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Peak Profile: Joe Ellis ’80

Joe Ellis ’80, right, talks with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

In 1983, Joe Ellis ’80 was selling T-shirts for a living when he applied for a job with the National Football League’s Denver Broncos. “I overheard that they might be looking for somebody to sell ads in their Gameday magazine, which was the game program,” Joe said. “I got into it. You had to roll…

Issue: April 2015 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Monica Mueller ’13

Monica Mueller ’13 had a Big Idea. She wanted to start a nonprofit that would improve children’s lives through creativity, a plan she pitched during the 2013 Big Idea competition at Colorado College. “We didn’t win, which lit a fire in me to prove them wrong about my concept,” Monica said via email from her…

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Peak Profile: Jon Wilson ’05

When Jon Wilson arrives at Homecoming this fall for his 10th reunion — which he plans to do with wife Amy Salm Wilson ’05 by his side — he, like many of his classmates, will be in a very different state of mind than he was at graduation. One year after graduation, Jon was living…

Issue: April 2015 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Iain Hyde ’06

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium.

On June 22, 2012, Iain Hyde ’06 was offered a new job. A mitigation specialist with Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management for almost three years, he was promoted to the state’s interim recovery manager position. On June 23, the Waldo Canyon Fire hit just a few miles from Colorado College — evacuating more than 30,000…

Issue: December 2014 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Marty Kemmer-Contreras ’85

Marty Kemmer-Contreras ’85 believes education is a social justice issue. So much so, this combined political science and history major has spent the last decade trying to level the playing field in early childhood education. As director of community relations for Colorado Springs’ Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), the local grantee for Head Start,…

Issue: December 2014 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Joseph E. Mattys ’67

Mattys on Christmas Carol set

Joe E. Mattys ’67 has seen Colorado College from both sides: as a student hungry for the Next Big Question and a teacher eager to pose it. “My first teaching job after my M.A. and a stint in the Army was back at CC,” says Joe, who taught theater from 1972 to 1977. “It was…

Issue: December 2014 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Michael Hannigan ’75

Michael Hannigan is one of very few individuals to claim status as a former Colorado College student, faculty member, and administrator. (For the record, he’s also married to a CC alumna, Debra Armstrong ’79 and his brother Barry is an alumnus — Class of 1973.) “I was attracted to the fact that I would be…

Issue: August 2014 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Lance Cheslock ’82

Lance Cheslock obviously has the right chemistry for problem-solving — even if it doesn’t involve his chemistry degree. After graduation, he taught chemistry, physics, and art history at an East Coast prep school and tested the waters of biochemical research, before spending three years in Haiti with one of Habitat for Humanity’s first international projects,…

Issue: August 2014 • Tags:

College Press Club

College Press Club doesn’t look like other startup companies. An established market and way of doing business already existed when, shortly after graduation, Alex Kronman ’12 and Ben Quam ’12 founded an online platform to connect advertisers with college newspapers. But the potential for improving how business is done in the $300 million industry is…

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Peak Profile: Toni Pizza ’12

Toni Pizza ’12 has been playing games constantly through her two years of grad school at New York University. She plans to continue that habit as an adjunct instructor at NYU this fall. But it’s not just about laughs for this accomplished woman, 25 in early August. “Games are a good place to do a…

Issue: August 2014 • Tags: