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Colorado CollegeBulletin | March 2006


Marc Acito’s article, “Playing to the Puritans,” was published on the Op-Ed pages of the April 3 New York Times. It discusses double standards applied to high school students regarding assigned literature and censored plays, citing a principal in Fulton, Mo., who recently canceled planned productions of “Grease” and “The Crucible.” • Will Gadd’s article, “Catechism to a Religion Founded on Rocks and Ice,” about the “tribes” of people engaged in climbing, appeared in the New York Times on March 11. • Kristen Johnston Largen has taken a new position at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg as an assistant professor of systematic theology. She will teach Christian theology and comparative religion. • Shuree Hoffman Ramirez has two children: Brandon Luis, 7, and Alexandra, 5. • Elizabeth Olsen Rekow has been named Most Outstanding Diver of the last 25 years in NCAA Division III championship competition.• Andy Swartz joined Blumenthals/Architecture as a vice president and associate principal.


Mary Cheney’s memoir, “Now It’s My Turn,” was published in May.• Olympic cyclist Alison Dunlap will coach CC’s cycling team next year. • Soon after Hurricane Katrina leveled parts of the Gulf Coast, Paul Tumarkin boarded a bus with fellow employees of Pearson Digital Learning and spent a week in Pass Christian, Miss., loading classes of DeLisle Elementary students on the bus to use the company’s educational software. “It had a profound effect on my life,” says Paul, who has since started his own business.


Tami Goodlette is a law clerk for the Colorado Court of Appeals. • Joe Hutchinson and his wife, Jaime, live in Wichita, Kan., with their three children: Sam, 5, Noah, 2, and Jillian Noelle, 1.• Jonathan Sawyer and Tamara Bohorquez were married in Negril, Jamaica, in November 2004.• Erin Zimmer lives in Denver and works as editor for Games Quarterly.


Natalie Carrillo is married to Gabe Alvarez and has three sons: Emiliano, 9, Amado, 6, and Diego, 2. Natalie is working toward a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.• Pamela Mills and Erik Larson were married on Sept. 22 in Ravello, Italy, and now reside in San Francisco. • Jonathan Teller-Elsberg had a busy 2005: he earned an M.A. in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in January, married Wendy Levitis in June, co-wrote a book (“The Field Guide to the U.S. Economy,” expected July 2006), moved to Vermont, started a new career in book publishing, and got through the first two trimesters of an expected first baby. He invites visitors to Vermont: “We live next to a state park with miles of cross-country ski trails.”


Michelle Berry received her doctorate of history with a dissertation titled “Cow Talk: Ecology, Culture, and Power in the Intermountain West Range Cattle Industry.” She is director of education and outreach at the Rincon Institute in Tucson, Ariz. • Tim Hurtado reports that he is back in Seoul, South Korea, after a stint in Iraq working at the U.S. Army’s 121st General Hospital as an emergency physician. “Being with my children after a one-year separation has been wonderful.” He welcomes alumni visiting Korea or Asia. • Renee Mestad is a physician at Gresham Women’s Healthcare in Gresham, Ore. • Sarah Owens is professor of English at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.


Shea Anderson is a freelance writer in Boise, Idaho. • Todd and Lara Wirtz Fahnestock ’93 added Dashiell Michael James to their family April 2 in Denver; “arriving 15 minutes before the midwife,” he joined daughter Elowyn. • Marley Hodgson and business partner Dan Long opened a fast, casual restaurant in December 2004 in Centennial, Colo.; Mad Greens Inspired Salads specializes in made-to-order gourmet salads. They opened a second location in Cherry Creek in November, and another one in downtown Denver in May, reports Jennifer Warner Hodgson ’97.• Amanda Straus Kubie joined Focus Four, where she will help entrepreneurs determine if they are eligible for Focus Four, a three-year executive coaching system. • Arron Richard Lujan is assistant men’s soccer coach at Princeton University; he and his wife, Heather, have a new baby boy, Vaughn Aldrich. • Jennifer Pierce is an assistant professor, teaching geomorphology, at Boise State University in Idaho. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 2004. • Nora Ponce earned her MBA from the University of Colorado-Denver in July 2005. • Tanya Skurski is working toward a master’s degree in land resources and environmental science at Montana State University.


10th Reunion, Oct. 6-8, 2006!

Rebecca Joerres is a producer for Fusion Learning Systems. • Jennifer Rael earned her M.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2000; she married Forrest Stromberg in June 2003 in Albuquerque. • Garrit Voggesser earned his Ph.D. in December 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. He works for the National Wildlife Federation as a program manager for tribal lands conservation in Boulder, Colo. He married Shannon Kuhn in August 2004 in Estes Park, Colo. • Jodi White is finance manager at Conergy in Santa Fe, N.M., which offers off-grid and grid-connected solar installations.


Juan Aragon earned a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 2003. • Alysia Blandon is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in December. • Carlye Stutz Gordon and her husband, Jeff, live in Wheat Ridge, Colo., with their sons Cade, 3, and Jack, 1. • Joe Grubenhoff finished his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Denver in June 2005; he begins a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital this month. • Paul Hotchkin is a graduate student in biology at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he earned a master’s degree in 2002. • Britney Lanham Journee is a mental health counselor. She had a big 2005: earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Idaho State University in May, married Michael Journee in June in Boise, and ran the Chicago Marathon in October. Ben and Amy Wagner Day attended the wedding. • Kristin Bridges Lyon is CFO and vice president at Lyon Enterprises. She married Kurt Lyon in Colorado Springs on April 2, 2005. • Alexandra Mercer is a freelance writer and editor. • High gas prices might favor the new business launched by Jeff Rudnick: Snowrides, a Web site that helps skiers and snowboarders arrange carpools to any snow resort in the U.S.

Annie Nichols ’97 is earning a master’s degree in children’s literature, and teaching in San Francisco.


Christian Baxter married Alexandra Dickie at a cottage on Muskoka Lake in Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 24. Casey Eldert ’99 and Ian Kipp ’99 attended the wedding. Christian is starting an MBA program at the University of British Columbia this summer after receiving an M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in 2004 and working in Denver for a design/build company for a couple of years. • Andrew Borene is the Democratic candidate for the Minnesota State Senate from Edina and Bloomington. He is earning a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School; he lives in Minnesota with his wife Britta and their sons Magnus, 2, and Dane, 7 months. • Bob Elliott starred in a commercial for Coca Cola Full Throttle, shown during the Super Bowl and currently on Coke’s Web site, and also appears in national ads for Toyota and 409®. He has been in two productions with the Los Angeles Opera, where he lives. • Salem Martin is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Denver.
Laila Peabody and Jordan Scott were married May 14, 2005, in Austin, Texas. Alumni attending included Jerome DeHerrera ’97, Christy Hagan, Caitlin Scott ’04, Lisa Hootnick Small, Jill Kitchen, Erin Knoska, Wendy Monahan McGrane, Brooks Parker, Megan Perkins, Tamsyn Phifer, Emily Rollert ’97, Jen Rudge Carwile, Michelle Russell, John Shephard ’97, Drew Vandervelde, Lissa Weldon, Ben Woolsey ’99, Dan Woolsey, and Rob Woolsey ’97. • Kent and Libby Mack Van Vleet ’99 and their son, Peter, have moved to Portland, Ore.


Kelly Morgan Deters won an award from the National Science Teachers Association for excellence in inquiry-based science teaching. Only one high school teacher in the nation wins this award each year. • Atanas Garov is managing director at Colliers International Bulgaria. The Sofia News Agency recently interviewed him for an article on changes in the office and residential real estate markets in Bulgaria. • Katherine Gilbert is a teacher in Manizales, Colombia. • Robert Pokorney earned an M.A. from Middlebury College’s School in France. After returning home to Duluth to paint for a few months, he is back in France for the summer as assistant director of Putney Student Travel’s Excel France program. Next, Robert will head to California for a dual program in translation and interpretation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. • Adam Rehmer wants his Denver friends to know “The snow is great and the powder is thick out here in the Midwest.” Ahem. “Go Cubs!” • Michael Young is headed to Bahrain for a two-year appointment teaching high school physics.

About the top image: Alumni turned out for the August wedding of Heather Goldman ’98 to Ryan Brey along the McKenzie River in Vida, Ore. From left, Cheyenne Jones ’98, Rima Givot Chladek ’98 with son Bela, Heather, and Emily Brendler Shoff ’98. Toby Minear ’98, Jacob Perlitz ’97, and Andy Shoff ’96 also attended.