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“My path to teaching at FLC has been non-traditional. My degree is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, not a PhD. I was (and still am) a practitioner, a veterinarian, who had always dreamed of teaching as that other thing I might love to do.”
“Dealing with finances in the Office of Financial Aid is not always an easy task,” she says. “My most memorable/rewarding moments are when we get that card, email or visit from someone letting us know what they are doing now and that we have helped them. Getting invited to see their senior presentations, recitals or attend their graduation is exciting and rewarding and makes me feel that we have helped make it all possible.”
“In my five years at Fort Lewis College, I have met a lot of faculty members who are exceptional teachers and mentors. I recognize that my nomination stemmed from my departmental peers and I am really appreciative of the support I have received from them and also colleagues outside the Exercise Science Department. I feel really fortunate and honored to win the New Faculty Teaching Award because, to me, it means that my colleagues and students respect and appreciate the work that I do.”
“The in-class moments that are the best are when I watch a student finally grasp a difficult concept that they have been struggling with,” he says. “Getting to watch those ‘a-ha’ moments may be the most rewarding part of this job.”
“The academic environment at Fort Lewis is one in which faculty with ideas can make things happen that have real impacts on students and our society. I'm lucky that I've been able to take advantage of that openness to forge a career that I really love.”
Melissa Knight-Maloney, professor and chair of Exercise Science, participated in the International Triathlon Union World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She placed 14th in her age group and 4th among American women.
As part of Physics Professor Ryan Haaland's NSF STROBE grant, Assistant Professor Kay Phelps of Teacher Education piloted two summer camps this summer in Ignacio: Entomology for K-2 and Patterns in Nature for 3-6, integrating art and science for the students.
Lisa Snyder, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, published the article, "Maximizing Existing Technologies for Cross-Disciplinary General Education Assessment," in Intersection, the journal for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education.
Students in Stacey Sotosky's Digital Video Production class collaborate with Rocky Mountain PBS on a documentary about Durango's rocky relationship with uranium.
Students in Deb Walker's Economics classes give back to the community with economic impact studies of events, including the 2017 Dolores River Festival.
A petroglyph in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, found by FLC and CU-Boulder students during a field school in 1992, may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.
Amy Gilley, technical director in the Theatre department, attended a three-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Washington D.C. called "On Native Grounds" that covered Native American ethnohistory.
Charles Hakes, senior lecturer of Physics and resident astronomy buff, gives his tips on observing the eclipse safely and catching a view of the Perseid meteor shower.
Chuck Riggs, professor of Anthropology, published an article in SAPIENS about Native American archaeology and cultural imperialism.
Ginger Williams, instruction & reference librarian, was featured in the blog "Letters to a Young Librarian."
Yvonne Bilinski, director of the Native American Center for the last 11 years, retired in July, leaving behind a much larger staff, a speaker series, an orientation program for Native American students and their families – and many other programs.
Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, and Chelsea Wilmer (Biology, '16) are utilizing Instagram to bring more attention to the work they're doing in Crested Butte on the Environmental & Earth Science Area’s Watershed Scientific Focus Area.
Anthony Nocella, assistant professor of Sociology, was both an editor and a contributor for a new academic book, "The Intersectionality of Critical Animal, Disability, and Environmental Studies: Toward Eco-ability, Justice, and Liberation."
Provost Barbara Morris was recently in attendance at an invite-only conference, the Higher Ed Leaders Forum, that discussed an array of issues facing colleges and universities today, including high costs, free speech, addressing the skills gap, using big data, and leading in a time of crisis.
Rebecca Clausen, associate professor and chair of Sociology, won the Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award from the American Sociological Association for her 2015 book, The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.
Suzanne Null, associate professor of Teacher Education, weighs in on the effects of technology on young children's brains.
Sam Hensold, assistant coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits, penned an article on diversity in outdoor education that was published in Outdoor Insider magazine.
Research on barefoot running by Melissa Thompson, assistant professor of Exercise Science, was cited in a recent Runner's World article.
Rachel Landis, coordinator of the Environmental Center, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the La Plata Electric Association, representing District 3, the City of Durango.
Paul Booth, associate professor of Art & Design, won a silver medal for a print poster design titled "Ticking Time Bomb" in the International Design Awards.