Distinguished Alumni

Our fraternity has many distinguished alumni to be proud of. Brothers from Colorado State have achieved tremendous success in a variety of fields and shown incredible committment to Colorado State University and Sigma Phi Epsilon. It is incredible to see not only the breadth, but the heights of accomplishments by just a small sample of brothers from the Colorado State University SigEp chapter.

Jim Benemann (1978)

Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor on CBS Denver news.  Jim was part of the inaugeral induction class of the CSU Media Hall of Fame in 2011"Jim is an outstanding journalist and an exceptional communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to this community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado."

Walter "Bus" Bergman (1942)

Bus Bergman was a decorated Colorado Athelete, Coach, and WWII War Hero.   Bus hit the winning shot for Denver's North High School in 1938 that gave them the State High School Championship while earning letters in Basketball, Football, and Baseball. After a standout college football career for the Colorado A&M Aggies as halfback, Bus turned down an offer from the Philadephia Eagles instead to enlist in the Marines where he achieved the rank of Major and earned a Bronze Star for heroism during the battles of Okinawa and Sugar Loaf Hill.   Bus had an incredible tenure at Mesa State as a Coach from 1950 to 1980. He is a member of six athletic hall of fames, including the Colorado State University Hall of Fame (1993) and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1995).  Colorado Gamma and SigEp lost an incredible brother on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 when Bus passed away. (Denver Post

Leonard Blach (1959)

Co-owner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and played a vetrinarian in 1978 in Casey's Shadow with Walter Mathieu.

Dale Dodrill (1951)

Distinguished football career with the Colorado A&M Aggies and Pittsburgh Steelers. Dale received recognition as a 2-time all Skyline Conference on offense and defense with team captain honors in 1950 for the Aggies and was a four-time AFL All Pro linebacker during his 9 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After retiring from the field, Dale served as an assistant coach with the Denver Broncos and was elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.  Dale has always been an avid supporter of CSU SigEp and we thank him for his relentless support.

Jasper French (1939)

Jasper (Jap) French is one of three Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation (1973) winners from our Colorado State Chapter. Jap was recognized for building the Colorado State University Alumni Association from 5,000 members to more than 30,000+ members during his tenure as he held numerous roles including Public Relations Officer and Alumni Treasurer. He also played an instrumental role in the construction of Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena while serving CSU. 

James L Harsh (1933)

James entered Colorado Agricultural College in 1929 where he developed campus interest in skiing, organized a ski club, and served as its first president in 1932.  James was the first Coloradoan to qualify for the U.S. Winter Olympic team.   James served as an alternate on the Nordic combined US team at the 1932 games in Lake Placid, NY.  After graduating James went to work as an engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on the Colorado-Big Thompson Water Project, an effort to bring water from the Colorado River under the Continental Divide to the Front Range. He became involved in damming Lake Granby and digging a tunnel under the Rocky Mountains from Lake Granby to Mary's Lake in Estes Park.  In 1981 James was inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum’s Hall of Fame.  James L. Harsh, 94, of Loveland passed away January 13th, 2004, in Littleton, Colorado.

Albert Hornung (1961)

Al served the Chapter on the Alumni Board for more than a decade and was recognized by the National Fraternity as one of only three Sigma Phi Epsilon Distinguished Alumni from the Colorado State Chapter in 1993 for his enduring committment and contribution to SigEp.  Al currently serves as a Director of the Red Door House Corporation, the non-profit corporation dedicated to maintaining and improving 121 E Lake Street for Sigma Phi Epsilon and building long-term assets to support the chapter.

Paul Jennings (1958)

Paul is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of earthquake engineering.  Paul served on numerous national committees, including the National Research Council Committee on Seismology and the National Research Council Committee on Natural Disasters, which he chaired.  He earned his PhD from Cal Tech in 1963 and taught mechanics at the Air Force Academy for a short time before the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 brought him back to Cal Tech where he spent the majority of his career in teaching and administrative roles.  Paul is one of three Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation (1993) winners from Colorado State. 

Harold B. Joy (1917)

Hal Joy was a charter member of the Colorado Gamma Chapter of Sig Phi Epsilon. After graudating from C.A.C. and completing a tour in the Army, Hal began his career as a draftsman for Temple Buell. Hal worked for Temple until the beginning of the Depression.  

Archie Lind (1964)

Currently serving as the Vice President of Aviation Systems for one of the world's largest engineering firm, URS Corporation. Archie also served the Chapter as the Alumni Board Treasurer from the early 1990s through 2004 and is one of only three CSU SigEp alumni recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters (1999) for his dedication and committment to CSU and SigEp. 

Kenneth Monfort (1951)

Has had one of the largest impacts on CSU with the Monfort Excellence Fund. He also created significant innovations in the beef and cattle industry, like cutting up meat at the plant before shipping, as he grew Monfort Beef of Colorado into a leading national beef producer. Kenneth Monfort was recognized in 1973 with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation . Read a detailed history on Monfort, Inc. at Answers.com.  

Joseph Phelps (1951)

Founded and operated his Napa Valley vineyard (Joseph Phelps Vineyard) that produced the Wine Spectator 2005 Wine of the Year: Joseph Phelps Insignia (article). 

Roy Romer (1950)

Served as Governor of Colorado from 1987 to 1999 and later the Superintendant of the Los Angeles County School District from 2001 to 2006. 

Garry Saylor (1958)

Garry Saylor demonstrated the essence of CSU SigEp each and every day. His dedication to the SigEp chapter at Colorado State led him to drive 3 hours each way while serving as the Alumni Board President through September, 1991. Garry is desperately missed by all of his brothers. 

Walter Scott (1953)

Brother Scott developed regional construction company Kiewit into one of the largest and most respected construction and mining companies in North America. As Kiewit Chief Executive, Walter took the company into fiber optics and he is recognized on the Forbes 500 list.  Brother Scott has served on many corporate boards including the role of Chairman of Level 3 Communications.  On April 14, 2011, Walter and Suzanne Scott were honored for their $10 million gift to CSU toward construction of the Engineering II building on Laurel & Meridian St in Fort Collins.  The Scott's have supported Engineering students with scholarship opportunities for 29 years impacting 18 students per year as of 2011.

Ed Tauer (1982)

Ed began serving as an at-large member of the Aurora City Council in 1997 and servd as Mayor of Aurora, Colorado from 2003-2011.  Ed received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Colorado State in 1982 and later completed an MBA from CU. 

Dr. John Weihing (1942)

Dr. Weighing was a leading plant pathologist and public television personality in Nebraska and National Public Television. Dr. Weighing developed a New Land Grant University, among his many personal and professional accomplishments.
Read Nebraska's Resolution 76, 98th Legislature, First Session on Dr. John Weihing