The Alumni Association has more than 40 chapters, all volunteer-run, which bring the CU Boulder experience close to home no matter where home is. Our non-dues paying local volunteer organizations host a variety of events from family-friendly outings to Buffs watch parties at the best venues.
To make it all work, we need dedicated CU Boulder alumni who bleed black and gold to take on volunteer leadership positions. That's where you come in! Are you interested in taking on a leadership position with Forever Buffs Fort Collins? Email us!
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Name: Anselma J. Lopez, Fort Collins Forever Buffs President
Major/Year: Marketing and Management, 2007
Job: Campus & Community Engagement Coordinator - Division of Enrollment and Access, Colorado State University
I love CU. I just do. I established the Fort Collins Forever Buffs chapter to bring awareness to and create great things on behalf of the University. I enjoy being a part of this group, making friends and connections and seeing what we can do when we work together! Mentoring future Buffs and helping them navigate the road ahead and encouraging them to take advantage of all that the University has to offer is another great pleasure and opportunity that has been afforded to me through this organization. I look forward to meeting you all and hope you can join us for our watch parties, scholarship fundraising events, philanthropic endeavors, and of course networking happy hours!
Name: Jeff Brandt
Major/Year: Mechanical Engineering 2009
Career: Project Engineer at Woodward, Inc.
When you think back to your time at CU, what was your proudest moment? Leading our graduate design team and receiving positive feedback from the customer at completion of the project.)
How has your degree contributed to your success? My degree has allowed me to pursue different mechanical engineering positions within the industrial and aerospace arenas.)
What advice would you offer current students? Work hard, stay positive, learn every day, give back, and things will work out for you.)
Personal Interests: Fly-fishing, volunteering, powerlifting, serving at church, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Name: Darcy Wallshein
Major/Year: Art History 2013
Hi all! My name is Darcy Wallshein and I am a proud Colorado native and CU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Art History (13’). I am a young museum professional and received my master’s from Harvard University’s School of Continuing Education in 2018. I have been part of the association since its early beginnings and am so happy to have found a community of CU alumni within Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. What makes me the proudest about being a ForeverBuff is that CU produces some of the brightest and most gifted alumni around. People have heard of UC Boulder because of various alumni that are changing the world, whether through engineering, art, sports, law, or science. I would tell future Buffs to embrace everything that Boulder has to offer. Having lived in Boulder, it’s easy to forget how beautiful a place it actually is! Hike Chautauqua, watch football at Folsom, and wear your gold and black proud! In my spare time, I love to ski, cook, travel, and spend time with my husband who is a fellow CU alumni.
Name: Yee Campbell
Year/Major: B.S. Business Administration, Marketing and International Business 1992
Career: Digital Experience Strategy, NetApp, Inc.
When you think back to your time at CU, what was your proudest moment? Graduation, of course. However, when I reflect back, I realized I graduated while working part-time at the business school library, playing/traveling with a club sport, and taking on leadership roles with AIESEC, an international business club.
How has your degree contributed to your success? My degree combined with my experiences with AIESEC definitely opened doors for me while interviewing through CU Career Services. My first job out of college was with a semiconductor company that had never done any business planning or marketing of their technology so I was able to put my skillset to use right away.
What advice would you offer current students? Get real-life experience whether that be through an internship or simply taking leadership roles with student organizations. These experiences help you stand out amongst the sea of candidates.
Personal Interests: Playing outdoors, traveling, volunteering, and fan of all sports, especially cheering on my kids.
Name: Nathaniel Wallshein
Major/Year: Juris Doctor 2013
Career: Attorney at Law - Otis, Bedingfield & Peters
Greetings. My name is Nathaniel Wallshein, but most people call me Nate. I grew up in McLean Virginia, which is a suburb outside of Washington, D.C. I hold an undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Connecticut (10’) and attended CU Boulder for law school (13’). It was during law school that I met my wife Darcy, who is a fellow board member. I am a litigator for a large law firm in Northern Colorado that specializes in real estate and business law. In my free time I love to snowboard, rock climb, and camp. The active Colorado lifestyle is what drew me to attend law school in Boulder. I became involved with student government during law school and I would encourage any young college student to explore their passions through various clubs and organizations. Being involved is the best way to meet new people both personally and professionally. My wife and I are grateful for the connections that we have made through the Fort Collins alumni chapter and have grown to love the Fort Collins community. Skobuffs!
Name: Victor Pearn
Major/Year: Creative Writing MA, 1983
Career: Owner - Pearn and Associates, Inc. Book Publishing
Victor Pearn, MA Creative Writing 1983, BA (Individual Option, People Poets and Institutions) 1976, at Illinois University with a double-major in English and Anthropology. He is an award-winning poet, and the author of 16 books. His poems have appeared in over 200 magazines, periodicals, and journals. In November 2002 he was Poet in Residence at Quincy University in Illinois. In 2005 he founded Pearn and Associates, Inc., Book Publishing. His company has published 60 books written by American authors. Those titles are available globally. In 2009-2010 he taught English at Jining University in China.
Name: Kelly McFerrin
Year/Major: Psychology 2011
Career: Medical Staff Program Manager, UCHealth
Other than watching games and sporting my Buffs gear around town, I had become somewhat disconnected from CU until I joined the Fort Collins Forever Buffs. Now I not only have a group to watch games with, but have a community of fellow Buffs and have been able to once again be involved with the school that gave me so much. We’ve had the opportunity to see some of the incredible developments at CU first hand, hear from amazing scholars and athletes, and connect with Buffs from around the country. I look forward to expanding our chapter and continuing to give back to both CU and the Fort Collins community. My advice for students would be to make as many connections as possible, take any opportunity you can, keep an open mind, and put yourself outside your comfort zone.
Name: Charles Bloom
Major/Year: Environmental Design 2001
Career: Digital Experience Strategy, NetApp, Inc.
Hello, my name is Charles Bloom and I am an avid Buffs fan. I have a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Boulder 2001) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Denver 2003) which both gave me the ability to excel in City planning. I am presently the Planning and Development Director for the City of Cheyenne, WY, serve as the Vice President of American Planning Association's Western Central Chapter, and reside in Laramie and Cheyenne -the extreme northern portion of this chapter's area. Some of my proudest moments at CU focused around social activities, bicycling and being active. I encourage all present students to keep in touch with the friends they make as they move forward in life and to take in all that Boulder and CU has to offer. My goal as a Board member is to help activate fellow alumni in southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado through a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing, and watch parties - all activities that I enjoy. Go Buffs!