Shawn Howe, 37, grew up in western Kansas, just miles from the Colorado state line. With aspirations of going to medical school, Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Kansas State University. He decided not to stay in school for so much of his life, and followed his brother to Colorado Springs. While working […]
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Twelve years ago, Juaquin Mobley made a life-altering decision that landed him behind bars for the better part of a decade. But the path he’s taken since being released inspired the message he shares with young adults living in Southeast Colorado Springs — a message about self-worth, community and the value of stable employment. Mobley […]
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With Colorado Springs branded as Olympic City USA and 59 professional sports organizations across the city, Ian Ratz, assistant director of the sport management program at UCCS, networks with sports professionals every chance he can get to connect university students to sports business opportunities. In addition to developing community relationships to establish new internships, Ratz […]
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At 30 years old, Tanya Martineau is the head of United States operations for Prospect Arts, an award-winning international media company that specializes in film, communications, animation, aerial film and photography, as well as writing and design for domestic and international companies and nonprofits. She leads a staff of five in projects locally and internationally. […]
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Throughout David Welker’s life, he’s been open to different possibilities and has frequently ventured off course to explore new opportunities. After living in multiple cities during his youth, Welker craved new challenges and experiences, visiting different countries, serving in the military and crafting drinks at Ivywild. He now works in commercial real estate for Hoff […]
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In the yoga tradition, the Sanskrit word for “now” is “atha,” which is where Jessica Patterson prefers to spend her time and share her talent. Ten years ago, after becoming a college English professor, personal tragedy and her longtime passion for yoga inspired her to radically shift her career path. Patterson, now 39, since has […]
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The role of a journalist is to tell the stories of one’s community, Abigail Beckman says. “It’s really rewarding and important to me that I help people in my community stay well-informed,” she said. “To be able to provide that service and answer questions about things people might not know or even realize are going […]
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Millennials aren’t entitled, Carrie Arnold says, and they’re not “snowflakes” — and she should know. Each year, about 2,000 freshmen take the program she oversees at UCCS. “I think they’re a really smart, dedicated, hardworking group of individuals who are just looking to find their place in the world,” she says. “I’m still looking to […]
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By Kristian DePue Only a few years ago, Suzanne Wells was on a medical school track, graduating from UCCS with a double major in psychology and biomedical science. That changed — starting with a first date that put her in the hospital. Wells met her future husband at a financial services company, where she worked […]
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Mundi Ross, the wildly energetic entrepreneur behind the salt+butter cookie company and the Colorado Collective, came to the Springs in 2003. She didn’t exactly stay and she didn’t exactly go away — instead, she toured with national theater companies for several years. Colorado Springs might have been her base camp, but much of her time […]
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Her surname, identifying properties aside, now seems somewhat prophetic. AJ West heeded the directional advice embedded in that name and, along with husband, Jason Hosch, made her way from Austin, Texas, to Colorado Springs nearly a year ago. West does branding and communications for a local engineering and architectural firm, CP&Y. The company began in […]
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For Taylor Stamp, golf and art were natural precursors to a career in real estate. The 27-year-old Colorado Springs native attended college for visual and performing arts and played golf — a passion from a very young age — throughout his schooling. After graduating in 2011, Stamp spent two years as a professional golfer while […]
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