In This Issue
:: Fortifact S2E1 NAMING
:: FLC Voices: Wilfred and Tina Denetclaw
:: Notes and Notables: Jim Foster
:: Letter from the President
:: Letter from the Exec. Director
:: Letter from the Alumni Director
Fortifact S2E1: NAMING
Lindsay Box
Sociology, American Indian Studies'10
In the first episode of Season 2, Fortifact explores what we know about naming. Surprisingly, we are not the only animals on the planet that do it!  Along the way, we focus in on Southern Ute and Ute Naming traditions with Lindsay Box, a 2010 graduate of FLC and a Pino Nuche, (a Southern Ute person from Ignacio.) 

Fortifact at Durango Film
Weminuche Travelouge

The Foundation's signature micro-lecture series, created by Shan Wells, has been selected into competition for the 2014 Durango Film Festival, which runs from February 26 to March 2 in Durango. The Summer Series episode Weminuche Travelogue, featuring Britt Bassett, and former Durango Councilor and Mayor Michael Rendon, speaking to the wonders and genesis of the Weminuche Wilderness, will compete in the Short Documentary category. 

To watch Weminuche Travelogue, click here.
For more on Durango Film, see their website.
FLC Voices

Dr. Wilfred Denetclaw, Bio'83

& Tina Denetclaw, PharmD, Chem'83













Dr. Wilfred Denetclaw grew up in Shiprock, New Mexico and graduated with a degree in biology from Fort Lewis College. Now a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, Wilfred's pioneering work in genetics helped yield a major discovery in genetics leading to new treatments for diseases such as muscular dystrophy. 


Tina Harrach Denetclaw, PharmD, Wilfred's wife and Critical Care Pharmacist & Associate Clinical Professor for the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, (also an FLC Alum), joined Wilfred for a discussion about their work, their time at Fort Lewis and why the school means so much to them.


Notes and Notables 
Jim Foster

Foundation Executive Director Margie Deane Gray interviews 
longtime donor, FLC Booster, and former Chair of the FLC Foundation,
Jim Foster. 


FLC Alumni and Theatre
Safari So Good at Snowdown Parade!

FLC Alumni and Theatre made the grade at Durango's annual Snowdown parade! Pictured is Theodora, the FLC Theatre giant puppet ghost elephant, whose antics earned her front page placement. 


Be sure to watch this space next issue for video of the parade and special footage of Theodora's first steps. In the meantime, check out a short video courtesy of Alumni Facebook Guru JC Perteet, and viddy the Durango Herald's coverage, here.


Dr. Dene Kay Thomas
Fort Lewis College

 The diversity of our student body is one of the defining characteristics of Fort Lewis College. A large part of FLC's diversity can be found in our over 1,000 Native American students enrolled today...


Margie Deane Gray
Executive Director, Foundation

A month ago we saw over 200 Fort Lewis College students graduate in Whalen Gym. At this important point in their lives many individuals can take credit for helping them reach this goal...


Dave Kerns 
Director of 
Alumni Relations


2014 is starting off with planning for some new alumni events, along with finalizing the details of our long-standing traditions. 

  Join Alumni Relations at Regis University on Feb 22nd for the Regis University vs. Fort Lewis College basketball game...

(click for full article) 



Booksigning, with Dr. William Philpott - Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:30 PM


Lecture, "Car-Convenient Wilderness: How Highways Made the High Country Vacationland" - Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:00 PM


Lecture, "Theatrically Speaking," with Tim Miller - Thursday, February 06, 2014 6:00 PM


Performance, "Unconstitutional," featuring Colin Quinn - Thursday, February 06, 2014 7:00 PM


Women's Basketball vs. Western New Mexico University - Friday, February 07, 2014 5:30 PM


Performance, "I'm Like You, I'm Not Like You," featuring Tim Miller - Friday, February 07, 2014 7:30 PM


FLC Hockey vs. Western State - Friday, February 07, 2014 7:30 PM


Men's Basketball vs. Western New Mexico University - Friday, February 07, 2014 7:30 PM





Planned Giving Q&A
Have you considered a planned gift to benefit Fort Lewis College? Here is a brief Planned Giving Q & A to help you get started...

Bill offers tuition break
for tribes
Durango Herald

American Indians from 48 tribes would be eligible for in-state college tuition anywhere in Colorado under a bill that advanced Wednesday at the Legislature. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, said his bill will help Native American students graduate.


Read the rest of the article at the Durango Herald 

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