this fall to plan a great celebration for the class of 1959. If you’re interested in the committee or just want to get on the list for the reunion, contact Ron at 303-492-4930 or 800-492-7743.


Back by popular demand! New Turning Points Career Transitions workshop series for alumni will begin in September in both Boulder and Denver. For details and registration, click here.

Plan to attend the Fall Career Fair Sept. 30. Details here for job seekers and here for employers.


The CU Book Store has great fall gear for you!


Helping music students achieve dreams

music-college-aasp-program.jpgThe Adopt-a-Student Program at the College of Music is entering its 15th year. With over 60 sponsors, the program is instrumental in recruiting some of the brightest and best students from around the world to CU. Students and sponsors develop a relationship that is mutually satisfying, reflecting the great tradition of music patronage.

Sponsors pledge from $1,000 to $2,500 annually for four years and are assigned a student who they follow through the course of their education. In the photo are AASP sponsors Bob and Patricia Lisensky with their Macedonian student scholar, Goce Mihajlovski (Mus’07) . For more information e-mail Scott Finlay. Browse the music college’s website here.


Hispanic dinner dance, pregame

haa-mariachi-band-cu-flag.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! Contact Ally at 303-492-4256 for more information or click here.

Alumni can help with Alternative Breaks

alternative-breaks-deer.jpgAlternative Breaks, a program of the CU-Boulder Volunteer Resource Center, sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects during each college break. On Sunday, Aug. 17, the group will be working with Boulder County Parks and Open Space to restore a historic barn. Alumni are invited to participate in this community-building event in addition to becoming a sponsor of this life altering service learning program. There will be another service project in September too. For more information click here or contact Alyssa at 303-492-7632.

Deregulation conference –A tribute to Fred Kahn, Friday, Sept. 5, 1-7 p.m.

deregulation-conference.jpg Fred Kahn is the archetype for deregulatory policies that transformed a series of network industries over the last 30 years. Policymakers, former policymakers, academics and industry leaders will evaluate the legacy of deregulation, with particular attention to Fred Kahn’s teachings. What lessons can we learn from the deregulatory initiative in airlines and energy? Has the U.S. economy outpaced its foreign rivals because of a more nimble and less regulated market environment? Click here for details.

Treasures of Southern Africa Feb. 3-16


Lions and tigers and cape buffalo, oh my! Imagine watching the sunset over Cape Town’s Atlantic horizon, feeling the roaring “thunder” of the voluminous Victoria Falls or hearing an eight-ton elephant trumpeting on the bushveld plains. Experience the very best of South Africa and southern Zambia with preferred access to popular attractions, five-star accommodations and much more. For more information click here or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

Alum hears of anthropologist’s discovery in East Africa


While San Franciscan Bill Slatkin (PolSci’66) was in East Africa in late July (this photo of him was taken in Kenya’s Amboseli Game Park with Mt. Kilimanjaro as the backdrop) he met an anthropological researcher who told him that CU Denver professor Charles Musiba has just made an important find—the mandible bone of Australopithecus afarensis (an early hominid)—at the Laetoli Pliocene paleo-anthropological site nearby. Click here for an article about Musiba’s work.

CU Voices
The Inside Washington, D.C. trip was led by former CU president and former senator Hank Brown, all the way to the left in the second row from the front.  Author Marty Evans is two people to the right.


Travels through the past

By Marty Coffin Evans (Engl’64)

I really enjoy traveling! Beyond the excitement of planning the trip, I always learn so much. My fellow traveling companions and I often wish for an atlas or history book. Lessons learned in classrooms of the past, be they at CU or in other days, may be lost in our memory banks but come forward during certain travel moments.This past spring I traveled to our nation’s capitol with Hank Brown (Acct’61, Law’69), former Colorado senator and past CU president …

Read the complete story here.

CU vs. CSU pregame at INVESCO Field


CU vs. CSU pregame at INVESCO Field
Join the Alumni Association at our pregame party in Lot C (look for the 20-foot inflated buffalo) on Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. (kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.). This event will highlight the camaraderie, good sportsmanship and fun inherent in being a Buff and there will be lots to do. Tickets are $20 per person and include a full barbeque buffet and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available for pregame ticket holders only. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Celebrate CU vs. FSU in Jacksonville


Join CU alumni and all Buff fans Sept. 26-27 for this year’s big away game in Jacksonville, Fla. The weekend will feature a Friday night opening reception and a Saturday pregame party. Get more information and tickets here.

Get your football tickets!


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 all at Folsom Field. Season tickets start at just $235 and include tickets to six games at Folsom Field plus the CU vs CSU game in Denver.

You may also purchase three games with the U Pick ‘Em 3 Pack starting at $130. Single game tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets click here or call 303-49-BUFFS.

In the photo is Ralpie V at her spring game debut, taken by Glenn Asakawa (Jour’86). See her on the field this fall! Oh, and did you know there’s a new look at It covers 15 sports!



Home pregames at Benson Field

pregame-at-cu.jpgOur pregames are the place to meet before the game three hours before kickoff! Open to all CU alumni, Alumni Association members and HERD members and their guests, Alumni Association home pregames will be better than ever this year. Before entering the stadium, enjoy our gourmet tailgate buffet, have a drink and catch up with some old friends. Click here to purchase home pregame and football game tickets.

Buff Club Rally and Kickoff Luncheon

buff-club-denver-skyline.jpgThe Denver Buff Club’s High Country Wire & Telephone CU v CSU Rally and Kickoff Luncheon will be held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 14th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. All the information and the registration form are here. The photo is of the Denver skyline from Civic Center Park.

Senior auditing is almost here


Audit 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. – 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.

Boulder Chamber kick-off luncheon

boulder-chamber.jpgThis year the Boulder Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 20th annual kick-off luncheon at the Balch Field House next to Folsom Field on Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to meet the coaches and players and win great prizes! Click here to register online.

Hot volunteer opportunities!


There are many volunteer opportunities at CU. Volunteers have many different reasons for getting involved. Most are CU grads who had a great experience here and want to give back. Some are friends of the university who believe in our goals of providing scholarship awards, lifelong learning, social and career networking opportunities, improving the student experience and having fun! Go here to explore volunteering at CU. The accompanying photo of the tower on Old Main, CU’s oldest building, is by Casey A. Cass.

Hey May ’08 graduate – My CU Network is here for you!


Congratulations on becoming an official CU alumnus! Make your experience complete by registering for My CU Network – the one and only CU-Boulder alumni online networking platform!

In the network you can update your personal information, upload your resumé and photo, view and post personal updates, search for other alums, access career resources, obtain an e-mail address and much more.

You’ll need your Alumni ID to register for My CU Network.

You can also find it on your Coloradan magazine mailing label:

Location of Alumni ID code on Coloradan mailing label Click to enlarge


Buff for a Lifetime!

Learn more about Lifetime Membership – click here.

Throwin’ You A Bohn


Pinch-hitting for Dave Plati (Jour’82) and Plati-‘Tudes this month is Athletic Director Mike Bohn. Mike also pens a regular internet column on and fills us in on quite an active summer that’s been going on around the athletic department. Just because there are no scores to report doesn’t mean it’s been a quiet three months in and around Folsom Field and the Coors Events Center.

GLBT alumni to reunite

glbta-bldrpride07mezhjo.jpgThe Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni chapter continues its tradition of inviting alumni and friends around the country to Boulder for its Homecoming event on Friday, Oct. 3, at Koenig Alumni Center. For more information click here or contact Marc at 303-492-2280 or 800-492-7743. Also, stop by our booth at the 6th annual Boulder Pride community block party Saturday Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (in the photo are some of us from last year)!

CU Concerts tickets on sale

concerts-soweto.jpgSingle tickets for the CU Concerts 2008-2009 season including the Artist Series and CU Opera go on sale Monday, Aug. 18. Significant discounts are available for Alumni Association members as well as for CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students. To order tickets, call 303-492-8008 or visit our website starting Aug. 18. Single tickets for the Holiday Festival will go on sale Oct. 12, and the Takács Quartet and Takács Encore Series are already sold out. The CU Concerts Box Office is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The photo is of the Soweto Gospel Choir performing Oct. 30.

Stay connected in a new way

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) can help you keeprss_icon_large.jpg up with many news sources with much less effort. By subscribing to RSS ‘feeds’ using a ‘feed reader’ you can get lists of updates automatically without stuffing your inbox full of e-mail. The CU Alumni website has an RSS feed that updates whenever we add an event, news item or article like CU Voices. Now you can keep your finger on the pulse of CU’s alumni community more easily! Find out how here.

Wetmore to join Directors Club pregame

directors-club-wetmore.jpgWith all the Olympic excitement right now the Directors Club is delighted to welcome Mark Wetmore, head coach of the CU cross country and track and field teams, to speak at its annual pregame event at Koenig Alumni Center on Sept. 6. Wetmore will speak about his current and former athletes and his thoughts about their performances in Beijing. Learn more about the event and Directors Club in general here or contact Barb at 303-492-3005.

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 CU-Boulder Alumni Association clubs have websites? Hint: Go to to start.

A. 26
B 17
C 19

Congrats to Mark Deutchman (Engl’91, Jour’93) of Acworth, Ga., the winner of last month’s contest. He correctly said there have been seven MacArthur Fellowship winners at CU-Boulder, namely Charles Archambeau of physics (1988); Deborah Jin of JILA and physics (2003); the late David Hawkins of philosophy (1981); Daniel Jurafsky of linguistics (2002); Patricia Limerick of history (1995); Margaret Murnane of physics (2000); and Norman Pace of molecular, cellular and developmental biology (2001).

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