The ceremony was big on presentation: students arrived at the University Center’s Ballroom No. 2 before 1:00 p.m. and sat around tables decorated with white tablecloths. A buffet lined the west wall with coffee, tea and good food for the honored students; and the stage featured a then-empty podium and a splash screen welcoming those on the Dean’s List to the ceremony.
Recently, Western State Colorado University’s club rugby programs have exemplified this. In 2017, the men’s team went 6-2 in the Division II collegiate Rocky Mountain Rugby League, losing twice to No. 1-seeded Montana State University.
The Freeride World Tour accepts only three new male skiers from North America each year.
“There were about 500 skiers competing for those three spots, so qualifying was very difficult," Moller said. "I was very fortunate to have two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish, which got me the third spot."
Just five qualifying competitions are held in North America, and the tour takes competitors' best three results.
"So consistency is key," Moller said.
Long, a Business and Honors student, started with the school's Accelerator Program in August, culminating in a Shark Tank-style pitch program called “Trout Tank” in late November.
This year during Family Weekend Oct.
Dawid, the oldest, and Aneta, the youngest, are separated by four years. It’s arguably a perfect range; spread enough in age that the three can live and experience independently, but close enough to draft off of each other’s accomplishments. But how did they end up all together at Western, a small college in the Rocky Mountains thousands of miles away from their home?
The Konieczeks are a serious trifecta of runners; a tally board is needed to count the number of national podiums they have stood atop. This talent must run in the family.
All undergrad students pay a fee with their tuition that goes toward the SGA, which then allocates that money out to different clubs, programs and bills.
All students can go to the SGA website and submit a bill for a funding request. The bill is sent to an SGA senator who then writes the bill to be voted on.
This year, Sweet Life grew with the addition of Director of Student Health and We
The team finished a with a 2-25 record, 1-17 within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
“Staying positive in the midst of a drought is definitely a challenge,” said freshman defensive specialist Bonnie Brode, “but all the girls on our team are really good at building one another up, pushing each other to be better and keeping everyone focused.”
While the Mountaineers have struggled, they have also strengthened on another and the team’s chemistry.
For the 6,000-plus residents of Gunnison and the many tourists and truckers alike who travel to or through the small Colorado city along U.S. Highway 50, Tenderfoot Mountain is best known for the big “W” marked on it facing town. Many Gunnisonians know it only as W Mountain.
The Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) program as a whole has seen terrific growth over the past few years. SES now includes a growing array of diverse academic programs, community events and a center for internal and external environmental problem-solving.
Eleven Experience, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and West Elk Lodge all attended the fair, which was held in the Borick Business
This year is the first year that Western is affiliated with IACURH and the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). This gives students on campus the opportunity to attend national and regional conferences.
Natalie Anderson (Women’s Cross Country/Track), Katelynn Martinez (Women’s Basketball), Benjamin Price (Men’s Wrestling), David Traynor (Men’s Wrestling), Pete Kadushin, Ph.D. (assistant professor of Exercise & Sport Science) and Kim Miller, Ph.D. (associate director of Athletics) made the trip to the APPLE Training Institute.
Educating and promoting student athlete health and wellness and drug use prevention were the main topics of this event.
On the recruiting process: “Western brought me to campus for the first official visit. They were definitely interested, and I was interested in them as well. It showed me they actually wanted me to be on their team. On the first official visit, I’m the running back that they’re bringing in. That was special for me. That went a long way for me. No other school had me for their first official visit.”
Take, for instance, his first game in the backfield against West Texas A&M in the 2013 season opener. Ekeler started as a true freshman for Western State Colorado University before the home crowd at the Mountaineer Bowl in Gunnison. It was an inauspicious start.
“My first college game ever, as a freshman,” Ekeler said, “I had 10 carries for 10 yards.”
It’s pretty easy to do the math there on yards per carry.
The Gunnison Arts Center held a charity auction and presented a short play written by Calvin Curry and adapted by Michael Callihan titled "Murder From the Past," a wry murder-mystery thriller set in the 1920s. The Coldharbour and I Bar ranches also set up booths near the arts center to promote upcoming events to pedestrians and Art Walk attendees.
Marching down Main Street
The rain and wind showed up just in time for the start of Western's Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 29.
But first, let’s go back in time for a moment.
APIC recently hosted its first Bistro Hour of the year. The clubs members all shared their excitement of making Bistro Hour a monthly event. The group is also interested in hosting other events, such as smoothie days and sushi nights.
The first Bistro Hour was Korean barbeque, with fried rice and veggies. A bowl with meat was $6 and a veggie bowl was $4. If students brought their own bowl they got $1 off.
While Harris is a Tucson, Ariz. native, she says she doesn’t much mind the snow; she actively skis and snowboards when time allows. She does, however miss the regular, more temperate seasons of her home state.
“[Tucson] was a good place to grow up—as a parent it would be an easy place to live," Harris said. "I liked growing up there—it doesn’t feel like home now that I’ve lived up here for two years … I step into [my parent’s] world. It’s not my world anymore.”
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”
Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
The Institute offers a variety of graduate credit content courses designed specifically for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. Participants enhance their content knowledge, share pedagogy, learn creative ways to deliver lessons and network with educators from throughout Colorado and beyond. Intensive seminars with qualified instructors immerse participants in their subjects.
On Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Theater, Nicole Esquibel will host a showing of her documentary “Neva Romero: Jamas Olividados,” which explores the deaths of six Chicano Rights activists in 1974 Boulder.
The film focuses on a 21-year-old University of Colorado student who, along with two other activists, was killed in a car bomb at the Colorado Chautauqua. Three other activists were killed 48 hours later in another car bomb. No one was ever convicted.
The three new minors all fall under the Communication Arts program at Western. Starting Fall 2018, students can minor in Film, Public Relations and Theatre.
This three-night series billed as “Wildlife 101: Management in the Gunnison Basin”–free and open to the public–is slated for three consecutive Thursday evenings: Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. Each talk will be held on Western’s campus at the ICELab off Escalante Drive from 6:30-8 p.m. The series is designed to explore the science behind wildlife management, including topics such as: the role hunting plays in conservation, population ecology, habitat management, and the challenges and opportunities in the Gunnison Basin.
Through a dual enrollment agreement, students will be able to enroll in SEI's classes offered online, in-person and as hands-on labs to receive college credit from Western. Students can also enroll in SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program, which is recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and comprised of a combination of SEI class offerings.
This includes but is not limited to operations from marketing, student recruitment, faculty hires, programming, curriculum, institutional culture and services.
Salsbury also asked the DEII Committee to work alongside each of the strategic planning committees to ensure the groups integrate attainable, actionable, relevant, specific and temporally appropriate goals in their respective sections of Western’s next Strategic Plan.
The DEII Committee is also charged with developing and tracking metrics and benchmarks to qualify progress.
The exhibit runs from January 18 to February 22, 2018, featuring the work of Carrie Ann Baade, Marcus Goldson, Anders Johnson, Ryan Austin Lee and Don Eugene Seastrum. The exhibit was curated by Jeffrey Taylor.
Narrative paintings encompass those works that express concepts, ideas, philosophies, stories or any number of content-texts. The medium employs the power of visual images to provoke thoughts, arouse feelings and stimulate the intellect. A narrative work can call into question commonly accepted beliefs, relate histories or challenge authority.
Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, five new classes focused on topics such as information security, cryptography, network security, hacking and malware will be available to students.
Western modeled its new Information Security emphasis after a renowned program at the University of Maryland, positioning Western to be a leader in this area of study within the State of Colorado.
Professor Duane Vandenbusche, Ph.D., will kick off the evening with a slide show on the history of the mining towns. Emeritus Professor Bruce Bartleson, Ph.D., will join him to discuss the geology of the region.
In the second half of the evening, CLCD Productions’ Cathy Carpenter Dea will join the group. Cathy will discuss her film team’s amazing experiences shooting footage of Vandenbusche and Bartleson during the San Juan Mining Tour for an upcoming documentary entitled “Breaking the Mold, Colorado Contemporaries.”
Senior Canyon Mueller and junior Jorge Zarate Aguirre represented Western at the 42-school competition. Other competitors hailed from institutions including Baylor University, Utah State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Central Florida and University of Texas Dallas.
At the competition, Mueller and Zarate Aguirre participated in two types of events:
Students increase their understanding of the issues facing public land managers through hands-on experiences that allow for the application of skills developed in the classroom. The land-management agencies benefit from the completion of necessary project work, and the agency will be served long-term as diverse students pursue diverse careers. The benefits to the university include support of curriculum and out-of-class learning opportunities in partnership with the agency experts.
Bingham also received a sub-award from the University of Colorado Boulder on a collaborative award from the National Science Foundation for a digitization project using herbarium data to document plant niches in the high peaks and high plains of the southern Rocky Mountains. Western is one of several institutions in the partnership.
In related news, Sam Van De Velde, a graduate of Western’s High Altitude Exercise Physiology graduate program, had his thesis project published in the August 2017 issue of ACE’s Certified magazine. Van De Velde’s project concerning the performance benefits of training with a sauna suit was funded by ACE.
Salsbury and Pete Sherman, Dean of the Business School, co-teach the Honors Program class, which focuses on aligning spending habits with spending desires.
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The Western State Colorado University Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble, under the direction of Kenneth Todd, is to perform an evening of chamber string music from a variety of musical styles and periods for string orchestra this Thursday.
The concert will feature the works of J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Edvard Grieg as well as transcriptions and adaptations of compositions by Gruselle, Joseph Brackett and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Soloists Natasha Pratt (violin), Jannett McBride (violin) and Jo Raetzel (cello) will be featured on Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 11.
The forum, which will be in the University Center South Ballroom at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Smith served as CFO of HealthSouth Corporation where he was involved in a 15-year, $3 billion fraud. He voluntarily exposed the scandal, worked with authorities and accepted the repercussions.
At the forum, Smith will discuss his experiences dealing with value conflicts and ethical dilemmas in the workplace.
Professor Anderson has more than 140 books to his credit, 56 of which have appeared on national and international bestseller lists, including many of the novels in the “Star Wars” series. There are more than 23 million copies of his works in print, in thirty languages. He and his wife also own and operate WordFire Press in Colorado Springs.
Levin has shot, edited, directed and produced documentaries across the globe, in North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. These works have been shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Art Museum, several U.S. Embassies, The Society for Applied Anthropology, The American Anthropology Association, and The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as on PBS and other broadcast outlets and in theaters.
She is a member of the U.S. Department of State Speakers Bureau and is a former president of the University Film and Video Association.
Western fielded 13 athletes to compete across five disciplines: cross county, short track, downhill, dual slalom and the team relay. Western accumulated 399 points over the course of the three-day event, beating the 2016 defending DII champion, Warren Wilson College, and 2015 DII Champion, King University. Western has been runner up in three of the past four years.
First, five students gain invaluable hands-on experience in their chosen field of study by helping to treat GVH patients between the physical therapy clinic, cardiac rehabilitation program and Senior Care Center. For this work, they are paid a monthly stipend to offset the cost of tuition.
Secondly, the students conduct research and collect data to complement classwork, including theses.
Tickets for the performance will be available at the door: $20 general admission, $10 students.
VOCES8 takes pride in inspiring people through music and sharing the joy of singing. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the British group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance ethos.
The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Quigley Hall's John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall on the Western campus. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
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The desolation that rocks Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria isn’t a secret. This isn’t new news, per se, but it is forgotten news.
The island is still mostly without power, clean water and food; FEMA is overworked and understaffed. The coverage comes and goes, but according to the two Western students who recently returned from a relief mission, the common thread is simple.
People aren’t doing enough.
Taylor, who has an art forensics laboratory in New York, was invited to speak about science and art—specifically issues of art forgery, which are analyzed in his lab. Taylor was invited to be a keynote speaker at the All-Russia Science Festival.
Organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the science festival is held in many regions throughout Russia with thousands of scientifically oriented events and approximately 2 million attendees.
At the seventh annual conference, Marissa Krupa of Helena, Mont., presented “Perceived Emotional Support in the Teacher-Student Relationship,” the capstone project for the recent graduate of Western’s online M.A. in Education program. The conference was first recommended to Krupa by Western Lecturer Kim Silbaugh, Ph.D., as a way to receive feedback on the project for future publishing
“It was a crowning moment for me to bring all my skills from business and education together in this presentation,” Krupa said. “Everyone was wowed. Winning the award is an incredible honor!”
Celluloid Cinema is a screening series put on by Mountaineer Media, a Film Studies co-curricular. Students who assist with Celluloid Cinema are all members of Mountaineer Media, and these students all have a lot of love for old film. Last year was Celluloid Cinema's first; the new series was an idea that came together based off old 16 mm films in Taylor Hall.
“The beer garden was an initiative that a lot of universities have been starting to do in the last few years. [We want fans] to have a great game day atmosphere but more of a controlled atmosphere as well,” said Miles Van Hee, Western’s athletic director.
The beverages offered at the MountainBeer Zone included: Coors, Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, Blue Moon, Stella Artois and an assortment of wine.