Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

October 2008

Dear Alum,

Attention skiers! Last weekend the first significant snow fell in the high country. Down here in Boulder it was dreary, but after some six weeks of beautiful, Indian summer weather, we can’t complain. And students have less to object to in their busy lives now that Left Right Tim “improve/stand-up/sketch” comedy group is performing twice a month on or near campus. Catch some laughs here.

Please send your stories and photos 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 Connect with other alums at the My CU Network. If you’re having trouble viewing this e-mail newsletter, you may view it online here.

There’s nothing like Hallet Hall and the rest of campus during fall! Photo by Ken Abbott.


Changes in your annual alumni membership

With the goal of fostering a stronger lifelong partnership among undergraduates, the university and alumni, as of Nov. 1 all current and former CU students will be members of the Alumni Association without paying dues. Everyone will maintain benefits and services. Find out more here.

Join us before the game

pregame-at-benson.jpgOur pregames are the place to meet before the game, 2.5 hours before kickoff! Open to all CU alumni and HERD members and their guests, Alumni Association home pregames are better than ever this year. Go here to purchase home pregame and football game tickets. And go here to go here to see photos of pregames so far this season.

Help recruit students with your CU memories

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. For information contact Becky at 303-492-2879 or see the list of cities and register to attend here.

Zoolights is coming

The holidays will be here before you know it and what better way to celebrate than Zoolights! Bring your family and friends to this festive happening, the largest lighting event in Colorado, on Dec. 5 at the Denver Zoo. Here’s the scoop.

Boulder chapter holiday celebration

Join the Boulder Alumni Club and the College of Music for their annual holiday party and concert on Dec. 7 starting in the British Studies Room of Norlin Library. Silent auction, pre-concert hors d’ouvres and beverages begin at 1:30 p.m. The Holiday Festival begins at 4 p.m. Register here before tickets are all gone!

How to Compete like a Buffalo

The football team is making strides. Now’s the time for fans to follow suit with behavior that’s prideful, passionate and classy! The Herd, the student arm of the Alumni Association, encourages fans to Compete Like a Buffalo on game day!

Dí­a de la Muerte

day-of-the-dead-jose-luis-a.jpgCelebrate Day of the Dead at the CU Museum on Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. and enjoy altars, live music by Grupo Quitiplas and delicious free food from Mamacitas. Events last until Nov. 7. Check the website for more info. Image by Jose Luis Aguirre.

Wanted: class of 1959 volunteers

For those who remember when Johnny Horton’s “The Battle of New Orleans” topped the Billboard chart, recall the memories by volunteering to help organize your 50-year reunion to take place May 7-8. Schedules and invitations will be mailed to ’59ers in late January. Contact Ron at 303-492-8484 or 800-492-7743. View schedules and fun photos from last year’s reunion.

Drive with pride

If you’re a Colorado resident, you can order CU license plates! Show your affiliation with your alma mater and support the CU-Boulder Alumni Association scholarship program. Learn more here.

They rode the Buffalo

In September, the sixth annual Elevations Credit Union Buffalo Bicycle Classic attracted 2,400 riders and raised $240,000, which means the College of Arts and Sciences has awarded more than a million dollars since the bike ride’s inception for scholarships to students from Colorado.

MCD biology is making history

Read about the innovations in science, teaching and technology in the department’s inaugural newsletter.

Desmond Tutu to speak in Denver

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa speaks Oct. 22 at the Wells Fargo Theater in Denver. CU alums may receive a 20 percent discount. Series prices range from $325 to $385. Use promo code AB108 when you call 303-893-4100 or go here for more information and tickets.

The Peloton Boulder


New book celebrates CU football history

football-vault-book-232.jpgColorado Football Vault (Whitman Publishing) is where you can find out all about the history of CU’s football program. It’s complete with pockets full of fliers, schedules and more. It’s being sold by the CU Book Store. (On the site click on “Recommended Reading.”)

Three home football games to go

There are only three more home football games left, so buy your tickets to see the Buffs take on Kansas State this Saturday, Oct. 18, Iowa State on Nov. 8 and Oklahoma State on Nov. 15. Go to

Contest Corner

Boulder Buff MusicWin a CD of CU-Boulder College of Music’s Boulder Buff: A Tribute to Glenn Miller. For your e-mailed answer to be considered, please include your mailing address.

CU’s strategic plan, Flagship 2030, calls for a transformation of the campus to residential colleges. The first dorm to get a makeover, which opened this fall, is: A. Arnett, B. Sewall, C. Aden

Hint: The answer is in the September 2008 Coloradan. And congratulations to Greg McMenamin (EnvDes’75) for not only knowing that Moon was the nickname of Ralphie II, but for knowing that the buffalo’s full name was actually Moonshine.

Buff Photos

Buff family goes underwater

manleys-underwater-go-buffs.jpgElizabeth Manley (EBio’08) and sister and CU freshman Megan Manley show their support for the Buffs off the coast of Lanai, Hawaii, while on vacation with their parents, Cindi Keith Manley (Hist’73,MEdu’89) and David Manley (Fin’75). Elizabeth works for Ocean First Divers in Boulder and is in the process of obtaining her dive instructor’s certification. Megan is a psychology major who has pledged with Alpha Chi Omega sorority, the same as Cindi did 38 years ago!

Winning bicyclists

charlie-czar-czarniecki-bi.jpgIn June Charlie “Czar” Czarniecki (ChemEngr’74) (left in the photo) placed second in the 20 km. (12 mile) bike race in the 54 to 59 age group in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games. Eric Van Zytveld, a CU dentistry school graduate, took first place (middle in the photo). They are with an unidentified third place winner. Eric is a dentist living in Denver. Czar is a retired Air Force colonel working at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs as a space systems engineer on the Global Positioning System program.

Barbara Roberts Quinlan (Edu’65, MA86)

Pealing Out

Directors Club member and longtime CU supporter Barbara Roberts Quinlan (Edu’65, MA’86) donated this bell to the university, which is heralding a new spirit of fan support at CU.

Send your photos and stories to Marc Killinger

CU Voices


Racing against blindness

By Glen Abramowski (AeroEngr’88)

Reflecting on my years as a student at CU, I am reminded of a period where almost everything I did was centered on what was in it for me. My focus in the classroom was on how to gain knowledge and experience that would prepare me for a career. Read more.

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News Briefs

Heritage Center hosts Glenn Miller items

heritage-c-glenn-miller-col.jpgSteve Miller, son of musician Glenn Miller (A&S ex’26), visited the Glenn Miller collection at the CU Heritage Center on Oct. 2. He’s pictured on the left with Alan Cass (A&S’63, HonDoc Hum’99), collection curator on the occasion of a major gift. Several of the prized items are displayed at the Heritage Center. Here’s the Heritage Center. Go here for more information on the major recent gift.

Surprise check to benefit journalism students

The journalism school received a check in early October for $778,778.39. It was a complete surprise and will be used for student scholarships. It came from the estate of William S. Hemingway, a former copy editor at The Denver Post, who was not a CU alum. Read more.

Imaging gets big grant

A new graduate program in computational optical sensing and imaging is being established at CU-Boulder this fall thanks to a $3.2 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Such imaging is now being used throughout our society, from cars to medical diagnostics. Read more.

Alumni Travel


Visit the eternal Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country where archaeological discoveries still make frequent headlines. There have been reports of incidents in remote Southern Egypt, far away from where the Roaming Buffaloes will be traveling this April. This April they’ll be in northern Egypt and the central Nile River. The U.S. State Department has issued no travel warnings, so please come and safely explore Egypt and cruise the Nile River with us. We only have two rooms left so don’t wait! For more information click here or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

The Millenium Harvest House - Boulder, CO

Career Services is here for you no matter when you graduated! Looking for a job? We can help. Hiring an intern or full-time employee? For the new Career Services newsletter, go here. Want some help taking your career to another level or starting your own business? Consider taking a Turning Points Career Transitions workshop.

CU Opera opens with La Boème

music-boheme.jpgIn the Latin Quarter of Paris, Rodolfo the idealistic poet falls in love with Mimi, a frail but resolute milliner. Around their tender story, Giacomo Puccini depicts the exuberant lives of struggling young artists, expressing joi de vivre, love and ultimately heartbreak. La Bohème will be in Macky Auditorium Oct. 24-26, and ticket discounts are available to CU alumni, students, faculty and staff. Get more information and purchase tickets or call 303-492-8008.

CU Book Store

The CU Book Store is having a big Apple computer sale this month that includes alumni. You won’t get a better price anywhere else, even from Apple directly. Before 10/31/08 you’ll also receive a free printer. Go here for more info.

Step up, speak out, be heard

Step up, speak out, be heard

Buffs can be vocal critters – especially if encouraged! We want to hear from you – and we’ve made it easy to comment on our stories. Just look on the website for a link at the end of Buffalum Notes and CU Voices (and elsewhere) with the word ‘comment’ in it. See what others are saying and respond. Comments are moderated, so be patient. Your message will come up once our editors have reviewed it!

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