Western was not Lee Birk's first choice college. He originally went to Fort Lewis College, where he met his wife his freshman year. Shortly after getting married, the two moved to Gunnison where Mrs. Birk grew up. It was a simple transfer, but Birk is thankful for it. As a double major in Political Science and Sociology, Birk earned the educational foundations he needed for his current career in the police force.
Megan Peck was first drawn to Western the same way many students before and after her have been: the beautiful mountains surrounding the Gunnison Valley and the opportunity to hit the slopes right after class. However, Peck also earned the educational foundation she needed to assist in the life-changing work she is currently doing as a Fulbright-Fogarty scholar.
When new students come to Western, many are captivated by the beautiful mountain ranges, taken by the welcoming community and staff, and eager for the endless adventures that await. It has and always will be this way.
The award not only promotes Western's commitment to creating a greener campus, it also will interest prospective students. The 2015 College Hopes and Worries Survey conducted by The Princeton Review reported that 61 percent of future college students are influenced by a school's commitment to the environment.
"Having that bronze star for Western is way to let prospective students know that we're making positive strides," said Brooke Moran, Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education.
Butterfield was recently chosen through a selective juried process for a two week artist's residency in New Zealand, beginning on May 9.
Butterfield is looking forward to being surrounded by a new landscape and community, and the opportunity to have the two weeks to create.
Director Hughes puts modern spin on classic comedy
By Alan Wartes. Story and photos courtesy of Gunnison Country Times.
The film, “We Don’t Haze,” was directed and produced by Jack Lucido, associate professor of Communication Arts at Western, in collaboration with the Clery Center for Safety on Campus.
View the trailer for "We Don't Haze" below.
The Colorado Outdoor Educator Symposium is one of the largest student-led conferences in Western's history. The goal of the symposium is to provide college students from around Colorado the opportunity to connect and network with each other while gaining a better understanding of the outdoor industry.
Students interested in attending can register at http://coesym.com.
By Bobby Reyes. Story courtesy Gunnison Country Times.
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Gunnison Country historian, Dr. Duane Vandebusche, selected as featured speaker
Specifically, the funding will help recruit effective educators to teach in rural areas throughout Colorado.
After a few preliminaries to keep all entertained, the pitch rose with the annual parade along Tomichi Avenue and up Main Street.
The day's event got underway as snow flurries floated in from Hartman Rocks. Despite the chilly weather, the Mountaineer Bowl was packed with families and friends eager to see the Class of 2015 walk across the stage.
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Western alum Dr. Paul Gillis is back on campus after a 40-year hiatus, revisiting his old stomping grounds and reconnecting with the community that nurtured him as an undergrad. But this time around he’s facing the other side of the classroom.
Gillis is serving Western as a visiting professor in Accounting. He’s currently on sabbatical from his regular professorship at the Guanghua School of Management at the University of Peking in China, one of the top universities in the country, and arguably the world.
The index ranks the quantity and quality of recreational activities that are available to students, faculty and staff on campus.
The annual rankings include only some 25 percent of America’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities.
“Magic,” says Shelley Read, a senior lecturer in English at Western State Colorado University, who organized a Maymester trip to Prague for Western’s Honors program.
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