Jessica Packard and Evan Riles married August 1, 2009, in Vail, Colo., with lots of CC friends and family in attendance, including: Ian Abernathy, Nick James, Sara Kugler, Megan Dawson, Michael Thomsic, Sarah Martzolf Grossman, Nat Worden ’99, Dan Johnson, Dave Taylor, Andy Kronschnabel, Colin Moffatt, Ben Aase, Sarah Newton Worden, Danielle Krettek, Amelia Adcock, Alexis Silver, David Levy, Mary Ann Woodward Packard ’47, Megan Berry ’08, and Sarah Berry ’10. Jessica and Evan currently reside in Zurich, Switzerland, and welcome Tiger visitors.

Andrew Morrison reports that he and wife Kristen are moving back to Colorado to be closer to family. He’ll be working in-house for MarkWest, a small energy company headquartered in Denver.

Elliot Doleis an investment advisor associate with Buckingham Asset Management, LLC, based in St. Louis. The company offers fee-based investment advisor services for individuals, businesses, trusts, nonprofits, and retirement plans.


Bettina Swigger, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, was elected to the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council in December 2009. She began serving a three-­year term with the council in January 2010. The Emerging Leaders program encourages new arts leaders to participate fully in the nonprofit arts field.

Nicole Garst Forsythe and her husband, Christopher Forsythe ’03, are both attending graduate school. Christopher is pursuing a master’s of fine art degree in printmaking from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Nicole is pursuing a master’s of library and information science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana­-Champaign.

Emily Dickerson Nyquist ’02 told us that her sister, Megan Dickerson ’10, painted a lovely mural on the outside wall of the Dale Street Café near campus this past June (photo above).


Lindsay Weidmann has recorded an album, “What Else Have I Been Missing,” available on her Web site, lindsayweidmann.com. She has been heralded for her “amazingly captivating voice; personable, thought­provoking lyrics, and wonderfully engaging live performance,” and has been called “the songwriter to watch in the Rocky Mountain area.” Lindsay has been performing her own repertoire of folk, acoustic, folk­rock, light country, and blues throughout Colorado.

Matthew Merrill recently participated in an environmental policy career panel at CC. He is an associate at White and Jankowski, LLP in Denver, where his practice emphasizes litigation of water rights and environmental law cases.

Lindsay Moskowitz Brown graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs with her master’s in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management in December 2009.

H.C. Martensen and Ruth Rounds ’04 married on September 12, 2009, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Alumni in attendance included, Sean McGinnis, Melissa Sortor McGinnis, Martin Quinn, Jon Holdorf, Kyle Marshall, Rois Langner, Nicole Knecht Anderson ’04, Peter Anderson ’04, Jon Souter ’04, John Cropper ’04, Dane Stevens ’04, Evan DeSieyes ’04, Lane Salter ’04, James Hancock ’04, Jamie Shinn ’04, Mahlon Wigton ’04, Paquito Lopez ’04, Alaina Macauley ’04, Mark and Cici McGinnis ’77, and David Holdorf ’64.

Three years ago, Elizabeth Baker and a friend opened an independent democratic school called The Patchwork School. They started with an enrollment of 10 children in the friend’s basement, but quickly realized that there were more families interested than they had space for. In 2008, they moved to a house in Louisville, Colo., where they now have an enrollment of 51. Elizabeth says her interest in the philosophy of education began seriously during her Philosophy of Education course at CC, and has since blossomed into a full­blown school, several speaking engagements each year, and a goal to expand through elementary and middle school.

Sean Coffey married Elizabeth Victoreen on May 2, 2009, in Oakland, Calif. CC alumni in attendance included Katie Coffey ’07, David Coffey ’96 as best man, Hilary Specht ’95, Cynthia Kellogg, Jack Forder, Emily Garcia, Matthew Coffman ’02, John Galfione, Andy Meyer ’04, and Emily Watt ’04.


Katharine Hauschka worked as a photographer on a Web site redesign for the Pregnancy Aid Center of Maryland in collaboration with the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. Hers was an important role in a redesign that depended on strong visuals. Some of her biggest challenges came from the nature of the clinic — not only was she documenting clinical experiences (private in nature), but she also had to obtain model releases from clients who often did not speak English. You can see some of her images at www.pregnancyaidcenter.com/.

In the process of getting his M.A. in international affairs, Eli Mechanic had an interesting trip to Kurdish Iraq for spring break. “The sense of adventure I developed while studying at CC was instrumental in influencing me to do the Peace Corps, live and work in Beirut, and travel to places like Syria and Iraq.”

Liesl Peterson and Peter Erb were married June 20, 2009, in Bozeman, Mont. Those attending the wedding from CC included Amy Belcastro, Jaemey Shim Bush, Mary Groome, Kendra Murray, Bill Bush, Michelle Krefft Watkins, Jeremy Sueltenfuss ’07, Kayly Van Buskirk Newland, Scott Reis, and Walter De Gunya.

Kristen Klein reports that she graduated from Seattle University with a master of science in nursing in August 2009, and has become board-certified as a family nurse practitioner. She is now working at a rural health clinic in the Methow Valley in Washington state.

Katie Welle, manager of creative at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, was named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30” in the music business in LA. She used an internship at Epic Records as a springboard to an “artists and repertoire” position at the label, where she worked on projects by acts like Modest Mouse, Natasha Bedingfield, and the Fray; she also brought rapper Yung Berg to the label. Katie then joined Sony/ATV Music’s creative staff on the West Coast. She now scouts new songwriters and artists, arranges, cowrites, and plugs songs for major-label artist projects.


Whitney Johnson is the founder and executive director of Ubuntu Africa (UBA), an organization that provides comprehensive care for HIV-positive children in South Africa. After graduation, Whitney moved to South Africa and launched the organization, which serves children and teens in Khayelitsha, South Africa, an impoverished township with 1.5 million residents and nearly 40 percent HIV-AIDS rate among children. For a short video about Whitney’s work in South Africa, go to http://vimeo.com/4928234.


Chris Benz was managing editor and Jackson Solway ’09 was photo editor for issue #33 of McSweeney’s quarterly, a literary journal. Chris says, “We spent the better part of 2009 experimenting and trying to produce a prototype newspaper for the 21st century, something we hoped could inspire determined journalists about the future of print. We sold out our first printing in 90 minutes, and we are printing more. The issue has Stephen King writing about the World Series, Michael Chabon on music, Miranda July in conversation with James Franco, full-­page color comics by folks like Art Spiegelman, and many, many other writers.”

Jenna Lipscomb recently participated in an environmental policy career panel at CC. In her position at CTG Energetics, a sustainability consulting firm located in Colorado Springs, she advises companies on how to effectively reduce energy consumption, water use, material depletion, and site disturbance in the built environment.


Nick Waggoner, Zac Ramras, and Ben Sturgulewski, of Sweetgrass Productions, won the Best Cinematography Award from Powder Ski Magazine for their film “Signatures,” which was released in September 2009.

Several CC alumni recently returned to campus for a science career panel: Brian Abeyta, who works as a bioanalytical chemist at Pyxant Labs and Jake Morgan, who is a research assistant in pharmacology at the University of Colorado Medical School.

Others on the science career panel were: Marissa Hummon ’00, who works in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Keith Connaghan ’02, who received his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and plans on working in a postdoctoral position at CU; and Sarah McCants-Lebsack ’05, who is director of a Sylvan Learning Center and is in the process of applying to and interviewing for medical school.


During the summer of 2008, Annie Whetzel received a CC Venture Grant to travel through Italy and collect recipes while working on organic farms. The final product was a gluten­free recipe collection that she spent the past year turning into a published cookbook, titled “Olio Aglio.”

“Casket,” the Super Bowl Doritos commercial for which Char Lee was casting director, was one of four in the “Crash the Super Bowl” commercial competition that aired during the game. There were 4,000 entries, and Char’s was one of six finalists; four of those advanced to the grand­prize winning status and were aired. You can see the commercial at: www.crashthesuperbowl.com/.

Billy Blaustein has been awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The grant is for $24,000 for a year of study in any university in the world. According to The Rotary Foundation, “Given Blaustein’s impressive application and strong grasp of the Spanish language he was assigned to his first choice school, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, one of the most prestigious research universities in Latin America.” Billy was a four­year varsity football player and an international political economy major, and will study economic development in Mexico.