Student Spotlight

Darius Allen

​Darius Allen

CSU-Pueblo junior sociology major Darius Allen, Pueblo, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award presented by the Manheim Touchdown Club.  The Upshaw Award is presented annually to the top NCAA Division II junior or senior offensive or defensive lineman in the nation. In receiving the honor, Allen becomes the first CSU-Pueblo athlete since 1989 to be named a national player of the year and third since CSU-Pueblo became a four-year institution in 1963.  In 1988 and 1989, former All-American wrestler Chuck Pipher was named the NAIA Outstanding Wrestler.
Shantel Gallegos

Shantel Gallegos

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) appointed CSU-Pueblo graduate student Shantel Gallegos to serve on the newly formed Leadership Council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy.  A graduate of Pueblo East High School, she received her B.S.N. in 2008 and is pursuing her M.S.N. in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She works as an RN health advisor for Health Access Pueblo, a non-profit health plan in Pueblo County.  Additionally, Shantel is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, vice-chair for the CASA of Pueblo board of directors, and a board member for the Pueblo Community Health Center.  Shantel is married with two daughters and expecting a son in December 2013.
Crystal Green

Crystal Green

Senior Exercise Science student Crystal Green is a professional competitor in the bikini division of the International Federation of Body Builders.  A native of Calhoun, Georgia and graduate from the 2003 Marine Corps Boot Camp and three successful tours in Iraq with Mortuary Affairs, she relocated to Pueblo to finish her bachelor’s degree at CSU-Pueblo. Crystal began competing in 2011 as an amateur in the bodybuilding division of the National Physique Committee (NPC).  To date, she has won three top 10 Pro Division finishes and one top 2 finish.  She also is a sponsored athlete of Hydrolyze Ultra Cellular Hydration Water and was mentioned in the February 2013 issue of FLEX magazine and the June 2013 issue of Muscle & Fitness hers.
Kacy Griffin

​Kacy Griffin

CSU-Pueblo senior setter Kacy Griffin, San Antonio, Texas, has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year.Griffin, the ThunderWolves' starting setter for the past three seasons, has held a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average at CSU-Pueblo as a business management major.  While succeeding at a very high level in the classroom, Griffin is consistently among the RMAC leaders in assists.  This season, she is averaging 9.28 assists per set.
Last season, Griffin Academic All-RMAC First Team honors, and later was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team selection.

Angelica Harvey

​Angelica Harvey

CSU-Pueblo senior biology (pre-veterinary medicine) major Angelica Harvey, Kapolei, Hawaii, is currently working as a Peer-Tutor-Mentor (PTM) in the PROPEL Center and is an active member and officer in the CSU-Pueblo Biology Club.  She has also been active in the Pre-Veterinary Club, the club lacrosse team, the Alpha Delta Honor Society, the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, served as an Associated Students’ Government Senator for the College of Science and Mathematics, and as a student representative for the Strategic Planning Task Force.

Abbi Johnson

​Abbi Johnson

​Two students were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the 2013 Homecoming activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. Senior English major/secondary education minor Abbi Johnson, Denver, and senior mass communications major Talha Qureshi, Karachi, Pakistan, accepted crowns and capes during halftime of the ThunderWolves Oct. 5 victory over Fort Lewis in the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.  Johnson is president of the CSU-Pueblo English Club, serves as an orientation coordinator, and works as a student technician for the Information Technology Help Desk. 

Leina Kim

Leina Kim

Leina Kim is an international student-athlete from Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  A sophomore pre-business major, Leina was named the 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Golfer of the Year.  She had the most successful season of any golfer in school history during her freshman season, earning RMAC Golfer of the Year and RMAC Freshman of the Year honors.  She became CSU-Pueblo’s first all-region golfer, earning NCAA All-Super Region recognition and placing 28th at the NCAA Division II National Championships. 
Talha Qureshi

Talha Qureshi

​Two students were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the 2013 Homecoming activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. Senior English major/secondary education minor Abbi Johnson, Denver, and senior mass communications major Talha Qureshi, Karachi, Pakistan, accepted crowns and capes during halftime of the ThunderWolves Oct. 5 victory over Fort Lewis in the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. Qureshi is the first international student to be crowned Homecoming royalty at CSU-Pueblo. Qureshi is vice president of the CSU-Pueblo International Students Association, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and works as a reporter for the CSU-Pueblo Today.

Mario Ruiz

​Mario Ruiz

CSU-Pueblo junior Spanish major Mario Ruiz, Fountain, was one of 12 participants to compete in the national Hispanic College Quiz television series competition, which aired during Hispanic Heritage Month.  Ruiz was the only representative of a Colorado institution.  The “Hispanic College Quiz” show featured Hispanic undergraduate college students answering a series of multiple-choice questions on Latino history.

David Siguenza


David Siguenza

David Siguenza is a non-traditional student, working on an MBA in the Hasan School of Business’ unique BSBA/MBA program and earning dual minors in accounting and economics.  He transferred to CSU-Pueblo from Pueblo Community College, where he graduated with honors in 2011 with dual associate’s degrees in accounting and business management. He serves as a Fellow with the Thomas V. Healy Center for Business and Economic Research, chair of the PCC Alumni Association, member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and an ambassador for the Latino Chamber of Commerce. He is a former board scholar for the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation.

Sarah Zarr

​Sarah Zarr

CSU-Pueblo sophomore mass communications major/leadership studies minor Sarah Zarr, Pueblo, is a member of the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) and serves as a representative on the PLP Board of Directors. Additionally, she serves as chair of the PLP Scholar Retreat Planning Committee and assists with recruitment for the program. Sarah also is CSU-Pueblo’s representative for the Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA), serves on the Student Engagement and Leadership Council, is a member of the CSU-Pueblo Color Guard team, co-captain of the CSU-Pueblo Winter Guard, and a member of the CSU-Pueblo Concert Choir.

Timothy Zercher

Timothy Zercher

​CSU-Pueblo junior business administration (international marketing) major Timothy Zercher, Pueblo, is currently a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, was a founding board member and current president of the CSU-Pueblo Marketing Club, and founding board member and Co-CEO of the CSU-Pueblo Enactus. Timothy also currently serves on the Hasan School of Business Dean's Advisory Council, was founding president and is currently a board member of the young professional’s network, Pueblo Rotaract. Last year, Timothy received the Dante Alighieri scholarship to assist in his study abroad in Bergamo, Italy, where he spent over six months studying business administration and learning Italian.