Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

September 2009

Dear Alum,

Have you noticed? The Coloradan alumni magazine has a dynamic, interactive new website. You’ll find the complete content of the published magazine, including all classnotes, along with web-exclusive articles and short summaries of books by alumni and professors.

What's better than Folsom Field and the Flatirons?Think you might like to write a thoughtful or funny “CU Voices” article about 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 in the online Forever Buffs Network. If you’re having trouble viewing this e-mail newsletter, you may view it online here.

Marc Killinger, editor


Forever Buffs offers job and career help

For those of you in need of job and career assistance, the Alumni Association and Career Services are pleased to introduce our alumni-specific career counselor, Lea Alvarado, as part of our expanding Forever Buffs services. With over 10 years of career counseling experience, Lea is available to alumni for one-on-one career counseling (in person or over the phone). E-mail Lea or call her at 303-492-3412 . Go here to find out more about all alumni-specific career services.

Stampede to Austin and elsewhere

Join us in Austin, Texas for our big away events!Enjoy a classic Big 12 football matchup as the Buffs take on the Texas Longhorns on Oct. 10. Go here for travel, pregame and game ticket information or call Premier College Sports at 800-416-1829. Please note: no walk-ups will be allowed for this pregame in Austin, so please make your reservations in advance! CU also will have away game gatherings in Toledo, Ohio; Morgantown, W.Va.; and Manhattan, Kan. Go here for more information.

Network at regional alumni receptions

The Alumni Association is heading out with Admissions to 18 cities this fall to help spread the good word about CU to prospective students and their families. Alumni and parent receptions will be held before each student preview. To see if we’ll be in your area go here.

Attend home pregames

Alumni Association pregames are held on Benson Field (just south of Folsom Field) and start 2 1/2 hours before kickoff for each home game. Bring your friends and family to enjoy our gourmet tailgate buffet, listen to the CU marching band, win prizes and hear from Chancellor Phil DiStefano and athletic director Mike Bohn. Go here for more information.

Check out watch parties nationwide

There are CU chapters in at least 30 cities around the country holding watch parties for one or more CU football games this fall. To find one near you go to the list of chapters here.

Celebrate Homecoming

“CU in Hollywood” is the theme Oct. 30-31 for the Homecoming parade and many other events, including the Buffs vs. Missouri Tigers football game. Go here for the complete schedule.

Speak with President Benson in Dallas

CU President Bruce Benson (Geol’64, HonDocSci’04) will be in Dallas on Oct. 8 where he will meet with alumni and donors. Final details will be available soon. Interested? Contact Elizabeth.

Class examines financial data

The most popular open enrollment course at the Leeds School of Business is an intensive three-day seminar, “Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Executive,” or FANE. The class is designed for business professionals who want a better understanding not only of how financial data is generated but also how to employ that data in decision-making. The next session is Sept. 15, 17 and 18. Here’s more info.

Experience recycled art

Check out the UMC Art Gallery, featuring artists creating with recycled material.The Boulder Open Studios “Re: Art” exhibit continues at the UMC through Sept. 25. The show features 12 artists creating pieces using recycled materials and is a precursor to the Boulder County Open Studios, which takes place the first two weekends of October. Here’s the UMC Art Gallery site.

Law School events

Oct. 12: The Rise of Broadband Video and the Future of Digital Media Conference. The Silicon Flatirons Center will bring together a range of academics, policymakers and business people to examine the emerging video marketplace, discussing the opportunities for disruptive innovation, the nature of the changing business models and public policy responses.

Oct. 23-24: Energy Justice 2009 Conference. This Center for Energy & Environmental Security conference will focus on addressing the needs of the “other” third of the world: almost two billion people who live on less than a dollar a day and who must rely on biomass-based fire to meet all their energy needs. These fuel sources create black soot, which results in the annual death of a million and a half persons, primarily women and children.

Learn about Colorado climate change

A new online tool localizes climate change to Colorado and encourages citizens to learn more about this critical issue. Called “Learn More About Climate,” the site hosts educational videos and resources for citizens, leading viewers through the science of climate change, how it affects the state’s water supply and ecosystems and how individuals and organizations are addressing these challenges.

Find out about gay history in Boulder

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alumni chapter is holding 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 go here or contact Marc at 303-492-2280. See article to the right in CU Voices.

A chance for veterans to tell their stories

A writing course for veterans that was very successful last year is being offered again this fall starting Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Veterans Center. It is free to veterans. For information and to register, go here.

Check out the MCDBio electronic newsletter

Welcome molecular, cellular and developmental biology family and friends to the second MCDB Newsletter. As you’ll see, although we produced a printed version of the first newsletter last fall and sent it to all of you (we hope), we decided to go all electronic with this edition.


Giving Back to CU

Welcome back to school!

As students return to campus, we’d like to thank our donors who with their meaningful contributions touch our students and faculty and enrich the CU experience. We count on this generosity to remain one of the top-rated universities in the country. Before the leaves begin to turn, please take the time to make your gift to support CU at the outset of another year of higher learning.


Special $24 off Wyoming football tickets

Help CU honor the legacy of Byron “Whizzer” White on Sept. 19 against Wyoming. Get $24 off your ticket for this game in honor of his jersey no. 24. Enter promotion code LEGACY here to get your discount as we recognize the legacy of one of Colorado’s all-time greats.

Get your basketball season tickets now

womens_basketball_pinkwhiteGet your CU basketball season tickets and join head coaches Jeff Bzdelik and Kathy McConnell-Miller at the Coors Events Center this season. Men’s season tickets (season begins Nov. 13) start at $60 while season tickets for women’s basketball (season begins Nov. 15) start at $50. Purchase your tickets today by calling 303-49-BUFFS or going here.

How to get your Buff broadcasts

For the last four years, audio streaming for CU football and basketball has been through Yahoo!Sports. This is no longer the case. Fans can hear live audio over the internet through BuffsTV at, a subscription-based service. Fans pay $4.99 per month for audio or $39.99 for an annual subscription. This includes the radio broadcast of all CU football games, men’s and women’s basketball games (excluding exhibitions, if any) and the Dan Hawkins Weekly Radio Show.

Get your Prentup Pass for soccer

Parking is still free at Prentup Field for all CU soccer games. However, there’s a new Prentup Pass in which members receive access to bleacher seating at midfield , a CU soccer t-shirt, a team autographed poster and e-mail updates from Coach Hempen. Go here to purchase your 2009 Prentup Pass.

Buff Photos


Alumni Association board member Doug Nelson (Anth’77) wrote to us recalling that he ventured with his daughter, Jillian, into Big Red country for the Nebraska football game last fall. “As you can see,” he added, “we believe in being “Shoulder to Shoulder!” Doug says he’s “passionate about the Buffs and thrilled to serve the university community as an Alumni Association board member.” He’s vice treasurer of the board and lives in Bonner Springs, Kan.


How do you say “10K” in Chinese?

This is Kevin Luten (RelSt’94) in the middle of a Great Wall 10k race, sponsored by Adventure Marathons. He says his mother met him in Beijing and they did the race together. They spent a week in Beijing where they confronted “the ever-present adventure of communicating your destination to Beijing’s crazy taxi drivers.” Kevin moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2006. He’s an urban planner and owns a sustainable transportation consulting firm, UrbanTrans ANZ.

Send your photos and stories for this section to Marc.

Photo Galleries


Visit the Alumni Association photo galleries.

CU-Boulder gays and lesbians make major progress

By Joanne Arnold (Engl’52, MJour’65, PhDComm’71)

GLBT Alumni formed a chapter in 1994. Here Zhenya Gallon (Comm'94), Buffalum Notes editor Marc Killinger and the author talk to friends at the Boulder PrideFest.The University of Colorado at Boulder has become one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the nation, ranked in the top 100 by the nationwide observer, The Advocate College Guide.

Read more.

Go here to find out about about the GLBT Alumni chapter’s Sept. 26 colloquium on GLBT history of CU and Boulder.


Online community

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Let everyone know what you’re up to!

Post a class note (a short update on what you’ve been doing) in the Forever Buffs Network and have it listed in our new online Coloradan alumni magazine, as well as the next print edition of the magazine. Just check step 3 when submitting your note in the network. Log in here to get started.


The fall career and internship fair is Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1-6 p.m., Coors Events Center.

Are you job-seeking? Let Career Services help you connect with prospective employers.

Are you hiring? Career Services can assist you in finding qualified candidates!

Collection of gently-worn professional clothing for Career Services’ “Suit Yourself” program continues until Sept. 21.

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

President’s e-newsletter

Chancellor’s e-newsletter

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

Engineering Alumni News – to subscribe e-mail here

Journalism Bylines

Graduate School

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

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

News Briefs

Sierra says we’re no. 1

We come up this year from number 2.

CU-Boulder is ranked the top “green” university in the nation this year by Sierra magazine in its September / October edition, a move up from second place in 2008. Read more.

CU 34th in nation

This is an electrical and computer engineering class at CU.CU-Boulder remains at 34th among the nation’s top public universities, with three specialty programs ranked in the top 20 among both public and private universities, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s latest undergraduate rankings. Read the CU news release.

Read more CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel

Cruise the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal opened in 1914 and is 48 miles long.Cruising has never been more popular! Join other CU alums on this cruise through the Panama Canal on the six-star Crystal Symphony Jan. 23-Feb. 3, 2010. In addition to the canal, visit several Caribbean islands before disembarking in Costa Rica. Go here for more information or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

Aegean Adventures

This is the beautifu Greek island of Santorini at sunset.See for yourself why our Oceania Cruises sell out so fast! Between Sept. 21 and Oct. 4, 2010, enjoy Istanbul before beginning an extensive cruise of the Greek Isles. We are currently taking pre-registration reservations for this cruise so there is plenty of availability. Go here for more information or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

Pink Martini at Macky Sept. 22

Pink MartiniTickets are going fast for the Artist Series’ presentation of Pink Martini. A wacky mix of a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, classical chamber music ensemble, Brazilian street band and Japanese film noir, Pink Martini is part language lesson and part old-fashioned Hollywood spectacle for audiences of all ages. Call 303-492-8008 or go here for more information.

Attend theater and dance performances

The first Loft Theatre drama production of the season (Sept. 17-20) is The Blind, about “power & powerlessness, abandonment and horror and the precariousness of existence.” The first dance concert (Oct. 2-4) features MFA students Rachael Harding and Stephanie Kobes in “a collaborative work analyzing the relationship of the racial divide.” Here’s more.

CU Book Store

book_store_gold_nike_poloStep out in Buff style with this polo shirt from the CU Book Store. Find it here.

Contest Corner

Contest Corner white Buffs baseball capThe winner of this month’s contest will win the baseball cap shown on the left.

Question: World-class climber Tonya George Riggs (Bus’86) first climbed a mountain at age: A. 20; B. 35; C. 38. See your September Coloradan for help.

Last month’s winner, Michael DiDomenico (PolSci’06), is working on his master’s in public policy at the University of Chicago and wrote that it was “great that Carl Wieman won the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars the same year [as he received the Nobel in 2001].”

Advertise in Buffalum Notes

Thinking of advertising in Buffalum Notes? It can be done with either a banner across the wider left column or a square ad in the narrower right column. Contact Marc Killinger or go here for details.

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