The Fort Report: Connecting Fort Lewis College
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The history of Fort Lewis College is interwoven with the history and people of southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area. To respect the ancestral Indigenous homelands on which we gather and learn, a land acknowledgment is read at campus events, meetings, and in classrooms at the start of each term.

Doubling Pell Grant will help more students access college

In a guest column for The Durango Herald, President Tom Stritikus makes the case for doubling the federal Pell Grant. Citing expanded access to higher education and retention as primary reasons for increasing the Pell Grant allocation, Stritikus makes it clear that FLC’s goal is to see students seamlessly go from their first class to their cap and gown.  

Student activists engage in climate discussions

College students from across Colorado and at Fort Lewis College are becoming increasingly conscious of looming environmental crises. By pressuring their elected officials, composting their dining hall waste, or participating in e-bike lending programs, students are doing what they can to fight climate change.
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  • The La Plata County Incident Management Team hosted students from Assistant Professor Deanne Grant's Resiliency & Society course at a fire drill in the Edgemont Highlands subdivision. The drill was formatted as if it were an actual wildfire, teaching students about the wildland-urban interface as well as mitigation practices and incident command systems.

  • The Princeton Review included Fort Lewis College on its Guide to Green Colleges for 2022, a list based on each school's use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs, the availability of environmental studies in academic offerings, and career guidance for green jobs.
Beth LaShell smiling

That's hawksome

The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted Beth LaShell, coordinator of the Old Fort for Fort Lewis College, into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. LaShell was honored for her significant contributions to the Colorado agricultural industry, including her role in managing Old Fort cattle and hay production and training beginning farmers in vegetable and fruit production and financial management.
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