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Pueblo to host philosopher, author, activist Cornel West

Prominent and provocative author and activist Cornel West will return to Colorado State University-Pueblo on Friday, November 2 as part of the new University Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the President and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). West and CSU-Pueblo President, Timothy Mottet, will engage in a “conversation” about race relations, issues in higher education, and current events. The public event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Vision 2028

CSU-Pueblo president, Timothy Mottet reveals a bold new vision that repositions the university as the people’s university. Vision 2028 honors the city it is located in and reclaims a label once used to describe regional comprehensive universities.

R.E.A.C.T. (Registration, Enrollment, Advising, Continuing, Transfer)

Colorado State University–Pueblo’s Tower campus will host its second enrollment event Wednesday, October 24th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The event is designed to assist all students seeking to continue their education or transfer to the university. The event will be located at the Executive Tower: 2864 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs.

CSU-Pueblo Receives $3.75 Million Over Five Years from U.S. Department of Education, Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant Programs

Colorado State University-Pueblo will receive $3.75 million over the next five years to develop an innovative cooperative grant program named LA CALLE, Communities Achieving Lifelong Learning Engagement. La Calle will create academic “roadmaps” and establish specific pathways that link 2- and 4-year academic programs at CSU-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College. The funding is provided by the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution Program of the U.S. Department of Education.


CSU-Pueblo Foundation to host 3rd Annual Give Day

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation will host the Third annual #LoveCSUPueblo Give Day as part of Forever CSU-Pueblo Homecoming week activities on Thursday, Sept. 27. Give Day will be a concentrated crowdfunding effort, allowing donors to support one or more of 23 campus-wide initiatives.

Hispanic Heritage Month Sept through Oct

Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized from September 15 – October 15 with an expanded assortment of activities, including films, a book festival, creative activities and speakers beginning on September 6 and continuing into November.


School of Business to honor William and Barbara Vidmar

William and Barbara Vidmar, long-time owners/managers of Vidmar Motor Co in Pueblo, will be honored with the fourth Lifetime Business Achievement Award from the Malik and Seeme Hasan School of Business (HSB) at Colorado State University-Pueblo on September 27, 2018 according to HSB Dean Dr. Bruce C. Raymond. A dessert reception and cash bar will open at 7 p.m. in the Foyer of the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus with the presentation to follow in the Ballroom at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge.

CSU-Pueblo Foundation announces the newly established Wilbur Richardson Scholarship Fund

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Wilbur Richardson Scholarship Fund by Patrick DeMartine of Windsor, CO. The Wilbur Richardson Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students majoring in computer information systems or cyber security. The scholarship is both merit-based and need-based and is only available to full-time undergraduate students. The successful applicant must possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Greg Hoye to be Executive Director of Marketing, Communication and Community Relations

A dynamic and innovative leader has been hired as the Executive Director of Marketing, Communication and Community Relations at Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo leadership has announced that Mr. Greg Hoye, Director for University-Wide Marketing Communications for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will become the strategic marketing leader for the university beginning October 1.


Students Soar with Support from Faculty and Staff

Colorado State University-Pueblo is proud to recognize outstanding students and the staff and faculty who support them. These students embody the best and brightest in higher education and have worked hard to enhance their education through enrichment experiences. CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff members continue to display commitment to student success and to identifying appropriate opportunities and helping facilitate student participation.


Institute of Cannabis Research New Structure and Leadership Team

The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) recently announced a new structure and leadership team.

New Roles Announced

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced new hires and expanded roles at the University.

2018 Spring Dean’s List

The following 1110 students have been named to the 2018 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 422 students whose names appear with an asterisk (*) earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. The students are listed by country, state, and town.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County Summer Site

For more than two decades, CSU-Pueblo and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County have partnered to provide a variety of educational and recreational opportunities for members and CSU-Pueblo students as well as co-sponsor the Youth of the Year scholarship program for the last eight years. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County currently has three sites –the Sangre de Cristo housing complex, Risley International Academy of Innovation, and McHarg Community Center at Avondale and TODAY the two organizations announced an expansion of their partnership with the opening of a Summer Only Site on the CSU-Pueblo campus. President Mottet said, “CSU-Pueblo is excited about this partnership. We believe it coincides well with the university’s intent to serve our local community and do our part to strengthen the university-going culture, so that one day every home in Pueblo will have a college or university diploma on the wall”.

National Summer Transportation Institute

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 July. CSU–Pueblo Civil Engineering Technology faculty will conduct the Institute from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23 – August 3, 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 24 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).

Hasan School of Business students offer assistance with Projects

The Hasan School of Business (HSB) at Colorado State University-Pueblo is seeking small businesses and non-profit organizations who may need assistance in the development of project plans in the coming year. HSB Assistant Professor Yaneth Correa-Martinez will lead students in the exploration and development of project plans as coordinator of Project CO, an experiential education opportunity where small businesses and other organizations (non-profit, religious, etc.) from the community can work with students to advance their ideas and projects.

School of Nursing 5K Run for Suicide Awareness

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 Saturday, June 9 to spread awareness of suicide and suicide prevention within the Pueblo community. Funds also will be shared with the House Bill 1451, which provides funds for children who otherwise could not afford to participate in after school activities, and thus getting them involved in social peer interactions to promote support among the youth. The “Run for Life 5K” seeks to target and combat the high suicide rate among teens and youth within the Pueblo community by raising awareness through programs (funded by dollars raised) to help diminish the occurrences.

Community Baby Shower

The Pueblo Early Childhood Council and the Colorado State University–Pueblo Nursing Department invites new and expectant mothers to attend the 8th annual Community Baby Shower on Tuesday, June 5. This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for mothers and families to obtain necessary knowledge to raise children in a safe and nurturing environment. This event is free of charge and will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Praise Assembly of God Church in Pueblo, 2000 Troy Avenue, 81001.

Alum Named to 2018 Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards

A 2016 Colorado State University-Pueblo Teacher Education graduate has been named one of 10 outstanding educators in Colorado by the Jared Polis Foundation for their hard work and dedication. Madison Tortessi, an English/Language Arts teacher at Canon City High School, will receive a $1,000 grant to be used for her technology needs in the classroom. She also will receive an iPad and an additional $1,000 discretionary stipend to use at her disposal. She is the only teacher from Southern Colorado to be recognized.

Leslie Danielle Cacy Scholarship

The Leslie Danielle Cacy Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in psychology, sociology, social work or pre-veterinarian medicine. The scholarship is both merit-based and need-based and is only available to full-time undergraduate students. A 2015 psychology graduate of CSU-Pueblo, Cacy was killed in a tragic accident before she was able to fulfill her dream of being a geriatric psychologist with an animal emphasis, combining the two things that meant so much to her; helping people in need with the love of animals. Vuksinick graduated from Pueblo County High School in 2017. She is pursuing a major in chemistry (pre-veterinary) and a minor in honors. While in high school, Danielle earned a 3.94 GPA and was a finalist for the Kane Family Foundation Scholarship. She was involved in cross country, drama, FFA, and Pre-Vet Club and volunteered many hours at a veterinary clinic.

Colorado State University-Pueblo Today, staff members win SPJ Region 9 awards

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) named the Colorado State University-Pueblo Today as the best non-daily university newspaper in Region 9 last month. In addition, a number of Today staff members earned Mark of Excellence (MOE) awards in various categories. The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 9 with 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards winners. SPJ’s Region 9 comprises Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 21 at the Region 9 Conference.

Cyberwolves earn fellowships with University of Arizona

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s designation as a NSA-CAE/CDE (U.S. National Security Agency-Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education) and as a top 10 ranked cyber security team at the recent NCL (National Cyber League) national cyber security competition are drawing attention to CSU-Pueblo and generating graduate scholarships for their students. Two recent CIS (computer information systems) cyber security graduates, Joshua Greer (Fountain, Colorado) and Steven Ullman (Arvada, Colorado), have accepted fully paid graduate fellowships to the University of Arizona’s AZSecure Cyber Security, Scholarship for Service (SFS) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) The AZSecure Cyber Security Fellowship program is an integral part of the Management Information Systems program at the University of Arizona, which has been ranked as one of the top 5 Information Systems programs in the U.S. for the past 25 years, according to U.S. News and World Report (2018). Mejias said the these two outstanding CSU-Pueblo CIS students will join the top 1 to 5% of information technology graduates from outstanding U.S. universities in addition to the best I.T. students from Asia and India.

CIS CyberWolves score top 10 in national contest

A team of computer information system (CIS) students from Colorado State University-Pueblo again made their “howling” presence known in a national-wide cyber security competition. The CSU-Pueblo “CyberWolves” were ranked among the top 10 cyber security teams in the nation in the recent Spring 2018 National Cyber League (NCL) cyber security team competition, ranking 9th in the Gold category out of more than 260 college and university teams. For the Spring 2018 competition, the CyberWolves Red team moved up into the NCL top Gold category after placing 6th last Fall, 2017 out of 175 teams in the Silver category. CSU-Pueblo sponsored two teams this season: The CyberWolves Red and CyberWolves Blue teams, which consisted of three new cyber security competition participants. In individual NCL results, three of CSU-Pueblo’s five-member CyberWolves Red team players (Ryan Garbars, (CIS junior, Golden) Alex Marcks (CIS senior, Pueblo) and Josh Salazar Greer (CIS senior, Fountain), were ranked in the top 3% of the nation out of more than 3,350 NCL individual cyber security competitors.

CSU-Pueblo to celebrate more than 650 graduates on Saturday

Friends and relatives of Colorado State University-Pueblo graduates will be able to celebrate across the miles or across town this Saturday as the University will broadcast the 2018 Commencement ceremony live online. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Southwest Motors Events Center. Graduates are asked to report at 8:45 a.m. to the Palace of Agriculture to line up for the ceremony. All graduates walking on Saturday must pick up a graduate packet and/or caps and gowns between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4 in the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.

Teacher Education students honored at Capitol

Colorado State University-Pueblo Teacher Education students Candice Trujillo and Erica Switzer were selected for the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s (CDHE) Future Educator Honor Roll and will be acknowledged at a ceremony at the state capitol from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 2. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the ceremony recognizes outstanding students from Colorado’s educator preparation programs. CDHE Executive Director Dr. Kim Hunter Reed will give remarks beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the West Lobby of the Capitol, followed by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. Switzer and Trujillo were nominated by CSU-Pueblo Teacher Education Program faculty and staff, who said in their nomination, “Erica and Candice are the embodiment of our mission, to develop teachers of quality and distinction. Both Erica and Candice are completers of the Teacher Pipeline Project, an initiative with Pueblo City Schools to better recruit and retain teachers.”


Visioning 2028 Announcements

Colorado State University-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet has announced the start of an innovative visioning process to prepare CSU-Pueblo for a new decade educating students from southern Colorado and beyond. On May 1, Dr. Donna Souder Hodge will make the transition from Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, a position she has held since 2015, to Special Assistant to the President for Visioning. According to Mottet, Souder Hodge will lead a team that will engage university and community stakeholders through a complex and transparent process to reimagine, validate, and operationalize a new vision, mission, and set of values for CSU-Pueblo. During this special assignment, Souder Hodge will lead a task force made up of creative, university and community thought leaders and will include comprehensive research, outside consultations, and ongoing dialogue provided through focus groups, open fora, and surveys. By August 2018, educators at CSU-Pueblo will be asked to provide feedback on draft concepts, and by October, final versions of the vision and mission will be created through a “check back” process that will include comprehensive validation from external experts who will provide recommendations for possible operationalization during spring 2019.

Magallon Named Threlkeld Recipient as Top Senior

Colorado State University-Pueblo has named Thais Magallon as the 2018 recipient of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence. The seven finalists were selected from a pool of candidates compiled from nominations by CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff from various University departments. Magallon was announced as the winner of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25 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 2018 Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.

University, County Partner on Internships

The Honors Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo has partnered with Pueblo County on four internships for the spring and summer 2018 semesters in the Department of Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems (EDGIS). The student interns receive experience in economic development, Buy Local promotion, energy sustainability programs, and geographic information system skills.

Future Fair May 9

More than 400 high school students from Pueblo city and county schools will explore career options and learn from business professionals and potential employers as part of the Pueblo Youth Future Fair on Wednesday, May 9 at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Your Adventure Awaits! is the theme of this year’s event produced by the Pueblo Partners In Education (PIE). CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet will welcome students and introduce the Youth Alive motivational group, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom.

Rec Pack Summer Camp

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) at Colorado State University-Pueblo again will offer a Multi-Sport & Adventure Camp this summer for children entering grades K-5 and 6-8. Camps will be held at the Student Recreation Center 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 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, and July 16-20.

Institute of Cannabis Research Invites Pueblo Community to the 2018 Conference Opening Address

The Pueblo Community is invited to the 2018 ICR Conference’s opening address, presented by Pueblo native Audra Stinchcomb, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at the Colorado State University–Pueblo, Occhiato Student Center Ballroom. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Six students to intern with Smithsonian Institution

Six Colorado State University-Pueblo students will spend a month or more this summer in Washington, D.C. as interns with the Smithsonian Institution. Students will intern at the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, the Natural Portrait Gallery, as well as the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement. Three of the six interns have been invited to expand their stay for an additional 4-6 weeks.

24th Annual Design Contest Results

For the 24th year, the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies at Colorado State University-Pueblo hosted the Annual Engineering, Science and Technology Design Contest and has announced the results of the April 7 event on the CSU-Pueblo campus. In the high school competition, Pueblo West High School took first place, followed by the School of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences in second and Alamosa High School in third. Pueblo’s Connect Charter School placed first, followed by Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences in second and Galileo School of Math and Science and Heaton Middle School tied for third for the middle school category. The release also includes the top three finishers in each design category.

Marine Chemistry for Middle Schoolers

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Chemistry Department will host “Earth Day 2018: Dive into Marine Chemistry” on Thursday, May 10, for Pueblo middle school students. The day of learning includes a rotation of activities on a wide variety of topics concerning marine chemistry, incorporating demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities and lunch provided for all students. The theme of the day’s events, Dive into Marine Chemistry, was selected as the nationwide theme for Earth Day by the American Chemical Society. The CSU-Pueblo Chemistry Department is expecting about 100 students from five local middle schools: Pueblo Academy of the Arts, Heaton, Risley, Roncalli, and Fowler.

CSU-Pueblo Institute of Cannabis Research Announces International Conference Lineup

The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) at Colorado State University-Pueblo has released the program for its international, multidisciplinary cannabis research conference set for April 26-28, on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The conference is open to the public with a registration fee of $350 per person.

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Honored at Luncheon

Outstanding faculty and staff leaders at Colorado State University–Pueblo were honored at a recognition luncheon held today (Wednesday, April 18). Director of Student Conduct and Case Management Nicole Ferguson was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Professional Employee, while Auxiliary Services employee Jerry Hall was named the Outstanding Classified Employee. Jordan Steel, assistant professor of biology, earned the top faculty honor for Faculty Excellence in Teaching. The Teacher Education Program 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 40 years. A moment of silence also was observed for staff members and students who passed away within the last academic year.

Veteran's Career Fair April 24

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host 16+ local, regional, state, and national employers that are specifically hiring veterans at the first Colorado State University-Pueblo Veteran’s Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in the Occhiato Student Center. Dana Rocha, director of CSU-Pueblo Veteran’s Success Center partnered with the Career Center, Pikes Peak and Pueblo Workforce Centers on the event. This is the first such Veteran’s Career Fair held in Southern Colorado. The event is open to veteran students, their families, students, alumni, students from CSU Fort Collins, CSU-Global, employees of the University, and the Pueblo Community. For more information about the CSU-Pueblo Veteran’s Career Fair, contact the Career Center at 549-2980.

Foundation Announces 2018 Class of Kane Scholars

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the names of six local students who will receive prominent, full-ride scholarships through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. These high-achieving students will receive the Kane Family Foundation Scholarship, beginning in Fall, 2018. Students were selected based on their high school academic record, written record, written essays, and a competitive two-tier interview process. The Kane Scholarship covers the recipients’ tuition, book expenses, and mandatory fees in pursuit of a four-year bachelor’s degree. The 2018 CSU-Pueblo Kane Family Foundation Scholars are: Kylie Baudino (Rye High School), Katelin DeVencenty (Pueblo County), Mia Gilbertson (Pueblo Centennial), Ryan Madic (Pueblo South), Samuel Moore (Pueblo Central), and Isaac Sloan (Pueblo West).

Senior Art Show

The work of 22 Colorado State University-Pueblo senior art students will be on display through May 4 in the Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts. Media ranges from painting to photography, sculpture, graphic design, drawing, printmaking, video and ceramics. A reception celebrating seniors graduating with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees will close the exhibit at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4 in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Art/Music Building. All are welcome to come view artwork on display, visit with the artists and faculty, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Weekly gallery hours are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

General Classroom Building Earns LEED Platinum Rating

Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) and Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) have announced that the General Classroom Building on the CSU-Pueblo campus has received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED Platinum certification is a globally recognized symbol of the highest achievement in sustainability. State-funded higher education buildings are required to be designed and built to LEED Gold standard. The General Classroom Building at CSU-Pueblo exceeds that minimum standard with its LEED Platinum certification.

Let's Move April 21

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 21 on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The event will be held at Massari Arena beginning with registration at 8:15 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.

University Reps to Attend HACU Capitol Forum

Colorado State University-Pueblo representatives Dr. Donna Souder Hodge, Dr. Derek Lopez, and Michelle Gjerde, will join more than 300 higher education leaders, representing 50 states at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 23rd Annual National Forum on Hispanic Higher Education, April 9-10, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Souder Hodge, Lopez, and Gjerde will join congressional leaders, higher education influencers, and policy advocates as they work to shape and promote an agenda for Congress and the country at the HACU Capitol Forum. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and a HACU partner university, CSU-Pueblo will send representatives to join public policymakers, key federal agency leaders, allied organizations, corporate, community and philanthropic representatives at what has become a powerful national platform for winning public- and private-sector support for Hispanic higher education.

Holocaust Remembrance Day April 12

Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a day of activities, including a memorial service, personal testimony, lectures, and a display on Thursday, April 12 in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. An educational poster, along with the reading of names of those who lost their lives, will serve as the pinnacle of the day’s events. All activities, with exception of the educational poster display and the reading of names which will occur in the LARC Lobby, will take place in the Occhiato Student Center (OSC) Tundra Room 008. All events are open to the public at no charge.

Abdelrahman Named Provost, VP for Academic Affairs

A results-driven and innovative academic leader and award-winning professor has been hired as the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet has announced that Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University since 2016, will become the University’s top academic official beginning June 1. Mottet thanked Interim Provost Bruce Raymond for impacting academics at CSU-Pueblo in meaningful and significant ways during the past five months. On June 1, Raymond will return to his duties as the Dean of the Hasan School of Business, where he has served since 2012. A 10-member search committee recommended Abdelrahman from a national pool of more than 60 applications. As provost, he will serve as chief learning officer, responsible for the University’s academic quality and student learning. President Mottet described Abdelrahman as an experienced academic leader who has a proven track record of designing and implementing learning and support systems that map to students’ needs and enhance student success. Mottet said the provost works with faculty to develop processes that continuously elevate the academic quality and reputation of an institution while also attracting, hiring, and developing faculty who can teach, conduct research, and serve the community in an impactful manner. The provost is responsible for ensuring a relevant and vibrant curriculum and continuously assessing student learning outcomes to ensure that students graduate with competencies that will allow them to transition into a professional career.

Online RN to BSN Beginning April 30

Beginning April 30, Colorado State University-Pueblo will offer a program for working Registered Nurses (RN) to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in just one year through a fully online format. Students enrolled in a community college or Compact State may concurrently enroll within their program. This will allow students to move seamlessly from their associate degree program to CSU-Pueblo’s online RN to BSN program. Courses will be offered in eight-week sessions. Interested students must confer with the RN-BSN advisor to develop a program of study. The RN-BSN option will include 33 credit hours of credit through the articulation agreement, 57 credit hours of prerequisite or co-requisite courses, and 30 credit hours of nursing courses for a total of 120 credit hours. Students must pass all nursing courses with a B or better and maintain a nursing 3.00 GPA. RN's transferring from community colleges can transfer in 57 prerequisite credits along with 33 RN credits for a total of 90 credit hours. This applies only to the students in the RN to BSN program. The first step to begin admission to the online RN to BSN program can be found at For more information on the RN to BSN online program or process, contact Mogenson at or 719-549-2392.

Former US Secretary of Agriculture, Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack to Speak April 25

Former United States Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack will spend the day at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Wednesday, April 25. Vilsack will present a classroom lecture on rural poverty and economic development at 8 a.m. in the General Classroom Building 111 followed by a public lecture, “The Rural Economy in the Age of Acceleration,” at 10:30 a.m. in the Occhiato Student Center Ballroom. Since April of 2017, Vilsack and his wife, Christie, have teamed up with the Colorado State University System and Denver Water to advise efforts surrounding the planned National Western Center, a project that will establish Colorado as a nexus for food innovation and Western Heritage. He serves as a strategic adviser of food & water initiatives at the National Western Center and as Global Chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food & Water Initiatives. He served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate, and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Vilsack received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York. He also is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorate degrees. Vilsack has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by various organizations.

LEAF sponsors Bloom Month events in April

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s student organization Leaders in Ethical Action for the Future (LEAF) will host “Bloom Month” in April to celebrate empowering the planet and providing people with a greater knowledge and understanding about social justice and environmental issues. The month kicks off with trail building, includes an Earth Day Fest, and ends with a Watershed Cleanup. According to, Earth Day activities globally involve more than 1 billion people in 192 countries in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation. Earth Day 2018 will focus specifically on ending plastic pollution around the world. Earth Day Fest on Friday, April 20 serves as the headlining event of the month, with a celebration of the global holiday with free pizza, brownies, and live performances from Mighty Mystic, Beyond Bridges, and surprise guests. The festival will occur from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza or near Belmont Hall if inclement weather occurs. Food will be served at 1:30 p.m. with music to follow at 2 p.m.

2018 Student Symposium

The research, scholarship, and creative activity of 175 Colorado State University-Pueblo students will be displayed through presentations, posters, and panels as part of the 2018 Student Symposium on Friday, April 6. The 6th annual event has been made possible by the Hasan School of Business, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, the Honors Program, the University Library, CBASE (Communities to Build Active STEM Engagement), Office of the Provost, and the departments of history and music.

Maestro Summer Program

For the third straight year, students can experience an innovative model of instruction during a summer residential program for which they can earn up to 12 credit hours from Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo will offer the “MAESTRO” Summer Program from July 9-August 10 for a maximum of 40 students who are 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 35-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 English and Science (including a lab) plus elective credits in University Studies and Outdoor Pursuits as part of the program. Acceptance to CSU-Pueblo and an enrollment deposit for the fall 2018 semester at CSU-Pueblo are required prior to registering for the MAESTRO Summer Program. The priority deadline for enrollment is June 18, 2018. Financial aid may be used to cover the total cost of the program.


Bass Fishing Team wins state title, qualifies for nationals

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Bass Fishing Team qualified for the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops for the first time since the team’s inception in 2015. The championship will be held on Lake Tenkiller in Tahlequah, Oklahoma from July 19-21. Team President Austin Miles, senior exercise science major from Durango, and Cooper Brown, club vice president and freshman business major from Pueblo West, secured the team’s top ranking in the 2018 Colorado B.A.S.S. Nation College tournament held on Pueblo Reservoir on March 17-18.

Asian Pacific Islander Month activities

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander History Month with three events in April. The month begins with the Asian Pacific Islander History Month Kickoff and includes a Movie Night and Discussion and the Annual Senior Multicultural Congratulatory event. All events are free to students and are sponsored by the ODI.

Plinske to lead Department of Athletics

A respected leader in NCAA Division II and III athletics with more than 15 years of experience managing collegiate athletic programs has been named the next Athletic Director at Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet has announced that Dr. Paul Plinske, current Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, will oversee the athletics program at CSU-Pueblo beginning May 20.

Threlkeld Finalists Announced

Colorado State University-Pueblo has selected seven 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 25 in Hoag Recital Hall. The Threlkeld winner will receive a stipend as well as the first diploma during Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 at the Southwest Motors Colorado State Fair Events Center. The finalists for the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence include: Teagan Boda, Pueblo West, James Edwards, Fountain, Joshua Greer, Pueblo Shaylyn Grega, Phoenix, AZ; Thais Magallon, Pueblo; Mikala Morris, Tempe, AZ, and David Mould, Upminster, Essex, London, United Kingdom.

1974 Alumnus Roni Rivera-Ashford to be honored at President's Gala

An award-winning international bi-lingual author who recently penned a book based on the Pixar movie, Coco, will receive the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Alumni Achievement as part of the President’s Gala on May 19 at Colorado State University-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo graduate Roni C. Rivera-Ashford, A74, will join long-time basketball coach and athletics director Joe Folda and Parkview Medical Center as President’s Medallion recipients at the 2018 President’s Gala on Saturday, May 19 in the Occhiato Student Center (OSC) Ballroom. Donors underwrite the evening’s expenses, guaranteeing that all proceeds directly benefit current and future CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs. A Tucson, Arizona resident, Rivera-Ashford earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages in 1974 at then Southern Colorado State College. During her May visit, Rivera-Ashford will participate in several literacy outreach events with the local school districts as well as book signing appearances.

PCCLD, PuebloPlex, and CSU-Pueblo co-host exhibit on women at Pueblo Depot

The exhibit, She’s a WOW: Women Ordnance Workers in Pueblo, CO 1942-1945 will be on display March 29 to April 25 in the InfoZone lobby-4th floor of the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave. The exhibit focuses on the need for women at the Pueblo Ordnance Depot, and the work they performed there during World War II. A public reception will take place from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, March 29. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo Honors Program, PuebloPlex, and the InfoZone News Museum. The exhibit, designed in collaboration with students in the CSU-Pueblo’s Honors Program, began in the spring of 2017 when Pueblo Plex and the CSU-Pueblo History Department met to discuss opportunities to share the history of the Depot with the community of Pueblo. The Scholarly and Activities Board provided Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya, director of the University’s Honor Program, with a SEED grant in the summer of 2017 to support research for the exhibit.

Cannabis Research Institute Releases County Study

The Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University-Pueblo has released the results of a study on the impacts of legalized cannabis on Pueblo County. A preliminary report was presented to the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners on March 12. The complete 200+-page study will be available online tomorrow (Friday, March 16) at CSU-Pueblo is the first four-year, regional comprehensive university in the United States to establish a multi-disciplinary Institute of Cannabis Research. The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners allocated $50,000 of marijuana excise tax revenues for CSU-Pueblo to conduct a study regarding the impacts this legalization has had on Pueblo County. The County requested the study of social, economic, water and energy impacts as well as a recommendation regarding the buffer zone to reduce cross-contamination between low THC and high THC grow operations.

Matousek to present Commencement Address

An award-winning 2005 mass communications graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo who has been involved in numerous Star Wars films and Disney franchise efforts will share her insights with graduates in May. Megan Matousek will present the Commencement Address during the spring ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Colorado State Fair Southwest Motors Events Center. A Highlands Ranch native, Matousek currently serves as Associate VFX Producer for Industrial Light & Magic in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s produced more than 100 digital projects for the Walt Disney Company and oversees post-production support teams of VFX artists, support staff, and supervisors for the Star Wars franchise. She has received credits for her work on Coraline, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rogue One, and Star Wars The Last Jedi. Currently, she is working on the upcoming release of SOLO, A Star Wars Story, which is set to release May 25, 2018.

Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series

Dr. Vladislav Zubok will speak about Russia, the unification of Germany, Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, and Putin in a series of lectures presented by the Colorado State University-Pueblo History Program along with the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. Dr. Vladislav Zubok, a professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is the speaker for the sixth annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series, March 26-27. 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.

Summer School Opportunities

New opportunities this summer at Colorado State University-Pueblo will allow recent high school graduates and current or transfer students to increase their GPAs or fast track their completion to a degree. Among the new opportunities this summer are more online general education classes, discounts for out-of-state students and residence hall lodging, and additional Pell Grants and work study funds.

Rev89 Ranks 9th Nationally among non comms

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s student-operated radio station, KTSC 89.5 FM, Rev 89 is ranked ninth in the nation among all non-commercial stations, according to Nielsen Media. Rev 89 has also placed as the third most listened to radio station in the Pueblo market. According to Nielsen Media, the standard for measuring radio ratings in the United States, Rev 89 has a total of 24,300 listeners in Pueblo. The station’s national ranking is based on the percentage of the Pueblo market that Rev 89 reaches (listener potential). Rev 89 penetrates (listener potential) nearly (17.1) 17 percent of the Pueblo market – the 9th best public radio market penetration in the U.S. On average, 800 people tune into the radio station during any 15-minute period, between 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. The average Rev listener spends nearly five hours with the station every week. The Rev 89 is part of the electronic media curriculum in the mass communications department and is staffed by students majoring or minoring in the department. It is funded primarily from station underwriting. CSU-Pueblo is the only University in the state that offers on-campus, hands-on experiences at a public television and public radio station, as well as with print and on-line publications.

CBASE grant brings three postdoctoral researchers

As part of a five-year, $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic and first generation, low-income students earning degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), Colorado State University-Pueblo has hired three postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Trung Duong, Dr. Indrani Bhowmick, and Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, who have proven to be not just exceptional researchers, but role models and mentors as well. The first part of the grant included the hiring of postdoctoral researchers, who all joined CSU-Pueblo in late spring of 2017. In 2016, CSU-Pueblo was awarded a $6 million grant over the next five years to establish its Communities to Build Active STEM Engagement (CBASE) Program. CBASE integrates curricular, co-curricular, and programmatic initiatives to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in STEM fields among Hispanic, low-income, and first generation undergraduate students. CSU-Pueblo was one of only two Colorado schools, and the only four-year institution, to be awarded funds from the H-S-I STEM and Articulation Program. Community College of Denver was the other Colorado recipient.

Provost finalists to Visit Campus March 12-16

Three individuals have been selected as finalists for the top academic position at Colorado State University-Pueblo and will interview on campus in the coming weeks. Bruce Raymond, dean of the Hasan School of Business, has been serving as interim provost since January, 2018. The following three candidates will interview at a variety of campus forums over the next few weeks for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, vice president for academic affairs, Arkansas Tech University, (March 12-13); Dr. Cristian E. Botez, professor and department chair, Department of Physics, The University of Texas at El Paso (March 15-16), and Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University (March 13-14).


Career Fair March 7

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 7 in the CSU-Pueblo Student Recreation Center. Current students, alumni, students from CSU Fort Collins, CSU-Global, and employees of the University, are welcome to attend the event. Gjerde said job seekers need to be ready to introduce themselves to recruiters with focus, confidence, and excellent communication and technical skills, dress professionally, and bring plenty of copies of their updated resumes.

AD Candidates to Visit Campus

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host five prospective candidates to fill the Athletic Director vacancy, which will result from the retirement of Athletic Director Joe Folda at the end of April. The candidates will visit campus Monday, March 5, Tuesday March 6, and Wednesday, March 7. Information about each of the candidates as well as their credentials can be obtained from CSU-Pueblo’s website.

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 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,, 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 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

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.


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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