Student Spotlight

Andrea Casados

Andrea Casados

Pueblo native Andrea Casados, a sophomore political science major, was crowned the 2014 Colorado State Fair Fiesta Queen and will be the first Fiesta Queen to serve as a Colorado State Fair Ambassador. She will preside over Fiesta Day festivities during the annual celebration of the Hispanic culture in Colorado. Casados is Speaker of the Senate for CSU-Pueblo’s Associated Students’ Government (ASG). Casados aspires to attend law school and become a U.S. Senator.



​JaCobi Jones

Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman JaCobi Jones from Omaha, Neb. finished sixth at the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships and earned All-America honors in his first season as a collegiate wrestler. Jones is the first CSU-Pueblo freshman to qualify for the national tournament since the program was brought back in 2008. The RMAC Freshman of the Year and All-RMAC First Team member finished fourth at the West Super Regional and closed the season with a 23-12 record and six pins. He recorded a perfect 5-0 record with one fall in RMAC duals and totaled a team-best 46 takedowns heading into nationals. 

Daniellelynn Kama

Daniellelynn ‘Kauna’ Kama

Daniellelynn ‘Kauna’ Kama is a junior exercise science major from Colorado Springs who has been invited to participate in the residency program for the Women's National Team Handball. She is continuing her education while taking online classes through Extended Studies and doing fieldwork in the Kinesiology Research Lab at Auburn University - all while training five days a week preparing for international team handball competition. Kauna has been involved with USA Team Handball since she was a freshman in high school traveling to places like Germany, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba as part of the Junior National Team and Women's National Select Teams.  She is preparing for a home and away series against Uruguay in March and will attempt to secure a spot in the 2015 Women’s Pan American Championships in Havana, Cuba in April. The Pan American Games is the qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mike Marino

Mike Marino

CSU-Pueblo senior mass communications major Mike Marino is proof that college students don’t have to struggle financially while earning a degree – and he has written a book outlining a road map to success. In his new book, Campus-Preneur: How to Have More Fun, More Money, and Survive College Without Starving To Death, Marino outlines the path he took that transformed his life from a suicidal teenager with no hope for the future into one of the hottest youth speakers in America today.
In between classes as a senior mass communications student, Marino spends his time developing his business and speaking to colleges, churches, and even businesses about how to make great choices, getting the spark of entrepreneurship and even launching their own business. He has lined up a nationwide speaking tour and hints that another book is in the works.

Marino has offered to sign books if interested readers buy book from him, but Campus-preneur also is available in e-book form on Amazon, Kindle, Ibook, Kobo, NOOK, Copia, and through Barnes & Noble. To find out more, Marino can be reached at 719.406.9039, 719.240.0632, or campuspreneurbook@gmail.com.

Amanda Mayes

​Amanda Mayes

CSU-Pueblo senior and Texas native Amanda Mayes recently was crowned Miss Southern Colorado Style. Mayes, a biology and chemistry major, also received scholarship money to continue her education at CSU-Pueblo.  Contestants were scored on their interviews, personality, unique style, evening gown, on-stage questions, and a talent competition.  Amanda’s talent included a chemistry experiment known as the “Rainbow Connection: Rainbow Colors with Mixed Acid-Base Indicators” set to the 1960’s hit Do You Believe in Magic by The Lovin’ Spoonful. She was sponsored by the CSU-Pueblo Department of Chemistry and is planning to pursue her master’s degree in chemistry and teach children the importance of science education at a young age.

Rosa Ramos

Rosa Ramos

Rosa Ramos, a senior mass communications major from Rocky Ford, Colorado earned a $3,000 scholarship as the winner of the 2014 Hispanic Quiz Show, which was broadcast nationally during Hispanic Heritage Month airing September 13-October 19, 2014. Victoria Oregon, coordinator of the College Assistance Migrant Program, accompanied Ramos as her coach. CSU-Pueblo was the only Colorado school to participate in the Hispanic College Quiz series, a collaboration between the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions, which awards students from HACU-member institutions the opportunity to compete for scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of Latino history.

Joe Shultz

Joe Shultz

CSU-Pueblo sophomore defensive end Joe Shultz (Gilbert, Ariz.) received the NCAA Division II Football Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Division II Championships Banquet in December. The DII Football Elite 89 award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Schultz holds a 3.919 GPA as an engineering major. On the field, Schultz appeared in six games for the Pack, registering five tackles.





​Derrick Williams

Colorado State University-Pueblo men's track and field sophomore Derrick Williams from Columbia Falls, Mont. helped guide the Men's Distance Medley Team to a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships and placed second in the 3000 meter run to earn his second All-American honor. Williams crossed the finish line at 8:03.14, which would have been a new meet record, but Kevin Batt of Adams State University broke his own record by posting a time of 8:01.42. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference claimed the top three spots in the event, as Williams finished just .17 ticks faster than Marty Andrie from Colorado School of Mines.​

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