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In 2012, FLC alumni Jacquelene (Spanish-US Latino Studies, ‘11) and Angelo McHorse (Agricultural Sciences, ‘12) started Bison Star Naturals, a small family business that produces organic, natural, and locally sourced body care products. In S2 E1 of the Summits series, the McHorses chat about their time at FLC, their entrepreneurial approach, and plans for the future.

U.S. Vice President hosts student leaders to talk Dobbs decision

ASFLC Vice President Raina Schmidt traveled to Washington, D.C., for a student leader event to discuss with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris how the recent Dobbs decision affects college campuses across the country.

FLC Provost Nixon to assume the presidency at Berea College

Cheryl Nixon, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, announced she is assuming a new role as president of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Nixon starts her new position on July 1, 2023, and will be the first female president in the school's 167-year history. After a three-year tenure at FLC, she will leave behind a legacy of tireless work, equity, and acceptance.

VoFLC: Emily Bennett 

This week on VoFLC, tune in to hear FLC stories from Emily Bennett, a junior studying Philosophy.
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  • Outside magazine recognized FLC as one of the best schools to help students enter the outdoor industry. Outside cited FLC's broad range of experiential learning opportunities, including its Adventure Education program and Certificate in Ski Resort Operations.

  • Charles Hakes, a senior lecturer of Physics & Engineering, helped The Durango Herald identify a UFO. Spotted near Grandview Ridge, the small anomaly had many wondering if the Southwest had been visited by extraterrestrial life or a cheeky drone pilot. Hakes also provided tips for any astronomical endeavors this month.

  • Writing for The Durango Herald, Andrew Gulliford, professor of History, illustrated one of the most picturesque scenes in the American Northwest: Steens Mountain, Oregon. With a grounded perspective, Gulliford waxed poetic with tales filled with ranches, buckaroos, and gunfights.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to award nearly $3 million to help fund seven community air monitoring projects across Colorado. Part of the proposed budget will go toward funding a student worker at FLC in the lab of Joanna Gordon Casey, an assistant professor of Physics & Engineering.

  • Voter turnout blew past optimistic projections in La Plata County for the 2022 midterm elections. Paul DeBell, associate professor of Political Science, believes that the increase in turnout was due to voters’ concern over threats to democracy and women’s reproductive rights.

  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket! William Nollet, chair and associate professor of Physics & Engineering, confirmed that the massive streaks in the sky observed last month were from a rocket launch at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. These launches are visible in Colorado and are more noticeable shortly after sunset.

  • Josh Emerson (Economics, ‘19), a citizen of the Navajo Nation, has not-so-quietly entered Denver’s bustling stand-up comedy scene. Emerson’s career goals are to educate his audience on political issues through humor and make it big. “I’m going to buy a house with ‘ha-ha's,’” Emerson said.

  • FLC Athletics will offer free entry to home games for Indigenous community members. The policy, meant to engage Indigenous youth in collegiate athletics, came about in a meeting between a panel of SunUte Community Center employees and Travis Whipple, director of Athletics.

  • Thomas Gauthier (Business Administration, ‘19) is making his mark on Durango’s food industry with his new sandwich shop, Tom’s Deli. The shop has 12 sandwiches made by Head Chef Molly McPherson (History, ‘21). Visitors will be spoiled for options at this alumni-owned sandwich shop.  

  • When the Sun Comes Out After Three Days of Rain, a collection of poetry, was recently published by Leah Browning (Psychology, '95). With its frenetic and immersive style, Browning's work will surely entertain lovers of the written word. 

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That's hawksome

David Bishop (Anthropology, '18), a citizen of the Osage Nation, wrote, produced, and hosted a show with Arrow Media for the Smithsonian Channel called America’s Hidden Stories: The Osage Murders. Bishop developed his idea for the show, which comes out in 2023, while he was a student at FLC.
The show is about the Osage Nation and the Reign of Terror of the 1920s. It also touches on Bishop's family tragedy and the best-selling book and upcoming film by Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon.

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