Class Notes – October 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.


Margaret Mizushima (M.S., ’75) has published her new book, Tracking Game, the latest installment in her award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series. It will be available in hardcover and eBook editions on November 12, 2019.

Matt Heap

Deborah Olszewski (B.A., ’75) published the second edition of her textbook, Archaeology and Humanity’s Story (Oxford University Press).


Matt Heap (B.A., ’94) became the Chief of the Colorado Division of Gaming.


Abby Ortega (B.S., ’02) was recognized as one of Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence. This is an honor the Business Journal awards in “Honoring Women of Influence in the Colorado Springs community that have numerable professional accomplishments and consistently give back to the community.” She is currently a Water Resources Supply Manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.

Travis Zielke (B.S., ’02), hydrogeologist at engineering firm Lamp Rayerson in Fort Collins, has been reviewed and unanimously approved for the designation of Certified Groundwater Professional by a panel of current Certified Groundwater Professionals. Zielke joins an elite roster of just over one hundred professionals globally who hold the designation.

Dr. Cristina Richie

Emily White Hat (B.S., ’04) was recently promoted to the position of Vice President of Programs for the American Indian College Fund. In her new position, White Hat will support tribal colleges and universities to develop and implement projects and assist in strengthening educational opportunities for Native students.

Dr. Cristina Richie’s (B.A., ’04) first monograph, Principles of Green Bioethics: Sustainability in Health Care, was published by Michigan State University Press (2019). Her work proposes four principles for environmentally sustainable health care: distributive justice, resource conservation, simplicity, and ethical economics.


 In Memoriam

*CSU Alumni Association member

George Fender (B.S., ’49)

Raymond Shoberg (B.S., ’50)
Marvel Zimmerman (B.S., ’50)
Colbert Cushing, Jr., Ph.D. (B.S., ’52; M.S., 56)
Dale Kelley (B.S., ’52)
Don Scott (B.S., ’56)
*Gerald Butner (B.S., ’58; B.S., ’59)
Jack Chase, Jr. (B.S., ’58)
Darrell Farmer (D.V.M., ’58)

Vernon Cooksey (B.S., ’62)
Gordon Kruse (Ph.D., ’62)
Ellen Davis (B.S., ’66)
Lt. Col. Larry Soderquist (B.S., ’68)

David Becher (B.S., ’70)
*Robert Miller (B.S., ’72)
Leo Miller (M.S., ’73)

Linda Jefferies (B.S., ’80)
Mary Blue (M.E.D., ’82)
Ronald Schmidt (M.S., ’83; Ph.D., ’89)
Dale Mascarenas (B.S., ’85)
Sidney Waldrop (M.S., ’85)
Jerry Kiefer (Ph.D., ’86)

Michelle Roepke (B.A., ’91)

Justin Gorodess (B.S., ’11)
Dylan J. Archuleta (B.A., ’14)

Juanita Ball
Jack Daniels
Aletha Hill
Kevin McCarthy
Norman Simpson