Class Notes – September 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.


Joyce Newell Chesnut (B.S., ’51) graduated from Colorado A & M College 68 years ago. Joyce married her college sweetheart, Gene McMurtry (B.S., ’54) and had three sons and two daughters. During her life, Chesnut has been a school teacher, national park ranger, Girl Scout executive staffer, and financial planner. She visited all seven continents and has swum in all five oceans. Chesnut recently celebrated her 90th birthday.


Headshot of Mary (Taylor) Young
Mary (Taylor) Young

Mary (Taylor) Young (B.S., ’77) was inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame Sept. 14 in Denver. The Hall honors outstanding Colorado-associated authors including Stephen King, Madeline Albright, and Clive Cussler. An author of 18 books, Young has written about the landscape of Colorado and the West for more than 30 years. She was the spring 2016 commencement speaker for CSU College of Natural Sciences and the 2016 Frank Waters Award honoree for lifetime achievement.


Brad Hoopes (B.S., ’84) launched a magazine for U.S. military veterans in Northern Colorado. The free monthly Remember and Honor publication made its debut in March and features veterans’ stories, as well as information about events, organizations, and services for Northern Colorado veterans. The magazine can be accessed at

Jodi Peterson (B.A. ’86; M.A. ’89) was recently hired as the news and public affairs director for KVNF, a community radio station serving Colorado’s Western Slope, located in Paonia. Before moving to KVNF, Peterson was an editor at High Country News, also based in Paonia, for 14 years.

Carol Stormer (B.S., ’86) currently sits on the Washington Occupational Therapy Association Board. Stormer was recognized in 2014 by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of occupational therapy for her role as a lead occupational therapist at Pacific Care Center.

Maureen (Pernick) Huber (M.Ed, ’89) accepted new position as associate director of the Career Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.


Jamie Fowler-Fiske (B.S., ’05) owns a stand-up paddle board business in Marble, Colo., called SUP Marble. The business rents out inflatable boards. Fowler-Fiske also teachers professional stand up paddle board lessons and SUP yoga. In the fall, winter, and spring, she will be teaching at Marble Charter School.

Stacey Zynen headshot
Stacey Zynen

Stacey Zynen (B.A., ’08) has joined Iconique Real Estate as operations director. Zynen is focused on creating a next-level customer service experience for the company’s luxury real estate clients in Denver.


Chad Wickham (B.S., ’11) studied saving golden lion tamarins in Brazil during summer 2019. Wickham, a biological science technician at USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center, lives in Fort Collins, Colo., and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Ashley Acuff (B.S., ’14) is now the Colorado Technology Student Association state advisor and the STEM, Arts, and IT assistant program director for Colorado Career and Technical Education. Although Acuff will miss the classroom, she is excited to continue to work in education, guide student leaders, and advocate for CTE.

Lauren Augustino (B.S., ’16) is an online boutique owner, based out of Cheyenne, Wyo., running promotions, trend research, marketing, buying, and networking within the industry. After completing her degree in apparel merchandising, Augustino was hired as an hourly manager at Dillard’s, where she had formerly interned. She has been promoted twice since then and currently serves as the men’s area sales manager.

Charlotte Wood (B.S., ’17) is currently working as a community health and HIV/AIDS volunteer in Ohangwena Region, Namibia.

Angela Wilson (MBA, ’18) recently started a marketing consulting business, Wissen Consulting, LLC.


 In Memoriam

*CSU Alumni Association member


Virginia Goetz (B.S., ’45)

Joyce Littlejohn Parry (B.S., ’46)



Bill Gossett (B.S., ’51)

Shirley Reynolds Christiansen (B.S., ’53)

*Harold Felte (B.S., ’54)

Jo Nash (B.S., ’54)

*John Pemberton, Ph.D. (B.S., ’56)

James Skillings (B.S., ’56)

Dr. Ned Jefferies (B.S., ’58)

John Lambousy (M. Ed., ’58)
Sonja Siders (B.S., ’58)

Allie Roney (CERT. ’59)



John Knox (M. Ed., ’61)

*Alan Fitzgerald (B.S., ’62; CERT. ’62)

Standish Broome (B.S. ’63)

Kenneth Jacobs (M. Ed., ’63)

Dr. Lawrence Rudel (B.S., ’63)

Sally Hanneman (B.S., ’64)

Robert Fassett (B.S., ’66)

Brenda Stewart (B.S., ’68)



Donald Fetters (B.S., ’70)

Cecil Waldrip (B.A., ’70; CERT. ’70)

*Dr. Frederick Muehlhausen (B.S., ’71; M.S., ’79)

Jane Fisher (B.S., ’72)

Susan Doherty (B.A., ’74)

*Phillip Smith (B.S., ’74)

Gerald Westesen, Ph.D (Ph. D., ’75)

Mary Southworth (B.S., ’79)



Christine Murphree (B.S., ’84)

Amy Mitterer (B.A., ’88)

Kelly Morand, D.V.M. (D.V.M., ’88)

Beverly Rahorst (M.S., ’89)



Matthew Bryan (B.A., ’99)



Joan Williams (B.S., ’03; M.S., ’09)



Harold Asmus

Patricia AuMiller

Norma Biedenharn

Laurien Christoffersen

Richard Clarke

June Cringan

Merf Evans

Mary Field

Verne Haruf

Robert Lee

Elizabeth Thornton



TJ Avery

Vincent Braud

Allen Church

Vaughn Walker


Faculty and Staff

Dr. Kenneth Nobe

Dr. Robert Theodoratus