Coronavirus & COVID-19
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.
Lorna Meaden (Art, '94) has noticed artists and their creations have earned new appreciation during the coronavirus pandemic as people spend more time at home, seeking the arts for entertainment and support.
In 1918, influenza was a global challenge and public health crisis that had a severe impact on Four Corners communities, according to Professor Andrew Gulliford, who spoke to KSUT about the pandemic.
As further pandemic relief funding is considered, Professor Heidi Steltzer encourages the government to include money that supports science at rural colleges and universities to ensure equitable research opportunities and a better future for all.
The COVID-19 Theatrical Response Team, a Denver- and Zoom-based theatre company, was founded by Bradley Abeyta (ATT '11-'14) as a way for artists to keep stimulating their creative minds during home isolation and bring people together.
FLC professors are making the most of their virtual classrooms, bringing in creative solutions and setups to teach students they'd usually see face-to-face in field labs or mock courtrooms.
In a The Durango Herald op-ed, President Stritikus says that in the face of the global challenge of coronavirus, the role that higher education plays in society is more important than ever.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Alex Borgella explains in Gizmodo how dark humor during difficult times can relieve anxiety and help maintain a sense of humanity.
It's still unclear why the coronavirus pandemic is driving people to hoard toilet paper, but Professor of Psychology Brian Burke thinks the construct "social influence" could be a reason.
KSUT and KDUR's Sarah Flower interviewed President Stritikus and student body president Cody Stroup about the effects of coronavirus on FLC and how the community is stepping up to support students.
FLC alumnus Chris Bettin (Business Administration, '92) has turned his company's empty vacation rentals into homes for medical personnel and others displaced by the coronavirus pandemic.