Class Notes – July 2020

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.

Wayne and Carla Feigal


Carla Feigal (B.S., ’71) and Wayne Feigal 19B.S., ’71) welcomed great grandson Jaxon Thomas Fresquez on December 5, 2019.

Beverly Bussey (B.S., ’72) retired after teaching 8th-grade literacy at Orchard Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction, Colorado. She then had a short stint as a bailiff at the Justice Center. Now, she and her husband enjoy five grandkids and travel.


Darren Barakat (B.A., ’82) researched, wrote, and published a 25,000-word ebook, Greatest Misses: Deep Cuts and Forgotten Songs from the Shadows of Classic Rock (Second edition, expanded and updated). Research included interviews with several nationally known musicians and songwriters.

Thad Koppenhafer

Michael R. Wetzel (M.F., ’82) will serve as past president of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America (ACF). ACF members are independent professionals who manage forests and market forest products for private woodland owners.


Thad Koppenhafer (B.S., ’93) was named 2020 Indian Health Service Senior Pharmacist of the Year. Thad has been the Director of Pharmacy at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, for the past 15 years. He has been serving at the facility since 2002. Graduating from CU Pharmacy School in 1998, he worked shortly in Minnesota for the Mayo system before moving back to Cortez, Colorado, and starting his career serving the Navajo Nation with the Indian Health Service.

Joel Tillery


Joel Tillery, PE, CFM (M.S., ’03) joined the engineering and architecture consulting firm Freese and Nichols’ Coastal and Navigation Practice as a senior project manager in the New Orleans office. He has 17 years of experience focused on coastal restoration, flood risk reduction, and the use of green infrastructure to protect communities from severe storm events. His expertise includes H&H analysis, pump station design, channel improvements, erosion control, and protection of fragile coastal areas.

Tim Kirby, ASLA (B.S., ’06), is a principal at Surfacedesign, Inc., an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco. The firm recently released its first monograph, Surfacedesign: Material Landscapes, published by The Monacelli Press. The book chronicles stunning parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens designed by the firm.

Tim Kirby


Michelle Calkins (B.S., ’13) was recently featured in a Built in Colorado article on women in tech navigating career changes. She was recently hired into an executive leadership role at start up Cin7, as the third hire opening global HQ in Denver.

Andrew E. Stoner (Ph.D., ’13) was awarded the Outstanding Research & Creative Activity Award by California State University Sacramento during the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Awards. Stoner is an associate professor of communication studies at Sacramento State.


In Memoriam

*indicates Alumni Association membership



William Lauer (B.S., ’54)

Dave Kuiper (B.S., ’56)

William Tietz, Jr., (D.V.M., ’57)



Ted Kawamura (CERT., ’62; B.S., ’62)

COL Charles Townsend (B.S., ’64)

Andrew Baumgartner (MAT, ’65)

Harlan Lear  (CERT., ’65; B.S., ’65)

Thomas Nytes (B.S., ’66)

Linda Stow  B.S., ’67)

Jennie Lillpop (CERT., ’68; B.S., ’68)

Clarence Rogers (M.Ed., ’68)

Susan Beede  (B.S., ’69)



*Terrence Hornung  (B.S., ’70)

*James Monnahan (B.S., ’70; D.V.M., ’72)

Richard Miskimins (B.S., ’71; M.S., ’73; Ph.D, ’78)

Allen Taylor  (B.S., ’71)

*Richard Williams (B.S., ’71)

Scott Kinghorn (B.S., ’75; D.V.M., ’77)

Pamela Ammondson  (B.A., ’76)

William Fie (M.Ed., ’76)

*Christine Harris  (B.S., ’76)

Dennis Allen (B.S., ’79)



*Keith McCarthy, Ph.D. (B.S., ’80)

Stephen Rath (B.S., ’81)



Vale Blessing

Polly Blum

Philip Carpenter

Sallie Edwards

Alice Evertson

Francis Hircoc

Gene Leach

Michael Lester

Roger Pitts, D.V.M.

Sydnei Sheets

Cynthia White