Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

February 2009

Dear Alum,

We had a freak February warm spell last week (shorts and flip-flops everywhere!), but I’m sure there’s more snow to come. Did you know March is our snowiest month, followed by November and April?

Is this cool or what? CU’s beloved costumed mascot Chip won the 2009 Universal Cheerleaders Association Mascot National Championship in January in conjunction with the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships. It was Chip’s first national championship after three previous top 10 finishes. As usual, he was speechless. Read more.


If you’ve moved or changed e-mail addresses, let us know. And don’t forget that you can always find the latest CU happenings at Connect with other alums at My CU Network. If you’re having trouble viewing this e-mail newsletter, you may view it online here.

Marc Killinger, editor.

This photo of the Flatirons in winter is by former CU chief photographer Ken Abbott.


You’re a Forever Buff!

Have you heard? All alums as well as students from the minute they step on campus are included in Forever Buffs. We’re here with great programs and services for you! Learn more here.


Is it the American sport?

“Baseball and the American Dream” is the topic of the next Smart Lunch, presented by history professor Tom Zeiler on April 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver. Go here for more information and to register.

Alumni College features Obama

Spring will be in full force, and the Obama presidency will be four months young. So join fellow alumni, professors and friends from Colorado and across the country May 15-16 for a series of presentations and discussions on “The Election and Early Presidency of Barack Obama.” For more information contact Ally at 303-492-4256 or go here.

Fort Morgan to go back in time

The Fort Morgan alumni chapter is hosting a spring gathering and speaker on April 21 at the Country Steak Out Restaurant. The dinner and meeting are at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. Karen Chin of geology and the CU Museum will present “Dinosaur Dung: What a Load of Information – how information from fossil feces can help us understand ancient ecosystems.” Contact Becky at 303-492-2879.

Make a difference for students

Make your annual gift today and support CU students as they travel the same educational path you once did. Each gift, no matter the size, works to enhance the learning experience of students. Go here to make your donation and change a student’s life today! Contact annual giving here.

50-year reunion getting closer

Hello class of ’59: you’ve received the invitation for your May 7-8 reunion, now’s the time to make your reservation. The deadline is March 31. Look here for the schedule or contact Scott at 303-735-2893 or 800-492-7743. View fun photos from last year’s reunion here.

Vets to host Colorado first lady

The CU Veterans Alumni Association will hear from Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter about mental health issues affecting veterans on April 8 at noon. It’s a lunch at the Hotel Monaco at 17th and Champa Streets in Denver. The cost is $40. Please contact Nate Braden (Bus’03, MBA’05) at 303-324-8062 for more details.

Top CU officials off to Roaring Fork Valley

Roaring Fork Valley, Colo., alumni will hear from Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson, football Coach Dan Hawkins, Athletic Director Mike Bohn and CU Foundation President Wayne Hutchens (Mktg’67) at a western style barbecue on May 29 in Basalt. Contact Mary Ward Metzger (PolSci’66) at 970-984-0228.

Journalism New Career Series (open to all alumni and students):

How to wow them in the job interview, Feb. 11, 5:30-7 p.m, Eaton Humanites 135. Find out how to stand out in a crowded job market. Gary Burandt, executive director of an international network of ad agencies, will share his secrets on nailing that interview.

Going it on your own: the freelance life, Feb. 25, 5:30-7 p.m., Eaton Humanities 135. Panelists: Deborah Fryer, filmmaker and documentarian; Steve Knopper, a Denver and writer for Rolling Stone and Wired magazines, who wrote, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age; Lisa Marshall (Jour,PolSci’94), health and fitness writer and author of Rwanda: After the Genocide; and writer Amanda Haag Mascarelli (MJour’06).

Go here for more info and journalism school resources.

bioloungeNew Biolounge enchants

The CU Museum of Natural History has just opened an inviting, relaxing and totally unique space that’s a combination exhibit, cabinet of curiosities, free coffee bar, lounge and a venue for science, art and music – really, a new definition of biodiversity! Check it out and see more photos here. See the Boulder Camera article here.

Engineering will be in Houston

Meet fellow Houston area engineering alumni, mingle with former classmates and hear from Dean Robert Davis on Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided. Event hosted by proud CU parents Ron and Susan Ellerbeck, 811 Briar Ridge Dr., Houston. For more information and to RSVP (required) go here.

New CU Foundation website inspirational

Why would a Saudi Arabian entrepreneur send more than a dozen extended family members to CU, 10,000 miles from his homeland? Find out at the CU Foundation’s revamped website at You’ll find stories, photos and videos that illuminate the inspiring people, places and programs made possible by private giving — beneficiaries of CU donors such as 2008 Olympian and senior Jenny Barringer, seen in one new video. You’ll find the site makes it easier than ever to support CU.

Who’s your idol?

Who is CU’s most talented singer? Come to the Herd’s ’90s rock themed CU Idol competition on March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Glenn Miller Ballroom to find out. Check it out here.

The final frontier is not what you think

History professor Robert Hohlfelder speaks on “Deep Water Archaeology: The Final Frontier” on April 14 at 7 p.m., the last in the current Continuing Education series, CU @ The Boulder Public Library. Here’s more info.

Black History Month

Feb. 11, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” 5-7 p.m., UMC 457
Feb. 16-17, Diversity Summit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., UMC
Feb. 22, Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., 4 p.m., UMC
Feb. 25, 17th Annual Soul Food Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Kittredge Dining Center
Many more events, go here for all the info.

Conference on World Affairs “Perspective 360 degrees”

Join some 80,000 people April 6-10 who will no doubt flock to campus like past years to hear lectures and panels by commentators, musicians and others. Roger Ebert will be back for the 37th time, conducting his film analysis, Cinema Interruptus, with the help of fellow film critic Jim Emerson. He’ll be joined by 78 other presenters. Go here for the scoop.

Cognitive Development Center studies with children

The Cognitive Development Center in the psychology department is conducting projects on memory and language development with children from birth to age 7. Some projects are looking particularly for 3-7 year-olds or for children who are bilingual. Parents are compensated for travel and kids receive a prize and a certificate. Go here for more info or contact Hiromi Sumiya at 303-492-6389.



See your CU basketball teams for just $3!

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be taking on the Missouri Tigers in late February and you can watch the games for just $3 per ticket (not including fees). The men play Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. and the women Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. To purchase these specially priced tickets go here and enter BUFFALUM for the promo code. Info is at 303-49-BUFFS.platitudes-berger-steelers

Find sports stuff in P-Tudes

Associate Athletic director Dave Plati (Jour’82) snared an interview with former Buff Mitch Berger (Mktg’96), pictured at right, who after 15 years in the NFL won his first Super Bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plati also writes about CU hoops, football recruiting and all things CU in this latest edition of P-Tudes.


Spring football game

The Spring football game is April 25. Go here for more details (site may not have more information right away).

Buff Photos


Lourdes pilgrimage

Here’s Rose Haffey Brown (Mus’60) playing last year in one of the many churches in the Domain of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. She was a volunteer musician during the pilgrimage to Lourdes. She says that her husband, who died several months later, was a Malade (“sick one”) and Eileen was his companion on the trip. Eileen divides her time between summers in the tiny town of Electra above Durango, Colo., and winters in Sun City West, Ariz., and says, “See you all at the grand reunion in 2010.”



Last summer John Fader (ElEngr’64) and Mary Lynn Fader (Edu ex’65) took a Black Sea cruise, visiting several cities. Here they’re in front of the parliament building in Bucharest, Romania. The couple lives in Villa Park, Calif.

buff-photos-madagascarVisiting Malagasy children

Joan Russell (Soc’79) sent this photo of her recent trip to Madagascar, led by a Boulder Malagasy woman. Joan and two Boulder companions were representing a non-profit called Hope for Madagascar. The purpose of the trip was to bring the children of Madagascar together to learn about one another and about their country. They also visited Ambalona, a village where the organization is working on a safe water project. They’re involved with Engineers Without Borders-Denver on this project. “The highlight of the trip was the amazing country and the incredibly wonderful people, in spite of some of their living conditions,” she says. Joan plans to go back to Madagascar in 2010, and says she travels frequently to follow the CU Buffs.

buff-photos-machu-picchu1Raising vegetables at 11,000 feet

This is John Williamson (MBA’92) at Machu Picchu in Peru during one of his trips to Central and South America. While in Peru last year he says he had the chance to teach 8- and 10-year-olds in Almeria in the Urubamba/Sacred Valley. He adds that “it’s a privately funded project that … has the largest greenhouse for teaching individuals from the surrounding villages how to raise vegetables in the high climate around Cusco, elevation 11,000 feet.” John’s home base is Oklahoma City.

Send your photos and stories to Marc Killinger.

Contest Corner


Members of CU’s first graduating class of 1882 failed in an attempt to make the people of Boulder believe Old Main was on fire, but they did blacken the plain around the school’s lone building. As punishment they were A. Made to carry the female students across the mud surrounding Old Main; B. Put to work hauling firewood; or C. Had to endure two lashes. The answer is on the CU Heritage Center site, the CU history museum.

As to last month’s contest about the amount of sea level rise predicted by global warming, my typo made it into a conundrum. Sorry! Instead of asking how much sea-level rise there would be by 2100, I wrote 2010. So in a way no one’s answer was correct, although a few people pointed out my typo.

Mark Hennie (Jour’05) of Scottsdale, Ariz., gets the prize for his thoughtful response in which he said he did some research and found an article in Conservation Footprints quoting “Pfeffer and his colleagues” as saying, “global sea level could rise by between 2.5 feet and 6 feet this century.” Hennie, therefore, concluded that all my answers were correct. So be it. Thanks for playing!

CU Voices

On coming home to CU

By Jenny Herring (Jour’82)

In October, I came back home to CU. The occasion was my first meeting as a new member of the Alumni Association’s board of directors, but I also took time to visit the journalism school and Norlin Library. The welcome I felt everywhere was all encompassing.

Read more.

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News Briefs

news-chancellorChancellor finalist for Georgia Tech presidency

CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson is the sole finalist to be president of Georgia Tech and could be appointed as early as Feb. 23, Georgia officials said Monday. He has been at CU since the summer of 2006 and previously was provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six years. Go here for the Denver Post story. The Georgia Tech press release is here. Go here for student reactions as reported in the Boulder Camera.

CU astronaut Swanson set for space

news-swansonThe lead space walker aboard the International Space Station after NASA’s space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on Feb 12 will be Steve Swanson (EngrPhys’83). CU ranks in the top five universities in the nation excluding, military academies, in the number of alumni astronauts who have flown in space. Here’s the full story.

Read more CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel

Eclipse in China


Join Doug Duncan, director of CU’s Fiske Planetarium, and several China experts for an unforgettable experience in dynamic China and fascinating Tibet. Add in nature’s most astonishing spectacle, a total eclipse of the sun, as well as five-star hotel accommodations and you have a recipe for the trip of a lifetime. Dates are July 13-23. For more information go here or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

Visit beautiful Santorini

travel-santorini-2Join CU on an incredible cruise at an even more incredible price. This cruise on the Oceania through the Mediterranean and Greek Isles is Oct. 21-Nov. 3. In light of the recent reduction in the price of this cruise we are happy to be able to offer it to CU alumni for an introductory price of $2,599 including air from most major U.S. cities. Hurry! For more information go here or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.


Are you looking for a job? Career Services can help! Find out how here.

Read the most recent Alumni Career newsletter here.

Are you hiring? Connect with CU-Boulder students and alumni to fill those positions here.

academy-of-st-martin-the-fileds-groupAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields

With soloist and leader Julia Fischer, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields comes to Macky Auditorium for an Artist Series signature performance Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The London-based Academy is world renowned for its over 500 recordings and impressive international tours. Here’s all the info.


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Check it out: Pink Russell Buffs & Ralphie hooded sweatshirts — celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Buffs at the same time!

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