Class Notes – April 2019

Have you recently celebrated a wedding, baby, new job, promotion, or honor? Been published, moved into a new home, or welcomed a grandchild? Share your news with the CSU alumni family by submitting a class note. Approved class notes will be published here and in Colorado State University Magazine.


Jean Charlotte (Maloit) Bischoff in the rumble seat

Jean Charlotte (Maloit) Bischoff (B.S., ’43) was born September 10, 1922, in the mining town of Gilman, Colo. to Frank and Peal Maloit. Jean died January 7, 2019 in Yakima, Wash. She grew up in the Rockies and left for Colorado State College at the age of 16. She graduated with a degree in plant pathology. After college, Jean went to work at a USDA seed farm in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was recruited to work for Del Monte in Mountain View, Calif., where she worked to develop disease-resistant plants.


Judith Miller (B.S., 71; M.S., ’77) completed a research study on 25 veterans who attained successful recovery. Her book, Boots on the Ground: Neurotherapy for Veterans Combatting TBIs, PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & SUD is currently at the publisher.

Shannon Hebb (B.S., ’72) retired from WSP USA in December 2018 after a career in civil engineering spanning 46 years. He is currently living in the Dallas area.

Margaret Mizushima (M.S., ’75) is among finalists for the Benjamin Franklin Award for her mystery novel, Burning Ridge.

Steve Rasnic Tem

Stephen Rasnic Tem’s (M.A., ’76) most recent books include Figures Unseen: Selected Stories and the novel UBO. He won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for his novel Blood Kin. He is a past winner of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Awards.

Diane D. Koster (B.S., ’77) recently retired as a middle-school educator in San Bernadino, Calif., and is providing public education about earthquake preparedness through her website, She also has self-published a Kindle ebook for young adults, titled Shake Up Shake Down, which follows a group of teenagers who cope with the effects of a major earthquake that strikes Southern California while the students are at school; the three main characters help rescue their peers, then demonstrate the dos and don’ts of earthquake response.


James Trotta (B.S., ’80) retired for the second time after serving as a New York State trooper for 30 years and as quartermaster for the Elsmere Fire District for 7 years. He intends to volunteer for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Wade Troxell (B.S., ’80; M.S., ’82; Ph.D., ’87) easily won a third term as mayor of Fort Collins in a city election April 2. He is now serving his final two-year term as elected leader of the city known for its livability, natural resources, and innovative spirit, with a population of more than 170,000 people. Troxell, a native of Fort Collins, earned three degrees in engineering at CSU and now is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University. He is a faculty member in the CSU Systems Engineering program and the Nancy Richardson Design Center. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Troxell specializes in autonomous robotic systems and intelligent distributed energy architectures; he has taught classes in engineering design and manufacturing and robotic systems, among others. He was recently named to the Federal Aviation Administration Drone Advisory Committee and completed the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership program in the first cohort of 40 mayors. As a student in the late 1970s, Troxell was starting center on the Rams football team and co-captain of the team as a senior. He is married to Jean (Dumbauld) Troxell (B.F.A., ’81) and has two adult children, Graeme (B.A., ’13), a Ph.D. student in systems engineering at Cornell University, and Ellie (B.S., ’15; B.S., ’15; B.A., ’15), who is starting graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Yvonne Myers (B.S., ’82) was honored as “Leading Lady” during the 2019 Women of Distinction awards ceremony sponsored by BizWest Media in April. Myers works as health systems director for Columbine Health Systems, which provides a range of healthcare services and supportive living communities for seniors in Fort Collins, Windsor, and Loveland. She is a passionate advocate for seniors and a longtime community volunteer in the arenas of health and education. Myers also is a member of the board of directors and past chair for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cheryl Zimlich (B.S., ’86) was honored for her work in nonprofit human services during the 2019 Women of Distinction awards ceremony sponsored by BizWest Media in April. Zimlich is executive director of Bohemian Foundation, a private family foundation based in Fort Collins that supports local, national, and global efforts to build strong communities through creativity and innovation. The foundation has significantly enlivened Northern Colorado music and arts and has supported numerous human-service agencies that help children, families, and individuals.

David Holland (B.S., ’87) is manager of change control in the information technology division of the Regional Transportation District in Denver. He also serves as an assistant coach for the Denver East High School boys basketball team, a perennial presence in the state championship tournament.


Scott Shuman (B.S., ’92) is a partner and auctioneer with Hall and Hall, a real estate marketing company focused on premier rural properties, with 20 regional offices in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, and several other states. He has served as president and chair of the board of directors for the National Auctioneers Association and contributes to the University by conducting two annual fund-raising auctions for CSU Athletics. Shuman, his wife, Krista, and their three children live near Eaton, Colo.

Diana Holguin-Balogh (Ph.D., ’93) published her book, Rosary without Beads, and is a Colorado Book Award finalist for general fiction.

Merrill Lynch announced today that Financial Advisor, Christina Boyd (B.A.,’ 94), has been named the #1 Minnesota advisor on the 2019 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list.

Daniel Fuselier (B.S., ’97) published a memoir, In Pursuit of Calm. He completed his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. In his book’s chapter, “College, Again,” he writes about his years at CSU with utmost fondness.


Cathleen Ellis (B.A., ’68; M.A.T., ’70; B.S., ’00) published a young adult romance novel, Carry Me On.

Seth Schermerhorn

Seth Schermerhorn (B.A., ’06) published his first book Walking to Magdalena: Personhood and Place in Tohono O’odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories. He received his tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Religious Studies, effective July 1, 2019.

Cassie Rosch (B.A., ’09) is a professional photographer in Fort Collins who recently photographed two dozen CSU students, faculty, staff, and alumnae for “Portraits of Resiliency,” a campus exhibit timed to International Women’s Day and co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Women & Philanthropy. Alumnae featured in the exhibit included author Susan Harness (M.A., ’06; M.A., ’16), whose memoir, Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, is a finalist in the creative nonfiction category of the 2019 Colorado Book Awards; Blanche Hughes (M.S., ’84; Ph.D., ’95), CSU vice president for student affairs; Dana Hughes (B.S., ’98), senior communications officer for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Africa; Mary Ontiveros (B.S., ’73; M.Ed, ’79), CSU vice president for diversity; and Hana’a Thigeel (M.S., ’10; Ph.D., ’16), who was injured in a bomb explosion in her home country of Iraq and traveled to Northern Colorado to seek medical care and complete her graduate studies in epidemiology.


Angie Hodapp (M.A., ’10) co-edited the book, False Faces: Twenty Stories About the Masks We Wear, with Warren Hammond. The book is a Colorado Book Award finalist in the Anthology/Collection category.

George L. Kumar (M.B.A., ’10) co-edited the book Predictive Biomarkers in Oncology – 2019. Applications in Precision Medicine.

Andrew Stoner (Ph.D., ’13) is the author of The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts from the University of Illinois Press. He is a scholar in residence at Colorado State University in the journalism department.


In Memoriam

*indicates Alumni Association membership


Jean Charlotte (Maloit) Bischoff (B.S., ’43)

Ruby J. Ramey (B.S., ’45)

Velaine V. Carnall (B.S., ’49)

*Donald E. McCrimmon (B.S., ’49)


*Ralph J. Kotich (B.S., ’50)

*Carl L. Worley (B.S., ’52)

*Theodore T. Williams (B.S., ’49; M.S., ’57)

*Lucile E. Hawks (M.H.Ec., ’58)

John W. Henley (B.S., ’55; M.S., ’58)

Guy C. Powell (M.S., ’58)


*Dale R. Hendrickson (D.V.M., ’62)

*Glenda A. Ramsey (B.S., ’63)

Donald L. Schmidt (B.A., ’63; CERT, ’65; M.A., ’65)

*Katharine F. Wilson (B.S., ’63; M.S., ’66)

*John C. Wawerna (B.S., ’68)


Clair W. Brown (B.S., ’70)

Leroy W. Baker (B.S., ’74)

John H. Bullen III (B.S., ’74)

James G. Vanderpool (B.S., ’74)

Edith H. Russell (M.Ed., ’75)

Gary J. Solis (B.A., ’77)

Robert J. Tuttle (CERT, ’63; B.S., ’63; M.Ed., ’77)


Robert S. Iltis (B.A., ’78; M.A., ’81)

Melvin M. Fillerup (D.V.M., ’82)

Bartley T. Shillingburg (B.S., ’85)

Angelo D. Aragon (B.S., ’81; M.Ed., ’88)

D’Ann Fuquay (M.S., ’89)


Mark Robert Johnson (B.S., ’92)

Shawn G. Brecht (B.S., ’98)


Brett Allen

Steven D. Carr

Alliya I. Chatterjee King

Sally J. Cole

Michal D. Connors

Qinxi Tan


Paul D. Koonce

Barbara E. Lueck

Bruce A. Mitchell