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Las Noticias Spring 2014


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CU Boulder Latino Alumni Association lumni,

(CUBLAA) formerly

CUBLAA Scholarship


known as the CU His-

Application Postmark March 30, 2014

and family, it is with

panic Alumni Associa-

much excitement and

tion (CUHAA). Our

positive energy that we

organization was created

Mil Gracias for taking

are kicking off 2014!

in 1984 as a way for La-

time to look through this

We look forward to see-

tino alumni from CU

issue of Las Noticias. At

ing you at our events this

Boulder to reconnect

the end of this issue is

year like the Chile Open

with one another. With

information on our up-

Golf Tournament, Din-

that same spirit we em-

coming events and how

ner Dance, Latin Fest

bark on this year with

to connect with

and many more.

the same goals in mind,


This year will mark the 30th Anniversary for the

to connect alumni with one another and support

~Prospero Ano Desiree Ramirez

Latin Fest April 25, 2014 6:00-8:00pm Oxford Hotel—Denver

CUBLAA Graduation Celebration May 5, 2014 4:00- -6:00 pm Koenig Alumni—Boulder

current CU students.

CUBLAA raises over $12,000 for CU Scholars In 2013 CUBLAA raised

school year! This finan-

over $12,000 in scholar-

cial support has become

ship money that will

critical for students who

benefit over 15 students

are either paying for

in the 2013-14 academic

their own …..(cont pg.8)

Chile Open Golf Tournament August 16, 2014 8:00am Heritage Golf Course at Westmoore



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VANESSA ROMAN Vanessa R. Roman is Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has a passion for higher education and providing access to higher education to underrepresented student populations. She is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder where she received both a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 and Master’s degree in Educational Foundations, Practices and Policy in 2010. As a student, Vanessa was involved in the Presidents Leadership Class, Arts and Sciences Student Government, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority and studied abroad in Spain. Vanessa is originally from Pueblo, Colorado, and currently lives in Denver and enjoys running, spending time with family and watching the Colorado Rockies.

James silva James Victor Silva, the Secretary of CUBLAA, is a 2008 graduate of the CU Boulder, and holds double degrees in Political Science and English Literature and Creative Writing; as well as a Minor in The Study and Practice of Leadership. He is a scholar of the President’s Leadership Class. He was Associate Director of “The Department of Studies in Jewish Pastoral Care” at HealthCare Chaplaincy; a New York City institution dedicated to the study and application of spirituality in healthcare settings. Currently, he is the History instructor at The Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, a Denver based charter school focused on raising social consciousness and the celebration of Latino cultures. In the summer he teaches writing and college prep courses for the Pre-Collegiate Developmental Program at CU.



Valeria Morales Valeria Morales was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, and currently works in the Office of Admissions at CU-Boulder. Her focus is First Generation and Underrepresented Student recruitment and is the Director of the CUBoulder Daniels Scholarship Success Program. Valeria is passionate about serving the Latino community through her work and by volunteering as a Mentor for the I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County and serving as the Alumni Advisor of her Sorority Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

Jamie lujan Jamie Lujan went to Horizon High School in Brighton, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado to study business with an emphasis on Accounting and International Business. During her junior year she studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Jamie has worked with the Office of Diversity Affairs since 2007 and has played a major role in the department’s growth and continued success. Jamie completed her Masters degree in Education Foundations, Policy and Practice at the University of Colorado.



Ron Cabrera,

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In his 34th year in public education, Dr. Ron Cabrera’s experiences include a wide range of experiences in school districts in Colorado and the state of Washington. Ron has been a successful elementary and high school principal and currently is the assistant superintendent of instructional services and equity for the Boulder Valley School District. Ron has earned three degrees from the University of Colorado: BA, English (Boulder), 1978; Masters of Arts, English Literature, 1985 (Boulder); and, Ph.D., Educational Leadership, 1990 (UCD). Ron has been leader in Colorado public education, serving as the President of the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals and chairman of the Denver Area School Superintendents Council. Currently, he leads and coordinates the Leadership Development Diversity Program for the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE). Lastly, Ron is married to Judy for 34 years and has five children.

Angelina ramos Angelina Ramos is an integrative physiology academic advisor and public speaking instructor for the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Metro State University’s NCAA Division II cross country and track program. She has her master’s in communication (2010) from University of Colorado at Boulder, and her bachelor’s from Florida State University (English major, minors: exercise science, economics). As a student, Angelina was a division I NCAA track and cross country competitor, intern for Sports Illustrated and (sports journalism), sponsorship chair for FSU’s Relay for Life team, an NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative, and an honors program and honors society member. She is originally from the tri-state area, currently resides in Denver, and continues to train for middle-distance track events and compete in the USA track circuit around the country.



Diego J. Baca is a Colorado Certified Public Accountant who graduated from the University of Colorado Leeds

Diego baca

School of Business in 2009. Diego holds a BS/MS in Accounting. Diego is the first to graduate from college on both sides of his extended family. Currently, Diego is employed by Ernst & Young in their Denver office and is a manager in the Assurance practice. He is also a member of the EY Latino Professional Network Steering Committee where he is head of the Retention sub-committee. Diego is a former member of the Board of Directors for the ALPFA Denver Chapter and is currently serving as a mentor in the Leeds Young Alumni Mentoring program. At EY, Diego is also Director of a high school mentorship program, EY College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence). Diego is also part of the Leeds School of Business Young Alumni Mentors program (YAMS).

Danielle ceballos Danielle Ceballos graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Spanish Language and Literature. As a student at CU, Danielle served on the Student Advisory Boards for the CU L.E.A.D. Alliance and the Student Academic Success Center. After graduating from CU, Danielle began work with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). As a Compliance Officer with OFCCP, Danielle ensures that federal contractors have affirmative action programs in place and provide equal employment opportunity to applicants and workers. When she is not working, Danielle likes to spend her time exploring new cities and countries.



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Zach pickett My name is Zachary Pickett and I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 with a degree in Psychology from the school of Arts and Sciences. During my time at CU, I was a member of the national honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, a graduate of the CORE Leadership Program, and spent three years working as a customer service representative for Bank of the West. I am currently employed by Atlas REO Services as a preservation specialist and live in Denver. I am looking forward to working with CUBLAA this coming year and am excited about the possibilities that being a member of this organization can afford.

Michael vallejos Michael Vallejos is a Colorado native, growing up in Walsenburg . He received his undergraduate degrees at CU in 1984. While at CU he met his late wife Rebecca Martinez who was also a CU grad and served on the CUBLAA board. Their daughter, Alicia, also graduated from CU and their son Tomas, well, ahem, he graduated from another school. Michael also received a JD degree from CU-law in 1991. He served as a Colorado State Public Defender before being appointed to the Denver District Court Bench in 2010.



Heidi Bustamante

graduated in 2005 from the University of

Colorado at Boulder with her bachelor’s degree in environmental, population, and organismic biology. Heidi became a member of the Latina sorority Pi Lambda Chi and participated in a medical mission to Ecuador through the Timmy Foundation. During this medical mission, Heidi helped provide translation services as well as medical care to people in remote areas of Quito. In the fall of 2006, Heidi returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder to pursue her master’s degree in integrative physiology. In 2008 Heidi completed her Master’s degree and was recruited by the department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado as well as the biology department at Regis University and Red Rocks Community College to become an adjunct instructor. In the spring of 2009, Heidi became a full time instructor for the department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado.

Evy valencia Evy is excited to join the CU Boulder Latin@ Alumni Association Board. Evy is a first generation college graduate and holds a bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Educational Policy and Practice. During her time on the CU Boulder campus she was a part of various student groups, a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., and a supporter of the Women’s Resource Center on campus. Now, Evy is a community organizer for Stand for Children, where she works with parents and community members to give every student, regardless of their identity, equal opportunities to access a great public education.

S C H O L A R S H I P S Scholarship Dollars at Work (from pg 1) educational expenses with

ed to fully fill out scholar-

serve a variety of students

the greater alumni group

little to no outside finan-

ship applications. The

from an array of disci-

to participate in this ef-

cial support.

workshops consisted of

plines. The CUBLAA

fort. If you would like to

A series of workshops

How To Fill Out the

board is also working on

be involved please e-mal

were held in February

FAFSA and How To Write

an initiative to match cur-

2014 by Ms. Angelina

An Effective Scholarship

rent CU Boulder students

Ramos and Ms. Heidi


with professionals in their

Bustamante to give stu-

This year the CUBLAA

discipline. CUBLAA will

dents the resources need-

Scholarship aspires to

be seeking support from

Any CU Boulder student is encouraged to apply For a copy of the application please visit our CUBLAA Website at For questions about the application please contact Scholarship Chair Angelina Ramos, at Angelina.Ramos@Colorado.EDU or 303-492-3955



Opportunities for Alumni to Counsel, Coach and Mentor Would your successes, experiences, and lessons learned be helpful for a Latino/a undergraduate who is still trying to make his or her way through the undergraduate experience? We think so. The research is clear about the positive advantage that Latinos have when receiving guidance, coaching, and/or mentoring in making decisions and taking actions after they leave the undergrad experience. The Colorado University Boulder Latino Alumni Association (CUBLAA) is in the process of creating an outreach connecting and coaching program that will put CU’s undergraduate Latinos in touch with willing Latino alumni who can share their benefits of post-graduate experience, workforce expertise, and counsel as well as support. If you are a Latino Alumni that would like to participate in the outreach, connect and coach program, please contact one of the following: Diego Baca, Ron Cabrera, or Evy Valencia (Diego, Evy, and Ron are all current CUBLAA Board members). They will be happy to respond and provide more information. Gracias.





1202 University Avenue Boulder, CO 80309-0459 No RSVP required—families and friends are encouraged to join

Registration Link August 16,2014 Heritage Golf Course at Westmoore 10555 Westmoor Dr, Broomfield, CO 80021 $125/person (Includes: breakfast, lunch and course fees)

Registration Deadline is Aug 8th or until full, payment must be included with entry form. Spaces will not be held without receipt of payment. Individuals will be assigned to a foursome. Online

Make Checks Payable to:


CU Boulder Latino Alumni Association


Valeria Morales @ 303-492-1223

PO Box 2097, Denver CO 80201

8:00am Shotgun Start (registration opens @ 7:00am) 1:00pm Awards Luncheon Entry Fee: 18 hole: $125/person, $500/foursome (w/ breakfast) 9 hole: $60/person, $240/foursome Price includes: Green fee, golf cart, range balls, goodie bag with snacks and awards presentation luncheon

Format: 4 person team scramble Closest To The Pin



Longest Drive Longest Putt

Sponsorship Chile Open scholarships support CU Boulder students who positively impact the Latino community

Habanero Pepper Title Sponsor: $2,500 Add to Serrano

Pequin Pepper Driving Range or Putting Green Sponsor: $2,000 Add to Serrano

Name listed as Title Sponsor

Company banner to be displayed in driving

Company Logo on all

range or putting green

Chile Open hats


Company banner displayed at entrance and luncheon

Opportunity to have

Representative greet golfers

company representtative at sign location to greet players

Display materials and greet players at 10th hole Address golfers at luncheon

Preferred lunch seating

Serrano Pepper

Poblano Pepper

Anaheim Pepper $250

Sponsor $500

Solo Hole signage with company name/logo

Sponsor $1,5000 Add to Poblano One foursome for 18-hole course

Company Logo in advertisements and all promotional materials

Chipotle Pepper $125 Shared Hole signage with

Jalapeno Pepper Sponsor $1,000 Add to Poblano One foursome for 9-hole course

Verbal and program recognition

company name/logo

Opportunity to include promotional materials in goody bags

Bell Pepper: $50 Cart signage with company name All sponsors receive verbal and program recognition

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Valeria Morales at 303-492-1223

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