Sample Fall Syllabus


ALPS Mission Statement

ALPS will develop engaged and caring leaders for Western Colorado University.                                                                                                                         

Program Facilitators/Advisors:

Gary Pierson                                 
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students                                     
Taylor Hall 301                                                                 
970.943.2049 (direct)/970.596.0533 (cell)                                                                                                                   

Laurel Becker
Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs
Taylor Hall 301


This program is designed for first year students who have demonstrated leadership skills and are recipients of the Academic Leadership Program Scholarship (ALPS) at Western Colorado University.

Program Goals/Objectives

In addition to receiving scholarship assistance, the goals of ALPS are: 1) to encourage the development of each student’s leadership potential and 2) to learn more about leadership and involvement opportunities at Western.

Objectives for the program include:

  • To gain knowledge of self as a person and as a leader.
  • To identify and discuss opportunities for leadership at Western and to utilize University resources as a “learning laboratory” for leadership development.
  • To enhance leadership skills and apply them in the University setting or within the local community.

General Scholarship Requirements

1. Attend ALPS Meetings

Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings. During these meetings, students will actively participate in structured group activities. The meetings will also serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of information and the monitoring of campus involvement activities. All meetings will start at 12:45 p.m., with the exception of the first meeting on Aug. 27, which will begin at 12:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Aug 27, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Oct 29, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Nov 12, South Conference Room, University Center
  • Thursday, Dec 3, South Conference Room, University Center

2. Use Your University Email Address:

3.  Campus Involvement/Activity Hour: 

a. Campus Leadership Position: Leadership role of any duration in an organization, activity, or program.

b. Campus Activities Participation: Involvement or membership in any organization, activity or program.

c. Professional or Educational Development: Participation in any co-curricular learning experience, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, training programs, Wilderness Pursuit trips or volunteer experiences generally related to personal or professional development.

d. Special Assistant Program: Working with Resident Assistants (RAs), Hall Government, Student Government Association, LEAD Office, University Center, Academic Resource Center, Multicultural Center and/or Mountaineer Athletic Association in the planning and implementation of programs and activities for Western students.

e. Service Learning: Participation in volunteer/service opportunities that are developed around University and/or community needs.

f. Intramurals/Club Sport: Participation in an intramural or club sport.

g. Intercollegiate Athletics: Participation in an intercollegiate sport.

4. Entry of Activity Hours:

  • Students will enter activities and hours on-line 

5. Total Hour Requirements for 2018 Fall Semester:

  • On the average, students will log five hours per week.
  • Minimum of 65 total hours will be required for the fall semester 2018.
  • No more than 33 hours can be dedicated to one activity-This will require an additional one page summary paper documenting your hours.

6. Mandatory Event Attendance:

Attend and/or participate in the following events:

  • Activity/event with Second Year Experience (SYE) ALPS-TBA
  • All Campus Barbecue and Club/Activities Fair, Thursday, Sept.  3, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Patio, University Center
  • Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Sept. 11 - Saturday, Sept. 12, attend or participate in at least one Homecoming event
  • Community Resource Fair, Thursday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. , University Center
  • Campus Clean-Up, Family Weekend, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2018, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  If you cannot attend or participate in an event listed above, arrangements will be made for a make-up activity.

7. Summary of Experiences and Resume:

  • A one-page summary of experiences and a one-page resume will be due.

8.  Academic/GPA Requirement:

  • Full-time student status
  • 2.85 cumulative GPA is required at the end of spring semester