2008 Press Releases and Stories
Dec. 22, 2008 -- Western State College’s campus sustainability efforts received a boost from the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), which awarded the College two grants for solar energy projects. This is the first time that WSC has received funding from GEO.
Dec. 17, 2008 --When asked what he is graduating in, Will Dudley joked, “A cap and a gown.”
Nov. 30, 2008 --A feature article in the November/December issue of Archaeology magazine profiles an ancient ritual in Southern Mexico that involves the offering of blood to the rain gods.
Nov. 25, 2008 -- Using popular forms of communication like text messaging and Facebook a new shoe company has made a successful name for themselves; all while donating 70,000 pairs of shoes to children in need.
Nov. 24, 2008 -- Like many young kids, Harry Heil had an addiction that distracted him from school. For him, it wasn’t video games or television. It was drawing.
November 24, 2008 -- The 7-11 Ranch in Ohio City, Colo., is a popular place for hunters to stay while they're looking to bag a deer. This past fall, a different kind of shooting occurred -- a film shoot by students at Western State College of Colorado.
Oct. 31, 2008 -- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), based here at Western State College, has named Marilyn Laverty the new director. Laverty is a third generation Coloradoan that calls herself, "a business woman who enjoys supporting business owners to achieve their goals."
Oct. 27, 2008 -- Second year assistant professor Jack Lucido is on the executive committee for the upcoming $21 million renovation of Taylor Hall.
October 13th, 2008 -- Facilities Services is looking into purchasing some electric vehicles, which could be good for Western; economically and environmentally.
Oct. 10, 2008 -- Jon Coady prepares meals for a wide range of people at Western State College; from the organic vegetarian to the T-bone steak eating carnivore.
Sept. 24, 2008 -- Henson Creek, which flows into Lake City, is listed by the State of Colorado and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an impaired waterway. This last week an Environmental Applications course from Western State College, led by Professor Kevin Alexander, was performing water quality tests on the river.
Sept. 16, 2008 -- "This is a realization of hopes, dreams, and vision coming into reality," President Jay Helman said on the new Kelley Hall.
Sept. 16, 2008 -- Meeting his wife Tara (Dell) Holmes, at Western is the most significant memory from Cleveland Holmes's college career.
Sept. 16, 2008 -- Western State College students Sam Duchaine and Zeb Swick drove from Maine to Iowa this summer on free oil.
Sept. 12, 2008 -- For Matt Vassal motocross is, "too scary to do anymore." But the Western State College senior still enjoys watching the extreme sport, and has been instrumental in organizing this Saturday's Team FMX motocross event - a first of its kind in Gunnison. It is part of WSC's homecoming festivities this weekend.
Sept. 11, 2008 -- Kevin Sack is a history major at Western State College and he has a techno show on KWSB, our college's radio station. He values the, "freedom to express yourself" on the station, which dials in at 91.1 FM.
Sept. 3, 2009 -- In the west wing on the first floor of the newly renovated Kelley Hall the Environmental Studies (ENVS) department is settling in to its first permanent home.
Sept. 3, 2009 -- Without his academic mentors at Western, Pete Solano says he would not be where he is today. Solano graduated from Western in 1995.
Sept. 2, 2009 -- After just a year in Gunnison 19 year old Kirsten "Kirky" Olsen can hang with the strongest local climbers.
Aug. 22, 2009 -- "Living Green" has the momentum of a boulder tumbling down a mountain. Western's Residence Life and the Environmental Studies department will be harnessing that momentum for the students after our college's first week of classes.
Aug. 20, 2009 -- A dozen Colorado school teachers went to study elk and wolves in Yellowstone this summer, and they are bringing back what they learned to the classroom.
Aug. 8, 2009 -- Jake Jones is passing the torch -and the climbing rope- to Janna Hansen. Jones is stepping down as the director of Wilderness Pursuits (WP) at Western State College, and Janna Hansen is being promoted to the position.
July 30, 2009 -- Gretchen Moran used to ride mountain bikes at Hartman Rocks, now she flies helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 2, 2009 -- When Shannon Townley graduated from Western State College in December 2006 with a degree in geology, she worked for the Colorado Geologic Survey (CGS) for six months, like many WSC alumni before her.
June 23, 2008 -- An extraordinary moment, born of “what ifs,” happened this Friday when the Borick Business Building officially received the Silver LEED certification.
June 10, 2008 -- The Teacher Education Program (TEP) may be the first to offer courses in Western’s new era of graduate studies.
June 10, 2008 -- The newest emphasis at Western, Professional Land and Resource Management (PLRM), began with its first course this spring.
Apr. 29, 2008 -- Low temperatures could not dampen high spirits in Western State College’s Mountaineer Bowl Friday night during the Relay for Life which raised more than $50,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.
Apr. 21, 2008 -- Producing everything from hollyhock flowers to juicy tomatoes the Community Garden is sprouting into its third season. The garden is located on campus in between Coronado and Beckwith Halls.