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 The latest issue of FLC Voices waxes artistic. From behind-the-scenes of the new Musical Theatre program to ska-infused student marketing pitches, the magazine delves into the value of art and its impact on our campus community. 

FLC scholars break new ground in biomedical and behavioral science research

In 2019, underrepresented populations were awarded only 11.7% of science and engineering research doctorates, even though they make up about a third of the population and labor force. That’s a problem the FLC U-RISE program is trying to solve with biomedical and behavioral science research training. 

FLC announces the addition of indoor track and field for the 2023-24 season

FLC Athletics announced the addition of indoor track and field for the 2023-24 season. Men's and women's indoor track and field will bring the department's total to 16 programs offered at the NCAA Division II level. 

FLC's NAIS department quintupled in size

In 2022, FLC’s premier Native American & Indigenous Studies program received a critical academic boost. Helped in part by a generous gift from the Mellon Foundation, FLC hired four new NAIS faculty. This expansion advances the institution’s commitment to reconciliation with its past as a federal Indian boarding school by building a community of Indigenous scholars.

Indigenous languages are disappearing, but colleges could help preserve them

Amid a nationwide effort to preserve Indigenous languages, FLC has developed a new partnership with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to train bilingual teachers in instructing a new generation of Ute-language speakers.

VoFLC: Lauren Pope

This week on VoFLC, tune in to hear FLC stories from Lauren Pope, media relations strategist. 
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  • The Durango City Council race kicked off shortly after Mayor Barbara Noseworthy and Councilor Kim Baxter announced they would not pursue reelection this year. So far, two bids have been made by FLC community members: Harrison Wendt (ATT '18-21), a youth programming coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, and Carter Rogers, president of the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College.

  • Despite the biggest winter storm in four years, FLC community members gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an informal meet-and-greet hosted by the Black Student Union.

  • As the American Southwest experiences its worst drought in 1,000 years, local farmers and participants in the Farmer-in-Training program at the Old Fort at Hesperus are adapting their agricultural practices. By choosing water-wise crops, these new farmers are getting creative to make their agronomy aspirations viable in a hotter, drier future.

  • Joshua Emerson (Economics, ‘19) joins the growing number of Indigenous comedians touring nationally. Emerson’s stand-up group and production company, DeadRoom, is named after the terrifying silence some comics face when climbing on stage. It is one of the only Indigenous comedy showcases in the world.

  • In an episode of Filling Seats: The State of Enrollment Marketing in Higher Ed, Lindsay Nyquist, director of Marketing & Communications, explained her enrollment marketing strategy. Nyquist discussed, among other things, how FLC conveys authentic student voices through its social content and enrollment messaging.

  • Esther Belin, lecturer of Native American & Indigenous Studies, sat down with News Book Network to discuss her latest publication, The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature. The Diné Reader showcases the breadth, depth, and diversity of Diné creative artists in their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose.

  • Venaya Yazzie (English, ‘2000), a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is the host of the Native Voices radio show on San Juan College’s KSJE-FM. Yazzie, an artist herself, interviews Indigenous artists and unpacks the issues those professionals face.

  • Animas High School students began classes on January 3. After successfully applying for the Building Excellent Schools Today Grant from the Colorado Department of Education, Animas High School used the funding to construct the building in under two years. 

  • Paddy Hobohm (Business Administration, ‘07) became owner and president of SPACE, Inc., a commercial interior design firm employing two dozen people. Hobohm said SPACE, Inc. is “highly focused on sustainability, disruptive innovation, and relentless creativity.” 

  • FLC men's basketball player Akuel Kot was named to the Clarence Bevo Francis Award "Top 100 small college basketball players to watch list." Kot recently broke the single-game scoring record for the FLC men's basketball team and is currently ranked third in Division II scoring.

  • At her post deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kelli Lewis (Environmental Studies, ‘15), a ranger for Colorado Parks & Wildlife, patrols Eleven Mile State Park on a pair of ice skates. With a patrol area of 3,400 acres, Lewis dashes across frozen reservoirs to greet anglers and campers alike. 
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That's hawksome

The Fort Lewis College Fly Fishing Club is run by students passionate about fly fishing and conserving local fisheries. 
The organization continues to grow as they engage in waterway restoration projects, workshops, or good ole’ fashioned angling. It is part of the Trout Unlimited Costa 5 Rivers Program, a network of over 70 college fly fishing clubs encouraging anglers of all experience levels to get involved in conservation and their local communities.

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