Mears/Ute Complex Student Staff

Meet the Resident Advisors in the Mears/Ute Complex!

 Name: Lyndsie Conklin

Location: Moffat 2nd

Hometown: Ronan, MT

Major: English with a Creative Writing emphasis     Minor: Mathematics

Favorite Thing About Western: The buildings (as weird as that sounds). The buildings are beautiful and have very unique histories. I mean, Taylor is amazing, and she was built when the University was called Colorado State Normal School. It has seen everything, all the changes this University has gone through!

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: Helping a student with anything! I love listening to people and giving them advice on what to do.

About Me: I am a person who you must get to know before I really open up. Once I do, you can't shut me up. I love writing poetry and want to do that for the rest of my life. Friends and family are the greatest things in my live, and I have a wall of 400+ pictures to have them around me as much as possible!


Name: Sarah Dore

Location: Moffat 1st

Hometown: Leadville, CO

Major: Photography   

Favorite Thing About Western: It is small enough to be friendly but big enough for you to never be bored!

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: Getting to know my residents!

About Me: I am a junior and love to try new things! I love doing anything from watching movies to campus to going to Blue Mesa! Just come by my room as say hi!


Name: Ryan White

Location: Robidoux 3rd

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Major: Recreation and Outdoor Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership

Favorite Thing About Western: The family-like setting

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: Helping students through the transition of their first year.

About Me: I was born in Seattle, WA but spent the majority of my life growing up in Woodstock, IL. I love the outdoors, fires, camping, hiking, and backpacking. I love basketball and am a huge Chicago Bulls fan. I have been attending Western for two years now, and I love it. I love snowboarding, and I'll go with anyone who's down to hit the mountain!


Name: Krista Ruff

Location: Robidoux 2nd

Hometown: Eaton, CO

Major: Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Allied Health

Favorite Thing About Western: The location and the small town atmosphere.

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: I get to meet new people on campus and help them find their niche at Western so they can have the best experience possible while attending.

About Me: I am a junior planning on graduating early and going to nursing school in the fall of 2013. It is my second year here at Western. Before coming here, I attended Northern Arizona University for a year and was a nursing major there. I have been swimming for most of my life and am now on the Western swim team, which I am really excited about.


Name: Nick Lawson

Location: Ute 1st

Hometown: Penrose, CO

Major: Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry    Minor: Computer Information Sciences

Favorite Thing About Western: Accessibility to all the awesome activities in the Gunnison Valley.

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: Being connected to Western on a deeper level.

About Me: I find being involved and being outside fulfills me. Any day when you're on two wheels is a good one. I love coffee and working with my hands. Gunnison has opened my eyes to a lifestyle and level of happiness that I did not know was out there.


Name: Keenan Walter

Location: Ute 2nd

Hometown: Meeker, CO

Major: Pre-Med/Graphic Design

Favorite Thing About Western: I like the small classes and the small town feel.

Favorite Thing About Being an RA: I like being in a position where I know I can be really helpful to those who need help.

About Me: I like science, art, and just about everything else that runs the gamut of nerdliness. I also enjoy working out, which is especially wonderful because Gunnison's high altitude makes running just about anywhere else much easier.