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.
Skyhawks cycling alumni took top spots in last weekend's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Silverton. Sarah Sturm (Art, '12) took second in the women's pro field while Howard Grotts (Mathematics, '14) finished third in the men's race.
FLC alumnus Jeff Engman (Computer-Based Information Systems, '87) has been hired as the Chief Information Officer for Southern Ute Shared Services.
Soren McCarty (Photographic, Film & Video Technology, '96), a renowned and longtime photographer for Red Rocks Amphitheatre and AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, died on April 11, at age 49, after a year-long battle with colon cancer. To this day, many of the photos McCarty took hang backstage at Red Rocks.
Kevin Lynch (English-Communication, '99), an FLC alumnus and former staff member at The Independent, just released his first novel, Tabloid Baby, which is loosely based on his experiences working in and with media in Durango.
FLC junior Savilia Blunk, Cole Paton (Business Administration, '19), and Sofia Gomez Villafañe (Exercise Science, '16) finished in top places in the Pan American Continental Championships in Salinas, Puerto Rico, celebrating this thrilling accomplishment after a difficult year for sports as a whole.
Alumna Laura Jeffries (Exercise Science, '93) is now the Vice President of Human Resources for Donor Alliance, a federally-designated organ procurement organization serving Colorado and Wyoming.