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.
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.
On Nov. 1, the first floor in the Savage Library was filled with an audience of 30 and the history of the most famous Mexican holiday, led by Moreira. She explained that the Day of the Dead is built off the idea that death is a natural part of life that should not be mourned and dreaded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Devon Peña, whose lecture from 2-3 p.m. will close the conference.
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.”
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.
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.
In 1993, Heather Nicolson Hughes transferred to what was then known as Western State College from the Southern California area in Santa Ana. She quickly took to the small, remote campus and close-knit community, and she even got the chance to see snow fall for the first time in her life.
Vandenbusche was recently recognized by Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne as the longest-serving, full-time faculty member at a public higher education institution in the entire state of Colorado. He has been teaching at Western since 1962.
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.
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.
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.
Ondracek-Peterson is a leader in numerous fields: performance, artistic direction, arts advocacy, administration, education, career research, entrepreneurship and academia. Taking pride in contemporary music advocacy, she has worked with established composers including Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici.
The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
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.
The lecture titled “Fire and Ice: Investigative Environmental Journalism in the World’s Harshest Landscapes” will take place in the West Wing Reading Room within the Leslie J. Savage Library on campus from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“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.”
The event celebrates the release of Todd’s revised, updated and re-released poetry collection, “Tamped, but Loose Enough To Breathe.”
Todd will be joined in the spotlight by 2018 Fort Collins poet laureate Natalie Giarratano, who will read from her most recent book of poetry, “Big Thicket Blues.”
The events are free and open to the public and will be held in Quigley’s Kincaid Concert Hall:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, “Sources of Strength is the first suicide prevention program involving peer leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide at the school population level.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.943.3000.
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.
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.
In the Jan. 10 edition of the Gunnison Country Times, guest commentator Enid Holden reflected on the growth not only in enrollment, but also programs in an editorial entitled “What’s up at Western?” Among the examples cited by the columnist:
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:
Find below news coverage of the generous gift, the new 75,000-square-foot building and the new partnership program with the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science.
Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine, January 2019: Interview with Western President Greg Salsbury
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Hickenlooper intends to recognize the transformative changes during his administration in the state’s outdoor industry, including the relocation to Colorado of not only the nation’s largest outdoor sports trade shows in Outdoor Retailer, but also VF Corporation, which counts Altra, Icebreaker, Smartwool and The North Face among its brands.
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.