Published: June 1, 2018

South Park Animator Joins CU Boulder Next

Eric StoughWhen South Park joined Comedy Central’s lineup more than 20 years ago, Eric Stough (Film’95) was the first person hired by creators Trey Parker (A&S ex’93) and Matt Stone (Art, Math’93).

He’s never looked back.

Now producer and lead animator for the taboo-shattering animated satire, Stough has won five Emmys and a Peabody Award for his work — and stands as the inspiration for the beloved character “Butters.”

In April, at the second installment of CU Boulder Next — the university’s large-scale, multiyear road show — Stough regaled the Washington, D.C., audience with tales of his days at CU (where Parker encouraged him to join the film department) through the present day, in which South Park-themed mobile and console games are part of American culture.

“All facets of my life echo the foundation given to me by CU,” he said during the conference’s closing remarks.

For videos of CU Boulder Next in Los Angeles and D.C. and information about next year’s San Francisco and Denver events, visit

Alumni Association Tidbits  

megaphone iconNorthern Nevada now has an alumni chapter led by Tiffany Smith (Acct’92). … The Grand Valley chapter in western Colorado, led by Matt Jennings (Hist’05; MPubAd’14) and Katie Larson (Comm, Psych’05), hosts monthly mixers every third Friday of the month at the Ale House on 12th St in Grand Junction.


trophy iconPlan a trip to Boulder Oct. 25-28 for Homecoming Weekend 2018. Attend the Alumni Awards Ceremony, BuffTalks, reunions, the Buffs on Tap craft beer and wine event, the Parade and Pep Rally on Pearl Street and Ralphie’s Corral tailgate. CU football plays Oregon State Oct. 27 at Folsom Field. Register at and receive a free Homecoming T-shirt while you’re here.


scholarship iconThe CU Boulder Alumni Association received 1,399 scholarship applications this year, including 385 from legacy applicants. It awarded 96 scholarships, including 41 to legacy students, worth more than $170,000.


golf iconThe Alumni Association is hosting its first golf outing Monday, July 30, at the Boulder Country Club. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. To join as a sponsor, contact Tricia at Visit to register to play.