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.