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The Maverick : Fall 2016

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FALL 2016 VOLUME 6.1 President Tim Foster Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Kimberly Williams Director of Marketing Michael Mansheim Creative Content and Social Media Manager Katlin Birdsall Director of Media Relations Dana Nunn Senior Graphic Artist and Creative Projects Manager Jeremy Smith Graphic Artist and Creative Projects Coordinator Lisa Smith Director of Alumni Relations Jared Meier Editor Deborah Dawes Board of Trustees Betty Bechtel, Vice-Chair • Tilman Bishop Kelly Brough • Kathleen Eck Jose D.L. Marquez Ray Martinez • Douglas M. Price Doug Quimby, Chair • Joan Ringel Dan Robinson • Robert Wilson Aparna Palmer, Faculty Trustee Lucy Benoit, Student Trustee C o p y r i g h t © 2 0 1 6 T h e M av e r ic k All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without express written permission is strictly prohibited. C o l o r a d o M e s a U n i v e r s i t y 1 1 0 0 N o r t h Av e n u e G r a n d J u n c t i o n , C O 8 1 5 0 1 - 3 1 2 2 9 7 0 . 2 4 8 . 1 2 7 7 c o l o r a d o m e s a . e d u / m a v e r i c k m a v e r i c k @ c o l o r a d o m e s a . e d u Wow! Twenty-five years ago? The realization that it has been almost 25 years since UTEC, the forerunner of Western Colorado Community College, opened its doors to students has given me pause. At the risk of even further dating myself, we have come a long way, baby. It doesn't seem that long ago that Dan Prinster and I joined veteran legislator Tillie Bishop at the state capital. There, with Tillie in the Senate and Dan and me in the House, we worked across party lines to pass the legislation needed to be able to operate a school governed by a college, a school district and a community. There was nothing like it in Colorado. We fought for state funding to establish, equip and expand the technical education campus that locals called Tillie Tech. You can travel down memory lane with me by checking out the cover story in this issue of The Maverick. Those of you who know me, know I am really not one to spend too much time looking back. Today, WCCC is functioning at a high level, but the question is always, 'How do we take it to the next level?' I'm always interested in your thoughts and ideas. Homecoming 2016 is right around the corner and I hope you can make it to campus not only to see the changes here but also to pay your respects to our 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Kris "Tanto" Paronto, '95, who distinguished himself at Benghazi; our Hall of Honors inductees, standout softball player Jamie Dunn, '02, and volleyball star Jeanette (Crosbie) Dahls, '02; and Distinguished Faculty award- winner and biologist extraordinaire Aparna Palmer. There will be lots to do during homecoming week. Please don't miss the bonfire or the football game against Adams State University. Before I close, I do want to share with you how pleased we are to have expanded our partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder to add civil engineering to the engineering programs offered at CMU. We are equally excited to have begun construction on the new 68,700 square-foot engineering building that will also house the John McConnell Math & Science Center. This is the first CMU building that will front North Seventh Street. Please enjoy this issue of The Maverick and don't hesitate to stop by and see me any time you are on campus. Go Mavs! Sincerely, Tim Foster, President Colorado Mesa University STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY

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