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Ashley Teipel discovered she wanted to become a teacher while working for the Peace Corps in Moldova. She was teaching health education in Romanian and realized that, after returning from the Peace Corps, she wanted to pursue her passion for educating children.
“Since leaving Gunnison, we shared a common goal, and that was to find ways to give back for the unique education and experiences we received from graduating at Western,” says Steve Reynolds, 1978 Western graduate. Reynolds is a member of the Western State Foundation Board of Directors, and along with classmate and former Foundation Board member Steve Trippe, came up with the funds to purchase the land and make the donation. L.
Karl Manz is among a growing group of potential small business owners who call the Western State Colorado University campus home. But you won’t find Manz camped out in the classrooms or hallways of the Borick Business Building.
At 7,700 feet, Gunnison's winters can be harsh and difficult for growers. The valley harbors a growing season that hovers around 60 days – barely enough time to see a tomato plant grow and fruit.
By Brian Barker - Western State Colorado University senior Amy Nilius had traveled a long way from Gunnison to stand inside the historic Al-Hussein Mosque in Egypt. She was experiencing what she would later call some of the most profound moments of her life.
Climbing Out of Bed is a collection of rock climbing and mountain town stories, written over the last 13 years.
Western State Colorado University is hosting the 24th annual Headwaters Conference Sept. 20 and 21 in Gunnison. The theme of the conference, “Home/Land Security,” seeks to help solve fundamental problems that challenge our own survival in the face of climate change, including:
· How can we find secure ways of feeding each other and heating our homes?
· What kind ofs ecurity can we build into the land to sustain the homes and homelands of the headwaters of the West?
The student and faculty-driven campaign began in the documentary production classes of five universities across the nation.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Western State Colorado University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean
Western’s new greenhouse in the LEED-certified Pinnacles Apartments on campus, is the result of a student-led initiative to grow produce locally, despite Gunnison’s cold climate.
On most days, you’ll find Western senior Kyle Brookens (click here to read Kyle's story) caring for plants or working on irrigation systems. Brookens, graduating this year with a degree in Environmental Studies, has worked tirelessly to get the facility up and running.
The GSA annual meetings are attended by as many as 500 geologic professionals and students.
“We are excited to host this conference, because it is a chance for Western to showcase its wonderful Geology faculty while bringing hundreds of scientists and students to this great campus,” Western State Colorado University President Dr. Jay Helman says.
Western was recently ranked as one of the Top 10 Colleges for Mountain Bikers by Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
On a cold weekday evening, while flakes flew outside, a holiday fiesta was underway at Western’s University Center in Gunnison. Mexican food was on the menu, and lining a long wall behind a Christmas tree, dozens of gifts were stacked in a long row.
The presents were meant for a group of local children from the Gunnison Middle School Latino Boys and Girls Group and were collected by a enthusiastic Western State Colorado University student volunteers from the Amigos Club.
The Small Business Development Center at Western State Colorado University in Fiscal Year 2012, ending September 30, consulted 113 local businesses, resulting in $5.5 million in capital infusion, which includes 20 loans valued at $4.2 million. This performance helped create or retain 283 jobs. Also, 35 new firms were established in FY12 with assistance from the Small Business Development Center at Western, which serves Chaffee, Delta, Gunnison, Eagle, Hinsdale, Lake, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
"We are incredibly grateful to the many alumni, friends, community members, corporations and foundations who have invested generously in Western’s future," said Tom Burggraf, executive director of the Foundation and Western’s vice president for institutional advancement.
Western State Colorado University will provide high school students with increased access to higher education opportunities through its new Leap Concurrent Enrollment Program.
Designed to support students’ transition to college, the program allows current high school students the opportunity to take online college courses for both high school and college credit.
Ashley Teipel discovered she wanted to become a teacher while working for the Peace Corps in Moldova. She was teaching health education in Romanian and realized that, after returning to the states, she wanted to pursue her passion for educating children.
Ann Mills, the Acting Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment will be part of a panel discussion on the first day of the Colorado Water Workshop.
The team is trekking through Nepal with world famous mountaineer Chhiring Dorje Sherpa near Mount Everest. Check Western.edu again soon for more details from the trip.
Other Extended Studies programs underway include trips to Egypt, Belize, Italy, and China.
“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague,” Western State Colorado University President Jay Helman says. “Dr. Manzanares-Gonzales made a significant impact here at Western and she will be missed.”
Extended University Studies has already sent a team of Western students and community members to Nepal with world-famous mountaineer Chhiring Dorje Sherpa to trek through the mountains near Mount Everest.
Buchanan was born in Alaska, and despite difficult circumstances, she thrived and spent more than 15 years climbing the corporate ladder in marketing and sales before being laid off during the recent financial crisis.
“I had always dreamed of going to college,” Buchanan says. “The way some people dream of being rock stars, I had always wanted to be a college student. When I was laid off, I realized it was an opportunity.”
GUNNISON, CO — Western State Colorado University will be recognized in two venues this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to re-stabilize the earth’s climate through education, research, and community engagement.
As the only collegiate-based mountain rescueteam certified by the MountainRescue Association, the team has spent the winter meetingtwo to three times a week to practice for scenarios that team members hope will never happen: lost hunting parties, rock climbing days gone wrong, inclement weather and uncertain footing on alpine trails.
When complete, the 120,000-square-foot structure will house a variety of training facilities and exercise space, including:
The seventh annual national event will be held at 16 locations statewide from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The objective of College Goal Sunday is to provide Colorado families assistance in the financial-aid process. Families will receive free professional guidance on ways to pay for college, specifically how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a crucial step in the college planning process.
According to the authors, “Think Indiana Jones meets the Maltese Falcon. Except Indy is a woman and there's no falcon, only chickens. It takes place in Silverville, where anything is possible.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed new trustee Nancy Ellen Chisholm of Lakewood and reappointed long-time trustee Meyer M. Saltzman of Denver. Both will serve as Republicans.
“My wife and I are excited to join the Mountaineer family. We feel that the chance to work at Western State Colorado University within the Mountaineer Athletic Department is a great opportunity for us to work alongside some truly devoted professionals,” Carmichael said. “The rich history of Western Athletics and the possibility of an even brighter future for Mountaineer Athletics provided an irresistible attraction for us.”
While most Western State Colorado University students spent their Thanksgiving holiday with family and loved ones, one group of students and their professor volunteered their vacation to participate in hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York.
Caroline Mitchell, associate professor of sociology at Western, led a group of 46 students to participate in relief efforts in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Students at Western State Colorado University did not escape political fever this election season.
Multiple debates were hosted on campus and a dedicated few even volunteered for campaigns. And to commemorate the culmination, the campus Politics Club hosted their quadrennial presidential election party, replete with finger food, large screen projection of coverage and red, white and blue balloons.
Melissa (Cole) Kemp has been looking forward to this Friday for the past 28 years or so.
Even while the Western State Colorado University women’s swimming and diving program lay dormant for almost three decades, Kemp and a small contingent of former Mountaineers remained hopeful their team had not seen its final days.
Various faculty displayed posters of their programs, explained their professional development and shared their new ideas and knowledge with their colleagues.
Western Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr.Patricia Manzanares-Gonzales commended faculty members for their efforts.
One of the best ways to improve your skills as a writer is to work as an editor, says Teresa Milbrodt, Western State Colorado University
If Webster's had a definition for Mountaineer Pride, it would reference the Piquette family, with their family portrait as its illustration. The Piquette family members didn't just attend Western State Colorado University: they were actively involved and have made a difference along the way.
This year's Headwaters theme is "Beyond 'Both Sides': Unexpected Partnerships in the Headwaters." Students, faculty and community members will discuss relationships that transcend politics and personal positions and reach a
Math majors delight: Western State Colorado University had one of the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Mathematics in the state, according to 2011 numbers. Two percent of graduates during that year received a math degree.
That number has come up significantly since 2001, when less than 1 percent of degrees were awarded for math. The number of math degrees awarded at Western is second only to that of Colorado School of Mines, which groups Mathematics and Computer Science degrees together.
“Today we celebrate a new name, but also the rich educational environment synonymous with Western,” President Jay Hellman said. “While our new name preserves our Western Colorado heritage, it also reflects the broadening opportunities available to us as we move toward the future as Western State Colorado University.”
The $16 million student housing project, led by general contractor JE Dunn Construction (Colorado Springs) and designed by Design West Architects (Logan, Utah), began a year ago with the demolition of Coronado, Beckwith, and Keating Halls, former housing and food service facilities that were originally constructed in the 1930s and 1950s. Scheduled to be completed in July 2012, the new apartment complex has generated excitement on campus and made a significant economic impact across the community.
“We decided on this theme last fall,” said Jeff Sellen, workshop director. “Since that time, drought and fire have made water issues in Colorado and the West all the more challenging.”
In the series starring Justin Kirk as a “House”-like veterinarian who loves animals but generally hates their owners, Sodaro plays Angela, an animal hander. Following a strong guest-star performance in the series pilot, Sodaro earned a promotion to her first regular role in a television series.
“Betsy is by far one of the most unique people I've ever met,” said Paul Edwards, Ph.D., who instructed Sodaro during her career at Western. “(She is) instantly likeable and has an almost superhuman ability to engage in improvisation.”
"It's an honor for me to be able to be a part of this new beginning at Western," Wiens said. "I have the opportunity to give back as the school moves into a new and exciting era, with a new name, amazing new facilities and new programs.
"While much about Western is new, excellence in mountain sports is part of our heritage. The Mountain Sports team will be built on the foundation that has been established by a long list of Mountaineer mountain sports athletes, whose accomplishments are part of the history and legacy of Western."
Members of the ABA will present the award to Professor Kincaid at the WSC Colorado Brass Band Concert at 7:30 p.m., June 29 at the Quigley Bandshell.
With 35 years as an enrollment professional, Wesley has held senior leadership roles at the University of Evansville, Virginia Intermont College, and most recently, at the State University of New York at Delhi, where he helped build a succession of record enrollments while increasing selectivity and retention rates. Following early retirement from the State University of New York system, Wesley serves as an enrollment consultant, including providing interim management support.