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Mourning-Star nominated for NCBR award

September 1, 2011

Graduate student Phoenix Mourning-Star has been recently nominated for the Northern Colorado Business Report Young Leader Award for his work with his organization, the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action.

Nominated for Young Business Leader Award

Each year the Northern Colorado Business Report selects and hosts 40 of Northern Colorado’s young leaders that are under 40 years of age.

This year the 40/40 Leaders Awards Reception will be held Oct. 6, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo., “where 40 of the young professionals who are shaping and will continue to shape the future of Northern Colorado will be recognized, awarded and otherwise feted.”

 Helping graduates and professionals

Nominated in 2011 is CSU graduate student Phoenix Mourning-Star who is the Founder and Director of the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action – an organization that originally began as a student run non-profit to decrease the financial burden of humanitarian minded student researchers and interventionist, SOGHR has now grown to address the funding challenges faced by graduate students, young-entry level professionals and recent graduates. The organization began its work and building its infrastructure and business plan in 2008 and is now working under the guidance of The Green Garage Foundation and operates an on campus chapter at CSU through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry.

Engaging in networking

Through SOGHR, Mourning-Star and his team were successfully able to bring high level diplomats to CSU’s campus including the Steven Kraft Director of Narcotics and Law Enforcement for the Afghanistan/Pakistan Region, Ambassador Roger Pierce and State Department/AAAS researcher Douglas Walker, who is also a CSU alum.

Along with coordinating speaking events, Mourning-Star and his team also held regular programs for students and faculty interested in collaborating with the State Department on research as well as career interests. His work was recognized by the State Department Division of Public Affairs and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.


On Thursday, Sept. 1 SOGHR will be recruiting CSU students from all majors through its campus chapter to work on by hosting a casual free pizza meeting and greet on the west LSC patio from 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Shanan Gronewoller
Phone: (970) 818-1192