Dear Alumni and Friends,
While I spoke these words to the Spring 2007 graduates at their
celebration in May, urging them to celebrate their accomplishments before
taking on their next goal, I should probably take this quote from one of my
heroes, Nelson Mandela, to heart. It aptly describes how I’m feeling as I close
my freshman year as president of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
What a journey it has been — full of ups and downs, triumphs and
challenges. I truly felt like a freshman on a college campus, learning
“I have discovered
the secret that after
climbing a great hill,
one only fi nds that
there are many more
hills to climb. I have
taken a moment
here to rest, to steal
a view of the glorious
vista that surrounds
me, to look back
on the distance I
have come. But I
can rest only for a
moment, for with
I dare not linger, for
my long walk is not
the names of buildings, professors, and students, committing to memory
pertinent deadlines and policies, while discovering the best attractions,
restaurants, and hiking and biking trails in and around Pueblo.
I could not have imagined the generosity I would witness in my first
year, from the largest gift in school history from the Friends of Football
organization to million dollar scholarship gifts from both the Pioneer Fund
and the Kane Family Foundation. The enthusiasm surrounding the athletic
expansion and the renovation and construction of campus structures is
infectious and is what keeps me going day to day and week to week.
We have established some aggressive stretch goals for enrollment,
retention, and graduation rates over the next five to 10 years. As I said in my
address on the first day of classes last fall, I cannot accomplish everything
that has been set before me — that is, not without the help of each and every
graduate, employee, student, and University supporter. Together, WE will
witness a transformation of an entire institution that is destined to change
the face of our community, our region, and each and every student who
enters our doors.
Joseph Garcia, President
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VOLUME 18 • NUMBER 1 • SPRING/SUMMER 2007
Jim Bowman, ’82
Laura Brandt, ’00,’02
Todd Kelly, ‘90
10 Athletic Expansion
13 Looking Forward
20 ROTC: In WAR and PEACE
Director, Alumni Relations:
Laura Brandt, ’00,’02
Director, Annual Giving:
Special thanks for photos from:
Pueblo Chieftain, John Cordova,
Richard Joyce, John Price, Kayla
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4 Campus Beat
7 Alumni Connections
10 Sports Central
14 Alumni Class Notes
22 Global Reach
23 Money Matters
Biology students Dennis Romero, Pueblo, Lisa Holland, Divide,
Colo., and Christine Kleinart, Fountain, Colo., pull water
samples downstream from Lake Pueblo Reservoir.
(cover photo by Jim Bowman)
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In conjunction with Smart Growth Advocates (SGA), EcoSol, TC
Associates, Aquila, and the Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy
Society, CSU-Pueblo symbolically made the “switch” to renewable energy
when it dedicated new solar photovoltaic panels south of the University’s
Technology Building on April 26. An educational kiosk will provide general
information on solar photovoltaic technology.
Kudos to Mass Comm
The Mass Communications Department was recognized
for its 40th Anniversary by the Southern Colorado Press
Club. Faculty member Trish Orman was honored with a
Distinguished Service Award. The Reporting Public Affairs
class special edition, “Methademic: Is Methamphetamine
Destroying America” was named a national finalist in
SPJ National Competition for 2006. The edition took first
place at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9
competition. Also, the Colorado Broadcasters Association
presented a best single program Certificate of Merit award
to “Homework Hotline,” a student-produced live, daily
program in association with KTSC-RMPBS.
Outstanding Faculty Staff Recognized
The shining stars among CSU-Pueblo’s faculty and
staff were recognized April 24. Winners included Shelly
Moreschini, President’s Leadership Program, outstanding
professional employee; Katie Cadena Priebe, admin. asst.
in the Dept. of Nursing, outstanding classified employee;
Carol Loats, assoc. prof., history, Faculty Excellence in
Teaching; Bill Sheidley, prof. and chair, English and
Foreign Languages, Faculty Excellence in Service; David
Lehmpuhl, assoc. prof. and chair, chemistry, Faculty
Excellence in Research; and Jeff Piquette, asst. prof.,
teacher education, Faculty Excellence in Advising.
University to Offer Master of Education Degree
K-12 teachers will have another option for obtaining
a master’s in education degree this fall. The Board of
Governors of the CSU System recently approved CSU-
Pueblo’s request for the master’s degree in education
program. The proposal also was approved by the Colorado
Commission on Higher Education. The program, the only
one of its kind offered in Colorado, will allow educators
to earn a degree in either special education, linguistically
diverse education, or instructional technology.
CSU-Pueblo students offered their support to Virginia Tech University
following the tragic April 16 shootings through this photograph, a memorial
service, and a scroll of written greetings.
Garcia to head Governor’s Education Task Force
President Joseph Garcia has been selected by Gov. Bill
Ritter as a co-chairman of the Governor’s P-20 Education
Coordinating Council. Ritter selected Garcia (right), along
with co-chairman and businessman Bruce Benson and Lt.
Gov. Barbara O’Brien, to lead a 32-member council. P-20,
which stands for preschool through graduate school, is an
ambitious undertaking that will examine the state’s entire
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University Earns Kudos
From Reaccreditation Visit
The University earned high marks
and a 10-year reaccreditation from the
Higher Learning Commission, marking the
completion of a two-year comprehensive self
evaluation. HLC Team Chair Howard Ross,
Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,
commended the University for the faculty
and staff’s commitment to student success,
its “institutional spirit,” and the high-quality
education the University had provided
despite fi nancial challenges. The team
sensed a “profound commitment to diversity”
and enthusiasm from students about their
educational experiences here.
The team recommended integrating the
recent “stretch goals” into the strategic plan,
expanding distance education, coordinating
class scheduling among units, and increasing
collaboration with CSU in Fort Collins and
other institutions in the state, especially as it
relates to collaborative grant applications and
research projects. The University’s Self-Study
Report, Building Excellence, may be viewed
at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/hlca with a
briefer Executive Summary giving the study’s
conclusions and recommendations.
One of the nation’s top Hispanic
women leaders shared her passion for
education, family, public service, and
her alma mater during Spring 2007
Commencement on May 5. Sandra
Madrid, assistant dean in the University
of Washington Law School and one of
only 12 Hispanic law school deans in the
country, earned a bachelor’s degree in
English and elementary education from
then USC in 1974.
Brandon Schoch is Top Senior
A veteran and nontraditional
this year’s recipient of
the Threlkeld Prize for
Excellence Award. The
award, named for the
late Budge Threlkeld, a
former administrator and
professor, is presented to
a graduating senior each
year who demonstrates
excellence in academic
and co-curricular activities, as well as in service to the
University and the community.
Raised in England, Brandon Schoch returned
to the U.S. in 1998 where he joined the Navy and
was honorably discharged following service as an
Information Technology Specialist for Operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. On May 5, he
graduated with honors and a degree in sociology with
an emphasis in criminology and a minor in psychology.
As a nontraditional student, Schoch was involved
in numerous extracurricular activities, serving as
president of Beta Sigma Iota Alpha, the University’s
Veterans Fraternity, and as a member of three honor
societies — Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, and Alpha Lambda
Delta. He was instrumental in getting the Pueblo
Criminology Club started and also served as election
commissioner for the Associated Students’ Government
He and his wife, Stacey, who also graduated on
May 5, are proud parents of three children; Dylan (7),
Dakota (5), and Devynne (4). His future career goals
include law enforcement and continuing his education,
with an ultimate goal of working in Homeland Security.
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Four-Year Incentive Brings
Degree and Dollars
Colorado students who begin at CSU-Pueblo
this fall and graduate in four years could receive
more than just a diploma when they cross the stage.
CSU-Pueblo students can enter a contract to earn
an incentive check of up to $1,500 if they graduate
in four years.
The idea originally was conceived by CSU
System Governor Joe Blake who suggested an
“outside the box” plan to increase enrollment,
retention, and graduation by offering a tuition
incentive to students who graduate within four
years. The CSU-Pueblo offer applies to Colorado
residents who begin as full-time students at CSU-
Pueblo in the fall of 2007.
The plan requires that students declare a major
and sign an agreement upon entering CSU-Pueblo,
complete a minimum of 120 hours of coursework,
and fulfill all graduation requirements within
four years of matriculation. CSU-Pueblo students
must declare a major upon enrollment, follow their
advisors’ recommendations for coursework, pass
courses with the appropriate grades required by
their major or as pre-requisites, maintain a gradepoint-average
sufficient to graduate in their major,
take and pass at least 30 credits of appropriate
courses each year to stay on track, and take summer
courses if necessary to make up deficiencies or low
A sample of the tuition rebate contract is
available at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/incentive/.
President Joe Garcia filled three major slots in
his administration this spring with the hiring of
Provost Russ Meyer, Hasan School of Business Dean
Michael Fronmeuller, and Dean of Student Life and
Development Zav Dadabhoy.
Meyer, Interim Provost and
Dean of the College of Humanities
and Social Sciences, was named
the chief academic officer at the
University in April. Meyer was
selected from among three finalists
and more than 30 applicants in
a national search. He replaces
Barbara Montgomery, who stepped
down in August 2006 to return
to teaching in the Department
of English and Foreign Languages. Meyer joined the
University in 2000 as dean of the College of Humanities
and Social Sciences. His professional experience
has been broad, including positions at a Research I
institution, an open-admissions urban university, and
two regional comprehensive Master’s I universities.
Fronmeuller began his
dean duties on July 1. Before
accepting the CSU-Pueblo post,
he taught strategic management
and global leadership courses as
a professor of management at
LeMoyne College in Syracuse,
N.Y., where he served as dean
from 2002-2004 and led the school
toward AACSB accreditation. As
part of that process, he managed
the faculty-driven comprehensive curriculum revision
and development of an assessment program to meet
AACSB expectations. He replaces Dr. Rex Fuller, who
stepped down in October to become Dean of the College
of Business and Public Administration at Eastern
Dadabhoy brings more than
18 years of increasing leadership in
student affairs at both commuter
and residential colleges and
universities. He came to Pueblo
from Metropolitan State College
of Denver, where he held several
positions in Student Life and
Student Services. He has served
as Director of Student Activities at
Metro State since 1995 and for the
last year has provided leadership on an interim basis to
student engagement programs as well as planning and
assessment systems that develop and enhance student
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Letter from your alumni president:
When the football tradition returns to CSU-Pueblo in the
fall of 2008, it will blend seamlessly with an annual event
that your Alumni Association, the Homecoming Committee,
and the Student Alumni Association have been polishing
and perfecting during the past four years. I’m referring
to Homecoming, a week of fun for students and alumni
designed specifi cally to keep us all connected with our alma
mater and each other.
This year’s Homecoming Week events, Oct. 8-12, include a
male and female athlete date auction, a bonfi re, parade, ‘50s
swing dance, selection of Mr. and Ms. CSU-Pueblo, photo ops
with President Garcia, roller disco, Spirit Day with a cheer
contest on the new recreational fi eld, and tie-dye T-shirts.
But wait. There’s more. On Friday, the T-Wolf Challenge will
put teams of students through amazing stunts in a quest for
a pair of mountain bikes, and later that evening, the Alumni
Reception Luau Style will provide libations and great food,
plus games, music, prizes, and a putting contest. Last year,
even President Joe Garcia attempted to putt his way to glory.
On Saturday, Family Fun Day will once again attract big
and little ones with free pizza, beverages, pumpkins, face
painting, and infl atables. The Distinguished Alumni Awards
Banquet will be postponed until fall 2008 as we welcome
back the tradition of football to campus. Please help us honor
those graduates who have achieved much since leaving their
university, and nominate worthy individuals in all categories
(see page 9) for next year’s awards. And, in keeping with
what we started last year, one highly deserving non-alum will
be inducted as honorary alum at the banquet.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me and your fellow alumni. If you
come expecting a good time, you won’t be disappointed.
Richard A. Joyce
Alumni: Send information about your recently published
books to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Ford, A03 – In Years to Come
Social sciences major Joyce Ford of Commerce City, Colo., is striking
out into new career territory as an author. A data training coordinator
with the Denver International Airport fi nance offi ce,
Ford has woven a tale of triumph over tragedy in what
she hopes will be a tale of inspiration for others. In
Years to Come
takes readers along Ford’s challenging
life journey as the ninth of 11 children orphaned by her
fourth birthday. Living through a childhood fi lled with
abuse and disappointment, she kept the faith and her
belief that things would be better.
Roni Ashford, A74 – Nana’s Remedies
Born to a pioneering Nogales, Arizona family, Roni Ashford grew
up on the border of Mexico, embracing the language, the culture,
and the people. Her bilingual book, My Nana’s
Remedies/Los remedies de mi nana, already has
sold more than 10,000 copies, is in its third printing,
and has been used as a tool in classroom studies
of multiculturalism and traditional aspects. A 1974
SCSC foreign languages graduate, this former
teacher and translator for Tucson Unifi ed School District, now is
sole proprietor of a consulting business, providing English/Spanish
translation, interpretation and editing services, while presenting
cultural awareness and diversity appreciation workshops. She and
her husband of 33 years, Daniel, A74, have three grown children and
Barry Basden, A71 – Crack! and Thump
In high school, Barry Basden hung out with actors and poets, but five
colleges and 14 years later, Basden graduated from SCSC
in 1971 with an accounting degree. He is founder, CEO,
and janitor of Camroc Press, a publisher of military history.
Having interviewed numerous veterans, Basden’s latest book
Crack! and Thump is an extraordinary World War II Memoir
of Captain Charles Scheffel, a combat infantry officer’s life
in the war zone. Future projects for Basden include a French
war bride’s story, letters of a Women’s Army Corps in the European Theater,
and the memoir of a combat engineer in Europe.
Bill Scott, A67 – Space Wars
Bill Scott’s Space Wars: the First Six Hours of World War III
actual war games can contribute to the understanding of
future threats and conflicts to our country. Scott, a 1967
electronic engineering graduate, links war gaming to realistic
scenarios that may become headlines in the future. He is the
Rocky Mountain Bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space
Technology, and a former U.S. Air Force flight-test engineer
who also served with the National Security Agency as aircrew on nuclearsampling
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4th Annual Reunion on Union
President Garcia welcomed the crowd of more than 300 people at the
Alumni Association’s 4th Annual Reunion on Union at the historic
Pueblo Union Depot on March 9. Friends, faculty, staff, retirees,
and alumni from 1946-2006 enjoyed entertainment, food, drink, past
memorabilia and countless giveaways, including tickets to the Colorado
Avalanche, hotel stays, and meals from local restaurants.
Alumni Day at the Avalanche
Nearly 50 CSU-Pueblo alumni and university friends gathered March 31 to
watch a Colorado Avalanche victory over the Minnesota Wild at Denver’s
Pepsi Center. Following the game, attendees and Denver residents enjoyed
food and company at Brooklyn’s, hosted by the Alumni Association.
Alumni Board Annual Meeting with the President
President Garcia welcomed the 2007 alumni board to his home in February
for the annual gathering to meet and greet some of the University’s
greatest ambassadors. This year’s event also included CSU System staff
and attorneys as well as Board of Governors’ member Bonifacio Cosyleon.
Student Alumni Update
As the Student Alumni Association (SAA) enters its fourth year of
operation, many have graduated, but they have certainly left their mark!
This year, the team earned money for Athletics at the 4th Annual Walk for
Athletics on April 21 to help gain scholarship monies for student athletes.
The SAA also sold 46 WolfPac baskets to parents of students living in
the residence halls. The surprise final survival kits were delivered to the
students on the evening of April 26. All proceeds will benefit the club’s
first book scholarship in Spring ‘08! Recipients must be SAA members who
enter a one-page essay on their experience at CSU-Pueblo. Congratulations
to our SAA students and to those who have graduated!
Pueblo Reunion in Denver
CSU-Pueblo again had a presence at the 7th Annual
Pueblo Reunion at the Denver Center for Performing
Arts on May 17. Some of the proceeds from this
event go toward CSU-Pueblo and PCC scholarships
each year. In addition to Pueblo cuisine, art, and
booths by local entities such as the Pueblo Chamber
and the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project,
Governor Ritter was honored as this year’s Honorary
Puebloan. Pictured above are CSU System Board of
Governors member Boney Cosyleon, President Garcia, Alumni Director Laura Brandt, Governor
Ritter, and Alumni Association President Richard Joyce.
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Where are they now
The Pueblo native and Stanford
University alumnus has been hired
to direct the federally-funded Title V
program, which includes monitoring the
advising, orientation, and overall success
of first-year students. Derek Lopez, the
1996 Threlkeld Prize for Excellence
recipient, began his duties as Director of
First-Year Programs in January.
As Director, Lopez oversees the management and evaluation
of the University’s Title V grant, insuring achievement
of objectives and compliance with federal regulations. He
supervises the Learning Communities Coordinator and the
First-Year Advisement Specialist/ First-Year Center Coordinator
as well as leads professional development for faculty involved in
those Learning Communities, including the first-year experience
course. He also supervises the first-year advising program
and develops, implements, and oversees the New Student
Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology
from then University of Southern Colorado in 1996 and went
on to earn a doctoral degree from the School of Education
at Stanford University in 2002. Since 2005, he has been the
director of the Title V grant at Pueblo Community College. Prior
to that post, he served in several capacities at Cesar Chavez
Academy from 2002-04, including grant writer, director of
marketing, and intervention and prevention specialist.
“Derek’s academic training and experience have prepared him
to take on the responsibilities of this position, and I am confident
that he will be successful,” said President Joseph Garcia. “A
great deal of his doctoral research focused on the very activities
he will engage in at CSU-Pueblo.”
Alumni Nomination Form
The Colorado State University-Pueblo Alumni Association needs your assistance.
We are seeking nominations for our annual alumni awards.
Please complete the following information and return to:
Awards Nominations, Alumni Office • Colorado State University-Pueblo • 2200 Bonforte Blvd. • Pueblo, CO 81001
or fax to: 719-549-2371 • Email:email@example.com
❑ Outstanding Alumnus
❑ Outstanding Service to the
❑ Alumni Achievement Award
❑ Outstanding Alumna
❑ Outstanding Service to the
❑ Cuerno Verde (Graduated within last 10 yrs.)
Each nomination should be accompanied
by a summary of the nominee’s
accomplishments. Please include as
much information as possible (such as a
vitae, newsclippings, etc.).
Name of Nominee ______________________________________________________________________________________
Class Year ____________________________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Your Name _____________________________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________________
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The growing excitement surrounding CSU-Pueblo
Athletics and the department’s recent expansion
to reinstate football, wrestling and women’s track
and field has garnered much
attention on the local, regional,
and national stage. The
immediate effects have been a
number of new coaching hires,
many of whom are alums of the
John Wristen (education,
A84) headlines the group of
alumni returning to their alma
mater. Wristen, who previously
served as an assistant coach at
Northwestern, CU, and UCLA,
was named the ThunderWolves’
first Head Football Coach in 23 years. He began his
duties upon the announcement of his hiring on July
3 and will recruit student-athletes and hire assistant
coaches throughout the 2007-08 school year in order
to take the field in Fall 2008.
Alum Tom Durham (art, A97) has accepted a
coaching position as the head men’s and women’s
tennis coach. A former All-American at the
University, Durham previously served as interim
head coach following his eligibility. He takes over for
Coach Bob Scott, who retired after eight years at the
helm for the Pack.
Football, wrestling, women’s track and fi eld to return in 2008
The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System gave
approval in May to reinstate football, wrestling, and women’s track and field
at the University. All three sports will begin competition in the fall of 2008 and
will compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, thanks to the largest
single gift in school history (see story on page 23).
Football and five other sports were eliminated from then University
of Southern Colorado in the spring of 1985 during a reorganization of the
University. Men’s and women’s track and field were cut in 1993, with
wrestling disbanded in 2001.
According to President Joseph Garcia, the athletic expansion has
the potential to directly impact the University’s stretch goals regarding
enrollment, diversity, retention, and graduation rates as well as presenting a
positive public image of the University. In particular, the expansion will help
generate new revenue and create a stronger recruiting base in Denver and
Colorado Springs as well as out of state.
“To be competitive, to assist in achieving our aggressive stretch goals, to
provide a better college experience to our students, to grow CSU-Pueblo, and
to assure our students’ success in both the short and long term, the University
must take bold strides. Expanding our athletic program is such a stride,” he
ALUMNI HEADLINE HIRES OF NEW HEAD COACHES
The volleyball program’s new head coach will be
Chris Jonson. A Denver-area native, Jonson takes
over following the departure of Emily Asanovich.
Jonson spent the last three years as an
assistant at Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference rival Metro State. Jonson
assisted in all aspects of the Roadrunners’
program, with an emphasis in player
development and conditioning.
Dave Morris takes over a wellestablished
women’s soccer team for Roy
Stanley, who will shift his focus to coaching
the T-Wolves’ Men’s Soccer team on a
Head Football Coach full-time basis. Morris previously served
John Wristen as assistant coach at Division I Wisconsin-
Green Bay and head coach at Wisconsin-
The last alumna to join the coaching ranks is Leslie
Haywood (business management, A06). A four-year
member of the Pack women’s basketball team, Haywood
steps into the assistant coaching position vacated by
Diane Dittburner. Haywood served as a volunteer
assistant coach for CSU-Pueblo in 2006-07.
Alumna Kim Mueller (Van Cleave) (business
management, A97) has been hired as administrative
assistant to Athletics Director Joe Folda.
Searches for the wrestling and track and field
positions were in progress at press time.
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ThunderWolf athletes and their fans
were honored as part of the annual yearend
luncheon. Booster of the Year honors
went to Gerald and Elaine Puls, while
the Hampton Inn was named Corporate
Partner of the Year. Volleyball player
Samantha Connelly earned the Jessie
Banks Senior Student-Athlete Award,
while men’s basketball player Brett
Cloepfil was the recipient of the James
“Spank” Blasing Senior Student-Athlete
Award. Women’s basketball player Kerry
Lewis was named the Female Athleteof-the-Year
and golfer Andrew Hedrick
was named Male Athlete of the Year.
Most Valuable Players in their respective
sports were: Baseball, Kevin Meadows; M
Basketball, Brett Cloepfil; W Basketball,
Kerry Lewis; W. Cross Country, Kristin
Heinl; M Golf, Andrew Hedrick; W Golf,
Nicole Madrid; M. Soccer, Ryan Creager;
W. Soccer, Robin Hayes; Softball, TBD;
M. Tennis, Beau Fresquez; W. Tennis,
Julie Wainwright; Training Room Prog,
Vanessa Leyba; and Volleyball, Samantha
Connelly. Women’s softball won the
community service award, while the
Community Service Star Award went to
cross country member Lindsey Herrera.
T-Wolf Golf Classic
The sixth annual ThunderWolf
Golf Classic, which generates
scholarship dollars for the studentathlete
scholarship fund, will
be held Sept. 10 at the Pueblo
Entry fee is $125 per person,
or $1,000 for a corporate team,
which includes entry fees for five
individuals, an exclusive hole
sponsor sign, ad in the tournament
program, and the right to
display a banner at the course.
Entry fees include cart, green
fee, range balls, complimentary
continental breakfast, tournament
favors and gifts, complimentary
Budweiser and Pepsi products,
post-tournament lunch, and
RACQUETBALL CLUB WINS FOURTH
CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL TITLE
The US National Collegiate Men’s Racquetball Championship,
held in April at Arizona State University in Tempe, was a repeat of
last year’s finals in which CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves matched up
against the Crimson Tide of Alabama in eight of the nine final events,
with CSU-Pueblo winning seven. The Thunderwolves were victorious
and have claimed the men’s national intercollegiate title during each
of the past four
Pack was Ben
Croft, a senior
from Chicago, and
Mitch Williams, a
from North Carolina.
his number one
singles title, while
(left to right) C.J. Sidebottom, Michael Burgess, Jordan Walters,
Ben Croft, Mitch Wililams, Matt Melster, Coach Richard Krinsky
Williams defended his number two title. In addition, the two teamed
together to defend their number one doubles title. Other team
members winning national titles were: Michael Burgess, a junior
from Manitoba, Canada, at the number three singles; Matt Melster, a
junior from Waukesha,Wisc., at the number four singles; and Jordan
Walters, freshman from Raleigh, N.C., at the number five singles. CJ
Sidebottom, a senior from Pueblo, and Melster, won the number three
The Land Title Guarantee Lobster Bake 2007,
The Land Title Guarantee Lobster Bake 2007,
presented by Coors Light, will begin at 6 p.m. on August
15 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. The
Lobster Bake kicks off the upcoming intercollegiate sports
season and raises funds for the Wolf Pack Student-Athlete
Scholarship Fund. An additional 144 student-athletes will
begin competition in the sports of football, wrestling, and
women’s track and field in the fall of 2008.
The registration fee of $30 per person or $350 for
a corporate table includes a lobster and steak dinner
buffet, complete with baked potato, corn on the cob,
cole slaw, and dessert. Complimentary Coors products,
Pepsi products, and wine are included. Individuals also
can compete in the Benefits Broker Insurance Putting
Challenge for the right to walk away with $500, as well as
bid on tickets to the 2008 Rose Bowl, a Pepsi Center suite
during Denver Nuggets game, and other sports items.
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Spring Sports Shine
From golf and tennis to softball and baseball, there
was no shortage of action and honors for Thunderwolf
spring athletes. The most outstanding performance
of the ThunderWolves’ spring season had to be
men’s golfer Andrew Hedrick’s individual regional
championship. The Pack’s Male Student-Athlete
of the Year, Hedrick earned a trip to the National
Championship Tournament in Allendale, Mich., where
he turned in a 29th place finish, earning All-Region and
All-American honors from Ping.
In team performances, the softball team’s run to
its second consecutive RMAC championship game
had all the hallmarks of a special weekend. Using
dominant pitching from senior Breanna Hedstrom
and sophomore Kelsey Swanberg, the T-Wolves fought
back from an opening round loss to make it all the way
to the title game. Shanna Martin, Kari Romero, and
Bonita Nuanez led the way for the Pack at the plate,
as each pulled down All-Tournament honors. The
ThunderWolves wrapped up the season with a 23-19-1
Baseball went through much of the season in prime
position to earn a second consecutive trip to the NCAA
West Region Tournament. However, after suffering
an opening round upset to Metro State in the RMAC
Tournament, the ThunderWolves were forced into a
second round elimination game against host Mesa
State. In the end, the T-Wolves were knocked out in a
scant two games, the first time the team has failed to
win a game in the RMAC Tournament in Head Coach
Stan Sanchez’s 13-year tenure. Doug Hurst, Nick
Runstadler, and Adam Auer each earned all-conference
or all-region honors, while leading a group of 11 seniors
on this year’s squad. The Pack, despite the postseason
stumble, finished with a mark of 36-17.
The tennis teams had hoped to take advantage of
the home court by hosting the RMAC Championships.
However, both fell short in the tournament, ending
their respective seasons at 8-12 for the ladies, and 6-16
for the men. Ricardo Oaxaca earned RMAC Freshman
of the Year honors for the men, while four different
members of the women’s team earned Second Team All-
In only its second year of competition, the women’s
golf team continued to improve. The Pack posted two
third-place finishes and three fourth-place marks.
With another year under its belt, the program looks to
move to the upper echelon of RMAC teams under Josh
Hartman, who is entering his third season as head
Football Seeks A New Home
Ambitious action could put the ThunderWolves
in their own stadium in time for opening day in 2008.
Friends of Football announced as part of a former
athlete reunion at the end of July a stadium/scholarship
fundraising campaign in hopes of raising an additional
$6 million that would give the ThunderWolves a home
field, if not a home-field advantage, in its first season.
The original $7 million (see story on page 23) covers
all start-up costs of football, wrestling and women’s
track, as well as scholarship endowments. It also covers
the construction of the football field with synthetic
turf, a nine-lane all-weather track, a 27,000 square
foot field house, complete with a state-of-the-art weight
room, equipment rooms, training facilities, offices,
locker rooms and meeting rooms. Construction crews
last month began moving dirt directly east of campus.
The stadium will sit just off university property, east of
the baseball and softball fields at the Rawlings Sports
Complex. Donations may be paid for over a three-year
period. Immediate donations may be sent to: Friends
of Football, 504 N. Grand Ave., Pueblo, CO, 81003. For
more information, call Rich Lane, 719-546-333 or 719-
Former Student-Athlete Reunion
Former Student-Athlete Reunion. More than 150 former student
athletes of CSU-Pueblo, University of Southern Colorado, Southern
Colorado State College, and Pueblo Junior College joined together
for a weekend reunion, July 26-28. The athletes came from as far
as Malaysia, California, and Florida reunited with former teammates
and coaches to tell stories of their glory days, play golf, and hear
more about the athletic expansion planned for the university in
2008. Dick Probst, 1965-67 football, earned the distinction of the
alum who traveled the farthest to attend the weekend activities
while Kay Becher, 42-43 basketball, earned the title of alum from
the oldest class.
Event coordinator and former assistant football coach at PJC,
SCSC, and USC, Don Stutters said with the revival of the football
program on the horizon, it made the weekend just that much more
enjoyable. Bob Berry, a former SCSC football player who graduated
from the fi rst four-year class in 1965, has been the driving force,
along with Stutters, behind the athletic reunion. Because of the
reinstated football program, Berry said, this will be the last athletic
reunion held during the summer as future events will be held during
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The Pueblo Chieftain referred to it as a “gizmo,”
but alluded to the important applications it
might have on the quality of water and quality
of life in Southern Colorado. In May, CSU-Pueblo
unveiled a piece of equipment that will assist in a variety
of research projects concerning water quality throughout
Southern Colorado. The “gizmo” — the inductively
coupled plasma mass spectrometer — uses argon gas to
vaporize water samples at 8,000 degrees Fahrenheit in
order to measure the metal content.
It was purchased as part of a three-year, $1 million
study of Fountain Creek, but the $150,000 machine
could fill a niche in other research projects. While private
companies and utilities have similar equipment, CSU-
Pueblo is one of the few public institutions in the state to
own such a machine. Besides research, the machine gives
students a chance to see how measurements are made of
the field work they’re doing, thus enhancing research and
learning. In a recent overnight run, the machine tested
160 samples of Fountain water, which would have taken
the University’s chemistry department six months to get
the same data without the machine.
The purchase of the equipment was made possible
by an agreement with the Lower Arkansas Valley
Conservancy District, which pledged $200,000 as initial
funding to conduct a comprehensive three-year study
of water quality on Fountain Creek and the Arkansas
River. During a recent presentation to the Conservancy
District, researcher Del Nimmo presented some early
results that showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria
during high flows on the Fountain, not to mention such
other harmful contaminants as selenium and zinc.
Part of the project funded by the Conservancy
District will determine what areas of the creek may be
toxic to the invertebrates which form the base of the
food chain, which then will provide information about
the overall biological health of the water. Samples are
read automatically, using a robotic arm that can be
programmed to dip a probe into sample vials and clean
itself. Besides water samples, the machine can read
anything that can be put into a solution: plant matter,
soils, and animal tissue, for instance.
CSU-Pueblo has received inquiries from Colorado
Division of Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and other
agencies about the machine, which could be useful in
sampling coal-bed methane water, a new potential
source of water under state and federal scrutiny. The
machine not only will corroborate data obtained by
other agencies, but will expand the usefulness of the
data by providing toxicological information.
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We’re all connected
Harvey Hilvitz,A53, Pueblo, co-owns
Hilvitz-Hansen, Inc., a specialty and
Dorothy DeNiro, A55, Pueblo, was
inducted into the Colorado Nurses
Association Hall of Fame.
Carole (Keough) Bauman, A66, Yucaipa,
CA, teaches for the Moreno Valley Unified
Dennis Maes, A67, Pueblo, is a district
judge for the State of Colorado.
John Toth, A68, Pueblo, is the finance
manager of auxiliary services and athletics at
CSU-Pueblo and is married to Kay (Ketchum),
Allen Joseph, A69, Lakewood, is a
project leader in the IT department of Kinder
Frederick “Brad” Orman, A69, Franklin,
LA, is the owner of Orman and Bickman Real
Ron Dehn, A70, Pueblo West, is the
transfer coordinator and recruiter for CSU-
Bill Schmidt, A70, Littleton, teaches
technology at Dakota Ridge High School.
Dennis Ding, A72, Johnstown, is an
electronics technician for Jarrel-Ash.
Mark Mainquist, A73, Gretna, NE, is the
owner of Cyn Mar Environmental Services
Sandra Kochenberger, A74, was selected
for the Pueblo County Chapter of the
Colorado Teacher Awards Program.
Dr. Samuel Braddock, A75, Piedmont,
AL, is a lecturer in the Criminal Justice
Department at Troy University.
Gayle Pettinari, A75, Pueblo, is a
controller at Pueblo Community College.
Nancy Groves, A76, Pueblo, teaches
language arts at East High School and was
selected for the Pueblo County Chapter of
the Colorado Teacher Awards Program.
Dr. Harold Lease, A76, Walsh, was
voted Colorado Chiropractic Association
Chiropractor of the Year.
Joel Carpenter, A77, Pueblo, is an artist
whose work was featured recently at the
Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Janice Mehle, A77, Pueblo, is a Vice
President at SunWest Educational Credit
Jeanine Ding, A78, Topeka, KS, is a
systems analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Thelma Ding, A78, Glenwood Springs, is a
retired elementary school teacher.
Gerard Flores, A78, is the principal at
Keating Education Center.
Charles Vaughan, A79, Cordova, CA, is a
program technician for the Contractor’s State
License Board for the State of California.
Ronald Davis, A81, Cypress, CA, is the
Senior Vice President for PacifiCare Health
Cathy Ames-Farmer, A81, Pueblo, is
the publisher of Accolades Magazine, which
chronicles the achievements of area high
John Langoni, A81, Denver, is an
Accounting Manager with Central Resources
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Adam Uhernik, ‘05
Uhernik Knows Broadcast News
A Pueblo native, Adam Uhernik fell in love with the broadcasting industry
as a young teen. After graduating from South High School in 2001, Uhernik
earned his bachelor’s degree from CSU-Pueblo in 2005, studying journalism,
marketing, and mass communications. Through high school, he also was a
student host on Homework Hotline at the local Public Broadcasting Station
for two years and worked through college as a disc jockey on the campus
radio station REV 89. He received a scholarship from KOAA-TV Channels 5/30
and an internship with News 13.
His life long dream of becoming a reporter and a television news anchor
quickly came to fruition, when he was hired as a TV reporter for KMEG in
Sioux City, Iowa, soon after graduation. In just two years, Uhernik has interviewed
senators, lawyers, congressmen, and Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney. In
addition, he has interviewed noteworthy individuals such as longtime CBS newsman Bob Schieffer (pictured left) and University
of Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne.
Uhernik attributes much of his success to the education and tools he gained at CSU-Pueblo. He is pursuing his master’s
degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in journalism at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, while
reporting for KTIV Channel 4 in Sioux City.
Pueblo’s Hometown University Since 1933
Jon Lundberg, A83, Bristol, TN, was
elected to the Tennessee State House of
Joseph Browne, A86, San Antonio, TX, is a
physician at Wilford Hall Hospital.
Scott Pope, A87, Claremont, NH, is a
precision machine instructor for Sugar River
Regional Technical Center and also is Mayor
Fannie Thomas, A87, Swink, has been
named the new Director of Nursing at
Pioneer Health Care Center in Rocky Ford.
April Bradley, A88, Weddington, NC, is
the developmental English instructor for
South Piedmont Community College.
Earl Wade Kliesen, A88, is a physical
education teacher at Bessemer Academy and
was selected for the Pueblo County Chapter
of the Colorado Teachers Awards Program.
Lynn Sutton, A88, Arvada, is the
president and CEO of SunWest Educational
Betty Martinez, A89, Pueblo, is a broker
associate for Keller Williams Reality.
Todd Kelly, A90, Pueblo, is the athletic
development and major gifts officer for CSU-
Jeff Paolucci, A90, La Junta, is the Vice
President of Student Services for Otero
Kenneth Crowell, A91, Pueblo, is the
coordinator for Ridge Online Academy for
Pueblo City Schools.
Karen Ortiz, A91, Pueblo, is the principal
at Bessemer Academy.
Kindra Pacheco, A91, Aurora, is the
account manager for National Account
Kim Santistevan, A91, Pueblo, is a
physician information systems analyst for
Parkview Medical Center.
Ashley Valdez, A91, Pueblo West, is a
member relations manager for San Isabel
Electric Association, Inc.
Lisa Aragon, A93, Pueblo, is the career
technical student services coordinator
for Pueblo Community College’s Fremont
Julie Jarvis, A93, Denver, is a child
protection intake supervisor for the
Arapahoe County Department of Human
Services and serves on the Statewide
Domestic Violence Child Protection
Jennelle Potter, A93, Pueblo, is a financial
advisor for the Smith Barney office.
Ofelia Morales, A94, Albuquerque, NM,
is the director of financial aid for the New
Mexico Higher Education Department.
Tracy (Tucker) Samora, A94, Pueblo, is
the grant coordinator for St. Mary Corwin
Angela Thorpe, A95, Aurora, is a claims
specialist for State Farm Insurance.
Hiroki Adachi, A96, Chiba, Japan, is in
charge of quality control for BMW Japan.
Memphus Kast II, A96, Pueblo, is a broker
associate for Coldwell Banker.
Tim Simmons, A96, Lamar, is a retail
buyer for Big R.
Mc Nelly Torres, A96, Miramar, FL, is a
consumer watch dog reporter for the South
Michele (LaMont) Elbert, A97, Santa
Monica, CA, is an eCommerce marketing
manager for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf,
Keri Grinstead, A97, Washington, D.C.,
is a biologist for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide
Programs at EPA Headquarters.
Kim (VanCleave) Mueller, A97, Pueblo is
the administration assistant for athletics at
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William Mack Copeland, ‘65
Four degrees of Copeland
Not satisfied with earning a BSBA from the University in 1965, William
Mack Copeland continued his educational journey with a master’s degree in
management and finance in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate at Chase College of
Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1977. He then completed a doctoral
degree in Health Services Management from Century University in 1992
with his dissertation, “Survey and Analysis of the Potential for Multi-Hospital
Systems in the Not-for-Profit Sector.”
He is a managing member of the Law Offices of William M. Copeland,
L.L.C. in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the firm represents health care providers in
activities involving health care compliance programs. A seasoned attorney and
health care executive, Copeland’s practice concentrates on health care related
activities, including hospitals and physicians. A former hospital CEO, Copeland
is experienced in health care fraud and abuse, physician contracting, recruiting,
and compensation, as well as disciplinary proceedings and dispute resolution.
He has served on numerous boards and received honors in his quest for service
in law and healthcare management.
Caroline Parra, A97, Pueblo, is an
executive director of the Small Business
Development Center at Pueblo Community
Duemece Aragon, A98, is a broker
associate for Keller Williams Performance
Ray Lackey, A98, Silt, is the captain of the
Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
Tandy Parrish, A98, McClave, is the
executive director of Bent County Economic
Augusto “Gus” Basterrechea, A99,
Pueblo West, is the children’s service
coordinator team leader for Colorado
Bluesky Enterprises, Inc.
Zane Reif, A99, Lubbock, Texas, is the
associate director of student union and
activities at Texas Tech University.
Carlos Sanchez, A99, Auburn Hill,
MI, is the field quality coordinator for
Kiyoshi Ukon, A99, Tokyo, is a senior
computer systems engineer for Hyperion K.K.
Sammy Watson, A99, Des Moines, IA, is a
systems analyst for Verizon Business.
Laura Barela, A00, Colorado Springs, is
the assistant director of veteran and military
student affairs at University of Colorado at
Marcy (Devers) Brossman, A00,
Cheyenne Wells, is the county administrator
for Cheyenne County.
Ray LeMasters, A00, teaches at East High
School and was selected as the Colorado
Troops Teacher of the Year.
Christian Nyberg, A00, Pueblo, is an
assistant accountant for Goodrich.
Jilliane (Starcer) Lewis, A01, Salt Lake
City, UT, works for Citadel Broadcasting as a
morning show deejay for 1320 KSAN.
Ryan Lujan, A01, Pueblo, does photo
laser engraving and sandblasting for Laser
Jeffrey Trujillo, A01, Pueblo, is the
marketing and public relations specialist
at El Pueblo: an Adolescent Treatment
Christy (Southard) Wentz, A01, Media,
PA, is the facilities manager for LA Fitness
Devon Buerstetta, A02, Vancouver, WA,
is a social worker and a nursing student.
Matt Centre, A02, Pueblo, is an account
executive for Clear Channel Pueblo.
Jennus Cortinas, A02, Pueblo, is a system
engineer at Northrop Grumman.
Linda (Martinez) Hagans, A02, Pueblo
West, is a personal lines underwriter for
Farmer Insurance Group.
Monica Hensen, A02, is the business
manager at Highline Academy Charter
School in Denver.
Brian Konty, A02, Canon City, is a
financial consultant for AXA Advisors, LLC.
Amanda (Bond) McPherson, A02, Pueblo
West, is a vice president and internal auditor
with Colorado East Bank and Trust.
Gina L. Paglione, A02, Las Vegas, is the
corporate project manager for Silver State
Robby Thoma, A02, Berlin, WI, is a sales
and project manager for Industrial Finishing’s
Josh Thompson, A02, Pueblo, is a sales
manager for the Pueblo Convention Center.
Rachel Anderson, A03, Pueblo, is a
first-year advisor in CSU-Pueblo’s First Year
Brett Antonson, A03, Pueblo, is the
events and marketing director for Home
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Mc Nelly Torres, ‘96
ALUMNI CLASS NOTES
Investigative Reporter Has Issues
Mc Nelly Torres has made a career of uncovering injustice, incompetence, and corruption as
a reporter for newspapers across the country since earning her bachelor’s degree from then
University of Southern Colorado in 1996.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she has traveled the world following her military husband,
David E. Torres, an army first sergeant who retired in 2005 after spending a one-year tour in
Iraq. They have two children, ages 18 and 14.
Torres currently covers consumer issues as a watchdog reporter for the South Florida
Sun-Sentinel. Previously, she wrote about the two million people in Miami-Dade County
and its massive $5.6 billion bureaucracy as a government reporter for the Sun-Sentinel. For
the San Antonio Express-News, she wrote about corruption in school construction, growth,
management, and public safety on the education beat for four politically contentious school
districts, including the largest inner city school system. While at the Morning News in South
Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the loopholes with
the law and problems with the hog farm permit filing process. As a crime reporter in Oklahoma,
she wrote a three-part series illustrating the sheriff’s inability to solve homicides. The FBI has been
investigating the cases since her series was published six years ago.
Pueblo’s Hometown University Since 1933
Pauline Castillo, A03, is a nurse
practitioner for Southwest Family Care.
Kristina Faricy, A03, Tualatin, OR, is an
Jayaprakash Gnanam, A03, Lakewood, is
a manufacturing engineer for Accellent Inc.
Emma Hopkins, A03, Pueblo, is the
commercial sponsorship coordinator for
Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Scott Lewis, A03, Salt Lake City, UT, is a
claims representative for Allied Insurance.
Juan Morales, A03, Pueblo, published
his first book titled “Friday and the Year that
Brandie Wempe-Rick, A03, Manhattan,
KS, is pursuing a Ph.D. in adult education at
Kansas State University .
M.D. “Butch” Batchelder Jr., A04, Pueblo
West, is a student employment advisor for
Gorsich Advanced Technology Center at
Pueblo Community College.
Nick Bonham, A04, Pueblo, is a general
assignment reporter for the Pueblo Chieftain.
Julie Crain, A04, Pueblo West, is a realtor
for REMAX Pueblo West Inc.
Ryan Davis, A04, Pueblo, is a guest
services coordinator for Horn Creek
Conference Center in Westcliffe, CO.
Ryan Ito, A04, Pueblo, is the manager of
Pueblo Marketing for ENT.
Brian McCain, A04, Pueblo, is a
caseworker for Colorado Senator Wayne
Melanie Rogers, A04, Pueblo, is a team
leader for Target.
Joan Shadinger, A04, Pueblo West, is
an artist and a personal art instructor who
was named artist of the month with her One
Woman Art Show through Vectra Bank’s
Artist of the Month.
David Spencer, 04, San Francisco, is a
parts and service analyst for Toyota Motor
Sales for the San Francisco Regional Office.
Felicia Beltran, A05, Pueblo, is a broker
associate for Keller Williams Performance
Jessica Charles, A05, Phoenix, AZ, is an
Intensive Care Unit RN for the Mayo Clinic
Cara Dunsmoor, A05, Olathe, KS, is
the communications coordinator for USA
Athletics International Inc.
Brandi Halverson, A05, Avondale, is the
farm manager for Smiley Horse Farm.
Melissa Perea, A05, La Junta, is the head
softball coach for Otero Junior College.
Jeremiah Rash, A05, Pueblo, is the
project manager for Leverington and
Pamla Sterner, A05, Pueblo, is a case
manger for Congressman John Salazar’s
Lydia Hunter, A05, is pursuing a graduate
degree in library science at the University of
Anny Flannery, A06, Colorado Springs,
is a Security Agent for the Hospital Shared
LaTonya Reaves, A06, Colorado Springs,
is a workforce development advocate for
Youth Zone at Pikes Peak Workforce Center.
F - Faculty
FS - Former Student
A - Alumnus
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Eva Baca, ‘65
Baca Leaves Inspirational Legacy
When most school children want to learn about the person for
whom their school was named, they must consult the history books.
That was never the case at Eva Baca Elementary School in Pueblo,
where students often had visits from the former principal. The daughter
of Mexican immigrants, Eva Baca graduated from then SCSC with a
teaching degree in 1965 and later earned a master’s degree in education
from Adams State, while raising two children and working for Lakeview
and Hellbeck Elementary schools in Pueblo. Baca, a beloved alumni and
educational and community advocate, passed away on May 17, 2007.
After receiving her principal’s license in 1972, she became principal
at Eastwood Heights, instilling the value of reading and education for
low-income families before Title I had been instituted. Prior to retirement
in 1993, Baca became director of the district’s Title I programs. Eastwood
Heights was renamed Baca Elementary, where the inspiration of Eva
carried through generations of students. She was honored last year by the
Latino Chamber of Commerce with its annual lifetime achievement award, which is displayed
in the Great Hall of the Occhiato University Center on campus.
Paul Vialpando, A04, and Aubrey Madrid,
July 8, 2006.
Lee Anna Vigil, A98, and Gregory
Hageman, July 15, 2006.
Amanda Cordova, A04, and Aaron
Lucero, July 29, 2006.
Sarah Neldner, A02, and Cody Carothers,
Aug. 12, 2006.
Paul Mandarich, A00, and Jennifer Key,
Sept. 23, 2006.
Juli Padula, A01, and John Millea, Sept.
Jillianne Starcer, A01, and Scott Lewis,
A03, Sept. 29, 2006.
Frances Consinero, A82 and James
Valdez, Sept. 30, 2006.
Tony Reese, A93, and Malisa Sciumbato,
Oct. 28, 2006.
Jack Snell, A04, and Jana Plymell, Oct. 28,
Miranda Martensen, A05, and Michael
Andrews, November 18, 2006.
Cynthia Foley, A00, and Patrick Morris,
March 10, 2007.
Jennifer Michelle Hanratty, A05, and
Jake Allen Daurio, April 24, 2007.
Jacquelyn Ann Lucas, A99, and Ryann
Doan Seybold, April 24, 2007.
Desiree Josette Padilla, A93, and Scott
Everett Williams, April 24, 2007.
Candace Nicole Cosby, A04, and Joseph
James Alfonso, May 5, 2007.
Tara Miner, A05, and John Woodford,
June 23, 2007.
Roger and Grace Gonnerman, A82, 50th
wedding anniversary, Feb. 9, 2007.
Don and Mildred Mattingly, A47, 50th
wedding anniversary, Jan. 27, 2007.
Nash, PS, and Linda Romero, 60th
wedding anniversary, Sept. 13, 2006.
Farris and Martha Skaff, A70, 50th
wedding anniversary, Feb. 22, 2007.
Verle Williams, A57, and Mary Sue
(Earley) Williams, A57, 50th wedding
anniversary, June 2, 2007.
John and Margery Bergles, A78, 60th
wedding anniversary, May 7.
Son born on Aug. 24, 2006, to Julianne
(Rodriguez), A01, and Andrew Roybal.
Daughter born on Oct. 26, 2006, to Mario,
PS, and Angela Torri.
Son born on Nov. 8, 2006, to Brian, A01
and Charnell Mayer.
Son born on Nov. 20, 2006, to Melissa
(Meagher), A94, and David Luedke.
Daughter born on Nov. 30, 2006, to Mark,
A98, and Amy Aguilar.
Son born on Dec. 9, 2006, to Barry, PS,
and Amy Jones.
Daughter born on Dec.15, 2006, to Jerry,
A99, and Jaime Brooks.
Daughter born on Feb. 14, 2007, to Tanya
and Michael Brooks, A06.
Daughter born on April 3, 2007, to Laurie
(Arnott), A01, and Ed Krall.
Son born on April 6, 2007, to Renee (Krall),
A93, and Jon Rubinfeld.
Son born on April 7, 2007, to Daren, A04,
and Trisha Root.
Daughter bon on April 13, 2007, to Tara
(Baros), A04, and Jason, A97 Crowe.
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Alumni Association Awards Scholarships
Thanks to the diligence of CSU-Pueblo Foundation’s Libbey Vopal and her Wolf Caller
students, and YOU, our alumni, the Alumni Association was able to grant five $1,000
scholarships for fall 2007. Recipients include nursing major and single mother, Melissa Kirby,
Pueblo West, who minors in Spanish and carries a 3.75 GPA; Kyle Spencer, a 4.0 English
major (Secondary Certification) from Rye; Tiffany Sciacca, a junior from Trinidad, who also
carries a 4.0 and majors in Mass Communications with a minor in Italian; and Justin Snyder,
Pueblo, a 4.0 transfer student from OJC, majoring in business administration. All alumni
scholarship recipients are awarded based on need, merit, and must be related to an alum
of the University. Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thank you for your
continued support! Additionally, the Alumni Association Board of Directors established the
Michael Tearpak Memorial Scholarship last year recognizing a committed student majoring
in the health and fitness field. This year’s recipient is junior Jennifer Ann Baker, Pueblo, who
carries a 3.86 GPA.
Pueblo’s Hometown University Since 1933
Daughter born on April 14, 2007, to
Patrick, A04, and Christy Hyatt.
Son born on April 18, 2007, to Yolanda
Chavira-Escarcega, A04, and Reyes Escarcega.
Daughter born on April 20, 2007, to
Joseph, A95, and Holly Corsentino.
Son born on April 22, 2007, to Stacy
(Nelson), A99, and Philip Trujillo.
Son born on April 26, 2007, to Matt, A99,
and Alissa Vertovec.
Son born on May 3, 2007, to Shawn, A95,
and Jannette Alcala.
Daughter born on May 6, 2007, to
Amanda (Lipich), A01, and Tim, A01, Garrett.
Son born on May 6, 2007, to Briana
(Cisneros), A01, and Alex Nuzzo.
Son born on May 9, 2007, to Misti
(Saubert), A05, and Kenneth Woltz.
Daughter born on May 14, 2007, to
Heather (McClarran), A01, and David
Son born on May 18, 2007, to Heather
(Leathers), A96, and Charles McCasland.
Son born on May 24, 2007, to Linda
(Salazar), A93, and Bobby, A92, Kidd.
Ernestine K. Armijo Class of 87
Eva R. Baca Class of 65
Edwin Barksdale PS
Robert L. Barr Class of 73
Arlo G. Beamon Class of 48
Edward Berumen PS
Ronald E. Betz Class of 70
Loretta M. Billups PS
John P. Caponera PS
Samuel O. Clay Class of 66
Paul E. Defoyd PS
Jewel Derrington PS
Robert D. Dillon Class of 48
Rena A. Egan Class of 70
Francis L. Eickelman PS
Carolyn French PS
Wally L. Galassini PS
Emma E. Gillespie PS
Abel Gomez PS
Roxanne Hatfield Class of 90
Dorothea L. Herford PS
Betty J. Huber Class of 52
Bernalda L. Hutchinson PS
Ronald M. Jones PS
Ed C. Kaiser PS
Karl D. Krummel PS
Gary J. Lambert Class of 90
Anna M. McQuarrie PS
Melvin A. Ness PS
Antoinette R. Paglione PS
Mary L. Pavicich Class of 70
James D. Portenier Class of 02
Kenneth L. Ruff PS
Roberta Ryan PS
Gwen L. Speaks Class of 72
Ray Stogdell PS
Nadine A Tihonovich PS
Rudolph D. Valdez PS
Howard E. Whitlock PS
Dorothy F. Wilshire PS
George C. Zamarripa PS
Alumni Board of Directors
Richard Joyce ‘81 President
Chris Turner ‘03 Vice President
Charles Davis ‘87 Treasurer
Chelsea Wright ‘06 At Large
Laura Brandt ‘00, ‘02 Secretary
Cathy Ames-Farmer ‘81
Nanette Anderson ‘82
Lisa Aragon ‘93
Joan Campbell Stephens ‘03
Kenneth Crowell ‘91, ‘99
Abbey Esquibel ‘95, ‘02
Trisha Esquibel ‘05
Mark Gazette ‘92
Rick Macaluso ‘82
Richard Maestas ‘01, ‘02
Andrew Trainor ‘80
Keith Willschau ‘07
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In War and
ROTC: Leadership That
Lasts a Lifetime
In war and peace,
Colorado State University-
Pueblo’s Reserved Officer
Training Corps (ROTC)
program has been building
leaders - not just for the
military, but for positions in
the classroom, the boardroom,
and every profession in
Army ROTC is an
elective curriculum that
provides participants with
tools, leadership training,
and hands-on experiences as
well as college tuition, book
allowances, and monthly
allotments. The program
offers students a normal
college student experience
that results in a commission
as an officer in the Army
upon graduation. Leadership,
personal growth, practical
skills, management training,
and responsibility are as essential to success in college as they are to a
career. For many students and cadets, this is a win-win experience; they
are able to obtain a college degree and a commission as an officer.
In 1969, Col. Al Goudreau founded the ROTC program on campus,
which thrived in the early 70s and 80s, but went away in the early 90s
due to funding constraints. The program was renewed in the Fall of 1999
through a partnership program with University of Colorado, Colorado
Springs (UCCS). CSU-Pueblo ROTC employs three full-time staff, two
active duty and one non-commissioned officer. In Fall of 2006, 19 students
were enrolled, including a record nine freshman.
The Recruiting and Operations Officer Major John Price, A93,
anticipates more than 30 students in the program this fall. This number
has nearly doubled since Fall 2006. Within the last year, they have
graduated five students, three who will be active duty and two going to
reserve status. Students are immune from active duty while in the ROTC
Price took an unconventional
route into the Army, joining
the Air Force out of high school
and spending two years in
Germany and another two in
Massachusetts before graduating
with a political science degree
from then USC. He returned for
a second bachelor’s degree in
history at UCCS, where he was
commissioned as an officer.
CSU-Pueblo offers three different
scholarship programs —
•The Army ROTC (2,3,4year)
Scholarship Programs provide
fi nancial assistance for the education
and training of highly qualifi ed and
motivated young men and women who
desire to be commissioned as officers in
the Army after graduation from college.
•The Army ROTC Green to Gold
Programs provide selected active
duty enlisted members of the Army
an opportunity to complete their
baccalaureate degree requirements
and obtain a commission through
participation in the ROTC programs.
•The Army ROTC Four-Year
Scholarships Program gives students
who have graduated from high school
the opportunity to attend college
and also earn a commission through
participation in the ROTC scholarship
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“I loved wearing
a uniform and had a
passion for history and
the military,” Price said.
“Entering the military
for some is a personal
calling or the influence of a
Prior to joining the
CSU-Pueblo staff, Price
was the Battalion S1
for the 743d Military
Major John Price
Fort Carson, CO. Before
that, he commanded Delta
Detachment, 502nd Personnel Services Battalion, Fort
Carson, which was attached to the 3d Armored Cavalry
Regiment during the initial stages of Operation Iraqi
“I’ve been to many countries, but I’ve never
experienced anything like Iraq. It’s really beyond
my ability to articulate it. It’s like you’re on another
planet,” Price said.
The highest ranking soldier to graduate from the
University’s ROTC program is Brigadier General Roger
F. Mathews, A78, (see related story) who has served
as Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army
Forces Strategic Command since January of 2006.
Price said there are misperceptions about those who
join ROTC and the military.
“The military attracts bright, motivated, and
focused individuals who are seeking opportunities, and
others who just want to serve the country,” he said. “It
also may help individuals who need to find their focus.
For those with no stability or parameters, it provides
Price is proud that the program is growing even
with unrelenting pressures about the war. He attributes
some of that success to the proud military tradition of
Pueblo with its “Home of Heroes” tagline.
For more about the ROTC program, contact Price at
719-549-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With nothing to do the summer
of 1974, Roger Mathews, A78,
chose to attend a six-week Marine
Corps training session and fell in
love with the “camaraderie and
the huge feeling of accomplishing
something very diffi cult.” Now, nearly three decades
later, he oversees the operations of two unique, globe
spanning brigades that provide 24/7/365 space support
to the war fi ghter and homeland defense against
missile attacks as Brigadier General Mathews, Deputy
Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space
and Missile Defense Command.
When Army ROTC professors at the University
suggested he join their program to “stay current,” he
could not have imagined that he would fi nd himself
three decades later as one of the leaders of this nation’s
defense. He became hooked on developing his leadership
skills after he was selected to lead a special aggressor
team to oppose junior cadets about to depart for summer
camp at Fort Lewis. Among the most important lessons
he learned at the University was how to brief an issue
to senior offi cers, discuss themes not specifi c items and
rehearse a pitch before it’s given.
Even with a much decorated military career, Mathews
considers his most rewarding job to have been mentoring
young offi cers, NCOs, and soldiers on tactics, techniques,
and procedures to defeat Soviet-style forces as a Combat
Trainer at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
from 1987-1990. His most unusual job was supervising
counterdrug operations on the Mexican border.
Mathews said leadership is the primary reason an
individual should join the military.
“Young men and women who want an opportunity to
‘lead’ do not focus on avoiding war. Men and women
who are focused on avoiding the possibility of death or
a harsh environment are not going to be the leaders we
need,” he said. “In fact, they won’t lead anyway. Our
soldiers need men and women of strong character who
have a desire to serve a larger purpose.”
They have found such a leader in Mathews.
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Hiroyuki Nagata, a junior from Fukuoka, Japan, has been providing outreach
both on campus and in the community. He coached the soccer team at
Pitts Middle School this spring (see photo) and has recruited several family
members and friends to enroll at CSU-Pueblo over the past two years. Hiro
is pursuing a degree in business administration. His older sister, Kumiko,
has twice enrolled, and his younger sister, Rie, is enrolled in the University’s
English Language Academy.
Dean of Continuing Education James Malm traveled to Tokyo in November
to represent CSU-Pueblo at Education Workshop 2006, an event that allowed
the University to tap into student markets from all over Asia. He connected
with agents from Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, P.R.
China, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines,
and Vietnam. The trip supported future enrollment growth by promoting
the University around the world and increasing the amount of international
students on our campus. While in Japan, Malm met with Kiyoshi Ukon, A00,
and his wife Masami, (pictured left) Ukon used his CSU-Pueblo experiences to
land a coveted position with Hyperion as a senior computer system engineer.
He fondly recalled all the years he spent in Pueblo as a student, employee,
and vice president of the Alumni Association.
Last fall, the athletic department
donated soccer balls and shirts to an
orphanage in Wasa, Tanzania in Africa,
following a request by Pueblo area home
builder Joe Wodiuk, who was traveling
to Wasa to help build classrooms at the
Long-time CSU-Pueblo Engineering Professor Dr. Huseyin Sarper visited
Istanbul, Turkey on a recent recruitment tour, where he met up with several
CSU-Pueblo Turkish alumni. Pictured with Sarper are Onur Canseven, A97,
Osman Celasun, A97, Tolga Tugrul, A02, Burak Aktas, A02, Melih Adali,
A03, and his wife.
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Potestio to Lead Foundation
A vice president
- fi nancial consultant
for Charles Schwab in
Denver has been hired
to lead the University’s
fund development efforts.
DenaSue Potestio began
her duties as Executive
Director of University
Development on July
2. A Pueblo native,
Potestio was senior
class president at Pueblo
County High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in
mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of
Most recently, Potestio has been accountable for
$320 million in client assets as a vice president-fi nancial
consultant for Charles Schwab and Company in Denver.
Prior to that, she spent two years coordinating prospect
development and marketing strategies as well as counseling
entrepreneurs, small business owners, and other high-networth
clients for Merrill Lynch in Colorado Springs. She
spent four years in Chicago as a senior fi nancial consultant
for Arthur Andersen, where she worked for clients such as
AmocoBP, Chevron, and Philips Petroleum.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
The first in a year-long
Voices of America
Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Hoag Recital Hall
Called the “citizen chronicler” by Librarian of Congress
James Billington, McCullough won a Pulitzer Prize
for his biography of Harry Truman as well as his most
recent biography of President John Adams.
Friends of Football Gift
Largest in School History
The $6.6 million gift to the University from
the Friends of Football to help resurrect football,
wrestling and women’s track and field is the single
largest donation ever to the University. The Friends
of Football pledged $6.6 million in cash and another
$1 million in in-kind donations to get the three sports
programs started and to build a new track and field and
support building. The Friends of Football are a group
of local business leaders, many of whom are alums and
former athletes of CSU-Pueblo, who came together
several years ago to support and promote football in
President Garcia announced in February his
plan to add the three sports in an effort to help boost
enrollment at CSU-Pueblo. The CSU System Board of
Governors approved the plan at a special meeting in
Contributors of Friends of Football are Dan DeRose
and his father, Eddie DeRose, and his brother, Michael
DeRose; along with Rudy Padula, Robert H. Rawlings,
Mike Roumph, Ted Hernandez, Louie Carleo, William
Mueller, Nick Pannunzio, Bob Root, Ryan Root, Rich
Lane, Michael Salardino, Tony Taibi, Ralph Williams,
and Ted Knowles.
The largest gift prior to that was a $5 million in
1995 from the estate of Anthony “Capps” Capozzolo,
which established the Capps Capozzolo Center for
the Creative and Performing Arts as well as several
Garcia repeatedly has said that he would not have
proposed the plan if it were going to take away from
other programs, including academics.
An endowment will be established to help
supplement the yearly operational costs of the football
program. CSU-Pueblo’s football program was cut in
1985 as part of a campuswide reorganization plan. The
women’s track program was eliminated at the end of the
1992-93 season, and the wrestling program was cut in
The single, largest donations to CSU-Pueblo:
$6.6 million – May, 2007: Friends of Football gives
$6.6 million in cash and $1 million in in-kind donations
to start and sustain the football, wrestling, and women’s
track and field programs.
$5 million – Dec., 2001: Anthony “Capps” Capozzolo
for the establishment of the Capps Capozzolo Center
for the Creative and Performing Arts and several
$2 million – Dec., 2004: Dr. Malik and Seeme
Hasan for construction of the Hasan School of Business
$1.5 million – July, 1997: Art & Lorraine Gonzales
for the baseball program.
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Students Will Benefi t From New Scholarships
Kane Family Foundation Invests in Pueblo
Eight high-achieving Pueblo County students will earn
full-ride scholarships thanks to a Fountain couple’s
estate. The Kane Family Scholarship Program,
formed by the foundation of the late Alexander “Andy”
and Wanden Matthews Kane, will fund the merit-based
scholarship program. Students who receive the full
Kane scholarships for up to five years will be selected
based on their high school academic record and on
recommendations from each high school – Centennial,
Central, County, East, South, Pueblo West, and the
Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School. An eighth
scholarship will be awarded to one student from a
combined Rye High School/Pueblo Tech Academy pool.
A Kane Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition,
books, and mandatory course fees for each awardee for
up to five years toward pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
The first class of Kane Scholars were introduced as part
of the President’s Scholarship Gala on April 27: Royce
Cappis, East High School; Kristi Vigil, Centennial
High School; Danae Nafziger, County High School;
Azalia Sais, Central High School; Francesca Stuart,
South High School; Maritza Espinoza, Dolores Huerta
Preparatory High; Jaclyn Gazette, Pueblo Technical
Academy; and Amber Jones, Pueblo West High School.
Annual Fund Donation Form
Enclosed is my/our check, payable to the
Colorado State University–Pueblo Foundation, for a gift of:
❑ $2,000 ❑ $1,000 ❑ $500 ❑ $250 ❑ $100 ❑ $50 ❑ $25
Scholarships Target Non-Traditional Students
A former Pueblo City Schools administrator has
given more than $300,000 to establish the Josephine
Montoya DeLeon Scholarship Fund to benefit nontraditional
students and community college transfers in
Southern Colorado. In her nearly four decades of service
to Pueblo and its youth as a counselor and assistant
principal, Montoya DeLeon saw students and colleagues
who wanted to achieve a dream of either finishing a
bachelor’s degree, adding a second degree, or pursuing
additional education as life-long learners. The first
scholarship(s) will be for the 2008-2009 scholarship
year. Scholarships will be dispersed evenly to provide
for as many scholarships as the fund will allow, based
on the needs of the CSU-Pueblo non-traditional student
President Joseph Garcia announced in March that
the University would receive a $1 million endowment
to fund scholarships for students from low-income
or working class families, first generation college
students, non-traditional students, and students from
traditionally underrepresented groups, thanks to the
estate of Helen McLoraine, a Denver philanthropist
who has touched the lives of thousands of young people
through the Pioneer Fund.
For more information about giving to
Colorado State University-Pueblo, please contact:
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JAMES “SPANK” BLASING
James “Spank” Blasing, former coach and athletic director, passed away
Jan. 15. A graduate of Trinidad Junior College and Kansas State University,
Blasing joined the staff at Pueblo Junior College in 1956, serving as professor
of the Physical Education Department. In addition to serving as head cross
country and track coach his entire career, Blasing also was an assistant
football and basketball coach, and athletic director.
Blasing earned numerous athletic and professional awards during his
lifetime, including induction to the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall
of Fame. The Spank Blasing 5K is held on campus each April as part of the
Walk for Athletics event.
Melvin Ness, former director of computing services at then University
of Southern Colorado, died Jan.13. As an administrator from 1965-1980,
Ness’ passion was to make the world a better place through technology. He
earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University as well as a
master’s degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska. At the
time of his death, Ness was employed by Verizon Telecommunications as a
Senior Quality Software Assurance Engineer. He also worked at Pikes Peak
SAM O. CLAY, JR.
Former professor and administrator Sam Clay died April 13. A 1966 alum
of Southern Colorado State College (SCSC), Clay earned his bachelor’s degree
in Behavioral Science/Social Work. While a student at SCSC, he served as
student body president, was a member of the National Honor Society, and
played on the football team. He served the University in numerous positions
for 25 years. Following his retirement in July 1996, he owned Southern
Colorado Landscaping and stayed active as a board member of the Nature
Center of Pueblo and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.Clay is survived by his
two children and four grandchildren.
Former faculty member James Sanderson, 95, passed away Dec. 29,
2006. Sanderson was a professor of history at the University for more than
40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Fannie Mae Sanderson. He is
survived by his granddaughter Crystal Carter and her family.
Former CSU-Pueblo music professor Ralph Levy died July 3, 2007 at
age 86. Levy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from
the University of Northern Colorado and a doctoral degree from Spain’s
Conservatorio de Musica, Universidad Politecnica, Valencia, Spain. After
starting his teaching career as a high school band director in Walsenburg,
he joined the music faculty at Pueblo Junior College, where he remained
until retirement from University of Southern Colorado in 1981. Levy was a
member of the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame.
Board of Trustees
Russell A. DeSalvo, III ‘91
Ralph A. Williams, ‘61
Harvey M. Hilvitz, ‘53
Walter L. Bassett, Jr.
Greg Hahn, ‘73
Thomas V. Healy
Carole J. Lange
Susan McCarthy, FS
John J. Oechsle
Jane L. Rawlings
Gilbert A. Sanchez
Timothy Simmons, ‘69
James J. Wallace, ‘70
William T. Ward, III
Ken W. West
David L. Williams, ‘71
Bonifacio (Boney) Cosyleon, ‘69/‘72
Richard Joyce, ‘81
Walter L. Bassett, Sr.
Charles E. Brady
Richard A. Lawrence
Robert H. Rawlings
Henry D. Williams
H. Eugene Wilcoxson, ‘47
DanaSue Potestio Executive Director
Dir. Annual Giving
Patricia Higginbotham Dev. Assistant
Valerie Gallegos Interim Finance Manager
Libbey Vopal Annual Fund Coordinator
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Colorado State University friends and alumni from Pueblo
and Fort Collins campuses are invited to come together to
celebrate the cultures, music, and cuisine of Pueblo!
Thursday, August 23, 2007 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(inclement weather location - Hoag Hall)
$5.00 Admission collected at the eventbenefits the
Teacher Education Association school supply drive.
RSVP by Aug. 20, 2007
to 1.800.286.ALUM(2586) or 719.549.2810
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Dreamcatchers, the 2007
President’s Scholarship Gala,
grossed more than $45,000
in funds for scholarships that
allow CSU-Pueblo students to
lessen the barriers that may
keep them from achieving their
dreams. County Commissioner
Jeff Chostner, former University
Librarian Bev Moore, and the
David and Lucile Packard
Foundation received President’s
Medallions for Distinguished
Service as part of the event. The
2007 Class of Kane Scholars was
announced and representatives
from the Kane Foundation made
a surprise announcement of
a $25,000 matching gift to be
completed by the start of the next
school year. At the event, pledges
of $28,000 were confirmed from
audience members, and Kane
agreed to raise its contribution to
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Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001-4901
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Parents: If this address for your son or daughter
is not current, please notify the Alumni Offi ce
at 719.549.2810 or email: email@example.com
Under sunny and clear skies, more
than 295 individuals hit the streets
around the CSU-Pueblo campus
during the fi fth annual Farmers
Insurance Walk for Athletics and
James “Spank” Blasing Memorial
5K Run on April 21.
President Joe Garcia
and Steve and Andrea
Shirley, former CSU-
co-chaired the event
which raised $15,834
to benefi t the CSU-
Jeff French, from
Laramie, Wyo., won the inaugural Spank 5K with a time
of 19:09. The top female runner was Lauren Dunsmoor,
a junior on the CSU-Pueblo cross country team, who
recorded a time of 19:32, good for third-place overall.
Cora Zaletel, CSU-Pueblo executive director of external
affairs, took the top individual fund-raising award, while
the men’s basketball team raised the most money for
ThunderWolves athletic teams.
Host Bike Race
More than 200 cyclists braved the streets of downtown
Pueblo July 1 as part of the Riverwalk Criterium Bike
Race and Pandemic Flu Expo, hosted by and benefi tting
CSU-Pueblo nursing students. Australian Angus Morton
celebrates his senior men’s pro victory (left) as part of the
last race of the day.
Foundation Board Meeting
August 8 Alumni Board Meeting
12 Alumni at the Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.
15 Athletics Lobster Bake
20-22 Faculty-Staff Convocation
23 Festival on the Hill 2, 5:30 p.m., Hasan Ampitheatre
23-26 Wolf Pack Welcome
24 Colorado State Fair Opens
27 Fall Classes Begin
29 Student Involvement Fair, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sept. 10 Thunderwolf Golf Classic, Pueblo Country Club
12 Alumni Board Meeting
15 YMCA Corporate Cup on campus
25 Pulitzer Prize Winner David McCollough, 8 p.m.,
Hoag Recital Hall
Oct. 8-12 T-Wolf Spirit Week
10 Alumni Board Meeting
12-13 Homecoming Weekend
12 Alumni Luau Reception
13 Distinguished Alum Dinner
14 One Sky, One World Kite Fly
31 Foundation Board Meeting
Alumni Board Meeting