The Fort Report: Connecting Fort Lewis College
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To spread language fluency, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and FLC built a program that certifies Ute language instructors.

As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience 

The Center of Southwest Studies exhibition As Seeds, We Grow: Student Reflections on Resilience will close with a celebration on April 5. Joe Kinneen (Journalism & Multimedia Studies, '22) recently published his Native Lens video about the installation, which chronicles its opening last year. 

Pietrack named NABC South-Central Coach of the Year

After leading the Skyhawks through a historic campaign on the court, head men’s basketball coach Bob Pietrack was named the South-Central Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Akuel Kot, a senior studying Sports Administration, was also praised with First Team All-Region honors.

Question and acknowledgment: FLC Voices magazine cover

FLC Art Director Anna McBrayer and Diné artist and cultural mentor Garrett Etsitty sat down with UCDA to discuss the award-winning cover of the winter 2022 edition of FLC Voices

VoFLC: Tom Stritikus

This week on VoFLC, tune in to hear FLC stories from President Tom Stritikus. 
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  • Hosava Kretzmann (Public Health, '18), a citizen of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, was the first American and sixth person to cross the finish line at the Los Angeles Marathon. The 28-year-old finished the 26.2-mile race in a time of 2:19:55 ahead of 22,000 other runners. Incredibly, it was the first full marathon Kretzmann had ever run

  • With diversity statements under fire, the right response isn’t to give up on addressing equity goals through hiring: it’s to improve what we’re asking of candidates, Justin McBrayer, associate dean, and Sarah Roberts-Cady, professor of Philosophy, wrote.

  • Cole Wilson, a senior studying Adventure Education, began his walk from Phoenix to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to raise money for the Grub Hub Food Pantry. Before he left, Wilson sat down with KSUT Tribal Radio to discuss the importance of food security at FLC.

  • In a column for The Durango Herald, Charles Hakes, a senior lecturer of Physics & Engineering, shares advice on locating Leo, one of the zodiac constellations. Hakes said spring is traditionally galaxy season, and Leo has numerous galaxies worth finding.

  • According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, national governments have not done enough to stop global warming in the seven years since they signed the Paris Climate Agreement. Heidi Steltzer, professor of Environment & Sustainability, said in News Leaflets that reaching those global climate goals may require a transformational vision of science

  • Reefer Madness, The Musical opened on March 17 at the Durango Arts Center and will conclude its run on April 2. It’s a high-camp parody of a deadly serious film made in 1936 to warn the nation about the menace of marijuana. It was produced by Michael McKelvey, assistant professor of Musical Theatre, in association with his company Doctuh Mistuh Productions.

  • Writing for The Durango Herald, Andrew Gulliford, professor of History, recounts "Posey's War." It was a brutal affair, Gulliford said, started by the encroachment of settlers onto the ancestral lands of the Ute and Paiute nations. At the center of the conflict was 55-year-old William Posey: a Paiute leader of the resistance movement.
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That's hawksome

Marina Galasso, a senior studying Art K-12 Education, published a series of three children's books. Galasso was awarded a grant from FLC to publish the third installment, which will be featured at the Teacher Education Department's professional exhibition.
Creating artwork is a slow and therapeutic process, Galasso said. Each image took, on average, three hours to complete, making each page a unique piece.

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