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.
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.
Introduction to Sociology students are reviving the lost art of letter writing to forge new connections with seniors at local care facilities and to reconnect with family and friends during the pandemic.
In response to COVID-19 struggles, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe paired with Fort Lewis College's Teacher Education Department to help tutor students in Towaoc, Colorado. Together they are bridging digital and cultural divides through individualized education.
Fort Lewis College's response to COVID-19 and subsequent increases in enrollment and retention rates were featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. President Tom Stritikus and consultants from Guild Education (formerly Entangled Solutions) spoke with Chronicle senior writer Goldie Blumenstyk.
The dedicated and knowledgeable FLC Case Management team, who help students overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, was featured in a Promising Partnership Practices interview with the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
After watching COVID-19 devastate the Navajo Nation and take the lives of two loved ones, Fort Lewis College senior Ally Gee was prompted to share with campus the Diné, or Navajo, concept of K’é, meaning kinship. The philosophy is guiding FLC's response to staying safe during the pandemic.
In an interview with The Durango Herald, Wade Litt, assistant professor of Economics, pointed out that an economy largely tied to tourism makes southwest Colorado and La Plata County particularly vulnerable to spikes in COVID-19.