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Western Student Teachers Choose to Stay Local for Residency

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Education Department at Western emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning when considering what it takes to be a full-time teachers. Because of this, every student in the education program at Western is afforded the opportunity to student teach for an entire school year. Although residency programs at Western allow students to complete their residency period anywhere in the world, some students choose to stay in the Gunnison Valley and begin their teaching experience locally.

Western's Community Council goes to Utah for leadership conference

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Members of Community Council, RAs and RDs together at the regional conference.

This year is Western’s second year of affiliation with IACURH and National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) and the second year Western students attended the conference. NACURH is the largest student-run organization in the country and is split up into eight different regions. This year the regional conference was at Brigham Young University in Provo. 

Club Sports Council gives students opportunities beyond athletic participation

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Club Sports Council members Mackenzie Bode, Skyeler Smith, Paige Jones, and Nicole Lorance at Regional NIRSA Conference at the University of WY.

For students who want more of a traditional athletic experience, Club Sports offers men’s baseball, men’s and women’s boxing, coed figure skating, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.  

A unique feature of Club Sports at Western is a council powered by students that runs, improves and promotes the program. Club Sports Council (CSC) President Mackenzie Bode explained what CSC does.  

Air Force veteran researching hormonal changes in wounded soldiers  

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Stephen Otero in a valley surrounded by trees, covered in snow.

Students who attend Western Colorado University have their own stories on how they found this school located deep in the Rocky Mountains.

“I discovered [Western] after moving to the Gunnison Valley in the fall of 2015,” Otero said. “I actually had no intention of returning to school after my military service ended. However, once I uncovered my own need [and] desire for additional life learning, I began to explore what college would look like for me.”  

Otero served in the Air Force for 12 years, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gamer’s Guild, Library host Game Night for all

Monday, November 5, 2018
Group of students playing games together in the library.

As relaxing as it was intense, Game Night in the Savage Library proved itself to be a great opportunity for hours of laughter and triumph, sharing stories of adventure and magic or simply to lounge and strike up a spirited conversation. The true magic of the event, however, was the welcoming atmosphere. Whether you were a veteran of board games or just hoping to get a sneak peek, there was always a spot to join in and experienced players willing to teach or challenge whoever took it. 

2018 Homecoming celebration includes parade, bonfire, sports

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Football players exit Mountaineer Bowl.

The Parade

As the festivities for this year’s homecoming at Western Colorado University began, Western students and the community came together to celebrate. 

Students and the community lined the streets late Friday afternoon to come together to celebrate another Western homecoming.  

The parade included homecoming royalty, NCAA sports, club sports, clubs and organizations. Jim Gelwicks, Mayor of Gunnison, led the parade as the marshall.  

Student groups take sustainability head-on at Western

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
A group of students that are involved with sustainability on campus.

One of the biggest commitments the Sustainability Program has is helping the campus commit to zero waste by producing less waste and recycling more here on campus. There are three organizations on campus that focus on sustainability: Sustainability Coalition, Organics Guild and LEAD Sustainability. 

In the LEAD Sustainability program, there are work-study positions available for students. They act as sustainability advocates on campus. 

Hall Council gets new name for new school year

Monday, October 15, 2018
A group picture of all the members of Community Council.

Community Council’s goal is to build a fun and safe environment within the residence halls on campus. Students are appointed to positions by the Resident Directors (RD) and Senior Resident Assistant (SRA). Those positions range from marketing communication chair to president. From there, the council plans, promotes and advocates for different programs within the halls. Community Council is also a way for students to get more involved on campus, specifically within their living community. 

Men’s club rugby team defeats Colorado Mesa at home opener 

Monday, October 15, 2018
Western rugby player blocking an opposing player while he runs down the field.

Western’s men’s club rugby team squared off against Colorado Mesa University (2-1) and beat the Mavericks 64-19.   

Michael Lennen, who has been playing since he was a freshman, described how he found out about the sport.  

“I was introduced [to rugby] by one of the guys playing at the time, who asked me during class if I wanted to play,” Lennen said. “I was hesitant at first, knowing that rugby is a brutal sport, but after going out for my first practice, I [fell in love]. 

Western Education Department Links Students to Community in Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 5, 2018
Education homecoming float with words "WE CREATE THE FUTURE" written on whiteboard

Western Colorado University kicked off its annual Homecoming celebration on October 5th, 2018. In addition to the iconic lighting of W mountain and bonfire, Western students, faculty, and alumni were invited to participate in the Homecoming parade, an event that has drawn students, local residents, and Western grads from afar.

‘Chicago Seven’ member Rennie Davis speaks at Quigley Hall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Rennie Davis addresses the crowd in Quigley Concert Hall.

On Sept. 11 and 12, students and staff were encouraged to listen to the man once deemed to be “the most dangerous man in America” by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. The event was hosted by Think Radio to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Chicago riots,” a nonviolent gathering to advocate for the end of the Vietnam War. In his talk, Davis shared this story in the realistic, spine-chilling detail hundreds of thousands of Americans witnessed on television 50 years ago. 

Mountaineer football kicks off at home for first time this season

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Football players march out onto the field

Western Colorado University’s football team has been preparing all summer for the start of the new season after a 1-10 overall record in 2017. Western fullback Tremell Stanley explained how he and his team prepared for the season this past summer.  

“Throughout the summer [many] of the guys and myself stayed [on campus] and worked hard to get bigger, faster and stronger for the season,” said Stanley. “[We] became closer as a team by pushing each other during lifting and conditioning.” 

Writing Center expands services, relocates from Taylor Hall to library

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Student writing

While the Writing Center will continue to accept walk-ins, students can also schedule 25- or 50-minute appointments. New this year: an online appointment system that allows students to make or change appointments. The system, which can be found at western.edu/writingcenter starting mid-September, also issues text and email reminders.

Also new this year is the option for each student once per semester to submit up to 1,000 words for critique and feedback without an in-person consultation.

Western gets early start on Campus Safety Awareness Month

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Students work together in a group on a safety exercise

September marks Western’s Campus Safety Awareness Month campaign (WCSAM). WCSAM is designed to disseminate information and educate the campus community around relevant campus-safety topics.

“This year’s focus is in part due to data we collected last spring during our spring student trainings, particular around awareness of how and where to report sexual harassment,” said Western Title IX administrator Chris Luekenga.

Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

Monday, July 2, 2018
Quigley Hall in the Summer.

Thiessen-Reily has served as an MGES collaborator and recently added a Public History emphasis, which has museum-studies components, to the History major at Western.

“Dr. Thiessen-Reily will bring her expertise, background in working with her students in museum-related areas, and vision for development and growth in the MGES,” said Dr. Heather Orr, outgoing MGES Program Director.

Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
A Western instructor climbs a mountain with students

The two-year, online program includes an MBA core as well as specific tracks for either the product or service side of the outdoor-recreation economy, which generates $887 billion annually in consumer spending, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. The program also includes residencies, immersion experiences and guest lectures from outdoor industry experts.

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Kayaking classes offered for students, community members

Friday, November 16, 2018
Three kayakers in the pool

Every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m., the pool in the Aquatic Center is open to any and all kayaks. The two-hour class allows people to come in to practice or learn to roll their kayaks.

The class isn’t open to just students; people from the community can also jump in. It is free for students and nonstudents pay $3.

As long as you bring your own skirt and paddle, you are ready to hop into the pool. If you need to borrow a kayak, there are some available there.

Western’s Multicultural Center celebrates its 20th Haunted House

Friday, November 16, 2018
Two girls with scary makeup pose during the Haunted House

Members of the Multicultural Center (MCC) planned, set up and performed the entire event. The MCC is home to many different clubs at Western: Amigos, Asian Pacific Islanders Club, Black Student Alliance, Native American Student Council and Polynesian Chant and Dance Club. 

All those groups came together to put together the 20th MCC Haunted House. 

“I feel like everyone got to be creative,” said Mariby Perez, a member of the MCC. “Depending on the room you were assigned, you got to make up your own character.” 

Families travel to Western to enjoy Family Weekend

Friday, November 16, 2018
University Center with beautiful yellow and red leaves

The family fun activities started Friday, Oct. 26. There was a welcome table where students and their families could sign up for events, such as taking a trip with Wilderness Pursuits (WP) and solving an escape room.  

Saturday was a fun-packed day. It kicked off with a pancake breakfast in the University Center with the Jazz Band performing. 

“We are enjoying breakfast,” said Catharine Hayzlett, grandparent of student Rhys Hayzlett, “before heading to the football game.” 

Governor Hickenlooper Visits Western to Discuss Outdoor Industry MBA, Outdoor Recreation in Colorado

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Gov. John Hickenlooper addresses the audience at Western Colorado University.

Hickenlooper noted the uniqueness and potential for growth of Western’s new program—a two-year, online program with an MBA core as well as specialized tracks for either the product or service side of the industry. He also announced $5,000 in program scholarships funded by the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

Showing by iconic chrome sculptor Aug. 27-Sept. 21 at Quigley Gallery

Monday, August 6, 2018
Two sculptures displayed in Quigley Gallery

Guerrero of Crested Butte is a famous chrome sculptor with works displayed across the country. Gunnison Valley residents might recognize his work in Crested Butte, including the knight/dragon as well as the large “Pepsi horse” at the Center for the Arts. He has begun to attract national attention through his participation in the Bombay Beach Biennale, which takes place in Salton Sea, Calif.

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Honors Program Director leads two students to National Collegiate Honors Council

Friday, November 30, 2018
Left to right, Western's Dr. Kelsey L. Bennett, Madison Northen and Madeline White with University of New Hampshire Honors student and friend Alana Gudinas at the 2018 NCHC

For the first time, Honors students from Western accompanied Bennett to the NCHC conference. Honors Student Advisory Board (SAB) President Madison Northen—an Economics/Environment & Sustainability double major, Data Analytics minor—and SAB member and Honors Resident Assistant Madeline White—a Business Administration (Energy Management emphasis)/Environment & Sustainability double major, Pre-Law minor—were charged with attending student-centered panels to bring back fresh ideas enhancing student leadership in Western’s Honors Program.

Western wins competitive grant to expand recycling with 'The Rocket'

Monday, November 12, 2018
Western students pose with Rocket A900 composter at Fort Lewis College

Colorado has made strides when it comes to diverting trash from landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling waste, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. According to CDPHE, in 2007 the state diverted only about 7 percent of the nearly 10 million tons of household and commercial trash generated that year. Seven years later, those numbers have improved as 11 percent of roughly 9 million tons of waste was diverted from landfills in 2014. Yet Colorado still lags well behind the national average of 35 percent for waste diversion.

Western featured in 'Guide to 399 Green Colleges' by The Princeton Review

Friday, November 2, 2018
A Western student tends to Chipeta Garden during an Organics Guild workday

Published Oct. 16, the ranking can be accessed at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this ninth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2017-18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.

Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

Monday, October 22, 2018
Western Colorado University students enjoy hiking and the area's outdoor recreation.

“This degree strengthens the talent pipeline for Colorado’s outdoor industry,” Hickenlooper said in a press release. “Scholarships like these will increase access for those students who want to make their career in outdoor recreation and possibly start a business of their own. We hope to see these scholarships continue.”

Film students to hold casting auditions Oct. 16

Monday, October 8, 2018
Programs from Student Film Night at Western Colorado University in 2018

All ages are welcome to attend the audition and try their hand at acting. No prepared monologue is needed. The time commitment for filmmaking will be “around a handful of hours per part,” said Western professor of communication arts Jack Lucido.

Production dates will fall between mid-October through early November 2018. Filming times will likely be scheduled during evenings and weekends.

“These filmmakers have written engaging stories to be produced,” Lucido said. “Topics include grocery store science fiction, camping horror and friendship juxtaposed with homelessness.”

Western to host candidates for state house, senate forum

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The attendees comprise: House District 59 candidates Barbara McLachlan (D, incumbent) and Paul Jones (Independent); House District 61 candidates Julie McCluskie (D) and Mike Mason (R); and Senate District 5 candidates Kerry Donovan (D, incumbent) and Olen Lund (R). 

Students from the Politics 282: State & Local Government course are organizing the event. The class broke into four committees, each organizing a separate facet: outreach, logistics and facilities, treasury and accounting, and format.

Music, stories, inspirations come to Western

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Martha and Dennis Gallagher play their respective instruments: the hard and nine-string guitar.

The evening’s program of music, life stories and in-the-moment inspirations is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Gallagher, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller, adds an unusual twist to her music—her instrument of choice is the harp. She handily dispels the stereotypical image that surrounds the harp by playing music that ranges from wailing Blues to Latin grooves, from touches of Celtic to Classical inspirations and from swinging Jazz to richly varied contemporary Americana/folk/roots. 

Western Colorado University to take part in free application day, Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Colorado Free Application Day caps off College Application Month in Colorado, a six-week, statewide campaign that encourages high school seniors to successfully submit an application to a higher education program and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Admissions application information for each institution is available on the campaign website. Application fees will be waived for complete submissions on Oct. 30 only.

Western's new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

Friday, August 3, 2018

Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Applications are due Aug. 24; classes begin Sept. 24.

Applications received before Aug. 24 will be eligible to earn $5,000 in scholarships, provided by Steven Borick for the inaugural Outdoor Industry MBA class. For more information, please contact Peter Sherman, director of the Outdoor Industry MBA, at psherman@western.edu or 970.943.3000.

Chávez named Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

Monday, July 16, 2018
Dean of Graduate Studies Abel Chávez outside Taylor Hall in 2018

Chávez has directed the Sustainable & Resilient Communities track of the Master in Environmental Management program since his arrival at Western in 2014. A global leader in community development with a renowned expertise in community-based energy, material and greenhouse gas emissions accounting, he is eager to bring his multi-disciplinary, multi-sector professional and program development experiences to his new role at Western.

Western receives CFGV grant to host free sport clinics for local youth

Friday, July 13, 2018

The grant was proposed by Western associate athletic director for development Katie Benoit.

There was an awards ceremony Wednesday, July 11 at the Gunnison Arts Center, where Benoit was awarded the check. The event was attended by CFGV board members, local government and the valley’s nonprofit community.

CFGV receives donations/contributions from more than 70 individuals, families and other entities to fund the grants annually. For more information on the CFGV, visit cfgv.org.  

Colorado Brass Band to perform free concert

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A saxophone and sheet music

The band will perform a variety of musical genres, including movie music, marches, jazz, hymns and more. In addition, various members of the band will be featured as soloists, including Buddy Laws on euphonium. Laws will give the world premiere of “Skye Boat Song” by Stephen Bulla.

The band’s 44th annual concert is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. 

Western receives grant from Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators

Monday, June 25, 2018

As a result, Western will receive: training and technical assistance from CADE, one annual visit from CADE, $2,500 each year for projects and up to $1,000 in the second year for alcohol and other drug prevention professional development.

Funding supports awareness-raising events on campus such as “Breakfast for a Buck”–late-night breakfast burritos at the campus café.

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