Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia to be honored by Colorado State University - Pueblo

PUEBLO – Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, former President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, will be honored with a President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the University as part of the 2011 President’s Gala on Friday, May 13 in the Occhiato University Center (OUC) Ballroom. Donors underwrite the evening’s expenses, guaranteeing that all proceeds directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through scholarships and programs.

As part of the 2011 President’s Gala, Garcia will receive a President’s Medallion, which recognizes individuals who set high standards of ethics and values to serve as examples for CSU-Pueblo students and the campus community as a whole through their profession, exceptional service, and/or contributions to humanity. Recipients support the University’s continual progress toward future goals and achievements and/or make significant contributions as an advocate of post secondary education.

During his four-year tenure at the University from 2006-2010, Garcia positioned CSU-Pueblo as the fastest growing university in the state, doubling the number of on-campus residents and increasing overall headcount more than 20 percent. He implemented a four-year graduation incentive program that rewards students who earn their bachelor’s degree in four year. In addition to new academic initiatives, groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings became the norm with the opening of a $13 million football and track stadium, a $22 million renovation to Massari Arena, a new Student Recreation Field, a  new $10 million Student Recreation Center, and a three-building residence hall complex. A$24 million renovation to the University Library will be completed this spring.

This year’s gala, chaired by Col. Jeff Chostner and his wife, Paula, will be a Viennese Ball.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the OUC Hearthwell Lounge with cocktails, which will precede a performance of the Viennese Waltz by a variety of notable Pueblo couples accompanied by a Pueblo Symphony ensemble conducted by Dr. Jacob Chi. In addition to dancing Viennese waltzes to the music of the Pueblo Symphony, patrons also will dance to the big band tunes of Changing Times, a 16-member band conducted by CSU-Pueblo Artist-in-Residence Al Eberhardt.

Tickets for the 2011 President’s Gala are $100 per person or $1,000 for a corporate table of 8. Sponsorship levels are available from $5,000 to $250 and underwriting opportunities from $5,000 to $500. For more information on tickets or sponsorship levels, contact the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380 or visit

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