The Alumni Recognition Award honors CU Boulder alumni who celebrate the Forever Buffs tenets of connecting, contributing and celebrating their CU pride through their extraordinary service to CU Boulder.
If you were naming Forever Buffs who live and breathe CU, you’d have to include Ron Scott. CU has been part of his identity for more than 50 years, and he lets you know it. “One common theme for Ron throughout his life is carrying the CU torch at all times...
...whether he is working, volunteering or doing errands on a weekend,” said a CU Advancement colleague.
Ron came to CU as part of football coach Eddie Crowder’s first freshman class. He was a star on the field, and started three seasons as middle guard.
After college, he spent 14 years in the private sector, including a stint as general manager of Hotel Boulderado. He returned to his alma mater in the ‘80s and served as the Buff Club’s development director and as assistant athletic director, helping to raise $14 million for the Dal Ward Athletic Center.
From that point, Ron was a fundraising dynamo, shepherding large gifts to CU Athletics. He’s seen at virtually every CU event and activity, whether it’s giving a potential student a tour of campus or attending a game-day tailgate, and establishes meaningful conversation beyond the world of sports.
“Ron Scott is the epitome of professionalism and enthusiasm,” said one CU Regent.
Ron is a true CU steward. As a former teammate summed things up: “To many of us, Ron is CU.”
There are many recipes for success in our world. All share this ingredient: Opportunity. Time and again, Jeff Osterkamp has proved his commitment to producing it for CU Boulder students — especially students from groups underrepresented in engineering fields.
A high-level executive at Ball Aerospace and past chair of the advisory council for the engineering college’s BOLD Center (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity), Jeff shows up and makes things happen.
One signature initiative has paid especially rich dividends: The creation of Ball internships for students in the college’s GoldShirt program. These promising Buffs, typically from under-resourced high schools, have obvious potential, but need an extra year of engineering fundamentals to prepare for the full curriculum. Every year the Ball program brings Goldshirt students into, and often back to, the company, positioning them for full-time employment later.
“Jeff walks the walk for diverse students,” said an engineering assistant dean.
Despite the demands of Jeff’s role as Ball’s vice president for mission assurance, leading quality control for all products and processes, the 30-year aerospace industry veteran is a frequent campus presence.
“You can always find Jeff at a student networking event by locating the largest circle of students,” the assistant dean said. “Jeff will be in the middle.”
Said a Ball colleague who’s witnessed it: “He will make an effort to talk to each and every student.”
Always it’s with sincerity and respect.
“Regardless of rank, status or title,” another of Jeff’s fans said, “he always treats everyone the same.”
As he was tackled, his head struck an Oregon player, then the field. A blood vessel burst and a radically new life began.
Rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery, performed by a neurosurgeon who’d been at the game, Ed was in a coma for 62 days.
“Ed had to draw upon all of his courage and competitive spirit just to live,” said Bill McCartney, then CU’s head coach.
The 6’5”, 235-pound sophomore with a 3.65 GPA awoke to a lifetime of reinvention that should be an inspiration to us all.
“Ed’s enthusiasm and friendly spirit is not only infectious, but reassuring to his fellow campers that anything is possible,” said a Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado coordinator who has worked with Ed, who is still partially paralyzed, to raise scholarships for the group’s outdoor adventure program for adults with injuries.
For 25 years, Ed and his father, Ed Sr., have traveled the country speaking about the value of a fighting spirit. Ed, who had to relearn basic speech and movement, loves singing and acting, performing in plays and musicals, as well as at fundraisers and, from time to time, Folsom Field.
Once, before a show with Magic Moments, group that integrates performers with special needs and local actors, Ed fell backstage, injuring his hip.
Rather than leave the show, he requested a wheelchair, then took the stage.
“The show,” he’d said, “must go on.”
2016: Michele Ritter (Anth'81)
A 1981 graduate in anthropology and history known to friends as “Mikhy,” Michele Ritter has built an inspiring career in education, providing access and programing for diverse populations.
Well known for her philanthropic and humanitarian causes — including CU’s College of Music, the Italian department, children, developmentally disabled adults and the “lost girls” of South Sudan — she keeps finding new ways to make CU a magnetic force in higher education.
She is a founding board member of the College of Music’s pioneering Entrepreneurship Center for Music and incoming chair of the Music Advisory Board. In 2015 she and her family provided funding for an endowment that established the Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program.
An Italophile, Michele has been a reliable supporter of and lively presence at Italian department events.
Off campus she volunteers at a Missouri camp for seriously ill children and has helped nearly 20 South Sudanese girls, survivors of an ethnic cleansing campaign, resettle in Boulder. Five have graduated from CU; one went to work for Michelle Obama in the White House.
Mikhy’s admirers describe her as “generous” yet “humble,” “a unique caring presence” and “one of the strongest advocates for a truly Liberal Arts education on the CU Boulder campus.”
She also knows the big value of small kindnesses and has provided “mounds of pizza” for music students’ recital celebrations.
“Hers is a life lived with the utmost integrity,” an admirer wrote, “rich in compassion, love and dedication — to humankind in general and to her alma mater in particular.”
2016: Gary Anderson (MechEngr’69)
Gary Anderson worked hard for his CU Boulder degree, and not just in the classroom: Student by day, he drove a forklift at night to support his young family.
Now a retired business executive, he’s never forgotten what balancing school and work was like, and has helped later students find ways to integrate paid work and academics. Notably, as a member of the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s advisory council (EAC), he was a prime mover behind the “Earn-Learn” apprenticeship program.
Over years of steady service to CU, Gary has led CU Boulder’s engineering fundraising council, served on the University of Colorado Foundation’s board and helped found a joint program of CU Denver and CU Anschutz — displaying integrity, enthusiasm, executive ability and a prodigious work ethic that has inspired others to act on CU’s behalf.
“I consider Gary to be one of my earliest mentors in ‘How to be a good alum,’” said one engaged fellow Buff.
Gary worked at Honeywell for more than a decade and spent nearly 20 years at StorageTek, the digital storage systems firm, rising to director and corporate vice president. In retirement he’s pursued investing and philanthropy, with CU as a major beneficiary of his time, treasure and expertise.
Gary has helped improve student retention in engineering, advocated for Engineers Without Borders and contributed his financial and organizational savvy to college, campus and system. He is a recipient of the University Medal and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
“When I think of the ideal role model for men and women in engineering, business and the community,” said a former EAC member, “I think of Gary Anderson.”
2015: Nan Joesten (ChemEngr’82)
Nan Joesten (ChemEngr’82) is the picture of a true Forever Buff.
Nan Joesten has made a habit of trying new things.
In 1982 she graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in chemical engineering and joined Procter & Gamble, working for more than a decade in manufacturing and brand management. Then she went to law school — at Cal-Berkeley, where she was law review editor — parlaying her technical training into a new career in intellectual property law.
After practicing for 15 years, she gave up partnership in a San Francisco law firm to found a management consultancy, Rapid Evolution, which provides executive coaching and corporate problem solving services.
At every phase of her journey, Nan has invested in the University of Colorado Boulder, particularly in the College of Engineering & Applied Science. She has served on the dean’s advisory council, tacked knotty problems, championed women and been a generous benefactor. She won the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni award in 2012.
Nan has also served on the CU Foundation’s Board of Trustees and — perhaps in a nod to her CU marching band days — offered ad hoc counsel to a former College of Music dean eager to connect with musical alumni unaffiliated with his college.
Nan has taken a deep and personal interest not only in CU Boulder the institution, but also in its people. It will come as no surprise that she has guided students and fellow alumni into their first careers, and second ones, including law and medicine.
A former president of the Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter, Nan remains an active supporter of women engineers, and a magnet that attracts other alumni to service.
Prompted by Nan, one disengaged alumna assumed a CU volunteer role that “revitalized my CU pride [and] strengthened my ties to the college.”
In 2013 Nan moved back to Boulder with her husband, Hank Leeper. She remains, in the words of a longtime admirer, “a voracious volunteer, respected advisor, nurturing mentor and loyal fan” of CU Boulder.
2015: Joe Neguse (Econ, PolSci’05; Law’09)
As one of Colorado’s youngest-elected officials and only the second African American to serve as a Regent in Colorado history, Joe Neguse (Econ, PolSci’05; Law’09) dedicated his time and insight to the CU Board of Regents for six years.
Barely out of his teens, Joe Neguse (Econ, PolySci ’05, Law’09) thundered into adult provinces and proved he belonged there.
The son of Eritrean immigrants, he arrived at CU Boulder in 2002 ready for responsibility. He won election to the leadership of the student government, serving as a tri-executive, and found that politics suited him.
After graduating summa cum laude with degrees in economics and political science, he worked for the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, then returned to Boulder to study law.
While at Colorado Law, he was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents from the state’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder, becoming one of the youngest Regents ever. He served from 2009to early 2015, and was the second African American to serve as Regent in Colorado history.
At CU Law, Neguse also served as class president and won the Austin W. Scott Jr. “Best Oralist” Award.
Recognizing his talent, Holland & Hart LLP, the largest law firm in the Rocky Mountain region, hired him. It was a savvy move: Neguse, whose practice focused on employment, commercial and regulatory law, was named to Colorado Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list four years running starting in 2012.
The Colorado Democratic Party noticed him too, naming him its “Rising Star” in 2010 and 2015. Last year, he became the first African-American to be nominated for statewide office in over fifteen years, when he mounted a spirited campaign for Colorado Secretary of State.
In May 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Neguse to his cabinet as executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Neguse now leads the state's regulatory arm, managing an agency with over 580 employees and nine regulatory divisions of state government, including banking, securities, civil rights, and insurance, among others.
“The importance of public service was drilled into us at a very early age,” Neguse told Coloradan magazine earlier this year. “When you talk about the U.S. being the land of opportunity, my parents lived it. I feel it’s incumbent upon me to pay it forward.”
2014: Karin Rutstein (IntlBus’87)
Karin Rutstein (IntlBus’87) is an accomplished marketing professional and has held various positions at Equifax, Adelphia Communications, AT&T Broadband and TCI during her career.
Karin works as a marketing consultant for Denver-based Philosophy Communication. While in the cable television industry, she specialized in marketing communications, retail sales strategy and sponsorship marketing, where she led AT&T’s NASCAR strategy as well as their 2002 Olympic Winter Games campaign.
Her most outstanding contribution to CU Boulder was on the Alumni Association board, where she served for eight years as a director and officer, including stints as chair on the marketing and communications committee and serving as the vice chair and chair for the entire board for four years.
2013: Scott Donnelly (CompSci, ElEngr’84)
Much of a university’s reputation is based on its alumni. CU Boulder’s reputation is in good hands thanks to graduates like Scott Donnelly, an extraordinary engineer, triumphant leader and generous man whose record of achievement includes notable contributions to health, transportation, engineering and the global community.
Scott began his career with General Electric in 1989 where he quickly advanced to senior management. He served as vice president of technology for GE Medical Systems where he led the development of open, high-field magnetic imaging systems, multi-slice computed tomography and digital mammography diagnostic equipment.
In 2000 Scott became senior vice president of GE’s global research heading the world’s largest and most diversified industrial research activities. Then in 2005, at the age of 43, he was named president and CEO of GE Aviation, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft.
Today Scott is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Textron Inc., a 33,000-employee company. He has lectured on advanced imaging and nanotechnologies, served on national scientific committees and advised on global climate and health-related topics at CU Boulder, Stanford University and Cornell University.
CU Boulder always has remained close to Scott’s heart. He has served the university as a valued adviser, unwavering advocate and loyal donor. From establishing the Donnelly Endowed Professorship to serving as a conduit for the university’s corporate relationships, Scott’s extensive volunteer involvement and deep consistent financial commitment have had tremendous impacts on the university.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Awardto Scott Donnelly for all of his remarkable contributions and extraordinary talents to this school and to the world.
2013: Midge Korczak (A&S’67, MHist’80)
A longtime executive director of the Boulder County Bar Association, Midge Korczak’s keen interest in civil rights and social justice has transformed the lives of those less fortunate at the university, Boulder County and beyond.
Midge's belief in the value of an undergraduate education has led her to spend years championing the opportunity for all students to be able to pursue a degree. This has included providing support for the university’s office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement’s student mentoring program and the Latino Scholarship Fund, as well as INVST Community Studies, which fosters leadership and civic engagement.
Two years ago, Midge, along with sister, Leslie Singer Lomas (PhDHist’10), donated $2 million to endow the Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History to honor her father. Because of the gift, CU Boulder became one of only six U.S. public universities to have an established chair in Jewish history.
She adopted and sponsored an “I Have a Dream” class in Boulder County to help 30 low-income kids in elementary school develop a love of learning as they progressed through middle and high school. She spent 10 years nurturing and financially supporting them in their after-school and summer academic programs and, in some cases, college scholarships.
Recently Midge, as chair of the Boulder Housing Partners Foundation Board, instigated a summer reading and learning program for youth living in Boulder’s Kalmia public housing, helping to create a partnership between Impact on Education, the Boulder Valley School District and Boulder Housing Partners.
Midge has worked quietly behind the scenes to improve opportunities for all students. If programs didn’t exist in areas where she felt they needed to be, she simply created them with her own money and charitable persistence.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is delighted to honor Midge Korczak with the Alumni Recognition Award for her deep compassion for others, commitment to social justice and unwavering dedication to CU Boulder and the education of young people.
2012: Bill Harris (A&S ex’64)
Are you kidding? The Alumni Association has no choice but to honor a guy whose nickname is Buffalo Bill. Meet him now: Bill Harris (A&S ex’64). And as you might expect with that nickname, he’s an avid supporter of all things Buff.
When he played football at CU and lettered three years, Bill led the team in rushing as a junior with 582 yards in 1962. He is one of 48 players in school history to have rushed more than 1,000 yards. He’s 27th on the all-time list with 1,486. And Bill still stands 26th all-time in all-purpose yards, amassing 2,411 via rushing, receiving and returns.
After his playing days at CU, the New York Giants drafted Bill, but he ended up playing three years instead in the Canadian Football League for Ottawa in 1964 and then Calgary in 1965 and 1966.
He moved to New Jersey in the 1970s where he began an exceptional 25-year career in healthcare, overseeing community medical outreach programs and regulatory agencies first as a hospital administrator and later as vice president of operations.
During that time, Bill became known for his work in the community, serving on the New Jersey Supreme Court Arbitration Committee, the Community Chest and coaching little league baseball. He’s also served as an at-large board member of the Colorado National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
Luckily for CU Boulder, Bill returned to Colorado in 1999 and served with great distinction as both the Alumni C Club director and assistant athletic director for nine years before retiring in 2009. He still volunteers in the athletic department mentoring and helping students with anything they need.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to “Buffalo” Bill Harris for his infectious enthusiasm of all things Buff and for serving as a consummate ambassador for our school.
2012: Roe Green (Comm,Thtr’70)
The first act goes like this. A decade ago, a CU Boulder student was making fundraising calls for the school’s theater program. Evidently he was in the Gs and dialed up Roe Green (Comm, Thtr’70).
It’d be a call he wouldn’t soon forget. He politely asked if she’d consider upping her $100 annual gift to $150. She promptly replied she thought she’d be willing to give a little more.
A little more was an understatement. She funded an annual theater-artist residency program now in its eighth year at CU Boulder. It’s called the Roe Green Distinguished Theatre Artist Residency in the theatre and dance department.
This year Roe took her passion for this art form and for CU even further — $2 million further. Her gift will fund the department’s first fully endowed faculty position. It’s the largest gift ever given to the CU Boulder theatre and dance department by a far margin.
The second act goes like this. Roe first took notice of theater as a CU Boulder sophomore when she volunteered to take notes for a faculty director. Long story short, she was smitten, from the actors, the stage, backstage — everything about the art form swept her up.
After earning her bachelor’s in theater at CU Boulder, she pursued a master’s in theater at Kent State University where she also has established a residency program and has made a gift to name the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance there.
Today, Roe is the chief executive officer of the Roe Green Foundation that supports victims of domestic violence, Jewish federated giving and performing arts programs and the arts, particularly arts education. The foundation is a regular and staunch supporter of CU Boulder.
The third act isn’t on paper, yet. But we know it will involve thousands of students and their futures made brighter by one wonderful and giving person — Roe Green.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to Roe Green for her generosity of spirit, her allegiance to learning and her passionate advocacy for the arts.
2012: Rebecca Roser (MSpLangHearSci’75)
More than three decades ago, Becky Roser (MSpLangHearSci’75) began her long love affair with CU Boulder. Love? There’s really no other word to describe her dedication to this university.
First, she served with passion and loyalty as a faculty member supervising graduate students and as director of clinical services in the speech, language and hearing sciences clinic at CU.
And since retiring (the word is being used loosely) from CU, Becky has focused on supporting education, creativity and innovation She has volunteered on numerous boards. Today, she serves as chair of the Music Advisory Board in the College of Music, the ATLAS Institute Advisory Board, the AMC Cancer Fund at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. She also has served on the boards of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, the CU Foundation, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Women of the West Museum.
One of her most notable acts of philanthropy was when she and Jim founded and funded the Roser Visiting Artist Endowment, a vital contribution to the education of CU students. The fund is matched by the Boulder campus chancellor and provides annual funding to recruit distinguished visiting artists for the art, art history, film, music and theatre and dance departments. She remains active on the endowment’s committee.
She and Jim also made a generous donation for the Roser ATLAS building, illustrating their commitment to the visionary programs housed under ATLAS. Completed in 2006, the ATLAS building, which stands for Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society, houses everything from the Technology, Arts and Media academic program to an avant-garde theater space.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to Becky Roser for her undying love of this school and for her many gracious gifts.
2011: James D. Copeland (PE’62, Arch’69)
As it turns out maybe James D. Copeland’s (PE ’62, Arch ’69) background in the U.S. Navy and in architecture proved perfect for his role as president of CU Boulder’s Directors Club.
After graduating he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Maddox, the destroyer that made history when it suffered hostile fire that resulted in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution ― the official start of the Vietnam War. His service earned him a Navy unit commendation for combat action.
After his time in the Navy, he returned to the university, earned a degree in architecture in 1969 and became a notable player in the profession doing award-winning work for an impressive list of clients, including the Town of Snowmass, First National Bank, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and many others.
All the while he remained active in the university’s alumni activities. But taking over as Directors Club president turned out to be trying in 2007. Amid a wilting economy, the Directors Club, along with the Alumni Association, began its process of moving from under the umbrella of the CU Foundation to that of the Boulder campus. Those close to the negotiations say Jim tapped both his battle and architectural skills to craft a strategy and blueprint to make the transition smooth. At the same time, he molded the Directors Club into a better and stronger organization.
Today the club is thriving with more than 1,200 members. Scholarship money is flowing to deserving students, operations are efficient and special events and activities are well-attended. In addition, the Alumni C Club honored Jim in 2009 at the Living Legends banquet, which recognizes alumni 50 years after they received their first varsity letter.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to James Copeland for his valuable leadership in steering the Directors Club through choppy waters.
2011: Ron Geschwer (Psych’01)
Every once in a while someone raises the bar extraordinarily higher among the family of passionate CU supporters. Meet Ron Geschwer (Psych’01), bar raiser.
Those interested in becoming president of their regional alumni chapter, take note. Ron can share some tips sure to make you a superstar.
On Ron’s resume you’ll read he’s an organizational development professional with expertise in organizational change and effectiveness. There’s little doubting that, especially when you consider his work as president of the New York City Buffs, the alumni chapter in New York City.
Members say they’ve been mesmerized not only by Ron’s enthusiasm and professionalism but also his unmatched dedication to turn the chapter into an exemplary organization that fosters both a sense of community and belonging.
During his tenure as president and treasurer he helped plan and/or oversaw dozens of events, including game watch parties, ski trips, professional sports outings, wine tastings, cruises, networking events, holiday parties, fundraisers for nonprofits and more. He increased attendance at many of those events by 100 percent and helped put the chapter’s finances at record levels – meaning more scholarship money for deserving students.
What’s more, he increased the chapter’s communications among members by tapping social media with Facebook, LinkedIn and improvements to the association’s website.
One alumna who moved from New York said she would miss being a part of all the good things Ron had done with the chapter.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to Ron Geschwer for using his superior organizational skills and heart-felt zeal in raising the bar on how to run a local alumni chapter.
2010: Joanne Easley Arnold (Engl’52, MJour’65, PhDComm’71)
From the Buffalo Bicycle Classic to the Conference on World Affairs and Center of the American West, Henry Eaton (DistSt’62) and Leslie Bernstein Eaton (Art’63) have been intimately involved in supporting CU Boulder on many levels.
Passionate about the arts and humanities, Leslie and Woody were instrumental in completing the funding for the Eaton Humanities building, which opened in 2000 just northwest of Norlin Library. It houses classics, Asian languages and civilizations, religious studies and French and Italian. She also has worked tirelessly as a member of the CU Foundation’s board of directors and board of trustees – she’s in her second term on both boards.
One of Woody’s passions has been creating quality downtown development, but he always has remained an avid supporter CU, including creating scholarships for students. Woody devotes a significant amount of time to the Center for the American West. His dedication to the center has been unwavering, as he led the fundraising campaign to endow the directorship of that center.
Rather than business attire, there’s at least one time that you’ll see Woody and Leslie in, yes, spandex bicycle shorts. In 2003 Woody was one of three founders of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic, a bicycle touring event held in September that has raised $1,291,689 in scholarship funds for Arts & Sciences students.
The two are extremely generous donors to the university, but they don’t just donate. They stay involved on campus to nurture the projects they support. In doing so, they serve the best of role models for alumni, including serving on the Alumni Association board.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to Henry Eaton and Leslie Bernstein Eaton for the important role they have played in campus life and for their generous and selfless contributions to CU.
2010: Clarence A. Herbst Jr. (ChemEngr’50, HonDocSci’95)
If anyone saw Clarence A. Herbst Jr. (ChemEngr’50, HonDocSci’95) walking down the street, it would be obvious where he went to school.
Clancy has shown lifelong loyalty to the university in many ways, most obviously with his omnipresent CU paraphernalia. His enthusiasm for the university is contagious, and he represents his alma mater in the best way possible wherever he goes.
Clancy has put a lot of time and money into improving the university. He has served on the CU Foundation’s board of directors since 1983, including a two-year term as chair. He also served on the engineering dean’s advisory board and the engineering development committee for many years. In 1989, he developed and funded The Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers. More recently, he established The Herbst Academic Center in Dal Ward Athletic Center. Clancy won the University Medal in 1991, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1992, Ira Rothgerber Volunteer Service Award in 1995 and the Athletic Hall of Honor in 1997.
Clancy’s compassion has touched many lives. He has reached out to younger generations of Buffs by funding tuition for several students and by making considerable donations to the Golden Buffalo Scholarship Fund. He also has worked to bring together alums and help them form lasting relationships. In the 1990s, he donated $100,000 to the Alumni Association to help strengthen the association’s membership program. He started the annual alumni hike from Aspen to Crested Butte, which the Alumni Association has carried on.
Throughout the years, Clancy has shown unwavering support for the school’s athletic teams. He has had a suite at Folsom Field for many years and often invites fans of opposing teams to his suite before each game.
The CU Boulder Alumni Association is proud to present the Alumni Recognition Award to Clarence A. Herbst Jr. for his extensive contributions and lifelong devotion to the university.
2007: Jean L. Doepper Thompson (Zoo’64)
In 1998 Jeannie Thompson and her husband Jack became the first dual lifetime members in the history of the CU Alumni Association.
Anyone who has met Jeannie will agree she takes that lifetime dedication seriously.
Jeannie graduated from CU with a bachelor’s in zoology in 1964. She went on to earn her master’s in counseling psychology and an MBA from Northwestern University. After a busy 40-year career in the Midwest in fields including health care, counseling and MBA admissions, she and Jack returned to Boulder in 2002.
Even before her official move, Jeannie was a director on the Alumni Association board from 1997 to 2001, becoming chair of the Membership Committee from 1999 to 2000 and chair of the Education Committee the following year. As a member of the Director’s Club, she served on its board of directors from 2005-2006.
Since 2002 Jeannie has served on the CU Foundation’s board, including chairing the compensation committee for 2005-06. She was involved with the University capital campaign “Beyond Boundaries,” which raised over $1 billion for CU. As a member of the CU Graduate School Advisory Council, she chaired its development committee from 2004-2006.
In 2005 Jeannie was a member of the search committee for a new Foundation president. With her background and experience in executive development, this May Jeannie was named to the search committee to select a new president for CU.
Jeannie also served on the College of Music Advisory Board in 2005-06 and was a member of its Jazz Program Task Force from 2004 to 2006. She and Jack, who is also a proud and dedicated alum, donated funds to jazz studies and for the creation of the Thompson Center of the American West Awards Fund as well as the Thompson Endowed Graduate Fellowship. Jeannie is also a member of the CU Art Museum Benefactor’s Salon and is a participant in the Conference on World Affairs.
The University is pleased to present Jeannie Thompson with the Alumni Recognition Award for her outstanding and continuing devotion to CU.
2007: H. Rolan Zick (Chem’51, MD’55)
When people see the new flag flying high over Old Main, a host of emotions are evoked. What a lot of people don’t know is that there would be no new flag without Rolan Zick. He was instrumental in the initiation and organization of the flag project.
Old Main’s 1935 flagpole could not support a flag in high winds and was not replaced during restoration of the building in the 1980s. When the project was presented to the Alumni Association’s Director’s Club after 9/11, Rolan jumped at the opportunity — just one service he has performed for the University since his graduation.
Rolan received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from CU Boulder in 1951 and a medical degree from the CU School of Medicine in Denver in 1955. Then he developed some of his passion for the American flag as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. From 1956 to 1981, Rolan served on the medical staffs at several Air Force bases, rising to the rank of commander at the Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs. Along the way, he received a host of military decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal.
He returned to CU in 1981 to direct the Wardenburg Student Health Center. Although Rolan retired in 1989, he still spends much of his time serving the University. He was an associate clinical professor of surgery at the CU Health Science Center as well as a medical consultant to the CU Athletic Department.
He has served on board of directors for both the Alumni Association and the Directors Club. Rolan established scholarships at the College of Music in memory of his wife Paula and with the athletic department in memory of his brother Gary.
He is also the 2007 recipient of the Silver and Gold Award, the highest honor bestowed by the CU Medical Alumni Association in recognition of excellence in humanitarianism, citizenship and professionalism.
The University is honored to present Dr. Rolan Zick with the Alumni Recognition Award for his commitment to CU.