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Western State Brass Band to perform Friday June 30

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Friday evening concert will be the culmination of the group’s 43rd annual week-long rehearsal sequence.

Providing the Gunnison Valley with 43 years of summer concerts featuring traditional brass band music, the group draws players from all over the country. More than 50 participants will rehearse for more than 26 hours over the course of five days to produce a variety of music.

18th Annual Writing the Rockies conference set for July 19-23 on Western's campus

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gunnison, Colorado – Now in its 18th year, Writing the Rockies (July 19 – 23, 2017) is one of the largest and most diverse writers’ conferences in the Rocky Mountain region.

On a short trip into one of Colorado’s most beautiful summer valleys, aspiring novelists, screenwriters, poets, creative nonfiction authors, educators, editors, critics, and anyone who loves the written word can meet and work with a national roster of authors and teachers, all at an affordable price.

Western to host Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society conference

Monday, March 20, 2017

In addition to oral presentations, an awards ceremony and tours of the local ecosystem (as well as the High Alpine Brewery), the meeting will feature keynotes by University of California, Davis’ Gail Patricelli, Ph.D. and Adam State’s Megan Sherbenou, Ph.D.

Patricelli, a professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis, will speak on new technology—such as microphone arrays, biomimetic robotics and remote telemetry—used to study breeding behaviors, bioacoustics and the effects of noise pollution on birds in the wild.

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Western Sociology lecturer wins best dissertation award

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gabriel, a Sociology lecturer at Western, received the Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation for her work titled, “Manufacturing Precarity: A Case Study of the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 86D Lockout in Muscatine, Iowa.”

Judges for the award found Gabriel’s work to be “brilliant” and “a fascinating and useful take on how job loss and re-employment works in the Heartland.”

Nontraditional student writes his own future in geosciences

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Like many 19-year-olds, Cote attended college after finishing high school. He enrolled at a university in his home state of New Hampshire, and hadn’t thought much about why he was there. It was just the next step in fulfilling what society taught him was the path to success.  

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Cote said.

Cote decided to drop out and become a self-declared “ski bum” out West. He skied and worked at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for eight years before deciding to attend Western for the Petroleum Geology program.

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Western wins ‘Top Adventure College’

Friday, June 9, 2017

The bracketed contest began with dozens of colleges and universities across the West, including University of Colorado Boulder, University of Utah, Montana State University and Colorado Mesa University. The final round came down to Western vs. Prescott College.

“It’s the school’s dedication to programs that study, celebrate, protect and expand those wildlands that put it at the top in our poll,” Doug Schnitzspahn said in a recent Outdoor Elevation article about the victory.

Fly fishing club volunteers more than 500 hours to improve Gunnison Watershed

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Adam Beede ’17 initiated the start of the Gunnison Sockeyes River Conservation Club when he rounded up seven signatures during a meet-and-greet activity. Since then, Beede has worked relentlessly to get the club where it is today.

The Gunnison Sockeyes River Conservation Club strives to rehabilitate, maintain and improve the Gunnison Watershed through volunteer work. The club works closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Coldharbour Institute and the Gunnison Angling Society to improve angling opportunities in the Gunnison Valley.

Working against the odds in conservation

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From April 10 to 11, Western welcomed activists, lawmakers and visionaries to the University Center as part of the annual Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) Spring Symposium. Central to this year’s discussion was overcoming obstacles in tough times.

The event began with a keynote by Eryn Wise, a Dakota Access Pipeline activist who recently spent five months in the Standing Rock Reservation. She serves as an organizer for Honor the Earth and delivered an inspiring message on perseverance within conservation efforts.

Western goes green for Earth Day

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The LEAD Sustainability Coordinators, Organics Guild and Sustainability Coalition came together to plan Earth Week from April 17 through April 21.

The week started off with free, bicycle-blended smoothies at the Mountaineer Field House. Students hopped on a bike and pedaled away, powering a blender in the process. The only energy used was that of students themselves. Later, community members gathered at the Chipeta Garden to prepare the plot of land for spring.

Geiman Fellows welcome 12 new members

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Geiman Fellows is a program at Western for juniors that focuses on teaching students how to become leaders and productive members of society. Fellows are taught important values that they will use after graduation. Not only do the fellows learn from the staff and faculty members, as well as Dave Geiman—the benefactor of the program—they also learn from their peers.

If you can trust someone on a mountain, you can trust them in your dorm

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Westbury was from St. Louis, Missouri and Johnson was from Woodland Park, Colorado. The two were placed together their freshman year by the random roommate selection that Western provides. After learning about each other via Facebook and texting each other a bit, the girls began to become friends.

“I was going to be a Business major, but I knew that I did not want to live with Business majors. I placed myself in the Recreational Outdoor students because I knew I would fit better with them,” Johnson said.

Announcing the 2017 Alumni Awards for Excellence

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Alumni Awards for Excellence celebrate Western State Colorado University as a community of teachers and learners. The Award, established by former President Harry Peterson in 1997, is an opportunity to recognize the talents and achievements of our graduates and remains the University's highest honor for its graduating seniors.

Mountain Sports adds road biking to roster

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While mountain biking has been a flourishing component of Mountain Sports since the program’s inception in 2012, most riders tend to hang their bikes up when the snow begins to fly. Sophomore Ryan Trimble, a Business Marketing major from Seattle, WA, decided to break that mold and race in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) road biking circuit as the only representative from Western when he was a freshman.

Self-trained boxing champ's unusual Western story

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

As a Politics and Pre-Law student, Wagner is a self-motivated and self-trained high achiever. However, he identifies his community as a key part of his success as a student and athlete.

“Being involved is very important at Western,” he reflected. “Here, the close-knit community creates a sense of accountability.”

In his time at Western, Robert became involved in the Men’s Club Rugby team and served with the Peer Academic Leader (PAL) program to become connected with other students. Leadership has been a big part of Wagner’s life as a student and community member.

Chemistry Club showcases magic reactions for the ninth year

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Once a year the Chemistry Club puts together a magic show that demonstrates the reactions that can occur when mixing elements. They work with everything from acid and bases to liquid nitrogen.

“I’m the coordinator of this club and the students work on this show for a couple of months to learn about the reactions that take place,” said Ryter, who helps the club get everything together.

Western celebrates the Class of 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Graduation will feature 402 graduates: 342 will receive their bachelor’s degrees and 60 will receive graduate degrees. Students hail from 37 different states and three foreign countries.

Alumna Nancy Chisholm ‘90 will serve as commencement speaker. Chisholm is the former vice president and general manager of Tyco Retail Solutions, a $1 billion vertical business unit of Tyco, headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland.

Western promotes growth in local agriculture

Friday, April 21, 2017

From March 30-31, Western hosted the Gunnison Valley Farm-to-Table Conference, bringing together students, farmers, legislators and activists in a discussion about healthy local economies.

Now in its fifth year, this event is supported by Western’s Borick School of Business, the Colorado State University Exension and the National Young Farmer’s Coalition. This time, turnout exceeded expectations and generated hope for future growth.

Western student is the first Mountaineer to win two national championships

Friday, April 21, 2017

Konieczek has been running track for more than nine years. She is from Poland and while looking for colleges, was on the hunt for the perfect place to train at elevation.

 “I was considering somewhere to train in elevation. I asked around, and decided to come to Colorado. My brother came [to Western] in the summer for an elevation sports camp. He sent me pictures and talked about the coach,” Konieczek said.

Konieczek wanted to make sure that Western would be a great fit for her.

ICELab hosts talk by workspace visionary

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“Googler” and former CEO and co-founder of NextSpace Jeremy Neuner spoke at the ICELab this past week to share his insights on collaborative workspaces and thoughts on why the Gunnison Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit is such a good fit for them. Listeners dragged in chairs, moved couches and flung their legs over armrests; the space appeared to manifest its creative potential before a word was spoken.

Geology student aims to influence environmental legislation

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thomas came to Western after a fortuitous encounter with the campus while road tripping from out East.

He previously attended a large school in his home state of Delaware, where he was unsure of his course of study and felt disengaged in his classes of over 300 students.

“I found myself losing a lot of time and credits not knowing what I wanted to do,” Thomas said.

Labor of love redefines riding at Cranor Hill

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Seavey, a Bostonian who came to Western in 2013 to pursue a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Sport and Fitness Management, reveled in the prospect of snowboarding after class on mountains far larger than out East. While the wall of mountains that appear upon leaving the Gunnison city limits still capture his heart and imagination, his sights are currently set on Cranor Hill just 4 miles north of town.

Professional development events encourage female leadership

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As Mountaineers prepared to leave for Spring Break, a group of students attended the annual Professional Development Dinner in the University Center Ballroom.

Each year, this free event equips students for the work world by providing them with networking tips, etiquette advice and an opportunity to meet others in their fields.

This year’s dinner included a keynote by former broker-dealer-president Kim Scouller, who served as an in-house attorney at Transamerica. Scouller also spoke at a luncheon designed for female students in the Borick School of Business.

Partners In The Parks offers summer program for sixth year

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Starting in 2010, Partners In The Parks (PITP) Black Canyon and Curecanti has taken between 72 and 90 students on a life changing adventure through the Black Canyon in Gunnison. These honors students experience a week in the parks learning about the history around them and the importance of having National Parks in the world. 

This year PITP is offered in 10 National Parks around the nation, with seven of them taking place during the summer time when students are more available for the weeklong programs.

Academic, outdoor pursuits go hand-in-hand at Western

Monday, March 20, 2017

Noon demonstrates how the mountains and outdoor recreation opportunities in the valley drive him to be a better student.

As Travel GCB puts it, “When you attend college in an awe-inspiring location like Colorado's Gunnison Valley, academics and recreation often have a symbiotic relationship. For Western State Colorado University Senior Peter Noon, outdoor pursuits are a motivating factor rather than a distraction.”

Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

Friday, March 17, 2017

Business and entrepreneurship professor Tom Miller joined Western last year because, he says, “I got to a spot in my career where I wanted to teach.” He had also recently written a book, Lift: A New Paradigm for Influential Leaders, which redefines and revalues influence and encourages the building of communities and character.

Western's participation in the National Student Exchange fosters diverse learning

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The program allows students from participating universities to spend a semester at another institution in the United States, its territories or Canada. This means Western students can spend time elsewhere, returning to Gunnison with new perspectives and diversifying the learning experience back on campus. Meanwhile, many students from other universities and colleges choose to “study abroad” at Western, bringing with them new ideas and points of view.

Professor John Hausdoerffer publishes new book, essays

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

John Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., recently published an edited collection, Wildness: Relations of People and Place, through the University of Chicago Press.

The book includes essays by Hausdoerffer himself as well as Western's David Rothman, in addition to works by internationally acclaimed authors and activists Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Joel Salatin and Wes Jackson, among others.

Peace Corps Prep is perfect for Western

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Peace Corps Prep is a Western program run in conjunction with the international service-oriented Peace Corps. It focuses on specialization in one of the corps’ six sectors: education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, or community economic development, in addition to developing foreign language skills, intercultural competence, professionalism and leadership through selected coursework and service projects.

Embracing difficult conversations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amidst making great strides in increasing enrollment, adding new academic programs and renovating facilities, matters of diversity, equity and inclusion are working their way to the forefront of Western’s attention.

Earlier in the semester, passionate students from all corners of campus made clear that diversity is an absolutely essential component for a vibrant learning community. The administration and student organizations responded readily with initiatives that have shown a promising commitment to increasing diversity and promoting equity and inclusion across campus.

ICELab opens for business

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)Lab is a space that provides startups and expanding businesses with the materials and support needed to succeed. Occupying Escalante Hall, the space is officially open for businesses to enter and for entrepreneurs to commit their visions to ventures.  

Western’s determination to make the ICELab a reality follows a trend of educational institutions nationwide playing integral roles in the economic development in their areas. The ICELab is now a critical catalyst for economic development for Western Slope communities.

Western's participation in the National Student Exchange fosters diverse learning

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The program allows students from participating universities to spend a semester at another institution in the United States, its territories or Canada. This means Western students can spend time elsewhere, returning to Gunnison with new perspectives and diversifying the learning experience back on campus. Meanwhile, many students from other universities and colleges choose to “study abroad” at Western, bringing with them new ideas and points of view.

New direction for business studies at Western

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In recent years, Mountaineers studying Business fields have seen a great deal of new opportunities emerge. As one of the most popular areas of study on campus, the majors under the Business umbrella—which include Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics—have seen significant growth.

Faculty and students are optimistic about future developments in Business curriculum. The interest in Western’s Business programs has generated support for new areas of study, some of which will be arriving in Fall 2017.

Please join us to celebrate the life of John Peterson

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

There will be a tribute site, email grhaynes@western.edu for information about how to share your JP stories and photos.

JP wasn't big on flowers, religion, or lots of sentimental stuff. In lieu of flowers, please consider one of these organizations to donate to:

JP was very active with the Access Fund.  Memorial to the Access Fund would be deeply appreciated:
https://www.accessfund.org/

Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year verteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Communication Arts Department hosted a “Good Morning Event” with guest speaker Bruce Levinson, who described his life in the media and how he did not start there right after graduation.

“Majoring in hotel management, I got an opportunity to work at a hotel in New York. I went to work in a tuxedo every day, it was a crazy way to start my professional career. I found that the hotel business was absolutely not for me,” said Levinson chuckling.

Black History Month keynote speaker brings message on inclusivity to Western

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In an address entitled “Dare to be Powerful,” Greenfield encouraged Mountaineers to build community during challenging times. Joined by performers, student leaders, and faculty, Greenfield spoke passionately on some of the biggest issues facing students today.

Held in Western’s university theater, the black-tie keynote address encouraged attendees to leave the room with a newfound respect for other people. The event was sponsored by numerous organizations on Western’s campus, including the Student Government, Black Student Alliance, the Office of the President and the Lead Office.

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MEM professor publishes two new books

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Germ Wars: The Politics of Microbes and America's Landscape of Fear (University of California Press)

The United States government has spent billions of dollars to prepare the nation for bioterrorism despite the extremely rare occurrence of biological attacks in modern American history. Germ Wars argues that bioterrorism has emerged as a prominent fear in the modern age, arising with the production of new forms of microbial nature and the changing practices of warfare.

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