50 Year Club
Welcome back to all graduates of 50 years or more.
What is the 50 Year Club?
Started in 1934, the 50 Year Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary and is for anyone who graduated 50 or more years ago from Colorado State University. We will induct the class of 1969 into the 50 Year Club during the luncheon and recognize this year's 50 Year Club Award recipients. All graduates from 1969 and their guests are invited to attend this special event.
Outstanding Recognition Awards
The 50 Year Club honors two alumni at the annual luncheon with these outstanding recognition awards:
- The Career Achievement Award identifies and recognizes an alumnus/a who is recognized as outstanding in his or her occupation, field, or profession by peers in that industry, who has brought honor to Colorado State University and to him or herself.
- The Public Service Award identifies and recognizes an outstanding alumnus/a who is recognized by the University community and also by the alumnus’s community as someone who has contributed works of public service (e.g., government, clubs, charities, or organizations that are not industry or profession oriented).
When is the 50 Year Club Luncheon?
Award recipients will be honored at the annual 50 Year Club Luncheon during the 2019 Homecoming & Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Hilton Fort Collins.
2018 Award Recipients
Career Achievement Award
Colorado native Kenneth Goldsberry, Ph.D. (B.S., '54; M.S., '62) spent a majority of his life around plants, and even after retiring from teaching, he’s still committed to connecting people to their world through horticulture. He helped develop CSU’s W.D. Holley Plant Environmental Research Center and served as director until he retired in 1991. He, his wife, Phyllis, and son, Jeff, began their Donath Lake Farm Nursery and Greenhouse business in Fort Collins. Horticulture, a subject near and dear to Kenneth’s heart, is what connects him to CSU where he worked tirelessly to raise up the development and preservation of the Aggie Geranium with his previous professor, Carl Jorgenson. Ken has received many important awards and has served on the Board of Directors for many Horticulture and Floriculture companies. Ken has been most instrumental in furthering the science of horticulture, particularly in developing greenhouse culture that has greatly benefited mankind.
Public Service Award
Jack Welch (B.S., '68; CERT, '68) has demonstrated over the last 50 years by his service to the outdoor recreation community, Colorado State University, and Colorado public education system his desire to make a difference and his vast knowledge of the outdoors. He has served in many leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. His dedication to Colorado and outdoor recreation led to his success working with Colorado State Parks and Wildlife on issues related to snowmobiles and off-highway vehicles. He is a leader in the recreational trails community, and has helped create programs that make a difference providing quality experience for outdoor recreation. On the national level, he has worked with the Forest Service, BLM, and National Parks on management issues helping to preserve access to public lands and waters.
Achievement in Science Award
Jon Larsen (B.S., '64) exemplifies the best of Colorado State University tradition. Throughout his life, he has dedicated himself to a number of different activities. Jon is the President and Senior Scientist at Cascade Applied Sciences, Inc., and has worked as a staff member at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He worked on the first significant laser fusion experiments, primarily designing targets for those experiments. He then joined the technical staff at KMS Fusion, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he headed the theoretical department, and later became the Vice President for Fusion Programs. Larsen is also author of two books on high-energy-density physics. He lives in Hygiene, Colo., with his wife, Beth. His daughter, Sarah, is a recent CSU graduate, and son, Dane, currently resides in Boulder.
Nominations for the 2019 awards open Wednesday, Jan. 2, and close Friday, July 12.
Criteria for the Career Achievement and Public Service Recognition awards are similar. Please review the criteria carefully to determine which award would most appropriately express your nominee's achievements.
We will recognize two alumni who are graduates of 50 or more years.
The CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD identifies and recognizes an alumnus/a who is recognized as outstanding in his or her occupation, field, or profession by peers in that industry, who has brought honor to Colorado State University and to him or herself.
The PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD identifies and recognizes an outstanding alumnus/a who is recognized by the University community and also by the alumnus’s community as someone who has contributed works of public service (e.g., government, clubs, charities, or organizations that are not industry or profession oriented).
All nominees must have graduated from CSU, Colorado A&M, CAC, or SAC at least 50 years ago.
The CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD candidate must also have:
- A demonstrated record of distinction in his or her field.
- Received recognition in his or her career through awards or honors locally, nationally, or internationally.
- Demonstrated a lifelong history of accomplishments and activities in his or her field.
- Demonstrated leadership in professional organizations.
The PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD candidate must also have:
- Provided outstanding public service to his or her community.
- Provided service to his or her charitable or religious organization.
- Provided service to local, state, or national government.
- Provided service to medical or environmental well-being of humankind.
- Provided service to Colorado State University.
1. Download nomination forms or submit an online nomination (see below). The nomination form must be completely filled out for full consideration. Please do not assume the 50 Year Club Committee knows the individual that you are nominating.
2. If you would like to update or add to your previously submitted nomination, it must be resubmitted by the deadline.
3. Nominations are automatically rolled over an additional two years past the initial submission.
4. Be as specific as possible, and attach additional sheets as needed. Please type if possible.
5. Please attach three (3) letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with the nominee’s accomplishments and service if available.
6. Please attach copies of up to three (3) articles, photographs, or other supporting information.
7. Before you nominate someone, please be sure you are addressing criteria in the category for which you are nominating them. Each candidate may only be nominated for ONE award: either the Career Achievement Award OR the Public Service Award.
Select one of the following options to submit a nomination. Please be sure you read and understand the nomination information.
1. Nominate online. Use the online form to submit a nomination. We highly recommend using Microsoft Word (or similar program) to type your answers, then copy and paste them into the form. Click HERE for more detailed nomination instructions.
2. Download and print a nomination form. You may fill in the form online and then print it; or save the file and e-mail it; or print the form and complete it by hand (please print clearly).
Return completed nomination via mail OR e-mail by Friday, July 12, 2019 to:
Colorado State University Alumni Association
7114 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-7114
fax: (970) 491-0798
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If e-mailing, please be sure to include the appropriate attachments.
1987: Raymond Kissock ('14)
1988: Bruce Thornton ('18, 27)
1989: Jasper French ('39)
1990: Stew Case ('41)
1991: Jim ('40) and Nadine ('41) Henry
1992: Larry LaSasso ('34)
1993: Lois Smith ('40) and Lola Case ('40)
1994: Cecil Hellbusch ('30)
1995: Cecil Staver ('30, '53)
1996: Charles Dale Rea ('36)
1997: John Toliver ('34)
1998: Wendell King ('30)
1999: Norm Cable ('38)
2000: Elizabeth Case ('42)
2001: G. Owen Smith ('47, '50)
2002: John Matsushima ('43, '45)
2003: Leona M. Heilman ('51)
2004: Robert Shideler ('48)
2005: Nicholas H. Booth, D.V.M. ('51)
2006: Dr. M. Joan (Ouderkirk) Cromer ('53)
2007: Cleon Kimberling, D.V.M. ('51, '59)
2008: Everett Richardson, Ph.D. ('49, '60, '65)
2009: Eugene “Gene” Markley ('47)
2010: Robert Phillips, D.V.M. ('59, ’61) Career Achievement Award
2010: Alvie Rothe ('57, '61) Public Service Award
2011: Anthony Sroka, Ph.D. ('51) Career Achievement Award
2011: Robert Briggs, Jr. ('59, '61) Public Service Award
2012: Dr. Carl Burtis, Jr. ('59) Career Achievement Award
2012: Robert Sweeney ('59) Public Service Award
2013: Jim Coleman ('56) Career Achievement Award
2013: Bill Erickson ('51) Public Service Award
2014: Karen Ostermiller ('59) Career Achievement Award
2014: Tom Nix ('50) Public Service Award
2015: Mike Rosser ('64) Career Achievement Award
2015: Dale Yonker ('63) Public Service Award
2016: Donald Rutledge ('62) Career Achievement Award
2016: Polly Baca ('62) Public Service Award
2016: Ingmar “John” Olsen ('48) Distinguished Achievement Award (special award given in 2016 only)
2017: Delbert “Kent” Nelson (’61) Career Service Award
2017: Franklin Anderson (’56) Public Service Award
2017: Robert Miller, D.V.M. (’56) Distinguished Achievement Award
2018: Kenneth Goldsberry (B.S., '54; M.S., '62) Career Achievement Award
2018: Jack Welch (B.S., '68; CERT, '68) Public Service Award
2018: Jon Larsen (B.S., '64) Achievement in Science Award
President: Bill Woods '58
Vice President: Mike Rosser '64
Carol (Michie) Alford'61
Judy (Sherwin) Andersen '59
Barbara Reid Erickson '62
Jim Linden '64
Mary Ann (Salzman) Miller '60
Jo (Hamil) Ostwald '58
Tom Weimer, '66
.View of the Clark Building and Morgan Library from the plaza, 1969
2018 award recipients, from left: Jon Larsen, Jack Welch, and Ken Goldsberry