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Welcome to With Honors, Fall 2008

Welcome to the Fall 2008 edition of With Honors, the on-line newsletter for Honors alumni. We have lots of exciting news to share with you about events here on campus.

What's up with some Honors Alumni

Ian Rousom (Chemistry and Computer Science, 2003) let us know that he is currently working for Lockheed Martin. He completed an MS in Information Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently hard at work as the network architect of all the corporation’s enterprise data center environments.

One of the members of the first Honors class in 1957, John Augustus Murray, checked in to tell us that he has retired from the practice of medicine and is on the emeritus faculty at the University of Washington. He lives in Hawaii part time where he grows flowers. He was able to visit the Academic Village with his son in the fall of 2007.

Christopher Byers (Animal Science, 1999) received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He is currently Director of Intensive Care at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In addition to publishing scientific papers, he has authored the textbook, “Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog and Cat”.

Bill Herman (Philosophy, 1999 and Speech Communication, 2002) wrote to say he is finishing a Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He took a tenure track position in the Hunter College Department of Film and Media Studies. He is teaching in the areas of American media law, policy, and regulation.

Sadly, Honors received notice of the death of Jason Hill (BA Business 2008) in September. He passed away due to complications from a persistent illness. He had been living and working in Casper, Wyoming. He graduated as both a Discipline Honors Scholar and a University Honors Scholar. He still made time to be very involved in the theatre on campus.

Thirty Eight Honors Students graduated in December ceremonies

The commencement ceremonies on December 19th and 20th saw thirty eight Honors students receive their diplomas. The complete list follows:

  • Alexander, Natalie
  • Atherton, Emily
  • Atherton, Sarah
  • Beitscher, Bailey
  • Bernal, Claudia
  • Burt, Kristina
  • Child, Cristin
  • Coville, Alyssa
  • Duffield, Tyler
  • Ennis, Clare
  • Faulconer, Whitney
  • Fee, Margaret
  • Fiscus, Cassandra
  • Friesen, Rebekah
  • Galiano, Kelsey
  • Gardner, Grady
  • Hair, Heather
  • Hansen, Daria
  • Hegge, Lauren
  • Higgins, Jonathan
  • Jessee, Brian
  • Klaer, Melissa
  • Lessans, Michelle
  • Martin, Eric
  • McGillivary, Abra
  • McNeil, Jason
  • Mundy, Adam
  • Murray, Madeleine
  • Nelson, Lisa
  • Porter, Allison
  • Sainio, Eric
  • Slagle, Sara
  • Spiegelman, Sarah
  • Szczecina, Laura
  • Weaver, Kaitlyn
  • Wertz, Elizabeth
  • Williams, Sere
  • Wilson, Daniel

Scholarship winners profiled

Winners of the Willard Eddy scholarship, the Paul and Clare Muller scholarship, the Jack and June Richardson scholarship, the Gladys Eddy scholarship, and the Students First scholarship are profiled at http://www.honors.colostate.edu/scholarship-winners

Fundraising for the Honors Scholarship continues

Twenty five thousand dollars need to be raised to endow a scholarship for Honors students with financial need. About 10% of the amount has been collected. If you would like to donate, please send your donation for account 59085 to the CSU Foundation, Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80520-1870.

Honors Seminar on Human Migration travels to Mexican border

Bob Richburg’s seminar on human migration traveled to the Mexican border in early January to examine issues associated with immigration first hand. These students have looked at economic, social and legal aspects of the issue. Rep. Tom Tancredo spoke to the class in October.

New faculty members join the Honors staff


Jen Krafchick is brand new to the Honors Program and offers seminars on issues relating to sexuality, gender, families, and diversity.






The Honors family has grown in number since last spring! This fall we welcomed two new faculty members into the program. Mark Brown has returned to the Honors Program after a brief absence and is teaching seminars on topics such as infectious disease and pharmaceutical science.




In addition, our office manager Carissa Nelson had a baby boy, Jonathan Elijah, on November 12, 2008.Louise Breyer has graciously returned from her retirement to help out at the Honors office for a few months while Carissa is on leave.

Honors Director, Bob Keller, married K-Lynn Cameron in a garden wedding at the end of May. They honeymooned in Italy.


Francie Glycenfer premiered new modern dance duet

Chung-Fu Chang and Francie Glycenfer co-choreographed "Red Tides" to the original music score composed by Joshua Quinlan. The work premiered at the Moss Performance Hall in Grand Junction and at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.


Fall 2008 Freshmen received first Honors scholarships

Freshmen entering the Honors Program in the fall 2008 received an Honors scholarship from the University. The scholarship can provide up to four years of assistance, provided the student remains in good standing in the Honors Program.


FEScUE chooses Honors Student

Moriah Echlin has been selected to participate in Flexible and Extendable Scientific Undergraduate Experience. The program provides team-based research experiences for undergraduates in mathematics and biology. Participation carries a two year stipend.

Enrichment award supports study in Kenya

Andrea Doerr used Honors Enrichment Fund support to assist her in studying at the School for Field Studies in Kenya. She studied rangeland condition including community perceptions of the rangeland. She says she gained a passion for studying how conservation and international development are intertwined and the difficulties of reaching a middle ground that benefits both wildlife and humans. She is currently working on Kenyan rangeland ecology as an Honors Undergraduate Research Scholar and using her findings to write her Honors thesis.

Watch for new website

Kate Harrison and Josh Gabler have worked hard this fall to develop a new website for Honors. Look for its debut in 2009.

Notes from our Alumni

We will have more information about the activities of our alumni in our next newsletter. Tell us about yourself and Connect With Honors by clicking here.

If you would like to find more information about giving a gift to the Honors Scholarship Fund click here.