104 people wrote articles for the Journal. A profile shows:
Mesa Faculty - 8
Mesa Students & Alums - 63
Community people - 25
Not identified - 8
Dr. Roland Marasco
Dr. Marasco spent 44 years in General Medicine and Surgery in Grand Junction. After retirement he served as a short-term missionary doctor and later as a volunteer at Marillac Clinic. He wrote the story of his mother Maria Guiseppa Marasco so that his children, grandchildren and other young family members would know their family history. He completed the manuscript shortly before his unexpected death. His article, entitled La Mamma, appears in the Summer 2001 issue.
Mary Rait served as Vice President, Dean of Women and Professor of History at Mesa College for many years. A former student described her as statuesque with an aura of scholarly intellectualism. "This lady was and continues to be the very symbol of what Mesa College was at its inception in 1925 and is at the present Colorado Mesa University of 1988." [3(3):5] Rait Residence Hall on campus is named for her. Her manuscript printed in the Journal is her master's thesis written at University of Colorado in 1931. Her article, entitled Development of Grand Junction and the Colorado River Valley to Palisade from 1881 to 1931, appears in two parts in the Summer 1988 and Autumn 1988 issues.
Tonya Stites attended high school in Cedaredge and came to Mesa State to play basketball and study history. She graduated Cum Laude with her history degree in 1994 and went on to teach history at Central High in Grand Junction and Delta High School. In 2004 she was inducted into the Colorado Mesa University Athletic Hall of Honor. Her article, entitled Hotel Colorado: Playground of the Rich and Famous, appears in the Spring 1994 issue.
Janet Mease was a history student in 1986 and a member of the original Editorial Board for the Journal. At that time she was also the president of the Alpha-Gamma-Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and vice-president of the Mesa College Historical Society. After graduation she left the Grand Valley for a while but on her return once again became involved with the Journal serving on the Editorial Board for the last seven plus years. One of her first assignments was as major editor for the Mary Rait manuscript. Her article, entitled Grand Junction Town Company and the Land Dispute with William Keith, appears in the Summer 1986 issue.
Steve Woytek came to Mesa State in the Fall of 1997 as a junior college transfer to play baseball and finish his history degree. He started for the Mavericks in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. After graduation in 1999 with a BA in history and teacher licensure, he was hired as an assistant baseball coach at MSC and as a history teacher at Grand Junction High School. He has master's degrees in Ahtletic Administration and Academic Administration. His article, entitled John Otto: More Than a Misunderstood Visionary, appears in the Fall 1998 issue.
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