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Three long-time FLC faculty members were recently honored for their commitment to teaching excellence and lengthy service. The Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College awarded Professor Emeritus titles to Gordon Cheesewright, Professor of English; William Dodds, Professor of Marketing; and Ron Estler, Professor of Chemistry. Here, the professors share memories and highlights of their time at the College.
Her passion for what she does translates into ensuring that her students appreciate the value and power of math in the modern world.
For her, pursuing what she loves serves as motivation to be the best teacher, mentor, scholar and advocate she can be.
Dr. Ryan Haaland, chair of the Fort Lewis College Department of Physics & Engineering, has led his department through a stunning period of growth and change.
For Fort Lewis College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Katie Mouzakis, being a good teacher boils down to a simple mantra: “If my students are learning, then I am doing my job.”
Beth Dorman, associate professor of Teacher Education, received the 2016 Francis P. Hunkins Distinguished Article Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum.
Two paintings by Art and Design Professor Chad Colby were recently selected from a highly competitive field of 568 artists for display in Colorado Mesa University's Escalante Hall. Colby's paintings titled "Testwork" and "Retriever Room," will also become part of the State of Colorado's Public Art Collection.
Dr. Charles Riggs and Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare were invited to participate in the National Science Foundation's (NSF), "Learning NAGPRA: Resources for Teaching and Training" project based at Indiana University and part of a broader NSF initiative on "Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM."
Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare presented "The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) after 25 years: Accomplishments, challenges, and new conversations," at the The Great Laboratory of Humanity international repatriation conference held May 31-June 2, 2016 at the University of Padova, located in Padua, Italy.
Joel Kirkpatrick, administrative assistant for Music, Political Science, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, is a six-time published novelist.
FLC's TRiO Talent Search program will receive $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years to support first-generation college students.
Associate Professor Anne McCarthy and Professor Pam Smith of the Mathematics department, gave back to the math community and alumni teachers by directing August's Southwest Colorado Math Teachers' Circle, a professional learning community for area K-12 math teachers.
Shere Byrd, professor of Biology, contributed an op-ed to the Durango Herald on the importance of citizen-scientists in the face of events like the Gold King Mine spill.
Eleven students with Theatre Department traveled to Dublin, Ireland in July to participate in the 4th International Freedom and Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conference (co-chaired by Professor Dennis Elkins) where they also performed their devised piece, "The Other."
As part of their senior design project in Professor Laurie Williams' class, seven FLC Engineering students designed and built a composting facility for the Environmental Center. It's the first student-designed building on campus, and had the largest budget for a senior seminar project ($40,000).
Students in Associate Professor Ryan Smith's Engineering classes are helping keep the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad running by recreating broken parts with 3-D printed models.
Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, is taking a year-long sabbatical that will include travel from Greenland to Antarctica.
Dr. Les Sommerville, Professor, Chemistry, received a $1,097,842 grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health for “Minority Research Training in Biomedical and Behavioral STEM Disciplines at FLC” to fund summer research stipends, tuition and fees, and travel expenses and other services for students majoring in STEM disciplines who intend to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical and behavioral research following graduation from FLC.
Dr. William Nollet, Assistant Professor, Physics & Engineering, received a $12,769 grant from Advanced Mobile Propulsion Test, LLC to pay for his Engineering Senior Design Team (Engr 496/497) to design and deliver a hazardous materials safety shower to the AMPT test site in May 2016, giving his students hands on experience with the design process, customer relations, and project management.
Dr. Ann McCarthy, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Dr. Pam Smith, Professor, Mathematics received a $1,000 grant from the Ballantine Family Fund to support stipends for regional math teachers to offset the cost of graduate credit they earn through participating in the 2016 Educational Conference hosted by the Southwest Math Teachers’ Circle.
Dr. Kenny Miller, Associate Professor, Chemistry, received a $70,000 grant over three years from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund for “Molecular Jump Rope: Synthesis and Study of Axial Chirality in Cyclophanes Lacking Stereocenters” to support his research and summer research opportunities for eight chemistry students.
Dr. Ann McCarthy, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Dr. Pam Smith, Professor, Mathematics received a $1,000 grant from the LPEA Round-Up Foundation to support the 2016 Educational Conference hosted by the Southwest Math Teachers’ Circle.
Dr. Justin McBrayer, Associate Professor, Political Science / Philosophy received a $134,673 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to plan a multi-year research project to investigate the philosophical and theological implications of empirical explanations of religion.
Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, published an op-ed on the changing color of the Animas River following the August 2015 mine drainage spill.
Students working with Engineering & Physics professors Ryan Haaland and Ryan Smith are helping the local Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad by creating models for broken train parts with a 3-D printer.