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CSU-Pueblo recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day May 5

Release Date: May 01, 2016

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO - Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a day of activities, including a memorial service, personal testimony, lectures, and displays on Thursday, May 5 in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the day, educational exhibits about the Holocaust will be on display in the Library and Academic Resources Center. All events are open to the public at no charge.

Morning events begin at 9 a.m. with a lecture by Associate Professor of Psychology Krista Bridgmon on trauma and post traumatic stress disorder in the Occhiato University Center Cottonwood Room. Community member Helena Atlas-Acuna will share stories about her personal connection to the Holocaust beginning at 10:15 a.m., also in OUC Cottonwood. A memorial service led by Rabbi Birdie Becker will follow at 11:30 a.m. featuring a musical performance by CSU-Pueblo music students under the direction of Music Department Chair Dr. David Volk.

At 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the OUC Great Hall, Dr. Derek Lopez, director of the Center for Academic Enrichment, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Jonathan Poritz, will read the names of those who perished.

Dr. William Folkestad, art professor and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will lead a discussion on art and the Holocaust in the General Classroom Building 211.

At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Jenny Piazza, associate professor of teacher education, will close the day's events with a session on children and youth literature and the Holocaust, which will include a book reading and discussion, in the OUC Cottonwood Room.

For more information, contact Pam Richmond, associate professor of social work, at

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