cc-bul-winter16-40-classnotes-66priestIn what they considered “a Panhellenic gathering at Lake Tahoe,” four friends — all former Ticknor Hall freshmen who joined sororities — reunited for the 2016 Reno Balloon Races and a trip to Emerald Bay. Pictured from left to right: Linda Lennartz Beaven (Delta Gamma); event host Cathy Jones Priest (Kappa Kappa Gamma); Linda Bjelland (Gamma Phi Beta); and Kathy Morris Olney (Kappa Kappa Gamma).


Nicki Steel was among the residents of Wilmington, Vermont, who were interviewed by Yankee Magazine to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The story appeared in Yankee’s July issue.


When not running his company, DSP Geosciences, or teaching petroleum geology at the University of Miami (Florida), John Dolson actively drills for oil and gas in Africa with Delonex Energy. His wife, Deborah Hingston Dolson ’73, also works with Delonex. And through work with Save the Grove, Ltd. Group, both John and Deborah are involved in preserving habitat and historical aspects of their Coconut Grove, Florida, community.


Richard MacDonald retired on Labor Day after 36 years of practicing law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Mary T. Yelenick is a litigation partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where she has practiced law since 1981. She has also been active in peace and social-justice organizations including NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (the “Nuns on the Bus” organization). Presently, Mary belongs to the Pax Christi International NGO delegation to the United Nations and to the national Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team.


cc-bul-winter16-40-classnotes-77whitePictured left to right: Kate Sawyer White, Chris White, Tom Bohanon, and Libby Suter Bohanon recently spent several weeks together sailing and exploring the Sea of Cortez and Baja, Mexico.


Rob Watt’s fiber artwork was featured in the Smithsonian Craft Show in April at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. From Jan. 7 to 22, 2017, Rob will participate in the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale at the National Western Complex in Denver.


cc-bul-winter16-40-classnotes-79palmisanoSix former classmates recently gathered on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for their 14th reunion. Pictured left to right: Debby Parks Palmisano, Sue Sonnek Strater, Nancy Levit, Linda Snow Sweets Martin, Kathy Loeb, and Julie Edelstein-Best.

With all four of his children either through or into college, Loren Thompson is now looking forward to retirement with his wife, Ann, and to his 40th CC reunion. Loren has worked in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses and in the Department of the Interior as an attorney. He also reports having talked about old fraternity times during a visit with Tom Minahan ’80 last summer.


cc-bul-winter16-41-classnotes-80steggalTo celebrate the 40th anniversary of their meeting as CC freshmen, a group of alumni attended the Dead and Company show at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, on July 3. Pictured left to right: Martha Steggall, Lennard Zinn, Sonny Zinn, John Steggall, Charley Mace, Bruce Scott, and Wade Moore. Photo by Kris Hammond and David Lester.


Orthopedic surgeon Mac Wyman (pictured left) recently led retired CC German professor Horst Richardson and Horst’s son Erik Richardson ’92 in an ascent of Wilson Peak. Erik, a former captain of CC’s soccer team, now works as a teacher in the Philippines.



cc-bul-winter16-41-classnotes-82skinnerMark Skinner received the Teacher of the Year Award from the 2016 graduating seniors of Alamosa High School in Alamosa, Colorado. He is now into his 24th year in education. Mark and his wife of 32 years, Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner, continue to live next door to Lou Ann’s brother Lance Cheslock ’82.


cc-bul-winter16-41-classnotes-83knudsenOn the full-size ice rink that she and her husband, Dave Harmon, maintain on their property all winter, Amy Rubin (third from right) joined Karen Knudsen ’85 (second from right) and Katie Guffin ’03 (far right) for a women’s hockey game in December 2015. Though the Rubins’ rink is meant for friends, family, and their Missoula, Montana, neighborhood, it includes stadium-type lighting, a warm changing area with a pellet stove and skate-sharpening machine, and a Zamboni.


Friends and spouses gathered on the shores of Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, for a 32-year reunion “block break” from July 21 to 25. Pictured left to right: Tom Eley III, Michael Share, Michael Goldrosen, Val Komives, Michele Whitehouse Folk, Stephen Orton, Ron Trojanowski, Erik Eff, and John Meyer.



cc-bul-winter16-41-classnotes-87larabeeWith his wife Elaine, Kevin Larabee returned to CC in August to drop off his son Joey Larabee, a member of the Class of 2020.


Anne Basting, who graduated cum laude from Colorado College with a degree in English, has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

A professor of theatre in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Anne focuses on building vital human connection among seniors suffering from dementia and cognitive impairment. Her work emphasizes the power of storytelling, artistic performance, and interactive creative experience.

In naming her an award recipient, the MacArthur Foundation noted: “Across a variety of formats and platforms — theater, memoir, narrative, collaborative public performance, and academic research — Basting has developed an alternative concept of aging, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges.”

In Anne’s breakthrough project, called “TimeSlips,” older adults with cognitive impairment improvise stories and poems in response to inspiring cues. Guided by her fundamental insight that the creation of new stories can be an enriching substitute for lost memories, Anne has refined and transformed the process into a formal therapy protocol. She has also created several theatre pieces with elder collaborators around specific themes or community issues.

Meanwhile, her nonprofit, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, has brought the program to long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world, via online and in-person training programs.

In addition to her CC degree, Anne holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She will receive a $625,000 no-strings-attached grant in recognition of her exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to her fields, joining John Novembre ’00 as alumni who have received the MacArthur Foundation’s honor.


Katherine White was thrilled to plan a trip to Colorado Springs for her 25-year class reunion in October. She and her two adopted children, Sunatai and Lorelei, live in Chicago, where she works in marketing for Walgreens and really misses seeing Pikes Peak outside her Ticknor window.


Rey A. Phillips was promoted to senior assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago.


Beth Kerschen has been awarded an honorarium to do a yearlong art installation at Portland International Airport. Called “Portland: East Meets West,” it is highlighted by a 30-foot-wide urban landscape created via Beth’s photo illustration and printmaking. It will be on display in Concourse B through Jan. 23, 2017.



cc-bul-winter16-42-classnotes-96reuterRenee Reuter earned major recognition earlier this year for her legal work with Enterprise Holdings. In the Global Counsel Awards, she was named 2016 Intellectual Property Individual of the Year. World Trademark Review also named her team 2016 North America Team of the Year, while shortlisting Renee herself (pictured second from left) for In-House Counsel of the Year honors.


Matthew A. Morr has been named partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department in Denver.

To complement his successful wedding photography business, Cody Raisig has launched Wedding Drone New York. It offers an aerial cinematography option for a couple’s wedding day.



In late September, Matthew Schniper was named editor of the Colorado Springs Independent, the locally owned alternative newsweekly. He has been at the Indy since 2006, serving as a food critic, arts and culture writer, and environmental reporter.


Matt Ronen launched ServiceCorps in Boston and New York City this summer, in partnership with GE and Citigroup. Through the new program, corporate-bound college graduates delay their for-profit careers to work full-time in the social sector.


MASS Design Group, the architectural firm co-founded by Alan Ricks, has worked with the Equal Justice Initiative to design the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The two-part, $20 million memorial, intended to acknowledge victims of lynching throughout American history, is expected to open in 2017.


Christopher Lyons (formerly Hamp-Lyons) and his wife Betsy Burkett Lyons ’07 recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with their 1-year-old daughter, Lanigan Noelle. Chris is an attorney at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, representing investors in merger-related class action litigation and in complex securities litigation.

cc-bul-winter16-43-classnotes-06hyde2The Hydes — made up of Iain Hyde and his sister Joanna Hyde ’09 — released their debut album, “Green & Blue,” this past summer. Both were heavily involved in the Music Department at CC. They describe their music together as weaving through “Americana, Irish, bluegrass, and beyond.”

cc-bul-winter16-43-classnotes-06degurseRachael Degurse married Travis Griffin on July 15, 2016 in Lake Como, Italy. Alumni in attendance were (pictured left to right) Michaela Miller ’06 and Josie Tuttle ’06.


cc-bul-winter16-43-classnotes-08chavezAissa Chavez and Ben Steiner got married on June 7, 2014, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. CC grads in attendance included Laura Seewald, Josh Kraut, Nate Wright-Simmons, Nick Setrakian ’07, Hanna Elmen-Gruys, Drew Lewis, Alex Sable-Smith, Sandy Flint, and Chris Vernon.

cc-bul-winter16-44-classnotes-08sturge2cc-bul-winter16-44-classnotes-08sturge1Ben Sturgulewski celebrated the world premiere of “Ruin and Rose,” his full-length ski film produced with Matchstick Productions, this September in Aspen, Colorado. To bring his post-apocalyptic narrative to life, Ben — an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Sturgefilm — shot in places as far-flung as Namibia, Alaska, and Bulgaria.


Alex Ammons married Nathan Lee ’13 on Aug. 6 in Fountain, Colorado. Among 130 guests, many were CC alumni. Pictured below, sitting or kneeling in the foreground (moving left to right) are: Thayer Maclay ’13, Matthew Liston ’13, Brian Carroll-Wray ’13, Kathleen Carroll-Wray ’13, Edward Ruiz ’14, Cali Smith, Casey Alexander ’13, Stanley Sigalov ’13, Demetria Humphries ’13, Mariana Pena-Alfaro ’16, Kenny Eilers, Carrie Olsen ’13, Jessica Meyer ’13, Jaden Hawkinson ’15, Kiki Lenihan ’13, Tim Keresey ’13, Camila Galofre ’13, Jon Harmon ’12, Lindsay Murdoch ’13, Hannah Wear ’13, Jackson Buckley ’13, James Silvester ’13, Juan Arias ’12, Abby Fink ’13, Leah Danze ’13, Gracie Ramsdell ’14, Brian Hersh ’13, Johnny Checton ’13, Katherine Whalen ’14. Standing, left to right: Maggie Landford, Antonio Skarica ’12, Taylor Robinson, Geoffrey Wood ’13, Sarah Jacobson ’13, Kate Leaf ’13, Reggie Anderson ’13, Marlana Wallace ’13, Kai Ory ’13, Christin Price ’13, Elliot Mamet ’15, Lindsay MacCary ’13, Kailee Stiles ’17, Walt Dubensky ’15, Garrett Benisch ’14, Colin Ronald ’14, Sam Williams ’14, Lila Pickus ’13, Izzy Parkinson ’15, the bride and groom, Nikki Kaufman ’13, Gabriel Patterson ’13, Meridith Antonucci ’13, Courtney Law, Siri Undlin ’13, Liliana Hoversten ’13, Amanda Flores ’13, Dexter Wolfe, Nate Liss ’13, David Wright ’15, and wedding photographer Kendall Rock ’15. CC grads who attended and are not pictured include Anne Ammons ’83, David Ammons ’82, Schuyler Grey ’82, Mary Ammons ’79, Peter Natiello ’82, Robert Natiello ’16, Will Griffis ’78, and Miles Griffis ’16.