Top Story »

Freshman to Sophomore workshops aim to enhance CSU-Pueblo students’ time and skills at the university

February 20, 2017 – 10:49 am |

by Chianna Schoenthaler
CSU-Pueblo’s Center for Academic Enrichment and home to first year advising began hosting mandatory freshmen to sophomore workshops in the fall of 2015 for current CSU-Pueblo students. The goal of these workshops is …

Read the full story »

Events, Student Life »

SoCo Reading Series kicks off the spring semester with a duo of accomplished Colorado poets

February 20, 2017 – 12:50 am |

On Wednesday, students at Colorado State University- Pueblo had a reason behind their rhyme. The first Southern Colorado Reading Series event of the year took place in the General Classroom Building and featured award winning play wright, poet and essayist, Idris Goodwin and spoken word poet Nico Wilkinson.

The event was organized by Juan Morales, associate professor of English and the director of creative writing who partnered with the Black Student Union (BSU) and the English Club. The SOCO Reading Series has brought Goodwin to CSU-Pueblo in the past. In fact, Morales said, “We’ve known each other for several years now.”

Roderick Reed, a business major with a marketing emphasis and BSU event coordinator helped Morales as part of the student organization’s support of Black History Month events. He commended Goodwin saying, “(Goodwin is) a very knowledgeable person that’s able to put that in art.”

Seven students took advantage of the poetry slam sign-up which took place before the two featured presenters. Morales called them “brave souls” and asked that the audience give them encouragement and support. The students who presented were both veterans and novices to the experience. Some performers read from papers while others had their pieces memorized. Morales did comment on the use of profanity after one piece, he seemed neutral about it saying, “Language takes us where we want to go.”

There was no formal protocol for how the audience reacted to the performances with both applause and snaps could be heard. Morales joked about the inconsistency in the audience, he said, “I left my script in the car.”

After the open-mic performers, Goodwin and Wilkinson were introduced by Morales. It was also mentioned that limited editions of Goodwin and Wilkinson’s chapbook, Inauguration were being sold. Morales said, “It’s still warm,” in reference to how new the publication was.

Inauguration is a collection of poems that highlight current events from, as Goodwin put it, their “specific lens.” Goodwin and Wilkinson have known each other since Wilkinson was a student. She commented on her partnership with Goodwin saying, “It was such an honor to be able to work with someone that mentored me.” According to his website, Goodwin currently teaches in the Department of Theater and Dance at Colorado College.

The poets from Colorado Springs were enthusiastic about sharing their pieces; Goodwin said he was “really excited about this new endeavor.” He went on to encourage students to enroll in English classes saying, “Everyone in college should be in a writing course.”

Goodwin also expressed excitement about sharing his work with Pueblo and “bridging the gap” between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Goodwin said, “You guys have been a tremendous audience, as I knew you would be.”

In fact, more people continued to join the initial audience throughout the poetry slam portion of the night. By the end of the event, Reed suspected there were approximately 65-70 people in attendance. “This was way more than what’s happened in previous years,” said Reed.

Morales was also surprised at the turn out and the inclusion of community members, such as a representative from La Casita Grande Editores. According to their website,, La Casita Grande Editores is a publishing house whose main purpose is to “fill a void” in Latino and Caribbean literature. Morales said, “The outcome was unexpected. I didn’t envision people from the community.”

According to the SOCO Reading Series Facebook page, the next event will be Friday, March 10 and will feature Nicky Beer and Wayne Miller. For current updates on the next SOCO Reading Series, like them on Facebook at

Music department offers a unique experience on campus as it readies for concert season

February 16, 2017 – 9:46 pm |

by Victoria Ruiz
Music majors at Colorado State University- Pueblo never miss a beat. The 2017 spring concert season is in full swing now and for music majors this means serious time-commitment.
Gerad Ortiz, a sophomore music …

Redesigned CSU-Pueblo site receives mixed reactions from students as the developers reflect on experience

February 16, 2017 – 6:54 pm |

by David Buck
Colorado State University-Pueblo launched a re-designed website in Dec. 2016. The heavy concentration and use of mobile devices, combined with an outdated interface led CSU-Pueblo to consider a website re-design. Web Development and …

Groundbreaking for Thunder Village signifies new developments coming to campus

February 14, 2017 – 9:23 pm |

by Victoria Ruiz
On Febuary 2, the Colorado State University- Pueblo Foundation broke ground on Thunder Village, a $2.4 million commercial project that spans 10,000-square-feet, in a ceremony held in the Fieldhouse of the Thunderbowl.
The privately …

CSU-P wrestling teams takes home the RMAC championship in stellar all around performance

February 12, 2017 – 11:18 pm |

by Tiffany Underwood
Colorado State University-Pueblo’s wrestling team won the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Feb. 4, with a lead of 16 points over the other universities, totaling 116.5 points.
This wrestling conference was held at the …

CSU-Pueblo professor will kiss a donkey this Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2017 – 9:46 pm |

by Ashley Schaerfl
The Pre-Veterinary Club is holding a fundraiser this week in the LARC that ends with a professor kissing a donkey on Valentine’s Day.
This week the club is holding a fundraiser in the LARC …

African-American history month event aims to promote an inclusive environment for student and staff minorities on campus

February 12, 2017 – 9:27 pm |

by Tiffany Underwood
“As Americans learn about themselves and where they come from through their history, it is just as important for Africans Americans to see what happened in their past and what had lead to …

A look into the CSU System Board of Governors and the year ahead

February 12, 2017 – 9:14 pm |

by Tiffany Underwood
The university’s representatives discussed their strategic plan and how they plan on moving forward, including five new approved academic programs for the Colorado State University- Pueblo, during the Board of Governors meeting that …

Pack women’s lacrosse aims to prove critics wrong and succeed in 2017

February 12, 2017 – 5:12 pm |

by Thomas Thortvedt
The Colorado State University-Pueblo women’s lacrosse is looking to prove the doubters wrong after being placed to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Conference in the 2017 coaches poll.
The ThunderWolves, who are led …

Pack men’s lacrosse looks for fresh start in 2017 after disappointing previous season

February 9, 2017 – 11:45 pm |

by Thomas Thortvedt
The Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s lacrosse team is heading into their 2017 campaign, led by head coach Sean Blair, the pack look to bounce back strong after a not so good 2016 campaign, …

CSU-Pueblo gears up for March career fair- first workshop Thurs. Feb 9.

February 8, 2017 – 12:21 pm |

Over 60 companies will be attending the CSU-Pueblo Career Center’s annual spring career fair this year.
The staff of the Career Center has been working very hard to put on this event since September 2016. …

Distinguished speaker Bree Newsome discusses social justice and community with students

February 7, 2017 – 11:36 pm |

by Maggie Geolat
On January 31, Bree Newsome presented at Colorado State University-Pueblo campus as a part of the distinguished speaker series. This series consists of speakers from a wide variety of talents and professions, and …

Nursing program’s transition into school of nursing allows new opportunities at CSU-Pueblo

February 6, 2017 – 11:10 pm |

by Ashley Schaerfl
As of Jan. 20, 2017 Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced that the nursing program here at CSU-Pueblo is no longer just a program, but now a School of Nursing.
This change comes after years …