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Alumni News - June 2019

Alumni Teacher of the Year and Alumni Educator Hall of Fame Honorees

Over 100 attendees gathered in the Occhiato Student Center to celebrate this year’s Alumni Teacher of the Year and Alumni Educator Hall of Fame honorees.  CSU-Pueblo is proud of our over 2,200 Teacher Education alumni; and of those, 1,700 have stayed in the state of Colorado.


Sulema James, A98, Mike DeLuca, A75, Gail Kozhenikov, A79, and David Gray, A86







Gail Kozhenikov, A79, HOF inductee, Derek Flowers, A05, Sunset Park Elementary, Pueblo, LaShai Powells, A15, Janitell Junior High School, Fountain, Madison Tortessi, A16, Canon City High School, Canon City, David Gray, A86, HOF inductee




Associated Students’ Government (ASG) Alumni Reception

ASG ReceptionThe annual ASG Alumni Reception was a huge success!  This event is held one-hour prior to the cocktail reception for the annual President’s Gala.  Thank you to Chris Turner, A01; Steve Titus, A11; and Villa Bella Expeditionary School/Logan Gogarty, A13, for hosting this annual event and for also sponsoring seats at this year’s President’s Gala for ASG alumni to attend the event.

President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement

Mark DeRose, A84, was this year’s recipient of the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement at this year’s President’s Gala.

DeRose received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Southern Colorado (USC), now CSU-Pueblo, and is the Chief Executive Officer at ServiceStar Capital Management. He was USC’s football team captain in 1982 and was named to the All-RMAC team twice and earned 1st Team NAIA All-District 7 in 1982. DeRose was invited to the Denver Broncos training camp in 1983 and played linebacker for a season. He started for the Denver Gold, a member of the USFL at linebacker during the 1984-85 season and played for the Los Angeles Express (Linebacker) during the 1985 season. Mark was inducted into the Pueblo East High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. His contributions to CSU-Pueblo have been significant, Mark was a founding member of Friends of Football, regularly donates to Pack football events and supports the University’s on-the-road athletic events. Mark lives in Centennial, CO with his wife, Lanette.

Save the Date for Homecoming 2019 

Homecoming events hosted by the Alumni Association will be held Tuesday, October 15th  – Sunday, October 20th. If you have questions, contact Tracy Samora, Director of Alumni & Community Relations, at 719-549-2858 or

Tuesday, October 15

  • Career Fair and Alumni/Community Networking Event
    • Career Fair – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSC Ballroom
    • Alumni/Community/Student Networking Event – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16
  • Donuts & Coffee Break with Students & Alumni
    • 8:30 – 10 a.m., LARC Lobby
  • Modern Day Conversation Salon – Communication, Rhetoric, Forensic & Debate Alumni
    • 5:30 p.m. Social Hour, 6 p.m. Conversation Salon, Occhiato Student Center - Ballroom
Thursday, October 17
  • College of Science & Math (SCM) Research Symposium
    • Time-TBA, OSC, lobby near fireplace
Friday, October 18
  • Teacher Education Professional Development Workshop
    • 9:30 a.m. – noon, OSC, room TBA
  • President’s Leadership Program Alumni Reception
    • 5-7 p.m., location TBA
  • Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament
    • 9 a.m., Elmwood Golf Course
  • Baseball Alumni Dinner
    • 6 p.m., OSC Ballroom
  • ASG Bonfire
    • 7:30 p.m., near sand volleyball courts and baseball fields

Saturday, October 19

  • Student Recreation students, staff, alumni and families
    • 10 a.m. – noon, Student Recreation Center - continental breakfast, giveaways and silent auction
  • Marching Band/Music Alumni Activities
    • Alumni are asked to report at noon (contact Alumni Office for details)
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction (Tickets required)
    • 10 a.m., Occhiato Student Center - Ballroom
    • Contact the Athletics Department, 719-549-2711
  • Baseball Alumni Game
    • 9 a.m., Rawlings Field
  • 7th Annual Engineering Alumni Open House and Breakfast
    • 9:30 a.m., 1st floor Technology Building
  • Alumni Association/Friends of Football Community Tailgate (Tickets required)
    • Noon, on rooftop deck at Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl
  • Pack Football vs. Colorado Mesa (Tickets required)
    • 2 p.m. kickoff

Sunday, October 20

  • Alumni/Family Brunch
    • 10 a.m., Occhiato Student Center - Ballroom
    • $5 per person, RSVPs are required

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