Francesca Pavillard-Cain, a business and Spanish double-major at Western, stood atop an intimidating peak in Chamonix, France this winter, reflecting on how she'd ended up competing on the world stage as a freeride skier. Pavillard-Cain grew up on a pair of skis in Crested Butte and chose Western because of its proximity to big mountains and its quality academics.
Ali Wolpern, a senior studying exercise and sports science, will work with Dr. Lance Dalleck in Western’s High Altitude Performance Laboratory to study whether measuring an individual’s ventilatory threshold is more effective than measuring heart rate to determine how hard someone is exercising.
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.
Western State Colorado University senior Christian Schwiegerath, who was crowned Miss Colorado United States in April of 2013, says she’s laser-focused on her studies in Business and Professional Land & Resource Management.
Seth Roby (BA Education, BFA Fine Arts) and his wife, Molly, have worked as Peace Corps volunteers for nearly two years.
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.
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.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — On March 1, Western State Colorado University wrestling earned the sixth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in program history. Western won the conference and Region IV title, finishing with 86.5 points, seven ahead of California Baptist University.
The film, is a sci-fi short film in the vein of Twilight Zone. Mayank has taken EMIT to more than 25 film festivals world-wide.
Mayank lives in California, but works as a professor for Western's MFA in Creative Writing. We asked him a few questions about his film:
Tell us about your film. What is it about? How long did it take to produce?
— Photographs by Greg Smith, Western Marketing and Media Relations
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.
Salsbury brings 37 years of professional experience, including executive management of a multi-billion dollar business, teaching engagements at eight institutions of higher learning, nearly two-dozen publications, several master’s degrees and a PhD in organizational communications from the University of Southern California.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Western State Colorado University was ranked this week by Washington Monthly Magazine as a top national liberal arts college. The ranking adds to a list of impressive rankings earned by Western in 2013.
Rankings for 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.
“I’m thrilled about the promising and unique opportunities this program offers by allowing students to tailor the master’s degree to their own personal and professional needs,” says Western professor and program director, Dr. John Hausdoerffer.
Western's Mountain Sports mountain bikers placed second in a hard fought series of races at the USA Cycling collegiate national championships in North Carolina.
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?
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
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The resulting device will compete with robots from other schools April 5 at Great Sand Dunes National Park, about two hours drive from Western. The device must navigate on its own once it's released on the sandy course, where it must avoid obstacles to seek a beacon transmitting at a specific frequency. It must weigh less than 1.5 kilograms, have parts that cost less than a total of $500 and be "no bigger than the average cat," according to Dr. Suzanne Taylor, faculty advisor for the project and Western assistant professor of physics.
The annual rankings include only some 25 percent of America’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities.
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.
The number of English language learners (also known as ELL) in American schools has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and Colorado schools have seen an increase of 35.5% in the number of English language learners served since 2006.
As we cheer for our 2014 Olympic athletes in Sochi, take a second to
remember some great Western students who represented the United States in previous games.
Visit www.western.edu/olympians to see more of our Olympic heritage!
The Board of Trustees of Western State Colorado University is pleased to announce two finalists for the next President of the University. Both candidates will be visiting campus in the next several weeks.
Erica Hogan (Communications major, Class of 2000) was huddled in a soggy tent in the Costa Rican rainforest feeling alone and wondering what she had done with her life.
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.
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Western's Mountaineer Field House opened March 28. The Mountaineer Field House is Western's newest facility on campus, featuring: