Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

March 2009

It seems as though just about everyone from Henry Kissinger to Eleanor Roosevelt has been here for it. Yes, the Conference on World Affairs, which has been called the conference on everything conceivable, takes place for the 61st time April 6-10 on the CU-Boulder campus. Despite the snow in the accompanying photo, many of you will recognize the flags that traditionally line the sidewalk south from Macky Auditorium during the conference. See more information below or go here.

April's World Affairs Conference can be met by snow.

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Marc Killinger, editor.

Photo by Glenn Asakawa (Jour’86).


You’re a Forever Buff!

CU senior Sean Franklin, a management major, volunteered at the 2008 Family Camp and met the president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, Forrest Volrath (Fin’85, MBA’89). During their conversation, Forrest shared his current, practical business experience with Sean, who has since adjusted his CU course load to better prepare him for getting a job.

“The knowledge I received from Forrest was years of experience,” Sean says. “To replicate what I learned from him would take the next 10 years at least. It is a priceless experience that I won’t soon forget.” This student-alumni interaction is the spirit of Forever Buffs. To learn more about our inclusive student-to-alumni program, go here.


Alumni College features Obama

Join faculty and other alumni for a spirited discussion May 15-16 on the presidential election and President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. We will have four panels over two days in which leading experts will analyze the election, what’s gone right and what hasn’t. The sessions will be held at The Stadium Club. Go here for more information and to register.

Batting for the American Dream

“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. The ball park buffet and presentation will be held in a conference room overlooking the field. Go here for more information and to register.

Stand out in a tough economy

You’re invited to a conference and networking event to build your job search skills and assist with your personal career growth, as well as meet industry professionals, on April 21, 3:30-8 p.m., at the UMC. CU-Boulder seniors, alumni and industry professionals are welcome to attend part or all of the event. Go here for complete information.

Ralph Nader is coming to CU

Consider attending Hank Brown’s (Acct’61 Law’69) “Politics of Health Care Reform” class with special guest speaker Ralph Nader on April 16, 7-8:45 p.m. Because this class has been moved to the Stadium Club, 150 additional seats have become available for alumni and their guests. Go here to register.

Fort Morgan to go back in time

The Morgan County 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 facts from fossil feces can help us understand ancient ecosystems.” E-mail Becky or call 303-492-2879.

The big October game plan is here

Save the date for this year’s big away football game in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 10. A pregame party, opening reception and airline and hotel deals are in the works. Join alumni and other Buff fans for the festivities as we take on the Longhorns. For up-to-date information and to be placed on an interest list, please e-mail Becky or call 303-492-2879.

Attend the 50-Year and Golden Anniversary Club Reunion

The class of 1959 is having their 50-year reunion this May. Members of the Golden Anniversary Club are invited to join us in welcoming the class of 1959 into the Golden Anniversary Club at the club reception and luncheon on May 8. As you may know, once you have celebrated your 50-year reunion, you become a member of the Golden Anniversary Club. For more information, visit the 50-year reunion website, e-mail Scott or call 303-735-2893 or 800-492-7743.

veterans-eventVets 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. Please e-mail Nate Braden (Bus’03, MBA’05) or call 303-324-8062. To register online, go here.

Connect with CU near Aspen

Roaring Fork Valley, Colo., alumni will hear from 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 at the ranch of Tom Clark (Bus’73) and Linda Clark (Educ’71). E-mail Mary Ward Metzger (PolSci’66) or call 970-984-0228. To register online go here.

Calling Seattle engineering alumni

Meet fellow Seattle area engineering alumni, mingle with former classmates and hear from Dean Robert Davis on March 12. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar available. Location is Licorous restaurant, 928 12th Ave., Seattle. For more information and to RSVP (required), go here.

Save on auto, home and renter’s insurance

liberty-mutual-thisLiberty Mutual is a proud supporter of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association. To find out how much you could save on insurance, call 877-477-6621 or go here for a free, no-obligation rate quote.

How do news images work?

Barbie Zelizer, the Raymond Williams professor of communication and director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the 47th annual Crosman Lecture on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. Zelizer will talk about “How News Images Work: When Engagement Comes at the Expense of Understanding.” A reception will follow in the Heritage Center, third floor of Old Main. More info about journalism events is here.

Law alumni events

  • 28th annual CU Law Alumni Awards Banquet, March 12, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom. For info go here or contact Danielle at 303-492-8048.
  • Evaluating Software Patents, March 19, 3-8 p.m., Wolf Law Building. Information here.

Hagel to open conference on everything conceivable

On Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel will kick-off the 61st Conference on World Affairs by leading the opening procession into Macky Auditorium. There he will deliver the keynote address, “21st Century International Relations.” Hagel and the 78 other ambassadors, scientists, musicians and participants will surely draw large crowds! Go here for a complete listing of biographies and the schedule (to be posted in late March).

Avant garde film symposium

Acclaimed film curators from around the country will meet March 14-15 in the ATLAS building on campus to celebrate the fifth annual Stan Brakhage symposium. Programs presented will “shed light on the contemporary world of avantgarde filmmaking and artistry, focusing on the exploration of moving visual art, past, present and future.” The symposium began in 2005 to recognize, honor and carry on the legacy of the late CU distinguished professor of film studies Stan Brakhage. Get the scoop here, man.


Giving back to CU

Make a difference for students!

Make your annual gift today and support students as they travel the educational path you pursued. Each gift, no matter the size, enhances the learning experience for students. Go here, make your donation and impact a student’s life today!

Boulder chapter wants you

The Boulder alumni chapter is seeking new members. Join them for snacks and friendly conversation at their next meeting on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. They meet about once a month at Koenig Alumni Center for an hour to plan social and scholarship fundraising events. E-mail Deena here for more information.

This is a drawing of the Visual Arts Complex, currently under construction northeast of the UMC on the Boulder campus. Boettcher supports visual arts

The new Visual Arts Complex, which recently celebrated its topping off, has a strong vote of confidence from the Boettcher Foundation. It made a gift of $500,000 to support the complex’s capital construction. To see a video on the CU Foundation’s new, enhanced website about how private support is making the new complex possible, go here.

Sustainability goal of new Leeds program

People. Planet. Profit. The newly established Initiative for Sustainable Development at the Leeds School of Business will educate future developers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, planners, engineers and other professionals to think of environmental, social and economic concerns as one inseparable goal. To learn more about this innovative program, go here.

Service to be rewarded

One faculty member, one staff member and two students will receive the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement’s Serving Communities Award on March 17. The award honors those who embody the values and actions of an engaged citizen whose work contributes to the vitality of our communities and contributes to CU-Boulder’s civic mission. Here’s more.


Spring football game

The spring football game is April 25. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Go here for more details (site may not have information yet). There’s a “Fill Folsom Field” promotion underway in which for every $10 that’s donated for athletic scholarships, 10 “virtual” empty seats in Folsom Field will be filled. All 53,613 seats need to be “filled.” Find out more and donate here. Go Buffs!

Send your kids to CU sports camps

CU sports camps are a great way for kids to have fun while learning how to improve their game from CU coaches. They’re available for basketball, football, tennis, soccer, golf and volleyball. For more information, visit the CU athletics website and click on the “Camps” button along the top menu.

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Plati makes March mad

Associate athletic director Dave Plati (Jour’82) snuck a new edition of his Plati-Tudes in under the gun ahead of March Madness. Read about all things CU, including the Buffaloes fulfilling the dreams of two of their long time golf coaches, Les Fowler and Mark Simpson, with the unveiling of Colorado National Golf Club.

There go the Buffaloes

Are you a runner or walker? Join the CU Senior Class Council for the 1st annual Forever Buffs 5K on April 25 at 9 a.m. before the Spring Game. This event will begin a new tradition that promotes healthy lifestyles and invites students and alumni to connect to their college community. This is a fundraiser for the senior class gift. Registration information will be available soon on the Senior Class Council website.

Men’s club lacrosse in Rocky Mountain Showdown

CU’s 10th-ranked men’s club lacrosse team plays Colorado State (ranked 8th) April 18 at 4 p.m. at Folsom Stadium. (Rankings are by And the women’s club lacrosse team was undefeated in early March. They play Wyoming on March 31 in Boulder. For more information and tickets call the Collegiate Sport Clubs Coordinator at 303-492-5274 or e-mail Kristopher.


Buff Photos

Are you a photographer?

Your alumni magazine, the Coloradan, seeks contributions from alumni photographers for the photo essay on the last two pages of the magazine. Send an e-mail with samples attached and your home page URL to Tori.

David Scott Martinez (Econ,IntlAf00) and Dan Pabon (MechEngr01, Law05) worked for two months on President Barack Obamas presidential transition team.

Young attorneys serve Obama

David Scott Martinez (Econ,IntlAf’00) and Dan Pabon (MechEngr’01, Law’05), attorneys in the Denver office of Holland & Hart, LLP, worked for two months on President Barack Obama’s presidential transition team earlier this year. They were a part of a group that worked on transparency and ethics issues that culminated in Obama’s first executive order and written memo to staff. The Office of White House Counsel also sought Martinez and Pabon’s advice and legal skills to effectuate a successful transition. Pabon will be a panelist at the upcoming Alumni College. Both were student body presidents during their CU years. See their blog for more.

Justin Brindley (MBA08) travelled regularly to Moab, Utah.Young alum remembered

Justin Petersen Brindley (MBA’08) will be memorialized through a mountain bike trail at Sugar Land Memorial Park in Sugar Land, Texas. The outdoor enthusiast died last year while rafting on the Colorado River. Sugar Land City Council approved on Jan. 20 a $55,000 donation from Brindley’s parents for the construction of a two-mile mountain bike trail where Brindley spent much of his early life riding bikes and enjoying the outdoors. Completion of the Justin P. Brindley Trail is expected by September. Go here for more information.

Send your photos and stories for this section to Marc Killinger.

CU Voices


Studying in an indefinable
Buenos Aires

By Emery Cowan (Jour,Span’10)

As a writer, I’m always searching for a way to translate the feelings, smells, sounds and sights that I experience into words. To surround them and capture them with black strings of letters to remember and relay them. And so, during my study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last fall, in the back of my head was a nagging desire to find that one representative experience, that one place, that I could recall and say, “Yes that perfectly represents the city of Buenos Aires and my experience studying abroad there.”

Read more.

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Post your company internships and jobs with Career Services and help other Buffs pursue their careers.

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The Just In Time hiring fair is April 15 in the UMC. Details here.

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News Briefs

news-chancellorChancellor to preside at Georgia Tech

CU-Boulder Chancellor G. P. “Bud” Peterson was named the 11th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Feb. 25.

Peterson will assume his post on April 1. Go here for the full story from Georgia Tech, CU President Bruce Benson’s (Geol’64, HonDoc Sci’04) comments and a place for your comments. If you’d like to give feedback directly to the chancellor, here’s his e-mail.

Clovis-era tool find provocative

A biochemical analysis of a rare Clovis-era stone tool cache unearthed near campus indicates some of the implements were used to butcher ice-age camels and horses that roamed North America until their extinction about 13,000 years ago.

“It looks like someone gathered together some of their most spectacular tools and other ordinary scraps of potentially useful material and stuck them all into a small hole in the ground, fully expecting to come back at a later date and retrieve them,” says CU anthropology professor Douglas Bamforth, who took the photo above of the tools.

Read more and watch the video here.

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Alumni Travel

What a beautiful sunset over Corfu, a western Greek Island at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea.

Best of the Mediterranean

Book by March 25 for free airfare on Oceania’s Best of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruise. Prices begin from $2,599 and air is included from most major U.S. cities. Join CU’s Roaming Buffs on this tour but don’t wait too long. Rooms are going fast. For more info go here or e-mail Ryan or call 303-492-0635.

A scene from Leonard Bernstein's "Candide."CU Opera presents Bernstein’s Candide

Enjoy CU Opera’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s classic at Macky Auditorium March 13-15. Based on Voltaire’s satirical masterpiece, Candide tells the story of a young man who’s determined to follow his instructor’s creed of mindless optimism. Here’s all the information.

Discounted African music concert

Alumni get two-for-one tickets with your ID to the Highlife concert featuring irresistible, high energy West African rhythms on April 17 at Macky. Here’s the info. To get your Forever Buff alumni ID go here.

CU Book Store

CU Bookstore Forever Buff sweatshirts in three colors!

Get back to basics with a CU sweatshirt from the CU Bookstore in one of three colors!

Contest Corner


Play the game and win the beautiful photographic history of Boulder pictured at the left.

The question is: CU invests in sheep in Australia because A. Sheep are extremely healthy in Australia; B. Australia’s sheep are meeting the demand for more protein in China; C. Australian sheep eat a lot of pests in the outback. The answer to this month’s question is in the March 2009 Coloradan (which was mailed last week).

In last month’s question (that asked how members of CU’s first graduating class of 1882, who failed in an attempt to make the people of Boulder believe Old Main was on fire but did blacken the plain around the school’s lone building were punished), the answer was B., they were put to work hauling firewood. The winner is Sharlene Hume (MCDBio’78) of Littleton, Colo., who told me: “Thanks for taking the time to do these each month. I have fun learning about the university!”

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