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JUNE 9, 2017

Our summer has begun! Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State news.

CLOEE in the NASA rock pileCLOEE vs. the Mars Yard

Our Robotics Team is off for the summer, with an assignment: How could we do this better? Just after graduation last month they boarded a bus for a challenging trip to the "Mars Yard" at NASA's Johnson Space Center. CLOEE (Computer-controlled Land-based Optical Electronic Explorer), operated from afar by students in Mission Control, had to traverse difficult terrain and pick up specially colored rocks. Using a cell phone connection, operators could see video from robot-mounted cameras and then respond with movement commands.

While this was a test run, their scores were comparable to those earned by top tier four-year schools in last year's Robo-Ops event. The team plans to compete in Houston next year. Thanks to everyone who donated money to get them to Texas and back.

Isabella NacarroTrojan slugger named NJCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year

Isabella Navarro Our Softball Trojans won their first ever Region IX Championship last month before falling to eventual national champion Butler Community College in the next round. It was a special season in many ways. The school record for home runs was shattered and Coach Steve Swazo passed 300 career wins. Plus, Isabella Navarro of Bernalillo, New Mexico was named NJCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year. She batted .511 on the season and had 30 home runs and 93 runs batted in. She will play for Colorado State in the fall.
Congratulations to you, Isabella!

Elias Gedyon won the NJCAA Elias Gedyon Elias Gedyon wins another national title

Trojan runner Elias Gedyon won the NJCAA outdoor track and field national title in the Men's 1500 Meter in Hutchinson, Kansas three weeks ago. His time was 4:01.35. Elias also won a national championship at 1000 meters at the indoor track and field meet back in March. He'll stay in the Valley, running for Adams State in the fall.
Great job, Elias!

Until next time,

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