Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

April 2009

Dear Alum,

Spring always comes out slowly here. Over the years I’ve noticed trees and flowers don’t blossom on campus until the students leave for summer, unfortunately. What do you remember about spring at CU? Tell me here.

Right now the Alumni Association has an amazing number of events for various audiences – and it isn’t even football season (although travel packages are now on sale for the big away game in Austin, see below)! It’s all part of our Forever Buffs effort to reach out to all of you with services you can use, such as the April 21 “Stand Out in a Tough Economy” job and networking conference (see immediately below). Read about all these events here. For those of you not in Colorado, I hope you’ve connected with one of the nearly 50 regional alumni chapters between here and Seoul, South Korea, really! Photo below by Casey A. Cass.


If you’ve moved or changed e-mail addresses, let us know. And don’t forget, you can always find the latest alumni and 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.


Helping students is Forever Buff

Forever Buffs not only includes you, our alumni, but also students. The Alumni Association has asked a group of students to help define what Forever Buffs means to undergraduates. They’ve asked for help from alumni in finding internships, mentors, employment opportunities and transition assistance. The Alumni Association is actively seeking ways to connect students and alumni, so if you’re interested in exploring ways to help a Buff student or recent grad, please e-mail Mel.


“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, and think Buff!

Attend the Conference on World Affairs

The 61st Conference on World Affairs began on Monday and goes until Friday the 10th, so you still have a chance to hear one of the 78 ambassadors, scientists, musicians and other participants. Go here for a complete listing of biographies and the schedule.

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. to 1 p.m., at Coors Field in 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.

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.” To register e-mail Becky or call 303-492-2879.

Directors Club goes comic opera

The Directors Club Spring Arts event is just around the corner on April 23. Members are invited to attend a comic opera performance of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring at the Imig Music Theatre at the College of Music. A boxed picnic dinner kicks off the event at Koenig at 5:30 p.m. For further details go here, e-mail Barb or call her at 303-492-3005.

Attend the 50-year and Golden Anniversary Club reunion

The class of 1959 50-year reunion will be here soon! Members of the Golden Anniversary Club are invited to join 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.

copperfield_20091CU at David Copperfield

Join us for a wonderful evening of amazement with magician David Copperfield at the Denver Center for Performing Arts on May 10 titled “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion.” The pre-show cocktail reception and light dinner starts at 2:30 p.m. Prices for the event include the show and the pre-show reception, $118 for golden circle seating and $90 for orchestra seating. To register please 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.

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 (PolSci’66) or call 970-984-0228. To register online go here.

Travel packages available for big game away Oct. 9-10

Grab your boots and cowboy hat and join other CU fans in the live music capital of the country, Austin, Texas! Enjoy a classic Big 12 match up as the Buffs take on the Longhorns, and spend a little time in the heart of Texas exploring the sights and sounds of this lively southern city. Go here for more information on travel and event packages or contact Premier College Sports, a new Alumni Association partner, at 800-416-1829.

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.


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. 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.

Tell Leeds students how you found your job

Leeds senior Benjamin Schroeder and his project management class are working with Vail Resorts to recruit college graduates. Schroeder’s group is asking alumni to fill out a 10-15 minute survey about their job search process. Your information is very important to them and they’ll be conducting a drawing of lift tickets in thanks for your participation. Here’s the survey.

engineering-lots-of-kids1$5 million endowment supports developing communities

The work of professor Bernard Amadei of civil and architectural engineering and his colleagues in the Engineering for Developing Communities program will take a giant leap forward, thanks to a $5 million commitment from Mort and Alice Mortenson and building company M. A. Mortenson. Coupled with a $500,000 match from the chancellor’s office, the gift will advance the program’s objectives including ensuring safe drinking water and promoting education and economic development in marginalized communities. The program will be renamed the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities.

Help network St. Louis!

Hey St. Louis area alumni. We’re looking for a dedicated Buff to take over the local St. Louis alumni chapter and others to join in. This is a great way to network with your local alumni and give back to CU. E-mail Tyler to find out more.

Join CU on the road

Shape the future of CU-Boulder by volunteering for the National Alumni Admissions Assistance Program and the Parent Volunteers in Support of Admissions. Parents and alumni act as a resource for new Buff families, volunteer at fairs and receptions and help CU recruit new students across the county. Interested in volunteering? Please visit here.


Attend Spring Fest and football game

Spring Fest is April 24-25, culminating in the Spring Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday the 25th. There are many family-oriented events the two days. Plus, 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.” Go Buffs!

Get your 2009 CU football season tickets!

Don’t miss the excitement as CSU, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Texas A&M and Nebraska all come to Folsom Field this year! Season tickets start at $180. Go here to put down your deposit for the 2009 season or for questions, call 303-49-BUFFS.

Run with the Buffs

running-shoeAre you a runner or walker? Join the CU Senior Class Council for the 1st annual Forever Buffs 5K on April 25 at 8 a.m. (registration 7-7:50 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. It’s a fundraiser for the senior class gift and begins at the beloved buffalo statue outside of Folsom Stadium. The entry fee is $15. Register online here.


Buff Photos


Alum’s soup awarded

Backpacker magazine gave its prestigious April Editor’s Choice Award to Sarah Welton (MBA’07) for her ready-to-pack campfire meals, available at She calls her products “Trail Food Beyond Wilderness Expectations” and it was her Austintacious Tortilla Soup that won the award specifically. ‘I would have never started this company had I not gone to CU,” she told the Boulder Camera. Her website calls the company’s food “easy-prep trail food that will wow every palate.”

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

CU Voices



Heritage Center tells China stories

By Kirstin Bebell

Imagine being a woman traveling to China in the 1920s and staying there for at least two decades. Lelia Hinkley (A&S’15), who spent years doing social service in China, a truly far off land in 1921 when the country was in the midst of a severe famine.

And even today, imagine being a CU student studying in China (there are 19 of them this school year) wrestling with the challenges of language and culture.

Read more.

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Times are tough, think Buff

Job searching? Let Career Services help!

Come to the “Just In Time Hiring & Internship Fair” on April 15.

“Stand out in a tough economy” conference April 21. See article to the left.

Hiring interns or full-time employees? Connect with Career Services to find the best candidates!

News Briefs

Churchill exonerated by jury

On Thursday, April 2, a Denver jury unanimously found that former CU ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was wrongfully fired in retaliation for his controversial essay on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The jury gave Churchill $1 in damages. Chief Denver District Judge Larry Naves will decide later whether Churchill, 61, gets his job back at CU or is given a lump sum of money instead. See the Boulder Camera story accompanied by two videos, a photo gallery and a time line of the case. Write your comments on the alumni website or go here to comment to CU-Boulder interim chancellor Phil DiStefano about this suit.


Rocket launches may need regulation

The global market for rocket launches may require more stringent regulation in order to prevent significant damage to Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer in the decades to come, according to a new study by researchers in at CU and in California. Read more.

Read more CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel


Eagles, Orcas and Buffs, oh my!

Enjoy a three-day kayaking and camping trip in the gorgeous San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. This is the best place in the country to view Orca whales as well as Minke whales, porpoise, seals and eagles. They’ll make this the trip of a lifetime. Go here for more information or e-mail Ryan or call him at 303-492-0635 to reserve space now.

family-camp-2007Family Camp rocks

Load up the gang and head into the Rocky Mountains for an all-inclusive week at CU Family Camp. Reserve your space now for the best week your family will share this summer! Dates are July 5-12 and we have two mini-camp dates as well. Check it out here. E-mail Ryan or call him at 303-492-0635 reserve your space for a wonderful family outing!

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. To get your Forever Buff alumni ID go here.

fado-singerPortuguese Fado singing sensation here

In just a few short years, Mariza has established herself as the new face of Portuguese Fado, seducing audiences worldwide with her breathtaking voice, charismatic stage presence and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms. She performs as part of the Artist Series April 22 in Macky.

CU Book Store


Looking for an unusual gift for your graduating senior? The CU Bookstore has this pictured stole of gratitude that might fit the bill. They also have a basic alumni baseball cap, for your Forever Buff and so much more!

Contest Corner


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

The question is: More than 1,800 CU-Boulder students are enrolled in 10 Residential Academic Programs, or RAPs, providing undergraduates with shared learning and living experiences. Which of the following is NOT a RAP? A. Baker (environmental science), B. Sewall (American West) or C. Stearns (Spanish). The answer can be found in CU-Boulder’s online Just the Facts.

Last month’s winner was Patricia Richardson (Edu’63) of Mechanicsburg, Pa. She knew that CU is investing in Australian sheep because of the potential profit meeting the demand for protein in China as that country’s diet changes (page 35, March 2009 Coloradan). And about CU, she wrote, “With Bud Davis’ (PE’51, EdD’63) book, Glory, Colorado 1858-1963 and the Coloradan, I’m learning what a great school I graduated from. My CU Buffs license plate stands for so much more now.”

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