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University moving forward with marijuana research facility plans

April 20, 2016 – 5:16 am | One Comment

The dream for the Institute of Cannabis Research is still alive.
President Lesley Di Mare announced at a meeting April 13 that the university is still moving forward with plans to establish a marijuana research facility …

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Senior artist profile: Suzi Reaves finds her voice through art

April 28, 2016 – 12:52 pm |

From Navy recruiter to flourishing art major, Suzi Reaves’ journey to the senior art gallery has been one of frenetic change and progression as she has found her voice in the expressive world of art.

Artist Suzi Reaves | Photo by Alec Herrera

Artist Suzi Reaves | Photo by Alec Herrera

Reaves, 62, is currently showing off a small portion of her diverse art portfolio at Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Fine Arts Gallery, all of which encapsulates a lifelong love of the arts and an expression of deep-rooted passions.

Born into a military family, Reaves traveled the world at a young age, living in foreign nations and settling in various states from Florida to Oregon. Despite the movement, she gained a passion for art over time crafting several pieces in school, one of which will be featured in her senior seminar presentation.

She accomplished quite a bit in her academic career prior to reaching CSU-Pueblo in 2013. Reaves received a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley where she was able to find steady work and experience in the administration field.

Despite her major emphasis then, Reaves never strayed from her love of art, actually owning an art shop in the Colorado Renaissance Fair up in Larkspur, Colorado, where she made ornaments for sale.

“I custom made ornaments for all the ski areas here in Colorado for Vail, Breckenridge,” Reaves said.

Despite the success she experienced running the shop, Reaves said that her “hands got tired” and it got her thinking about things more long-term in regard to health care and retirement. This led her into an impressive 23 year career in the U.S. Navy where she spent the majority of it as a recruiter.

Reaves described the experience as mostly being a “sales job” but in her time she learned valuable communication skills, on-the-job training and various forms of education that would go on to aid her once she would return to an academic setting.

Moving forward with the military career wrapped up, a G.I. Bill in hand, and a passion for art ahead of her, Reaves became a full-time student at CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2013, majoring in art with an emphasis in ceramics.

In spite of her years of vocational experience with art, Reaves admitted that there was still a lot for her to learn in regards to different styles and practices.

“When I came here, I knew nothing about painting or print making,” she said, later adding that the college allowed her to find her voice in painting.

Now a large painting of a Walking Stick Cactus adorns the back wall of the Fine Arts Gallery, exhibiting years of improvement and progression in Reaves’ ability as a painter, as well as an understanding of her preferences.

“I like realism in painting. I can really appreciate the work that goes into making something look real, like a Rembrandt,” she added.

A piece created by Reaves | Photo by Alec Herrera

A piece created by Reaves | Photo by Alec Herrera

Her painting skills evolved from practically nothing, but her ceramic work grew to something even greater with numerous pieces featured in the senior gallery.

With inspirations ranging from Mexican ceramist Gustavo Perez to Japanese Jomon Era Pottery, Reaves’ ceramic work captures multi-cultured concoction that exemplifies her personal style.

“I enjoy ceramics because of how tactile it is. You get to really feel your way through a work of art,” she explained, pointing out the complex methods she used for her pieces, including a Jomon Era pot that was painstakingly coiled by hand.

The piece de resistance of Reaves’ ceramic work is a clever if strange piece titled “Eye Pods” which features repurposed forks, steel wire, and a CD rack paired with assortment of handmade ceramic plant pods. Combined, the materials form quite a sight.

The piece has already been featured in other galleries around Colorado and won various honors.

“I like when I’m asked to do something I’ve never done before.”

These are only a sample of all the work that Reaves has completed during her years at CSU-Pueblo, but she doesn’t see any end in sight for her artistic practice, in and out of the college.

“I still plan on taking the studio courses because I figure they’re here, the instructors are here, why not use them?” Reaves said.

She does look back at her CSU-Pueblo days fondly, remarking on the great experiences she’s had with the teachers and classmates calling them all “art buddies” of hers. In regard to her own art, she said that compared to her days as an ornament maker, she now feels that her work is much more of an “art” and less of a “craft.”

From youth to retirement, art has always been a staple in Suzi Reaves’ life; now she will be leaving CSU-Pueblo with an amazing resume and a bright future as her artistic vision’s become more expansive than ever.

The senior art gallery featuring Reaves’ art will be open through the remainder of the Spring semester and is located in the Fine Arts Gallery.

Art Club emphasizes awareness about art around campus

April 28, 2016 – 12:48 pm |

By Kieran Kuiper and Avery Lewis

Kieran 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 Art Club.
Clubs & Organizations: Art Club …

CSU-Pueblo baseball splits series with Rangers

April 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm |
CSU-Pueblo baseball splits series with Rangers

In a four game series with the Regis Rangers, the Colorado State University-Pueblo’s baseball won two of the four games. The first two games were close with the Thunderwolves losing the first game by one …

Pack tennis takes fourth place in RMAC tournament

April 27, 2016 – 5:49 pm |

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for both men and women’s tennis was held this weekend on April 22 and 23 at City Park in Pueblo.
The schools in the conference included Colorado Mesa University, Metro State …

Students with overloaded schedules strive to find balance

April 25, 2016 – 3:28 pm |

Alarm clocks and cups of coffee are essential to the life of almost any college student, but especially to those who are not enrolled full time, but have a full-time schedule outside of classes.
At Colorado …

Zarr leaves lasting legacy as her ASG presidency ends

April 25, 2016 – 3:08 pm |
Zarr leaves lasting legacy as her ASG presidency ends

For many students at CSU-Pueblo, the university’s financial difficulties in 2013 and resulting faculty and administrative changes may now seem like ancient history. But there were hard times, and we aren’t through it yet, though …

CDOT schedules Bonforte Bridge repairs

April 25, 2016 – 2:35 pm |

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that construction will begin on the Bonforte Bridge May 9 to remove and replace the deck, resulting in the closure of the bridge and main entrance to campus throughout …

Annual CSU-Pueblo football spring game prepares team for fall season

April 24, 2016 – 2:28 pm |

The Pack football team concluded its 2016 offseason training as well as spring football April 22 at the annual CSU-Pueblo Football Spring Game. The team had been training since January and have also had football …

CISA cancels International Extravaganza amid new campus food guidelines

April 24, 2016 – 2:22 pm |
CISA cancels International Extravaganza amid new campus food guidelines

The annual CSU-Pueblo International Food and Culture Extravaganza was canceled last week, after the university disallowed an integral part of the event’s tradition.
Canceling the event was a student decision, after senior university administration members informed …

Fine Art Gallery displays diverse works of CSU-Pueblo seniors

April 23, 2016 – 10:05 pm |

A culmination of hard work and self-exploration over college careers, the current senior art gallery exhibits a variety of pieces, all created by students attending CSU-Pueblo.
Open for the entirety of April and part of May, …

ASG welcomes new cabinet in inauguration ceremony

April 22, 2016 – 7:22 pm |

Photos by Jason Prescott 

The Associated Students’ Government welcomed new members at an inauguration ceremony on April 19.
Sarah Zarr, this year’s ASG president, gave cords to graduating senior members. Zarr then wished the new members …

CSU-Pueblo hosts annual student-athlete banquet

April 22, 2016 – 7:11 pm |
CSU-Pueblo hosts annual student-athlete banquet

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Department of Athletics held its annual student-athlete banquet on Wednesday at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. The main event speakers were CSU-Pueblo athletic director Joe Folda and the “voice of the Thunderwolves” …

Administration addresses campus concerns at Behind the Scenes meeting

April 22, 2016 – 7:02 pm |

Students, faculty and staff got together April 13 for a monthly “Behind the Scenes” meeting with university administration members to cover questions about what’s going on at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Administration members present included President …