By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
Alumni couple Adam Center and Katie La Croix graduated the same year and knew some of the same people. However, they did not start dating until they left campus and were into their careers.
Katie grew up in Grand Junction. When it came time to choose a college, she got lots of competing advice from her parents, as her mother is a CSU alumna and her father graduated from the University of Wyoming. After a great visit to the CSU campus, however, her decision became clear.
Adam grew up in Bozeman, Montana. When he was considering colleges, his top criteria were a university near the mountains and one with a great engineering program. Not only did CSU fit both, but his parents had attended CSU and met while they were on campus. Plus, when he visited campus, “CSU and Fort Collins felt like home.”
While at CSU, Adam became a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Katie pledged Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served on Panhellenic Council. They both enjoyed Ram football games and were part of groups from residence hall days that have become life-long friends. After college, the pair was introduced through one of Katie’s sorority sisters, who had lived in the same residence hall as Adam.
Katie stayed in Fort Collins after graduating with a degree in business administration, first working in insurance, then for First National Bank in several of its branches. Adam’s degree in electrical engineering led him to work for two years at Mitek Corporation in Phoenix, designing car audio electronics. Once they started dating “long distance,” Adam sought employment opportunities closer to Fort Collins.
He found one in a company in Boulder that manufactured solar-tested measurement equipment. During this time, both Adam and Katie completed MBA degrees. His next move was back to Fort Collins, where he worked first as an electrical engineer for Otter Box and then in other roles with Otter Products, including managing various teams. Currently he serves as director of engineering for advanced technology. Katie now works for HP Inc. as program manager for Advanced Computer Solutions.
The pair became Alumni Association members because they “are proud to be CSU Rams!” They felt becoming members allowed then to support CSU in a way that acknowledges their love for the University. They both are deeply appreciative of the education they received and the friends they have made. They also have been Ram football season ticket holders for fifteen years.
They feel it is important to support the Fort Collins community, as well. Adam is part of the Otter Ambassadors program. Otter Products encourages employees to give some of their “time, talent, and treasure” to the community by offering 24 hours volunteer time off to support nonprofits in the community. He also serves on the board of Ram Strength, the Lubick Foundation’s nonprofit that supports cancer survivors.
This wonderful Ram couple shares a love for outdoor adventure, as well, particularly skiing and mountain biking. They also love to travel. We hope they pass on their love of CSU and the Rams to the next generation of their family, the first of which soon will arrive!