Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department focuses on effective communication across all types of media. Whether you are passionate about creative writing, public relations or theater and performance studies, the CALL Department offers a variety of creative communications programs that will prepare you to thrive personally and professionally.

Department Overview

Master the art of communications.

The world of communications is more exciting and fast-paced than ever before. At Western, all of our programs are adapted to the current demands of the global marketplace. With dynamic programs in everything—from Creative Writing and Public Relations—to Theater & Performance Studies and Philosophy, you’ll learn how to craft and disseminate media of all types for artistic and functional expression.

Through a combination of relevant coursework and hands-on opportunities, you’ll gain a deep understanding of written, oral, visual and electronic communications through different lenses. A strong background in the field of communications, arts, languages and literature will open doors to diverse career opportunities in marketing, politics, academic, executive leadership and more.

Learning from the past

Communication, Arts, Language & Literature students analyze classic literature, while learning the skills needed to embark on their own creative journey.

Areas of Study

Communication arts

Communication Arts

Major | Minor

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Emphasis

Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Creative Writing

Minor

English students

English

Major | Minor | Secondary Licensure

Film Studies

Film Studies

Minor | Emphasis

Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Humanities & Diversity

Minor

Philosophy

Philosophy

Minor

Public relations

Public Relations

Minor

Spanish

Spanish

Major | Minor | K-12 Licensure

Communication Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department

Strategic Communication

Emphasis

Theatre & Performance Studies

Theatre & Performance Studies

Minor | Emphasis

Writing Certificates

Writing Certificates

Certificate

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • An outstanding student in the Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department
  • Student must be a junior majoring in Communication or Theatre
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or better

Description

This scholarship is provided by Bob Austin, President of Beta Engineering Company in Austin, Texas. Bob is an alumnus of Western Colorado University, who established this endowment fund to honor Dr. Jess Gern, then Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Department, and to show his appreciation to the College.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department.

Application:

Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Western unveils Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering with historic $80M gift

Western unveils Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering with historic $80M gift

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Western Colorado University hosts flute, piano faculty recital Feb. 28

Western Colorado University hosts flute, piano faculty recital Feb. 28

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Polar explorer Eric Larsen to visit Western as part of Blister Speaker Series

Polar explorer Eric Larsen to visit Western as part of Blister Speaker Series

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Clubs at Western: many in number, open to all

Clubs at Western: many in number, open to all

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Western announces partnership with Rocky Vista University

Western announces partnership with Rocky Vista University

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Catapult Outdoor Accelerator launches first cohort at ICELab

Catapult Outdoor Accelerator launches first cohort at ICELab

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The Colorado Sun spotlights ’first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program’

The Colorado Sun spotlights ’first-in-the-nation outdoor MBA program’

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Gunnison Valley Health heightens treatment options, research assistantships for Western students

Gunnison Valley Health heightens treatment options, research assistantships for Western students

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Michael Kodas visits Western to discuss importance of journalism

Michael Kodas visits Western to discuss importance of journalism

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Western offers unique Trail Running Team

Western offers unique Trail Running Team

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Wilderness Pursuits hosts annual Gear Swap

Wilderness Pursuits hosts annual Gear Swap

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Western launches Master of Science in Ecology

Western launches Master of Science in Ecology

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Tenth annual Western Rail Jam features new name, location, Red Bull support

Tenth annual Western Rail Jam features new name, location, Red Bull support

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Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Industry MBA students head to Outdoor Retailer

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2019 season for Western Alpine Ski Team starts swimmingly at Winter Park

2019 season for Western Alpine Ski Team starts swimmingly at Winter Park

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MGES student lands Gallery Manager position from internship

MGES student lands Gallery Manager position from internship

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Western announces Blister Speaker Series

Western announces Blister Speaker Series

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Recent growth at Western in enrollment, programs highlighted in Gunnison Times

Recent growth at Western in enrollment, programs highlighted in Gunnison Times

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Crested Butte News spotlights growth at Western

Crested Butte News spotlights growth at Western

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In the news: Western receives $80M gift for School of Computer Science & Engineering

In the news: Western receives $80M gift for School of Computer Science & Engineering

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Honors Program Director leads two students to National Collegiate Honors Council

Honors Program Director leads two students to National Collegiate Honors Council

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New School of Computer Science & Engineering featured in University Business magazine

New School of Computer Science & Engineering featured in University Business magazine

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Western celebrates Day of the Dead

Western celebrates Day of the Dead

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Western’s Community Council goes to Utah for leadership conference

Western’s Community Council goes to Utah for leadership conference

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Club Sports Council gives students opportunities beyond athletic participation

Club Sports Council gives students opportunities beyond athletic participation

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Kayaking classes offered for students, community members

Kayaking classes offered for students, community members

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Western’s Multicultural Center celebrates its 20th Haunted House

Western’s Multicultural Center celebrates its 20th Haunted House

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Western wins competitive grant to expand recycling with ’The Rocket’

Western wins competitive grant to expand recycling with ’The Rocket’

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Air Force veteran researching hormonal changes in wounded soldiers

Air Force veteran researching hormonal changes in wounded soldiers

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Gamer’s Guild, Library host Game Night for all

Gamer’s Guild, Library host Game Night for all

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Western Chamber Orchestra performs in Kincaid Concert Hall

Western Chamber Orchestra performs in Kincaid Concert Hall

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Western Student Teachers Choose to Stay Local for Residency

Western Student Teachers Choose to Stay Local for Residency

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Western featured in ’Guide to 399 Green Colleges’ by The Princeton Review

Western featured in ’Guide to 399 Green Colleges’ by The Princeton Review

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Western Education Department Links Students to Community in Homecoming Parade

Western Education Department Links Students to Community in Homecoming Parade

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Western Mountain Bike Team claims 2nd straight national title

Western Mountain Bike Team claims 2nd straight national title

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2018 Homecoming celebration includes parade, bonfire, sports

2018 Homecoming celebration includes parade, bonfire, sports

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Governor Hickenlooper visits Western to discuss Outdoor Industry MBA

Governor Hickenlooper visits Western to discuss Outdoor Industry MBA

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Head of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office speaks with Outdoor Industry MBA

Head of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office speaks with Outdoor Industry MBA

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Student groups take sustainability head-on at Western

Student groups take sustainability head-on at Western

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Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

Colorado Gov. announces scholarships for Outdoor Industry MBA students

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Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

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Hall Council gets new name for new school year

Hall Council gets new name for new school year

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Men’s club rugby team defeats Colorado Mesa at home opener

Men’s club rugby team defeats Colorado Mesa at home opener

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Western to host candidates for state house, senate forum

Western to host candidates for state house, senate forum

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Music, stories, inspirations come to Western

Music, stories, inspirations come to Western

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‘Chicago Seven’ member Rennie Davis speaks at Quigley Hall

‘Chicago Seven’ member Rennie Davis speaks at Quigley Hall

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Western to host 2nd Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Western to host 2nd Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Studies

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Mountaineer football kicks off at home for first time this season

Mountaineer football kicks off at home for first time this season

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Dr. Gloria Beim to give Western Spring 2019 convocation speech

Dr. Gloria Beim to give Western Spring 2019 convocation speech

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Western gets early start on Campus Safety Awareness Month

Western gets early start on Campus Safety Awareness Month

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Alumna Heather Nicolson Hughes returns to direct fall play at Western

Alumna Heather Nicolson Hughes returns to direct fall play at Western

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Western’s new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

Western’s new Outdoor Industry MBA receives accreditation

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Colorado’s new State Historian’s Council includes Vandenbusche

Colorado’s new State Historian’s Council includes Vandenbusche

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Western selected as 2018-19 College of Distinction

Western selected as 2018-19 College of Distinction

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Chávez named Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

Chávez named Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP of Academic Affairs

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Western receives CFGV grant to host free sport clinics for local youth

Western receives CFGV grant to host free sport clinics for local youth

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Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

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Colorado Brass Band to perform free concert

Colorado Brass Band to perform free concert

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Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

Western unveiling Outdoor Industry MBA for 2018-19

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Colorado Lt. Gov. lauds longtime professors Bruce Bartleson, Duane Vandenbusche

Colorado Lt. Gov. lauds longtime professors Bruce Bartleson, Duane Vandenbusche

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Duane Vandenbusche reflects on 55 years at Western

Duane Vandenbusche reflects on 55 years at Western

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10 graduating seniors to receive Alumni Awards for Excellence

10 graduating seniors to receive Alumni Awards for Excellence

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Pair of legendary professors to be feted in red-carpet style

Pair of legendary professors to be feted in red-carpet style

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Alumna Beth Held to participate in Roaring Fork Leadership

Alumna Beth Held to participate in Roaring Fork Leadership

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Mountain Sports sending two to Youth Skyrunning World Championships

Mountain Sports sending two to Youth Skyrunning World Championships

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2019 Commencement

2019 Commencement

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MGES professor publishes textbook on art business

MGES professor publishes textbook on art business

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English professor publishes first book of poetry

English professor publishes first book of poetry

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Colorado Rep. Millie Hamner named 2018 commencement speaker

Colorado Rep. Millie Hamner named 2018 commencement speaker

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West Elk Bicycle Classic returns: ‘part century ride, part gravel-grinder, part adventure race’

West Elk Bicycle Classic returns: ‘part century ride, part gravel-grinder, part adventure race’

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Certain Western students opt for service over skiing, sunbathing for spring break

Certain Western students opt for service over skiing, sunbathing for spring break

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Buell Foundation grant worth 35K to fund library improvements

Buell Foundation grant worth 35K to fund library improvements

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Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

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Several studies by ESS, HAEP faculty, students published

Several studies by ESS, HAEP faculty, students published

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Community invited to campus author presentation

Community invited to campus author presentation

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Western awarded grant to provide scholarships to nontraditional students

Western awarded grant to provide scholarships to nontraditional students

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Second City hosts an improv workshop for Western students, faculty

Second City hosts an improv workshop for Western students, faculty

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BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

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Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

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Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

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Western hosting free 3-night series on local wildlife management at ICELab

Western hosting free 3-night series on local wildlife management at ICELab

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Sophomore competes on Freeride World Tour

Sophomore competes on Freeride World Tour

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Elemental Drying Systems: A homegrown Western startup takes off

Elemental Drying Systems: A homegrown Western startup takes off

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Western students acquaint loved ones with campus life during Family Weekend

Western students acquaint loved ones with campus life during Family Weekend

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Solar Energy International, Western join forces to offer college-level courses

Solar Energy International, Western join forces to offer college-level courses

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President charges committee with improving university diversity, equity, inclusion policies

President charges committee with improving university diversity, equity, inclusion policies

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Western’s Polish pipeline: Three siblings race into record books

Western’s Polish pipeline: Three siblings race into record books

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Student Government Association looks to grow their community with the student body

Student Government Association looks to grow their community with the student body

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Women’s Volleyball stays positive through adversity

Women’s Volleyball stays positive through adversity

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Sweet Life grows with the addition of director of student health and wellness

Sweet Life grows with the addition of director of student health and wellness

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Mountaineers lead local Puerto Rican relief effort

Mountaineers lead local Puerto Rican relief effort

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Western adds new emphasis to Computer Science program

Western adds new emphasis to Computer Science program

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PBS documentary features Western professor, W Mountain

PBS documentary features Western professor, W Mountain

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Western takes group of 15 to first IACURH conference

Western takes group of 15 to first IACURH conference

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Junior, senior represent Western at national selling competition

Junior, senior represent Western at national selling competition

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Western professor travels to Russia to talk art forgery, graduate studies

Western professor travels to Russia to talk art forgery, graduate studies

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Western’s Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble to perform Thursday

Western’s Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble to perform Thursday

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L.A. Chargers running back Austin Ekeler reflects on his college days at Western

L.A. Chargers running back Austin Ekeler reflects on his college days at Western

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Former Western running back Austin Ekeler overcomes odds, defies doubters to play in NFL

Former Western running back Austin Ekeler overcomes odds, defies doubters to play in NFL

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Western welcomes Alumni to campus for Homecoming 2017

Western welcomes Alumni to campus for Homecoming 2017

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Gunnison Art Walk features alumni artist

Gunnison Art Walk features alumni artist

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Western Mountain Bike Team wins nationals, takes the antlers

Western Mountain Bike Team wins nationals, takes the antlers

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New Western-GVH program allows HAEP students to treat patients, conduct research

New Western-GVH program allows HAEP students to treat patients, conduct research

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Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

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Miccoli published in Genealogy of Posthumanism

Miccoli published in Genealogy of Posthumanism

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Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

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Former Biology professor passes away at 85

Former Biology professor passes away at 85

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Abso-Ute-ly Exciting: Making the most of Ute’s event space

Abso-Ute-ly Exciting: Making the most of Ute’s event space

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Sockeye Season

Sockeye Season

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Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

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Western Sociology lecturer wins best dissertation award

Western Sociology lecturer wins best dissertation award

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Nontraditional student writes his own future in geosciences

Nontraditional student writes his own future in geosciences

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Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

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Fly fishing club volunteers more than 500 hours to improve Gunnison Watershed

Fly fishing club volunteers more than 500 hours to improve Gunnison Watershed

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Mountain Sports adds road biking to roster

Mountain Sports adds road biking to roster

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Western celebrates the Class of 2017

Western celebrates the Class of 2017

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Western’s Model UN travels to NYC, brings home three awards

Western’s Model UN travels to NYC, brings home three awards

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Labor of love redefines riding at Cranor Hill

Labor of love redefines riding at Cranor Hill

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Western’s pursuit of zero waste

Western’s pursuit of zero waste

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Honors students explore Denver art scene

Honors students explore Denver art scene

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Microbrew course teaches beer, business and everything in between

Microbrew course teaches beer, business and everything in between

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Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

Business students seek to elevate leadership at Western

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Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year veteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

Communication Arts Department hosts 25-year veteran of media programming, sports broadcasting and media management

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Black History Month keynote speaker brings message on inclusivity to Western

Black History Month keynote speaker brings message on inclusivity to Western

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Western professors, students publish report on environmental effects of wildfire mitigation

Western professors, students publish report on environmental effects of wildfire mitigation

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Campus program encourages servant leadership

Campus program encourages servant leadership

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Amigos club member leads thriving youth mentorship program

Amigos club member leads thriving youth mentorship program

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SOURCE grants encourage extracurricular scholarly pursuit

SOURCE grants encourage extracurricular scholarly pursuit

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Longtime Western employee and alumnus passes away

Longtime Western employee and alumnus passes away

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Western Nordic Skiing men take 1st, women 2nd at 2018 USCSA National Championships

Western Nordic Skiing men take 1st, women 2nd at 2018 USCSA National Championships

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Faculty & Staff

Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information

970.943.2025

970.943.2028

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231