Class Notes – July 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.


Dr. Judith Hebb (B.A., ’71) has retired from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, after more than thirty-years teaching in higher education. She taught classes in Spanish, French, ESOL, composition, literature, and linguistics at several colleges in Missouri, Texas, and Georgia.

Kyle Knight (B.A., ’74) recently retired after 38 years with the same company and is looking forward to spending time with his biological, adopted, and foster grandchildren.

Kelly James


Paula L. Cowen (D.V.M., ’85) recently retired from her longtime position as director of professional development for Veterinary Services in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cowen, who was based in Fort Collins, led training programs for federal, state, and U.S. military veterinarians to help maintain the health of nationwide animal herds and to ensure the safety of animal products and the food supply. She earned the 2011 International Veterinary Congress Prize from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Joe Cervi (B.A., ’88) recently started work as public relations specialist for the Pueblo Board of Water Works. He earlier served as technical editor for Transportation Technology Center Inc., a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads headquartered in Pueblo. Before starting a career in public relations, Cervi was a columnist and longtime sports editor at the Pueblo Chieftain, where he wrote about sports for nearly 25 years.

Nikki Lucas and Amanda Miller

Jannine Mohr (B.A., ’89), an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Colorado State University, was recently promoted to the senior leadership position of deputy general counsel, overseeing the legal office on the Fort Collins campus. She joined the university legal team in 2008; much of her work has focused on employment law and constitutional issues. Before joining CSU, Mohr worked in Denver as a trial attorney in private practice. She serves as chair of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and teaches a CSU course called “Law in Student Affairs” for graduate students in the School of Education.


Linda Carpio Shapley (B.A., ’92) is director of customer experience at Deke Digital, an expert media company in the Denver area. She was earlier a newspaper journalist and worked for more than 20 years at The Denver Post, where she rose from copy editing and design to the position of managing editor, overseeing news operations. She helped lead the paper’s coverage of the Aurora theater shooting, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Shapley is a member of the CSU Media Hall of Fame and is vice president of the board of directors for the Denver Press Club.

Peter Vlcek

Kelly (Tuft) James (B.A., ’99) joined Innovest Porfolio Solutions, an investment advisory firm in Denver, as a lead senior analyst in May 2019, and also serves as the editor of Innovest’s quarterly newsletter. She shares marketing responsibilities with fellow CSU alumni Christine (Kassowitz) Hudek (B.S., ’91) and Stephanie Corder (B.A., ’11).


Amanda Miller (B.S., ’02), founder of The Place Setting Company, recently hired Nikki (Walters) Lucas (B.S., ’07), as chief of staff and collaboration in Fort Collins, Colo. The Place Setting Company specializes in event planning, consulting services, and organization management and serves Northern Colorado businesses and community programs.

Peter (B.S., ’04) and Alissa (B.A., ’04) Vlcek are excited to reach the one-year mark of being new owners of the Farmers Insurance Agency located in Old Town Fort Collins.

Nikki Lucas

Nikki (Walters) Lucas (B.S., ’07) joined The Place Setting Company, owned and operated by Amanda Miller (B.S., ’02), as chief of staff and collaboration in Fort Collins. Within this new role, Lucas will serve as a project manager for meeting and event planning in the Northern Colorado region.

Emily Drost (B.S., ’08) has been named President of AltTen, Ltd, an app development start-up located in Denver, Colo. AltTen, Ltd. Is the developer of popular app, Shuffle by Elify. The app is a digital business card and customer relationship management solution for small businesses.

Nick Ota-Wang (B.A., ’09) joined a panel of historians at the inaugural Queer History Conference at San Francisco State University from June 16-18, 2019. Ota-Wang’s paper for the Phase, Folly, or Felony? panel is entitled, “Rite of Passage: Gender, Sexuality, and the Wakashu of Edo Japan.” Ota-Wang is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts History program at the University of Colorado Denver.

Sydney Jackson Clockston


Sydney Jackson-Clockston (B.S., ’14; M.T.M., ’15) started a travel agency and event coordination service called Sydney Starr Travel. Sydney can book any type of travel but specializes in special needs, sustainable travel, groups, cruises, and faith-based travel.

Grant Larson (B.A., ’17) is a coordinator of digital media, public relations, and marketing for the Denver Outlaws, a Major League Lacrosse team based at the Broncos Stadium at Mile High. He landed the job after an internship through the Denver Broncos Sport Management Institute at CSU.

Robert Hall (M.B.A., ’17) recently accepted his first role as CEO of Powers Pet Emergency & Specialty in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hall said the role is a direct result of his MBA from CSU in 2017 and brings him back to Colorado from Frederick, Maryland.

Robert Hall

Carlee Craddock (B.S., ’18) is a corporate and community relations coordinator for the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Mackenzie Mayo (B.S., ’18) held an internship with JBS USA, a leading U.S. processor of beef, pork, and prepared foods, while pursuing her degree in animal science. She then landed a job as culture and talent supervisor in the human resources division at the JBS Fed Beef Production Facility in Greeley, Colo.

Hailey Frederiksen (B.S., ’19) will be crowned Miss Rodeo Colorado 2020 during the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January.

Hailey Frederiksen

Frederiksen recently earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science, with a minor in agricultural business, and will spend the coming year traveling Colorado and the nation to represent rodeo and agriculture.

 In Memoriam

*CSU Alumni Association member


Arthur Richardson (B.S., ’48)


Dean Dion (B.S., ’51)

Col. Glenn Rumley, Jr. (B.S., ’52)

*John Willhite (B.S., ’53)

Edgar Warner (B.S., ’55)

Arloa Joyce O’Donnell Whitehurst (B.S., ’55)

Doris Love (B.S., ’57)

Cpt. William Joseph O’Donnell (B.S., ’57)

*Bob Dorsey (B.S., ’58)

*Gene Diedrich (B.S., ’59)


Judith May (B.S., ’61)

John Torres, Jr (B.S., ’61)

Michael Rounds (B.S., ’64)

Raymon Snyder (B.S., ’65; CERT, ’65)

*Charles Boning (M.S., ’66)

Suzanne Cupelli (B.S., ’67; CERT, ’67)


John Lunnen (Ph.D., ’70)

Richard Hornung (M.S., ’74; Ph.D., ’74)

Richard Lundy (B.S., ’74)

David Stuebbe (M.S., ’75)

*Joseph D’Elia, (B.S., ’76)

Tamara Hall (B.A., ’76)

Richard Ryan (B.S., ’76)


Cynthia Bevis (B.S., ’81)

Christina King (B.S., ’84)

*Jim Blankenship (B.S., ’88)


Edwin Guiles, Sr.

Patricia Maynes

Kenneth Waido 


Dick Dixon, Jr.

Donna Freemole

Jim McGinley 

Faculty and Staff

Dr. M. Nazmul Karim

Bob Bowie

Connie Brandon