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February

C. Waldo Love Exhibit Opening

An exhibition of figure drawings by Colorado artist C. Waldo Love will be on display at the Colorado State University-Pueblo Fine Arts Galley through March 31. The opening of The Conscientious Eye – Drawings by C. Waldo Love will be held 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 and include a presentation and exhibit of nature dioramas inspired by Love’s work and created by CSU-Pueblo art and biology students. Born in Washington D.C., Charles Waldo Love was a long-time staff member in Denver at the Museum of Natural History, where he created habitat backgrounds, many of them atmospheric, colorful dioramas. He also was employed by the Colorado State Historical Society and did a number of historical portraits.

Alumni Educators to be honored March 1

Outstanding educators from Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Teacher Education program will be honored as part of the Alumni Educator Hall of Fame induction and Alumni Teacher of the Year Awards on Thursday, March 1 at the Pueblo Country Club, 3200 8th Ave. The event is co-sponsored by the Teacher Education Program and the Office of Alumni Relations. The cost is $15 per person, payable at the door or online at in https://www.csupueblo.edu/foundation/events/teacher-ed-alumni-dinner.html. Check in begins at 5:30 p.m. following by dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation. For more information on the event, contact Student Teaching and Field Experience Director Jeremiah Blaha @ 719.549.2279 or to RSVP, contact Tracy Samora, director of alumni relations, tracy.samora@csupueblo.edu, 719.549.2858. The 2018 class of the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Educator Hall of Fame will include: Dr. Colleen O’Neil, A96, Executive Director of Educator Talent, Colorado Department of Education Tracy (Cervi) Vinci, A87, Sixth grade language and literature teacher, Corwin International Magnet School This year’s Alumni Teacher of the Year Awards will be presented to: High School: David Hazlett, A78/80, Fountain Fort Carson High School, Social Studies Teacher, Department Head Middle School: Mitch Mueller, A11, Sixth Grade Social Studies, Janitell Middle School, Colorado Springs Elementary: Drew Hirschon, A07: STEM/Technology Educator, Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences, Fulton Heights

Eliana Taylor Interns at Legislature for Rep. Esgar

Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Eliana Taylor, a political science major from Monument, is spending two days a week this semester at the State Capitol in Denver observing the legislative process, while earning credit for the experience as part of the Legislative Internship Program. Begun nearly 25 years ago, the legislative program provides students from all majors the opportunity to learn about state government and the legislative process. Because Colorado has a citizen’s legislature, the students provide an invaluable professional service to the legislature with their research and personal skills. The students travel to Denver twice a week in their capacity as interns and often spend additional days working in their legislator’s district. Students receive academic credit for their work at the Capitol. Taylor is serving as an intern with Pueblo Representative Daneya Esgar, who has been a strong a community leader and political activist for those who need a strong voice since earning a mass communications degree from CSU-Pueblo in 2001.

Student "Fake News" Researchers to present in France, Indiana

Chianna Schoenthaler, Strasburg, Colo., and Michele Bedard, Paris, Texas, both senior mass communications majors at Colorado State University-Pueblo, have been selected to present their original research on fake news at two conferences in April -- The Web Conference 2018 in Lyon, France, and at the DePauw University Honors Research Conference in Indiana. Schoenthaler and Bedard were members of Dr. Samuel Ebersole’s Spring 2017 Audience Research and Methodologies course, which focused on fake news as a central topic for multiple research projects. Six teams of students conducted primary research (surveys, focus groups, experiments) with participants that ranged from students at CSU-Pueblo to social media contacts and members of professional communications organizations.

B.o.B to present Spring Concert March 9

Atlanta rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist B.o.B. will visit Pueblo next month, where he will present the Spring Concert for Colorado State University-Pueblo on Friday, March 9 at the Colorado State Fair Southwest Motors Events Center. The B.o.B. Spring Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Because the concert is funded primarily through student fees, the first 500 CSU-Pueblo students will receive two free tickets by visiting the Occhiato Student Center 102. Tickets for the general public are $30 each. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.altitudetickets.com. B.o.B. has been building his body of work since his arrival on the music scene in 2006. When he released the blockbuster 2010 debut B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, it catapulted him to superstardom.

Suit Up event on Feb. 18

The Career Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo has teamed up with the local JC Penney store to provide a significant discount on the purchase of professional attire for students, faculty, and staff. The Suit-Up event will offer participants 40 percent discount off the last marked price on men’s and women’s career dress apparel and shoes from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. Students and staff must show their CSU-Pueblo IDs in order to receive the special discount card. The JC Penney Store is located in the Pueblo Mall at 3301 Dillon Drive.

2018 Gala to honor Folda, Parkview Medical Center

Long-time basketball coach and athletic director Joe Folda and Parkview Medical Center will be honored as part of the Colorado State University-Pueblo 2018 President’s Gala, the first for new President Timothy Mottet, on Saturday, May 19. The event will be staged in the newly-renovated Occhiato Student Center Ballroom, following a $30+ million renovation/expansion. Proceeds from the Gala directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs. The name of a third recipient, who will receive the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement, will be announced later this month. The 2018 President’s Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the OSC Ballroom Foyer. Tickets for the 2018 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 https://www.csupueblo.edu/foundation/events/presidents-gala/.

10th annual Festival of Winds, Feb. 22-24

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Department of Music will host more than 350 high school musicians and faculty representing 42 Colorado high schools as part of the 10th annual Festival of Winds event, February 22-24. CSU-Pueblo again will bring part of the festival into the community with evening concerts at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo West High School, and Memorial Hall. The three-day event will feature four high school honor bands as well as world premiere performances written by Adam Gorb and performed by the CSU-Pueblo Wind Ensemble. In addition to music director-recommended High School Honor Bands, the festival also features master classes, graduate credit for participating directors, and exhibition concerts by the Denver School for the Arts Wind Ensemble, the U.S. Air Force Falconaires Jazz Band, and the Pikes Peak Jazz Band. Students are selected through a recommendation by their high school band teachers. This year's event brought in nearly 500 director recommendations from across the State of Colorado.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Exhibit March 1-15

The Women's Studies program at Colorado State University- Pueblo 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 1-15 in the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) on campus. Since 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 152 women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs united b their outstanding contributions to society At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, Beth Barela, board chair of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, will open the exhibition with an update on the Hall of Fame in LARC 109. The event is free and open to the public.

First graduates from Construction Management online program

Two Colorado State University-Pueblo students graduated in December as the first to complete the University’s new online Construction Management (CM) program with four more students expected to graduate in Spring of 2018. Enrollment in the program has increased 28 percent since its first full program year in 2016-2017. Tim Williams of Colorado Springs and Jeff Woodbury of Discovery Bay, Calif., completed their degrees last fall and will be eligible to walk in May, 2018 Commencement Ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at the Southwest Motors Events Center at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. The online CM program was developed for students seeking to advance their careers in the construction industry without having to quit their full-time jobs. A construction manager transforms the design of a project from paper to reality. Program graduates will acquire the skills necessary to plan, organize, and direct the coordination of resources to achieve construction project objectives.

Faculty member to advocate for health/physical education funding in D.C.

In response to serious threats of cuts to the federal funding of the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Colorado State University-Pueblo Health and Physical educator Karen Marley will join more than 150 fellow health and physical educators representing 42 states on Capitol Hill to take part in the SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators 11th annual member advocacy day, SPEAK Out! Day, on February 13-14. Marley and the group of educators will ask lawmakers to fully fund the federal education program Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, under ESSA. In addition, advocates also will ask Congress to support continued funding for Title II, Part A, which supports professional development for all school employees, including for health and physical education programs.

CSU-Pueblo hosts 800+ students for Science Olympiad February 17

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 800 students from across Colorado and approximately 150 students, faculty, staff, and community professionals for a science tournament on February 17, featuring 33 separate competitions ranging from Hovercraft to Disease Detectives and Crime Busters. According to contest organizer Abby Davidson, director of the Colorado Southern Regional Science Olympiad, 53 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, February 17 with winners advancing to the state competition in Denver in April. An awards ceremony will follow the competition (4-5:30 p.m.) in CSU-Pueblo’s Massari Arena. Winners of the state competition will move on to the national competition at Colorado State University – Fort Collins in May.

January

Activities for Black History Month

Numerous events will be held at Colorado State University-Pueblo throughout February to commemorate important people and events in African-American history. Included in the month-long celebration will be dinner lecture by Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, a movie night, game night, and an interactive art project utilizing quotes of famous African Americans. All events are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Black Student Union (BSU). 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.

AHSIE Scholarship Recipient

A Colorado State University-Pueblo mass communications student is one of six recipients of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) 10th Annual Seed to Tree 10th Student Scholarship. Pueblo native Victoria Ruiz will share her story of attending an Hispanic Serving Institution as part of the AHSIE conference co-hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago on March 25-28. The 2018 conference attracts practitioners of grant programs from HSIs around the country together to share best practices. The six scholarship recipients – two at the associate degree level, three working toward a bachelor’s degree, and one graduate student – will each receive complimentary travel to the 10th Annual AHSIE conference in Chicago, lodging at the Hilton Hotel and conference registration, along with a $1,000 cash award.

Grand Opening of Occhiato Student Center

A Grand Opening and Re-dedication of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Occhiato Student Center (OSC), following a $34 million renovation, will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the building’s Great Hall. Among the scheduled speakers at the Grand Opening will be CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet, Associated Students’ Government President Jake Harmon, project donor Mike Occhiato, and Architect Gwen Gilley, representing hord | coplan | macht.

Points of Pride Signage Earns CASE Award

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Office of External Affairs earned a Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI for its Points of Pride Signage Program, which highlight campus milestones and accomplishments at six locations across campus. CSU-Pueblo Executive Director of External Affairs Cora Zaletel will accept the award at the CASE VI joint conference held Jan. 28-30 in St. Louis, Mo. The award was one of 162 winners in 62 categories chosen from 327 total entries submitted by CASE VI member institutions. The award was one of only two in the Strategic Communication category and the only award in the Public Relations and Community Relations category.

New Leadership Hires

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the hiring of three individuals to lead the School of Nursing, Extended Studies, and Student Recreation – Dr. Joe Franta, Dr. Kristyn White Davis, and Ms. Emily McElwain.

2017 Fall Dean's List Announced

The following 1038 students have been named to the 2017 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 328 students whose names appear with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. The students are listed by country, state, and town.

Seeking outstanding teachers for March 1 event

The Teacher Education Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo is seeking nominations of outstanding alumni to be honored at the second annual Alumni Educator Hall of Fame induction and Alumni Teacher of the Year Awards on Thursday, March 1 at the Pueblo Country Club. Check in begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and awards to follow at 6 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by the Teacher Education Program and the Office of Alumni Relations. According to CSU-Pueblo Student Teaching and Field Experience Director Jeremiah Blaha, the department aims 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 of the winners is displayed in the Technology Building.

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