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For Patrick Saunders (History, '81), baseball is a full-time job. As the Colorado Rockies beat reporter for the The Denver Post, Saunders covers more than 100 of the team's 162 games, plus spring training and any playoff games. It's a good thing he loves both the game and his work.
For Rick O'Block, being the radio color commentator for Skyhawks football is only natural: He's an FLC alumnus, and has officiated football games for more than fifteen years.
And broadcasting the Skyhawks is also a way to say thanks to what FLC has given him, he says.
Suzanne Fegelein has traveled a long road following her passion – as an attorney advocating for children, as an alumna of Fort Lewis College and law school, and as a mother.
Fort Lewis College was a prominent presence at the 44th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 24, and 25. It made for a festive weekend of riders riding and spectators cheering in and around the already cycling-crazy town of Durango. The FLC campus also hosted the Morehart Murphy Subaru Circuit Race and the Mountain Bike Specialists Cross Country Race.
The Fort Lewis College Foundation recently elected officers and directors at its annual meeting. Gene Bradley was reelected as chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. John Francis was selected to serve as vice chair and Keith Newbold will serve as secretary. Mel Owen was welcomed as treasurer.
I recently had the privilege of welcoming Carol Salomon and Norman Broad, two generous supporters of Fort Lewis College, to campus to celebrate the good their gifts have done. Their donations to the President’s Discretionary Fund have allowed us to support some wonderful initiatives and programs.
Chris Parker is still climbing. The only difference is now he gets paid for it.
Fort Lewis College’s 2014 Homecoming highlights a number of changes from years past – but with all of the Skyhawk spirit and festivities that fans expect.
For 40 years, KDUR radio has been helping students have fun sharing their voices over the air, while also training them as broadcasting professionals. And Eric Whitney is a testament to how far that sense of fun and the KDUR experience can take you.
Renowned ragtime pianist Adam Swanson (Music, '14) was profiled by The Syncopated Times for his remarkably accomplished career, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, a solo program at the Kennedy Center, a featured headliner at major jazz and ragtime festivals, and the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time...
Brandon Castle (Anthropology, '19), a tour guide at the Totem Heritage Center, in Ketchikan, Alaska, is the 2019 recipient of the $5,000 Patricia Roppel Scholarship from the Tongass Historical Society.
Shane Seibel (Business Management, '13) was named executive director of the Southern Ute Growth Fund, which operates and manages the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s businesses and business investments.
KDUR journalist Sarah Flower, Journalism & Multimedia Studies majors Ryan Simonovich and Alex Semadeni, and Shane Benjamin (English, '99) won top awards from the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Associated Press Editors for their reporting with The Durango Herald.
Cyclist Sarah Sturm (Art, '12) won the pro women's criterium road race at the Sea Otter Bicycle Classic, in Salinas, California.
Long-distance runner Megan Finnesy (Psychology and Exercise Science, '92) was profiled by irunfar.com for her ultra running competition and work, and for founding the 62-mile Silverton Ultra Marathon, which launches this year.
Former ASFLC President Connor Cafferty (Business Administration, '17) was recently elected president of the Student Bar Association at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.
To celebrate National Athletic Training Month, The Durango Herald profiled Brandi (Calderwood) Wenzlau (Athletic Training, '14), who worked with state championship-winning football, basketball, track, and dance teams at Bayfield High School last year.
Renowned ragtime pianist Adam Swanson (Music, '14) is now playing live scores to weekly silent films at Durango's Henry Strater Theatre, in addition to his regular performances at the Diamond Belle Saloon.
Shane Benjamin (English, '99) was promoted to deputy editor at The Durango Herald, overseeing the reporting staff.
Doug Landin (Recreation Administration, '88) was named chief information security officer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, overseeing the law and lobbying firm’s new security team.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol selected Alyssa (Green) Meyers (Business Administration, '13) as the agency's first-ever Agricultural Safety Program Coordinator, a new program to improve agricultural transportation safety in Wyoming.
Marissa Molina (Political Science, ’14) was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan State University of Denver, making her the first DACA recipient to serve on a state board.
Jonny Radding (Sociology, '95) of Durango Organics has teamed up with with Matt Vincent (ATT '91-'95) of Ska Brewing to create Oh Hi Beverages, a line of THC-infused sparkling seltzers.
Artist Tracy Weil (English, '88) was profiled in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine for using his art to build community.
Don Roberts (Business Administration, '89) talked about Wellness Toolbox, his guide to health and fitness based on his experiences as a personal trainer, nutritional coach, weight management consultant, bodybuilder, and gym owner.
Outside magazine featured a video looking at graduate student Anna Ortega (Biology, '14) and her team at the University of Wyoming, who are doing National Science Foundation-funded field research on mule deer migration.
Richard Julian Martinez III (Sociology & Human Services, '05) was named a fellow in the 18-month Community Leadership Network program by the Center for Creative Leadership and W.K. Kellogg Foundation for his gift of bringing people together.
Ben Burkett (Business Administration, '02) just started a new job as finance director for the town of Cortez, Colorado.
Mike Boone (Exercise Science, '05) is now the program director of Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Seth Damon (American Indian Studies and Anthropology, '08) was named to a two-year term as speaker of the Navajo Nation Council in January.
The (Cortez) Journal profiled two alumni from different generations who are teaming up to keep rural agriculture alive on a working ranch in southwestern Colorado.
Scottie Hazelton (Exercise Science, 1996) is the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Kansas State University Wildcats football team. Hazelton played linebacker at FLC from 1992-94, and later became the Skyhawks’ defensive backs coach from 1996-1998 and defensive coordinator in 1999.
Rocky Schneider (Exercise Science, '99), a Skyhawks Football Hall of Fame and All-Century Team member, was recently hired as principal of Gering (Nebraska) High School.
Don Roberts (Business Administration, '89) has published Wellness Toolbox, a guide to health and fitness based on his experiences as a personal trainer, nutritional coach, weight management consultant, bodybuilder, and gym owner.
Denver's Westword magazine profiled Durango-based jam band Elder Grown -- formed by four FLC alumni when they were students -- as a rising star in the Colorado music scene.
Myron Lizer (Business Administration, '06) was sworn in as vice president of the Navajo Nation alongside new president Jonathan Nez on January 15 at a ceremony in Window Rock, Arizona.
Filmmaker Alexandria Bombach (Business Administration, '08) won the National Board of Review's 2018 "Freedom of Expression" award for her documentary On Her Shoulders, about Nadia Murad, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in October.
Matthew Welbourn (Business Administration, '17) is a contestant on NBC's new athletic competition TV series "The Titan Games," hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Irene Barry (English, '05) has published Surviving a Rural High School Shooting, based on her expreiences as an on-duty teacher at Aztec High School, in New Mexico, during a school shooting in December 2017.
Georgie Pongyesva (History, '16), a member of the Hopi Tribe, was interviewed by the Grand Canyon Trust about the role of Native Americans at the national park as it celebrates its centennial.
Melinda Arviso-Ciocco (Native American & Indigenous Studies, '12) has been selected to be the state director for the New Mexico for the Old Spanish Trail Association, which is dedicated to protecting, interpreting, and promoting the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.
Registered nurse Amber DeHerrera (ATT '98-'01) talked to the Durango Telegraph about the lessons she learned working with birthing mothers in Tanzania through the Durango-based Tanzanian Mission Project.
Indea Stroeve Rogers (Biology, '18) wrote about the value of field work for scientists for the American Geophysical Union following her experience aboard a research vessel in the Baltic Sea last summer.
The journey of Cristin Haase (Biology, '13) to bring dental care to Native communities was profiled in a cover story in the Fall issue of Winds of Change magazine.
Parvannah Lee (Pubilc Health, '18) wrote an editorial for Teen Vogue about her experiences learning about food and hunger issues in her home Navajo Nation.
In October, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach (Business Administration, '08) debuted On Her Shoulders, her documentary about Nadia Murad, who also won the Nobel Peace Price in October.
303 Magazine profiled Dylan Lipke (Art, '14) about his using old pizza boxes as canvases for his artwork.
Tracy Weil (English, '88) was interviewed in Westword magazine about his work founding Denver's art district known as RiNo, which he still oversees as RiNo’s creative director.
Shawn Pensoneau (Political Science, '92) was appointed Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Native American Affairs, overseeing the office's collaboration with American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.