President Obama announced Daniel Smith (Hist’77) as nominee for assistant secretary for intelligence and research for the Department of State. Previously Daniel served as executive secretary of the state department from 2007-2010 and the U.S. ambassador to Greece from 2010 to 2013. His overseas service includes tours in Bern, Istanbul, Ottawa and Stockholm. Daniel taught political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Posted Mar. 1, 2014

Federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Christie Martinez Arguello (Edu’77) was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in March. She also leads the Arguello Dream Team, which mentors and inspires young people to pursue a college and graduate degree. Nominated by President George W. Bush as a federal judge, she lives in the Denver area.

Posted Jun. 1, 2014

District court judge Morris Hoffman (Math’74, Law’77) recently published a book, The Punisher’s Brain, which discusses the science behind why people punish and forgive each other. Morris was appointed to the Denver District Court in December 1990. He also is an adjunct faculty member for CU-Boulder’s law school. Morris lives in Denver with his wife, Kate Knickrehm (Law’82).

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Kant in Hong Kong is Gray Kochhar-Lindgren’s (Phil’77) book about how travel, philosophy and the city connect, drawing inspiration from the regular city walks of philosopher Immanuel Kant. Gray is professor and director of the Common Core curriculum at the University of Hong Kong. He previously served as associate vice chancellor for undergraduate learning and professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Posted Dec. 1, 2014

If he weren’t an attorney, William Nelson (PolSci’77) told the Colorado Springs Business Journal, he would be a landscaper or nurse so he wouldn’t have to wear a tie. But he wears that tie well as a partner in the Colorado Springs location of the firm Lewis Roca Rothberger. He began as a law clerk in 1981.

Posted Dec. 1, 2014

Jamie Forbes’ (Phil) collection of short stories, The Widow Smalls and Other Stories, was published by Pronghorn Press in 2014. Her first book, Unbroken, won the 2011 WILLA literary award for outstanding contemporary fiction. Jamie lives and practices law in Greensboro, N.C.
Ellen McCormick (MCDBio; MD’81) retired from her medical practice after nearly 20 years. She closed Pediatric Associates of Cañon City last May. She and her husband are planning a move to Denver to be closer to family.

Posted Mar. 1, 2015

The digital money transfer provider Xoom appointed Chris Shimojima (IntlAf) to its board of directors. He will work as an independent board member, serving on the compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. Chris is the CEO of Provide Commerce, a floral and gifting e-commerce retailer, and previously served as the vice president of global e-commerce at Nike for six years.

Posted Sep. 1, 2015

Debra Jason (MCommDisor) published Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget this year. The book, which received an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, provides business advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Debra started her own company, The Write Direction, in 1989.

Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Former Colorado attorney general and current Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers (Law) was granted the Silver Spur award by the Pikes Peak Range Riders, a group that supports the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The annual award honors an outstanding citizen. John has also served as U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado and executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. He was sworn in as mayor in June. John and his wife, Janet Suthers (PolSci’73; MBA’89), have two grown daughters.

Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Catherine Zublin (Comm) has been appointed interim dean of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University. She has worked for Weber State for 30 years, first as a theater professor and then as associate dean of the arts and humanities college. She also has been the lead costume designer for more than 50 theater productions.

Posted Dec. 1, 2015

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.

Posted Jun. 1, 2016

Director of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop (BJDW) Lara Branen (Dance; MA’87) has been directing its workshops since the first session at the Chautauqua Community Hall in 1978 and has seen the group expand from fewer than 20 students to about 150. Lara, who lives in Northern California, flies into Boulder for a month to direct the workshop, which she says has developed a reputation as “a college-based summer dance study setting with heart.” The BJDW was started by Lara and Michael Geiger (MDance’78) and is still run mainly by CU alumni.

Posted Sep. 1, 2016

Carol Callan (MPE; MBA’87) is USA Basketball women’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball women’s national team player selection committee. She played a key role in picking the players for the U.S. Women’s National team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Carol has been the women’s national team director since 1996.

Posted Sep. 1, 2016

In December Brian Campbell (IntlAf) was elected Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV), a suburb of Los Angeles. He’s served as an elected councilmember since 2009 and as vice mayor twice. Brian was an Army ROTC graduate and served overseas as an infantry officer after graduating from CU. He serves in the California State Military Reserve and is the executive officer of the Special Operations Support Detachment. Brian is also CEO of BC Urban LLC, a commercial real estate firm. He and his wife have two teenage sons.

Posted Mar. 1, 2017

Gordon Trafton (TransMgmt) was appointed to the board of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He served as a special advisor to the Canadian National Railway leadership team until 2010 and has held several leadership positions with Illinois Central Railroad and Burlington Northern Railroad. At CU he is chairman of the Leeds School’s Board of Alumni and Friends.

Posted Mar. 1, 2017

Susan Chandler (MAnth) has been elected to serve as the president of the Society for American Archaeology from 2017 to 2019. She and husband Alan Reed (Anth’76; MA’78) are retired from Alpine Archaeological Consultants, the cultural resource company they founded in 1987. Two of Alpine’s new owners are also CU alums: son Charles Reed (Anth’05) and Rand Greubel (Anth’84).

Posted Jun. 1, 2017

Mark Busby (PhDEngl) published a book of poetry titled Through Our Years: Occasional Poems 1960- 2017. Many of the poems reflect Mark’s years in Boulder.

Posted Jun. 1, 2017

Timothy Cooper (MMus) has retired after more than 20 years as a music director and composer on the Las Vegas strip, but he remains a part of the city’s vibrant arts community. He maintains a recording studio and is currently musical director at temples Bet Knesset Bamidbar and P’nai Tikvah. The choir he directs and accompanies at First Christian Church, Las Vegas, has been selected to sing at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 19, 2017.

Posted Jun. 1, 2017

Yusur Wajih Al-Madani (MEngl; PhD’82), associate dean for academic affairs at Kuwait University, received the Alumni Association’s 2017 George Norlin Award over Homecoming Weekend. The award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen field.

Posted Dec. 1, 2017

Paul Criscuolo (Econ) has worked for 40 years in the beverage industry in the U.S. and Asia. He is the CEO of Aged Whiskey Man Consulting LLC, a Massachusetts company serving distilleries. Paul and wife Rhonda live in Massachusetts.

Posted Dec. 1, 2017

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