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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

Tenth annual Western Rail Jam features new name, location, Red Bull support

Monday, January 28, 2019
A student hits the rainbow rail at Cranor Hill on his snowboard. Carbon Peak and the Anthracites are visible in the background.

“The new venue allows us to create a larger, more fun course for our riders to compete on,” said Ryan Zimmerman, a member of the hosting student group Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project.  

Hosting Rail Jam at Cranor Hill expands competition to all athletes who are 18 years old or older. Previously, when the event was on campus, only Western students were allowed to participate. 

Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, Denver Colorado Convention Center.

During the Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 trip, students will engage with one another, network at the OR show and meet with industry leaders.

“This immersion experience provides an opportunity for students to be able to develop deeper relationships with their cohort,” said Pete Sherman, dean of the School of Business.

All Western MBA candidates will be staying together at one of two houses downtown and dining at different Denver restaurants each night. Students’ tuition covers the OR pass, meals and lodging.

Western announces Blister Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The guests will deliver a keynote address and hold a question and answer session, followed by refreshments. They also will spend two days on campus, visiting classes and interacting with student clubs and sports teams.

The keynotes will be video- and audio-recorded, to be released on Western’s YouTube account and Blister’s podcast.

This first-of-its-kind speaker series—coupled with Western’s first-of-its-kind Outdoor Industry MBA program—will further Western’s role in cultivating future leaders of outdoor-oriented businesses and media.

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.

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The Colorado Sun spotlights 'first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program'

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The inaugural class of the Outdoor Industry MBA program poses for a group photo.

Jason Blevins—formerly of The Denver Post, currently of The Colorado Sun—connected with the graduate students during their first immersion experience Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver. The graduate students were there to attend the industry’s premier trade show and meet throughout the week with industry leaders, including Director of the Office of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Luis Benitez and various CEOs and VPs.

Gunnison Valley Health heightens treatment options, research assistantships for Western students

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
A Gunnison Valley Health trainer treats a Mountain Sports athlete at Western

For a second consecutive academic year, GVH is providing highly qualified, licensed physical therapists to serve Western’s student-athletes—be it NCAA Division II, Mountain Sports or Club Sports. Those physical therapists are also serving Western’s general student population, faculty and staff. Coupled with upgrades in staff and facilities at the GVH/Western student clinic on campus in Tomichi Hall, this has improved medical access and care throughout Western.

Crested Butte News spotlights growth at Western

Monday, January 7, 2019
2018 Western Graduates

In “Western one of fastest growing small universities in the state," reporter Katherine Nettles highlighted the fall 2018 freshman class—Western’s largest in a decade—in the Jan. 2 edition of the Crested Butte News. Nettles also illustrated how in the past five years Western has seen “the highest percentage increase in the state of full-time enrollment outside of the CU system.”

Also featured in the report:

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

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.

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Western offers unique Trail Running Team

Friday, February 1, 2019
Western's trail running team takes to the trails for a competition.

The team first started out as a student-based leadership team with advisers for guidance. The team began to grow, and when it did Western invested in coaching and officially added the Trail Running Team to the one-of-a-kind Mountain Sports program.

“It’s cool to be the only colligate trail running team because it is a different take on trail running,” said Maddie Hart, a runner on the team. “We show up to races with the big Western van, and people wonder who we are, and it draws attention to us.”  

Wilderness Pursuits hosts annual Gear Swap

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
A Western student rents a bike from the Wilderness Pursuits office

Everyone can come to Wildernewss Pursuits's annual Gear Swap to find great deals on any kind of gear they may need. On Nov. 28 in a ballroom at the University Center, there were skis, boots, clothes and rafts—all at low prices. Some of the gear was brought in by students or people in the community, and some of the gear was old WP gear. 

“I think that it is cool students can let go of their gear and find nice, cheap, cool gear," said Kate Stern about the Gear Swap. "It’s also a great way to get the community involved as well."

Michael Kodas visits Western to discuss importance of journalism

Monday, January 21, 2019
Students gather around Michael Kodas to listen to his speech about the importance of journalism

On Nov. 13, Kodas spent approximately 90 minutes covering numerous fires in recent history along with his personal experience around them for an audience nearing 100. He explained that many of humanity’s worst forest fires—such as The Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010, The High Park Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012, and The Black Forest Fire in 2013—are the result of poor human practices.

MGES student lands Gallery Manager position from internship

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Manager Kristen Grant at Martine Chaisson Gallery

In May 2018, Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) student Kristen Grant was hired as Gallery Intern—through Western’s MGES internship program—and hit the ground running. She began assisting the Manager and the Director with daily tasks and correspondences, packing and shipping artwork, installing shows, doing social media, among other tasks.

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 Oct. 5, 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.

 The Future Educators club at Western designed their own float and invited kindergarteners from the local schools to join them for the ride. Alyeska Riker, president of the Future Educators club at Western, elaborated on the design of their float:

‘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.

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