Student Spotlight

Niko Bogojevic

Nico Bogojevic

CSU-Pueblo senior Niko Bogojevic earned the bronze medal in the 130kg weight category at the 2014 Pan American Games in Mexico City. Bogojevic, an exercise science, health promotion, and recreation major, also is the heavyweight wrestler for CSU-Pueblo’s wrestling team. Bogojevic took the 2011-12 school year off to train with former Olympian Rulon Gardner and focus on the Olympic Trials. After securing a bronze medal in Mexico City, his aspirations of making the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are becoming a reality. He is preparing for his final season at CSU-Pueblo with his sights set on bringing an NCAA Division II championship to CSU-Pueblo. Bogojevic was a Wisconsin state wrestling champion and still holds four power lifting titles in his hometown of Superior.

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.

Josh Floyd

Josh Floyd

Josh Floyd is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education. His emphasis is in piano and voice, but you might see him playing a variety of instruments, such as guitar, bass guitar, or saxophone. He currently works at Outdoor Pursuits at CSU-Pueblo and fills his time with outdoor adventures such as mountain biking, sailing, climbing, surfing and kayaking at the Pueblo Whitewater Park. As one of the winners of CSU-Pueblo’s Got Talent show, he performed at the Spring 2014 “Booty Tour” concert and will perform again on campus in September.

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.

Nick Radford

Nick Radford

Nick Radford is a music education major at CSU-Pueblo and said he is “currently preparing for my senior year and am very excited to begin my career as an elementary school music teacher once this school year is complete.” He has been playing guitar and singing for about eight years. Apart from music, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, exploring various spiritualties and cultures, and sipping any of Colorado’s delicious craft beers. This summer, Radford was a guest performer at Street Beat, Pueblo’s Summer Arts Festival located in the Creative Corridor – Mesa Junction, Union Avenue Historic, and Main Street – that features an outdoor performing and visual arts scene.

Rosa Ramos

Rosa Ramos

Rosa Ramos, a senior mass communications major from Rocky Ford, Colorado was selected to represent CSU-Pueblo in the Hispanic Quiz Show, which will be broadcast nationally during Hispanic Heritage Month airing September 13-October 19, 2014. Victoria Oregon, coordinator of the College Assistance Migrant Program, will accompany 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 to compete for scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of Latino history. 

Joe Shults

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.

Ana Zaragoza

Ana Zaragoza

Mexico City native Ana Zaragoza-Gomez, a sophomore Psychology major and Spanish, Business Administration, and Chicano Studies minor at CSU-Pueblo, was recognized as a Champion of Change at a White House ceremony on June 17, 2014 as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipient who has served as a success story and role model in her academic and professional spheres. According to a White House press release, these individuals “distinguished themselves through their community involvement and the hard work they put into helping other members of their academic and professional communities succeed.” Zaragoza-Gomez came to America at age five and works to promote civic participation in her community by canvassing and recruiting volunteers with Mi Familia Vota. Zaragoza-Gomez’s photograph and a brief biography appear on the White House website, Champions of Change.