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

After graduation, Eric Christenson learned to teach writing from ski instructors and pottery teachers who taught by demonstration. He learned the connections between literature and history by teaching the English half of American Civilization in Northern Virginia. His message to undergrad English majors in education is to learn to write well so you can teach it and learn to connect academia and the world, and life can take you far. It took his wife and him in retirement to co-produce a PBS documentary (The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds) and to Paris many times as writers, researchers, and consultants to the State Department. Retired at 82, Eric submits liberal letters to our local paper in our Southern town, tutors high school students heading to college, does a little public speaking, and walks the golf course twice a week.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

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

Judge Christine Arguello (Edu) received one of Harvard Law School’s “Celebration 65 Awards” for her outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to public welfare. Christine, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Colorado, writes that it is an honor to have received the award, especially in light of the fact that prior recipients include such luminaries as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Pat Schroeder. Arguello is a previous nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and is a tenured professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. She is a first-generation college graduate and grew up in Buena Vista.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

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

Susan Cooke Barfield (MEdu), professor emerita at Montana State University Billings, has dedicated her life to advocating for and educating the public about international minorities. A previous Fulbright scholar in Chile and Slovakia, Barfield is working with three Mapuche elders in rural Patagonia, Chile, to create a trilingual (English, Spanish, Mapundungun) book based on a Mapuche folktale. The book, which will be illustrated by Mapuche students, is supported by a National Geographic Society Explorer Grant. In fall 2018, Barfield planned to travel to the University of Vilnius in Lithuania to work as a Fulbright specialist.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Boulder-based author Phyllis J. Perry (PhDEdu) has written more than 90 books, and she’s still going strong. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Authors’ League. She plans to publish four books this year: Missing Bones, Buddies, Bullies and Baseball, All About Julia Morgan and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Peggy Campbell Rush (MEdu), a graduate in elementary education and teaching, was named a Fulbright specialist by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The appointment, which runs from 2018 to 2021, matches specialists with foreign host institutions from over 150 countries to share expertise, strengthen international collaboration and learn about other cultures. Rush writes that her love of travel was sparked while attending CU Boulder, where she sailed around the world twice as the assistant executive dean for the Semester at Sea program. She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

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

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