Powderpuff refers to an annual tradition at many high schools and colleges where women don men's football gear and play football.
Women were playing football on Western's campus as early as 1931, according to the research conducted by the library.
Wikipedia has the following description of the first Powderpuff Football game in the US:
The following article was written by the Gunnison Country Times
Sometimes, when we quit thinking and start doing, we achieve our goals.
For Francesca Pavillard-Cain, that's been the case. The daughter of Swiss mountaineer Jean Pavillard, Francesca always wanted to be a professional skier. Now, at 22 years old, she's reaching new heights.
GUNNISON, Colo., Jan. 26, 2014 — Supporters of environmentally sustainable practices and learning in the Gunnison Valley and at Western State Colorado University gathered at the university’s Taylor Hall Welcome Center to celebrate a series of successes that will launch a new master’s program, a new, sustainable community and the people who made these advances possible.
“It all came together at this moment,” explains Dr. John Hausdoerffer, who will direct Western’s new Master’s in Environmental Management, beginning this summer.
The book chronicles the university’s rich history as an institution of higher learning with academics and student experiences enhanced by Western’s spectacular mountain location.
Dr. Vandenbusche has been teaching history at Western for 52 years, and he says writing the book was a labor of love.
Western's Mountain Sports athletes have been training hard and competing in events on the snow across Colorado this semester.
The Endurance Ski Team made a statement in the Colorado randonee race scene last weekend at the Divine Incline hosted by Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Five Endurance Ski Team members traveled to the Cosmic Series event. With near perfect bluebird weather and an early morning start, racers could not have asked for a better day to enjoy the slopes of Powderhorn in friendly competition.
Sasha Rearick, a 1999 graduate of Western, has worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to earn the right to coach the US Olympic Men’s Alpine Ski Team. Rearick, who graduated from Western with a double major in business and kinesiology, coached Western’s downhill ski team during his junior and senior year before earning an internship at the U.S .Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He traveled to Sochi, Russia this year and is responsible for coaching the entire U.S.
The Mountaineer Athletic Association (MAA) is celebrating 50 years working with Western Athletics in 2013-14. The first mention of the MAA can be traced back to the days of Head Football Coach O. Kay Dalton with the creation of the Century Club in the 1963-64 academic year. For just $100 each year, members could enjoy all the benefits or supporting the Mountaineers and the various sport programs that existed in the 1960s.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced the 2013-14 indoor track and field preseason coaches poll and awards on Thursday. Western State Colorado University's Barbara Szabo (Jr., Budapest, Hungary) was named the RMAC Women's Preseason Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while the Mountaineer women's team was ranked second in the preseason coaches poll. The Mountaineer men were picked to finish third in the conference.
Erica Hogan (Communications major, Class of 2000) was huddled in a soggy tent in the Costa Rican rainforest feeling alone and wondering what she had done with her life.
Originally from North Dakota, Wohlman arrived in the Gunnison Valley more than two decades ago in pursuit of an education degree.
“I was drawn to education because it provides an opportunity to help people every day,” Wohlman said. “I had a handful of teachers and professors that opened my eyes to new perspectives, and this changed my life. I wanted to provide this experience in others’ lives.”
Western State Colorado University was ranked this week by Washington Monthly Magazine as a top national liberal arts college. The ranking adds to a list of impressive rankings earned by Western in 2013.
Rankings for 2013
A broad ranging group of people, including representatives from Western State Colorado University, archeologists, local TV and radio stations and telecommunications companies, reached an important agreement this month to preserve one of Colorado’s most important archeological sites while preserving access for organizations that maintain equipment on the site.
“I’m thrilled about the promising and unique opportunities this program offers by allowing students to tailor the master’s degree to their own personal and professional needs,” says Western professor and program director, Dr. John Hausdoerffer.
At 7,700 feet, Gunnison's winters can be harsh and difficult for growers. The valley harbors a growing season that hovers around 60 days – barely enough time to see a tomato plant grow and fruit.
By Brian Barker - Western State Colorado University senior Amy Nilius had traveled a long way from Gunnison to stand inside the historic Al-Hussein Mosque in Egypt. She was experiencing what she would later call some of the most profound moments of her life.
Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of rock climbing and mountain town stories, written over the last 13 years.
Western State Colorado University is hosting the 24th annual Headwaters Conference Sept. 20 and 21 in Gunnison. The theme of the conference, “Home/Land Security,” seeks to help solve fundamental problems that challenge our own survival in the face of climate change, including:
· How can we find secure ways of feeding each other and heating our homes?
The student and faculty-driven campaign began in the documentary production classes of five universities across the nation.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Western State Colorado University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean
Western’s new greenhouse in the LEED-certified Pinnacles Apartments on campus, is the result of a student-led initiative to grow produce locally, despite Gunnison’s cold climate.
On most days, you’ll find Western senior Kyle Brookens (click here to read Kyle's story) caring for plants or working on irrigation systems. Brookens, graduating this year with a degree in Environmental Studies, has worked tirelessly to get the facility up and running.
The GSA annual meetings are attended by as many as 500 geologic professionals and students.
“We are excited to host this conference, because it is a chance for Western to showcase its wonderful Geology faculty while bringing hundreds of scientists and students to this great campus,” Western State Colorado University President Dr. Jay Helman says.
As we cheer for our 2014 Olympic athletes in Sochi, take a second to
remember some great Western students who represented the United States in previous games.
Visit www.western.edu/olympians to see more of our Olympic heritage!
The Board of Trustees of Western State Colorado University is pleased to announce two finalists for the next President of the University. Both candidates will be visiting campus in the next several weeks.
Western State Colorado University’s enrollment at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester was up by 119 students over Spring 2012. Furthermore, Western retained a higher percentage of students between fall and spring semesters.
Ashley Teipel discovered she wanted to become a teacher while working for the Peace Corps in Moldova. She was teaching health education in Romanian and realized that, after returning to the states, she wanted to pursue her passion for educating children.
Ann Mills, the Acting Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment will be part of a panel discussion on the first day of the Colorado Water Workshop.
The team is trekking through Nepal with world famous mountaineer Chhiring Dorje Sherpa near Mount Everest. Check Western.edu again soon for more details from the trip.
Other Extended Studies programs underway include trips to Egypt, Belize, Italy, and China.
“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague,” Western State Colorado University President Jay Helman says. “Dr. Manzanares-Gonzales made a significant impact here at Western and she will be missed.”
Extended University Studies has already sent a team of Western students and community members to Nepal with world-famous mountaineer Chhiring Dorje Sherpa to trek through the mountains near Mount Everest.
Buchanan was born in Alaska, and despite difficult circumstances, she thrived and spent more than 15 years climbing the corporate ladder in marketing and sales before being laid off during the recent financial crisis.
“I had always dreamed of going to college,” Buchanan says. “The way some people dream of being rock stars, I had always wanted to be a college student. When I was laid off, I realized it was an opportunity.”
GUNNISON, CO — Western State Colorado University will be recognized in two venues this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research, and community engagement.
As the only collegiate-based mountain rescue team certified by the Mountain Rescue Association, the team has spent the winter meeting two to three times a week to practice for scenarios that team members hope will never happen: lost hunting parties, rock climbing days gone wrong, inclement weather and uncertain footing on alpine trails.
When complete, the 120,000-square-foot structure will house a variety of training facilities and exercise space, including:
The seventh annual national event will be held at 16 locations statewide from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The objective of College Goal Sunday is to provide Colorado families assistance in the financial-aid process. Families will receive free professional guidance on ways to pay for college, specifically how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a crucial step in the college planning process.
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the 22nd time in 27 years, the Mountaineer women's cross country team finished in the top three at the National Championships. This year the Mountaineers placed third with two All-Americans at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Washington.
The Mountaineers scored 194 points, finishing behind Adams State (91) and champion Grand Valley State (54). It is the second consecutive title for the Lakers.
Western's Mountaineer Field House opened March 28. The Mountaineer Field House is Western's newest facility on campus, featuring:
Western State Colorado University senior Christian Schwiegerath, who was crowned Miss Colorado United States in April of 2013, says she’s laser-focused on her studies in Business and Professional Land & Resource Management.
Seth Roby (BA Education, BFA Fine Arts) and his wife, Molly, have worked as Peace Corps volunteers for nearly two years.
Western's Mountain Sports mountain bikers placed second in a hard fought series of races at the USA Cycling collegiate national championships in North Carolina.
At Western State Colorado University, our students have opportunities for hands-on learning in an academic environment you won't find anywhere else.
Our High Altitude Performance Lab, located at 7750 feet above sea level, is an educational facility unlike any other. It's a key component to Western's Exercise & Sports Science major, and it's what allows our graduates to enter the workforce with hands-on expertise that many industry professionals don't have.
Faculty Focused on Your Success
Western faculty invites you to share an educational journey inside our classrooms, in field experiences in the outdoor natural laboratory we call home, and in internships and trips around the nation and world. Our classes are led by faculty members who have rich life experiences and will mentor you toward your professional goals. Western has one of the largest proportions of full-time teaching faculty in Colorado because we believe you deserve our full attention, nothing less.
The annual rankings include only some 25 percent of America’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities.
Ashley Teipel discovered she wanted to become a teacher while working for the Peace Corps in Moldova. She was teaching health education in Romanian and realized that, after returning from the Peace Corps, she wanted to pursue her passion for educating children.
“Since leaving Gunnison, we shared a common goal, and that was to find ways to give back for the unique education and experiences we received from graduating at Western,” says Steve Reynolds, 1978 Western graduate. Reynolds is a member of the Western State Foundation Board of Directors, and along with classmate and former Foundation Board member Steve Trippe, came up with the funds to purchase the land and make the donation. L.
Karl Manz is among a growing group of potential small business owners who call the Western State Colorado University campus home. But you won’t find Manz camped out in the classrooms or hallways of the Borick Business Building.