CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association

Distinguished Speakers Series

Garabaldi Web Photo.jpgDavid Garabaldi "Performance Painter"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
Student tickets are free
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 As a performance painter, Garibaldi creates images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music to an amazed audience.

“I create images in an entertaining way and my hope is to inspire the audience to use their passion to benefit and inspire others,” said Garibaldi. “That is music and color. That is rhythm and hue.”

For this young artist, musical inspirations include U2,  Kanye West, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Glitch Mob.  Featured shows also include the beats of Garibaldi’s exclusive DJ, Joseph One. The energy of these performances is both mesmerizing and engaging and there is nothing like it in the world.

Hundreds of thousands have witnessed Garibaldi paint live by transforming a blank black canvas into pop art icons through his “Rhythm and Hue” shows. Garibaldi has performed for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Intel and Disney. He has also been featured at charity events for Playboy, NBA, and celebrities Snoop Dog, Santana, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro and Blue Man Group.​

Adapted from www.garibaldiarts.com

Daniel Hernandez "Former Intern to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords"
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7 p.m., Occhiato University Center Ballroom
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Daniel Hernandez, Jr., 23, is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. A first generation college student, he was a congressional intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona's Eighth Congressional District and while on the job assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the congresswoman after a gunman shot her and18 other people.

But, long before Daniel became a nationally known advocate for gun control and education issues, he encountered many challenges. A native Spanish speaker, Daniel had a crash course in English when bilingual education was removed from Arizona classrooms in 2000. Raised in a working class family in Arizona with no college background, from an early age he decided he wanted to help people, and he knew the path to that goal was through education.

In High School, Daniel became ill with Graves' disease and failed his junior year. Though he was encouraged to drop out and get a GED, he stayed the course and worked to get back on track. After treatment, he returned to school, completed his Junior and Senior years simultaneously and graduated in the top 20% of his class.

While attending the University of Arizona, Daniel once again struggled with health issues so severe that he was unable to finish his Freshman year leading to his disqualification from his program in the College of Science. Rather than giving up, Daniel completed 24 units in one semester at a community college, reapplied, and two years later became the first in his family to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree.

Elected in 2011, Daniel is serving to promote the education of those in his home town as a school board member and is a leader on several national issues. He takes great pride in being able to serve as a role model for college students, specifically those who are first generation, and to encourage them to focus on their goals and reach for their dreams.
Asma Hasan "Pakistani-American Award-Winning Writer" 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
7 p.m., Occhiato University Center Ballroom
Event is free, no tickets required 
Asma Gull Hasan is the author of Why I Am a Muslim (HarperCollins Thorsons/Element 2004) and American Muslims: The New Generation (Continuum 2000). The daughter of Pakistani immigrants and born in Chicago, Hasan’s writing has been described as “a ground-breaking portrait” of the growing American Muslim community (The Christian Century Magazine).
Her second book, Why I Am a Muslim, was nominated in 2005 by the National MS Society for its 2005 Books for a Better Life Award. The State Department has invited   Hasan to lecture on behalf of the US State Department all over the world, talking about Islam in America. Her books have been translated into French and Japanese and are distributed all over the world.
Her op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Beliefnet.com among many others. She was a columnist for The Pueblo Chieftain, The Denver Post, and The Pakistan Link newspapers. She is also a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, including The O’Reilly Factor and has also appeared on Today, Anderson Cooper 360, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and the History Channel.
Roger Donlon "Medal of Honor Recipient"
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7 p.m., Occhiato University Center Ballroom
Event is free, no tickets required

Donlon was born in Saugerties, New York, the eighth child of ten. He attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University for a year. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and was admitted to West Point in 1955, but resigned for personal reasons. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1958, went to Office Candidate School, and served as a General's aide. In August 1963 he joined the Special Forces. In May, 1964.
Donlon's team was sent to Vietnam where they established an outpost at Nam Dong, about 15 miles from the border with Laos. Early in the morning of July 6, 1964, the base was attacked by a large force of Vietcong. Under Captain Donlon's leadership, the two-battalion attack was repelled. Donlon received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
Donlon later retired at the rank of Colonel. Donlon was awarded the key to the city of Lexington, Kentucky by mayor Fred Fugazzi on June 28, 1965. Donlon has written two books about his Vietnam experiences, Outpost of Freedom and Beyond Nam Dong. He currently lives in Kansas, with his wife Norma and children.

W. Kamau Bell "Socio-Political Comedian & Community Activist"
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
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San Francisco-based socio-political comedian and community activist W. Kamau Bell is a fast rising talent. Bell is a founding member of the stand-up comedy collective "Laughter Against the Machine," which, using fan funding via Kickstarter, toured some of the most politically charged states in the country. 

In 2010, Bell released his second stand up album, Face Full of Flour, which was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. ​His first album One Night Only was released in 2007. Also in 2007 he developed his one-man show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," which received rave reviews from audiences, critics, and industry insiders.

Robin Williams calls Bell "ferociously funny," and the SF Weekly called him "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle."

 WebTonyMendez.jpgTony Mendez "Former CIA Agent & Inspiration for the film Argo"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom
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Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer, an author and an award-winning painter with an international reputation. He lives and works in his studios and gallery on his forty-acre farm in rural Maryland.
In 1965 CIA’s Technical Services Division recruited him. Born in the loneliest town on the loneliest road in America, Eureka, Nevada, Tony led two lives. For 25 years he worked under cover, often overseas, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA he was their disguise master. From Wild West adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow he was there.
He moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world.
In January 1980 he was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in LA.
When Mendez retired in November 1990 he had earned the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit and two Certificates of Distinction. Seven years later, in September 1997 on the fiftieth anniversary of the CIA, he was one of fifty officers chosen from the tens of thousands who had worked at CIA over its first fifty years awarded the Trailblazer Medallion. This honor recognized him as an “officer who by his actions, example, or initiative…helped shape the history of the CIA.”
He published his first book, The Master of Disguise, in November 1999. Since then Mendez has appeared in various national media to include twenty-two documentaries. In September 2002 he published his second book with his wife Jonna entitled Spy Dust. Warner Brothers has made a feature film based on the rescue of the hostages out of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. The film, called ARGO, which stars and was directed by Ben Affleck, opened nationally in October 2012 and won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Tony’s new book, ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, was published prior to the film’s release.
Mendez continues to paint, to lecture and consult to the U.S. Intelligence Community. He has published articles in their journals and he and his wife are founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.
At the 60th Anniversary of CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Tony Mendez’s parent organization, General David Petreus, former Director of Central Intelligence called out Tony as one of three OTS officers in sixty years who had made a difference in how the CIA did its work. That, combined with plaudits from four previous Directors of Central Intelligence in reviewing his new book, ARGO, lend credence to his innovative spirit and courage.