Wednesdays at Western - Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 "Wednesdays at Western" Lineup

Wednesdays at Western provide opportunities for Gunnison visitors and residents to spend a Wednesday enjoying and learning about the
area. The single-day courses are as diverse, engaging, and entertaining as the instructors who are leading the courses. Western Extended Studies invites you to experience a great Wednesday at Western. Sign up today!

PAYMENT & REGISTRATION INFO:Pre-payment and pre-registration are required for all programs. Space is limited for most courses. Sorry, no discounts are available for Wednesdays at Western programs. No refunds after registration deadline. All programs run rain or shine. Campus parking is free; no permit required.

COCHETOPA PARK ARCHAEOLOGY

Justin Lawrence
Wednesday, June 18, 8:00AM-4:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 16.
Cost: $25
The Cochetopa Hills country of the Gunnison Basin was highly utilized by the Native Americans from the Paleolithic to the Ute removal in 1872. Due to the confidentiality of these site locations, specifics of the trip cannot be shared but expect to visit unique prehistoric sites, participate in a survey of the area, and assist in the recordation of any sites that are discovered. While hiking to the sites, participants overlook the beautiful Cochetopa Valley with views of the La Garita  wilderness and Cochetopa Dome. This trip requires hiking of 2-5 miles on uneven and rocky terrain with elevation gains of up to 1000’ feet. Participants should bring a daypack containing water, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection and any other items needed. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

EXPLORING HARTMAN ROCKS BY MOUNTAIN BIKE--BEGINNER

Jennifer Smith
Wednesday, June 18, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Meeting Location: Hartman Rocks picnic table area next to main parking area – entrance from Gold Basin road.
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 16.
Cost: $15
Join Jennifer Smith, accomplished mountain biker and coach of Western’s cycling program, for an introduction to the trails at Hartman Rocks. This program is for the beginner and casual cyclist. Smith guides riders on jeep roads, double-track and easy single-track trails at Hartman Rocks. The purpose of this program
is to help the rider learn the trail system at Hartman Rocks while building confidence riding on dirt roads and trails. Participants need to have their own mountain bike in good working order, a puncture repair kit including replacement tube, tire iron and pump. Cycling appropriate clothing: shorts/jersey/socks/shoes, and safety clothing: sunglasses/helmet and long fingered gloves. Please wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle/hydropack and snacks for a 2.5 hour ride. Mountain bikes are available for rent through Western’s Wilderness Pursuits office. Call 970.943.7051 and mention the Wednesdays at Western program.

BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Gregg Morin
Wednesday, June 25, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Meeting Location: Taylor Hall room 101
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 23.
Cost: $15
This course covers basic digital photography, including: types of digital cameras and how they work, basic shooting functions, and image processing. Composition, use of light, and other techniques are also discussed. The second half of the class is spent outside on the Western campus taking pictures, with time for students to get feedback on their images from the instructor. Participants need to bring a digital camera, memory card, and camera instruction manual.

ELK MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS AND GEOLOGY

Tom Prather
Wednesday, June 25, 8:00AM-4:00PM
Meeting Location:
University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 23.
Cost: $25
Participants head to Crested Butte and turn on the Brush Creek road around the back side of Crested Butte Mountain. This side is a good place to view the origin of Crested Butte Mountain, Mt. Whetstone and Gothic Mountain, all of which are laccoliths. Parking up the road at the edge of the Elk Mountain uplift, participants hike the jeep road up West Brush Creek for about one and half miles and view the fascinating geology of the Elk Mountains. This area is carpeted with beautiful  Wildflowers, especially fields of blue lupine. Teocalli Mountain rises majestically in the background. Participants should be comfortable hiking around four miles and should bring a daypack containing water, wind/rain jackets, sun protection, and a camera (optional). Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

EXPLORING HARTMAN ROCKS BY MOUNTAIN BIKE--INTERMEDIATE

Jennifer Smith
Wednesday, June 25, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Meeting Location:
Hartman Rocks picnic table area next to main parking area – entrance from Gold Basin road.
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 23.
Cost: $15
Join Jennifer Smith, accomplished mountain biker and coach of Western’s cycling program, for a second ride at Hartman Rocks. Participants who enjoyed the first session can build on their skills and intermediate cyclists are welcome to participate. Smith guides riders on easy and intermediate single-track trails at Hartman Rocks. The purpose of this program is to help riders learn the trail system at Hartman Rocks while building confidence riding on trails. Participants need to have their own mountain bike in good working order, a puncture repair kit including replacement tube, tire iron and pump. Cycling appropriate clothing:  Shorts/jersey/socks/shoes, and safety clothing: sunglasses/helmet and long fingered gloves. Please wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle/hydropack and snacks for a 2.5 hour ride. Mountain bikes are available for rent through Western’s Wilderness Pursuits office. Call 970.943.7051 and mention the Wednesdays at Western program.

INTRODUCTION TO WHITTLING

Bill Tintera
Wednesday, June 25, 10:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Meeting Location:
Quigley Hall room 234
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 23.
Cost: $15
Learn the skills to whittle wood in this one-day seminar: knife-sharpening, layout and design, transfer, model-making, and roughing out the design and execution of a small whittling project. Participants leave class with a small object they make themselves; take the opportunity to create something new. Some materials provided. Participants need to bring a leather glove: left-hand glove for right-handed people and right-hand glove for left-handed people, and a pen knife/small-blade pocket knife which can be purchased at True Value.

CEMENT MOUNTAIN SUMMIT HIKE

Karen Immerso
Wednesday, July 2, 7:00AM-4:00PM
Meeting Location:
University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 30.
Cost: $25
Join Karen Immerso on a local, full-day hike as a warm-up for bigger summer adventures. The ascent up Cement Mountain begins up Rosebud Gulch from the Spring Creek side at 9700’. Participants hike to Cement Mountain whose summit is 12,200’. This is an ambitious walk up 2500’ and approximately 8 miles round trip. Participants should bring a daypack containing one to two liters of water, appropriate footwear for hiking, wind and rain jackets, warm hat, layers of clothing, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection, as well as a walking stick or trekking poles. Participants must be able to hike uphill at altitude without difficulty, and be comfortable with round-trip distance of eight miles and 2500’ of elevation gain. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

CRAFTING WITH CLAY

Karen Immerso
Wednesday, July 2, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Meeting Location:
Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 30.
Cost: $20
Join instructor Karen Immerso for a fun and exploratory evening of clay at the Gunnison Arts Center. Participants learn how to craft a hand-built clay vessel and use unique texturing elements to add their own touch. No experience is necessary! Pieces are fired in the clay studio and will be ready to pick up (or glaze) the
following Wednesday. Finished work may be shipped for an additional fee. Participants should wear clothing they don’t mind getting dirty. Supplies are included.

MINERAL TRIANGLE TOUR—GUNNISON, CRESTED BUTTE, AND TAYLOR PARK

Duane Vandenbusche
Wednesday, July 2, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Meeting Location:
Kelley Hall room 120
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 25.
Cost: $35
Take a historical journey through Gunnison Valley’s Mineral Triangle: Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Taylor Park, with renowned local historian Duane   Vandenbusche. First, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Almont Resort while hearing the highlights of Almont’s beginnings. Next, travel to Crested Butte and take a
chairlift ride to the top of the ski area. At 12,000’, Dr. Vandenbusche presents the history of Gothic, Crested Butte, and the East River Valley. Stop at the Crested Butte museum followed by lunch in the park in Crested Butte. Then, journey over Jack’s Cabin cut-off on the way to Taylor Park Dam. A final stop is made
at Harmel’s Resort in Taylor Canyon for more story-telling before returning to Western.  Participants should bring additional snacks and drinks. Wear appropriate footwear for light hiking and clothing for inclement weather. Participants must be able to walk and travel at elevations of over 12,000’. Transportation, breakfast, chair lift ride, admission to the Crested Butte museum and a sack lunch are provided.

PICKLEBALL ANYONE?

Barbara Klingman and Rogene McKiernan
Wednesday, July 2, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Meeting Location:
TBD
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 30.
Cost: $15
Learn and play one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Pickleball is somewhat a combination of the games of badminton and tennis, yet played with a whiffle ball. It is a paddle sport that is easy to learn and fun at all skill and age levels. Courts and tournaments are being set up all over the United States. Come check it out and have some fun. The class is setup for beginners. Paddles will be provided if needed. Wear loose clothes and tennis /court shoes.

CRAFTING WITH CLAY

Karen Immerso
Wednesday, July
9, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 7.
Cost: $20
Create a beautiful piece for your home in this single-evening pottery-painting workshop where participants have the chance to learn successful glazing techniques. On July 9th, participants have the option of either glazing ceramic pieces created during the July 2nd workshop, or may choose from a selection of
pre-made bisque items to paint. No experience is necessary! Pieces will be fired in the clay studio and be ready to pick up the following Wednesday. Finished work may be shipped for an additional fee. Participants should wear clothing they don’t mind getting dirty. Supplies are included.

GEOLOGY OF TAYLOR PARK

Bruce Bartleson
Wednesday, July 9, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 2.
Cost: $30
Travel through Taylor Canyon and Taylor Park with distinguished local geologist Bruce Bartleson to learn about the incredible geology of the area. The tour takes the group to Taylor Park with numerous stops along the way where Dr. Bartleson explains the area’s physical and historical geology. Discussion centers on the
glacial and structural geology of Taylor Park. Why is Taylor Park a large basin? How far, where, and how long did glaciers extend in the region? Were there ever great glacial breakout floods coming down Taylor Canyon? The answers to these questions are given and more. Participants should bring a daypack containing water, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

NATURE AND WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Greg Smith
Tuesday, July 8, 5:30PM-6:30PM
Wednesday, July 9, 7:30AM-4:00PM

Meeting Location: Taylor Hall room 205
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 7. Cost: $20
The Gunnison Valley is beautiful, with varied terrain and several unique ecosystems. Photographing such a landscape and its details can be overwhelming. Learn to make better pictures in the wild, from macros of insects to monumental landscapes. Learn how it’s possible to be near and not disturb wildlife while making pictures. Explore exposure options, lens choices and how they can help you tell your visual story. Learn tips and tricks for keeping yourself and equipment safe and steady, and wildlife calm. Learn post-processing and workflow steps to optimize images. Learn exposure at a distance with varying backgrounds.
This starts with a one-hour classroom introduction, followed by a trip to a mountain trail, with flowing water, wildflowers and possibly some wildlife. The day ends uploading, optimizing and critiquing pictures from the day’s hike. Each participant must have a digital camera, hat, sunscreen, water, snack and layers for
changing weather. SLR cameras with long, fast lenses will work best. However, better point-and-shoot cameras – particularly those capable of recording raw image files – will also work. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

BLACK CANYON ROAD BICYCLE RIDE

Jennifer Smith
Wednesday, July 16, 8:00AM-2:00PM
Meeting Location:
University Center parking lot
and then drive personal vehicles to the dam
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 14.
Cost: $25
This program is an instructor-led road ride on scenic Highway 92. The ride starts at the Blue Mesa dam with the intended goal of riding to the top of the Mesa. The ride is an out and back. It is approximately 40 miles. This ride is designed to be a ‘no drop’ ride with riders climbing at their own pace; however, participants
meet up and regroup two times on the ascent and two times on the descent. This ride is intended to share the beauty of one of Gunnison Valley’s classic road rides. Participants need to have their own road bike or mountain bike in good working order, a puncture repair kit including a replacement tube, tire iron and
pump. Wear cycling appropriate clothing: shorts/jersey/socks/shoes and safety clothing: sunglasses/helmet and long fingered gloves. Please wear sunscreen and bring warmer layers for higher elevations and descending. Please bring a water bottle/hydropack and snacks for a 4 hour ride session.

THE ALPINE TUNNEL AND THE RACE TO THE GUNNISON COUNTRY

Justin Lawrence
Wednesday, July 16, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 14.
Cost: $25
Travel to the Alpine Tunnel outside of Pitkin, Colorado, near the Continental Divide. Along the historic railroad route, the group stops to discuss the construction and operation of the rail line which ran intermittently from 1882-1910. Upon arriving at the top, the group explores the structures related to the Alpine depot, with
a short walk to the tunnel itself. For those with a bit more stamina, a short trail goes to the top of the Continental Divide where participants can take in the views and see the eastern side of the rail line as it descends Chalk Creek towards Mt. Princeton. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided. Participants must
be able to hike at altitude for ½ mile on level ground. Proper footwear and backpack with warm clothes, raingear, water,
snacks, camera, and other essentials for hiking at high altitudes.

WATERCOLOR WESTERNS

Gail Sovick
Wednesday, July 16, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 14.
Cost: $15
Wagon wheels, barns, old fences and ranching scenes serve as inspiration in this workshop where participants follow a simple progression of steps to complete a unique and easy watercolor painting. No experience is necessary. All supplies included.

ACRYLIC BIRDS

Gail Sovick
Wednesday, July 23, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 21. Cost: $15
Create an elegant scene on canvas and learn some beginning acrylic painting techniques in this workshop at the Gunnison Arts Center. Participants study value and shape while focusing on local bird life as subjects. Students go home with a finished piece. No experience is necessary. All supplies included.

BOSTON PEAK SUMMIT HIKE

Karen Immerso
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00AM-4:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 21.
Cost: $25
Join Karen Immerso on a local, full-day hike. The second in a series of summit hikes, participants hike to the summit of Boston Peak at 11,703’ which takes off from Spring Creek. Not a large, significant, or well-known summit, this beautiful spot opens to lovely views of the surrounding area. Participants must be able to hike uphill at altitude without difficulty, and be comfortable with round-trip distance of eight miles and 2000’ of elevation gain. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided. Participants should bring a daypack containing one to two liters of water, appropriate footwear for hiking, wind and rain jackets, warm hat, layers of clothing, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection, as well as a walking stick or trekking poles.

GEOLOGY OF TAYLOR PARK

Bruce Bartleson
Wednesday, July 23, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 16.
Cost: $30
Travel through Taylor Canyon and Taylor Park with distinguished local geologist Bruce Bartleson to learn about the incredible geology of the area. The tour takes the group to Taylor Park with numerous stops along the way where Dr. Bartleson explains the area’s physical and historical geology. Discussion centers on the
glacial and structural geology of Taylor Park. Why is Taylor Park a large basin? How far, where, and how long did glaciers extend in the region? Were there ever great glacial breakout floods coming down Taylor Canyon? The answers to these questions are given and more. Participants should bring a daypack containing water, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

DILLON PINNACLES HIKE

Barbara Klingman
Wednesday, July 30, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Meeting Location: University Center parking lot
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 28. 
Cost: $20
Enjoy the beauty of Blue Mesa from a vantage point atop Dillon Pinnacles. The views are usually spectacular. The basic trail is about 4 miles and a 450’ elevation gain. If weather permits, we continue up the drainage and ascend off trail to the mesa above the pinnacles. This could add 3 miles to the hike. However, the primary objective is to enjoy the scenery and each other, so the course adjusts as necessary. This is mostly sage and shrub terrain so it could be warm or it could be raining and cold. Bring essential hiking gear: i.e. hat, sunscreen, rain/wind jacket, snacks and extra water. Wear good sturdy hiking shoes (this is a moderate hike that may be easy for a native but strenuous for a visitor). Transportation and a sack lunch are provided.

HEAVENLY SIGHTS

Mike Brooks and the Gunnison Valley Observatory
Wednesday, July 30, 8:00PM-11:00PM

Meeting Location: Taylor Hall room 100 and then drive personal vehicles to observatory
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 28.
Cost: $10
Using hands-on methods of instruction, participants learn about amateur and observational astronomy by investigating the equipment typically used by the amateur astronomer. In addition, participants enjoy viewing the heavens with a range of telescope styles and sizes, including the Gunnison Valley Observatory’s 14” and 30” research-capable telescopes. Even though it is summer, participants should bring a coat for the evening outside and in the
observatory. Participants should also bring a flashlight, water
bottle, and paper and pencil.

THE RAINBOW ROUTE: GUNNISON, MONARCH, AND MARSHALL PASS

Duane Vandenbusche 
Wednesday, July 30, 8:00AM-5:00PM

Meeting Location: Kelley Hall room 120
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 23.
Cost: $35
Follow the famous Rainbow Route: Highway 50 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Poncha Springs. Stops include the historic Sargents’ schoolhouse, Monarch Crest, the historic Maysville School, and the Mountain Spirits Winery. From Poncha Springs, the class returns to Gunnison via Marshall Pass where the Denver
and Rio Grande Railroad first entered the Gunnison Country in 1881. The trip covers mining camps, ranching, narrow gauge railroads, skiing and social life. Learn about Parlin, Doyleville,  Sargents, White Pine, Monarch, Garfield, Arborville, and Maysville. Participants should bring additional snacks and drinks. Wear appropriate footwear for light hiking and clothing for inclement weather. Participants must be able to walk and travel at elevations of over 11,000’. Transportation, continental breakfast, and a sack lunch are provide d.

WATERCOLOR PENCIL LANDSCAPES

Gail Sovick
Wednesday, July 30, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 28. Cost: $15
Watercolor pencils offer the ease of control and predictability of colored pencils combined with the soft and organic look of watercolor paints. Join this workshop to explore this medium and create a finished piece while using simple local landscape scenes for inspiration. No experience is necessary. All supplies included.

ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA WILDFLOWERS

Gail Sovick
Wednesday, August 6, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 4.
Cost: $15
Experiment with a variety of background and texture painting techniques to create a rich and gorgeous wildflower scene in acrylic on canvas in this workshop.  Participants also learn about local wildflowers and leave the class with a finished painting. No experience is necessary. All supplies included.

CRAFTING WITH CLAY

Shelia Anderson
Wednesday, August 6, 2:00PM-4:00PM

Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 4.
Cost: $20
Join instructor Sheila Anderson for a fun and exploratory afternoon of clay at the Gunnison Arts Center. Participants learn how to craft a hand-built clay vessel and use unique texturing elements to add their own touch. No experience is necessary! Pieces are fired in the GAC clay studio and will be ready to pick up (or glazed) the following Wednesday. Finished work may be shipped for an additional fee. Supplies are included.

MEDITATION, CONTEMPLATION, RELAXATION

Barbara Klingman
Wednesday, August 6, 5:15PM-7:15PM

Meeting Location: Taylor Hall room 117
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 4.
Cost: $10
Whether you are working, retired, or on vacation, there are benefits to learning and practicing some basic meditation and relaxation exercises. Relaxing your mind and your body releases stress and allows more space, openness, and movement in both areas. Studies indicate measurable benefits to brain function, blood pressure, immune systems and many stress-related diseases. The class begins with specific stretches designed to release muscular tension. Three or four meditation styles are then introduced and, after each style, the class is guided in a short practice. The session ends with a few more stretches and a short relaxation period. This class is designed for the novice who wants to experience some good “de-stressing” and simple centering techniques. Discussion can take place at the end if desired. Wear loose clothing. Mats are provided but please bring a large towel.

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