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Otero Celebrates National HSI Week 

Otero Celebrates National HSI Week Sept. 12-16

 

LA JUNTA — This week, Sept. 12-16, Otero College is celebrating National Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Week. HSIs are defined as institutions of higher education that have an enrollment of undergraduate, full-time equivalent, students that are at least 25% Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application. Enrollment data shows that in 2021, Otero was at 39.5%. Recognized HSIs are eligible for federal grants to expand their educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

 

According to a report in Higher Ed Today, 74.1% of full-time students at public four-year HSIs and 77.9% of full-time students at private HSIs graduate within six years, compared to the federal graduation rates of 42.7% and 49.1%, respectively. They accredit these positive numbers to providing access to academics as well as social support for Hispanic students.

 

In an article by Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, the president at the Community College of Aurora, he points out that Hispanic-Serving Institutions only make up 17% of all U.S. public and nonprofit colleges—yet they enroll 67% of all Hispanic and Latino undergraduates. Community colleges account for approximately 41% of HSIs. The number of recognized HSIs has been increasing by approximately 29 institutions per year. Being designated as an HSI means that Otero holds the responsibility to use inclusive and well-resourced efforts to create learning settings that ensure the success of students of all races, cultures, and identities.

 

Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, Angela Moore, shared, “Bearing the HSI designation allows us the opportunity to unlock resources to better serve the diverse population of students who attend Otero. These resources are passed along to students, and not just those who are Latino and Hispanic. This designation shapes both the campus culture and experiences for all Otero students by providing funding avenues for new programs, campus development, and scholarships. The staff and faculty at Otero are always looking for better ways to serve our students and being an HSI allows us the opportunity to make decisions that align with the community that Otero College serves.”

 

Otero’s Student Life is hosting several events for students to participate in this week such as sharing a YouTube video of Gina Garcia on “Defining Servingness for Hispanic Serving Institutions.” They had Pan Dulce y Café on Wednesday and Thursday they will have Auga Fresca y Horchata and a mariachi band will serenade the students on the patio during their dinner.

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From a social media post, some of the Trojan football team supporting CSU-Pueblo in their home opener with Grand Valley State University. 

The Genoa-Hugo Graduating Class of 2022

Eight Local Students Qualified for Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in April

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) was held at Colorado State University, Fort Collins at the Lory Student Center April 7-8. There were 215 projects displayed from students in grades 6-12 from across Colorado. Otero College is the host of the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair (AVRSF) where the eight students qualified to take their projects to CSEF. They were Makai Chambers, Hoehne; Pace Wallace, Las Animas; Terra McClure, Rocky Ford; Tanner Baker and Jacob Vasquez, Rocky Ford; Drake Coffield-Bamber and Adam Ouattara, La Junta; and Fernanda Pastor-Sepulveda of Rocky Ford, however, she was unable to attend.

Project titles and divisions:

  1. Tanner Baker and Jacob Vasquez: Wingin’ It, Physics

  2. Makai Chambers: Discovering an Exoplanet, Earth and Space Sciences

  3. Drake Coffield-Bamber and Adam Ouattara: Avocadoes So Ripe They'll Guac Your World, Plant Sciences

  4. Terra McClure: Plinko Fun, Math and Computer Sciences

  5. Fernanda Pastor-Sepulveda: Heat in Hue, Environmental Sciences

  6. Pace Wallace: Wind Erosion, Earth and Space Sciences

 

Several of these students received awards and placed at CSEF.

 

  1. Makai Chambers won the Little Shop of Physics Award as well as the Pioneers of Science Award. He received a certificate, a backpack and $50.

  2. Terra McClure received an Honorable Mention in Math and Computer Sciences.

  3. Pace Wallace received the following awards: Colorado Foundation for Ag. Award; the American Meteorological Society - Outstanding Achievement in Atmospheric Sciences Award; the AIPG Certificate of Excellence in the Geosciences, which came with a $75 prize; the Colorado Mineral Society Award; the NASA Earth System Science Award; and the Soil and Water Conservation Society Natural Resource Conservation Award which included $100.

 

For questions about the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair, contact Warren McClure at 719-384-6803 or email Warren.McClure@otero.edu.

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