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CMU Theatre presents cabaret to raise funds for music theatre scholarships

Thursday, October 12, 2017 — Following the sold-out success of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook last season, CMU's Department of Theatre Arts embarks on a three-year cycle celebrating the primary eight songwriters of The ...

CMU celebrates Homecoming 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 — Colorado Mesa University will kick-off a week full of activities for students, alumni and community member on Saturday, Oct. 21, as it celebrates Homecoming 2017, presented by Bank of the West. Homecoming is when alumni, students, friends, ...

Music Department presents percussionist Ivan Trevino

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 — On Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm, the CMU Department of Music will present percussionist Ivan Trevino as a part of the 12th Annual Western Colorado Percussion Festival. The recital in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall will ...

Department of Music Guest Artist Series presents 9 Horses

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 — On Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm, the CMU Department of Music's Guest Artist Series will present 9 Horses, a trio of musicians consisting of mandolin, violin and bass. The concert will take place in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital ...

CMU Theatre presents cabaret to raise funds for music theatre scholarships

Friday, October 06, 2017 — Following the sold-out success of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook last season, CMU's Department of Theatre Arts embarks on a three-year cycle celebrating the primary eight songwriters of The ...

A multitude of activities highlight the third annual Artober Fest

Friday, October 06, 2017 — CMU’s Art and Design Department will host its third annual Artober Fest, an outdoor art and design extravaganza on Oct. 19 from 10am to 3pm on Delta Field, just east of the Fine Arts building. The event will feature events and ...

CMU Music presents free jazz night at Warehouse 2565

Friday, October 06, 2017 — On Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm, CMU Jazz will present a free concert at Warehouse 2565. The concert will feature the CMU jazz choir Vocal Chords, Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble. The combo will present a variety of ...

CMU announces the Fall Choral Festival

Friday, October 06, 2017 — A special fall choral festival at CMU showcasing the music of current and past Colorado composers and poets takes place Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10. Four composers and one poet of the choral music being performed will be in ...

Founders of the Bolder Boulder 10K race speak at CMU

Thursday, September 28, 2017 — Imagine it is 1972 in Munich, Germany, at the Summer Olympics. It’s Sept. 5. eight Black September terrorists burst into the Israeli dormitory and took 11 of the Israeli Olympians hostage. The hostages, five of the terrorists and a ...

WCCC culinary, viticulture programs team up for special Harvest Celebration dinner

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 — The Culinary Arts and the Viticulture and Enology programs at Western Colorado Community College are joining forces to offer a very special dinner to celebrate the fall bounty of western Colorado. The four-course Harvest Celebration dinner will ...

Founder of The Land Institute speaks at CMU Monday, September 11

Thursday, September 07, 2017 — Colorado Mesa University will host one of the luminaries of sustainable agriculture on Monday, September 11, at 4:00 pm in the Meyer Ballroom on the second floor of the University Center. Wes Jackson, PhD, founder and president emeritus of The ...

CMU Theatre season opens with Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing

Monday, September 04, 2017 — CMU's 2017-18 Theatre and Dance season will open with a tribute to some of the most classic songs from Broadway's history. A Grand Night for Singing features a treasury of 37 Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.   Three ...

Students eager for MavWorks awards

Thursday, August 31, 2017 — About 100 CMU student got up a little early Thursday morning. They wanted to be among the first to apply for some of the $650,000 in MavWorks funds to help them get on-campus jobs. Since 2007-08, the amount of money Colorado Mesa University has ...

CMU announces two reenergized programs to help match students and employers for internships, careers

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 — Colorado Mesa University announced today that it has reinvigorated its student internship and job placement services and formalized the efforts by its Alumni Relations office to match alumni with alumni for career opportunities, networking and ...

Guest Artists Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble

Thursday, August 17, 2017 — CMU's Department of Music will begin its 2017-18 season with a guest artist recital featuring Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble with CMU clarinet and saxophone professor Jun Watabe. The ensemble will perform on Sunday, September 10 at ...

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 — 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

Thursday, July 06, 2017 — 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 ...

Professor of Music creates and conducts concert at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, June 22, 2017 — 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

Friday, June 09, 2017 — 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

Monday, June 05, 2017 — 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 ...

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

Monday, May 15, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

Changes coming to CMU athletics

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

Guest saxophonist Ralph Lalama performing for CMU Jazz Workshop

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

CMU Clay Club Mother’s Day Ceramics Sale

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — 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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 — 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 ...

Vibraphone soloist featured at CMU Jazz Festival Final Concert

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 — 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

Friday, April 07, 2017 — 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 ...

CMU Department of Music presents Faculty Piano Trio

Thursday, April 06, 2017 — 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

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 ...

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

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 — 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 — 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 rodeo hosts annual collegiate contest

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 — 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 ...

CMU celebrates diversity with week-long Unity Fest

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 — 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 Music presents guest clarinetist Bil Jackson

Monday, March 20, 2017 — 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

Thursday, March 16, 2017 — 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 ...

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

Friday, March 10, 2017 — 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 ...

Cosi fan tutte

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 — 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 ...

Unity in Chaos, Colorado Mesa BFA Senior Exhibition

Sunday, February 19, 2017 — 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

Friday, February 17, 2017 — 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 ...

CMU launches MavFunder – its own crowdfunding platform

Thursday, February 16, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

Songs of Love and Hate: The New Broadway Songbook

Thursday, February 09, 2017 — 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 ...

New faculty member to present oboe recital

Thursday, February 09, 2017 — 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; ...

CMU guitar and voice faculty presenting unique collaborative concert

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 — 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 ...

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 ...

Colorado Mesa University percussionist chosen for world tour

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 — 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 ...

Chroma and Monochrome through Vida en Movimiento

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 — 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 ...

MET season continues with "Constellations"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 — 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. ...

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 ...

17th Annual Best of the West Music Festival

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 — The CMU Music Department and Karen Combs will present the 17th Annual Best of the West Music Festival on Dec. 8-10, featuring three public concerts and two days of workshops for more than 200 talented high school musicians from Colorado and ...

CMU Clay Club Winter Ceramics Sale

Monday, November 28, 2016 — CMU Clay Club Winter Ceramics Sale Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, 9am-3pm University Center, first floor The students of CMU’s Clay Club will hold their winter ceramics sale on Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, ...

437CO, CMU’s art gallery in downtown Grand Junction presents The Juried Student Show

Monday, November 21, 2016 — The Colorado Mesa University Art & Design Department presents The 437CO Juried Student Show, an exhibit of student work selected by CMU Art & Design faculty. Mediums include ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, animation ...

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 ...

Fall for Dance features new contemporary choreography

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 — CMU’s Dance Program will present its annual Fall for Dance November 18 and 19 in the Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature work by guest choreographer Jessica Taylor of DAMAGEDANCE, whose physical ...

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 ...

Renowned sports dietitian to present at CMU

Monday, November 07, 2016 — The president of Sports Alliance Inc., and the first president of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association will give a public lecture at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 pm in the Maverick Center, Room ...

CMU and Mesa County again granted funds to assist local students

Friday, November 04, 2016 — Montrose County also receives funds for CMU-Montrose students  Grand Junction – The Colorado Mesa University Foundation, Mesa County and Montrose County have received more than $370,000 from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship ...

CMU alum adapts and directs A Christmas Carol

Friday, November 04, 2016 — CMU’s Department of Theatre Arts will continue its 2016-17 season with Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” opening the day after Thanksgiving, November 25. The play will run through ...

CMU celebrates Homecoming 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 — Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University will kick-off a week full of activities for students and alumni on Sunday, Oct. 15, as it celebrates Homecoming 2015, presented by Bank of the West. Homecoming is a time when alumni, students, ...

Colorado Mesa University Business Students Host 6th Annual Children’s Harvest Fest

Monday, October 10, 2016 — Grand Junction - Colorado Mesa University’s Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is hosting Harvest Fest for children 12 and under on Saturday, October 29, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.  The Harvest Festival ...

CMU, RMPBS launch statewide political poll

Friday, September 16, 2016 — Grand Junction – 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. “No one ...

New chief academic officer enjoying the fast pace at CMU

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 — Grand Junction – It was the high-caliber academic programs coupled with the rapid growth and change that attracted Cynthia Pemberton to Colorado Mesa University. She is now into her third month as CMU’s new vice president of ...

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 ...

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 ...