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Entrepreneur guides clients into the wild

Entrepreneur guides clients into the wild

When we face trying encounters with nature, we often discover what really matters in our lives. That’s the reason so many people undertake outdoor adventures, from day trips to backcountry expeditions – to learn about themselves by surviving tough challenges. And Josh Kling is the man who takes them there.

Alumna uses dual degrees to improve health of Native youth

Alumna uses dual degrees to improve health of Native youth

Shardai Pioche came to college knowing she wanted to help improve the health of Native American communities. Now, she’s making good on that desire, using her degrees in Public Health and Psychology to make a positive impact on Native students as a program coordinator in the NativeVision program in Shiprock, New Mexico. “Right now, we teach a health curriculum in school and after school,” Pioche (Public Health and Psychology, ’16) says.

Forensic therapist bridges psychology and criminal justice

Forensic therapist bridges psychology and criminal justice

“Forensic therapy” sounds like the premise for a dramatic television series. But the work Alex Easterbrook does as a real forensic therapist is far more challenging – and far more rewarding – than any scripted treatment could imagine. “Forensic psychology is the intersection between the criminal justice system and the therapy world,” Easterbrook (Psychology, ’13) says.

Using old ways, lifelong friends farm for the future

Using old ways, lifelong friends farm for the future

When it comes to embodying sustainable lifestyles, look no further than these two farmers. James Plate and Max Fields, friends since second grade, attended FLC together and founded Fields to Plate, a farm rooted in quality and responsibility.

Virtual reality filmmaker shows the whole picture

Virtual reality filmmaker shows the whole picture

It’s a tale as old as photography: you see pictures of a house you might buy, or an event venue you want to book. The shots entice you to call on the place. But when you see it in person, it looks nothing like the photographs. Jordan Alexander cannot count the number of times he witnessed that disappointment while working in real estate.

Alumnus’ pro basketball dreams realized in spreadsheets

Alumnus’ pro basketball dreams realized in spreadsheets

Like many young basketball fans, Andrew Sharp dreamed of joining the NBA. His dream finally came true after spending five years with the Navy and then graduating Fort Lewis College as a nontraditional student. But instead of suiting up as a power forward or point guard, he dons a different suit altogether. “I’m a staff accountant for the Phoenix Suns,” Sharp (Accounting, ’16) says.

Native chemist draws on life experiences to mentor Native students in higher education

Native chemist draws on life experiences to mentor Native students in higher education

The old adage says that those who can’t do, teach. Joslynn Lee is flipping that adage around—those who can do well, teach even better. In addition to training scientists around the country, Lee (Chemistry, ’06) draws on her own successes as a Native STEM student to mentor others pursuing higher education in any field.

Alumna goes full steam into historic-train events planning career

Alumna goes full steam into historic-train events planning career

When Holli Hipwell graduated from Fort Lewis College, she figured she’d have to move away to find fulfillment as an event planner. But not only is she still based in Durango three years later, she now gets to bring holiday magic to life for kids and kid-spirited adults across the country. Hipwell (Business Administration, ’13) works as a brand coordinator with Durango-based Rail Events, Inc., collaborating with a variety of tourist railroads to stage licensed events on their passenger trains.

From social work to soul work: Alumnus grows from aiding aging spiritual teacher

From social work to soul work: Alumnus grows from aiding aging spiritual teacher

When Lucian Davis set out to major in Sociology at Fort Lewis College, he had no idea that his path would lead to caring for his lifelong hero. But thanks to an extended line of heartfelt connections, that’s exactly what Davis (Sociology & Human Services, ’13) is doing now. Davis works as a caregiver in Maui. He explains that his work is comparable in many ways to any other caregiver’s.

Alumnus’ adventuring goes pro

Alumnus’ adventuring goes pro

Brandon Mathis is like many Fort Lewis College alumni: he’s an outdoor-oriented adventurer. “I love to ride and ski and climb all year long,” Mathis (Humanities, ’05) says. “It’s not just a summer or winter thing.” Rather than push his passions to the weekends, though, Mathis has developed a career doing the activities he loves during the workweek—and sharing his experiences with the outdoor community.

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