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CSU-Pueblo names 15-16 President Leadership Program Class

Release Date: June 15, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

CSU-Pueblo names 15-16 President Leadership Program Class

PUEBLO - Twenty-one students have been named to the 2015-2016 freshman class of the President's Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University - Pueblo. The students were selected by a committee of campus and community board members and students from the PLP program.

Currently in its 16th year, the PLP program is one of 10 higher education institutions to participate in the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a consortium of comprehensive leadership education programs at undergraduate institutions across Colorado. Through shared resources and collaborative efforts, CLA aims to develop the next generation of Colorado's leaders.

The PLP develops and trains emerging leaders at CSU-Pueblo through an academic leadership program focused on academics, service and experiential learning. Scholars are given opportunities to obtain leadership experience through mentoring, internships, and presentations by leaders in various fields from government and education to the service sectors. PLP students also earn a minor in leadership studies.

Eligible candidates are graduating high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and who display leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to something outside one's self. PLP challenges participants to identify and engage in leadership issues facing Southern Colorado. Participants must retain no less than a 3.0 grade point average at CSU-Pueblo to maintain eligibility status.

The following students are members of the 2015-16 PLP freshman class:

Alamosa, CO

Richard Pena

Arvada, CO

Rachel Ruiz

Canon City, CO

Brianna Heifner

Castle Rock, CO

Raquel Garza

Centennial, CO

Lilyana Lahti

Colorado Springs, CO

Kyleigh Bloyd

Denver, CO

Octavia Ervin

Fort Collins, CO

Dakota Coombes

Fort Morgan, CO

Aurora Baca

Fowler, CO

Hannah Higgs

Pueblo, CO

Emily Alexander, Pueblo Central Brandon Bayer, Pueblo East Jason Falsetto, Pueblo South Brianna Glessner, Pueblo South Aleiya Pence, Dolores Huerta David Salay, Pueblo West Brooklynn Trujillo, Pueblo South

Strasburg, CO

Chianna Schoenthaler

Walsenburg, CO

Sarah Encinias

Rebecca Suazo


Arianna Rohde, Anchorage, Alaska

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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