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Reunite with CSU

October 9, 2010

During Homecoming & Family Weekend, a number of groups will be reconnecting at a reunion.

2010 Reunions

• The 1960 graduating class of nutrition majors is gathering. This event was coordinated by Colleen Blach Bates (’60) and Mary Ann Salzman Miller (’60).

“There were 12 of us studying food and nutrition. We took all of our classes together. Mary Ann and I have been friends all these years. We thought this is our big year and wondered what it would take to get us all together,” Bates says. Bates worked for 40 years as a registered dietician, mostly as an independent contractor in nursing homes, drug and alcohol centers, and at the student health center at CU campus.

“We found 10 of the 12 classmates. Five of them are coming (two from out of state) and we are meeting for lunch at Canino’s and then having a tour of the Gifford building,” says Bates.

Class of 1960 – Everyone who graduated in 1960 is invited to the reunion dinner.

50 Year Club – Everyone who graduated 50 or more years ago is invited to the annual luncheon where the class of 1960 will be inducted. 

“The 50 Year Club is a place to renew and enhance old memories,” Ted Blevins (’53), president of the 50 Year Club, says. The 50 Year Club committee is comprised of volunteers, and each year they invite two new members from the upcoming 50 year class to participate.

In addition to planning their annual luncheon, for which they arrange the table decorations, the 50 Year Club also solicits nominations for and selects the winner of the 50 Year Club Outstanding Achievement Award. This year, two awards will be given: one for career achievement (Dr. Robert Phillips, ’59, ’61) and one for public service (Alvie Rothe, ’57, ’64).

“We have a lot of fun,” Blevins says.

• The College of Engineering is hosting their annual 50+ year reunion dinner on Thursday and a building tour and breakfast on Friday morning. Approximately 50 people attend.

• The DVM 50+ Year reunion is also on Thursday night, followed by a breakfast and tour for the DVM class of 1960 on Friday morning. Approximately 75 people attend.

Lambda Chi Alpha will begin their reunion on Friday night and carry it through the weekend. Contact Dennis Beasley at for information.

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was on campus from the 1940s to 1984. “In my opinion, at the time I graduated (’62), we were the biggest and best fraternity on campus,” Dennis Beasley (’62) says. “We had most of the student government positions, lots of athletes; we were a big house.” Beasley, himself, was class president (in the student government). Like many of his classmates, he is retired after 30 years in the Air Force and 15 years running a ski adventure travel company for people over age 50.

Lambda Chi Alpha holds their reunion for the classes of 1955-65 every other year. It’s their seventh year. Folks from North Carolina to California and Texas to Montana will travel back to get back together and reacquaint. They start with dinner together at the Hilton and on Sat. will sit together at the Alumni Association tailgate before heading in to the football game.

Associated Students of Colorado State University, or ASCSU, is hosting its 5th annual reunion at the Lory Student Center on Friday night.

“We started the ASCSU reunion as a way to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and to get them involved as members of the CSU alumni community,” says Katie Denman (’05), former ASCSU president. “The ASCSU alums were some of the most active and engaged students on campus, and our goal is to re-engage that spirit and pride in CSU, and to translate that enthusiasm into a strong professional and personal network for each other, as well as to provide support to the current and future student leaders in their endeavors,” she says.

“We also hope to encourage contributions to student scholarships and other areas within the University. The reunion is a wonderful time to “come home” and see how much campus has changed, and to really reflect on all the wonderful memories we had as students. It is striking how grateful you feel for your experience after being on campus - it definitely inspires a desire to give that same opportunity to others,” Denman says.

Somos CSU is an alumni group for Latino and Latina graduates. They are hosting their first reunion at a Saturday morning tailgate.

The Alumni Band and Choir are gathering for a reunion on Sat. morning at the Alumni Association tailgate. They will also play and sing with the student Marching Band and Choir.

Men’s and women’s swimming will gather to watch a swim meet at Moby Pool on Friday and then have their own alumni swim meet on Sat. morning before heading to a tailgate, football game, and post-game reception.

Volleyball alumni are invited to watch a practice, then head to the parade before having dinner together in Old Town. On Saturday, they’ll attend a tailgate and football game before that night’s volleyball match against UNM.

Suggest a reunion for 2011

If you are interested in having a reunion at the 2011 Homecoming & Family Weekend, please contact Ginger Morehouse at or (970) 491-6533.

Contact: Beth Etter
Phone: (970) 491-6533