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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.”
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.
Brett Deming, a veteran officer of the FLC Police & Parking Services Department, has been named chief of the agency after the retirement of Arnold Trujillo.
Curator Jeanne Brako discusses the new exhibition on national parks titled, "Parks, People, & Preservation" at the Center of Southwest Studies. [VIDEO]
Rachel Landis, coordinator of the FLC Environmental Center, was named in Durango's Top Ten Localists, a collection of individuals who live and thrive in La Plata County, walking the talk of supporting the local economy and inspiring others to do the same.
Janine Fitzgerald and Keri Brandt, professors of Sociology, gave a plenary talk at the Quivira Coalition's 20th Annual Conference in Albuquerque in November, titled "Zombie Agriculture: Debt, Death, and the Radical Center." Additionally, senior Sociology major Crisslandria Mike, was awarded a scholarship from Quivira to attend in support of her goal of building a career in food crop agriculture on the Navajo Reservation.
The FLC Board of Trustees approved a new Master's in "Education: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse" to start in Fall 2018. The program still requires approval from the Colorado Department of Higher Education to become official.
Leadership Center staff Patrick Fredricks and Elizabeth Calagias presented twice at November's National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, to much acclaim. Their presentations were titled: “Grow Past the ‘One Person Office’ into a Collaborative Future” and “Off to the Races! Keeping Up with Online Orientation Trends.”
Andrea Martens, lecturer and gallery director for the Art & Design Department, is having a solo exhibition of her new work at Telluride Arts HQ from December 2017 to January 2018.
Shere Byrd, professor of Biology, was voted to the Durango 9-R School Board in the November 7 election.
Common Ground, FLC's anti-bias program that promotes cultural awareness and combats discrimination, hosted a 3-day intensive facilitator training with student, faculty, and staff participants. The new facilitators are now equipped with the tools to create conversations that move people toward understanding and healing.
Eric Smith (Mathematics, '16) co-authored an original research paper with Veronika Furst, associate professor of Mathematics, that was published in the current issue of Involve: A Journal of Mathematics.