Having grown up within a community that didn’t promote healthy eating and perpetuated a belief that college was just simply financially unattainable, Emina endeavored to change these perceptions and promote student health and wellness on the DU campus. Forging a path of “inclusive excellence”, Emina led a nutrition program for her fellow students in which she also worked to promote fitness. Finding support in her local community and seeking solutions within a business context, Emina hopes to give back by developing a holistic approach that benefits to both the body and finances of those that have given her so much. Educating oneself can be challenging, but enriching others through academics and the promotion of financial planning is a challenge that Emina seems more than capable of accomplishing, especially her recent graduation. We celebrate your hard work and the promise you will bring to so many. Congratulations Emina!
Eating healthy and regularly is often a silent obstacle for many students and Kiri worked diligently to remove this barrier for her fellow CSU scholars in a two-pronged approach. Not only did she have a “Freedge” (“Free + Fridge”) installed in one of the dorms, but also stocked a communal refrigerator in one of the student apartments buildings with free organic produce. Often prohibitively expensive for students, these goods were sourced from the CSU campus horticulture center, thereby creating a unique system where CSU students benefitted themselves. Not only did she provide students with nutritious food, Kiri removed a cost-barrier that is often present with organic produce. As an undergrad, she worked to expand the project to the entire campus and now envisions substantially eliminating student food access barriers as a graduate. Kiri is a shining star within the Puksta ranks and we are proud of the work she has done and will do. Cheers to you Kiri!
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!
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!
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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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
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.
Here is another clip! Please check it out as a reminder to find some peace and quiet this week!
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.”