CSU-Pueblo hosts video premiere events for businesses

Colorado State University–Pueblo will host a local event to premiere and distribute an instructional DVD created for small and disadvantaged businesses serving the highway and transit construction industry. The free luncheon event is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 on the CSU-Pueblo campus in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge. Reservations are required. Please call 303-971-0290 or email event@tqtcomm.com to reserve a space.

The Pueblo event is one in a series of four events scheduled over the next two months. The DVD and events are part of the T-REX and Southeast Corridor Constructors (SECC) project.

The DVD will be distributed free to all attendees. Business owners will find the comprehensive DVD an invaluable tool for day-to-day business decisions, with information about financial planning, preparing for business growth, contract compliance, bid submissions, and more.

Event panelists will be the DVD authors and project collaborators including:

• James R. Malm, DM James Malm is the Dean of Continuing Education for CSU-Pueblo and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in management and mountaineering. He has formally served The Community College of Baltimore County as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Division of Continuing Education & Economic Development and Penn State University-Harrisburg in the alumni, development, and marketing communications offices. In 2006, he was recognized as an elite Colorado business leader with his selection for membership in the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50-For-Colorado program and his designation as a Certified Program Planner by The Learning Resources Network.

• Sylvester A. Kalevela, Ph.D, P.E. Sylvester Kalevela is an associate professor and coordinator of Civil Engineering Technology at CSU-Pueblo. He has 20 years of experience including eight years of teaching and 12 years of service in industry. During his industrial engagements, Kalevela was involved in road maintenance and construction project management, highway safety and pavement research, and transportation planning

and traffic engineering design. Kalevela is a registered professional engineer in the states
of Arizona, New Mexico, and Georgia. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

• Michael A. Mincic, P.L.S., M.Ed. Michael Mincic is an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Technology Program at CSU-Pueblo. Prior to coming to CSU-Pueblo, Mincic spent 17 years as the professor and program coordinator of the Civil Engineering Technology Program at Trinidad State Junior College. Mincic has numerous years experience in the heavy/highway construction industry. He has worked as a project engineer and assistant project manager for various construction companies and has been responsible for estimation and management of numerous construction projects. He also is the president of Mincic Consulting, Inc. and a registered professional land surveyor in Colorado. He is a member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado and the American Society of Engineering Education. Mincic also serves as the faculty representative to the Associated General Contractors and the Colorado Contractors Association student chapters.

• E. Keith Sinkhorn, Ph.D Keith Sinkhorn is an assistant professor of industrial engineering and the director of the Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering program at CSU-Pueblo. Sinkhorn is an advocate of good working relationships between academia and industry. His primary area of interest is applied operations research and logistics. Sinkhorn has completed long-term applied projects with J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, Inc. and ABF Freight System, Inc. He has served as an expert content reviewer for the Industrial Engineering Research Conference and the peer-reviewed academic journal, Transportation Research, Part E. At CSU-Pueblo, Sinkhorn has taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses in operations research, simulation, operations management, scheduling, and project management.

• Allan McConnell Allan McConnell is the President and Senior Consultant of M-Squared, Inc., a Colorado Corporation concentrating on Business Consulting and Publishing. He has worked with thousands of private and public companies throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Texas, providing consulting services in business management, organization, marketing, finance, and strategic planning. McConnell has customized numerous training programs for businesses. He was one of the original instructors and developers of the Colorado Leading Edge Program. McConnell serves as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University-Pueblo, teaching courses in Policy and Strategy Management, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Ethics, Economics, and Introduction to Business.

Rita Hogsett Friberg Rita Friberg teaches management, marketing and human resources classes at Pueblo Community College (PCC). Previously, as Director of Workforce Development Services at PCC she designed, marketed and executed seminars, customized classes and specialized training designed for business owners and their employees. She also has taught classes in business management, marketing, retailing, supervision, visual merchandising, advertising and public relations. Friberg is active in
Development of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo County Community
Corporation and the El Pueblo Inter-Development Corporation (EPIC) Revolving Loan Fund for local entrepreneurs. Previously, as the Director of the Small Business Development Center at PCC, she provided comprehensive one-on-one counseling for existing small business owners and entrepreneurs in a three-county area.

Not all of the panelists will be available at every event.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.