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2017

Meet some of our newest Mavs

Most incoming college freshmen are a bundle of nerves and excitement as they prepare to leave their family, friends and hometown for the first time. It is an exciting but challenging time for a lot of students especially when a student has chosen ...

New Student Trustee

Mentor. Athlete. Club president. Beau Flores, a junior in the English program, is adding one more title to his name - student trustee. That's a title he earned through perseverance, dedication to his education and winning an election. Flores came ...

Health Sciences and Engineering construction updates

Health Sciences The new Health Sciences building will be ready to use for the fall semester, which begins in less than four weeks. Work to convert what had been the home of Community Hospital into a new facility for the Department of Health ...

New Faculty Trustee

A military coup attempt in Turkey last July led Professor of Physics Chad Middleton, PhD, to postpone submitting his paperwork for a sabbatical to the Middle Eastern country. Now instead of packing his bags for Turkey, Middleton is preparing for ...

Professional land surveyors’ group donates $250,000 to support new program

The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) is stepping up with a $250,000 donation to help with start-up costs for a new Land Surveying and Geomatics program at Western Colorado Community College that starts this fall. “The ...

Invitation for public comment on the university

Colorado Mesa University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.  The University will host a visit on November 6-8, 2017, with a team ...

Coloradans head to the Capitol

Seven Colorado Mesa University students and 93 Colorado residents traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Colorado Capital Conference, June 21-23. Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet, Colorado Mesa University and University of Colorado ...

Professor of Music creates and conducts concert at Carnegie Hall

Professor of Music and Director of Choral Arts, Monte Atkinson, DMA, was recently invited by the musical staff of New York-based Mid-America Productions to present a concert at Carnegie Hall. Each year, the organization invites select ...

CMU Montrose hosts open houses

Colorado Mesa University’s Montrose campus will host two open houses this summer for Montrose-area residents interested in advancing their educations. The open houses will be on Thursday, June 22, and on Tuesday, July 11, from 6pm to ...

CMU, District 51 join forces to support post-secondary advancement for local students

Colorado Mesa University leaders will ask the Mesa County Valley District 51 Board of Education to collaborate on a new program designed to increase the number of District 51 students who further their educations after high ...

New director steps in as Health Sciences building nears completion

Construction transforming the old Community Hospital campus to a new home for the Health Sciences program is in the homestretch. This past semester labs and administrative offices relocated to the new building and in time for this upcoming fall ...

CMU professor chosen as a Colorado Governors Fellow

Professor of Biology Aparna Palmer, PhD, will join executives and leaders from businesses and organizations like Xcel Energy, the City of Boulder, the Seattle Fish Company and the Boettcher Foundation as one of twenty-four 2017-2018 Colorado ...

New director aims to increase research opportunities

New CMU Director of Sponsored Programs and Academic Research Louis Nadelson, PhD, walks the talk. He has been awarded almost $10 million in grants during the past nine years. That total may soon increase from his $600,000 in submitted grants ...

Two long-time CMU athletic leaders to share duties as athletic director

Colorado Mesa University today announced that Kris Mort and Bryan Rooks, two experienced veterans of the university’s athletic department, will jointly fill the role as CMU athletic director. “Bryan and Kris are two talented ...

Mesa Motorsports Formula SAE car will return to Michigan

The Formula SAE car designed and built by Colorado Mesa's engineering students' club, Mesa Motorsports, will return to the Michigan International Speedway next year for the annual collegiate competition after a good news-bad news weekend (May ...

More than 1,100 students to graduate from CMU

More than 1,140 students will be awarded more than 1,240 degrees and certificates at the Colorado Mesa University May 2017 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13. The ceremony begins at 8:30am at Stocker Stadium in Lincoln Park. Typically, the ...

Changes coming to CMU athletics

Colorado Mesa University announced today that Athletic Director Tom Spicer is leaving the university. Spicer and CMU President Tim Foster said they have philosophical differences in their visions for the future of the athletic program at ...

The Businessman’s Toolkit

Kyle Stone, PhD, assistant professor of business, practically leads a double life. In class, he brings textbook verbiage to life with professional stories from his years of working his way up from manufacturing engineer to operations manager at ...

CMU students take first, third in state graphic design contest

Colorado Mesa University graphic design students made an impressive showing at The Review, an annual portfolio review open to students enrolled in graphic design academic programs in Colorado. CMU students Jesus Almader and Joshua Felix took ...

Challenging the Status Quo

The driving force behind a new initiative to streamline CMU’s administrative student services is to enable our students to dedicate their attention to learning and minimize time spent on non-academic administrative tasks related to ...

Who's Who Among Students announced

Fifty-three students from seven departments were recently selected to Who’s Who Among Students. Students must meet a number of minimum requirements to be eligible and then must be nominated and selected. The students were recognized and ...

Gigi Richard named 2017 Distinguished Faculty

Words like "effective and talented teacher" and "knack for presenting complex material in a natural and accessible manner” and "in touch with new types of instructional approaches" might have described any of the faculty nominated for ...

An Educated Passion

CMU faculty members have achieved many and varied degrees and Assistant Professor of Nursing Sandie Nadelson, PhD, is no different. Nadelson’s arsenal consists of multiple state university degrees including a bachelor of science, two ...

Miracles on a Mountainside

Miracles on a Mountainside is more than a tagline for the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. “My life was completely changed,” said exercise science student and first-time volunteer Abby Costello. ...

2017-2018 Theatre Arts Season Announced

The 2017-18 Theatre Arts Season has been announced and it truly includes something for everyone. The season has been re-structured slightly to allow for more faculty- and guest-directed work to be performed in the Mesa Experimental Theatre (MET), ...

Guest saxophonist Ralph Lalama performing for CMU Jazz Workshop

On June 2 at 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre, the CMU Department of Music will conclude its fourth annual Jazz Workshop with an exciting concert featuring the CMU Faculty Jazz, the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and ...

Spring teams earn four RMAC championships

The Colorado Mesa University athletic department has enjoyed plenty of success during the 2016-17 school year and the spring was no different with four teams winning RMAC regular season titles. The softball team won 25 of its first 27 games, ...

From the ground up

When was the last time you were excited about dirt? Maybe when you were five years old? Never? Even if you rarely consider the ground beneath your feet or the soil beneath the three-story buildings on campus, you can be grateful that someone does ...

CMU awards more than $4 million in scholarships

CMU awards more than $4 million in scholarships to Mesa, Montrose and Delta County graduating high school students. Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster made a surprise visit to Fruita Monument High School this morning, where he ...

Eighth annual CMU Student Showcase

The eighth annual Colorado Mesa University Student Showcase will be held on Friday, April 28, starting at 1pm on CMU’s main campus. The showcase will feature 231 projects presented by 538 students from Colorado Mesa University and ...

Kinesiology students earn top honors

When most people think about swimming, images of hot summer days and floating lazily around a cool pool may come to mind. This is not the case for kinesiology students Shelbi Peters and Alex Hendricks. They think about how to cool a ...

CMU Clay Club Mother’s Day Ceramics Sale

The students of CMU’s Clay Club will hold a Mother’s Day Ceramics Sale on Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3, from 9am-4pm on the first floor of the University Center. The sale will feature unique pottery at reasonable ...

437CO, CMU’s art gallery in downtown Grand Junction: Glimpse, BFA Senior Exhibition

The Colorado Mesa University Art & Design Department presents Glimpse, the last of four exhibits featuring artwork from seniors graduating from the BFA Studio Art program, in the downtown art gallery from May 3-27. Glimpse will showcase the ...

Running Write

Many college students may feel like writing an essay is an endurance sport, requiring motivation and determination, but mostly motivation. Rhonda Claridge, professor of English at CMU’s Montrose campus, knows this well as she is a ...

Physics students reach the stratosphere

One question launched four CMU students down a path that would eventually lead to 18 miles above the earth — can you build something that can get to space? At first daylight on April 8, Megan Joslin, Joshua Matthews, Matthew Keaney and ...

A new breed of musicians: Musical Entrepreneurs

Sean Flanigan, DMA, has a versatile skill set including performing as a professional trombonist, teaching music and business courses and running his own nonprofit. Flanigan emphasizes the importance of a diverse skill set to his students. ...

Vibraphone soloist featured at CMU Jazz Festival Final Concert

CMU will wrap up its guest artist series during the annual Jazz Festival by featuring Tom Collier on vibraphone along with CMU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jonathan Hinkle and the Vocal Chords under the direction of Monte Atkinson. The ...

CMU Foundation hosts first CMU Day of Giving

The Colorado Mesa University Foundation will host its first Day of Giving, a 24-hour event designed to celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the founding of Colorado Mesa University in April 1925 as a junior college. The foundation hopes to receive ...

Spring Into Dance

CMU's Dance Program will present its annual Spring Into Dance concert April 21 and 22 in the Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature work by two nationally renowned guest artists, both of whom traveled to CMU ...

CMU Department of Music presents Faculty Piano Trio

On Thursday, April 27, at 7:30pm, the CMU Department of Music will present the Faculty Piano Trio in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall. The trio is comprised of Arthur Houle, piano; Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, cello; and Frank Restesan, ...

CMU releases results of its latest statewide survey

Coloradans identified affordable housing as the number one problem facing their communities while indicating that, overall, they are pretty satisfied with the communities in which they live. The economy, including the cost of living and the job ...

New cross-cultural experience

There are 28 countries represented by students in the Colorado Mesa International Program. Students have traveled to Grand Junction for the duration of their education from Sweden, Japan and Botswana. The new Cultural Café Series ...

Rocky Waters with Gigi Richards

What does owning a grocery store, leading horseback rides and running a civil engineering business all have in common? Truthfully, not much, other than they are a few of the many positions Gigi Richards, PhD, held before coming to teach Physical ...

14th Annual CMU Holocaust Awareness Week: The Price of Prejudice

Colorado Mesa University will host the 14th annual Holocaust Awareness Week: The Price of Prejudice starting Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14. The weeklong series will showcase numerous seminars that investigate modern genocide and look ...

A Wilderness, a Mine, a National Park and the Test that Changed the West: Aspinall visiting lecturer

The Kennecott Copper Corporation claimed the low-grade copper ore buried in a ridge in Washington state’s North Cascades in the 1950s. Then, in 1964, the ridge became part of the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, one of the first areas ...

Quintessence, Colorado Mesa BFA Senior Exhibition

The Colorado Mesa University Art & Design Department presents Quintessence, the third of four exhibits featuring artwork from seniors graduating from the BFA Studio Art program, in the downtown art gallery April 4-29. Quintessence will ...

CMU celebrates diversity with week-long Unity Fest

The community is invited to join in celebrating the many different cultures at Colorado Mesa University by attending one or all of the mostly free, public events. Unity Fest is sponsored by CMU’s Cultural Diversity Board, which is a ...

CMU rodeo hosts annual collegiate contest

The Colorado Mesa University rodeo team will host the fifth annual Regional Intercollegiate Maverick Stampede Rodeo on April 7-8 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park. Eleven National Intercollegiate Rodeo ...

Theatre Department presents world premiere play, Julie (25f)

August Strindberg’s character-driven battle of class and gender gets a fresh take in Julie (25f). In this new adaptation, the famous Miss Julie is transformed into a modern ...

Passion for Inclusive Education

In recent years there has been a worldwide conversation about inclusive education systems and the degree to which students with and without special needs learn side-by-side in the same classroom. Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and ...

CMU Music presents guest clarinetist Bil Jackson

CMU's Department of Music will present guest clarinetist Bil Jackson on Saturday, Apr. 15, at 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Love Recital Hall. Jackson will be accompanied by CMU pianist Arthur Houle.  Jackson enjoys a ...

CMU concludes theatre season with 'non-stop comedy' Boeing-Boeing

CMU’s Department of Theatre Arts will conclude its 2016-17 Main Stage season with the comedy,Boeing-Boeing, April 13-15 in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. The play is a 1960s French farce which was translated ...

Engineering mobility

The candy apple red BMW, bubblegum pink roadster and baby blue convertible were rewired, modified and ready for the first test drive by the knee-high drivers by early afternoon at the Go Baby Go event on March 11. Colorado Mesa engineering and ...

Author Showcase aids interdisciplinary conversations

Teachers are busy. Their days are filled with teaching class, grading tests and planning coursework. Many are also student club and organization advisors, serve on committees and conduct research. On top of these numerous responsibilities many ...

Life Lessons from the Chef

For chefs, mealtime is game time. Jon St. Peter, assistant technical culinary arts professor at Western Colorado Community College, described the restaurant industry as a fast-paced team environment, that requires chefs and servers to work ...

Telluride visionary featured at CMU’s Entrepreneurship Day luncheons - Gold to Gondolas: Transforming Telluride

The keynote speaker at Colorado Mesa University’s 2017 Entrepreneurship Day luncheon will be Ron Allred, a Grand Junction native who will talk about his role in turning Telluride from a dying mining town into an all-season ...

Fine Arts is the perfect fit

Eric Elliott’s journey to the fine arts is similar to Goldilocks' story. He tried a few different art forms until he found the fine arts which were 'just right.' Long before becoming an assistant professor of art at CMU, as a kid, he ...

Cosi fan tutte

CMU Opera will present Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Italian with projected English translations, Mar. 30, 31 and Apr. 1, at 7:30pm and Apr. 2 at 3pm at the First Presbyterian ...

Librarians on an ethical search

A life-saving drug sold for less the $15 a pill. The company that made the drug was sold. The new owner raised the price to $750 a pill. Price-gouging or free market capitalism? The newest project undertaken by the Colorado Mesa University ...

First engineering department head announced

The $25.4 million, 68,700 square-foot building that will house the engineering programs and the John McConnell Math & Science Center is set to open spring 2018. Brigitte Sundermann’s responsibilities as the new department head of ...

Equities and Ethics with Brian Fraser

Assistant Professor of Finance Brian Fraser was 16 years old when he asked his grandfather about the letters and numbers scrolling below the commentators on CNBC. Fast forward four years, after Fraser completed his service in th U.S. Marine Corp, ...

Dr. Bones: Getting to know CMU's Forensic Anthropologist

It seems like every week there is a new CSI: something or Forensic Files popping up in the TV guide, but Melissa Connor, professor of forensic anthropology and director of the Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS), is assured she can ...

Introducing CMU’s newest Board of Trustees member

David Reed brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his newly appointed position as the eleventh voting member of the CMU Board of Trustees. Reed graduated magna cum laude with his juris doctor from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. ...

Unity in Chaos, Colorado Mesa BFA Senior Exhibition

The Colorado Mesa University Department of Art and Design will present Unity in Chaos, the second of four exhibits featuring artwork from seniors graduating from the BFA Studio Art program, at 437CO, CMU’s art gallery ...

CMU art department to lead trip to European art centers

The Colorado Mesa University Department of Art and Design is hosting three informational meetings for students, alumni and community members who would like to travel to Europe next January to enrich their knowledge of fine art. Professor Suzie ...

Accomplishments

Four CMU music faculty were represented at the 2016 annual National Conference of the College Music Society (CMS) last October. Three faculty members - Jun Watabe, sax; Kristen Yun, cello; and Arthur Houle, piano - performed the premiere of the ...

CMU launches MavFunder – its own crowdfunding platform

Colorado Mesa University has launched its own crowdfunding platform called MavFunder and is using the new tool to enable donors to choose the CMU projects they would like to support. Crowdfunding is the process of raising funds from a large ...

Dancing on the Ceiling

There are two things you can always count on - the floor and yourself. That is among the things Assistant Professor of Dance Meredith Lyons said she has learned performing all around the world and teaching at numerous institutions in the ...

Forum at CMU focuses on responsible energy development

Colorado Mesa University’s Unconventional Energy Center has joined forces with Consumer Energy Alliance for a discussion about the importance of responsible energy development. The Energy Management Forum is also sponsored by West Slope ...

New faculty member to present oboe recital

On Thursday, Mar. 2, at 7:3pm, the CMU Department of Music will present new oboe faculty member Bill Aikens in a solo recital in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall. The concert will also feature CMU faculty Arthur Houle, piano; ...

Songs of Love and Hate: The New Broadway Songbook

CMU’s Department of Theatre Arts will present the second in its new series of cabaret performances Mar. 10 and 11 at 7:30pm in the Mesa Experimental Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center. The concerts are an opportunity for ...

Butterflies and biology buddies

It was in 1992 at a research facility in Ecuador when Tom Walla’s love of butterflies began. He borrowed a butterfly net and went hunting. Walla, PhD, did as he was told and successfully caught a butterfly that belonged to the family ...

CMU guitar and voice faculty presenting unique collaborative concert

CMU's Department of Music will present a unique collaboration of guitar and voice on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall. Baritone Graham Anduri and classical guitarist Javier de los Santos will perform ...

CMU: Making a difference

There is $447.5 million flowing into western Colorado because Colorado Mesa University is here. That’s what CMU’s biennial regional impact study shows. The impact report, released Jan. 24, includes spending by the university ...

West Slope high school students attend 19th Annual Math Extravaganza at CMU

Grand Junction – About 150 West Slope high school students are expected to gather at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, Feb. 9, for the 19th Annual Math Extravaganza. Math Extravaganza is hosted by Colorado Mesa’s Math ...

WCCC invites the community to campus

Western Colorado Community College wants to show the community how it has grown, changed and adapted to better meet the needs of its students and area employers. To that end, WCCC will host monthly open houses beginning on Thursday, Feb. 23, from ...

Steven Murray: a champion for all

From presenting his publications in Greece to competing in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, Colorado Mesa University’s Steven Murray, DA, believes you should approach tasks with the mindset of “either do it well or ...

Colorado Mesa University percussionist chosen for world tour

CMU percussion major Mark D’Ambrosio has received the extraordinary distinction of being selected as an artist for the 2017 World Percussion Group European tour.   Twelve performers have been selected to tour eight ...

Theatre department presents Lerner and Loewe’s Tony Award-winning My Fair Lady

CMU’s Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2016-17 Main Stage season with the perennial musical favorite, My Fair Lady, Feb. 23-March 4 in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. The musical will be directed by ...

Meet CMU’s 'Little Free Library' Founder

When a teacher takes the time to think of ways to impact students’ lives for the better outside of the classroom, you know you've found a good one. Allison Morris is that kind of teacher. Morris has taught a variety of English courses ...

Chroma and Monochrome through Vida en Movimiento

The Colorado Mesa University Art & Design Department presents Chroma and Monochrome through Vida en Movimiento, the first of four exhibits featuring artwork from seniors graduating from the BFA Studio Art program, in the downtown art gallery ...

Student’s passion takes her from Oregon to Colorado to Kazakhstan

While many students are preparing for the start of the spring semester by reviewing their class schedule, purchasing books and reconnecting with friends, Emma Malmquist is training every day for the 2017 winter Universiade games — the ...

CMU-TV has a clear future

Can you see me now? CMU-TV sure hopes so. In December, the student-operated/managed television station that broadcasts from CMU's main campus made the switch from standard definition (SD) to high definition. “We want a real-world ...

MET season continues with "Constellations"

CMU’s Department of Theatre Arts will present an exquisite play with a powerful undertow of emotion. Constellations, by Nick Payne, will play Feb. 9-11 at 7:30pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center's Mesa Experimental Theatre. ...