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Dammion Heard Memorial Service Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 4, 2014

The memorial service to celebrate Dammion Heard's life, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to everyone.  Western's student-run radio station, KWSB, will be streaming the event live over the internet at www.kwsb.org.

The service will be followed by a candlelit procession to the University Center for refreshments at Mad Jack's.  Grief counselors will be made available on the second floor of the University Center during that time.

Environment & Sustainability and Business Double Major

Monday, March 24, 2014

If such questions get your juices flowing, there’s a unique place to seek answers, where you can actually start building a new future: Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. A coordinated double major in Environment & Sustainability and Business Administration now brings together not just innovative ideas but the knowledge to make them happen in the real world.

Western Geology Students and Professor Dig Deep Under Frozen Lake for Science

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dr. David Marchetti, professor of Geology at Western, has since 2005 studied the geology, geomorphology and environmental history of the Fish Lake area. The lake sits at 8,800 feet in northeast Utah, in a structural graben, which is a depression between parallel faults. The lake is roughly 6 miles long, 1 mile across and the largest natural water body in Utah.

Students Build Robot to Compete at Sand Dunes

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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.

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Farm to Table Conference Tackles Local Food Issues

Friday, March 21, 2014

Western’s departments of Environment & Sustainability and Business, Accounting & Economics sponsor the event. Dr. Jonathan Coop, assistant professor of Biology and Environment & Sustainability, and Dr. Michael Vieregge, professor of Business Administration, organized the first conference last year, to provide a forum in the Gunnison Valley, where growers, distributors and end users would come together, exchange ideas and network.

Wrestler Bennetts Wins Elite 89 Academic Honors

Friday, March 21, 2014

The NCAA noticed as the red-shirt sophomore from Buena Vista wrestled in early March at its Division II Wrestling Championship in Cleveland. They honored him as one of the Elite 89 academic stars in NCAA Athletics. A dozen days earlier, he earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Summit Award for having the highest cumulative GPA of any wrestler competing in the conference tournament, which Western won for the first time since 2010.

Western Announces New Master's Degree in Creative Writing

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This low-residency 30-credit M.A. in Creative Writing program focuses on both the craft of creative writing and the pedagogy for the teaching of creative writing. Students select one of three emphases: popular genres fiction/nonfiction, poetry with a focus on versecraft, or screenwriting for feature film and television. The program involves two online semesters of coursework that use a combination of online writing submissions and critiques as well as regular real-time discussions with writer-mentors and peer students.

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.

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.

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Computer, Math and Music Professors to Perform and Inform

Thursday, April 3, 2014

John Peterson, a professor of Computer Science, will join Andy Keck, Heidi Keck, Jeremy Muskat and Zach Treisman, all mathematicians, and Greg Haynes, professor of Music, on stage. They will rotate between presentations on math and musical performance, addressing tuning and temperament, phasing and periodic functions, sieves, chaos theory, and stochastic processes. Their presentations will include:

Francesca Pavillard-Cain Competes in Freeride World Tour

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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.

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.

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