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The FLC observatory atop the new Geosciences, Physics & Engineering Hall

Roy Dalpra's legacy of giving will help FLC students look to the stars

For nearly three decades, Fort Lewis College (FLC) students have benefited from the generosity of a man they would never meet. Through his estate, the late Roy Dalpra, who lived around Farmington, NM, has given more than half a million dollars to support FLC. The latest gift, $288,000 for the College’s new Geosciences, Physics & Engineering (GPE) Hall, will help complete FLC’s most technologically-sophisticated facility to date.

“He was a quiet, but generous guy who valued education,” says Darrin Church of Dalpra. Mr. Church is the president of Farmington’s Citizens Trust & Investment Corporation, the organization overseeing the Dalpra accounts.

Interestingly, not much is known about Mr. Dalpra. Those who do remember him describe him in much the same way as Mr. Church: a quiet, unassuming man. Yet Mr. Dalpra’s impact to Fort Lewis College has been immense, and with his gift to the GPE Hall, he’ll receive a little of the recognition that he never sought, but definitely deserves.

When it’s completed, the GPE Hall’s rooftop observatory deck will be dedicated to Mr. Dalpra. Not only will the rooftop space offer some of the most remarkable views short of climbing a fourteener, but it will also house FLC’s observatory and telescopes.

For FLC students like Elinor Mullin, a senior physics major, a look to the heavens meant utilizing the College's observatory 20 miles away in Hesperus, CO. When the GPE Hall is completed in late 2016, the new rooftop observatory will add to FLC students' ability to explore the final frontier.

At the 2016 FLC Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium in April, Elinor presented on her work using the College observatory to find exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system. You can view the presentation on her discoveries at https://youtu.be/akfO6zFlU2s?t=1h16m11s.

You can also watch the construction of the new Geosciences, Physics & Engineering Hall live at www.fortlewis.edu/GPE

Peak Experiences offers fun, exciting opportunity for new college students

Peak Experiences offers fun, exciting opportunity for new college students

Beginning in July, incoming FLC students will have four Peak Experiences opportunities to choose from, each with a different focus. Food and lodging are included in the cost of the program and financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, visit www.fortlewis.edu/peakexperiences.

Colorado lawmakers tour campus and future site of health sciences complex

Colorado lawmakers tour campus and future site of health sciences complex

A new health sciences complex will add classrooms and research space for Fort Lewis College’s Exercise Science, Public Health, and other programs that train students for healthcare careers. The College is also beginning a new Pre-Health Certificate program in fall 2018 to help students get what they need to pursue healthcare-related education and jobs after graduation. 

Accountant values dreams over numbers

Accountant values dreams over numbers

Most of us think accounting is all about crunching numbers. For alumnus Brad Tafoya, though, being an accountant is more about heart than about spreadsheets. He and his firm, Tafoya Barrett & Associates, are all about helping their clients and their community reach their full potential.