Barry MichrinaBarry Michrina, PhD, taught anthropology at Colorado Mesa for 22 years, as well as courses on religion and culture, world cultures, and ethnographic methods. The author of several books, he served as advisor to CMU's Native American Student Council and won the Distinguished Faculty Award within his first 10 years as a faculty member. Michrina passed away in April 2012, and family, friends and former students have honored him by establishing a memorial fund in his name.

Created through donations from faculty, students, friends and family, the Barry Michrina Memorial Fund goes towards the initiation of a lecture series on topics related to Michrina's diverse interests. It is also used to award an annual $1,000 scholarship each spring to a student who is a sophomore or above, preferably of Native American ancestry, with a GPA of 3.0 and higher.

Donations for the Barry Michrina Memorial Fund may be made through the Colorado Mesa University Foundation.

2021-22 Michrina Memorial Lecture

“Forgetting to Remember: Grand Junction’s Indian Boarding School (1886-2022)” by John Seebach, PhD

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Past Presenters

Spring 2020: Mary Kim Titla
Fall 2018: Esther Belin
Fall 2017: Elizabeth Fenn
Fall 2016: Curtis Martin
Spring 2016: Pamela Krch
Fall 2014: C. J. Bradford
Fall 2013: Gloria Ann Colin

Past Scholarship Winners

2021:  Tristan Charles
2020:  Gabriel Gueretta
2019:  Nicole Mejia-Mendoza

2018: Harley Galbasini
2017: Joshua Yasteya
2016: Jessica Trujillo
2015: Haley Roan
2014: Madison L. Porter