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Western Honors Program Kicks Off 30th Year with Annual Banquet

Friday, May 10, 2019

On Thursday, April 18 the Honors Program celebrated 14 graduates and recipients of the Presidential Honors Scholarship at the annual Honors Spring Banquet. After three decades, the program continues to grow and foster academic leadership excellence across campus and in the community.

Class of 2019 Honors Graduates are: Krista Chavez, Kate Mann, Colton Salsbury, Patrick Tan, Ryan Belson, Caitlin Berns, Julian Cullumber, MacKenzie Gierach, Gordon Gianniny, Eirk Hillman, Ma’alaea Lawrence, Travis Olmstead, Spencer Shiplette and Sara Viner. 

Student Radio Station KWSB Wins More CBA Awards

Friday, May 3, 2019

Western’s student-run radio station, KWSB The Penguin, brought home two top awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association annual ceremony last month.

For covering the Mountaineer basketball season, students Christian Saez, Malissa Manzanares, Jimmy Pallotto and Leif Townsend earned an Award of Excellence for Best Sports Coverage by an individual or team. This year’s victory gave the team back-to-back CBA Awards of Excellence in this category.

New Transportation Services Building and Road Named for Longtime Employees

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

As construction begins on a new transportation services building on the Western campus, the new structure and road leading to it have been named in honor of two longtime Western employees.

The Tuck Transportation Services Building is named after Bryan Tuck, a valued and committed facilities staff member at Western for over 35 years. Through his insight, positive attitude and quiet leadership, Tuck has brought more than just talent for all things mechanical to the garage for the past three decades.

Western Students Win Second Straight Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge

Friday, April 26, 2019

For the second year in a row, Western students have taken home the top prize at the competitive Rocky Mountain Investment Challenge. Sophomore Thomas Evon, Junior Aneglo Minisini, and graduating Seniors Tyler Nixon and William Hodgkins secured victory at the University of Wyoming in April.

“Between researching, practicing and hand-crunching numbers, they worked more than 100 hours,” said Jim Harriss, Associate Professor of Banking and Finance and team advisor.

“We have a small program, but we have some really good kids.”

Earth Week at Western

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Western’s Earth Week began on Monday, April 22.

To celebrate, LEAD Sustainability, Sustainability Coalition and the Organics Guild organized events throughout the week to promote awareness of sustainability on campus and abroad. Every day, the groups will host an event related to sustainability action, awareness of environmental issues, and celebration of student initiatives and Earth Day. 

Author, accomplished sociologist Jay MacLeod visits Western

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

On Feb. 27 from 7:05 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in Kelley Hall, 70 people gathered around Jay MacLeod, a sociologist and author of “Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood” and “Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, an Oral History” for his talk titled “Sociology, Spirituality, and the Struggle for Justice: A Personal Pilgrimage."

Western's Mock Trial Team travels to Colorado Springs for competition

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This is Western’s second year having the opportunity to take students to compete in a regional mock trial competition. 

The Mock Trial Team is where a panel of legal experts create trials for students to emerge themselves in. Students learn the basic rules of evidence and procedure of trial. Then they take those skills to a regional competition. At the regional competition, Western students competed against schools from California, Arizona and here in Colorado.  

High Altitude Exercise Physiology graduate program receives $90K in grants

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Western Colorado University’s High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) graduate program, located in the cutting-edge High Altitude Performance Laboratory, received a $70,000 grant from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest fitness-related organization in the country.

Western was chosen to receive this grant for its work in personalized, community-based exercise programming and whether reduced-exertion, high-intensity interval training can combat the damaging effects of a sedentary lifestyle.  

Western students travel to Pueblo for annual Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society Conference

Thursday, March 7, 2019

This was a statewide conference for the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society held in the Pueblo Convention Center. There are only three schools in Colorado that are affiliated with this club: Colorado State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo and Western Colorado University. 

Western's Politics Club organizes 'speed repping' event

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Western Colorado University’s Politics Club organized “speed dating” with Gunnison representatives just after Valentine’s Day. The representatives attending were: Mayor Jim Gelwicks, County Commissioner Jonathan Houck, City Commissioner John Messner, County Commissioner Roland Mason, City Councilperson Jim Mills, City Councilperson Bob Drexel and Western Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Gary Pierson.  

Resident Advisors dish out free ice cream at Escalante Terrace

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At 8 p.m. on Jan. 31, Escalante’s RA team at Western gathered in the complex’s terrace to serve up ice cream to 40 students as well as themselves.  

Word of the event spread through voice, fliers and Instagram, where each student was asked to bring their own bowl and spoon for a helping. These bowls were filled with vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and salted caramel ice cream made from Gunnison’s fresh white snow; condensed, whole and almond milk; and served up over the course of an hour.  

Western students first in program history to present at Research Conference

Monday, March 4, 2019

SEATTLE – Western Colorado University faculty and students made school history last month as the first Western Communication Arts students to present at an undergraduate research conference.

Seniors Chris Doucet, Clark Thompson and Katie Lyons attended the 16th Annual Seattle Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference on February 22 to present their research, titled “An Analysis of Media Distribution and Consumption Through Music Streaming Services.”  

For Doucet, the experience was an inspiring one.

Clubs at Western: many in number, open to all

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Do you find yourself looking into the horizon in search of yourself? Do you have free time set aside that you wish included something more? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it may just be time for you to consider joining a club.  

Western has a grand total of 37 clubs for all students to contemplate joining, with religion, culture, gaming, fishing and dancing being just a few of the focuses they offer. To join, all you need to do is drop in on a club meeting and introduce yourself and you may find yourself with new friends and maybe a new passion.

Press Release

Western Business School Appoints New Outdoor Industry MBA Director

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

D. Scott Borden, Ph.D., has been appointed the new director of the Outdoor Industry MBA program. Currently the Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track Coordinator in the Master’s in Environmental Management program, Borden will start this new role on July 1, 2019.

Borden’s experience extends far beyond the classroom. Serving on the board of directors for Keene Advisors, a Benefit Corporation Certified investment bank, he has consulted on mergers and acquisitions for socially driven outdoor companies.

Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Inspired by their learnings in the classroom, a group of Western students have earned a grant from the Colorado NextCycle incubator program. Ben Lokie (Master in Environmental Management), Jack Thomas (Environment & Sustainability and Accounting) and Jake Raber (Environment & Sustainability and Business Administration) were one of nine start-ups selected by the state to receive $5,000 in seed capital, professional mentoring and technical support over the next year.

Western Hires New Director for Graduate Nature Writing Program

Monday, May 6, 2019

Western has hired Julianne Warren, Ph.D., to lead the newly established graduate nature writing program.

“Julianne is one of the most remarkable, visionary thinkers in the field of environmental humanities today,” said Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing. “To have her come on board as we launch the Nature Writing track positions the program to be the most innovative and exciting of its kind.”

Mike LaPlante named new Vice President of Advancement

Friday, May 3, 2019

Western is proud to welcome Mike LaPlante, who is joining the community as Vice President of Advancement. In his new role, LaPlante will be located and primarily focused on the Front Range. 

“Mike is a seasoned fundraising veteran with experience at all levels of the process—and we are thrilled to have him on the team,” said President Greg Salsbury, Ph.D.  “We look forward to the momentum he can add to a number of Western’s initiatives.”

Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The History program at Western Colorado University is proud to announce the addition of two new “3+2” options, allowing students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years. This allows students to save valuable time and tuition money, equipping them to start their careers sooner than the traditional pathway.

Students who choose to major in History with an emphasis in Public History may start on a path to earn either a Master in Environmental Management or a Master of Art in Art with an emphasis in Gallery and Exhibitions Specialization.

Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, activist to visit Western as part of Blister Speaker Series

Monday, April 22, 2019

On April 25, Ashley Korenblat will visit Western Colorado University to deliver a keynote address and meet with various classes as part of the Blister Speaker Series.

The keynote address, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

Korenblat is the owner of Western Spirit Cycling, the owner and founder of Outerbike, the creator of Public Land Solutions, a board member for the Outdoor Industry Association and an inductee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

New class of Western faculty earns tenure, emeritus status

Friday, April 19, 2019

Western Colorado University is proud to announce the faculty members who were recently awarded tenure and emeritus status by the Board of Trustees.

Faculty members who will become tenured on July 1 include:

Dr. Abel Chavez
Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability

Western hires new Director of Poetry Concentration for Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Friday, April 12, 2019

Western Colorado University’s School of Graduate Studies is proud to announce Aaron A. Abeyta as the new director of the Poetry concentration in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

Abeyta is a Colorado native who received his B.A. in English and his MFA in Poetry from Colorado State University. He also is the mayor of Antonito, Colorado, his hometown. 

Western earns spot in ‘Best Online Master’s in K-12 Education Programs’

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Western Colorado University’s Master of Arts in Education recently earned the distinction of being one of “The Best Online Master’s in K-12 Education Programs,” as determined by OnlineMasters.com.

According to OnlineMasters.com, the rating system was based on research that identified “the top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.”

Western announces new Nature Writing MFA

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Western is proud to announce the addition of a new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis on Nature Writing to the family of Graduate Programs in Creative Writing’s low-residency programs.

The Nature Writing MFA is a two-year program, beginning in July each year.

This new program will explore natural and built landscapes through many genres of writing, from essaying about natural features, to crafting poems about urban environments and reportage pieces that explore climate change issues.

Flylow president, co-founder Dan Abrams to visit Western as part of Blister Speaker Series

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

On March 28 Flylow president and co-founder Dan Abrams will visit Western Colorado University, giving a keynote address and meeting with various classes as part of the Blister Speaker Series.

The keynote address, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

Flylow is an independently owned and operated apparel company that continues to grow each year and continues to be loved by many of the most passionate skiers and riders out there.

Internationally known percussionist to perform at Western

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ivan Trevino, one the biggest names in U.S. percussion performance and composition, will give an afternoon lecture and evening concert performance at Western Colorado University’s Kincaid Concert Hall on April 9.

The Mexican-American percussionist and composer is a multi-award-winning recipient of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Composition Contest with more than 70 songs and compositions to his name. Trevino is also known for Break of Reality, an international touring cello and percussion quartet in which he works as a drummer and composer.

Western Foundation to host Mountaineer Award for Excellence in Denver

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Western Colorado University Foundation will host the inaugural Mountaineer Award for Excellence, honoring Professor Duane Vandenbusche, Ed.D., on Saturday, April 27 in the Denver area. 

The event, which will take place at Cherry Hills Country Club at 5 p.m., was created to honor Western’s outstanding philanthropists, alumni and friends, while also serving as a signature event for Front Range alumni and community members.

Speakers include Western President Greg Salsbury, Ph.D., and Western Foundation Executive Director Tom Burggraf.

Western Colorado University announces new Associate VP of Academic Affairs

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Western Colorado University is excited to announce that Kevin Alexander, Ph.D., will replace Kathleen Kinkema, Ph.D., as the associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

Alexander, who has served as the chair of Western’s Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences since 2015, is a field biologist and has worked in aquatic systems, conservation biology and habitat assessment. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Gloria Beim to give Western Spring 2019 convocation speech

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Longtime local physician and surgeon Dr. Gloria Beim will address Western Colorado University’s Spring 2019 graduates at commencement on May 11.

Beim is Head Team Physician for Western Colorado University’s NCAA Sports program along with the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball Association. She is also co-chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s newly formed Sports Medicine Medical Advisory Group.

Western faculty published in top scientific journal

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Two Western faculty members were recently published in a top ornithology journal, The Condor, for their grant-funded research associated with fire thinning and bird communities.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Conservation Biology Pat Magee, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability and Biology Jonathan Coop, Ph.D.,  along with Jacob Ivan of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, were published in the February 2019 issue of The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Western Colorado University hosts flute, piano faculty recital Feb. 28

Monday, February 25, 2019

Flutist Shelley Warren and pianist Martha Violett, DMA of the Western Colorado University Department of Music faculty will present an evening of chamber music and solos on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Quigley’s Kincaid Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The program includes Sonata V by Quantz, Hungarian Fantasy by Doppler, Kassouga by Shinohara, and Duo by Copland along with Image for solo flute by Bozza and Two Sonatas for piano by Scarlatti.

Polar explorer Eric Larsen to visit Western as part of Blister Speaker Series

Monday, February 25, 2019

On Feb. 28, Eric Larsen will visit Western Colorado University, giving a keynote address and meeting with various classes as part of the Blister Speaker Series.

The keynote address, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

Larsen is a polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher and educator who has spent the past 15 years traveling in some of the most remote and wild places on earth.

Western announces partnership with Rocky Vista University

Sunday, February 17, 2019

RVU is one of two medical schools in the state, the other being University of Colorado.

Under the Early Acceptance Program, Western juniors will be able to apply for provisional acceptance to RVU—without needing to take the MCAT.

Applications are due Nov. 1, after which Western designees will conduct a preliminary round of interviews. Their suggested candidates are then sent to RVU for final decisions.

To be considered for the Early Acceptance Program, students must meet several criteria, including:

Western Colorado University’s Spring Concert Schedule

Friday, February 15, 2019

February 21, 7:30 p.m. | All-Colorado Honor Band Host Concert

February 23, 2 p.m. | All-Colorado Honor Band and Colorado Brass Band Concert

February 28, 7:30 p.m. | Faculty Artist Recital: Shelley Warren (flute) and Martha Violett (piano)

March 7, 7:30 p.m. | Western Vocal Department Showcase

March 9, 2 p.m. | Western Slope Choral Festival Concert

March 12, 7:30 p.m. | Opera Colorado Guest Artist Concert

March 14, 7:30 p.m. | F. George Damson Music Competition

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2019 Commencement

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Western commencement May 11 at Mountaineer Bowl

Commencement at Western Colorado University will be held Saturday, May 11 on campus at the Mountaineer Bowl. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Approximately 450 students are scheduled to walk as part of the ceremony.

This year’s commencement speaker is longtime local physician and surgeon Dr. Gloria Beim. For more information about Beim, scroll down.

Western trail runners to compete in Europe for 2nd straight summer

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Western Colorado University in Gunnison is home to America’s most prolific collegiate Trail Running Team. Founded in 2013, the Trail Running Team functions as most any NCAA team under Western’s innovative Mountain Sports program, which offers organized training, coaching, travel, scholarships and competition for student-athletes in skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, road cycling, rock climbing and, of course, trail running.

Western hosts inaugural Southern Colorado Higher Ed Consortium Summit

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

On April 4 and 5, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) sponsored the inaugural Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium Summit at Western Colorado University. Held in a ballroom within the University Center at the heart of campus, the summit included 10 schools and approximately 100 participants.

Dean Bobby Braun of CU Boulder touts engineering partnership with Western

Monday, February 25, 2019

In September 2018 at Western Colorado University before a capacity crowd at the Kincaid Concert Hall in Quigley Hall, University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science Dean Bobby Braun and Western President Greg Salsbury took the stage to announce the formation of an innovative partnership between the two universities.