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Marketing Students Put New Skills to Work for Hockey Club, Partners

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In January, her fall marketing class, BUAD 335, proved their skills could help both Western’s Hockey Club and a group of children trying to grow their life and learning skills. Their work came together at Gunnison Ice Rink on a Friday night, with sales of pizza, a raffle and sponsored players’ jerseys contributing to a big check for Partners, which helps at-risk Gunnison children find success.

The First Powderpuffs?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Powderpuff refers to an annual tradition at many high schools and colleges where women don men's football gear and play football. 

Women were playing football on Western's campus as early as 1931, according to the research conducted by the library.

Wikipedia has the following description of the first Powderpuff Football game in the US: 

Mountaineer On World Stage at Freeride World Tour

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The following article was written by the Gunnison Country Times

Sometimes, when we quit thinking and start doing, we achieve our goals. 

For Francesca Pavillard-Cain, that's been the case. The daughter of Swiss mountaineer Jean Pavillard, Francesca always wanted to be a professional skier. Now, at 22 years old, she's reaching new heights. 

Master in Environmental Management Gets $250,000 Boost

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GUNNISON, Colo., Jan. 26, 2014 — Supporters of environmentally sustainable practices and learning in the Gunnison Valley and at Western State Colorado University gathered at the university’s Taylor Hall Welcome Center to celebrate a series of successes that will launch a new master’s program, a new, sustainable community and the people who made these advances possible.

“It all came together at this moment,” explains Dr. John Hausdoerffer, who will direct Western’s new Master’s in Environmental Management, beginning this summer.

Western Professor's Book Chronicles Western’s Mountain Roots

Friday, January 24, 2014

The book chronicles the university’s rich history as an institution of higher learning with academics and student experiences enhanced by Western’s spectacular mountain location.

Dr. Vandenbusche has been teaching history at Western for 52 years, and he says writing the book was a labor of love.

Mountain Sports Competes on the Snow

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Western's Mountain Sports athletes have been training hard and competing in events on the snow across Colorado this semester. 

The Endurance Ski Team made a statement in the Colorado randonee race scene last weekend at the Divine Incline hosted by Powderhorn Mountain Resort.  Five Endurance Ski Team members traveled to the Cosmic Series event.   With near perfect bluebird weather and an early morning start, racers could not have asked for a better day to enjoy the slopes of Powderhorn in friendly competition.

Western Graduate Coaches U.S. Olympic Ski Team

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sasha Rearick, a 1999 graduate of Western, has worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to earn the right to coach the US Olympic Men’s Alpine Ski Team. Rearick, who graduated from Western with a double major in business and kinesiology, coached Western’s downhill ski team during his junior and senior year before earning an internship at the U.S .Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He traveled to Sochi, Russia this year and is responsible for coaching the entire U.S.

Western Film Studies Professor Lands Spot in Film Festival

Thursday, January 9, 2014

 A film researched, written, shot and edited by Jack Lucido, Western's Associate Professor of Communication Arts, with production assistance by more than a dozen Western students, graduates, and faculty, has earned a spot in the Durango Film Festival. Across the Fence is a twenty-seven minute documentary film about the long time traditions and more recent innovations of sustainable practices in ranching.

Learn Something New and Different in Extended Studies!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

With everything from Cooking to Yoga, Guitar to Welding, Western's Extended Studies program offers great opportunities to enrich your life by learning something new or honing your existing talents. Extended Studies spring 2014 course offerings are now available online. Register now, before all the spots are taken! www.western.edu/ES

Mountaineer Athletics Association Celebrates 50 Years

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Mountaineer Athletic Association (MAA) is celebrating 50 years working with Western Athletics in 2013-14.  The first mention of the MAA can be traced back to the days of Head Football Coach O. Kay Dalton with the creation of the Century Club in the 1963-64 academic year. For just $100 each year, members could enjoy all the benefits or supporting the Mountaineers and the various sport programs that existed in the 1960s.

Szabo Named RMAC Preseason Athlete of the Year

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced the 2013-14 indoor track and field preseason coaches poll and awards on Thursday.  Western State Colorado University's Barbara Szabo (Jr., Budapest, Hungary) was named the RMAC Women's Preseason Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while the Mountaineer women's team was ranked second in the preseason coaches poll.  The Mountaineer men were picked to finish third in the conference.

Western Grad Named Alaska Middle School Principal of the Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Originally from North Dakota, Wohlman arrived in the Gunnison Valley more than two decades ago in pursuit of an education degree.

“I was drawn to education because it provides an opportunity to help people every day,” Wohlman said. “I had a handful of teachers and professors that opened my eyes to new perspectives, and this changed my life. I wanted to provide this experience in others’ lives.”

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?

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.

Press Release

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.”

Featured News

Women Finish Third at NCAA Championships

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the 22nd time in 27 years, the Mountaineer women's cross country team finished in the top three at the National Championships.  This year the Mountaineers placed third with two All-Americans at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Washington.

The Mountaineers scored 194 points, finishing behind Adams State (91) and champion Grand Valley State (54).  It is the second consecutive title for the Lakers.

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.