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12 Aug 42 teachers honored for impact on 2016 Boettcher Scholars

25th-anniversary event to recognize five-time award recipients August 12, 2016 — Forty-two Colorado teachers will be recognized this evening for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students, while two others will receive special honors for being multi-year recipients of the award. The Boettcher Foundation is hosting its 25th annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program this evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The program allows each recipient of the 2016 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. At the event, each Boettcher Scholar will deliver remarks about his or her teacher, and each teacher will receive a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at his or her school. “These 42 teachers have played a significant role in shaping the educational experiences of our Boettcher Scholars,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “We are proud to honor these individuals for championing excellence in their classrooms.” In addition to celebrating the 42 teachers, the Boettcher Foundation will honor two teachers who have each been recognized five times over the 25-year history of the Teacher Recognition Awards. Richard Ransome, a retired teacher from Pueblo South High School, and Peter Mehlback from Lakewood High School, will be recognized at the event. In their honor, the Boettcher Foundation will make a donation to the Colorado nonprofit of each teacher's choice. “It is a significant achievement for a teacher to be recognized as the most influential educator in a Boettcher Scholar's life,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “In its history of recognizing roughly 1,000 teachers, only a small number of teachers have been honored more than once, so it is truly remarkable for a teacher to be recognized five times.” This year's Teacher Recognition Award recipients are: Teacher School District Nominating Student Cindy Calder Horizon High School  Adams 12 Five Star Schools Leilani Osmundson Steve Lash Horizon High School  Adams 12 Five Star Schools Lina Osmundson Amy Stern Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Lauren Plomer Adrienne Pere Adams City High School Adams County 14 Fernando Chavez Tammy Strouse Rangeview High School  Adams-Arapahoe 28J Alexis Wall Megan Noonan Aspen High School Aspen 1 Harriet Pryor Nathaniel Smith Grandview High School  Cherry Creek 5 Camilla Hallin Courtney Hendricks Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Janaye Matthews Eric Eidson Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Jasmine Middleton Jim Techau Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Eric Paricio Michael Mazenko Cherry Creek High School Cherry Creek 5 Grace Rooney Bette Anterra Colorado Springs School Cheyenne Mountain 12 Michael Gohde Hayley Raitz William Mitchell High School Colorado Springs 11 Jessica Perea Will Forrest Paonia Senior High School Delta County 50 (J) Chelsea Meilner Laura Marschke Southwest Early College Denver County 1 Cesar Caraveo Keith Oxman Denver East High School Denver County 1 Ethan Greenberg Michael Wylde George Washington High School Denver County 1 Maureen McNamara Lisa Nolte Chaparral High School Douglas County RE 1 Kellyn Dassler Staci Stech Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Pranathi Durgempudi Brian Wood Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Noah Hirshorn Lindsey Pahs Chaparral High School Douglas County RE 1 William Holtzmann Tina Stroman Legend High School Douglas County RE 1 Erin Jones Emily Franks Highlands Ranch High School Douglas County RE 1 Paula Pulido Robert Hazlehurst Castle View High School Douglas County RE 1 Kelly Winn Laurie Schlekeway-Burkhardt  Elizabeth High School Elizabeth C-1 Marianne Hughes Penny Grasmick Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Brennan Bates Marguerite Yowell Genoa-Hugo High School Genoa-Hugo C113 Kaeli Humphrey Charlotte Camp Crested Butte Community School Gunnison Watershed RE1J Benjamin Swift Eric Friesen Columbine High School Jefferson County R-1 Peter Heller Julie Dill Arvada West High School Jefferson County R-1 Korissa Straub Kait Cumsille Palmer Ridge High School Lewis-Palmer 38 Tanner Bobak Julie Larsen York International High School Mapleton 1 Kali Horn Jennifer Dickson Eyler* Grand Junction High School Mesa County Valley 51 Mari McCarville Nancy Jirka South Park High School Park County RE-2 Jesus Banuelos-Rivera Brad Beauprez Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Gillian Breuer James Glenn Rocky Mountain High School  Poudre R-1 Analise Iwanski Tony Filpi Pueblo South High School Pueblo City 60 Kaylene Khosla Andrew Roberts Niwot High School St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Rohan Baishya David Lavender Telluride High School  Telluride R-1 Madison Alexander Gregory Morrison Loveland High School Thompson R-2J Richard Ortecho Lori Birch West Grand High School West Grand 1-JT Jill Wilkinson Kelley Rebis Wray High School Wray RD2 Lauren Soehner   * Jennifer Dickson Eyler teaches at North Fork Community Montessori School. She is being honored by a student who graduated from Grand Junction High School. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org.About the Boettcher Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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07 Jun Boettcher Foundation announces its 2016 class of Boettcher Investigators

June 7, 2016 – The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees today announced its 2016 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The 10 new Boettcher Investigators work in teaching and research positions at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, University of Denver and National Jewish Health. The prestigious award supports promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research and compete for major federal and private awards in the future. Each Boettcher Investigator will receive a $235,000 grant to support up to three years of biomedical research. The 2016 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Awards program includes: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Wen-Yuan Elena Hsieh, MD, Assistant Professor of Immunology & Microbiology and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology – Immune dysregulation in pediatric SLE pathogenesis Ethan G. Hughes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology – Intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms regulating cortical remyelination Bernard L. Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Physics – Achieving safe and effective dose escalation in pancreatic SBRT through tumor tracking and robust treatment planning Cristin Welle, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Bioengineering – Development of high-density neural sensors for bioelectronics therapeutics Hongjin Zheng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – Mechanical studies of disease-related substrates entering mitochondria via protein import machinery TOM-TIM Colorado State University Rushika Perera, PhD, Assistant Professor of RNA Virology – Exploiting vulnerabilities in mosquito metabolism for prevention of human arboviral transmission Timothy J. Stasevich, PhD Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Imaging cancer epigenetics in living cells University of Denver Schuyler B. van Engelenburg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biological Sciences – Site-specific targeting of engineered retroviruses to the Interleukin 2 Receptor locus for correction of genetic immunodeficiency University of Colorado Boulder Sabrina Leigh Spencer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry – Elucidating the causes and consequences of slow-cycling cells within isogenic population National Jewish Health James L. Crooks, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics – Wildfire smoke and pediatric asthma Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, says: “We are proud to continue the Webb-Waring legacy by supporting Colorado’s top scientific minds. The research they are conducting has the potential to significantly improve human health, and we are honored to help these talented scientists bring their research to the next level.”  April Giles, President & CEO of CBSA, says: “Colorado’s life science sector values our most promising scientific minds, which contribute to building a robust ecosystem in our state. The Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards make a long-term commitment in support of that goal. We are grateful to the foundation for advancing scientific research in Colorado through its early investments in people and their possibilities.” Now in its seventh year, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research program honors the commitments of the Webb and Waring families to scientific research and public service. Including the Class of 2016, 45 Boettcher Investigators at the state’s leading academic and research institutions have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. Boettcher Investigators Class of 2016 Back row: Cristin Welle, Schuyler B. Van Engelenburg, Hongjin Zheng,  Rushika Perera, Ethan G. Hughes, Timothy J. Stasevich, Bernard L. Jones, James L. Crooks Front row: Wen-Yuan Elena Hsieh, Tim Schultz, Sabrina L. Spencer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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28 May Roundtable offers diverse, inspiring examples of public service

  By Gergana Kostadinova Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board The Boettcher Foundation and the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board co-hosted a public service roundtable on May 26. The event featured Boettcher Scholars from unique backgrounds who are currently involved in diverse positions of public service. Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation since 1996, moderated the panel and provided insights from his experiences in public service. The panelists included: Russ George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College and a Boettcher Foundation Trustee, who has a long history of public service, including the position of former Speaker of the House for the State of Colorado; Angelique Diaz, environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Julie Marie Shepherd, director of Aurora Public Schools Board of Education; and Kathie Novak, former Northglenn mayor and city council member. The evening was a refreshing reminder that service can take many forms. To start things off, Tim, who has always been driven to “look for ways to do the right thing,” emphasized that the foundation expects scholars to give back to their communities and the state of Colorado, and public service is one way to do just that. Kathie agreed, explaining that the scholarship inspired her to give back as a public servant. Julie’s interest in public service was triggered by her genuine passion for state and local government, explaining that through her position she feels responsible for the day-to-day lives of 42,000 children. For Angelique, a passion for service grew from her admiration and respect for her father, a firefighter, who inspired her to use her “unique skill-set to make a difference.” Russ formally began his career in public service after 25 years in law, but giving back was always part of his life. He mentioned that, “volunteering is a close cousin of public service.” Public service jobs are not always easy and come with constant scrutiny, which is a hurdle the panelists continuously fight to overcome. But their commitment never wavers. Tim reminded us of the Boettcher Family's expectations and that the future lies in the potential of hard-working Coloradans, such as the impressive panelists. Based on her experiences, Kathie explained that public servants are driven to solve tough problems, and we need the best minds working on those big challenges. If you are interested in tackling any of these challenges, Tim has a reminder: The Boettcher Foundation is here to help all scholars in their pursuit of public service.  ...
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05 May 42 young leaders recognized with Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

May 5, 2016 — Forty-two of Colorado’s top graduating seniors have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. Boettcher Scholarships recognize Colorado’s top students by providing them with the funds to attain an excellent in-state education and access to additional opportunities to enrich their time in college and beyond. Boettcher Scholars become part of a vast network of alumni and community leaders who will support and engage them throughout their lifetimes. “The Boettcher Scholarship aims to keep Colorado’s highest-potential students in the state by connecting them with the outstanding opportunities offered by our in-state institutions,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “Doing so helps ensure that our dynamic thinkers and leaders use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home.” Established in 1952, the Boettcher Scholarship program awards 42 scholarships each year. The Boettcher Scholar community includes more than 2,400 individuals who have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, academia and other endeavors. Among them are a Nobel Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius Award” recipient, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. Ambassadors, CEOs, elected officials, and numerous leaders in the business, academic and nonprofit communities. “This year’s class of Boettcher Scholars was selected from a pool of more than 1,400 incredibly qualified applicants” said Tiffany Anderson, director of the scholarship program. “This year’s class includes the Colorado State DECA president, a young man who delivers care kits to cancer patients and a student who has helped hundreds of individuals with low incomes file their taxes. We’re confident that they represent the values that the Boettcher family sought to encourage.” The Boettcher Foundation increased the number of scholarships awarded annually from 40 to 42 last year, thanks to a generous, ongoing donation from B. Grady and Lori Durham of Denver. “This year’s group of finalists was incredibly strong, so we are exceptionally grateful to the Durhams for allowing us to extend this opportunity to two additional, deserving students,” Schultz said. Boettcher Scholarships include virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of the recipient’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and highpotential organization, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marisa Pooley 303-285-6214 marisa@boettcherfoundation.org Madison Alexander Telluride HS (CC) Rohan Baishya Niwot HS (CU) Jesus Banuelos-Rivera South Park HS (CU) Brennan Bates Fowler HS (CSU) Tanner Bobak Palmer Ridge HS (CU) Gillian Breuer Poudre HS (DU) Cesar Caraveo Southwest Early College (DU) Fernando Chavez Adams City HS (CU) Kellyn Dassler Chaparral HS (CSU) Pranathi Durgempudi Mountain Vista HS (CU) Michael Gohde Colorado Springs School (CU) Ethan Greenberg Denver East HS (CC) Camilla Hallin Grandview HS (CU) Peter Heller Columbine HS (CU) Noah Hirshorn Mountain Vista HS (CC) William Holtzmann Chaparral HS (DU) Kali Horn York International HS (UNC) Marianne Hughes Elizabeth HS (DU) Kaeli Humphrey Genoa-Hugo HS (DU) Analise Iwanski Rocky Mountain HS (CU) Erin Jones Legend HS (DU) Kaylene Khosla Pueblo South HS (DU) Janaye Matthews Cherokee Trail HS (CSU) Mari McCarville Grand Junction HS (DU) Maureen McNamara George Washington HS (CU) Chelsea Meilner Paonia Senior HS (CSM) Jasmine Middleton Overland HS (UNC) Richard Ortecho Loveland HS (CU) Leilani Osmundson Horizon HS (CU) Lina Osmundson Horizon HS (CU) Eric Paricio Smoky Hill HS (CSU) Jessica Perea William Mitchell HS (CU) Lauren Plomer Legacy HS (DU) Harriet Pryor Aspen HS (DU) Paula Pulido Highlands Ranch HS (CU) Grace Rooney Cherry Creek HS (DU) Lauren Soehner Wray HS (DU) Korissa Straub Arvada West HS (CSU) Benjamin Swift Crested Butte Community School (CC) Alexis Wall Rangeview HS (CU) Jill Wilkinson West Grand HS (DU) Kelly Winn Castle View HS (CU) ...
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28 Apr Boettcher Foundation awards $1 million for education projects

April 28, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $1 million in capital grants to educational institutions in the state. The grant funding includes five higher-education institutions and an expansion of the foundation’s support of the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund, which supports early childhood education centers. “Colorado’s educational institutions are critically important, not only for their role in preparing students for the future, but also for the role they play in connecting our communities,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to help contribute to the facilities that will help our educational institutions achieve both of those goals.” This year’s education grant recipients are: Colorado Mountain College – Glenwood Springs, $175,000 Toward construction of a community learning space in the college’s downtown headquarters facility, which will include a flexible learning center featuring collaboration rooms, a community theater/art space and technical training spaces Fort Lewis College – Durango - $150,000 Toward construction of a new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Hall, which will provide more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, team meeting space and offices Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund – Denver, $175,000 Toward the Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund for early childhood learning centers United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, $35,000 Toward renovation of the academy’s planetarium to create a modern facility capable of presenting interactive experiences, computer simulations, celestial navigation, produced movies and star-field programs University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, $400,000 Toward construction of a centralized campus commons facility serving as the main portal of connectivity on campus and providing state-of-the-art performing and visual art spaces Western State Colorado University – Gunnison, $65,000 Toward expansion of the Center for Environment and Sustainability, to include eight offices, an additional classroom and common spaces to encourage cross-disciplinary and campus-to-community collaboration Download a PDF version of this press release. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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19 Apr Boettcher Scholars forge connections at D.C. reception

Boettcher Foundation Staff recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit Boettcher Scholar alumni whose diverse careers and passions took them to the East Coast. While there, we had the chance to reconnect with the impressive alumni who live in the D.C. area at a reception hosted by the U.S. State Department and by the Director General of the Foreign Service Arnold Chacon (who also happens to be a Boettcher Scholar). In an increasingly globalized world, we’ve been focused on reconnecting with scholar alumni, wherever they may live, because we believe we can all serve our communities more effectively if we’re linked to one another. Many of the alumni who live in the D.C. area have careers in public service, nonprofit and government. Alumni attendees ranged from 1965 Boettcher Scholars to recent college graduates. Among them were Tracy Wahl, executive producer for editorial franchises at NPR and Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board member; Phillip Juengst, federal financial manager for the U.S. Department of Education; and several members of the Foreign Service. The alumni reception was hosted at what will soon be the U.S. Diplomacy Museum, and we were joined by Foreign Service fellows and directors from the U.S. Bureau of Human Resources. “What makes this event very special is that both the alumni and the State Department employees share the value of giving back and making a difference in our communities, whether that’s Colorado, the United States or the world,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation during his remarks at the reception. Not only did we have a chance to catch up with our D.C. alumni, we also talked about ways for them to stay connected with the Boettcher community, even from afar. We also discussed opportunities with Director General Chacon’s team, including possible internships and fellowships for Boettcher Scholars. During the reception, Director General Chacon mentioned the profound connection he has felt to the Boettcher community since receiving his scholarship in 1974, and that he is glad to share that bond with 2,400 other alumni. These regional receptions offer a way for us to gather scholar alumni, share great conversations and continue to build our community. “I was grateful to connect with scholar alumni in the D.C. area as well as state department staff and fellows and learn more about the great work happening in all of our communities,” said 2004 scholar Mackenzie Parker. We host these receptions several times a year, in cities across the country. If you’re an alum outside of the Denver-metro area, make sure your contact information is updated so we know where to find you and watch our Boettcher Scholars Facebook page for updates on where we’ll be travelling next! ...
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19 Apr Rita B. Contreras joins Boettcher Foundation

April 19, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Rita B. Contreras has joined the staff as executive assistant. Contreras brings more than 20 years of experience in politics and higher-education with a focus on empowering others to access resources to improve their quality of life. Contreras has served as a city council aide for nine different members of Denver’s City Council. She also served as a constituent services and outreach representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and as executive assistant to the president’s chief of staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Rita’s experience and her ability to engage with members of the community make her the ideal person to support the Boettcher Foundation’s executives as we engage with the dynamic thinkers and leaders who propel Colorado forward,” said Katie Kramer, vice president and assistant executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. A Colorado native, Contreras attended Denver Public Schools, graduated from North High School and pursued a double major at Regis University; a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She is also a 1998 graduate of the Denver Community Leadership Forum at the University of Colorado Denver. “I am excited to be a part of an organization that shares my passion for helping people to improve our communities,” Contreras said. Contreras is active in the community and serves on the Denver Art Museum’s Latino Outreach Committee and the Denver Health and Human Services Citizens Review Panel. She and her husband, DJ, enjoy coaching and actively cheering on their two young sons during their football, soccer and baseball games. Having recently lost their nine-year-old son to cancer, the family spends much of their free time volunteering with organizations that help raise awareness and provide support to other families as they navigate through their journey of dealing with childhood cancer. Download a PDF version of this press release. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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02 Mar Two Colorado leaders join Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees

March 2, 2016 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that two leaders from diverse regions have been elected to the board of trustees. Tony Frank, president of Colorado State University, and Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will contribute their insight and leadership to the board. Comprised of 11 of Colorado’s most dynamic business and community leaders, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for supporting and guiding the foundation in its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. “In addition to their experience and insight into the state’s higher-education landscape, Pam and Tony bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to improving our communities,” said Theodore F. Schlegel, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored that they are bringing their talent and passion to the Boettcher Foundation, and we are especially pleased that they represent distinct areas of the state and can bring a unique perspective to the table.” Tony Frank is president of Colorado State University, where he works closely with faculty, staff, students and alumni. He was appointed president of the university in 2009, following roles as interim president, provost and senior vice president. His commitment to the mission of the land-grant university was shaped by his own experiences growing up on a farm in rural Illinois, and later by his experience as a student, faculty member and researcher. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Wartburg College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in pathology and toxicology at Purdue University and served on the faculty at Oregon State University before joining Colorado State in 1993. He has served on several federal panels and was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. His research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications. Frank’s background in research will play a valuable role on the Boettcher Foundation board. “I am honored to be part of a foundation that has had such a profound impact on our state and its people,” Frank said. “I am especially pleased to join such a committed and talented group of leaders who are committed to supporting individuals and nonprofits that are working hard and giving back on behalf of Colorado.” Pam Shockley-Zalabak is chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She continues to teach and research with students and is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles and productions focusing on organizational communication. Her research is concentrated on organizational trust, and her most recent book, "Fundamentals of Organizational Communication," was published in 2015. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Later, she earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado Boulder. Shockley-Zalabak is the recipient of several awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the 2013 Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur Award, the S. Jerrard Smith award for contributions to the community, and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award. Shockley-Zalabak‘s expertise in organizational communication will be an asset to the Boettcher Foundation as it sets goals for the future. “The Boettcher family made an indelible mark on Colorado, and I’m pleased to help continue their legacy,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with the foundation, its staff and its community as we continue to propel Colorado forward.” Download a PDF version of this press release here. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...
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11 Feb University of Denver student named Student Leader of the Year

 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation  DENVER—University of Denver senior Neda Kikhia was named Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) 2016 Student Leader of the Year at the CLA Summit on Saturday at University of Colorado Denver. The award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation annually. Get to know the Student Leader of the Year, Neda Kikhia:  Kikhia is majoring in communications and religious studies and minoring in leadership studies  Member of Pioneer Leadership Program, one of 13 leadership training programs that’s part of CLA  Committed to social justice, Kikhia has served as a team lead for Public Achievement, a University of Denver program that connects its university students with students in Denver Public Schools, aiming to create a positive school culture and encourage academic achievement.   ...
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