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Northern Vision

Alumni Highlights

Alumnus Named National High School Track Coach of the Year
John Hancock (BA-77) was named National High School Track Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools. Hancock has coached Track and Field at Mullen High School in Denver for the last 28 years. He has been a national finalist twice before, and Colorado Coach of the Year five times.

Alumna Named a Woman of Distinction
The Weld Re-4 School District already knew they had a jewel in their superintendent, Karen Trusler (BA-76). Now, thanks to the Northern Colorado Business Report’s annual Women of Distinction award, all of Northern Colorado knows it, too. Trusler has been in the district in various capacities as a teacher and administrator for 34 years. She got her start in Windsor at Tozer Primary as a kindergarten teacher and later taught all grades at Skyview before becoming principal at Mountain View and then Grandview before moving to the superintendent’s office in 2006.

Alumnus Elected to California School Board
Ralph Villani (EdD-81) is one of five trustees on the Riverside County school board. With more than 36 years in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, Villani brings a voice from Palm Springs and the California Retired Teachers Association to the board.  

School of Theatre Arts and Dance Alumni Shine
Josh Buscher (BA-08) and Lincoln Hayes (BA-07) both recently appeared on episodes of the NBC television series Smash.

Hayden Stanes (BA-12) has been cast in the upcoming production of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Arvada Center.

McKayla Marso (BA-08) has rejoined the national touring company of Spamalot.

Alena Watters (BA-03) is ending her two-year Broadway stint as Sister Act closes this month.

Andy Kelso (BA-02) has left the national tour of Wicked to work on the pre-Broadway production of the new Cindi Lauper musical Kinky Boots.

Zack Keller (BA-05) has taken a new position as a Senior Project Manager/Designer with Atomic Designs Inc. of Pennsylvania.
Taya Patt (BA-10) appears as a nurse, who has a conversation with Mary Louise Parker, on episode #8 of Weeds on Showtime.

Alesha Nicole Palmer (BA-06) has been accepted into the Graduate Education Program at the University of Southern California.

STAD School Director David Grapes produced and staged a short play in August for the 30th Annual National Flute Convention in Las Vegas. The presentation was entitled A Journey to Syrinx: Staging a Scene from Mourey’s Psyche. The play also featured current junior musical Theatre major and Las Vegas native Rachel Richards.

Theatre Professor, Mary Schuttler, just returned from The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, after recruiting international students for the Masters in Theatre Education/Theatre Educator Intensive Program. Not only did she speak with potential students from around the globe, but attended ten productions and met "Cheers" star George Wendt, who performed at the festival in Re-Animator The Musical.

Mike Ruckles (BME-02, MM-09) has been hired to work on the world premiere of the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at Hartford Stage. Starring Jefferson Mays the show runs October 11 to November 4.

Joey Nicole Thomas (BA-06) and Jason Thomas (BA-06) appear in the short film Crossed Lines.

Scott Richard Foster (BA-99) opens on Broadway this week in Forbidden Broadway – Alive and Kicking at the 47th Street Theatre.

Jennifer So (BA-10) has accepted a position as an on air personality for KVAY in Lamar, Colo.

Professor Tom McNally will be a presenter at the National EDTA Conference in San Diego this September.

Actor Greg Germann (BA-78) has completed principle photography on four upcoming films, The Unprofessional, Someone Marry Barry, Get a Job and Here Comes the Broom.

Heather Doris (BA-08) has been cast in the upcoming production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Arvada Center.

Brandon Bill (BA-08) purchased the Union Colony Dinner Theatre in Greeley and has begun to produce his first season.

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