Published: Dec. 12, 2019


In one of CU Boulder's longest-standing traditions, the 90th annual alumni awards ceremony honored extraordinary alumni, including two of the School of Education’s outstanding alumni.

Dave Aragon is a 2019 recipient of the Robert Stearns Award, honoring faculty and staff for extraordinary achievement, and Jacalyn Colt received the George Norlin Award, one of the university's highest honors acknowledging the devotion to the betterment of society.

The Homecoming event was held in a packed Glenn Miller Ballroom with a welcome from Ryan Chreist, assistant vice chancellor and executive director of the Alumni Association; remarks and presentation of the awards by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano; and emceeing by Kim Christiansen, 9News anchor and CU Boulder alumna, who narrates the awardees’ feature videos. 

Colt has dedicated her 40-year career in public education to improving literacy and the student experience, as a district literacy coordinator, CU instructor and chair of CU Boulder’s School of Education Development Advisory Board. She is a three-time School of Education alumna earning a master’s and doctorate in education and education specialist. 

Aragon received his Master’s in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice in 2011, and he is CU Boulder’s assistant vice chancellor for diversity, learning and student success for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. Aragon helps students achieve their goal of obtaining a university education successfully through his work focused on supporting students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.