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Meet Your Athletics Development Staff

CSU Athletics Development is charged with raising funds to support Rams student-athletes. From scholarship support to capital projects, our staff is dedicated to generating critical revenue by facilitating the philanthropic interests of donors and fans. The athletics development office can be reached from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (970) 491-4666 or by emailing ramclub@colostate.edu.

David Crum - Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development

David Crum joined Colorado State Athletics in December of 2012. In his role as the senior associate athletics director for development, Crum serves as the department's chief development officer and is heavily involved in the campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new on-campus multi-purpose stadium. Crum also oversees the overall daily management of the athletics development office and the Ram Club.

Prior to Colorado State University Crum spent the past five years as a senior administrator at the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota Crum was the chief development officer who led a development unit that raised more than $100 million in five years. He also played a lead role in securing the necessary funds for the Golden Gophers' on-campus TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009.

Prior to his tenure at Minnesota Crum spent 10 years at Iowa State, first in the area of ticket and event operations (1997-03) and later as assistant athletic director for major gifts (2004-07). Crum began his career in intercollegiate athletics working with ticket operations at UCLA (1991-94) before spending one year at Nebraska (1994-95) and two years at Louisiana-Monroe (1995-97). David and his wife Linda have three daughters.

Jay McMillin - Assistant Athletics Director for Development

Jay McMillin enters his first year with Colorado State University. McMillin came from Idaho State University where his was assistant athletic director for major gifts from 2009-2013. He served as director of the Bengal Foundation from 2006-2008. Before transitioning to athletic development he spent 15 years on staff as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's degree from the University of Idaho. Jay and his wife Alisha have four children Lauren, Cooper, Madalyn and Emersyn.

Jamie Hays Szelc - Assistant Director for Development/Major Gifts

Jamie Hays Szelc joined CSU's athletic development staff in May of 2013, as assistant director of development/major gifts.

In her current role, Hays Szelc solicits major gifts for CSU Athletics and oversees the annual fund. Prior to her arrival at CSU, Jamie worked at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc., for nearly ten years, spending the last five years as their assistant director of development - athletics. In her role, while soliciting for major gifts, Jamie also oversaw the annual fund and internal operations of the Blue & Gold Fund. Hays Szelc was part of a team that over the last four years booked more than $21 million in annual, endowed, and major giving and helped grow the annual fund by 56 percent.

Hays Szelc previously worked as assistant director of marketing for Marquette athletics, where she was oversaw the marketing efforts for the women's basketball and volleyball programs.

A native of Pratt, Kan., Jamie received her Bachelor of Science in education, with an emphasis in sport management from the University of Kansas and later earned a Master's of Science in sport administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jamie also served as the Big East representative for the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) for the last four years.

Jamie and her husband Paul, reside in Fort Collins. Jamie can be reached at Jamie.Szelc@colostate.edu or by phone at (970) 492-4195.

Terry Hemme - Assistant Director for Development/Major Gifts

Terry Hemme, 97', came back home to join Colorado State athletics in May of 2013 as assistant director of major gifts. His primary role is to secure major gifts for athletics and provide departmental support where needed. Prior to CSU, Terry spent seven years in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University in ticket sales and athletics development. "Personally and professionally it is a great opportunity for me to be back at CSU working with the many wonderful people in the CSU Ram community and our loyal donors!" Terry Hemme can be reached via email at terry.hemme@colostate.edu or by phone at (970) 492-4121.
Doug Patmore - Annual Fund Director

Doug Patmore joined CSU athletics in August 2008 as donor relations coordinator, and has served as annual fund director since 2011. Doug is responsible for the general operations of the annual fund which serves to generate revenue each year for student-athlete scholarships and program specific support. Prior to CSU, Doug served an internship with the Bulldog Club at the University of Georgia, where he completed his undergraduate degree. "I am proud to be a CSU Ram and value very highly all of the relationships I have built with our loyal donors and fans." Doug can be reached via email at dpatmore@colostate.edu or by phone at (970) 491-7291.
Jamie Hall - Donor Relations Coordinator

Jamie Hall joined the CSU athletic development staff in April 2014 as the donor relations coordinator. Jamie is responsible for managing the day-to-day office operations for all external staff in athletics development. Prior to her arrival at CSU, Jamie worked in the private sector in Fort Collins. Before relocating west, Jamie served James Madison University as ticket office assistant, assistant director of ticketing, and most recently, director of donor stewardship & administration. As a student-athlete on the women's soccer team, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in sport management at West Virginia University.

Jamie and her husband, Jerod, reside in Fort Collins and have one son, Everett.

Rickie Alvarez - Development Intern

Rickie Alvarez joined CSU's athletic development staff in June of 2014, as the athletics development intern. In his current role, Alvarez will be responsible for communicating with donors, tracking and processing donations, overseeing acknowledgement letters, and helping support the athletics development staff with special projects and administrative tasks. He will also assist in coordinating mailings, e-newsletters, game days, and special events. Prior to his arrival at CSU, Alvarez interned at the University of Louisiana at Monroe as the external operations assistant. During his tenure at ULM, Alvarez assisted with game operations, annual fund solicitation, and was the primary contact for premium seating and tailgating.

A native of Bellflower, Calif., Alvarez received his Bachelor of Arts in political science, from the University of California, Santa Barbara and later earned a Master of Arts in sport and athletic administration from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Tanya Ocana - Development Coordinator for the Director of Athletics

Tanya Ocana joined CSU's Athletic Development Staff in June of 2014 as the Development Coordinator for the Director of Athletics. In her current role, Ocana serves as the coordinator between Jack Graham and the athletics development office.

Tanya is originally from Denver, and she received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Colorado State University in 2014. Tanya has worked within the department of athletics at CSU since her freshmen year of college in a variety of roles. During this time, she served as an intern for the marketing offices, team manager for women's basketball, and assisted men's basketball with summer camps.

Donor Spotlight: C.J. and Dee Streit
Streits always giving back

By Gary Ozzello


C.J. and Dee Streit with Sam Martin

A stained glass piece of artwork depicting Colorado State's Ram logo hangs in the front window at the home of C.J. and Dee Streit.

The late afternoon sun piercing the artwork casts green and gold rays throughout the couple's comfortable living room.

But then, the world is pretty much green and gold all the time to the Streits.

"My success is related to CSU," the 88-year-old Streit says. "I owe a deep, deep debt of gratitude to CSU. It was, is, and always will be the economic engine of Fort Collins."

Taking those words to heart, Streit said, he and his wife have tried as much as possible to give back to the university - although neither is a graduate.

"I think it is so important to give back," C.J. said. "Giving back, I always say, feels better than getting."

Streit, who was born in Arkansas, grew up in Oklahoma and is a World War II veteran.

"Because of the war I was able to go to school on the G.I. bill at the University of Michigan," he explained.

An economics and math major, Streit spent a short time after having earned his degree in Illinois in the corporate world in which he quickly became disenchanted. So, along with Dee and four young children, ventured west.

"I had a brother-in-law who had a degree from Notre Dame, and he was in the pizza business in Denver," Streit chuckled. "I figured if he could be successful in the pizza business, so could I."

He and Dee opened Fort Collins' first pizza parlor - Pizza Roma - in 1956 at 746 N. College. The success of the pizza business transformed the Streit's venture to a full-fledged Italian restaurant at the same location, The Gondolier.

"I benefitted from CSU," he said. "I hired CSU students!"

He remained in the restaurant business until 1979, and along the way also dabbled in ranching near North Park, the oil and gas industry, and growing mushrooms.

And, he and his family became avid Ram fans. He donated to the men's basketball program regularly, beginning when legendary coach Jim Williams was at the helm and the team was led by the school's only consensus All-American, Bill Green.

That support by the Streits continues today. The couple were donors at the time of construction to the McGraw Athletic Center, and also played a role in the Anderson Academic Center.

In addition, they continue to support CSU student-athletes through the Legacy Program, currently sponsoring the scholarship of women's basketball player Sam Martin.

"It's absolutely very important to us," he said, "to be a part of the Legacy Program. We love Sam Martin, and her family. They are like family to us."

Streit said his fondest CSU memory happened in 1993. He had been battling lung cancer. The disease had entered Stage 4, but he beat it due to excellent health care and a positive attitude, he said.

"At halftime of a men's basketball game, I went out to midcourt and was presented a ball signed by all the players by Coach Stew Morrill," he explained. "That to me is just an outstanding memory."

Along the way, C.J. and Dee Streit have provided memories to plenty of student-athletes with their continued support.

Q&A with Daniel Bejarano


What does receiving an athletic scholarship at Colorado State mean to you and your family?
My scholarship gave me a chance to fulfill my dreams of going to college, earning a degree, and having the opportunity to play basketball.

Describe the reaction of your and your family when you learned that you received an athletic scholarship at CSU.
We were very excited and felt very blessed.  My mom and I felt that CSU was the right place for me and that it was a great fit.

What would your message be to the donors who donate each year to fund your scholarship?
Thank you, thank you, thank you.  They are very special people.  Their generosity allowed me to fulfill my dream. I will always remember my donors, as they allowed me to live my dream of becoming a student-athlete.

What is one way that you have grown as a student and/or athlete since you have been at CSU?
I have grown up and matured so much since I first came to CSU.  The coaching staff and my teammates have been a large part of that.

What is your favorite memory as an athlete since you have been at CSU?
I don't have one specific memory; instead, I have a bunch.  My best memories are walking in and out of Moby and high-fiving little Ram fans before and after games.

What are your professional goals after graduating?
I hope to be able to continue my athletic career overseas, and then to be able to put the skills I have learned while here at CSU to use in a job or career.

What makes CSU a special place for you?
The people, faculty, staff, counselors, fans, teammates, and coaches.

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