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SI.eduCynthia Chavez Lamar ’92 was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, effective Feb. 14, 2022. She is the first Indigenous woman to be named as a Smithsonian museum director. Chavez Lamar is an accomplished curator, author and scholar whose research interests are focused on Southwest Native art and the methodologies and practices involved in collaborating with Indigenous communities. Autumn Rivera ’04 MAT ’05 was named the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year and is now a finalist for 2022 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Rivera is a science teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School in Roaring Fork School District, where she has taught sixth grade for nine years.
: In her latest book, Linda Seger ’67 explores the relationship between creativity and spirituality. An author, musician, teacher, script consultant and budding artist who holds a doctorate in theology, Seger explores the creative spirit in “God’s Part in our Art” as a guide to help others. Seger credits CC as the genesis of the connection between art and spirituality for her. Benjamin Swift ’20, who was the driving force behind the plastic bag ban that was enacted in Crested Butte in 2018, is now taking his interest in activism to a new level with his podcast, People Place Power. Swift was first inspired to start the podcast with his friend Tricia Mukherjee during the pandemic last year. Read more about the podcast, how it started, and Swift’s plans for the future. Yuen Yuen Ang ’03 was featured on a recent Freakonomics podcast episode, in which she talks about her new book “China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption.” Former San Mateo County poet laureate and Coastsider Caroline Goodwin ’86 has released her most recent poetry collection, “Old Snow, White Sun.” Goodwin was born and raised in Alaska and holds a degree in biology from CC. Five years ago, Goodwin lost her husband suddenly in a mountain biking accident on the coast. “These poems are based in nature and also cycles of grief and loss and renewal,” said Goodwin. Lila Schmitz ’18, a graduate of the CC Film and Media Studies Department, has directed a new film, “The Job of Songs,” an Irish music documentary. The film was co-created with two other CC alumni, Fengyi Xu ’19 as producer and Anika Grevstad ’18 as cinematographer. “The Job of Songs” was funded in large part by the Film Department’s Documentary Exploration Grant, and Doug Pray ’83 was the consulting producer. Democratic State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks ’80 has entered the race for the 1st Congressional District seat in Nebraska, now held by Republican Jeff Fortenberry. Steven Louis ’84 is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Trusted Orthopedic Surgeon for his years of excellent work in the medical field and his dedication to his patients at Hinsdale Orthopaedics. Dr. Louis was one of the first surgeons in Chicago to use the Direct Anterior Approach to perform total hip surgeries. Other awards for his esteemed work include Top Doctor in Orthopaedics by US News and World Report, the On-Time Doctor Award (2016-2018), Patient's Choice Award (2017-2018), and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2017-2018). Sista Luna ’10 has been a staple on the alternative arts scene in Steamboat Springs for a handful of years now. She studied visual arts at CC and now works in a variety of mediums. She also co-founded the nonprofit Young Bloods Collective that aims to bring young creatives in the community together for collaboration, discussion and inspiration. Former CC Tiger Trey Bradley ’19 earned his first call-up to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League on Nov. 9, 2021. He is on an AHL two-way contract and playing one level below the NHL in Loveland, Colorado.


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