Colorado State University - Pueblo one of 8 schools selected for Hispanic Quiz Show

Colorado State University - Pueblo one of 8 schools selected for Hispanic Quiz Show

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo has been selected as one of eight schools in the nation to participate in the Know Your Heritage Hispanic College Quiz series hosted by NBC news anchor Zoraida Sambolin. The four, half-hour quiz shows will air nationwide during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 31.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has partnered with Central City Productions on this show for the third year. CSU-Pueblo was honored by HACU as its 2008 Outstanding Member Institution.

Teams of four students from eight institutions will compete for a chance to win scholarship funds for their institution. Questions for the series will be developed from the book Hispanic Firsts: 500 years of Extraordinary Achievement” authored by Nicolas Kanellos. The first place school will receive $10,000 in scholarship funds with the runner up school earning $5,000 in scholarships.
Five students and one coach (at the expense of Central City Productions) will fly to Chicago the
on April 9 to participate in the television taping on April 10. Students and coaches will be provided hotel accommodations, per diems, ground transportation, and study tips. President Joseph Garcia will meet with Chicago Area alumni on April 9 who also will be invited to attend the show production and cheer on the Thunderwolf students. 

The five CSU-Pueblo students were selected based on grade point average, extra-curricular activities, ability to function under pressure, and the ability to work cooperatively – Alex Pacheco, Christina Lobato, Alex Rios, Matt Cruz, and Erica Montoya.

Alex Pacheco will graduate in May with a major in political science. A Pueblo native and 2003 graduate of Centennial High School, Alex has been active at CSU-Pueblo in the political science club and currently serves as its treasurer.  He is a court appointed special advocate for children and plans on attending law school at Seattle University or Oklahoma City University in the fall.

Christina Lobato, Rocky Ford, is a freshman majoring in nursing.  A 2009 graduate of Rocky Ford High School, Christina is a member of the cross country and track teams and a recipient both of the Frederico Aragon Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation Scholarship and Capps Capozzolo.

Alex Rios, Littleton, is a freshman majoring in exercise science and health promotion with a minor in education and history.  A 2008 graduate of Arapahoe High School in Littleton,
Colorado, Alex is a member of CSU-Pueblo’s football team.

Matt Cruz, El Monte, California, will graduate in May with a major in history and a minor in Chicano Studies from and a 2003 graduate of Arroyo high school, El Monte California.  Matt is currently the assistant volunteer coach for East High School’s varsity baseball team.  Upon graduation, he will return to California to teach high school.

Erica Montoya, Pueblo, is a graduate of Pueblo South High School.  She is a senior majoring in mass communications and seeks a career in broadcasting. She is an active member of the President’s Leadership Program and works at the on-campus radio station, Rev 89. 

The coach for the team is Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya, assistant professor in history and coordinator of Chicano Studies.  Montoya joined the faculty in the fall of 2007.  Since coming to CSU-Pueblo, Montoya has been active in planning events for Hispanic Heritage Month, Dia De los Muertos, Women’s History Month, and the Vagina Monologues. 
The participating institutions are:  
•         Arizona Western College - Yuma, Arizona
•         California State University,  Los Ángeles - Los Ángeles, California
•         Los Angeles Southwest College - Los Angeles, California
•         Colorado State University-Pueblo - Pueblo, Colorado
•         Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Tifton, Georgia
•         Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College (CUNY) - Bronx, New York
•         University of Houston, Downtown - Houston, Texas
•         Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
If for any reason an institution is unable to participate, an alternate institution will participate. The alternate institutions are: Austin Community College – Austin, Texas and Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington. 

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.