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Peak Profile: Ed Pelz ’38

Arriving at Colorado College in the fall of 1934, Edward Joseph Pelz ’38 must have had no idea what lay in store for his future. Pelz arrived at a Colorado College on the upswing. The presidency of Thurston J. Davies (1934-48) had seen the college acquire new property, upgrade student housing, and hire new faculty…

Issue: December 2015 • Tags:

John Novembre ’00

Photo by John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Everyone calls it the “genius award.” The official title is the MacArthur Fellowship, and it’s a cool $625,000, five-year stipend with no strings attached.

Among this year’s recipients, “24 Extraordinarily Creative People Who Inspire Us All”: John Novembre, a biochemistry major who graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 2000. “I’m tremendously honored to have received…

Issue: December 2015 • Tags:

Sonlatsa Jim-Martin ’94, P’19


For Sonlatsa “Sunshine” Jim-Martin, food is an important topic of discussion. The 1994 graduate (and parent to Zunneh-bah Martin ’19) grew up on the Navajo Nation near Tohlakai, New Mexico — making her a first-hand witness to the nutritional deficit experienced by many Native Americans. Her studies at CC were the start of her journey to…

Issue: December 2015 • Tags:

Nancy Nagel Gibbs ’71

It takes a lot of people to make a hit Broadway show. If you had told Nancy Nagel Gibbs ’71, while she was working in the Armstrong Hall basement, that she would be the producer of the multi-Tony Award winner “Peter and the Starcatcher,” she would have said, “No way.” The Denver native didn’t have…

Issue: August 2015 • Tags:

Peak Profile: Will Gadd ’90

Will Gadd poses for a portrait during the first ascent of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY, USA on 27 January, 2015.

Will Gadd discovered his future when, as a 14-year-old, he dipped his paddle in the swirling waters of the Athabasca River deep in the Canadian Wilderness. The adventure began that day and it continues for Gadd, a 1990 graduate who majored in political science. “I was going to be a lawyer, but other things called,”…

Issue: August 2015 • Tags:

Peak Profile: David Buck ’83

Working toward a “more caring” approach, Dr. David Buck ’83 believes it’s possible to save billions of dollars while giving the needy better healthcare. “It’s quite a cruel system that can precipitate and maintain homelessness,” said the family physician and healthcare-reform advocate. For more than 25 years, Buck has worked to improve treatment for the…

Issue: August 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…

Issue: April 2015 • Tags:

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: 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: 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: