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Pack Pride Profiles

Patrick, A89, and Julia, A91, Keller

Patrick, A89, and Julia, A91, Keller, both received their undergraduate degrees in English from Colorado State University - Pueblo.  They are the son and daughter-in-law of Dr. Robert Keller, CSU-Pueblo professor emeritus, and Sally, A77, retired Pueblo City Schools teacher.  Patrick and Julia graduated with their Ph.D. degrees on May 13, 2016, from the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque.  Patrick received his Ph.D. in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences.  Julia received her Ph.D. in Psychology.  Prior to their Ph.D. degrees, Patrick received his M.A. in Educational Media from the University of Northern Colorado (2004) and his M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University (2008).  Julia received her M.A. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado (1994) and her M.S. in Psychology (2012) from the University of New Mexico.  They have accepted academic positions at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

Miranda (Cisneros) Awata, A04

As a high school student, Miranda (Cisneros) Awata was asked to draw a picture of where she saw herself in 10 years. She drew a picture of a magic carpet because of her strong desire to travel and see the world. That magic carpet has transported her to Japan!

Awata is a Mass Communications and art alumna, she and her husband are the owners of Miranda’s English Conversation School in Japan.

Dr. Irene Blea, A73

Dr. Blea is an accomplished author and lecturer, and retired as a tenured, full professor and chairperson of the Mexican American Studies Department at California State University-Los Angeles. Throughout her tenure, she produced seven university textbooks, four books of poetry, and 30 academic articles.

Upon retirement, this accomplished author and lecturer shifted her writing focus from textbooks to novels. Her first novel, and the first of a trilogy, "Suzanna", tells the story of a 12-year-old girl given in marriage to a 39-year-old man in 1920's New Mexico.

Jillian Maes, A04

Jillian currently serves as the director of marketing and communications with St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, CO. She has served in various roles within the Centura Health System for eight years, including marketing and public relations at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO.

Jillian is responsible for integrated marketing and advertising, website and social media management, internal communications, special events, sponsorships, community outreach, and media relations.

She is a proud CSU-Pueblo alumna who is grateful for her education and the experience she gained while still a student along with the life-long friendships that she made during her years as a ThunderWolf.

Download the 2016 CSU-Pueblo Magazine

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Oct 31

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Office of Residence Life and Housing will be hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat in one of the parking lots by the residence halls (TBA) for our young community members to come and enjoy! If you would like to host a trunk...

Oct 31

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Office of Residence Life and Housing invites you to celebrate Halloween in the halls with a variety of events including arts and crafts, DIY caramel apples, zombie prom, and a costume contest! Residents, commuters,...

Nov 03

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us for the 9th annual Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival featuring an evening of "Monster" piano fun with CSU-P faculty, students, alumni, guests and FIVE grand pianos on the Hoag Hall stage....

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