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									A Publication for Alumni and Friends of the                  Fort Lewis College Alumni Association        Winter 2000       Vol. 15. No. 12

                                                                                              Dr. Connie Blanchard’s
                                                                                              talent & skill benefiting
                                                                                              Fort Lewis College
                                                                                                                               the wife of
                                                                                                                               the new
                                                                                                                               Fort Lewis
                                                                                                                               is not your
                                                                                                                               wife. She
                                                                                              is a native of Spain who comes from an in-
                                                                                              teresting and accomplished family.
                                                                                              Connie’s Grandfather Garcia, a banker and
                                                                                              the Mayor of Madrid during the early part
                                                                                              of the century, had a total of 18 children,
                                                                                              only one of whom was a girl. Of the 17
                                                                                              boys in the family, only one, Connie’s fa-
                                                                                              ther Antonio, sided with the Republicans
                                                                                              during the Spanish Civil War. Even though
Senior midfielder Calum Robertson wins a header against Southern Connecticut's Markens        his professional training was as a historian
Benoit in the NCAA Division II championship game. The Owls defeated the Skyhawks 2-1          and scholar, her father became an officer in
in double overtime. Defenders Brent Diaz (left) and Andy Finley help out on the play.         the fight against Franco. When Madrid fell
                                                                                              to the Nationalists in 1939, he was thrown
                                                                                              in prison. However, because of his family’s
Men’s soccer takes second in NCAA Division                                                    influence, he was eventually released, but
                                                                                              felt compelled to leave his native Spain. So
II Championships                                                                              in 1949, Connie, her father, mother, and
                                                                                              sister immigrated to Vermont as political
    The Fort Lewis men's soccer team fell one goal short of bringing back the school's        refugees.
first NCAA Division II National Championship trophy when it lost 2-1 in double over-              Over the next decade, Connie’s family
time to Southern Connecticut State on Dec. 5 in Miami Shores, FL.                             lived for a few years in Venezuela, but re-
      Five-and-a-half minutes into the second sudden-death overtime, Southern Conn.           turned to the States and the Northeast.
St. defender T.J. Delucia scored when he tapped a rebound into a wide-open net from a                              CONNIE continued on page 5
                                                                SOCCER continued on page 17
                                                                                                                Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 1
  is a quarterly publication of
     the Fort Lewis College
       Alumni Association.

  Address changes, story
                                                              Alumni President
  contributions and
  suggestions are encouraged.                                      Thomas E. ‘Ted’ Johnson
                                                                               Class of ‘71
  Send to:
     Alumni Association
     Fort Lewis College
       1000 Rim Drive
  Durango, CO 81301-3999                 At the January Executive Board Meeting, Tom           let her know what you are doing and give her your
       (970) 247-7427                Tucker, ’74, Gary Martinez, ’79, and Dawn                 phone number.           Farrington, ’88, were appointed to fill term vacan-           We hope that you have all marked your calendar
                                     cies that have developed during the past six months.      for the August 4-5, 2000 Alumni Gathering. Those
  1999-2000 Alumni Board
                                     You will hear more about the new Board members            attending in 1999 could not help but notice the mul-
  Ted Johnson (‘71)                  in coming issues of Smoke Signals.                        titude of dirt piles occupying parking spaces. Al-
    President                            We were all pleased that board member and
  Suzanne Garcia
                                                                                               though construction will continue throughout 2000,
    Vice President                   former Alumni President Don Ricedorff was recently        by August there will be a lot of noticeable improve-
  Roberta Barr (‘33)                 elected to serve on the FLC Foundation Board of           ments and new facilities.
  Franklin Anderson (‘54)            Directors. Don has been actively involved in many             In the last edition of Smoke Signals, I discussed
    Treasurer                        facets of FLC alumni activities and we are confident      the sign at Lyle Howard Park and asked for your
  Nikki Morrissey (‘81)
    Public Information Officer
                                     that he will continue to provide quality service to       ideas and opinions. Thank you to those who con-
  Dale Garland (‘82)                 the college.                                              tacted either the staff or myself. At this time, we
    Talon Club Representative            Sheri tells me that most of you have filled the       plan to place a stone marker in the small grass area
  Board at Large                     pledges you made during the 1999 Phonathon.               between the library and the student union building,
   Norma Conley (‘71 & ‘95)          However, if you have not fulfilled your commitment,       the same area as before. We will have a re-dedica-
   Dawn Farrington (‘88)
   George Malarsie (‘69)             we are still taking checks. If you have changed jobs      tion during August Gathering 2000.
   Gary Martinez (‘79)               this year, check to see if your employer has a pro-           As always, I end by soliciting your suggestions,
   Debra Parmenter (‘69)
   Don Ricedorff (‘75)
                                     gram that will match your donation or contribute          participation and opinions of what the Alumni As-
   Jim Rockelmann (‘69)              to educational institutions in some other way. If         sociation should be doing and how we can best help
   Susan Terrill-Flint (‘69)         you were not contacted by one of our student call-
   Thomas Tucker (‘74)
                                                                                               the college. Please contact any member of the board
                                     ers, send Sheri an e-mail ( and      or staff with your thoughts and ideas.
  Harlan Steinle, Vice
    President, Institutional
    Advancement & Admission
  Sheri Rochford, Dean of
    Development & Alumni
    Relations                                                  Alumni Director
  Editors and Contributing
  Writers                                                                   Sheri Rochford     “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
   Chris Aaland (‘91)                                       Dean of Alumni & Development                                      William Wordsworth
   Barbara Martin                                       
   Sandra Hilton
   Sheri Rochford (‘77)
   Deborah Uroda (‘80)
   Daniel Ziesmer (‘96)                  The other day I was having a conversation with        ity may have played a role in this decision-making
   Marci Christiansen (‘99)
                                     one of our alumni board members. We were brain-           process. We concluded that there are a lot of things
  Smoke Signals is FREE to
  supporting Alumni Associa-
                                     storming on ways we could make the Alumni Asso-           about our lives that are within our reach to control,
  tion members and is finan-         ciation better. As we chatted, we realized that we        while other things are truly not within our control.
  cially supported by contribu-      have a diverse constituency of alumni. We have            For example, you can change your name, get mar-
  tions made during the annual
  fund drive. Alumni member-         alumni who went to the Old Fort Lewis campus at           ried, get divorced, change jobs, change your looks,
  ship is available to anyone        Hesperus, Colorado. We have alumni who attended           your attitude and you have a lot of flexibility. What
  who has attended Fort Lewis
  College, as well as those who      the new campus but before FLC had four-year de-           we cannot do is change the fact that we graduated
  are graduates of the institu-      gree granting status. We have alumni who come             from Fort Lewis College. This will always be a part
  tion. Please notify the Alumni
  Office of any address
                                     from all over the world. Sometimes it’s not easy to       of every job application we complete, and, in the
  changes; the U.S. Post Office      meet the needs of such a diverse group of people.         end, it will be a big part of who we are as we face the
  may not forward your copy of           Our conversation then focused on the common-          various changes that embrace us.
  Smoke Signals.
                                     alities we all share as Fort Lewis College alumni. We         Fort Lewis College is just a mere name, it’s really
  Smoke Signals is produced by
  Hilton Publishing and printed by   discussed what brought us and other alumni to FLC         the people who were part of our lives while we were
      Basin Printing & Imaging
                                     and the various reasons we selected Fort Lewis Col-       students, and later alumni, that instill in us the fond
         Durango, Colorado
                                     lege as our collegiate choice, realizing that serendip-   memories and those cherished times that we choose
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                                                      Association News
                                Admission &
                                          Harlan Steinle
                          Vice President of Institutional
                             Advancement & Admission

    Quincy Ashback, who was a mother to many of             of her fury, but by the next day she was at your caf-
us who were on the Fort Lewis College campus in             eteria table and all was forgiven. She helped to build         Do you have a child or
the '60's and '70's, or Mrs. A, as she was affection-       a lot of character in the lives of the men and women           grandchild ready to
ately called, passed away this past fall just shy a few     she worked with – Clem, Peggy, Artie, Marvin, Bob,             enter college?
months of her 90th birthday. Services were held in          Jim, Susie, and a thousand more. May this Grand                   Would you like to
Durango on a beautiful October day. Many of Mrs.            Ole' Lady rest in peace.                                       save yourself or your
A's former brood were in attendance. Her son John               Jim Fitch, '74, his wife Bonnie and son Jim are            family some of the ex-
was able to put together a nice memorial piece that         doing well in Las Vegas, NV. He and his family                 penses of education?
showed the picture of a beautiful young lady in her         dropped by the college recruitment booth at the                   The Fort Lewis Col-
20's, as well as a picture of the same young lady riding    Cashman Center during a recent National College                lege Alumni Associa-
a mule and climbing a tree. Inset in those pictures         Fair. Jim has been teaching in the Vegas area for              tion provides scholar-
of the youthful girl in her 20's was a picture of           over 20 years and his wife is owner of a print music           ships and awards to
Quincy in her later years, which is probably how            dealers association business. At the time of our visit,        outstanding children
she is remembered by those of us who knew her               she was just getting ready to put her business on the          and grandchildren of
through Fort Lewis. It was that caring face of a            "net." Their son is looking at all of his college op-          alumni – up to the cost
woman who was with us at every meal in the cafete-          tions, and hopefully Fort Lewis will be one of his             of in-state TUITION!
ria, attending every event on campus whether it was         serious considerations.
                                                                                                                              Children and grand-
lighting the luminarias at Christmas, watching the              Rich (Richard) Corey, '76, stopped by the cam-
                                                                                                                           children of the OLD
homecoming parade or an athletic event, or some-            pus admission office with his wife Nina on a recent
                                                                                                                           FORT are especially
one who was just listening to our problems. This            visit through Durango. He happily reported that
was the woman who, for over 20 years, kept Joe              cuz Roger Rossi, '69, is well, fat (Rich's words not           encouraged to apply!
Wolcott in line, helped Bill Pugh to be sure the hous-      mine), and in good humor in Denver, CO. Rich is                   Contact the Alumni
ing assignments were made, and was the last one to          the CEO of Impressions On Hold International in                Association today for
bed in Cooper Hall, because she had to "lock down           Hockessin, Delaware.                                           more information, or
the girls at night." There was many a night that one            Don Shattuck, '67, was seen in Durango's                   visit our website to ob-
of you readers didn't quite get back to the dorms by        Francisco's Restaurante Y Cantina (on the Y Cantina            tain information and
curfew, and President John Reed would have to go            side I think) a few months ago. Don is living in               an application!
out and find you. Once you were found and brought           sunny Phoenix and is in the area occasionally when
back to campus, you might have caught the wrath                                           STEINLE, continued on page 4

to hold on to. There has been some talk that per-
haps the name Fort Lewis College doesn’t best serve
the institution and certainly doesn’t describe what
we represent as a collegiate institution. I would be
curious to hear from alumni what they think of the
name Fort Lewis College and if they like the name
or feel another name would better suit the institu-
tion in the future.
    Keep in mind that this is just talk, but since the      “It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in
University of Southern Colorado is asking the Colo-         love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between
rado legislature to approve a name change for them          that we fear…. It’s like being between trapezes. It’s
to Colorado State University at Pueblo and their            Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s noth-
alumni have reportedly been in favor of this change,        ing to hold on to.”
I’m curious what our alumni reaction would be                                                    Marilyn Ferguson
should the situation ever arise to change the name
of Fort Lewis College.
                                                                                                                         Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 3
                                  Association News
                                  Steinle, continued
                                  he conducts audits on the Four Corners Generating       dered when the Truck Stop Cafe closed down. I
                                  Station in the Farmington, NM area. Don and his         didn't have the heart to tell him that the Truck Stop,
                                  family enjoy the Phoenix climate and indicates he       the Villa, Poor Boys, the Red Barn, and the Bowery
                                  has great satisfaction from his work. He credits his    had not only been closed, but also torn down for
                                  success to the great science faculty he had as a stu-   many years. Clem said he is going to try to keep
                                  dent at the Fort. We had an enjoyable evening re-       tabs on the Fort via our web site at
                                  membering old friends and great times from our          – you should do the same. Your Alumni Associa-
                                  college years.                                          tion is investigating new alumni web opportunities
                                      Aubrey (Clem) Morgan, '67, was traveling            for you. I hope we'll be able to report progress in
                                  through Durango on his way to Iowa after retiring       that effort in the next Smoke Signals. Until next time,
                                  from his job in one of the South's best states. He      do as one of our past Fort Lewis College presidents
                                  hadn't been to Durango in a long time and won-          advocates – love, live and continue to learn.

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                                          Durango, CO 81301-3999
                                          (970) 247-7425

4 – Smoke Signals / Winter 2000
Connie, continued
Connie went to high school in Connecticut and to                                                                      Kendall Blanchard is
the University of Connecticut during her freshmen                                                                     quick to admit that he
year. However, that year she was offered an aca-                                                                      depends on the many
demic scholarship at the University of New Mexico,                                                                    talents of his wife,
moved to Albuquerque, and fell in love with the                                                                       Connie Garcia
Southwest. At UNM she completed her undergradu-                                                                       Blanchard, in his role
ate degree, worked in the Peace Corps, was awarded                                                                    as Fort Lewis College
a Ford Foundation fellowship, and enrolled in the                                                                     President.
graduate program in Spanish Literature. She fin-
ished her masters degree and was ABD (all but dis-
sertation) when a job took her to Kansas and Em-
poria State University. She did not complete the                                                                        Dr. Kendall Blanchard
degree at UNM, but while teaching at Emporia State                                                          
she enrolled in the graduate program at the Univer-
                                                                                                                      Dr. Connie Garcia Blanchard
sity of Kansas and was awarded a PhD in contem-                                                             
porary Latin American literature. It was at Empo-
ria State she met Kendall, who was for a few years               In addition to her busy life as teacher-scholar,
the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ESU.                Connie has also been an active wife and mother.
    A language teacher and literary critic, Dr.              Together, Connie and Kendall have five children and
Blanchard is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and            three grandchildren.
speaks excellent French and Italian. During her dis-             Giving up a career to follow Kendall to Colo-
tinguished career as a teacher, scholar, and adminis-        rado has been exciting but not easy for the other Dr.
trator, she has taught full time at several institutions     Blanchard. She misses the classroom, students, and
in addition to Emporia State (e.g., Southeast Mis-           the daily repartee with intellectual colleagues. She
souri State University; Murray State University). She        also misses having her own professional identity. But,
has served as a department head at Emporia and               she remains active as a scholar. Currently, she is ed-
Murray State. She has written and published exten-           iting a new book on female sexuality in Latin Ameri-
sively, including a book on the life and works of            can literature, translating a play by Eduardo Rovner,
Mexican novelist Sergio Galindo. She has conducted           a prize-winning Argentinian playwright, and writ-
28 study-abroad programs and taught part-time in             ing and presenting papers at professional meetings.
a variety of countries: Spain, Ecuador, Latvia, Esto-            At the same time, Connie is finding her niche in
nia, and Colombia. And she has traveled the world,           Durango and at Fort Lewis, helping her husband
climbing Machu Picchu in Peru, eating cous cous              with friend-raising, managing the president’s office
with the Berbers of North Africa, exploring the pyra-        entertainment agenda, speaking to community and
mids of Egypt, and chanting with Buddhist monks              campus groups, serving on local boards, and work-
in Katmandu, Nepal. She has also always had an               ing to support Hispanic causes such as the Latino
active public service agenda in the several commu-           Education Coalition. Maintaining a close relation-
nities where she has worked.                                 ship with many of her own former students, Dr.
    Her professional accomplishments have been               Blanchard recognizes the importance of the on-go-
many. At the forefront of the oral proficiency move-         ing ties between a college and its graduates. For that
ment in this country, Dr. Blanchard has been nomi-           reason, she is looking forward to getting to know
nated for and won many teaching awards in recog-             more of the Fort Lewis College alumni and working
nition of her expertise as a scholar, skills in the class-   to strengthen their ties and commitments to the Col-
room, and the accomplishments of her students. For           lege. Already, she is talking about putting together
example, in 1993 she was named the Kansas For-               a special alumni trip to Spain.
eign Language Teacher of the Year. She has also                  Connie is committed to using her talents and
been recognized for her fund-raising efforts and other       skills to promote Fort Lewis College in any way she
community service activities (e.g., United Way;              can. Her husband is quick to admit that she is vital
Sexual Offense Services [SOS]). One of her more              to his role as President and that he depends heavily
notable accomplishments was her selection in 1977            on her many talents. He claims he would not have
as the Outstanding Young Kansan by the state Jay-            taken on the job without her. Dr. Connie Garcia
cees, the first time this award had ever gone to a           Blanchard may not be a typical president’s wife but
woman.                                                       from the perspective of the College and its future,
                                                             that may be a good thing.
                                                                                                                      Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 5
                                  Faculty News
                                      Rob Milofsky, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry, was one of six recipients in the nation to receive
                                  the 1999 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars award; he will receive a $60,000 grant from the Camille and Henry
                                  Dreyfus Foundation to expand his research work with undergraduate students.
                                      In an era when faculty are criticized for conducting too much research at the expense of teaching under-
                                  graduates, Rob has found a way to combine the two successfully.
                                      He plans to use the award money to expand his summertime research projects by incorporating research
                                  assignments in upper-division chemistry courses. By doing so, Rob hopes to expand the opportunities students
                                  have to participate in the kind of research many college science students won’t see until graduate school.
                                      Rob also involves his students in developing grant proposals, which rely on their research results to pique
                                                       reviewer interest. He insures students are involved in writing the papers that ultimately get
                                                       published in scientific journals as breakthroughs in the discipline. He says such involve-
                                                       ment shows his students that they are contributing new knowledge and information and
                                                       that what they are doing makes a difference in the world.
                                                           The teaching methods Rob uses not only show students the technical research skills
                                                       they need to be successful in their careers, but they also develop his students critical think-
                                                       ing and communication skills that are the hallmark of a liberal arts education. These skills,
                                                       he says, are the reason why he adds research to his upper-division course curriculum.

                                                           Adrian Bustamante, Associate Professor of Southwest Studies, was recognized as one of
                                                       New Mexico’s premier humanities scholars and teachers with a 1999 Excellence in Hu-
                                                       manities Award awarded by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.
                                                           Adrian has spent 40 years teaching Southwest history and volunteering his time and
                                                       energy to the preservation of New Mexico and Hispano cultures. He spent time at Santa Fe
                                                       Community College as a teacher, dean of students, dean of instruction and division head
                                                       for Arts and Sciences; he joined the Fort Lewis staff in 1995. He has written a number of
      Rob Milofsky                                     articles for professional journals and translated several books on Hispano culture. Adrian
                                                       has also served on various boards throughout the Southwest.

                                          Kathy Simbeck, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, was named the Outstanding Coach of the Year
                                     by Special Olympics of Colorado and is now a member of that organization’s Hall of Fame.
                                          Kathy has coached Durango Special Olympics basketball, a program she started in the Four Corners area,
                                     for over 16 years; this program opened doors for other special Olympic team sports in Durango. Kathy says
                                     she plans to stay involved with Special Olympics because it benefits her adaptive sports classes and it creates
                                     great personal joy. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in adaptive sports through Texas Women’s Univer-

                                          Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Laszlo Szuecs, and Professor Emeritus of Mathemat-
                                     ics, Richard Gibbs, were honored as recipients of the School Science and Mathematic Association (SSMA)
                                     1999 George G. Mallison Distinguished Service Award.
                                          The award recognizes association members who have shown substantial participation and leadership in
                                     SSMA activities and have exhibited scholarship, leadership and teaching excellence in mathematics and sci-
                                     ence education.
                                          Gibbs and Szuecs have served as editors of the association’s journal called The Problem Department since
                                     1986. The journal is published eight times a year and has international circulation.
        Kathy Simbeck

20-year                           Yikes!! Could it have been 20 years since these
                                  women graced the Fort Lewis Campus? Last
Palmer                            June, these seven met in Denver for a long
                                  weekend of fun and reminiscing. On the left:
                                  Brenda Garrison of Denver, CO; Jenny
Hall                              Humphrey-DeMers of Erie, PN; Melissa Witt-
                                  Orphey of Gallup, NM; Debra Miller-Burleigh
reunion                           of Carbondale, CO; Claudia Jones of San Di-
                                  ego, CA; Roxie Peake-Crawford of Westfield,
                                  IN; and Marita Hinds-Giago of Santa Fe, NM.
                                  The only one missing was Jo Brown-Sharp of
                                  Durango; she just had a baby.
6 – Smoke Signals / Winter 2000
    Bob Dolphin, former mayor of Durango and a key player in construction expansion at Fort Lewis
College, was named 1999 Citizen of the Year on Friday, January 21, 2000, by the Durango Area Chamber                                                   Dolphin
Resort Association.
    In front of a packed ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel, John Wells, ’77, outgoing president of DACRA,                                               receives
listed dozens of contributions Dolphin has made to Durango in his 15 years here.
    “This man is very much a team player,” Wells said. “He’s always cooperative in any effort that benefits                                            Citizen of
the community.”
    Dolphin has served as chairman for United Way of Southwest Colorado, a member of the DACRA                                                         the Year
board of directors, president of DACRA, a Durango city councilman, mayor of Durango, a member of the
city Finance Advisory Board, and numerous other professional and civic organizations.                                                                  award
    He is the former dean of the Fort Lewis College School of Business and current Vice
President of Business and Finance at FLC.
    “His foresight in leading the development of a facilities master plan (at FLC) contributed
significantly toward the physical expansion of the campus,” Wells said.
    Dolphin – whose son and grandchildren traveled from California to Durango to surprise
him for the event – said he was honored to receive the DACRA award, especially in the midst
of other community-minded people.
    “I’m not a very emotional person, but this is hard to handle,” he said, choking up, as he
received the award. Dolphin went on to praise Durango for the openness of the community.
    “There are no people in smoke-filled rooms who set the agenda; I find that exciting,” he
                                          Article courtesy of Elizabeth Pierson, Durango Herald

                                   Bob Dolphin, Durango Area Resort Association Citizen of the Year,
                                   stands with his grandchildren after receiving the prestigious award. Fort
                                   Lewis College is proud of its Vice President of Business and Finance.

                             Congratulations to Marilyn Johnson, Class of 1968! You’re going to Hawaii!!
                                                  By updating her information with the Alumni Association, and with a generous $25
                                                 donation, Marilyn was the lucky winner chosen from nearly 3,300 entries! Watch for
                                                 more information and pictures of Marilyn’s trip in future issues of Smoke Signals. Our
                                                   thanks to Nora Horan Holm, ’88, for donating this trip to the Alumni Association.

Class News Notes                                               Dee Campbell, ’68, takes pleasure in his life in Sarasota,    Leslie Hamley, ’71, got his MA in Counseling at Eastern
1950’s                                                         FL, motorcycling and traveling as much as possible. He        Washington University and found work at Washington State
Max Dicken, ’53, earned a doctorate in Education from          works as an unemployment insurance supervisor for the         University for four years. He left WSU and moved to Ju-
the University of Santa Barbara in 1985. He since has re-      State of Florida.                  neau, AK for a job as principal of the Alternative High
tired from 35 years of teaching and lives on a farm outside                                                                  School. Leslie worked there for ten years, then took a po-
of Dove Creek, CO with his wife, Ada.                          1970’s                                                        sition as assistant principal of one of two middle schools in
                                                               Katherine Adler, ’70, lives in Highland, MD and works at      town. He held that position until he retired in June 1999.
1960’s                                                         the local elementary school with third graders. She has
Judith (Gould) Dayhoff, ’61, lives in Boulder, CO and          two sons, Danny and David, and travels abroad as much as
works on acquisitions for the National Center for Atmo-        possible with her husband, Bob, who is a meteorologist for    Denny Gragg, ’72, is looking forward to retirement in 12
spheric Research.                           NASA.                                       months, after 20 years of service to Mountain Bell/US West.
                                                                                                                             He and his wife, Susan, both enjoy their motorcycles and
Ken Evans, ’62, retired from US West after 27 years as a       Dianne (Wegert-Kearney) Williams, ’71, makes a com-           are hoping to ride more after Denny retires.
manager and is currently president of his own alfalfa and      mute from Durango to Hermosa Junior High in         
cattle farming business. Evans enjoys visits from his two      Farmington, NM. She is a Special Education teacher.
granddaughters, who love his farm.                                               Carol Stephenson, ’74, has a masters’ degree from Utah
                                                                                                                             State University and is currently enjoying her 18th year
Karen Wade, ‘64, was named the National Park System’s          Susan (Smith) Kannard, ’71, was recently promoted to          working as a librarian for the Grand County School Dis-
Intermountain Region director last October. She oversees       Communication Coordinator for Sales Support and Re-           trict in Moab, UT.
87 parks in eight states stretching from Montana to Texas      gional Manager for Support Services at HOSTS (Help One
and including Colorado. Before taking the new position,        Student To Succeed) Corporation. With all her children        Reva Webber, ’74, had to take medical leave from teach-
Karen worked as superintendent of Great Smoky Moun-            married and four grandchildren, Susan is raising her eight-   ing after having major neck surgery last summer. She taught
tains National Park for six years. She presently lives in      year-old grandchild with her husband in Bloomfield, NM.       math for 19 years in Moab, UT at the middle school level.
Denver, CO.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                      Continued on page 14
Ron Helland, ’67, is “semi-retired.” Since retiring after 23   Les Schoelkoph, ’71, has been active in power lifting, en-
years with Aztec Schools, he has been doing consulting work    tering and winning events at various championships. He is
for four schools in San Juan County. In his leisure time,      a retired Health and Physical Education teacher and lives
Ron finds himself with his five grandchildren, traveling,      in Lancaster, PA. Les would love to hear from classmates or
and woodworking.                    football team members from the 1968-69 era. 3478 Coro-                                 Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 7
                                                               net Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601
                                  Alumni News
Just Imagine ...
                                  Y    es, imagine yourself flying to Rome with a small group of friends. Imagine being met and guided by your
                                       own personal tour guide. Imagine the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, Salerno, and charming untouched
                                  hill towns. World famous museums, sumptuous restaurants, shopping in open-air markets, and the lyrical
                                  sound of the Italian accent can actually become a reality for you in May!
                                                                      Philip Duke, FLC professor of Anthropology, is leading a small group of travel-
                                                                  ers to central Italy. Alumni and friends are especially invited on this FLC family
                                                                  excursion. Duke, a devotee of the Classics, has devised a balanced itinerary includ-
                                                                  ing time to wander historical sites and examine the richness of several centuries of
                                                                  art, but allowing time for each of us to soak up the local culture on our own.
                                                                      And traveling in May means balmy temperatures and pleasant days and nights.
                                                                  Tired of the delights of winter and that restless feeling of mud season . . . you’ll fly
                                                                  away to springtime in Italy. First, we’ll have three days in Rome, the Eternal City:
                                                                  piazzas, sweet Italian wine, and dinner in the ultimate romantic setting on the
                                                                  Campo dei Fiori.
                                                                      Our tour escort, will guide us around such famous sites as the Colosseum, a
                                                                  circular stadium seating 50,000 -- the same as Coors Field -- where Nero enter-
                                                                  tained the people of Rome with violent, blood-thirsty gladiatorial combats; the
                                                                  Forum, the religious, political and commercial center of ancient Rome where we
                                            can visualize toga-clad Romans cheering, jeering, and betting on chariot races; and the Pantheon, “the
                                            temple of all the gods,” and one of the most influential designs in the history of architecture. And we
                                            get the afternoon off to shop and relax in cosmopolitan outdoor cafes sipping espresso and people-
                                                On Thursday, we’ll tour St Peter’s Basilica, witness first hand the magnificent Baroque art and archi-
                                            tecture of Maderno and Bernini, and the Vatican City where reverence and history permeates the very
                                            ground you walk. We can plan our evening to include an early “Dolce Vita Stroll” down the Via del
                                            Corso and enjoy some of Rome’s lively night spots later on after dinner.
                                                On Wednesday, we take the train through the ancient Italian landscape to Florence, our base for the
                                            next couple of days. Florence is the home of the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del
                                            Fiore and Michelangelo’s stunning sculpture of David.
                                                Side trips while in Tuscany are to Pisa, near the Ligurian coast, and to Siena, a hill-town known as
                                            “the Beloved,” a mystical, gentle and passionate art centre. We’ll pause to walk narrow, red-bricked,
                                            Gothic lanes lined with palaces and mansions, and experience the works of such artists as Donatello and
Professor Philip Duke (left)      Duccio, in this medieval city. Lunch in Il Campo provides time to savor the classic European ambience. And
is leading a small group of       save room for dessert, for we’ll be sure to enjoy panforte, a rich, chewy concoction of nuts, honey, and candied
travelers to central Italy this   fruits for which Siena is famous!
May.                                  Your evening in Florence is up to you and your own dreams. Time just to explore on your own or with
                                  friends, time to find that perfect restaurant, time to take that evening stroll through these ancient streets.
                                      Then next morning we move on to Venice on the Adriatic sea, a wonderland of 100 islands, laced by 400
                                  bridges and 2,000 alleys. We’ll ride the vaporetto to the center of the town where it is highly advised to wander
                                  and wander and hopefully get lost! A gondola trip on the Grand Canal sets the mood for the traditional
                                  Venetian giro di ombre (pub crawl -- yep, do just like it says) for dinner. This is a unique way to eat interesting
                                  “toothpick-munchie” food and a great way to mingle and have fun with Venetians.
                                      Thursday we’ll travel down the coast to Ravenna, a city thought to be founded by the Etruscans and one of
                                  the richest repositories of 5th and 6th century mosaics in Italy. Then proceed down the Apennines spine to the
                                  medieval walled hill town of Assisi, famous, of course, for St Francis, to appreciate the dramatic spiritual art of
                                  Cimabue and Giotto. After a truly wondrous day, we will share dinner and conversation and that feeling of still
                                  wanting to pinch yourself that you are really here.
                                      Continuing south, we will see Perugia and Orvieto with their Etruscan ruins and arrive in Salerno on the
                                  Amalfi coast – our base for our last four days. Side visits take us to Naples (the birthplace of pizza!) and the
                                  special magic of Naples street life; the ancient Roman cities of Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Pompeii, wonder-
                                  fully preserved in AD 79 by the ashes of Vesusius; and Paestum, home to some of the finest ancient Greek
                                  temples outside of Greece itself.
                                      After sixteen days, you may remember you have a life back in the States. If you’re ready at this time, the trip
                                  ends with our return to Rome and flights home. But arrangements can be made to stay longer to travel on your
                                  own. We bet most of you will wish you could never leave.
                                      Now reality replaces “just imagining.” The company we have chosen to guide our trip is one of the best in
                                  the business. We used them last year for our trip to Greece and they exceeded our wildest expectations. They are
                                  reliable, well organized and incredibly knowledgeable about the culture and customs of the country.

8 – Smoke Signals / Winter 2000
    Delphina John, ’91, was presented with the Milken Family Foundation Award last October during Na-
tional Notification Week. Delphina was among 172 educators from across the country that were financially                 FLC
rewarded for their excellence in the classroom. Over four million dollars was presented throughout the United
States and Delpina won $25,000 of it.                                                                                    alumnus
    Presently, Delphina works at Shiprock High School. Her teaching philosophy consists of programs that
balance communication and education between both students and community members. She believes that                       earns
creating a partnership between her community and school will help provide and preserve Native American
culture. Betterment of her students and her community is of vital importance to Delpina, who is also heavily             teaching
involved with the tutorial after-school programs. She enjoys developing new programs to enhance the educa-
tion she provides.                                                                                                       award
    Receiving the award and money was tremendously rewarding for Delphina. “What a way for someone to
recognize that I have done what I set out to do, to educate,” she said.
    Delphina says her parents are partly responsible for making this acknowledgment possible; they gave her the
torch to light the fire of Native American knowledge in the classroom. Her father said their community needed
teachers who wanted to make a difference and Delphina holds this same belief as an educator.
    Delphina’s father also inspired her to stay in Shiprock, her hometown. He said the tribe had fostered her
early education and it was her duty to give back to the community. Although she gives a lot of time and
commitment to her job and her community, she says she doesn’t regret one minute of it and will continue to
work hard for the students.
                       Thank you to Valarie Crews and her article in Intertribal News for making this story possible.

     Small steps, taking an unconventional track, and most importantly, having fun seem to be the recipe for
success for Farmington’s Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse. At least that’s the way owners Bob Beckley, ’86,             Three Rivers
and John Silva see it.
     Beckley and Silva opened Three Rivers Brewery 2-1/2 years ago with the idea that they would create a place          adds boost to
downtown where people could come a couple of nights a week to enjoy the food, beer and the atmosphere.
     Today the partners share a thriving business that recently expanded and now employs almost 60 people.               downtown
They have a brewery that’s drawing quite a following – even far outside the Four Corners – and they are still
enjoying what they do.                                                                                                   Farmington
     This year, Three Rivers was the only small business in the area to be voted Top Quality Establishment in San
Juan County for the Quality New Mexico Awards. And, the restaurant was voted best all-round restaurant in
Farmington by the Readers Choice Awards in The Daily Times.
     When asked how the restaurant came about, Beckley said he and Silva had been in the area for many years
and initially bought the early 1900s-era building as an investment and then worked to restore it.
     Beckley admits that it has been a lot of work getting to this point. Three Rivers restaurant came about after
extensive research on historical buildings in the downtown areas where there wasn’t much activity. The two then
did the entire contract and restoration work themselves.
     Along with the great success of the restaurant, the two have enjoyed great response to their beer, which is
starting to gain quite a following around the country. Beckley says he is very happy and surprised about the
response he’s gotten to Three Rivers beer. In fact, it is always one of the first, if not the first, to run out at the
beer festivals due to the high demand.
     Beckley said if he had to do it all over again he would because of all the enjoyment he gets out of the business.
“It’s very demanding, but it’s incredibly gratifying.”
                                                 Article courtesy of Elisa Jackson, The Four Corners Business Journal.

Italy, continued
    Our small group size makes it feel like you’re part of a family, sensibly guided by our tour escort, who will        Article contributed by
never leave our side (unless that is what we wish). You won’t feel lost in the crowd, and you’ll look with pity at       Donna Cave, an FLC stu-
the big tourist groups of 60 or more trying to get a meaningful experience of the sites that you’ll discover             dent majoring in tourism
intimately and in your own space. You’ll come home feeling utterly and totally spoiled!!                                 development and planning
    This 16-day trip is surprisingly affordable, even compared to the Innovative month class you passed up (or           a career in educational
not!) as a student. Although this is a non-credit course, if you need credit for professional development (or to         travel. Donna was a par-
complete that degree!) you may arrange with a faculty member for an independent study plan. For a detailed               ticipant on last year’s Excur-
itinerary, contact Jane Zimmerman at (970)247-7385 or write                                      sion to Greece and the Is-
    If you’ve never been on a trip of a lifetime, why wait a moment longer?                                              lands, led by Professor Philip

                                                                                                                         Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 9
Chemistry Building
                                     Campus in the Sky
                                              to Grow
                                   Clock Tower
       Hesperus Hall

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                              Student Life Center

Center of Southwest Studies

                                    Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 11
                              1999 Phonathon Ambassadors
        STEPHANIE HOPPE – 2003                                         TRICIA KORBER – 2002
                    Littleton, Colorado                                Canon City, Colorado
                        Freshman – Art                                 Sophomore – Pre-nursing
“I learned to speak to others better and                               “The phonathon provided me with a
helped contribute to the school indi-                                  chance to help better Fort Lewis and it
rectly.                                                                was a great experience for future jobs.”

                SUSAN WINN – 2003                                      TAMARA WEBB – 2003
                    Littleton, Colorado                                Canon City, Colorado
                         Freshman – Art                                Freshman – Anthropology/Teaching
“The phonathon taught me marketing                                     “I had the benefit of learning more
and other skills that will help me in the                              about Fort Lewis and its past students.
future. I had lots of fun and met inter-                               The other callers were also wonderful
esting people.”                                                        to work with.”

            MEGAN BISHOP – 2002                                        JEFFREY THOMAS – 2002
                   Littleton, Colorado                                 New Orleans, Louisiana
                 Sophomore – Business                                  Sophomore – Geology
“I really enjoyed meeting all the people                               “I came back this year because I knew
I worked with and called on the phone.”                                the Alumni phonathon would provide
                                                                       an excellent experience and a comfort-
        ANDY STEININGER – 2003                                         able atmosphere for meeting new
                 Palmer Lake, Colorado                                 people.”
    Freshman – Business Management
“This experience allowed me to attain                                  AMANDA MORROW – 2003
better public relation skills and talk with                            Aztec, New Mexico
a broad variety of people.”                                            Freshman – Business Administration
                                                                       “I was able to get information from all
          AUDREY ANALLA – 2001                                         different types of graduates while get-
                 Many Farms, Arizona                                   ting more work experience.”
              Junior – Exercise Science
“Although there were many mean                                         STACEY SOTOSKY – 2002
people on the phone, the nice ones more                                Davidsville, Pennsylvania
than made up for them! I’m glad I came                                 Sophomore – Photography
back to do it again.”                                                  “I am glad I was able to help make
                                                                       money for the school and learn more
  MELISSA WILLOUGHBY – 2001                                            about the alumni and parents.”
            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
        Junior – Art/Computer Science                                  SADIE KING – 2001
“I enjoyed talking with people about                                   Three Rivers, California
their experience at Fort Lewis.”                                       Junior – Art
                                                                       “I liked the people I worked with and I
             ALAN SAUCEDA – 2003                                       obtained new skills that I will be able
                  Monument, Colorado                                   to utilize in the future.”
                   Freshman – Forestry
“I got a better sense of knowing myself                                JESSICA BUESCHER – 2001
by dealing with other individuals on and                               Ottawa, Ohio
off the phone.”                                                        Junior – Biology
We are proud of these student Phonathon Ambassadors who were a
                                                                       “I found myself talking with some in-
vital part of this year’s fund drive. The Phonathon raises money for   teresting people who I could relate to.
Fort Lewis College and, at the same time, makes valuable connections   At times, it was really fun.”
between alumni, parents and our enrolled students.                                             Continued on next page

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Have you sent your                            Phonathon
         FIRST      MIDDLE         LAST      MAIDEN

          FIRST      MIDDLE        LAST       MAIDEN

HOME ADDRESS____________________________________                     CITY/STATE/ZIP________________________________________

HOME PHONE____________________ E-MAIL__________________ OCCUPATION____________________________________

BUSINESS__________________________________ BUSINESS PHONE___________________ E-MAIL______________________

BUSINESS ADDRESS__________________________________                   CITY/STATE/ZIP________________________________________



I am pleased to support the Alumni Annual Fund Drive with a donation of:                                       Please mail this
                                                                                                                  form to:
r $10       r $25         r $50         r $100        r Other $_______
                                                                                                                FLC Alumni
r My check is enclosed.   Please make check payable to FLC Alumni Association.
r Please charge my r VISA          r Mastercard       Account No___________________ Expires ___/___           1000 Rim Drive
                                                                                                             Durango, Colorado
                                                      Signature___________________________________              81301-3999

r An agreement authorizing payments from my bank account is requested.
r I/we would like to pay our pledge in ____ monthly / quarterly payments.

                    MARIEL ALEXANDRE – 2001                            Not Pictured
                    San Francisco, California                          MONICA HUBBARD – 2003
                    Junior – Political Science                         Window Rock, Arizona
                    “Being a phonathon ambassador gave                 Freshman – Architecture/International Business
                    me a better understanding of Fort Lewis            “I liked helping the college while making some extra money.
                    College and its students.”                         Plus, it was great working experience.”

                    DAVID LINDAHL – 2001                               AMBER LUTTRELL – 2002
                    Batavia, Illinois                                  Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado
                    “I received the valuable experience of a           Sophomore – Public Relations/Communications
                    real phonathon and improved my per-                “This experience helped me better determine my career
                    suasive powers!”                                   choice and to gain pride in my school.”
                                                                                                          Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 13
Class News Notes, continued
Paul Hixenbaugh, ’75, a navy officer, lives in Longmont,        Roxane Fritz, ’81, has her own law practice that specializes      Stephen Sullivan, ’88, has been living in Jackson, WY, for
CO with his wife, Milady. He is currently stationed at          in entertainment and contract law in Sacramento, CA. She          the past 11 years. He started a technical outdoor apparel
NORAD as the bravo crew command director.                       also is president of Pug Rescue of Sacramento, an organiza-       company called Cloudveil three years ago,
                                                                tion that takes in and cares for pug dogs and pug mixes           which is doing very well with sales all over
Deborah (Fross), ’75, and Lance Frisby, ’79, are enjoying       while finding them new homes.                  the United States and Internationally.
their life in Durango, raising their two children, Christina                                                                      Currently, Stephen is engaged to Anna
and Alex, and awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild.   Marty Isom, ’81, lives in Sonoma County, CA with his              Bryan and still enjoys backcountry and                                            wife, JoDee, and their ten-year-old son. He works as an           Nordic skiing, climbing, mountain bik-
                                                                Environmental Health Specialist for the California Health         ing, and fly-fishing.
Terry Brennan, ’77, has been the Controller at Yavapai          Department and recently started his dream business, Marty
Regional Medical Center for eight years, in Prescott, AZ.       Isom Photography.                             Cindy Aden, ’89, settled in Grand Junction as a middle
He also put in time as the Vice President of Finance for the                                                                      school math, science, and Bible teacher at Bookcliff Chris-
United Way of Yavapai County. He has been teaching scuba        Susan Sanford, ’81, became a single parent a short time           tian School.
diving for 12 years and teaches CPR for several different       ago to her children Caitlin and Liam. She is busy with her
agencies. Terry and his wife, Lynn, have three children,        children, her work at Bastyr University, her active partici-      Matt Nichols, ’89, still teaches on the Navajo Nation and
Heather, Kevin and Taylor.                   pation in the Seattle Pagan Community and teaching                plans to move to Flagstaff, AZ with his wife, Lora Mattke.
                                                                Women’s spirituality classes. She is also a member of the         He recently took a sabbatical leave to attend Stanford Uni-
Polly Bolton, ’77, received her law degree from the Uni-        advisory committee for the Women of Wisdom Confer-                versity and received his masters degree in history. “Hello
versity of Denver in 1992. She is a licensed attorney in        ence.                                     to all the Sociology majors and Marching Band students
Colorado but currently lives in Redlands, CA and works as                                                                         and alums!”
a manager of litigation for GE Capital Mortgage Services,       William Ables, ’82, spent nine months in Japan after gradu-
Inc. polly_bolton@                              ation and three years in Denver as a travel agent. He then        1990’s
                                                                made moves throughout the northern United States,                 Christopher Carney, ’90, is working for Interim Technol-
Dante Montoya, ’77, was elected to serve as Trustee for         Canada, and Hawaii; finally he found himself in Philadel-         ogy at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, NY. After a
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting              phia where he presently resides with his wife and two chil-       year, he plans to move back to Northglenn, CO with his
(EFWA), in Washington on July 29, 1999. EFWA is a non-          dren.                                          family where they are having a new house built.
profit membership organization dedicated to advancing                                                                   
women in the accounting profession. Dante is a licensed         Julie Markle, ’82, worked as a public and private CPA in
Certified Public Accountant in the states of Washington         Durango until 1993 when she moved to Tulsa, OK, where             Christine (Beeby) Odle, ’90, and her husband, John, both
and Utah and is active in the Washington Society of CPA’s.      she has worked as an engine materials analyst for American        own their own companies in Norwood, CO; they have
                                                                Airlines for the last five years. Julie has worked as a hospice   found there is never a boring moment when running two
Randy Graham, ’78, started working at the Wells Group           volunteer and currently volunteers at the Tulsa Day Center        companies out of one household. “Hello to all, especially
Better Homes and Gardens in January 2000. He lives in           for the Homeless. “Please send an e-mail and say hello!”          those I have lost touch with. Write anytime.”
Durango, CO.                                                                                
Cathy Mendoza, ’78, is working as Director of the Inter-        Scott Koskie, ’83, found a career at LSI Logic Corpora-           Jarral Ryter, ’90, and his wife, Anne, live in Gunnison,
national Student office for Chandler-Gilbert Community          tion in Fort Collins, CO.                   CO. Both teach at Western State College and enjoy their
College in Arizona. She recently traveled to Macchu Picchu,                                                                       outdoor surroundings.
Peru and the rainforests of the Amazon with her husband         Rob Forest, ’84, is now a single parent of his five-year-old
and two daughters. “It was an opportunity to fulfill a life-    daughter, Casey. He is enjoying his life in Tyler, TX but         Paul Jones, ’91, found an accounting career at the Univer-
long dream.”                           misses Colorado. “I hope to hear from some of those people        sity of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
                                                                I’ve lost touch with.”
Laurie (Patterson) Thomas, ’79, moved from Chicago to                                                                             Brenda (Billings), ’91, and Parker Ridgley, ’91, are still
Tucson four years ago. She is balancing her life between        Ann Younger McCrady, ’84, lives in the Cincinnati metro           living in Denver and love playing sports year around. Both
her two children, her full time career as Director of Sales     area with her husband, Kirk, and her five children. She           recently accepted new positions with US West. Parker works
for an Internet service provider, community projects, and       recently started graduate school at Xavier University study-      for US West Communications as Manager of Customer
golf. “E-mail me- I would love to hear from you. Anyone         ing Human Resource Development.                Service and Brenda works for US West Dex as Human
know if Mike Davis, Clay Noble or Rob Finch are still in                                                                          Resources Manager. The couple has a new addition to their
the Phoenix area?”                        Valerie Taylor, ’86, works as a financial software consult-       family, Parker Jr., born on August 29, 1999. “We would
                                                                ant, specializing in financial reporting. She lives outside of    love to hear from old college friends!”
Bill Nordin, ’79, started his own business, LBN Mortgage        Dallas, TX and travels weekly for work. “For fun, I like to
Experts, and works out of his home in Albuquerque, NM.          work out and play golf (hopefully not at the same time!)”         Gina (Marino) Gelwick, ’91, is a resident of Englewood,
This gives him freedom to spend more time with his fam-                                                CO where she works as a sales representative for Alliant
ily. bnordin@                                                                                                         Foodservice. She is enjoying her life with her husband,
                                                                Nora Karr, ’86, recently returned from Asia and is cur-           Jamie.
Kathleen Jones, ’79, moved to Sandpoint, ID after gradu-        rently working as an admission councilor at her graduate
ation and has stayed ever since. She presently works as an      school, School for International Training, in Brattleboro,        Teresa (Zoller), ’91, and Scott Emrich, ’91, moved back
Advertising Director at Bonner County Daily Bee and has         VT.                                             to Farmington from Albuquerque, NM. Scott started his
a six-year-old son, Walker. She enjoys volleyball, water-                                                                         own business called Premier Lawn Care, a grounds main-
skiing, and golf. “I would love to hear from former class-      Chuck Bomar, ’86, teaches biology at the University of            tenance company; Teresa currently works for FPFC, but
mates that graduated in the late 70’s or early 80’s.”           Wisconsin- Stout and was chosen as the UW-Stout Out-              due to the Wells Fargo take-over, might not be employed                                            standing Researcher of the Year (1999). He also welcomed          much longer. She hopes she will be able to stay at home
                                                                a second child to his family, Main Grace Keown, last June.        with their three-year-old daughter for a while.
Stephen Lykins, ’79, found moving to Tempe, AZ “too                                         
bloody hot!” Presently, he works as an accountant at Tube
Specialties, Inc. but has began searches for employment in      Derek Ryter, ’87, retired from geological consulting last         Kathy (Ireland) Peterson, ’92, and her husband of five
the Colorado mountains. Stephen looks forward to con-           year and enrolled at the University of Oregon; he does            years, Erik, live in Shreveport, LA. They have three chil-
tact with old friends from FLC.                 graduate teaching and research for the Department of Geo-         dren Megan, Joshua and Sarah. Kathy is a stay-at-home
                                                                logical Sciences.                      mom and loves it.
Mark Rowley, ’80, owns Pacific Tower Properties, Inc. and       Stacey Gilmore, ’87, is employed by Sherwin Williams              Heather Smith, ’92, recently graduated from Ohio Uni-
presently lives in Anchorage, AK.                Company as a sales service representative; her job takes her      versity with an MA in Telecommunications Management;
                                                                all over Colorado. Stacey still enjoys playing soccer and ten-    she is looking for a job in Los Angeles, CA.
Michael Trujillo, ’80, is still married to his FLC sweet-       nis.                                                    
heart Gloria Scroggins and has four children, one of which
attends Fort Lewis. Michael received his masters degree in      Scott Menoher, ’88, and August Wood, ‘92, both finished           Betty Bewley, ’92, received her masters degree from Colo-
Industrial Safety Management from Central Missouri State        their masters degrees and work outside of Cambridge, En-          rado State University and works for the La Plata County
University and is in his 17th year at the Los Alamos Na-        gland. Scott currently works for the Department of De-            Department of Social Services in Durango, CO. She is
tional Lab in New Mexico.                    fense and continues to play and coach lacrosse in England’s       also an adjunct professor at Fort Lewis, teaching Personal-
                                                                Men’s Premier Division; August teaches first grade for the        ity Theories. Betty enjoys traveling, reading and working
Charles (Chip) Cooper, ’81, with his wife and two chil-         Department of Defense School System. Their first child,           out with her husband.
dren, is taking advantage of everything the Reno/Tahoe area     Delaney Elizabeth, was born March 17, 1999. They would
has to offer. He works for Lotus Communications in Reno.        love to hear from their old friends at the Fort.                  Gretchen Rothschopf, ’93, spends her time in the Chem-                                                                               istry and Physics building, as a Post Doctoral Scholar, at
                                                                                                                                  the University of Kentucky.
                                                                Daniel Flemming, ’88, a high value inventory manager,
                                                                was selected Associate of the Month last August at Defense        Gaylan (Roane) Hellyer, ’93, had a baby, Thomas Roane,
                                                                Supply Center. He now lives in Blacklick, OH and is work-         almost a year ago. She currently lives with her husband,
                                                                ing on a masters degree through Central Michigan Univer-          George, in Lander, WY and is opening a children’s cloth-
14 – Smoke Signals / Winter 2000                                sity.                                                             ing store there.
                                                                                      Alumni News
T     wo dogs bark at a passing vehicle, the sole action on an otherwise quiet road beneath the toes and knees of
      Sleeping Ute Mountain. Three miles to the east, next to the highway, a casino provides almost nonstop
excitement. But here, in midtown Towaoc (pronounced Toy-ock), the hub of the Ute Mountain Ute Reserva-
                                                                                                                                                          Indian doctor
tion, it’s a quiet Tuesday afternoon. The health center is closed, but inside a few employees are cleaning up.                                            had a long,
    Fifteen years ago Trina Begay became pregnant, left high school and was told by her alcoholic father, among
others, that she was never going to make good of her life. In the fall of 1999, Begay has three children and, as                                          hard trip
before, spends her days on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation. Look closer, and see how far she has come:
    Begay, 33, is a 1990 graduate of Fort Lewis College. She was the fourth Ute
Mountain Ute, she was told, to make it through college. She didn’t stop there. We
should be referring to her as Dr. Begay. After four years of medical school and three
years of residency, she’s earned the title.
    She’s back in her hometown of Towaoc to work as an MD at the Ute Mountain
Ute Health Center. It’s a success story the proud but quiet woman hopes inspires
youngsters on the reservation.
    “I don’t see myself as a role model,” she explains, “but I am a role model. And
that’s one of the reasons I came back. If one kid can follow my tracks, my life hasn’t
been a waste… I’d have done something.”
    She lives in Cortez with her husband, Andy Begay, 15-year-old daughter Sarah,
13-year-old son Andy Jr. and 6-month-old daughter Gabriella. She began working
at the clinic in July, 1998, her first full-time job out of Colorado-Denver medical
school. It was difficult to return to Towaoc, she says, and reactions to her presence
at the clinic have varied. People treat her warily, perhaps because she knows them
so well, she says. But the tribe’s youth and elders apparently see her more as a hero.
Several elders, she says, have told her that she’s making her family proud.
    “I felt like I am kind of obligated to come back here,” she says.
    As a youngster she watched the health center suffer through a high turnover rate
of doctors and what she says was a low level of care.
    “People feel like guinea pigs because of so much turnover,” she says. “We’re the
people (doctors) learned on. When they learn enough they leave. Because I am a tribe member I needed to                                                   Dr. Trina Begay, ’90,
come back, and I needed to change that.”                                                                                                                  stands outside the Ute
    She’d like to change a few things about the tribe, such as getting more of them to college and outside                                                Mountain Ute Health
Montezuma County - anything to make the tribe of about 2,000 less isolated. About 1,000 live in Towaoc and                                                Center in Towaoc, CO.
about 400 others live in White Mesa, Utah, on the opposite side of the sprawling Sleeping Ute Mountain.
    It’s a world that most of Begay’s middle-class college and medical school classmates know nothing about, she
    Begay enjoys her privacy. She doesn’t want to be a doctor when she’s not at work, as she puts it. But she does
get to health fairs in Shiprock, on the Navajo Reservation, and in Towaoc to speak on sex education and other
subjects. When she has time, she plays in volleyball and softball tournaments. She doesn’t come across as a
crusader, but certainly holds hope for her people.
    “My thoughts are we can’t save the older people, but we can save the kids,” she says.
    The fear that Indians will venture outside the reservation and lose their roots is unfounded, she says. More
importantly, Ute Mountain Utes need to be taught their language and customs.
    “It’s not like they’re going to lose their culture. But they have to have their culture taught to them.”
    So the story doesn’t end here. Until others equal her success, Trina Begay’s battle is still being waged.
                                                            Article and photo courtesy of John Peel, Durango Herald.

Class News Notes, continued
Kathleen Egosque, ’93, travels all over the United States,       Duane Roberson, ’94, is in his fourth year teaching high       Michael Scott, ’95, is in his second year of graduate school
predominately on the East coast, as a software consultant        school English and journalism in Colorado Springs. He          at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
for AMX International, Inc. She and her husband live in          advises a high school newspaper that took first place in the
Columbus, MT and have four grown children and two                Colorado High School Press Association Division 4A Press
grandchildren.                               Awards.                           Karen Eblen, ’95, is a second semester MA candidate in
                                                                                                                                English Literature at the University of Colorado in Boul-
Dawn Nudell, ’94, spent two and a half years teaching            Sandra One Feather, ’95, holds a software account man-         der. Karen is also continuing her interdisciplinary interests
English and traveling in Asia after graduation. After return-    ager position at IBM in Boulder, CO.                           in art and music.
ing to the States, she spent time as a ski instructor at vari-
ous resorts in Colorado. Currently, Dawn is pursuing a                                                                          Holly Smith, ’95, works in Denver, CO as a Mortgage
graduate degree at the University of Colorado in Denver.         Cynthia Haskie, ’95, is engaged to John Salvatierra and        Specialist for North American Mortgage Company, the sixth
“I am also teaching high school and trying to ski, hike, and     lives in Santa Fe, NM. She teaches math at Chinle High         largest residential lender in the country.
bike when time allows.”             School (CHS) and received an award for Educator of the               Continued on next page
                                                                 Year 1997-98 her second year at CHS. chaskie@
Tedd Hennigh, ’94, and his wife, Candice, are farming in
Monte Vista, CO; they adopted a baby boy, Bryon Garrett,
a short time ago.                                                                                                                                       Smoke Signals / Winter 2000 – 15
                                      Alumni News
                                          Kenneth Brengle, ’76, president and CEO of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County in Lakewood,
Congratula-                           CO, earned the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation, the only national certification for chamber of
                                      commerce executives. The announcement was made last October at the 85th Annual Leadership Conference of
tions to FLC                          the American Chamber of Commerce Executives in Detroit, MI.
                                          The CCE program is the only national professional management association for chamber executives; it also
Alumni                                recognizes individual excellence and exceptional leadership in the chamber profession. Candidates are required
                                      to submit an application outlining their professional achievements and activities, complete an intensive inter-
                                      view by a panel of CCE’s, and pass a comprehensive six-hour examination.
                                          Kenneth’s CCE essay discussed consolidations as the leadership challenge for the 21st century. “Consolida-
                                      tion with other chambers and like minded organizations may become more prevalent in the future. The key to
                                      survival for many of these organizations will be how their leadership responds to these challenges,” he stated.
                                      “When considering consolidation, strong leadership is an important factor. Throughout the process the leader-
                                      ship must consider their decision in the best, long term interest of, not only the business community, but the
                                      community as a whole.”
                                          Kenneth has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives from
                                      1988 to 1999 and as its president in 1992-93. Jefferson Magazine chose him as one of the “Top 100 People” in
                                      Jefferson County in its winter issue of 1997-98. He currently lives with his wife, Erin, in Lakewood, CO.
                                          Kirk Dignum, ’73, was promoted to president and CEO of Durango Mercy Medical Center on September
                                      17, 1999. He beat out three out-of-town finalists. Kirk had served as interim administrator for ten months prior
                                      to his promotion; before taking on interim duties, he was Mercy’s Vice President of Ambulatory Services for
                                      three years. He also worked for 13 years as a physical practice manager and legal firm administrator in Durango.
                                          William Hedges, ’87, joined Extended Stay America, Inc. last October as a District Manager and oversees
                                      the operations of five North Carolina-based extended-stay hotels. He is responsible for recruiting, training and
                                      developing General Managers, as well as managing the financial, administrative and operational standards of
                                      the hotels and promoting employee recognition programs. Prior to his new position, William held management
                                      positions with Homestead Village, Red Roof Inn and the Wild Dunes Resort.

Class News Notes, continued
Michelle (Puccio) Dickinson, ’95, places accounting and        Denise (Vescio), ’97, and husband Cory Collard, ’97, live       Joy Wilson, ’97, resides in Durango as a singer/songwriter.
finance individuals in companies for Accounting Quest, a       in Grand Junction, CO. Denise works for Country Jam             She performs professionally in the Four Corners area but is
staffing company in Englewood, CO. “Please feel free to        USA, where she helps coordinate an annual four-day Coun-        planning a move to Portland, OR to further her musical
contact me if you have an interest in working in the ac-       try Music Concert Festival.               career. Along with her band, she has released three albums
counting and finance field, I would love to help you find a                                                                    and is already preparing for a fourth to be released in the
job.” michellep@ Her husband,              Dayna Talamante, ’97, works for the Educational Talent          Pacific Northwest.
Ian Dickinson, ’96, supervises financial reporting and         Search program at Fort Lewis College and helps students
analysis for Nextel Communications in Englewood, CO.           prepare for post secondary education by teaching study          Pat Copland, ’98, lost 10 pounds since graduation, a feat                                       skills, leadership, self-esteem, and career development work-   he is most proud of, and currently lives in Seattle, WA. He
                                                               shops.                                works as a Technical Recruiter for Snowdogs, a staffing com-
Saul Jimenez, ’96, holds a job at an Internet company in                                                                       pany for Information Technology professionals, started by
Palo Alto, CA. Currently, he is going to run in the Hono-      Kimberly (Arries), ’97, and Kevin Cook, ’97, are happily        Sean Horan, ’95.
lulu Marathon with the Leukemia Society of America’s Team      married in Durango, CO. Kimberly is a supervisor and
in Training.                                     accountant for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Kevin          James Ellis, ’98, is the manager of JL Labs in Oakland,
                                                               is a rancher and starting a year-around organic farming         CA.
Stephanie Martens, ’96, is pursuing her masters degree in      business using greenhouses.
Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University and                                                                          Shirley Cook, ’98, a former FLC cross country runner, is
will be completed in March 2000.           Jay Beldon, ’97, resides in Colorado Springs and works          currently in her second year of teaching physical education
                                                               for MCI-WorldCom. He also is in pursuit of a masters            and coaching cross country and track in Deming, NM; she
Jeb Holt, ’96, recently returned from two years volunteer-     degree at Colorado Technical University.                        enjoys every minute of it.
ing as an English Language Trainer in Namibia. Jeb pres-
ently lives in Berkeley, CA and works for a local non-profit                                                                   Bryan Gast, ’98, still lives in Durango and works at the
organization assisting county and state pension funds to       Casey Meyers, ’97, is pursuing her masters degree in Edu-       Translux Gaslight Twin Theatre as a crew leader.
divest from tobacco holdings.              cation at the University of Alaska Southeast. She is student
                                                               teaching at Blatchley Middle School and will finish the
Marie Garay, ’96, resides in Boise, ID. “I just wanted to      program in June 2000.                     Lana Johnson, ’98, loves working for ICG Communica-
say hello to everyone, especially the anthropology depart-                                                                     tions, a job she just recently began. She lives in Denver,
ment faculty.”                         Laura Wade, ’97, is enjoying the ocean air and thinking         CO.
                                                               about the mountains, in Santa Cruz, CA. She works as a
Mohican Laine, ’96, does software and hardware support         sidelines buyer for a Santa Cruz bookshop but is consider-      Chrystal (Pesicka), ’98, and Phil Schmitten, ’98, were
for the computer system at Intermountain Health Care in        ing returning to school to study somatic psychology.            married last September. Chrystal started work at Nextel
Salt Lake City, UT.                                                   Communications as a Cash Receipts Representative and
                                                                                                                               has since been promoted twice; she is now a RCC Proce-
Kimala (Kanyn), ’96, and Chalon Rein, ’95, are living in       Erin (White) Kenworthy, ’97, got married May of 1999            dures Lead. Both Phil and Chrystal miss Durango and are
Alaska with their two children, Tanner and Sylvia. Kimala      in Durango and moved to Denver thereafter for a sales job       always trying to think of ways to come back and make a
owns an at home childcare company and Chalon works at          with Carts of Colorado. She hopes all the SOBA graduates        living.
Thyssen Elevator. They are looking forward to their next       are doing well. “Casey Striker, Jon Hrobsky, Matt Wassam
visit to Durango (and Lady Falconburgh’s) this spring.         and all the other business buddies – where are y’all? E-mail    Denise Fuller, ’98, uses her Marketing degree for sales sup-                                              me!”                             port at a Denver based company called Comdisco.

16 – Smoke Signals / Winter 2000
Soccer, continued
few feet away. Fort Lewis goalkeeper Steve                       best-ever finish by a Fort Lewis varsity team.                lected to appear in the Umbro Select Col-
Berglund had just made back-to-back saves                        The Skyhawks also won their third straight                    lege All-Star Game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
on shots by the Owls, including a blast by                       Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference                            on Feb. 6.
midfielder Dan Valency. The rebound of                           championship, its fifth in seven years, by                        Berglund and Cisna were joined on the
Valency's shot went off Berglund's finger-                       virtue of a 1-0 victory over Southern Colo-                   All-Midwest Region team by junior de-
tips and found the foot of Delucia, who                          rado on November 7.                                           fender Brad Greenwood. Greenwood, who
tallied his first and only goal of the season.                        Southern Connecticut State won its                       missed FLC's quarterfinal playoff victory
     Fort Lewis tied the game with just 1:59                     fifth national soccer title of the 1990s and                  over UC-Davis because of a fractured
remaining in regulation when forward                             extended their national-record winning                        cheekbone, was named the Defensive Most
Chris Greer rolled a soft shot past South-                       streak to 33 straight games. The Owls fin-                    Valuable Player of the NCAA Final Four.
ern Conn. St. goalie Andrew Olivieri, who                        ished the 1999 season with a perfect 20-0                          Head coach Jeremy Gunn, who took
had left his line to try and beat Greer to a                     record and have won the past two NCAA                         over from former FLC skipper Jeremy
pass from FLC defender Brandon Kaplan.                           Division II soccer crowns.                                    Fishbein last spring, was picked as the Mid-
Greer's heroics sparked the Skyhawks in the                           As expected, post-season honors have                     west Region Coach of the Year and RMAC
final two minutes of regulation play and                         been heaped upon the Skyhawks, who ad-                        Coach of the Year by his peers.
the first overtime period, but FLC couldn't                      vanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs                            With just six seniors graduating, the
capitalize on several scoring chances.                           for the third year in a row.                                  Skyhawks are the odds-on favorites to win
     The Skyhawks finished their 1999 sea-                            Berglund, a junior from Colorado                         their fourth straight RMAC title in 2000,
son with an 18-3-3 overall record, the best                      Springs, and Luc Cisna, a senior from As-                     and will undoubtedly be ranked in the Top
in school history. Their second place finish                     pen, were chosen to the first team Division                   10 in next year's preseason polls.
at an NCAA championship was also the                             II All-America squad. Cisna was also se-

Class News Notes, continued
Julius Snell, ’98, spent his last semester at Fort Lewis in      Shane Copeland, ’97, and Lenni Jo, ‘98, are engaged to        REMEMBRANCES
China and started a new job on February 7, 2000 in Wash-         be wed on May 13, 2000. Shane is working as a fitness         Louis Charles Cullen, head football coach from 1963-70,
ington. “After a few e-mails, a phone call, a free trip to       professional and Lenni Jo is working as the treatment coor-   passed away on January 3, 2000. He was 77. Louis played
Seattle, and a little protesting during the WTO fiasco, I        dinator for Lakewood Orthodontics, both in the Denver         football at the University of New Mexico and coached at
accepted a position as a Public Access Computer Trainer.”        area.                                                         Farmington High School. After head coaching at Fort                                                                                                            Lewis, Louis continued as an assistant coach until 1983,
                                                                 WEDDINGS                                                      having been inducted into the FLC Athletic Hall of Fame
Mackenzie Lancaster, ’98, works at a local high school as        Greg Aigner, ’78, married Lisa Jones on November 20,          in 1981. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan. Sur-
an athletic trainer through Sunrise Hospital in Henderson,       1999. Both are teachers at Swanson Elementary School in       vivors include his daughter, LuAnn Wood; three grandchil-
NV.                                           Arvada, CO.                          dren, Jake, Noah and Calah Wood; and his brother, Joe
Nickalus Ketcham, ’98, traveled for a year after gradua-         Danielle Evilsizor, ’94, and Bobby Baca, ’95, were wed
tion and located himself in Hawaii; he presently works in        in Parker, CO on September 3, 1999. The couple lives in       Lura (Gage) Houck, Old Fort Class of 1933, passed away
an art gallery and tour center. Inevitably, Nickalus plans to    Farmington, NM.                                               in January 1999. She was 86.
move to San Francisco, CA to enter his chosen career field
of finance.                                                      Kate Gordon, ’96, and James Courshon were married on          Gordon Goodding Woods, Old Fort Class of 1941, died
                                                                 June 5, 1999. They both work and reside near Lake Tahoe,      November 24, 1999 in Farmington, NM. He was 77. Gor-
Courtney Lockhart, ’98, has found her way back to school,        CA.                                                           don was active in community, business and political affairs
this time studying law, in San Diego, CA.                                                                                      in Farmington and San Juan County. The Chamber of                                     Chrystal Pesicka, ’98, married Phil Schmitten, ’98, on        Commerce awarded him with Humanitarian of the Year in
                                                                 September 18, 1999. The couple lives in Highlands Ranch,      1998. Gordon is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marvie;
Christina Wojcik, ’99, after graduating in May, went back        CO.                                                           his sister, Louise Dickinson; three children, Gayle Krens,
to school to obtain her real estate license. Presently, Chris-                                                                 Brenda Rivera and Scott Woods; 11 grandchildren; and
tina works as an assistant property manager at a full service    Harold Payne, ’96, married Sherri Hagen on October 16,        one great grandson.
commercial real estate firm in downtown Denver. “The job         1999. Both will work for On Key Technology in
is demanding, fortunately I’m able to be out and about           Farmington; they will reside in Aztec.                        Lena Draper, Old Fort Class of 1920, passed away June 9,
much of the day looking at properties.                                                                                         1999 at the age of 96.                                       Mark Palmer, ’97, and Jill Cooper, ’98, were married at
                                                                 New Life Chapel in Durango on February 19, 2000.              Patricia Kelly Clauson, Class of 1980, lost a long battle
Carolyn McDonald, ’99, found a job in Denver with Big                                                                          with cancer on December 5, 1999, in Mancos, CO. She
Brother Big Sister of Colorado as a case manager.                BIRTHS                                                        was 62. Patricia was a homemaker until her three children
                                                                 Chuck Bomar, ’86, and his wife Julie greeted a second child   graduated from high school; she then attended Fort Lewis
Tammy Lastoka, ’99, just accepted a position with                to their family, Maia Grace Keown Bomar, on June 7, 1999.     and worked in the accounting field as a tax accountant.
HealthONE Broncos Rehabilitation as a re-hab therapy aide                                                                      She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. Survi-
in Highlands Ranch, CO. She plans on going to school in          Scott Menoher, ’88, and August Wood, ’92, announced           vors include three children, Daniel, Douglas and Laura;
the spring for certification in massage therapy for sports       the birth of their first child, Delaney Elizabeth, on March   five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
medicine.                                 17, 1999.
                                                                                                                               Rose (Blackmore) Duncan, Old Fort Class of 1940, died
ENGAGMENTS                                                       Mikio Ishikawa, ’89, and his wife Noriko, on August 7,        on June 13, 1999. She was 77. Rose often spoke fondly of
Brett Deaver, ’94, is engaged to Stephanie Niemann. The          1999, announced the birth of their son, Takahiro. All re-     her friends at Fort Lewis and took great pride in having
wedding date has not been announced.                             ported to be doing very well.                                 attended the college.
                                                                                                                                                                 Continued on next page
                                                                 Brenda (Billings), ’91, and Parker Ridgley, ’91, have a
                                                                 new addition to their family, Parker Jr., born on August
                                                                 29, 1999.
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                                     Skyhawk Sports
                                          The Fort Lewis women's soccer team stunned their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes this fall by win-
Women’s                               ning their first-ever league championship in dramatic fashion. The Skyhawks survived four sudden-death overtime
                                      periods in the league championship game in Denver on November 6 before ousting Regis 2-1 in a penalty kick
soccer                                shootout.
                                           The Skyhawks, who tied Regis for the RMAC regular season title, were picked next-to-last in the pre-season
                                      coaches poll.
                                           In the championship game, senior midfielder Kate Kelly scored FLC's only goal during 150 minutes of action.
                                      Kelly was sprung on a 2-on-1 break by senior forward Carisa Bradford, who made a brilliant effort just to keep the
                                      ball inbounds. Bradford actually ran out of bounds on the play, touched the ball down the line and past a defender
                                      to keep it in play, and found Kelly wide open in the middle of the field. Kelly's goal at 16:28 tied the score 1-1 just
                                      six minutes after Regis had taken the lead.
                                           In the penalty kick shootout, the Skyhawks grabbed the advantage as Bradford and sophomore defender Mindy
                                      Basham converted their kicks. The Rangers were only able to beat sophomore goalkeeper Charlori Cotter with one
                                      of their five free chances. Cotter saved two of the shots, while two others sailed high and wide.
                                           For her efforts, Cotter was named Defensive Most Valuable Player of the RMAC tournament. Kelly, who scored
                                      goals in the title game and in FLC's 1-0 semifinal victory over Metropolitan State a day earlier, was named the
                                      Offensive Most Valuable Player.
                                           Bradford was chosen as RMAC Co-Player of the Year by league coaches. Cotter joined her as FLC's representa-
                                      tives on the first team All-RMAC squad, while Kelly and senior defender Angie Nilsen earned second team All-
                                      RMAC honors. Bradford, Cotter and Kelly also received second team All-Midwest Region recognition, while Nilsen
                                      added a third team all-region selection.
                                          Fort Lewis finished the season with a 12-5-3 record - the first winning season in the six years FLC has sponsored
                                      women's soccer.

Men’s                                     The Fort Lewis men's basketball team finds itself in the thick of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoff
                                      race. At the midpoint of the RMAC schedule, the Skyhawks were 4-5 in league games and 7-9 overall and only a
basketball                            half-game out of a playoff berth.
                                           FLC's 4-5 league record is deceiving, though, as the team lost by one point to West Division leader Mesa State
                                      and by two points to East Division front-runner Chadron State. A double-overtime loss to CU-Colorado Springs
                                      has also kept FLC out of the division lead.
                                           Fort Lewis features a small lineup that's big on heart and hustle and deep at the guard and forward positions.
                                      Junior Jeremy Marlow leads the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, while senior Brian Richardson (11.8 ppg)
                                      and sophomore Dan Simington (11.2 ppg) are also scoring in double figures.

Women’s                                   The Fort Lewis women's basketball team fell on hard times in the first half of their season, posting a 2-14 record
                                      and 0-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games.
basketball                                 The Skyhawks have suffered hard luck, with injuries and personal reasons depleting their roster to just nine
                                      healthy players by midseason. For most of its league contests, Fort Lewis has used a team comprised entirely of
                                      freshmen and sophomores.
                                           Still, the Skyhawks have managed to play an exciting brand of basketball under second-year head coach Jeff
                                      Goldstein. Forward Amanda Widner (8.1 points per game), guards Nina Caputa (8.4 ppg), Michelle Johnson (7.6
                                      ppg) and Jennifer Grosjean (5.4 ppg), and center Natasha McCall (3.4 rebounds per game) have earned valuable
                                      playing time while showing that the future of FLC women's basketball is in good hands.

Class News Notes, continued
Robert Lee Loos, Class of 1969, passed away in Durango        as a park ranger at Mesa Verde National Park. A son,           Anthony Austin Stacona, Class of 1993, passed away on
on September 28,1999 at age 54. Robert was active in the      Edmund, preceded him in death. Survivors include six chil-     July 9, 1999. He was 30. Anthony was the owner and op-
Ignacio and Durango communities; he taught and coached        dren, Gina Farmer, Richard Mason, Mark Mason, Randy            erator of Taylor Custom Doors in Madras, OR. Survivors
in Ignacio for 13 years. Robert also served on the FLC        Bowden, Marcia Griswold and Marty Mason; 16 grand-             include his wife, Michele Tutt-Stacona (Class of 1991); his
Alumni Board in 1984. He is survived by his parents,          children; three great grandchildren; and his brother, Walter   daughter, Kortney; his father, William; and two brothers,
DeLasso and Billie Nell Loos; his children, Sonya Meador      Mason.                                                         Andrew and Jordon.
and Justin Loos; his siblings, Phillip Loos, Richard Loos,
Anita Zellitti and Kim Rayburn; and two grandchildren,        Rosemary (Richards) O’Brien, Class of 1970, passed away        James Orville Calhoun, Non-Degreed Alum 1958, passed
Kaylynne Loos and Lacey Jo Meador.                            on December 7, 1999. She was 73. Rosemary attended the         away in Claremore, OK December 1999. He was a long
                                                              Old Fort in the 1940’s and returned for her Humanities         time Durango resident. Jim worked in the banking busi-
Silver P. Miller, member of the last High School graduat-     degree in the late 1960’s.                                     ness in Durango and Meeker and served as City Manager
ing class at the Old Fort in 1932, died on July 18, 1999.                                                                    for the City of Meeker. An avid hunter and fisher, Jim will
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jim Miller (Old   Sharon Harolene Radcliff, Class of 1975, died August 6,        be remembered for his friendliness, humor and love of the
Fort Class of 1932).                                          1999 on Wolf Creek Pass. She was 45. She loved the out-        Colorado mountains. He was preceded in death by his par-
                                                              doors, animals, gardening, country music, dancing, and         ents, Orville and Ina Belle Calhoun of Durango. Jim is
Richard “Bud” Mason, Old Fort Class of 1946, died, from       attending rodeos. She was married to Larry Luzar for 20        survived by his children, Jerry Calhoun, Darrell Calhoun,
complications resulting after a fall, on October 7, 1999 in   years. She is survived by her father, Harold Radcliff; three   Karrie Cox, Kristin Calhoun and Lea Clausen; his grand-
Moab, UT. He was 77. Mason, a Durango native and FLC          daughters, Casey, Kristy and Tracy; and one sister, Wanda      daughter, Erika; his brother, Delmar Calhoun; and several
basketball player, taught in Colorado and Utah and served     Chadwick.                                                      nieces and nephews.
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                            Calendar of Events
For more information        February 18................ Hozhoni Days Basketball Tournament
about upcoming events

at Fort Lewis College:      February 26-27........... San Juan Symphony – Call (970) 247-7075 for more information.

Calendar of Events          March 6-10.................Fort Lewis College Spring Break

                            March 16-25...............Fort Lewis College Theatre’s Production of Once Upon a Mattress
                                                      Call (970) 247-7657 for more information.
Art Gallery

(970) 247-7167
                            March 21....................Glenn Miller Orchestra in the FLC Community Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.
                                                        After failing economically with a first Glenn Miller Orchestra, Glenn
Community Concert Hall

(970) 247-7075
                                                        launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of
                                                        1938! It's been a "hit" ever since.
Events scheduled at the
Community Concert Hall
                            April 12...................... TLC for FLC Fundraiser for the Fort Lewis College Foundation
are subject to change or
cancellation. Please call                                  For details, call (970) 247-7185.
the Concert Hall for the
most current information.
                            April 29...................... Fort Lewis College Spring Commencement
                                                           Call (970) 247-7511 for more information.

                            May 14....................... Elderhostel Series begins – continuing throughout the summer
                                                          For more information, call (800) 352-7489.

                            June 2-3......................12th Annual Presidential Golf Tournament (Formerly the Don Whalen
                                                          Golf Tournament) – Call (970) 247-7475 for details.

                            June 2......................... Fort Lewis College Summer Commencement
                                                            For more information, call (970) 247-7511.

                            August 4-5................. Annual Alumni Gathering
                                                        For details, call (970) 247-7427.

                                            Have You Made Your Plans YET??
                                                    The 2000 Annual Alumni Gathering
                                                           August 4 & 5, 2000
                                                            We Can’t Wait To See You There!
                                                          Call (970)247-7427 for information,
                                                          or e-mail us at

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                                                                   See Italy – The Trip of a Lifetime!
                                                                                                    Story on page 8

                                          Forward Chris Greer
                                          scored three goals in      Fort Lewis College                    Non-Profit
                                          the NCAA playoffs                                               U.S. Postage
                                                                     Alumni Publication
                                          and set a Fort Lewis
                                                                     1000 Rim Drive
                                          record with 12 goals                                          Fort Lewis College
                                                                     Durango, Colorado 81301-3999       Durango, Colorado
                                          during the season.
                                                                                                          Permit No. 78
                                          Greer's goal with 1:59
                                                                     Address Service Requested
                                          remaining in regula-
                                          tion play sent the
                                          Skyhawks into over-
                                          time in the national
                                          championship game.
                                          Fort Lewis lost 2-1 in
                                          double overtime to
                                          Southern Connecti-
                                          cut State.

                                          See story on page one.

                                   Senior forward Carisa
                                   Bradford was chosen as the
                                   RMAC Co-Player of the Year
                                   in 1999 while leading the
                                   Skyhawks to their first-ever
                                   RMAC championship.
                                   Bradford set new school scor-
                                   ing records with 15 goals and
                                   37 total points this fall.

                                   See story on page 18.
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