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Fall 2010

Honors Instructor and Associate Professor, James Landers, Journalism and Technical Communication, earned a rave review for his new book, The Improbable First Century of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Chronicle of Higher Education writer, Nina Ayoub, titled the book review, "10 Super-Hot Publishing Secrets". Dr. Lander's story about Cosmopolitan details the nearly 125 years of the magazine's publishing history. He follows the magazine from a family literary magazine in the late 1880's through its evolution under William Randolph Hearst to its notorious rise under Helen Gurley Brown in the mid 1960's. The book is published by the University of Missouri Press.

Another Honors Instructor and Professor of English, David Mogen, is awaiting the April 2011 publication of his family history, Honyocker Dreams; Montana Memories. He recalls the dreams and disappointments of the working-class farmers, cowboys and miners among his ancestors in the Montana "Hi-Line" along the Canadian border east of the Rockies.



  Pet night in Edwards:  


December graduation ceremonies included 51 Honors students. A complete list of the graduates with their thesis topic and adviser can be found at http://www.honors.colostate.edu/news


Laura Ruff Laura Ruff is graduating with honors from the College of Engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering and a minor in math and Spanish. Ruff is a member of the Colorado State University Chapter of Engineers without Borders, an organization dedicated to creating a more stable and prosperous world by finding better solutions for clean water, power, sanitation and education. Last spring, Ruff traveled to El Salvador, where she performed an assessment of the current water system and learned about the country's goals for the future of the system. Ruff is also a member of Colorado State's Mechanical Engineering Mentor Program, where she helps freshmen transition from high school into college, and the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. She has an internship with the Brendle Group, a Fort Collins company committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design, and wants to continue working in this field.


Kari Otteman, senior in the Animal Sciences Department. Otteman grew up on her family's ranch near La Junta, Colo., where she developed a passion for the livestock industry. Her experiences have made her a natural leader in the department, both in and out of the classroom. She has been able to share her firsthand knowledge with her fellow students and serve as an advocate for the industry and for rural America. Otteman is graduating with a degree in Animal Science as an Honors Scholar with a cum laude distinction. After graduation, she plans to continue her education at CSU and pursue a master's in Bovine Reproduction. Her research will focus on ways to synchronize breeding of cattle to make the process as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Otteman's understanding of both the science of her field and the practical applications will help her to continue to serve as a leader in the livestock industry. Kari Otteman


Updates have come in from several alumni. Danny Wilson (Engineering, 2008) has left his aerospace engineering job in Seattle for the rigors of a Ph.D. program in Engineering at UC-Berkeley. He hopes to focus on solutions for third world problems.


Ashley Fenn (Zoology and Biochemistry 2009) has taken a graduate assistantship at the Ohio State University. She is investigating how aging, traumatic brain injury and infection affect microglia.

Brandon Germer (Business Administration 2006) has taken a graduate assistantship at Purdue University in order to pursue his M.B.A. He previously worked in Alaska for McKinley Capital Management. He also climbed Mt. McKinley and completed a three week trek through France, Austria, and Italy.

Courtney Rocheleau (Ph.D. in Psychology 2000) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.
Karin Dillon (Biochemistry 1996) is a senior product manager for Avastin Managed Care Marketing in California.
Bob Little (Finance 1988) completed his law degree at the University of Colorado and serves as the Assistant Vice President and Counsel for Great-West Life in Broomfield.
Anastasia Harrison (English 2005) currently teaches English at Ponderosa High School in Douglas County, Colorado. She also advises the newspaper, newspaper, and the LINK crew for freshman orientation. Kimberly Pepmiller (Health and Exercise Science 2006) completed her nursing degree and works for North Colorado Medical Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Be sure to let us know what you are doing by completing the short form at www.honors.colostate.edu/alumnicontact

Honors Scholarship winners for the 2010-2011 academic year include the following:
Richardson Scholars:


Cassie Helms

Anna Senior


Jenni Sneden


and Jenna Tarbett.


Willard Eddy Scholars:


Andreea Erciulescu

Andrea Akers

Paul and Clare Muller Scholars:

Beatriz Da Silva

 Students First Scholar:

Mary Dean

The achievements of these outstanding students can be found at http://www.honors.colostate.edu/scholarship-winners

Several spring 2010 graduates were profiled in the Faces of the Class of 2010 http://commencement.colostate.edu/grad-profiles.aspx
Nancy Tao, Jonathan Hummer, Chrissy O'Maley, Shawna Stickland,
Travis Hall, Oriana Beemer, Victoria Macias, and Jesse French illustrate the diversity of interest and the uniformity of excellence that characterize this year's graduates. Two of these grads have earned additional distinction since spring commencement. Nancy Tao was awarded an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation placing her in the top third of the 12,000 applicants for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


Travis Hall has been sworn in as a junior foreign service officer in the Department of State. He has the example of another Honors graduate, Ambassador Robert Loftis, to follow.


Donations to the Honors Scholarship Fund are always welcome. Please send yours to the Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1870 with the notation that the gift is designated for Fund 59085, Honors Scholarship Fund.


Liz Keneski, BS 2009, is the Lab and Project Manager for Dr. Lisa Neff at the University of Texas at Austin. Her NSF grants examine stress and coping strategies of newlyweds. The book chapter she co-authored in health psychology is scheduled for publication.


Jason Rand, BS 2010, was recognized with the Senior Leader Award as a pre-dental student.



Graduates heading to post graduate study include Melissa Klaer, University of Washington Speech and Hearing Sciences Program, Oriana Beemer (CSU Vet School) http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=3777 and Kyle Carter, University of Cincinnati Medical School. Upcoming graduate, Jacob Whitsitt, will be attending the University of Colorado Medical School.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Daniel J. Woldvedt, BS 2009 in Biomedical Sciences. He died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Colorado Springs in May 2010.

Ashlyn Searle, senior in Business, has been appointed to serve as the CSU Fund Fellow for 2010-2011. She will be working with the private investment fund that provides early stage capital to businesses. This exciting opportunity is better described at http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=4882

Recent Design and Merchandising graduate, Wildrose Hamilton, won the apparel design contest at the Fashion and Creative Enterprises competition last spring. Her entry, a jacket, had to be produced in black, white or red with the FACE logo incorporated. She sold that jacket and plans to make several more for buyers. Details are available at http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=4737

Emma Kimball, a Dance and International Studies major and Monfort Scholar, attended the Fulbright Roehampton University Summer in the Institute in the UK. The program is described in detail at http://www.fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes/roehampton-university-london-summer-institute

A new program, The President's Leadership Program Scholars, inaugurated the first class of scholars this fall. All are first year Honors students. They are Darryl Beemer, Jessica Galvan, Ryne Schroder, Kevin Westoff, Madeleine Wilbur, and Elise Yenne.
This elite cohort within the ongoing Presidents Leadership Program will have the opportunity to meet with CSU president Tony Frank and top faculty in addition to receiving funding for a professional internship abroad. More about the students can be found at http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=4411

Three Honors students were awarded $10,000 scholarships from the National Science Foundation. The National Consortium for Measurement and Signature Intelligence Research Scholarship Grant Program recognized Jessica Egner,


Kristin Olsson

Adam Vaudreuil


for 2010-2011.

Ashley Denney, BS 2009 in Biomedical Science, has taken a position with the National Institutes of Health as part of their Postbaccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award program. She is working with Dr. Jeffrey Strathern in the Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory in Frederick, Maryland. Information about the program is available at

Nicole Kenote, junior in Biomedical Sciences, completed an internship with the Organization of Tropical Studies this past summer. The OTS is is especially interested in the promotion of minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She conducted field research on small mammals and presented her findings. She hopes to publish the results so that the work can help protect tropical ecosystems.

All good things must come to an end so, after decades in the halls of Newsom, the murals many Honors students remember have been painted over. However, the tradition of mural painting is still very much alive in the Academic Village. Check out some of the current students' creativity.



Edwards Hall is currently one of two sites for an Honors Residential Learning Community. The building received a much needed facelift this summer when the green ceramic brick on the exterior was replaced with brick. The windows and insulation were also upgraded.