Class Notes – June 2022

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 CSU Magazine.


William Shuster (B.S., ’74) retired from USFS as a wildlife biologist. The last area Shuster worked was in Alaska with brown bears, raptors, and salmon. He then moved to Arizona where there is no ice or snow to deal with. Shuster is currently finishing writing a second book, an autobiography. Shuster welcomes fellow CSU alums who travel to Arizona for birding to contact him as he would love to show them around.


Jay Oyer headshot
Jay Oyer

Kevin Donnelly (Ph.D., ’83) retired from Kansas State University after 47 years in higher education. He served 10 years as Assistant Dean in the College of Agriculture followed by 14 years as Professor of Agronomy where he taught agronomy courses and coached the K-State Crops Team to 10 national championships. He previously taught at Oklahoma State for 15 years after serving as an Instructor at CSU while completing his PhD. He started teaching at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas in 1975 after completing his BS and MS at Kansas State.

Ronald Dahlin (B.S., ’89) retired after 30 years as Golf Course Superintendent with 20 spent at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Prior to that, Dahlin was at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, MI, hosting several senior pro-tour events. As an industry leader, he served on the team that unified four historic Michigan superintendent chapters into the nationally recognized MiGCSA. He served as President of the MiGCSA in 2010 and on various committees over the years leading the state conversation related to responsible environmental water & fertilizer use. He was recently named the 2022 Golf Association of Michigan Superintendent Award of Merit recipient. Retirement includes spending more time with family on his river property in Northern Michigan.


Scott Thisted headshot
Scott Thisted

Caroline Smith (M.S., ’91) just completed the Assault on Mt Mitchell road ride event on May 16, 2022. Titled “The Beast of the East” and rated as one of the Top 10 toughest centuries in the US. Smith rode from Spartanburg, SC to the top of Mt Mitchell (6684 feet) which is in NC. The total distance was 102.7 miles and 11,400 Ft of climbing. Smith will be 63 in June and finished in 8:03:00 riding time, placing 196 out of 606 total (800 started). Smith came in 1st in the 60-64 bracket.

Jay Oyer (B.A., ’96), Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner& Smith Inc., was recently named to the 2022 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list.

Scott Thisted (B.S., ’97), on the Hoover Thisted Team at Merrill Private Wealth Management, was recently named to the 2022 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list. 


Book cover, Colorado through the seasons showing mountain scenes
“Colorado Through the Seasons,” on view at Denver International Airport

Jeremy Janus’s (B.S., ’11) solo gallery exhibition “Colorado Through the Seasons” is officially hanging in Denver International Airport past security over the A bridge. The gallery is a 35-piece exhibit that alternates spring, summer, fall, and winter 30″ x 40″ acrylic photos taken through Janus’s first four years in photography beginning in 2016. Janus wrote his first proposal for this gallery in 2018, it was approved in 2019, but in March of 2020, one week after printing the pieces, the gallery cancelled the exhibit due to covid. They began meeting again in February of 2022 and installed the exhibition on April 28, 2022. The gallery will run all year.

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt (M.M., ’11) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Musicology and Double Bass at Western Kentucky University, beginning Fall 2022.


Jordan Corneliusen (M.A.C.C., ’20), passed all four CPA exams (on the first attempt) and was licensed in early of 2021 with the State of Colorado, post-graduation from CSU in the Spring of 2020. They are thankful for the Masters of Accountancy program at CSU for the preparation and knowledge needed to get a leg up on the exams. Corneliusen started with the City of Fargo in March of 2021 as an Accounting Supervisor, transitioned to a Senior Accountant to better align with career goals and most recently accepted a promotion to Finance Manager. They will be managing both the operational accounting staff as well as managing the entire budget and budgeting process.


In Memoriam


Harvey Achziger (B.S., ’54)

Josephine Swedensky (B.S., ’55)

Joseph Herberger (B.S., ’56)

William Wrenn (B.S., ’63; M.S., ’66)



Tipton Tyler (B.S. ’63)

James Henke (B.S., ’66; CERT, ’66)

David Youngstrum (B.S., ’66)

James Gross (M.A., ’68)

Dennis Walts (M.S., ’68)



John Archambault (B.S., ’71)

Harriet Hargrave (B.S., ’74)

George Hofmann (D.V.M., ’74)



Margaret Hellmann (Ph.D., ’85)

Lucretia Sherrod (B.S., ’85; M.S., ’03)

Kelly Walker (B.S., ’88; M.S., ’91; M.S., ’02)



Patricia Dow (B.S., ’90)

Jeffrey Holsapple (B.S., ’93)



Brian Hayes (B.A., ’08)



Cecilia Bergstrom

Edward Carroll

Travis Casey

Dr. Miriam Denham

Marsha Dirks

Lauren Donley

Reverend Philip Norris

Beverly Pappenheim


Faculty and Staff

Monica Sienkiewicz

Barbara Wade



Alice Braaten

John Venezia