Class Notes – October 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.


Mimi Hillen (B.F.A., ’74) was awarded the Designer of Distinction for the Colorado Chapter of Interior Designers by the American Society of Interior Designers. The award is presented to a professional ASID member for significant and continuous contribution to the chapter. To qualify for this award, a candidate must have been a member for ten years and have served on the board or as a past officer.


Headshot of Craig Capp
Craig Capp

Jeffrey Cousins (B.S., ’85) recently published The Right Thing to Do, a science-fiction adventure in which a captured alien reveals that aliens created humans. (Self-published, 2022)

Randall Rolf (B.A., ’87) has been promoted to director of U.S. operations with the a2 Milk Company, a dairy nutritionals company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with operations in Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, and the United States.

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 Business College Council and was a member of the CSU Varsity Baseball team.  Currently, he is a Lifetime Member of the CSU Alumni Association and serves as an Alumni Ambassador for the CSU College of Admissions.

Headshot of Bill Morrow with US flag in background
Bill Morrow

William Morrow (B.S., ’88) will be departing the Air Force Safety Center in November to take up a GS-14 position as safety manager with the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia.


Don Hunter (Ph.D. ’99) recently published the novel, Wind Horses. Guided by echoes of very different pasts, cowboys from vastly different cultures lock horns in a life-or-death struggle that rumbles headlong into the maw of the unimagined. On the sacred land of the Little Bighorn all worlds collide. (Independently published, 2022)


Book cover: Wind Horses
Wind Horses, by Don Hunter

Meshell LaBaun (B.S., ’00) earned her Ph.D. in management from Sullivan University. LaBaun’s dissertation was “Placement of a School Certifying Official and its impact on Employee Satisfaction and Affective Commitment.” She holds the position of president of the Kentucky Association of Veteran Education Certifying Officials.

Molly Brost (M.A., ’04) published her first book, The Anti-Heroine on Contemporary Television: Transgressive Women. (Lexington Books, 2021)

Lara Conley (B.S., ’04) has been named director, proposals at Flatiron’s North American business. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., Flatiron builds roads, bridges, rail, airports, dams, industrial, water, and underground projects from common to complex, large-scale jobs. Founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 1947, and named for the unique rock formations there, Flatiron now operates across the U.S. and Canada.

Two men pose in front of a large red fire truck
Michael Czaja, right


Michael Czaja (Ph.D., ’12) recently conducted a 32-day public administration project in Portugal as a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Specialist. His host was the country’s national-level Agency for Integrated Rural Fire Management. The agency will use the results the project to develop a communication strategy and engagement initiatives promoting system implementation. Mike holds an affiliate appointment in the the Warner College of Natural Resources department of human dimensions of natural resources. He and his wife, Jeanne Schorsch, live in Kindsbach, Germany.


Julia Freedman (B.S., ’21) has been admitted to the highly competitive Marshall University Physician Assistant program, class of 2024.

In Memoriam


Donald Ray Robertson (B.S. ’51)

William J. Trefz (B.S., ’54; D.V.M., ’56)

Donna Chandler (CERT, ’55)

Dr. Thomas Reardon (B.S., ’57)

Dr. Kenneth Rowe (B.S., ’57)

Robert Wilson (B.S., ’58)



Raul Lopez (M.S., ’68; Ph.D., ’72)



Dennis Everhart (B.S., ’70)

The Honorable Mary Rudasics Harper (B.A., ’72)

Tim Dow (M.B.A., ’74)



Carl de Rozario (B.S., ’83)



Desiree Olson (B.S., ’99)



Daniel Barella (B.S., ’02)



Lynn Anduss

Janell Barker

Susie Herendeen

John Mumma

Ed Prill, Ph.D.