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Foundation receives “largest estate gift in Western’s history”

Monday, June 4, 2018

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

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. 

Buell Foundation grant worth $435K to fund library improvements

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Buell Foundation Executive Director Susan Steele notified the university last month, according to Western Vice President of Finance and Administration Julie Baca, who forecast that design could be launched as soon as late April.

The library originally opened in 1939. None other than Denver-based architect Temple Hoyne Buell–after whom the Buell Foundation is named–designed it in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. In 1951, the library was dedicated in honor of trustee member Leslie Savage to recognize his work at Western.

Community invited to campus author presentation

Friday, March 23, 2018

The event is free and open to the public.

“American Climber” is a memoir loaded with epic climbing stories and adventures—much of which take place during Mehall’s time at Western and in the Gunnison Valley. It contains two underlying themes: a compelling narrative of the author’s tumultuous journey to climbing, which ultimately saved his life, and a detailed look at the American dirtbag climbing culture. This new version includes a complete full color photo spread.

Western awarded grant to provide scholarships to nontraditional students

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is designed to benefit motivated nontraditional students who recognize the power of education in creating a better life for themselves and their families.

“As always, we are looking to help students be successful, and this is another opportunity we have been granted to do that,” Western Assistant Director of Financial Aid Tanner Stillwell said. “We are extremely thankful and look forward to awarding scholarships to some great candidates.”

Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

Friday, March 9, 2018

“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.”

Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Western hosting 14th Summer Teacher Institute in June

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Institute offers a variety of graduate credit content courses designed specifically for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. Participants enhance their content knowledge, share pedagogy, learn creative ways to deliver lessons and network with educators from throughout Colorado and beyond. Intensive seminars with qualified instructors immerse participants in their subjects. 

Filmmakers to visit Western back-to-back next month

Friday, March 9, 2018

On Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Theater, Nicole Esquibel will host a showing of her documentary “Neva Romero: Jamas Olividados,” which explores the deaths of six Chicano Rights activists in 1974 Boulder.

The film focuses on a 21-year-old University of Colorado student who, along with two other activists, was killed in a car bomb at the Colorado Chautauqua. Three other activists were killed 48 hours later in another car bomb. No one was ever convicted.

Western hosting free 3-night series on local wildlife management at ICELab

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This three-night series billed as “Wildlife 101: Management in the Gunnison Basin”–free and open to the public–is slated for three consecutive Thursday evenings: Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. Each talk will be held on Western’s campus at the ICELab off Escalante Drive from 6:30-8 p.m. The series is designed to explore the science behind wildlife management, including topics such as: the role hunting plays in conservation, population ecology, habitat management, and the challenges and opportunities in the Gunnison Basin.

Solar Energy International, Western join forces to offer college-level courses

Friday, February 2, 2018

Through a dual enrollment agreement, students will be able to enroll in SEI's classes offered online, in-person and as hands-on labs to receive college credit from Western. Students can also enroll in SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program, which is recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and comprised of a combination of SEI class offerings.

President charges committee with improving university diversity, equity, inclusion policies

Thursday, January 25, 2018

This includes but is not limited to operations from marketing, student recruitment, faculty hires, programming, curriculum, institutional culture and services.

Salsbury also asked the DEII Committee to work alongside each of the strategic planning committees to ensure the groups integrate attainable, actionable, relevant, specific and temporally appropriate goals in their respective sections of Western’s next Strategic Plan.

The DEII Committee is also charged with developing and tracking metrics and benchmarks to qualify progress. 

Quigley Gallery opens narrative painting exhibit

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The exhibit runs from January 18 to February 22, 2018, featuring the work of Carrie Ann Baade, Marcus Goldson, Anders Johnson, Ryan Austin Lee and Don Eugene Seastrum. The exhibit was curated by Jeffrey Taylor.

Narrative paintings encompass those works that express concepts, ideas, philosophies, stories or any number of content-texts. The medium employs the power of visual images to provoke thoughts, arouse feelings and stimulate the intellect. A narrative work can call into question commonly accepted beliefs, relate histories or challenge authority.

Western adds new emphasis to Computer Science program

Monday, December 18, 2017

Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, five new classes focused on topics such as information security, cryptography, network security, hacking and malware will be available to students.

Western modeled its new Information Security emphasis after a renowned program at the University of Maryland, positioning Western to be a leader in this area of study within the State of Colorado.

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Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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

Friday, April 20, 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, 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

“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

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

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.

Colorado Rep. Millie Hamner named 2018 commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hamner represents House District 61 at the Colorado Legislature, which includes Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee, a six-member group charged with drafting the state’s annual budget bill. The 2018-19 budget cycle will be her second stint leading the committee. 

"I'm honored to have been invited to speak to the graduates at Western and look forward to celebrating their achievements,” Hamner said.

West Elk Bicycle Classic returns: ‘part century ride, part gravel-grinder, part adventure race’

Friday, April 6, 2018

The inaugural West Elk Bicycle Classic got its start on Western’s campus in 2012 as a road-cycling event with a mountain-biking cause.

“The mountain bike team then was hit or miss,” Western Chemistry professor Jarral Ryter said. “I had two Chemistry majors on the team in my upper-level labs also working as teaching instructors.”

Certain Western students opt for service over skiing, sunbathing for spring break

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“This is the third year that LEAD has hosted Alternative Spring Break,” said Sara Phillips, Director of the LEAD Office. “The purpose of alternative breaks is to provide an option outside of a traditional spring break experience by traveling and completing community service."

This year, the Western group traveled to Chicago, Iowa and Kansas to explore topics relating to sustainability, conservation, identity, food systems and food security.

Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

Friday, March 30, 2018

Thorpe is famous for her work with creative nonfiction, which has been regarded as "masterful" by The Denver Post. At her upcoming appearance at Western, she is slated to discuss her new release, "The Newcomers," which details the lives of 22 teenagers in a beginner-level English class at South Denver High School. We spoke with Helen about her new release and her upcoming appearance here at Western.

Prior to your time as a published author, you were quite a successful journalist. How has your time in journalism shaped your writing today?

Second City hosts an improv workshop for Western students, faculty

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fifty people were invited to Taylor Auditorium that chilly Tuesday night, nametags abreast, energy buzzing in the crowd. Lots of people were familiar with Second City and came to get a closer look at the famous Chicago touring comedy company, while others were excited to learn some real-life skills at the workshop, using improv techniques in real-life situations. 

Over 100 students attend the 2018 Dean’s List ceremony

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The ceremony was big on presentation: students arrived at the University Center’s Ballroom No. 2 before 1:00 p.m. and sat around tables decorated with white tablecloths. A buffet lined the west wall with coffee, tea and good food for the honored students; and the stage featured a then-empty podium and a splash screen welcoming those on the Dean’s List to the ceremony. 

BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The week before Presidents Day weekend was a busy one. Working with the LEAD office, the BSA managed to kick-start its celebrations of Black History Month with a few high-turnout and fun events, starting with Soul Food night and trivia on Feb. 12.  

“We fed everyone, and now we’re educating and inspiring people,” said BSA President Alicia Herbert, talking about the Black History Month’s tie ins with the diversity awareness and educational programs on campus. 

Sophomore competes on Freeride World Tour

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Freeride World Tour accepts only three new male skiers from North America each year.   

“There were about 500 skiers competing for those three spots, so qualifying was very difficult," Moller said. "I was very fortunate to have two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish, which got me the third spot."  

Just five qualifying competitions are held in North America, and the tour takes competitors' best three results.  

"So consistency is key," Moller said. 

Western’s Polish pipeline: Three siblings race into record books

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dawid, the oldest, and Aneta, the youngest, are separated by four years. It’s arguably a perfect range; spread enough in age that the three can live and experience independently, but close enough to draft off of each other’s accomplishments. But how did they end up all together at Western, a small college in the Rocky Mountains thousands of miles away from their home?

Child’s play

The Konieczeks are a serious trifecta of runners; a tally board is needed to count the number of national podiums they have stood atop. This talent must run in the family.  

Student Government Association looks to grow their community with the student body

Friday, January 12, 2018

All undergrad students pay a fee with their tuition that goes toward the SGA, which then allocates that money out to different clubs, programs and bills. 

All students can go to the SGA website and submit a bill for a funding request. The bill is sent to an SGA senator who then writes the bill to be voted on.  

Women’s Volleyball stays positive through adversity

Friday, January 12, 2018

The team finished a with a 2-25 record, 1-17 within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).    

 “Staying positive in the midst of a drought is definitely a challenge,” said freshman defensive specialist Bonnie Brode, “but all the girls on our team are really good at building one another up, pushing each other to be better and keeping everyone focused.”  

While the Mountaineers have struggled, they have also strengthened on another and the team’s chemistry.  

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Honors students discover “What is art for?”

Friday, April 13, 2018

Throughout the spring semester, Western honors students taking the Honors 100 Gateway course have been pondering, “What is art for?” by exploring the many dimensions of how art can convey truth, power, ethics, morality, and beauty. The class has observed and studied these themes in various art mediums such as paintings, plays, films, and more.

ESS students prepare athletes for annual Crab Feed fundraiser

Friday, April 6, 2018

Organized by senior-level students, the Crab Feed serves as a final project for ESS Event Management students and a volunteer opportunity for student athletes.

Nearly 30 athletes volunteered to act as wait staff for the event, representing Western’s football, swimming and women’s soccer divisions.

“A lot of people will be there, a lot of people who pour into this program and pour into athletics as a whole," said Zach Manchester, a sophomore Business Management student. “It’d be great to serve them.”

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Mountaineers lead local Puerto Rican relief effort

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The desolation that rocks Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria isn’t a secret. This isn’t new news, per se, but it is forgotten news.

The island is still mostly without power, clean water and food; FEMA is overworked and understaffed. The coverage comes and goes, but according to the two Western students who recently returned from a relief mission, the common thread is simple.

People aren’t doing enough.

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