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INSIDE • A Bitter Taste • A Wary Eye On the Gulf • One World, One Health • Tales of Passion, War, and Life

A l u m n i A s s o c i at i o n News

december 2010

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Alumni Night Out: Tour of the Animal Cancer Center, Fort Collins Parade of Lights, Denver Festival of Lights, Colorado Springs CSU Night at Zoo Lights, Denver

January 2011

5 Alumni Night Out, Fort Collins 6 Greek Advisor Roundtable Discussion, Denver 7 Boots ‘n Business Luncheon, Denver 7 Last day to purchase rodeo tickets for CSU Day at National Western Stock Show! 11 National Western Stock Show Parade-Viewing Reception, Denver 15 CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show, Denver 20 Young Alumni of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins 22 Alumni & Friends Ski Day, Copper Mountain 23 Black Alumni Group Meeting, Denver 26 CSU Evening at the Arts: The Catch, Denver

2010 Homecoming Parade

February 2011

2 Spotlight On CSU, Fort Collins 2-3 Career Fair, Fort Collins 4 CSU Night at the Nuggets with Pre-Game Reception, Denver 5 CAM’s Birthday Party, Denver 8 Veterans/ROTC Alumni Reception, Denver 10 Agricultural Industry Networking Event, Denver 11 CSU Founder’s Day Celebration, Denver 17 Denver Ram Network Professional Mixer, Denver 17 Young Alumni of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins 18 CSU Day at the Colorado Garden & Home Show, Denver 19 Alumni at CSU Men’s Basketball, Fort Collins 23 Professional Mixer, San Francisco Bay Area, CA 24 Professional Mixer, San Francisco Bay Area, CA 24 Rams JD, Denver

March 2011

2 Alumni Night Out, Fort Collins 3 Etiquette Dinner, Fort Collins 5 Alumni Reception, Minneapolis 8-9 1950s Rodeo & Livestock Club Reunion, Laughlin, NV 8 CSU and Frame de Art II Business After Hours, Denver 10 Greek Life Alumni Reception, Denver 11 CSU Night at Colorado Avalanche, Denver 12 Alumni Reception, Chicago 17 Young Alumni of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins 19 Alumni Reception, San Francisco 24 Networking and Professional Portraits, Denver 26 Alumni Reception, Dallas, TX & Los Angeles, CA 27 Alumni Reception, Houston, TX & Thousand Oaks, CA

April 2011

2 Green & Gold Gala, Denver 6 Alumni Night Out, Fort Collins 7 Best Teacher Awards, Fort Collins 9 Alumni Reception, Boston 15 I Love CSU Day, Fort Collins 16 CSUnity, Denver and Nationwide 21 Young Alumni of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins

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A Bitter Taste Nicole Garneau (Ph.D. ’09) Nicole Garneau presents to a group at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Inside the South College Gym


Enhancing Health with Nutrition


One World, One Health Alonso Aguirre (M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’90)





Malcolm Daly’s Rx (’78)


A Wary Eye on the Gulf Pat Fitzpatrick (Ph.D. ’95)

Class Notes


Member Spotlight: Frank Lewandowski (’81)

The Original Fly Girls Millicent Young (’83)

Tales of Passion, War, and Life

E d i t o r’s Letter

WINTER 2010 Mission of Around the Oval: To build relationships and conduct conversations with members of the CSU Alumni Association. Editor Beth Etter (’03) Graphic Designer Vance Sherwood (’99) Photography CSU Communications & Creative Services Vance Sherwood (’99) Alumni Association Colleen Meyer (’94), Executive Director Around the Oval is published three times a year by the CSU Alumni Association as a benefit of membership.


few months back I was listening to an interview with Michael Pollan, the famed food author (In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and professor of journalism at UC Berkeley. He was describing the rise in popularity of cooking shows and the decline of actual cooking in our homes, and the ultimate impact on our health, on our environment, and on cooking as a skill. It made me wonder, why do we spend a half hour watching someone else cook (especially when we don’t get to eat the resulting dish!) when we could be cooking ourselves. It could be the same reason people love to watch football rather than play it or watch music videos instead of learn to play an instrument. It’s entertaining, and rather than wash dishes, deal with sprained ankles, and pay for lessons, you simply press a button when you’re finished. Me—I love cooking and baking. It’s the way that I show fondness, compassion, thanks, and joy. With the onset of fall,

I dream of butternut squash lasagna, molasses cake with roasted pears, and vegetable stew with crusty bread and red wine. This doesn’t mean I don’t turn to soup and a quesadilla or takeout on occasion, but mostly, I cook for my family and we sit down together, give thanks, and enjoy the bounty of the planet and the efforts in the kitchen. According to Pollan, cooking delays gratification. We have to wait for our food to finish, and we as a society are no longer accustomed to delayed gratification. But as mom always told us, the good things in life are worth waiting for. I hope that you find some things worth waiting for this season.

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Best, environmental b enefits statemen t of using post-consumer waste fiber vs. virgin fiber

Beth Etter (M.A. ’03)


Colorado State University saved the following resources by using New Leaf Reincarnation Matte, made with 100% recycled fiber and 50% postconsumer waste, processed chlorine free and manufactured with electricity that is offset with Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates:

11 2,338 5

Trees Gallons of Water Million Btu of Energy


Pounds of Solid Waste


Pounds of Greenhouse Gases

Calculations based on research by Environmental Defense Fund and other members of the Paper Task Force.


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m e m b e r s h i p Matters

Around the Oval Survey Results Thank you to the 193 responses to our reader survey. Here’s what you said:

Top-rated sections of the magazine: 1. Class Notes 2. University News 3. Alumni Feature

Photos I’d like to see in the magazine: • New construction

Respondents: • Mostly graduates from 1950s, 60s, and 70s

Stories I’d like to read about: • Alumni events • Alumni profiles • University events • Campus life

Very satisfied with: • Photography • Magazine design • Illustrations/Art • Quality of writing

We appreciate your comments. We will continue to enhance and improve upon the magazine, and to incorporate some of your suggestions.

2010-2011 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Mark Swanson (’86, MBA ’04) Life Member PRESIDENT-ELECT Katie Denman (’05) Life Member VICE PRESIDENT Eric Berglund (’00) Life Member EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Sam Romano (’79, D.V.M. ’83) Life Member Darshan Shah (’92, M.E. ’01) Life Member IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT (EX OFFICIO) Collis Sanders (’77) Life Member MEMBERS Bo Bandy Goldstein (’04) Life Member

Denver Ram Network Executive Committee

Joe Bohling (’90) Life Member Jack Capp (’65, M.S. ’67) Life Member Susan Cox (’82) Life Member Sally Edwards (’75, M.S. ’92) Life Member Kyle Funakoshi (’96, M.S. ’99) Life Member Kathleen Henry (’70), Ex Officio Life Member George Idler (’67) Michael Knupp (’70) Life Member Ginny Teel (’70) Annual Member Diane Warren (’82) Brady Welsh (’99) Annual Member

Back row: (left to right) Ross Thompson, ’78, President; Doug Peden, ’72, Athletics Executive Chair; Jamie Barrutia, ’04, Community Service Executive Chair; Dan Thompson, ’94, Special Events Executive Chair; Andrew Ledbetter, ’97, Professional Development Executive Chair. Front row: (left to right) Brie Brewer, ’03, Vice President; Alyssa Knutson, ’05, Arts/Education Executive Chair; Lindsey McGee, ’06, Recreation Executive Chair. Not pictured: Matt Kenfield, ’07, Young Alumni Executive Chair The Denver Ram Network is a volunteer group of alumni who support and plan events in the Denver Metro area. The executive committee spearheads their efforts. Thank you for your service!

u n i v e r s i t y News

Inside The South College Gym idden inside the old South College Gym is a secret weapon of the Department of Health and Exercise Science: the Adult Fitness Program. Started in the mid 1970s as a stage two cardiac rehabilitation center, the program has become an opportunity for community and university members to exercise in a low-key, low pressure environment, supported by students studying health and exercise science. Keith Wilson, CFO for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, has been using the Adult Fitness Program for three years. “My physician wrote me a prescription for exercise,” Wilson says. And because he’s stuck with his early morning exercise routine, Wilson has lost weight and reduced some of his risk of coronary issues. Kellie Walters (M.S. ’10), director of the Adult Fitness Program, confirms the benefits. “Our goal is to make people healthy,” says Walters. “We’ve had many participants go off insulin and reduce or eliminate their blood pressure medications because of exercise.” With up to 200 participants year-round and around 50 practicum students each semester, the program provides classes, blood pressure checks, and personal trainers in the form of practicum students who workout alongside the participants, provide guidance on how to use the machines, and help write exercise plans. Keith (B.S. ’55, MED ’64) and Barbara Shader both attend three days a week. “We thoroughly enjoy the students. They’re fun to be with,” Barbara says. “I’m new to weights and I have a bad knee, but I jogged 10 laps around that track.



Keith Shader (’55, MED ’64) exercises with junior Ryan Wasilawski

I haven’t done that in years,” Keith says. Keith works closely with Ryan Wasilawski, a junior from Idaho Springs, Colorado who is studying health and exercise science and is a member of the track team.

The Adult Fitness Program continues to evolve, adding yoga classes and visits from the staff at the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center to its offerings. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome to sign up for the program.

Information on the program and how to sign up is at outreach/adultfitness


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Enhancing Health With Nutrition M

elissa Wdowik (Ph.D. ’98) began her collegiate career studying biochemistry. When her father was diagnosed with heart disease and prescribed numerous medications, she switched her major to nutrition. “I thought all these health problems must be something that could be controlled by diet,” she says. Her hunch led her to become a registered dietitian and into a career where she shares with the campus and the community how eating can improve health. As the director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, Wdowik ensures that the Center provides students with practical, hands-on learning that better prepares them for work after graduation while also educating the community on nutrition and healthy eating. “I see [the Center] as an important venue for strengthening the department’s ability to enhance health through nutrition education outreach, while at the same time providing hands-on learning opportunities for our nutrition students,” says Pat Kendall (Ph.D. ’83), major contributor to the Center and professor of food science and human nutrition since 1975. The students gain valuable experience by teaching cooking classes and shadowing individual consultations between clients and the registered dietitian. “All of the things that the Center is set up to do helps to give students a unique, valuable real-life experience to prepare them for the workplace. It offers important services to the community,” says Danette Anderson (’87), major contributor to the Center.

In addition to cooking classes and individual consultations, the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center collaborates with Extension to take programs into communities across the state, including a 12-week weight management program called Healthy You. Healthy You focuses on mindful eating and weight management. “Mindful eating is knowing when you’re physically hungry and when you’re full,” Wdowik says. “It’s eating slowly, putting your utensils down between bites to assess your hunger level, and giving your brain time to register that your stomach is full.” Wdowik’s most memorable client so far is an attendee of Healthy You. “This woman had a history of dieting, a lot of fluctuation in her weight, and an unhealthy relationship with food,” Wdowik says. “Over the course of the program she lost inches and fat, and continues to do so two years later. But more importantly, she has improved her relationship with food. That’s the ultimate goal.” January Healthy You (12-week weight management class) February Dining with Diabetes (a 4-week program through Extension that includes a cooking class) These programs are open to the community. Visit the website for more information. centers_services/nutrition_center

The Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center is open to the public, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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A LUMNI Feature

Bitter Taste

In The Mouth

Alumna studies the relationship between bitter food, our DNA, and our overall health

Photos by Chris Schneider ŠDenver Museum of Nature & Science



t’s fall, closing in on winter. Deep, rich aromas warm the air and the taste buds. The cookbook is open and a recipe awaits. There is a smudge — and it’s difficult to determine whether the recipe calls for a teaspoon or tablespoon. An hour and two bites later, sadness sets in. The chalky taste indicates it was a teaspoon of baking powder not a tablespoon.

In the same way that a small change to a word in a recipe makes a huge difference in the end result, a small change in your DNA – a fundamental element of heredity – changes how your body works. And those changes in DNA are what Nicole Garneau (Ph.D. ’09) is studying at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The department chair and curator in the health sciences department at the museum, Garneau is a geneticist studying the sense of taste, specifically how humans identify a bitter taste in foods such as broccoli or cabbage. “We are studying how does your ability to taste bitter, how you perceive bitter, and how many papillae, or taste buds, you have on your tongue relate to your overall health,” she says. Garneau was hired in October 2009 to kick off this experiment in active research

Garneau swabs a research participant’s tongue blue

at a museum. Considered a communitybased participatory lab, Garneau’s lab is the only one of this type in the U.S. that is doing molecular research. “There are only a handful of curators in the health science field doing research,” she says. Assisted by citizen-scientist volunteers, Garneau is conducting her research with help from museum visitors. “Visitors can elect to enhance their visitor experience by participating in an actual research project,” Garneau says. “We get great data and an unprecedented sample size.” Over the course of a year, Garneau and her team will continue to collect simple information from visitors: “we do a cheek swab and look at DNA for your ancestry, we do a taste test to see if you taste bitter, we

“It doesn’t matter where you do research – it’s a bench, equipment, questions, and answers,” Garneau says. “Here, you involve the community. That’s what makes this job really special and different.”

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paint your tongue blue to count your taste buds, and then take a body fat percentage,” she says. While tasting sweet is tied to two genes, tasting bitter is tied to more than 40 genes. A fact that indicates that the ability to taste bitter, and taste the nuances of bitter, may have been of evolutionary advantage, or may be related to the types of plants that were available to our ancestors. “All poisonous plants are bitter, but not all bitter plants are poisonous,” Garneau says. “One theory is that tasting bitter is of evolutionary benefit because the ability to taste bitter would have equated to the ability to taste poison. So in an environment where there were many poisonous plants, a person’s ability to taste bitter would have meant survival.” Garneau and her team have hypothesized that those who taste bitter are descendants of people that lived close to the equator, where there is a higher concentration of poisonous plants compared to other parts of the world. About 75 percent of the population are considered “tasters,” people who have a version of the Tas2r38 gene that identifies bitter. “Everyone has the Tas2r38 gene, but there are different variations that give people the ability to taste or not taste certain bitter compounds,” Garneau says. If a person is a taster, is he or she likely to have better overall health than someone who is a non taster? These questions and more may arise from this research. “Once we have enough data to identify trends, we’ll set out to publish our findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Then we’ll see where the new questions are leading us,” Garneau says. When she’s not swabbing people’s tongues blue, Garneau is writing about it on the Blue Tongue Blog, training both staff and volunteers on research techniques, reading industry articles, giving lectures within the museum, and vetting any information about the health sciences going on display to visitors.


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While tasting sweet is tied to two genes, tasting bitter is tied to more than 40 genes.

“It doesn’t matter where you do research – it’s a bench, equipment, questions, and answers,” Garneau says. “Here, you involve the community. That’s what makes this job really special and different.” Learn more about Garneau’s research at the Blue Tongue Blog by Beth Etter (M.A. ’03)

Garneau shares the bitter aspects of beer with Science Lounge attendees

Garneau studies the sense of taste, specifically how humans identify a bitter taste in foods such as broccoli or cabbage.


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Daly at Uintas Mountains in Utah

of being a path to a summit,” he says. Daly became increasingly involved in the nascent sport, eventually founding Trango, a climbing-gear company, in 1991. Climbing has a reputation as an extreme or thrill sport, but according to Daly, “people who are drawn to climbing because they think it is ‘extreme’ are almost instantly disappointed. It’s not very exciting,” he says. Daly describes climbing as, “meditative and contemplative, more like high-level martial arts or yoga. There’s a zen quality to it. You have to know your body perfectly to be successful,” he says. A climbing accident on Alaska’s Thunder Mountain marked a shift in Daly’s focus. It took nearly eight months of healing from severe frostbite before he could even begin physical therapy for his shattered ankle. After two years, “I was crippled,” Daly says. “And I made the decision to become an amputee instead. I could still have my foot, but I chose not to because I can be much more pain-free and more mobile with a prosthetic. I have a much better life as an amputee.” Frankly, he says, “before I lost my foot, it hadn’t even occurred to me” to think about how certain sports could be more accessible to people regardless of physical limitation. “But as soon as I did, I started designing gear so I could get back to the sports that I was engaged with before,” he says. Daly notes, “When you acquire a disability, you become a member in a club of people with similar disabilities.” As a result of connections nurtured in that club, Daly became a founding board member of No Barriers, a nonprofit devoted to bringing researchers and companies at the forefront of developing adaptive

Malcolm daly

alcolm Daly – an active rock and ice climber, cyclist, fly-fisherman, photographer, gear designer, CSU alumnus (’78), businessman, amputee – takes, as he put it, a fairly “old-school” approach to health. Old school it may be, but it feels very much in line with contemporary attitudes about health and wellness. “People are looking for a magic bullet or quick fix,” Daly says, “but I think the healthiest people stay active and consistently eat good food. That’s more important than being on a low-carb or high protein or caveman diet. To me, it isn’t about diets and exercise plans and training; it’s about what you do every day of your life.” Daly comes by his complementary beliefs in nutritious food and regular activity honestly. “My mom was as sedentary as you can imagine; she had absolutely no use for exercise. But she loved to cook and always prepared good meals for us. My dad on the other hand was always lecturing me about getting exercise every day. We’d go skiing, hiking, and sailing.” From a young age, Daly also spent every afternoon climbing in the trees with his friends. His first “official” climbing experience came at age 13, when a summer camp lesson in Grand Teton National Park linked his “ability to move in a vertical world” with his sailor’s knot-tying skills. “I just got it,” he recalls. At the time – 1968 – rock climbing was “just starting to come out of the concept

“The Edge,” a climbing route in Eldorado Canyon State Park near Boulder, CO

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Daly climbing near Carter Lake, west of Loveland, CO

equipment together with “the people who actually need their services.” No Barriers holds an event every two years; the next will happen in June 2011 at Winter Park. Daly’s current focus is Paradox Sports, which brings “human-powered sports to people with physical disabilities.” He is revamping the nonprofit’s structure and strategy with an eye toward building it into something enduring. “I can’t imagine disengaging from the community we’ve built with Paradox, or from the climbing community. Whatever I end up doing, I’m sure I’ll continue to be engaged in those co-joined tribes,” he says. by Leanne Silverman

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On Oct. 30 at Hughes Stadium, CAM #23 was welcomed into his role as official mascot for CSU. The one-year old ram, filled with spunk and energy, received his mascot’s blanket between the first and second quarter of the football game against the University of New Mexico. CAM #22 will continue to live on a farm with #23, spending his time grazing and enjoying life. He served as mascot for four years. Support CAM with your donation to the Alumni Association’s CAM Forever Fund. Donate at or (800) 286-2586

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Keeping A

Wary Eye On The Gulf


ulf of Mexico hurricane expert

Pat Fitzpatrick has spent the past

few months studying one particular – and thoroughly frightening – aspect of the April 20 BP oil spill. His challenging assignment: putting together a weather forecast that will predict what happens to all that spilled crude oil in the event


of a Category 5 hurricane.

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coast of Louisiana five years ago, it sent an 18-foot-high storm surge crashing and boiling through Pat Fitzpatrick’s living room. A veteran meteorologist who specializes in predicting the intensity of hurricanes, Fitzpatrick (Ph.D. ’95) had evacuated the low-lying marshlands north of New Orleans a few hours before the monster storm blasted ashore, killing more than 1,800 people and causing more than $90 billion in property damage. Fitzpatrick was able to escape the giant storm’s fury by heading inland toward higher ground. But his house on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain was smashed to smithereens . . . and all he found when


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he returned were a few roof shingles sticking up out of the mud. Armed with a hefty insurance payout, Fitzpatrick rebuilt his home from scratch, and this time he made sure it was high enough and structurally sound enough to withstand all but the mightiest of hurricanes. What he didn’t count on, however, was the possibility of a major oil spill from deep-water drilling out in the Gulf of Mexico. Should such an event ever occur, it could vastly increase the devastation caused by a major hurricane. On April 20th of this year, the unthinkable happened. Triggered by an explosion and fire that killed 11 people and injured 17 others, the BP oil spill sent up to 200

million gallons of raw crude gushing into the Gulf. “The economic impact of the spill has been horrendous, and the jury is still out on how it will affect the Gulf ecosystem,” says the 45-year-old Fitzpatrick, who grew up a few miles down the road in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. “At this point, there are a whole lot of unanswered questions about what the ultimate impact will be. “For starters, nobody really knows how all those millions of gallons of oil will affect the spawning of fish, crabs, and other forms of marine life. Will we start to see a die-off of some species in a year or so? The dispersants that were used to break up the oil

Hurricanes and Oil Spills Pat Fitzpatrick is a nationally recognized expert on the destructive effects of hurricanes, and he’s spent much of the past 25 years studying how they can damage property and destroy human life, while also triggering massive erosion of ecologically protected wetlands and barrier islands, especially along the vulnerable coastlines of states such as Louisiana and Mississippi. Major hurricanes can also do enormous environmental damage by pushing high volumes of saltwater into freshwater regions, killing many different kinds of marine life, he says. Having spent so many years studying these dangerous hurricane effects, Fitzpatrick was recently assigned by several state and federal maritime research agencies to work on an especially troubling problem: estimating the potential impact of a storm like Katrina on a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After several weeks of studying the problem, however, Fitzpatrick says it’s still “way too early” to tell. “One of the problems we face is that we don’t really have many metrics to work with,” explains the scientist. “The federal government recently announced, for example, that up to 75 percent of the oil has evaporated or been eaten by bacteria or otherwise been eliminated from Gulf waters. “A number of marine scientists have questioned that estimate, and it seems quite dubious to me as well. But even if it’s accurate, you’ve still got an immense quantity of crude oil out there. Where is it, exactly, and what’s the likelihood that it could be driven ashore during a major hurricane? “Another key problem,” adds the longtime weather researcher and meteorology professor at Mississippi State University’s GeoResources Institute, “is that we don’t know much about the form the oil is taking. Is it riding high in the water column, in the form of miles-wide plumes that could be pushed ashore by hurricane-driven winds? Or is it mostly in the form of ‘sheen’ at pres-

ent, which would make it far less threatening to the shoreline?” Hoping for answers, Fitzpatrick is building several computer models that simulate how the oil might impact coastal regions, with each based on different control factors such as the oil’s location and the storm conditions operating on it during landfall. So far, he says, oil pollution in the Gulf states has been relatively mild – even though there has been significant oil coverage of beaches and bay bottoms around Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, at the mouth of the Mississippi River and along the ecologically

structing lots of these ‘what-if ’ scenarios on the computer . . . and a scenario where you get millions of gallons of oil being pushed ashore by a hurricane is one of them. It could happen, but I just don’t think it’s very likely. We should remain vigilant, however, and we should certainly remain prepared.” To accomplish that, Fitzpatrick recommends that Gulf coast homeowners take appropriate measures to board up their homes before hurricanes, while also making sure their home insurance coverage makes them eligible to recover fully in a situation where hurricane-driven oil from a spill leaves them struggling with toxic pollution. Destined to Study Storms

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are also a big unknown: we know they’re toxic to some species, but we’ve never had a situation where they were used so extensively before.”

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fragile northeast Louisiana marshlands and barrier islands. In a worst-case scenario, Fitzpatrick says, a major hurricane might force large quantities of currently submerged oil to the surface and then drive it into environmentally sensitive areas, causing widespread destruction of plant and animal life. By killing off marshland grasses in fringe areas, this scenario could also accelerate destructive coastal erosion. So what’s the bottom line, as of Labor Day, 2010? “Right now, I think we face a relatively small risk of having a hurricane push enough oil ashore to cause another disaster,” Fitzpatrick says. “So far we’ve been fortunate, and most areas have escaped major oiling. If a substantial amount of the oil really has dissipated, or has been converted to tar balls on beaches and sheen on the surface, then I think we’d probably be okay during a Katrina-like storm. “But I really don’t think we’re out of the woods yet. In recent weeks I’ve been con-

Raised along the Louisiana seacoast, where he spent “thousands of hours” catching redfish and speckled trout in the remarkably fertile waters of the Gulf, Fitzpatrick loves to point out that he was born at the height of a hurricane. “We were living in New Orleans in 1965 when Betsy struck,” recalls the storm-chasing scientist, “and it was a major event. To be on the safe side, my mother checked into a downtown hospital early, and I was born while the winds and water were still subsiding.” After discovering in high school that he had a knack for science and math, “Fitz” (his nickname growing up) decided he wanted to learn more about hurricanes and wound up earning both a B.S. and an M.S. in meteorology at Texas A&M. And when he got a call from nationally renowned weather researcher Professor Bill Gray at Colorado State inviting him to join the CSU Ph.D. program, he jumped at the chance. For Fitzpatrick, who spent several years teaching meteorology and doing research at Jackson State University in Mississippi before signing on with Mississippi State’s GeoResources Institute in 2001, the hurricane lessons he learned in Fort Collins are now standing him in good stead. “I’ve been fascinated by hurricanes since I was kid,” he says with an exuberant smile, “and the great thing about this job is that now I get to think about them year-round!” by Tom Nugent

Ra m s Around the World

One World, One Health

Alumnus studies how animal and ecosystem health affect humans


n our globalized world, where climate change, deforestation, and population increase are prevalent, ecological health – the health of plants, animals, and humans – has become very important. The three are interrelated, and a problem with one can lead to problems with the other two. Alonso Aguirre (M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’90) is cofounder of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine and senior vice president of EcoHealth Alliance (formerly known as Wildlife Trust), and a faculty member at both Columbia University and Tufts University. With those organizations and universities, Aguirre is studying the relationship among ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. A wildlife veterinarian from Bahía Asunción, Baja California, Mexico, Aguirre has expertise in wildlife epidemiology, emerging diseases in wildlife, and marine mammal and sea turtle ecology and health. “We monitor wildlife in 23 countries and identify hot spots of emerging infectious disease in humans,” Aguirre says. “We are getting more funding to look at emerging diseases in wildlife because most pathogens come from wildlife, and we will see if we can predict and prevent pandemics [in humans].” Aguirre and his colleagues study how wildlife come into contact with humans (via bush meat, markets, and farms). “First, where there is high population density, viruses are passed quickly and easily. Second, there are some cultures that like to eat everything that walks, flies, or swims, and there are cultures who believe in medical remedies from wildlife. Third, those cultures bring animal species from all over the region to sell at the market. So there may be a cage containing a domesticated cat, a lizard, and various birds all together sharing their pathogens,” Aguirre says. Avian influenza, known as H5N1, is an example of an emerging infectious disease that moves from wildlife to humans. “Avian influenza viruses usually come from migratory birds. In Asia, the virus from the birds gets to pigs and the H and the N assort into 144 different combinations. H5N1 is the first virus that jumped from birds into 16

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Alonso Aguirre (M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’90) with a cheetah in South Africa

humans. It is highly pathogenic and highly lethal to birds, tigers, seals, and humans, among other species, but it is not easily transmissible between humans,” Aguirre says. Although it may seem as though infectious disease outbreaks happen only in developing nations, in 2003 the U.S. experienced an outbreak of monkeypox, an infectious disease that was transmitted from animals to humans. Related to smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980, monkeypox had been contained within central Africa. Typically infecting squirrels and monkeys, it spreads to humans through a bite or contact with bodily fluids. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Gambian giant pouched rats, rope squirrels, and dormice were imported from Africa to the U.S. for the pet trade. These animals, some of whom had the virus, were housed with prairie dogs captured for the pet trade. The prairie dogs were then dispersed throughout the Midwest, and the humans who were in contact with the infected prairie dogs contracted monkeypox. Aguirre says 1.5 billion animals were imported legally into the U.S. for the pet market from 2000 to 2006. This includes

invertebrates, fish, amphibians, insects such as tarantulas, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and monkeys. There are also incalculable numbers of animals imported illegally into the U.S. New pathogens and new species can be found in those illegal shipments. “Outbreaks [of disease] are related to human behavior with the environment,” Aguirre says. “We are too many on this planet. We need to decide on what level we can protect what we have.” As a professor at Columbia and Tufts, Aguirre is teaching a new generation of scientists about the importance of conservation. “If you teach people a connection with the environment, they will be happier and healthier because they understand they are part of a system,” he says. Understanding the interrelatedness of plants, animals, and humans, and taking an active interest in preserving its health, is Aguirre’s mission and passion. With the EcoHealthAlliance, Aguirre continues his focus on conservation, doing what he can to protect what we have. by Beth Etter (M.A. ’03)

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A Duck Looking for Hunters Alumnus shares his Vietnam War experience


t. Col. (Ret.) Dale Amend (’54) wrote A Duck Looking for Hunters (Sage Mesa Publications), a first-person account of his year-long tour of duty as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) in Vietnam in 1965-66. Amend flew the small O-1 Bird Dog airplane low and slow, alone and unarmed, wearing one flak vest and sitting on another. Lt. Col. Amend flew 423 combat missions in 773 hours of flying time. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal,

19 Air Medals, and other decorations. After Vietnam, he taught military training at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service.

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Janet Jackson Crawford (’53) wrote A Widow’s Odyssey: From Depression to Rejuvenation, a memoir of the grieving process that accompanies the death of a loved one. Ms. Crawford lives in Oregon.

Karina (Lumbert) Fabian (’89) co-wrote Why God Matters (Tribute Books), a guide to keeping God in mind in one’s dayto-day life. Remembering one’s faith can inspire one to live a more confident life that realizes that there is always something greater ahead.

Peggy Hawksworth (B.A. ’75, M.A. ’78) wrote Christmas with the Postcard Artists 1898-1940 in 2007. The book was accepted to the Library of Congress.

Brenda Marshall (M.A. ’77) wrote Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For (North Dakota State University Press). Set in the Dakota Territory during the 19th century, the novel is literary historical fiction that opens a window onto the history of a place little known and often misunderstood. Gary Andrew Poole (‘88) wrote PacMan: Behind the Scenes With Manny Pacquiao--The Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World (Da Capo Press).

Wendy Toliver (’95) had her third young adult novel, Lifted, published by Simon and Schuster. It has been nominated by the American Library Association as a 2011 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

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Wayne Schneider (’60) played football and baseball at CSU from 1957 to 1959. He was elected to the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2010. The football stadium at Tracy High School was named the Wayne Schneider Stadium in 2009. Schneider has been married to Judy for 44 years and lives in Tracy, Calif. They have two children, Susan and Marc.



Ruth Boerefijn (’73) will be a resident artist at the Ucross Foundation, for a month, in Clearmont, Wyo. She is conducting research on pioneer women and will be rendering the sensory equivalent of each story of their lives with her own life experience. Robert G. Evans (B.S. ’70, M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’81), supervisory agricultural engineer and research leader, USDA-ARS, in Sidney, Mont. was inducted as a 2010 Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

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← Diane Findley (’76) presented “Local Folk”, a retrospective of 16 years of portrait painting in Fort Collins at the Cache Bank & Trust in Oct. 2010. The 2009 Artist of Larimer County is a member of the Fort Collins Portrait Painters. Dr. Judith Hebb (’71) is a visiting assistant professor of English at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Mr. Shannon Hebb (’72) is a civil engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff in Dallas, Texas. David Riddell (’79) earned an international award for the development of an anti-fraud computer analytics platform used to combat mortgage fraud in the mortgage and title insurance industry. ← Garth Shanklin (M.S. ’79) and Jean Tichenor (M.M. ’77) received the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award for 2010 from Casper College. Shanklin has been employed at Casper College since 1986, currently as a full-time instructor in the psychology department and chair for both the psychology and addictionology departments.

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Tichenor began at Casper College as a full-time faculty member in 1982. She is currently chair of the music department. In addition, Tichenor started and directs the college’s musical group, I Cantori. Casper College is located in Casper, Wyo. Robert V. Unfug (’77), who has served as the CSU advisor to Phi Gamma Delta since 2006, received distinguished service honors in the Durrance Award for most outstanding chapter advisor fraternity-wide.



Gary A. Benitz (’85) changed companies from Lockheed Martin to Northrop Grumman and was promoted to director of Information Systems Engineering for the Civil Systems Division in Washington, D.C. *Steve Geist (’83) finished his 13th consecutive Tour des Trees, a 500-mile cycling event ending at the site of the International Society of Arboriculture’s annual conference. At the conference, Geist received the True Professionals in Arboriculture Award. Debbie Nelson (‘83) has left the classroom after 27 years. She is now a career and technical education coordinator for Jefferson County Public Schools (Colo.), primarily working with teachers on curriculum, standards, and career clusters. Debby (Danielson) Sprong (’82) was voted president of the Hermiston Association of Teachers union for the 2010-2011 school year in Hermiston, Ore.



Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Franklin J. Alig (’95) recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. William Blankenau (M.A. ’90), professor of economics, has been promoted to head of the department of economics at Kansas State University. *William (Bill) W. Doe III, Ph.D, P.E. (Ph.D. ’92) has been appointed CEO of Veterans Green Jobs, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting veterans with meaningful opportunities in the green jobs economy. Since 2008, Doe has served as associate dean of Research & Engagement for the Warner College and director of the online graduate certificate program in Sustainable Military Lands Management. Anne M. Loucks (’98) is an associate in the Seattle office of the law firm of Williams Kastner. She was named to Seattle’s “Rising Stars” in 2008 by Washington Law and Politics magazine. Helen Nuce (’94) is retired and moving to Belize.

Shai (Sabeff) Steiner (’95) is an artist living on a farm: a one-horse acre in a horse community in the city. Her website is



California Lutheran University welcomed Jamie Banker (’02) as an instructor in graduate psychology. Danelle (Hawes) Britt (’03) and husband Matthew opened Wool Hat Stuff, a Fort Collins business that reclaims building materials that are vintage, dilapidated, worn, or unfashionable and refurbishes these into fabulous furniture and decorating items. ← Maria Chiarella (M.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’02) is an associate professor of psychology at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

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← Rachael Hughes (B.S. ’01, MED ’06) was selected as a Colorado teacher to attend Siemen’s STEM Institute fellowship (1 of 50 nationwide). She works as a 6th through 8th grade science teacher at Meadow Community School within Mapleton Public Schools. Sherry L. Hunt (Ph.D. ’08), of Stillwater, Okla., has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Hunt is a research hydraulic engineer with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Jasmin Singh (’06) received a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law on June 13, 2010. ← Frances Southwick (’04) graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine on May 29, 2010. Dr. Southwick plans to enter the family medicine program at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Faculty & Staff Dorothy Billenstein, former anatomy professor, on Sept. 18, 2010 ← William Boyd Cook on June 13, 2010 Prof. Cook came to Colorado State University as dean of the College of Science and Arts from 1967 to 1968 and continued as dean of the College of Natural Sciences until his retirement in 1983. Irmel Louise Williams Fagan on July 28, 2010 in Fort Collins. She spent 22 years at CSU as a physical education and dance teacher. Thilo E. Haus, professor of agriculture, on May 9, 2010. Robert Lamana on June 27, 2010 Pearl A. Lira on May 2, 2010 Margaret I. Reuss on June 8, 2010 Phyllis E. Worden on June 20, 2009

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n 1935, Colorado State University, then known as Colorado A & M, had a mandatory ROTC unit program for all male students. A contingent of U.S. Army officers and enlisted men conducted the training, which consisted primarily of the handling and use of horse-drawn field artillery – French 75 mm guns. On a warm, oppressive afternoon in a campus classroom, Sergeant Maretti, an old, grizzled veteran, was conducting an ROTC class in positioning the 75 mm cannons. As he glanced up from his talk, he noticed a student fast asleep and several daydreaming. Without a break or a pause, Sergeant Maretti yelled loudly, “Fire One,” and slammed his heavy pointer hard on an adjoining table near the instructor’s desk. He then said, “Fire Two,” and slammed down on the table. Continuing, he said, “Fire Three,” “Fire Four,” accompanied by sharp booms as his pointer struck the table. He, then, without a pause, turned around and continued his lecture. He had the full attention of his entire class. Ten years later, some of the students in his class were commanding officers of 155 mm howitzer batteries that helped drive the Nazis out of France. by David Devet (’38)

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of more than 1,100 women hired as WASPs (300 of which are alive today). The WASPs logged 60 million miles in two years, providing a valuable service to the country and freeing male pilots for combat in the war. But without fanfare or thanks, the government disbanded the WASP program on Dec. 20, 1944 and the files on the program were locked down as classified. The women, who had had to pay for their air flight training and uniforms, were also left paying their own way home. “There was no G.I. Bill for us,” Young says. Nevertheless, Young finished college at the University of Nebraska. “I flew for awhile after that, terrifying the young men I dated. Then I got married and we started investing in kids and that ruined that,” says Young, who received a degree at CSU in social work and moved with her husband and family to Colorado Springs. Although she has lung problems and has battled cancer, today, Young gives speeches about her flying experience to aviation groups, senior citizens, and public schools. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award Congress can present to a civilian or group of civilians. More information about the Women Airforce Service Pilots can be found at the U.S. Department of Defense website ( and at Wings Across America ( Mark Wilson/GETTY IMAGES


illicent Young (’83) and But the disappointment didn’t sway her. more than 200 other After a year in college, she told her mother women received the she was going to Denver to buy clothes. Congressional Gold Medal on March 10, Once on the bus, which was headed the 2010 at an awards ceremony in Washington, other direction, she told her mother she D.C. because of their work as Women Airwas going to learn to fly. She headed to force Service Pilots (WASP) who flew training, towing, and other missions between 1942 and 1944. House and Senate members Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell presented the medal to Deanie Parrish, a World War II WASP and associate director of Wings Across America. The medal will be donated to the Smithsonian Institution; each woman at the ceremony received a smaller version of the medal to keep. “They’re heavy,” Young says. “I thought it would be something I could wear on my neck, but it comes with a stand to put on the table.” Young was joined by eight family members for the ceremony. “It was impressive. My children were impressed, and now they have a better understanding of what happened,” she says. Young grew up on a farm and ranch south of Lodge Pole, Nebraska. “I decided to be a pilot when I was six years old,” she says. Millicent Young (’83)received the Congressional Gold Medal “A neighbor had a relative who flew in from California and they had to Ogalala, Nebraska where it land on our property. I rushed out to cost ten dollars to rent a plane be around the airplane.” for an hour and two dollars for the Her first flight was at the age of 14. “It was instructor. “It was over a week’s pay a terrible disappointment. They took us up, for most people,” Young says. flew us around the community, and took us Although she promised her parents she back down. I thought it would be thrilling would finish college, from 1942 to 1944 and it wasn’t,” she says. Young did mostly air-to-air training as one

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Brad Hoopes (’84) has recorded more than 200 local veterans’ stories to date.


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In 2003, Hoopes had just finished reading The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw and learned of the Veterans History Program with the Library of Congress. He decided to do something about it on a local basis. He went out and bought a video camera, contacted veterans’ organizations, and began setting up interviews. “The ultimate goal has always been to give the veteran and family the veteran’s story on record, never to be lost or forgotten,” Hoopes says. “Having these personal experiences available for present and future generations is a bonus. Having the collection at Morgan Library means we can all watch the stories and see first-hand experiences.” Hoopes’ first interview was Dick Veasey, a signalman in the Navy during World War II. While the project began in Massachusetts, Hoopes moved back to Colorado in spring of 2006 and fired it up again that fall. “The project really took off here,” he says. “It went from a part-time hobby after work and on the weekends to almost a full-time passion.” Now the collection has grown to more than 200 and includes the stories of veterans connected to Colorado State University, such as professors, students, and the former director of University Libraries, Lemoyne Anderson. In 2008, Hoopes began volunteering for the Honor Flight of Northern Colorado, which has been his largest source of veterans to contact. “It’s a wonderful organization,” he adds. Hoopes also maintains a related website at

“This extensive collection of oral histories will give our students and researchers unique insights into World War II from local veterans who served our country,” explains Janet Bishop, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections at Colorado State University. Oral histories are different than reading history books says Hoopes. “We’ve got the facts and figures, but we don’t usually hear the personal stories,” he says. According to Hoopes, personal stories add the human perspective and a powerful dimension on war or any aspect of history. They enhance the facts and figures, and make it more real. “It is an emotional thing. There have been very few interviews that I have walked away from where either the veteran and/or I haven’t cried,” he says. So, what’s next? “We’re losing World War II veterans at the rate of 1,000 a day, according to government statistics. The clock is just ticking with this group,” Hoopes says. “My dream would be to expand this into a statewide or national program to do far more interviews than I can do on my own.” One way to grow such a program would be to get students involved. Groups that might have an interest include Colorado State history or journalism majors, ROTC candidates, high school AP students, and Boy Scouts. “It would expose students to history, and also get more interviews to add to the collection,” Hoopes says. The next step is to raise the money needed to have the collection professionally transcribed and digitized, and a website built so that the collection could be widely accessed

online. Ideally, there would be funding to hire someone like Hoopes to review and summarize the content of the more than 400 hours of interviews. You can take a look at the Northern Colorado Local Veterans Oral History Collection by visiting CSU Archives and Special Collections at Morgan Library, open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Calling ahead for an appointment will help streamline your visit. (970) 491-1844.

Oral histories from veterans linked to CSU • Ben Mechling • Dwight Smith, professor • Buford Plemmons • *Wayne Seaman (B.S. ’43, M.S. ’47) • *Ken Ashley (’43) • Howard Orr (B.S. ’47, MF ’48), professor • Lemoyne Anderson • Howard Glass • Joseph Roberts (MED ’61), professor • Bert Masterson (Ph.D. ’68), professor • George Fender (’49) • Brady Allen • John Brubacher (’52) • Charles Carlson (’59) all are WWII vets except Brady Allen who is a recent vet

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Frank Lewandowski (’81) • B.S. Forest Management • Lives in Valley City, OH • Annual Member

Occupation Air-traffic controller at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (an air route center). The tower controllers clear planes up to a certain altitude and the air route center works the planes across the country. Our airspace encompasses seven states. I’ve seen a lot of military traffic, dignitaries, Air Force I, and Air Force II. First job after graduation Temporary position with the Forest Service in Idaho. I was putting out fires and clear cutting.


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What’s the best lesson you’ve learned on the job Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. With my job, you have to do something; you can’t just watch. You can get up to 25 or 30 airplanes at a time. What is your greatest professional success? When you do something and know the end result is good. A private aircraft coming out of Penn State wasn’t maintaining altitude; he was having engine trouble. I assisted the plane to Bradford, Pennsylvania. He came in, landed safely, and his engine died on the runway. What is your best CSU memory? I came to CSU for the forestry and fire science program, and I fought fires in Rifle, Red Feather Lakes, and Idaho. Fort Collins is a wonderful place to go to school.

How do you measure success? If you’re happy in what you’re doing, then you’re successful. What are your hobbies? Keeping up the house – I built it in 1990. I own a standardbred racehorse, a pacer that we’ve raced in Canada and Ohio. I’d like to get a stable of four or five horses. Why are you a member of the Alumni Association? It keeps a feeling of attachment. I love Colorado and Colorado State: the forestry program is still one of the best in the country.

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Around the Oval - Winter 2010  

Published three times a year, Around the Oval features University highlights, class notes, and stories about Colorado State alumni and frie...

Around the Oval - Winter 2010  

Published three times a year, Around the Oval features University highlights, class notes, and stories about Colorado State alumni and frie...