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Mission of Around the Oval: To build relationships and conduct conversations with members of the CSU Alumni Association.
I hope this note finds you doing well and that you’ve been able to do what you love this summer. I’ve certainly loved spending time with my family, especially my eight-year-old daughter. She spent a week this summer attending the Kids Do It All music theater camp at the University Center for the Arts. Camp participants are guided by CSU faculty and students to write, design, and compose musical plays entirely of their own creation, finishing with a full production of their original work. To watch my daughter confidently perform as Moonica, the cyclone-loving cow, was an experience, where, as parents, we were beaming brighter than a spotlight, and as CSU alumni, dazzling with pride for our alma mater.
Editor Beth Etter (M.A. ’03) Graphic Designer Vance Sherwood (’99) Graphic Design Intern Maci Hass (’15)
You play an important part in our production as we work to design and compose thoughtful alumni engagement. As members and volunteers, your support has helped us achieve award-winning results such as a 15 percent increase in memberships, 87 percent increase in sustaining life member gifts, 51 percent increase in new graduate memberships, and we hosted more than 300 events around the country. You deserve a standing ovation!
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Glenn Boutilier (’74) is a 60-year-old cyclist with no family history of heart disease. He bikes several times a week and, for 21 years, has taken a seven-day bike vacation of 50 miles a day with his family. So it was rather surprising when in April this year, Boutilier experienced pain in his chest, and through cardiac catheterization, the doctors discovered a 90 percent blockage in the left anterior descending coronary artery. But perhaps more surprising than the blockage is that two weeks after the robotic bypass surgery (the surgeon reroutes the heart arteries without opening the chest), he was back on his bike for a 10-mile ride, and less than six weeks after surgery, he and his wife and two daughters departed on a 4,300-mile bicycle ride from Virginia to Oregon using the TransAmerica cycling route. “I took up cycling originally for fitness,” Boutilier says. Boutilier met his wife, Donna, and her daughter, Sara, through the Cincinnati Cycle Club group rides. After they married, they had two daughters, and continued their week-long bicycle tours, such as the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, with children in tow.
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For 21 years they’ve made a bicycle trip a family vacation, and their current trip is the ultimate. In approximately 70 days, they will ride 4,300 miles. The route was started in 1976 by Adventure Cycling to celebrate America’s bicentennial. “The view of America from a bicycle is a different pace than traveling by car. People are interested in talking to us about our trip and telling us about their towns or farms or local events,” Boutilier says. The family has met many wonderful people and found a shower every night. They are documenting the trip with a blog http://boutiliersbikeamerica.tumblr.com/ “It was Donna’s dream to make a complete crossing of the U.S.A. It became my dream also, and somewhere along the line, Emily and Joanna decided to make the trip with us,” he says. Their oldest daughter Sara, who is in school this summer, carried their gear in a minivan for the first six days. When Boutilier is not on his bicycle, he is in the lab at Procter & Gamble applying the tools and thought processes of analytical chemistry to solve problems such as how to get the tabs on baby diapers to stick better. In fact, Boutilier is one of 16 members of the Victor Mills Society, named after the inventor of disposable diapers. The society recognizes research fellows at Procter & Gamble who have made sustaining and important businessbuilding contributions in their careers. With 21 patents and some cutting-edge polymer chemistry, Boutilier has played a lead role in creating better patterned belts for the papermaking process and developing self-stick plastic wrap for food. “My favorite project at Procter & Gamble involved the proprietary technology used for paper making belts,” Boutilier says. These belts run at
Alumnus explores the U.S. from a bicycle over 30 mph, are subjected to high temperature, high pressure, and high velocity cleaning showers. “A group of dedicated and persistent scientists and engineers were able to make this successful. It is the reason today that Charmin, Bounty, and Puffs are able to deliver the combination of softness, strength, and absorbency to consumers,” he says. The long-term business success of this technology is a major reason why Boutilier was inducted into the Victor Mills Society in 2000. Boutilier is most proud of the Glad Press and Seal product he developed at Procter & Gamble. “This was an antiadhesion problem. I firmly believed we could solve the technical
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“The view of America from a bicycle is a different pace than traveling by car. People are interested in talking to us about our trip and telling us about their towns or farms or local events.” problems, but I was not sure the product would ever reach consumers because of the business issues at the time,” he says. Ultimately, they overcame the technical challenges and the business challenges (with a joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Clorox) and brought the product to the market.
“This is what I like about problem solving as an industrial analytical chemist. I am able to see products on the store shelves reaching consumers as a result of my contributions to a team of people at Procter & Gamble,” he says. Because of his career success, Glenn Boutilier will receive the Honor Alumnus Award for the College of Natural Sciences on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 as part of the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. “Dr. Boutilier truly exemplifies everything the Distinguished Alumni Award represents: accomplishment, leadership, and service. We in the College of Natural Sciences are proud of the high example he sets for all of our current and aspiring scientists ... and bicyclists!,” Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, says. by Beth Etter (’03)
Why Glenn Boutilier is a member of the Alumni Association
My reason for membership and support of the CSU Alumni Association is recognition of the key role CSU played in my success as a chemist. The opportunity to do undergraduate research greatly influenced my decision to attend graduate school and pursue a career in R&D. While I have spent my professional career in Ohio, I have never forgotten the wonderful experience I had at CSU in Fort Collins and want to remain connected with CSU and support programs that I believe are important.
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rom high end to highly sustainable, the art of fashion design and merchandising has let Whitney Weber’s (’13) creative spirit thrive. Weber, who has studied drawing, photography, and jewelry making, along with apparel design, has incorporated environmentally and ethically sustainable practices into her designs, which she tailors to her active Colorado lifestyle of running, biking, and getting her hands dirty. “If I would rather be wearing a more technical garment than a really pretty dress, does that mean I shouldn’t be in apparel?,” Weber says. “I met other people like me and realized that wasn’t true at all.” Originally from Nebraska, Weber traded in her job at an affluent midtown Omaha boutique for the rough and tough outdoors of Colorado, which she uses as inspiration for her apparel designs. “I’ve always been environmentally conscious,” Weber says. “Moving to Colorado really heightened that. Just being outdoors gave me a special awareness of preserving the beauty of nature … Every decision that we make impacts our surroundings, including what we wear.” While she has studied the complexity of textiles, and how different materials withstand over time, she explains that acting sustainably doesn’t necessarily have to be so scientific. Weber works with a company that salvages fallout fabric, the remaining scraps of material that are discarded from clothing factories and typically sent to the landfill, and makes them into wearable pieces like hats and scarves. During her time at Colorado State University, Weber says she learned the value of networking and the importance of being able to connect, collaborate, and bounce ideas off of people with a common interest. “I think that one of the most important things I’ve learned going to school, especially as a nontraditional student, is networking,” she says. “CSU has opened a lot of doors that wouldn’t be open otherwise.”
Students modeling Weber’s clothing line
Weber is now working as a sales representative for Elemental Eco Sales and Designs, a company that distributes sustainable clothing to retailers like Whole Foods. By Shelby Taylor-Thorn (’13)
Weber, third from right, stands with models wearing her clothing designs
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Commitment & Community Couple maintain connections to CSU
om Leahy grew up in Arizona and after chatting with a CSU representative at a high school fair, he decided to apply to CSU. Perhaps it was that initial experience that informs he and his wife, Lori’s, nine years of volunteer work as Alumni Admissions Ambassadors, speaking to high school students about the quality of CSU. “How a person decides on a school is different now then from when I did it. Today it’s about the experience and the culture,” Tom says. “But once you get the students to campus, you’ve got them locked in. CSU is a real community.” And the Leahys have kept that community alive through their lifelong friendships with people they met at CSU, their involvement with other alumni in the Phoenix Ram Network, traveling to athletics events, and donating yearly to the University. “We like to stay connected, to know the strategies and objectives of the University,” Lori says. Tom and Lori met in the first few days of school at Newsom Hall in the fall of 1981. After graduation, Lori worked in banking and then became a stay-at-home mom and Tom worked for a lumber company
A look back at the ’80s on campus
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in Colorado and New Mexico before relocating the family to Arizona in 1997. In 2007, Tom and several others purchased Border Construction Specialties, a wholesale distributor of construction supplies in the southwest, servicing general contractors, concrete sub-contractors, and commercial masons. With the economic downturn in 2008, it’s been a challenge, but “flexibility and innovation have allowed us to weather the storm and grow market share,” Tom says. What doesn’t waver for the Leahys is their dedication and commitment to CSU. “Because we had such a good time at CSU is why we continue to offer our help with CSU,” Tom says. “CSU is great for lifelong connections,” Lori says.
Supporting CSU “We continue with our parents’ tradition of supporting our alma maters by giving yearly to CSU!” Lori says. by Beth Etter (’03)
Tom (’85) & Lori (’85) (Weidelman) Leahy Annual Members since 2006 who upgraded to Life Membership in 2013.
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Lifelong Influence From ROTC to U-Club
“I’m the luckiest man you’ll ever talk to,” says retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Sheldon Godkin. As a graduate of both Oglethorpe and Boston University, one could wonder how he managed to score an honorary lifetime membership to the University Club at Colorado State. One phone call, however, turned him
green and gold forever.
“[The Colonel’s Assignment Division] called and said, ‘You’re going to Fort Collins,’” Godkin recalls. “I had never heard of it. It came as a very pleasant surprise.” It took a reference to a book to find out
Godkin and friends with his VW on campus in 1980
the university at which he would be serving as an Air Force ROTC commander, but by the summer of 1979, Godkin, along with his wife and daughters, had made the move to Colorado. Soon after Godkin arrived in Fort Collins, he began reshaping the ROTC pro-
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gram, and in 1980, he began implementing a part of military routine that had not existed at CSU for many years. “One of the first things I did was meet with the cadets,” he says. “We got a drill team going.” The drill team, a group of cadets who whirl weapons and perform choreographed marches, is now called Wing Walkers. The team began small, but competed with CSU’s ROTC rival—Air Force Academy— whose team tremendously outnumbered that of CSU. And, of course, the team is present at most of the university’s sporting events. Today, the drill team has grown, and so has the trophy case in the Military Sciences building. A major contributor to the collection of awards is United States Air Force officer Megan Wade, a 2013 CSU graduate of agricultural sciences, who was commissioned by Godkin himself— an honor he says was all his.
Shelly Godkin, Alumni Association Life Member
As a former member of both the ROTC and Wing Walkers, Wade first met Godkin during her sophomore year, upon initiation onto the drill team. From that point on, her college career was strongly affected by Godkin, as a commander, mentor, and someone who deeply inspired her. “He really took the time to get to know me, and the others in Wing Walkers as well,” Wade says. “I would go months without seeing him and when I did, he’d greet me by my first name, which is rare in the military. He really showed that he cared.” Although Godkin retired from a 31-year run in the Air Force, and left CSU in the early eighties, it was just a few years before he found himself back on campus. Through the connections he had made as an ROTC commander and as a professor of aerospace studies, he heard about a new managerial position at the university’s faculty club. “In early ’87, I got the word from some friends in the [Lory Student Center] that they were looking at starting what they were going to call a ‘faculty club,’” he says, recalling the “pitiful” faculty lounge that had consisted of a few coffee machines and some plastic couches. After three rounds of interviews, and an admission that he’d had no prior restaurant or bar management experience (but knew how to make drinks), Godkin was offered the position. It was then that he began
Godkin in Okinawa, Japan, 1955
to transform the stale lounge into the polished club that serves not only faculty, but University staff, alumni, and retirees. Although Godkin was the driving force behind the transformation, he humbly credits former CSU president Philip Austin and former Lory Student Center director Manny Cunard for making it all come together. “But I had all the fun of getting it done,” Godkin adds. He says that the club’s selling points are the free breakfast, coffee, and tea on weekday mornings— and probably the Thursday night happy hours. “What kept me here at the U-Club for17
CSU Air Force ROTC Wing Walkers, 2013
years was that the club filled a need,” he says, “It was something the University didn’t have.” Godkin retired from the University Club in 2004 after nearly two decades, but that doesn’t mean he is far from CSU. The ambiance of the University is what has kept him around as a member of the Alumni Association. “I was so welcomed here at CSU by the faculty and the staff,” he says. “People were so great; still are. It made a major impact on me— a favorable impact.” Godkin, who still owns a ’64 Volkswagen Beetle that sports custom “U-Club” license plates, received a lifetime mem-
Godkin in uniform
bership to the club, and is occasionally seen there having breakfast with friends. And while his name will forever grace the plaque mounted in the club entrance, his cadets recognize him for something entirely different— the influence he continues to have on them. Though Godkin’s time as a professor came to an end nearly 30 years ago, his name is still fresh in the minds of students in 2013. “His legend, his story, and his passion have carried on still,” Wade says. By Shelby Taylor-Thorn (’13)
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An Effective Steward Peter Mindock stewards money and education
hat can you do with a speech degree? Quite a lot. Peter Mindock (’72) studied speech arts and has had a career as a public school teacher, a sports reporter, and a financial advisor. “[Speech courses] taught me how to communicate; how to have some confidence and translate what I know,” Mindock says. After graduation from CSU, and upon advice from his brother, Mindock interviewed with teacher recruiters on campus and then headed to Chicago. “It was a great experience because I had to get up in front of thirty 10th graders. Talk about persuasion,” he says. From Chicago he accepted a teaching job in Aurora, Colo., and a few years later, Mindock transitioned to journalism as a sports reporter for the Denver Post. All this time he was calling his stock broker, the financial philosopher P.Q. Wall, daily. After a year and a half, Wall said to Mindock, “‘you’re so into it, why don’t you become a stockbroker,’” Mindock says. “I looked into it and made the decision.” His career as a financial advisor has been fruitful, for himself and his clients, and for the third consecutive year he has
been named one of America’s top 1000 financial advisors by Barron’s, a financial publication of the Wall Street Journal. Mindock is senior portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley in Greenwood Village, Colo., managing a third of a billion dollars for high net worth individuals, doctors’ groups, and several corporations. “When you have that responsibility, you have to be careful,” he says. The Barron’s award “confirms what someone with my duties wants to achieve: being a responsible, effective steward of my clients’ money,” Mindock says. He is not only an effective steward of money, but an effective steward of education, both in Denver Public Schools and at Colorado State. As a member of the board of directors of Colorado UpLift, Mindock and his colleagues raise $4M annually to support the nonprofit’s programming, which is designed to teach character, leadership, and life skills to urban youth in Denver so they may overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. “It’s a special organization that’s well run,” Mindock says.
Peter Mindock (’72), Alumni Association Life Member
He is not only an effective steward of money, but an effective steward of education, both in Denver Public Schools and at Colorado State.
by Beth Etter (’03)
Support & Impact
Mindock’s support of Colorado State includes sustaining life membership with the Alumni Association, the global council for the College of Business, and the Department of Athletics. In 1994, Mindock, Mark Crabtree (’83), and Jim Smith (B.S., ’67, M.S., ’71) founded Ram Masters to provide a supplemental funding source for the men’s golf team. Each year, Ram Masters raises $60,000 to support golf scholarships. “I feel strongly about supporting your school. It helps shape you,” he says. Mindock credits his CSU classes with teaching him language skills that have been invaluable in his career: “the ability to explain my ideas clearly and persuasively enhanced my professional performance as a school teacher, sports writer, and, for the last 32 years as a financial advisor,” he says. “Colorado State did a lot for me.”
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L I F E & S U S TA I N I N G L I F E Members NEW LIFE MEMBERS
The following individuals became Life Members of the Alumni Association, February 16, 2013 – July 14, 2013. Timothy M. and Diana, ’79 Anderson Carol L. Berg, ’69 Korey K. Berthelette, ’12 Lynn J. Bonomo, ’13 Dr. Nicholas H. Booth, ’51 Luke H. Brunner, ’06, ’11 and Sarah Vernon-Brunner Nicholas E. Burkett, ’13 Adolphus A. Busch, V, ’13 Mark D. Campbell, ’77 J. Craig Capp Thomas R., ’91 and Heather Eckert Shaun E., ’99, ’13 and G. Nichole, ’98 Franklin James T. Frantz, ’92 Joseph Garcia, ’11 Kathleen J. Gundy, ’85 Barry A. Hager, ’74 Steven A. Hiraoka, ’76 John R. Hopwood, III, ’03 Robert B., ’77 and Sharla A., ’77 Hottman Douglas L., Ph.D., ’98 and Peggy C. Householder Andrew E. Hurd, ’12 James M., III, ’72, ’81 and Janice A., ’75 Kincaid William R. La Bahn Roy D. Ladewig, ’87 Sarah R. Langlie, ’13 Thomas J., ’85 and Lori L., ’85 Leahy Stephen R. Light, ’68 Michael L. Lowell, ’82 David S., ’86 and Gari Lee, ’87 Ludwick George E. Mandler, ’74 Christopher D., ’93 and Edda T., ’92 Maxwell Michael B., ’04 and Quinha G., ’08 McBride Thomas D., ’99 and Katherine J. McKenna Emily J. Molzahn, ’11, ’13 Randall J., ’76 and Nancy K., ’77 Morgan Ryan P. Murphy, ’13 Christopher D., ’94 and Elizabeth A., ’91 Nachand Frank O’Loughlin and Dr. Susan A., ’75 Stearns Subin Pinkayan, Ph.D., ’65 Terry L., ’81 and Joette L. Rice Carolyn M. Romero, ’11 Gene R. Spencer and Jean M., ’58 Lamson Robert E. Thompson, Jr., ’88 Tom H. Thompson, IV, ’11 Dr. Robert W. Thresher, ’70 Jeffrey L. Timmerman, ’04 Dr. Thomas J. Trout, ’75, ’79 and Vickie L., ’76 Traxler Michael J. Valiquette, ’94 Bruce N., ’77 and Louisa Walthers Jason D. Whyte, ’94 Benjamin H. Wright, ’13
SUSTAINING LIFE MEMBERS
Life Members can further their support of the Alumni Association by making annual contributions to the Sustaining Life Member program. Following are Life Members who made an annual Sustaining Life contribution, February 16, 2013 – July 14, 2013.
Peter J. Mindock, ’72
Kenneth R. Curry, ’81 Gene E. Fischer and Marylynn Keithly Fischer
Linda H. Beck, ’77 Dennis D., ’67 and Earlene E. Becker
Michael A., ’83 and Maureen K., ’84 Beaty Charles W., ’50 and Elyse D., ’73 Bliss Thomas C. Crews, ’59 Gerald D. Ferguson, Jr., ’52, ’60 Forest R. Herron, II, ’58 Thomas G., ’71 and Linda A. Kundert Dennis M., ’73 and Joan A. O’Brien Douglas C., ’70 and Somsiri Stovall Robert L. Warner, ’58, ’59 Barbara J. (Warner) Winter, ’72
2012-2013 Board of Directors
Gerald E., ’55 and Mary A. Anderson Richard O., ’70 and Karin C. Bailey David O., ’62 and Sharron L., ’63 Baldwin Alvin L. Barden, ’70 Dr. Daniel A. Benz, ’82 Sally R. Black James W. Bolding, ’73 H. D. (Buzz), ’60 and Ann E. Bruner Muriel H. Butler, ’59 Glen R., ’55, ’70 and Linda I., ’70, ’72 Cates Robert J., ’61 and Helen M. Crider Jeris A. Danielson, ’60, ’61, ’64 C. Dale Eriksen, ’50 Paul S. Fedec, ’77 Carlton E. Gayles, ’80 Richard W., Ph.D., ’58, ’69 and Beverly V. Gregory Dean C., ’53 and Bernice C. Hall Dave, ’65, ’66 and Pat, ’77 Harder David H., ’64 and Barbara B. Hawes Royal D., ’75 and Charlene J., ’75 Heins Charles D., ’66 and Kathy J. Henry Steven B., D.V.M., ’58, ’65 and Susan Holzman William D., Jr., ’66 and Sara L., ’68 Houghton Leslie S. Jackson, ’75 Polly Collins Johnson , ’55 Elizabeth L. Knutson, ’72 Benjamin H., ’50, and Bessie M. Konishi Anne M. Kylen, ’53, ’57 Donald A. MacKendrick, ’50 Donald E., ’49 and Charlotte L. McCrimmon Stephen L., ’58 and Maxine A. Miller Larry E. Morgan, ’59, ’63 Rene L. Parish, ’78, ’80 Virgil G., ’71 and Ingrid D. Parsons Charles W., ’76 and Shirley L., ’73 Perry Dr. Hormuzd Y. Rassam, ’69 Charles E., ’63 and Margaret A. Renner Carolyn J. Robertson, ’58 Dr. Sam, ’80, ’83 and Mary T. Romano Claude D. Salomon, ’51 and Mercedes M. de Salomon James G., D.V.M., ’57, ’59 and Marilyn Y., ’57 Savoini William L. Strobel, D.V.M., ’74, ’76 Richard C., ’58, ’60 and Bonnie M. (Furney), ’57 Swanson Leonard M. Treber Dale W., ’70 and Helen J., ’71 Utley Charles L., ’70 and Lana Van Cleave Ronald W., D.V.M., ’43, ’53 and Gabriella E. Vernon Bruce M., ’67 and Judith R. Wadman Donald A. Wailes, ’70 William E., Jr., ’72 and Linda K. Ward Robert W., ’56 and Karla H., ’57 Weldon Donald L., ’62 and Patricia R., ’62 Wickstrom Glen C., ’61 and Janice A. Young
Selby S., ’68 and Linda E., ’69 Batty Robert A., Jr., ’59, ’61 and Shirley C., ’60 Briggs James H. Doyle, ’49, ’66 Judith D. Dupree, ’56 Charles R. Ewan, ’60, ’62 and Lily Poole Robert T., ’76 and Marlene N., ’76 Hardcastle William W. and Sally D., ’61 Hix Warren D., ’69 and Margaret M. Housinger Rex E., ’61, ’71 and Margaret M. Kellums Jack E., ’60 and Beverley J. Kramer Betty R. Marshall, ’44 David R., ’65, ’71, ’98 and Joann F. Moss Duane A. Newman, D.V.M., ’54, ’56 Oliver E. Norris, ’51 William C. Osborne, Jr., ’71 David E. Petrie, ’69 Melvin L. Potts, Ph.D., ’63 Robert K. Reich, Ph.D., ’79, ’82 Raoul F., II, Ph.D., ’00 and Donna L. Reiser Seth L. and Dianne M., ’67 Sharr Ronald W., ’54, ’60 and JoAnn M., ’54 Sisson
PRESIDENT Sam Romano (B.S.,’79, D.V.M., ’83) Life Member PRESIDENT-ELECT Jack Capp (B.S.,’65, M.S., ’67) Life Member IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Darshan Shah (B.S.,’92, M.E., ’01) Life Member MEMBERS Bo Bandy Goldstein (’04) Life Member Joe Bohling (’90) Life Member Karen Bordner (M.B.A. ’04) Life Member Kathleen Henry (’70), Ex Officio Life Member Kevin Keefe (’81) Life Member Nancy Kittridge (’87) Life Member Gary Langlie (’80) Life Member Constance O’Brien (’00) Life Member David Paton (’78) Life Member Lon Saavedra (’76) Life Member Eulanda Sanders (B.S., ’90, M.A., ’94) Life Member Thad Smith (’74) Life Member Ross Thompson (’78) Life Member Brady Welsh (’99) Life Member Jessica Wright (’04) Life Member
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A CSU Ambassador Though Casey Simpson (’12) has landed far from the foothills of the Front Range, she has brought her passion for education and leadership from the classrooms at Colorado State University to her own third grade classroom in the Omaha Public School District. Simpson, who shares another alma mater with CSU football legend Thurman “Fum” McGraw (’50), says that it was her Paonia High School counselor who originally brought her to the campus she fell in love with. “I toured almost every college in Colorado, but when I visited CSU, everything
clicked,” Simpson says. “I knew that was where I wanted to go.” While on her campus tour, Simpson discovered the charm of the Oval, enjoyed the open outdoor spaces, and felt the positive ambiance of the student body. During her sophomore year, she became an Admissions Ambassador, an on-campus job where she could share her pride and experience with prospective students, and also learn about the history of the University. “[I got to] take strangers and make them feel comfortable on campus and show them how wonderful it is,” she says.
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Casey Simpson is in her second year as an annual member. In addition to recruiting incoming students, Simpson was part of the Presidential Leadership Program. “One of my favorite courses was in the capstone for the program. It’s a course that focused a lot on leadership and promoting social justice. That’s been really beneficial to me, thinking about education from a social and cultural perspective in a diverse population," she says. Simpson was also actively involved with Presidential Ambassadors, a program that emphasizes the importance of educational funding and raising awareness of financial cuts to higher education. Her interest in educational funding is why she recognizes the value of alumni giving back to the university, and how private donations benefit every student on campus. “I think it’s so important to be an active alumna and make sure that I give back so that other students can be involved in all the amazing things I got to be a part of,” Simpson says. By Shelby Taylor-Thorn (’13)
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A comprehensive career exploration program for alumni who have been in the workforce 10 or more years and are considering their next professional move. This free, three-part program includes: • An online career assessment through jobZology™, a CSU Ventures company. • A workshop to discuss the assessment results. • A webinar with Dr. Bryan Dik, associate professor of psychology and co-author of Make Your Job a Calling. Register online at www.alumni.colostate.edu by Sept. 6, 2013.
As an Alumni Association member, you can list your business or place of employment on the Alumni Business Directory, viewable by anyone who visits www.alumni.colostate.edu.
Three ways to market your business through the Alumni Business Directory: 1. Update your business throughout the year. 2. Offer a discount to directory users. 3. Add your LinkedIn profile. Join the directory online or contact us today at (800) 286-2586 or email@example.com to get your business listed.
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Professional Development Services The Alumni Association now offers a suite of professional development services. We offer information and resources on • Leadership • Skill development • Life matters • Career counseling Professional Development Services and Life Matters Webinar Series August 22 Native Plants for the Colorado Garden CSU Extension September 12 Seeking Excellence: Leading from a Strengths-Based Perspective CSU Alumni Association September 25 Sending Your Student to College CSU Parent & Family Programs October 23 and 30 Leading from Strength: Creating a Path to Excellence for Your Employees CSU Alumni Association In January Exploring Urban Agriculture and Food Systems CSU Extension
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Thursday, October 10, 2013 • Embassy Suites, Loveland Celebrate the CSU alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the University or their community.
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2013 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS WILLIAM E. MORGAN ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD John Ikard, M.B.A. (’79)
DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI AWARD Lubna Tahtamouni, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’05)
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CHARLES A. LORY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD Jean Sutherland (M.A. ’72)
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES Paul Skinner, Ph.D. (M.S. ’83)
JIM AND NADINE HENRY AWARD Tim and Jackie (’82) O’Hara
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Jason Wheeler, M.B.A. (’96)
ALBERT C. YATES STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD Amy Emch (’13)
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Paul Spencer (’94) and Mark Boyer (’96)
DISTINGUISHED ATHLETIC AWARD Janay Deloach-Soukup (B.S., ’08, M.S., ’12)
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES Beatrice Romer (’51)
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DISTINGUISHED EXTENSION AWARD Judith Barth, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’03) DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD Toni Zimmerman, Ph.D. GOLD – GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE AWARD Ashley Colburn (’08) DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI EMPLOYEE AWARD F. Jay Breidt, Ph.D. (M.S., ’89, Ph.D., ’91)
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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS David Danbom, Ph.D. (’69) COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES Glenn Boutilier, Ph.D. (’74) COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES Richard Barz (’75) WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES Robbie Gries (’66)
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50 Year Club Luncheon and Awards
The 50 Year Club is for anyone who graduated 50 or more years ago, and the 50 Year Club Luncheon is for those graduates and their guests. At the luncheon we induct the newest class (1963) and present the 50 Year Club Outstanding Recognition Awards.
Friday, October 11, 2013 Hilton Fort Collins The classes of 1943, 1953, and 1963 will all have class reunion dinners at the Fort Collins Hilton on Friday, October 11. This year’s awardees are Jim Coleman (’56), Career Award Bill Erickson (’51), Public Service Award Attendees of the 50 Year Club Luncheon
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OCEANIA CRUISES: Barcelona to Rome (7 nights) May 7–15, 2014 Discover the marvels of the Mediterranean aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises Insignia. Explore lovely Palma de Mallorca, take in Marseille’s old town, experience the French Riviera in Antibes and Monte Carlo, and enrich yourself among celebrated art and natural beauty in Portofino, Florence, Pisa and Tuscany.
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OCEANIA CRUISES: Venice to Rome (7 nights) October 20-28, 2014 Immerse yourself in ancient history and stunning landscapes as you cruise the azure waters of the Adriatic aboard the deluxe Oceania Cruises Marina. Adriatic wonders come to life with visits to captivating ports on the renowned shores of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Italy.
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M E M B E R Profile
Mary Ontiveros •B.S., ’73, M.Ed., ’79 •Life Member •Vice President of Diversity and Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access at Colorado State University
ary Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo, and most recently as vice president of diversity. She has devoted her professional career to reaching out to students and providing the assistance and resources needed to make their dream of attending college a reality. As the architect of the Alliance Partnership, Ms. Ontiveros created an innovative program to increase college access in ten communities across Colorado. These communities, high schools, and students have benefitted greatly from high quality pre-collegiate services and resources. Ms. Ontiveros has also provided support and leadership for pre-collegiate programs such as TRIO, Reach Out, and CSU Dream Project, which have extended the possibility of a college education to countless young students from underrepresented economic and ethnic/racial backgrounds.
Mary is a Life Member of the Alumni Association because … “As a member, I am continually informed of the variety of programs and activities offered by the Alumni Association. I took advantage of the joint lifetime membership option and was able to give the gift of membership to my son who is also a graduate of Colorado State. When I attend University events, it is common to hear the students chant, “I’m proud to be a CSU Ram.” Becoming a life
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Being a Life Member is a very tangible way of showing Ram spirit and pride. member of the Alumni Association is a way to demonstrate that pride beyond graduation. There is also the satisfaction of staying involved with the University. It’s all related to community and connections. Getting together with others who share similar experiences is always fun and comforting. There is a bond and always something to talk about, whether that includes experiences we had as students, faculty and staff we knew, former students we stay in touch with, or important issues related to higher education or to the University. Life Membership is a very tangible way of showing Ram spirit and pride.
For Mary, giving back is important because … The decision to continue my education at Colorado State has impacted my life in very positive ways. There is no question that the lives of my siblings and parents were also positively impacted. Colorado State University has given us much, so giving back is appropriate and was an easy decision.
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• 50 Year Club Luncheon • Festival on the Oval • Homecoming Parade • Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A
• Homecoming 5K • Alumni Association Tailgate • Football Game: CSU vs. San Jose State • Volleyball Game: CSU vs. Boise State
October 10-13, 2013
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Published twice a year (with a 12-month photo calendar as the third issue), Around the Oval features Alumni Association highlights, member s...