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.
Rocky Mountain PBS student filmmaker Joe Kinneen spoke with his peers at Fort Lewis College about why they're getting vaccinated and what they're looking forward to most in a post-pandemic world.
Student-athletes coped better with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when their coaches focused on cultivating a caring team environment rather than emphasizing competitive success, according to research from Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Susumu Iwasaki.
The pandemic has hit Native American communities nationwide particularly hard, which factored into Fort Lewis College's move to become one of the first U.S. higher education institutions to require that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in on-campus activities this fall.
To combat misconceptions about the COVID-19 vaccines, Public Health students at Fort Lewis College created communication campaigns and distributed COVID-19 safety information to their peers on campus.
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.