Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

January 2010 – Colorado edition

Dear Alum,

We’re doing something different in this month’s Buffalum Notes. We’re producing a Colorado issue with all the Boulder and Denver events for all alums in Colorado and a shorter national issue for those beyond our state borders. We hope this will make it easier for all alums to engage with other Buffs and find the events and programs that relate to them.

There are dozens of CU alumni chapters around the country that have Buff events throughout the year. We plan to report on as many as we can here in Buffalum Notes. Here’s the list of chapters. Please let Marc know what you think of this new format.

The engineering center in deep winter. Photo Ken Abbott.

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


Investigate our great new service

Ask a Buff is a new service on the Forever Buffs Network. Students and alums can seek professional advice from alumni volunteers – people just like you. Please help us expand this service. Knowing that Dartmouth has 18,000 alumni in their similar program, we are confident CU-Boulder alums will respond equally to support other Buffs. Please take this 30-second survey to tell us whether or not you’d like to participate in our Ask a Buff program. Become an Ask a Buff here.

CU literature professor Adam Bradley speaks at our next Smart Lunch Feb. 25 in Denver.Hear CU professor speak on Ralph Ellison

CU literature professor Adam Bradley gives one of our heralded Smart Lunches on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Denver, Hotel Teatro. He’s co-editor of acclaimed author Ralph Ellison’s unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting… It brings together over 40 years of Ellison’s manuscripts. Contact Becky at 303-492-2879.

D.C. alums: attend reception with CU prof

CU-Boulder English professor Adam Bradley promotes new co-edited novel, Three Days Before the Shooting…, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Tuesday Feb. 2. The Alumni Association and CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano are hosting a cocktail reception at the museum prior to Bradley’s discussion on “Race issues and literary legacy.” For information on Bradley see above. Further details to follow. For questions contact Scott Hellmuth at 303-735-2893.

Alumni College to focus on recession

The 5th annual Alumni College takes place June 4-5 with the theme of “The Great Recession of 2008-2010: Causes, Consequences and Cures.” You’re invited to join a dozen of CU’s foremost experts to analyze this major issue. Watch for more details in February, e-mail Becky or call her at 303-492-2879.

Calling all Houston engineering alums

There’s a CU networking event for you on Thursday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m. at the home of Paul (CivEngr’75, MS’77) and Merry Lynne Hamilton. Here’s more information and the place to R.S.V.P.

1960-reunionAttend your class of 1960 50-year reunion

For those who remember when Johnny Tillotson’s Poetry in Motion and Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? reigned on the Billboard pop charts, you’ll know the year was 1960. Recall the magic and memories by joining and engaging with your former classmates for your 50-year reunion May 6-7. Schedules and invitations will be mailed out this month. Get more information and register here or contact Scott at 303-735-2893 or 800-492-7743.

Race with Forever Buffs in April

Get your running shoes ready to join us for the second Forever Buffs Annual 5k-run before the Spring Football game on Saturday, date to be announced. Details to come here or check our events site.

Check out some great student talent

Come watch a very talented group of singers at The Herd’s CU Idol event Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. The musicians will battle it out on stage and the winner will receive a $1,000 prize. Admission is free. Here’s more information.

Network with alumni

Network with alumni employers and other alums in an intimate setting after the Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., UMC 235. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Please contact Lea Alvarado at 303-492-6541 by Monday, Jan. 18 if you plan to attend.

Attention Directors Club members

It’s time for the annual Winter Meeting Saturday Jan. 30 on the Club Level at Folsom Field. Go here for the agenda and to register for this interesting day of campus presentations and time well spent engaging with old friends and new.

Phoenix hikers get your boots

The chapter will join a Climb to Conquer Cancer 5-Mile Hike at South Mountain Park on Saturday, Feb. 27. There’s a 7 a.m. rolling start. Contact Paul Fishback (Econ’06) for more information.

Enhance your job search

Attend a workshop that helps you determine how your state of mind helps or hinders your job search. New research points to the powerful role your internal landscape plays in your job search. Create more awareness of how we can unconsciously sabotage or purposefully maximize our ability to succeed in getting the job or career we truly want. This is a four-week workshop March 2-23. See or contact Lea at 303-492-6541.

There was a time when Board of Directors members got to show off Buff foam fingers!Get on board

The Alumni Association board of directors is looking for new members. As a board member you’ll help guide the association at meetings in Boulder three times a year. The application deadline is Feb. 1. For more information and the application form go here, or contact Linda Hackathorn at 303-492-2279 or 800-492-7743. Here are other volunteer opportunities at CU.

Prepare to tee off

Grab your clubs and venture with us to Erie for the Inaugural Alumni Association Golf Tournament on Friday, May 14 at the Colorado National Golf Club. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be a BBQ reception and prizes. Check for more information at the alumni events site or contact Jackie at 303-492-8485.

Check out law school events

  • Feb. 5, “NRLC Symposium on the Promise & Peril of Oil Shale Development.” This full-day program will address the myriad issues involved including the technology, economics, politics and environmental impacts.
  • Feb. 18, Yale Law Professor Carol Rose, Coen Lecturer, on “Racing Property: Racially Restrictive Covenants from the City Beautiful to Shelley v. Kraemer — and Beyond.”
  • Feb. 18-20, Conference on “The Problem of Overrepresentation of African Americans in the Criminal Justice System” brings together scholars in sociology, legal theory, critical race theory, as well as legal practitioners in the area of criminal justice to discuss the overrepresentation problem and potential solutions.
  • Feb. 26-28 and March 6-7, “Forty-Hour Professional Mediation Training.” Learn the basic skills to mediate disputes. This course meets the training standards approved by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Council of Mediators & Mediation Organizations.

What’s in store for the Colorado economy?

The Leeds School of Business division of business research hosted its annual forecast of the state’s economy in December, including snapshots from specific counties as well as updates on international trade, population, labor force and personal income growth and a general outlook on the national economy. Download the full report and view video highlights here.

Anthropology features two talks on Southeast Asia

Hear talks by two Southeast Asian specialists visiting CU from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Kirin Narayan’s talk, “The Many Lives of Family Stories: Caste, Creativity and Patronage among Gujarati Artisan,” Thursday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m., Hale 230
  • Ken George’s talk, “Companionable Objects and the Anthropology of Hurt Things,” Friday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Hale 230
  • A reception honoring both speakers is Friday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m., Hale reading room

Ketchum to be examined

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s 13th annual preservation conference, “Saving Places 2010: Preservation—the Foundation of Sustainability,” Feb. 3-5, will feature a session about the proposed capital renewal project at CU’s Ketchum Building and the project’s plan to balance historic preservation and energy efficiency. Learn more.

Peloton Boulder:


Buffs Jr. Jersey, a ticket to basketball

Get your kids a Buffs Jr. Jersey and get them into games! This $5 replica jersey can be worn by children 13 and under for free admission to all men’s and women’s basketball games with the exception of the men’s KU game (Saturday, Feb. 20). It can be purchased online here or on the north concourse of the Coors Events Center before the start of home games. Questions? Call 303-492-6771.

One of former Buff Jeremy Bloom's (A&S ex’06) sports is skiing.Check out CU’s best

In this edition of his column known as “Plati-‘Tudes,” associate athletic director Dave Plati (Jour’82) takes a look at the recently completed decade and lists his top CU athletes for the period. That, along with a Q&A with fans, an update on former Buff Jeremy Bloom (A&S ex’06) and his opening four mind teasers, make up the first P-Tudes of the decade.


Buff Photos

David Wolff and Norie KizakiMarried in Japan

David Wolf (Law,MBA ‘01) and Norie Kizaki were married at Nata-dera Temple in Norie’s hometown of Nata, Japan. The two live in Boulder. Norie is a rock climbing guide and founder of Undiscovered Japan, which specializes in luxury travel tours to western Japan, and David is chief investment officer and a managing partner of BSW Wealth Partners. In their free time they enjoy climbing and backcountry skiing throughout the mountain West. David would enjoy hearing from classmates and friends.

Gerald Kopel with friends and associates.Saving Soviet Jews

Ari Rotman, Russian Jewish Community Foundation president, is shown at far left in the photo with (from left) Pat Bishop, CU Regent Tillie Bishop, Jerry Kopel (Jour’51) and Dolores Kopel after Tillie and Jerry received the foundation’s Freedom Award for their hard work “to save…the Soviet Jews, from tyranny and anti-semitism in the USSR.” They founded the Committee to Free the Leningrad Three in 1980 to pressure the Soviets to release three Jewish and Christian prisoners of conscience. Here’s the complete story in the Intermountain Jewish News.

The prodigal vet

By Dick Field (Fren’72, MPubAd’74)

This is when, in 1974, Dick received his masters in public administration from CU. That's his wife Neva and thei youing son between.

Sometime early in my junior year at CU in 1966 I came to the cold realization I would be dropping out of school. Read more.


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Times are tough – Think Buff!

Catch the Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the UMC. Alumni are welcome to attend.

Career Services can help you search for a job for free.

Are you hiring? Post your job with CU Career Services for free.

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

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

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

Colorado National Golf Club

As a member of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association you receive special discounts and pricing at Colorado National Golf Club.

News Briefs

Our CU cheerleaders in Iraq.Students cheer troops in Iraq

Four CU cheerleaders and the group’s spirit coordinator traveled to Iraq in late December in response to a request to entertain U.S. troops. Capt. Rebecca Lange (PolSci’00) (in the middle in the photo) greeted the group in Baghdad. Liz Harris, the spirit coordinator and a Denver Broncos cheerleader, told the Boulder Camera, “It was to bring a little bit of normalcy, a little bit of home, so the soldiers wouldn’t have to worry or think about being at war.” Read more.

Film production goal attained

Somewhere West is a haunting film by When David Marek (MArt’09) graduated from CU-Boulder Dec. 18, he accomplished the goal he set out when he decided to work on a master’s in fine arts degree: he wrote, directed and produced a feature film. Somewhere West chronicles the last days of a terminally ill young man, Ian, who decides to forgo further treatment for a brain tumor. Instead he heads out onto the road in search of solitude and a beautiful place to die. Read more.
Read other CU-Boulder news.

Alumni Travel

Join us in Florence!Explore Tuscany

May 26-June 3: Spend seven nights in the ancient Etruscan city of Cortona in the heart of Tuscany. From there, explore Assisi, Siena, Florence and Perugia, where you’ll be immersed in the land made famous by Francis Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun. Call or e-mail for an offer code to save $500 per couple. Go here for more information or contact Ryan at 303-492-0635.

Join us for Family Camp

Famiily Camp is full of activities for all.July 5-11: Load up the gang and head into the Rocky Mountains for an all-inclusive week at CU Family Camp. Reserve your space for the best week your family will share this summer! Spend all six days or join us for the three-day mini-camp. Check it out here. Give a call at 303-492-0635 or e-mail Ryan to reserve your space for a wonderful family outing!

CU Presents MOMIX

Momix features lively, gymnastic-style dance.Featuring a mesmerizing blend of athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent, MOMIX lands in Macky Auditorium Friday, Jan. 29. Hurry, tickets are already limited! Learn more.

The CU Book Store's Buff quilt

Get your CU gear

Purchase a Varsity CU Quilt from the CU Book Store. It’s a patchwork quilt measuring 50 x 60 inches.

Contest Corner

The winner of this month’s contest will win a CU baseball cap.

In the past five years, how many new companies — from biotechnology to renewable energy — have been formed based on CU technologies? A. 12; B. 16; C. 27. For help, see CU-Boulder’s Just the Facts.

November’s Contest Corner answer was B., Ceren was discovered in 1978. While a few of you came across1976 as the discovery date, anthropology professor Payson Sheets, who was the discoverer, confirmed it was in 1978. Congratulations to winner Terri Albright (PolSci’79) of Boulder.

Photo Galleries


Visit the Alumni Association photo galleries.

Buff Photos

Creating the Wolfe Garden Walk

Lynn Wolfe with his bronze wolves.

Former CU professor Lynn Wolfe (MFA’48) shared this photo of his sculptures. One of the bronze wolves will be part of the Wolfe Garden Walk, a landscaped pathway on campus commemorating his wife, Arlene Wolfe (MBusEd’68). The couple donated $614,000 for the walk in celebration of CU. Lynn was featured in “Open Space” in the December 2009 Coloradan magazine about CU professors’ participation in the creation of Boulder’s greenbelt and extensive open space.

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