CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association

DSS 2011-2012

Recent Speakers 


Edward James Olmos

We're All in the Same Gang
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Named by Hispanic Magazine as the nation’s most influential Hispanic-American, celebrity speaker Edward James Olmos is a respected actor and a passionate community activist. An award-winner on Broadway (Zoot Suit), in film (Stand and Deliver, Selena, Blade Runner), and on television (Miami Vice, American Family), where he most recently starred on the critically-acclaimed hit show

Olmos emphasizes culture, diversity, and racial harmony as the American ideal. In his presentations, Olmos explains his heritage and how it relates to our need to reconcile history books with actual history, as well as the importance of being an activist for the causes in which you believe.

 Battle star Gallactica—which has won numerous awards and was named by TIME magazine and Rolling Stone as the best show of 2005. Olmos also directed HBO’s Walkout, a drama that tells the true but little-known story of a group of Chicano students who staged a compelling 1968 walkout to protest the injustices of the public high-school system in East Los Angeles.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 Steve Dealph
Steve Dealph
Extreme Leadership: Taking the Radical LEAP!
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Steve Dealph currently works in corporate Organization Development for Warner Bros. Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA.  Each day he gets to help individuals and groups within the company be more effective, and more engaged in the work they do.

Before entering the entertainment industry, Steve spent almost 20 years working in Higher Education supporting students and organizations and teaching them to be more effective and engaged.  He worked at Longwood College (VA), Northwestern University (IL) and Miami University in Ohio.  He also served as Director of Leadership Education for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, where he developed and facilitated their flagship leadership experience, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and consulted with colleges and universities all over North America.

Steve received his B.A. in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana and his M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.  He has received numerous awards for his service to higher education, including Outstanding Campus Professional Awards from Beta Theta Pi and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternities, the Southeastern PanHellenic Association, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors.  The Outstanding Campus Professional Award of the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values is named in his honor.




Dr. Phil Plait

Bad Astronomy
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom
After earning his doctorate in astronomy at the University of Virginia, Plait worked as a NASA contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center, working with the Hubble Space Telescope. he began a career in public outreach and education with the Bad Astronomy website and blog, debunking bad science and popular misconceptions. The book Bad Astronomy was released in 2002, followed in 2008 by Death From The Skies! Dr. Plait’s television show, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe premiered on the Discovery Channel in September 2010.
Dr. Plait has given dozens of talks about science and pseudoscience across the US and internationally. He uses images, audio, and video clips in an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation packed with humor and backed by solid science.
He has spoken at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute (home of Hubble), the Hayden Planetarium in NYC and many other world-class museums and planetaria, conferences, astronomy clubs, colleges & universities, and community groups. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Pax TV, Tech TV, the SciFi Channel, Radio BBC, Air America, NPR, and many other television and internet venues. The Bad Astronomy website receives more than 6 million hits per year and received the ‘Best Science Blog’ Weblog award in 2007. His writing has appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy magazine, Night Sky magazine, Space.com, Maxim, the Skeptical Inquirer, the Huffington Post, and more.





ir Nelson

We are the Ship:  The Story of Negro League Baseball
7 p.m., Library and Academic Resources Center, Room 109



dir Nelson has exhibited his works in art galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad. His paintings have been featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. He also served as the lead conceptual artist for the motion pictures Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Amistad. Nelson has also become a respected children’s-book illustrator, having worked on such award-winning titles as Just the Two of Us, Under the Christmas Tree, and Thunder Rose.

After graduating from high school, Nelson won an art scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Immediately upon graduating from Pratt, he garnered job offers from Sports Illustrated and Dreamworks. During his professional career, he has gone on to receive commissions from Nike, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball, among others.




MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Dr. Lawrence Hogan and Dr. Robert Cvornyek
It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing and Music in the Jim Crowe Era
7 p.m., Library and Academic Resources Center, Room 109


Dr. Hogan is Senior Professor of History at Union County College. For the 1986/87 academic year he served as Visiting Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He has a Ph.D. in American and African-American History from Indiana University, an MA in European History from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. from Fairfield University.

Lawrence Hogan has had articles published in major newspapers and magazines across the nation, including the New York Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the San Diego Union, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Louisville Courier Journal.

Dr. Hogan has served as a director of Out of the Shadows, a study of the history of African-Americans in baseball sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that contributed to the election in 2006 of 17 pre Negro League and Negro League players and executives to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Robert Cvornyek is a Professor and chair of the History Department at Rhode Island College where he specializes in Sport History. He recently edited Effa Manley’s Negro Baseball...Before Integration (St. Johann Press, 2006) and published Redefining the Narrative: Effa Manley, Jackie Robinson, and the Integration of Baseball in Baseball in the Classroom (McFarland, 2006). His research interests include sports in Newark, New Jersey and he has authored Baseball in Newark (Arcadia, 2003) and several articles on the Newark Eagles. He is currently writing a book on black baseball in New England and curating an exhibit on race and baseball for the African American Museum in Boston.  He serves as co-director of the program It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got that Swing: Black Baseball and Jazz. Cvornyek is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, North American Society for Sport History, The Cannonball Foundation, and is a Board member of the Pop Lloyd Committee.





Jennifer Worick
Everything You “Really” Need to Know About Dating, Sex, and College
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Jennifer Worick is an experienced public speaker who has appeared at over 25 schools with her college and dating tips. She is the author of more than 20 books, and is coauthor of the New York Times best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College. Other books Jennifer has authored or co-authored are The Action Heroine’s Handbook, The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life, Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life, The Stuntwoman’s Workout, Get Your Dating Game On, How To Live With A Man…And Love It!, and Beyond the Family Tree: A 21st-Century Guide to Exploring Your Roots & Creating Connections. She has appeared on The Today Show, ABC’s World News Now, NPR’s All Things Considered, and been interviewed for Cosmopolitan, Allure, Seventeen, the Los Angeles Times, The Detroit Free Press, the New York Post, USA Today Weekend magazine, Teen People, Men’s Health, and the Washington Post, among others. She can always be counted on to provide an insightful, inspiring, and/or side-splitting point of view.