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An Archeological Gem on Tenderfoot Mountain

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A broad ranging group of people, including representatives from Western State Colorado University, archeologists, local TV and radio stations and telecommunications companies, reached an important agreement this month to preserve one of Colorado’s most important archeological sites while preserving access for organizations that maintain equipment on the site.

Western State Colorado University to Host Headwaters Conference

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


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?

Western President Jay Helman Dedicates On-Campus Greenhouse

Thursday, May 9, 2013


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. 

Western State Colorado University Hosts Major Geoscience Conference

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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 Amigos Bring Holiday Cheer to Kids

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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.

Small Business Development Center at Western Reports Impressive Impact

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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.

Western’s Foundation Raises Record $6.8 Million, Welcomes New Members

Thursday, July 12, 2012

"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’s Concurrent Enrollment Program Increases College Opportunities for High School Students

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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.

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Hands-On Education, High Altitude Performance

Monday, December 2, 2013

At Western State Colorado University, our students have opportunities for hands-on learning in an academic environment you won't find anywhere else. 

Our High Altitude Performance Lab, located at 7750 feet above sea level, is an educational facility unlike any other. It's a key component to Western's Exercise & Sports Science major, and it's what allows our graduates to enter the workforce with  hands-on expertise that many industry professionals don't have.

Private College Experience at an Affordable Cost

Monday, November 25, 2013

Faculty Focused on Your Success

Western faculty invites you to share an educational journey inside our classrooms, in field experiences in the outdoor natural laboratory we call home, and in internships and trips around the nation and world. Our classes are led by faculty members who have rich life experiences and will mentor you toward your professional goals. Western has one of the largest proportions of full-time teaching faculty in Colorado because we believe you deserve our full attention, nothing less.

Western Graduates Make Historic Donation

Friday, March 1, 2013

“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.

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Charlotte Buchanan Is 2013 Student Commencement Speaker

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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.”

Mountain Rescue Team Readies for Increase in Activity

Friday, March 15, 2013


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.

Event at Western Designed to Help Families Navigate Paying for College

Friday, February 1, 2013


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.

Carmichael named Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Compliance

Friday, December 28, 2012

“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.”

Students Travel to New York

Friday, November 30, 2012

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 Reflect on Election Season

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.

Diving Back In

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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. 

Western Math Degrees Add Up

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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.

Western State College is now Western State Colorado University

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

“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.”