Class Notes

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Evelyn Golden Shafner (Edu; MA’69; MEdu’72) has published Champa Street, a novel set in Depression-era Denver. She began handwriting the story in a notebook at age 80 and completed it by her 83rd birthday. The book is available on Amazon. Evelyn, a Denver native, is now writing her second novel.

Posted Apr. 19, 2018

Sandra Fuchs Stein (Edu) was named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for Pueblo, Colo. Sandy will be honored by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado at their annual fundraiser in June. She has been active as president or founder of more than 50 organizations in the community and was previously named to the Pueblo Hall of Fame, among numerous other honors. She and husband Marvin Stein (Bus’62) have two daughters and five grandchildren. The couple resides in Pueblo, Colo.

Posted Apr. 19, 2018

Pam Cline Novak is Founder and President of the Spirit Education Foundation. Through madrinos (Godparents), Spirit provides educational scholarships to girls from impoverished families in Guatemala. She and the organization are currently working hard to fund a permanent Spirit House based off the recent success of a safe house for the girls.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Samuel Paul Cummins (Edu) has now retired from both of his jobs. He simultaneously worked as a plant manager at Akzo Nobel Coatings in Matteson, Ill., for 36 years and for the Tinley Park Illinois Fire Department, where he was assistant chief for 40 years. He achieved the designation of chief fire officer and served for 25 years on the MABAS 24 Hazardous Materials Response Team that responded to all HAZMAT calls in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Samuel writes that he and wife Marcia have retired to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and are enjoying the weather.

Posted Apr. 19, 2018

Since graduation from CU, Deborah Ervin Kramb has taught in three states, gained a Master's Degree in Reading in California, an Ed Specialist degree in Georgia and begun working at Georgia State University supervising student teaching and teaching in the masters in education program. She retired from 30 years teaching in public schools but can't seem to catch on to this 'retirement' thing - now teaching teachers.

Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Deborah Ervin Kramb is presently a fourth grade teacher in a district in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. "I have taught in Colorado, Southern California and now in Georgia. I have been a classroom teacher in K-5th grades, a math 'coach' for my district and an Area Lead Teacher - teaching teachers. Changing with the times!"

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

Albert lives in Parker, CO with his wife, Maureen. After retiring in 2011, he enjoys substitute teaching math and science at local high schools. 

Click to read about Albert's Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to the AART. 

Posted Jun. 8, 2015

Christine (Ricken) Williams retired in 2014 after over 40 years in education in Colorado and California. Her career included: State and National Presenter, Trainer, K-6 teacher (Hudson Elem. Weld Co RE-3, Hygiene Elem. St. Vrain SD and North Mor & Hillcrest Elem. in Adams 12), Director K-12 Education (Adams 14 SD, CO and Antioch USD, CA) and 15 years as Assistant Superintendent (San Ramon Valley USD, CA).

Posted Sep. 23, 2014

Ed Steinbrecher received CU's prestigious 2014 George Norlin Award. He has served as director of research for CASB, deputy state commissioner of education, superintendent of Platte Canyon School District and professor at CU and DU. He was key in Colorado school finance legislation. Since his retirement, he has served as a consultant in Colorado and South Africa.

Posted Dec. 29, 2014

Victor Willson, current Department Head of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, is the inaugural chairholder of the Douglas J. Palmer Chair in Educational Psychology as of April 2014.

Posted Sep. 23, 2014

Dr. Paul Marion recently retired after a 47-year career in higher education administration, including the past 30 years in five CEO positions - President of Tiffin University (OH), President of Franklin College (IN), Chancellor of the State College System of West Virginia, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, and Arkansas Director of Higher Education.

Posted Apr. 21, 2016

I retired this year after 34 years of teaching.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Christine M. Arguello will be inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame on March 20, 2014. "I was told that it was my work as leader of the Arguello Dream Team, the goal of which is to mentor and inspire young people to attend college and graduate school, that caught the selection committee's attention. Although I went on to attend law school after college, I never lost my commitment to teaching young people."

Posted Jan. 30, 2014

Mark S. Sonntag will retire after working 31 years as Professor and Planetarium Director in the Department of Physics and Geosciences at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas and 42 years in the planetarium profession.

Posted Apr. 25, 2016

Ken Cooper recently published Becoming a Great School: Harnessing the Powers of Quality Management and Collaborative Leadership, drawing on his 39 years as an educator, 22 of which he served as principal of the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Posted Mar. 10, 2014

I am now retired from the Cherry Creek Schools as a mathematics teacher after 36 years of service. I am still a pilot examiner for the FAA, and a grandpa a few times over.

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

BJ Meadows completed thirty years as a public school science teacher, staff/curriculum developer, and principal for Jefferson County Public Schools. She and Marilyn Saltzman co-authored the book "Building School Communities, Strategies for Leaders and are currently publishing another education book that focuses on learning by doing. BJ currently teaches classes for OLLI at Denver University.

Posted Sep. 25, 2014

Ellen Polsky is the Director of Education at the Nationalities Service Center, a non-profit in center city Philadelphia that provides services to immigrants and refugees, including 7 levels of ESL classes to adults from 60 + countries who speak 70 + languages. Ellen oversees 250-300 volunteer teachers per year plus 2 staff members and manages the department's funding.

Posted Mar. 16, 2015

Sandra Fly-Ross-McDivitt Wong so "appreciated my education at CU and was so grateful for the grant I received from the BUENO Department in the early '80's to earn my M.A. I was serving a growing population of immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia in the St. Vrain Valley School District at that time. Working collaboratively with CU's education department helped me better serve our new families and their children."

Posted Jan. 14, 2015

In Sandy (Fly) McDivitt's 39 years in K-12 education in Colorado, California and India, she has created a foundation for serving as Co-chair on the Board of Directors for Ananda College in Gaston, Oregon. Multicultural and alternative education have been her life passion. Ananda College promotes 'higher education for higher consciousness' and provides a path for students who don't fit into a traditional mold.

Posted Jan. 30, 2014