Class Notes – November 2022

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1960s

David Muth(B.S., ’62) published two narratives recently containing histories of his hometown Rocky Ford, Colorado: Rocky Ford and the Arkansas Valley, (Irongate Publishing, 2022), which supplements Rocky Ford, Colorado – A Walk Past Local Doors, (Irongate Publishing, 2018). The former includes more than 500 historical photographs from the local public library, museum, other archives and private collectors. The book is a trip down memory lane for long-time residents, and for the younger generation, a chance to explore the town that beloved parents and grandparents once knew.

John Schoenbauer (B.S., ’68) and his wife, Carolyn (B.S., ’69) are retired and living in Englewood, Florida. They recently survived Hurricane Ian. They stayed in their house which, thankfully, was virtually undamaged with some minor damage to the attached structures. Some close surrounding areas sustained major damage and nearly 100 fatalities. Assistance was massive and very timely from the state, federal government, religious groups, and individuals from all over the country.

1980s

Michael Beaudette (B.F.A., ’81) was appointed senior vice president of Professional Printers in Columbia, South Carolina. Beaudette led strategic growth in sales to $22,000,000 as vice president of sales from 2000–22. Beaudette also served 27 years as an infantry officer on active duty and in the Army Reserves deployed to Iraq and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. Beaudette and his wife, Elizabeth, are recent grandparents.

Alison Bailey (M.A., ’86) is a professor of philosophy at Illinois State University where she directs the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Her recent book, The Weight of Whiteness: A Feminist Engagement with Privilege, Race, and Ignorance (Lexington Books, 2021) was published last year. The American Philosophical Association recently interviewed Bailey about the project.

Craig Capp (B.S., ’88) was recently appointed by IBM to lead a national Data, AI, and Automation Team for signature clients in financial services, including Bank of America and State Farm Insurance.  Earlier, he led strategic national partnerships for SIGFIG and was business executive leader for cloud software sales of IBM.  Craig was president of the CSU College of Business council and was a member of the CSU varsity baseball team.  He is a lifetime member of the CSU Alumni Association and serves as an alumni ambassador for CSU Admissions.

1990s

Richard Thomas II (B.S., ’93) recently accepted a new position at Colorado Mountain College as their first Assistant Dean of Advising & Career Services. In this new position Thomas will work to create a viable and sustainable advising program and career services experience that will serve roughly 5,100 students across the institution’s eleven college campus locations.

Christina Boyd II (B.A., ’94) has been named one of the top producers at Merrill Lynch. She ranked 21 nationwide and she is only one of two women in Minnesota to reach this bar.

Headshot of Lesley Struc
Lesley Struc

2000s

Jena Questen (D.V.M., ’01) has been named the Colorado Small Business Person of the Year for 2022.

Lesley Struc (B.A., ’01) celebrated 15 years as the Local History Archivist at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in 2022. Her career has been focused on providing connections to our community’s extensive local history resources through preservation, digitization, exhibits, programs, and community engagement.

Jason Elmore (B.A., ’03), a 19-year Air Force veteran from CSU ROTC working in Irving, Texas, has added a side business as of 2018. Veteran Custom Woodworx is a self-owned and operated business focusing on wood flags, punisher/spartan skulls, concealment cabinets, and more recently epoxy projects and laser projects. He provides 10% of all proceeds to charities each month. He prides himself on making things for local businesses, donating items for auctions, and veteran’s causes. The most recent cause is providing funds to the National Kidney Foundation inspired by his experience as a kidney donor to his mother in law in 2020 (who also attended CSU).

Man carrying a wooden flag
Jason Elmore

2010s

Zubaida Bai (M.B.A., ’10) has been named president and CEO of the Grameen Foundation. The foundation is a leader in providing access to information and resources with a mission to create a world without poverty and hunger. She is the first woman and the first Indian American to lead the organization.

Katherine Indermaur (M.F.A., ’19) recently published her first book, I|I, a serial lyric essay that explores the mirror’s many dimensions — philosophical, spiritual, scientific, mythological, historical — alongside the author’s own experiences.  (Seneca Review Books, 2022)

2020s

Isabella Wells (B.S., ’22) graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2022 with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She recently moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in September and is pursuing a masters in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare at the University of Edinburgh.

In Memoriam

1950s

Bob Carthel (B.S., ’53)

William Trefz (B.S., ’54)

Rodney Lewis (B.S., ’56)

Jan Davis (B.S., ’57)

Charley Kirk (B.S., ’57)

Jerry Bisgard, Ph.D. (B.S., ’59; D.V.M., ’62)

1960s

Palamon Hornung (B.S., ’61)

Bernard Hill (B.S., ’65)

Jack Lebel (M.S., ’66; Ph.D., ’67)

1970s

Ron Spinelli (Ph.D., ’72)

1990s

Kristen Stolley (B.S., ’92)

Bradford Groves (M.Ed., ’93)

Shelley Kerr (B.A., ’94)

Faculty and Staff

Oren Anderson, Ph.D.

Friends

Dolores Anstett

Attended

Sydney Meegan