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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.