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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 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.
Professor of Biology Julie Korb and several of her present and former students are spending the summer reseraching how controlled burns and forest thinning improve forest health in the San Juan National Forest.
Society of Toxicology awarded a $500 grant to Associate Professor of Biology David Blake to support his students' undergraduate research into the effects of derivatives of caffeic acid.
Steve Elias, dean of the School of Business Administration, has been selected to the AACSB's Small Schools Network steering committee.
Biology professors Heidi Steltzer and Julie Korb discussed the potential for longer and more devastating fire seasons in the West with Yale Climate Connections.
Ross McCauley, associate professor of Biology, and his students were cited in a Daily Camera article about research they have done on how elevation, environment, and climate change play a role in the flowering of Colorado plants.
Staff from Enterprise stopped by campus on June 27 to present a check for $1,000 to the School of Business Administration for student scholarships.
FLC's Pre-Campus Academy online orientation program won the 2018 NODA Region III "Innovative Program Award." The program teaches students about campus resources, the College's history and mission, and other useful information to prepare them for their first year.
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."