Class of 2019 Puksta Alumni Spotlight: Reydesel Salvidrez

A shining star of the CU Denver Puksta posse, Reydesel dedicated his time to advocating for the undocumented through social media, local activism, and the arts while working to create a resource guide for his fellow students. Understanding many of the obstacles that his fellow undocumented students face in university, he worked to dissolve these barriers and make the path of academic success an achievable vision. With big dreams in his heart and a bright future ahead, Reydesel’s post-graduation plans are now to continue his work in making the world more accepting and accessible for everyone with big dreams, regardless of where they were born. Puksta is proud of you and salutes your good work!

Class of 2019 Puksta Alumni Spotlight: Ismaat Klaibou

A 2019 graduate of the University of Denver, Ismaat worked diligently to assist those victimized by domestic violence through the Family Tree organization. Tireless in her pursuit to assist those displaced and often struggling during the transition from their previously destructive environments, Ismaat assisted victims with addressing their trauma and in finding more secure and productive futures. Without a doubt, she is a shining example of Puksta values and her work has made a profound difference to many. Cheers to you Ismaat!

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Thanks to Alumni Ambassadors

Well deserved thanks to our Puksta Alumni Ambassador Committee!

This photo is just a small sampling of everyone who made it to our first annual Alumni Celebration or “family reunion” on the 27th and special thanks are due to these Puksta alumni who volunteered their time and energy to make the event the amazing success that it was.

Puksta Alumni Ambassadors:

  • Guillermo Ramirez
  • Esmerelda Rodriguez
  • Felipe Vieyra
  • Fatima Rezaie
  • Michael Chen
  • Nicholas Martinez
  • Nicholas Kukucka
  • Zeinab “Zakiya” Ali
  • William Mundo
  • Violet Gorrell

Because of their great efforts, our celebration laid the foundation of many more celebrations to come. Congratulations to all of our alumni, both old and new, and cheers to the future!

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Remembering Harry Puksta December 30th, 1922 – July 4th, 1999

While we celebrate the 4th of July today, please take a moment to celebrate the life of a true hero and gentleman to the end, Harry Puksta. He lost his sweetheart, Eva, July 3rd, 1999 and died of a broken heart the next day. He never her left side and died on the 4th of July, a day fit for a World War II veteran who served his country with honor. Harry was a salt of the earth man who enjoyed an honest day’s work, watching the rockies and making wine in the basement. Their final wish was to help the the “good kids of the community go to college”. This gift has changed over 300 lives and will continue for many more. The  Puksta Legacy will live on in the hearts and actions of the “good kids” they have supported.    Thank you Harry – We will all be forever grateful

Celebrating the life of Eva June Puksta ~ Dec 22, 1920 – July 3, 1999

20 years ago today we lost a beautiful farm girl from Albion, Nebraska.

She moved to Denver after the war to work at the Veteran’s Affair’s office in Denver. Where she met the love of her life, Harry Puksta.

She was a knitter of owls

She was the bookkeeper for the Puksta’s

She was a warm soul

Now she is the angel watching over all of her Puksta Family.

Thank you Eva, you will never be forgotten!

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Launching the Puksta Alumni Network online community!!

Puksta Alumni and Scholars we made this exclusive online community for YOU!!! There are over 265 Puksta Alumni all over the world and 65 Puksta Scholars currently working on amazing projects – NOW you all will be able to connect with each other! The opportunities available on this network are endless from jobs, events, mentorship and more. We invested in this online community because we know how much it will benefit all of you! 

Click here to start connecting:

Video: Puksta Alumni Network – an online community for us to connect. This video will help you navigate the site as well as help you create your profile! This online community is geared toward our Puksta Alumni but is also a great way for our scholars to connect across campuses and find mentorship with alumni around the globe!

*This is only open to Puksta Alumni, Scholars, Coordinators (current and former) and close members of the Puksta Family – we wanted to give you all a safe and secure space to connect!

Alexander Aleman

Our scholar Alexander Aleman has his projects focus on Youth Education and Health and well-being. Here’s what he has to say about his project, “After learning about the various institutional and individual factors that lead to students dropping out, I chose to re-focus my Puksta project toward preventing the summer learning loss. I love working with kids. I started a free fitness program for kids when I was 13 called Healthy Kids in Action. My program is a thriving 8-week summer fitness program for kids that has even been featured on the Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio. My goal is to further develop my fitness program and use it as a base to provide kids rich summer learning opportunities through exercise that will prevent summer learning loss and ultimately narrow down the achievement gap.”

Bailey Cross

Have you met our alumna, Bailey Cross? During her time as a Puksta Scholar she volunteered on a service trip to Nicaragua. She learned about community activism, fair trade, and economic empowerment through the Jubilee House Community in Managua. Bailey assisted with building a health clinic and organizing clinic files, and led a leadership camp for youth and helped with English classes at Arms of Love in Managua. Her main focus was gender issues, sexual assault, and domestic violence which led her to being a volunteer on the CSU Victim Assistance Team hotline monthly to provide confidential support and advocacy to Colorado State University students and any family or friends who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on or off campus.

Changing your Perspective

Did you know that April is stress awareness month? Addressing our stress can be scary and most of the time very overwhelming. Take a look at this video and start to implement a few of these ideas into your own day to find time to clear your mind.