Alumni Association

University of Colorado Boulder

August 2011


CU Voices

It’s not the critic that counts

By Marni Spott

Besides the amazing education I received from CU, if someone asked me to name the most important lesson I took away from college, it would be this: people can tell me I won’t succeed in certain aspects of life. But that’s exactly where they’re wrong. Read more.

Read past CU Voices.

Campus photographer Casey A. Cass got up early to catch Old Main and the Flatirons at sunrise.

Alumni events

Join us and beat CSU!

Saturday, Sept. 17 is the day of the big annual game against CSU. Meet us before the game starting at 9 a.m. at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver for a memorable Forever Buffs pregame. Register here. And don’t forget we’re sponsoring pregames before every Pac-12 away game this fall stretching from Washington state to Los Angeles.

Check out our Forever Buffs events calendar.

Ralphie V has definitely been a spirited and welcome successor to CU's previous mascots.

Alumni connection

Directors Club invites you to join

The Directors Club is a stimulating group of mostly CU alums of many ages that has four events during the year. They are social, educational and supportive of CU. The group also raises money for scholarships. This year they supported five students. Membership in the Directors Club will engage you with some of the most loyal CU boosters. Here’s more.

A vibrant group of young and old alumni and friends, the Directors Club gets its name from its founders who were former Alumni Association board of directors members.


Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with your Buffs

Don’t miss all the football, soccer and volleyball action this fall as the Buffs kick off their inaugural Pac-12 season. Football and volleyball season and single game tickets are on sale. General admission to all soccer games at Prentup Field is free and fans may purchase a Prentup Pass, which gives them access to reserved seating and exclusive benefits.

The Shoulder to Shoulder slogan was coined by several CU football coach's wives in the mid-2000s.

Jobs and careers

Need career assistance?

  • Job Search Success Group, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m., Center for Community (C4C)
  • Alumni Networking Group Recruiter Panel Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m., C4C
  • Alumni Assessment Series, Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13 and 20

For more information and to register go here.

Attending the Alumni Association's Smart Lunch series is a wise networking strategy for alumni.

Roaming Buffs

Explore the treasures of Peru and the Galapagos

Travel to Peru and the Galapagos Oct. 3-13 with the Buffs and visit captivating sites rich in archaeological, cultural and natural treasures. Explore Machu Picchu, villages with Incan and Spanish heritage and continue on to the fabled Galapagos Islands, famous since Charles Darwin for their unique flora and fauna. For a detailed brochure contact Clark Oldroyd at 303-492-5640 or Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765, or go to our travel website.

Longmont, Colo., residents Larry Drees (PolSci'89, MBA'03, MMgmt'09), an Alumni Association board member, and his wife traveled to Machu Picchu earlier this year. The CU flag sure does match the scenery!

CU Foundation

Endowing a “Double” educational gift

Margaret Double sought to honor the higher-education experiences that shaped her peaceful life with her husband, Charles Double (ElEngr’30). Her endowed scholarship supports a CU-Boulder electrical engineering student. Read more about how Margaret is continuing the legacy that helped her husband get his education while she remembers her own education in Oregon.

Join in and contribute to CU as part of our Creating Futures $1.5 billion campaign.

CU Book Store

Buy discounted Pac-12 t-shirts!

The Book Store is joining with you in the Pac-12 excitement! Alumni get 20 percent off one item of CU gear. Present your alumni ID card (print it out here) at the Book Store in the UMC or purchase online here and type in “alumni” at the “Coupons and Gifts card” promotion box.

The CU Book Store has 20 items in its Pac-12 collection!

Contest Corner

Win a CU-Boulder wall calendar!

Which Pac-12 university does not have an OFFICIAL mascot? A. Arizona State; B. Stanford; C. Washington State; D. UCLA. The winner will receive a spectacular 2012 wall calendar (June photo at right). Last month’s winner is Emily Thrasher (Mus’90) of Las Vegas, Nev., who says, “I’ll find a nice conspicuous place for my CU swag in this UNLV lair.”

See all 12 photos in the 2012 calendar.

This photo of Farrand Hall is the June photo in the 2012 Alumni Association wall calendar.

Please send your thoughts and reactions about BuffAlum Notes to the editor, Marc.

The Alumni Association thanks our sponsors

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4 thoughts on “August 2011

  1. I have always known Stanford as the Cardinals or the tree. Since I don’t think the tree is official and I haven’t seen the Cardinal of late – B will be my pick, partially by default.

    ASU – Sun Devils
    WSU – Cougar
    UCLA – Bruins

  2. Stanford does not have an official mascot, unless you consider a tree a mascot. Arizona’s mascot is the Wildcat; UCLA’s is the Bruin; Washington’s is the Husky.

    Surprisingly, back in the late ‘60s, there was a move afoot at Stanford to have the Thunder-chicken as their mascot. Unfortunately, Stanford alums thought this to be a ridiculous idea. Nevertheless, it would have provided some comic relief during the football season.

    Go Buffs!

  3. The quiz question answer is Stanford, but they do have the non-official Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, which is mascot enough! Remember what they did at CU when they played in Boulder last? (Hint: it was a “tribute” to Coors.) Do you know why the band got kicked off campus in the first place? (Which finger on the hand the band formed on the field was the only one left unfolded before ABC cut to a commercial–very quickly?) Great stories, even if they’re not about the Golden Buff Marching Band.

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