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Anthropology celebrates 35th year as a department

October 25, 2010

The Department of Anthropology celebrated its 35th anniversary during CSU's 2010 Homecoming & Family Weekend. Current and distinguished faculty, alumni, and current students joined together to discuss their careers, share memories, and commemorate the many accomplishments of the department.

Sharing stories of past and present

On the evening of Oct. 15, more than 50 people gathered elbow-to-elbow in the basement of local café The Wild Boar. Alumni and distinguished faculty as well as current students and faculty mingled with bright eyes, sharing stories of the past and present over some drinks and hors d’oeuvres. At 5:45 p.m., department chair Kathy Sherman began a formal presentation.

It included recognition of the distinguished faculty in the room, including Drs. Russell Coberly, Robert Theodoratus, Esther Pressel, Jeff Eighmy, and Calvin Jennings (pictured at right), who were called up by name to share their memories of the department and were given a small gift; recognition of the hard work of the current faculty who also shared a few words with the crowd and were given a T-shirt; and recognition of students who have recently received department scholarships, as well as current graduate student Lauren Denton who designed the department’s new graphic image, and current undergrad Kelly Hulkovich who was a key role in the latest Anthropology newsletter.

Public tours, research explained

The Anthropology labs, including the MesoAmerican, Human Origins, Biogeography, Ethnographic, Bio-Anthropological, Geospatial and Archeological labs were open to the public for touring. Current faculty explained their current research and lab facilities. The Anthropology Graduate Student Society sat in the hallway selling books and fashion items from other countries in order to raise money for their group.

Brunch, homecoming football game

Saturday morning, Oct. 16, Kathy and Richard Sherman were very generous and opened their home for a brunch in order that people may get together and visit again before the big homecoming game. It was an intimate gathering of mostly current professors, a couple of alum and current students, and retired Professor Jeff Eighmy.

Many people were fascinated with the idea of retirement and wanted to know what Jeff does to stay in such great shape and not get bored. He discussed his morning bike rides and swims, along with reading of the newspaper and yard work and the occasional world travel. Like within any group, side conversations of many different topics were had while the sun shone down and the sound of laughter echoed in the backyard.

Alumni discussion panel

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Sunday afternoon, students and faculty gathered in the new Behavioral Sciences Building to hear from alumni in the form of a discussion panel. Six anthropology alumni, ranging from the class of 1976 to 2009, shared their stories of where they are now in careers (ranging from medical doctor to professional story teller) and how their anthropology degree fits in. The main advice from the panelists to current students was “go with the gusto.”

Following the stories of the panelists, current faculty described how they arrived to be anthropologists. From Peace Corps volunteers to “professional ski bums,” each one of them found their way to where they are now by seizing every opportunity offered to them and by searching them, knocking on doors to be opened for them.

Each student then told his story, explaining how he arrived at studying anthropology and where he hopes to end up when the formal education process has finished for him.

Once the sharing had finished, students had the opportunity to speak with panelists whose stories resonated with them. It was very beneficial to all who attended.

Thanks for time and support

We’d wish to thank all who came to the events for their time and support (both moral and financial). Through their generosity, we received more than $1,800 in donations for the department. Without you, it would not have happened.

People can plan and plan, but without people who love and are dedicated to the department, it would just be useless work. You have energized us to keep working hard to provide you with the best services possible. Thank you!

Contact: Department of Anthropology
Phone: (970) 491-5447