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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.”
Professor of Anthropology Chuck Riggs and students in the FLC Archaeological Field School are featured in "The Ancestors," episode 1 of the second season of the PBS series "America from the Ground Up."
Beth LaShell, coordinator of the Old Fort at Hesperus, was interviewed on the Food Finance Institute's "Edible Alpha" podcast in June about the activities at the original site of Fort Lewis College.
Megan Paciaroni, associate professor of Physics & Engineering, was named a Senior Member of the Optical Society, which recognizes accomplishments in the science of optics and photonics.
Teacher Licensure graduate students in Coordinator of Field Experiences Will Camp's Student Teaching I course created a multimedia resource that explores, compares, and documents many schools in the Four Corners region. The course serves to study the culture and instructional design practices of different educational models by visiting various rural schools.
Kay Phelps, assistant professor of Teacher Education, was awarded the “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award” by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.
Chris Schauble (Journalism, '91), co-anchor of KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles, showed a photo on-air of his all-time favorite teacher, Larry Hartsfield, professor of English. He credits Hartsfield for supporting and encouraging him in his career path.
Keri Brandt, professor of Sociology, recently published an article in The Conversation that addresses the transformative quality of human-horse relationships.
Paul DeBell, assistant professor of Political Science, was cited as an expert in a Durango Herald article about unaffiliated voters voting in primaries.
Professor Emerita Kathy Fine-Dare has been named the Native American Tribal Liaison. She will work with all relevant tribes in Fort Lewis College’s ongoing efforts toward compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Beth Dorman, associate professor of Teacher Education, and her colleagues published a three-book series on contemplative practice, pedagogy, & research in education.
Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Brett Davis was featured on Bikepacking.com for the custom mountain bike and packs system that lets him access the rugged backcountry of the San Juan Mountains.
Simon Walls, associate professor of Marketing, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.
Majel Boxer was elected the 2018-2019 President of the American Indian Studies Association at the annual meeting held this last February in Tempe, Arizona.
Theresa Hilliard was elected to the Colorado Association of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA) Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to students in Colorado who are on the path to a career as a CPA.
Eleven FLC students and two professors gave back to the community over their spring break by installing solar panels on a chapter house in the Navajo Nation.
Lara Aase, librarian in the Center of Southwest Studies, received a scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities/Global Book Histories Initiative, for full course tuition and expenses at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
Blythe Morrison (Anthropology, '14) is FLC's new contract NAGPRA Collections Specialist. Her work will focus on the documentation and analysis of at least two significant collections of Native American items under the care of the Center of Southwest Studies.
Paige Gray, visiting assistant professor of English, won Honorable Mention for the Research Society for American Periodicals for her academic article “Join the Club: African American Children’s Literature, Social Change, and the Chicago Defender Junior,” published in Children’s Literature Quarterly.
Ray Kenny, professor of Geology, published a new article on the Kaibab Formation in Geochemical Transactions, his tenth peer-reviewed research article about Grand Canyon National Park. Kenny has logged more than 2,300 miles in the park for research and pleasure.
Heidi Steltzer, associate professor of Biology, is part of a multimillion dollar research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy studying short- and long-term water availability in the arid West.