Colorado State University – Pueblo students sharpen leadership skills through PLP


Colorado State University – Pueblo students sharpen leadership skills through PLP

PUEBLO – Ten students serving in Colorado State University-Pueblo’s four-year academic President’s Leadership Program (PLP) are honing their leadership skills by assisting with University programs and area businesses and non-profit organizations.

The PLP develops future Colorado leaders by providing students with an opportunity to work and learn in community, educational, and corporate settings, said Trish Orman, PLP academic director. Leadership students are "trained" to take leadership into their individual disciplines, Orman said.

Through the internships, students will strengthen their abilities to take charge in situations where their leadership is both needed and desired. The more focused their internships are with regard to skill-building, the better, Orman said.

“Because we spend more time examining leadership opportunities for our seniors, we are now able to focus their interests into a variety of learning situations,” Orman said. “As a program that centers on service learning and civic engagement, PLP can take pride in the variety of partnerships that we create between the university and the communities of southern Colorado.”
PLP interns are:
  • Nicole Abney, Pueblo, is a senior sociology major who works in the CSU-Pueblo Sheriff’s Office, where she assists with A Community Organization for Victim Assistance (ACOVA). Abney’s role is to create an ACOVA Peer Group and to provide students who have been victimized with support, assistance, and guidance through their difficult time.
  • Alayna Abeyta, Pueblo, is a senior psychology major who works as a planning assistant and events coach with the Young Women’s Conference at CSU-Pueblo.
  • Sam Sumeracki, a senior mass communications major, is a class assistant with the PLP program at CSU-Pueblo. The Pueblo native reports directly to PLP Director Shelly Moreschini.
  • Brittney Harris works with the Alternative Spring Break Program at CSU-Pueblo. The Delores, Colo.,  native is a junior majoring in sociology.
  • Steven Cassidy, a junior mass communications major from Pueblo West, works with the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services.
  • Biology major Sarah Mutz Flores, Pueblo, and mass communications major Christine Gazette, Pueblo, are working with the St. Mary Corwin Hospital Foundation and Steelworkers Museum to obtain oral histories from doctors, nuns, and steelworkers who experienced the merging of St. Mary’s Hospital and Corwin Hospital decades ago.
  • Vince Koeller, Sheridan Lakes, is a junior business management major who serves as a class assistant for the PLP at CSU-Pueblo.
  • Josh Luna, Pueblo, a junior political science major, is working with the Sal Pace political campaign at Pace headquarters in Pueblo.
  • Brad Reeves, Pueblo, is a junior majoring in biology and pre-med, and works with Posada, Human Services/Health.
  • Participants will share what they learned with family and friends during a presentation scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Library and Academic Resources Center.

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.