David Bolen, right, running in the 400-meter dash during the 1948 Olympic Games in London

The race for peace and freedom drove CU Boulder’s first Olympian

July 6, 2020

David Bolen became the first CU student to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in 1948, running the 400-meter dash. His trip to the 1948 Olympics in London ignited a passion in what sports could do for world peace, and led to a post-Olympic life as an ambassador to multiple countries.

Michael Atkins

Custodian-turned-principal still straightening out education system

July 2, 2020

After moving up the ranks from custodian to principal, Michael Atkins has his sights set on an even broader goal—transforming the education system.

Barbara Bentree

Alumna honors the legacy of Dave Grusin in new film

July 1, 2020

Alumna Barbara Bentree returns to the College of Music with her new film. She reflects on her time at CU and her early career, the importance of music and the process of honoring one of the industry’s greats—Dave Grusin.

Barry and Sue Baer

Supporter spotlight: Barry and Sue Baer

June 24, 2020

“When I’m singing or studying music, everything else in the world just melts away,” says Sue Baer. “It’s all I think about. It nourishes my spirit.”

Walker Kosmidou-Bradley

Geographer literally putting Afghan villages on the map

June 22, 2020

Put rural communities on the map and you might literally be building roads to prosperity. For Walker Kosmidou-Bradley, that’s the plan.

Boulder Food Rescue trailer

Alumni-run Boulder nonprofit steps up to provide produce during pandemic

June 17, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Boulder Food Rescue is stepping up even more to serve the growing needs of the Boulder County community.

Serene Singh

CU Boulder students, alumni take lead in fight against coronavirus

June 12, 2020

Students and alumni have helped spread awareness about how to maintain a safe environment; raised funds to help support students, staff and faculty; and led efforts to donate and 3D-print personal protective equipment.

Glen Abramowski, with Boulder and CU campus in the background

Champion skier, aerospace engineer and legally blind

June 4, 2020

Becoming an aerospace engineer for The Boeing Company, a Paralympic medalist in downhill skiing and an advocate for blind or visually-impaired children takes perseverance, intellect and heart. Glen Abramowski has done it all, and all while legally blind.

Ryan McMunn

Close call with COVID-19 moves alumnus to take action

June 2, 2020

Tricam CEO Ryan McMunn has called on business partners in China to help protect Boulder medical professionals.

Stewart Woodward volunteering

Forever Buff helped troubleshoot Apollo 11 as the world watched

May 22, 2020

It was less than three hours until Apollo 11 was set to leave planet Earth, and Stew Woodward had found a leak in the line supplying liquid hydrogen fuel to the massive Saturn V rocket. The first manned mission to the moon was in jeopardy.

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