Between the 1950s and the 1970s, the FLC Student Senate transformed a two-day fundraiser into a weeklong, raucous community affair sponsored by local businesses and individuals. The fun and games drew Durango residents to campus to help raise money for students who couldn’t afford medical care. Events over the years included cake auctions, sock hops, bowling tournaments, motorcycle rallies, tug-o-wars, “raunchiest shoes on campus” contests, and the legendary bed races, which were resurrected in 2019 by Durango’s renowned Snowdown Winter Carnival.
Residence halls hosted Heart Fund Week events, like sock hops.
Residence halls hosted Heart Fund Week events, like "raunchiest shoes on campus" contests.
Left to right: Heart Fund Week 1966: Ned Wallace, dean of students; John Black, student body president; John F. Reed, FLC president; J.A. Browning, local physician.
On February 12, 1971, the Fort Lewis Independent newspaper declared “Heart Fund Week Successful,” after they raised $2,393.54 (roughly $15,675 in today’s dollars!). The event that year kicked off with a Student Senate-Faculty basketball game organized in part by Duane Smith, professor emeritus of History; the faculty team won 66-61.
While the Heart Fund no longer exists, its collaborative essence carries on through Durango’s Snowdown celebration each February.
Live from Durango, it’s KIUP! In 1935, Durango’s first local radio station, KIUP, launched in the Four Corners. FLC staff and students often partnered with the station to present music shows, dramatic readings replete with sound effects, and informational programs on a range of topics from “post-war business opportunities” to “dairying.” Legendary dorm mother and professor at the Old Fort, Margaret Good (pictured far right), often oversaw the collaborations. KIUP still broadcasts today on 930 AM, featuring programs from ESPN Radio.
Back in the day, FLC students and staff shared music, campus news, dramatic readings, and more on Radio KIUP.
Legendary dorm mother and professor at the Old Fort, Margaret Good (pictured far right), often oversaw Radio KIUP collaborations with FLC students.
Alumnus Trey Duvall (Art, '09), a graduate student at the University of Houston, was featured in a prestigious site-specific installation exhibition inside 34 renovated grain silos called SITE HOUSTON.
Rebecca Benally (Physical Education, '90), the first Native American woman in the country to serve as a County Commissioner, will be awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion at the annual commencement ceremony of the Utah State University - Eastern Blanding campus.
Brianne Nelson (Exercise Science, '03) became the first woman to win the Horsetooth Half-Marathon with a time of 1:16:44.
FLC's inaugural Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition awarded first place and $5,000 to alumnus Giancarlo Vigil (Economics, '15) for his yerba tea company, the Mate Exchange.
Alumni Matt Pickren (Biology, '08) and Ben Kiessel (att '04) set a new record by climbing the six Fisher Towers in Utah in under 24 hours.
Navajo tribal member and alumnus Sean McCabe (Accounting, '97) was honored with the American Indian Business of the Year Award.