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Weighing in on a feature story for The Colorado Sun, Jason Pettit (Psychology, '23) discussed his experience with homelessness and FLC's rapid re-housing program. The program helped 108 students in its inaugural year with emergency hotel stays, financial assistance for move-in-related costs, and support with rent and utilities.


More than 400 FLC students graduated on May 6 at a ceremony addressed by Thomas J. Vilsack, the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture.


After over two years of construction, FLC's Schlessman Family Hall opened on April 28. Named after FLC alumnus Gary Schlessman (Business Administration, ’79), whose foundation donated $2 million to the project, the complex houses classrooms for FLC’s Public Health and Health & Human Performance departments.


Teal Lehto (Environmental Studies, ‘20), the “WesternWaterGirl,” continues to educate the nation on water issues facing the Southwest through social media platforms. She sat down with The Durango Herald to answer questions about her career as a water rights activist.


Joshua Emerson (Economics, '19) sat down with Boulder Weekly to discuss his career as a comedian. Emerson continues to push audiences into uncomfortable territory while working to ensure “a seat at the table” for Indigenous people.


Stacey DeFore (Business Administration, ‘94) was confirmed to the FLC Board of Trustees this week, beginning the role of a lifetime for her as a student advocate and partner to her alma mater.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science created the "Dance Your Ph.D." video contest, which invites scientists to explain their Ph.D. thesis through interpretative dance. For chemist and flow artist Checkers Marshall (Chemistry, '16), it was a match made in nerd heaven.


Gilda Yazzie (Business Administration, '97) clinched one of the Durango City Council seats vacated by Mayor Barbara Noseworthy and Councilor Kim Baxter. Yazzie's grassroots campaign style, priorities, and experience were key factors in winning the race. 


Sanitas Cycles is a titanium bicycle frame building operation co-founded by David (Environmental Studies, '20) and John Siegrist. With his father’s work at DEAN Bicycles as the backdrop of his childhood in Boulder, Colorado, Dave started working on bikes after graduating from FLC.


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