Archive for September, 2012

Education for All

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Devanie Helman

Education in the formative years of a child’s life acts as the foundation for academic success in their later years. Prime Time, a component of the Wright Stuff Community Foundation in Norwood, is an early childhood education center designed to serve children and families with a variety of needs and abilities. The program offers summer camps, afterschool programs and daycare for children six months to 12 years old.


Renovating a Student Union Center, Building a Campus Community

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Connie Jiang

On a regional trip to the southwest region, El Pomar fellows, Jeff and Connie, and staff member, Peter, stopped by Fort Lewis College to check out their renovated Student Union Center.

A college’s student center has many purposes. It provides meeting spaces for students, hosts a variety of events, and offers dining services for the student body and staff. Fort Lewis College, however, is taking the concept of student centers to a whole new level. Redesigned with the philosophy that buildings influence behavior, the new Student Union building has become more than a campus hub, accommodating the needs of both the student body and the Durango community.


719 Pride

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

Like many people, I was not brought up in a Beaver Cleaver household. My mother raised my two sisters and me by herself, and financial struggles were common. Learning to live without certain luxuries “would make us appreciate them more when we could afford them,” she would say. And my mom was right.

While she worked three jobs during our younger years, the community often jumped in to make sure we were taken care of. Whether it was a neighbor who took us to the park, or teachers and coaches who pushed us a little bit more than the other kids, my hometown of Colorado Springs did not allow my sisters and me to fall through the cracks. (more…)

Celebrating Dr. Duane Takaki

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Duane Takaki was a dentist by profession, but caring for the underserved was his passion.  During his long career he focused his efforts on serving the young and underprivileged of southern Colorado, providing his patients care at little to no cost. Born and raised in Pueblo, Dr. Takaki felt a strong allegiance to both southern Colorado and the United States. (more…)

“A Community Rises:” El Pomar’s Summer in Review

Friday, September 7th, 2012

It’s the time of year when school kids across the country sit down to write all about what they did on summer vacation. We decided to apply the same lens to El Pomar’s summer.

This summer was certainly memorable, but not because of the events that garnered international attention. Rather, this summer will remain unforgettable for many of us because of a developed sense of community here in Colorado Springs.