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CSU-Pueblo begins search for new provost

January 28, 2015 – 5:58 am |

Following the December resignation of former Colorado State University-Pueblo Provost Carl Wright, proceedings are underway to select the man or woman who will take over this important administrative position.
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Students participate in free Outdoor Pursuits activities

January 31, 2015 – 1:27 pm |
Students and community members kayak in the Recreation Center pool. Photo by Daniel Potter.

Students and community members kayak in the Recreation Center pool. Photo by Daniel Potter.

Outdoor Pursuits hosted slacklining and kayaking in CSU-Pueblo’s Recreation Center Jan. 29. The activities, which are included in tuition costs, are free for students to attend.

Outdoor Pursuit staff provides a safe environment to learn basic slacklining and kayaking skills in a positive environment among students. Participants do not need any prior experience to attend.

Slacklining is a sport that includes a two-inch webbing that similar to tightrope walking, but more dynamic.

The sport’s dynamic features allow the webbing to sway and bounce while holding a person’s flexibility and weight as they walk across.

“It is a lot harder than it looks. But it is really fun,” said first-time slackliner and CSU-Pueblo freshman Deanna Sanchez.

Slacklining is available to all students on the last Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kayaking is a unique sport that attracts regulars and newcomers alike to be instructed by Outdoor Pursuits staff members.

Upon arrival, the staff welcomes newcomers to make them feel comfortable. They teach them rules and safety requirements, including the “wet exit,” in which newcomers are instructed to flip over their boats, pull the boat skirt and swim to the top. This task is necessary for emergencies.

Students can then kayak at their own leisure when they feel comfortable enough to paddle. When everyone gets more comfortable with the basics, they can participate in a game of water polo, where they throw a ball into the nets of opposing teams.

“Outdoor Pursuits is really good at making newcomers feel comfortable,” CSU-Pueblo sophomore and lifeguard said Gretel Stockton. “It is really intimidating to start kayaking, but when you do it, it is really fun. Just give it a try.”

Opportunities for students to expand their new learned skills further include learning how to do somersaults under water with their kayak, and go kayaking in a river with staff members.

“Once they learn the skills here, we will take them out to the river. Like any sport, you have to put time and dedication into it,” said Outdoor Pursuits water supervisor Connor Goodwin.

New participants in the program said they enjoyed the event and plan on coming back.

Community members can also take advantage of the Outdoor Pursuits kayaking programs Thursday nights.

“We like to kayak,” said two-year community members Don and Jamie Wycoff. “There is a pool available to us for free, while other public pools cost a lot. It costs us only $6 to kayak. It’s a good opportunity to meet people and go out kayaking to the river with.”

They also said they see at least twenty students, more women than men, participate in kayaking every Thursday night. It is not offered on the last Thursday of every month, which is when slacklining is held.

Kayaking and slacklining are just a small part of a much wider Outdoor Pursuits program. They also offer rock climbing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and various hiking, skiing and snowboarding trips.

Outdoor Pursuits also offers Free Friday programs, which are accessible to all students.

“We want to get students introduced to free, fun and different recreational activities without the stress of having (to pay),” Goodwin said. “There’s so much potential for any student who becomes involved.”

Sanchez previously attended a trip with Outdoor Pursuits.

“I love snowboarding. I’ve always been outdoorsy, so this is my thing,” she said.

Outdoor Pursuits said the organization hopes to get wind-surfers soon to add to their programs.

Super Bowl interest on campus not affected by scandal

January 31, 2015 – 11:35 am |

Over the last five years, the Super Bowl has set and broken the record for the most-watched television broadcast in United States history four times according to ESPN’s online site. Last year’s blowout between the …

Orscheln: Increased enrollment at CSU-Pueblo a team effort

January 31, 2015 – 10:55 am |

Paul Orscheln, who started his role as the vice president of student services and enrollment management at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Sept. 30, 2013, has succeeded substantially in increasing enrollment on campus.
Orscheln completed both his …

Men’s lacrosse prepares for inaugural season

January 30, 2015 – 10:27 am |

The CSU-Pueblo men’s lacrosse team will start their inaugural season at home with exhibition games on Feb. 7 and 8.

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Soccer and lacrosse complex sees construction delays

January 29, 2015 – 4:35 pm |

Today reporter Dustin Cox investigates possible construction delays at the CSU-Pueblo soccer and lacrosse complex as inaugural game dates approach.   The work is scheduled to be completed this fall in time for the 2015-16 …

Writing Room’s new coordinator hopes to instill confidence in campus writers

January 26, 2015 – 9:15 pm |

Colorado State University-Pueblo offers numerous tutoring programs in order to assist its students throughout their college journey. Located in LARC 251 is one such tutoring service known as the Writing Room.
The room is focused on …

Campus clubs attend student organization summit

January 26, 2015 – 2:56 pm |

CSU-Pueblo Student Engagement and Leadership hosted a spring summit on campus for student organizations on Wednesday Jan. 21. The event, which took place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., was hosted in the Occhiato University …

Second City Hits Home at Hoag Hall Thursday

January 26, 2015 – 11:37 am |

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iPad technology assists students with hybrid class

January 25, 2015 – 9:32 pm |

As technology continues to evolve and tablets become a commonly used device in the classroom, one academic department at Colorado State University-Pueblo has access to iPad minis that may be checked out by students.
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Kieren Duncan: Celebration of Champions an experience he won’t soon forget

January 25, 2015 – 6:42 pm |

National champions. I still don’t think the magnitude of that achievement has fully hit me yet, and most players feel the same way.
It was such a surreal feeling after the game. The moments of celebration …

Athletes must balance academics and sports

January 25, 2015 – 5:45 pm |

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Student organizations benefit from campus summit

January 25, 2015 – 5:41 pm |

Spring Student Organization Summit 2015 from CSU-Pueblo TODAY on Vimeo.

Binge drinking an increasingly common activity for college students

January 24, 2015 – 11:35 am |

For college students, binge drinking has become a ritual often seen as a prominent part of a higher-education experience.
Abusive and underage college drinking have become significant issues throughout many campuses across the United States. While …