Class Notes – Sept. 2018


Jim Schell (B.S., ’66; M.S., ’69) was a CSU Ambassador in Omaha, Neb., from 1980-86. He retired in 2002 from Bayer Crop Science where he held numerous management positions during his 32-year career.

Marshall White (B.S., ’69), professor emeritus of wood science and forest products in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, received the 2018 R. David LeButt Award from the International Safe Transit Association in recognition of excellence and continuing education in package design and testing.


Don E. Atkinson (B.S., ’70) published Day by Day in Ephesians, a devotional/Bible study guide available on

Michael Colby (B.S., ’73) was inducted into the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in May. He retired in June after 45 years in education.


COL Robert McHargue (B.S. ’85; D.V.M. ’88) will retire from active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in October, following 30 years of service. McHargue also earned an MPH from the University of Texas-Houston, and attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He retires in the rank of Colonel.

Terri Lituchy (M.S., ’87) is a Fulbright Scholar from Barbados (2018-20) and is the PIMSA Distinguished Chair and Professor at CETYS Universidad in Mexico. She taught on Semester at Sea during the Spring 2016 voyage.

Lisa Wolfe (B.S., ’81; M.S., ’84; D.V.M., ’87) is a wildlife veterinarian at Colorado Parks and Wildlife research facilities in Fort Collins. She investigates wildlife health issues, such as the spread of infectious disease in deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and other species. Her work with mountain lions has been highlighted in The New York Times. Wolfe regularly hosts Colorado State veterinary students and those from other campuses who want to learn about opportunities in wildlife medicine.

Gary Andrew Poole (B.A., ’88) lives in Los Angeles and works as a sports journalist and author. After graduating in journalism from CSU, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. His stories about boxing and other topics have appeared in TIMEThe Atlantic, Esquire, and The New York Times, among other national and international outlets. He has written two sports biographies: The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend and PacMan: Behind The Scenes With Manny Pacquiao.

Mike Arthur (B.A., ’89) is senior vice president of sports and live events and content licensing at Wazee Digital, a Denver-based provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services. Earlier, he worked in a variety of senior business and marketing roles with professional sports and entertainment organizations.


Bryan Simpson (B.A., ’90) is communications director at New Belgium Brewing Co., which is headquartered in Fort Collins and is the fourth-largest brewer of craft beer in the nation. In his role, Simpson helps to publicly represent the employee-owned company known for its sustainability and community-building practices, and for its deep ties to Northern Colorado’s beer-and-bicycling culture. He is entering his 22nd year with the company.

Nolan Stone (B.S., ’98) recently was reappointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Beef Council Board of Directors to represent cattle feeders in the state. He also advocates for animal agriculture in his role as past president on the Colorado Livestock Association executive committee. Jodi Stone (B.A., ’00) also works in the livestock industry, as marketing manager for CowBos Liquid Feeds, a division of Penny Newman Grain. The couple live in Eaton, Colo.


Josett Valdez (B.A., ’01) is chief development officer for the Colorado and Wyoming Region of the American Red Cross, which helps local communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and other emergencies. She serves as an alumna adviser to Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Christina Hovland (B.A., ’02) had her debut novel, The Honeymoon Trap, published in August 2018 by Entangled Publishing.

Jill Zambito (M.S., ’03) earned a Doctorate of Education from Northern Illinois University in August 2017, and recently began a new position as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Emily White Hat (B.S., ’04), a citizen of the Rosebud Lakota Nation, works as the Native arts and energy infrastructure project manager for the American Indian College Fund in Denver and was recognized among the 2015 Native American 40 Under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. After graduating from CSU in forestry, she earned a law degree, with a certificate in natural resources law, at the University of New Mexico.

Arthur Garcia (B.S., ’05) is recognized by Xerox as a 2018 CPA Practice Advisor 20 Under 40 Vendor Superstar.

Jennifer (Eastman) Hina (B.A., ’06) found a job after graduation with Nova, teaching English in Japan. She started out unsure if this was the right choice, but fell in love with the company and worked her way up to an area manager with the vision of helping people love and enjoy English, as well as introducing new instructors to Japan.

Lora Bledsoe (B.S., ’09; D.V.M., ’13) runs a mobile large-animal veterinary practice serving livestock producers on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. She testified before Colorado legislators about the need for veterinarians in the state’s rural communities, which led to approval in 2017 of the Colorado Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program.

Adriana Lopez (B.A., ’09) is a writer and social media specialist for Denver Public Schools. She recently visited campus to discuss her strategies for communicating to audiences in multiple languages with CSU journalism students.


Scott Speidel (Ph.D., ’11) is an assistant professor of animal sciences at CSU and recently was honored with the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award for his research in the University’s Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock.

Paul Broadie II (Ph.D., ’14) is president of Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn., and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Conn. The NAACP recently honored him as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.

Leah Major (B.S., ’14) is a veterinary technician at Block and Bridle Veterinary Service in Greeley, Colo., and says she is living the dream in delivering equine veterinary services to clients and patients. She also raises and trains American Quarter Horses and is pleased with a filly that shows promise as a sorting and ranch horse versatility prospect.

Emily Wolf (B.A., ’14; B.S., ’14) recently celebrated her fourth year working for the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc., in Oklahoma City. She oversees a wide range of association activities, assists with two large annual horse shows, and supports the Pinto Heritage Foundation.

Adrianna Culbert (B.S., ’16) earned her business degree while gaining accolades on the Colorado State Volleyball team. As an outside hitter and setter, she was named 2015 Mountain West Player of the Year and 2015 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year, among other honors. She then served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, where she also played beach volleyball and competed in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship. Culbert is now an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Natalia Infante Caylor (B.A., ’06; M.A., ’09; Ph.D., ’18) instructs undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has served on the executive board for Crossroads Safehouse, a shelter and resource center for victims of domestic violence, and has volunteered with many other business and charitable organizations in Northern Colorado.

Faculty and Staff 

Joshua Sbicca recently published the book, Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle. The author, hoping to integrate food and social-justice activism, calls on the food-focused to broaden and deepen their commitment to the struggle against structural inequalities within and beyond the food system.


In Memoriam
*Member of the CSU Alumni Association

Evan L. Sneddon (B.S., ’46)
Howard K. Orr (B.S., ’47; M.F., ’48)

Margaret A. Crone (M.S., ‘55)
Don B. Olsen (B.S., ‘54; D.V.M., ‘56)
*Gerald L. Richard (B.S., ‘56)
Elden R. Austin (B.S., ‘57; D.V.M., ‘59)
William C. Moser (B.S., ‘57; M.E.D., ‘65)
Dale Christiansen (D.V.M., ‘58) 

*Edward R. Graves Jr. (B.S., ‘60)
John C. Baum (B.S., ‘62)
Marion R. Riley (M.A.T., ‘63)
Richard Pospahala (B.S., ’67; M.S., ’69)
Christopher F. Bence Jr. (B.S., ‘69) 

Paul S. McGrath (B.S., ‘68; D.V.M., ‘70)
Wayne R. Marion (M.S., ‘70)
*Jim Hinojosa (B.S., ‘73)
Ronald O. Mong (M.E.D., ‘75) 

Craig M. Grabau (B.S., ‘82)
Robert G. Huckaby (B.E., ‘82; M.E.D., ‘83)
Richard W. Pattee (M.S., ‘87) 

Nicole M. Brewster (B.A., ‘97) 

Alan K. Bennett (M.B.A., ‘06) 

*Steven F. Henke (B.S., ‘13) 

Richard S. Berry
David W. Brock
Nancy J. Fischer
Jo Anne Hagen
Maureen C. Malmgren
Gary E. Moody 

Faculty & Staff
Donald J. Sherman
Walter A. Kuemmerlin Jr.
Wayne Peak
Donald J. Sherman 

Clifford G. Fletcher