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Spring 2015 TODAY magazine is online

May 5, 2015 – 12:12 pm |

The spring 2015 edition of the CSU-Pueblo TODAY magazine can be accessed online at:
CSU-Pueblo TODAY magazine Spring 2015

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Former White House press secretary and CSU-Pueblo alumna returns to Pueblo

May 29, 2015 – 11:20 am |
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When Dana Perino’s dad first drove her to Pueblo to look at the University of Southern Colorado almost 20 years ago, she was reluctant.

Perino, who would later serve as press secretary for President George W. Bush, wanted to attend college at a larger university. Spending four years at a small school in Pueblo wasn’t how she imagined her college days.

“I pouted the entire way, from Parker to Pueblo. I just looked out the window. I couldn’t even meet his eyes. I was so upset that he was making me go look at that school,” she said.

But almost immediately upon arriving on campus at USC, which would later become CSU-Pueblo, Perino met several professors and realized the school was perfect for her.

“I got this scholarship offer for the speech team and I also think I was smart enough to realize that the practical experience that I could get at the school would lead me to opportunities I couldn’t get if I went and studied theory anywhere else for four years,” she said.

Years later, she would use her experiences at USC in her job at the White House. She credits her mass communications professors, including former department chair Jen Mullen, with preparing her for her career.

“Jen Mullen had had such great experience in the public relations world. And I loved her class. I learned so much, things that actually helped me later on in the justice department,” Perino said.

After graduating from USC, Perino attended the University of Illinois Springfield to obtain a master’s degree in public affairs reporting. When she finished the program, she wasn’t sure she wanted a career in the field.

“I just spent all this money to get a degree in something I don’t want to do. So, I felt very lost, personally,” she said. “I was getting desperate because I didn’t want to wait tables that much longer.”

Not long after graduating, she noticed that Colorado’s state senate president Tom Horton was hiring for a deputy press secretary position and decided to apply. During her time at USC, she hosted a show on Rocky Mountain PBS called Capitol Journal, in which she frequently interviewed Colorado Rep. Scott McInnis.

So, she called McInnis’s office looking for a reference for the deputy press secretary position.

“They said, ‘if you’re looking for a job, we would love you have you come work for us.’ And my heart stopped because I thought they meant it was in Pueblo. I didn’t know how to say I don’t want to go back to Pueblo for that job,” Perino said.

“So, I kind of started backpedaling and then I realized in the conversation that it wasn’t in Pueblo, it was in Washington, D.C. and that changed everything for me,” she said.

From there, Perino’s career would eventually evolve into a position at the White House. Today, she is a host on Fox News Channel’s “The Five.”

“I am a big believer, and one of the reasons I wrote this book is I want to make sure people understand you do not have to have gone to an Ivy League school or an elite university to end up advising the president of the United States in the Oval Office,” she said.

Perino will be returning to Pueblo May 30 to promote her new book “And the Good News Is…” A signing will take place at Pueblo’s Barnes and Noble, located at 4300 North Freeway, at 6:30 p.m.

“I love the turnout in Denver and Fort Collins, but I have a feeling the Pueblo one is going to be very special,” she said.

CSU-Pueblo information technology receives $1.8 million grant for upgrades

May 13, 2015 – 7:43 pm |

CSU-Pueblo received a $1.8 million dollar grant that is set to help the university upgrade its information technology system. The grant will help to improve on campus-wide internet connectivity issues and will also provide an …

Class looks at cultures and ethnicities at CSU-Pueblo

May 8, 2015 – 8:23 am |

The spring 2015 Reporting Public Affairs class took a glimpse into the cultures and ethnicities of CSU-Pueblo. View the report at:
Reporting Public Affairs: Cultures and Ethnicities at CSU-Pueblo

Seniors look to graduation as semester comes to an end

May 1, 2015 – 2:07 pm |
Seniors look to graduation as semester comes to an end

For seniors, graduation conjures memories and emotions, reminding them of when they first set foot on their college campus.
Upon commencement, students gain an opportunity to build a future and forge a new identity. A college …

Summer break arrives at CSU-Pueblo

May 1, 2015 – 1:52 pm |

It’s that time of year again where the sun starts peeking out from behind the clouds and we trade in our jackets and sweats for tank tops and shorts. Summer is here and the anticipation …

CSU-Pueblo Today magazine wins Best Student Magazine in student journalism competition

April 28, 2015 – 9:48 am |

The fall 2014 issue of the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine was named Best Student Magazine at a recent student journalism competition.
The Today received the award during the April 25 Mark of Excellence luncheon at the Society …

Take Back the Night event empowers victims of sexual assault

April 28, 2015 – 7:42 am |

CSU-Pueblo’s Take Back the Night event gave sexual assault survivors and those working to support victims the chance to come together and share their stories. Take Back the Night is a national movement that empowers …

One act plays showcase the many talents of CSU-Pueblo students

April 27, 2015 – 4:51 am |

The English department at CSU-Pueblo sponsored an “Evening of One Act Plays” April 16 and 17. All the plays were written, directed and performed by CSU-Pueblo students. This year’s event included plays by students from …

Let’s Move campaign promotes healthy lifestyle among local kids

April 24, 2015 – 4:06 pm |

CSU-Pueblo professor Karen Marley and her program management class will be hosting its annual “Let’s Move” campaign April 25 to promote an active lifestyle among Pueblo’s youth.
The event is aimed at kids grades kindergarten through …

Spring football wraps up with Red v. White game

April 23, 2015 – 12:56 pm |

Since the middle of January, the national champion Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves have been taking the first steps toward a repeat title in the 2015 season. The last step of the grueling four-month process happened …

Helpful tips for finals week

April 23, 2015 – 9:55 am |

Spring term finals week is just around the corner for students at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and it can be very stressful. Wrapping up the semester with studying and final projects can be frustrating, but coping …

Zombie-themed obstacle course aims to prevent drunk driving

April 21, 2015 – 8:08 pm |

CSU-Pueblo students are gearing up this week in order to prepare themselves for a coming zombie apocalypse.
Unlike the strikingly sudden and terrifying zombie apocalypses most are familiar with seeing on television, however, this zombie apocalypse …

Student Engagement and Leadership to host outdoor movie event

April 21, 2015 – 7:23 pm |

The office of Student Engagement and Leadership at CSU-Pueblo will be hosting an outdoor screening of the movie “Big Hero 6” on April 24 from 8 to 10 p.m.
The event, which will take place at …