Member Spotlight:  Brady Carlstrom and Richelle Van Ort

By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)

Long before they knew each other, Brady Carlstrom (B.S., ’00) and Richelle Van Ort (B.A., ’03) each loved the Rams. When they were students, both attended football games, but one always sat on the south side of the Marching Band at Hughes Stadium, the other on the north. This alumni pair finally met each other when the Rams played in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Carlstrom and Van Ort with CAM at the 1870 Dinner

Carlstrom and Van Ort with CAM at the 1870 Dinner

Richelle currently works in intelligence operations for CACI, which provides security services for clients, and Brady is a project manager at CSU Facilities Remodel & Construction Services. Among his projects have been installation of the brewery for the Fermentation Science and Technology major and the hybrid operating room at the Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

These extraordinary Rams fans have season tickets for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball, and they attend a number of away football games as well as every bowl game. They also are regulars at the 1870 Dinner, Ram Good Time Auction, and various programs at the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center. This fall, they helped paint the A.

Brady and Richelle both are Life Members of the Alumni Association. As they explain, it is an “opportunity to become part of the bigger family. We have met so many people, and they have become a group of friends who would do anything for each other.” They enjoy Alumni Association events, but deem the events “a bonus. The reason we are Life Members is the Alumni Association gives us a sense of place.”

Look for Brady and Richelle this fall at the best tailgating set-up on the Intramural Field. Go Rams!