Colorado State University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Honors Leaders, Friends and Members of the University May 7

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are being presented to some of the state’s most notable leaders, friends and members of Colorado State University by the university’s Alumni Association.

The award recipients will be recognized at the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on May 7 at the Fort Collins Marriott Hotel, 350 E. Horsetooth Road.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Office of Alumni Relations on campus at (970) 491-6533.  

Following are the recipients of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The association’s highest honor, the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award, this year goes to Reginald Washington, a 1971 graduate, pediatric cardiologist and member of the Board of Governors of the CSU System.

Washington, whose second and final four-year term on the board ends in January 2005, is one of the leading citizens of the state as well as a widely respected physician. In addition to research and service within his profession, Washington has continued to help strengthen not-for-profit organizations in Colorado while maintaining his lifelong commitment to Colorado State. He has served as president and vice president of the Board of Governors and is a member of the university’s Development Council.

The Charles A. Lory Public Service Award will be presented to Lowell Watts, a 1941 alumnus who served as director of Information at Colorado A&M from 1954-57, director of Agricultural Programs and CSU Cooperative Extension at Colorado State from 1959-66, director of Cooperative Extension and Community Services from 1968-83 and director of International Extension and Training from 1983-84. Watts’ distinguished teaching and research career includes service in national and international outreach and extension organizations.

The Jim and Nadine Henry Award-winner is Donald Svedman, a 1960 alumnus and CSU Cooperative Extension professional who was active in 4-H and rural youth programs, manager of the Colorado State Fair and deputy commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Colorado. Svedman also is known for his active participation in the Alumni Association and support of the university.   

This year’s Albert C. Yates Student Leadership Award goes to Jesse Lauchner, senior in computer information systems, president of Associated Students of CSU and participant in the University Honors Program. Lauchner was named three times to the Dean’s List in the College of Business and is recipient of several distinguished university scholarships.

The Distinguished Athletic Award will be presented to Dale and Sharon Carlson, local business owners who for more than 20 years have been generous and enthusiastic supporters of the athletic program at the university, most notably as leading donors to the McGraw Athletic Center expansion, support of the Greater Rams Club and many other programs.  

Hazel Gardner, a self-employed agriculturalist in Eckley, Colo., will receive the Distinguished Cooperative Extension Award for her dedication, advocacy and service to CSU Cooperative Extension in Colorado and throughout the nation. Gardner’s many accomplishments include volunteering as a 4-H leader for the past 53 years.  

The Distinguished Faculty Award recipient is Nancy Hartley, 1975 alumna and dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University. In addition to her service and dedication to the university’s administration, Hartley, who will retire this fall, also is recognized as a valued faculty member and for her leadership and commitment to K-12 and higher education.  

The Distinguished Graduate Of the Last Decade Award, or GOLD, winner is Dana Hughes, a 1998 alumna in the theater program and current senior editorial assistant for the Ford Foundation in New York. Hughes provides advice and counsel to students pursuing acting careers in New York and continues to maintain strong ties to CSU.  

The Special Recognition Award this year is being presented to the Logan County Alumni Chapter for outstanding service.  

College Honor Awards

– College of Agricultural Sciences – Randall Blach, 1980 graduate in animal science and executive vice president of Cattle-Fax and of CF Resources in Centennial, Colo.

– College of Applied Human Sciences – Wayne Lindholm, 1975 graduate in industrial construction management and vice president and district manager of the Southern California District Office for Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

– College of Business – Jan Horsfall, 1982 graduate in business and president and CEO of Gelazzi, a food services company.

– College of Engineering – Rex Sjostrom, 1952 graduate in civil engineering, 1956 graduate in electrical and computer engineering and retired vice president of Special Programs at  Martin Marietta.

– College of Liberal Arts – James Benemann, 1978 graduate in technical journalism and television news anchor and reporter for KCNC-TV Channel 4.

– College of Natural Resources – Thomas Shepherd, 1974 and 1979 graduate and founder of Shepherd Miller, an environmental management business.

– College of Natural Sciences – Margaret Chesney, 1973 and 1975 graduate in natural sciences and psychology and deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md.

– College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – James L. Voss, 1956, 1958 and 1965 graduate in veterinary medicine and retired veterinarian, professor, department chairman and dean of the college.