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The FLC Environmental Center announced the winners of the inaugural Sustainability Superhero Award Winners at the Center’s 5th annual Sustainability Summit, on February 20. The award is a salute to leaders in sustainability efforts and advocacy both on campus and in the Durango community.
In between getting settled into her new job at Fort Lewis College and into life in Durango, FLC’s Director of Admission Jess Savage answered a few questions in order to offer some insight into why she decided to come to FLC and what she sees for the College’s future.
“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.”
Assistant Professor of Geosciences Mickey Campbell is developing an app for wildlands firefighters in the field that will feature an interactive map keeping them informed in real time of possible escape routes.
Associate Professor of Teacher Education Chiara Cannella presented at American Indian Resource Center's Native Educated Teacher Successfully Taught Academic Rigor program at Northeastern State University, in Oklahoma, in October.
The Engineering program at Cornell University recounted the story of how Professor of Physics Ryan Haaland and a Cornell professor from Durango collaborated to send FLC students to Cornell to do summer research.
Associate Professor of Physics & Engineering Megan Paciaroni discussed FLC's role in training Native students for STEM fields for the Optical Society of America. [video]
Associate Professor of Music Charissa Chiaravalloti was named a “Teacher of the Week” by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre for being "one of those teachers that changes your life."
New Environmental Center Coordinator Marty Pool shares his vision for FLC's student-driven, applied-learning center.
Associate Professor of Political Science Brad Clark discussed “Gold Metal Waters: The 2015 Gold King Mine Spill," a new book he contributed to, on KSJD. [audio]
KDUR and The Durango Herald are collaborating on a series of audio and print stories focusing on effective responses to the risk of youth suicide.
Professor of Economics Tino Sonora researched the effects of wildfires on personal income in response to this summer's 416 Fire.
Professor of Biology Julie Korb urged southwestern Coloradoans to change their perspective on wildfires and “manage fire for the type we want.”
Students in Assistant Professor of Political Science Paul DeBell's class are working to increase student-voter turnout through speaker panels and voter information.
Associate Professor of English Erik Juergensmeyer has been named to a four-year term on the Faculty Editorial Committee of the University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press for projects in composition, rhetoric, and education.
As part of her sabbatical, Professor of Biology Julie Korb is doing public outreach related to the fire ecology of the 416 and Missionary Ridge fires, including two Durango events for the Moutain Studies Institute in September.
Associate Professor of Political Science Brad Clark was quoted in the most recent issue of High Country News talking about the value of using the newsmagazine in his classroom.
Recreational Services staff volunteered in August on a trail-building project for Trails 2000 connecting Three Springs with the Horse Gulch trail system.
Assistant Professor of English Jillian Wenburg presented "Mari Sandoz Writing (Righting) History," about the author of Cheyenne Autumn, at the Decatur County Museum, in Oberlin, Kansas.
Professor of History Michael Fry has released Historical Dictionary of Guatemala, a detailed guide to the country's important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.
Center of Southwest Studies Director Shelby Tisdale was interviewed in Cowboys & Indians magazine for a story about two historic and influential Native American potters, Maria Martinez and Nampeyo.
Professor of Physics & Engineering Laurie Williams and Joanna Gordon Casey (Physics, '07) are consulting on the City of Durango's greenhouse gas emission inventory as part of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
Professor of History Andrew Gulliford's new book, The Woolly West: Colorado's Hidden History of Sheepscapes, examines the history of the sheep industry in Colorado and the West.