Skip to main content
Menu
Western Colorado's Selective University

Media Contact

Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

970.248.1868 (o)

970.640.0421 (c)

Archives


Back

Academics

Mesa Motorsports Formula SAE car competing in Michigan

Thursday, May 11, 2017 — Colorado Mesa's engineering students' club, Mesa Motorsports, is at the Michigan International Speedway this week (May 9-13) at the annual Formula SAE collegiate competition. Formula SAE is an international collegiate student competition ...

More than 1,100 students to graduate from CMU

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 — 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 ...

CMU students take first, third in state graphic design contest

Friday, May 05, 2017 — 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 ...

Who's Who Among Students announced

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 — 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

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 — 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 ...

Miracles on a Mountainside

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 — 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. ...

CMU awards more than $4 million in scholarships

Thursday, April 27, 2017 — 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

Thursday, April 27, 2017 — 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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — 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 releases results of its latest statewide survey

Thursday, April 06, 2017 — 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 ...

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

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 — 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 ...

First engineering department head announced

Thursday, March 02, 2017 — 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 ...

Accomplishments

Friday, February 17, 2017 — 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 ...

Forum at CMU focuses on responsible energy development

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 — 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 ...

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

Friday, February 03, 2017 — 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 ...

Accomplishments

Friday, December 02, 2016 — CMU Instructional Designer Xin Wang, PhD, has been awarded The Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, in recognition of superior academic achievement as a candidate for a graduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Wang will be ...

Almost 600 to graduate at CMU 2016 December Commencement

Thursday, December 01, 2016 — About 590 Colorado Mesa University students will graduate this month, having earned about 640 degrees and/or certificates. This is the largest number to graduate at a December ceremony since CMU began hosting December commencements in 2011. The ...

Michrina Lecture Series features expert in Ute wickiups

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 — The Barry Michrina Memorial Lecture Series at Colorado Mesa University will feature anthropologist Curtis Martin who will discuss his recent book, Ephemeral Bounty: Wickiups, Trade Goods, and the Final Years of the Autonomous Ute. The ...

New community college leader sets sights on advancing WCCC

Monday, November 07, 2016 — A Colorado Mesa University alumnus who has taken the reins at Western Colorado Community College hopes to help make WCCC the first place people think of when it comes to workforce training, whether they are individuals looking for skills or ...

CMU launches ePortfolio pilot to further students’ success

Thursday, November 03, 2016 — Student-centered learning is a pillar of Colorado Mesa University and, as the professional world becomes increasingly digital, the university realized that for the betterment of students and faculty, it needed to adopt new digital strategies to ...

Accomplishments

Thursday, November 03, 2016 — The treatment, care and side effects of concussions are garnering a great deal of attention in the media, in scientific research circles and at Colorado Mesa University. Kinesiology faculty Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, and Kristin Heumann, PhD, along ...

Inaugural Author Showcase features 35 Colorado Mesa faculty and staff

Friday, October 28, 2016 — Riemann Surfaces and Algebraic Curves, Rogue Justice, Oil War and Onomástica e Intertextualidad were just a few of the book titles on display at the Colorado Mesa Author Showcase hosted at Tomlinson Library on Wednesday, Oct. ...

Maverick Stampede takes its show on the road

Friday, October 07, 2016 — Colorado Mesa’s 155-member marching band, the Maverick Stampede, is headed east for a three-day tour that will include performances in Glenwood Springs, Arvada, Lakewood, Littleton and Parker. “We are doing it for recruitment, ...

Distance Learning highlighted with week-long celebration

Thursday, October 06, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University, along with its Office of Distance Education and universities around the nation, will celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 7-11, with workshops and contests for CMU faculty and students. “We ...

CMU launches social research center, releases first political poll

Thursday, September 22, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University and Rocky Mountain PBS are partnering with Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania to introduce the new CMU-RMPBS Poll through CMU’s newest research center.   The first poll released ...

While abroad nursing student’s training put to the test

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — Two million spectators lined the street cheering on cyclists competing in the first day of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in Xining, China.  With about three kilometers to go in the first stage, a spectator walked out of the crowd and into the ...

CMU Intern helps excavate rare dinosaur skull

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 — Introductions. Being assigned a small desk in the corner. Paperwork. These are the types of experiences most interns encounter on their first day. Ian Gardner, a Colorado Mesa University student, helped unearth an extremely rare Apatosaurus skull ...

CMU breaks ground on new engineering building

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University today hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its newest academic building. University officials were joined by representatives of the John McConnell Math and Science Center. Students from the New Emerson School also ...

Introducing the new Vice President for Academic Affairs

Thursday, September 01, 2016 — Bold. Complex. Interesting. Words used to describe Colorado Mesa University by newly hired Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Pemberton. “My impression of CMU and its trajectory is that it’s nothing short of ...

WCCC assistant professor, student win national recipe contest

Friday, July 29, 2016 — A recipe for Chile Relleno Croquetas with Chipotle-Pine Nut Romesco Dipping Sauce created by Western Colorado Community College Assistant Technical Professor Wayne Smith and culinary arts student Kelvin Shaw was one of three winners in a national ...

CMU-CU Boulder add civil engineering to partnership

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado Boulder today announced the expansion of their engineering program partnership to allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from CU Boulder by taking classes ...

CMU business students compete at national conference

Thursday, July 07, 2016 — Editor's note:  This story was written by Colorado Mesa University student Shania Belden, who attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga., June 24-27, 2016. Many students go through a period of time when ...

Mesa County grant will assist local students

Thursday, June 02, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University was designated by Mesa County as the recipient of a $145,062 grant from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. The two-year grant will assist Mesa County residents planning to enroll and live on campus at ...

Alumna, chief of staff to U.S. senator speaks at May 2016 commencement

Monday, May 16, 2016 — The university awarded 1,361 degrees to 1,222 students on Saturday, May 14. A Colorado Mesa University alumna who serves as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was the keynote speaker at the Colorado Mesa University May 2016 ...

CMU Innovation Week kicked off with MavTalks

Monday, April 25, 2016 — Human progress starts with innovation -- new ways to see, think, solve. Colorado Mesa University takes the lead by bringing together the thinkers, researchers, and do-ers behind tomorrow's new ideas. Students, educators and the general public are ...

A history of success

Thursday, April 07, 2016 — Nearly a half century ago, a group of Wayne Aspinall’s Grand Valley friends decided to honor one of the most influential politicians to ever represent Colorado. Aspinall, a longtime Congressman known as “Mr. A” to ...

Field of Flags dedication kicks off Holocaust Awareness series

Monday, April 04, 2016 — Assistant Professor Vince Patarino consecrated the Field of Flags with the reading of the poem “Mothers Sing a Lullaby” by Susan Nalugwa Kiguli, an internationally recognized Ugandan poet and literary scholar. Dedication of ...

“Slip, Press, Stroke”: A new exhibition showcases art from graduating seniors

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 — The latest exhibit from the Colorado Mesa University Department of Art and Design opens on April 1 at 437CO, CMU’s downtown art gallery. The show — Slip, Press, Stroke — is the third of four exhibits featuring ...

Sustainability Council to host public forum on methane pollution

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University's Sustainability Council, in partnership with The Wilderness Society and other local conservation groups, will host a public forum on for West Slope residents, focusing on methane pollution and waste from oil and gas ...

New partnership geared towards helping transfer students succeed

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — A new agreement between the Colorado Community College System and Colorado Mesa University will help community college students succeed in earning a baccalaureate degree.Under the agreement, first-time freshmen applying for admission to any of ...

Coming soon from the Colorado Mesa University Department of Music

Friday, March 18, 2016 — Opera class presenting free opera scenes concerts Colorado Mesa University vocal music majors will present two free Opera Scenes concerts in the Love Recital Hall. Music Professor Jack Delmore and lecturer Graham Anduri will direct the April 1 ...

Alumna Pamela Krch returns to campus as Michrina Memorial Lecturer

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University alumna Pamela Kay Krch returns to campus this spring as the 2015-16 Barry Michrina Memorial Lecturer. The lecture, “Cultural Sovereignty and Cultural Violence: Native American Easel Painting in Santa Fe, ...

The write stuff: Hands-on experiences helped senior Melissa Statler find her passion

Friday, March 11, 2016 — Thanks to real-world, hands-on experiences at Colorado Mesa University, senior Melissa Statler has found her passion. Statler, who graduates in May, originally planned to major in secondary English education. But after writing and editing for ...

Art gallery hosts second exhibit by graduating student-artists

Monday, March 07, 2016 — Art lovers and Colorado Mesa University supporters are invited to join the CMU Department of Art and Design for Existence, the second of four exhibits featuring artwork from graduating seniors. Existence, which opened on March 1, showcases the ...

Of sound mind

Friday, March 04, 2016 — Audience members enjoying The Mystery of Edwin Drood may have noticed the guy in the orchestra pit making all the old-fashioned sound effects. That is Cody Hill, a senior pursuing a design/technology degree, who researched foley artistry ...

Student selected for prestigious Colorado Energy Scholar Award

Thursday, March 03, 2016 — The Colorado Mesa University Foundation, the CMU Unconventional Energy Center and the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association announced Aerianna Preble, of Parachute, Colo., as the 2016 Colorado Energy Scholar. This new annual award ...

Haas Foundation donates $25,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, March 02, 2016 — Western Colorado Community College machining students have a lot for which to thank the Gene Haas Foundation. On Feb. 29, the foundation presented a $25,000 ceremonial check to WCCC. The funds will provide scholarships for students in the ...

CMU hosts writing conference for high school students

Friday, February 26, 2016 — About 200 high school students from the West Slope attended the 2016 Colorado Mesa University Writing Conference on Feb. 26. Students from Grand Junction, Central, Fruita Monument, Palisade, R-5 and Montrose high schools as well as those from ...

Engaging the hermit kingdom

Friday, February 26, 2016 — About 30 Colorado Mesa University students gathered in Houston Hall on Feb. 18 to hear from Keith Luse, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK). It was serendipitous timing — many of the students are political ...

Student Showcase highlights undergraduate innovation

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 — The Student Showcase returns to Colorado Mesa University this spring. The event, now in its seventh year, enables undergraduate students to share their work with peers, faculty and the community. Completed applications to participate in this ...

Citizens of the world

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 — Education is a key component in maintaining a sustainable future for humankind. With knowledge of the earth’s environment, natural resources, food systems and water usage, today’s citizens and future generations will be able ...

Banff Mountain Film Festival benefits international students

Thursday, February 11, 2016 — The Colorado Mesa University community’s passion for outdoor adventure runs deep, so it’s fitting that an upcoming film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle will support the university in part. On Feb. 20, the Grand ...

CMU takes next step in moving onto current Community Hospital campus

Thursday, February 04, 2016 — Construction has begun on a portion of the soon-to-be vacated Community Hospital building that will become the home of Colorado Mesa University’s health sciences program. Community Hospital administrators have moved into temporary ...

Spacetacular connects local students to the International Space Station

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 — What is it like to spend a year aboard the International Space Station? On Feb. 4, about 800 West Slope elementary and middle school students will find out. The students will gather at Colorado Mesa University for an opportunity to connect with ...

CMU Foundation will award $1 million in scholarships in 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 — Scholarship season is taken seriously at Colorado Mesa University, where, in keeping with the institution’s mission of affordability, 75 percent of the students receive some form of financial assistance. Thanks to gifts and endowments ...

A capital idea

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — Colorado Mesa University’s Political Science Club is getting a firsthand feel for their field in the state’s capital this week. On Jan. 20, 13 students and two faculty advisors head to Denver to rub elbows with key decision ...

University awards first doctoral degrees at winter commencement ceremony

Friday, December 11, 2015 — The first three recipients of a doctoral degree from Colorado Mesa University received a standing ovation at the 2015 December Commencement Ceremony. On Dec. 11, Heather Findlay Tobin, Dana Ashton Johnson and Judith Ann Shue, recipients of the ...

New scholarship opportunity energizes institution

Monday, November 09, 2015 — Colorado Mesa University and the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) have created a new endowment that will provide an annual scholarship award to Colorado’s most outstanding student pursuing a future career in ...

New lecture series showcases expertise of kinesiology students and faculty

Monday, November 09, 2015 — You’ve probably heard of Colorado Mesa University’s Monfort Family Human Performance Lab, but unless you’re a student-athlete or spend a lot of time in the Kinesiology Department, you may be unaware that this ...

Mesa Experimental Theatre season opens with “The Line”

Sunday, October 18, 2015 — Colorado Mesa University design/theatre technology and acting/directing major Chance Morgan wrote the play he debuts later this month. The Line, which Morgan will also direct, opens up the Mesa Experimental Theatre’s 2015-16 season. It ...

Kinesiology and Human Performance Lab launch lecture series

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 — The newest lecture series at Colorado Mesa University comes from the Monfort Human Performance Lab and CMU’s Department of Kinesiology. The 2015-16 lecture series is free and open to the public. This semester’s lectures are ...

Engineering Club’s race car runs on dreams

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 — Last May, Colorado Mesa University’s Engineering Club took part of a race car of their design to the Michigan International Speedway. They’ll return to the speedway next May, and this time, they’re going to ...

New ways to see old stuff: CMU’s archaeology minor is growing

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 — John Seebach, PhD, says most of western Colorado is an untouched archaeological paradise. The region surrounding Colorado Mesa University has been virtually untouched by academic archaeologists. That’s why the university is perfectly ...

Sowing the seeds of the future: CMU-affiliated robotics team takes on agricultural challenge

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 — Grit Robotics — a robot-building team made up of community members and Colorado Mesa University students, alumni and faculty — spent part of the summer competing in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s ...

TRiO support program receives five-year grant renewal

Monday, August 03, 2015 — Underserved Colorado Mesa University students will continue to have an incredible resource available to them for the next five years. This summer, the U.S. Department of Education renewed funding for CMU’s TRiO Student Support Services ...

Something for everyone at the Maverick Innovation Center

Saturday, August 01, 2015 — Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Innovation Center at Piñon Hall opened its doors this week. A resource available to students from any field of study, the center houses a workshop space where aspiring entrepreneurs can ...

Help with holds and appeals

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 — Many students find themselves in situations over the summer that create barriers preventing them from returning to Colorado Mesa University in the fall. Some common obstacles are holds on a student account or needing to appeal a decision ...

Graduates pursue dreams at home and abroad

Friday, May 01, 2015 — Colorado Mesa University awarded 1,324 degrees to 1,183 students this spring. Many of them were present at the rainy, celebratory commencement ceremony in Stocker Stadium on the morning of May 16. Although the CMU graduates will soon spread all ...

Human resource management students take third in rigorous competition

Monday, April 20, 2015 — Six Colorado Mesa University business students placed third in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Regional Case Study Competition and Student Conference in Ontario, Calif. earlier this spring. The students, who are all business ...

IT students take top honors

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 — Three Colorado Mesa University students brought home first and second place awards from the Association of Information Technology (AITP) National Collegiate Conference late last month in Omaha, Neb. Students Mark Boomgaard, Jordan Fisher and Zach ...

Featured video: Dinosaur Journey

Monday, March 23, 2015 — Explore one of the partnerships Colorado Mesa University has formed with the Grand Valley community. Learn more in the latest issue of The Maverick.

By the numbers — a look at diversity in enrollment

Monday, February 09, 2015 — It’s a well-known fact that Colorado Mesa University’s enrollment has grown over the last several years. This growth has come with rapid building projects, an increase in courses and faculty and some reorganization across the ...

Ag students represent Colorado at regional conference

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 — Two Western Colorado Community College agriculture students have been selected as part of the Colorado contingency at the College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis, Minn., on February 19-22. Megan McKee and Acer Rodgers were chosen ...

Essential Learning puts CMU in a class of its own

Monday, January 05, 2015 — Colorado Mesa University has long emphasized an experience-based, personal approach to learning. The institution’s tightly knit culture has also encouraged cross-disciplinary partnerships between faculty members conducting research, ...

Mechanical engineering students light the way

Monday, November 10, 2014 — 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 ...

Intensive English program brings international attention to CMU

Monday, November 03, 2014 — 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 ...

Innovation talent on display at the Student Showcase

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — 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 accreditation reaffirmed by Higher Learning Commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — 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 ...

Plans to launch new online nursing program switch into high gear

Thursday, February 13, 2014 — 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 ...

Public comments sought in preparation for accreditation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 — 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 ...

Mechanical engineering program receives accreditation

Thursday, August 08, 2013 — 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 ...

CMU: a great education at a great value

Friday, June 14, 2013 — 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 ...

WCCC receives $2.5 million TAACCT grant

Thursday, May 16, 2013 — 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 ...

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

Monday, April 15, 2013 — 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 ...