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2018

Statement from CMU President Tim Foster

Grand Junction- Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster released the following statement regarding appointment of three CMU Board of Trustees by the Honorable Governor John Hickenlooper on December 10, 2018. “Colorado Mesa ...

Growing number of graduates earn increasingly diverse credentials

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University students will graduate this month, having earned more than 563 degrees and/or certificates. Based on preliminary numbers, this milestone will include nearly 30 advanced degrees as well as ...

West Slope wineries harvest first Viticulture and Enology program graduates

Grand Junction – WCCC graduate Amy Gekas will work for Talon Wine Brands after completing her degree in enology, more commonly known as winemaking, this winter. Gekas is excited to bring her newfound skills to one of western ...

CMU Master of Physician Assistant Studies receives approval from Higher Learning Commission

  Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster announced the Master of Physician Assistant Studies is the latest CMU program to receive accreditation from the Higher Learning ...

Many CMU accounting students offered employment before graduation

Finding the right job after graduation can be a source of anxiety for many students, but some students in Colorado Mesa University’s accounting program have jobs lined up more than a year before they graduate. The accounting program and ...

eSports provides new type of community, competition for students

Involvement in clubs, organizations and athletics is a great way for students to have a sense of community during their college experience. CMU has more than 190 clubs and organizations and 35 club sport programs. The one that offers the fastest ...

CMU cleared for takeoff in new SkyWest Airlines partnership

Grand Junction – Students of the CMU/WCCC pilot training program have gained access to the SkyWest Airlines Pilot Pathway Program. This partnership provides a career pathway for students with the desire to fly for a commercial airline. ...

Colorado Mesa University to host post-doctoral fellow Nancy Shackelford

Ecology researcher finalizes Natural Resources of the West lecture series at CMU Colorado Mesa University is hosting researcher, author and speaker Nancy Shackleford who will present How We Think about Restoration Planning in a Changing World, a ...

President Tim Foster's statement on Moody's affirmation of CMU's financial strength

Debt ratings ebb and flow. Enrollment varies year-to-year. Economies experience variability. However, when investors, parents and communities assess CMU they need not look further than a decade’s worth of strong, smart, mission-based ...

CMU releases quarterly economic research reports

Grand Junction - The CMU Department of Business quarterly economic analysis report will be released Wednesday, November 28, 2018. CMU Associate Professor of Economics Nathan Perry, PhD, said, “great news for the Mesa County ...

CMU Professor of Music having national impact on the arts

Grand Junction - Colorado Mesa University Professor of Music Arthur Houle, DMA, recently learned he was the latest recipient of the prestigious Steinway & Sons Top Teacher recognition — an honor to be bestowed during the upcoming ...

Passing of Marvel Comic pioneer Stan Lee inspires CMU library search tool

Grand Junction - From World War II and the tensions between good and evil to the Cold War and seeking social justice, American graphic novels have played a role in shaping societal and cultural values through time. In honor of the passing of ...

Emotions run deep during Colorado Mesa University’s celebration of first-generation students

Grand Junction—On November 8, 2018, Colorado Mesa University’s president, administrative leaders and first-generation students kicked off the Fearless First celebration of CMU’s first-generation college students. CMU ...

Colorado Mesa University’s Hamilton Recreation Center collecting for students in need

Grand Junction –Hamilton Recreation Center staff are raising awareness for the Albers Hall food bank for students.  On Tuesday, November 6 CMU students will kick off the second annual Gobble Wobble 5k run/walk to collect food ...

CMU Graduate Studies having a national impact on education

Colorado Mesa University alumnus Brig Leane, MBA, learned the difference between ‘teaching students’ and ‘ensuring student learning’ through what is called the Professional Learning Community process ...

Colorado Mesa University joins national organizations to celebrate first-generation students

Grand Junction—On November 8, 2018, Colorado Mesa University will join Council for Opportunity in Education, the Center for First-Generation Student Success and the Suder Foundation to celebrate the accomplishments of first-generation ...

Horizon Magazine earns two Pinnacle Awards

Colorado Mesa University’s fully student-run and produced Horizon Magazine was up against stiff competition at the National College Media Convention (NCMC), including California State University – Fullerton, Pepperdine ...

Smashing good time

The crowd stood in a semi-circle gazing up at the blue sky as a 60-foot-tall crane released the first large pumpkin. Within a few seconds, the pumpkin splattered on the ground spewing seeds, slime and guts in every direction of the CMU Plaza. ...

Western Colorado Community College Announces Sturm Family Manufacturing Center Offerings in Montrose

Montrose – The Colorado Mesa University Montrose economic report recently highlighted a recovering and improving economy in Montrose. Western Colorado Community College, a division of CMU, is responding to new workforce needs by ...

Colorado Mesa University Hires New Director of Sponsored Programs

Grand Junction - People who know her well joke that Cheryl Green is a money magnet. That’s because she is a nationally renowned figure in the fields of research and development, and research compliance issues. Green knows how to acquire ...

Arbor Day Foundation honors CMU with special recognition as Tree Campus USA

Grand Junction, CO – The Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized CMU with its prestigious Tree Campus USA designation in recognition of tree stewardship. CMU is among select colleges and universities in the U.S. to receive the ...

CMU Mavericks competed in collegiate mountain bike nationals

Grand Junction, CO – The CMU Mavericks competed at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in October 2018. The team placed second overall tallying a medal count of 14 acquiring four national championships on the season. "Overall, this ...

Two-time Olympian to coach students on building a championship culture

Grand Junction –Coach Sherry Winn will address CMU students on Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm in the University Center ballroom. Winn is a two-time Olympic athlete and will speak about the life skills necessary to build a championship ...

Student Sculpture Guild creates homecoming effigy

For the fourth year in a row, Colorado Mesa University’s Sculpture Guild is creating an effigy to be burned during the Homecoming bonfire. This year’s sculpture will be Dixie State University’s mascot, Brooks the ...

Colorado Mesa University Modernizes Brownson Arena Lobby

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO – As community support for Colorado Mesa University athletics increases, the entrance to Brownson Arena has been improved to enhance the experience of alumni, students and CMU sports enthusiasts in western ...

CMU Theatre partners with the Avalon  to enhance the theatre experience

CMU Theatre will continue its season, Ends and Means: the Pursuit of Happiness, with Bruce Norris's poignant comedy, Clybourne Park November 8-10 in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. Written as ...

Colorado Mesa University student-produced live debate broadcasted nationally by C-SPAN

Colorado Mesa University mass communication students produced a live debate between Colorado governor candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton from the CMU Love Recital Hall on October 6, 2018. Rocky Mountain PBS aired the live broadcast, ...

Colorado Mesa University Physicians Assistant Program to host live video conference sessions with Olympian Eli Bremer

Successful entrepreneur, Olympian and Air Force Academy graduate Eli Bremer will participate in two live video conferences providing educational enrichment as well as reflections on the philosophy of sports. Bremer competed for Team USA in 2008 ...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to hold a historic special session at Colorado Mesa University

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has announced that it will convene a historic special session of court in Grand Junction on October 24, 2018. Tenth Circuit judges will hear five different appeals at the Love Recital Hall ...

Colorado Mesa University to host the Era of Megafires

Colorado Mesa University’s Department of Physical and Environmental Science announces a critical public film screening and panel discussion about western landscapes and megafires, and the impact of these catastrophic events on ...

Geosciences program receives nearly $600,000 anonymous donation for scholarships and field research

September 7, 2018, was an ordinary day at the CMU Foundation until an anonymous donor announced CMU’s geosciences program would receive the largest gift in its history — nearly $600,000.  “Some ...

Matthew Hopson-Walker: Poverty is the Muscle of War

The Colorado Mesa University Department of Art and Design announced the presentation of nationally known artist Mathew Hopson-Walker and his exhibition Poverty is the Muscle of War. Housed in the CMU art gallery in downtown Grand Junction, ...

CMU Art & Design Department announces fourth annual Artober Festival and community art interactive

Grand Junction – Five hundred students, teachers and art enthusiasts from around western Colorado will converge at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, October 18, 2018 as part of the CMU Department of Art and Design annual Artober ...

CMU Hockey Team to receive prestigious national community service award

The Colorado Mesa University Hockey Team puts in work on and off the rink. Their hard work on the rink has won the team countless wins, but their actions off the rink have gained them a prestigious national award.  On November 8, 2018, ...

Out of the classroom and into the community

For the day, business department faculty and students traded in lectures and laptops for hammers and staple guns. On a crisp, sunny Friday morning instead of heading to class, they headed to a Habitat for Humanity Mesa County jobsite. Throughout ...

CMU's Michrina Lecture Series Presents National Writer-Artist Esther Belin to Campus

Colorado Mesa University will host Belin in partnership with the Michrina Fund, an endowment established in remembrance of the late Dr. Michrina who taught at CMU including courses on Native Americans. While on campus Belin will explore, among ...

CMU International Program receives Department of Commerce award

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster and the International Programs Office at CMU received the U.S Department of Commerce “E” Certificate for Export award. Local Rotarian leaders who support ...

Educational Adventure

Summer break may invoke images of relaxing in the sunshine by a pool or tropical vacations but for three teacher education majors it involved traveling more than 9,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa. Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Ann ...

CMU Constitution Day to Feature National Thought Leader

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University (CMU) will host nationally-renowned thinker and columnist Ruben Navarrette whose civic observations frequent the editorial section of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and approximately 150 ...

Go@CMU connects student innovators with community leaders

Idea innovators across campus and the community jumped right into the fall semester with CMU’s first idea challenge weekend held August 24 and 25. The two-day event was modeled after entrepreneurial start-up weekends that are held ...

CMU Theatre Season ENDS AND MEANS opens with all-female cast in the musical 1776

CMU presents an exciting twist on the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Depicting one of the most familiar stories in American history, the musical puts a human face on a distant and historical subject. Casting ...

CMU Music presents the annual Faculty Gala

On Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30pm, the CMU Department of Music faculty will present their annual Faculty Gala on the Love Recital Hall stage in the Moss Performing Arts Center.  Graham ...

Music Faculty Kristen Yun and Arthur Houle present faculty cello/piano recital

On Saturday, September 15 at 4pm, Arthur Houle, piano, and Kristen Yun, cello, will perform a faculty recital on the Love Recital Hall stage in the Moss Performing Arts Center. The concert will include a suite for solo cello by ...

CMU Opera presents powerful evening of Holocaust-inspired works

On Friday, September 14 at 7:30pm, the CMU Department of Music will present Farewell Auschwitz: Holocaust-inspired songs by Jake Heggie in the Moss Performing Arts Center Love Recital Hall.  Melissa Malde from the University of ...

CMU, Denver Metro Chamber, other partners take pulse of Colorado citizenry

Colorado Mesa University, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Counties Inc., the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Special District Association of Colorado joined forces to start a new annual ...

Still time to start WCCC summer classes

Those who want to upgrade their skills or acquire new ones that could help them advance their career, still have time to take advantage of the new summer classes offered at Western Colorado Community College. Do you want to get started on a ...

CMU marketing students finalists in American Petroleum Institute marketing challenge

Colorado Mesa University marketing students Shania Belden, Nick Cavalier, Joseph Pridy, Garrett Gross and Avery Cantrell will represent their team as finalists in a national competition hosted by EdVenture Partners (EVP). The competition, ...

Generous gift prompts new name for WCCC lab

Generous gift prompts new name for WCCC lab The welding lab at Western Colorado Community College has a new name thanks to a generous gift from the Sturm Family Foundation for scholarships and much needed equipment. The lab in the Youngblood ...

It's all about connections

Business cards collected. Resumes accepted. Applications completed. That’s what happened when almost 70 students enrolled in Western Colorado Community College manufacturing-related programs met with local representatives of 10 ...

Veterans Laptop Project reaches initial goal

Maybe it was the skills he learned as a U.S. Army supply sergeant. Supply sergeants know how to find stuff. Maybe it was something he learned as a business administration student at CMU. Business people know how to make things happen. Wherever he ...

More than 1,200 students to graduate from CMU

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will give the keynote address at the Colorado Mesa University May 2018 Commencement ceremony when 1,369 degrees will be award to 1,275 CMU students. This is the largest graduating class in CMU history. The ceremony begins ...

Moving out, the green way

The CMU Sustainability Council is growing in members and initiatives. The council manages a student-run university garden and composting facility at Western Colorado Community College. It provides recycling resources especially at campus events ...

Sixteen students advance to national competition

There was a palpable excitement emanating from students Sarah Glidden and Dana Pogar even a week after the conclusion of the 2018 Colorado Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) conference — and for good ...

CMU student takes first in state graphic design contest

Colorado Mesa University graphic design student Nicolas Pinto made an impressive showing at The Review, an annual portfolio review open to students enrolled in graphic design academic programs in Colorado. Pinto took first place in the advanced ...

Ninth annual CMU Student Showcase

The ninth annual Colorado Mesa University Student Showcase will be on Friday, April 20, starting at 1pm on CMU’s main campus. The showcase will feature 199 projects presented by 404 students from Colorado Mesa University and Western ...

CMU rodeo hosts sixth annual collegiate contest

The Colorado Mesa University rodeo team will host the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Regional Intercollegiate Maverick Stampede Rodeo on April 13-14 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park. Eleven National Intercollegiate Rodeo ...

CMU Foundation hosts second annual Day of Giving

The Colorado Mesa University Foundation will host its annual Day of Giving on April 10 to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of Colorado Mesa University in April 1925 as a junior college. One of the highlights of the Day of Giving ...

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurs encompass drive, passion, integrity and persistence. And all of these traits were celebrated at the 2018 Entrepreneurship Day (E Day) held April 4. Visionary Dan Ritchie, the keynote speaker, imparted years of wisdom on one of the ...

Globally Designed

It is about a 10-hour flight and 4,500 miles from Grand Junction to Dublin, Ireland. But the trek to OFFSET, a design conference, was worth every minute and mile for graphic design student Breanna Meininger. “I had the opportunity to ...

River Photographer at CMU

Award-winning river photographer and author Tim Palmer will present a talk and slide show in Colorado Mesa University’s Meyer Ballroom on Monday, April 16, at a free event organized by CMU’s Hutchins Water Center. Palmer is ...

Professor of Music Monte Atkinson presents retirement masterwork concert

Colorado Mesa University Professor of Music Monte Atkinson, DMA, is retiring this May after 33 years as Director of Vocal Ensembles for the Department of Music. A special retirement choral concert will be performed in his honor and under ...

Holocaust Awareness Series Begins March 26

Colorado Mesa University’s 15th annual Holocaust Awareness Series sponsored by CMU’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department will take place March 26-31. The Holocaust Awareness Series is an interdisciplinary series of ...

WCCC to deliver culinary classes in Telluride

Aspiring chefs in and around Telluride will now have an opportunity to advance their skills thanks to a new certificate program offered at the Telluride Conference Center by Western Colorado Community College, a division of Colorado Mesa ...

CMU presents Mesa Experimental Theatre production of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

CMU Theatre will present its last play of the season, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, in the Moss Performing Arts Center Mesa Experimental Theatre April 6-14. After an apocalyptic event, survivors comfort themselves by recalling the plot of an ...

Faculty member builds 3D geology cave

A heavy steel gate with holes just large enough for a bat to fit through guards the entrance to a dark tunnel framed with distressed wooden beams. The tunnel winds and turns to reveal walls of colorful, fluorescent minerals. This mine tunnel is ...

Whistleblowers in Russian doping scandal to speak at CMU

The athlete and an official formerly with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency will present at Colorado Mesa University as part of the Spring 2018 Ethics Lecture Series.  Yuliya Stepanova, the middle-distance runner who helped expose ...

Colorado Mesa University adds women’s wrestling team

Colorado Mesa University today announced the addition of women's wrestling to its portfolio of 28 varsity teams that compete at the Division II level. The Mavericks will field an all-female team beginning fall 2018. CMU is the first university in ...

High schools students converge at CMU to celebrate math

About 150 high school students from the Western Slope are expected to gather at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, February 22, for the 20th Annual Math Extravaganza. Colorado Mesa’s Math Club hosts Math Extravaganza annually. This ...

Spring theatre season kicks off with Thoroughly Modern Millie

CMU's Department of Theatre Arts will present the musical extravaganza Thoroughly Modern Millie Feb. 22 through March 3 in the Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theatre. The show is directed by new Assistant Professor of Theatre Benjamin ...

Fulbright Scholar from Egypt visits CMU

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Fahmy Yousef from Egypt will talk about living and studying in the United States at a “Cultural Café” presentation in Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson ...

Future of Food

This has been years in the making. Three to be exact. This past January, Professor of Geology Gigi Richard’s, PhD, course on the future of food was published by InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable ...

Confluence Hall - A new home for all things engineering

About 300 people packed into CMU’s newest building for Wednesday’s (Jan. 24) grand opening of Confluence Hall, home of its engineering programs. Here is a quick look at some of the facts and figures: 68,700 square feet - ...

CMU, CU Boulder announce new program added to engineering partnership

Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado Boulder will add a third engineering program to their growing partnership, giving students the opportunity to complete another engineering degree while remaining on the West Slope. CMU ...

WCCC culinary, viticulture programs team up for special Valentine’s Day dinner

The Culinary Arts program and the Viticulture and Enology program at Western Colorado Community College are joining forces to offer a very special Valentine’s Day dinner to area couples. The Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner ...

2018 Colorado Capital Conference Seeks Participants

Colorado- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet together with Colorado Mesa University, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University invite all Colorado residents to apply to the Colorado Capital Conference held in Washington, ...

Catharsis, Colorado Mesa University BFA Senior Exhibition

The Colorado Mesa University Art & Design Department presents Catharsis, the first of four exhibits featuring artwork from seniors graduating from the BFA Studio Art program. The exhibits will be shown in the downtown art gallery, ...

Sturm Family Foundation gift provides scholarships, equipment for WCCC students

A gift of $200,000 from the Sturm Family Foundation will provide scholarships to students in Western Colorado Community College’s Electric Lineworker and Construction–Electrical programs as well as much needed equipment for ...