Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

October 2009

Dear Alum,

It’s October, so not surprisingly, last week in Boulder we had a 70° degree day followed by snow the next.

Here’s a follow up to last month’s report that Sierra magazine named CU-Boulder the top “green” university in the nation: Arnett Hall is the first dorm on campus to become LEED certified, a U.S. benchmark for “green” building design, construction, operation and maintenance. In addition, CU was ranked one of the top campuses in the nation for sustainability by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Varsity-Lake-bridge-late-Sept.-2009--photo by Doug-Wray 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: connecting students and alums

Ann Cesare (AmerSt‘96) felt moved when she learned her former professor Ruth Helm (Art’78, MA’86, PhD’91) passed away this year, so she decided to donate to a scholarship in Helm’s name. By supporting student scholarships, Cesare knew she was giving students greater opportunities to learn. Read more.

Go here for information on Forever Buffs background, funding and programming.

Celebrate Homecoming

Homecoming-2008-students-struttingHosea Rosenberg (EngrPhys’97), winner of Bravo TV’s 2009 “Top Chef” competition, will serve as marshal for “CU in Hollywood” Oct. 30-31. Attend the Homecoming parade, engineering reunion for the classes of 1982-84, architecture and planning celebration and many other events, including the Buffs vs. Missouri Tigers alumni football pregame. Here’s the complete schedule.

Network at regional alumni receptions

The Alumni Association is heading out with admissions and parent relations to 18 cities this fall to help spread the good word about CU to prospective students and their families. Alumni and parent networking 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 stick-to-your-ribs 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.

Education celebrates 100 years

The School of Education celebrated the 100th anniversary of statewide teacher licensure during the annual Best Should Teach event held on campus Aug. 19. The event honors outstanding area district teachers and CU faculty. Additionally, education professor Kris Gutiérrez (PhDEdu’87) was the inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Chair, which recognizes faculty of extraordinary academic distinction and is intended for recruitment or retention of exceptional senior faculty. Here’s the school’s website.

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.

Get ready for the class of 1960 reunion

Those of you who remember when Johnny Tillotson’s Poetry in Motion and Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? reined on the Billboard pop charts know the year was 1960. Recall the magic and memories by joining your former classmates for your 50-year reunion on May 6-7. Schedules and invitations will be mailed in late January. Contact Scott Hellmuth with questions at 303-735-2893 or 800-492-7743.

Find out more about China

Heritage Center China exhibit robesThe Heritage Center’s beautiful exhibit, Americans in a Changing China: 1920-2008, continues through next February on the third floor of Old Main. It features the photos, exquisite textiles and impeccably detailed letters of Lelia Hinkley (A&S’15), who went to Peking, China, in 1920 to work with the YWCA and spent 30 years there. Here’s more information or call 303-492-6329.

Hear the chancellor in NYC

Join us for a reception with Chancellor Phil Distefano at the beautiful Terrace Club in Rockefeller Center on Nov. 3. Hear the latest from Boulder and get the chance to network with other alumni and parents of current students. To RSVP or for further information e-mail Ally or go here.

Law School events

Nov. 1 Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Unquiet Grave, 1 – 3 p.m., CU Law School, Wittemyer Courtroom, free
This play, authored by Brent Jordheim (Law’09), is based on research by professors Mimi Wesson of law and Dennis Van Gerven of anthropology. The Hillmon court case is one of the great cases in the law of evidence but it also contains a mystery about the identity of a corpse.

Nov. 2 Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Steve Halstedt, co-founder of Centennial Ventures, networking reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6:15–7:00 p.m., CU ATLAS Room 100, free

Nov. 13 Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Ted Turner, lecture noon–1:30 p.m., networking reception to follow, CU Law School, free

Catch these breathtaking Navajo textiles

Presented in three iterations of 20-30 Navajo textiles each, Navajo Weaving: Diamonds, Dreams, Landscapes showcases the breadth of the CU Museum of Natural History’s Joe Ben Wheat Southwestern Textile Collection, considered one of the world’s best collections of Navajo textiles. After, have a free cup of coffee at the entertaining and informative BioLounge.

Are you wacky for the big band sound?

Glenn Miller big band // you cats and alligators get yourself to Portrait: Glenn Miller, a multimedia presentation of pictures, words and music of the life of musician, arranger and bandleader Glenn Miller (A&S ex’26) by Alan Cass (A&S’63, HonDocHum’99) on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. The free event takes place in Eaton Humanities Room 150. A catered reception will follow the lecture. Cass is the curator of the CU Glenn Miller collection. Here’s more info on the event. Go here for background on Glenn Miller.

Zoolights is coming soon!

The holidays will be here before you know it, so plan on celebrating at Zoolights, the largest lighting event in Colorado, on Dec. 3 at the Denver Zoo. Here’s the scoop.

Find out what being “mediactive” is

On Nov. 2 Dan Gillmor, who put the San Jose Mercury News on the online map in 1994, gives the journalism school’s Jack E. Holden Lecture, Mediactive: Why media consumers need to become active users, at 5 p.m. in Hale 270. Gillmor is best known as the author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People. A reception at Old Main’s Heritage Center will follow. Here’s more.

Learn to develop top talent

Learn and apply the critical skills and behaviors needed to manage and lead top talent business school. Specific areas of focus include hiring, engaging, developing and retaining high-performing individuals and teams. There’s a 20 percent discount for CU alumni off the $2,400 fee. Go here for more info or call 303-735-0541.

Don’t resist Resistencia Visual

The UMC Art Gallery’s show of woodblock prints from the Oaxacan Assembly of Revolutionary Artists, Resistencia Visual, runs through Nov. 6. It features a spectrum of artistic media from stencils and graffiti to printmaking. Here’s the UMC Art Gallery site.

Get up to date on social networking

Attend a workshop on Oct. 31, “Using Social Networking to Market Yourself,” in which journalism instructors Sandra Fish and Paul Daugherty and former Rocky Mountain News investigative reporter Laura Frank will bring alumni up to speed on the latest multimedia techniques. Reception to follow. Location is the Armory, 1511 University Ave. Check here for times, which depend on the football game, or e-mail Beth.

Peloton Boulder:

Giving Back to CU

Support students

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 finish turning, please take the time to make your gift to support CU at the outset of another year of higher learning.


Get your basketball season tickets

Join head coaches Jeff Bzdelik and Kathy McConnell-Miller at the Coors Events Center this season. Men’s season tickets start at $60 (season begins Nov. 13) and women’s at $50 (season begins Nov. 15). Purchase your tickets today by Sports-Sports-Illustrated-coverDaniel-Grahamcalling 303-49-BUFFS or going to

Check out October Plati-‘Tudes: Boo!

In this month’s edition of Plati-‘Tudes, associate athletic director Dave Plati (Jour’82) has his usual collection of CU notes, trivia and factoids. He also catches up with 1986 football team MVP Darin Schubeck (Bus’87), and mentions Daniel Graham (EthSt ex02), who’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated, shown here in his Denver Bronco uniform, the fifth Buff to grace the magazine’s cover.

Kick or Treat with other soccer Buffs

Come kick or treat at Prentup Field before the CU soccer team takes on Texas Tech in their home finale on Oct. 30. Kids and adults are invited to wear costumes and trick or treat with CU student athletes before the match. Everyone wearing a costume will have a chance to win great prizes. Kick or treat activities start at 2 p.m. and the match kicks off at 3 p.m. Here’s more CU soccer information.

Attend alumni night at CU volleyball

On Nov. 4 your CU volleyball team will take on Kansas at 7 p.m. All CU alumni are invited to purchase specially discounted tickets for this match. To purchase these $3 tickets, go online here and enter the code ALUMNI. Invite your friends and family to come cheer on the Buffs as they take on the Jayhawks!

Buff Photos

Breast cancer survivor races well

PeggyCampbell weith her mother, Cure poster with the two of them behindBreast cancer survivors Peggy Campbell-Rush (MEdu ’81) and her mother Marguerite Campbell participated in the Sept. 13 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New York City. They were chosen from 27,000 participants to be “The Face of the Cure” on the poster for the event that they’re in front of in the photo. Peggy placed third in the “Survivor” category of the race, repeating her third place finish last year. She is a 13-year survivor and her mother is a six-year survivor.

Alum finds hope in children

Jennifer Remington and familyJennifer Hill Remington (PolSci’02) is a mother, a wife, a daughter and now a fighter. On Aug. 15, she writes, “my life changed forever. While enjoying the company of good friends and my loving family at a weekend lake retreat, I broke my neck in two critical places when diving into a lake. I shattered two vertebra, which in turn ravaged my spinal cord. The only thing that kept me going was my two beautiful children. Although I could not physically see them, they gave me hope.” See Jennifer’s Journey Up Butterfly Mountain website for more.


Send your photos and stories for this section to Marc

Voices Tori at wasterfall

South African soliloquy

By Tori Peglar (MJour’00)

There are many kinds of love in this world and perhaps as many types of hate. But nowhere do they dwell in closer proximity than in South Africa, where black shantytowns made of cardboard and tin exist minutes from large stucco mansions clustered in primarily white neighborhoods.

Read more.


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Read Jenny’s job search stories

Jenny Herring (Jour’82) offers great advice on job searching and work life in general in her articles on Here’s the seventh and the latest, “Back to Square Two.” (At this website put in “Herring” in the search tool to find her other articles.)

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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.

Colorado National Golf Club in Erie is now the CU gold course.

News Briefs

CU supports Mercury flyby

Mercury MessengerNASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, toting an $8.7 million CU-Boulder instrument, made its third and final flyby of Mercury on Sept. 29 — a clever gravity-assist maneuver that was set to steer it into orbit around the rocky planet beginning March 2011. Here’s the CU news release. Here’s the NASA MESSENGER site for new images.

Athletes’ GPAs look good

Herbst-lab-for-CU-athleteThe cumulative grade point average of all Buff student athletes is 2.847, the third highest on record. A year ago the football team posted a 2.545, their best fall GPA in 12 years. Go here for more information about the academic training athletes receive.

Leeds prof tackles bloated executive pay

Sanjai-Bhagat-business-schoolFinance professor Sanjai Bhagat at the business school says restricting executive incentive bonuses will stop them from cashing in on stock options at the expense of their companies and shareholders. Read more and watch the video.

Read more CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel

Village Life in the Dordogne

Roaming-Buffs-Dordogne-trip-May-June-2010May 24-June 4, 2010: In France’s Perigord region, all of France’s provincial charms have been distilled into one of the world’s most beautiful towns, Sarlat-la Caneda. It’s a feast for the palate as well as the eyes. Another highlight of this trip is the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux II. Go here for more information.

Ukraine on the Dnieper River

Swallows Nest castle in UkraineJuly 3-13, 2010: Ukraine is rapidly forging a new identity within today’s Europe. Begin your journey in elegant Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea. Journey to the Crimea and Yalta, the site of the famous World War II conference before you explore Kiev and many other sites. Go here for more information or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635 for more information on either of these trips.

Alum to direct CU Opera’s La Traviata

Alum-Leigh-Holman-La-Traviata-conductorCU Opera has a new director, Leigh Holman (PhDMus’03). Don’t miss her CU Opera directorial debut in Verdi’s La Traviata Oct. 23-25. Call 303-492-8008 or go here for more information.

CU Book Store

BookStore-Under-Armour-Black-CU-BackpackYour goods will be carried safely in this CU Under Armour backpack. Find it here. Alumni with their ID cards get a 20 percent discount at the bookstore (not available online). Go here for the card.

Contest Corner

Contest-Corner-CU_proud_T-shirtThe winner of this month’s contest will win the CU t-shirt shown on the right.

Question: The Buff football team first qualified as the Big Seven Conference’s representative at the Orange Bowl in which year?
A: 1943 B. 1956 C.1961
The answer is somewhere on the CU Buffs website.

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Dave Guttman (Math’78) of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Dave answered correctly that world-class climber Tonya George Riggs (Bus’86) first climbed a mountain at age 35. See pages 10-13, September 2009 Coloradan, for more information, or go to the article at the new online Coloradan.

Dave wrote, “I haven’t done her level but have done a lot of non-technical climbing, including Mount Whitney and several Swiss Alps. Seems like climbers are more about stamina and mental ability than age and brute strength.”


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