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Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

Friday, March 17, 2017

Business and entrepreneurship professor Tom Miller joined Western last year because, he says, “I got to a spot in my career where I wanted to teach.” He had also recently written a book, Lift: A New Paradigm for Influential Leaders, which redefines and revalues influence and encourages the building of communities and character.

Western's participation in the National Student Exchange fosters diverse learning

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The program allows students from participating universities to spend a semester at another institution in the United States, its territories or Canada. This means Western students can spend time elsewhere, returning to Gunnison with new perspectives and diversifying the learning experience back on campus. Meanwhile, many students from other universities and colleges choose to “study abroad” at Western, bringing with them new ideas and points of view.

Professor John Hausdoerffer publishes new book, essays

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

John Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., recently published an edited collection, Wildness: Relations of People and Place, through the University of Chicago Press.

The book includes essays by Hausdoerffer himself as well as Western's David Rothman, in addition to works by internationally acclaimed authors and activists Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Joel Salatin and Wes Jackson, among others.

Embracing difficult conversations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Amidst making great strides in increasing enrollment, adding new academic programs and renovating facilities, matters of diversity, equity and inclusion are working their way to the forefront of Western’s attention.

Earlier in the semester, passionate students from all corners of campus made clear that diversity is an absolutely essential component for a vibrant learning community. The administration and student organizations responded readily with initiatives that have shown a promising commitment to increasing diversity and promoting equity and inclusion across campus.

ICELab opens for business

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)Lab is a space that provides startups and expanding businesses with the materials and support needed to succeed. Occupying Escalante Hall, the space is officially open for businesses to enter and for entrepreneurs to commit their visions to ventures.  

Western’s determination to make the ICELab a reality follows a trend of educational institutions nationwide playing integral roles in the economic development in their areas. The ICELab is now a critical catalyst for economic development for Western Slope communities.

Western's participation in the National Student Exchange fosters diverse learning

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The program allows students from participating universities to spend a semester at another institution in the United States, its territories or Canada. This means Western students can spend time elsewhere, returning to Gunnison with new perspectives and diversifying the learning experience back on campus. Meanwhile, many students from other universities and colleges choose to “study abroad” at Western, bringing with them new ideas and points of view.

Please join us to celebrate the life of John Peterson

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

There will be a tribute site, email grhaynes@western.edu for information about how to share your JP stories and photos.

JP wasn't big on flowers, religion, or lots of sentimental stuff. In lieu of flowers, please consider one of these organizations to donate to:

JP was very active with the Access Fund.  Memorial to the Access Fund would be deeply appreciated:

Black History Month keynote speaker brings message on inclusivity to Western

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In an address entitled “Dare to be Powerful,” Greenfield encouraged Mountaineers to build community during challenging times. Joined by performers, student leaders, and faculty, Greenfield spoke passionately on some of the biggest issues facing students today.

Held in Western’s university theater, the black-tie keynote address encouraged attendees to leave the room with a newfound respect for other people. The event was sponsored by numerous organizations on Western’s campus, including the Student Government, Black Student Alliance, the Office of the President and the Lead Office.

Study abroad provides Mountaineers with new perspectives

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As the Study Abroad program at Western grows, so does the scope of the Western learning experience.

This year, a number of Mountaineers are learning across the world, enhancing their studies through working and living in new environments. Some, like sophomore Elizabeth Beggs, are learning about international business while exploring life in Europe. Others, such senior Alexa Nofsinger, document their experiences via blogs and photography.

The study abroad experience can be confusing and challenging, particularly when in an area that is totally unfamiliar.

Campus program encourages servant leadership

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Within Western’s community lies a smaller one—a group of students and faculty dedicated to leadership, campus involvement and service work. The Academic Leadership Program Scholarship, commonly known as ALPS, provides both tuition support and guidance for first- and second-year Western students. Through ALPS, a trend toward service-based learning is transforming the Mountaineer experience.

Western offers students a way to gain practical courtroom experience and skills

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mock Trial is a competition where students become immersed in a hypothetical but detailed case. Students study the relevant laws relating to the case, read through detailed statements by the plaintiff, defendant and witnesses, and review various exhibits or pieces of evidence related to the case.

“How I found student and faculty interest [about Mock Trial] was easy. I started to get more involved with other clubs including the Student Government Association and the Model UN team,” said Warren Knutson,the student who set up and started the Mock Trial.

All encouraged to make use of Peer Academic Leaders program

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Each of the four PALs, Robert Wagner, Brian Cole, Talitha Beattie and Dawid Konieczek, have had their own experiences and challenges, such as being an international student, studying abroad, spending a year with the National Student Exchange (NSE) or not knowing what to pursue in college.

The PALs are able to provide an exceptional level of personal connection to their advisees due to their recent experiences with similar challenges.

Students and faculty reflect on Quigley Hall's Newest exhibition

Thursday, February 9, 2017

As Quigley Hall’s beautifully renovated space sees its second semester of use, faculty and students are enjoying the freedom it has brought them to explore new creative territory. The newly installed rehearsal rooms, open to all students, promote musical exploration and composition. Additional studio and classroom spaces encourage expression by providing stunning views of the snow-topped Fossil Ridge. A new favorite of many music lovers on and off campus, the freshly redone John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall is now home to creative events for Western students and community members.

SOURCE grants encourage extracurricular scholarly pursuit

Thursday, February 2, 2017

SOURCE grants are administered by Western’s Research Council (WRC) and encourage research, scholarly inquiry and creative activity by undergraduate students. The fund is open to any student and provides aid for both research and travel.

Western prides itself on high student initiative and providing close interactions among students, faculty and staff. The WRC is particularly interested in continuing to foster these pursuits and interactions with SOURCE grants.

Western MEM students develop Sustainability Strategic Plan for CBMR

Friday, January 6, 2017

As part of their Sustainability Consulting and Coordinating course, four students worked with CBMR staff to create the first phase of a Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP). The students—Casey Hess, Jennie Ciota, Lissette Rios, and David Mitchell—took a triple bottom line approach, targeting the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the resort.

Western faculty, student published in Journal of Fitness Research

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Associate Professors Lance C. Dalleck and Christina Buchanan, Lecturer Ryan Weatherwax, and High Altitude Exercise Physiology master’s student Devan Haney conducted the study, funded by the American Council on Exercise.

Published in the December 2016 edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Fitness Research, the study found that mixing functional fitness, resistance training and cardio workouts eliminated the non-responder phenomenon.

Music students teach power of culture to community children

Friday, December 9, 2016

In October 2016, two students in Western’s Music major designed a program to introduce music to children in the community.

“In August 2015, we started a small pilot program through the Immigrants Union in town focusing on music fundamentals. With a positive response from the community, Erin and I were able to further develop the program and take it in a new direction,” said Sarah Keith, a senior double majoring in Music and Biology with an emphasis in Ecology. Her partner, Erin Beard, is a senior majoring in Music Education.

Advancing leadership opportunities through Wilderness Pursuits

Friday, December 9, 2016

Western’s Wilderness Pursuits (WP) program does more than just guide adventures and produce outstanding profile pictures. All WP trips are student-led and the program is emerging as a major leadership development program on campus.

WP attracts trip leaders from a range of interests and academic disciplines.

Inside Western

Peace Corps Prep is perfect for Western

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Peace Corps Prep is a Western program run in conjunction with the international service-oriented Peace Corps. It focuses on specialization in one of the corps’ six sectors: education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, or community economic development, in addition to developing foreign language skills, intercultural competence, professionalism and leadership through selected coursework and service projects.

New direction for business studies at Western

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In recent years, Mountaineers studying Business fields have seen a great deal of new opportunities emerge. As one of the most popular areas of study on campus, the majors under the Business umbrella—which include Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics—have seen significant growth.

Faculty and students are optimistic about future developments in Business curriculum. The interest in Western’s Business programs has generated support for new areas of study, some of which will be arriving in Fall 2017.

Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year verteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Communication Arts Department hosted a “Good Morning Event” with guest speaker Bruce Levinson, who described his life in the media and how he did not start there right after graduation.

“Majoring in hotel management, I got an opportunity to work at a hotel in New York. I went to work in a tuxedo every day, it was a crazy way to start my professional career. I found that the hotel business was absolutely not for me,” said Levinson chuckling.

Western professors, students publish report on environmental effects of wildfire mitigation

Monday, March 6, 2017

A $200,000 grant from the Join Fire Science Program—an interagency research program—funded the study, “Integrating Fuels Treatments and Ecological Values in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: Fuels, Vegetation and Avifauna.”

The researchers set out research the effects of fuel fire reduction program on area ecology, particularly on bird species. Most frequently, these programs involve thinning out trees as a way to reduce fuel levels in the event of a forest fire. 

Travel abroad through Extended Studies

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Extended Studies Program, located in Taylor Hall 303, works to provide any student or community member with opportunities to expand their academic horizons.

While many small courses offered through Extended Studies use the Gunnison Valley’s geographical blessing as a limitless laboratory, the introduction of many new international courses helps bring different cultural influences and perspectives back to Western through students who have had experiences in a foreign environment.

School of Business welcomes high school students to the third annual Borick Scholars Weekend

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

From February 17 to 19, students from all over the nation came to Western to work together, create an idea and present it to faculty of the Borick School of Business. This is the third year that the business school has hosted this event.

“This year we had a total of 17 students attend this scholarship event. This is the largest group we have had since starting. The question that they are working to answer is ‘How might we reimagine the classroom experience to improve learning outcomes?’” said Annie Westbury, a Program Coordinator at Western who was working the event.

AAMG Welcomes New Colorado State Rep. Dr. Heather Orr

Monday, February 27, 2017

Professor of Art, Art Department Chair, MGES Associate Director Heather Orr, Ph.D., was recently appointed the State Representative of Colorado for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG).

Orr said about the partnership, “This position will directly connect us nationwide with professionals, galleries, museums and potential students in the field. In addition, we will have access to undergrad/grad scholarships for our students to attend the national and regional annual conferences (expenses fully covered).”

Conservation Priorities connects students and lawmakers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Increased efforts across campus to promote sustainability have opened new doors, allowing Mountaineers to address environmental issues in state government.

On February 4, students and Gunnison residents gathered in Quigley Hall for the Conservation Priorities Summit. Hosted by Conservation Colorado, the event provided information about Colorado environmental measures and efforts. It also enabled lawmakers to hear the voice of Western’s student population.

Roommates become best friends after being placed together

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Freshmen Hannah White and Melanie Turner met through Western’s roommate selection program online. They both were heading to Gunnison from out of state and needed to find a roommate for when they moved into the freshmen dorms on campus.

When choosing a roommate, White “was just looking for people that had good biographies.” Turner was not looking for a roommate but was contacted by White about living together and agreed to do so.

“Hannah just asked if I wanted to be her roommate,” Turner said.

Campus rail jam reemerges

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Students involved in the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project defined bringing the famed rail jam back to campus as a top priority after its cancelation in 2015-2016. It has been a prominent event for several years and continually attracts dozens of talented student-riders and hundreds of enthusiastic spectators despite frigid temperatures and busy homework schedules.  

The event was held on Taylor lawn for the first time instead of its old location outside the University Center.

Amigos club member leads thriving youth mentorship program

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Alejandro Alejandre is a first generation college student who narrowly decided to pursue higher education the summer after graduating high school. He is now a senior clinical psychology major and has devoted much of his free time to growing and leading the Hispanic Leadership Program at Gunnison Middle School.

Alejandre was born in La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico and moved to Cedaredge, Colorado with his family when he was seven. He faced many doubts from his peers and himself before attending Western.

Press Release

Western Wind Symphony to Perform Thursday Night in 65th Annual Firemen's Host Concert

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Western State Wind Symphony will be performing on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall. The event marks the 65th Annual Firemen’s Host night concert. The public is invited to attend and admission is by donation benefitting the Gunnison Volunteer Firefighters.

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Western with 2016 Tree Campus USA Recognition

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Western State Colorado University was honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“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.”

Inside Western, Press Release

Featured News, Mountain Sports News

Western student qualifies for Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cameron Smith qualified for the United States National Ski Mountaineering Team after just three years of competing in the discipline. He will be the youngest racer representing the U.S. when he competes at the World Championships this February.

Ski mountaineering (skimo) is a rapidly emerging sport that blends endurance and alpine skiing to test one’s overall ability to move swiftly and safely in extreme terrain. Races range from 30-minute sprints to 12-hour epics.