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From the ground up

Friday, April 28, 2017 — 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 ...

Running Write

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 — 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 ...

A new breed of musicians: Musical Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 — 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. ...

Rocky Waters with Gigi Richards

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 — 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 ...

Passion for Inclusive Education

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 — 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 ...

Life Lessons from the Chef

Monday, March 13, 2017 — 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 ...

Fine Arts is the perfect fit

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 — 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 ...

Equities and Ethics with Brian Fraser

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 — 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

Monday, February 27, 2017 — 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 ...

Dancing on the Ceiling

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 — 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 ...

Butterflies and biology buddies

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 — 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 ...

Steven Murray: a champion for all

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 — 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 ...

Meet CMU’s 'Little Free Library' Founder

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

Delmore retires after 24 years of service

Monday, May 16, 2016 — Jack Delmore, DMA, Professor of Music, recently retired following more than 24 years of service to Colorado Mesa University. As Director of Voice, Vocal Performance and Opera, Delmore has been instrumental in building the vocal program at ...

All the right words

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 — In a nondescript office on the second floor of Colorado Mesa University’s Escalante Hall, warm, natural light brightens the office of Jennifer Hancock, PhD. Books line the assistant professor of English’s shelves; broadsides ...

Faculty Profile: Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels

Monday, November 09, 2015 — At Colorado Mesa University, faculty members take great pride in a close teacher-student relationship. That was the primary reason Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels, PhD, and her family moved from the Maryland area to Grand Junction in 2011. The ...

Bailey brings unique expertise to state commission on aging

Sunday, October 18, 2015 — Debra Bailey, head of Colorado Mesa University’s Department of Health Sciences, is the first nurse to serve on the Colorado Department of Health and Human Service’s Commission on Aging. She was appointed in ...

All about Bob: Meet CMU’s new director of diversity, advocacy and health

Sunday, October 18, 2015 — Bob Lang is LPC-, LAC-, MAC- and SAP-certified, and all those letters boil down to one thing. “In a nutshell, it means that I’m licensed both at the state and national level as a mental health and substance abuse ...

Faculty and staff achievements

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 — Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Hancock’s first book, Between Hurricanes, is in production with Lithic Press. It is a collection of poetry. Hancock attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference this month in Sicily, where she ...

Faculty profile: Sarah Lanci

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 — Sarah Lanci never planned on becoming a university professor. “I feel so lucky,” the assistant professor of mechanical engineering said. “I didn’t come from academia [but] I had always thought teaching ...

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 — Music Professor Arthur Houle stayed busy this summer completing his spring 2015 sabbatical project, digitizing hundreds of recordings of performances and master classes by the renowned Leonard Shure, his former teacher. He performed on ...

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 — Suzanne Lay, associate professor of accounting and Certified Public Accountant, was recently appointed to the Educational Foundation of the Colorado Society of CPAs. She began a three-year term on May 1. *** Ram Basnet, assistant professor of ...

Faculty profile: Alaa Kassir

Monday, April 13, 2015 — Alaa Kassir radiates positivity. It’s a remarkable enough quality in anyone, but particularly in the associate technical professor of developmental mathematics, who was born and raised in Tripoli, Lebanon, during the ...

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 — Kinesiology professor Steve Murray and history professor Doug O’Roark jointly researched and authored several published papers regarding the ancient Greek javelin and spear throws. They studied the use of a throwing loop, called an ...

Faculty profile: Dan Flenniken

Monday, March 16, 2015 — There’s a rumor going around Colorado Mesa University that Dan Flenniken, associate professor of mass communication, is retiring. The rumor is true… kind of. “The Board of Trustees approved [my retirement], but ...

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Monday, March 02, 2015 — The very picky caterpillar Colorado Mesa University biology professor Tom Walla and an international team recently published a significant paper on the global patterns of herbivory in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...

Colorful colloquia: Colloquium series showcases faculty work

Monday, March 02, 2015 — Five times a semester, Steve Werman, PhD, sends an email to Colorado Mesa University faculty and staff alerting them to the latest lecture in the Faculty Colloquium Series. The assistant vice president of academic affairs sees the series, which ...

Faculty profile: Eliot Jennings

Thursday, January 01, 2015 — When Eliot Jennings was making the decision to move to Grand Junction, he made sure to check how many federal disasters had taken place in the area. It was a natural inclination for Jennings, assistant professor of public administration. ...

Dan Schultz-Ela, associate professor of mathematics

Thursday, November 06, 2014 — 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, ...

Faculty Profile: Elizabeth Sharp

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — 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 ...

Tim Casey, 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member

Friday, September 19, 2014 — 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 ...

Megan Glynn

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — 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 ...

Faculty awarded tenure and promotion

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — 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 ...

Kym Owens, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Thursday, February 13, 2014 — 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 ...

Faculty profile questionnaire available until March 10

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — 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. ...

Faculty bios to be expanded, standardized

Friday, August 23, 2013 — 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 ...

Heaps promoted to AAD for Student Success

Friday, June 14, 2013 — 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 ...

Faculty bios to be updated, redesigned

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — 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 ...

When cells talk, McQuade listens

Friday, May 10, 2013 — 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 ...

Rosenbaum reaps respectable rewards

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — 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 ...

Faculty awarded tenure and promotion

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 — 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 ...

Bailey advances health sciences

Thursday, March 14, 2013 — 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 ...

Winegard lecture on Native Americans airs on C-SPAN

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — 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 ...