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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.”
Dr. Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, received $299,017 over three years from the U.S. Department of Energy as a subaward with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to fund basic research in “Watershed Function SFA: Biogeochemical Dynamics from Genomes to Watershed Scales.”
Dr. Les Sommerville, professor of Chemistry, received $69,344 from the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for “Science Scholars: The Native American Path (SSNAP),” which will fund travel expenses for up to 30 Native American students to attend the 2016 SCANAS National Conference.
Dr. Don Rabern, visiting professor of Physics/Engineering, received $1,750,000 from the U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions program for “Expanding STEM Opportunities for AI/AN and Low Income Students through High Impact Educational Practices.” The five year award will develop a new Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering degree program, enhance the College’s undergraduate research infrastructure, and build on existing support services at the Native American Center.
Dr. Don May, professor of Physics/Engineering, received $240,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation as a subaward of Colorado State University for “Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation” to fund academic support for minority students in STEM disciplines.
Dr. Ryan Haaland, professor and department chair for Physics/Engineering, received $936,000 over five years from the National Science Foundation as a subaward with CU Boulder for “Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE)” to broaden participation by under-represented students in imaging science through term / summer research, internships and bridge programs, and outreach to K-12 students and teachers to prepare students in fundamental math and science related to imaging science.
Dr. Rebecca Austin, associate professor of Anthropology received $214,328 from the National Park Service, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for “Ethnographic Survey of African American Homesteading in Lanfair Valley, Mojave National Preserve, California” to fund ethnographic research over a two year period.
Chair and Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Dr. Majel Boxer was awarded a research fellowship from the Buffalo Bill Center of The West to explore the cultural arts of Dakota women and men with particular focus on 19th and early 20th century materials and techniques.
Charles Hakes, senior lecturer of Physics & Engineering, facilitated the creation of a weather station at the Old Fort Lewis campus in Hesperus, which is now part of Texas Tech University’s “West Texas Mesonet” network of 100 stations.
A collaborative presentation created by the FLC librarians and COMP instructors, titled "Mind the Gap: Harmonizing composition instruction with information literacy outcomes through assessment of annotated bibliographies" won the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Library Assessment Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
Thirty-four FLC students and faculty traveled to Long Beach, Calif., to attend the annual conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.
Paige Gray, visiting instructor of English, was a guest on Sirius Radio's "The Matt Townsend Show" to discuss her recent Time.com article and the potential pitfalls of America's near obsession with grit.
Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare recently published Hidden Histories of Indigeneity in Urban Andean Ecuador: Transubstantiation, Ceremony, and Intention in Quito, in the Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology.
Dr. Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, received $45,122 from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to fund watershed research at the East River Study Sites in the Berkeley Lab Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area during summer 2016.
Dr. Ryan Smith, Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering, received $135,000 over three years from the Office of Naval Research to fund the research project “Long Term Autonomy and Persistent Navigation in Spatiotemporally Dynamic Environments” the goal of which is to improve the ability to model and predict the dynamics of a variety of physical processes in aquatic environments.
Dr. Kris Greer, professor of Teacher Education, received $8,000 from the U.S. Department of Education/Colorado Department of Education for the RTTT Early Learning Challenge Fund which will provide scholarships to eligible declared Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education degree students.
Marc Reed, chair and associate professor of Music, released his first CD, "Gone But Not Forgotten," on September 30, 2016.
The Ernest Becker Foundation published 2016 Presidential Campaign Ad Analyses written by students in in Psychology Professor Brian Burke's Senior Seminar class on Terror Management Theory.
Paige Gray, visiting instructor of English, published a parenting essay titled, "Kids Don't Need To Understand Grit" in Time.com.
Senior Lecturer of Management, Dr. Chuck Yoos co-authored Informing Students About Information: Seven Semantic Exercises, recently published in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems Journal, Vol. 39, 2016.
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.