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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.

A Geology Classroom Like No Other

Monday, April 7, 2014

Western's Geology program takes students out of the classroom into one of the most diverse and spectacular outdoor laboratories in the world. With one of only ten undergraduate petroleum geology programs in the country, Western students have the opportunity to handcraft their geology education and launch into the world after graduation as sought-after grads with their choice of high paying jobs.

Students Polish Skills in Mock Interviews

Friday, April 4, 2014

This year's event took place in the Board Meeting Room at the University Center, where a critical panel – Mariah Green, career and academic advisor, student Scott Cantril, Kim Gailley, director of Human Resources, and Greg White, assistant director of Continuing Education – posed questions and offered critiques of the students' responses.

Dammion Heard Memorial Service Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 4, 2014

The memorial service to celebrate Dammion Heard's life, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to everyone.  Western's student-run radio station, KWSB, will be streaming the event live over the internet at www.kwsb.org.

The service will be followed by a candlelit procession to the University Center for refreshments at Mad Jack's.  Grief counselors will be made available on the second floor of the University Center during that time.

Environment & Sustainability and Business Double Major

Monday, March 24, 2014

If such questions get your juices flowing, there’s a unique place to seek answers, where you can actually start building a new future: Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. A coordinated double major in Environment & Sustainability and Business Administration now brings together not just innovative ideas but the knowledge to make them happen in the real world.

Inside Western, Press Release

Elizabeth Petrie Brings Industry Experience as Western's New Moncrief Petroleum Geology Chair

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

After earning dual bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico, Western’s new Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology went on to earn a master of science degree in Geology from Utah State University, where she taught and studied sedimentology and stratigraphy, producing her thesis on “Sequence stratigraphic correlation of the Wheeler Formation: a geochemical approach.” She spent two summers in Canada and Alaska collecting core samples and other data related to how forest fires affect energy, water and nutrient exchanges between the land sur

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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

Janurary Newsletter 

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.

Work Study Opportunities Abound at Western

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Depending on the time of year, there could be dozens of openings for Work-Study on campus. Now is the time to start watching for great summer opportunities and the early-bird positions for the fall.  If you have federal or state Work-Study funds, you're a hot prospect on campus!

For more information on how to apply, go to the Work-Study Information Pages

Farm to Table Conference Tackles Local Food Issues

Friday, March 21, 2014

Western’s departments of Environment & Sustainability and Business, Accounting & Economics sponsor the event. Dr. Jonathan Coop, assistant professor of Biology and Environment & Sustainability, and Dr. Michael Vieregge, professor of Business Administration, organized the first conference last year, to provide a forum in the Gunnison Valley, where growers, distributors and end users would come together, exchange ideas and network.

Wrestler Bennetts Wins Elite 89 Academic Honors

Friday, March 21, 2014

The NCAA noticed as the red-shirt sophomore from Buena Vista wrestled in early March at its Division II Wrestling Championship in Cleveland. They honored him as one of the Elite 89 academic stars in NCAA Athletics. A dozen days earlier, he earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Summit Award for having the highest cumulative GPA of any wrestler competing in the conference tournament, which Western won for the first time since 2010.

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. 

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.

Computer, Math and Music Professors to Perform and Inform

Thursday, April 3, 2014

John Peterson, a professor of Computer Science, will join Andy Keck, Heidi Keck, Jeremy Muskat and Zach Treisman, all mathematicians, and Greg Haynes, professor of Music, on stage. They will rotate between presentations on math and musical performance, addressing tuning and temperament, phasing and periodic functions, sieves, chaos theory, and stochastic processes. Their presentations will include:

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