Stalwart Rams: Colorado State University's Notable Alumni

“Fight on you stalwart Ram team, on to the goal!” The opening line of Colorado State University’s fight song does more than unite fans at football games and rallies. It reminds the CSU community that we share a common trait forged during college and tested time after time in our professional and personal lives. These notable alumni exemplify what it means to be stalwart Rams. Their achievements make us “proud to be.”

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Joe Akmakjian

Doctors did not think Joe Akmakjian (B.A., ’13), born with muscular dystrophy, would live past his 12th birthday. However, the…
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Polly Baca

Polly Baca

Polly Baca accepting the CSU Alumni Association's 50 Year Club award for outstanding public service, 2017…
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Baxter Black

Baxter Black (D.V.M., ’69) began his career as a large-animal veterinarian but found his calling in writing. The cowboy poet’s…
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Jenny Cavnar

Jenny Cavnar (B.S., ’04; B.A., ’04), pictured at left, became the first woman since 1993 to do a play-by-play on…
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Mary Cleave

Before Mary Cleave (B.S., ’69) became one of the first women to complete NASA flight training and serve as flight…
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Libby Coy Lawrence

Libby Coy Lawrence (B.A., 1884) was the only female among the first three graduates of the State Agricultural College. The three…
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LTG James Dickinson

LTG James Dickinson (B.S., ’85) heads the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. He also has…
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Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken Rouen is a champion with the heart of a fighter. As a transfer student in 1993, she…
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Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon (B.S., ’00) was the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history, first woman to coach an NBA…
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Leslie Jones

Alumna Leslie Jones transferred to CSU to play basketball, but then entered a comedy contest and was named “Funniest Person…
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Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa (M.A., ’78) is a world-renowned poet. He received a Bronze Star for his service as managing editor of…
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Kjell Lindgren

Kjell Lindgren (M.S., ’96) served as International Space Station flight engineer and aerospace medicine specialist. Lindgren was the first Taiwanese American…
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Kelsey Martinez

Kelsey Martinez

Kelsey Martinez (B.S., ’15) is the first female assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders NFL team. Her area is strength…
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John Mosley

John Mosley (B.S., ’43; L.H.D., ’04) served with the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black military pilots formed during World…
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Ralph Parshall

Ralph Parshall (B.S., 1904) joined the Colorado Agricultural College faculty and became an internationally known pioneer in civil engineering and…
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Kent Rominger

Kent Rominger (B.S., ’78), far right in photo, became a “Top Gun” pilot at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, then…
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