Colorado State University-Pueblo MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2007

Colorado State University-Pueblo MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2007

President’s Letter

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

freedom comes

responsibilities, and

I dare not linger, for

my long walk is not

yet ended.”

—Nelson Mandela

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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Cora Zaletel

Graphic Designer/


Jim Bowman, ’82

Staff Writers:

Laura Brandt, ’00,’02

Alicia Early

Kim Hill

Todd Kelly, ‘90

Matt Mountin

Cora Zaletel


10 Athletic Expansion

13 Looking Forward


Printer Liaison:

Dale Alber


Executive Director

External Affairs:

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director

University Development:

DenaSue Potestio

Director, Alumni Relations:

Laura Brandt, ’00,’02

Director, Annual Giving:

Alicia Early

Special thanks for photos from:

Pueblo Chieftain, John Cordova,

Richard Joyce, John Price, Kayla


Comments and questions about

the CSU-Pueblo Magazine may be

addressed to:

CSU-Pueblo Magazine

External Affairs

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

or 719.549.2810



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

education system.

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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 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

student is

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

(ASG) elections.

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

Garcia Completes

Administrative Team

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

Washington University.

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

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

one grandson.

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

depicts how

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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Threlkeld Winners:

Where are they now

Derek Lopez

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

Orientation Program.

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 •

❑ 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 ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Email __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your Name _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Email __________________________________________________________________________________________________

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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



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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Student-Athletes Honored

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

Country Club.

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

tournament contests.




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


Leading the

Pack was Ben

Croft, a senior

from Chicago, and

Mitch Williams, a

graduate student

from North Carolina.

Croft defended

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

doubles title.



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-

RMAC selections.

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

Homecoming weekends.

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to the




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.

S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 13






We’re all connected


Harvey Hilvitz,A53, Pueblo, co-owns

Hilvitz-Hansen, Inc., a specialty and

promotions company.

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

School District.

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

Morgan, Inc.

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

school students.

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

of Claremont.

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

Credit Union.

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

Junior College.

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

Medical Center.

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

Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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

Development Foundation.

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

Colorado Springs.

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


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

Pueblo Office.

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

Services group.

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.

23, 2006.

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

John Borton

Faculty Rep.

S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 19

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

experience, organizational

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

Intelligence Battalion,

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

that structure.”

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

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.

S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 21


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.

22 C O L O R A D O S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y - P U E B L O

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

David McCullough

The first in a year-long

Voices of America

Distinguished Lecture Series

8 p.m.

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

Southern Colorado.

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

May 2001.

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.

S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 23


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 UniversityPueblo 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:

❑ Please charge a gift in the amount of $ __________________________

to my: ❑ Visa ❑ MasterCard ❑ Discover


Signature on card


Card Number

Exp. Date


Name as it appears on card

This gift is from: ❑ Me ❑ My spouse and me

Spouse’s full name _____________________________________________

❑ My/our matching gift form is enclosed.

Colorado State UniversityPueblo Foundation

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001-4901


Phone: (719) 549-2442

Save time and a stamp by giving online:

Please check any of the following:

❑ Send information on becoming a Student Sponsor as part of my annual gift.

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Please return this form with your gift to: Colorado State UniversityPueblo Foundation, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

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In Memory


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

Community College.


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.

CSU-PUEBLO Foundation

Board of Trustees

Marvin Stein


Russell A. DeSalvo, III ‘91

Vice President

Ralph A. Williams, ‘61


Victor Moss


Harvey M. Hilvitz, ‘53

Past President

Walter L. Bassett, Jr.

Rita Gersick

Greg Hahn, ‘73

Thomas V. Healy

Carole J. Lange

Bob Leach

Susan McCarthy, FS

Gerry Montgomery

John J. Oechsle

Jane L. Rawlings

Gilbert A. Sanchez

Timothy Simmons, ‘69

Andrew Trainor

James J. Wallace, ‘70

William T. Ward, III

Ken W. West

David L. Williams, ‘71


Bonifacio (Boney) Cosyleon, ‘69/‘72

Joseph Garcia

Richard Joyce, ‘81

Trustees Emeriti

Walter L. Bassett, Sr.

Charles E. Brady

Richard A. Lawrence

Joan Occhiato

Ethelyn Potestio

Robert H. Rawlings

Ben Weindling

Henry D. Williams

H. Eugene Wilcoxson, ‘47


Seeme Hasan


DanaSue Potestio Executive Director

Alicia Early

Dir. Annual Giving

Patricia Higginbotham Dev. Assistant

Valerie Gallegos Interim Finance Manager

Libbey Vopal Annual Fund Coordinator

S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 25

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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.

Hasan Amphitheatre

(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

26 C O L O R A D O S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y - P U E B L O

Scholarship Gala

raises $45,000

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


S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 7 27

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Alumni Association

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo, CO 81001-4901







Parents: If this address for your son or daughter

is not current, please notify the Alumni Offi ce

at 719.549.2810 or email:


Athletics Walk

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-

Pueblo student-athletes,

co-chaired the event

which raised $15,834

to benefi t the CSU-

Pueblo Student-Athlete

Scholarship Fund.

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.

Nursing Students

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.

University Calendar

July 25

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

Nov. 14

Alumni Board Meeting

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