EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler appointed Lori McFarling (Jour) to a four-year position on the board of directors for the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, a nonprofit created to raise national awareness of environmental issues. She also was named president of global corporate partnerships for Discovery Education, an ed-tech firm based out of Washington, D.C., where Lori lives with her husband and three kids. 

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More than an avid diver and fisherman, Ken Ayers Jr. (MTeleCom) was crowned “Lionfish King” of Florida for 2019. His second kingship in three years, Ken has eliminated more than 3,500 of the invasive species in the Gulf of Mexico. To accomplish the feat, he had to dive more than 175 times last summer, hunting with a specially designed pole spear.

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Last June, Chris Jarnot (Rec) announced his retirement after more than 30 years at Vail Resorts. He started his career as a marketing assistant and worked his way to executive vice president of the company’s mountain division. Chris cited his three children as motivation to retire. He lives in Edwards, Colorado. 

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After graduation, Franck Van der Hooft (PolSci, Thtr) returned to Amsterdam and became an executive producer at Cirque du Soleil. Four years ago, Franck and his husband, Rupert, emigrated to France, where they opened Les Mas & Le Mazet, five-star holiday homes in the idyllic French countryside. Franck is offering a 10 percent discount to any CU alumni who stay in 2020. Visit www.lemasdordogne.com to learn more.

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The Colorado Technology Association awarded Trent Hein (CompSci) with its 2019 Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence APEX Award for entrepreneurial leadership in a Colorado tech company. Along with Dan Mackin (ElEngr’08), Trent is co-CEO of information and technology services company Rule4, his third successful Boulder-based tech venture.

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In an effort to reinvent eyeglasses, Philip Staehelin (Econ, IntlAf) created DOT Glasses. Using a revolutionary design that snaps together, the glasses can be sold to customers for as little as $3 a pair. The company aspires to make eyeglasses accessible to everyone globally. Philip lives in the Czech Republic. Read more.

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James Hansen (AeroEngr; MS’93) is superintendent of the marine meteorology division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California. With more than 10 years of civilian federal service, James directs research and development in marine meteorology and atmospheric sciences. He leads a team of 120 and oversees an annual budget above $35 million.

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In September, Chad Scates (CompSci) of Erie, Colorado, was named senior vice president of engineering at FreeWave Technologies. He has more than 20 years of technology engineering experience. 

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The Rubenstein brothers, Brett (EPOBio) and Scott (Engl’95), both recently celebrated 20 years in their respective fields. Brett is an educator and current science department chair at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Scott is a lawyer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an assistant prosecutor for Hamilton County before taking over their father’s criminal defense practice. 

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After moving back to Colorado from Dallas, Texas, Colleen Walker (ArchEngr) is now CEO of the Auraria Higher Education Center, a state organization that oversees the property at Community College of Denver, CU Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

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Allison Case (ArchEngr) of Oak Park, Illinois, left a career in corporate real estate to start her own jewelry business. Allison’s love for crafting jewelry began on Pearl Street at the local bead shop and in Sewall Hall, where she would string together her own creations. 

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Former Denver Public Schools board of education director Arturo Jimenez (EthnSt; Law’98) published his first book, Dreamers Nightmare: The US War on Immigrant LatinX Children. With more than 20 years of experience as an immigration attorney, Arturo examines political and social realities for DACA recipients. He lives in Denver. 

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In October, Emily Wortman-Wunder (EPOBio) of Centennial, Colorado, won the 2019 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her book of short stories, Not a Thing to Comfort You. Emily teaches scientific writing at CU Denver. 

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In 2019 Lija Fisher (Thtr) of Boulder published her novel The Cryptid Keeper, the sequel to her debut, The Cryptid Catcher. The books act as a gateway to science for children by discussing cryptozoology, the search for animals like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. 

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Sustainability is important to Sarah Kauss (Acct), founder and CEO of S’well, a company whose products help minimize single-use plastic worldwide. The company recently launched a line of reusable steel straws and aims to displace 100 million single-use plastic bottles by 2020. S’well has also committed $1.6 million to UNICEF. 

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CanonDesign named Tim Barr (Mktg) of Arvada, Colorado, the office practice leader for its Denver office. He said, “I’m excited about making those connections and helping organizations harness design to push our city and state forward.”

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Last December, Evan Papel (Mgmt) and his company Pocket Socks were featured on Good Morning America. Pocket Socks were invented for travel security and are accented with fun, fashionable designs. Evan lives in Carlsbad, California. 

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Karen Hertz’s (Psych; MBA’05) gluten-free brewery Holidaily Brewing in Golden, Colorado, took home gold at the Great American Beer Festival for its Boombastic Hazy IPA.

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Emilie Upczak (RelSt, WomSt) wrote and directed Moving Parts, a movie about human smuggling and sex trafficking set in Trinidad and Tobago, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017. It began streaming on Amazon in January. She currently teaches film at the CU Boulder Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts.

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Jessica Sawyer (ArtHist) is a fifth-generation candymaker. Along with her two cousins, Jessica runs Ce De Candy, based out of Union, New Jersey. They’re most known for their No. 1 product, Smarties, of which they produce more than 2 billion rolls a year.

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