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Black History Month keynote speaker brings message on inclusivity to Western

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Audience at Keynote speaker Derek Greenfield's speech

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
Students exploring the Belize rain forest

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
A female leader speaks into a microphone

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
Student Mock Trial

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.

Students and faculty reflect on Quigley Hall's Newest exhibition

Thursday, February 9, 2017
art gallery exhibit

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
Poster session in the University Center

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.

Crested Butte continues to capture students’ hearts

Friday, December 2, 2016
crested butte in the summer

Although Western is a far journey from most students’ homes, the tight-knit communities of Crested Butte and Gunnison make it a harder place to leave than to arrive in.

Crested Butte is a historic mountain town located an easy 30 miles north of Western on Highway 135. Attractions around Gunnison such as Hartman Rocks, Blue Mesa Reservoir and the Gunnison River Whitewater Park already make it a recreational Mecca. By adding Crested Butte and the surrounding backcountry to Western’s list of outdoor offerings, students have unlimited opportunity for adventure.

Peak Productions’ Assassins gives a new perspective on America’s most notorious villains

Friday, October 21, 2016
students in play posing on stage, holding a rifle

Written in 1991 by John Weidman, “Assassins” looks at the killers and would-be killers of American presidents, humanizing villains through motives and rationale rather than simply condemning them as aberrations of society.

“As one of the most produced college plays in our generation, this play doesn’t glorify the assassins, but explores them as people and the motives that drive them,” director Paul Edwards explained.

Community Packs Quigley Hall for Grand Opening

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Performance at the Quigley Grand Opening

 

Professors and Western officials spoke about the long road to the $25 million building and how it will improve the educational atmosphere of the students and faculty.

Julie Feier, vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer, began the presentation by recalling the extensive process.

“[The renovation] was long overdue and it’s been really exciting to see it happen,” Feier said.

Inside Western

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

Monday, March 6, 2017
Students work in the field, surrounded by pinon-juniper trees

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
A town with a view of the mountains

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.

AAMG Welcomes New Colorado State Rep. Dr. Heather Orr

Monday, February 27, 2017
Heather Orr interacts with students in class

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).”

Campus rail jam reemerges

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Student jumps off a rail on his skies at Rail Jam

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 portrait photo

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.

Masters of Environmental Management Students Bring Creative Sustainability Solutions to Campus

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
student posing behind waste bins

Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) Program, which began just a couple of short years ago, continues to grow and attract diverse students from across the globe. The incoming class hails from 30 universities and brings a wealth of knowledge from 16 different undergraduate programs. These 39 new students joined the 33 second-year students to form a robust program.

Nationally recognized art appraiser, art forensic specialist joins Western

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Jeffrey Taylor smiles in a headshot

"Dr. Taylor is a very high profile and well-respected scholar, researcher and professional," said Orr. "He brings a wealth of experience with him to his position and we are thrilled to have him."

"It seemed like a dream job to be able to teach my specialty subject, the art business, in such a beautiful setting" says Taylor. "This is the ideal program for the type of students I've been teaching for the last eight years. A flexible master's degree focused on the art business, taught by specialized faculty from the art world should have great appeal."

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.

Featured News, Mountain Sports News

Western student qualifies for Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Thursday, February 2, 2017
cam summiting mount crested butte via guides ridge during the national skimo event

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.

Inside Western, Press Release

Grand Opening of Quigley Gallery Corresponds with Newly Established Masters of Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization Program

Friday, August 5, 2016

GUNNISON, Colorado – On August 18, 2016 the Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES) will hold the first class in the newly renovated Quigley Hall. The $25.8 million renovation gives the new students an opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art, professional gallery space. The first professional exhibit to be displayed by the Masters students will feature the sculptures of Western Department of Art alumna Bryson Darnel, and antique Japanese prints in the collection of Western Foundation benefactor, Ethel Rice.

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