Author: Kristi Arellano

By Debbie Kelley The Gazette Serene Singh, a 2015 Rampart High School graduate who now attends the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar, recently was crowned Miss Colorado Teen 2016. Singh called the award “an incredible achievement” that allows her to show her Colorado pride. The 19-year-old will represent Colorado at the national pageant at Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif., in November. She is the daughter of G.B. and Nitu Singh. ...

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...

Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board are interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better. The following Q&A was compiled by Boettcher Scholar Gergana Kostadinova. Name: Kara Penn Scholar Year: 1994 Hometown: Lakewood College(s), Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, M.P.P., University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy B.A., Colorado College (1998) Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? I own a small consulting company, Mission Spark, which partners with philanthropy, nonprofit and social enterprise leaders to achieve transformative social change and to strengthen the social sector. Mission Spark is celebrating five years this fall. I am a very mission-driven person, and every day I get to support passionate leaders and organizations striving to make the world a better place. It is such a privilege and gift to do this work, and there is so much variety in what I do on a day-to-day basis. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? I get a little choked up when I think about the difference Boettcher has made in my life. I've always cared deeply about social and environmental causes and am driven by using my time and abilities to contribute in some way to the social good. Boettcher provided such a vote of confidence in my choices -- and it also gave me the financial freedom to pursue my passions. Being selected as a scholar snowballed into so many other wonderful opportunities and experiences in my life.  My gratitude to the foundation is immense, and I am always looking for ways to pay it forward. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations or groups outside of work. I recently trained as a Co-Active Coach through the Coach's Training Institute, and am very much enjoying both being coached and serving as a coach through the Boettcher Coaching Program. I am the immediate past chair of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board and have been involved with so many talented and committed scholar alumni over the years in creating and implementing a vision for growing an active alumni community. Board service is really important to me, and I serve on nonprofit boards whenever I can. I also had an incredible experience as a member of the Leadership Denver class of 2015, and co-chaired Ready, Set, College! -- an initiative of the class to provide a day of support, networking, skill-building, celebration and financial support to first generation college students setting off on their college journey. My two girls -- Ava (6) and Kayla (2) -- dogs Curry and Caper, and my husband are my heart. I love my time with my family -- especially when we are traveling together. We are always in search of a good adventure. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field? The best lesson I've learned, both through advice and through experience, is to live each moment -- to not rush through the hard times, ignore grief, or gloss over disappointments, to not underplay joy, rites of passage, or moments of triumph, or even the day-to-day mundane. Finding ways to truly experience and be present to whatever comes, to ride whatever wave emerges. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why? Oh, there are so many people-- artists, activists, poets-- I'd need a pretty big table, and there would be plenty of people that history never recognized but that have made immense contributions in their own ways. I would choose change-makers and creators, people who live or lived with conviction and in service of others, who fought or fight for justice -- people who inspire through their actions and can lift up the world with what they create, the vision they hold and their ability to lead others to see the promise of what's possible....

  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.  ...

The Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board is interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better. The following Q&A was compiled by Boettcher Scholar Gergana Kostadinova. Name: Ashlyn Stewart Scholar Year: 2013 Hometown: Greeley College(s), Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): University of Denver, B.A. in English and History, will graduate in June 2017 What are you currently interested in pursuing after graduating? When I graduate next June, I hope to continue my education by obtaining a master's degree and then a doctorate. Right now, I'm interested in a Ph.D in rhetoric & composition because it speaks to what I’ve always loved about literature: the nitty-gritty rules of grammar, syntax, punctuation, diction, et. al. I’ve also always had a love of writing, and I would thoroughly enjoy fostering a joy of the painstaking, frustrating, yet beautiful art in students as a professor. Rhetoric & composition offers a powerful, focused lens to grapple with writing and literature that I’d like to explore further. Still, other interests of mine like formalist/structuralist, criticism, library science and, most of all, linguistics tug at my heartstrings and intellectual curiosity. I’m glad I still have another year at DU to get a firm plan together!  Tell us about what activities, groups and/or organizations you have joined in college and why you joined them. My first rule for myself upon matriculating to DU was to only join three clubs—totally unlike the circus of extra-curricular activities I had in high school. I have since been able to dedicate thoughtful time, energy and enthusiasm to a few instead of only having a shadowy presence in many. I wanted to join clubs that would foster my academic interests and connect me to people with similar ones, so I’ve primarily worked with the English Department’s groups, including the Foothills Visual & Textual Journal and the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. I’ve been the design editor of Foothills for three years now, and we’ve produced a journal to showcase student work each spring that I’ve been proud to distribute. I will be the editor-in-chief of Foothills next year, and the co-president of Sigma next year, so I think others have noticed my commitment, as well! Tell us about an important mentor you have had. I had such phenomenal teachers in high school that I was worried I would not be able to find mentors who could compare while I was in college. Fortunately, I was wrong!  One important role model and mentor for me has been the chair of the History Department: Dr. Susan Schulten. I had a class on the history of America’s presidency in wartime with her my freshman year, and with her help, have since grown into the history major I am today! She is a professor who empowers her students to learn and share, and a quiet leader who runs an amazing department. She has always made time for even my most banal questions and makes sure I truly understand her answer. Dr. Schulten is the advisor for the thesis project I will complete next year, and I can’t wait to learn more from her in my last year! What's the best advice you've ever received? My parents were careful to tell me that I was hard-working when I was growing up instead of telling me I was smart. When I did well in school, it wasn’t because I was smarter than other people, but because I worked harder. I still carry this sentiment with me today because how hard I work is what I can control. I can’t make my brain understand a new vocabulary term or see a sentence in a new way on its own; I have to put in the time and energy to make it happen! Some tasks might take less work for me than others, but I think every task I complete is going to take work. In line with this thinking, I believe the best advice I’ve received was actually a quote from Maya Angelou (one of my favorite writers): “Nothing will work unless you do.” If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, who would you choose and why? As a history major, this question is especially tough! It’s too hard to decide what historical mystery I would like to solve, so I’ll opt instead for making progress in historical linguistics. The group of people I would pick would be speakers of the English language and its ancestors across history. Linguists have done an amazing job of reconstructing how Middle English and Old English were pronounced based on limited manuscripts, and even proto-Germanic and proto-Indo-European before then based solely on inference and deduction. However, if I could hear and record how all of those languages were truly spoken, historical linguistics would have an enormous breakthrough! I suppose I’d have to figure out how to communicate all with all of these people at my dinner party, but maybe that goes hand-in-hand with the time travel!...

The Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board is interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better. The following Q&A was compiled by Boettcher Scholar Gergana Kostadinova. Name: Kyle Blackmer Scholar Year: 2004 Hometown: Greeley College(s), Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): J.D., University of Colorado Law School (2011), Order of the Coif B.S., University of Colorado-Boulder (2008), with high distinction Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? For the past three years I’ve been practicing corporate real estate law at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti in Denver. I counsel clients on all sorts of real estate deals and draft and negotiate the contracts that effectuate and govern these transactions. My favorite aspect of what I do is putting together the legal and business puzzle that is a deal and contract—thinking creatively, analytically, practically and strategically to accomplish our client’s goals within the confines of the law and the business deal that’s been struck, and drafting clear, well-written agreements that reflect the assembled puzzle. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? In a word: transformative. Without the scholarship, I may not have stayed in Colorado for college, and I likely would not have had certain experiences in college that forever changed the trajectory of my life. Being a scholar also afforded certain opportunities at CU Law that to this day continue yielding immense returns. Undoubtedly, though, I am most thankful for the people who are in my life as a result of me being a scholar. But for the scholarship, I likely would not have met my amazing wife, Lindsay, nor would I have met three of my dearest friends. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations, or groups outside of work. I serve as the current chair of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board. For years I was looking for a way to take the tremendous investment the foundation made in me and pay it forward. The alumni board is one way to do that. It’s been very rewarding to reconnect with and support the foundation and other scholars. I am also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado Law School, and I serve on the law school’s Practitioners Council. Lastly, I ride with and race for a road cycling club based out of Boulder, where I currently live. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field? Best advice I've received: Your only obligation in life is to be true to yourself. For current college graduates: Before deciding whether to go to law school, talk to as many lawyers as you can about what it is they really do on a daily basis, and, if possible, work at a law firm. Law school takes too much time, effort and money to attend based on what you think a lawyer does. For current law school graduates: The skills that will distinguish you are being a good listener, empathizing with your clients, emotional intelligence and asking the right questions. Assume nothing, and think creatively yet practically. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why? Oh, wow, this is tough. A few at the top of my list are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Kurt Vonnegut and Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Because of their respective philosophies, ethos, passions, interests and senses of humor, I think we'd be pretty good buddies....

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) ...

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...

By Ann Butler The Durango Herald New teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, and colleges are graduating fewer licensed teachers, leaving many schools hurting for qualified instructors. Southwest Colorado is one of four areas in the state particularly hard-hit by the shortage.  Nationwide, about one-third of new teachers leave the classroom in the first three years, and more than half leave within the first five. Enter the Boettcher Teacher Residency program, which is working to shift those numbers. Aspiring teachers in the region are finding it a gateway to success, and small rural districts such as Ignacio, Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek are beginning to fill hard-to-fill positions, particularly in math and science ...

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...