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Dr. Kenny Miller named winner of 2014 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award

Fort Lewis College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kenny Miller, the 2014-15 Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award winner, had options as to where he wanted to teach, but he chose a small undergraduate school like Fort Lewis College because he felt he could have the most impact on his students here.

“The really transformational opportunities, the opportunities to set a trajectory for a person’s career and their life, happen here,” Dr. Miller says, “happen at the undergraduate level. So I wanted to be a part of that.”

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Chemistry senior enters ACS's #ChemChamps video contest

Meet Ashlee Robison. Ashlee is a senior Chemistry major, and with the video below she has entered the American Chemical Society’s 2014 Chemistry Champions Contest. The challenge of the contest is to create a short video that clearly and accurately explains the student's research for a non-scientific audience -- a vital skill for a world driven by science.

Meet some new faces on campus

Freshmen aren't the only people new to campus this year: take a few minutes to meet some of our new faculty!

What is your field of study? Why did you choose it?
My Ph.D. is in Instruction and Curriculum with a focus on Research in Teaching and Teacher Education. Within that broad field, my main areas of interest and study are cultural competence and teaching for social justice. I have taught a wide range of courses and consider myself a teacher education generalist. I chose this field because I am passionate about pedagogy and its effect on learners. I wanted to understand more in depth how people learn in ways that are active, meaningful, relevant, and memorable.

President Thomas welcomes new students at Fall Convocation

DURANGO – On Friday, August 30, 2013, more than 1,100 new freshmen and transfer students, along with their friends and family, packed Whalen Gym at Fort Lewis College for Fall Convocation. Convocation marks the official end of New Student Orientation and the beginning of the school year.

Undergraduate researchers gain valuable skills doing “real science”

Having undergraduate students do real-world research is key to developing professionalism and a passion for their fields, say a Geosciences professor and a former student, in the January/February issue of The Professional Geologist, the official magazine of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

“The trial-by-fire experience gained through two years of original research helped develop the scientific philosophy and skills that I apply daily in my budding career as a geologist,” writes Jake Cammack (Geology, '11) in “The Benefits of Research in Undergraduate Education: Perspectives From a Teacher and a Student.”

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