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Western to partner with Harlaxton College in the UK

Friday, October 24, 2014

Western State’s School of Business isn’t even a semester old yet, but it’s already helping make new deals happen.

Beginning this coming year, Western will enter into a partnership agreement with Harlaxton College in the county of Lincolnshire in England. The program will give students from Gunnison the opportunity to study abroad in several unique ways.

New Master of Science in High Altitude Exercise Physiology

Monday, September 22, 2014

The program is designed to examine and research how the human body functions in a high-elevation environment. Students will conduct research on people using Western’s new High Altitude Performance Laboratory and the surrounding mountains.

Western president Dr. Greg Salsbury says the new graduate program brings together much of what is great about a Western education.

Quigley Hall to Receive $25.8 Million Upgrade

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quigley Hall was constructed in 1967 and is home to classrooms, studios, a recital hall, a choir room and offices for professors. 

Western President Dr. Greg Salsbury says the university has been working with the state for years to prioritize the renovation of Quigley Hall. "This is a much needed upgrade for one of our busiest buildings on campus and will help us continue to offer an outstanding liberal arts education to Mountaineers for years to come." 

Western Appoints New Athletic Director

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"I am extremely excited to have Jason serve in this important capacity.  In his short time at Western, he has brought an unparalleled level of passion, energy and ingenuity to Mountaineer Athletics," Baca said. "I very much look forward to working with Jason and have all the confidence that he will not only be an excellent AD but also an extraordinary campus and community leader."

Announcing the 2014 Alumni Awards for Excellence

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Alumni Awards for Excellence celebrate Western State Colorado University as a community of teachers and learners. The Award, established by former President Harry Peterson in 1997, is an opportunity to recognize the talents and achievements of our graduates and remains the University's highest honor for its graduating seniors.

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Writing the Rockies 2015

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As I expect many of you know, the West Chester University Poetry Conference is on hiatus this year. What some of you may not know is that well before that unfortunate cancellation had been announced, we at Western had already invited its Director, Kim Bridgford, to deliver our Poetry Keynote Address for the 2015 Writing the Rockies Conference (July 22 - 26).

Western's Abel Chavez Explains Climate Research

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chavez, who this past summer joined the Master in Environmental Management faculty after a stint at Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, explained how he has profiled a set of U.S. communities and found their roles as producers and consumers, based on measurements of their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, vary widely.

91% of Pre-Med Students Continue Studies

Friday, October 17, 2014

These successes range from technical certifications to medical school.

Hays notes many students considering college try to compare such acceptance rates. Some want assurance that if they’re accepted into an undergraduate program, they will be accepted into medical school, veterinary school, a nursing program or graduate studies in other biological sciences. But he says it’s not that simple.

Expert: Climate Change 'Simple, Serious, Solvable'

Monday, September 8, 2014

Denning, Montfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, is a popular, occasionally humorous speaker, eager to engage climate-change skeptics with his presentation on "The 3 S's of Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable." He spoke as part of a fall seminar series from Western's Natural & Environmental Sciences department, focused this year on climate change.

Peace Corps Announces New Master's International Partnership with Western

Friday, August 8, 2014

“The Peace Corps is pleased to announce this new partnership with Western State Colorado University to enable students to gain important hands-on work experience as they pursue their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “In today’s interconnected world, employers are looking for more highly trained and culturally competent professionals now more than ever.”

Art Alumni News

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Alumni News:

These alums (listed alphabetically) have contacted Dr. Orr via email or through the alumni group on her LinkedIn page. If you would like your news to be included in updated versions of the alumni news, please contact Dr. Orr through LinkedIn, or email (horr@western.edu), or contact the department web content manager, Professer Terri Murphy at tmurphy@western.edu

Jodie Bliss:

Art Department Newsletter (January)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Written by Art student (watercolor, art history) Taylor Long         

The 2013-2014 school year has been a big turning point for the Art Department. There are many exciting developments happening and our department is beginning to grow again. Fairly recently, the Art Department has a new leader, Dr. Heather Orr. Dr. Orr’s leadership has shown a strong grade of progressivism and change into reaching the full potential of the University Department.

Western to Host 15th Writing the Rockies Workshop

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The intensive conference welcomes beginners, published writers, teachers, students, and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.

Mark Todd, the conference organizer, is a widely published author and longtime Western faculty member. He has brought together more than 25 writers, publishers and editors to create the region’s preeminent literary gathering.

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 Information Science Professor and Wacker’s friend, offered the following tribute:

Western Awards Honorary Degree to Korean War Veteran

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

James Nauman came to Western State College of Colorado as a freshman in 1945 and was subsequently drafted by the Army, where he served for 18 months. After this initial period in the military, Jim spent the next two years studying Biology and Chemistry at Western. At the end of his junior year, although he had not met the graduation requirements for Western, he was accepted to the University of Colorado Medical School. There was a demand for doctors, and James Nauman answered that call. But it left him without an undergraduate degree.

Featured News

Mountaineer Named Colorado Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Over 900 people were in attendance, including Western Board of Trustees members Meyer Saltzman with his son Scott and grandson Travis.  Along with Saltzman, board of trustees member Linda Morton, and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Todd Wheeler were both in attendance.  Also attending the event was Western's newest President, Dr. Greg Salsbury and wife Marian along with Western Foundation Board member Terry Brace.

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Press Release

Student Film Night: Wednesday, April 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Western's spring 2014 Student Film Night is set for 7:30pm April 30 in the (Ruby Cinema) University Theater at the University Center. This year's celebration of student creativity will feature student-produced short films and audio documentaries. Students from several Film Studies and Media Production courses (including Media Production: Narrative, Introduction Production and Theory, and Introduction to Audio Communication) have been invited to showcase their work.