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  • Dr. Marilyn E. Ryan, RN

    I remember the practicum in counseling with Dr. Blake. My graduate degree in psychology has benefited me in understanding behavior, especially in nursing administration. I also received a MS degree in nursing from UC in 1976. I traveled abroad a great deal after that. I left Colorado to work in Cairo, Egypt as a nursing administration consultant for 2 years. I also worked in Cameroon in the mid-80s. I am now at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I came to BSU in 1979 to teach nursing. I received my EdD from BSU In 1985 in Educational Administration. I accepted the position of Associate Director of the Master's Program in Nursing in 1987.

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  • David Lefkowitz, MA, Theater Education

    In 2011, I was able to develop and workshop a theatrical production, "Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon," through my Masters in Theater Education at PVA. After playing two performances at UNC's Norton Theater, the show went on to two runs in New York and then returned to Greeley via a Weld County Arts Alive! grant in 2013. Hopes are high to bring the show back to New York as well as around the country.

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  • Baadrea Bagley, MA, Clinical Counseling, 2010

    Receiving my Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling has opened up a journey I couldn't have imagined several years before. Years ago I worked in the Mortgage Loan industry and then decided to be a stay-at-home mom. While doing so, I did a fair amount of volunteering, including with at risk adolescence and victims of domestic violence.

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  • Beau Washington, Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, 2005

    The buffalo hunt put on by Solomon Little Owl and Native American Student Services (NASS) was the high point. A wonderful experience. The Fightin' White basketball was a lot of fun as well.

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  • Jim Cox, PhD, Educational Research, 1968

    There wasn't room above to state BA, 1960, MA 1963, so I just listed the last one. Wonderful memories at all three levels.. At the undergraduate level it was the fun in the math department with Dr. Hafferkamp and Mr. Fisch (sp?).. He delighted in not having his doctorate, and yet, was a master teacher. At the Masters level, it was driving back and forth for three summers with a car load of other teachers from Aurora... such fun.. And in 1966, six of us were full time students in Colorado State College's new doctoral program in Educational Research. The love and respect that we had for each other as we moved through the program, plus the "pedestal" upon which we legitimately placed our faculty who were creating this new degree program are fond memories.

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  • Dr. Howard Anderson, M.A., Communication, 1980

    I had a course, Communication and the Law, with Dr. Richard Crawford. I always sat on the left side (his right side) of the classroom. I would raise my hand but Dr. Crawford would not acknowledge me. While on break my classmate, T. J. Cottongim, noticed that I was raising my hand but was not recognized, and suggested that maybe the professor did not like me. I did not know why because I had not had any words with him in his capacity as chair of the department.

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  • Dr. Richard D. Zeleny, MA, Businness Education, 1955

    Wonderful memories of learning and making many friends along the way! I joined IBM Corp, working in sales and after a few years I began working at Southern Colorado State College.

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  • Linda L. Black, EdD Counselor Education and Supervision, 1998

    When I came to UNC I sought to advance my education and ultimately my profession; what I found was a sense of place and purpose. The doctoral program in counselor education and supervision transformed me into a superior educator, researcher, and practitioner; personal relationships with faculty, staff and peers prepared me for life.

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  • Dale E. Warren, MM, Trombone Performance, 1976

    Just retired as trombone professor at the University of Kentucky. At Greeley, studied with a great trombone teacher, Buddy Baker, in a very strong music and jazz program.

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  • Onan A. Hill, EdS, Mathematics, 1967

    This is NOT a memory and probably not what UNC would want for its 100 year celebration. But offering it can do no permanent damage.

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  • Richard J. Morton, Ed.D. 1972

    Graduate school was a stepping stone, for me, to advance in my chosen field of education. Not only did those advanced courses make me a better educator but they allowed me to become an elementary school principal who could help fellow teachers become better educators. Thus, filtering down to the most important of all --the students.

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    Lydia Ruyle, Master of Arts, 1972

    I received a Master of Arts from UNC in 1972. The UNC art department would not admit me to the master's program as I did not have an undergraduate degree in art. My BA from CU/Boulder was in Political Science and Economics. I enrolled in classes to "make up" an undergraduate major, then continued with my master's. After four years in the program, I was told I needed to graduate. I loved doing art at UNC while our three children were in school all day

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    Ray Tschillard, Earth Sciences, MA, 1991

    The decision to study Earth Science at UNC remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The UNC Earth Science professors took a genuine interest in my development and were instrumental in preparing me for my career.

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    Vernon B. Ingraham, Business: Accounting Emphasis, MA, 1974

    I received a BA in business education with honors from then-Colorado State College in 1968 and an MA in Business

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  • Elizabeth Kozleski, Special Education, Ed.D. 1985

    My favorite memories of my graduate program revolve around meeting in the doctoral student study with Phil Stegink and John Luckner discussing strategies to change the world. These conversations spilled over into our doctoral seminars with Professor Lee Swanson. We studied and wrote together. We stayed up late preparing for comps. We argued over almost everything statistical analyses, research studies, special education history and the law, foundations, and social justice. I appreciated so much the space the faculty created for the students to become scholars and teachers. I will always have great affection and respect for the opportunities that came our way simply because we were socialized as a community of thinkers, writers, and researchers.

    I am grateful for the education I received at UNC.

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    Becky Safarik, Human Rehabilitation, MA 1975

    My fondest memory related to the years I spent as a volunteer, director and graduate teaching assistant of the campus/community crisis hotline (SLYB which stood for Someday Love You, Baby to give you some kind of idea of the era in which this service existed!).

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    Patsy Reublin, Visual Arts, MA, 1998

    Thanks for the opportunity to be in touch with UNC, loved my time as a graduate student. My experience as a graduate student helped me grow into a creative, confident, tremendously successful and unique leader.

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    Cody T. Havard, Sport and Exercise Sciences: Sport Administration, Minor: Applied Statistics and Research Methods, Ph.D., 2011

    Studying at the University of Northern Colorado helped prepare me for my career and I am very grateful to the faculty and staff that helped me along the way.

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  • Bruce Pearson, Master of Arts, 1969

    I have very fond memories of my education and time at UNC. The faculty was always well-prepared and their instruction was relevant to the needs of the students. I especially remember and appreciate performing with the Symphonic Winds every Tuesday evening in the Garden Theater. It was during those concerts, and the preparation for them, that I learned classic band repertoire while having the privilege of playing under the direction of some of the country's finest conductors.

    I am grateful for the education I received at UNC.

  • Alise Brown, Music, MM. and DA., 2007

    I walked from Kepner to Frasier w/my mother as she was finishing her bachelor's degree and heard the bells chime. I didn't know what they were, so she explained how they told the time and said that maybe someday I could attend UNC and hear them myself. Every time I heard the bells chime I remembered my mother. This story was important to my sons who also attended UNC and I graduated w/ my oldest when I received my master's and with my younger son when I received my doctorate

    I teach as part time faculty in the music education department at UNC.

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    Jerry H. Houck, Special Education Administration, Ed.D. 1982

    I remember in the year 1979, our class being given an assignment by Dr. Tony Carvajal to read the book "No Language But a Cry"

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    Natalie Brown, Special Education: Generalist K-12, MA 2008

    In all truth, going into Special Education was not my original plan; however, I do feel that I ended up in this field for a reason. It has been so rewarding with connecting with my students and helping to make their lives better.

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    Tim Sandsmark, Educational Medai, Outdoor Education, MA 1980

    Many of my memories center around some of the friends and fellow students. I lived in the graduate school apartments- Lawrenson and we were all from different parts of the country and even some foreign students. When Thanksgiving came, many of us could not go home to be with family so we had a big Thanksgiving feast in the dorm which was fun.

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  • Kenneth Dobrovolny, Public Administration, MA 1978 and Counseling, MA 1982

    Attended special weekend sessions at old Lowry AFB with professors coming down from campus. Great program with one class per month so very concentrated. It took 3-4 classes to "get with the program" but became very interactive with all the other adult students also working while going back to school. Enjoyed the first degree so much that I returned for second Masters a couple of years later. I know the program is no longer being offered, but it was a super idea that worked extremely well for a lot of adult learners

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    Donald Bailey, Conducting, DA 1976

    My primary memories of graduate work in the School of Music from 1970 to 1976 were participating in the wonderful performances of great choral works and operas

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    Dan Craig, Biology, MA 1968

    My brother and I graduated together in the summer of 1968. He received his Doctorate and I received my Masters. It was a great day for a couple of kids who grew up by the steel mills in Pueblo, Colorado.

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  • Doug Birdsall, Clinical Counseling, MA 2010

    I came to UNC for my undergraduate studies with the intention of getting a degree in education and becoming a middle school teacher. However, my observation time at the old Bishop-Lehr lab school quickly convinced me that I wouldn't be happy working in a classroom all day. Searching for another way to work with people, but outdoors, I came across the criminal justice program in the sociology department, and ended up getting hooked. I graduated in December 1991 with my BA in sociology/criminal justice and immediately got hired by the Greeley Police Department as an officer.

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  • J. Norman Naylor, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD, 1973

    Sitting in the student union and watching the snow blow across campus. We had 100+ inches of snow that year.

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  • Rolland Bowers, Educational Administration, MA 1961

    It was often stated that the three premier graduate programs in Educational Administration were--Columbia University on the east coast, Stanford University on the west coast and Colorado State College (now UNC) in the Midwest.

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  • Ronna Johnston, Social Sciences, MA 1989

    As an undergraduate, I worked in Carter Hall in an office called Central Duplicating.

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  • Rhonda Squires, Human Rehabilitation, PhD 2001

    This was the only graduation ceremony I ever attended and it was so worth it. Provost Wacker was my dissertation chair and hooded me. Thank you.

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  • Michael Leverington, Educational Psychology, MA 1995

    I was THE graduate student on campus with an email - the login name was gradstd as I recall. I was supposed to share it with any other graduate students who wanted to use it but nobody ever asked. What in the world would a graduate student need email for?

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  • Lynn J Boyce, Nursing, FNP 2006

    Graduate school was a blur to me as I started in 2003 when my twins were 3 years old. I am an older Mom and was working at that time as well. They used to fall asleep at my feet while I was doing my school work on the computer every night.

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  • J. Rene Zukerberg, Communication, MA 1979

    I actually took my Masters courses from faculty who would fly up to Rapid City, SD to Ellsworth Air Force Base.

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  • Sandra Jordet, Educational Media, MA 1997

    Getting a masters degree while my daughters were finishing high school made life interesting. As I lived in Brush, I had to commute to Greeley in order to take classes. The class I despised the most was statistics, as I am not a mathematician.

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  • Ann Pearce, Speech Language Pathology, MA 1974

    My training was excellent. I returned to UNC later to complete coursework for Director of Special Education certification.

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  • DeWayne E. Bruce, Social Sciences, MA, 1968

    I had the greatest professors and remember them to this day--Dr. Lehrer, Dr. Kearns and a lecturer named, if I recall correctly, Jerry Farrer. They made learning fun and interesting and motivated me to aim for quality. I know not what had become of these men or whether they are still with us but I shall remember them until I fall off the perch.

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  • Michael L. Kelsey, Geography, MA, 1988

    After finishing my Ph.D. at Kent State University, I have been teaching Geography at the college/university level for 26 years including the last 20 years at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado.

  • Tim Ehgotz, Education Administration, MA, 1988

    Having the opportunity to learn from master educators in the School of Education at UNC was a true blessing. Many of the professors were in their last few years of teaching and we benefited greatly from their experiences, teachings and stories. During my career I have followed their recommendations on how to handle tense situations many times. They were the best in the west.

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  • Karen Gorton, Nursing, PhD, 2010

    Im currently working at UNC as an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs within the School of Nursing.

  • Dr. Tony A. Gallegos, Mathematics Education, Ed.D. 1978

    I was flabbergasted when President Bond called and congratulated me upon passing my qualifying exams on my first attempt. I returned to New Mexico Highlands University in 1975 and am finishing my 39th year as a professor mathematics and mathematics education.

  • Paula Rodriguez, Educational Psychology, MA, 2011

    One of my fondest memories is attending RMPA. I had the opportunity to meet people, watch presentations, and give a presentation. Working with my advisor, Nancy Karlin, made graduate school a terrific experience.

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  • Diana Suhr, English, MA (1993), Counseling, MA (1998), HESAL, PhD, 2008

    I remember the awesome professors in the Educational Psychology program at UNC: Drs John Cooney, Steven Pulos, Randy Lennon, Teresa McDevitt, and Kathy Cochran. Professors in the program challenged students as well as sharing their expertise in content areas. They made learning a meaningful experience. I am now a Statistical Analyst in Institutional Reporting and Analysis Services at the UNC.

  • Kim Black, English, MA (1993), Counseling, MA (1998), HESAL, PhD, 2008

    One memory that stands out is the first time I had a paper accepted at a conference...

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  • Connie Lee Cristler Thompson, Elementary Education and Curriculum Design, MA, 1963

    Most clear in my memory are the excellent professors who met the high standards set by Paul McKee and Lucille Harrison, authors of a reading series published by Houghton Mifflin. They prepared me well to enjoy the excitement and challenge of teaching elementary school. While working on my master's degree, I colonized a chapter of my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and coordinated the installation of that sorority on campus.

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  • Dinah Crayton, J.D., Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, MA, 1986

    I took the majority of my courses while in the military at Ft. Carson, Colorado. If courses were not offered on the military base, I drove to various locations where they were offered. I recall doing my internship at the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley, which was challenging yet enjoyable. Im presently a licensed minister and attorney (since 1986), and am one course away from my doctorate degree in organizational leadership (Ed.D.).

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  • Larry Sears, M.A. Counseling & Guidance, 1967

    I was Director of Public Information at CSC at the time I was finishing my master's degree. President Darrell Holmes teased me on several occasions that I would be over-analyzing my job when I finished my degree. Although it has been a long time, I remember the wonderful faculty, especially Dr. Gene Koplitz.

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  • Richard C. Morrell, Ph.D. in CSPA, 1989

    It was Tuesday, January 28, 1986 at about 10 a.m. I was sitting in Dr. Dale Shaw's office talking to him about my ideas for a dissertation topic. I was a doctoral student in the CSPA program. Two things from that day are etched into my memory: Over the small radio in the corner of his office came news of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. We turned our attention away from our discussion and shocked, we mourned the loss of its seven crew members, especially since one was an educator, Christa MacAuliffe.

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  • Dave Eveland, MA Rehabilitation Counseling, 1974

    Id never been to Greeley before arriving there in mid-September, 1973. The first thing I did was check a bulletin board for a place to live, and I got a room at an off-campus house. My roommates turned out to be students from Taiwan and Thailand, and we became very good friends. A few years later, one of them introduced me to his wife's roommate from her time at Christ's college in Tamsui, Taiwan. That turned out to be a fortuitous circumstance, as Ive been married to that roommate for the past 35 years. Together we raised three children.

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  • Dr. MaryAnn Roldan, Doctor of Education

    In July 1993, I retired as an elementary school principal in School District No. 60, Pueblo, in order to complete the coursework required for completion of eight years in summer school.

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  • James M. Thrasher, Ed.D. Education Administration, 1960

    My final year at UNC I was granted a fellowship with the Education Planning Group led by Dr. Leanard Walsh. Due to the distances to several colleges, they were assisting with planning for upgrading facilities and programs. I talked them into using a four-seated airplane, which I piloted for the group as well as being an active participant in the work of aiding the institutions in planning. During that year I participated in 13 projects. Due to Dr. Walsh's superb leadership, I was able to complete the requirements for the EDD degree and gained an outstanding addition to my knowledge of school and university administration. I later added a JD degree. In my career I served as school superintendent and dean of a university school of education.

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  • Michael Muskin, MA in Sociology (Family Studies), 1987

    I was the first graduate of the Sociology Family Studies Graduate program. I have many fond memories of the Sociology Graduate program, which was a small program that provided many opportunities to get to know the professors on more personal basis. Jim Marshal, Pamela Hewitt, Rich Trahan, Karen Jennison, John Fox, Dan OConnor, John Vonk, and Zahi Kamal were all professors that I got to know in and out of the classroom.

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  • Chana Preecha, Ph.D. Applied Statistics, 2004

    I'm always magnificently proud of graduating from UNC and spending a valuable part of my life there as well. When I studied there, the university greatly facilitated my Ph.D. education. My teachers (who were all great professors) were friendly and treated me with warmth, perfectly driving me toward gaining much knowledge to be a specialist and helping me to learn efficiently how to adjust to higher education.

    Im now an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics on the faculty of science and technology at Thepsatri Rajabhat University, Muaeng, Lopburi, Thailand.

  • Sherry Lippert, MA in English, 1965

    My husband and I attended summer classes in Greeley and enjoyed rewarding ourselves with Little Theatre of the Rockies productions. One summer, after the birth of our first child, we found an apartment just a block from campus and arranged our class schedule so that I could push the stroller to the campus on the way to my classes, meet my husband, and turn the baby and stroller over to him. Another summer we lived about three miles from campus, and we rode bikes to school. I rode in high heels--students dressed up for class in those days

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  • Dan Maas, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, 2010

    In my proposal, I was suddenly confronted with a problem with my statistical model for my dissertation. Dr. Schaffer suggested I use a Stepwise Reverse Discriminate Analysis... To which I responded "a holiday whodee whatee?" I had never heard of the model. My whole degree flashed before my eyes. Then Dr. Schaffer said he had another student exploring the technique who could help me. It turned out great, and I am proud to be UNC alumnus! Where else do you get held to a higher standard without being hung out to dry? Im now the chief information officer in Littleton Public Schools.

  • Susan Hastings-Bishop, Recreation, MA, 1976

    One of my UNC memories is that of living in the graduate house with the mix of American and International graduate students. And also enjoying the view each day walking to class.

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  • Jim Cox, Ph.D., Educational Research, 1968

    The year was 1965 or 1966. Dr. Sam Gates, the then-dean of the Graduate School (I think) contacted me about a new doctoral program that "Colorado State College" was starting. "Jim, why don't you apply? We have fellowships available." I did.

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  • Gerald Anderson, MA in Special Education, 1967

    I went to school in University of Northern Colorado during a few summers and also during the year taking evening courses after teaching school during the day. The evening courses were mostly in Denver where I taught. I specialized in teaching Hearing Impaired children. I went to Greeley with other teachers from the school with whom I taught with in Denver. It was fun going back and forth from Denver to Greeley with them. It took about three or four years for me to receive my Master's Degree this way.

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  • Doug Gertner, Ph.D. College Student Personnel, 1993

    There are so many memories I could mention. The summer I was to start my doctoral work at UNC began with me taking a road trip through Colorado, and on to California, including a stop at Mesa Verde National Park. While on tour in the park, I encountered a faculty member who had just retired from teaching in the CSPA program and was now working at MVNP.

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  • Terry Schumacher, Masters in Speech Language Pathology, 1981

    What I remember most is commuting to Greeley from Denver for five consecutive terms. At the time, one of my sons was a teenager and the other was 9 years old, and juggling their schedules with my study and travel schedule was lots of fun! Fortunately, their dad was a big help.

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  • Terry Oxley, Wind Conducting, DA, 1988

    My favorite memory of grad school is sitting in a restaurant across the street from Frasier Hall, eating sticky buns and discussing the state of the art of conducting...

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  • J. Wiliiam Artist, Business Administration, MA, 1971

    In general, the experience at UNC was very complimentary. I always felt comfortable with class sizes, and the quality of education was well worth the time and cost. After leaving UNC I worked as a stockbroker for a number of years, and became a Principal and Financial in a small stockbrokerage firm.

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  • Johannas Jordan, EdD Special Education, 1976

    I remember my time working with the students at the lab schoolI learned a great deal. I also remember my advisor and my statistics teacher, both excellent educators; and attending the summer theatre series each summer.

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  • Richard R Chavez, Guidance & Counseling, 1960

    I commuted from Denver for two years while working for my master degree. I remember the old and the new campus. My memories are from my undergraduate days. I will always be pleased for the wonderful education I received from CSCE, a.k.a. UNC, which prepared me with a 38-year career I enjoyed in public education. I retired from Hodgkins Junior High in Westminster, Colorado, in 1985 as a junior high school principal. I returned and worked at Denver West High School the fall of 1985, then I retired for the last time in 1995 as the college counselor. I reside with my wife, Jeanne, my bride of 57 years, in Chula Vista, California

  • Ruth Fletcher-Carter, M.A. Ed. of Deaf/Hard of Hearing, 1965

    Memories of graduate school include intense study, practicum at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and preparing for writtensall of which prepared me for a career that lasted for 43 years and encompassed infant/family advising, preschool, elementary, secondary, university instruction, and administration.

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  • John Snelson, Special Education, MA, 1971

    One of my fondest memories was sharing an apartment with a gentleman from South Vietnam.

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  • Armando Lopez, Master of Arts in Audiology, 2004

    I have lots of memories and pictures of hanging out with all my friends in the audiology program--from cookouts and going to Rockies games to just studying. Now, Im living in Santa Teresa, New Mexico and working in El Paso, Texas as an audiologist. Attending UNC gave me the knowledge to become an audiologist and to learn to grow in my profession. I am thankful for all my professors who I have gotten to work with and become colleagues with over time.

  • Larry D. Hamlett, M.S. Vocational Rehabilitation, 1975

    Dr. Wolfe was head of the dept. back then, and one day he asked me to attend a summer dinner for the President of Jackson State University, which turned into a great evening of meeting new friends.

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  • John Kolacinski, Music Education, M.A. 1972

    I have a lot of great memories of my graduate school experience at UNC. As a music major I had many opportunities to perform with some of the country's finest musicians. I performed in Symphonic Winds, Pride of the Rockies, Choir, Greeley Philharmonic, Summer Music Series, and Little Theater of the Rockies, and all provided terrific memories.

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  • Chester Palmer, Public Administration, M.A. 1976

    I was stationed at Warren AFB from 1974 to 1976 (doing missile crew duty).

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  • Quentin G. Goodwin, Masters in Mathematics Ed., 1972

    Four of us met in the basement of the library from 7 to 10 p.m. and studied for our comps.

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  • Robert Brown, History MA, 2011

    For three semesters I drove from Colorado Springs to Greeley one night a week for a 7:00 to 10:00 class. I was 15 credits into the 30-credit program and I could not justify starting over at a different institution or giving up on the degree all together. I should have been wiped out and uninterested in my classes after a full day of teaching, coaching, and a two-hour drive to Greeley, but the professors and the content always made the trip worthwhile and rewarding. Although I completed the program in an unorthodox manner, I could not imagine finishing it any other way as the difficulties placed before me made the end product that much more rewarding.

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  • Greg Worrell, Physiological Kinesiology, EdD, 1987

    While pursuing my degree at UNC, I worked on a contract basis for Monfort, Inc. (later ConAgra, Swift and Company, and JBS Swift). This eventually developed into a comprehensive ergonomics process (scientific study of work) for the reduction of MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders).

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  • Val Tsuchiya, Social Studies, BA: 1968; Special Education, MA: 1971; Special Education, ED.S.: 1972

    I remember being on the leading edge of special education when it was in its infancy. The graduate faculty was large and well published, and McKee Hall and Michener Library were new. My years at UNC were among the best years of my lifeI enjoyed the academic environment and research. .

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  • Dr. Sandra Panetta, Elementary Education, 1975, M.A.; 1980., Ed. D,

    I enjoyed doing my research for my doctorate from 1978 to 1980. I worked with the Title I director, Marge Aderhold, and Title I ECE teacher, Betty Alexander.

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  • John Bryant, MA in Social Science w/ an emphasis in Public Administration, 1978

    I received my master’s through weekend work at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. My classmates were active duty soldiers willing to put in the time and effort to achieve a graduate degree, which would improve productivity and increase our likelihood for promotion. I was also attending the University of Arizona full time in Tucson so my 'dance card' was full for one a half years.

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  • Joseph Maqueda, MS Research and Statistical Methodology, 1983

    Although I was fortunate enough to complete my master’s in one year, UNC left lasting impressions on me.

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  • Diane Benninghoff, MA, Theatre/teaching certificate, 1969

    My favorite memory comes from the summer of 1969, when Little Theatre of the Rockies presented, "The Unknown Soldier and His Wife," by Peter Ustinov. I worked costumes for that production, and there were something like 140-plus costume changes in the production, since it covered a time span from ancient Greece to modern day, with all of the characters playing a similar role in every war through the ages.

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  • Debra A. Pharo, MA Mathematics, 1985

    My fondest memory of grad school is our shared office and its chalkboard. We would all work together to solve a problem. It might take us days. Having the problem on the chalkboard allowed each person to make contributions and share ideas.

    I now teach undergraduate mathematics at a Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan, and we have a math center where students can work together. The center is filled with whiteboards, and I love to watch the calculus students working together to solve a difficult problem. The degree I received from UNC was instrumental in getting the job I have.

  • Dr. Gerald L. Kovacich, Social Science, 1979

    I attended UNC off-site at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, while serving in the US Air Force. What was so great about it was that the professors who taught us were from the main UNC campus. So, we were able to have their expertise the same as those on campus.

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  • Myrna L. Wickham (Bacon), B.A. education 1983; M.A. Special Education 1984

    The best memory of graduate school was the great support of the professors as I was an older student coming back to get my degrees.

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  • Linda B. Bennett, Elementary Education, Ed.D. 1989

    One of the purposes of UNC is to prepare graduate students to develop competencies essential to assuming leadership positions in their professional fields. My five years as a doctoral student at UNC were life changing from teaching one hundred freshmen in an orientation to education class to undertaking an optional advanced SAS course, UNC was a place for opportunities to learn and lead.

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  • Cynthia L. Packard, Communication, MA 1978

    I obtained my Masters while stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. UNC use to fly the instructors to various locations / around the country.

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  • Bryan T. Ryan, Elementary Education emphasis in Middle School education, MA, 1990

    I've been teaching in the public school system for 20 years. 10 years in Colorado, and 10 years in Texas.

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  • Fred J. Taylor, Ed.D. Secondary Education, 1962

    My memories are about the faculty and staff who supported me and guided my education and personal development.

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  • Mike Zawaski, Earth Sciences, MA 2007

    It seems like only yesterday I was cramming for my comprehensive exams, but all that studying has paid off as I use much of the information on a regular basis.

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  • Loree Higgins MacNeill, Master of Music Education, 1980

    During the summer session of 1978 the concert choir performed the Mozart Grand Mass in C with Dr. Skinner conducting. It was the most thrilling musical performance in my career. Dr. Skinner provided a lifetime of inspiration for leading rehearsals, teaching and performing.

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  • Don and Fran Hale, Mr. Hale: Industrial Arts, MA; Mrs. Hale: Special Education, MA; 1974

    Fran and I were the first couple to graduate with MA degrees and were featured in the school newspaper.

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  • I enjoyed my graduate coursework in elementary education. I gained valuable insights from professors who had been in the classroom and who allowed me to grow into my new career with great support." - Anonymous

  • James (Jim) Pitts, Ph.D. Student Personnel Administration, 1969

    One of my first doctoral classes was in Kepner Hall, which many years before had housed the lab school. This was the first time I had returned to Kepner Hall

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  • John Rodwick, College Student Personnel Administration, Ph.D, 1966

    Passing the German language exam was a partial requirement for this doctoral program. In the Fall Quarter of 1965, five of us diligently prepared to take this one hour exam.

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    Brittney Barrett, Sport & exercise Science, emph Sport Admin, 2011

    The skills I learned in graduate school from UNC helped me develop a new concussion clinic for the hospital where I currently work.

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  • Brian M. Burns, Choral Conducting, MM, 2006

    UNC is an amazing place to study music at the graduate level. Dr. Galen Darrough is a caring, wonderful teacher.

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  • Kaye D. Owens, Special Education and Psychology, Ed.D., 1965

    I was awarded a graduate scholarship under the handicapped act, from the State of Idaho. I left my Elementary teaching and school pricipalship to return to school. I searched for a graduate school where I could get a lot of individual service. After searching all over the US, I settled on Greeley, because Dr. Vaughan was interested enough to meet me in Denver, beteen his testiying in the legislature.

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  • Tom Quinlan, Sociology, MA, 1975

    In 1973, UNC was trying a new concept in education, called the University Without Walls. I was a Captain at the Air Force Academy...

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  • Albert Jones, Sociology, MA, 1974

    Currently I am retired from the teaching profession after 40 years as a Teacher, Coach, Department Head, Adjunct professor, Athletic Director, and Dean of Students in one of the largest high school Florida

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  • Dr. Glenn Endsley, Ed.D., Mathematics, MA, 1965

    I was teaching math at Cherry Creek High School. I, and four of my buddies drove from Denver to Greeley, three times a week to take classes.

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  • Donald Harn, Ph.D. Biology, MA 1975

    Dr. Gerald Schmidt was my graduate mentor, and he was a serious taskmaster.

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  • Carol M. Norberg, Curriculum and Instruction, MA 1975

    What was most important to me about this masters program was that much of it was taught off campus at Lowry AFB.

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  • Deborah Mackinnon, Educational Administration, Ed.D. 1978

    Dr. Emmet Ritter is the professor I credit both with my choice of UNC for my doctoral program and with my most successful classes

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  • K. David Dillingham Rehabilitation Counseling, Ed.S. 1968

    The most vivid memory I have of grad school, sometime between 1966 and 68, was when Leroy Jones (poet and black activist) came to UNC...

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  • Peggy Barnes, Rehabilitation Counseling, MS. 1976

    My story begins in 1890 when my paternal greatgrandmother came to Greeley to attend what was then the State Normal School.

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  • Doug Erler, Sociology/Criminal Justice, 1993

    At UNC, I enjoyed working with Dr. Phil Reichel; he remains a friend today. Im currently the Director for the Weld County Justice Services Division in Greeley.

  • Richard Overall, Rehabilitation Counseling, MS. 1976

    As a working U.S. Air Force Officer, my last assignment was to rebuild the failing Base Billeting (essentially an on-base motel/housing facility) Office. I was enrolled in the UNC-CSAP program to get a Master's degree that would support my promotion to Major (from Captain), most classes were on the Base on weekends, and because I am a life-long learner ("curious monkey").

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  • Robert L. Hillerich, Elementary Education: Reading, Ed.D. 1976

    Sharing a typical, almost nonverbal, pre-class bench with Dr. Paul McKee.

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  • James F. Tierney, Masters of Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation; Specialist Degree in both also, 1974

    I had the privilege of assisting Steve Zimmerman in his wheelchair around campus throughout our years in classes together.

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