Note to Editors: The 1998 Alumni Association Distinguished Awards Dinner takes place at 6 p.m. April 24 at the University Park Holiday Inn. The evening will include a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the program at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (970) 491-6533.
Colorado State University’s Alumni Association will honor Colorado State graduates and others who have made an impact on the university at the annual Alumni Distinguished Awards dinner at the University Park Holiday Inn on April 24.
Harold Short, chairman of the Flatiron Companies, will receive the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award, given to a graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction in his or her field.
Short, who graduated from Colorado State in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, was active during his time at Colorado State in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Pacemakers and ROTC. At Colorado State, he met his wife, Betty. After the war, Short worked in the construction industry as project manager for Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. In 1953, Short’s aspiration to go into business for himself led to a partnership with J.G. Milne in Milne Ready Mixed Concrete Inc. in Boulder. The company evolved from a small sand and gravel outfit into Flatiron Companies, a group of construction firms founded in 1972. Today, the Flatiron Companies engage in land development and property management services.
Short’s contributions to the business and civic community have included service as the chairman of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; director, regional vice chairman and board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; president of the Colorado Contractor’s Association; and member of the National Asphalt Association and National Sand and Gravel Association.
Harold and Betty Short have a long history of supporting Colorado State. They have established endowment scholarships throughout the university, have made land contributions and have given to many university campaigns. They made the first major gift to launch the Morgan Library campaign, and their recent $2 million gift to the engineering and physics campaign was the largest individual donation in Colorado State’s history.
Bob Everitt, chairman and CEO of Everitt Enterprises Inc., will receive the Charles A. Lory Public Service Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated sustained leadership of exceptional quality and who has given generous contributions of time and talent to Colorado State.
Everitt currently serves as vice chairman of the Colorado State University Development Council. His Colorado State involvement has included leadership roles in the Colorado State University Foundation, Colorado State Equine Center Advisory Council, Colorado State Board of Agriculture, Colorado State University Business School Advisory Council, and Colorado State University Task Force for the Support of Higher Education. He also was a recipient of the Colorado State University Ram Booster "Man of the Year" award.
Everitt also is active in the Fort Collins community as chairman, president or board member of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, Fort Collins Foundation, Fort Collins Inc., Downtown Development Authority and Colorado Governor’s Front Range Planning Task Force.
Polly Collins Johnson, a 1955 graduate in animal production, is the recipient of the Henry Award. The award is given to people who represent the highest goals of the Alumni Association and the university.
Johnson, president of the Collins Ranch Co., was the first third-generation graduate of Colorado A&M. Her grandmother, Addie Bristol Brown, graduated in 1898, and her mother graduated in 1928. While a student, Johnson was active as a member of the Livestock Judging Teams, member of several academic organizations, president of the Panhellenic Council, member of Delta Delta Delta and a Pacemaker. Since then, she has been an active alumna, giving her time, advice and support to Colorado State through many activities, including roles with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Agriculture Department’s Advisory Committee.
Johnson continues to reside on and be actively involved with the management of the Collins Ranch Co. at Kit Carson, which her grandfather established in 1905. She and her late husband, Roger Johnson, have three sons, one daughter and ten grandchildren.
The Alumni Association also will recognize Honor Alumni from each college, including:
- College of Agricultural Sciences – Robert G. Zimbelman, executive vice president for American Society of Animal Science; B.S. ’52, animal sciences.
- College of Applied Human Sciences – Dorothy A. Horrell, President of Red Rocks Community College; B.S. ’73, vocational home economics education; M.S. ’78, vocational education administration and supervision; Ph.D. ’92, community college administration.
- College of Business – James R. Smith, president of Smith Investments Inc.; B.S. ’67, business; M.S. ’69, economics; M.S. ’71, finance and real estate.
- College of Engineering – Robert A. Maddox, atmospheric scientist; M.S. ’73, atmospheric science; Ph.D. ’81, atmospheric science.
- College of Liberal Arts – Paul S. Chambers, District Manager for Chevrolet Motor Division; B.S. ’70, sociology.
- College of Natural Resources – Clinton H. Wasser, rangeland and natural resources ecology professor, scientist and academic and research administrator; M.F. ’48, forest and range management.
- College of Natural Sciences – Steven W. Horn, dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming; B.S. ’70, wildlife biology; M.S. ’74, zoology; Ph.D. ’79, zoology.
- College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – Richard C. Swanson, veterinarian; B.S. ’58, biological sciences; D.V.M. ’60, veterinary medicine.
The Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award is given to a recent graduate for accomplishments through career, service or volunteer efforts that have brought honor to the individual and Colorado State. Craig Huffhines, executive vice president for the American Hereford Association, is this year’s award winner.
Huffhines received his master’s degree in animal sciences in 1992. One of Huffhines’ career highlights was the development of a branded beef production system and marketing program based on the Colorado State University Monfort research study.
Huffhines is active in the Kansas City Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fundraising Committee and the National Western Club. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Royal Stock Show. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Seth and Cole.
Harry Rosenberg, professor of history, will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Rosenberg first joined the Colorado State faculty in 1959 as an assistant professor of history. He now teaches several classes in the history department, including western civilization, Medieval Europe, Medieval England, and the Early Church. He is well known for his role as organizer of the popular American West Program, an annual series of presentations, performances and events.
Rosenberg has received numerous honors and awards from Colorado State, among them the Panhellenic Council’s Distinguished Faculty Member Award, University Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Association’s Charles A. Lory Public Service Award, and the College of Liberal Arts’ John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award.
The recipient of this year’s Distinguished Student Service Award is Sheila Mason, who graduated with honors in December with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a 3.6 cumulative grade-point-average. She now is a process engineer for Intel Corp. in Portland, Ore.
While at Colorado State, Mason organized three Thanksgiving food drives to feed 100 Larimer County families each year. She co-organized a high school shadow day, which allowed 90 local high school students to spend a day on campus attending classes with engineering students, and worked with the Engineering Recruiting and Outreach Committee to continue shadow days and other outreach activities. Also, she participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program for Eta Kappa Nu.
During her time at Colorado State, she received the Dean’s Council Laureate Award, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Junior Award. She also was a member of the Colorado State student chapter of IEEE, where she served as president, vice president and a representative to the Engineering Legislature. Mason also was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.