May 3, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) may have a new name pending Gov. Jonn Hickenlooper’s approval of HB-12-1331, which passed the Colorado Senate on May 2.
March 6, 2012 -- Marc Romero, former US Disabled Ski Team member, will present a talk about adaptive sports on Wednesday, March 14 at Western State College of Colorado (WSC).
Sept. 15, 2009 -- Western State College of Colorado ranked high in Forbes magazine’s top public colleges and universities list for 2009.
Oct. 31, 2011 -- In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will host several free cultural presentations in November.
Feb. 4, 2010 -- A legacy of adventure and a positive outlook remains after the lives of two Western State (WSC) students were lost in a tragic house fire that occurred during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Campus Life 101: WSC Offers Various Activities to Help Students Settle in to the First Week of School
Aug. 24, 2009 -- With boxes of ramen noodles, TVs, microwaves and snowboards in tow, Western State College students began moving into the residence halls on Friday, Aug. 21. WSC staff and faculty, Mountaineer basketball players and the Rotary Club all pitched in to help the 840 students move into their new digs.
Nov. 23, 2009 -- All five scoring runners for the Western State men's team earned All-America honors as the Mountaineers finished as the national runner-up for the third consecutive season at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships held Nov. 21 at the Southern Indiana cross country course.
May 10, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) awarded emeritus status to a retiring professor and tenure to four faculty members. They were honored at a reception on May 5.
June 8, 2010 -- Von Washington, principal at Kalamazoo Central High School and a 1990 Western State College of Colorado (WSC) graduate who played on the men’s basketball team, introduced President Barack Obama during the president’s commencement address last night. The school was chosen as the winner from more than 1,000 schools of the 2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.
By Tonya VanHee, WSCU Alumni Director — The Piquette family, which has graduated 22 WSCU alum, will be named this year's Honorary Family during a new Homecoming event
Sept. 20, 2011 -- “G.I. Jobs”, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Western State College of Colorado (WSC) the designation of Military Friendly School.
Sept. 25, 2009 -- The Western State College Department of Music will present soprano Kathleen Van De Graaff, bass-baritone Peter Van De Graaff, and pianist Susan Grace in "The Life and Love of Robert and Clara Schumann" in Quigley Recital Hall Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2009 -- At this year's Headwaters Project conference, international scholars and environmental and social justice leaders will go beyond the basics of eco-friendly lifestyles and share their insights on how to bring about change for prosperity locally, nationally and globally.
WSC Board of Trustees Elect New Executive Members; Stephanie Foote appointed chair, Sandra Mark appointed vice chair
June 22, 2010 -- At its annual meeting on June 11, the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) board of trustees unanimously approved the election of Stephanie Foote of Denver as chairwoman and Sandra Mark of Gunnison as vice chairwoman.
July 6, 2012 (by Will Peterson, Project Manager JE Dunn Construction) - When Western State College students return to campus this fall, not only will the school have a new name, it will have a new 93,000-square-foot student housing complex. The state-of-the-art, 54-room Pinnacle Apartments is just another sign of progress on the campus of what will soon be known as Western State Colorado University.
Dec. 2, 2010 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) music ensembles will hold their final performances of the year on Dec. 2 and 7.
Jan. 11, 2010 -- This Thursday, Jan. 14, Arthur McFarlane will be the guest speaker at the all-campus celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The presentation, organized by the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Black Student Alliance (BSA), will be at 7 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium.
April 11, 2012 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Active Minds student group is hosting a Healthy Connections Workshop on April 20 and 21 at the Aspinall-Wilson Center.
Oct. 19, 2009 -- The Leslie J. Savage Library at Western State College is celebrating the reissue of “The Silverville Swindle,” written by local authors Kym O’Connell-Todd and Mark Todd, with a “double-feature” event on Friday, Oct. 23.
Dec. 1, 2009 -- Last winter Laurien Moes thought that she and others should have some shelter while freezing in the cold in Gunnison, waiting for the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority bus to Crested Butte. This winter, thanks to the efforts from the WSC senior, she won’t have to.
Feb. 2, 2012 -- The family of the late Edward Weismiller has donated more than 170 publications from Weismiller’s personal library to Western State College of Colorado (WSC).
Feb. 2, 2012 -- Barry Clifford, a Western State College of Colorado (WSC) alumnus who discovered the first fully authenticated pirate ship, will share his high seas adventures during a free presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the college.
Aug. 4, 2009 -- Duane Vandenbusche, who spent 36 seasons in a coaching capacity for the Western State cross country and track and field teams, will be a part of the 15th induction class into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
May 1, 2012 -- Underwater explorer and Western State College of Colorado (WSC) history alumnus Barry Clifford ('69) will present the 2012 Commencement Address on May 5. The following is a profile about Clifford that appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of the "Westerner" alumni magazine that was written by David McKay Wilson:
Nov. 11, 2010 -- Central City Opera (CCO) and University of Colorado (CU) Opera will perform at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) on Thursday, Nov. 11. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Quigley Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Jan. 5, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) athletics is excited to announce that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will attend the Mountaineer men's basketball game Jan. 13 to recognize the Mountaineer NCAA Division II National Championship Men's Cross Country Team.
Jan. 8, 2010 -- The snow has arrived in the Colorado high country, and along with that Western State skiing is hitting the slopes and the trails.
Aug. 19, 2010 -- “Forbes” magazine ranked Western State College of Colorado (WSC) on its 2010 list of “America’s Best Colleges.”
May 3, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will hold its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. The program begins at 10 a.m. at the WSC Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Paul Wright Gymnasium.
Western State Colorado University will confer degrees to more than 340 students from 40 states at its 2013 commencement on Saturday, May 11th. Charlotte Buchanan, of Homer, Alaska, will present the student address.
Western State Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams do well in Essential Races; Alpine skiers advance to regionals, Nordic skiers qualify for nationals
Feb. 17, 2010 -- The alpine and Nordic ski teams extended their seasons by qualifying for regionals and nationals respectively this past weekend.
Jan. 26, 2010 -- Taking the “Keating Beating” — the sarcastic phrase Western State students coined long ago in reference to their dining experiences at the now-retired campus cafeteria — is a thing of the past.
Oct. 20, 2010 -- The WSC Jazz Ensemble and WSC Symphony Band will share a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Gunnison High School.
Jan. 25, 2012 -- The Business, Accounting and Economics Department at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) is sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to assist taxpayers with completing and filing their federal and state income tax returns.
(July 5, 2012) Western State College of Colorado/Western State Colorado University will host the 37th Annual Colorado Water Workshop July 18-20 with the theme, “Water Taboos: Addressing Our Most Challenging Issues.”
Sept. 23, 2009 -- Ted Violett taught at Western State College for 50 years, longer than anyone else in the history of the institution.
Dec. 3, 2010 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) students from the Narrative Production class will screen their short films at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Prosser Theater in the College Center. Admission is free.
Nov. 5, 2009 -- Western State College of Colorado sophomore quarterback Tyler Daniels earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors, selected and presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is the first academic all-district selection for the Mountaineer football program since 1998.
Western State Colorado University faculty presented their recent grant-funded research at a symposium on Oct. 4, sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants.
Aug. 18, 2011 (by Laura Anderson, "Gunnison Country Times") -- One of Western State College of Colorado's (WSC) newest programs of study, Professional Land and Resource Management (PLRM), is also one of its most successful at placing graduates in their chosen field.
GUNNISON, Colo. – Western State Colorado University Athletic Director Dr. Greg Waggoner is excited to announce the hiring of Jason Carmichael as the next Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Compliance. Carmichael will begin his duties on Feb. 1.
March 1, 2011 -- Thinking about that spring break trip? Consider exploring the geology of the Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Get a primer of the area from Western State College of Colorado (WSC) geology professor Rob Fillmore at his presentation, "A Broken Landscape: Geologic Evolution of the Needles area, Canyonlands National Park, Utah" on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the South Conference Room of the College Center.
Feb. 22, 2012 -- The Western State College (WSC) Foundation has committed $25,000 for Western to become the title sponsor of the Gunnison Stage Start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (UPCC).
April 23, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) senior distance student-athlete Tyler Pennel is earned a mention in "Sports Illustrated's" weekly “Faces in the Crowd” feature in its April 23 issue. Pennel is the seventh Mountaineer to appear in the weekly publication that reaches nearly 21 million readers.
Feb. 22, 2012 -- The 60th Annual Firemen’s Concert Series will begin on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Host Night Gala Concert will feature the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Symphony Band, conducted by John Wacker and the WSC Modern Jazz Combo, directed by Robert Barrett.
Mar. 23, 2010 -- You may have seen the commercials on network television -- Pepsi is giving away more than a million dollars this month for its Good Idea contest.
May 12, 2010 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) awarded emeritus status to two retiring professors and tenure to three faculty members on May 6.
Dec. 14, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) anthropology student Gaia Ewing had mixed feelings as she watched the wikiup – a model of a prehistoric structure that she helped build – go up in flames last week in the name of science.
Dec. 16, 2009 -- When Bill King’s mother suffered a stroke in 2001, conversation became nearly impossible, so they began to communicate through song.
By Aimee Lyn Brown, WSCU Office of Marketing & Media Relations - GUNNISON, CO – Footings are poured and walls erected for the new Recreation Center/Field House on the Western State Colorado University campus.
WSC Campus to Host Thousands of Guests this Summer; Return of graduate studies, Wednesdays at Western and wrestling camp among the offerings
May 25, 2010 -- School may be out for summer for most, but thousands of guests still flock to the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) campus in the warmer months.
GUNNISON, Colo. – On a cold weekday evening, while flakes flew outside, a holiday fiesta was underway at WSCU’s University Center in Gunnison last week. Mexican food was on the menu and, lining a long wall behind a Christmas tree, dozens of gifts were stacked in a long row.
April 14, 2010 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Sustainability Coalition will be hosting events the week of April 19, in honor of Earth Day on April 22. All events are open to the public.
Jan. 31, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will host College Goal Sunday, a national program that helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
WSCU’s Spirit Committee has organized Mountaineer Fridays to help spread the Mountaineer Spirit. It doesn’t take a lot of your time or money. All faculty, staff, students, and administration are encouraged to participate by wearing their WSCU gear (or even just red) every Friday throughout this spring semester (starting this Friday, Jan. 18th).
April 16, 2010 -- High school students going to school on a Saturday, it sounds like punishment right? But for a group of students from across Colorado, it was a unique opportunity for fun and learning.
June 16, 2011 (by Alli Knaus, "Gunnison Country Times") -- Construction is mostly complete on the $21 million face-lift to Taylor Hall, the original building on the Western State College (WSC) campus.
March 25, 2011 -- Linda A. Clark and Todd M. Wheeler have been appointed to the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) board of trustees.
A Match Made on the Mountain: WSC students team with Adaptive Sports in helping 'Powder Posse' take to the slopes
March 15, 2012 (by Laura Anderson, "Gunnison Country Times") -- It was a warm, sunny morning as Corey Clawson and Joey Carpenter waited for the bus to Mt. Crested Butte, skis in hand, last Wednesday. This is not an uncommon sight along the streets of Gunnison, but what was unlikely about this pair was with whom they were preparing to spend the day on the slopes.
Feb. 4, 2010 -- Junior Charlie Pipher is the No. 1 wrestler at 184 pounds in the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches Association National Poll released earlier today.
March 1, 2012 -- Peak Productions at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) presents Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "How I Learned to Drive,"directed by WSC alumna Heather Nicoloson. Performances will be held at 7:30 on March 1 to 3 and 8 to 10 in the Studio Theatre of Taylor Hall.
April 20, 2011 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Sociology Program is hosting the 5th Annual Western Slope Undergraduate Sociology Conference April 22 and 23 at the Aspinall-Wilson Center.
Feb. 16, 2010 -- Continuing a tradition begun in 1953, the Western State College of Colorado Music Department is sponsoring performances to benefit the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department.
May 13, 2010 -- Theodore "Ted" Dean Violett, professor emeritus of physics, passed away on May 2. He taught at Western for 50 years -- longer than any professor in the College's history.
May 13, 2010 -- After beating the University of Wyoming, the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) baseball team is on its way to Johnstown, Pa., for a shot at becoming national champions in the National Club Baseball Association Division II (NCBA DII) World Series held May 21 to 25.
Dec. 3, 2009 -- The mysteries that exist beyond the closed doors of Western State’s new, state-of-the-art College Center will be unveiled on Monday — at least in part.
July 27, 2009 -- For Amber Hochbein, the greatest opportunities for growth come through struggle.
Dec. 2, 2010 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) students present, "Booked: From Page to Stage," an evening of adapted-for-the-stage short stories on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.
Feb. 14, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) has compiled the results from a public, online survey containing proposed new names for the institution.
Feb. 21, 2012 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Politics Club is hosting an education forum with Reps. Millie Hamner and Roger Wilson and Sen. Gail Schwartz on Saturday, Feb. 25. The forum will begin at 11 a.m. at the Aspinall-Wilson Center on the WSC campus.
Director of Environmental Studies, John Hausdoerffer Named Teacher of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 27, 2009 -- The Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce honored Western State College Professor John Hausdoerffer as the 2009 "People's Choice" Teacher of the Year.
Western State Colorado University saw an increase in the number of students attending class this spring compared to last year’s spring numbers. The positive enrollment numbers come after WSCU also saw an increase in students for the Fall 2012 semester.
(by Matt Smith, Gunnison Country Times) GUNNISON, CO - Karl Manz is among a growing group of potential small business owners who call the Western State Colorado University (WSCU) campus home. But you won’t find Manz camped out in the classrooms or hallways of the Borick Business Building. He’s got an idea that was hatched in the outside world and refined by his experiences in the Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE) program.
April 24, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) is among the schools profiled in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition," released on April 17 in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.
April 2, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado's (WSC) Peak Productions and the Department of Music are proud to present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a delightful, entertaining adult musical about middle-school kids competing in the all important competitive ritual of knowing how to spell words like “crepuscule” and “vug.”
(By Aimee Brown, WSCU Marketing & Media Relations Department) GUNNISON, CO - With the onset of warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, Western State Colorado University’s Mountain Rescue Team is preparing for an increase in backcountry activity that can often lead to more outdoor emergencies.
Western State College of Colorado president Jay Helman has appointed Craig Wesley as interim vice president of enrollment. Scheduled to begin his duties at Western on July 9, Wesley will lead a division that includes the offices of admissions and financial aid.
Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will host its 35th Annual Colorado Water Workshop from July 21 to 23 at the College Center. A separate, two-day seminar, “Colorado Water Law in a Nutshell,” also will be presented on July 20 and 21.
Jan. 4, 2012 -- The Office of Extended Studies at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) has expanded its popular “Wednesdays at Western” program into the winter months.
Nov. 3, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will grant free entry to disabled veterans for all on-campus events.
March 30, 2012 -- Leith Sharp, a leader in sustainability initiatives, will present the keynote address at the 16th Annual Environmental Spring Symposium at Western State College of Colorado (WSC), which will be held from April 3 to 5 at the WSC College Center Ballroom. The symposium’s theme is, "Forging a Post-carbon Future: Individual Roles and Institutional Responsibility.”
Dec. 8, 2009 -- Esquire magazine is hailing Eric Loewen as the man who could end global warming.
Oct. 1, 2010 -- Although he has charted his own course, sculptor Joshua Tobey ultimately has followed in his father’s footsteps, though not by intention.
Nov. 28, 2011 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) students will showcase their research and creative projects at the Celebration of Scholarship Undergraduate Research Symposium this week.
Winona LaDuke Coming to 22nd Headwaters Conference, “Small Steps, Big Stories: Climate Solutions in the Headwaters,” Sept. 16-18
Sept. 7, 2011 -- The 22nd Headwaters Conference at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will be held Sept. 16-18 at the WSC campus in Gunnison.
(Aug. 1, 2012) – The new school year will bring with it a new name for Western State College of Colorado as the 101-year-old institution officially becomes Western State Colorado University.
May 19, 2011 -- Extended Studies of Western State College of Colorado (WSC) has coordinated an exciting line-up of “Wednesdays at Western” workshops. This summer’s “Wednesdays at Western” series includes new locations and activities, as well as programs brought back due to popular demand.
WSC to Host Public Auction of Surplus Property from Former Dining Hall, Jan. 14; Items also available free to non-profits
Jan. 5, 2010 -- With the move of campus dining services to the new College Center, Western State College of Colorado will auction surplus property from its former dining hall.
July 21, 2010 -- The original building on the Western State College (WSC) campus, Taylor Hall, began a $21 million renovation this summer, and will reopen its doors in the fall of 2011.
Feb. 2, 2012 -- A world-class exhibit of South African artwork is now on display at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) thanks to a generous donation by Gunnison residents Enid and Paul Holden.
Aug. 25, 2011 (by Matt Smith, "Gunnison Country Times) -- The word of the day at practice on Monday afternoon was tempo.
Sept. 20, 2010 -- Violinist Max Rabinovitsj will collaborate with pianist Martha Violett of the Western State College (WSC) music faculty in a convocation and masterclass on Tuesday, Sept.21 at 12:30 p.m. and a concert on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20, 2010 -- This weekend Western State College alumni will travel far and wide for the annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Super Western!”
Two graduates of Western State Colorado University are giving back to the school they love, donating a significant tract of land adjacent to the university to the WSCU Foundation. The donation marks the largest land gift to the university community in history.
Jan. 6, 2011 (by Chris Dickey, "Gunnison Country Times") -- Raising money was one of the aspects of the job that Jay Helman said most worried him when he became president of Western State College in Feb. 2002, primarily because he had such little experience in that arena.
May 21, 2010 -- Jonathan Schaffer spent some of his senior year digging through the trash at Western State College of Colorado (WSC).
Newfangled Ranch Hands: WSC students working closely with city in developing plan for Van Tuyl Ranch
Nov. 18. 2009 -- Last spring, Steve Westbay, Gunnison’s director of community development, wanted to reach out to Western State College for assistance in developing a management plan for the city's 460-acre Van Tuyl Ranch, located on the north and western flanks of town, under the afternoon shadow of the Palisades rock formation. So he started knocking on some doors.
Oct. 15, 2009 -- Like most college professors, Lynn Sikkink has a large collection of books in her office. And now she has one of her own to add to the shelf.
Oct. 26, 2011 -- Hundreds of family members and friends of Western State College of Colorado (WSC) students will gather in Gunnison from Oct. 28 to 30 for the college's annual Family Weekend festivities.