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2015

A fond farewell to December’s grads

On December 13, members of the class of 2013 crossed the stage in Brownson Arena to applause from friends, family and supporters. More than 200 students attended the winter commencement ceremony. Pending final grades, CMU will ...

The Mavericks stay cool

The semester is over, but CMU-student athletes aren’t taking a break fromthe action. The CMU women’s basketball team remains undefeated on the season. The Mavs traveled to New Mexico last week to ...

Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was hired into my position as the director of student diversity at CMU last December. Before I had been tackling all the duties of my new position for a month, a member of our community contacted me about ...

CMU named top public liberal arts school in state

CMU was named the top public liberal arts school in Colorado in Washington Monthly’s latest annual college guide. The university ranked 168 out of more than 1,000 colleges and universities. According to the ...

MavScholars help account for $2.5 million increase in student support

Colorado Mesa University’s FY14 budget includes an increase of more than $2.5 million in institutional support. The largest increase will go towards institutional scholarships designed to support students through merit-based financial ...

Physics students win national recognition

CMU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the society’s national office. This is the sixth time the chapter has been recognized for its ...

New Year’s Resolutions

Although the Mavericks won both games against Colorado School of The holiday season may be the hap-happiest season of all, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Not only that, but it’s easy ...

Dazed and Confused: Rockestra to perform moive-themed concert

The Grand Junction Rockestra is set to take the stage for another concert in January, this time with a film theme. In Dazed and Confused: Rock Music in Movies, the Rockestra will play songs featured in ...

Giving back: charitable work ties CMU and community

CMU’s commitment to service is never more clear than around the holidays. This year, students and departments came together to participate in multiple community-centered service ...

Race to the newsstand

Readers of Runner’s World magazine may recognize the track and field team profiled in the January issue of the magazine, in an article entitled “Can Running Save the NCAA?”. The article focuses ...

WCCC’s garnishes garner the gold

Chef Jon St. Peter and the WCCC culinary competition team put in an outstanding performance in the Colorado American Culinary Federation (ACF) Student Team Championship hosted at WCCC on Nov. 23. The varsity team took ...

Faculty bios to be expanded, standardized

Over the coming year, the university’s website will undergo a redesign to optimize its compatibility with different devices, including smartphones and tablets. With that in mind, the Marketing Office has begun redesigning and expanding ...

Montrose campus adds new building

CMU has purchased a new building for its campus in Montrose. The acquisition is the result of a partnership with the City of Montrose. “On behalf of the City of Montrose, I would like to say thank you to Colorado Mesa University for ...

Public comments sought in preparation for accreditation

CMU is seeking public comments about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, which will visit campus Nov. 18-20. The Higher Learning Commission team will review the university’s ...

Maverick Hoedown promises to be a barn burner

Grab your boots, hats, and swirling skirts— it’s almost time for the 2013 Maverick Hoedown. The hoedown, which supports CMU’s outstanding athletic program, will be held Sept. 6 in the University Center ballroom from ...

Hamilton Recreation Center steps up game

The Hamilton Recreation Center will promote wellness all semester long through multiple events planned throughout the fall, including educational displays and specials on services. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so look for the ...

Mechanical engineering program receives accreditation

The mechanical engineering partnership program between CMU and the University of Colorado Boulder was successfully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). The partnership program allows students to earn ...

Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center dedicated

The Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center (CLETC) was officially dedicated in a ceremony on Aug. 15. CLETC is a long-envisioned regional training center catering to the needs of law enforcement, first responders and students in CMU’s ...

PBL students among the best in the business

CMU Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) students brought home eight national awards for academic achievement at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Chapter Advisor Deborah Parman received ...

Lilia! comes to Robinson Theatre one night only

Writer and performer Libby Skala brings her one-woman show, Lilia!, to CMU’s Robinson Theatre on Sept. 7. Skala’s grandmother, Lilia, was an Oscar-nominated actress, a friend of Mesa’s Bill Robinson and a frequent ...

Homecoming 2013

The fall semester is underway and Homecoming 2013 is around the corner. Oct. 21-27 is guaranteed to be a spirited week, featuring culinary challenges, athletic competitions and everything in between. Throw on your CMU gear, warm up your Mav ...

Board of Trustees approves state funding requests for major projects

CMU’s 2014-2015 Capital Construction Request, a list of projects for which the university seeks state funding, was approved by the Board of Trustees during its August meeting. The university requested $32.3 million from the Colorado ...

Theatre Arts season tickets available

Season tickets are now available for the 2013-14 Theatre Arts season. This year, there is a show for every generation. This season, a beloved Saturday morning cartoon series comes to life onstage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! With clever, tuneful ...

Mavericks win accolades as fall season begins

The athletic season is heating back up, but CMU student-athletes excelled during the summer months, too. Track athlete Whitney Rowe competed in the British Columbia Championships and took home the gold in both the 100m and 200m dash in the senior ...

Fall Employment Fair moved up

This year, Career Services’ Fall Employment Fair has been moved to an earlier date in order to meet the needs of students looking for jobs for the school year. The fair will be held Aug. 28 on the University Center’s south ...

Safe Zone kicks off on campus

More than 60 faculty and staff members attended the initial training for the CMU Safe Zone program. Safe Zones are found on many college and university campuses across the country striving to incorporate an atmosphere of inclusivity and ...

Third Capital Conference a success

Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Mesa and the University of Colorado hosted the third annual Colorado Capital Conference June 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Participants attended numerous sessions featuring guest speakers that included the entire Colorado ...

Heaps promoted to AAD for Student Success

Head men’s basketball coach Jim Heaps has been appointed as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success effective immediately. In this new administrative role, Heaps — who has led the Mavericks men’s basketball ...

CMU: a great education at a great value

The Financial Aid Office has recently implemented several initiatives to help students take advantage of available resources, including financial literacy counseling, changes in disbursement procedures and new scholarship ...

Mesa Repertory Theatre season kicks off

The second summer season of Mesa Repertory Theatre (MRT) runs June 13-29. This year, MRT will present the musical Altar Boyz, the comical Complete History of America (Abridged), and an additional children’s play, Wiley and the Hairy ...

Diversity Advocacy and Health to move to Albers Hall

Albers Hall is once again going through a metamorphosis. One of the oldest buildings on campus, it has undergone many permutations and is currently being renovated to accommodate Diversity Advocacy and Health, formerly housed in the Student ...

Public comments sought in preparation for Accreditation Site Visit

CMU is seeking public comments about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, which will visit campus Nov. 18-20. The Higher Learning Commission team will review the university’s ...

Faculty bios to be updated, redesigned

A s CMU expands in its role as the intellectual center of western Colorado, it’s more important than ever to showcase the expertise and dedication to education exhibited by the faculty. With that in mind, this summer the Marketing ...

Campus construction continues

It’s impossible to miss the major projects taking place when walking across Colorado Mesa University’s campus. This summer, both the main campus and WCCC will undergo extensive work, including the construction of two ...

Mass Comm teams with Grand Junction Rockies

A cross the street at Suplizio Field, the Grand Junction Rockies are gearing up for baseball season. On campus, the team has already generated excitement due to a new partnership with CMU’s mass communication program. Two interns, ...

Animation Festival brings academics to life

Colorado Mesa’s graphic design students wrapped up a year of hard work on May 10 at the annual CMU Animation Festival in the University Center ballroom. Facilitated by Professor of Graphic Arts Carolyn Quinn-Hensley and senior students ...

WCCC receives $2.5 million TAACCT grant

Western Colorado Community College will soon launch six intensive, 16-week certificate programs as part of an initiative to re-train and employ military veterans, their spouses and individuals who are unemployed due to their employer moving ...

Festival to benefit Maverick Club student-athlete scholarship fund

The Maverick Club will host the third annual Grand Valley Beer Festival, presented by Fisher’s Liquor Barn, May 18, from 1-5 p.m. on the University Center’s terrace. Featuring over 100 beers from more than 50 breweries, the ...

ASG spring election results

Associated Student Government election season is over and the winners have been determined. Ariel Diamond and Ashley Pulido won the election and will serve as President and Vice President for the 2013-14 academic year. Nicholas Powell was elected ...

Beneficiaries need checkups, too

Financially well individuals are aware of their financial situation and manage it wisely. To improve your financial wellness, it may be time to dust off the beneficiary form you completed when you started saving in your workplace retirement plan ...

When cells talk, McQuade listens

Growing up on a farm, Kyle McQuade spent a lot of time thinking about biology, considering the way things grow and how they’re affected by the environment. As an associate biology professor at Colorado Mesa, he teaches science the way ...

Department of Theatre Arts announces summer season

The Department of Theatre Arts has announced selections for the second summer season of Mesa Repertory Theatre (MRT). The season runs for three weekends June 13-29. This year, MRT will present the musical Altar Boyz, the comical Complete History ...

GSA promotes diversity on campus and beyond

Christy Morris, GSA Vice President 2012-13 and Casey Sadahiro, GSA President 2012-13 Last month, a remarkable thing happened. The first active male athlete from one of the major American professional team sports came out as gay. The sports world ...

SHRM takes sixth in regional conference

Student Human Resource Management (SHRM) club members Laura Allen, Chelsea Knoll and Luke Jackson attended the SHRM Southwest Central Regional Student Conference in Austin, Texas April 19-20. The team took sixth place in a case study competition ...

Commencement brings joy — and a few jitters

This year, Colorado Mesa University will award approximately 1,050 degrees to more than 950 graduating students. On May 18, members of the class of 2013 will cross the stage in Stocker Stadium to applause from friends, family and supporters. The ...

Women's Study Group hits the ground running

Chari Capps, Ryan McConnell, Ariel Diamond,  Amy Hollingsworth and Brenna Bishop are the association’s co-founders and executives. Last fall, Ariel Diamond and Brenna Bishop were in a group of Colorado Mesa students touring ...

Earn Merit Award & Michrina Scholarship

Recognizing the academic achievements obtained by students after they begin college is an important step in CMU’s mission to make higher education an attainable, accessible experience for students, according to John Marshall, Vice ...

Mavericks wrap up the spring season with honors

After becoming the 2013 RMAC regular season champions, the Mavericks hosted the RMAC Baseball Tournament May 8-10 at Suplizio Field. The team fell in the championship game to the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves, 7-5. The Mavs forced the ‘if ...

Field Trip: NSTA to travel to Costa Rica

On June 28, CMU’s student chapter of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) will travel to Costa Rica to explore the country’s biodiversity and geology. Students will have the opportunity to develop ongoing action ...

Which exercise physiology team put in an impressive performance?

A team of CMU exercise physiology students won the student bowl at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine conference in early April. Nathan Bachman, Joel Schnierle and Mychal Beauchamp competed in ...

CMU, Mesa County work to prevent domestic violence

CMU faculty and staff members are partnering with the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force to host educator Ted Bunch at Faith Heights Church on April 25. Bunch is the co-founder and co-director of A CALL TO MEN, an organization dedicated to ...

CMU business students returned to campus with top honors following a weekend of competitions April 6 and 7.

Five students traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to participate in the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference. Competing against peers from 63 colleges and universities from across the nation, CMU ...

CMU makes President’s Honor Roll for seventh year

CMU was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions which reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their ...

Fine and performing arts heat up with season

Spring into DanceCMU’s dance program presents Spring Into Dance April 26 and 27 in the Moss Performing Arts Center’s Robinson Theatre. The concert will feature adjudicated student choreography alongside professional work that ...

MAVfest celebrates campus diversity

Colorado Mesa University’s Cultural Diversity Board is in the middle of MAVFest, a week-long series of events promoting campus organizations. MAVfest continued with Tuesday’s Safety and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Associated ...

Students selected for Capital Conference

The following students have been selected to participate in the Colorado Capital Conference, sponsored by Senator Mark Udall, CMU and the University of Colorado. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with the nation’s ...

Faculty awarded tenure and promotion

The following faculty members were granted tenure by the CMU Board of Trustees and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor by President Foster: Tyler Anderson, SpanishAnderson has taught at CMU since 2006. He earned his MA in ...

Rosenbaum reaps respectable rewards

Adam Rosenbaum grew up in Norfolk, Va. and didn’t leave the area until he was 17, when he became an exchange student in Germany. The year he spent there encouraged an abiding interest in German culture. Thirteen years later, he earned ...

Hamilton Recreation Center hires massage therapist

Massage therapy is famous for reducing tension, but it can also keep you healthy. A 2010 study from the Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences found that people undergoing massage therapy experienced ...

Unconventional Energy Center announces grants

CMU’s Unconventional Energy Center announced funding for six projects to help the communityposition itself as an epicenter of energy innovation. A $1.6 million grant from the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District was matched byCMU, ...

Student Showcase

If you’ve ever been lost on campus and wished there was an easier way to find classrooms, CMU computer science students have a solution. Jared Christensen, Christina Reed, Eric Signeros and Orin Syanger will present JECO Map, an ...

Spring sports wrap up as Mavericks exceed high expectations

Spicer begins tenure as Director of Athletics Colorado Mesa University’s new Director of Athletics began his tenure April 3. Tom Spicer brings more than 40 years of experience as a coach, instructor and administrator. Spicer will be in ...

Fine and performing arts bring culture to campus

MET season returns to thetheatre arts departmentThe Mesa Experimental Theatre will once again be the stage for student-directed theatrical work. Precious Sons, written by George Furth, is directed by senior acting/directing major Andrew Johnsen ...

Bailey advances health sciences

Debra Bailey knows a thing or two about advanced nursing practice. After graduating from Mesa College with an AS in 1980, she went on to obtain her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certificate from South Dakota State University, then returned to the ...

Students and alums to explore the Maya world

Colorado Mesa University is partnering with the Museum of Western Colorado and Chevron to enable students, alumni and community members to participate in a guided educational tour of the Yucatan and Chiapas October 19-27. Led by staff from the ...

Student Life brings Macklemore to campus

The CMU Student Life organizations have teamed up to bring Seattle rapper Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis to campus on April 20. The duo, whose single “Thrift Shop” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, will ...

Latino Student Alliance celebrates social justice and diversity

In March of 1969, a small group of Hispanic students in Denver walked out of West High School to protest racist remarks made by a social studies teacher. This walkout led to riots, police arrests and scrutiny of the public education system. In ...

Psychology program featured by RMPA

CMU’s psychology program was recently profiled and featured by the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in its spring 2013 newsletter. The association works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of ...

Winegard lecture on Native Americans airs on C-SPAN

Timothy C. Winegard, DPhil, instructor of history, gave a lecture at the Colorado History Museum in Denver that was filmed and later aired by C-SPAN. In his lecture, Winegard talks about the history of Native Americans and their involvement in ...

New scholarship software streamlines process for students and donors

The Colorado Mesa University Foundation and the Financial Aid Office have seen a significant increase in the number of students applying for scholarships since January’s introduction of AcademicWorks, a scholarship-matching software ...

Safety expert trains CMU faculty, staff and community

As part of the university’s continued efforts to be prepared, trained and educated with respect to potential emergency situations on campus, John Nicoletti, PhD, presented three 90-minute training sessions on March 14. The presentations ...

Re-accreditation committees release draft of self-study report

The committees involved in the re-accreditation process released a draft of the 2013 Self Study Report on March 1. The final version of the report will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission when they evaluate campus in the fall. The ...

Entrepreneurship Day quenches business students’ thirst for knowledge

Colorado Mesa University’s Department of Business will host the eighth annual Entrepreneurship Day (E Day) on April 3. The event features a keynote luncheon with MillerCoors chairman Pete Coors. There will be breakout sessions ...

Theatre students: mastering the art of stage combat

On Feb. 17, eight theatre arts students passed the Society of American Fight Directors quarterstaff skills test adjudicated by Fightmaster Brian Byrnes of the University of San Diego. This was the first test given at CMU. The students achieved a ...

Holocaust Awareness Weeks emphasize interdisciplinary dialogue

For the tenth year, Colorado Mesa University will facilitate the Holocaust Awareness Weeks Series, a sequence of seminars on genocide coinciding with Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 8. The program, which runs April 1 through April 12, will ...

Mavericks come out on top in tournaments

Last month brought success for Colorado Mesa University athletes at both regional and national levels. The women’s basketball team hosted the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament March 15, 16, and 18. After winning their ...

ASIST Workshop

A two-day workshop, “Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training” (ASIST), is available to campus and community members on March 28 and 29. This proven suicide prevention course is designed to give participants a thorough ...

Stressbusters: good for the body and mind

Stress is an everyday part of our lives. A small amount is beneficial, but it becomes a problem if it goes unchecked. Improperly managed stress can have negative physical and mental effects. The first step to stress management is to recognize ...

CMU comes to life through the arts

Music at Mesa will present its third in the 2012-13 Guest Artist Series with oboist Martin Schuring. Schuring will perform with CMU piano faculty Dr. Arthur Houle on March 15 at 7:30 pm. On March 21 at 7:30, CMU faculty Carlos Elias, Andrea-Arese ...

BSA leads CMU’s celebration of Black History Month

Members of the Black Student Alliance:Tanay Shaw, Sedric Grandberry, Ben Danielsen and Louange Mbala Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson epitomized triumph over racial prejudices. The nation ...

Col-lo-qui-um

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Vice President of Student Services John Marshall will recap his recent travels to Europe as a Marshall Memorial Fellow at 12pm in UC 222. Marshall was named a 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall ...

CMU-Montrose scholarship named for ag leader

CMU-Montrose students have a new scholarship fund, named for Montrose resident Doyle Burns. CMU-Montrose supporters Sharen and Jim Branscome donated $150,000 to create the Doyle E. Burns Scholarship Fund, named for Sharen’s father. ...

Campus prepares for re-accreditation by Higher Learning Commission

Colorado Mesa University is preparing for its decennial re-accreditation. This important process ensures CMU is recognized as a quality institution offering competitive degrees. What is accreditation?Colorado Mesa University has been continuously ...

CMU’s economic impact “vital” to region

CMU infused an estimated $351 million into the regional economy last year, according to the 2013 CMU Regional Economic Impact Study “Community partnerships underwrite everything we do,” said President Foster. “A ...

Music and theatre departments team to produce The Pirates of Penzance

As part of its 2012-2013 main stage season, Colorado Mesa University’s Departments of Theatre Arts and Music will co-produce the full-scale operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. Following the success of their last collaboration in 2009, ...

Mavs cap successful season with championships

The spring season is getting its game on, but Colorado Mesa University athletes are wrapping up a particularly impressive winter season. CMU hosted the 2013 RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships in the El Pomar Natatorium Feb. 13-16. The ...

Scholarship season powered by new software

As scholarship season gears up, the Colorado Mesa University Foundation has launched AcademicWorks, a scholarship-matching software that streamlines the application process for both students and award committees, and ensures the allocation of all ...

A guide to campus wellness resources

A holistic approach to individual wellness has been written about and employed by counselors and health professionals for decades. The wellness wheel – a model that illustrates multiple facets of wellness – was introduced in ...

Spring semester in full swing

The spring semester at Colorado Mesa University is warming up quickly. Throughout the term, CMU will offer a variety of major intellectual and cultural events open to students, alumni, faculty and staff and community members. The mass ...