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Applied Human Sciences Legacies Project honors emeriti faculty

March 22, 2013

Project records the memories of retired faculty and staff, highlighting achievements in their lives and the history of the college.

Dick Dunn, right, shown here with Dean Jeff McCubbin and Debbie McCubbin, is one of the emeriti faculty honored by the College of Applied Human Sciences' Legacies Project.In 2012, the College of Applied Human Sciences Legacies Project was launched as a way to recognize emeriti faculty and retired employees who have substantially contributed to building the College and to record the College's rich and diverse history through the eyes of those who gave much of their time and energy to laying the foundation for today’s successes.

Consisting of videotaped interviews and written biographical information, the project records the memories of faculty, preserves their legacy, and highlights achievements in their lives and in the College.

“We want to honor our past, and there is no better way to do this than to acknowledge those who have come before us and laid the path for our College’s considerable achievements,” said Victoria Keller, assistant director of development in the College.

The Legacies Project is ongoing and so far the stories of 12 emeriti faculty have been recorded. Several of the honorees have designated a fund where former students and colleagues can make a gift in their honor, and many have scholarships created in their name to support students.

The project began with honoring eight people: Tex Anderson, Sheri Linnell, Janet Fritz, Wanda Mayberry, Jennifer Anderson, Brad Sheafor, Dick Dunn, and Jack Curfman. In 2013, with additional support from Colorado State and the Division of External Relations, four more were added: Ellie Gilfoyle, Bruce Hall, Kevin Oltenbruns, and Jim Young.  Watch for more information  about these additional honorees to come soon!
Tex Anderson, Professor 1963, 1968-1998, School of Education
Colorado A&M officially changed its name to Colorado State University during Tex Anderson’s senior year. At the time of graduation, Anderson and other seniors were given the choice of which name of the institution they’d like to appear on their diploma. Anderson chose to be one of the first undergraduates to receive a diploma from Colorado State University. After working for CSU for a year after he graduated, Anderson joined the faculty full time in 1968 and eventually became the department head of the School of Education.

Sheri Linnell, Director, Adult Fitness Program 1982-2008, Department of Health and Exercise Science
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in education from Harvard, Sheri Linnell spent five years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Korea and Malaysia before earning her master’s degree from CSU’s Physical Education Department — now the Department of Health and Exercise Science. After receiving her degree, Linnell took over as director of the Adult Fitness Program and began teaching undergraduate courses in the department. During her time as director, Linnell created the first annual Homecoming Race in 1981 to raise funds to support the program. The Sheri Linnell Scholarship was established in 2005 by friends, family, and colleagues.

Janet Fritz, Professor 1969-2003, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Born and raised in Boulder, Janet Fritz earned her bachelor’s in psychology with honors in 1964 and went on to graduate school, earning her master’s and then doctoral degree at Cornell University. In 1969, Fritz began working at CSU as an instructor in child development, a position she held until she retired from the department 34 years later as a professor emeritus in 2003. Service positions she held within the department include graduate chair, chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, and Executive Committee.

Wanda Mayberry, Professor 1973-2000, Department of Occupational Therapy
An alumnus from Colorado A&M, Wanda Mayberry earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy before earning her first master’s from the University of Southern California and her second master’s and doctorate from University of Denver. Mayberry volunteered with the Peace Corps, and then began her career with CSU as an assistant professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Mayberry taught at CSU until 2000, spending a year as the acting department head from 1980-1981. Upon her retirement, the Wanda Mayberry Scholarship was established by friends and colleagues to pay tribute to her outstanding career. Mayberry passed away in December 2012. She will be greatly missed.

Jennifer Anderson, Professor 1977-2011, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Born and raised in England, Jennifer Anderson received her undergraduate degree from Leicester Domestic Science College before earning her M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. At that time CSU did not have a community nutrition focus, so Anderson was hired to develop it in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She became the assistant director and then director of the combined M.S./Internship program, advising 60 M.S. and 16 Ph.D. students who have graduated to date under her direction. Anderson has created several very successful nutrition outreach education programs for the state of Colorado.

Brad Sheafor, Professor 1974-2012, School of Social Work
Earning his bachelor’s in business administration and his M.S.W. at University of Kansas, Brad Sheafor received his doctorate at University of Denver. Returning to Kansas, Sheafor was then offered the position of director of the emerging bachelor’s-level social work education program at CSU. Sheafor had a critical role in the creation of the School of Social Work and the College of Applied Human Sciences, serving as a professor and director of the Social Work Education Program, associate dean of the College of Professional Studies, co-director for the Family and Youth Institute and associate dean for research in the College. In honor of his retirement in Spring 2012, the Brad Sheafor Lecture Series in Social Work was created to inform CSU faculty, students, and social work practitioners on cutting-edge topics of current interest in social work and human services.

Dick Dunn, Faculty 1984-1996, Director, Rural Schools Project 1996-2008, Department of Construction Management 
Earning his bachelor’s and master’s of architecture from the University of Nebraska, Dick Dunn came to work at CSU in the Department of Construction Management from 1984 to 1996 before becoming director of the Rural Schools Project from 1996-2008. Dunn was asked to be a faculty sponsor for the construction of the Vietnam Era Bridge at the Student Union Lagoon, a campus symbol for the healing between military veterans and protestors of the Vietnam War. Dunn has been a fundamental part of Construction Management’s success at CSU. His and the faculty’s tireless work have taken the CSU CM program to great heights as a highly regarded program nationally.

John H. "Jack" Curfman, Professor 1950-2001, Department of Design and Merchandising
Born and raised in Maryville, Mo., John H. "Jack" Curfman attended Northwest Missouri Teachers College before and after serving in the military in Italy from 1943-1944. Curfman decided to attend CSU to earn his master’s degree in order to teach. In 1950, Curfman was recruited to join the College of Home Economics, the first male hired in the college. Curfman was initially hired for “Applied Home Furnishings,” where he taught upholstery, drapery making, frames and lamps. A founding member of the Fort Collins Cultural Resources Board, Curfman was honored to have the Student Center Gallery renamed after him in 1985. The Jack Curfman Creative and Visual Design Scholarship pays tribute to Jack's 50-year ca reer at CSU.

To view in-depth videos and more information about each one of the honorees, go to . 

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