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DeRoses, Quinn, Roman to be honored at Gala on May 15

Release Date: February 18, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

PUEBLO – Four “legendary” Puebloans  -- Neta and Eddie DeRose, Jack Quinn, and Henry Roman -- will be honored as part of the 2015 President’s Gala on Friday, May 15 in the Occhiato University Center (OUC) Ballroom. Proceeds from the Gala directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs. The name of a fifth medallion recipient, for Distinguished Alumni Achievement, will be announced in March.  

President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service will be presented to Neta and Eddie DeRose, Jack Quinn, and Henry Roman at the 2015 President’s Gala, “A Legendary Evening,” which will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and music by CSU-Pueblo music students in the Hearthwell Lounge. Tickets for the 2015 President’s Gala are $125 per person or $1,500 for a corporate table of 8. Information on tickets, sponsorships, and corporate tables is available through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, 719-549-2380 or at

For the third straight year through the generosity of 2001 alumnus Chris Turner, a reunion of former Associated Students Government presidents and vice presidents will begin at 5 p.m. on the evening of the gala. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Tracy Samora for more information at 719-549-2858 or

The President’s Medallions recognize individuals who set high standards of ethics and values to serve as examples for CSU-Pueblo students and the campus community as a whole through their profession, exceptional service, and/or contributions to humanity. Recipients support the University’s continual progress toward future goals and achievements and/or make significant contributions as an advocate of post secondary education. 

Neta and Eddie DeRoseNeta and Eddie DeRose will receive the medallion for Distinguished Service to the University As founding members of Friends of Football, they led by example the fundraising effort to reinstate football, wrestling, and women’s track and field and to construct the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, which was aptly named in their honor. As a couple, they have illustrated a passion for their alma mater by supporting not just the ThunderWolves athletic programs and marching band, but additional University departments and programs, including foreign languages, the President’s Leadership Program, and the International Student Office. The Pueblo Community has benefitted in many ways from their support, including a new day care center at the YMCA, Pueblo Community College, as well as numerous youth groups and sports teams.

Jack QuinnJack Quinn will receive the medallion for Distinguished Service to the Community.  

In addition to nearly four decades of service to the Pueblo Housing Authority, where he renovated properties for the benefit of low-income families and often preserved historical landmarks in the process, he has given his time and talents to make Pueblo a better place for all citizens through service to the United Way, the Boys Club, and the Packard Foundation among other organizations.  

Henry RomanA 1969 graduate of the institution, Henry Roman will receive the medallion for Distinguished Service to Education. Roman has displayed tremendous leadership over the last three decades as a teacher and superintendent of both local school districts and as a consultant to educational entities in Colorado and across the Southwest, including Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences and Chavez-Huerta K-12 Prep Academy. ​


Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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