Class Notes – July 2018


*indicates member of the Alumni Association


Gerald Mulvey, Ph.D. (’77) was named chair of the department of atmospheric science, environmental science and physics at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. He has been working at UIW for the past five years to train meteorologists and build the program.

Don Brown (B.S., ’78), in his governor-appointed role as Colorado commissioner of agriculture, was part of a delegation representing U.S. agriculture during a trade mission to Japan in summer 2018. It was the largest trade mission to date organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Becky Hammon (’00) talks with San Antonio coaches Ime Odoka and Ettore Messina during a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns in 2014. Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

Kevin Michael Knezevich (B.A., ’80) was named the assistant coach of the Croatia National Men’s Lacrosse team. He will travel to Croatia for team practices and the team will compete in the 2018 World Games in Netanya, Israel. Knezevich was a captain for the CSU lacrosse club team and was a 2005 Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee.

Carol Sarchet (B.A., ’86) has a new art studio called Fibers and Fragments Grace Art Studios in Denver, Colo.

Steve Bartalo (B.S., ’87) was a walk-on to the Colorado State Rams football team who became the University’s most prolific running back; more than 30 years later, his rushing records still stand. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later earned an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. Bartalo now works as vice president of operations for Raymond James Financial Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; coaches high-school football; and recently established the Bartalo Family Football Scholarship at CSU.

Tim Holt (’88, D.V.M.), an associate professor and large-animal veterinarian at CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received the 2018 Pioneer Award from the national Beef Improvement Federation. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing beef cattle genetic improvement. Holt is an expert in predicting bovine high-mountain disease, allowing ranchers to manage breeding programs to prevent the fatal condition.


James Shanahan (B.S., ’91) was appointed to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Risk Advisory Committee.

Christina Boyd (’94)

Christina Boyd (’94), a Wayzata, Minn.-based Merrill Lynch financial advisor, was recognized by Barron’s in its list of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and by Forbes in its list of the Top Women Wealth Advisors.

Don Thorn (B.S., ’96; M.Agr., ’01) of Gill, Colo., is marking his tenth year as executive director of the Colorado FFA Foundation. The foundation supports Colorado FFA, the state youth organization that promotes leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Thorn played a key role in development of CSU’s CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, which opened in 2015.


Becky Hammon (B.S., ’00) is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and recently was promoted to the front row of coaches’ seats during games. She was a star scoring point guard on the CSU women’s basketball team; earned six All-Star distinctions during 16 years playing with the Women’s National Basketball Association; and in 2014 became the first woman in NBA history hired as a full-time assistant coach.

Michael Sirochman (B.S., ’02; M.S., ’11) and Tracey Sirochman (B.S., ’02), wildlife officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, became internet heroes in summer 2018 when they treated the badly burned paws of an orphaned bear cub that was injured in a wildfire near Durango. The couple treated the cub at the agency’s Frisco Creek facility with the hope it could be returned to the wild.

Justin Tuck (B.S., ’05) has been promoted to a project executive for Brinkman Construction. He is a LEED AP professional with more than a decade of industry experience. In his new role, Justin will be a senior leader in the organization, actively promoting company initiatives and fostering the skills and career objectives for personnel reporting to him.

Bridget Cassidy (B.A., ’09) has been working with in Puerto Rico for four months as an associate editor.


Henry Patrick Matthews

Tyson Matthews (B.S., ’10) and wife Laura Matthews welcomed their first son, Henry Patrick Matthews, on January 18, 2018. Tyson works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Jenny Quiner (M.Ed., ’10) is an educator and owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa. Her organic farm has become a leader in regional urban agriculture and supplies produce for some of the area’s best-known restaurants. The Des Moines Register named her one of its “People to Watch for 2018.”

In June 2018, Jefferson Geiger (B.A., ’14) moved to Frisco, Colo., to start a new job as a copy editor for the Summit Daily News.


In Memoriam

*indicates member of the Alumni Association

*William E. Bledsoe (B.S., ’42)
Bruce E. Foster (B.S., ’48)

Joseph A. Wasiecko (B.S., ’50)
William H. Bugg (B.S., ’51)
Patricia I. Cochran (B.S., ’52)
*George F. Buchal (B.S., ’54)
John W. Ellis (D.V.M., ’54)
Bob L. Melick (M.E.D., ’54)
*George A. Van Arsdale (B.S., ’49; M.E.D., ’54)
Darlan J. Rezac (B.S., ’54; D.V.M., ’56)
Dwite D. Barnett (B.S., ’57)

Wallace J. Peterson (B.S., ’54; M.S., ’61)
James P. Wolfe (B.S., ’65)
Jack L. Murphy (D.V.M., ’66)
Carl N. Collier, III. (B.S., ’67)
John W. Creasy (B.S., ’67)
James R. Lee (D.V.M., ’68)

John H. Kitterman (Ph.D., ’70)
*Prudence M. Kaley (B.S., ’72)
Merwyn A. Rewinkel Jr. (B.S., ’72)
Peter F. Haynes (B.S., ’67; D.V.M., ’69; M.S., ’74)
Freddy L. Eales (B.S., ’74; D.V.M., ’76)
Maurine G. SUmmeres (M.Ed., ’78)

I. Oliveira de Souza (M.S., ’81)
Catherine A. Kletke (B.S., ’84)

DeVon M. Allmaras (M.E.D., ’84; Ph.D., ’91)
Robert J. Allen (B.A., ’93)

Melea A. Brown (M.S., ’02)
Kimberly A. Larsen (M.S.W., ’06)

*Jessica N. Manley (B.S., ’11)
Spencer J. Farrell (B.S., ’13; M.E.D., ’15)

James K. Anderson
*Patricia A. MarkhamGrant E. Morgan

Ian M. Orme
Ted L. Rselius

Betty L. Jensen
James W. Kelley
Lester D. Lacy, III.
Inez Prather
Lois I. Scott
Robert I. Starr
Richard H. Winther