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In Memoriam: Western Professor John Wacker

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Western Music professor, Dr. John Wacker, died in a vehicle crash on May 11.

The Western State Colorado University community is incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Dr. John Wacker. John was a mentor, role model and friend to students, faculty and community members throughout the Gunnison Valley. He instilled a love of music and an ethic of hard work in students and friends alike. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family.

Dr. John Peterson, a Computer Science Professor and Wacker’s friend, offered the following tribute:

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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Gary Snyder Speaks at Headwaters Conference

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gary Snyder recently spoke at Western, as part of the Headwaters Conference. Before the reading, John Hausdoerffer, the Director of Western's new Master's in Environmental Management and of Headwaters, invited a group to dinner with Snyder -- where I took this photo -- and we had a great time. The man is still utterly vibrant at almost 85, and not only was engaging at dinner but then gave an inspiring reading and talk for over an hour to more than 550 people -- the vast majority of them under 25 -- in Taylor Auditorium. Poetry is alive and well. Thanks, Gary.

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