Published: March 1, 2017

hops and opera Hops and Opera

On March 30, craft beer and opera combine at Powder Keg Brewing in Niwot, Colo., where homebrewerturned-pro Phil Joyce (MechEngr’09) is head brewer. The event will pair short solos by alumni opera singers with beer samples evoking the music’s theme. An emotional aria, for instance, might be paired with a heavy stout. Opera singer Megan Mahlberg (Mus’08; MA’11), now alumni coordinator in CU’s music college, will serve as event emcee. Register at

The event is part of the Alumni Association’s Forever Buffs Spotlight program, which highlights alumni achievements at work and in life. Past events have included planetary scientist Alan Stern (PhDAstro’89), extreme skier Chris Anthony (Kines’90) and chef Hosea Rosenberg (EngrPhys’97).

Alumni Association Tidbits

mapForever Buffs have staked turf in rival territory: A Fort Collins alumni chapter formed with Anselma Lopez (Mktg’07) as leader. Other new chapters include Austin, led by Taylor James (Mgmt’13), Adam Ruma (Psych’09) and Andrew Higgins (Fin, Mgmt’14); Twin Cities, led by Emily Smith (Hist, Jour’07) and Devon Gilchrist (Comm’00); and Switzerland, led by Rebecca Self (MJour’95; PhDComm’99).


This spring the CU Black, American Indian and Latino Alumni Associations will hold special commencement ceremonies at the Koenig Alumni Center on campus.



You can volunteer for a public service project with other alumni in several U.S. cities at Buffs Give Back, May 20-21.


peopleOn June 1 Tom Shepherd (TransMgmt’78), director of logistics at Driscoll’s in Watsonville, Calif., will become chair of the Alumni Association’s Board of Advisors. He will succeed Brian Cowan (Mktg’79), who became chair in July 2015 and will remain on the board as past chair.

class of '67

The Golden Anniversary Club, comprised of alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, will convene in Boulder during Homecoming Weekend and induct the Class of 1967. Svein Hasund (MechEngr’67), Nancy Rasmussen (Engl’67) and Jan Baulsir (Fren’67; MA’ 71) are all serving on the planning committee.

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