Class Notes – April 2017


*indicates member of the Alumni Association

Dr. Victor Miguel Ponce (Ph.D., ’76)


Dr. Victor Miguel Ponce (Ph.D., ’76) was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Cajamarca, in recognition of his outstanding research conditions in the field of hydraulic and hydrologic engineering.


Michael Becker (’87) has been accepted into one

Brandee Caswell (’96)

of the most prestigious art schools in the world, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in the class of 2019. Richard DeVore, a former CSU professor, Cranbrook alumnus, and former department head was one of Becker’s most influential teachers.

Thomas Tan (M.S., ’88) finished the Hong Kong Marathon in February 2017, his fourth marathon in one year, after the Orange County, San Francisco, and New York City marathons. He looks forward to running more marathons in the upcoming year.


Brandee Caswell (’96) has been selected for the 2017 “Top Litigator” award by Law Week Colorado. The award is given to lawyers who

excel inside and outside of the courtroom in plaintiff and defense work, and in trials and appeals. Caswell is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and leads the firm’s real estate litigation practice.

David Giltner (P.h.D., ’96)

David Giltner (P.h.D., ’96) is the author of Turning Science into Things People Need, and just launched a new site, He travels to universities around the world coaching science and engineering students on designing and building rewarding careers in industry.

Ryan Sanger (’99) was admitted as Partner of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP (ACM). ACM is a full-service public accounting firm headquartered in Denver, Colo., with offices in Boulder, Greeley, and Laramie, Wyo. Sanger joined ACM in 2014 and heads the firm’s Northern Colorado tax practice in Greeley.


Christina Hovland (’02) has been named a finalist in the contemporary category of the 2017 Gold Heart awards for her manuscript Things I’ll Never Say. The award recognizes excellence in unpublished romance fiction manuscripts through the group Romance Writers of America.


Lindsey Earl (’13) has been named a Newman Civic Fellow with Campus Compact, a national non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.


In Memoriam

*indicates member of the Alumni Association


*Amy Turner (’38)


Dr. Melvin Beach (D.V.M., ’41)
Shirley Gausman (’42)
*Eugene Markley (’47)
*Donald Swanson (’49)


Wayne Ball (’54)
Myna Litke (’56)
*Dorothy Tucker (’57)
*George Hoar (’59)


*Eugene Anderson (’68)
Alice Lynn (’68)
Keith Neal (M.Ed., ’68)


*Janice Labus (’71)
Kenneth Johnson (’72)
Frances Krupa (’74)
Edwin Cranson (’79)


*Susan Epstein (’82)


Bernard Wernsman (M.S., ’90)
Angela Dixon (’91)


William Linnebur (’06)


Jie Luo (’17)


Bill Tiley


Gordon Niswender, Ph.D.


Beverly Doig
Geraldine Madden
Robert Rawlings
Stanley Usel
Debra Zook