Alumni and Student Stories
I've always been enchanted by stories. As a child, I was told to shut my books and go outside. I spent many years traveling, learning languages and meeting strangers for the chance to learn their stories. Today, I share stories. I ask questions, listen closely and write so as to shine a light on the gems that intrigue minds and connect with our hearts.
I use this same approach whether I'm working with colleagues designing programs for students and community members or if I'm interviewing donors and alumni. Every person, every event, has a story—let's share it!
Alumni and Student Stories
When he started as a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Herb IIisaurri Schroeder (PhDCivEngr'91) spent time researching rural sanitation in 100 Alaska Native villages. Because many still relied on portable toilets rather than sewer systems, the villages had higher occurrences of disease and infant mortality, since pathogens live longer in the cold climate.
On CUE sits down with Connie Childs. Connie is a fourth-year aerospace engineer studying at CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science. After years of contemplating life as a woman, Connie began to transition from her assigned at birth male identity to the woman she is today.
Capt. Avery (Denney) Crisp (BSBA '12) always dreamed of flying planes, but she never imagined DU would put her on a path to making that dream a reality. She was raised in western Colorado, where she skied with her family and played volleyball, basketball, soccer and track throughout high school.
Food Containers: Compostable On CUE sits down with Dana Stamo. Dana is a fifth year chemical biological engineering student who is currently taking graduate classes and doing research with Professor Chatterjee. Dana is a recipient of the Chancellor's scholarship and a BOLD scholarship from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Amidst a fruitful career as a language professor and technologist, Sarah Withee joined Gen Z and Millenial students to become an electrical engineer. From a very young age Sarah Withee was intrigued by astronomy, black holes and quasars. In high school she followed a math and science track, but in college pursued a very different direction-education and linguistics.
The College of Engineering & Applied Science is just a few percentage points away from achieving one of its major diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Three years ago, the college publicly announced its goal to become the first public engineering school with an undergraduate population that is 50% female* while while reflecting the demographics of our state's high school graduates.
Impact in the classroom. Diversity of minds and resources. Leadership training. Building community. These are some of the reasons that the 2019 ACTIVE participants gathered at CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science this week.
CU Engineering recognized nationally for commitment to diversity in the college, community and state.
This week an inflatable version of Go For It , a creation of the Chicago-based, internationally recognized artist Matthew Hoffman, is on display in the south quad of the Engineering Center at CU Boulder. Hoffman, who became famous for the You Are Beautiful project, was invited to CU Engineering as part of the Art is Engineering program run by STEM educator and lecturer Elisabeth Stade.
On Nov. 9, 170 students and their families, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters gathered at Boulders Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery to celebrate the BOLD Center's 10th anniversary. Created in 2008, the BOLD Center continues to lead the nation's engineering programs supporting women and minorities in engineering.
Last week the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science was awarded its second National Science Foundation (NSF) grant this month to build new connections with Colorado community colleges. The newest project is a three-year grant for $600,000 awarded through the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program.
With a $10 million federal grant and an eye on community colleges, CU Engineering and partners aim to diversify engineering in Colorado-and coast to coast. CU Boulder will take a leading role on a new $10 million federal grant to boost the number of community college students who go on to study engineering at four-year colleges, a move intended to help pave the way for a more diverse engineering workforce.
Last year The BOLD Center launched a new fellowship aimed at supporting diversity across the curriculum and the college. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to launch projects or initiatives that support and encourage diversity and inclusion at CU Engineering.
Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) honored The BOLD Center as Program of the Year at their inaugural conference in Washington D.C. on May 1. The BOLD Center was honored for developing programs that have significantly enhanced the participation of students from diverse populations that are historically underserved in engineering and computing, while enriching the students' learning experience in engineering and computer science.
This week, five CU Engineering students will compete against 14 other teams at the Ninth Annual First Nations Launch in Wisconsin sponsored by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The team, led by junior Alyvia Hildebrand (MechEngr'19), first heard about the competition in late September.
Videos (Alumni Engagement and Student Storytelling)
Kevin Storey is an undergraduate engineering student here at CU Boulder. He is focused on making a difference in the community by bringing awareness to food sustainability, as well as making sure his garden is accessible to everyone who wants to visit. The garden is located behind the SEEC building on East Campus.
Michelle is an undergraduate of Aerospace Engineering & Applied Mathematics at CU. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of spacecraft living environments. She believes that her work will create space travel accessibility for everyone.
Brendan Lynch is an undergraduate engineering student here at CU Boulder. He also has a background in theater and is using that to conduct social research with a theatrical experiment. The experiment involves different demographics watching the play "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" and responding to a survey where they explain their reactions.
I produced, directed, lead the creative story team and performed on the ice to create this video.
I led the creative storyboarding and production of this video...and appeared as the CC Tiger upon my team's behest.
I produced, directed and wrote the storyboard and script for this video. It was created in collaboration with a videographer who I hired to capture b-roll and do all editing.
Philanthropic Impact, Proposals & Research
In spring 2018, DU will break the ice—on the new Miller Hockey Complex designed by sports facility giant JLG Architecture. The new complex is a long-awaited feat made possible by the generosity of more than 140 donors, including 70 former DU hockey players and DU alumnus and board of trustee member, John Miller.
I interviewed Darby Pappas and wrote her story, plus I copy edited the entire report.
Undergraduate business student Sam Bloomfield will graduate in June with a BSBA in marketing and minors in accounting and leadership studies. While nearly 70 percent of DU alumni remain in the Front Range after graduation, Sam hopes to move back to Minneapolis.
Sample of academic writing and my ability to distill complex research and theories into accessible content.
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LOI for large donor prospect who has met with CEO several times.