Kudos! – September 20, 2013

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Electricians walk to fight blood cancers

Berwick Electric Co. employees joined other teams of walkers earlier this week at the Pioneers Museum for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk. The group is walking to honor BEC Service Billing Coordinator Wendy Campbell’s father, who was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago.

University of the Rockies donates food

University of the Rockies staff and faculty came together to help stamp out hunger in the Denver and Colorado Springs communities. The University’s “Back to School” food drive, held Aug. 5-30, yielded 1,002 pounds of food to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.

Marcoulier receives star award

Aikta Marcoulier, executive director of the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, received the 2013 America’s SBDC State Star for Colorado. Marcoulier was recognized at a reception in Orlando last week.

Wittmer receives grant

Dana Wittmer, assistant professor of political science at Colorado College, recently received a USAID grant to conduct research on human trafficking in Moldova and Ukraine. Wittmer, along with collaborators at Texas Christian University and Northeastern University, received an 18-month, $180,983 grant for the research project, which is aimed at helping USAID more effectively combat global human trafficking.

RTA celebrates new schools

RTA Architects, a firm of 35 employees located in Colorado Springs, is an architecture and planning firm specializing in education, health care, retail and commercial projects. The firm recently completed four school projects across the state. They include schools in Boulder, Calhan, Ignacio and Holly. The design team Doug Abernethy and Mike Riggs, Brian Calhoun, along with RTA’s joint venture partner Alan Ford Architects recently attended the school’s ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

AspenPointe names hero

AspenPointe will honor one of the area’s mental health advocates during the 2013 Hero of Mental Health award at AspenPointe’s sixth annual luncheon Oct. 15. Lori Jarvis-Steinwert is the executive director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and she is the sixth recipient of the award, which recognizes someone in the community who has championed whole-person wellness. The Hero of Mental Health is someone who has spearheaded efforts to curb stigma while advancing treatment for mental illness and substance abuse, and worked to find solutions for homelessness and joblessness.

Donations for flood victims

Delta Dental of Colorado, a nonprofit provider of dental insurance to more than 1 million Coloradans, donated $10,000 to the Red Cross to help victims of flooding in Colorado.