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Cutting Class: With Carson Storch & Jesse East

Outlet: Matchstick Productions

May 20, 2024

Class is over on Friday afternoon at Western Colorado University, and student Jesse East is planning to spend his weekend playing in the backyard with a friend. But Jesse is not an ordinary college student, and this is no ordinary weekend. His “backyard” is the Gunnison Valley—two million acres of public lands and hundreds of miles of trails between Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado. Read about Cutting Class: With Carson Storch & Jesse East

Colorado will ease path to college by paying back 2 years of tuition for lower-income students

Outlet: The Denver Post

May 19, 2024

A new proposed legislation in Colorado would allow residents to claim a state income tax credit for tuition paid to public colleges or universities in the state. The bill aims to provide financial relief to families struggling with the rising costs of higher education. If passed, eligible taxpayers could receive a credit equal to 50% of their tuition payments, up to a certain limit. Read about Colorado will ease path to college by paying back 2 years of tuition for lower-income students

Pickleball is everywhere. Here’s why the fast-growing sport is good for your health

Outlet: National Geographic

May 17, 2024

"Men frequently play against women, and kids commonly play with parents and grandparents—dynamics not necessarily seen in other sports or activities, which definitely makes pickleball unique," says Lance Dalleck, an exercise and sports scientist at Western Colorado University. Read about Pickleball is everywhere. Here’s why the fast-growing sport is good for your health

Colorado is launching a teacher apprenticeship program in race to solve chronic staff shortages

Outlet: The Colorado Sun

May 17, 2024

In Colorado, innovative apprenticeship programs are emerging to address critical teacher shortages, offering aspiring educators hands-on experience and financial support. These initiatives aim to attract and retain talented individuals to the teaching profession, providing a pathway to address the ongoing challenges in Colorado's education system. Read about Colorado is launching a teacher apprenticeship program in race to solve chronic staff shortages

Industry Insights: Emily Miller

Outlet: Performance Racing Industry

May 8, 2024

Among that generation of women working in motorsports today is Emily Miller. She is a longtime off-road racer and motorsports marketer, and a graduate of Western Colorado University. After spending years racing for Rod Hall Racing and producing events with the team, Miller formed her marketing company, Soulside Network, Inc. Through Soulside, she has worked with many major brands producing and marketing motorsports events. Her credits include 13 years working with King of the Hammers as media director and working on the Red Bull Supermoto Championship. Read about Industry Insights: Emily Miller

The Mosquitoes Are Coming For Your Favorite High-Altitude Hikes

Outlet: Backpacker.com

May 3, 2024

Previously, such altitudes “were too cold for the majority of the year. That short summer window wasn’t conducive to the life cycles of ticks and mosquitoes,” said Aquatic Ecologist Susan Washko, a lecturer at Western Colorado University. Based in Crested Butte’s Gunnison Valley, Washko works for Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), one of North America’s most historic high-altitude field stations for scientists from around the world, as the undergraduate research program coordinator. Read about The Mosquitoes Are Coming For Your Favorite High-Altitude Hikes

Cañon City native wins Western’s most prestigious alumni award

Outlet: Canon City Daily Record

May 3, 2024

This year, Cañon City native Allie Weatherill received Western Colorado University’s highest honor for graduating seniors at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 3. As one of only seven recipients of the 2024 Alumni Award for Excellence, Weatherill will join the ranks of some of Western’s most distinguished alumni and be remembered for her contributions to the campus community. Read about Cañon City native wins Western’s most prestigious alumni award

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