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When Dolph Kuss first arrived in Durango in 1953, he says he was "one of the few people other than cattle people who'd ever go into what is now the Weminuche Wilderness Area. I'd come back and people would ask me, 'What did it look like up there?'" Kuss says. Thanks to Kuss and a band of followers, students at Fort Lewis College today don’t have to ask those kinds of questions. Join us for a look at the life and legacy of Dolph Kuss as FLC's Outdoor Pursuits celebrates it's 40th year of powering adventure!
Marchell Fletcher, Kim Martin, Faith Roessel, and James Teumer are the newest members of the Foundation Board.
The Clay family’s connections to FLC spans three generations, and a new fund will keep that legacy going. The James and Cheryl Clay Fund will benefit students with day-care expenses at the on-campus Campbell Child & Family Center.
Alumnus Peter Mesard says he chose to attend Fort Lewis College because of the outdoors—the skiing and the mountain climbing, especially. But his academic experience is what stuck with him, so much so that he has established the Peter Mesard Undergraduate Research Fund for present and future FLC students.
The Fort Lewis College Foundation has announced the endowment of what is now to be known as the Stephen A. Roderick Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is designated to support Fort Lewis College students in the Teacher Education program.
The Fort Lewis College pendulum is made possible by the generosity of Grace Deltscheff on behalf of her and her late husband, Gustav Deltscheff.
Aspiring teachers received a big boost thanks to Durango teaching legend and Old Fort alumna Roberta Barr.
Every explorer knows to carry a Swiss Army knife into the field. But even when they stay on campus, the students, faculty, and administration at Fort Lewis College have their own multi-purpose tool right at their fingertips. That tool is the organization called Professional Associates. Professional Associates enriches the FLC experience by contributing its members’ diverse skills and real-world expertise to the campus environment.
Shannon Soignier (International Relations, ‘99) has put together several talents to get where she is today. She has a background in medicine and meditation, and an interest in world affairs that started with her studies at FLC.
“I think the FLC environment is very important,” says John Wells (Business Administration, 1978). “I don’t think you can find a finer campus location aesthetically. I think it has an impact on students.”
Bill Hesford (Teacher Licensure, '05), assistant principal at Bayfield Elementary and Bayfield Primary, was named the 2018 Outstanding Assistant Principal for Colorado by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
Russell Elliott (Business Administration, '90) has been hired as the new Broadband Manager for the state of Wyoming by the Wyoming Business Council.
Elena (Benvides) Sweetser (Business Administration, '13) was recognized by Coldwell Banker as one of it's 2018 30 under 30 Award winners.
Bison Star Naturals, a hand-made soap and lotion company owned by husband-and-wife team Angelo (Business Administration, '12) and Jacqueline (Brisson-Stahl) (Spanish, '11) McHorse, was recently featured in The Taos News.
Chris Erickson (Art, '94) debuted an installation of his art, titled "Binary Opposition: Mole©ules," at the Art Base, in Aspen, Colorado, on June 8.
2018 RMAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and the 2017-18 RMAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Skylyn Webb (Psychology, '16) won the women’s 800-meter run in May at the 2018 NCAA Division II track & field championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a record time.
More than 3,000 people turned out on in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 9, for the dedication of a memorial in honor of Blue Angels pilot Jeff Kuss (Economics, ’06), who crashed while training for the Great Tennessee Airshow in June 2016.
Clifton Tanabe (Humanities, '88) was named dean of the College of Education at University of Texas at El Paso.
Phil Wehrli (Business Administration, '83) is the new Senior Vice President of Global Planning and Supply Chain at SMTC Corporation, a global electronics manufacturing services provider.
Chris Schauble (Journalism, '91), co-anchor of KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles, showed a photo on-air of his all-time favorite teacher, Larry Hartsfield, professor of English. He credits Hartsfield for supporting and encouraging him in his career...
Payson McElveen (Exercise Science, '16) defended his champion title at the Marathon Mountain Biking Championships in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Howard Grotts (Mathematics, '14) finished second.
Samantha Cameron (Exercise Science, ’12) is helping her family guitar-string manufacturing business, Curt Mangan Fusion Matched Strings, succeed from rural Cortez, Colorado.
Amy (Mohr) Bahl (Exercise Science, '05), head coach at Evergreen High School, was named 2018 All-Colorado girls coach of the year as her team scored their fourth Class 4A title.
Kayla Shaggy (Art, '17) celebrates Women's History Month with a comic honoring her grandmother.
WorldPay, formerly Vantiv and Mercury Payment Systems, is a large employer of FLC alumni in Durango. Computer Science & Information Systems graduates Dale Shumate ('06) and Chris Conrow ('12) share how their FLC experiences shaped their tech careers.
Barney LeBlanc (Business Administration, '02) debuted his patent-pending "Gnar Bike", a snow bike / snowmobile combination, at the White River Rumble in Meeker, Colorado in early February.
Blythe Morrison (Anthropology, '14) is FLC's new contract NAGPRA Collections Specialist. Her work will focus on the documentation and analysis of at least two significant collections of Native American items under the care of the Center of Southwest Studies.
Michaela Goade (Art, 14) won "Best Picture Book of the Year" from the American Indian Library Association for her watercolor illustrations in "Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy."
Kimberly Welch (English,'00) published Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South through the University of North Carolina Press.
Amy (Mohr) Bahl (Exercise Science, '05), the most decorated women’s basketball player in FLC history and a 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, boasts a 113-37 record in her six years as head women's basketball coach at Evergreen High School.
Marshall Masayesva (Adventure Education '14) was recently inducted into the Emerging Leaders Program, a program of the Center for Jackson Hole, which trains a culturally diverse cohort of young outdoor recreationists for the conservation movement.
Former Skyhawks men's soccer forward Salifu Jatta (Marketing, '17) was signed to the Western Nevada Futbol Club.
Alan Tennison (Biology, '75), an FLC Hall of Fame punter, is featured on Episode #44 of podcast #SpinningIt with host Yale Vannoy. [PODCAST]
Former Skyhawk cyclist Sofia Gomez-Villafane (Exercise Science, '16) has signed with the Stan's/Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis.
Kevin Hatch (Accounting, '03) was named Chief Financial Officer at AppRiver, a cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services provider.
Brenda Todd (Anthropology, '03) is the new superintendent of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton, North Dakota.
Sean McCabe (Accounting, '97) is the new Director of the Division of Economic Development for the Navajo Nation.
Tim Jenkins (att '09-'12), a four-year starting quarterback at FLC and a former quarterback with the St. Louis Rams and Calgary Stampeders, founded Jenkins Elite, a specialty company that helps high school students and their families navigate the football recruiting process.
Rita Austin (Anthropology, '14), was awarded the Outstanding Student Poster Presentation in Anthropological Genetics Award at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists' annual meeting.
Luke Renner (English, '97), professor of the San Juan College Digital Media Arts and Design Program, has been appointed to New Mexico's Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries.
Connor Cafferty (Business Administration, '17) landed a prestigious Resilience Justice Fellowship at the University of Louisville's Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, where he will be doing interdisciplinary research of justice and environmental responsibility.
Eric Smith (Mathematics, '16) co-authored an original research paper with Veronika Furst, associate professor of Mathematics, that was published in the current issue of Involve: A Journal of Mathematics.
Just months after bringing forward the idea at the Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition, Charlie Shew (Engineering, '16) has launched boutique bakery Rendezvous Doughnuts in downtown Durango.
Anthropology alumna Lynn Brittner left her mark on the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum before heading to California to executive direct the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. In this interview with the Santa Barbara Independent, she shares tidbits about her life and inspirations.
A degree in Biology and experience racing bikes for FLC led Emma Millar ('11) to be the perfect Head Crew Leader for Trails 2000 -- she gets to combine theoretical strategic plans with physical labor to create and repair local trails.
Sean Hackett (Political Science, '07), an environmental protection specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, was named to the National Wildlife Federation's list of "EcoLeaders Top 50 Inspirations" for his work as a change-maker.
John Arbuckle (Environmental Agriculture, '99), owner of Singing Prairie Farm in La Plata, Missouri, has created the first and only non-GMO, pasture-raised pork snack stick available nationally, called Roam Sticks.
Noel Altaha (Psychology,'13) was featured in The New York Times' "A Conversation with Native Americans on Race."
Christine Odle's (Business Administration, '90) new book, Rockin' Your Business Finances, made it to #1 on Amazon's Small Businesses Taxation list.
Ned Williamson (Biology, '79), a former deputy prosecutor and owner of a private legal practice in Hailey, Idaho, was appointed to the position of Fifth District Judge in Idaho.