By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
Volunteers at CSU events usually are alumni or individuals employed at the University. Two delightful exceptions are a couple who spent their careers as educators in Alaska. They retired to the Fort Collins area and became active volunteers.
Lynn and Sean Dusek spent most of their lives in Soldotna, Alaska, which is on the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Lynn grew up in Soldotna; her parents were both teachers. She attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a teaching degree. Upon returning to Alaska, she taught in Hope for 2 years, then in Soldotna for 19 years. Along the way she earned an M.A. degree in guidance counseling at the University of Alaska Anchorage and served as adjunct professor at the community college in Soldotna, teaching early childhood and psychology courses.
Sean grew up in River Falls, Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in secondary education (mathematics) from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He moved to Alaska, where he had relatives, in 1991 and did his student teaching in Soldotna. During the early part of his 26-year career, he taught math and served as assistant coach for football and head coach for hockey.
He then gave up coaching and started down the path of administration for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, which he describes as “covering an area the size of West Virginia and having 9,000 students in 43 schools, many of which are accessible only by boat or plane.” Over the years he served as assistant principal, principal, district officer, and superintendent. He still does contract work with the Alaska Superintendent’s Association, working with individuals who aspire to be or are newly appointed superintendents.
The couple retired to the Fort Collins area. Their son Brian (B.S., ’21) chose to attend CSU, graduating this spring with majors in business administration with a marketing concentration and communication studies. The pair first become involved with the CSU Alumni Association when they received an email sent to parents of current students, inquiring about their interest in volunteering. The Duseks responded, thinking it would be “a great way to meet people and get to know the University.”
They met with Alumni Association Volunteer Program Specialist Matt Flick (B.S., ’11) at a local restaurant and have been volunteering at events ever since. Some of their favorite events include the Ram Welcome Picnic at orientation, Football 101, and Homecoming & Family Weekend, where they enjoyed serving as judges for parade floats. They also worked at coat check for the Job Fair, noting how fun it was to see the nervous-looking students who had handed them coats at the start of the event return to retrieve them looking excited and “jazzed up.”
The couple describe themselves as “believers in higher education”; their daughter is an engineer in Chicago who graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Duseks explain that CSU played a large role in their decision to move to the Fort Collins area upon retirement. They see all their volunteer time as “doing their part!” Matt Flick says they have “a passion and love for CSU and education” and, despite not having attended the University, “are always ready to go when a new volunteer opportunity comes up!” Thank you, Lynn and Sean; we love having you in the Ram family!