This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Spring 2016


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ERMA ARMSTRONG (’51) published several piano manuals detailing the Tholen method of teaching.

ROBERT JOSSERAND (’53), owner of AzTx Cattle Co., was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame.

DR. RICHARD GREGORY (B.S. ’58, Ph.D. ’69) is a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society, noted for his outstanding achievement as a leader, educator, and advocate of resource management and conservation.

BOB BRIGGS (B.S. ’59, M.S. ’61) and SHIRLEY ABBOTT (’60) celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Bob served the city of Westminster as a member of the city council, mayor pro tem, and member of the Butterfly Pavilion board of directors.


STEVE COOK (’65) retired as a professor emeritus of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

GEORGE “MIKE” JACOBS (’68) retired from the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, after 42 years of service.


*ALVIN L. BARDEN (’70) of Eagle River, Wis., was inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame.

JOHN ARCHAMBAULT (’71) retired after 42 years with Grant Thornton LLP. He served as the firm’s National Managing Partner of Professional Standards. He also served on the U.S. Auditing Standards Board and other professional committees.

SISTER JANE FALKE (M.A. ’73) celebrated 60 years as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph.

JANET TRAYLOR (’74) and her husband, Bill Dunphy, recently founded Trocadéro Wine School in Phoenix.

JACQUELINE (HILL) GREGORY (’75) is a grandmother to Stirling Grace Moore.

MICHAEL BOYD (’76) raced in the 12th IDBF Dragon Boat World Championships alongside Team USA’s Senior C Mixed crew, setting a national record for their time in the 200-meter races.

GLENN GILES (’76) received his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Trinity Theological Seminary and is now founder and director of the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology in Denver.

ROBERT J. KERR (’77) retired from Oregon State University after 15 years of service. Robert spent 25 years in higher education and 13 years as a professional fundraiser.

KEN MITCHELL (M.S. ’76) started Mosiac Real Estate LLC, a Fort Collins real estate and land development company. He also joined the advisory board for CSU’s master of tourism management program.

MELVIN “MEL” SABEY (B.S. ’76, M.S. ’77) became a shareholder in the largest health care-focused law firm in the country, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.

KIMBERLEY BARTON (’78) and Glen Ross (’77) married on May 30, 2015, in Denver, having first met in Westfall Hall in 1975. Kim’s brother, Scott Barton (’77), was her escort down the aisle.

RANDY RUDASICS (’79) has been named president of the board of directors of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.


*JUDI ZUCKERT (M.S. ’80) retired after a 35-year career in natural resource management with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.

SU HAWK (’81) was named executive director of B:CIVIC, a statewide organization focused on corporate philanthropy in Colorado.

JOHN CAHILL (’82) retired after working 33 years for the Federal Aviation Administration, Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center.

STEVE KULLBERG (’82) relocated to Oklahoma City with his wife, Ann Kullberg (’82), to take a position as the vice president of operations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

CHRISTOPHER MCCONNELL, DDS (’82) was elected president of Delta Sigma DeltaInternational Dental Fraternity at its annual meeting last year.

DAVID PETERS (’83) accepted a position with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management as assistant district manager.

CARLOYN RIVIERE-PLACZEK (’83) opened two new offices of her private counseling practice that serves individuals, families, and couples in the metro Denver area.

DR. PAUL W. TRACY (Ph.D. ’86) has been awarded the American Society of Agronomy’s 2015 Agronomic Industry Award, recognizing excellence by private-sector agronomists.

MARK HARTWELL (’87) patented two new infrared external lighting applications for the new USAF aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46.

JACK R. LUELLEN (’88) is among Denver Business Journal’s 2015 “Who’s Who in Energy” for the third consecutive year.

COL. SCOTT ARMSTRONG (’89) completed his command as project manager of the U.S. Army’s Soldier Weapons Office at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.


DR. SCOTT WILLIAMS (Ph.D. ’90) was named president of Owensboro Community & Technical College.

COLLEEN HUMPHREY (’91) is the owner of Wild Violetta natural skin care, selected as an American Made 2015 finalist by Martha Stewart.

MATT RARDEN (’92) was appointed chief operating officer for Premier Members Credit Union in Boulder.

AMY (BENDER) NELSON (’93) earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado and is a middle school special education teacher.

CHRISTINA BOYD (’94) was named one of Barron’s 2015 Top Women Financial Advisors for her work at Merrill Lynch.

LT. COL. ORVAL A. “RUSTY” POWELL (’97) was selected as the Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award winner for 2015.

MICHELE ANDERSON SCHMIDT (M.A. ’98), a resident at Coronado Nursing Home in Abilene, Texas, was elected the residents’ vice president in November.

TABBI KINION (’99) participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja, where she studied the ecosystems at the Bahía de los Ángeles UNESCO World Heritage site.

CUYLER ROBINSON (’99) joined Charles River Associates, a consulting firm, as a vice president in its Chicago office. Robinson specializes in digital forensics, cyber security, and eDiscovery.


ANDY BURROUGHS, USAF (M.E. ’00) was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (from Major) on May 1, 2015.

DR. KENT SMITH (Ph.D. ’00), DR. JENNIFER MOLOCK (’84), AND DR. RUTH RAY JACKSON (Ph.D.) are now in leadership roles at Langston University, the only historically black college in Oklahoma. They serve as the president of the University, as an exchange fellow and special assistant to the president, and as the dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, respectively.

JOY WOLLER (’00) is one of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 winners for 2016.

STEVEN BOYD (’04), featured in a Computerworld article about young IT professionals who found success as freelance tech pros, has started a scholarship fund at CSU to encourage underrepresented students to pursue computer science.

GENEVIEVE BARNHART (Goddard-Pritchett) (’06) and Timothy Barnhart announced the birth of a son, Ned Richard Barnhart. Grandparents Carolyn Goddard (’86) and Philip Pritchett (’85) also graduated from CSU.

*TOM KUTRUBES (’06) is the founder of Peak Serum, a Fort Collins biotech company specializing in fetal bovine serum, an important part of global medical research.

DR. ERIC T. BECK (Ph.D. ’07) was certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), the highest credential that a doctoral-level clinical microbiologist can earn.

MARTIN LANIK’S (M.S. ’07, Ph.D. ’10) talent-management software startup, Pinsight, received the gold award in the excellence in gaming and simulations category of the Chief Learning Officer® Magazine’s 2015 Learning in Practice Awards.

JERICK WILSON (’08) became a member of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation’s 2015 cohort of Teaching Fellows, awarded to promising new high school math and science teachers.

NICK OTA-WANG’S (’09) research article on LGBT student outreach at the University of Denver is now published in the NASPA Spring 2016 white paper.


JOHN GAIONI (M.A. ’10) is splitting time between Fort Collins and southern Spain as a columnist for The Olive Press — Spain’s most widely read English newspaper.

STEPHEN SOICH (M.M. ’10) serves as the dean of students of Sobesky Academy, an alternative education center for Jefferson County Public Schools.

DR. KATHARINE BENEDICT (Ph.D. ’11, D.V.M. ’13) became an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer for the Centers for Disease Control, serving in public health to keep Americans safe from food-borne, water-borne, and environmental diseases.

SAM FRANZEN (’11) worked on the project team of the new Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility in Parker, Colo., which converts groundwater sources into a renewable water supply.

MIA HANSON (’11) and JASON RAMER (’10) were certified as registrants of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

ERNESTO LUNA (M.Ed. ’12) received the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. Luna used his educational and professional background to create an English language program for the Slovak Diplomatic Police force.

KENSI MAYS (’12) received the 2016 Michael D. Nosler Scholarship from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, awarded to an exceptionally talented and diverse University of Denver second-year law student.

*SHU ZHOU (’12) has been elected president for the Association of Asian American Social Workers (AAASW), a student organization at University of Houston.

ALAN PERRY (’13) was selected as one of the American Society of Media Photographer’s Best of 2015 and will be interviewed and featured in the ASMP Bulletin.

KARA SAWINSKA (’13) is now a marketing associate at Aleph Objects, Inc., makers of the LulzBot line of 3D printers.

ERIN DAVIDSON (’14) landed a place in the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in human genetics at Sarah Lawrence College.

TAYLOR BRODERICK (’15) is now an associate at Colorado-based Barefoot Public Relations.


*CRAIG CAPP was named president of Econiq North America and leads the company’s Global Conversation Value Office.


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