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Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

Monday, October 22, 2018
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper addresses a crowd at Western Colorado University in 2018

“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.

School of Environment & Sustainability hosting Headwaters Conference, National Wilderness Workshop in Oct.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
A speaker delivers a presentation during the 2017 Headwaters Conference at Western

The National Wilderness Workshop, to be held Oct. 9-13, engages land managers and community members in thinking about how citizens from diverse traditions nurture lifelong connections to wilderness. Following its own tradition of engaging mountain communities with unique cultural identities, this year’s Headwaters Conference addresses the proposition that rethinking wildness brings healing for cultures and individuals.

Western's new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

Friday, August 3, 2018
A hiker outside of Crested Butte in Colorado

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 June 29

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.

Foundation receives 'largest estate gift in Western’s history'

Monday, June 4, 2018
Borick Business Building on the campus of Western State Colorado University

Little wanted to make sure that Western’s students continued to be helped with tuition expenses even after he was gone. Little passed away on July 11, 2017, at the age of 91. Last month, the Western State Foundation received an additional $2 million through Little’s estate, which he had designated to add to his existing scholarship endowments. In perpetuity, Western’s top business students—together with Western students in any academic discipline with extreme financial need—will receive help thanks to Bob’s incredible generosity.

Colorado Lt. Gov. lauds longtime professors Bruce Bartleson, Duane Vandenbusche

Monday, April 30, 2018
Professor Duane Vandenbusche, left, and emeritus professor Bruce Bartleson pose at a campus gala April 28, 2018

The event celebrated their collective years of teaching at Western as well as the legacies each has formed shaping the lives of thousands of students and athletes in the Gunnison Valley.

During the event—which included dinner, a champagne toast/roast and the premier of a Bartleson-Vandenbusche documentary—Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne proclaimed on behalf of the state April 28 and April 29 as Duane Vandenbusche and Bruce Bartleson Days.

Student Film Night set for May 3

Monday, April 23, 2018

"This spring’s screening is sure to please,” Lucido said. “Students have made short experimental, documentary and narrative films.”

Student Film Night is a regular end-of-semester exhibition of student creative work at Western. Typically, the screening is scheduled during the last week of classes. New this spring, the screening falls during Finals Week to allow the parents of graduating seniors to attend and stay for commencement.

“I have heard of several parents of graduating seniors planning to attend,” Lucido said. 

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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]. 

‘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.” 

'Mountain Folsom' documentary to premiere at Western on Sept. 20

Friday, September 7, 2018
W Mountain in Gunnison, Colorado

“Mountain Folsom,” a half-hour documentary by Western professor of communication arts Jack Lucido, chronicles the archeology work of Western professor of anthropology Mark Stiger on the top of Tenderfoot Mountain.

Stiger’s discoveries have dramatically changed the study of archeology in recent decades. Archeological digs and research by Stiger and several of his Western field school students uncovered the prehistory of Folsom people living on the mountaintop overlooking campus 10,400 years ago.

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
Pamphlets and flyers available in university center. Main brochure features sources of strength on cover.

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.

Contemporary art museum curator instructing at MGES Practicum

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Most recently, she co-curated “We the People: Contemporary American Figurative Art” and “AltRealities: The Fantastical Worlds & Creatures of Contemporary Artists” at the museum.

Fairall will be teaching the graduate students about the role of a curator, and how to construct and plan an exhibition from concept to installation.

Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

Monday, July 2, 2018
Heather Thiessen-Reily and Heather Orr pose together outside of Quigley Hall

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.

Honors director reflects on two years of grant-funded experiential education

Friday, June 29, 2018
A student sketches at the Denver Art Museum
Kelsey Bennett, Ph.D., Honors Program Director, earned in 2017 a two-year National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) grant, a competitive funding opportunity. This grant has allowed her to lead two enduring questions courses, gateway courses for students entering the Honors program in the Spring 2017 and 2018 semesters.

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.

First class: MGES program’s inaugural cohort graduates

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The first cohort of Western's MGES program celebrates graduation at a campus reception May 4, 2018

“The Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization program was proud to celebrate our first group of graduating students at Commencement this spring,” said Western art history professor and MGES program director Heather Orr. “Ruthann Cranford, Jill Fahey, Torrie Nickel and Barbara Sibley all walked the stage to receive their M.A. degrees Saturday!”

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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.

Pair of legendary professors to be feted in red-carpet style

Friday, April 20, 2018
Professor emeritus Bruce Bartleson, left, and professor Duane Vandenbusche of Western

Bruce Bartleson, an emeritus professor who taught Geology at Western from 1965-98, and Duane Vandenbusche, a professor of History at Western from 1962-present who also coached cross country and track & field from 1971-2007, are the guests of honor among an audience of 200 for a gala dinner and champagne toast/roast. The event will celebrate 88 collective years of teaching by Bartleson and Vandenbusche at Western as well as the legacies each has formed shaping the lives of thousands of students and athletes in the Gunnison Valley.

Alumna Beth Held to participate in Roaring Fork Leadership

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Photo of Alumnus Beth

“Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) is a nine-month training program designed to bring community members together through interactive and experiential learning,” Held said. “RFL graduates ultimately become better leaders, experience personal growth and are more engaged in the community.”  

This year approximately 20 people were accepted into the program.   

Held is currently the senior project manager at Forum Phi, an award winning architectural firm located in Aspen.  

Mock Trial Team exposes students to courtroom atmosphere

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Western's Mock Trial Team at Gunnison County Courthouse

In Fall 2016, Warren Knutson, now a senior graduating in May, hosted an information session at a Politics Club meeting to gauge interest in launching a new Mock Trial Team at Western. Less than two years later, the team, which now has 14 members, has under its belt a regional competition at the El Paso County Courthouse in Colorado Springs and a local showcase at the Gunnison County Courthouse.

Ecology study: Saving forests from fire, with fire

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Stock image of forest damaged by wildfire

At Western State Colorado University, Master in Environmental Management (MEM) student Ryan Walker and associate professor Dr. Jonathan Coop have partnered with collaborators at the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service to study strategies for sustaining these forests. One question they have been examining is how some types of fire–including prescribed fire and naturally-occurring, low-severity fires–might protect forests from extreme, high-severity fires.

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