Beloved biology professor and FAR Dr. Dan Caprioglio tragically passes away; Memorial service, scholarship information

Beloved biology professor and FAR Dr. Dan Caprioglio tragically passes away; Memorial service, scholarship information

Portions of the release courtesy of CSU-Pueblo External Affairs

PUEBLO, Colo. (June 14, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Athletics Department mourns the loss of Biology Professor and Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Dan Caprioglio, who died in a bicycle accident June 9 on Colorado Highway 47.

A campus memorial service for "Dr. Dan" Caprioglio, 56, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 in Hoag Recital Hall to be followed by a reception in Hoag Hall Foyer. A second service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 6 at Christ the King Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Drive.

"We have lost a very dear friend and colleague," said CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda. "Dr. Dan was a professor that deeply cared about the students he taught and worked with. He was a person with great integrity and always went the extra mile for the Athletics staff and student-athletes in his role as the Faculty Athletic Representative. Dr. Dan was a strong ambassador for Athletics and his passing is a huge loss for our program. We will keep his wife Helen and family in our thoughts and prayers."

His wife, Helen, assistant provost for assessment, has established a scholarship for undergraduate research in Dan's honor with the CSU-Pueblo Foundation to carry on Dan's legacy and benefit undergraduate research for CSU-Pueblo students.

Checks for the scholarship may be made payable to the CSU-Pueblo Foundation and mailed to: 

CSU-Pueblo Foundation
Dan Caprioglio Undergraduate Research Scholarship
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001

The following link may be used for online donations to the scholarship:

Those interested in contributing also may call the Foundation at 719-549-2380 or drop off their donations at 329 Administration on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

Additional memorials have been established with the Sangre de Cristo Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House.

The Caprioglios joined the CSU-Pueblo family in 1993. Dr. Caprioglio was named the 1998 outstanding faculty member in the College of Sciences and Math, the 2011 PHEF College Educational of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the award for Faculty Excellence in Advising/Mentoring.

In addition to serving as a professor, he served as an assistant coach for track and cross country programs for a small stint and was the current Faculty Athletic Representative, a position that allowed him to use his advising and mentoring expertise to ensure the success of CSU-Pueblo student-athletes both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom.

He also mentored students in undergraduate research, accompanying Tri-Beta students to winning presentations at their regional conferences. He was graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Biology as well as a member of the Graduate Program Natural Sciences Graduate Program advisory board with oversight of the master's programs in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.  

Outside of his academic pursuits, Caprioglio was a dedicated runner since his days as a cross country standout at UCLA in the early 1980s. Starting out as a runner on the UC-Santa Barbara cross country team, he helped UCSB take first in the Pacific Coast Athletics Association (now the Big West Conference) and won the PCAA championship in the 10,000-meter. During that same year, he made the US Junior Cross Country team that went on to win a silver medal at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Paris 1980. 

Due to family needs, he transferred to UCLA and ran cross country and track for the Bruins.  He was a member of the 1982 UCLA cross country team that placed 9th at the Division I NCAA nationals. He is still top five on the Bruin all-time list in the marathon.
After completion of the BA in Microbiology at UCLA, Caprioglio continued onto graduate school at Oregon State University and North Carolina State University. During that time, he qualified and competed in two US Olympic Trials Marathons (1984 and 1988) as well as being selected as a marathoner for the U.S. in the World University Games in Zagreb, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) in 1987. 

Over his competitive career, he competed in 24 states and four foreign countries, representing the U.S. as a national team member twice.

Caprioglio received his BA in Microbiology at University of California Los Angeles in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from North Carolina State University in 1989.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.