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Schlessman Family Hall, a new home for Health Sciences, supports FLC's mission as the premier undergraduate research institution in the Southwest. 

FLC students graduate in prestigious ceremony

More than 400 FLC students graduated on May 6 at a ceremony addressed by Thomas J. Vilsack, the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture.

How FLC is implementing rapid re-housing to help students 

Weighing in on a feature story for The Colorado Sun, Jason Pettit (Psychology, '23) discussed his experience with homelessness and FLC's rapid re-housing program. The program helped 108 students in its inaugural year with emergency hotel stays, financial assistance for move-in-related costs, and support with rent and utilities.

FLC unveils Schlessman Family Hall

After over two years of construction, FLC's Schlessman Family Hall opened on April 28. Named after FLC alumnus Gary Schlessman (Business Administration, ’79), whose foundation donated $2 million to the project, the complex houses classrooms for FLC’s Public Health and Health & Human Performance departments.

VoFLC: Ruth Alminas

This week on VoFLC, tune in to hear FLC stories from Ruth Alminas, associate professor of Political Science. 
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  • Katie Fankhouser, a junior studying Business Administration, won the 1,500-meter track race at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships in Chadron, Nebraska. In doing so, Fankhouser clinched the team’s first-ever individual title.
  • Teal Lehto (Environmental Studies, ‘20), the “WesternWaterGirl,” continues to educate the nation on water issues facing the Southwest through social media platforms. She sat down with The Durango Herald to answer questions about her career as a water rights activist.

  • On May 5, the last concert in the well-regarded Unitarian Universalist Recital Series ended 15 years of high-quality chamber music under the guidance of Marilyn Garst, series founder. Over the years, Garst has invited professional musicians from all over the region, from Santa Fe to Salt Lake City, and most of the Music faculty at FLC.

  • Benjamin Waddell, associate professor of Sociology, recently partook in a debate on immigration reform at the University of Colorado Boulder. The debate featured Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas and former United States Deputy National Security Advisor Michael Anton.

  • Durango Public Works is gaining ground on filling out its teams. The office is exploring an opportunity with FLC to recruit summer interns. A spokesperson for DPW said it could be a chance for students and young adults to gain valuable work experience in environmental engineering.

  • Snowpack is estimated to be 190% of the average in the Dolores River Basin, leading to a 30-to-60-day recreational water release from McPhee Dam into the Lower Dolores River. The often-dry river will require properly timed flushing flows to clear out mud buildup on the river bottom from years of drought, explained John Harvey, chair and associate professor of Geosciences.

That's hawksome

IMAGES magazine, FLC's journal of creative student work, released its spring issue, "Whimsy." It is a quirky collection of poems, musical pieces, photographs, art, and stories from students and alumni. IMAGES, founded in 1968 originally as Circa, is staffed and published by a team of talented, multi-disciplinary FLC students each year. Find copies of this latest issue in the Ballentine Media Center inside the Student Union Building. 

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