138th Year of
COMMENCEMENT
Spring 2022

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Commencement

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

May 13, 2022

Order of Ceremony

Processional 2 – “Pomp and Circumstance,” CSU Brass Ensemble

Posting of the Colors – Wing Walker Drill Team, Colorado State Air Force ROTC

National Anthem 1 – CSU Brass Ensemble

Welcome and Introductions – Interim Dean Colin Clay

Student Remarks – CVMBS Student Speakers 

Charge to the Class – Provost Mary Pedersen

Recognition of Outstanding Achievements of Graduates – Dr. Sandra Quackenbush

Presentation of Class – Dr. Quackenbush

Conferring of Degrees – Provost Pedersen

Diploma Distribution and Recognition 2 – Department Heads 

Welcome to the Alumni Association – Dr. Phillip Quirk

Closing Remarks and Announcements – Interim Dean Clay

Alma Mater and Recessional 2 – CSU Brass Ensemble

College Marshals: Mr. Chase Weldon, Dr. Sarah Maddox

Student Remarks: Gaby Brown, Biomedical Sciences; Keelan Kenny, Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health; Marshall Thomas, Microbiology; Sunbul Zeerak, Microbiology

Diploma Distribution: Dr. Quint Winger, Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Phillip Quirk, Director, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program; Dr. Joshua Schaeffer, Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; Dr. Jennifer McLean, Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

On the Platform

Dr. Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President, Colorado State University

Ms. Jenelle Beavers, J.D., M.P.H., Vice President for Strategy

Ms. Yolanda Bevill, J.D., Vice President for University Marketing and Communications and Acting Vice President for Enrollment and Access

Dr. Colin Clay, Interim Dean, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Sandra Quackenbush, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Naomi Nishi, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Gregg A. Dean, Head, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Dr. Phillip Quirk, Director, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program

Dr. Alexander Brandl, Interim Department Head, Associate Professor, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Dr. Noreen Reist, Professor, Director of the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program

Dr. Quint Winger, Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Joshua Schaeffer, Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Dr. Jennifer McLean, Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology 

Announcers

Dr. Christianne Magee, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Sheryl Magzamen, Associate Professor, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Mr. Pete Justice, Faculty, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Dr. Leslie Stone-Roy, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

1 Audience will stand

2 Audience may remain seated

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Candidates for University Honors Scholar
Spring 2022

Shidizja Altamirano, Biomedical Sciences major and Zoology minor. Thesis title: The World’s Serpents: Comparative Gross Anatomy of Snakes.

Jordyn Becker, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Intra-Articular Phosphate Buffered Saline Injections to Treat Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis in a Mouse Model.

Alexandra Bower, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Cause and Effect of Shifting Anatomy Instruction Virtual.

Raechel Brady, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Effects of Chronic Stress on the Cardiovascular System.

Gabriele Brown, Biomedical Sciences major and Spanish minor. Thesis title: Novel Virus, Novel Response: How Colorado State University Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Widespread Testing and Why the Response Was Unique.

Lauren Brown, Biomedical Sciences major and Creative Writing minor. Thesis title: Branches of Responsibility: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories.

Miranda Coldren, Neuroscience major with Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration and Languages, Literatures and Cultures major with Spanish concentration. Thesis title: Mechanisms of Action for Autoantibodies Against AMPA and NMDA Receptors in Anti AMPA and Anti NMDA Encephalitis.

Kamiyah Corinaldi, Microbiology major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Effective Antimicrobial Treatment Against Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria.

Jessica Craig, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury History on Selective Attention and Target Detection: An EEG Study.

Gracie Eaton, Microbiology major and Biomedical Sciences minor. Thesis title: Chimeric Antimicrobial Enzyme: Jel-Endo.

Paige Fortunati, Microbiology major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: The Feeding Ecology of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Wild Canids and Pinnipeds.

Alice Gugel, Biomedical Sciences major and French minor. Thesis title: A Creative and Bilingual View into the Human Cardiovascular System.

Sophia Gugel, Biomedical Sciences major and French minor. Thesis title: Exploring the Human Cardiopulmonary System in English and French.

Taylor Heap, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Development of an Educational Support Brochure for Intersex Individuals and Families.

Maximilian Henneke, Neuroscience major with Cell and Molecular Neuroscience concentration and Computer Science minor. Thesis title: Age-Based Classification of rsfMRI Data by Convolutional Neural Networks.

Luisanna Hernandez Jeppesen, Microbiology major, Zoology major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Characterization of Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone (CHH) Superfamily Receptors in the Blackback Land Crab (Gecarcinus lateralis).

Lauren Houdesheldt, Environmental Health major. Thesis title: Combating the Spread of Zoonotic Diseases.

Cheyanne Izon, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry and Leadership Studies minors. Thesis title: Seasonal Cold Prevents Obesity-Related Glucose Intolerance In Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrels.

Swati Jujare, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Analysis of Metabolic Defects Caused by Barth Syndrome and the Testing of Novel Therapeutics.

Keelan Kenny, Biomedical Sciences major, Environmental Health major, Spanish minor and Spanish for Animal Health Care certificate. Thesis title: An Analysis of the Course “Sustainability in Our Lives.”

Julia King, Neuroscience major with Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Literary Review of Current Methods of CTE Diagnosis and Perspectives on Treatment.

Marin Konopelski, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: A Guidebook for Taking Prescribed Medications Safely.

Wyatt Kuper, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Short-Term Impacts of Therapy Animals in Assisted Living Communities.

Hannah Lewin, Biomedical Sciences major and General Sociology minor. Thesis title: Impact of Diet and Exercise on Circadian Clock Rhythms in Human Muscle.

Jaylin Mandley, Neuroscience major with Cell and Molecular Neuroscience concentration. Thesis title: Manipulation of Recombination-Dependent DNA Replication in Thermococcus Kodakarensis.

Alyssa Martinez, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Inspired Activism: The Relationship Between Nationalist Ideas Produced by World War II and 9/11, and a Surge in Activism Among Youth.

Kate McKnight, Neuroscience major with Cell and Molecular Neuroscience concentration. Thesis title: Substance Use and Bouldering: An Analysis of Alcohol and Marijuana Use in People Who Boulder.

Jaelyn Montgomery, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: The Case of the Girl and Her Mysterious Leg Pain: A CRPS Case Study.

Jessica Nelson, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: The Happy Heart: A Cardiovascular Health Book for Kids.

Jason Oki, Biomedical Sciences major and Animal Science major and Agricultural Business minor. Thesis title: Analysis of the Repercussions of Initiate 16 in Colorado.

Alyssa Padilla, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: A Review of the SMYD Family of Lysine Methyltransferases.

Brielle Patlin, Neuroscience major with Cell and Molecular Neuroscience concentration. Thesis title: Neuronal Innervation and Immune Presence in an Organotypic Lung Slice Model.

Jacob Powell, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: A Study on The Mental Health Crisis in The Field of Veterinary Medicine.

Kaitlin Reed, Neuroscience major Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration. Thesis title: Drosophila Melanogaster: A Genetic Model for Studying the Role of Synaptotagmin at the Neuromuscular Junction.

Abigail Richard, Neuroscience major Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Adaptive Yoga Intervention – Changes in Mind-Body Connection and Functional Connectivity in Participants with Acquired Brain Injury.

Jessica Roberts, Neuroscience major with Cell and Molecular Biology Neuroscience concentration and Spanish minor. Thesis title: Selective Coactivation of α7- and α4β2-Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Reverses Beta-Amyloid-Induced Synaptic Dysfunction.

Sidney Ruiz, Environmental Health major. Thesis title: An Evaluation of the Resources Available to Military Families with Special Needs Children.

Cierra Ruybal, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Mock Grant Proposal for Control of Propionibacterium Acnes Through an Anti-Quorum Sensing Approach.

Jessica Sherwood, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Loss of cGMP-Dependent Protein Kinase II Alters Ultrasonic Vocalizations in Mice, a Model for Speech Impairment in Human Microdeletion 4q21 Syndrome.

Kambrie Smith, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Does Inhibition of CDK8/19 Mediator Kinases Have Anti-Inflammatory and Antiproliferative Effects in Canine Cells?

Marshall Thomas, Microbiology major and Environmental Health major. Thesis title: Method Development for the Enrichment of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Extracellular Vesicles from Human Sputum Using Concanavalin A.

Alyssa Uhl, Environmental Health major and Spanish and Global Environmental Sustainability minors. Thesis title: Ramigos: Espanol Afuera.

Kaylee Valenzia, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: An Analysis of Mental Health Holds.

Molly Vetter, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: A Comparative Review of Physical Differences Students at Colorado State University Who Vape Notice Compared to Those Who Have Vaped and Successfully Quit.

Marit Wang, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: Validating the Cooking Process for Shelf-Stable Ready-To-Eat Beef Snack Sticks.

Madison Watt, Biomedical Sciences major with Anatomy and Physiology concentration. Thesis title: Placental Corticotropin Releasing Hormones as a Pregnancy Indicator in Felines.

Aria Witt, Biomedical Sciences major and Chemistry minor. Thesis title: The Effect of ROS Inhibitors on Rotenone-Treated C57 Mouse Glial Cells: A Parkinson’s Disease Model.

Emily Wrede, Biomedical Sciences major. Thesis title: The Way to Someone’s Brain Is Through Their Gut: Microbial Regulation of Tryptophan Metabolism via the Kynurenine Pathway (KP) and the Potential Link It May Have to Depression.

Sophie Zook, Biomedical Sciences major with Chemistry minor. Thesis title: Colorado Municipality Trash Ordinances and Black Bear Conflicts.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees
Spring 2022

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Interim Dean Colin Clay

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Biomedical Sciences

Ahner, Laura Eileen *

Altamirano, Shidizja Merlinda *

Andrews, Roy P. *

Becker, Jordyn Rae +

Berta, Kathryn E. *

Bower, Alexandra Lynn ^

Brady, Raechel Michelle

Britt, Olivia Grace *

Brown, Gabriele Delaney * #

Brown, Jake Riley ^

Brown, Lauren Grace *

Castro, Colton Wyatt * ^

Conroy, Molly Ray #

Craig, Jessica Rose

Daniels, Madeline Mckenna *

Dillow, Ashley Lynn

Egan, Sydney Anne

Erickson, Inga Marie + *

Fleming, Callie Misty Mae

Goerke, Allison Grace

Gugel, Alice Mei *

Gugel, Sophia Mei *

Heap, Taylor Elizabeth ^

Henderson, Avery Rae ^

Ibarra, Ashley Ann ^

Izon, Cheyanne Shirley * ^

Jozefczyk, Nicole Marie *

Jujare, Swati * =

Kenny, Keelan Tehya + * ^

Konopelski, Marin Nicole

Kuper, Wyatt Joshua LeDoux

Langer, Alexis Elizabeth

Lewin, Hannah Elizabeth * ^

Lock, Amelia M.

Maher, Katelyn Eck

Martinez, Alyssa Marie

Mitcham, Victoria Lynne

Montgomery, Jaelyn Neal

Nelson, Jessica Noelani =

Oki, Jason H. + *

Olson, Michael T.

Padilla, Alyssa Elizabeth

Patton, Kayley May

Peckosh, Tori Allison

Pellegrino, Kaitlin Jane

Powell, Jacob Maddux

Preston, Cameron J.

Ruybal, Cierra Irene *

Sherwood, Jessica K. =

Smith, Kambrie Elaine

Staebell, Rachael Nicole

Stookey, Megan Lynette

Strong, Tarryn

Talbott, Victoria Marie

Tasdelen, Serhat * #

Tipton, Madison ^

Valenzia, Kaylee Nicole *

Vetter, Molly M. * ^

Wang, Marit Bergen

Ware, Alexa Chanel *

Watt, Madison Leigh =

Webb, Morgan + *

Witt, Aria Carolyn * ^

Wolyn, Catherine Frances #

Wrede, Emily Susan ^

Zook, Sophie Jeannette * =

Environmental Health

Alzuhayri, Hala Hameed

Bear, Jordyn Maryel

Boedigheimer, Jason Miller *

Dobbs, Baylee Elizabeth *

Houdesheldt, Lauren Mae

Kraus, Olivia Gabrielle

Lesansee, Jordan David

Mueller, Maddison Ann *

Phelps, Cole LaFave

Ruiz, Sidney J.

Saraduke, Madeline *

Uhl, Alyssa Jacqueline * #

Wilmer, Ada Marie *

Microbiology

Aldaz, Devin A.

Allen, John Nicholas

Archer, Marley Drake

Bailey, Matthew Howard *

Christensen, Grace Louise

Corinaldi, Kamiyah A. *

Dunkleberger, Henry James ^

Eaton, Gracie Lane *

Fortunati, Paige *

Goldstein, Daniella Emily *

Hamilton, Atticus Hale

Hernandez Jeppesen, Luisanna Christina + *

Hines, Amelia Day *

Huffman, Heather S.

Hunter, Madison Ann

Iavornic, Denis B.

Kennedy, Jacob Alan

Knight, Ashley Laurel

Lam, Ha Hai

Marina, Rhiannon

McDonald, Kaidlyn Alexis

Rocereto, Mitchell Ken

Sedinger, Drew Sebastian Markus

Sorensen, Samuel Quinn

Staat, Rachel Grace + *

Stockett, Halie M. *

Stoltz, Madison Jo *

Thomas, Marshall William + =

Williams, Kaitlynn Anne

Woods, Dylan L. * ^

Zeerak, Sunbul

Neuroscience

Bernard, Angel Rae

Boland, Sean William

Cohen, Eli C.

Coldren, Miranda Lee +

Dalaty, Giulia

Deihl, Ennis William

Doles, Jordan Timothy

Elias, Vincent Van *

Endres, Blake Thomas

Griffith, Delaney Julia Marie

Henneke, Maximilian Andrew * ^

Hokeness, Sasipha

Hoy, Madison Ashleigh *

King, Julia Cileste *

Mandley, Jaylin Lena

McKnight, Kate Jean Saggar

Mendoza, Estella Alejandra

Moorhead, Chloe Grace

Nyman, Tristan James

Ocampo, Abril A. *

Olson, Danielle Nicole * ^

Olvera, Pedro Angel *

Pankowski, William Wyatt

Patlin, Brielle Honor

Pendleton, Cameron B. ^

Pointet, Maude *

Potocsnak, Stephen William

Press, Denny Julian

Reed, Kaitlin Madison ^

Richardson, Zoe Elizabeth

Roberts, Jessica Paige * =

Shanklin, Grace Elizabeth

Sherif, Merall Ahmed

Smith, Quin A.

Strong, Adrian Michael

Teo, Shih Ning *

Thiebaud, Christopher M.

Trevizo, Jaime Isaac

Trimm, Sidney Leanne

Zaytseva, Anastasiya

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees
Summer 2022

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Interim Dean Colin Clay

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Biomedical Sciences

Moore, Juliana Josephine

Perez, Carolina Amber

Sinaloa Acosta, Nichole M.

Environmental Health

Nowak, Kathryn M. *

Microbiology

Kerby, Erin Julia

O’Toole, Paul Kevin =

Neuroscience

Machado Dionisio, Sofia

Morgan, Ryan Nicole

Richard, Abigail K. *

Schmidt, Isabella Grace

Silva Goytortuo, Denisse

Wheeler, Emma Margaret

Zulic, Leila N.

* Candidates with minor
+ Candidates with second major
^ Candidates for cum laude
# Candidates for magna cum laude
= Candidates for summa cum laude
* Candidates with minor
+ Candidates with second major
^ Candidates for cum laude
# Candidates for magna cum laude
= Candidates for summa cum laude
‡ Awarded posthumously