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The Maverick : Fall 2018

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FALL 2018 VOLUME 8.1 Editor Katlin Birdsall Art Director Jeremy Smith Graphic Artist Lisa Smith Copy Editors Laura Bradley Dana Nunn Kim Williams President Tim Foster Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Michael Mansheim Director of Alumni Relations Jared Meier Board of Trustees Ray Anilionis • Betty Bechtel, Chair Tilman Bishop • Kelly Brough Kathleen Eck • Jose D.L. Marquez Stephanie Motter • Doug Quimby David Reed, Vice-Chair • Joan Ringel Robert Wilson Chad Middleton, Faculty Trustee Amara Hobbs, Student Trustee C o p y r i g h t © 2 0 1 8 T h e M av er 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 STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY Service to our students and to the region has always been paramount to Colorado Mesa University. Occasionally, this has meant wading into unknown territory. As Mavericks, we regularly blaze our own path — by starting a program no one else in the state offers, creating opportunities for women wrestlers to compete at the collegiate level and opening one of only a handful of forensic research facilities in the world and these are just a couple of examples. CMU continually seeks ways to anticipate and meet students' needs by providing the right, even if unconventional, opportunities that offer unique experiences and better prepare them for the future. You will read more about some of CMU's niche offerings in the cover story of this fall edition of The Maverick. I'd like to congratulate our Distinguished Faculty Paula Casey, Distinguished Alumni Lori Raya and Doug Simons, and Hall of Honor inductees Brett Armour and Lindsay Icenogle. Each of these individuals have shown tremendous spirit, dedication and perseverance in their personal and professional lives. We are proud to call each of them a Maverick. I hope many of you will join us on campus for Homecoming, October 21-28, to celebrate these award winners, attend the numerous spirited events and experience the newly remodeled Brownson Arena lobby. As we head deeper into the fall semester, we will continue to find new ways to support our students including a new teaching hotel on campus, which we broke ground on earlier this month. We are finding new ways to engage students with guest speakers, lecturers and events including the gubernatorial Rural Colorado Debate. An event brought to campus with the help of Rocky Mountain PBS and The Daily Sentinel and broadcasted live across the Centennial State for all Coloradans to see. I hope you enjoy reading about our expanded cyber security program, growing number of alumni chapters and CMU's oldest known living alumnus Paul Foster, who recently turned 100-years-old. Sincerely, Tim Foster

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