Monday, October 27, 2008

Warren Adler (Heights '47) Keeps the Short Story Alive

Warren Adler is a world-renowned novelist, short story writer and playwright. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and two of his novels, The War of the Roses and Random Hearts, have been made into enormously popular movies, shown continually throughout the world.
Warren is a fascinating figure in the literary world and he recently announced his 4th Short Story Contest on his website, You can also read his blog to which he posts quite frequently. Here's a contest announcement that Warren has released promoting his contest.

Fall 2008 Warren Adler Short Story Contest from Warren Adler on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bill Hammons (CAS '97) For US Congress


Alumnus, Bill Hammons (CAS, '97) is running for US Congress.

William Robert "Bill" Hammons is a Unity Party of America 2008 candidate for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, which is centered on the city of Boulder. He was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany on October 16, 1974 to a career Army officer and moved to the United States when he was three. He was raised in Odessa, Texas and graduated from New York University with a degree in English and American Literature before working in management at Newsweek Magazine for seven years (first as Newsweek's Rights and Permissions Manager, then as the magazine's Rights and Reprint Sales Manager).

Hammons helped found the Unity Party on November 4, 2004, a centrist organization spun off from a grassroots group supporting the defunct Presidential candidacy of Wes Clark. Hammons is the Chairman of that organization which has a membership in 23 states. He moved to Boulder in 2005, turned his personal website of into a business, and declared for the United States Congress on November 29, 2007 as the first Unity Party Congressional candidate. He petitioned onto the November 2008 general election ballot with 899 voter signatures, and will be facing Democrat Jared Polis, Republican Scott Starin, and Green Party candidate J.A. Calhoun. As a result of Hammons' successful petition onto the ballot as a Unity Party candidate, the Unity Party is now officially recognized as a Qualified Political Organization by the State of Colorado, which means that the Unity Party is listed on the official Colorado voter registration form as a voter affiliation option (93 voters had affiliated with the Unity Party as of September 30, 2008). Hammons is also the Chairman of the Unity Party of Colorado.

Hammons supports, among other things, a Balanced Budget Amendment, Federal term limits, and global carbon emission licenses to combat global warming.
- Wikipedia

You can visit his official site by clicking here. Here's a link to a profile of Mr. Hammons where we learn among other things, that his favorite song is "Hero of the Day," by Metallica.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

James Swain (WSC '78) and The Night Stalker


James Swain is the author of nine bestselling novels, and has been published in the United States, France, Japan, Russia, Turkey and Germany. His books have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations. In 2006, he was awarded the Prix Calibre 38 for Best American Crime Fiction. He lives in Florida with his wife Laura

His most recent novel, The Night Stalker, is a sequel to his book, Midnight Rambler. Be sure to visit Mr. Swain's website at

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Welcome to the Brand New Alumni Arts and Science Blog

We are pleased to welcome you to the new Alumni Arts and Science Blog. We hope you will subscribe to this blog so that you are the first to know about happenings on campus and information on your fellow alumni. Now that we have switched to a new blog software, we will be starting some new exciting features such as guest bloggers, video interviews, profiled alumni readers and much more. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions at