Events, volunteer opportunities, updates and more!
Events, volunteer opportunities, updates and more!
Fort Lewis College campus in spring

Happy Spring from Fort Lewis College

Welcome to the Fort Lewis College Alumni Newsletter, brought to you by the FLC Alumni Engagement Team. These monthly emails will keep you informed about upcoming alumni events, volunteer opportunities, Career Services workshops, and FLC news. 
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Meet the FLC Alumni Engagement Team

Director Ryan Lazo graduated from FLC in 2013, double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. He joined the office in September 2021. He is excited to bring his student engagement and community development background to the role. Ryan lived in the Northwest until recently and could not be more excited to be back in Durango. You can reach him at
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Alumni Engagement Officer Rachel Frederico is a member of the Cherokee Nation and graduated from FLC in 2008 with a degree in Communications and Marketing. She brings years of experience in outreach, event planning, public relations, and multimedia marketing. You can reach Rachel at
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Alumna Art Exhibit Opening and Reception at the Center of Southwest Studies (Durango, CO)

April 27 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience Join FLC Alumna Elise Boulanger '21 at the opening of her art exhibit exploring student identity and cultural resilience with consideration to FLC’s history as a federal Indian boarding school. Learn more and RSVP here
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Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium (Durango, CO)

May 5 | 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. | Celebration to Follow
The Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium provides the opportunity to learn about our students' efforts and celebrate their achievements. We invite all of you to join us to offer your encouragement and take part in the discussions that our students have started. See the agenda and RSVP for the celebration here.

FLC Teacher Education Professional Exhibition, Reception, and Celebration (Durango, CO)

May 12 | 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join the FLC School of Education to celebrate new teachers and graduates. This event will be part of the FLC Teacher Education Professional Exhibition (PEX) in the Student Union Ballroom. RSVPs will receive two drink tickets courtesy of the Alumni Engagement Office. See the full agenda and RSVP here

Happy Hour at Reservation Economic Summit
(Las Vegas, NV)

May 24 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for happy hour during the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit at Ceasar's Palace. We will cover the drinks and appetizers. Learn more and RSVP here
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Albuquerque Artwalk & Happy Hour

June 3 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Come out for a night of fun in Albuquerque. We will meet at a local establishment downtown and then enjoy all the offerings the Artwalk has to offer. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with FLC Alumni in your area.  Learn more and RSVP here
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Alumni Happy Hour & Rockies vs. Braves (Denver, CO)

June 4 | 5 p.m.
Connect with fellow Denver alumni at a Rockies game. We will host a happy hour near the stadium before the game. Learn more and get your tickets here

Save the Date! Homecoming 2022 is October 17-23

  • Friday, October 21: Mug Crawl
  • Saturday, October 22: Football Tailgate Party
  • Golden Grads Celebration | Special events and reception for the classes of 1971, 1972, 1973
  • More details soon!
The Alumni Scholarship received 69 applicants for the Fall 2022 semester. The scholarship is open to any child or grandchild of an FLC alum who carries a 2.7 cumulative GPA. Scholarships typically range from $500 - $1,000. You can support this scholarship by clicking the button below. 
Give to FLC Alumni Scholarships
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Dancers gather at the 2022 Hozhoni Days Powow at FLC.
Photo credit Clyde Benally '68

Native American Alumni Chapter (NAAC)

On Saturday, April 2, the NAAC hosted an alumni breakfast during the Hozhoni Days Powwow. This was the first time the event was held since 2019 and the turnout for both events was fantastic. You can view photos from those events here. Thank you to Clyde Benally for capturing such beautiful moments. Also, a big thank you to our volunteers and guest speakers - you truly helped make the event a success!
The NAAC is looking for chapter leadership. If you are interested in being a chapter leader, contact Ryan Lazo at
You can stay up to date with chapter news and events by signing up for the email list here. You can also join the NAAC Facebook group here.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m (MT). RSVP here to receive the Zoom Link.

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FLC Provost Dr. Cheryl Nixon provided a campus update.
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FLC Foundation Board of Directors Chair Faith Roessel (Sociology, ‘78) speaking about her time at FLC
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Attendees gathered for the 2022 Hozhoni Days Alumni Breakfast
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Greg Cairns '13

Filmmaker, wilderness first responder, chef, professional snorkeler—river guides can wear more hats than just those floppy straw ones. Fort Lewis College Alumni Greg Cairns (Humanities-English Concentration, '13) talks all about the guide life in his new autobiographical film, I’m A River Guide. Check it out here!
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Fabian Martinez '18

Journalist Fabian Martinez (History '18) was honored with third place for Best Feature Story in the 2021 National Native Media Awards from the Native American Journalist Association for his article detailing the history and repair of the La Boca bridge. Martinez researched the history of the steel railroad bridge in The Southern Ute Drum’s archive and talked with elders who lived during that era. 
Do you have an idea for an FLC Alumni Spotlight? Submit it here or use the button below.
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Whether you are looking to engage fellow alumni, connect with students, or volunteer with Skyhawks in your community, we have an opportunity for you. Learn about the variety of ways to get involved and find rewarding activities that meet your interests, experience, and schedule. 
Current Volunteer opportunities include
  • Homecoming 2022: Tabling opportunities throughout the weekend (October 17-23)
  • Collegiate MTB National Champs: Cheer on the team while tabling at Purg. (October 13-16)
  • Host an FLC trail day volunteer event on National Public Lands Day on 9/24
HUGE shoutout to the nearly 200 FLC alumni that signed up to be interviewed by Composition 254 students this semester!
Photo Former women's basketball players cheered on the Skyhawks at Regis Univeristy in Denver
Former women's basketball players cheered on the Skyhawks at Regis Univeristy in Denver
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Alumni in Phoenix enjoyed a toasty spring training game in late March
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We ripped it up and grilled some tasty brats at A-Basin
  • FLC announced a new nursing program. Read more
  • Dean Trujillo testified in support of student teachers. Read more
  • Heidi Steltzer, professor of Environment & Sustainability, spoke at a recent water seminar, imploring water managers to ensure water is distributed equitably during this time of drought. Read more
  • More FLC news here
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