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From the editor: New year brings new changes

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By William J. Dagendesh  

 wj.dagendesh@colostate-pueblo.edu

Dear readers,

I hope Santa was good to you despite these hard economic times, and that you had a memorable Christmas.

The recent shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. has shaken our community. This tragic incident inspires us to appreciate our families and embrace life which can be taken from us in an instant. The staff of CSU-Pueblo TODAY offers its condolences to the families of those who died and were wounded in the shooting.

William J. Dagendesh, editor-in-chief.

The new year brings many changes at CSU-Pueblo. As you probably already know, Julio Leon is serving as interim president of the university until a new president has been named. Leon, who served as president of Missouri Southern State University for 25 years, assumed duties as the campus’ number one man last November.

In December Michael Fronmueller stepped down as dean of the Hasan School of Business and has returned to teaching. Also, Russ Meyer and JoAnn Ballard, who are the provost, and the vice president of finance and administration, are scheduled to retire at the end of this semester.

CSU-Pueblo TODAY’s editorial staff also is experiencing changes.

Former news editor and reporter Nikki Martinez has moved into the online editorial position, and staff reporter Chelsea Reese has taken over news editor duties. Photographer Ye Ming has donned the photo editor cap while A.J. Dome leads the audio/visual team. Zak Bratton, who is our magazine editor, is lending his layout and design expertise to The Pueblo Chieftain as part of his college internship.

Speaking of internships, Candice Geier, a former TODAY reporter, has returned from her fall internship with The Pueblo Chieftain. Candice did some fine work with Pueblo’s daily newspaper and is now ready to dig in at the academic challenges awaiting her.

Each of these people is committed to providing campus news in an accurate and timely manner. I am confident the community will benefit from their professionalism.

However, this professionalism means little if our publication isn’t being read.

A survey conducted recently showed that many students are unaware CSU-Pueblo has its own print and online publications. As a result, copies of the magazine are left in the newsstands, and the online product receives little attention.

The staff wants to change that, and you can help enhance readership by spreading the word to family and friends. Our magazine is published twice in the spring and twice in the fall, and can be found inside the front entrances of all buildings on campus.

Let us hear from you soon.