Faculty and staff achievements
CMU Faculty and staff achievements


Faculty and staff achievements

Calvin Hofer, head of the Colorado Mesa University Department of Music, was elected to the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation for a three-year term. He also serves as a visiting evaluator both as a team chair and team member for NASM.

The commission consists of 18 members elected by the membership at large and three public members. The duties of the commission are to apply the accreditation and membership standards of the association for baccalaureate and graduate institutions and programs.


Computer Information Systems Professor Johnny Snyder and Associate Professor Gayla Jo Slausen co-authored a paper that received a Distinguished Paper award from the Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG) for Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Slausen presented the paper, entitled “Differences in Males and Females in When and Why They Become Interested in Information Systems Majors,” earlier this at the EDSIG conference in Wilmington, NC.


The current issue of Weber: The Contemporary West (Fall, 2015) has essays by two of CMU’s languages, literature and mass communication professors — “Swapping Memories,” by Barry Laga, and “Night in World’s Center,” by John Nizalowski. Weber describes itself as a literary journal “spotlighting personal narrative, commentary, fiction, nonfiction and poetry that speaks to the environment and culture of the American West and beyond.”


Physics Professor David Collins and recent CMU graduate Jaimie Stephens published a paper that was partially based on her senior research project. The paper, entitled “Depolarizing-channel Parameter Estimation Using Noisy Initial States,” was published in the journal Physical Review A, Vol 92, 032324 (2015). The work describes estimation procedures for certain processes that occur in quantum physics and shows how one can use quantum physics to one’s advantage in such situations. The Physical Review series ranks as a highly prestigious research journal.

Montrose Campus Director Joey Montoya Boese and Financial Literacy Manager Heidi Waggoner are serving on a Montrose-based community committee to implement a grant-funded program designed to increase financial literacy among youth and traditionally underserved populations.

The grant from the Financial Regulatory Authority and the American Library Association enabled the committee, Project Team for Smart Investing in Your Library, to host a series of classes at the Montrose County Library and at schools in Olathe, Colo. The classes are presented in English and Spanish.

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