Colorado State University – Pueblo names 2013-2014 President Leadership Program Class

Colorado State University – Pueblo names 2013-2014 President Leadership Program Class

PUEBLO –Twelve incoming freshmen have been named to the 2013-2014 President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University – Pueblo. The students were selected by a committee of campus and community board members and students from the PLP program. In addition, four students from the first PLP graduating class at Pueblo Community College have been accepted into CSU-Pueblo’s PLP.

Begun in 2000, the PLP at CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a group of 10 public and private institutions across Colorado preparing top students to become capable leaders through academic coursework, experiential and service learning.  Currently, the CSU-Pueblo program consists of 50 scholars, representing numerous majors and all of the university’s four colleges.  The PLP develops and trains emerging leaders at CSU-Pueblo through an academic leadership program focused on education, service, and experiential learning. Scholars are given opportunities to obtain leadership experience through mentoring, internships, and presentations by leaders in various fields from government and education to the service sectors. PLP students also earn a minor in leadership studies.
Eligible candidates are graduating high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and who display leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to something outside one’s self. PLP challenges participants to identify and engage in leadership issues facing Southern Colorado. Participants must retain no less than a 3.0 grade point average at CSU-Pueblo to maintain eligibility status.

The following students are members of the 2013-14 PLP freshman class:

Colorado Springs, CO
Rogelio Arreguin-Mancera
Kayla Hess

Sarah Daberkow, Pueblo West
Jason Fox, Pueblo West
Grace Lobato, Pueblo Centennial
Felix Maestas, Pueblo East
Kylie Milusnic, Pueblo West
Brandis Montez, Pueblo South
Alexandra Moore, Pueblo Central
Erika Retzlaff, Pueblo West

Springfield, CO
Kiri Ricker

Trinidad, CO
McCoy Nguyen

2013 PCC graduates Rachel Batchelder, Bonnie Lechtenberg, Eric Tieken, and Max Trujillo will attend CSU-Pueblo in Fall 2013 to continue to pursue their education, which includes earning a minor in leadership studies.  The four new incoming students will join the 12 current members of the CSU-Pueblo PLP junior class, which will work as a team to complete a major, community-focused, capstone project.  The PLP at CSU-Pueblo began a partnership with PCC in 2011 to help develop a leadership program at the community college level, which then would  allow students to apply and be accepted into the program at the university.  The same type of partnership also has been established with Otero Junior College in La Junta.

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.