This fall, Western community welcomed 11 new faculty members.
Back row: Dr. Jim Harriss, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Jamie Mayo, Lecturer in Biology, Dr. Jacqulyn Gabriel, Lecturer in Sociology, Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, Grosland Associate Director, Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits.
Front row: Melissa Myser, Assistant Professor of Communication, Kelly Sudderth, Lecturer in Accounting; Tom Miller, Lecturer in Business Administration, Dr. Brian Dalton, Lecturer in Biology, Jennifer Wells, Lecturer in Art.
Not pictured: Dr. Ralph Hanke, Lecturer in Business Administration, Dr. Timothy Post, Lecturer in Psychology.
But they were not the only additions to campus. The Western Colorado School of Graduate Studies also added two programs: Recreation and Exercise Sport Science’s High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) program and the Art Department’s Gallery Management Program.
The graduate school’s growth will benefit undergraduate students as well, as it fosters research opportunities. This year, undergraduate Exercise Sports Science students are working alongside graduate HAEP students on seven different studies funded by the American Council on Exercise.
More students on campus
For the fifth year in a row, overall enrollment increased, topping out at 2,855 undergraduate and graduate students. For the third consecutive year, both the overall and full-time equivalent student enrollment count grew.
While undergraduate headcount went up by 3.6%, graduate headcount surged a full 50%. Meanwhile, full-time equivalent student count jumped 7.5%.
The School of Business saw its largest incoming undergraduate class in seven years, and undergraduate Biology, Environment & Sustainability, and Recreation and Outdoor Education all posted double-digit increases in first-time freshmen.
Quigley Hall reopened following a $2.85 million renovation, resulting in a beautiful new concert hall, gallery, studios and classrooms.
Soon, construction on the “ICE House” will be complete as well. The center for innovation, creation and entrepreneurship will serve as a hub for small business development and economic diversification in the Gunnison Valley.
Excellence reflected in the rankings
Forbes recognized Western among its Top Colleges for the fourth year in a row, and U.S. New & World Report also named Western to its Best Colleges list.