Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

July 2009

Dear Alum,

We’ve been sharing our news with you about Forever Buffs – our new inclusive membership program designed to connect alums with other alums and students – since the end of last year. Now we’d really like to know what you think of it. Please e-mail feedback to Melanie.

CU’s Fiske Planetarium website has a great reminder: July 20 is the 40th anniversary of U.S. astronauts landing on the moon. It was in 1969 and I was 14 years old, sitting on the living room floor of some hippies’ house in Ward, Colo., watching it all in fuzzy black and white. Fiske has lots of great shows about the stars and more. The CU Heritage Center has a whole room devoted to CU in space, including a moon rock!

CU's beloved Sewall Hall from above. Casey A. Cass photo.Think you might like to write a thoughtful or funny “CU Voices” article about any almost any CU topic, similar to the one to the right? E-mail me! 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 Forever Buffs Network. If you’re having trouble viewing this e-mail newsletter, you may view it online here.

Marc Killinger, editor



Become an Ask a Buff expert!

In this economy, we want to inspire you to help change another Buff’s career path and become an Ask a Buff expert, offering professional and relocation advice to alums and students. If you become an Ask a Buff expert and get five other alums to do the same by Aug. 5, you could win some cool Nike CU gear! Once your friends have signed up, send Kim their full names. This is part of our Forever Buff initiative; see other ways to connect with alums and students here.

shakespeare-one-of-the-topGet thee to a discounted play

The open-air Colorado Shakespeare Festival, in its 52nd season, is offering a 20 percent discount off orchestra level seating for all CU alumni. The promotion code for this discount is ALUZ9. There is no limit on the number of tickets it can be used for but it is not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other discounts. Philip Sneed (Thtr’80) is the festival’s producing artistic director. Go here for information and tickets or call 303-492-0554.

Join the stampede to Austin

Enjoy a classic Big 12 matchup as the Buffs take on the Texas Longhorns. The weekend kicks off Friday night, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street. Then join us on Oct. 10 for the pregame party at Clark Field, just two blocks from the stadium. Go here for event and travel information or call 800-416-1829. Sorry but pregame walk-ups will not be allowed. Make sure you register in advance to save your spot at the season’s biggest CU pregame party!

Catch a home pregame

Check out our gourmet tailgate buffet, have a drink and share your Buff pride at alumni pregames. We’re at Benson Field 2 1/2 hours before all home football games. The season starts on Sunday, Sept. 6 with kickoff at 5 p.m. at Folsom Field against in-state rival Colorado State. Here’s more information and the complete 2009 football schedule.

Bike for CU

Ride the Buffalo Bicycle Classic Sept. 13 and help raise scholarships for Arts and Sciences students. Courses range from 14 to 100 miles, starting and ending on the CU campus. Since its inception in 2003, the ride has raised more than $1 million in scholarships funds, and this year’s goal is $300,000. To register, make a donation or for more information visit here.

Help recruit future Buffs

Help shape the future of CU-Boulder by volunteering for the National Alumni Admissions Assistance Program (NAAAP) and the Parent Volunteers in Support of Admissions (P-VISA). Parents and alumni act as resources for new Buff families, volunteer at fairs and receptions and help recruit new students. To volunteer visit NAAAP here.

Attend one-day Saturday classes

CU on the Weekend offers three-to-six hour classes most Saturdays until Aug. 1 sponsored by Continuing Education. Get engaged! Here’s the scoop.

Find out about gay history in Boulder

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alumni chapter is celebrating Homecoming this year with a colloquium on the history of gays and lesbians at CU and in Boulder County on Sept. 26, 1-5 p.m., in Old Main. A reception will follow at Koenig. Free and open to the public. For more information e-mail Marc or call 303-492-2280.

Order a beautiful CU wall calendar

The spectacular wall calendar with CU-Boulder scenes that in the past was a 2009-10 wall calendarpaid membership benefit is back this year and on sale for a modest $12.49. The calendars will be sent free to paid Lifetime members in appreciation of their special contributions to the university.

Send your news to psychology

The psychology and neuroscience department would like to get news and updates from its alumni for their annual newsletter and related alumni wiki. Please send updates of any length, including the year you graduated.

Interested in digital media?

CU has launched a certificate program in digital technology. It offers a multi-disciplinary, project-based learning system designed to provide the skills needed by future employees and entrepreneurs in the digital communication fields. It is open to media professionals, community members and CU students.

Attend Law School events

Aug. 9-12: North American Biochar conference aims to advance understanding of the policy, business, scientific and technical opportunities and issues implicated by the large-scale usage of biochar as both a sequestration agent and soil amendment. (Biochar is a charcoal-like material that can be used to lock carbon in the soil and hence has received considerable interest as a potential tool to slow global warming.)

Sept. 9: Telecommunications Regulation in Comparative Perspective conference. The Silicon Flatirons Center will bring together governmental officials, academics and practitioners to examine how government policy should encourage the development of advanced infrastructure.

Participate in a Buff scavenger hunt

You’re invited to join in the Boulder History Museum’s second annual History Mystery Challenge July 30, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This year the CU edition takes place at the historic Koenig Alumni Center for an evening of history riddles, great food, drink and fun with friends. Call the museum at 303-449-3464 or visit here to register.

Network at EcoTuesday

Organized by Noel Wagner (Engl’05) and Marina Bondarenko (Fin’05), the first EcoTuesday in Denver will take place on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broker Restaurant, 821 17th St. The featured speaker will be Jeff Hohensee of Natural Capitalism Solutions. EcoTuesday is committed to changing the way people do business. The monthly event provides a structured environment where sustainable business leaders may network with one another and gain insight from industry leaders.


Giving back to CU

Help round up the next Herd!

Fall Preview programs are a joint effort among several CU offices to generate enthusiasm about CU among prospective students, their parents and alumni in 18 key out-of-state markets, from Phoenix on Sept. 29 to Philly on Nov. 18. Alumni have the opportunity to share what made CU special for them and answer questions. Alumni participants also will enjoy a special pre-reception. If you’re interested, e-mail Becky or call 303-492-2879 or 800-492-7743.

Stay in touch with CU

It’s summer time and a new school year is right around the corner. It’s also the time of year when we all need to update our contact information. Please complete the form to ensure you receive updates from CU. Be sure you stay in the know!

CU parents with a mission

Meet Fred Gluck (ApMath’67) and Andrea Rhodes of Boulder, who have made giving back to CU a priority. As CU Parents Association board members, donors and volunteers, their support for the university is making it a better place for their daughter Larissa (a CU senior) and countless students who will matriculate at CU-Boulder. See how they’re giving back to CU.

Help suit students

Donate gently worn suits and other business apparel to be sold to students and alumni for very modest prices. Drop-off locations are Career Services in Willard on campus, Koenig Alumni Center and Art Cleaners stores in Boulder. Proceeds benefit scholarships. E-mail Lisa Lovett for other drop-off sites or more information.

The 14th hole at Ballyneal looks most challenging for the Colorado Cup this Aug. 30 between CU and CSU.Athletics

Go to Plati’tudes for all things CU sports

In his July Plati-‘Tudes associate athletic director David Plati (Jour’82) once again covers many CU sporting topics.

Football season tickets and three-packs now on sale

Don’t miss the excitement when CSU, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Texas A&M and Nebraska all come to Folsom Field this year. Season tickets and three-packs are on sale now and single game tickets go on sale Aug. 3. Go here to purchase your tickets today(click on “Buy Tickets” on the left) or for questions call 303-49-BUFFS.

Buff Photos

Two CU students with giant radishes at Boulder's Beyond Organic Farm.Support CU student farm

Dozens of CU students have volunteered their time since early spring to help make Beyond Organic Farm in northeast Boulder a reality. This is their first year of farming and they already are selling at the Boulder Farmer’s Market. Shares in their Community Supported Agriculture program cost $600 for 20 weeks, half shares at $400. Learn more here or at 303-315-1204.

Bob Franzen (MechEngr’51) visiting the Groswold skis he donated to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail.Early skiing remembered

Here’s Bob Franzen (MechEngr’51) visiting the Groswold skis he donated to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail after quite a few miles and many mountains skied. He made the gift at the suggestion of now deceased Gerard (Jerry) Pesman (CivEngr’50), who he says was a great CU booster and skier. Bob, of Broken Arrow, Okla., says before aluminum skis, Sven Groswold’s products (made in Colorado) were by far the finest laminated “woodies.”

Evan Green (Mktg'91)GRAMMY marketer shares with students

Evan Greene (Mktg’91) of Redondo Beach, Calif., is responsible for the marketing campaigns of the GRAMMY Awards, the biggest brand in music and known for its annual telecast that brings 690 million viewers worldwide. Yet he admits to getting nervous when he returns to CU to talk about his career. “Over the years I’ve given quite a few presentations but it’s always daunting to come back to CU still and be on this side of the table,” he said during a visit to the Leeds School of Business in November 2008. Read more.

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

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CU Voices

Dan Hawkins, CU-Boulder football coach
The Hawk talks

By Dan Hawkins, CU-Boulder football coach

This fall will be my fourth at Colorado, and alumni support for the program has been growing every year. I’d like to thank you for that support and the rebirth of pride and interest in the Buffs.

Read more.

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Are you experiencing a career transition? Let Career Services help.

Mark your calendar for the Fall Career Fair on Oct. 6. Alumni are welcome to attend.

Are you hiring? Post your position at Career Services Online (CSO) and support the job needs of CU-Boulder students and alumni.

Here are links to your CU, school and college e-mail newsletters

President’s e-newsletter

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Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine – to subscribe e-mail here

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LawPointsGo here and scroll to publications; subscribe or update your info

Leeds School of Business – e-mail here to get on the list to receive the e-mail newsletter. Here’s Portfolio magazine online.

News Briefs

Ward Churchill denied reinstatement, money

In a resounding defeat for fired CU-Boulder ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill, a judge ruled on July 7 that he deserves neither financial compensation nor reinstatement, vacating a jury finding in April that CU’s regents had improperly terminated him nearly two years ago for research misconduct. The Boulder Camera reported that Chief Denver District Judge Larry Naves’ key finding was that “the CU regents have absolute immunity from lawsuits in their roles.”

See the Boulder Daily Camera July 8 story with two videos. See CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano’s statement with a video.

Leave comments here and join the Churchill verdict discussion group in the Forever Buffs Network.

Silver & Gold Record shut


The newspaper that for almost 40 years informed the three CU campuses with news, editorials and job announcements on a weekly basis was shut down on May 1 by President Bruce Benson (Geol’64, HonDocSci’04). The paper was part of the CU system administration, and Benson said he cut the paper in the face of $6.2 million in reductions needed to balance the system budget. The paper cost $600,000 annually to produce. Read more.

Read more CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel

Searching for Orca whales at sundown in the San Juan Islands.Eagles, Orcas and Buffs Aug. 7-9

Last call for kayaking! Join our group of Roaming Buffs on this three-day kayaking trip to the San Juan Island in Washington State. The remote location coupled with incredible wildlife will provide just the right mix of adventure and relaxation. Visit here for more information, e-mail Ryan or call 303-492-0635 to reserve space now.

Get your light opera tickets soon

Tickets for Colorado Light Opera’s productions of Oklahoma! and Anything Goes, which run July 10 through Aug. 2, are getting scarce, so please don’t delay ordering! Call 303-492-8008 or go here for more information.

bookstore_black_cu_flag2CU Book Store

Show your Buff spirit with this CU flag, in black and gold of course. Here’s the CU Book Store.

Contest Corner

Contest Corner campus closeup

The winner of this month’s contest will receive a Boulder Yesterday & Today photo book.

These doors are found on which campus building? A. Macky Auditorium; B. Theater & Dance; C. The College of Music.

Congratulations to the winner of last month’s contest, Rodney Olson (Bus’76) of Denver. The CU Foundation was founded in 1967. See their Q&A here.

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One thought on “July 2009

  1. The Fiske Planetarium website note in the Buffalum Notes reminded me of experiences developing a simulation of the Apollo command module re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere in 1963. If the entry angle were too steep, the module would burn up and if the angle were too shallow, it would bounce out.

    The range of possible entry angles and approximations used for the atmosphere model led to regions of possible landing sites called dinosaur foot prints. With all the assumptions involved, I did not have much faith in the results.

    Years later when the flight took place and I had left the project and the company, it was pleasing to find out that the simulation actually was pretty good.

    Paul Jensen (ApMath,ElEngr’59)

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