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US Contributor Selected Co-chair At Arapahoe Community College

(Asanti co-chair of diversity programming.)

Ta'Shia Asanti was selected co-chair of diversity programming and Umoja (Unity) Alliance at Arapahoe Community College (ACC). Asanti, an award-winning poet, journalist, activist, and writer, will co-chair Umoja, an on-campus group that organizes the school's diversity programming. She will work with co-chair Tammy Samuels, who has been instrumental in developing the cultural diversity activities at the school. In her position, Asanti hopes to create bridges across race, gender, and sexuality, as it relates to educational components at ACC, by bringing nationally-recognized speakers such as June Jordan, Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing, Tim Wise, and Haki Madhubuti. Asanti is a contributing writer for the Urban Spectrum.

Links Incorporated, Western Area, Celebrates Excellence In The Denver Community

Celebrate Excellence Within Our Community was the theme of the 35th Western Area Conference of the Links, Inc. held in June at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The Civic Luncheon honors members of the community and promotes and supports the local chapter of the Links, Inc, As the host chapter of the conference, The Links, Inc. Denver Chapter honored eight outstanding men and women for their contributions to our community.

Pillar For Excellence Service awards were presented to Wellington E. Webb, Mayor City and County of Denver, and Esther Garrett Nelson, Educator and seventh Western Area Director of the Links, Inc.

Community Excellence awards were presented to: Ed Dwight - The Arts; Daniel Yohannes - International Trends and Services; Dr. Morris Clark - International Trends and Services; Dr. James Jackson - International Trends and Services; Patricia L. Houston - National Trends and Services; Mattie Springfield - Services to Youth; and Elizabeth and Theodore "Ted" Thomas.

The Links, Incorporated, an international, predominantly African-American women's service organization with more than 10,500 members in 270 chapters in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Nassau, Bahamas, and Frankfurt, Germany, was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1946.

Wayne E. Vaden Joins Baker & Hostetler

The national law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP announced that Wayne E. Vaden has joined its Denver office as Of Counsel. Vaden, who has more than a decade of experience in business law, will practice in the Business Group with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, general business issues, and litigation.
As an associate with the firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, Vaden practiced in the areas of corporate, employment, and environmental law.

Most recently, Vaden worked for Vaden & Evans, LLC, where his practice expanded to include business formation and advice, family law, probate, personal injury, criminal law, business litigation and real estate. In 1999, Vaden was appointed a commissioner of the Public Safety Review Commission by Mayor Webb.

Vaden earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his master of legal letters in taxation from the University of Denver College of Law, and his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.

Denver's Housing Authority Receives $67,000 Refund Check

(DHA receives $67,000 check from HAIG)

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) recently received a $67,000 refund check from the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAIG), as a payback for keeping hazards and losses down, and saving taxpayers money. HAIG was formed in 1987 by housing authorities throughout the country to provide insurance coverage for public housing authorities. Dan Labrie, CEO of HAIG, presented the refund check to the DHA's Executive Director, Sal Carpio.

Denver's Housing Authority Receives Six Awards

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) received six awards of merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Award for it various housing programs through the city of Denver. They include the following awards:

o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for the Campus of Learning Access and Success Program
o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for the Reading Readiness Program
o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for its Annual Goal Achievement Celebration
o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for its Life Build Program
o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for its Homeowner Mentor Program
o Award of Merit in Housing & Community Development for its Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS)

In addition, the DHA's Campus of Learning Access award has also been entered in the NAHRO National Awards of Excellence competition. The agency will be notified in mid-August of the results. If selected for a National Award of Excellence, the DHA will be presented with the honor at the National NAHRO Conference in October 2001.

Three Denver Sheriff's Deputies Receive Top Honors

Deputies Timothy Deasy, Paul Murphy, and Steven Jordan received the Medal of Valor, the Denver Sheriff Department's highest honor for exemplary performance during the Department's annual awards ceremony.

On May 6, 2000, the deputies responded to a disturbance between rival gang members at the Denver Health Medical Center, where they were assigned. The gang members were present at the hospital, subsequent to a gang related shooting earlier that day.

Despite being outnumbered and having little resources, the deputies brought the volatile situation under control. A shot was fired by one of the gang members during the disturbance. The deputies acted swiftly by disarming the gang member who had a firearm in his possession, without any regard to their own personal safety. In addition, they acted swiftly in keeping the public out of harm's way. Due to their valiant efforts, none of the public, gang members or deputies were injured during the disturbance.

Other deputies receiving awards included Deputy Anthony Madrid - Lifesaving Award and Deputies Harold Minter and Jose Garcia - Merit Award.

Community Service Award recipients were: Captain Edward Maes, Deputy Ernest Quintana, Sergeant Elton Yamada, Deputy Theresa Juarez, Sergeant John Romero, Deputy Phillip Swift, Sergeant Jaime Kafati, Deputy Ronnie Smith, Sergeant Richard Roberson, Deputy Randy Coleman, Sergeant Elizabeth Butts, Deputy Solomon Mikael, Sergeant A. D. Slaughter, Deputy Eddie Reyes, Sergeant Kimberly Scroggins, Deputy Robert Roena III, Deputy Anthony Gettler, Deputy Donald, Rhodes, Deputy Frank Kemp, Deputy Priscilla Madrid, Deputy Eric Rosenfeldt, Deputy Duncan Robb, Deputy Angelia Scanga, Deputy Matthew Kecther, Deputy Christine Martinez, Deputy Derrick Burroughs, Deputy Sterling Hatch, Jr., Deputy James Grimes, Deputy James "Happy" Gilmore, Deputy Michael Hart, Deputy Tonya Chapman, and Deputy Darrell Jordan.

Respect For Law Honorees

The Northeast Denver and Park Hill Optimist Club presented their Respect for Law Honorees at Law Day Activities, in May, at the Lowry Pavillion Park in Aurora. Each year, Clubs in Optimist International honor law enforcement personnel or citizens in the community for providing a safe environment guided by the rule of law for the benefit of society.

The Northeast Denver Optimist Club selected Officer Larry Black of District 2 as its honoree for displaying initiative and alertness in decision making in excess of the norm on February 7, 2001, responding to a robbery in progress. Officer Black was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross commendation by the Denver Police Department for going into a hot scene and putting his life and personal safety in grave danger, knowing there was a suspect with a gun willing to shoot.

(Officer Black receives award.)

Officer Black is a native of the Kansas City, MO area and has been with the Denver Police Department since 1996. He was assigned to District 2 in August 2000 and currently serves as Field Training Officer.

(Officer Lightfoot honored.)

The Park Hill Optimist Club chose Syeta Lightfoot, Truant Officer with Denver Public Schools since 1998, as its honoree for her work with young people in trying to encourage them to stay in school. In the position of Truant Officer Lightfoot is a liaison between the community and school, mentoring, coaching sports teams, being a positive role model, and serving on various Student Attendance Review Boards. She is assigned to Gove and Morey Middle Schools and East High School. Lightfoot goes the extra mile in helping students to stay in school – getting needed clothing, housing, tutoring, counseling, and other services.

For information about other programs and membership in Optimist Clubs, call Loren Stern, district membership chair at 303-693-5022.

Denver Public Library Wins Top PR Honor

The Denver Public Library celebrates another top honor – the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award. Presented annually since 1946 and sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Company and the Library Administration and Management

Association, the award honors outstanding library public relations programs that support a specific project, goal, or activity, or a sustained, ongoing program.

DPL was recognized at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco for mounting an energetic and pre-emptive public relations response strategy toward an expose on "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger's television show, in which the library was targeted. In addition to the framed award, DPL and the eight other winning library organizations received $2,500 from the H.W. Wilson Company.

For more information about the campaign or about the Library's Internet policies and resources, call 720-865-2044.

The Adult Learning Source Holds Graduation Ceremonies

The Adult Learning Source (ALS), a local non-profit organization working to educate metro Denver adults and families, recently held graduation ceremonies for more than 85 GED graduates.

The ceremony was held at Calvary Baptist Church. Dave

Aguilera of KCNC-TV was master of ceremonies and Rep. Fran Coleman, Colorado District 1, delivered the keynote address.

Graduates from the Colorado Women's Employment & Education GED Program were Crystal Abraham, Martha Ascher, Tchalla Brown, Christie Caffero, Lydia Dominguez, Jessica Fickling, Cynthia Gilhousen, Anna Gonzales, Audra Harrison, Flor Macias, Bevolin Robinson, Elizabeth Romero, Samantha Saucier, Erika Simental, Krystal-Lee Sterling, Sofia Tapia, Cathleen Villa, Fatima Williams, and Andrea Ivett Zamudio.

Graduating from the Denver Human Services GED Program were Maria Alvarez, Enedina Andrade, Monique Apodaca, Patricia Apodaca, Laura Barron, Katrina Bolden, Darnell DeLeon, Angelica Garza, Sandra Gomez, Latonya Johnson, Brian Kirker, Monique LaCrue, Trisha Leverenz, Terri Mitchell, Antionette Nevarrez, Clara Pearson, Antionette Sailas, and Tasha Williams.

The Ford-Warren Learning Center graduated Chauna Anderson, Alfonso Arellano, Carolyn BeLarde, Brenda Chapman, Terri Gallegos, Shannel Holmes, Laneetra Mims, and Cristopher Owens.

Graduates from the Smith Road Learning Center were Harry Archer, Charles Bair, Antwon Baldwin, Jaysen Booze, Beto Chavez, Barbara Collins, Steven Collins, Manuel Cortez, Charles Craft, Derek Cran, Eric Ewing, Harvey Guerra, Victor Hampton, Damon Hill, Gale Horton, Derrick Hudson, Quincy Jackson, Edward Johnson, Joseph Kelly, Paeng Khaikham, Jorge Luna, Lory Manweiler, Phillip Rodriguez, Mickey Schneider, Kimberly Shore, Andrew Tafoya, Joseph Andrew Tom, Tina Waunch, Amy Wilk, and Raymond Williams.

Graduating from the Southwest Learning Center were Sharon Crowe, Sandra Crump, Diana Flores, Alicia Herrera, Rita James, Juanita Martinez, Elizabeth Medina, Jamie Montoya, Trina Ortega, Hilda Ramirez, and Ignacio Ramirez.

In addition to recognizing this year's graduates, ALS recognized several individuals for their dedicated service. Jennifer Lex, Dave Taliaferro, and Miriam Levy were presented with "Outstanding Volunteer Awards," Martha Ascher was presented with the "Sr. Cecilia Linenbrink Award for Excellence" and Jamaica Elementary School was recognized with the "Collaborative Partnership Award."

Members of the ALS staff were also acknowledged. Tom Kennedy, Tom Oatts and Prosperita Vigil were recognized for three years of service. Michelle Juarez was recognized for five years of service, and Nita Bratt, Susan Lythgoe, and Clarence Wright were commended for their 10 years of service to ALS.

Established in 1964, ALS provides opportunities for motivated adults and families to attain educational goals through literacy programs, GED, and English instruction.

For more information, call the Adult Learning Source at 303-922-4683.

Denver Native Receives Toyota Award

Excellence in the classroom. Excellence when it comes to community spirit/involvement. That's the most fitting way to describe the 100 high school seniors who have been named 2001 Toyota Community Scholars.

Nicole Houston, a 2001 graduating senior of Thomas Jefferson High School, was one of the scholarship recipients.

(Houston wins scholorship.)

The Scholars program, now in its 5th year, honors students who are proven leaders, both in the classroom and in the communities where they live and serve. The winners, who were selected from a pool of more than 12,000 applicants nominated by their schools, were awarded a combined total of $1.12 million in college scholarships recently by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS). The scholarships are valued at $20,000 or $10,000 each, over four years, for study at a four-year college or university starting in the fall of 2001.

Temple Micah Elects Lay Leaders

Temple Micah, a Reform Jewish congregation, whose spiritual leader is Rabbi Sandra Cohen, recently elected Linda Roe, president; Mark Grueskin, vice-president; Carol Molnia, secretary; and Steven Segall, treasurer.

The congregation's newly elected board members are Hal Bruno, Ellen Golombek and Mike Woontner. Judy Heller, Warren Paul, and Nancy Schanfield were elected for additional terms. Michele DeWolfe, Sheri Lockhart, Bernice Mazor, Patti Parson, Elisa Robyn, Martin Smith, and Agnes Sonnenfeld will continue on the board. Esther van de Vosse has been appointed to represent Temple Micah at the Greater Park Hill Neighborhood Association, Inc. meetings.

For more details about religious school classes and Jewish educational opportunities for adults, call Temple Micah at 303-388-4239.

Jazz In The Points Garners Award For Rocky Mountain PBS

The acclaimed Rocky Mountain PBS program, Jazz in Five Points, has won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, one of the most prestigious nationwide awards in documentary and informational productions.

Lisa D. Olken's Jazz in Five Points celebrates the heritage and the history of Denver's African-American community through the flowering culture and jazz scene in Denver's Five Points from the 1920s through the ‘60s. The program, steeped in some of Denver's best music, explores racial identity and community through the perspectives of local historians and jazz greats.

Olken's piece won a competition involving hundreds of media and content judges in a multi-stage jury process. Jazz in Fire Points will be honored at the 43rd Annual CINE Award Ceremony in March 2002.

Rocky Mountain PBS Wins Two AASLH Awards

The American Association for State and Local History announced that Rocky Mountain PBS will receive Certificates of Commendation for its historical documentaries, Jazz in Five Points and American Byways. The AASLH is the most prestigious recognition of achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history, and the 2001 Awards represent 91 organizations and individuals from the United States.

Lisa D. Olken's Jazz in Five Points celebrates the flowering culture and jazz scene in Denver's Five Points from the 1920s to the’ 60s. The program, steeped in some of Denver's best music, explores racial identity and community through the perspectives of local historians and jazz greats. Chris Wheeler's "San Juan Skyway" and "Los Caminos Antiguos" are the first two parts of a Rocky Mountain PBS series called America's Byways. They explore the rugged, often bloody, poignant individual histories behind the creation of two scenic, historic highways in the Southwest, and are as generous with the dramatic scenic beauty of southwestern Colorado as its gripping history.

Farnam Joins Goodwill Industries As Vice President

John C. Farnam has joined the team of Goodwill Industries of Denver as the Vice President of Marketing and Development. Farnam, a familiar name in Colorado's non-profit community comes to Goodwill after working as a Campaign Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. His fund development efforts at The Society have been recognized nationally due to the dramatic growth over previous years.

(Farnam joins Goodwill.)

His non-profit experience has further been enhanced by a tenure as the Executive Director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project in Fort Collins.

Farnam will be responsible for developing strategic direction for the Marketing and Development Division at Goodwill Industries.

Denver Native Selected for Shell Legislative Internship Program

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is aligning forces with Shell Oil Company to kick off the Shell Legislative Internship Program (SLIP) at NALEO's 18th Annual National Conference in San Jose, California. Denver native, Maria Guadalupe Arce, has been selected as one of the SLIP participants. Since 1988, Shell Oil Company and the NALEO Educational Fund have collaborated on developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

Arce is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) where she is majoring in sociology with an emphasis in family studies. She is actively involved in academic, collegiate and community-based organizations. Arce recently conducted a research study with the McNair Scholars Program. She is involved with the UNC Greeley Dream Team and Sigma Lambda Gamma national sorority. She is a volunteer with A Woman's Place and a researcher for the Partner's Organization.

Susan Gurule Elected President Of Colorado Film & Video Association

Susan Gurule has been elected President of the Colorado Film & Video Association (CFVA) to serve a two-year term. Gurule is employed as the Executive Director of the Colorado Branch of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Denver Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

As a CFVA member and chairperson of the Government Relations Committee, Gurule has worked to help curb runaway film and television production to other countries. While runaway production remains a major concern to the Colorado production industry, Gurule plans to focus on building the organization to create a stronger and more unified voice within Colorado.

CFVA publishes the Colorado Production Resources Guide (CPRG) which is used by the Colorado Film Commission and the Mayor's Office of Art Culture and Film to promote the Colorado production industry.