Western to Host Thousands at Camps, Classes and Events This Summer

GUNNISON, Colo. — The traditional school year may be over at Western State Colorado University, but the campus remains a very busy place during the summer. Western’s Extended University Studies program includes trips to China, Egypt and Nepal and offers a wide array of classes in the region throughout the summer. Meanwhile, Western’s Conference Services staff has been hard at work all year booking guests to campus and plans to host 6,410 people through the summer.

June 3, 2013, Gunnison, Colorado.

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. Other programs include trips to Egypt, Belize, Italy and China.

The popular Wednesdays at Western courses begin June 19, 2013 and include geology hikes, fly-fishing clinics, climbing trips and more. The single-day courses are designed for Gunnison residents and visitors to spend some time learning about the area from Western professors and local experts.

The first big event on campus happens during the first weekend of June when the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers host more than 700 high school athletes from across the state at a football camp. Mountaineer Athletics play a major role in bringing people to town, hosting large camps for football, basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball and wrestling. Western’s wrestling team alone will bring 1300 high school students to campus in June.

Other events on campus include the Western State Colorado University Summer Teacher Institute, which offers a variety of graduate-level courses designed specifically for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. The institute includes intensive seminars with qualified instructors who immerse participants in their subjects. Opportunities include hands-on, individualized activities, instructional enhancements and outdoors-as-classroom activities.

Western’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program hosts its annual Writing the Rockies Conference this summer, as well. The conference offers a wide range of workshops designed to provide valuable learning tools in an inspiring setting. Working with participants of all levels, featured faculty help writers hone their craft through workshops and will mix with participants during events outside of formal sessions. Preceding the conference are two-week extensive courses in poetry and screenwriting which are open to everyone.

Western’s Music Department offers the popular Boston Brass Music Camp this summer. During the camp, the Boston Brass teaches and coaches brass players of all ages in clinics, small and large ensemble playing, breathing, and private lessons preparing them for a full camp performance at the end of the week as part of the Music Festival's main program.

Western also hosts a number of other academic workshops including a computer camp, environmental studies camp and a math camp.

To find out more about summer camps, please visit the University Center's web pages.

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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 8:45am