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Alumni Award Recipients


​Ian Kellett (BA '13) | Recent Alumni Award

Ian Kellett (BA '13) with current CU Denver student Lucas Ortiz


The Recent Alumni Award is given to alumni who are within five years of graduation and are affecting positive change for the community. Ian Kellett is a 2013 College of Arts and Media graduate and created his own production company—Liquid Luck Productions—providing internship and employment opportunities to current CU Denver students. He has a passion for teaching, creating Colorado film work, and employing highly skilled filmmakers. 

CU Denver Alumni is proud to award Ian with the Recent Alumni Award for championing the importance of engaging with the university, fellow alumni, and current students to support the future success of CU Denver.




Kelly Hodges (BFA '02) | Alumni Award for Excellence

Kelly Hodges (BFA '02) with current CU Denver student (and alumnus) Michael Pilosov (MS '17)

The Alumni Award for Excellence is presented to alumni who have excelled in their career field, served their community, and supported CU Denver. Kelly Hodges is a 2002 College of Arts and media graduate who has transformed the level of scholarships for CU Denver students in the Visual Arts. Through Kelly’s role as the Executive Director of The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation​ - her family foundation - has resulted in meaningful scholarships for nearly 20 students! She is passionate about her alma mater, art and artists, and student success. 

Kelly is a standout alumna and donor because of her commitment to CU Denver and its mission. Kelly is also an active public artist having pieces installed throughout the Denver-metro area and is always working on new pieces in her studio. She is passionate about creating a world filled with art and wants all those with the creative edge to explore, pursue, and act within it to their fullest! 

CU Denver Alumni is proud to award Kelly the Alumni Award for Excellence for her exceptional accomplishments in your career and community service in support of CU Denver.


Jim Paradise (BS '98) | Alumni Partner Appreciation Award

Jim Paradise (BS '88) with current CU Denver student Leah PorterThe Alumni Partner Appreciation award is given to alumni within organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to CU Denver and its mission through opportunities for current students and alumni. Jim Paradise is a 1998 College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate and has generously provided his time and expertise to CU Denver students and staff by organizing an extended tour of the Lockheed Martin Space Systems​ campus. Jim went above and beyond what is expected of an effective alumni partner by organizing visits to Lockheed departments that corresponded with the interests of each student in attendance. 

In addition to lending his time to CU Denver, Jim was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award that he accepted at the White House for volunteering over 7,000 hours with NASA as a Solar System Ambassador. In this role, Jim visits schools, Boy/Girl Scout troops, local museums, and civic groups to share the exciting work undertaken by NASA and the history of space exploration. An engineer by trade, Jim now oversees Lockheed's internal leadership development programs. 

CU Denver Alumni is proud to award Jim the Alumni Partner Appreciation award for his commitment to CU Denver and its mission by providing opportunities for students and alumni to excel.


Andrea Wagner (MA '14) | Mack Easton Alumni Award

Andrea Wagner (MA '14) with current CU Denver student Kasey Sipe

The Mack Easton Award is the CU Denver Alumni Board’s highest honor. This award is in memory of D. Mack Easton, the first Dean of the “Denver Extension Center.” His vision paved the way for the extension to become the diverse and dynamic urban research university it is today. The award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving CU Denver, its students, and alumni. 

Andrea Wagner is a 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate and joined CU Denver’s Office of Advancement in 2010, moving into a leadership role in 2015. Andrea's passion for CU Denver has touched the university and its alumni in multiple ways, from being a student to campus leadership, and now a proud alumna and donor. 

Andrea's work has continued the legacy of Dean Mack Easton in showcasing the value of a CU Denver degree. As CU Denver has worked to integrate into the downtown Denver community in recent years, Andrea has worked diligently to show the campus' downtown neighbors what a special place CU Denver is, and how they can engage with its talented students, faculty and staff, and alumni. Countless alumni, donors, and friends have become engaged with CU Denver due to the efforts of Andrea and the team she led, and continue to stay engaged, show their pride, and make investments to support scholarships and programs on campus. Making college viable for all students, no matter their income or background, is one of Andrea's greatest passions.

Andrea’s work in building the future for CU Denver, inspired by its students, has created a foundation for alumni, faculty, staff, and students to feel and demonstrate their own pride in CU in the City for years to come. Learn more about Andrea’s legacy at CU Denver in this CU Denver Today profile.​


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