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2015

November

The lowdown on low fat

As a nutritionist, it’s in my job description to discuss what people eat, and why. Here at Colorado Mesa University, one of the most common elements among diets of health-conscious people is avoiding fat. The question is, then, is a ...

Locations of library amenities announced

Tomlinson Library will close for renovation and expansion at the end of the semester, but many of its services will still be available to students, faculty, staff and the community in locations across campus beginning Jan. 2. In December, most of ...

Fall season wraps up with honors as winter season kicks off

This month, Colorado Mesa University’s volleyball, men’s soccer and football teams all celebrated victories. Volleyball won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular season and tournament championships, earning the ...

Recital hall named to honor Carolyn Love

Colorado Mesa University has named its recital hall in the Moss Performing Arts Center the Carolyn D. Love Recital Hall in recognition of a substantial endowment established by the late Carolyn Love’s husband, Bill. Carolyn ...

Colorado Ute Museum director presents annual Michrina Lecture

The second annual Barry Michrina Memorial Lecture was held at Colorado Mesa University on Nov. 13. The presentation was given by C.J. Brafford, Director of the Colorado Ute Indian Museum in Montrose. Brafford is the former director of the Colter ...

Hundreds to graduate this fall

This fall, Colorado Mesa University will award approximately 600 degrees to more than 540 graduating students. On December 12, members of the class of 2014 will cross the stage in Brownson Arena to applause from friends, family and ...

Mechanical engineering students light the way

Since June, drivers on I-70 have seen something a little strange in the road. Solar-powered LED lights have replaced road reflectors on a small portion of the interstate outside of Idaho Springs. These lights are a step forward for driver safety ...

Scholarship season is on its way

The holidays usher in the season of feasts, fun and family. Sometimes we lose sight of things lurking around the corner at the start of the new year — and one of those things is scholarship season. Higher education traditionally opens ...

Dan Schultz-Ela, associate professor of mathematics

When Dan Schultz-Ela, PhD, was working as a geologist, people loved to ask him questions about rocks in their backyards. Then he transitioned into a new career. Now, when the associate professor of mathematics tells people he teaches math, ...

Theatre department falls for dance

On Nov. 21 and 22, Colorado Mesa University’s dance program will present its annual fall dance concert, Fall for Dance. The concert features a variety of dance styles — from modern and jazz to tap and contemporary. CMU faculty ...

Intensive English program brings international attention to CMU

Each year, Colorado Mesa University welcomes international students to campus. Often, these students come from English-speaking countries or have studied the language and are proficient enough to succeed in CMU classes. Occasionally, a student ...

October

Cultural Diversity Board shows its true colors

On Sept. 19, the student Cultural Diversity Board (CDB) at Colorado Mesa University held its first True Colors Run. The run was planned and implemented by the executive board of the CDB, Brittney Maglangit, J.C. Hernandez and Nicholas ...

The Maverick arrives in time for Homecoming

The Fall 2014 issue of The Maverick, Colorado Mesa University’s magazine, hits mailboxes this month. This issue explores the far-reaching consequences of the work being done through a partnership among CMU biology ...

CMU Art Gallery hosts inaugural Artist’s Talk

The Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery’s will celebrate downtown Grand Junction’s November First Friday event with an Artist’s Talk by Mai Wyn Schantz. The talk will be 6:30pm on Nov. 3 at the recently ...

Fall comedies in two theatres

The Colorado Mesa University Theatre Arts Department continues its 2014-15 season with On the Verge, by Eric Overmyer. A comedy, On the Verge tells the story of three female Victorian explorers, each with her own ...

The Mavs bring it home

It’s Homecoming 2014 and Colorado Mesa University athletics is doing the university proud. The Colorado Mesa University football team scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to defeat Western New Mexico University 45-35 on Oct. ...

OurCMU extends giving opportunity to campus community

The end of the year is approaching and the Colorado Mesa University Foundation hopes to be foremost in people’s minds as the giving season gets underway. The foundation has launched OurCMU, an on-campus giving campaign ...

CMU Bookstore pricing an open book thanks to new software

In recent years, the Colorado Mesa University Bookstore has seen an increase in competition from off-campus bookstores, online book services, student-to-student sales and direct sales from publishers. In an effort to continue providing the best ...

Faculty Profile: Elizabeth Sharp

You’d be lucky to catch Elizabeth Sharp, PhD, taking a break. If the assistant professor of kinesiology is in her office, she’s advising students or preparing for her new role as President-Elect of ...

Tomlinson Library closes Dec. 12

The Tomlinson Library expansion and renovation began earlier this month. Due to input from the Colorado Mesa University community, the building will remain open through finals week of the fall semester, closing on Dec. 12. Most library services ...

Houston room named for professor emeritus

On Oct. 8, Houston Hall Room 205A was named in honor of Don MacKendrick, a long-time history professor at Colorado Mesa University. MacKendrick, now a professor emeritus, taught from 1956 to 1990. He served from 1977 to 1990 as dean of the ...

September

Tim Casey, 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member

Political Science Professor Tim Casey’s students are unsurprised that he was chosen as Colorado Mesa University’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member. “Casey is a wonderful professor,” said senior Adrienne ...

CMU/DDA partner to bring art gallery and studios downtown

Colorado Mesa University and the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are teaming up to bring the university’s art gallery and new art studio space to 437 Colorado Ave. in the heart of Grand Junction’s vibrant ...

The Maverick Center muscles up

It was a summer of construction here at Colorado Mesa University, and one of the chief projects was a major renovation to the Maverick Center, home to Hamilton Recreation Center and Brownson Arena. The project included substantial remodeling of ...

CMU makes a splash with Student Water Field Conference

On Sept. 26–28, the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University will host the first Colorado Student Water Field Conference. The conference aims to introduce participants interested in Colorado water to the science, studies and issues ...

On-campus mental health services expand

As the 2014-15 academic year shifts into full gear there are plenty of obvious changes on the Colorado Mesa University campus. One of the less visible changes taking place deals with the mental health services offered by the university. In recent ...

Back in action

A s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play looms, Colorado Mesa University athletics are back in a big way. CMU’s men’s soccer team and the Montana State – Billings Yellowjackets played to a 1-1 tie in the closing ...

Tomlinson expansion and renovation starts soon

“Libraries represent the diversity and immensity of human thought, our collective knowledge laid out in rows of revealing inspiration.” — Manuel LimaDesigner, author, lecturer and researcher Work will soon begin on ...

Chez Lena opens for the season

Western Colorado Community College’s culinary arts students hone their skills in restaurant management in Chez Lena, a white tablecloth restaurant on the Bishop campus that opened for the fall early this month. The restaurant ...

Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy to perform at fall concer

Colorado Mesa University’s Programming Activities Council will host rappers Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy at the Oct. 3 concert on CMU’s Plaza. Coloradan hip-hop artist Splyt will open the show. CMU students receive one free ticket ...

Montrose campus expands across (and in) the street

Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus hosted a ribbon-cutting and unveiling ceremony on Sept. 3 to officially open the Branscome Center and the campus’ new quad. Speakers at the event included Montrose city and county ...

Theatre Arts Season opens with edgy Broadway musical Avenue Q

The Department of Theatre Arts will open its 2014-15 Theatre Arts season with the hilarious modern musical Avenue Q, an edgy show that satirizes the issues and anxieties around entering adulthood. The show addresses humorous adult ...

Piano music by CMU faculty published

Abundant Silence Publishing has issued the first of five original piano solo compositions by CMU Professor of Music Arthur Houle, DMA. The first of these pieces, written for intermediate-level piano students, is entitled “Bright-Eyed ...

Seminar series tackles social and natural sciences

Colorado Mesa University’s annual Natural Resources of the West seminar series kicked off on Sept. 8. Presented with the support of the Water Center at CMU, this year’s theme is “The Role of Social and Natural ...

Culinary alumnus appears on “Colorado Matters”

WCCC alumnus Lee Mathis, Founder of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, was profiled by “Colorado Matters”, a daily interview show from Colorado Public Radio. The interview was an installment in the show’s “Fish ...

We are CMU: Parent’s Weekend and Homecoming stampede onto campus

Two of Colorado Mesa University’s biggest fall events are just around the corner. Parents’ Weekend falls on Sept. 26–28. Homecoming 2014 is hot on its heels, coming to campus the week of Oct. ...

April

CMU’s accreditation reaffirmed by Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association reaffirmed Colorado Mesa University’s accreditation on March 24, completing the final stage of the university’s self-study process. The institution met 20 ...

Mavericks stampede the competition

On April 11, CMU’s rodeo team drove a herd of steers across campus and handed out free passes to the weekend’s Maverick Stampede Rodeo. The rodeo, held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, featured bull riding, steer wrestling, ...

Spring into Dance (and music and art, too)

As the year draws to a close, CMU artists are showcasing some of their best work. Dance program presents Spring into DanceOn April 25 and 26, the dance program presents its annual spring concert, Spring into Dance, in Robinson Theatre. The show ...

Innovation talent on display at the Student Showcase

The Student Showcase returns to Colorado Mesa University’s main campus on May 2. The event, in its fifth year, enables undergraduate students to share their work with peers, faculty and the community. Ideally, participation will ...

CMU’s hidden gem: Monfort Family Human Performance Lab

Colorado Mesa University’s Monfort Family Human Performance Laboratory contains some of the most technologically advanced equipment west of the Rockies, and it’s all available to students and faculty and staff. Located in the ...

Fighting back against domestic violence

One in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the Center for Disease Control, but domestic violence is preventable through education and ...

Exercise science students win student bowl, assist vets

Spring is off to an auspicious start for exercise science students at Colorado Mesa University. March 28–29, members of the Exercise Physiology Research Club (EPRC) won the student bowl at a Denver conference. March ...

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: James Ayers, ChemistryAyers has taught at Colorado Mesa University since 2007. He ...

Hundreds of cyclists expected for Maverick Classic

More than 200 cyclists will converge in Grand Junction April 18–20 for the third annualMaverick Classic, a four-event stage race that’s open to the public. The classic also servesas the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling ...

Holocaust Awareness Series

CMU hosted the 11th annual Holocaust Awareness Series April 7–10. The interdisciplinary series investigates modern genocide and the Holocaust, with the goal of bringing the Grand Junction and CMU communities together to focus on issues ...

A Word from the President

After a pretty frigid December and January, things are finally starting to thaw out on campus. I hope everyone is off to a great start this semester. As usual, we’re very busy wrapping up construction projects — and planning ...

Mental Health Awareness Month

The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Colorado Mesa University’s Diversity, Advocacy and Health Office is sponsoring mental health first aid training for faculty and staff during ...

Leaving a legacy new scholarship for children of alumni

A lot has changed at Colorado Mesa University over the years, but the university’s commitment to providing the highest quality education at a great value and to alumni persists. To that end, the institution has announced the CMU Legacy ...

Megan Glynn

Those who haven’t seen dance instructor Megan Glynn on campus yet are about to start seeing her everywhere. This year—her first at CMU—she choreographed Legally Blonde: The Musical, developed a fast-paced tap number ...

Financial Literacy Fair provides understanding of money

April is National Financial Literacy Month and CMU’s Financial Aid Office is spending the month highlighting the importance of establishing and maintaining good financial habits. At April 23’s Financial Literacy Fair in the ...

Medical Laboratory Technology program rocks their pride

April 20–26 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of the more than 300,000 professionals and pathologists who play vital roles in health care by performing and interpreting more than laboratory tests. In honor ...

February

Out of this world: Wubben’s new artwork

Colorado Mesa University science students may find inspiration for extraterrestrial travel right outside their classroom doors. Wubben Science Building is now home to a collection of abstract paintings by acclaimed artist and alumnus Jac ...

Kym Owens, Assistant Professor of Social Work

For Kym Owens, one of the best things about social work is its versatility. “I always joke to my students — they say the average person will have eight to 10 career changes over the course of their lifetime, and with a social ...

Plans to launch new online nursing program switch into high gear

Colorado Mesa University is ramping up its efforts to meet the growing student demand for quality online degree offerings. A reconfigured Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program featuring an accelerated course ...

Faculty profile questionnaire available until March 10

As part of an ongoing effort to improve Colorado Mesa University’s website, the Marketing Office is expanding online faculty profiles to highlight faculty expertise and reinforce the quality educational experience delivered at CMU. ...

Pathways to employment

Career Services’ Spring Connections Job Fair will be held March 6 in the University Center’s ballroom from 9am- 2pm. The free fair is open to students and alumni, as well as community job-seekers, providing them with an ...

Interest in wildfire management program spreads like, well…

Tim Foley’s master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting has come in handy surprisingly often throughout his long career fighting wildfire. “In wildland fire, our number-one goal is ...

The Maverick wins gold

The 2013 series of CMU’s alumni magazine, The Maverick, won a gold award in the Collegiate Advertising Awards based on creativity, layout and design, typography, production, quality and overall effectiveness. This is the second award ...

To Russia with love

All eyes were on the world-class athletes in Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the Colorado Mesa University community was paying special attention to two athletes in particular. CMU kinesiology student Lanny Barnes represented Team USA ...

CMU will host 2014 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games

Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) has announced it will return for the second year in a row to CMU for the 2014 SOCO Summer Games on May 31-June 1. The return of the Summer Games, a state championship event for five sports, to the community is ...

A word from the president

After a pretty frigid December and January, things are finally starting to thaw out on campus. I hope everyone is off to a great start this semester. As usual, we’re very busy wrapping up construction projects — and planning ...

Spring semester already historic for the Mavericks

The spring semester is shaping up to be a big one for Colorado Mesa University athletics. The men’s swimming and diving team made history on Feb. 22 by claiming the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) swimming and diving ...

Mentoring program offers scholastic support

Over the past year, the majority of my articles have focused on issues of diversity and cultural awareness. My role as Colorado Mesa University’s Director of Diversity, Advocacy and Health encompasses more than that, however. I tackle a ...

Art and culture blossoms on campus this spring

The spring semester brings a wealth of art and culture to campus, including a rollicking musical comedy, a gallery show from up-and-coming and musical recitals by faculty and students. A singing, dancing and snapping romantic comedy all about ...

E Day to focus on social entrepreneurship

The keynote speaker for CMU’s 9th annual Entrepreneurship Day is Don Stephens, founder and president of Mercy Ships, an organization that brings health care to developing nations. Stephens, winner of Variety International’s ...

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