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CSU-Pueblo team named finalists for statewide film competition

June 26, 2016 – 1:10 pm |

A Colorado State University-Pueblo student film team was recently named one of four finalists in the LiveWell Colorado Film Challenge.
Spencer Daniels, Kieran Kuiper, Avery Lewis and Josh Smith, wrote, directed, edited and starred in the …

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Column: Climbing club provides unexpected opportunities

June 21, 2016 – 5:52 pm |
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During my final year attending Colorado State University-Pueblo, I decided to join the school’s climbing club. I had considered joining in the past, since I had been climbing with the Outdoor Pursuits for a few years.

But there were always two things keeping me from joining before. The first reason, which might be obvious for a college student, was that I didn’t want to pay the fee. It seemed like a lot of money to spend upfront when I wasn’t considering the discounted competition prices and the experience of being part of a team.

I was only thinking about the other ways I could spend that money on things more immediate, such as going out to eat or on more climbing gear. It wasn’t until I actually dedicated to joining the team the experience it would give me never occurred to me: The places the club took me were worth more than the fee.

The second thing keeping me from joining was thinking I wasn’t good enough to compete. I had been climbing for two years and I always found it enjoyable. Climbing at an intermediate grade was never a concern when I was only climbing for my own pleasure.

I had friends who were already a part of the club, and they assured me that anyone was welcome to join the team. Anyone on campus who wants to learn more about climbing is welcome to join the team.

After being told that, I finally decided that the climbing club was the right choice for me.

I started thinking about how in high school I loved being a part of a competitive team. When our first competition rolled around in December, I had a stomach full of butterflies, but I was ready to get on the wall and climb my hardest.

After that first competition, I was hooked. Climbing had taken on a whole new meaning. It went from something I liked to do for fun to something I loved to push myself to do better at. I started training, pushing myself at practice and seeing improvements. I was climbing harder than I ever had because I had something driving me.

At the end of each season, the club helps send the five top climbers to nationals. This past year, nationals were hosted in San Diego. When I first joined the club, I thought there was no way I would be able to make it and go compete. It all sounded too good to be true.

By the end of the season, we had our top five climbers determined and the fifth and sixth place climbers were so close to one another that the club council helped send six climbers to nationals. Somehow, I was one of those climbers.

The trip to San Diego was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. It was more than just a vacation because I knew I had earned being there. It was the best way to close out my college career being able to see some of the best collegiate climbers in the world and climb next to them.

I will continue to climb, but it won’t ever be the same. I made the most of my last year here and only regret no doing it sooner. I can still compete on my own, but I won’t have my team anymore. They were my support group helping me train and pushing me during competitions.

After an incredible season, all of our team’s hard work paid off. We were voted the No. 1 club sport of the 2015-2016 academic year by the Club Sport Council and the president and coach of climbing club, Reese Irwin, received the President of the Year award.

CSU-Pueblo Future Freshmen Festival will take place on June 24

June 19, 2016 – 9:57 am | One Comment

The 2016 Colorado State University-Pueblo Future Freshmen Festival will take place on June 24, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
The festival is a great opportunity for incoming students to get their questions answered and experience ThunderWolf Country up close …

$3 million ThunderBowl upgrades and renovation nearing completion

June 18, 2016 – 5:54 pm |
Pack Strength and Conditioning construction photos

The Friends of Football and members of the Pueblo community have privately funded the $3 million budget for the construction and upgrades of the athletic facilities at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
Included in the …

Eighth Annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow is set for July 16

June 9, 2016 – 4:45 pm |
Colorado Springs Native American Powwow

One Nation Walking Together is sponsoring a one-day Native American Traditional Powwow July 16 at the Mortgage Solutions Financial EXPO Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO.
The sponsors are calling on people in Colorado …

Summer semester offers challenges and rewards for students and professors

June 8, 2016 – 8:35 am |

While most Colorado State University-Pueblo students are taking the summer off to enjoy vacations with friends and family or working part-time summer jobs, a lesser few – 1,045 to be exact – attend summer classes …

Team CSU-Pueblo Purple PACK represents college at Pueblo Relay for Life event

June 3, 2016 – 7:34 pm |


Gena Alfonso, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, and team CSU-Pueblo Purple Pack will represent Colorado State University – Pueblo at the 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in Pueblo, scheduled to take …

Nursing Department to host community baby shower Friday

June 1, 2016 – 11:36 am |
Nursing Department to host community baby shower Friday

The Colorado State University-Pueblo nursing department, with co-sponsor Pueblo Early Childhood Council, will host the sixth annual community baby shower June 3 at Praise Assembly of God from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event, which will …

Phase one of the Occhiato University Center renovation is on track for completion in late December 2016

May 31, 2016 – 7:36 pm |
Occhiato Building

The largest portion of the budget for the Occhiato University Center renovation was appropriated from student facility fees. The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation, according to John Barnosky, Director of Planning and Construction at the college, …

Recreation Center to host summer camp for local kids

May 23, 2016 – 10:55 am |

The CSU-Pueblo Student Recreation Center will be hosting its sixth annual Multi-Sport and Adventure Camp for kids in the Pueblo community grades kindergarten through eighth.
The first session will be held June 6 to 10, with …

Pack softball places second in RMAC Championship

May 5, 2016 – 9:19 am |
Pack softball places second in RMAC Championship

The Pack placed second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship tournament. In the double elimination tournament, the team lost to the Metro State University-Denver Roadrunners in the first game of the tournament and in …

New ASG team gears up for action

May 2, 2016 – 10:20 am |

It has been a little over a week since Antonio Huerta and Maggie Geolat, along with 12 senators, were sworn in as Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Associated Students’ Government leadership team for the 2016-17 academic year.
The …

Fellowship of Christian Athletes emphasizes faith on campus

May 2, 2016 – 10:06 am |

By Kieran Kuiper and Avery Lewis

Kieren Kuiper and Avery Lewis take a look at clubs and organizations at CSU-Pueblo and ways students can get involved. Today’s club is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Clubs & Organizations: …

Tempered Steel magazine brings creativity out of students

May 2, 2016 – 9:57 am |

Tempered Steel, Colorado State University-Pueblo’s annual literary magazine, continues to feature creative writing by students at the university.
The magazine, which is published every spring, has been on campus for almost 20 years. Writings include short …