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

Professor Duane Vandenbusche, left, and emeritus professor Bruce Bartleson pose at a campus gala April 28, 2018
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, were the guests of honor at a sold-out gala Saturday night, April 28 at Western State Colorado University.

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.

Wrapping up his 56th year in 2017-18, Vandenbusche was also recognized by Lynne during the ceremony as the “longest-serving, full-time faculty member at a public higher education institution in the entire state of Colorado.”

Story by Marketing Communications. Photo by Neil Santarella.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 2:45pm