LIVING THE DREAM 2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT OF APPRECIATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOUNDATION INSIGHTS 5 6 7 8 10 12 13 14
Foundation President Foundation Executive Director University President Foundation Board Officers Foundation Board Members 2021-2022 Foundation’s Support Summary $100 Million Received Former Foundation Board Members
DONOR HIGHLIGHTS 16 19 20 21 22
Celebration of Giving Banquet Heritage Society Mountaineer STEM Scholarship Miller and Adair Reunion Gift Elevates Students
PLANNING & GIFTING 24 25 26
Where Will You Be Remembered? Your Life: Your Story Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex
CAMPUS NEWS 31 32 33 35 36
Engineering Club Aims for Competition Western Music Family Wellness at Western Athletes Soar in the Competition and Classroom Student Affairs Curriculum
SCHOLARSHIP & MEMORIAL 38 43 50
Memorial and Honor Funds In Memoriam Honor Roll of Donors
CREDITS Cover photo: Kate Wasson
Design & Creative: Jennifer Swift Western ’14: B.A. in Art Creative Director Swifthaus Design Gunnison, CO
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Foundation President VALERIE HASTINGS
Dear Western Alumni and Friends, When one asks a friend, “How are you doing?”, a common optimistic reply is, “Living the dream!” The fact is, regrettably, these words are more often quoted than they are realized. That is unless you are a member of the Western family. For us, “living the dream” is more than a reply, it’s a reality. Western has woven it into our DNA. “Living the dream” takes a different shape for each of us, as our lives and our dreams are beautifully unique, but the shared trajectory is unmistakable. For me, it started with my dream to become a CPA. I was eager and a bit apprehensive as I walked toward a towering Taylor Hall and climbed (breathlessly) up the stairs to the third floor (the former home of the business department), the place where my dream was shaped and strengthened. I was mentored by professors who were passionate about accounting, some strangely so, several with Big Eight (that will age me) experience, and all with an uncommon care for their students. More than information transfer, their classes and connection with me was a mix of teaching, coaching, challenging and counseling. They wanted me to understand my dreams as much as I understood the academic content that would make them possible. And to do that, my faculty needed to understand me. That is the proven pathway to living the dream. And while its challenges and inefficiencies make it rare at many universities, it is as much a part of Western’s culture as deep friendship, outdoor adventure or freezing, oxygen-starved air. What I didn’t fully realize as an undergrad student, was that my dream would continue to grow, yet the education I received at Western was great enough to grow with my dreams. I not only became a CPA but own my own firm. In addition, I now own and run two manufacturing companies with federal contracts. And part of my dream was being a volunteer member of the Golden fire department from which I retired. Western helped me live every aspect of those dreams. The most meaningful way my dreams have grown is in the life of my son, and the dreams he carried onto Western’s campus this fall as a freshman. His dreams include studying computer science engineering in the Rady School, and conceiving, inventing, and fabricating things I can’t even imagine. And Western will equip him, as it did me to “live the dream.” That’s why you and I give to Western, why I am so grateful for your generosity and proud of the work we do together. Educating our students in this way is effective and expensive. It requires scholarships, funding to attract and retain gifted faculty, and providing the settings and resources for the best relationship-based, experiential education. We who “live the dream” now have the fortunate privilege to make sure future lives and dreams are lived through Western. That’s what you do when you give to the Foundation — you change lives and empower dreams. Thank you. Sincerely,
Valerie J. Hastings President Western Colorado University Foundation WESTERNUP.ORG
Foundation Executive Director TOM BURGGRAF
Living the Dream Dear Western Donor Friend, Do you realize where you fit in this year’s theme, “Living the Dream”? Right in the center of it! When you give to the Western Foundation, you elevate the lives of our students as you inspire and empower their dreams. To “live the dream,” one must first have a dream -- become a dreamer. In the pressure to navigate our challenging world as a young adult, that is easier said than done. Western students are bursting with stunning potential, yet many of them have not felt permission to dream. Maybe they’re the first in their family to attend college, and are a bit intimidated. Some come from families that didn’t help them believe in themselves and their potential. Others know without a doubt that they will reach great heights of achievement, they simply don’t yet know what that looks like. And a dream without direction is hardly a destiny. That’s where your generosity begins to work its magic. You provide caring and committed faculty, staff and coaches with the resources to connect with our students to ignite and identify their dreams. And your generosity to our students, as someone who has gone successfully before them, assures them that you understand them, believe in them, and give them permission and inspiration to dream. Having a dream is good. Living that dream is the goal. And your giving makes the living possible. You empower their dreams. Some of the most regrettable stories in our world are of young people who have a dream without the ability to pursue it. At Western, you’ve helped to write different and better stories for our students – stories of overcoming, beating the odds, transcending, achieving, serving, and rising higher than anyone ever thought possible. You do that by removing obstacles of affordability and crushing student debt through scholarships; providing opportunity and resources; challenging them by setting expectations and encouragement ever higher. At Western, our students not only day dream the lives they hope to live, but live their dreams, because you have made your dream to empower theirs. Because of you, Western is a generous and grateful community, making the world better one dream, one life, one student at a time. It is our honor to gratefully and joyfully serve you as you do so. Thank you! Warmly,
Thomas F. Burggraf, Jr. Executive Director Western Colorado University Foundation
University President BRAD BACA
Dear Western Alumni, Donors and Friends, This time of year, as the leaves have fallen off of the trees and we begin to feel the cool exhilaration of winter setting in, I am moved with gratitude for the changing of the seasons. My gratitude stems in large part to the abundance of energy and ambition you have provided Western through your belief in our students, support of our programs, passion for our purpose, and excitement for our future. By believing in Western, you have given our students the hope and confidence to pursue their dreams and make meaningful, positive impacts on their communities and the world. By supporting the programs and faculty that are responsible for teaching and mentoring our students, you helped create a learning environment that is unique, innovative, and inclusive. You have acted on your passion for Western and belief in our values. Courage to embrace change and better ourselves so that we might better serve others. Growth to nurture new ideas through intellectual curiosity. Inclusivity to build stronger and more resilient communities. Integrity to commit to higher ideals and act with accountability. And stewardship to ensure that the incomparable Western experience is accessible to future generations. You are invested in Western’s goals and aspirations, and you are helping to write our next chapter of prosperity and success. Your generosity, mentorship, and engagement strengthen the heartbeat of Western and provides an inner warmth on these cold, crisp winter days and nights. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do to make Western the best it can be. We are so grateful. All my best for a healthy, happy and hearty 2023,
Brad Baca President Western Colorado University
Valerie Hastings | President (’83) Accounting SourceOne CPA Group Lakewood, CO I not only became a CPA but also own my own firm. What I didn’t fully realize as an undergrad student was that my dream would continue to grow, yet the education I received at Western was great enough to grow with my dreams. The most meaningful way my dreams have grown is in the life of my son, and the dreams he carried onto Western’s campus this fall as a freshman.
Ron Leach, Vice President (’81) Chairman of the Board of Directors San Juan Construction, Inc. Grand Junction, CO
Officers of the Board Paula Hendrickson, Treasurer (’84) Vice President NFP Retirement Arvada, CO Then…. It allowed me to fulfill my dream of playing college sports at a place that cared about me not only on the court but in the classroom. I made lifelong friendships, learned life lessons, gained confidence that provided the foundation to success in the business world as well in my personal life. When I ask others about what Western provided them, the one word that comes to mind is …. Grit!
Ruth Welch | Secretary (’86) Director, Mission Support Organization Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior Littleton, CO My WCU experience solidified my love of the outdoors, my family, and my commitment to health. I met my husband and life partner (Mark ’87) as a freshman at Western where we hiked, skied, ice skated, ran the PAR course, and celebrated the birth of our two children. The struggles and achievements at Western shaped and prepared us for our successful careers, growing family and our continued love of the outdoors and winter sports.
Front row Foundation Staff (left to right): Joy Kean, Mackenzie Bode, Pam Johnston, Tom Burggraf Back row Board: Alan Bassett, Ruth Welch, Jeff Holway, Valerie Hastings, Ryan Liles, Dallas Everhart, Chip Creager
& Q A with your Western Foundation Officers and Members “How did your Western Experience help you live YOUR dream? Then, today or any moment in-between.”
Alan Bassett (’95) Marketing & Sales for Rockit New Zealand Franktown, CO
Western provided me the foundation and framework to enable me to be the best I can be. To be a better father, husband, community member, and human being.
Chip Creager (’85) Accounting Creager Mercantile Co. Denver, CO
I always wanted to own my own business. Western provided the tools necessary for long term success in business. It also began a lifetime love of the outdoors and the Gunnison country.
Ryan Liles Retired, Controller & CFO Oil Field Service Companies Buena Vista, CO
In the fall of 2021, we were looking for college football near our home. We found Western Colorado University and, in the process, we have met a whole new community of friends.
Program Hydrogeologist Navarro R&E, Rocky Mountain Arsenal Aurora, CO
Foundation Board Members
Carol Rieger (’88)
In 1983, Western State College offered me a haven away from the suburbs and allowed me to grow into the person I am today. It is a testament to the school and community that the special bonds I established with my Geology Department family and my friends from the dorms still exist to this day. Because of my Western experience, I enjoy a successful and happy career as a geologist and am blessed with a wonderful life as a wife and mother. Thank you, Western!
Richard Bradsby (’90)
Art Chaput (’66)
President Liberty Midstream Solutions Denver, CO
Retired, President/Owner Chaput Mechanical Manhattan, KS
WCU is foundational to both my wife Veronica and my own personal realization and continual pursuit of dreams. WCU was and is an idyllic institution to learn, grow and develop. When I first arrived as a student in 1986, I dreamed of a quality education balanced by quality skiing - check. I learned and valued the benefit of er class size and close relationships with faculty and administration. WCU provides inspiration and opportunity of learning and development unique from other small ools - when you look out the window, you’re not dreaming of being somewhere else.
When I attended Western, the greatest thing that I learned was how to get along and communicate with all kinds of different people. It helped me in my future life immensely.
Jeff Holway (’75)
Dallas Everhart (’79/’81) Owner 3eLeadership Professional Development Windsor, CO Due to the size, location, and culture at Western, I learned interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills that have helped me in my life and career. The unique balance of classes and the culture has given me an advantage throughout my career.
Chief Administrative Officer Water Street Healthcare Partners Chicago, IL
Western gave me a sense of place and belonging.
Kathy Lockhart (’86)
Lorie Moreno-Rich (’88)
Chief Accounting Officer Noodles & Company Broomfield, CO
Retired, President/Owner CRMCulture Louisville, CO
My phenomenal education, along with my basketball experience taught me to be resilient, to trust that I could accomplish anything I wanted to and even years later to love the places that shape you. Western was the place that I made lifelong friends and continue to connect with an amazing group of people.
Western helped live my dream of being a National Champion. I was able to be the first women’s National Champion in any sport at Western when I won the 5K in 1987 at the Track & Field Championships in Russellville, Arkansas.
Hank Windmoeller (’73)
Joanie Todd (’85)
Financial Advisor, Angel Investor Self-Employed Denver, CO
Retired, Physical Education Aurora Public Schools Centennial, CO
Coming from a very parochial environment and being the first in my family to attend college, Western afforded me a cornucopia of areas and things to explore, enjoy and pursue. The spirit of adventure has guided me in my career and life, providing opportunities one could never have imagined possible. It all started at that little college, in that little college town on the western slope.
*On leave of absence until July 2023
Western Foundation Mission: The Foundation supports philanthropic stewardship in partnership with Western Colorado University by empowering student excellence for lifelong success. 29% $1,176,909
Scholarships Distributed This is the second year in a row to top $1M in scholarships!
$129,691 In-Kind Gifts
$507,503 Mission Support
$2,260,333 Expenditures on behalf of Departments and Programs
Total SUPPORT to the University
2021 - 2022
Foundation Support Summary
$100 Million Received
Western Foundation Donors Reach $100 Million Milestone Since the Western Foundation’s founding in 1975, you and other donors have given a stunning $100MM+ in gifts for the benefit of Western, its mission, students, faculty, coaches and programs. Congratulations and thank you for this amazing accomplishment of generosity! To be clear, this is what you gave, not what we raised. That is not a word game. It is a reality. Thanks to the innate generosity of the Western family, gifts need not be coaxed, persuaded or pressured, they are given joyfully and stewarded gratefully. We have much for which to be grateful. As you look at the chart below, those increasingly tall blue lines may, on the surface, represent dollars. But look closer. They are people. Each pixel in each blue line is a caring person, a generous philanthropist, someone who deeply believes in Western and its people, valuing them even more than their own finances, who believe, “I would rather go without so that the next generation of Western students may have what they need to thrive.” You are standing together, giving and sacrificing for our students in life-transforming ways. And atop each of those blue lines standing on your shoulders are thousands upon thousands of grateful Western students, scholars and athletes, engineers and artists, entrepreneurs and educators – all elevated by you so that they may contribute to and serve our world in myriad, magnificent ways. And they will join in elevating those who come after them, just as you have done.
“Thanks to the innate generosity of the Western family, gifts need not be coaxed, persuaded or pressured, they are given joyfully and stewarded gratefully.” —Tom Burggraf
You have established more than 600 distinct funds at the Foundation (including 324 named scholarships) for every Western academic, athletic and activity program, and allow the Foundation to transfer more than $4 million annually to the University, including more than $1 million in scholarships. This milestone of $100 million in gifts is not a finish line. It’s a base camp – from which together we will reach more students, give to inspire and elevate higher. You’ve given us more than 100 million reasons to do so. This is an opportunity for us to pause to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for all you’ve selflessly done. More than dollars, it’s about Western people elevating Western people. We are blessed to be a part of this wonderfully generous family. Thank you and congratulations! Written by: Tom Burggraf
Jacob P. Accola*
Mary Elaine Barbour
Richard (Dick) Stephenson
Barry “BJ” Beal, Jr.
Wesley E. Strain
Owen P. O’Fallon
Lawrence J. Tacker
L. Richard Bratton
Claudia M. Carpenter
Ethel M. Rice
Mason M. Light*
Karl F. Crass, Jr.
Robert R. Williams*
C. Gale Sellens
Lee Spann *Deceased
Former Foundation Board Members
Celebration of Giving Banquet Dave Geiman & the Geiman Fellows On November 3rd, 2022, just short of two hundred of Western’s scholarship family gathered in the University Center ballroom for the annual Celebration of Giving Banquet. Scholarship donors and representatives traveled from near and far, Michigan, Indiana, Denver, Montrose, Pitkin and from down the street, to share a family style meal with the student recipients of their 2022/2023 scholarships. There was a time that this annual tradition was a few round tables in the Aspinall-Wilson building and no more than twenty guests. Today, it is arguably the Foundation’s largest event of the year. “These dear friends helped give to the Foundation more than $4 million last year,” said Tom Burggraf, Executive Director of the Foundation, “much of it for scholarships!” Each year, the Foundation invites donors and/or representatives of privately funded, named scholarships to come together with the Foundation staff and Board, University leadership, faculty, coaches, staff, and most importantly students, to be thanked and loved on for the support and investment they have made through scholarship. “When you receive a donorfunded scholarship, you receive much more than tuition assistance. You are the recipient of a legacy, of that donor’s aspirations for the future of the world, or you may be helping to keep alive the precious memory of a loved one for them.” Tom Burggraf told the students at the beginning of the evening. One donor that has inspired and enabled many mountaineers and was chosen as the honoree for this year’s banquet, was Dave Geiman. Dave established the Geiman Fellows in 2016, in an effort for cultivating leadership in students so that they can excel in today’s marketplace. Applying through an application and interview process, students from all walks of campus are selected to be a part of a dynamic, diverse and dedicated group working together with the mentorship of Dave and other Western faculty. The Geiman Fellows program was designed to broaden perspectives of the changing global marketplace, provide students the chance to partake in enhanced opportunities that elevate their skillsets as leaders such as, analytical and decision-making competencies, emotional intelligence, humility, gratitude, problem solving, resilience and practice in various facets of professionalism. 16
Ultimately, the Geiman Fellows program hopes to create productive members of a dynamic, global society through opportunities in the classroom, a semester long service project, and a cultural trip funded by Dave. Dave shared in his speech at the Celebration of Giving, “The Fellows program was built on a combination of providing the things I had missed growing up such as travel and intellectual stimulation, with the positive things that I had experienced: the power of debate, the richness of discussion, the satisfaction of reading and the benefits of a service project.” The Fellows travel to conferences and events across the country and internationally to engage in thoughtful discourse about the ever-evolving world. Each year, the cohort takes on a service project, turning out over the years a feasibility study for a local nonprofit, a mentorship program for incoming freshmen at Western now known as the EPIC Mentors, and most recently, Dave Geiman’s next impressive endeavor, the Geiman Junior Fellows. “The Junior Fellows Program is a mentorship and scholarship program that is now being implemented at Gunnison High School,” 2021 Geiman Fellow and Geiman Junior Fellow Director, Maria Alvarez Juarez shared. “Through this program, high school students are presented with the necessary tools to apply to a university and be successful once they’re there. If they decide to attend Western, they are given a full-ride scholarship, including tuition, room, board, and fees.” Dave has ignited the program, pledging to fund the initial cohort, 10 high school students participating in the Geiman Junior Fellows program, promising a full ride scholarship to Western, through the Gunnison Valley Promise. Because of Western’s scholarship donor family, Western scholarships are giving young people in our community a pathway to potential. Mackenzie Bode, Annual Giving and Scholarship Officer at the Western Foundation is a ’19 alumni who recalls her scholarship experience as a student, “I remember attending the Celebration of Giving Banquet as an upper classman at Western, it really puts into perspective how many people out there stand behind you as a student.” Mackenzie didn’t know it at the time, but only a few years later she would become the Event Chair of the Celebration of Giving Banquet and the primary liaison between students, campus departments, financial aid and private scholarship donors. “This year was especially meaningful to me. In 2018/2019, I was
Scholarship recipients and their donors.
Geiman Fellows 2021
Geiman Fellows work with GHS for Jr. program.
Scholarship recipients and their donors.
Mackenzie Bode and Dave Geiman
a Geiman Fellow and consider Dave to be one of my greatest mentors and friends, then and now. It’s incredible to get to continue working with him as he establishes the Geiman Junior Fellows program and to see, year after year, the Geiman Fellow cohorts that have come after me. To be able to honor him this year was a privilege and a proud mentee moment.” Thank you to all of the scholarship donors, you are the secret sauce to what makes Western so special. If you are a named scholarship donor and have not had the chance to attend a Celebration of Giving Banquet, the Foundation hopes you will allow us to host you and your scholarship recipient(s) next November. Questions regarding scholarships at Western? Please contact Mackenzie Bode firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.943.2226. WESTERNUP.ORG
Dave Geiman gives the keynote speech.
The Heritage Society There are a variety of ways to Western Up and show your support with a planned gift to Western. The Heritage Society formally recognizes those donors who have included Western in their wills, trusts or estate plans. We thank them for their kind and generous support. If you have made a planned gift to Western, but have yet to inform us, please let us know so we can show our apprecation. Judith Lee Acre* Joan Adair Leona E. Antholz* Mary Kay Arbuthnot* Anne Ashe* Robert Barr* Roberta Barr* James Bartlett, Jr.* Jane Bartlett* Robert L. Beitler Avalon Benell Robert Benell Elsie A. Bennett* Ruth Berg* Rick Daniel Bettger* Edmund L. Bevens* Milton Binford J. Howard Blackburn* Robert Bonney John Brach Janie Braswell Nancy Spann Braswell* Barbara A. Breeding* Jerry Bowen Cherie Burggraf Tom Burggraf Glenn Calkins Leila Calkins Gerald Caplan Martha A. Carr* Lorena Casebier* Hugh R. Christenson* Janet S. Christenson Ralph “Butch” Clark, III Harold A. Conroe* Charlotte Cotner Douglas Cotner* Gary R. Counterman James H. Cox*
Margaret Darr Crager* Karen Crens Jeanette M. Dalton* George Davidson* Marguerite Davidson* Peter Dea Cathy Carpenter Dea A. Joseph DeGrazio Tony Delmas* Donald S. Eastman* Mary E. Erickson* Jeane D. Fair* Michalina Ferrell* Robert D. Foster* Agnes D. Giles* Cecil Giles* Paul Gillis William H. Gould* Mariah Green* Skip Greene Carol Greenlee Jim Greenlee* William Greer August Grosland* Loretto Grosland* Robert C. Haas* Delia Fay Haefeli Evelyn Haley* Mary Alice Hansen* John Hasche Larry Heesch Constantina Herzberg Peter Herzberg Kevin Hettler Kenneth E. Heuer Ann Hunt Hieronymus* Clarence T. Hurst* Jean Race Johnson* Henry “Hank” Kaufmann
May Dye Kearney* Curtis Kennedy Linda Kennedy John Kincaid* Bruce A. Kolisek Alice Downing Lain* Robert Little* Patti Burritt Locke Robert W. Lowe, Jr. Jim Mahaffey Dianne “Dee” Mahaffey Mary E. McDaniel Marquardt Richard E. Marquardt Robin Sue Martin* Mitchell W. Mateik* John McCarthy David R. McEntire Sarah McEntire Nancy Menan* Keith Milheim* Wayne Milheim* Barbara J. Minard* Christopher M. Minard* Richard Montrose Cynthia Myers Marvin Newby* Herbert Louis Niles* Larry Nisbet Reva Sapp O’Connor* Roy Payte* Dennis Pearson Harry Peterson Sylvia Peterson Debby Phelps David Pierce Linda Pierce Maxine Pierce Marjorie Porter* Ralph E. Porter*
Fletcher Y. Rainer, III* Sandy Read* Edwyl Redding* Lois T. Reed* Fred A. Reichle* Olivia L. Reichle* Ethel M. Rice Rachel W. Rice* James R. Richards* Freda T. Roof* Joseph A. Ruggerio* Mary A. Scherer* Stephen T. Semegen Gerald Shear Alma L. Sheff* George R. Sheff* Deborah Shoop Kirkton Shoop Anne Shrake Tom Shrake Bill Smith Burton Smith* Elnora Smith* Janet Smith Marion A. Stoerker* Mollie G. Stoerker* David Stremme Jan Stremme Dan Thornton* Jesse Thornton* John Thyfault Joanie Todd Richard Todd Melanie Torpey Eric Vanden Brink Duane Vandenbusche C. E. Veirs* John P. Vloyantes* Malte vonMatthiessen
Pam vonMatthiessen Sharon Williams Wendall Williams Elva Lea Wise* Hazel Wright* Mary F. Wright* Paul W. Wright* Mickey Zahradka* Nona Zahradka* George Zavislan* Selma Zavislan* Ann Zugelder* Anonymous (7 individuals)
Mountaineer STEM Scholarship Fritz and Elaine Culver
“We believe STEM students are uniquely positioned to make the world a better place,” said Fritz Culver, “We are grateful for the opportunity to support promising young people in their educational endeavors.” 1978 Western graduate, Fritz Culver and his wife Elaine, established the Mountaineer STEM Scholarship in 2021. A 4-year, full tuition and fees scholarship with an additional stipend for housing for up to four (4) years for Western students majoring in a STEM program. Each year, a minimum of two deserving students are awarded the Mountaineer STEM and gain two very passionate, kind and encouraging supporters, Fritz and Elaine. “Overall I just wanted to thank you for helping me find my place here at Western” recipient Arissa Gaertner wrote to the Culvers, “I take a lot of pride in being a Mountaineer STEM scholar. Over the summer, I had some time to reflect on my academic journey here at Western and ultimately realized that while stress is relevant, resilience is key.”
Fritz Culver, Arissa Gaertner, Elaine Culver
“We believe STEM students are uniquely positioned to make the world a better place. We are grateful for the opportunity to support promising young people in their educational endeavors.”—Fritz Culver Fritz reflected on a particular memory during his time as a Western student that involved an organic chemistry class, “I had botched a lab and was redoing it during finals week.” His professor, Dr. Laplante, came into the lab and asked why he was in the lab and not studying for finals. Fritz explained that he had to get a decent grade on the lab in order to get an A in the class. Hours later, Fritz took the results into Dr. Laplante’s office. “He glanced quickly at the results and responded with ‘Perfect’” Fritz recalled. “I have always suspected I botched the lab again but my compassionate professor was rewarding me for effort.” Alyssa hit the nail on the head, resilience is key at Western and it’s a characteristic that the Mountaineer STEM scholarship recognizes, rewards, and encourages as their students continue to pursue their education passions at Western. Elaine’s undergraduate experience was at a large research-oriented university in California. Many classes were taught by teaching assistants and it was rare for an instructor to even know her name. She contrasts this with Fritz’s college experience and fully endorses the support they give Western through their remarkable scholarship. “It is a great pleasure to reconnect with Western after more than four decades.” Fritz exclaimed. This scholarship is a monumental opportunity for STEM students at Western and is incredibly competitive as the engineering and computer science programs continue to grow, thanks to opportunities provided by passionate alumni and friends like Fritz and Elaine Culver. 20
Fritz Culver, Kai Vong, Elaine Culver
Miller and Adair Reunion A Reunion 60 Years in the Making
In the mid 1950’s, little Jeanie Miller purposefully missed the bus on the last day of school to have a few more minutes with her beloved teacher Ms. Joan Adair. Jeanie was an 11-year-old girl who lived on her family ranch in Gunnison, who didn’t want 5th grade to end. She had grown so close to her teacher that she couldn’t bear the thought of starting a summer without her. She decided to hide in the old schoolhouse, peeking around the corner until the school bus drove away without her. Then she ran up to Ms. Adair, chatting and waiting for hours until her parents could come to pick her up. Jeanie knew she would be in trouble, but she also knew then, as she will tell you today, that it was worth it to have Ms. Adair to herself one more time. Little did either one of them know that on a sunny May morning in 2022, they would both enjoy a reunion more than 60 years in the making that was more than a coincidence. Joan Adair (’52 BA, ’53 MA), after earning her Master’s degree in Education from Western, would go on to teach elementary school in Gunnison for seven years, then went on to become the first female school psychologist in Colorado. In 1967, Joan purchased a red angus ranch outside of Cotopaxi, which she still runs to this day. She has always had a love for students and for Western. Three years ago, Joan started The Adair Scholarship Fund to assist promising students who come from rural areas in Colorado. She visits her scholarship students and celebrates her birthday with her Western Foundation Family each May. This year there were 92 symbolic candles on her red angus-shaped birthday cake. But the greatest present was unexpected. Jeanie Miller (’70) grew up in Gunnison, and followed in the footsteps of her favorite teacher, Ms. Adair, teaching physical education in schools throughout CO, and was named Colorado Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1988 before retiring back to her family’s
The 2022 Adair Scholars: Conor Dawson, Sage Harrison, Joan Adair, Wyatt Buhr. (not pictured: Sidney Hague)
ranch. Jeanie also shared Joan’s heart for students, and has generously endowed The Jeanie Miller Women’s Basketball Scholarship and created the Jeanie Miller Volleyball Scholarship at Western. She volunteers at the Pioneer Museum, just south, across Hwy. 50, from Western’s campus. Jeanie had mistakenly taken the keys to the Museum’s golf cart home with her on Wednesday night, and came back to the Museum on Thursday morning to return them on her day off. It was then that the Museum staff told her that there was another Western grad touring the Museum upstairs with Western Foundation staff members to celebrate her 92nd birthday. Jeanie went up to meet her. When Jeanie Miller and Joan Adair saw each other, no introductions were necessary. They fell into each other’s arms, laughing and crying and sharing stories of that day many decades ago when Jeanie couldn’t bring herself to say goodbye. Joan was unaware that Jeanie purposely missed the bus that day and followed in her footsteps as a teacher. It was a sweet Western reunion after a lifetime apart. Jeanie was able to join Joan’s birthday lunch celebration at the Foundation later that day. And Jeanie sat where she belonged, right next to Joan. The bonds that Western people forge, of teacher to student, and friend to friend, though separated by miles and decades – endure. It was a touching reminder the what makes our lives rich and meaningful are the people who indelibly leave their loving mark on us. Western is a place where those bonds are made, sustained and revisited. Thank you, Joan and Jeanie, for being two remarkable women who are linked by timeless admiration, and the desire to bless the lives of future generations of Western students. Indeed, it’s all about relationships, and we are grateful to have you two as cherished members of the Western family.
Joan Adair (left) Jeanie Miller (right)
Gift Elevates Students
O’Shaughnessy Foundation Scholarship It was said of the late Ignatius Aloysius (I.A.) O’Shaughnessy, that he “loved surprising those in need with a sudden solution to their seemingly impossible problem.” And the I. A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation he established continues that beautiful legacy. Daniel (Dan) J. O’Shaughnessy is I.A.’s grandson, and a 1978 Business graduate of Western. Dan has great affection for Western and has supported his alma mater throughout the years. When Dan and his wife, Jeanne, attended the Mountaineer Gala last year honoring fellow Mountaineer and friend, Peter Dea (’76 Geology), they saw and met several Western students, and they got a very generous idea. They worked with the board of the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation to establish the Elevate Scholarship with a grant of $100,000. The goal of the Scholarship is to help Western students: • who are top tier students, self-motivators and high achievers • who volunteer their time and work with charitable organizations • who are the first in their family to go to college providing access to financial and career success • who otherwise would not have the hope of pursuing a degree because of financial inability
Dan and Jeanne O’Shaughnessy at the 2022 Celebration of Giving Banquet sharing a meal with their 4 inaugural student recipients.
• who are members of underrepresented groups such as racial minorities and/or students from rural areas
“Dan and Jeanne love surprising students in need with a sudden solution to their seemingly impossible problem as much as I.A. did. And that’s a great way to live and give.” —Tom Burggraf
They wanted every dollar of their grant to go directly to student recipients to cover their unmet needs for tuition, fees, room, board and books. It was important to the Foundation that no portion of the grant be used for program operation or administrative costs (which is also in keeping with the policies of Western Foundation). That would ensure that the return-on-investment in the lives, educations and futures of these students would be as efficient, effective and transformational as possible. Dan, Jeanne, and the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation board felt that helping students who have experienced a lifetime of scarcity to a four-year education by only offering one-year of scholarship support would only partially fill the needs of the students. Their goal was to see the freshmen receiving their scholarships walk across the commencement stage four years later to accept their diploma. So, they committed to supporting their scholarship recipients throughout their time at Western through a cumulative “needs-throughgraduation” plan. This fall, Western had the privilege of welcoming five O’Shaughnessy Foundation Elevate Scholars to campus. These students are supported and thriving in ways only possible with the compassionate generosity of the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. Dan and Jeanne recently joined four of their students at the Western Foundation’s annual Celebration of Giving Banquet. “Dan, Jeanne, and the I. A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation are providing Western students a future defined by their dreams rather than debt or regret for opportunities lost or denied. Their scholarships change our students’ lives, and for that, we are so grateful.” Said Tom Burggraf, Executive Director. “Dan and Jeanne love rewarding students for their outstanding achievements with opportunities in higher education as much as I.A. did. And that’s a great way to live and give.” 22
PLANNING & GIFTING
Where Will You be Remembered? Make Western a part of your legacy
As one moves into the 4th quarter of life it’s natural to ask, “Beyond my family and friends, where will I be remembered? Where will my life and legacy be celebrated?” Ideally, it would be at a place that you treasure as much as it treasures you. Western Colorado University is just such a place. There are many alumni and friends who have remembered Western Colorado University Foundation in their wills, and have secured a legacy here in the form of a named scholarship, professorship, or an endowed chair. And through that, their story is gratefully told, shared and cherished year after year. Yours can be too. Why not secure your legacy at Western through your will? Your will is one of the most important documents you can own. It dictates how your assets and possessions will be divided after your lifetime. It ensures your loved ones are financially protected should something happen to you. It provides peace of mind for your family. A will also is the first step in creating your legacy. Use Your Will to Give In addition to caring for loved ones, you can also use your will to extend your support of the organizations like Western you care about most. This gift is simple to make—all it takes is one sentence. You can also update your wishes as life changes to ensure your will meets your needs. Plus, a gift in your will doesn’t require you to part with assets today, but it allows you to make a big impact on Western’s mission. To make this gift: 1. Contact us to request sample language to use to make your gift. 2. Make an appointment with your estate planning attorney to create your will. If you already have a will, your attorney can draft a codicil to add your gift to the existing document. 3. Notify us of your intention. It would be our honor to thank you and welcome you into our Heritage Society. Plus, your generosity may even inspire others to follow in your footsteps. (Wishes of anonymity will be honored, of course.) Create Your Legacy When you include Western in your will, you create a legacy of giving and ensure we can continue our work well into the future – it’s a wonderful way to be remembered. Please contact Tom Burggraf, Executive Director, 970-641-2237, email@example.com to get started. Western Colorado University Foundation does not give legal or financial planning advice. Please consult your financial advisor or estate attorney.
Your Life: Your Story
Tell it through “The Story Behind the Scholarship” The most cherished thing you leave behind won’t be a thing. It will be insight into who you truly are. One way to document your life and your values is through a tradition that’s lasted 3,500 years: Writing a legacy letter. You do not need to be a strong writer to create something meaningful. Bullet points are just as effective as long-form writing. Jotted notes work well, too. Perfection is the enemy of this heartfelt project. To ensure success: • Set a deadline. This is an easy task to procrastinate. • Find a quiet spot to write that is comfortable and memory-filled. Grab a treasured photo album to flip through for inspiration. • Give yourself room to return and revise if you like. Documenting your values is unlikely to be an activity for a single sitting. Questions to Ask: In preparing your story, think about the experiences that shaped your values. The following questions can help you get started. • What values are most important to you? • What major events affected your view of life? • Who has been your biggest influence? • How have you influenced others during your lifetime? • What are you most grateful for personally and professionally? • What are the most important lessons you have learned from your loved ones, friends or colleagues? • What are your hopes and dreams for the future? • What advice do you want to leave your loved ones? Once you’ve jotted down some initial thoughts, you can begin to weave those values and beliefs into your legacy letter. Remember to share your connection to Western in your letter and feel free to contact us at 970-641-2237 or mbode@ western.edu if you would like to include a gift to us as part of your legacy. What is “The Story Behind the Scholarship” and what’s the connection to my legacy letter? “The Story Behind the Scholarship” is a meaningful tradition we’ve established and carried on for decades at the Western Foundation. Each student who receives a donor-funded scholarship also receives a document written by their donor called “The Story Behind the Scholarship.” In essence, it’s your legacy letter. This allows your scholarship recipient(s) to know: • They are receiving the belief and encouragement of a caring donor like you (far more than tuition assistance) • They are learning from and carrying on the mantle of your legacy and wisdom • They are challenged to follow in your footsteps It is a powerful inspiration for our scholarship recipients. And if you’d like to establish a scholarship at Western and have your story inspire future generations of students, it will be meaningful to both you and them. Contact Mackenzie Bode at 970-641-2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about it. Western Colorado University Foundation does not give legal or financial planning advice. Please consult your financial advisor or estate attorney.
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Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex Major Gifts Bring the Dream to Life The Mountaineer Bowl is one of the most magical places on Western’s storied campus. It’s the place where Western students begin and end their time on campus (from orientation convocation to commencement). It’s where more people of the Western and Gunnison communities gather than any other place. One can almost hear the echoes of cheers and applause that have poured from that place over its lifetime. It is a place of coming together for celebration. It is the largest gathering spot in the Valley and always for something exciting and uplifting. But there was a blemish on the Bowl. The Press Box, the command center and focal point, was one of the oldest and weakest standing buildings in the Valley. This building, because of lack of state funding, particularly for athletics, had been held together with “baling wire and chewing gum.” The paradox was sad and almost offensive – the front porch of Western and the gathering place of the people of the Valley, looks out on the inspiring mountains South of town from a feeble and crumbling structure. A group of alumni major donors decided to change all that. Through their generosity, they lit the fuse for the effort to replace the Press Box and renovate Mountaineer Bowl. Jeff (’75 Geology and a member of the Western Foundation Board) and Karen (’75 History) Holway made the first gift, before anyone else believed enough to invest. Neither was a NCAA student-athlete at Western, yet they saw the tremendous importance of the project for Western’s reputation, upward momentum, and the need to support the Mountaineer studentathletes who compete there, and the community that gathers there. Jeff and Karen gave $400,000 as a way to inspire confidence in the effort from the very start. Jeff explained, “We wanted to do this for the sake of our students, community, alumni, and the self-image and pride of Western, to send the message that Western stands for excellence, and will never settle for limitations or low expectations.” Don Jackson (’80 Accounting, and a former Member of the Foundation Board), and his wife Michelle, followed with a massive gift of their own, this one from someone who left their mark on the stadium. Don played offensive guard for the Mountaineers as part of the
legendary O-Line nicknamed “The Big Red Wall.” “This Bowl project is one that has been a long time coming for Western,” said Jackson. “And I am grateful to be able to help bring it to fruition. Michelle and I are pleased to make a gift of $300,000 and name the home game-day locker room for “The Big Red Wall.” Don and Michelle structured their gift as a challenge/ match for Western alumni and friends to match 1:1 gifts to the Bowl Renovation up to $300,000. Quickly, Rob and Vicki (’86 Business, member of the Alumni Advisory Council) Wheeler and Tim Bergquist (’92 Business) generously answered the challenge with major gifts of their own, followed by many gifts from other alumni student-athletes, members of MFAA, and friends. Michael O. Johnson (’77 Political Science) visited campus in May, 2022 to deliver a special MasterClass of “Rules of the Road” to a standing room only crowd in the Rady School’s largest lecture hall and gave the Commencement address in a capacity crowd at Mountaineer Bowl. “Just being there, looking at the stunning view of the mountains, from the tired and worn Bowl itself, it was clear that our stadium needed to match its setting, both in beauty and grandeur. It was then that I told my friend, interim president Nancy Chisholm, that I would be giving $450,000 to the project.” The Holway, Jackson and Johnson gifts lit the fuse, another gift would redefine and elevate the project. When Paul Rady (’78 Geology) spoke with then interimpresident Nancy Chisholm (’90 Business) about the importance of the Mountaineer Bowl project to the University, he decided to match his tremendous investment in Western Academics (founding and funding the Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Katy O. Rady Soccer Field) with an additional transforming gift to Western Athletics. “Understanding the important role athletics plays on campus, Katy and I wanted to complement Western’s expanded academic programming with a well-deserved enhancement to the athletic core,” said Paul Rady. Paul and Katy stepped up with a transformative multimillion-dollar commitment to expand the project to include: • New 10,000 square foot press box to include locker WESTERNUP.ORG
and training rooms to accommodate women’s soccer and their opponents, scorekeeper box, coaches’ boxes, broadcast booths, hospitality suites, filming platform, restrooms and a concession area with concourse. • 20,000 square foot gateway entrance to the Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex inclusive of a new ticket office, two locker and training room facilities for football game days and track meet usage, officials’ locker room, and restrooms. • Addition of artificial turf playing surface and lighting to allow for expanded usage • New video/scoreboard including a filming platform • Resurfaced track to enhance our Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams “The Mountaineer Bowl is a highly-visible pillar of our campus and, in its current condition, does not represent the level of excellence we aim to achieve. We hope to inspire our alumni, community, students and their families when they attend events at the complex. Now, with Paul and Katy’s generosity, together with the Holway, Jackson and Johnson major gifts, we will have a facility that matches the one-of-a-kind, majestic views from Mountaineer Bowl to help make that impact,” said past Interim President Nancy Chisholm. She continued,
“Our student-athletes excel academically, retain and graduate at very high levels and are leaders on this campus. A renovated complex helps us recognize the critical role they play at our institution.” It is expected that the project will cost approximately $30 million, with $1.5 million remaining to be raised. Western will recognize major gifts to the Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex with naming opportunities within the gateway facility, field, track, and press box. Athletic Director Miles Van Hee shared, “this has been a priority project for the university and athletic department for many years. Having Paul and Katy’s commitment, along with the support of other generous Mountaineers, will allow us to fulfill this long-awaited dream, and create a Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex that demonstrates our vision for championship-caliber excellence.” Mesa Properties, who built the 75,000 square foot Gold LEED certified Rady Building, has begun construction this past summer with a goal of opening the new Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex by fall, 2023. For more information on the Mountaineer Bowl Events Complex and opportunities to be a part of this monumental renovation, visit https://gomountaineers. com/facilities/mountaineer-bowl-events-complex/1.
Name a Row of Bleachers with Seat Back ($5,000/row) Name a Soccer Locker in Press Box building ($1,000/locker) Name a Football Locker in Paul Wright Gym ($1,000/locker) Name a Tile on the Donor Wall of Mountaineer Bowl ($250/$500/$750 each, depending on size) If you’d like to have your name engraved, please contact Miles Van Hee at email@example.com.
Lend your name to this historic project! There are naming opportunities to suit many gift sizes.
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Engineering Club Aims for Competition
New Society of Automotive Engineers club heads to Washington In 2023, young engineers from across the country will gather in Washington to put their hand-built, off-road recreational vehicles to the test, pushing the single-seat machines through events that measure maneuverability, suspension and more. That’s where the Western Colorado University Baja SAE team hopes to compete next year for the first time. SAE, which stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers, has more than 100 collegiate chapters across the U.S. and internationally, creating a space for students and industry experts to overlap, learn and build. A group of Western students first formed the club last year and are looking not only to enter the competition, but to inspire underclassmen to continually improve the design and expand the program’s reach to a new generation of engineers. For the multinational competition, engineering students are tasked with designing and building a prototype of a small, single-seat, all-terrain vehicle that is intended for sale. Students are given a basic chassis, or base frame, and one engine. The rest is crafted by hand. “And what that does is make it a very large engineering problem,” said SAE club vice president Sean Quinn. “How do you design suspension? How do you design your gearing to be as efficient as possible to give any bit of competitive edge over all these other engineering schools?” The competition boils down to not only how well teams can design, manufacture and drive their vehicle but also their ability to market the idea — justifying methodology and cost to the judges. While four out of five of the team’s members are mechanical engineering students, the club is led by president DJ Char, who is a business major. Together they plan to merge their skill sets to build a competition-worthy project. The build also serves as a capstone project for the seniors. While other projects pick up in the middle or finish work other students have done, this is different, said team member Kaiya Firor. Instead she will get to see her own work from start to finish. In order to compete, one of the team’s biggest tasks is fundraising. The group has raised $30,000 to purchase the materials necessary to design, fabricate and test the vehicle and ultimately be competitive in Washington. Time for the five teammates to build and test is limited — the competition they are aiming for is set for May 31-June 3, 2023. “There is a chance that if we get all of our ducks in a row, and we just go, go, go, we can have a vehicle,” Quinn said. “Obviously, it’s not going to be perfect and not going to be nearly as complex as the other teams. But we’re looking at the other teams, and we say, we can do that.” The excitement and push to compete has been backed largely by Chandra Proffitt, Western alum and co-owner of the local business Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers. Quinn and Char have worked for the company as interns. When Western-CU Boulder Partnership Program Director Jenifer Blacklock reached out this summer for help getting the SAE program off the ground, Proffitt was ready to help. Inspired by Char and Quinn, and even more so the female students, Proffitt said she wants to see the team succeed and is honored to be in a position to give back. “This is a hands-on project that turns theory into a tangible product,” she said. “That’s one of my favorite aspects of the automotive industry — after all the hard work and design, there is an awesome piece of machinery to behold, with all five senses.” The team’s goal is to build the entire chassis before the end of first semester. When the students return from Christmas break, they will begin modifying the engine and look for ways they can create the most powerful vehicle while fulfilling the other competition requirements. Written by: Bella Biondini
Western Music Family
New faces and programs build a growing music community With a passion to teach and make music, hard work, and some Western grit, the future of Music at Western is bright. We couldn’t continue to develop the talents and potential of Western Music students without our loyal supporters, corporate concert sponsors and Western Music Partners members! The faculty, staff and student musicians are grateful for the encouragement and collaborative spirit of our alumni and friends. Together we form a community of people who believe in each other and in making music to impact the world around us.
We welcome new faculty members, Dr. Darkson Magrinelli, Director of Woodwinds and Professor Lillian Magrinelli, Director of Choirs and Voice. These internationally acclaimed performers enrich the Department of Music and Gunnison community. They are already inspiring our students and will be programming ambitious recitals this fall. Dr. Brett Keating joined our faculty as Director of Bands in 2021 and has already revamped the perennial All-Colorado Honor Band. He brings tremendous energy and experience including extensive work with championship-division Brass Bands across the country. He and veteran percussion instructor Dr. Ben Justis continue to be a dynamic duo who motivate students and bring a new level of artistry to our concerts. Completing our music department is Martha Watson Violett, Senior Emeritus Professor of Music; Alicia Belgiovane, Collaborative Pianist and Ken Todd, Chair of the Music Department and Director of Orchestral Activities.
Quigley Hall is bustling with excitement as the Western Colorado University Department of Music has experienced 300% growth and a 98% retention rate for the 2022 fall semester. The launch of the new Athletic Band Program, featuring the new and already popular Drum Line performing at football games and University events is just a shadow of what is in the future for the WCU Music Department.
The Department continues to support student musicians through robust scholarships for majors, minors, and skilled non-major participants. Parents, friends and music fans can watch our concert live streams and follow us on social media through the tag @MusicAtWCU.
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We are excited to elevate our Western Music family and hope you will be a part of the next chapter of the music program. If you’re interested in getting involved and giving back to the present and future musicians and music community please contact Perry Anderson at email@example.com or 970-209-3104.
Wellness at Western Q&A with Niccole Swaggerty
Q. Can you speak to the goals and efforts of universities across the nation addressing student wellness needs and concerns? Nicole: I have connected with colleagues in our region and across the state, as well as in Wyoming and Montana, and can see similarities. Efforts include supporting mental health and well-being, providing access to preventative medical services, including annual exams and vaccinations, sharing information and practices that address contagious illnesses, and supporting access to food and nutrition. The biggest topics we have discussed have been around COVID-19, monkeypox (MPV), and mental health – now the conversation is around substance use and polysubstance use. Q. How is Western prioritizing student wellness? What programs, education and resources do students have access to? Nicole: To support students, Western has prioritized many support services across campus including the EPIC Mentors program, U-Turn to support students struggling academically, Campus Recreation programs to support the students physically, socially and recreationally, and a Food Hub on campus to increase access to food for students. As well, other mental health services include a 24/7 virtual platform to access health coaching, counseling, psychiatric services, and crisis response. We also are grateful to have a scholarship program called Western Rising that supports mental health counseling for students with providers in the Gunnison Valley. Our onsite Campus Center provides direct in-person therapy and counseling support for students, staff, and faculty. Q. Who are the Peer Health Educators and what are their roles on campus? Nicole: Western utilizes a best-practice peer educator model to create and implement campus health and wellness programs. Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are trained as a Certified Peer Educator to help their fellow Mountaineers non-judgmentally make safe, healthier decisions and access needed resources. They provide interactive and fun events and learning opportunities for students, campus groups, in classes, and in the community! Q. Sometimes living your dreams isn’t easy, students struggle with a variety of challenges during college. How can alumni, parents, and friends of the university play a part in the wellness of current and future mountaineers?
You can also make a gift to Western Rising Mental Health Scholarships by visiting www.westernup.org/and directing your gift to “Western Rising”. Each $100 gift is a mental health scholarship that gives a student a free counseling session.
Niccole: Promote mental, physical, emotional wellness in your families, friend groups and communities. Be an advocate, normalize the need and use of wellness services, and connect with Student Affairs to learn more about the many student services and programs offered and how you can support them, you can even get involved as a volunteer.
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Athletes soar in competition and classroom 11 All-American certificates in 2021-22 academic year
Western student-athletes earned 11 All-American certificates across the 2021-22 academic year, beginning with a quartet from cross country and one football player during the fall sports season. At the NCAA Division II cross country championship meets, Allison Beasley and Katie Doucette earned women’s All-American honors, and Cade Michael and Michael Grabowski did so in the men’s race. The other fall-sport athlete with national honors was defensive tackle Will Lydle in football. Winter sports added five more All-American honors by Mountaineer student-athletes. Cody Fatzinger and Hunter Mullin picked up theirs at D-II wrestling nationals, and Doucette – with two All-American results – and Malcom Wesley added to the haul at the D-II indoor track and field championship meet. The award season wasn’t yet over for Doucette, though, as she raced to her fourth All-American honor in 2021-22 at the outdoor track and field championship meet. Western Colorado was well represented at national championship competitions during the year: • Football -- with its first share of the conference title since 1998 -- earned a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1997, and hosted an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1991 • Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in their respective NCAA D-II championship meets, with the men finishing seventh overall and the women placing ninth • Wrestling used seventh- and eighth-place individual performances from Hunter Mullin and Cody Fatzinger, respectively, to finish in a tie for 30th place at the D-II championship • Mountaineer Cheer represented WCU at the 2022 United Spirit Association Nationals, finishing in third place within the Small Co-Ed Show Cheer4-year College Division, trailing only a pair of Division I squads while finishing as the highest placing D-II squad, and ahead of the other two RMAC squads at the competition as well as in front of two other D-I teams • Indoor track & field finished 20th in the women’s team standings and 44th in the men’s standings at the indoor national meet, behind Katie Doucette’s pair of All-American races (3,000m and 5,000m runs) and Malcom Wesley’s All-American leap in the long jump competition • Outdoor track & field completed the championship year for Western, as Doucette earned another All-American honor with an eighth-place finish in the women’s 5,000m that placed the Mountaineers 57th in the women’s team standings • Swimming and diving sent its first diver to the national event as Sarah Mortenson posted qualifying point totals on both the 1- and 3-meter boards while setting team records for both events.
Several Mountaineers earned personal accolades within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: • Cade Michael was named men’s cross country Summit Award winner (top GPA) • Will Lydle was tabbed football defensive player of the year • Anthony Johnson was named football defensive freshman of the year • Jas Bains was named football coach of the year • Eireann Donohoe was voted women’s outdoor track & field freshman of the year
Getting things done in the classroom as well as at their competition venues, Mountaineer student-athletes posted a 3.34 grade-point average across the 2021-22 academic year. Western placed 109 student-athletes on the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement list; 9 on first team RMAC All-Academic teams; and 165 on their respective RMAC All-Academic Honorable Mention lists. Within team RMAC academic honors, women’s swimming and diving earned the league’s Brechler Award—presented to the teams that post the highest GPA in each of the conference’s 21 varsity sports—with a team GPA of 3.621. Near the start of the 2022-23 academic year, on Friday, September 23, the Class of 2022 was inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame. The Class was composed of Paul Fields ’78 (track & field), Eric Hannah ’98 (football), Lynn Levy ’54 (skiing and football), Craig Otto ’98 (wrestling), Kim (Pennapacker) Callis ’83 (women’s swimming), and posthumously, James “Skip” Pritchard ’77 (football, MFAA). Also recognized at the ceremony were Citation of Achievement honorees: Eireann Donohoe ’25 (track & field), Anthony Johnston ’23 (football), Mackenzie Burt ’22 (track & field), Cade Michael ’22 (cross country, track & field), Will Lydle ’22 (football), women’s swimming and diving (RMAC Brechler Award), Jas Bains (head football coach), Joe Packard ’01 (cross country, track & field), Kirby Henderson ’96 (cross country, track & field), Kelly Christensen ’05 (cross country, track & field), Tate Lowe ’09 (wrestling). Western athletics continues to contribute to the University enrollment numbers. Current figures show 419 NCAA varsity athletes from 13 sports. Including all varsity sports under the purview of athletics (cheer and Esports), there is a total of 500 student athletes.
Student Affairs Adopts a Curricular Approach to Student Learning Adding additional value to the out-of-class experience
What if we change the way students experience college outside of the classroom? This question has been driving the redevelopment of how we think about the student experience at Western. Although Western has always been innovative when it comes to students, a new and exciting effort is under way this fall to add additional value to the out-of-class experience. The Curricular Approach is a national best practice that offers a more cohesive means to efficiently use campus resources requiring staff to evaluate programming based on student learning and development. Shifting to this curricular approach provides intentionality, structure, and sequenced learning that is applied to college student experiences beyond the classroom (Kerr, 2017). In 2020, the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) began working on our curricular approach in an effort to serve students more intentionally and improve collaboration and cohesion among departments. The entire DSA team met regularly in 2021 and 2022 to discuss the desired learning culture which centers around our five goals for student learning, explained below. The goal of switching to a curricular approach is to increase student wellbeing and learning while enhancing the out-of-class experience for all Western students. Additionally, we hope to see increased student success and retention, decreased student conduct issues, increased professional staff engagement and job satisfaction, and a new culture of learning that puts the student at the center. We know, it’s a large undertaking and the journey has only just begun. Below you will see the learning goals and objects that make up our current curricular approach. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to experience learning and development in each of the five areas during their time at Western. Success in this endeavor will be obvious when students graduate as well-rounded individuals ready to take on their next adventure. Educational Priority As a result of their experiences at Western Colorado University students will become curious lifelong learners who foster change in their communities. Goals and Objectives Justice - Students will seek justice for themselves and others by • Exhibiting an awareness of their personal identities • Demonstrating skills to be an ally • Exhibiting empathy for others • Demonstrating moral courage Well-Being - Students will manage factors that affect their well-being by • Using available wellness resources • Practicing self-awareness • Demonstrating self-advocacy • Demonstrating resilience Life Skills - Students will approach life with ownership and integrity by
Curiosity - Students will approach life with an open and curious mind by • Asking questions to seek understanding • Learning from their mistakes • Intentionally seeking new experiences • Critically evaluating information Belonging - Students will foster belonging for self and others by • Identifying their purpose for being at Western • Engaging with on and off campus opportunities • Articulating how understanding of self contributes to a sense of belonging
• Articulating their values
• Cultivating their communities
• Identifying the steps needed to achieve their goals
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• Making decisions based on how their choices affect themselves and others
SCHOLARSHIP & MEMORIAL
Scholarship & Memorial Funds The following is a list of funds and scholarships, many of which have been established by family and friends of loved ones who have passed as a way to remember someone special. Memorial funds leave a legacy at Western Colorado University and can be directed towards scholarship, a campus department, or experiential learning. Starting a fund is a rewarding way to pay tribute to a loved one or acknowledge the influence someone had in your life. Contact the Foundation if you would like to set up a memorial or legacy fund to pay tribute at 970-641-2237. ALUMNI Alumni Scholarship Fund ART Mary Alber Memorial Scholarship Al Caniff Art Scholarship Mabel deKoevend Art Scholarship August J. Grosland Art/Alumni Scholarship August and Loretto Grosland Masters in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization James Irwin Memorial Scholarship Brian Hirsh Award Marsha T. and Pat T. Julio Memorial Art Scholarship Chris and Barbara Minard Memorial Art Scholarship John W. Peterson Memorial Scholarship Ethel Rice Art Scholarship Dr. Linda Schele Memorial Art Scholarship Linda M. Sweitzer Memorial Art Scholarship Gene Tobey Memorial Art Scholarship ATHLETICS Ashley Memorial Cheerleading Scholarship Tracy Borah Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Bus Riders Football Scholarship J.W. and Joan Campbell Memorial Wrestling Scholarship William Charlesworth Memorial Scholarship Rise Cheerleading Scholarship Nancy Chisholm Honors Athletes Scholarship Bob Decker Basketball Scholarship Lisa Thomas Duits Memorial Scholarship Elevation Club William Finholm Memorial Scholarship Cecil Giles Football Scholarship Carol Greenlee Athletic Scholarship Hill Family Athletic Scholarship Josh Hotchkiss Linebacker Scholarship Coach Duke Iverson Memorial Scholarship Herbert and Marie Kaczmarek Memorial Scholarship Kappa Delta Mu Scholarship Brian Kiefer Memorial Scholarship Kelly B. Long Memorial Scholarship MacAllister Presidential Student Athlete Scholarship Ken MacLennan Scholarship Leon “Okie” and Sandy Mark Football Scholarship McCarthy/Torpey Men’s Basketball Scholarship McCarthy/Torpey Women’s Basktetball Scholarship Jeanie Miller Women’s Basketball Scholarship Jeanie Miller Women’s Volleyball Scholarship Luke Miller Memorial Cross Country Scholarship
Lowell “Bus” Myers Memorial Football Scholarship Pederson/Wright/Borah Scholarship Dan Pierce Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Ralph Porter Athletic Scholarship Edwin Randall Memorial Scholarship Ethel Rice Athletic Scholarship Jim Richards 1954 Football Scholarship Samuel William Nathaniel Roch Memorial Scholarship Sievers Wrestling Scholarship Joanie Mancini Todd Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholarship Track and Field Alumni Scholarship Duane Vandenbusche Cross County Scholarship George and Ruby Vandenbusche Memorial Cross Country Scholarship Women’s Basketball “Power in Numbers” Scholarship Women’s Swimming and Diving “Power in Numbers” Scholarship Paul Wright Memorial Scholarship John “Yank” Yankowich Memorial Football Scholarship Frank Zanetell Memorial Football Scholarship BEHAVORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES D.H. and Mildred Cummins Scholarship Charles H. Livermore Memorial Scholarship Paul A. Lowdenslager Memorial Lecture Series Scholarship Duane Vandenbusche History Scholarship Oliver & Caroline Whitehead Opportunity Fund Robert Glenn Wilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship COMMUNICATION, ARTS, LANGUAGE, LITERATURE Jim Baril Memorial English Scholarship Beta/Gern Communication and Theatre Scholarship Cope/Chevron Scholarship George and Marguerite Davidson Language Scholarship Jeane D. Fair Scholarship Charles Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship Glen W. Haley and Loies Borland English Memorial Scholarship R.I. Johnson Memorial Faculty Support Fund Valerie Mitchell Memorial English Scholarship EDUCATION Barr Foundation Scholarship John and Rosalie Birkholz Scholarship Brennecke/Elkins Memorial Scholarship Casebier Education Scholarship Delia Fay Haefeli Scholarship in K-12 Teacher Education Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Donald Timm Memorial Scholarship Kenneth H. and Mary Alice Hansen Memorial Scholarship Jerrold Hanson Memorial Scholarship Sophie Hamrick Knight Memorial Scholarship Owen Kuhn McWilliams Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship & Memorial Funds Karen and Ryan Liles Rural Teaching Fellowship Jennie and Fritz Nylund Memorial Scholarship Paul and Dorothy Reid Scholarship Roberta Rouse Scholarship Dan Tredway Memorial Education Scholarship Charles R. Tutor Education Scholarship Ann Zugelder Scholarship ENERGY MANAGEMENT American Association of Petroleum Landmen Scholarship Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen Scholarship Energy Management World Energy Project Fidelity Exploration and Production Scholarship Gunnison Energy Corporation Scholarship Gunnison Energy Management Scholarship for the Gunnison Valley Houston Association of Petroluem Landmen Scholarship Industry Partner Program Scholarship T.H. McElvain Oil & Gas Scholarship Ovintiv Oil and Gas Scholarship PDC Energy Scholarship Questar Exploration and Production Company Scholarship SM Energy Company Energy Management Scholarship George and Carol Solich Scholarship Paul Urban “Legends of Industry” Scholarship MATH, COMPUTER SCIENCE Calkins/Barge Math Scholarship William E. Dorgan Memorial Scholarship Mathmatical Studies Scholarship John C. Peterson Scholarship John Thyfault Math & Computer Science Scholarship Stephen Watson Memorial Scholarship MOUNTAIN RESCUE Yvonne Laudick Memorial Fund Mike Sanders, Jr. Memorial Scholarship MUSIC Lisa Anne Memorial Scholarship Leora Cooper Annin Memorial Scholarship Rodney and Anne Ash String Award Crested Butte Music Festival Scholarship Scott Forrest Christie Memorial Music Scholarship George F. Damson Scholarship Mabel deKoevend Memorial Music Scholarship Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Harvey Harriman Memorial Fund Lloyd and Dorothy Heiny Memorial Music Scholarship David and Shirley Killian Music Scholarship John and Georgie Kincaid Instrumental Music Scholarship David and Steven MacAllister Fund Wayne H. Milheim Music Scholarship Music Alumni Scholarship Marjorie Porter Memorial Scholarship Jean Ranson Vocal Music Memorial Scholarship Edwyl Redding Memorial Scholarship Rachel Rice Music Fund
Marguerite Vouga Rule Scholarship Margaret Stewart Vocal Music Fund Les Turner Music Fund Charles R. Walker, Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship NATURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES The Ralph “Tim” Allen and Anne Blackstock Allen Natural and Environmental Sciences Library Resource Endowment Jacob Baker Memorial Geology Field Studies Fund Bartelson/Prather Geology Scholarship Elliot Brown MCAT Prep Scholarship George and Marguerite Davidson Geology Scholarship Hugo A. Ferchau Memorial Scholarship A.W. Lawrence Memorial Scholarship Mason and Betty Light Scholarship Casey James McKenny Memorial Scholarship Fred J. Menzer, Jr. Geology Memorial Scholarship Valerie Mitchell Memorial Geology Scholarship Moncrief Scholarship in Petroleum Geology Richard W. and Belva R. Moyle Geology Scholarship Mycology Scholarship James D. Nauman Scholarship Pre-Health Scholarship Stewart Family Scholarship Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society Scholarship Ted Violett Memorial Science Fund Ralph and Florence Walker Memorial Scholarship Oliver & Caroline Whitehead Opportunity Fund PAUL M. RADY SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING The Patty Dixon Foose Engineering Scholarship Mountaineer STEM Scholarship RECREATION, EXERCISE & SPORT SCIENCE Rick Bettger Athletic Training Scholarship Lucy Causley Endowment Ernest Degutis Scholarship Donald S. Eastman Recreation Scholarship Carl “Duke” Iverson Memorial Scholarship Praxl Scholarship SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Matthew J. Billmeyer Memorial Scholarship Harold E. Binford Business Scholarship Borick Business Scholar Days Borick Business Scholarship Business and Accounting Student Emergency Scholarship Denver Cherry Memorial Accounting Scholarship Corbett Family Opportunity Scholarship in Business James H. Cox Business Administration Scholarship Delta Sigma Pi Alumni Scholarship Stephen Paul Depp Memorial Scholarship Donald S. Eastman Business Scholarship Jim and Carol Greenlee Business Scholarship Gunnison Savings & Loan Scholarship F.S. Haverly Academic Scholarship
Scholarship & Memorial Funds William “Skip” Hunter Memorial Scholarship Phil and JoAnn Klingsmith Economics Scholarship Kathleen Kregel Scholarship Robert and Gloria Little Business Scholarship Patti Burritt Locke Accounting Scholarship Mikesell Scholarship in Accounting Mitchell Mateik Memorial Fund Marshall Miller Business Scholarship Scott and Monica Newman Accounting Scholarship Monica Newman Fund Outdoor Industry MBA Scholarship Ralph Porter Business Administration Scholarship Frank J. Pribyl Memorial Scholarship J. Ralph Reed Business Scholarship Dustin Roberts Scholarship Bill and Bertha Mae Schindler Memorial Scholarship School of Business International Scholarship Alva Sloan Memorial Internship Vern Whiting Business, Accounting and Economics Memorial Scholarship Roger E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Windmoeller Family Foundation Scholarship Elva Lea Wise Women’s Business Scholarship Wright Family - Athletes Mean Business Scholarship SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY Clark Fellowships Elizabeth Cobbins Environmental Justice Scholarship Defenders of Wildlife Wolf Fellowship Gupta Mountain Resilience Corps High Country News Fellowship Master’s in Environmental Management Haley Project Fund Mahaffey Environmental Studies Scholarship MEM Buttermore Biosecurity Grant Mike Martin Memorial Scholarship Montezuma Land Conservancy Multicultural Scholarship/Fellowship James D. Nauman Envioronmental Studies Scholarship Powderhorn Water Fellowships M. Agazio Ritzel Scholarship Telluride Institute Think Radio Fellowship SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES Genre Fiction Scholarship Fund Nature Writing Scholarship Fund Poetry Concentration Scholarship Fund Publishing Scholarship Fund Screenwriting Scholarship Fund STUDENT AFFAIRS Martha Carr Westerner’s in Transition Scholarship Community Church Westerner’s in Transition Scholarship Sam Degenhard Western Wings Scholarship Don Goodman Memorial Scholarship Thomas John Hensley Memorial Scholarship Helen Hirst Westerner’s in Transition Scholarship
Greg Miodonski Memorial Fund Rose Reitman Memorial Fund Partners/Retention Scholarship Roy Turner Student Fund John Winkelman Memorial Scholarship WILDERNESS PURSUITS Kent Jackson First Responders Memorial Fund Peter Terbush Memorial Fnd Wilderness Based Orientation Scholarship NON-DEPARTMENTAL FUNDS AAUW Zelda Rouillard Memorial Scholarship Adair Scholarship L.E. Antholz Scholarship Mariah Besecker Green Memorial Scholarship Beware the Air Scholarship Blees Family “Well-Rounded” Scholarship Bob and Rita’s Dance Scholarship Boettcher Opportunity Award Scholarship Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Lloyd Buswell Memorial Scholarship Gerald Caplan WSU Scholarship Nancy & Bill Cathey Scholarship CHFA Building the Future Scholarship Douglas and Charlotte Cotner Scholarship Chavez Fund for Professional Development Paul Colmen, Jr. and Mirta M. Coleman Memorial Scholarship Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Margaret Darr Crager General Scholarship James D. Crain and Pat Souder Crain Memorial Scholarship Scott Crismon Memorial Scholarship Culebra Range Community Coalition Environmental Scholarship Glen DeBroder Memorial Scholarship Evan James Dirksen Memorial Scholarship Gary Dolezal Memorial Scholarship Herbert J. Dorricott Memorial Scholarship Jared Escobar Memorial Fund FirstBank Scholarship Foundation Helping Hands Geiman Fellows Geiman Junior Fellows Ina Gerkey Memorial Fund Whitney Chantal Glover Memorial Scholarship Gunnison VFW Auxilliary #4267 Veterans Scholarship Gunnison Promise Fund Gunnison Watershed Scholarship Holbrook Family Scholarship Santiago Isola Memorial Scholarship R.I. Johnson Memorial Faculty Support Fund Joseph Kastellic Scholarship May Dye and Gerald Kearney Scholarship Brenda Gail Kenny Memorial Scholarship Lt. General Glenn A. Kent Memorial Scholarship Frances Hunter Presidential Scholarship Victoria J. Kirtay Memorial Fund Olaf Kjosness Memorial Scholarship
R & B Knigge Trail Running Scholarship LeRoux Family Memorial Educational Trust Scholarship Liaison Council Scholarship Robert and Gloria Little “Make a Difference” Scholarship Luftseben/TKD Scholarship MacAllister Presidential Honors Scholarship Nancy Menan Foundation Scholars Mohab Scholarship Steven L. Monfredo Memorial Scholarship Frank Musgrave Memorial Scholarship Margaret White O’Leary Scholarship Orahood OJC/WSC Scholarship I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation’s Elevate Scholarship Roy Payte Scholarship Pepsi Cola Academic Scholarship Pepsi Cola Need-Based Scholarship Harry and Sylvia Peterson Scholarship Ethel Phelps Memorial Scholarship Francis Phelps Scholarship Charles and Lucile Piquette Memorial Scholarship Ralph Porter Memorial Scholarship President’s International Scholarship Program Morgan L. Queal Memorial Scholarship Olivia L. and Fred A. Reichle Memorial Scholarship RE/MAX Community Brokers Scholarship James R. Richards Scholarship Freda T. Roof Memorial Scholarship Saltzman Family Scholarship San Juan Mining Scholarship Dexter T. Sapp Memorial Scholarship Mary A. Scherer Scholarship Cynthia Smith-McHolland Memorial Scholarship Sodexo Scholarship Travis J. Speck Memorial Scholarship Student First Scholarship Thornton Assistance Scholarship Dick Todd Memorial Arrupe Scholarship Turning Point Scholarship T.W.C Foundation Scholarship Vandenbusche/Johnson Gunnison Scholarship Veteran’s Scholarship
James “Jim” G. Oates served eight years on Western Colorado University’s Board of Trustees, dedicating his time, wealth and skills to Western. He was not from Gunnison and was not a Western Colorado University alumnus, but this Chicago business man was an active and impactful member of the Western family. “You could always count on Jim to ask tough questions, but at the same time he would be an advocate and a voice for faculty and students,” said Nancy Chisholm, Western’s interim president. Chisholm served for six years with Oates on the board of trustees. Chisholm remembers the sense of humor and “sharp” business acumen that Oates brought to the board. Trustee Rich Todd said he also admired the financial focus Oates brought to the trustees. “Jim was very sound from a fiscal perspective and he always had a firm grasp of the financials at Western,” said Todd, an alumnus who runs an investment consulting firm in Denver. “You have to run a university like a business. It’s highly competitive and we can’t take for granted how we create revenue and how we spend money.” Oates died on Dec. 27, 2021 after a long period of illness. He was 78. The youngest of three sons born to the late Helen and Gordon Oates in Kenton, Ohio, on April 2, 1943. He graduated from The Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree and played football for Woody Hayes. Upon graduation in 1966, Jim joined the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a Media Assistant and quickly advanced within the company to become President of the Leo Group, which is the fourth largest advertising agency in the world, with offices in more than 85 countries. During his 35 years at Burnett, his leadership, vision, and belief that “you win with people”, helped fuel the company’s growth and success. Jim was a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, where he also served as Chairman. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Jim retired from Leo Burnett in 2001. He and his wife, Sue, moved to a ranch in Gunnison, Colorado. They enjoyed a life surrounded by mountains, rivers, horses, their beloved dogs, Lucy and Bubba, and wonderful friends. He was a board member of the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Colorado State University Extension Advisory Board in Gunnison County. He co-founded and was a manager of the Gunnison River Partnership, a venture capital resource for the greater Gunnison valley. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Western Colorado University for eight years, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. His advice and counsel were often sought by many, and it was freely given. Jim passed away with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann Minter Oates, his two sons, Christopher James “C.J.” (Heather Heiberger) Oates, their three daughters, Arison, Brenton, and Harlow, and Matthew (Carrie Baldwin) Oates, and their daughter Landry, his brother Larry (Michele) Oates, and sister-in-law Gloria Oates. “Jim donated generously to Western,” said Tom Burggraf, Executive Director of the Western Foundation. Two of the gifts made by Oates and his wife Sue transformed the Borick Business Building. The first created the professional development center on the second floor, and another led to the commissioning of the bull and bear statue on the south patio. When making the gift for the sculpture, Oates said, “Great buildings need great art.” “He was always so supportive of the institution, always feeling like it hadn’t quite grown into the possibility that it has,” Mike LaPlante said. “He always had these grand visions and would do everything he could to help get us there as a trustee.”
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William Alvin “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr., passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2021, having lived a full and blessed 101 years. On his 101st birthday, Tex observed, “I guess you could say I have seen and done a whole lot of things in my lifetime.” A generous philanthropist and legendary oil man, Tex was most often described as a “wildcatter.” “Through his gracious and generous gifts, Tex elevated Western and the lives of our students in astounding ways including founding the Moncrief Petroleum Geology Endowment, Moncrief Anthropology Chair, Moncrief Energy Management Chair and the Moncrief Petroleum Geology Chair for Excellence. We will always hold him in our hearts with great appreciation, admiration and affection,” said Tom Burggraf, Executive Director. Born on the kitchen table in Hot Springs, Arkansas on March 27, 1920, Tex was the eldest of two sons of William Alvin “Monty” and Elizabeth Moncrief. In 1931, at the age of 11, Tex watched his father bring in a massive oil well in Gregg County - vastly enlarging Dad Joiner’s East Texas field discovery many, many miles south. - “It was just the greatest thing I ever saw. People were jumping around and hollering and hugging each other just like they’d won a football game. I decided on the spot that I wanted to become an oilman.” Tex graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1937 and earned a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas in 1942. After working in consolidated’s Fort Worth plant flight testing bombers destined for the allies, he returned to the East Texas field working for Stanolind Oil. Tex then joined the United States Navy, serving in the pacific. Standing on the island of Saipan, Tex watched american b-29’s carrying the worlds first atomic bombs take off from Tinian Island for Japan, and unconditional surrender. Retiring from the Navy, Tex joined his father Monty at Moncrief Oil. The close father-son relationship and the seemingly boundless opportunity at that time in the american oil industry proved immensely successful, with oil discoveries in East Texas, Louisiana, West Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and the Rockies. Throughout his career, Tex adhered to his father’s advice, “mind your own business and never go public.” Tex served on the University of Texas board of regents, receiving the distinguished alumnus award. Tex was a lifelong supporter of the Longhorns. In Fort Worth, his vision inspired the merger of the Moncrief Radiation Center with UT Southwest, creating the Moncrief Cancer Center on Magnolia Avenue. The cancer center charter stipulates the center be dedicated solely to serving the people of Fort Worth. Tex and his father Monty’s long support of the TCU Frogs and endowment of numerous buildings on the TCU campus is well known. Tex was a close friend of Marvin Leonard and Ben Hogan and served as Ben’s executor. He was a founding member and long serving president of Shady Oaks Country Club. Tex enjoyed (and generally won) a good gin game. He grew up fly fishing with his father and children at the family “river ranch” on the Gunnison river and golfing in Palm Springs. He astounded his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with his “magic tricks”. Never shy at the microphone, Tex delighted in breaking into a song to accompany his remarks. Tex was a lifetime member and supporter of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church as were his mother and father. Preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Richard Barto, wife Deborah Beggs, and three children: daughter Monty Francine, sons John Herbert, Charles Beggs, and W.A. Moncrief III. Tex is survived by his loving and much-loved wife Linda; sons, Richard Wesley Moncrief and Tom Oil Moncrief, step-children Debbie Johnson Ryan and Dr. Harold V. Johnson, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 44
James A. “Jim” Musgrave (’64) James A. “Jim” Musgrave (’64 History) passed away in October of 2022. Jim was a generous and beloved friend to Western, and one of the founding members of the Luftseben alumni group. He served in the Special Ops in the South Pacific, and lived his last years in Scottsdale, AZ. Jim served on the Western Foundation Board of Directors for six years in the early 2000’s and quietly and generously helped fund many important projects: The Frank A. Musgrave Memorial Scholarship, for his late brother; the Borick Business Building Faculty Annex; The University Center Pool Hall; the University’s Advancement and Marketing Campaign, among others, often choosing to give the credit to “The Luftseben” rather than himself. Jim will always be fondly remembered for his warmth, kindness, humor and generosity. “There are few alumni who left such an indelible impression on Western’s campus and on our hearts as Jim. We will remember and miss him dearly and gratefully,” said Tom Burggraf, Executive Director. WESTERNUP.ORG
In the first year of World War II, U.S. Navy Lt. Bill Drake was on convoy duty in the North Atlantic, shipping supplies and arms through enemy waters to our troops and allies in Iceland and England. His ship, the USS Pegasus, was damaged and towed to the Boston naval Shipyard for extensive repairs. He called his wife Quinica to bring their first son, David, on the 3,000-mile train ride from the West Coast to spend that shoretime together. Roger was born nine months later back at the Puget Sound Naval Hospital. His family loved nature. Along with his younger sister, Nancy, the family of five often hiked, fished, camped and skied on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, St. Helens (when it was taller, The Olympic and Cascade ranges and Pacific beaches. Over a period of ten years he was a cub scout, boy scout and explorer. These reinforced his lifelong values of being trustworthy, helpful,friendly, kind, cheerful and brave. These skills and interests partly determined his choice to live in Gunnison most of his life. He usually had a season pass at CBMR. He began working at Western in 1969. After several years of teaching he took several annual leaves to finish his doctorate in scientific social psychology at the University of Tennessee. There he also met and married Loretta, a graduate student in another department, and brought her back to Gunnison. She was immediately accepted into his circle of friends and colleagues. He enjoyed teaching. This involved extra work in the rigorous selection of textbooks that communicated well and were up-to-date with the science. He knew that learning through doing is more effective than mere reading and listening, so he spent much time and effort designing and grading student writing and speaking exercises. He told students that their increased attention and responsiveness in class would carry over positively into their professional and personal lives. Many times at Homecoming and elsewhere, former students told him that his humor in the classroom increased both attention and retention. He retired from Western in 2014. Somewhat by chance, he supplemented his teaching with scientific research, involving Western students as voluntary research subjects and sometimes, co-authors. He published 30 articles in scientific journals, mostly on the neuroscience of beauty, personal optimism, risk and persuasion (brain behavior). These can be found and read under his name at scholar.google.com Over 600 other scientists had mostly replicated or extended and expanded his empirical and theoretical conclusions. This scientific productivity led to four separate year-long visiting professorships at Sheffield Hallam University, England, CU Boulder, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He received other grants in Minnesota, Texas, Rochester University and Freie Universitat in Berlin. Before his death, Roger said, “We’ve enjoyed living in these urban settings with world-class art and music, but have always been happy to return to our friends here, along with excellent quality and community in Gunnison arts and music.” 46
Tom Prather, 85, a retired Western State College geology professor, died unexpectedly in a hiking accident on July 26 near Cottonwood Pass. Tom was born in 1936 and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. He was a fine all-around athlete at Kearney High School, excelling in football, track and field and swimming. Tom graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a degree in geology and then received a master’s degree and PhD in geology from the University of Colorado. While working on his PhD, Tom did research and mapped in the Elk Mountains near Crested Butte. In 1965 he was hired as a professor of geology at Western State College and taught there for 35 years. While at Western, Tom wrote “Geology of the Gunnison Country,” the definitive book on the geology of this area. He married Elaine Owens in 1971. The couple adopted two children, Katy and Drew, both of whom live in Gunnison. Tom was a man for all seasons — an outstanding skier, mountain biker, boater and runner. He skied all over Colorado, climbed 48 of the 14,000 foot peaks in the state, made over 100 river trips, including two through the Grand Canyon as well as boating through Glen Canyon before the dam was built. He also ran the Yampa, Delores and Green rivers. One of his most exciting experiences was sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in his boat with a crew of three. As a runner, he competed in many marathons, including one in Rome, Italy. One of his most memorable hikes was from the West Maroon trailhead, over Hasley, Trail Rider and Buckskin passes and into Aspen — 22 miles in one day. Many of his hiking, boating and skiing expeditions were done with his great friends, Ed Larson, Bruce Bartleson and Duane Vandenbusche. Tom married the love of his life, Shaunalee Petri in 2003, and the couple enjoyed 14 years of adventures around the world until her death in 2018. He is survived by daughter Katy; son Drew; granddaughter Akyla; Shaunalee’s two daughters, Allyson and Lyn; sister Janet Foote of Santa Rosa, California; brother Jim of Las Vegas, Nevada, along with numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Tom was one of the greatest persons anyone ever met. On a scale of one to 10, he truly was an 11. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Contributions in memory of Tom Prather should go to the Bartleson-Prather Fund in care of the Western Colorado University Foundation.
Jerry Dusa, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son passed away on September 30, 2022 at the age of 74. Jerry was born November 7, 1947 in Alexandria, Minnesota to Martin and Vi Dusa. He was the second born son to the couple and was one of four children in the family. Jerry attended Sacramento State College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration which prepared him for his successful career as a strong and respected business leader. Jerry was known and admired throughout the business world for his work ethic and his personal integrity. Jerry served on the Western Colorado University Foundation Board and was an impactful member during his term. On March 22, 1969 Jerry and Margret (Greta) Norbeck were married in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. They raised two sons, Christopher and Matthew. Jerry’s family was most precious to him as he would spend his time freely giving his advice, laughter and much love to his two grandsons, Ethan and Wyatt plus many nieces and nephews. He was known for his quick wit, thoughtful discussions, generosity, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Jerry will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Jerry had a passion for the water and was at his best when spending time on one of their many boats. The family enjoyed numerous boating adventures in the Virgin Islands, San Diego, the Puget Sound and the Sacramento Delta. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Martin, and mother, Vi. He is survived by his wife, Greta, their two sons, Chris and Matt, their wives, Jessica and Rasa, grandsons, Ethan and Wyatt, brothers, Lee and Jim, sister, Maryann, and many nieces and nephews.
Lionel “Bud” Smock
Bud passed away before the start of football season. He loved his sports! His passion for sports had a rather unpromising beginning. As a bold and curious 2 year-old, he managed to climb up on a haystack and then fell off, breaking both of his knees. He and his mother were whisked onto the first train to Denver heading for Children’s Hospital. Bud spent 6 years there. His doctor put him in leg braces and told him he would never play sports. That proclamation, however, didn’t stop Bud. He was able to become the All Conference Quarterback of the Delta Panthers Football team while promising his mom it was a “no contact” position. Bud continued his education at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado and received a B.A. and his Master’s Degree. It was there that he met and married Harriet Cleese. They have been married an amazing 68 years! Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Army serving in Germany with the U.S. Army 59th Field Artillery Battalion C Battery, Atomic Cannon Division. While stationed in Germany he was able to locate and visit his Norwegian relatives. He accepted a teaching contract in 1957 at Montezuma County High School in Cortez, CO, where he taught Biology and History and coached football and basketball. As head Basketball Coach his team won the League Championship in 1961, and in 1962 they won the first State Basketball Title in the school’s history. He was voted Coach of the Year. In 1967 he moved to Grand Junction and accepted the position of Director of Financial Aid at Mesa Junior College (now Colorado Mesa University). He remained in that position until retirement in 1988. While at Mesa State College he was President of the Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators in 19701971. He was elected to the Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators Hall of Fame in 1984. He served on St. Matthew’s Episcopal Vestry Board, Hill Top Board, Western State College Alumni Board, and Western State College Foundation Board. He was President of the Grand Junction Sunrise Lions and President of the Sons of Norway.
Bud also enjoyed fishing, the mountains, watercolor painting, gardening, his dogs and of course his children and grandchildren. Bud was extremely kind, warm, awesome and wonderful, and had a great sense of humor. He loved his family very much. He is survived by his wife Harriet, daughter Roxanna, son Kris, and his grandchildren - Vanessa, Taylor and Sean. He will be in our hearts and missed every day.
Honor Roll of Donors The following individuals, corporations, and foundations made gifts of $100 or greater in Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022). Every attempt was made to accurately cite each donor. Please notify the Foundation of any corrections. The Benefactor’s Club ($100,000 to $999,999) Joan Adair Tom and Carolyn Corbett Fritz and Elaine Culver David and Jeanne Geiman Gunnison/CB Tourism Association Jeffrey and Karen Holway Daniel and Jeanne O’Shaughnessy I.A. O’Shaughnessy Family Foundation
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The Summit Society - Silver ($10,000 to $24,999) Anonymous (1) Dr. Gloria Beim Gunnison Big Red Construction Inc. Kingman Mary T. & Jack E. Blake, Jr. Midland Wayne and Judy Brown Gunnison Buell Foundation Denver
Neil Buttermore Newport Beach William and Nancy Cathey Katy Consolidated Electrical Distributions, Inc. Irving Matt and Michelle Cusick Bayfield Scott and Holly Ehrlich Greeley Steve and Patty Foose Troup Grohne Family Chicago Jeffrey and Christine Grohne Downers Grove Mervin and Barbara Guy Colorado Springs John and Margie Haley Dallas High Country Beverage Johnstown Kenneth Hodgins Doraville Greater Milwaukee Foundation Milwaukee J & W Catering Gunnison Richard and Tracy Johnson Crested Butte Drs. Angela Kalisiak and Marty Smilkstein Crested Butte Danny and Kerry Lefebvre Gunnison Ryan and Karen Liles Houston Jim and Kathy MacAllister Gunnison Jeanie Miller Gunnison Mountain Mesa Sports, Inc. Grand Junction Herbert Niles Cherokee Brendan Pardue Canon City Hugh Pitcher and Linda Lebsack Denver Clare Pitcher Gunnison Jim and Patty Pribyl Louisville Stan Pursley Lakewood Ethel Rice Gunnison Donnie Smolen Tulsa Robert Stapleton Grayson Telluride Institute - Watershed Education Program Telluride John Thyfault Dolores Donald Timm Estate Chicago Rich and Joanie Todd Centennial The VF Foundation Wilmington Martha Violett Gunnison Dan Warner Centennial Waterline Technologies, Inc. Santa Ana Oliver and Caroline Whitehead Edmonds Wendall and Sharon Williams Lakewood Diane Woolery Lakewood Hal Yale Gunnison
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Your Foundation Staff The Foundation, in partnership with the University, has been busy migrating over to a new donor database! You may notice a new look and a streamlined system for your giving and tax-receipt needs. All features of the new product will be up and running by the New Year. During this transition and beyond, our team is here to assist with the following:
Tom Burggraf | Major gifts and planned giving | firstname.lastname@example.org | (970) 943-2224 Mackenzie Bode | Scholarships and appeals | email@example.com | (970) 943-2226 Pam Johnston | Funds and fund balances | firstname.lastname@example.org | (970) 943-2228 Joy Kean |Tax letters and giving statements | email@example.com | (970) 943-2220
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Save the Dates The WCU Foundation invites you to attend the:
3rd Annual Mountaineer Gala Saturday, May 20, 2023 Dinner, Program and Presentation of the Mountaineer Award of Excellence. Honoring Nancy Chisholm Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado More details to follow in the new year. For sponsorship information, please contact Joy Kean at firstname.lastname@example.org (970) 943-2220.
Western Ski Weekend February 10-12, 2023 It’s time to hit the slopes, Mountaineer Nation. Discounts on lodging, lift tickets and rentals will be available. Crested Butte Mountain Resort Crested Butte, Colorado Please, visit www.western.edu/alumni/westernski-weekend for more information.
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