This year Dorothy Doll Jorgens (A&S) was honored by the mayor of Thousand Oaks, Calif., in recognition of her 90th birthday. Dorothy has spent many years in service, including providing childcare for her three grandchildren, volunteering in charitable gift shops and lunchrooms and serving as a teacher’s aide. In May 2009, she was a contestant in the Ms. Senior Conejo Valley pageant and shared some of her crafts and paintings. Dorothy is an active member of her church and has served as a deacon. She enjoys playing bridge Friday mornings with friends at the local community center.

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A seasoned developer with experience in site evaluation, land acquisition and development, David M. Noyes (Fin) has constructed commercial, industrial and residential buildings and developed a golf course. He also has experience in fundraising for equity participation. Prior to his business career, he served in the U.S. Navy as an officer.

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Author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing GuideNan Riethmayer Phifer (Engl) in March led “A Lively Life-Review Workshop: Joys and Sorrows Reconciled” for the American Society on Aging Conference in Washington, D.C. Nan may be contacted at nanphifer@mac.com.

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Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur (Engl) gave a keynote address in April at Utah Valley University, part of an event hosted by “The Clothesline Project: Silent Voices,” a program for national violence awareness and prevention. Crowned Miss America in 1958, two years before graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Marilyn has been a motivational speaker focused on sexual abuse prevention and recovery. She is the author of a memoir about recovering from sexual abuse, Miss America By Day, and is the founder of the Survivor United Network.

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Nella Pitts Phillips (A&S) is one of three women featured in a national cable TV spot for Medical Alert. She also does a one-minute inspirational segment, “Wonderful Words of Life,” every weekday morning on KAAM radio in Dallas at 8:25 a.m. CST. This moment can be accessed online at kaamradio.com. Nella is a professional book reviewer, performer and entertainer, as well as an alto in the Park Cities Presbyterian Church choir in Dallas. She writes, “Any news of former Farrand Hall-ites and/or Tri Delts around ’60-’63 would be most welcome!”

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Coinciding with the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament in April, Hale Irwin (Mktg) debuted a new Sirius XM radio show. At age 70, the former star CU golfer and football player is still one of the most renowned senior level golfers in history. He is in both the CU Athletics Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

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Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd (Econ) attended the NCAA Ski Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., this March. The championships were hosted by CU-Boulder. Billy and the late Jimmie Huega (PolSci’73) were the first American men to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing.

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Technology pioneer Steve Wozniak (ElEngr ex’72, HonDocSci’89), Apple co-founder and inventor of the Apple I computer, served as opening-day keynote speaker for CU-Boulder’s 68th Conference on World Affairs in April. Among other things, he discussed self-driving cars, primary education, robots and Apple’s early days. See “Campus News” in this issue for a short report.

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Darryl Varnado (PolSci; MPubAd’76) was named to the Washington Business Journal’s 2016 list of minority business leaders. He is executive vice president and chief people officer for Children’s National Health System. Darryl received the award for his creative and successful contributions to the employee population and his passion for providing employees with a positive workplace and a leadership and workforce development program. He also created a paid parental leave policy that offers new families enhanced leave benefits at full salary beyond their standard short-term disability time. Originally from Louisiana, Darryl now lives in Falls Church, Va.

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With 30 years’ experience in marine biology, Jeffry Marcus (EPOBio) of Miami, Fla. was recognized by Worldwide Branding for his dedication, leadership and excellence in freshwater and marine ecology. He works for Stantec Consulting Services and specializes in environmental restoration and permitting advisory services.

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Greg McMenamin (EnvDes) and daughter Madelyn (IntPhys’12) traveled to Machu Picchu last October and took a photo at the ruins with a giant CU flag. Greg is a Louisville, Colo., resident and the principal and owner of the architecture and planning company McMenamin Design Associates.

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As founder and executive director of Youth Challenge, a Cleveland nonprofit, Mary Sue Anter Tanis (Rec) brings together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers for participation in recreational activities. It was while working at the CU-Boulder rec center with injured Vietnam vets that Mary Sue was first inspired to dedicate her life to working with physically disabled people. She returned to the Cleveland area after graduation and founded Youth Challenge in 1976.

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Steve McNulty (Geog) joined the team of Long & Foster Real Estate. The Rehoboth Beach, Del., resident brings 37 years of diverse business experience to the team. Steve has worked in operations, contract management and project management. He began his career as a state energy official with the New Jersey Department of Energy. He’s the author of two books and is a former small business owner.

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In February, Debra Bean (Anth, Art) was named president of John F. Kennedy University. She previously served as provost of National University, the second-largest nonprofit university in California. Debra also served as associate dean at the Columbia College, School of Media Arts. She has held management positions in the fields of strategic marketing, media and online brand development for clients such as American Airlines, msnbc.com and Nike.

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Earlier this year, Joel Berger (PhDBio) was named one of six finalists for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation; Jane Goodall is a past recipient. A scholar at Colorado State University, Joel studies why populations of tundra land animals, such as muskoxen and wild yaks, are declining and what can be done about it. He helped lead the creation of America’s first federally sanctioned wildlife migration corridor, the Path of the Pronghorn, in Yellowstone National Park. Joel has also helped reevaluate rhino conservation tactics in Africa and aided efforts to conserve Mongolia’s saiga antelope populations. He lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter.

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Jack Turner (Bus) was elected to the Explorers Club, a renowned organization whose members include the adventurers who were the first to reach the poles, the summit of Mount Everest and the moon. Jack’s grandfather Ansel F. Hall was the first chief naturalist of the National Park Service and also a member of the club. Jack is the founding director of California-based Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition Onward. The project is completing fieldwork in Arizona and Utah and working on 3D modeling techniques and virtual-reality tools to recreate the experience and surroundings of the expedition, including what was discovered and by whom. The result will be a museum exhibition at multiple U.S. venues.

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Aerin Workman Benavides (Econ) graduated in May 2016 with a PhD in teacher education from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. As president of the JBQ Charitable Foundation, she looks forward to organizing educational trips in the future for student teachers to the South American Manu rainforest and other regions of Peru.

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The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services named Christine Boone (Hist) superintendent of the Oklahoma School for the Blind. Christine has spent 33 years serving blind youth and adults in six states. She also has been employed as a civil rights attorney and an instructor for white cane and independent living, teaching skills that help facilitate independence for those who are blind or have low vision abilities.

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Taos, N.M., High School coach Bruce Gomez (PE) was inducted into the New Mexico High School Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. Under his leadership, his teams have won 11 New Mexico State Team trophies. His teams also have won 12 district titles and have finished top five or better 26 times out of 31. Bruce, a Native American, was a walk-on with the CU cross-country and track teams and trained with Olympic champion Frank Shorter, a long-time Boulder resident and co-founder of the Bolder Boulder. Bruce lives in Taos with wife Anne-Marie Emanuelli and daughter Marielle.

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Brian Vogt (Class), the CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens, was honored with the national Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs Inc., one of the nation’s most recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. A Colorado native, Brian has served at the Botanic Gardens for eight years and oversaw the garden’s historic $73 million capital campaign and master development plan. Brian is a writer, speaker, artist, gardener and hiker, serving in community leadership and public service in Colorado for almost 25 years. He also served as director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and was a member of the Governor’s Economic Commission on Science and Technology and served as president of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce in Denver.

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