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New bus service offers more connections

March 21, 2019 • The Business Times

New bus service connects the Grand Junction Regional Airport and Horizon Drive business district with Colorado Mesa University and the downtown.

CMU business group plans benefit golf tournament

March 20, 2019 • The Business Times

Registration is underway for an annual benefit golf tournament organized by the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at Colorado Mesa University. The FBLA-PBL Golf Tournament is set for April 12 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita. Check-in will begin at noon, with tee off at 1 p.m.

Grant Funds Flutists

March 20, 2019 • KREX5

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - They say that good music is something that needs to be shared, and one woman decided to share her love of music in a very big way; CMU was recently granted around $150,000 to go to one special program in particular, in order to expand the opportunity of students and share a passion years in the making.

CMU splits graduation ceremonies

March 18, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Colorado Mesa University seniors will have a smaller — and hopefully shorter — graduation ceremony in May after university leaders decided to split spring commencement into two events. Business, engineering, health sciences and kinesiology graduates will participate in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony on May 18, while every other major and Western Colorado Community College graduates will walk at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony.

Women in STEM: CMU sees enrollment spike in math and science

March 15, 2019 • KJCT News 8

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Women are in the minority in the fields of math, engineering, and science, but recently, Colorado Mesa University has seen some encouraging trends. In 2014, just 7 percent of the students enrolled in the engineering program were female. That number has since jumped to 12 percent.

Service dog to be honored at CMU

March 15, 2019 • KKCO 11 News

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Colorado Mesa University student says her service dog has really helped her succeed in school as she now looks towards graduation in May.

Women's History Month: An Instrumental Instructor

March 14, 2019 • KREX5

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In honor of Women's History Month, we bring you the story of a local woman who's making a difference in the Grand Junction music scene. Kelley Latshaw is the flute instructor at Colorado Mesa University. She earned a master's degree in flute performance from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in flute performance from the Ohio State University. Her additional studies included chamber music and orchestral repertoire at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers include Peggy Vagts, Katherine Borst Jones, and Doriot Anthony Dwyer.

Free shuttle from downtown Grand Junction to airport to start end of March

March 11, 2019 • KKCO 11 News

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Getting to downtown Grand Junction or the airport could be a little easier, and cheaper, at the end of the month. From Thursday to Saturday, a free shuttle will take people from the airport, down Horizon Drive, CMU and on to downtown Grand Junction. Hotels and Downtown Grand Junction said it is a good move for business.

CMU hosts career connections job fair

March 07, 2019 • KREX5

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- CMU was the place to be if you are in the market for a new job. The annual Spring Career Connections Job fair brought in nearly 100 companies. The fair let job seekers learn about employment and career opportunities both here locally and nationally.

Engineer Students Build Cars for Disabled Children

March 02, 2019 • KREX5

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado Mesa University students and faculty from several areas including the Society of Women Engineers are working together to change the lives of children with disabilities. CMU teamed up with pediatric therapists from Family Health West to provide them the ability to move around independently with modified, ride-on electric toy cars through the Go Baby Go Program.

CMU student wins Runyon scholarship

March 01, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Colorado Mesa University senior Matt Thornton was making videos long before he knew he wanted to turn it into a career.

Hidden History: Remembering Josephine Dickey

February 25, 2019 • KREX5

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Josephine Dickey, or Grama Joe as she was well known, spent her childhood in Grand Junction. Dickey became a teacher's aid for School District 51, as well as serving on the Colorado Mesa University's Cultural Advisory Committee, among many other organizations.

CMU Ski Team Competes

February 22, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Sentinel Video from CMU Cross Country Ski Competition

CMU study: Higher ed a heavy hitter for economy

February 20, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Even though it's a little more than a mile from Colorado Mesa University's campus, Kiln Coffee Bar on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction attracts a good amount of college students each day, according to owner David Foster. In fact, his business is so popular with the millennial generation, he said he wouldn't have considered opening in the area if not for CMU's recent success. "If it wasn't for the university, we wouldn't have taken the risk," Foster said.

CMU working to keep jobs, talent in the Grand Valley

February 19, 2019 • KJCT News 8

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Colorado Mesa University released a study Tuesday which shows the university brings in nearly $470 million every year to the Western Slope, student spending bringing in the largest chunk of that total amount. The other contributor CMU has to the local economy is skilled labor, but efforts are still being made to strengthen that element

CMU-Montrose hosts water discussion

February 19, 2019 • Montrose Press

The district and its partners — Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Uncompahgre Water Users Association, ​​Grand Valley Water Users Association and concerned citizens — protect, develop and conserve water legally, through policy negotiations and direct support with constituents.

To the tune of $150,000

February 19, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

"Maurer chose Colorado Mesa because since she moved to Grand Junction, the university started to feel like home. She's taken lessons from professors here for six years. "I hang out here a lot and they've always been nice, they've always been friendly, and I thought, what can I do for CMU with this much money?" she said."

Significant Endowment Inspires Rural Students ‘To Learn To Love The Flute’

February 18, 2019 • CBS 4 Denver

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman on Colorado’s Western Slope wanted to make a difference in the lives of a very specific group of young musicians. In 2018, Dr. Ruth Maurer gifted Colorado Mesa University a significant endowment for the purposes of enhancing the flute in rural communities.

CMU campus adding 120 beds

February 18, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Colorado Mesa University is moving forward with a new 120-bed residence hall that would provide students with apartment-style living while staying on campus. If approved by the state Capital Development Committee, construction on the $18 million project near Wingate and Garfield residence halls would start in July and be finished by August 2020.

Colorado Mesa hockey team plays for Western Slope crowds

February 18, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

Players for the Colorado Mesa University hockey team discuss competing for the Mavericks in front of local fans.

Local suicides may get closer look

February 16, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

A University of Chicago researcher is looking to spend a year in Colorado schools to study youth suicide, and Mesa County is on the short list. Anna Mueller has studied youth suicide for eight years and has been interested in mental health in schools and youth well-being for much longer than that.

CMU to Build New Residence Hall

February 15, 2019 • Western Slope Now

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado Mesa University has just announced the addition of a new residence hall that will add 120 beds of on campus housing.

Local makes mark at Fashion Week in New York City

February 14, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

GJ native, Fruita Monument grad working to launch modeling career

Montrose to offer remote testimony on legislative action

February 14, 2019 • Montrose Daily Press

Students Learn Hacking Tools to Assist Local Businesses

February 12, 2019 • Western Slope Now

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One professor at Colorado Mesa University says, ethical hacking is critical for the future success of cyber security professionals in Western Colorado. Professor of Computer Science, Ram Basnet, says in order for students to think like a hacker, they must first become a hacker, so students at CMU are learning the concepts of ethical hacking.

Winter composting reduces waste

February 11, 2019 • KKCO 11 News

The folks at the Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College Compost Facility, are already looking forward to spring.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches and events

January 21, 2019 • KKCO 11 News

Police Shortage Hits the Grand Valley

January 19, 2019 • KREX5

Returned to sender

January 12, 2019 • The Daily Sentinel

After Sean Harris' graduation from Mesa College in 1987 — walking across the stage, receiving a faux leather degree holder, moving his tassel — he didn't think much about his diploma for almost 32 years.

CMU launches cybersecurity center

December 30, 2018 • The Daily Sentinel

The new Colorado Mesa University Innovation and Cyber Security Center will blend entrepreneurship and technology to the benefit of students, faculty and local businesses, university leaders announced at an opening celebration Tuesday.

$200,000 grant will expand child care on campus at CMU

December 23, 2018 • The Daily Sentinel

Colorado Mesa University received a $200,000 grant to expand its on-campus child care facility, a move officials said will relieve some of the current strain on day care operators in Mesa County.