CHHS Alumni Awards unveiled at Homecoming/Donor Breakfast


The CSU College of Health and Human Sciences announced the first recipients of its new Alumni Awards last week in front of an enthusiastic crowd of fellow alumni and donors.

“As we celebrate 100 years of Homecoming at Colorado State University, it’s exciting to launch new traditions in the College of Health and Human Sciences,” CHHS Dean Jeff McCubbin said at the Oct. 17 CHHS Homecoming and Donor Recognition Breakfast. “We have always known our alumni are making a difference in the world, and we are proud to have a new way to recognize the accomplishments and impact of our graduates with the College’s Alumni Awards.”

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Ann Diker, left, and Laura Caulfield at the annual Homecoming and Donor Breakfast.

Proposed by Pat Kendall, an alumna from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and faculty member from 1975 to 2013, the program was developed by the College’s Emerging Leaders Council and Executive Leadership Council in an effort to better recognize and celebrate the achievements of CHHS alumni and to help reconnect them with the College. A committee composed of College leadership, including members from the CHHS Executive Leadership Council and Dean’s Leadership Council, reviewed the nominations and selected the recipients from an impressive crop of high-achieving alumni.

Strong group of nominees

“We were pleased to receive so many outstanding nominations for our two award categories,” Kendall said. “It was truly difficult for the committee to select our inaugural recipients from such a strong list of nominees.”

The CHHS Emerging Leader Alumni Award recognizes recent graduates of the College (within the last 10 years) for accomplishments made in the areas of career, service, and/or volunteer efforts that have brought honor to the individual and to the College/University.

This year’s award recipient is Ann Diker, who earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2010. Today, Diker is associate professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Metropolitan State University. Learn more about what makes Diker an emerging leader here.

Outstanding Alumni Award

The CHHS Outstanding Alumni Award honors outstanding alumni from the College who, through their distinguished careers and/or service to the university, state, nation, or world, have brought honor to Colorado State University and to themselves. With so many strong nominees, two alumnae were chosen to receive this year’s award:

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CSU President Tony Frank speaks at the Oct. 17 CHHS Homecoming and Donor Breakfast.

Nancy Richardson received her bachelor’s degree in housing and interior environment from the Department of Design and Merchandising in 1982. Richardson is the co-owner of Fort Collins-based Otterbox and founder of the Ottercares Foundation. Learn more about makes Richardson an outstanding alumna here.

Laura Caulfield’s bachelor’s degree from CSU’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition sparked her passion for international nutrition research and outreach. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Caulfield is currently a professor in the Department of International Health at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and is an internationally recognized nutritional epidemiologist. Learn more about what makes Caulfield an outstanding alumna here.

“I’d like to thank those who took the time to put together the nominations,” said Kendall. “We are excited to continue the CHHS Alumni Awards next year.”


A noteworthy breakfast

The beautiful melodies created by College of Health and Human Sciences alumni and donors at the Oct. 17 Homecoming and Donor Breakfast was palpable, as the sound of the CSU pep band welcomed guests to the Hilton Fort Collins. The musical theme was inspired by generous College of Health and Human Sciences donors from the past year, and reflected in the vintage CSU sheet music decorating the tables and the symphony of voices celebrating the College’s fantastic students, faculty, and alumni. A warm and friendly crowd of more than 200 alumni, donors, and friends of the College gathered to celebrate 100 years of Homecoming at Colorado State University, and the impact of generous private support on the students, faculty, programs, and facilities in the College.

This year, the College honored donors and alumni who have shared their Ram passions through giving. Through video, some of the donors were highlighted for the warmth and harmony they created within the College through their loyalty and generosity. And to cap off the music-themed event, many of the award recipients received chimes.