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2017

June

CSU-Pueblo Forensics Team hosts third Rocky Mountain Cooperative June 25-July 1

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Forensics Team will host its 3rd and largest Rocky Mountain Debate Cooperative (RMC) on campus June 25-July 1. Participants will learn about National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) style from some of the best debate coaches in the country. This year, coaches hail from Arkansas State University, Colorado College, CSU-Pueblo, Concordia University-Irvine, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Utah. The RMC will host students representing 14 different institutions for the intensive five-day camp. During the duration of the camp, students will hear 15 different lectures, participate in almost a dozen practice debates, and compete in a tournament to crown a camp champion.

CSU-Pueblo Bass Fishing Club helps local teen qualify for Junior World Fishing Championship

Thanks to encouragement and mentoring from Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Bass Club Team President Tyler Hassler, local teen angler Dillon Robertshaw won the Bass Federation's Youth Bass Fishing State Championship last weekend at Lake Pueblo Reservoir. Robertshaw and Hassler will travel in August to South Carolina to compete in the Junior World Championships.

CSU-Pueblo announces memorial service, scholarship for beloved biology professor

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced details for memorial services and a scholarship established for Biology Professor Dr. Dan Caprioglio, who died in a bicycle accident June 9 on Colorado Highway 47. A campus memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 in Hoag Recital Hall to be followed by a reception in Hoag Hall Foyer. A second service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6 at Christ the King Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Drive. His wife, Helen, assistant provost for assessment, has established a scholarship for undergraduate research in Dan’s honor with the CSU-Pueblo Foundation to carry on Dan's legacy and benefit undergraduate research for CSU-Pueblo students.

CSU-Pueblo Music Department hosts music, adventure camp

The Music Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host its annual Southern Colorado Music Adventure Camp for kids July 10-15 in Hoag Recital Hall. The camp allows students ages 6-18 to work with prominent music faculty to advance their musical careers as well as enjoy the great Colorado outdoors. Complete information as well as an application is available at https://www.csupueblo.edu/music/festivals/southern-colorado-adventure-music-camp.html

CSU-Pueblo School of Nursing hosts 5k in partnership with the NAMI on June 25

The School of Nursing at Colorado State University–Pueblo will host a community 5k in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Sunday, June 25 at the CSU-Pueblo ThunderBowl to spread awareness of suicide and suicide prevention within the Pueblo community. The “Run for Life 5K” seeks to target and combat the high suicide rate amongst teens and youth within the Pueblo community by raising awareness, and with the funds raised, implementing ideas that will diminish the occurrences.

May

Colorado State University–Pueblo announces 2017 Spring Dean’s List

The following 1095 students have been named to the 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The list recognizes undergraduate degree-seeking students who have completed 12 or more credit hours with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5. Those 378 students whose names appear with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. The students are listed by country, state, and town.

CSU-Pueblo to interview three finalists for ICR Director

CSU-Pueblo will interview three finalists in early June for the permanent position of director of the Institute of Cannabis Research. Interviews will take place during the week of June 5, with the new director to begin work on July 1.

CSU-Pueblo music professor conducts/teaches in China

A Colorado State University-Pueblo music professor has spent the last year in East Asia, conducting and assisting bands and symphony orchestras made up of musicians from primary school age to professional. Dr. Alan W. Mills, associate professor and director of bands, is serving a one-year residency in the Culture and Art Education Center of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, located in Chengdu. As a visiting adjunct professor, he is conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and teaching classes in Classical Western Music and Jazz History. This fall, he will return for his 10th year at CSU-Pueblo as conductor of the Wind Ensemble, director of the University Band and ThunderWolves Marching Band, as well as instructor of music education classes.

CSU–Pueblo names 2017-2018 President Leadership Program Class

Twenty students have been named to the 2017-2018 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 18th year, the PLP program is one of 11 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. PLP students also earn a minor in leadership studies.

CSU-Pueblo Student Recreation Center hosts Multi-Sport and Adventure Day Camps

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) at Colorado State University-Pueblo again will offer a Multi-Sport & Adventure Camp this summer for kids entering grades K-5 and 6-8. Camps will be held at the SRC at CSU-Pueblo from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Half day sessions also are available from 7:30 a.m.-noon or noon-5:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy a variety of sports and adventure activities with an emphasis on FUN, learning, and participation. Six sessions will be offered throughout the summer during the following weeks: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 17-21.

CSU-Pueblo offers Summer Transportation Institute, June 12-23

Secondary school students can investigate the transportation industry as a possible career choice as part of a two-week, non-residential National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) at Colorado State University - Pueblo in June. CSU – Pueblo civil engineering technology faculty will conduct the Institute from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12 to 23 for students in grades 6 through 8 attending public or private schools in Colorado. Students interested in the program are encouraged to apply immediately. Space in the program is limited to a maximum of 20 students, who will receive a full scholarship, covering tuition, daily transportation to and from School (in Pueblo County), stationery, laboratory usage and supplies, field trips, and meals during the two-week course being sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and financed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

CSU-Pueblo nursing students co-sponsor community baby shower

New and expectant mothers can arm themselves with knowledge necessary to raise a happy, healthy, and safe child at the 7th annual Community Baby Shower presented by the Pueblo Early Childhood Council and the Colorado State University-Pueblo Nursing Department. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at the Praise Assembly of God Church in Pueblo, 2000 Troy Avenue.

Colorado State University-Pueblo MERIT programs earn state “model” status

Two departments at Colorado State University-Pueblo have completed a successful five-year program supported by a Title III grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition and earned a model program designation from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) . The grant sought to improve the number of English as a Second Language endorsements among teachers and create a communications vehicle through which educators and their school districts could share best practices. Natalie Brown, project director of MERIT (Magnifying Educational Results in Teaching), said the CDE described Project MERIT as a "model program" for its Culturally & Linguistically Diverse endorsement program that exceeded all of the goals outlined in its grant proposal. The program is coordinated through the English/Foreign Languages and Teacher Education departments.

2017 Smithsonian Interns Announced at Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo will send six students to Washington, D.C. May 31-July 1 to intern in the nation’s capital through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. The six internships include housing covered by the university and a small stipend for expenses through an agreement that is the only one of its kind between the Smithsonian-at-large and a university in the state of Colorado. Some positions may be paid, and students also may earn up to three hours of internship credit for completing the experience. The interns will learn and work at a variety of Smithsonian facilities, including the Office of Protection Services, Digital Archives Management, Freer Gallery of Art, Traveling Exhibition Services, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

CSU-Pueblo announces results of 23rd annual design contest

For the 23rd year, the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies at Colorado State University-Pueblo announces the competition results of its annual design contest. Nearly 250 middle and high school students created seven engineering design projects on April 8 on the CSU-Pueblo campus. In the high school competition, Pueblo West and Pueblo County’s School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences tied for first, while Pueblo’s Connect Charter School and Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences placed first and second in the middle school category.

CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico returns from Texas with numerous top three awards

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Ballet Folklorico brought home a number of top three finishes from the fifth annual Competencia Folklórica de Tejas in Corpus Christi, Texas. Twenty-one dance groups, including 176 dance entries from among 604 dancers from the U.S. and Mexico participated in the event at the American Bank Center's Selena Auditorium, hosted by Alcorta's Compania de Danza Folklorica of Corpus Christi. The competition was sponsored by the prestigious Association of National Folkloric Groups.

April

CSU-Pueblo honors outstanding faculty and staff at luncheon

Outstanding faculty and staff leaders at Colorado State University – Pueblo were honored at a recognition luncheon held on Wednesday, April 19. Field Experience Coordinator in the Teacher Education Program Jeremiah Blaha was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Professional Employee, while Extended Studies Administrative Assistant Juanita Sanchez was named the Outstanding Classified Employee. Claire Ramos, assistant professor of biology, earned the top faculty honor for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. The Library Information Management Team earned the Outstanding Team Award. Also honored at the luncheon were recent retirees of the University and individuals who achieved a service milestone for employment during the past academic year from five to 35 years. A moment of silence also was observed for staff members and students who passed away within the last academic year.

CSU–Pueblo honors Riganti with Threlkeld Prize as top senior

A veteran and Fort Carson community volunteer has been named the 2017 recipient of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence at Colorado State University-Pueblo. As the Threlkeld recipient, Heather Riganti, Colorado Springs, will receive the first diploma of the ceremony when she graduates with a bachelor’s degree in history (secondary education emphasis) and psychology and a minor in sociology on Saturday, May 6 at the Southwest Motors Events Center at the Colorado State Fair. Named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, the award is presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in service to the University and to the community. Riganti was selected from four finalists for the Prize, and the winner was honored at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony at CSU-Pueblo on Wednesday, April 19 in Hoag Recital Hall.

CSU-Pueblo recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day

Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a day of activities, including a memorial service, personal testimony, lectures, and a display on Monday, April 24 in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the day, an educational display about the Holocaust will featured in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC), and PRIZM members will distribute identification cards. All events are open to the public at no charge and will be held in the LARC Auditorium 109, unless otherwise noted.

CSU-Pueblo Mass Comm Department to Honor Commencement Speaker

The Department of Mass Communications and Center for New Media (MCCNM) at Colorado State University-Pueblo has honored Jeff Hullinger, the 2017 CSU-Pueblo commencement speaker, with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Hullinger is an Emmy-Award winning Atlanta broadcaster and 1980 graduate of CSU-Pueblo’s mass communications program. The department’s Distinguished Alumni Award has been awarded to just 45 alumni of the department out of more than 1,500 graduates of the program. The award is given in honor of individuals’ distinguished careers in mass communications from the local to national level, with small or large organizations. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was announced at the annual mass communications scholarship/awards banquet on April 13 at the Pueblo Country Club. A reception honoring Hullinger as the award recipient will be co-hosted by MCCNM and the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association at 4 p.m. on May 5, when Hullinger returns to Pueblo to given the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.

CSU-Pueblo to offer new major in Wildlife and Natural Resources this fall

With seed funding from the Colorado State University System and collaboration with CSU in Fort Collins, Colorado State University-Pueblo will offer a new bachelor’s degree this fall in Wildlife and Natural Resources (WANR) with Aquatic and Terrestrial emphases that will lead to professional certifications with the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society. The WANR degree is one of five new programs recently approved by the CSU System Board of Governors to be implemented over the next few years. The four other programs will be a Doctor of Nursing Practice, master’s degrees in social work and athletic training, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. The WANR degree will be the first to be offered after earning approval last week by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Dr. Timothy Mottet announced as next President of CSU-Pueblo

Dr. Timothy Mottet will become the 15th president of Colorado State University - Pueblo, bringing with him a varied leadership career in academia and in private industry, and a focus on building an innovative, results-driven community of learning. The CSU System Board of Governors announced the selection of Mottet to succeed the current president of CSU-Pueblo, Lesley Di Mare, when she retires June 30.

CSU-Pueblo announces 12 Kane and Gersick Foundation Scholars for fall

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced 12 local students who will receive full-ride scholarships through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. Eight high-achieving students will receive the Kane Family Foundation Scholarship, and four have earned the Jennie and Albert Gersick Family Foundation Scholarship. Students were selected based on their high school academic record, written submissions, and a competitive two-tier interview process. Both the Kane and Gersick Scholarships cover the recipients’ tuition, book expenses, and mandatory fees in pursuit of a four-year bachelor’s degree. The 2017 CSU-Pueblo Gersick Scholars are: Alex Autobee (Pueblo West), Mikayla Hoffman (Pueblo West), Elena Pinckard (Pueblo County SEBS), and Cailey Sweckard (Pueblo South). The 2017 Kane Scholars are: Alexander Daugherty (Pueblo West), Dara Harris (Pueblo South), Mark Hedrick (Pueblo County SEBS), Alexandria (Lexie) Hernandez (Pueblo West High School), Tezla Neighbours (Pueblo Centennial), Cara Siegel (Pueblo Centennial), Amber Vaught (Pueblo West), and Raena Vigil (Pueblo East).

CSU-Pueblo Announces Top Four Students for Threlkeld Prize for Excellence

Colorado State University-Pueblo has selected four students as candidates for the prestigious Threlkeld Prize for Excellence. The finalists were selected from a pool of candidates compiled from nominations by CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff from various University departments. The winner of the Threlkeld Prize for excellence will be announced at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony at beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 in Hoag Recital Hall. Named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, the award is presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in service to the University and to the community. The Threlkeld winner will receive a stipend as well as the first diploma during Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 6 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.

CSU-Pueblo hosts new CDHE Executive Director Hunter Reed

As part of a state-wide tour of higher education institutions, new Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) Executive Director Dr. Kim Hunter Reed will be in Pueblo Thursday, April 20 to visit Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University-Pueblo. During her campus visits, Reed plans to meet with presidents, students, faculty, administrators and community members. She will tour the campuses and hold roundtable discussions on higher education issues and trends.

Student, Adult Entrepreneurs vie for prizes on April 14-15 at CSU-Pueblo, Arts Center

Student and adult entrepreneurs will vie for prizes this weekend as part of the fourth annual entrepreneurship competition formerly known as the Pueblo Entrepreneurship Competition. The event has a new name, the SOCO Entrepreneurship Competition, but has kept the same idea of inspiring and developing new entrepreneurs in the Pueblo community. Coordinated by Colorado State University – Pueblo’s Hasan School of Business Healy Center, Junior Achievement, and supported by local sponsors such as Bank of the San Juans and Little Caesars, this competition gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to change an idea into reality. The student competition will be held on Friday, April 14 in Hoag Recital Hall on the CSU-Pueblo campus, with the adult competition on Saturday, April 15 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 North Santa Fe Avenue. This year’s competitions will see Diana Hall, a winner from the 2013 Adult competition, as the featured speaker for the adult competition beginning at 6:45 p.m. on April 15. Entrepreneurs Jake Jabbs and Mike Zavislan will speak at the student competition at 4:30 p.m. on April 14. The event features local celebrities and business leaders as judges and emcees for each competition.

CSU-Pueblo SOCO Reading series offers poetry event

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host an afternoon of poetry featuring CantoMundo poets Carolina Ebeid and J. Michael Martinez at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 14 in General Classroom Building 213. The reading is free with light refreshments and authors' books for sale. The event is brought to by P4, the Office of Student Activities, the SoCo Reading Series.

CSU-Pueblo students earn top engineering ACEC scholarships

Engineering students from Colorado State University-Pueblo have earned two of the top scholarships offered by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado. The awards were presented at a scholarship reception Thursday, March 30 at the Lakewood Country Club, where students had the opportunity to meet and network with ACEC Colorado-member firm principals and employees, as well as to learn more about consulting engineering. The ACEC Colorado Scholarship Committee awarded $37,500 in scholarships to students in engineering programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The following CSU-Pueblo students will earn $11,000 in scholarships from the $37,500 total. Jordan Becker - $6000 Leonard Rick Memorial Scholarship, a junior civil engineering technology major from Fountain Caleb Johnson - $5000, William Russell Stoneman Scholarship, a junior civil engineering technology major from Castle Rock

CSU-Pueblo hosts forum on cannabis and homelessness April 12

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ (CHASS) Center for Social and Economic Justice and the Cannabis Policy Initiative at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a presentation on trends in homelessness by Dr. Donald Burnes, founder and board chair of The Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver. The discussion, “Cannabis and Homelessness: Fact vs. Fiction,” will begin at noon on April 12 in Psychology 205.The event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their lunch with them to the forum. The mission of the Burnes Center at DU is to inform policymakers and practitioners about issues related to homelessness, to impact policies and practices, and to transform the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

CSU–Pueblo hosts Rocky Mountain Mathematical conference

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host speakers, student activities, book sales, and more as part of the 100th anniversary meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), April 21-22. Keynote addresses will cover topics such as how math is used to create better and more realistic blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Avatar, and Frozen, and how math aids in facial recognition. The weekend's agenda will include a Friday Pre-Conference Workshop (Active Learning Bootcamp) and a Friday evening banquet at Pueblo Community College. Other happenings include a return of Student Jeopardy, door prizes from generous vendors, a 100th anniversary scavenger hunt, and special networking opportunities. A complete schedule of events may be found at: http://sections.maa.org/rockymt/maa2017/maa2017.html

CSU-Pueblo to host summer Maestro program July 10-August 11

This summer, students can experience an innovative model of instruction during a month-long residential program for which they can earn up to 15 credit hours from Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo will offer the “MAESTRO” Summer Program from July 10-August 11 for a maximum of 40 students interested in earning college credit while participating in a unique, hands-on curriculum and exploring the Southwest during day-long Saturday excursions. The cost of the 30-day program is $2900 per person, which covers room, board, tuition, books, and all off-campus trips to historical and industrial sites in Southern Colorado. Students may earn General Education credits in computer information systems, English, history, and elective credits in Outdoor Pursuits as part of the program. Acceptance to CSU-Pueblo and an enrollment deposit for the fall 2017 semester at CSU-Pueblo are required prior to registering for the MAESTRO Summer Program. The priority deadline for enrollment is June 15, 2017. Financial aid may be used to cover the total cost of the program.

March

Colorado State University – Pueblo Forensics earn respect, recognition at nationals

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Forensics Team competed in two national tournaments over the last few weeks, including the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence it hosted on the CSU-Pueblo campus. In that tournament, 50 teams vied for the national title. During preliminary rounds, Eliana Taylor, senior from Longmont, and Max Groznik, sophomore from Portland, OR, were seeded 5th seed heading into the elimination rounds. After a 3-0 win over McKendree University in elimination round one, the team lost their next two rounds to the University of Utah and Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley. The team finished 19th overall, securing CSU-Pueblo’s best finish at the NPTE National Tournament. Two days after the conclusion of the NPTE, the Forensics Team competed in the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship held at Colorado College. Groznik and Taylor earned individual honors.

Colorado State University – Pueblo receives $35,000 for Boundless Opportunity

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation has received a $35,000 scholarship grant from the Daniels Foundation - Boundless Opportunity Scholarship (BOS). The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship grant will be spread over two years and will benefit those motivated junior and senior non-traditional students who recognize the power of education to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Colorado State University – Pueblo Political Science Club hosts immigration forum

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Political Science Club will host an open forum on immigration as part of its year end dinner and student awards on Wednesday, April 26. A panel of experts will address the topic from their occupational views beginning at 6 p.m. in the General Classroom Building 110. Panelists will include CSU-Pueblo Political Science Professor Gayle Berardi, who will provide an academic perspective of immigration in the United States; Steve Turza, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent, who will discuss immigration in the context of law enforcement; and Amber Blasingame, an Immigration Attorney at Hanes & Bartels LLC, who will explicate the topic of immigration under the purview of law. Former U. S. Congressman Tom Tancredo, also a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives, will detail immigration from a state and national government perspective.

The AIM department and Automotive Booster Club host fundraiser events at CSU-Pueblo

The Automotive Booster Club (ABC) and the department of Automotive Industry Management (AIM) at Colorado State University Pueblo will host the 12th Annual James G. Ward Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 14 at Walking Stick Golf Course and the 8th Annual Sefcovic Memorial Auto Show 10 a.m., April 15 in the campus parking lot east of the Technology Building. The golf tournament has an entry fee of $90 per player or $360 per team, which includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, and entry for awards. Registration deadline for the tournament is April 7. Contact Lucas Marler at 720-789-4831 or luke_marler@yahoo.com for more information. Entry forms with payments can be mailed to Automotive Booster Club Attn: CSU Pueblo AIM Department, T263, Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo CO, 81001. Businesses or AIM enthusiasts may sponsor one of the 18 holes for $100 each. Monetary donations and products for raffle are also greatly appreciated by the ABC members. The AIM Auto Show is free and open to the public. Auto registration before April 7 will be $10 and from April 8 to April 15 will be $15 (only one category per car). Entry forms with payments can be mailed to CSU-Pueblo AIM Attn: Car Show, 2200 Bonforte Blvd. Pueblo, CO 81001. Vendors are also welcome to set up at the event (no food vendors) $20 per booth and pre-registration is required.

Finalists announced in CSU-Pueblo president search

In the search for Colorado State University-Pueblo’s next president, four finalists will visit campus to meet with stakeholders from across the university community. The campus visits are scheduled March 27 – April 4, with each candidate visiting for two days during that timeframe.

Institute of Cannabis Research Announces International Conference Lineup

The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) at Colorado State University-Pueblo has released the preliminary program for its international, multidisciplinary cannabis research conference set for April 28-30, on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The conference is open to the public with a registration fee of $350 per person.

Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts “Let’s Move” Day for Pueblo youth April 8

Students and faculty in the Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a day dedicated to promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The event is free of charge. As part of the national “Let’s Move” campaign, CSU-Pueblo will lead a day of free activities, demonstrations, and access to health-related vendors from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 8 on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The event will be held at Massari Arena beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. A full range of activities and demonstrations will be featured between 9 a.m. and noon including but not limited to rock wall climbing, bouncy house, yoga, and other sport activities, as well as booths by several health-related vendors. The first 300 participants will receive a free t-shirt and goodie bag.

CSU-Pueblo Foundation Gains Two Scholarship Funds Benefitting Southern Colorado Students

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation recently received funds to establish two scholarships to benefit students attending the university from southern Colorado. The Jennie & Albert Gersick Foundation will fund four full-tuition and fee scholarships for students of Pueblo County. The Foundation also received a scholarship from the family of James J. Vigil, which established an endowed scholarship for nursing students from southern Colorado.

CSU-Pueblo Center for Teaching and Learning hosts Carl Hart

As part of its ongoing public lecture series, The Center for Teaching and Learning at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a Columbia University professor of psychology who advocates the use of science in the formation of drug policy. Dr. Carl Hart is chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. He was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University and has won numerous awards, including Columbia University’s Presidential Teaching Award and the Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. Hart will present “Federal Marijuana Policies and Racial Discrimination” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in Hoag Recital Hall on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The event is free and open to the public.

CSU-Pueblo Hosts National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence March 19-21

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Forensics Team will host the 2017 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) March 19-21. During the tournament, the top 50 teams from 23 different colleges representing 12 states will compete to be crowned the national champion. CSU-Pueblo’s own Eliana Taylor, senior from Longmont, and Max Groznik, sophomore from Portland, OR, will be among those vying for the title. Throughout the season, which runs September – February, teams compete at invitational tournaments, earning points based on their competitive success both in preliminary and elimination rounds. On January 1, teams that had accumulated 18 points after the first semester earned a First Round Bid to the NPTE, which was followed by the Second Round Bids on February 1. At-Large Bids were distributed on February 27 to bring the total to 50 teams.

Konciljas, Occhiatos, and Mullen to be honored at CSU-Pueblo President’s Gala

Jim and Joe Koncilja, Mike and Joyce Occhiato, and Jennifer Mullen will be honored as part of the Colorado State University-Pueblo 2017 President’s Gala, A Tuscan Tribute, on Saturday, May 20 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Proceeds from the Gala directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs. This will be the final gala for CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare, who will retire from the University on June 30. The 2017 President’s Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the foyer and paseo of the Arts and Conference Center. Tickets for the 2017 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 www.csupueblogala.com.

February

CSU-Pueblo hosts second SoCo reading series event of Spring

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a special matinee reading for the SoCo Reading Series, featuring award-winning poets Nicky Beer and Wayne Miller at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 10 Library and Academic Resources Center 108.

CSU–Pueblo hosts employers this week at annual Career Fair

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 70 local, regional, state, and national employers expected to offer employment to new college graduates at the annual Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in the Student Recreation Center.

CSU-Pueblo hosts the 5th Annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series

The Colorado State University-Pueblo History Program along with the History Club and Alpha Theta Kappa Honor Society presents Dr. Matthew Pinsker from Dickinson College as the speaker for the fifth annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series, March 14-15. The series honors the memory of CSU-Pueblo Historian Beatrice Spade, who passed away in the summer of 2012, and celebrates the study of history at CSU-Pueblo. Additional sponsors include the University Library, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associated Students’ Government.

CSU-Pueblo to recognize donors to Chicano Movement Archives

Colorado State University-Pueblo will recognize two families who recently contributed to the Chicano Movement Archives in the University Library as part of an author visit next week at the Rawlings Library. The CSU-Pueblo Archives will honor the sister and family of Una Jaakola and Juan and Deborah Mora Espinosa at a reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the InfoZone of the Rawlings Library, 100 E Abriendo. Una Jaakola was a member of the Los Seis de Boulder, a group of Chicano leaders who died in car bombings in 1974. The family has donated her artifacts and letters to the Archives. The second gift is a set of 26 teaching murals entitled Los Tres Mil Dias De La Revolucion (The 3000 days of the Revolution), which were published in Morales, Mexico in the 1960s. The Espinosas have donated the illustrated paper murals from the collection to the University Archives.

CSU - Pueblo to host Jazz Concert with CSU Fort Collins and award-winning saxophonist

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a first-ever musical collaboration with sister institution CSU-Ft. Collins as the CSU-Ft. Collins Jazz Ensemble and Director Peter Sommer will team with CSU-Pueblo Jazz Ensemble I and Director Ryan Van Gilder for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 in Hoag Recital Hall. The concert also will feature Grammy award-winning baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Poll’s and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a six-time GRAMMY award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

CSU-Pueblo hosts Embracing Compassion Lives of the Dalai Lama exhibition

Colorado State University-Pueblo is hosting the first public United States showing of the artwork included in the Embracing Compassion - Lives of the Dalai Lama exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery through March 3. The exhibit will continue to travel across the U.S. and internationally. This unique series of 16 Thangkas (commissioned by the current Dalai Lama depicts the lineage of the Dalai Lamas in each of their incarnations, up to the Fourteenth, Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art/Music Building of the CSU-Pueblo campus. A lecture on Buddhism and a guided meditation will be held in the gallery beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 2.

CSU-Pueblo Forensics Teams Takes second at Missouri Classic

While the Colorado State University-Pueblo Forensics Team is gearing up to host a national tournament on campus March 19-21, it found time to grab second place at the Missouri Classic, held at the University of Missouri on February 11-12. The tournament was one of the largest competitions of the season, featuring 13 different colleges from states across the country. Senior Eliana Taylor, Longmont, and sophomore Max Groznik, Portland OR, finished 4-3 in their preliminary rounds, with wins against Missouri Western State University, Carleton College, Texas Tech University, and William Jewell College. The team won four straight elimination rounds to find themselves in the final round of competition, debating the topic, “The United States Federal Government should impose term limits for congressional members.” Defending the negative side of the topic, the team lost on a 2-1 decision to Washburn University in what Forensics Coach Kathryn Starkey calls “the team’s best performance of the season.”

Native Voices exhibit includes full schedule of events at CSU-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a variety of events in March and April in association with the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness exhibit on display in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) through April 13. Event topics will include healing across native cultures, the elemental foundations of medicine practices, women doctors on the Colorado frontier, and the Dakota Access Pipeline. The final event will be an interactive petroglyph exhibit for children.

CSU- Pueblo to Host Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibit at Pueblo West Library

The Women's Studies program at Colorado State University-Pueblo in conjunction with Pueblo West Library will host a portrait exhibition from the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in celebration of Women's History Month in March. The exhibition celebrates and informs the university and Pueblo communities about the enduring contributions of extraordinary Colorado women. The Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit will run from March 1-17. At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, Betty Heid, chair of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, will open the exhibition at a small launch held at Pueblo West Library. She will speak about the Women's Hall of Fame. Other brief comments will be made by other representatives, including Marina Cunin Borer, chair of CSU-Pueblo’s Women's Studies program and Frank Vidana from the Pueblo West Library. The event is free and open to the public.

CSU-Pueblo to honor outstanding teachers at March 2 event

Outstanding educators from Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Teacher Education program will be honored at the inaugural Alumni Educator Hall of Fame induction and Alumni Teacher of the Year Awards on Thursday, March 2 at El Pueblo Museum, 301 N. Union Ave. The event is co-sponsored by the Teacher Education Program and the Office of Alumni Relations. The cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. Check in begins at 5:30 p.m. following by dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation. According to CSU-Pueblo Student Teaching and Field Experience Director Jeremiah Blaha, the department wanted to celebrate alumni who have made outstanding achievements in the educational field, particularly in Colorado. The Hall of Fame is reserved for alumni who have demonstrated 15+ years of outstanding achievement in the field of education. A wall containing photographs and short biographies will be dedicated in the coming months. The Alumni Teacher of the Year awards aim to recognize recent graduates who are making an impact on the youth of Colorado.

Emmy Award Winning Alum to Present Commencement Address

An Emmy-Award winning Atlanta broadcaster and 1980 graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo will share his insights with graduates in May. Jeff Hullinger will present the Commencement Address during the spring ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Colorado State Fair Southwest Motors Events Center. Hullinger currently co-anchors the 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. weeknight news on 11Alive WXIA-TV NBC in Atlanta, Ga., and also anchors the weeknight sports segments. He is a 19-time Emmy winner, two-time Edward R. Murrow winner, and a past recipient of Georgia Sportscaster of the Year as voted by his peers with the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Hullinger has been inducted into the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle for 2015.

CSU-Pueblo hosts 900+ students for Science Olympiad on March 4

On March 4, Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 900 students from across Colorado and approximately 150 students, faculty, staff, and community professionals in a science competition featuring 35 separate categories from forensics and robotics to flight. According to contest organizer Abby Davidson, director of the Colorado Southern Regional Science Olympiad, 60 teams of up to 15 student competitors from middle schools and high schools throughout Colorado will take part in the Southern Regional Science Olympiad from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 with winners advancing to the state competition at Colorado School of Mines in April. An awards ceremony will follow the competition (4-5:30 p.m.) at Pueblo Centennial High School. Winners of the state competition will move on to the national competition in Dayton, Ohio in May.

CSU-Pueblo to host guest keyboard artist Tamir Hendelman

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Music Department will host keyboard artist Tamir Hendelman, who will present a performance/lecture as well as session for students on business approaches for professional performing musicians. Hendelman will perform at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 in Hoag Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Born in Tel Aviv, Hendelman began keyboard studies at age six, moving to the U.S. in 1984 and winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition two years later. Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed. He was a soloist with the Henry Mancini Orchestra in 1999. Since 2000 he has toured the U.S., Japan, and Europe with his trio and as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

CSU-Pueblo SOCO Reading series offers first event of spring

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host authors Idris Goodwin and Nico Wilkinson in celebration of Black History Month and the release of the new limited-edition chapbook, The Inauguration, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in General Classroom Building 213 as part of the Southern Colorado Reading Series. Refreshments will be provided, and the authors’ book will be on sale. The event is made possible with the support of the Black Student Union, Department of English and Foreign Languages, and Student Engagement and Leadership. Students also are invited to sign up for the open mic portion of the program and be prepared to read one piece for three minutes before the featured readers.

CSU-Pueblo to Host Dan+Shay as Spring Concert April 27

Country Music Recording Artists Dan + Shay will bring their Obsessed Tour to Pueblo as the Spring Concert for Colorado State University-Pueblo on Thursday, April 27 at the Southwest Motors Events Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7 p.m. Because the concert is funded primarily through Student Fees, the first 500 CSU-Pueblo students will receive one free ticket and can purchase additional tickets for $10 each by visiting the Library and Academic Resources Center 267. Tickets for the general public are $25 each. Tickets may be purchased now by visiting www.altitudetickets.com.

Thunder Village Groundbreaking

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation recently broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot, $2.4 million commercial complex that it hopes will begin to address the decades-long requests for commercial services near the Belmont campus. According to CSU-Pueblo Foundation CEO/President Todd Kelly, the purchase of the land and construction of the Thunder Village complex, located at 2200 Rawlings Blvd., will be paid by the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, which will manage the building’s tenants and parking lot. The complex was designed by Architect Gary Anzuini and will be erected by Arc Valley Construction. The first tenant to inhabit Thunder Village will be Thunder Zone Pizza, which was represented at the groundbreaking and hopes to open by June of 2017. All businesses will operate independently of the Foundation, which will serve solely as property manager.

January

CSU-Pueblo to host lunch forum for Legal Banking for Legal Cannabis

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) Center for Social and Economic Justice at CSU-Pueblo will host a lunch forum on a bold new initiative for legal cannabis in Colorado: Safe Harbor Private Banking. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to the forum. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Center’s Cannabis Policy Initiative, which seeks to provide a forum for cannabis policy discussions that will complement and promote the efforts of the Center. Sundie Seefried, CEO and president of Partner Colorado Credit Union in Denver, will lead a discussion of how she designed and built a full-scope cannabis banking program at noon on Feb. 15 in the General Classroom Building 231. Seefried has served in the credit union industry since 1983 and as CEO since 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Regis University.

CSU-Pueblo to host activities for African American History Month

Numerous events will be held at CSU-Pueblo throughout February to commemorate important people and events in African-American history. Included in the month-long celebration will be an interactive tunnel of oppression, a film, lecture, and training session. All events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). The annual February celebration grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Woodson choose that week to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

CSU-Pueblo announces Fall 2016 Dean's List

The following 1016 students have been named to the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The list recognizes undergraduate degree-seeking students who have completed 12 or more credit hours with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5. Those 326 students whose names appear with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. The students are listed by country, state, and town.

CSU-Pueblo among Top 50 schools best for Latino students

Colorado State University-Pueblo was recognized in the 2016 Nov/Dec issue of Latino Leaders Magazine among the top 50 schools for Latino students. Research conducted by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was used as well as private institutional statistics and reports from U.S. News and World Report among other agencies to calculate which institutions of higher education do the best job of serving the Latino. CSU-Pueblo was the only Colorado institution included in the listing.

CSU-Pueblo Department of Nursing becomes School of Nursing

CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare announced that the Department of Nursing, effective immediately, will become the School of Nursing housed within the College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies in order to bring additional visibility to more than five decades of service to health care in the region. The announcement was made during the Nursing Convocation, a formal event held annually to welcome undergraduate and graduate nursing students and the nursing community at large to a new year. The CSU-Pueblo Department of Nursing has been educating professional nurses to meet the health care needs of diverse populations since 1964. Over the past 50+ years, the department has accomplished numerous milestones and has become an integral part of the Pueblo community. CSU-Pueblo has conferred more than 2500 bachelor’s degrees and 150 master’s degrees over the last five decades.

Grammy Award-winning vocal group to open Spring semester

The Music Department at CSU-Pueblo will open the Spring 2017 Semester with a Grammy Award-winning vocal group dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Their appearance is possible in part by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. A Roomful of Teeth will entertain attendees beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in Hoag Recital Hall. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth, an eight-voice ensemble, continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

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