CSU–Pueblo Political Science Club to sponsor immigration forum

As part of Ludlow Memorial Labor Fest activities, the Political Science Club at Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor the Southern Colorado Policy Issues Forum, “U.S. Immigration Today: The Pueblo Connection” at 7:30 p.m. on April 10 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom on campus.

A reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by an induction ceremony for eight students into Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society. The first 250 students to reply by April 5 will be admitted free to the dinner. The campus and community are invited to attend the dinner at $15 per person or the forum at no charge. Reservations to the dinner should be made by April 5 by calling Cindy Bowles at 549-2156 or cindy.bowles@colostate-pueblo.edu.

The following panelists will engage in a discussion of immigration issues as they relate to the Pueblo community: Gayle Berardi, professor of political science at CSU-Pueblo; Pueblo Police Chief Jim Billings, Jayne Mazur of Catholic Charities, Public Defender Paul Bratfisch, District Attorney Bill Thiebaut, and an immigrant spokesperson who has yet to be named.

Student are selected for induction based upon their outstanding scholarly achievements in political science at CSU-Pueblo. Student inductees and their hometowns follow:

Meghan Belaski Canon City
Owen Loftus Pueblo
Laura Rocha Pueblo
Richard Rocha Pueblo
Mary Hudson Fountain
Shanna Farmer Pueblo
Sean McCandless Pueblo
Scott Larsen Pueblo West

Panelists Information:
Bill Thiebaut became the new District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial District of Colorado, which covers Pueblo County, on January 11, 2005. Thiebaut was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1986. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Senate in 1993, elected outright in 1994, and reelected in 1998. James W. Billings, Jr. was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Pueblo Police Department on October 5, 1998. He has served 32 years in
law enforcement with the Pueblo Police Department, having started out as a patrol officer in
1975. Gayle Berardi is a professor of political science at CSU-Pueblo. She has published numerous articles for scholarly journals and presented at national and regional conferences on immigration topics. In addition, she has been invited by Oxford University to speak at the Oxford Round Table, England (July 2007)-Presentation on Current United States Immigration Policy. Jayne Mazur is executive director of Catholic Charities, which works with immigrants and need-based families in the area. Forum Moderator Mark Gose, professor of history at CSU-Pueblo, is the former US Air Force Academy Director of the New Center for the Study of Defense Policy, and Political Advisor to the Commander, US Air Forces in Europe. Paul Bratfisch is a Public Defender.

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