Western Profiles

Alison Robinson, Residency Program

"I strongly believe that the year long internship program offered by [Western] is a big reason why I was offered the job at Lewis-Arriola Elementary and I think it is a huge benefit for the Western program.” 

"...I can't wait to get into my own classroom next fall and put into practice everything that I have been taught this past year. I strongly believe that the year long internship program offered by [Western] is a big reason why I was offered the job at Lewis-Arriola Elementary and I think it is a huge benefit for the Western program.” 

- Alison Robinson,  MA Education

Allie Huizenga

Through her successful summer internship and experiences at Western, Allie learned "your future is determined by how much effort you put in." 

Allie is Junior from Elizabeth, CO who decided to attend Western after visiting for a campus tour.  “Western was just a fit from the moment I got here.  I remember thinking, “ this is it, this is where I’m going to school.” 

She liked the idea of a fresh start in a smaller school that wasn’t too big and overwhelming.  Allie describes the students at Western as “really special kinds of people.  I haven’t met anyone I don’t like.” 

Amber Leal

"In such a unique location, Western draws in people who are passionate about being here and are driven to learn. "

Amber Leal - Class of 2014

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Majors: Psychology; Sociology and Political Science Minors

"In such a unique location, Western draws in people who are passionate about being here and are driven to learn. "

Anna Boyle

Art & English student, WP staff member. As an avid whitewater kayaker and skier she loves water in all forms, from class III rapids to fresh powder.

Anna hails from Lander, WY and is a Junior at Western pursuing  a double major with a B.F.A in Painting and a B.A in English. When she is not reading or elbow deep in t

Aspinall-Wilson Rain Garden

Promoting water quality stewardship in our valley!

  • The rain garden was built by students in 2014 and its main function is to filter stormwater that runs off campus before it enters Tomichi Creek.  Situated on a low point on the eastern half of campus, stormwater is channeled into the rain garden where it slows the water to prevent soil erosion and recharge groundwater.

Ayodeji Oluwalana

Graduate Sustainability Mentor

Bringing global experience and perspectives to WSCU's sustainability efforts!

Oluwalana Ayodeji is a Nigerian  MEM graduate student with vast wealth of sustainable and leadership experiences in the areas of community-level waste mitigation and diversion. He has also led a non-profit organization in Nigeria that focused on seeking full local citizen engagement on effective waste management practices.

Bike Library

Promoting the use of alternative transportation on campus!

  • Started with a few students winning an award from the Sustainability Fund and purchasing bicycles for campus use.  In Fall 2015, Taylor Paulson upgraded the library for winter use by adding studded tires and fenders.
  • Now, anyone on campus can rent out a bike for a 3 day period from the library.

Borick Water Filling Station

Promoting the use of re-usable water bottles on campus!

  • This station is estimated to save about 7,000 plastic bottles each year.  It offer students a convenient option for using a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water from the vending machine.  This saves students money and conserves resources.
  • Plastic water bottles are notorious for being energy-intensive to produce and to transport.

Brad Archer

“It’s the relationships between students and teachers that keeps people here.”

By immersing himself in the community that is Western State Colorado University, Brad Archer says, he found direction for his life.

He says he came to Western from his home of Milliken, Colo., to indulge his fascination with people. He had been a state officer in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, as well as an active citizen in the Potawatomi Nation of American Indians.

Briana Vigil

"I have become a very strong leader and more opinionated. I have confidence in myself which helps me to exert my leadership in a positive way."

Western is the right school for me because I felt right at home when I came to visit. Olathe is not far from Gunnison, so I did not have to go far away from home. I am extremely family-oriented, and here at Western there are a lot of clubs and organizations that give that sense of family.

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