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SPR ING 2013 Mission of Around the Oval: To build relationships and conduct conversations with members of the CSU Alumni Association.
Dear all, I hope this note finds you doing well and eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. I must admit, the older I get, the more I like the warm months.
Editor Beth Etter (’03)
As the first signs of spring begin to appear, your Alumni Association is blooming with new services. I’m pleased to announce that we are now offering career and professional services to our alumni, which includes substantial discounts for our members. Whether you’re looking to brush up your résumé or LinkedIn page, interested in executive development learning opportunities, or wondering what to do now that you’ve retired, we are collaborating with some of CSU’s finest experts to bring you exciting content delivered to your office, kitchen table, or couch via the web. If you have ideas on what you’d like to see, please send me a note; your feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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As always, thank you for everything you do for CSU and the Alumni Association. We simply couldn’t do our work without your support.
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M E M B E R Profile
Whether it’s for the benefit of CSU students or nature conservation, Mike Rosser continues to work “for a great, common cause.”
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hough neither of Mike Rosser’s parents finished college, they worked hard and valued education. Rosser struggled in elementary and high school due to attention deficit disorder (though they didn’t diagnose it at the time), and finally found support and success at CSU. “Even though I was a terrible student, good people helped me through,” Rosser (’64) says. Good people like Harry Rosenberg, professor of history, and Leo Cifkin, professor of political science. “I had good friends and good mentors at CSU,” Rosser says. “If life is good to you, you pass it on.” And Rosser is passing it on to CSU students through several endowed scholarships: two scholarships in his parents’ names (one in the College of Liberal Arts and one in the College of Business), and with the remaining monies from a life insurance policy, he gave a significant donation to the Jim & Nadine Henry Alumni Association Scholarship. It is the largest gift the Alumni Association has received. “Jim Henry and I were in the same fraternity and we served on the Alumni Association board together,” Rosser says. “Jim and Nadine focused on tradition, pride, and connections. They wanted to make sure that students in the first semester of their first year had tradition and pride instilled in them.”
Mike Rosser (’64) endows several CSU scholarships
Rosser joined the Alumni Association board of directors in 1978 and served two terms in the 80s and one term in the 90s. “The board is a good way to give back and support the mission of the University,” he says. He was a member of the board that created the Distinguished Alumni Awards program and the board that created the Green & Gold Gala, a celebration of CSU in Denver and a fundraiser for the Metro Denver Scholarship. “My participation in the board has kept me in touch with younger and younger generations,” he says. “When you get into your 70s, you have to start hanging out with young people and continue to study and learn, otherwise, you get cranky.” Rosser is far from cranky. He applies his energy and enthusiasm not only to CSU but to another passion of his: conservation. He was a member of the organizing committee of the Arapahoe County open space and trails program, which provides funding for parks, trails, and open space. He is a member of the City of Aurora Open Space Board, the board for the Colorado office of The Trust for Public Land, and the Conservation Campaign (of the Trust for Public Land), which sponsors conservation measures nationally.
Jim (’40) and Nadine (’41) Henry, longtime CSU supporters, were named Alumni of the Century in 2000 for their commitment to and support of Colorado State University. Jim had a career as a Longmont cattle feeder. Nadine is a home economics graduate. In the mid 1980s, the Henrys pioneered the 1870 Club, a premier giving club at CSU. Their philanthropy and support continues through membership with the Alumni Association, membership with Ram Club, and multiple scholarship funds, including one in the Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Jim, who died in 2006, and Nadine met while students at a dance in Johnson Hall. They were married after Nadine’s graduation and had four children who also graduated from CSU. One of the top three awards of the Distinguished Alumni Awards program is named in their honor. The Jim and Nadine Henry Award is given to a person who exemplifies extraordinary service to Colorado State University and its academic, athletics, and alumni programs.
by Beth Etter (’03)
“We are extremely touched by Mike’s thoughtfulness and generosity. His commitment to the Association and his enthusiastic support of CSU is inspiring and unwavering. We are grateful for his passion and love for CSU.” - Colleen Meyer (’94), Executive Director of the CSU Alumni Association
Mike Rosser is a life member.
Jim and Nadine Henry Alumni Association Scholarship To provide scholarships to benefit students that embody the same pride for and service to Colorado State University as Jim & Nadine Henry, the Alumni of the Century. The recipient(s) will demonstrate a high level of integrity, exemplary service to Colorado State University and others, and whose pride and loyalty to CSU is evident.
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M E M B E R Profile
Do More Than Just
“It starts with the example of our families, and our church at home, and growing up feeling we have an obligation to do more than just enjoy life,” Nancy Sturtevant says.
ith a strong interest in international travel and a history of mentoring international students at CSU, Bob and Nancy Sturtevant have had the Peace Corps on their bucket list for 25 years. “We made retirement happen early so we could join the Peace Corps while we were still in good health,” Bob Sturtevant says.
Six CSU alumni in Ethiopia, 2010–2012
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Assigned to the Wondo Genet College of Forestry at Hawassa University in Ethiopia, Nancy (B.S., ’94, M.S., ’06) served as an information technology specialist and Bob (B.S., ’75, M.S., ’80) as a forester. Located near the town of Shashemene in the Rift
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Valley of central Ethiopia, Wondo Genet College of Forestry sits on 2000 acres of land, much of which are production areas: dairy, sawmill, coffee, and honey, which the college uses to offset the expenses of running the school. One of Bob's projects was training and equipping the forest workers. Through a Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the Society of American Foresters fund drive, the workers received leather boots, coveralls, gloves, and chainsaw chaps. “To have boots and work clothing made the men feel like they were an important part of the college production unit and they were proud of that,” Bob says. He also helped the crews increase their efficiency, productivity, and safety. “Training also results in the workers receiving a certificate, which qualifies them for better pay, which in turn improves the community's economy,” he says. Nancy’s main role was to help the college stabilize and upgrade their information technology infrastructure. She worked with the college to develop a technology plan, establish an information technology department, and organized training for the team. “Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to be a mentor to many individuals,” Nancy says. “That’s how the Peace Corps also operates: empowering local people to gain the skills and knowledge to improve their lives and their communities. Sometimes the most important piece is helping people believe in themselves and see how to be successful,” she says. In addition to their primary responsibilities, the Sturtevants accomplished several secondary Peace Corps projects: constructing a kindergarten for the community — a four-room school with four teachers and 210 children; helping the local tour guide group get organized, licensed, and expand; and Bob was asked to write a bird book that the college could use to promote the protection of their forested habitat.
“We lived our dream. We joined the Peace Corps, learned about another culture, and we found another country to care about,” Bob says. The Sturtevants will continue that care through the relationship CSU has with Hawassa University. Several professors from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Warner College Bob (B.S., ’75, M.S., ’80) and Nancy (B.S., ’94, M.S., ’06) Sturtevant in Ethiopia of Natural Resources have been researching and collaborating with professors in Hawassa for several years. Now that CSU has a strategic partnership with Hawassa, the collaboration can grow even stronger. Bob and Nancy anticipate traveling back to Wondo Genet soon. Bob is hoping to teach a short-course on forestry. “Ethiopia is quickly cutting out their forests for fuel. They do all their cooking on wood and charcoal. When we got there in 2010, there was less than three percent of the native forests left, and most of those are in protected areas, which are also seeing Bob Sturtevant with tree-cutting crew a high degree of encroachment. We’re trying to help the land managers to successfully protect and rehabilitate these areas,” he says. The Sturtevants will also continue volunteering with the Office of International Programs at CSU and with the Fort Collins International Center. “In our travels, we’ve found that people are the same around the world. They have the same needs and same desires for their families. If we can connect these students coming from other countries to see that the U.S. is much like their country, and that people Nancy Sturtevant with the Lango School children have similar desires and relationships, that’s how you start forming a peaceful coexistence,” Bob says. by Beth Etter (’03) AROUND THE OVAL Spring 2013
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A Good Fit
ccording to Justin Williams (’89), the people of San Diego and Denver have similar personalities: they are laid back, love the outdoors, and don’t take themselves too seriously. And that’s part of the reason Williams chose to come to CSU from San Diego. “My parents had one suggestion: go somewhere else for school. Meet other people and see how they live,” he recalls. “I was accepted to several schools in the region and CSU seemed to fit me best,” he says. As a student, Williams was involved with ASCSU and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While a lot of his friends were throwing their energies into the fraternity, Williams focused his energy on ASCSU. As director of legislative affairs, he was at the state capitol weekly speaking with state legislators on issues of concern for CSU students. He also contributed to articles for the Rocky Mountain Collegian. As part of an article about the dedication of the Jack Christiansen Memorial Track, he was given an inside look at the man. “I was invited to Fum McGraw’s house for breakfast. They [McGraw and Christiansen] were contemporaries and he wanted
to make sure I had some background and stories of Jack to intersperse in the story,” Williams recalls. Williams met his wife, Laurie (’89), at CSU and after graduation, they headed back to the beach. Williams has been in medical sales for 20 years, most recently with Glaxo Smith Kline as regional sales manager in the Stiefel dermatology business unit. Williams has continued his involvement with the University not only as a member of the Alumni Association but also as an Alumni Admissions Ambassador, working college fairs once a year (he’s done eight thus far). “It’s a different and better place than when I went there,” he says. He returns to Fort Collins nearly every year with a group of his fraternity brothers to attend a football game. “CSU was really special to me – I met my best friends, I met my wife. If I had advice for kids there now or alumni – it’s just to be involved. Being involved ties you to the University,” he says. by Beth Etter (’03)
Justin Williams ('89)
HOBBIES - SURF • RUN • GOLF • HIKE
In June 2012, Williams underwent back surgery. Four months later, he ascended Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain (14,497 ft) in the contiguous United States. And now that he’s recovered from back surgery, he is scheduled for knee surgery. “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage,” Williams says.
WHY JUSTIN WILLIAMS IS A MEMBER OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Being a member of the CSU Alumni Association helps me feel more connected with the University from 1000 miles away. Similarly, I’m able to participate in local CSU events when my schedule permits. I especially look forward to the Around the Oval magazine to better understand how the University is changing and improving.
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2012-2013 Board of Directors
PRESIDENT Darshan Shah (B.S.,’92, M.E., ’01) Life Member PRESIDENT-ELECT Sam Romano (B.S.,’79, D.V.M., ’83) Life Member VICE PRESIDENT Eric Berglund (’00) Life Member IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Katie Denman (’05) Life Member MEMBERS Bo Bandy Goldstein (’04) 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 Eulanda Sanders (B.S., ’90, M.A., ’94) Life Member Lon Saavedra (’76) Life Member
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The following individuals became Life Members of the Alumni Association, June 16, 2012 – February 15, 2013. Karl M., ’07 and Aya S., ’06, ’10 Achiu, D.V.M. Albert M., ’75,’77 and Dr. Linda, ’85,’93 Ahuna-Hamill Subramanya Alanghat, ’12 Christopher E. Arnold, ’86 John F. Ashburn, III, ’12 Ronald L., ’83 and Janet S., ’84 Baellow Wesley H. Ballinger, ’08 Anthony G., ’93 and Kimberly A. Barbato Maria E. Bennett, ’05 Eric J., ’06 and Dr. Elizabeth Berrill David F. Bower, ’03 Blaine C., ’84 and Connie M., ’84 Brokaw Matthew J. Brosovich, ’98 Matthew O. Burt, ’07 Philip T. Carpenter, ’12 Karen L. (Evans), ’83 and Brian H. Dunbar Michael K. and Ayasha M., ’03 Eddins Don Ellis and Karen S., ’04 Bordner Dr. Kevin J. Franklin, ’84 Vanessa M. Gillette, ’11 John C. Graham, ’75 Bertrand U. Green, ’87 Kylie M. Grenier, ’85 Kevin E., ’00 and Danielle F., ’99 Heikes Elias K. ImMasche, ’05 Jared S. Johnson, ’12 Sarabess Judd, ’12 James E., ’07 and Cristina A., ’04 Lane Therese M. Lask, ’83,’87 Anthony G. Lecheler, ’07 Nicole C. Lecheler, ’04 William S. Lickiss, ’10 James A., ’72 and Christine A., ’71,’88 Martell Gary L. Maskus, ’83 Karen L. Morris-Fine, Ph.D., ’67,’70,’78 Nicholas J. Morris, ’02 Brent M. Nation, ’94 Michael P. and Cynthia C. Nelson Walter L., ’88,’90 and Wendy K., ’89 Niccoli Mary R. Ontiveros, ’73,’79 Stephen F., II, ’06 and Morganne M., ’05,’08,’12 Patterson, D.V.M. Meredith (Bud) and Winnette Payne Jessica M. Post-Gehrke, ’02 Robin L. Ricketts, ’84 Amy M. Ritter, ’93 Dr. Brian Rizzo, ’94 Lon V. Saavedra, ’76 Eulanda A. Sanders, Ph.D., ’90,’94 Herbert L., ’61,’66 and Verna L., ’63 Scheierman Arthur B. Sintas, Jr., ’02 and Matthew S. Helmer Michael D., ’88 and Jayme M. Sitzman Pamela R. Smith, ’72 Scott G. Sparks, ’89 Ross A., ’78, and Madeline (Sue) D. Thompson J. Scott Vernon, ’86 Charles M., ’68 and Margaret F., ’67 Vezzetti Scott M. Vinson, ’08 Kayla L. Wagner, ’05 Jason and Megan G. Weber Braiden J., ’99 and Jennifer T. Welsh Dr. Kenneth R., ’91 and Barbara L. Wilson Jessica F. Wright, ’04 Dr. Justin M. Wright, ’02 and Dr. Rae L., ’01 Ortega Wendy E. Wyatt, ’87 John N. Zappanti, ’03 Shu Zhou, ’12 Li Zhu, ’92 and Yan, ’95 Cui
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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, June 16, 2012 – February 15, 2013.
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OLD MAIN LEVEL - $1,000+
David M. Armstrong, ’66 and Susan Jessup Pat, ’72,’73 and Linda Brisnehan Rex G., ’86 and Jody J., ’86 Buck Benjamin F. Kitchen, III, ’73 James G., ’57 and Carole J. Kontny Keith, ’93 and Colleen D., ’94 Meyer Linda L. Randall, Ph.D., ’68 Richard M., D.V.M., ’55, ’58 and Lois E., ’55 Roberts Mark A., ’81 and Kimberly M. Smith Daniel P., ’88 and Marla Tweit Michael D., ’67,’70 and Sandra L. Yurosek
SILVER SPRUCE LEVEL - $500-$999
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), ’72 Winter
AGGIE LEVEL - $100-$499
Robert E., D.V.M., ’58 and Vonnie E. Allen David O., ’62 and Sharron L., ’63 Baldwin Eugene A., ’62 and Diane W., ’64 Bauerle Rosemary L. Bogart, ’82,’98 Dr. Carl A., Jr., ’59 and Marvel D. Burtis Jack Capp, ’65,’67 Dr. Adrian R., ’55 and Melanie F. Chamberlain Dr. Jerry H., ’61 and Barbara K. Cheesman Chalmers A. Cromer, ’43, ’51 Alan E. Crook, ’69 and Wendy Waggoner Roger A., ’64 and Marcia M., ’62 Dawdy Robert S. Dewers, Ph.D., ’46,’48 Robert W., Ph.D., ’68,’92 and Anita C. Eatman Wayne E. Eberhard, ’70 Robert C. Ehn, ’67, ’73 Robert T., ’95 and Stephanie L., ’95 Foster Jerry D. Frydendall, ’51 Richard W. Fuller, ’63 F. Terry, ’62,’68 and Venetia M. Garrison Dr. Kenneth L. Goldsberry, ’54,’62 John T., ’59 and Dolores A., ’58 Goodier Bonnie G. Guggenheim, ’77 John W., ’80 and Delia F. Haefeli Peter D. Hayes, ’62 Evan A., ’49 and Christine M. Haynes Kathleen Henry, ’70 Linda J. Henry, ’66,’93 Carter T. Jackson, D.V.M., ’51 Charles D., ’73 and Mary E., ’73 Jacobs A. Bruce, ’63,’71 and Diane K. Johnson Chris A., ’68 and Helen K. Johnson H. Gordon Johnson, ’48 Frank J. Judish, D.V.M., ’41,’46 Michael D., ’70 and Christine T. Knupp Elizabeth L. Knutson, ’72 Jack K. and Sue D., ’65 Krutsinger Donald P., ’69 and Judy A. Kundert Georgina R. LaBerge, ’58 Gary R. Langlie, ’80 George H., Ph.D., ’73 and Rose A. Leavesley Vincent D., ’49 and Dolores Leone L. John, ’60 and Mary Jane Lute Steven M. Luwe, ’73 and Diane S., ’73 Anderson-Luwe James T., Ph.D., ’55 and Dawne B. Madison Bob E., ’58 and Penny A., ’62 Manville John P., ’60 and Carol A. Mari Gene Markley, ’47 Dr. John K. Matsushima, ’43, ’45 Loren R. Maxey and June F. Donaldson Ed L., ’76 and Joni J., ’75 Maycumber Robert W. McCormick, ’53 Donald E., ’49 and Charlotte L. McCrimmon Susan L. McHenry, ’71 Darla D. Meier, ’68 James A., ’68 and Marilyn Michaud Dale L. Miller, ’72 and Beverly B. Miller Dr. James J. Mooney, ’59 Larry E. Morgan, ’59,’63
Russel W., ’64 and Barbara A., ’64 Nun Donald, ’57 and JoAnn, ’58 Ostwald Robert D. Phelps, ’51,’54 Charles D., ’70 and Debra K. Pitman Dr. Hormuzd Y. Rassam, ’69 Gary E. and Carol S., ’67 Redabaugh Hulbert E. Reichelt, ’60 Vernon E., ’55 and Sarah M. Rettig Carolyn J. Robertson, ’58 Constance J. Robertson, ’68 Samuel L. Romano, D.V.M., ’80, ’83 Fred M. Rutherford, ’58 William L. Sanders, ’67,’69 James G., D.V.M., ’57,’59 and Marilyn Y., ’57 Savoini Gregory E., D.V.M., ’73,’78 and Linda D. Schick Dr. R. Gene, ’66,’68,’74 and Nancy L. Schreckhise Donald L., ’52 and Mary J., ’52 Scothorn Wilbert, ’57,’63 and Mary A. Shimoda Charles L., ’54,’59 and June M. Simon William S., Jr., ’69 and Paula M. Sims Carl S. Sorensen, ’54 Marion E., ’54 and Viola M. Stanley Donald and Shirley R., ’43 Stanosheck Larry D. Stephens, ’60 Gregory R., ’72 and Susan M., ’73 Super Richard G. Tanaka, Sr., ’78 Charles M., D.V.M., ’67, ’71 and Shelby E. Thimmig Emmett W., ’63 and Maryann Turner Charles L., ’70 and Lana Van Cleave Kristin D. Victry, ’90, ’95 Edward A. Wallace, ’60 William H., ’57 and Sylvia W., ’57 Webster David M. and Katherine Y., ’71 Wetzler M. Gary, Ph.D., ’64,’67 and Irene M., ’65,’67 Wickham Althea E. Williams, ’48,’49 Robert G. Wilson, Sr.
RAM LEVEL - $50-$99
James L. Adams, ’58,’61 Gary P., ’68 and Annemieke D., ’69 Ambrosier John F. Ashburn, III, ’12 Richard O., ’70 and Karin C. Bailey Virginia M. Boyes, ’44 Dr. Grant R., ’81 and Alicia L. Cates Don K., ’49,’66 and Jean Chadwick Keith E. Cooley, ’79 Janet E. Davis, ’57 Rodney L. Diehl, ’62, ’64 Cheryl C. Dotten, ’75 Dr. Lois E. Easton, ’70 Steve R., ’74 and Donnie V., ’74 Espinoza Charles R. Ewan, ’60,’62 and Lily Poole Nathan Ewert Howard N. Gaskill, ’61 Lynden E., ’68 and Ann Gill Charles W., ’60,’61 and Kaloma K. Huntley Myron O. Isherwood, Jr., ’56 Floyd W. Jorgensen, ’76 William G., ’63 and Marilyn M. Jump Margaret E. Kupilik, ’50 Dr. Charles H. and Catherine J., ’75 Lehman Richard L. Lindauer, ’54 Eldred G., ’63 and Marian L. Maggi Darwin G. and Betty J., ’65 Mainwaring Patrice M. McEahern, ’80 Royce Muchmore and Amy Moran, ’92 John B., ’65,’68 and Janet S. Mulay Mark J., ’73 and George A., ’72 Nelsen Duane A. Newman, D.V.M., ’54,’56 Thomas E., Jr., ’50 and Alice M., ’63 Nix Oliver E. Norris, ’51 Constance L. O’Brien, ’00 Donald H., ’63 and Judith A. Ross Bronwyn L. Schuetze, ’68, ’69 Kenneth S. Sek, ’73 Elisa A. Shackelton, ’84, ’06 Robert A. Smutz, ’53 David L., ’70 and Miriam M., ’71 Stout Ted T., ’55 and Donna S. Thomas Glenn P. Violette, ’82 William, Jr., and Marie C. Wenger Donald E., ’63, ’65 and Patricia E., ’59,’61 White Ralph E., ’63 and Lucretia M. Wilshusen Jeffrey G., ‘65 and Lana R. Zybura
Ram Network Roundup:
ominic Gallina (’06, Business Administration) is one of 1,150 alumni in Pueblo, Colo. and the current president of the Pueblo County Ram Network, a volunteer group of CSU alumni who help local alumni engage in the life of CSU. “We have a sister school – CSU Pueblo – in our city, and since they did the name change, when you say you went to CSU people think you went to school in Pueblo. We’re proud alumni of CSU Fort Collins. We felt we needed to remind people (in Pueblo) there is a CSU up north with a separate identity,” Gallina says. with the The group has been active since November 2011 and has hosted five
Pueblo County Ram Network
events for CSU alumni. The leadership team meets every two months. In addition to encouraging CSU alumni to meet with one another in Pueblo, the group is focusing their efforts on raising money for the Pueblo County CSU Alumni Scholarship, which will be given to incoming CSU students from Pueblo County in the 2014-15 school year. “Let’s bring attention to the great univerAbout Dominic Gallina (’06) sity we all love, and share the experience • Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo in the we all appreciated. If we can contribute business banking department, working with area to Pueblo’s youth in sharing that experismall-business owners. ence, we’re going to work hard to do that,” • While a student at CSU, was president of a Gallina says. “We have a lot of alumni professional business fraternity – Delta Sigma Pi. down here and we want to bring CSU • Married to Michelle (’07, Business Administration) front and center.” and expecting their first child in July.
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Alencia DeAnda-Gregg ’96, Business Administration Annual Member
“I realize a lot of the successes I’ve had now stem from the support of people who helped me through. It’s my turn to help students who need help or an extra push.” Describe your path to CSU. I grew up in Denver and went to George Washington High School. Both of my parents passed away, my dad in 1985 and my mom in 1989, so I was on my own for college. At CSU I qualified for the first-generation scholarship. I had scholarships at other schools but CSU itself was the decision maker. How were you involved at CSU? After looking at several student groups, I ended up at El Centro Student Services (a Latino/a cultural center). I felt a better connection there, and it was a place where my abilities and skills could be leveraged to help. I worked at El Centro throughout my time at CSU, and I became involved with MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history). I also participated in the diversity council put together by President Al Yates in 1995-96. The goal was to help CSU define its diversity plan and understand where there might be gaps from the perspective of students. And, I gave birth to my two children while I was a student at CSU.
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Tell me about your career. I am a manager at AT&T who specializes in process redesign and system enhancements for the mobility business segment. I jump in to figure out messy situations. Because I’m very interested in leadership development, I started the local chapter of the AT&T employee resource group called oxyGEN whose mission is to attract, develop, and retain AT&T’s current and future business leaders. We are focused on helping the next generation become leaders in the business while developing the current leaders to take the next step in their career. I’ve been at AT&T for 16 years.
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What about your hobbies? Poker. I primarily play tournaments. I love the game, the strategy, and winning when you don’t have the best hand. You learn to read people and think through the process. I’m extremely competitive so it’s a good outlet. Working out. I finished a half marathon last year. I hope to complete a sprint triathlon this summer. I have two sons and am happily married to my husband, Tony. Why do you give to CSU? I love the University (the atmosphere, the culture). I realize a lot of the successes I’ve had now stem from the support of people who helped me through. It’s my turn to help students who need help or an extra push. I believe you have to give back. What is Somos CSU? My friend Jessica Chavez-Salazar (B.S., ’97, M.S., ’08) approached me and several others about forming an alumni group. We wanted to stay connected to CSU so we founded Somos. Jessica and I are co-presidents, though lots of people help. Somos CSU has a yearly scholarship fundraiser and we give the scholarship to upperclassmen who may struggle with finishing school. We also assist El Centro from an alumni perspective with donations, sponsoring students, mentoring, or speaking at events.
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