Published: March 1, 2016

Dinner with 12 Buffs

Last spring Dynelle Tadlock (Comm, Psych’93; Law’96) welcomed 12 CU-Boulder students into her Boulder home for dinner, all strangers to each other at first. They feasted on tacos and burritos, talked up their favorite places to eat and play in the city and swapped stories about CU.

Tadlock, an attorney for the U.S. Postal Service and an early stalwart of an Alumni Association program called Dinner with 12 Buffs, will open her home again in April, this time to a new group of students, and she hopes to host a dinner for CU alumni after she moves to San Diego in May.

“I think everyone should do this,” she says of the program, which connects students and young alumni with fellow Buffs near them. “I loved seeing the genius of the young Buffs.”

More alumni are doing it, too: This April 8 to 10 the event is going national — Buffs will gather in the Washington, D.C.-area home of Brian Cowan (Mktg’79), president of management consulting firm Cowan & Associates, and in Simi Valley, Calif., with Lisa Ayala-Williams (Mktg’86), an executive at Walt Disney Studios.

“Dinner with 12 Buffs allows for alumni to give back to their university,” says program facilitator Dawn Barone (Hist, Psych’09). “It’s a time for them to learn about the student experience today and to share their experience as a Buff with others.”

Want to host a dinner in your area? Contact Dawn Barone at or call 303-492-2281.

Alumni Association Tidbits 

heartExpand your Buffs network while helping your community. During the first annual Buffs Give Back Day on May 22, you and the Buffs in your city have the opportunity to mingle as you tackle a local service project. Each participating chapter chooses its own project in advance. Contact your local chapter leader for more information. Leaders are listed at



TrophyWhich extraordinary Forever Buffs should we celebrate this year? We’re accepting Alumni Award nominations now and are eager to see who tops your list. Recent past winners include sports statistician extraordinaire Dave Plati (Jour’82), Olympian Bill Marolt (Bus’67) and aerospace and defense executive Pam Drew (Math’85; MCompSci’87; PhD’91). Robert Redford (A&S ex’58, HonDocHum’87), Glenn Miller (A&S ex’26, HonDocHum’84) and Matt Stone (Art, Math’93) are past winners also. The awards ceremony will take place in the Glenn Miller Ballroom on CU’s campus during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 13-15. Submit nominations at