Class Notes & Rams Write

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series Spring - 2018

Class Notes

*indicates member of the Alumni Association


William Jones (D.V.M., ’57) published and edited The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and eventually sold it to Elsevier. He earned his Ph.D. at Oregon State University and has written a dozen books.

Eldon Dunn (M.S., ’58) worked as a U.S. Navy federal employee from 1951-83, retiring on his 55th birthday. He’s a volunteer at the Homestead Museum in Los Angeles County, Calif., where he leads historic home tours.


*Michael Knupp (B.S., ’70) was appointed chairman of the board of trustees for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in Florida.

Edward “Frank” Kelly (B.S., ’72) has been retired for 15 years after teaching math and coaching in Colorado for 30 years. He lives in Denver and supports the Rams as a CSU basketball season ticket holder.

*Barry Hansen (B.S., ’73) retired from his position as a primary care physician for 35 years, lives with his wife, Nina, in the Reno-Tahoe area, and still practices telemedicine.

James “Lee” Herron (B.S., ’74) is retiring from a career specializing in accounting for ski areas and hotels. He served as budget director at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah, and has worked at other ski areas and hotels throughout the West.

Jim Jirak (B.M., ’75) received the Boise City Excellence in Education Award. Jirak has been teaching at Boise State University for 23 years.

*Vernon Lowrey (B.S., ’76) retired after a 40-year career in the U.S. Army, where he served on active duty, with the Missouri National Guard, and as a Department of the Army civilian. He lives in Rolla, Mo.

Dan MacDonald (B.S., ’77) manages the technology infrastructure department for Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. He also wrote Owner-Assisted Aircraft Maintenance, and adopted twin teen girls from Bogota, Colombia.


Jill (Norman) Hudgins (B.F.A., ’80) retired as art director of NCTI Inc. in Littleton, Colo., after 30 years with the company. Her career included book publishing and online course creation.

*Lyn (Gillaspie) Yucuis (B.S., ’81) competed in the 2017 National Senior Games held in Birmingham, Ala., placing eighth in golf while wearing her CSU shirt on the final day of competition.

Ken Reed (M.S., ’83), author of Ego vs. Soul in Sports: Essays on Sport at its Best and Worst, is also a sports policy director for League of Fans, a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader.

*Cindy (Jepson) Aubrey (B.A., ’88) was promoted to president and CEO of Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado Springs, Colo. Previously, Aubrey worked as news director at KOAA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

*Stacy Houk (B.S., ’88) is now senior vice president and head of human resources at in Austin, Texas.

*Kelley (B.S., ’89) and Carol Wood are returning to Florida after spending nearly three years in Denver. Kelley Wood retired at the end of 2017. They plan to spend time gardening and raising chickens on their small homestead in Brooksville.


Anne Lane (B.S., ’90) has been promoted to senior manager at Gunnip & Co. Certified Public Accountants.

Russell Peterson (B.A., ’90) is a finalist for 2018 Oregon Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching in inner-northeast Portland since 2000.

Christian DuChateau (B.A., ’91) has been promoted to CNN’s The Row as an editor.

DuChateau is an Emmy-winning broadcast journalist who has worked at the network since 2001.

Scott Shuman (B.S., ’92), head of Hall and Hall Auctions, was named president of

the National Auctioneers Association.

Christina Boyd (B.A., ’94) was recognized by Barron’s in its list of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.”


*Carol Morrow (B.S., ’01) became the 131st president of the Colorado Dental Association. Murrow is the youngest dentist to be president of the CDA and the second female president in the association’s history.

Larry Slade (B.S., ’01) relocated his liquor store, Baker Wine & Spirits, in Denver. The store focuses on selling products made by local producers who use organic and sustainable farming practices.

Christen Glickman (B.A., ’02) has been named federal policy manager at Youth Villages, a national leader in mental and behavioral health.

Lt. Col. Brent Tschikof (B.A., ’02) a detachment commander in the U.S. Air Force, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Brian Cuzzolina (B.A., ’04) has been promoted to assistant dean of the college and interim director of the Office of Academic Resources at Haverford College.

Cristina Richie (B.A., ’04) is an assistant professor of the Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies Department in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Jodi Roth-Saks (B.A., ’04) joined United Way of Chester County’s board of directors in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the board, she helped assess agency funding requests as part of United Way’s community impact teams.

Jie Fan (B.S., ’05) has been promoted to research associate at investment adviser Terril & Co.

Brice Particelli (M.F.A., ’05) has been named a 2017 New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation of the Arts artist fellow in nonfiction literature.

Bill Wells (B.S., ’06) has been hired by Brinkman as a developmental manager to oversee key community-driven projects. He has more than 12 years of experience in the construction industry.

Veronica May (B.M., ’07) released her solo album, Awakened, featuring Jason Mraz. Most of the album is inspired by the fact that she has bipolar 1 disorder and the creativity that she’s gained from it.

Andrea Lawson (M.S.W., ’08) has had a successful career in mental health and was

promoted to co-director of Mental Health Services at the University of Wisconsin.


*Mark Benjamin (M.S., ’10) has owned Crown Jade Design and Engineering since 2005. This year, his company has been renamed to PHI-D&E Inc. and provides architectural plans and materials for building projects.

Ryan Garthright (B.S., ’10) has been living in Melbourne, Australia, to prepare for the International Cup, an Australian Rules football tournament. Competing for the United States, he was selected for the All-World team.

John Tufte (M.S., ’03; M.B.A., ’11) rejoined Sanderson Stewart, an award winning engineering, planning, and community design firm. Tufte left the company to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering and M.B.A. from CSU. He returns as a principal and the Colorado Region manager.

Sarah (Wobken) Thompson (B.A., ’13) has recently married Hunter Thompson, a user interface designer at Gloo in Boulder. Sarah Thompson is an attorney and senior programming specialist at Sling TV in Englewood, Colo.

Rams Write: Books written by CSU alumni, faculty and staff

Books listed alphabetically by author

Our Apache Ways
Ernesto Alvarado (B.S., ’71)
Three Apache ceremonial leaders share wisdom and teachings from their ancestors.

The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication: Theory and Clinical Practice
Dr. Margaret Blake (B.S., ’91)
A comprehensive review of the function of the right side of the brain and disorders that can result from strokes.

Peace Now!
Roger Bradbury (B.A., ’68)
A novel about campus turmoil during the Vietnam War.

The Bonepicker
Lutricia Lois Clifton (M.A., ’89)
The second book in the Sam Chitto series; the first was a finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award.

The Brin Archives
Jim Cronin (B.S., ’76; M.Ed., ’87)
An epic space adventure with interstellar war, time travel, political intrigue, cloning, and romance.

Missile Inbound, The Attack on the Stark in the Persian Gulf
Randy L. Edwards (B.A., ’75)
A close examination of the deadly Iraqi F-1 Mirage attack on the USS Stark.

Tend My Flowers
Cathleen Ellis (B.A., ’68; M.A.T., ’70; B.S., ’00)
Young adult romance novel by a Colorado native.

They Called Them the Immortals: The Last of the Class
John J. Fennell (B.S., ’61; M.A., ’63)
Chronicles the lives of the 290 West Point graduates who served during the Civil War.

Cover of Never Summer novel by Mark H. GaffneyNever Summer
Mark Gaffney (B.S., ’78)
A novel about the epic fight to save Bowen Gulch, the finest stand of spruce in the southern Rockies.

Green Light Leadership for School Leaders
Kathryn Knox (Ph.D., ’95)
Knox also published Language

Soup: A Taste of How Diverse People Around the World Communicate, and A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game.
Language for Specific Purposes: Trends in Curriculum Development
Mary Long (B.A., ’86)
A volume with research-based chapters of interest to high school and university language educators, program directors, and linguists.

Finding Safehaven
Beverly Marquart (M.Ed., ’94; Ph.D., ’02)
A debut novel inspired by experiences of the author’s father with a French woman who carried secret information on Nazi spoils of war.

The Last Panther
Todd Mitchell (M.F.A., ’02)
The uplifting story of a girl who discovers a family of panthers that were thought to be extinct and her journey to save the species.

Cover of Neespaught, the Legend of the Indian's Coin by John MugglebeeNeespaugot: The Legend of the Indian’s Coin
John Mugglebee (M.F.A., ’84)
A novel based on the real-life adventures of the author’s ancestors, a cast of characters linked by a bloodline and an Indian’s coin.

Cover of Rocky Ford, Colorado - A Walk Past Local Doors by David J. MuthRocky Ford, Colorado: A Walk Past Local Doors
David J. Muth (B.S., ’62)
A trip down memory lane for longtime residents of Rocky Ford, Colo.

To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts
Caitlin Hamilton Summie (M.F.A., ’95)
A collection of short stories.

In Search of Harmony … an Anthology, Family Trees, and Thoughts and Phrases Collected
Lois Peltz (M.S., ’84)
Three volumes with photographs, memories, legends, and poems depicting the lifestyle of Harmony, a once-thriving community that has become part of southeast Fort Collins.

Cover of In the Shadows of Victory II by Thomas D. PhillipsIn the Shadows of Victory II: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders, the Spanish-American War to World War II
Tom Phillips (B.S., ’66)
Stories about little-known, but extraordinary, U.S. military leaders of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s.

Bruising Continents
Claudia Savage (M.A., ’98)
A poetry collection combining the earthly landscape of the Western United States with the bodily landscape of three lovers.

Moving Beyond Compromise: Why Stop There
Kevin Smith (B.S., ’82)
Introduces “solution-building” as an effective decision-making process.

Passing Through
Jenny (Frazier) Sundstedt (B.A., ’88)
A supernatural mystery by the co-author of Write Away: A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers.

Images of America: Coolidge
Ralph Swain (M.A., ’72)
A photographic history of a unique Arizona community.

Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter
Cynthia Yurth (B.A., ’80)
Collected stories from The Navajo Times.

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