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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: Benjamin Swift Scholar Year: 2016 Hometown: Crested Butte College(s), Degree(s): Colorado College ‘21 What are you currently interested in pursuing after graduating? Currently I’m hoping to explore a bit of everything during my first couple years of school, and I have a suspicion that I’ll want to major in near every class I take. However, right now I know that—during school and post-graduation—I want to be an activist. During high school I was really involved in environmental activism, and now I’m looking for ways that I can combine that with social justice. I’m thinking that one way to accomplish these goals could be with law, but we’ll see! Tell us about what activities, groups and/or organizations you have joined in college and why you joined them. I’ve only been at CC for a few weeks, but this past year I was on a gap year in South America. There I traveled with Where There Be Dragons, learning about Bolivian and Peruvian culture and social issues, staying in homestays and eating way too many potatoes. I then worked as a research assistant with ecologists in Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, where I had the opportunity to travel deep into the Amazon to collect samples, work at a remote field site and measure thousands of mayflies. I ended my gap year volunteering at an animal rescue center in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where I helped maintain the center and lead bilingual tours. Throughout my year I enjoyed learning about different cultures. Tell us about an important mentor you have had. Some of my most influential mentors have been my instructors on my Where There Be Dragons course. They opened my eyes to new parts of the world and new ways of looking at things that I had never considered. This was really influential throughout my gap year and into my time in college. What's the best advice you've ever received? My English teacher, Charlotte Camp (who was also my Boettcher teacher honoree), once told me to choose a path and don’t look back—whichever option I elect will be the right one. I love that advice to embrace the moment and to realize that there is more than one “right” path to achieving my dreams. If you could have dinner with one or more people from history, whom would you choose and why?  This question is hard for me. History is so vast and filled with so many interesting people that I don’t think I could ever make a sufficiently informed decision. I think I would choose an average person from history, rather than a famous or influential figure. It would be fascinating to have dinner with a group of Haitians during the late 18th to early 19th century, the time of the Haitian revolution. Haiti is the only country that successfully gained independence through a slave revolt. I visited Haiti this past spring, and, though many Haitians have experienced significant struggle and hardship, they are also remarkably friendly and delightful humans....

By Joanne Davidson  The Denver Post Tim Schultz was no stranger to public service when, in 1995, he became president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. The Grand Junction native had served as a Rio Blanco County commissioner before going on to become the state’s commissioner of agriculture, director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the first chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission. A proud Coloradan through and through, Schultz also worked as a baker, a banker and a rancher on the Western Slope.    ...

Specific wording can make or break a college or scholarship application. Avoid the widespread mistake of over-generalizing or leaving too much to interpretation by shifting your perspective to that of the reviewers. Think about it: while you may know exactly what you contributed to an activity just by mentioning its name, strangers reading your application won't. As reviewers, all we have to go on is what you write. So being specific and detailed in quantifying your contributions is incredibly important. It’s one thing, for example, to write “Food Bank Volunteer,” and another to write “Volunteered 20 hours per week during junior year to collect canned food and coordinated food basket distribution with local food bank.” It's also key to elaborate on – and not repeat – the information in the basic Activity Section if the application you’re completing has an additional “Detailed Activities Section,” which many do. These sections give you more space to describe the three or four activities that mean the most to you – and space to explain why. Sometimes left blank and often misjudged, detailed activity sections can be capitalized on, giving reviewers even more insight into your motivation and commitment while also demonstrating that you care enough to follow instructions and give review committees the information they've asked you to provide. For deeper insight into this tip and other secrets of applying for college admission and scholarships, check out our new book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk. It gives students inside information – but only what they truly need to create exceptional college and scholarship applications. Learn more....

Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board are interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better.  Name: Angelique Diaz Scholar Year:  1994 Hometown: Denver College(s), Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Colorado School of Mines - B.S. Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering (1998), M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering (2003), Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering (2008) Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? I am currently an Environmental Engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I’ve been with the EPA since June 2008, and since that time my work has involved managing the program that regulates radioactive emissions from uranium recovery facilities, participating on national rulemakings, and leading interdisciplinary teams in the review of Environmental Impact Statements. My favorite aspect of working as an environmental engineer at the EPA is the opportunity to work across disciplines and programs to achieve the EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? Being a Boettcher Scholar, I am connected to the Boettcher Foundation and participate on the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board. Participation on this board has allowed me to interact with the Boettcher Family in various ways. With each interaction, I am in awe of the amazing things that Boettcher Scholars are doing throughout the world. I am inspired to  give more of myself in all that I do and to use my talents to give back to the people of Colorado, a state that my family has been a part of since it was a territory. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations or groups outside of work. Outside of work I volunteer as often as I can to ignite a passion for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in girls and Latino youth. My volunteer work has involved conducting mock interviews, giving resume workshops, and participating as a panelist to share my experience as a STEM professional. I have been a member of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni board for the last two and half years. I teach Sunday School, am a Girl Scout troop leader, and help however I can at my daughter’s school. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for new graduates entering your career field? I recently heard someone say that if you aren’t failing you are not learning. As someone that is risk-averse and does all I can not to fail, this resonated with me. I reflected on the times that I was unsuccessful (i.e., I failed...

DENVER, Sept. 6, 2017 — Fifteen capital projects that will help enrich communities throughout Colorado have been awarded grant funding from the Boettcher Foundation. The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees awarded a total of $690,000 in capital grants to projects that promote arts and culture, youth development and community use.  “These projects are incredibly diverse, but the one unifying theme shared by all of them is a goal of bringing people together and strengthening the fabric of our Colorado communities,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “Each of these organizations is working hard to support the communities they serve, and we are honored to help advance their efforts.” This year’s community enrichment grant recipients are: Boettcher Mansion – Golden, $25,000 Toward construction of an education pavilion detailing the structure’s history Boulder Jewish Community Center – Boulder, $50,000 Toward construction of a new community and recreation facility with early childhood learning center Center for the Arts Evergreen – Evergreen, $30,000 Toward renovation of teaching, exhibition and performance space Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs, $75,000 Toward the construction of new exhibits and program space Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus – Denver, $50,000 Toward construction of the Adventure Forest and STEM education course Dolores Senior Center – Dove Creek, $40,000 Toward construction of a new senior and community center with a commercial kitchen Great Outdoors Colorado – Denver, $75,000 Toward brick-and-mortar components of community projects meant to inspire outdoor recreation and wellness High Valley Community Center – Del Norte, $35,000 Toward a facility offering after-school programming and community classes Kersey Community Center – Kersey, $40,000 Toward construction of a multi-use center with senior programming, a museum and a library Lone Cone Library District – Norwood, $50,000 Toward construction of a new library and community center Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver, $75,000 Toward renovation of the building to better meet current programming needs Phillips County – Holyoke, $30,000 Toward construction of a pavilion and education center at the county fairgrounds Poudre Learning Center Foundation – Greeley, $40,000 Toward expansion of the nature and science learning center Roaring Fork Conservancy – Basalt, $40,000 Toward construction of headquarters and programming facility VFW Post 1 – Denver, $35,000 Toward major renovations of the VFW Post 1 building to accommodate community enrichment and arts programming 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. Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

The following individuals were selected as Boettcher Investigators for 2017. For detailed profiles of their research, click on their names. Colorado School of Mines Andrew Petruska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering – Magnetic manipulation for medical applications Colorado State University Erin Osborne Nishimura, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Gene expression, chromatin and developmental biology Kelly S. Santangelo, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVP, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology – Prevention and therapy of post-traumatic osteoarthritis National Jewish Health  Camille M. Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biostatistics – Statistical methods for longitudinal RNA-sequencing data University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  Joshua C. Black, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Epigenetic regulation of tumor heterogeneity Angelo D'Alessandro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Metabolomics Core – School of Medicine – Systemic metabolic reprogramming in health and disease Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology – Gut-joint lymphocyte trafficking in inflammatory bowel disease and spondyloarthritis Eric M. Pietras, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hematology – Hematopoietic stem cell and inflammation biology John A. Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery – Neurobiology of sensory-motor driven decision-making processes ...

By Jenny Brundin  Colorado Public Radio Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. Colleges in state are graduating 25 percent fewer licensed teachers than they did six years ago. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high. Which brings us to Dusty Mars of Ignacio. After spending years as an oil production foreman, where he oversaw a dozen operators and 1,000 wells, an even bigger challenge presented itself. He was tapped to teach middle school math on an emergency credential. Soon enough, he found himself with a teary student.    ...

Members of the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board are interviewing their fellow Boettcher Scholars to help the community get to know one another better.  Name: Elizabeth Hoffner Scholar Year: 2014 Hometown: Center College(s), Degree(s): University of Denver –  finance major, leadership and psychology minors What are you currently interested in pursuing after graduating? My current work with nonprofit organizations has shown me that it is an area I want to work in. I have realized that I am motivated and passionate when what I do daily has a positive impact on society and not just my or my employer’s bottom line.  I plan to work for a year or two before pursuing a master's. Tell us about what activities, groups and/or organizations you have joined in college and why you joined them. When I arrived at college I wanted to join everything, but I am glad I was selective and chose the ones that I did. The Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) has offered me a great deal of knowledge regarding leadership and myself, and has also provided me with lifelong friends. In addition to PLP, I serve as a senior senator and finance chair in DU’s Undergraduate Student Government, am past-president of the Undergraduate Business Student Association and am personnel chair for Chi Omega Sorority. Tell us about an important mentor you have had. It is difficult to pick one mentor in my life as I have been blessed with so many. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people I look up to and learn from in most areas of my life. My personal and spiritual mentor, Mimi Bailey, I met through PLP. I have many advisors that have helped me navigate being Personnel Chair. There are also many professors that keep me on track academically. Last, but not least, my parents who are constant counsel and support. What's the best advice you've ever received? “Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.” My mother has always said this, and it is something I believe has allowed me to overcome the challenges and enjoy the sweetness of my life so far. Unexpected things will happen, I usually can’t change them, but I can change my attitude. If you could have dinner with one or more people from history, whom would you choose and why?  I would like to have dinner with Cornelia ten Boom. As a woman that experienced the ugliness of the world, she still had the faith and determination to help others and remain optimistic of the human race. I would love an insight into the development of her character....

August 11, 2017 — Forty-two Colorado teachers will be recognized this evening for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students. The Boettcher Foundation will host its 26th annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program this evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The program allows each recipient of the 2017 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. “Colorado’s kids deserve teachers who are driven and passionate about the work they do,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “The 42 teachers selected by our newest scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today.” The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship recognizes Colorado’s most talented students by providing them with a full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado college or university, enabling them to build a Colorado network and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. This year's Teacher Recognition Award recipients are: District High School Teacher Name Nominating Scholar Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Susan Nolan Katelynn Hughes Bayfield 10 JT-R Bayfield High School Derek Smith Lenka Doskocil Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Tara Tovar Armando Ocampo Brighton 27J Prairie View High School Jessica Mauracher Hossna Yasini Center 26 JT Center High School Katrina Ruggles Jordan Lobato Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Adrian Holguin Leah Gibson Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Paul Clinton Henry Kvietok Delta County 50 (J) Delta High School Ben Magtutu Elizabeth Ward Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Chad Russell Camryn Daidone Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Amy McGrath Bridget Galaty Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jason Brookes** Keller MacLachlan Denver County 1 Denver South High School Ryan Marini Anna Renkert Denver County 1 Denver South High School Andrea Griffin** Cherokee Ronolo-Valdez Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Brent Jackson Ansh Desai Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Katherine Hartline Sydney Marchando Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Roger Felch** Jenna Trost Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Janna Robinett** Ryan Vandersmith Douglas County RE 1 Legend High School Cynthia Henderson Niketna Vivek East Otero R-1 La Junta High School Kelly Jo Smith Anastasia Mathews Falcon 49 Falcon High School Thomas Russell Kiana Harkema Garfield RE-2 Aspen High School Jennifer Morandi-Benson* Jacob Morgan Holyoke RE-1J Holyoke High School Scott Dille Austin Herman Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Jennifer Webb Jon Abrahamson Jefferson County R-1 Golden High School Shannon Garvin Shamik Bhat Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Wayne Madsen Troy Jackson Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Sandra Sullivan Dakota Kisling Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School Mary Ferbrache Spencer Narowetz Jefferson County R-1 Conifer High School Joshua Nielson Benjamin Powell Kit Carson R-1 Kit Carson High School Tim Hogan** Bradley Johnson Littleton 6 Littleton High School Rodney Stutzman Lauren Weiss Mapleton 1 Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts Tim Stemper Tahlia Lucero Meeker RE 1 Meeker High School Michelle Selle Casey Turner North Conejos RE-1J Centauri High School Margaret Salazar-Muniz** Ariel Sandoval Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Brad Beauprez** Naitra Ramchander Roaring Fork RE-1 Basalt High School Nick Lenio Daniel Barnes Roaring Fork RE-1 Roaring Fork High School Wendy Boland Nicholas Penzel Salida R-32 Salida High School Amy Moore Harper Powell Silverton 1 Silverton High School Kelly Habecker Hannah deKay St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Silver Creek High School Steve McNichols** Jacob Fuhrman St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Skyline High School David Frick Lindsey Hamblin Wray RD2 Wray High School Angela DePue Paige Beckman Wray RD2 Wray High School Nikki Gelvin Luke Srsen  * Jennifer Morandi-Benson teaches at Aspen High School. She is being honored by a student who graduated from Coal Ridge High School. ** Denotes multiple-year recipient. High-resolution photos of scholars with their teachers available upon request after the event. 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...

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 Angelique Diaz. Name: Travis "TC" Ritz Scholar Year:  2001 Hometown: Frederick College(s), Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Colorado State University, BA, double major in philosophy and economics, 2005; Colorado State University, BS, mathematics, 2006; London School of Economics, MSc, finance and economics, 2007 Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation? I am currently Head of Northern and Eastern Europe Energy Origination at Morgan Stanley, based out of London - which means I help large corporate clients manage their exposure to energy prices. I’ve been in this role at Morgan Stanley and previously Barclays for the past eight years, before which I worked in investment banking at Barclays in Frankfurt, Germany. The best thing about my job is working with people of diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds. I spend a significant amount of time traveling across Europe to meet with clients. Cultural differences and diverse ways of seeing the world is not only really exciting, it's what makes the world beautiful in my opinion. What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now? It gave me the confidence to aim for anything - and the financial springboard to take the most daring option which presented itself. A good example was when I graduated from CSU in 2005 and had a great job opportunity at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Instead, I took an option which scared (but excited) me much more - a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany, which has turned out to be one of the most important life choices I’ve made. Another important role the Boettcher has played in my life is as a link back to our great State of Colorado, along with a strong sense of wanting to give back. Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations or groups outside of work. Through volunteer work here in London, I’ve become a strategic advisor to NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), the UK’s largest children’s charity, with whom we have partnered to build the UK’s first Child's House - a hugely important social effort to help kids who have suffered sexual abuse. Working with the NSPCC also led me to take part in the London Marathon this year (my first) - another hugely enriching experience. I have also recently accepted a position with the AgIndustry Leadership Council at CSU under Dean Ajay Menon, where I hope to marry three passions of mine - agriculture, technology and finance. What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for new graduates entering your career field? Make sure you love and are motivated by what you do. That’s first. If you can, try to match that (or at least elements of that) with something you’re good at and what’s valued in the marketplace. I’ve found that being valued and recognized for something you do helps keep your fire burning. If you can do what you want, where you want, with the people you want - you’ve hit the sweet spot of modern life, and even just two of those is fantastic. And the great thing is that it’s out there. If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why? Given current events on this side of the Atlantic, I’d have to say Winston Churchill. I’d love to understand his views on the UK and the European Union and what he would make of recent political developments around the world. It seems to me the world will continue to change at an ever-increasing pace, with its natural ups and downs, and the real challenge will be to continue working together. The ‘how’ and ‘to what extent’ will be the interesting questions....