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JANUARY 9, 2017

Hard to believe we're into 2017 already. Classes start next week. Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings!

National publicity
Magazine CoverOur gunsmithing program has been getting a lot of national attention lately and we believe it's well deserved. Ainsley Ridgeway, soon to start her fourth and last semester in the gunsmithing program, was featured on the cover of Women and Guns Magazine in the November/December issue. When she completes our program in May she will, at the same time, get her four-year business degree from the University of Wyoming.

She's an impressive young lady. Two other national gun magazines will also feature articles on our gunsmithing program soon.



More gunsmithing
While we're talking gunsmithing, we wanted to share a photo of this amazing rifle, built by Justin Kamal, who completed the program last month. He plans to use this as his visual resume as he looks for a job in the custom gunsmithing world. It's a single shot .50-caliber, weighing in at 43 pounds. It features an English walnut stock with intricate carving and silver wire inlay. We posted this and other photos on Facebook and had a viral moment with 99,000 views and more than 500 shares.
Nicely done Justin!

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Track and Field
With the Cross Country season officially in the books, we have discussed the possibility of initiating a Track and Field program for the College. With the blessing of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), we have taken the first steps. Four of our head coaches - Lauren Martin (Cross Country), Aaron Miller (Men's Soccer), Melissa Hardman (Women's Volleyball), and Peter Freeman (Women's Soccer) - have worked with Athletic Director Mike Salbato to make participation this spring a reality for students on both campuses. Three of our current student-athletes have already represented us at the Adam's State Early Bird Open held last month and we plan to attend track meets in Albuquerque, Gunnison and Alamosa in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for our coaches, our students, and for Trojan athletics.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State