By Published: July 11, 2022

CU Charm bracelet

The bracelet contains 9 charms: Runner-up “E-Days” Queen, 1964; Colorado Engineer Editor; Tau Beta Pi Badge; Mortar board Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honorary [belonged to her former husband Robert Joselyn (CivEngr’65; MBA’67; PhDBus’71)]; Who’s Who, Students in American Universities and Colleges; Sigma Tau, Engineering Honorary; Colorado Engineer, Book Review Editor; Sigma Epsilon Sigma, Physics Honorary

In the mid-1960s, charm bracelets were a woman’s fashion staple. 

“We all had them,” said astrogeophysicist Jo Ann Cram Joselyn (ApMath’65; MAstro’67; PhD’78), who donated her bracelet to the CU Heritage Center in 1995. “Some people got really fancy with teddy bears and stuff like that. When you went on a trip, you’d buy a charm …  memento things.” 

Joselyn’s bracelet told her CU undergraduate story. She lived in the Sewall Hall women’s dorm for all four years. She has charms that signify her experience as runner-up Queen at E-Days [Engineering Days] as well as her engineering and physics honors status. Her favorite charm — a 1965 Tau Beta Pi women’s badge — granted her partial recognition in the engineering honor society. Women weren’t allowed full membership until 1969.

“When I put that bracelet on, I would feel appreciated,” she said. 

Joselyn went on to have an extraordinary career. She became CU’s first woman to receive a PhD in astrophysics. She worked as a space scientist and space weather forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than three decades, and then served as the secretary general for the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Joselyn was elected to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. 

“I’ve had a fun life,” she said. 

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Photo by Mona Lambrecht