Laurel has been a part of the ARC team since 2019. Prior to returning to the Gunnison Valley, she worked as a Team Captain & Professional Academic Advisor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and Recruiting Coordinator at Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska. As the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering Academic Advisor, she serves as the primary advising contact for Western’s partnership program in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering with CU Boulder. She also supports students in the Exploratory Program and manages the Academic Resource Center’s front office.
Q&A With Laurel Fisher
How did you discover Western?
I was first introduced to Western by my dad, who attended in the early ’70s. Every time we took a trip to the Western Slope growing up, he would drive the family around campus, show us every house he ever lived in as a student, and reminisced on the good ol’ days in Gunnison. I rolled my eyes from the back seat until I came for Preview Weekend in February 2008. It was a record winter and the sidewalks of Crested Butte were lined with six-foot-tall walls of snow. I had a fabulous tour of campus, met inspiring faculty members, and went to a freezing cold hockey game at the outdoor rink. I was hooked. That August, I packed up my things, moved into Moffat Hall, and began my journey as a Mountaineer.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
In 2014, I was awarded the Innovation & Spirit Creativity Award at Central Community College for going above and beyond to support students and the college during a transitional period, which was an awesome recognition. In general, though, it’s always a highlight to see a student that I maybe started working with as a freshman or sophomore, reach graduation and go on to pursue his/her dreams.
What most excites you about your field?
I’m really intrigued by the use of data and technology to make advising more efficient and effective and, ultimately, to promote student persistence, retention and success.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
The community and location. I love to mountain bike, ski, snowboard, play soccer, do yoga and get outside as much as possible. This is such a special location in terms of its recreational opportunities, but also an amazing community that I believe really cares about one another and the place that we get to call home.
External Professional Affiliations
- National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) member