Fort Lewis College News

Colorado lawmakers tour campus and future site of health sciences complex

Colorado lawmakers tour campus and future site of health sciences complex

A new health sciences complex will add classrooms and research space for Fort Lewis College’s Exercise Science, Public Health, and other programs that train students for healthcare careers. The College is also beginning a new Pre-Health Certificate program in fall 2018 to help students get what they need to pursue healthcare-related education and jobs after graduation. 

Accountant values dreams over numbers

Accountant values dreams over numbers

Most of us think accounting is all about crunching numbers. For alumnus Brad Tafoya, though, being an accountant is more about heart than about spreadsheets. He and his firm, Tafoya Barrett & Associates, are all about helping their clients and their community reach their full potential.

Aspiring journalists find and deliver the news on campus

Aspiring journalists find and deliver the news on campus

Student journalists with The Independent, the College’s student news organization, dive into a real newsroom atmosphere and experience deadlines, story assignments, and breaking news like any major news organization does. The purpose behind The Indy goes beyond reporting the news, though, to offer students professional journalism and publishing experience as undergraduates in a constantly evolving field.

New tribal council member makes no promises – except to help

New tribal council member makes no promises – except to help

Alumna Cheryl Frost was recently elected to the Southern Ute Tribal Council with an ingenious – and unique – campaign platform: She ran on no platform at all. “I know the kind of person that I am,” Frost (English, ’95) says. “I don’t make promises to people that I can’t keep. I don’t make deals with people. I’m not going to put myself in an ethical quandary before I’m even elected. That’s why I chose no platform.”

Destress Fest at Fort Lewis College!

Destress Fest at Fort Lewis College!

Every Spring, FLC hosts a De-Stress Fest to help students cope with end-of-year pressures. The Wellness Peer Advisory Council (WellPAC), a student-led health & wellness organization, organizes the Fest every year.

Durango Devo gets young cyclists rolling

Durango Devo gets young cyclists rolling

Durango is famous for its world-class mountain biking and road riding, and it’s the home to many professional and Olympic cyclists. But until the last decade, the town did not have a successful, dedicated, long-term program for junior cyclists. That all changed when two former Skyhawks cyclists founded Durango Devo, a program dedicated to developing young riders in a traditional team setting.

Students develop social marketing campaigns for local businesses

Students develop social marketing campaigns for local businesses

If you’re not already on social media, you can download the apps and get started in a matter of moments. But learning how to use social media effectively is much more difficult than searching the app store, and there’s no better way to learn than by doing. That’s why social media marketing students at FLC work in tandem with local companies to develop new marketing strategies and campaigns.

Feral honeybee researchers abuzz about potential breakthroughs

Feral honeybee researchers abuzz about potential breakthroughs

Insects are what make the agricultural systems in the United States and elsewhere in the Western world go ‘round. In particular, our food system relies on the Western honeybee, the most common species of honeybee worldwide. These honeybees’ most profitable and important work isn’t making honey—it’s pollinating crops such as apples in New York, cherries in Washington, squash and pumpkins in the Midwest, cranberries in Massachusetts, and blueberries in Maine. “We have a lot of great native pollinators,” says Associate Professor of Chemistry Bill Collins. “We have about two hundred fifty species of bumblebees here in North America."

Cycling champion brings performance center home to help others

Cycling champion brings performance center home to help others

Rotem Ishay won an individual national championship with the FLC cycling team, with the assistance of a local performance center’s fitness testing. Now, not only does Ishay run that same center—he has also brought his career as an exercise specialist back to campus through a unique partnership. Ishay (Exercise Specialist, ’12) is now the director of the Durango Performance Center, a sports lab that provides performance testing to both elite-level athletes and everyday people who want to improve their health, wellness, and performance.

Dr. Jesse Peters to serve as FLC interim provost

Dr. Jesse Peters to serve as FLC interim provost

Dean Dr. Jesse Peters will serve as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs starting July 1, taking over for Provost Dr. Barbara Morris, who is becoming president at the State University of New York – Oneonta. 

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