Like most communities, Durango, Fort Lewis College, and the Four Corners region are facing unprecedented challenges. The articles below show a few examples of how our FLC community is responding. We are so proud of our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Governor Polis announced a new vaccine prioritization phase beginning in late March, which includes student-facing employees in higher education.
Avalanches have always posed a threat to backcountry skiers, but with the added desire for activity amidst a pandemic, the risk is greater. "Being outdoors and distanced may feel safe compared to other activities,” says Sue Kraus, professor of Psychology. However, she notes that our definition of what activities are safe has changed drastically.
Skyhawks will be back on campus soon, participating in mandatory COVID-19 testing before heading into classrooms. Classes start online on January 28 and will move to in-person instruction on February 1.
Fort Lewis College is partnering with San Juan Basin Public Health to provide COVID-19 testing to La Plata County workers in critical services, including those in law enforcement, fire protection, dispatch, education, and public-facing government positions.
COVID-19 fatigue is real, says FLC Psychology Professor Brian Burke. One of the reasons for the recent troubling milestone of 1,000 cases in La Plata County, according to Burke, is that people are not equipped to handle constant stressors.
To help out local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the Fort Lewis College Career Center is matching marketing, social media, and e-commerce interns with several businesses in the Bayfield area.
In a guest column for The Durango Herald, President Tom Stritikus looked back on FLC's fall semester during the coronavirus pandemic and commented on the importance of future college and community action to stall virus transmission.
Tragedy struck when first-year student Reece Barry's tabby cat, Marley, bolted from his stopped car and into the woods when Barry was traveling home to Castle Rock, Colorado. After two heartbreaking days of him and his family searching for their beloved pet, Barry found her safe at last and the family was reunited.
Fort Lewis College, along with several other schools in Colorado, took on the challenge of physically distanced classes by transforming outdoor spaces into classrooms with the help of tents. According to Philosophy Professor Justin McBrayer, the outdoor classes were a total blast.
Fort Lewis College was recognized by The Healthy for our COVID-19 response. Widespread testing, masks, distancing, and improved ventilation and air filters allowed in-person education to continue much longer than most colleges and universities.