2017 Distinguished Alumni

2017 Distinguished Alumni

Each year, the Alumni Association honors CSU alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves professionally, have brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the University or their community.

For additional information about this year’s honorees, visit our CSU Alumni Association.

Ann Gill, recipient of Distinguished Alumni award

JIM AND NADINE HENRY AWARD

ANN GILL, PH.D. (M.A., speech and theater arts, ’76)

Gill dedicated more than 40 years to Colorado State as a student, teacher, mentor, and leader, retiring from her longtime position as beloved dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2016. Her work as a professor of communication studies and as dean can be seen in the faces of alumni, scholarships that bear her name, and in buildings that house the students she loved. She has been a strong supporter of the University Center for the Arts and helped make the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art a reality. She is devoted to students and was particularly successful mentoring student-athletes. Although Gill is technically retired, she volunteers almost every day with the CSU Alumni Association.

Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson, Ann Gill, recipients of Distinguished Alumni award

WILLIAM E. MORGAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ED WARNER (B.S., geology, ’68) and JACKIE ERICKSON

Warner, a noted conservationist, businessman, and philanthropist, is best known on campus for his generous gift in 2005 to establish the Warner College of Natural Resources, CSU’s first named college. His $30 million gift was the largest in the University’s first 135 years and was the catalyst for its first comprehensive campaign, which raised more than $500 million. He also established two endowed chairs in the Department of Geology, where he received training that launched his career as a geologist in the natural gas industry.

“Dame Jackie,” as the CSU Marching Band knows her, fell in love with the band during the first CSU football game she attended.  Erickson later established the Dame Jackie Marching Band Scholarship, designed to encourage students to remain band members throughout their college careers. She is a painter, reader, and storyteller who weaves traveling experiences into her creative life.

Polly Baca, Ann Gill, recipient of Distinguished Alumni award

CHARLES A. LORY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

POLLY BACA (B.A., political science, ’62)

Baca, who majored in political science at CSU, built a political career spanning more than 50 years at the local, state, and national levels. She accumulated significant firsts as a Hispanic woman to run and be elected to public office. She also was the first Latina to co-chair two national Democratic National Conventions; served as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1981-89; and worked as director of the Office of Consumer Affairs under President Bill
Clinton.

GOLD – GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE AWARD

ERIC BERLINBERG (B.S., business administration, ’12)

DISTINGUISHED ATHLETIC AWARD

BILL (B.S., physical education, ’58) and JAN WOODS

College Honor Alumnus and Alumna Awards

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

KARL HOPPESS (B.S., soil science, ’60)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

MARY CATHERINE MORRIS (B.S., finance-real estate, ’80)

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES

MARIE MACY (B.S., child development, ’55)

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

JIM VIDAKOVICH (B.A., speech arts, ’69)

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES

JOHN H. COCHRAN, M.D. (B.S., biological science, ’68)

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

NICHOLAS BOOTH, PH.D., D.V.M. (M.S., physiology

and pharmacology, ’51)

WALTER SCOTT, JR. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

DONALD J. LAW (B.S., civil engineering, ’75)

WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES

SCOTT FIFER (B.S., watershed sciences, ’73)

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