The late Frank S. Hoag Jr. has been honored with a bronze statue installed at Pueblo Community College. The installation commemorates his work establishing Southern Colorado Community College in 1933, and then his work helping lead it and other institutions (including CC, where he was a trustee) in the following decades.


Max Morath, known in the music world as “Mr. Rag- time,” will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in April.


Rose Levno writes from her home in Fairbanks, Alaska: “I have just bought the new recording of “The Odyssey” read by Dan Stevens in English and Robert Fitzgerald in Greek. This makes me think of our lovely young professor Stephanie Jakimowitz, who was a friend to me and who inspired my love of the clas- sics, and of my delightful classmate, Miss Mary Sue Crosby ’53 of California.”


Benjamin “Bud” Greene recently was crowned division champion of the 2015 Senior Golf Championship at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.


Representatives from the classes of ’61, ’62, and ’63 are pleased to announce a joint 55th reunion to be celebrated at Homecoming 2017. Plan now to attend!


Rory Donaldson reports that 50 years after graduating from CC, he continues to live and work (at a standing desk, no less) in Denver with his wife Louisa.


Power Boothe, a Hartford Art School professor whose work resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum (among other sites), has received an honorary degree from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

Ottie Otterstein

Ottie Otterstein completed the Colorado Trail, riding from Denver to Durango on his horses Kiva and Rusty. He plans to take on the Arizona Trail next.



CC-BUL-APRIL2016-39-ClassNotes-68Peet2Darcie Swenarton Peet has been invited to participate in “Timeless Legacy: Women of Glacier,” a show opening this August at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. Darcie is a signature member of Oil Painters of America.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-40-ClassNotes-71GriffithMarshall Griffith has donated a lithograph etching of President Theodore Roosevelt by Frances Soule Campbell to the college. Marshall says the etching belonged to his grandfather and 1901 CC graduate Benjamin Griffith, and was likely a gift from Roosevelt for his grandfather’s willingness to run on the Progressive ticket for U.S. Senate in 1912. It now hangs in Stewart House.


Last summer, Jim Hopkins and his wife Jann hosted classmates Peter Hershberger, Ray Kawano and Cathy Pottle Kawano, as well as Peter’s brother Chris, in Omaha, Nebraska, for the opening games of the 2015 NCAA Men’s College World Series (above). It marked the first time Peter, Ray, and Cathy had been in Omaha together since Jim and Jann’s 1972 wed- ding. Pictured foreground to back: Jim, Chris, Peter, Ray, and Cathy.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-40-ClassNotes-75FelchKevin Felch received the John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics at the International Vacuum Electronics Conference held in Beijing The award was given for “pioneering research and leadership in the development of gyrotrons for fusion energy sciences and national defense.”


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-40-ClassNotes-77AtencioDolores Atencio has received three prestigious honors in the legal field. The government of Mexico recognized Dolores with its Ohtli Award, given to Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders who have boosted the well-being, prosperity, and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. In addition, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association presented Dolores with its Lifetime Achievement Award. And in Washington, D.C., in March, she was to be honored as one of four female co-founders of the National Coalition of Bar Associations of Color.



Terry Leyden (above, center) served as referee for January’s College Football Playoff National Championship game between the University of Alabama and Clemson University in Glendale, Arizona. It marked the end of his 29th season of major collegiate referee- ing, a weekend gig that allows him to run The Leyden Group — a recruitment firm serving the scientific community — during the week.

A libretto written by alumnus and CC Professor of English David Mason will be unveiled in Opera Colorado’s world premiere of “The Scarlet Letter” in May. Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 work, it finds David collaborating with composer Lori Laitman. The duo also continues to work on developing “Ludlow,” an opera to be based on David’s verse novel about the 1914 mining tragedy



For the 13th time since graduating from CC — and for the first time ever outside the United States — six Class of ’79 friends recently assembled in Costa Rica for a reunion. Pictured above, back row, left to right: Julie Edelstein-Best, Debbie Parks Palmisano, and Linda Snow Sweets Martin. Front row, left to right: Kathy Loeb, Nancy Levit, Sue Sonnek Strater. They report having seen 90 different types of birds, plus other wild- life including vipers, boa constrictors, and sloths.


Peter W. Marty has been named publisher of The Christian Century, a leading journal of Protestant thinking in America. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, he also serves as senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, a 3,500-member congregation in Davenport, Iowa.

Kim Miklofsky Bayne recently helped promote the U.S. premiere of “Rediscover Chinese Music” for the China National Traditional Orchestra of Beijing. The multimedia experience featuring traditional Chinese instruments took place at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Linda Benfield has been named a 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group. Linda specializes in environmental law.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-41-ClassNotes-82FreidmanBrad Friedman (left) and Larry Lutz ’79, both former Alumni Association Board members, got to meet and catch up in Denver, Colorado, last August.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-41-ClassNotes-83JonesSidesFormer classmates (pictured above, left to right) Debbie Jones, Chris Jones, Chug Sides, and Carla Sides hiked together to Havasu Falls at the Grand Canyon last June.

Janet Friedman-Pizzo is a competitive speech and debate coach at Butte Falls High School in Butte Falls, Oregon. In 2015, she received two professional certifications from the National Speech and Debate Association: Professional Speech and Debate Coach Accreditation and Advanced Professional Speech and Debate Coach Accreditation. In 2016, she received the NSDA’s Distinguished Service Plaque — First Honors, an honor received by only 153 coaches since 1925.

Steve Zahorik of Castle Pines, Colorado, has received Five Star Wealth Manager awards for 2014 and 2015. Nominations come from peers or firms, and awards are based on objective criteria including client retention rates, client assets administered, firm review, and favorable regulatory history. Steve is a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors.

Laura Ann Hershey earned posthumous election to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Laura was honored for her work both in the Denver area and nationwide as a writer, activist, and advocate for the disabled community.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-42-ClassNotes-84VigilJoyce Vigil, who works as an attorney in Pueblo, Colorado, has become a member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Board of Trustees.


Via a partnership with New York public television station WNET, Holly Carter helped teenagers bring five 30-minute documentaries to air earlier this year. Holly (also a former CC trustee) is founder and executive director of BYkids, a nonprofit organization that has paired young storytellers with “film mentors” such as the late Albert Maysles and Neal Baer ’78.


Ed Casias received The David Olbright Outstanding Youth Mentor Award from The Summit Foundation in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ed was recognized for his involvement with Mountain Mentors, Summit County Head Start, and Summit Lake Dillon Optimist Club, and for his contributions in coaching youth sports.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-42-ClassNotes-88EricksonTodd Erickson has joined the law firm of Robinson & Henry, P.C., in Castle Rock, Colorado, as content marketing manager.



Todd Prusin (above, far right) recently took his family to visit friends Chip Sagal ’89 and Courtney Cutter ’89 in San Diego. They last met in California in 1998, for Chip and Courtney’s wedding.

Scott Reynolds is now manager of National Hall of Fame Club Sales for FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.


Theresa “Terry” de la Garza married Matthew Provencher on March 14, 2015, in Junction City, Kansas. Together with their daughter, they live in the Flint Hills area of Kansas, where Terry works as the historic architect and cultural resources program manager at the Fort Riley military post.


On New York state’s Lake George in 2015, a group of classmates gathered together for a “mini Tiger reunion.” Adults, pictured above, left to right: Jean Harvey, Gillian Munson, Katie McDougall, Marisa Howe, Margot Voorhies Chalk, and Jennifer Rucci Warwick. Kids, left to right: Tegan White, Arthur Rosenstein, Aven Webb, and Lacey Warwick.

Chris Doggett has been appointed senior vice president of global sales at Carbo- nite, where he will oversee all sales with a special focus on consumer and small business markets.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-42-ClassNotes-94LeybaJohanna Leyba was recently named acting associate vice chancellor for inclusive excellence at the University of Denver. She also is executive director of the Center for Multicultural Excellence at DU.

CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-94HammerThe board of the CC Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) is pleased to announce that Gretchen Hammer has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Livesay Award for Social Change. The PIFP board was extremely impressed with Gretchen’s dedication, inspiration, and vision for making a difference in Colorado in the years since her graduation from CC. Her work has included, among other things, a strong commitment to mobilizing coalitions, a vital role as a thought leader and advocate for health equity, and a passion for mentoring younger members of the nonprofit sector.


Gretchen currently is Colorado’s Medicaid director, overseeing the office that administers public health insurance for more than a million low-income and disabled Coloradans, including Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus. Her career focus has been on leading change for a healthier Colorado.


Before joining the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in January 2015, Gretchen was the executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved for six years. Over the years, she also has served as chair and member of the Board of Directors for Connect for Health Colorado, on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Children’s Health Care Access Program and the Anchor Center for Blind Children, and on the Board of Trustees for HealthONE.


In her early career, Gretchen was a private consultant focused on leadership development, complex systems change initiatives, strategic planning, program management, and constituent engagement for numerous public-serving organizations. She received a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.


The Livesay Award was created by the Public Interest Fellowship Program several years ago to honor “a Colorado College alum who is living out the mission, spirit, and goals of PIFP in his or her life and career by contributing to systemic change, by increasing the capacity of the nonprofit sector, and by helping to build a new generation of nonprofit leaders.” The award will be formally presented to Gretchen at the annual PIFP dinner in May.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-98GivotRima Givot participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in the Amazon rainforest during summer 2015.

On Dec. 1, Laila Peabody Scott was interviewed as part of MSNBC’s coverage of Giving Tuesday. Laila is the founder of Pop-Up Birthday, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit that provides “parties in a box” to children celebrating birthdays in foster care. Laila was connected to MSNBC by Dave Wharton ’97, who works as a producer for the cable network.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-00McHalePatrick McHale has joined Cavanagh Law Group in Glenview, Illinois. A trial attorney who has successfully tried and defended cases in both state and federal court, he is a 2006 graduate of DePaul University College of Law.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-00CoreeCoree Neumeyer has joined the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady LLP. Coree, who received her law degree from the University of Arizona, focuses on general business, utility, and commercial litigation.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-00PALLANCHTonkon Torp LLP, a Portland, Oregon-based business and litigation law firm, has elected Christopher Pallanch to the partnership. A 2007 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Christopher focuses on resolving complex business disputes.


Ellie Collinson has been named chief program officer at United Cerebral Palsy in Washington, D.C.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-43-ClassNotes-03CullenAlyse Richards Cullen and Jayme O’Bryan Cullen ’02 have created Teags & Ry, a Minnesota-based business selling “remarkably memorable hockey products” made in the U.S. They co-own the business with their husbands, and all four are former Tiger athletes. Pictured above left to right: Mark Cullen ’02 (hockey) who is playing in Dresden, Germany, this season; Jayme (soccer); Alyse (lacrosse); and Joe Cullen ’03 (hockey) who, recently retired from playing hockey, works in orthopedic medical sales for Smith & Nephew.


Spencer Fane law firm in Denver has elected Jamie Cotter a partner. Jamie, who received her law degree from the University of Denver in 2008, focuses on issues related to employment, real estate, special districts, and municipalities.

Sandy Pope earned a Ph.D. in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an assistant professor at Salisbury University, where he also directs the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and co-directs the Maryland Holocaust Educators Network.

Elissa Greene (below) has assumed the role of executive director of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.




Whitney Johnson has attracted media attention of late for the work of Generation Ubuntu, the nonprofit organization she founded in 2006. By offering a healthcare model that includes nutritional and psychosocial support and life skills education, Generation Ubuntu aims to help South African children with AIDS live healthy, long, and successful lives.

Lauren Bennett Watel and Ethan Watel welcomed a baby boy, Bennett Robert Watel, on June 6, 2015. In attendance at Bennett’s baby shower, pictured below, left to right: Susan Schlessman Duncan ’52, Peggy Yaeger Christie ’77, Diane Lanning Berberick ’55, Sandy Schlessman Garnett ’75, Makendra Silverman ’07, Lauren Bennett Watel, Avery MacKenzie ’07, and Meg Patton Picard ’04.



Megan Zaranek MAT ’13 has earned a Colorado Science Teacher of Excellence Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. (She also currently coaches cross-country and track at CC.)

The work of Natalie Gosnell, now a W.J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin, was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. Natalie and her team members used the Hubble Space Telescope in a survey credited with enhancing scientific understanding of how stars age.



In October, several alumni relived one of their favorite block breaks by rafting the Colorado River’s West- water Canyon. Liza Mitchell ’08 (pictured second from left) Becky Rittenburg ’09 (third from left), Meriwether Hardie ’09 (fourth from left), and Emily Havens ’09 (far right) also report having happened upon a group of current CC students on the river.

When Zion Klos and Lucy Holtsnider ’11 were married last summer in Berthoud, Colorado, more than 80 CC alumni attended for the camping and festivities. Pictured above, from bottom left to top right: Claire McKeever ’12, Gioia Garden ’11, Julia Varnergardener ’11, Beth Kochevar ’11, Eliza Wicks-Arshack ’11, Lucy Holtsnider, Zion Klos, Will Durrett ’13, Sawyer Schweitzer ’13, Lily McKoy ’12, Tommy Grossinger ’11, Henry Konker ’11, Will Sullivan ’11, Matt Giangreco ’11, Sam Kustel ’11, Lauren Foster ’11, Sam Franklin ’12, Lauren Paley ’11, Deb Mer ’11, Cris Landa ’11, Rachel Harris ’11, Jimmy Singer ’11, Molly Sinnott ’12, Claire Draught ’11, Paul Schawaker ’11, Stephan Gordon ’11, Whit Childs ’11, Hattie Landry ’13, Rebecca Levi ’11, Eleanor Anderson ’11, Nikki Kaufman ’13, Kalen Aquisto ’13, Sarah Delaney ’11, Sophia Herscu ’11, Hannah Sohl ’11, Anna Perks ’10, Becca Spira ’11, Anna Johnson ’11, Josh Anderson ’12, Martha Brummit ’11, Peter Kernan ’11, Alex Kahnweiler ’11, Sam Johnston ’10, Emily Waldeck ’07, Michael Waldeck ’09, Danny Hovancsek ’13, Drew Thayer ’11, Dirk Rasmussen ’12, David Fay ’12, John Collis ’13, Kathryn Baker ’12, Taryn Wiens ’13, Ros Brokaw ’13, Grace Brofman ’13, Lisi Lohre ’14, John Armstrong ’10, Kari Sicard ’07, Alex Gould ’11, Duncan Forbes ’09, Jake Weiss ’09, Robby Waldeck ’07, Eric Daniels ’09, Sam Wilson ’09, Rowan Hill ’09, Mary Engels ’05, Liza Mitchell ’08, David Spiegel ’11, Joe Wood ’11, Britt Landis ’11, Claire Jencks ’11, Angela Eastman ’09, Daniel Boyes ’13, Mike Curran ’13, Melissa Eric ’13, and Becky Rittenburg ’09.



Liz Bullock Ward married Andrew Ward on May 30, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. Former classmates in attendance included (from left): Rachel Mushlin ‘11, Samantha Marinello ’11, Paige Bedell ’10, Emily Perry ’10, Amy Allured ’11, Laura Davies ’11, Christina Yong ’10, Nicole Fer- rero ’11, Ana Brown-Cohen ’09, Kameron Moding ’10, and Anna Desis ’10.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-46-ClassNotes-10ZagerIn October, Jeffrey Zager became an associate at Neal & Harwell, PLC, in his hometown of Nash- ville, Tennessee. Jeffrey, who earned his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University, will focus on complex litigation, plaintiff’s rights, and medical malpractice.


On Aug. 15, 2015, Alexandra “Ali” Smith married Moses Taylor ’12 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Pictured above, top row, from left, starting with woman in silver mask: Karen Rasmussen ’10, Victoria Silver ’10, Kathleen Anderson ’10, Benjamin Ehrlich ’10, Chuck Parsons ’11, Teddy Sulger ’85, Moses Taylor ’12, Noah Schroeder ’12, and Ryan Coyle ’12. Second row: Tanner Howard ’12, Elena Fairley ’10, Jaymie Oppenheim ’10, Tracy Ehrlich ’10, and Ali Smith. Front row: Carson Christman ’12, Jake Melito ’12, Spencer Durden ’12, Emma Longcope ’15, Sam Murray ’12, Ian Coughlan ’12, Austin Turner ’12, and Nate Pearson ’13.


Torrey Hata has joined the Westlake Village, California-based law firm of Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, P.C., as an associate. A member of both the California and Colorado bar associations, he graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2014.



Jon Stein, Gordon Matthewson, Cara Greene, Ian Heyse, and John Christie ’13, who together make up Jo(h)n, released their first album this past winter. Jon reports that “Impossible Morning” is a CC effort through and through: Kickstarted by a Transitions Fellowship grant, the band played shows heavily attended by alumni to help fund the album, which includes many songs written at CC. It is dedicated to Emily Spiegel ’15 and Paul Heyse.


CC-BUL-APRIL2016-46-ClassNotesBretonNaropa University in Boulder recently displayed a collection of large-scale photographs from Breton Schwarzenbach at its Lounge Gallery. “The Generation of Uncertainty” shows the contemporary story of Changpa nomads confronting climate change, economics, and geopolitics in the Himalayas. Breton has received multiple grants to live in Changpa camps in recent years.