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(June 25, 2012) - Dave Wiens (’90), an inductee of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and a six-time winner of the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, will return to Western State College of Colorado/Western State Colorado University as the first Mountain Sports Team Director. He will oversee the club sport programs in cycling and skiing.
(June 21, 2012) Western State College/Western State Colorado University Professor Emeritus of Music John Kincaid has been recognized by the American Bandmasters Association with the E.F. Goldman Citation.
Western State College of Colorado president Jay Helman has appointed Craig Wesley as interim vice president of enrollment. Scheduled to begin his duties at Western on July 9, Wesley will lead a division that includes the offices of admissions and financial aid.
Western State College will officially become Western State Colorado University this fall, following the Monday signing of a name-change bill, by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The bill - HB 1331 - was sponsored by Representative J. Paul Brown (R-House District 59) and Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Senate District 5).
May 15, 2012 -- Patricia M. Manzaneres-Gonzales will join the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) leadership team as provost and vice president for academic affairs. She will start on July 1.
May 3, 2012 (by Matt Smith, "Gunnison Country Times") -- Tyler Pennel is on the last leg of what’s been a marathon journey through collegiate athletics.
May 3, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) may have a new name pending Gov. Jonn Hickenlooper’s approval of HB-12-1331, which passed the Colorado Senate on May 2.
May 1, 2012 -- Underwater explorer and Western State College of Colorado (WSC) history alumnus Barry Clifford ('69) will present the 2012 Commencement Address on May 5. The following is a profile about Clifford that appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of the "Westerner" alumni magazine that was written by David McKay Wilson:
WSC Commencement Marks 100th Anniversary of First Graduates and the Return of Graduate Programs, May 5
May 1, 2012 -- This year’s commencement ceremony at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) on May 5 will be one for the history books.
April 30, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) will confer degrees to more than 350 students at its 2012 commencement on Saturday, May 5. Lacey (Piquette) Keane, of Gunnison, Colo., will present the student address.
April 24, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) is among the schools profiled in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition," released on April 17 in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.
April 23, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado (WSC) senior distance student-athlete Tyler Pennel is earned a mention in "Sports Illustrated's" weekly “Faces in the Crowd” feature in its April 23 issue. Pennel is the seventh Mountaineer to appear in the weekly publication that reaches nearly 21 million readers.
April 4, 2012 (by Laura Anderson, "Gunnison Country Times") -- Western State College’s (WSC) latest construction undertaking, the Pinnacles student apartment complex, is now taking reservations for students interested in being the first to live there when the building opens next fall.
April 11, 2012 -- The Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Active Minds student group is hosting a Healthy Connections Workshop on April 20 and 21 at the Aspinall-Wilson Center.
April 2, 2012 -- Western State College of Colorado's (WSC) Peak Productions and the Department of Music are proud to present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a delightful, entertaining adult musical about middle-school kids competing in the all important competitive ritual of knowing how to spell words like “crepuscule” and “vug.”
March 30, 2012 -- Leith Sharp, a leader in sustainability initiatives, will present the keynote address at the 16th Annual Environmental Spring Symposium at Western State College of Colorado (WSC), which will be held from April 3 to 5 at the WSC College Center Ballroom. The symposium’s theme is, "Forging a Post-carbon Future: Individual Roles and Institutional Responsibility.”
A Match Made on the Mountain: WSC students team with Adaptive Sports in helping 'Powder Posse' take to the slopes
March 15, 2012 (by Laura Anderson, "Gunnison Country Times") -- It was a warm, sunny morning as Corey Clawson and Joey Carpenter waited for the bus to Mt. Crested Butte, skis in hand, last Wednesday. This is not an uncommon sight along the streets of Gunnison, but what was unlikely about this pair was with whom they were preparing to spend the day on the slopes.
March 16, 2012 -- At its regular meeting on March 16, the Western State College of Colorado (WSC) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to change the name of the institution to Western State Colorado University.
March 12, 2012 -- National Poetry Slam Champion Ken Arkind will perform at Western State College of Colorado (WSC) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the Taylor Auditorium.
March 6, 2012 -- Marc Romero, former US Disabled Ski Team member, will present a talk about adaptive sports on Wednesday, March 14 at Western State College of Colorado (WSC).