Event Types

CMU MBA Program

Topic: Dr. Norman will provide an informative update of some of the various exciting initiatives underway within the Department of Business, including the MBA and undergraduate programs, update on our pursuit of AACSB accreditation (continuous improvement), and a discussion of future vision and direction.

Bio: Dr. Norman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the guidance of esteemed scholars Dr. Fred Luthans and Dr. Bruce Avolio, after a successful industry career spanning 25 years in various contexts and leadership positions.  Dr. Norman’s research interests include leadership studies, both face-to-face and virtual, positive psychological capital (PsyCap), authentic leadership, and organization-based self-esteem.

Mar 14, 2018

Mesa County Weed and Pest Management

Topic: We serve the community by managing high-priority, non-native, invasive plants, and insect pests in order to create and protect valuable agricultural commodities, natural areas and infrastructure.  We help County residents re-think their land management problems.  There are opportunities for you to join in the fun!  Here to speak about this fun is Grand Junction native, Teresa Nees of the Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management program. 

Mar 21, 2018

Utah's Oldest Known Dino

Topic: Rob Gay, Director of Education for the Colorado Canyons Association (CCA), presents new findings on a fossil identified as the oldest dinosaur bone found in the State of Utah.  Specifically, it is identified as coming from the Late Triassic Period (220-200 million years ago).  This fossil is of a sacrum (part of the pelvis) that belonged to a small meat-eating dinosaur that was buried less than 100 miles away from Fruita. This dinosaur is important to the story of the Colorado Plateau because it not only shows us a little of what Utah's oldest dinosaurs looked like, it is also the furthest north anyone has ever found a dinosaur of this age.. This find may help us better understand how dinosaurs spread across North America during this time period.  This was a collaborative efforts of three paleontologists – Xavier Jenkins with Arizona State University, Dr. John Foster with the Museum of Moab, and Robert Gay with CCA.   Their findings are bring published in the Utah Geological Association’s journal Geology of the Intermountain West. The sacrum fossil is currently housed at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita.
Bio: Rob Gay digs up dead animals and tells the world about it. As a paleontologist, he has taken citizen scientists out and uncovered fossils hundreds of millions of years old. He's using that experience now at CCA as Education Director to educate the future about the scientific and historic values of our shared public lands. In his free time you can find him hiking, kayaking, or camping across the Colorado Plateau.  Previous to working at CCA, Rob worked with the Museums of Western Colorado and as an educator in Arizona. 
Mar 28, 2018

White Elephant Sale

Apr 04, 2018

Eureka!: McConnell Science Center

Topic: The former and much-beloved John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado has changed its name and moved to the Colorado Mesa University campus.  Is in now known as Eureka!: McConnell Science Museum.  The volunteer and staff from Eureka are till dedicated to bringing science though hands-on investigation.  Eureka’s Executive Director Jenn Moore believes the museum is an intersection of math, science, and art—bringing students and the community together for exhibitions, hands-on activities, and classroom learning. Jenn hopes to make Eureka a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. She hopes to redefine the way people think about, learn about, and interact with science and technology by making science fun for everyone.


Bio: Jenn came to the Math and Science Center from the Timberline Field Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where she taught courses in Natural Resource Management. Having always had a passion for science and teaching, she developed new programs, wrote grants for student driven research, and managed an internship program for students to have hands-on work experience. Previous to her work at the college she was a research hydrologist for the US Geological Survey in Grand Junction. Her educational background is in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.

Apr 11, 2018

Grand Valley Food Hub

Topic: Grand Valley Food Hub is a group of farmers, ranchers, food producers, and consumers with a strong belief that buying locally creates a community with enhanced economic, health, and social benefits.  Why a Food Hub? – Many farmers and ranchers, especially smaller and mid-sized operations, often lack the capacity to access retail, institutional, and commercial foodservice markets on their own, and consequently miss out on the fastest growing segment of the local food market.  The Grand Vision is a public market in a building connecting local food producers with the local community.

Bio: Bryan Wachs, Grand Valley Food Hub’s founder, is a serial entrepreneur with a deep history of building, consulting, and starting a variety of businesses and companies. He co-founded after building a new offering for what is now Lycos.  Bryan’s life goal is to create a value-oriented company in providing Sales and Marketing ROI to business of all types and sizes through IT services as flat fee “Tasks” delivered to businesses, large and small.

Apr 18, 2018

2018 State of the County

Topic: The year 2017 (and the first part of 2018) was an exciting and active year for Mesa County and 2018 will certainly prove just as eventful and challenging.  To let us know more about the accomplishments, opportunities and challenges over the past year, the Mesa County Commissioners are joining us the give their Annual “State of the County” presentation. 

 Bio: Scott McInnis and his wife are both members of long-time multi-generational Colorado families. They reside in Grand Junction and spend free time with their family, enjoying the outdoors and the public lands.  Scott studied Business at Mesa and Fort Lewis Colleges. He also attended the Colorado Police Academy and St. Mary's School of Law.  Prior to his current position as Mesa County Commissioner, Scott has served the community as a Colorado State Representative as well as our congressional district’s representative to the US Congress.  Scott’s term as a County commissioner started January 2015 and runs through January 2019.

 Bio: Frank Whidden has been the County’s Administrator since January 2015. Previously, he served as the County’s IT Director (2011-2014) and Deputy Administrator in charge of IT and Resource Management (2014).  During his time with Mesa County, Frank has led the implementation of numerous IT systems, has implemented numerous county-wide cost savings efforts, and continues to work with the Commissioner to achieve their vision for Mesa County’s future.  Prior to coming Mesa County government, Frank had been involved with IT management since 1991, including at numerous colleges and has owned his own IT company.  He earned his doctorate in Applied Management and Decision Science from Waldon University, a masters in Computer Information Services from the University of Phoenix, and a BBA in Management from Kennesaw State University. 

May 02, 2018

Inbound Rotary Exchange Students

One of the most successful Rotary programs is its Youth Exchange.  Thousands of students around the world have benefited from living abroad for a year as part of the program.  This year, two students are living here in Grand Junction as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange.  Let’s let them introduce themselves.

“I'm Amaya García and I'm seventeen years-old. I'm from Spain, more specifically from Vigo, Galicia.  It is located in the northwest part of Spain on the Atlantic Ocean.  My city, Vigo is an important European city because the fish, which is one of the best things. I love traveling, meeting new people, new cultures and I enjoy practices sports (like, surfing and tennis).  I'm attending Grand Junction High School. In the school, right now, I'm involved in French club, Interact club and in the tennis JV team.”

“My name is Luce Villemin and I'm fifteen years old. I come from France and more specifically from the Southeast of France on the Mediterranean coast. My city is a pretty big beach town called Toulon. I enjoy cooking, traveling and meeting new people. Here, I go to Central High School. In school, I'm involved in my Student Council, which is really fun and I'm also in my Key Club, a service club.”

May 09, 2018

2018 Trends and Updates from the Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Robin Brown is the Executive Director for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), which is the Economic Development agency for Mesa County. GJEP primarily recruits businesses into Colorado’s Grand Valley. Prior to that, Robin owned a PR agency and launched Spoke + Blossom, a lifestyle magazine for western Colorado. Robin served eight years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and deployed twice to Iraq.

May 16, 2018


May 23, 2018

Tourism on the Western Slope: Three Decade Retrospective

May 30, 2018

Colorado Canyons Accociation River Program

Jun 06, 2018

STRIVE, Framing the Future

Topic: STRIVE is in the process of a capital campaign to improve their delivery of service by redesigning an existing building,  we will move from a 72 year old building with several issues located at 950 Grand Avenue to a more updated facility located at 790 Wellington.

Bio: Doug Sorter is a retired UPS executive who has been with STRIVE for five years and lived in Grand Junction 45 years.  He received a BBA is psychology and a MA in social science.  Doug is married with four children and five grandchildren with one on the way. 

Jun 13, 2018

Grand Junction as a Visitor Destination

Elizabeth Fogarty recently accepted the Director position at Visit Grand Junction and began on March 2018. Elizabeth will oversee the department to continue the focus of destination management in partnership with the region while keeping the City’s strategic direction a priority. A commitment to preserve and protect while also being mindful of enhancing the quality of life for residents will  be a priority while marketing the area globally. 

 Elizabeth has over 29 years of experience in the hospitality and marketing industries at such organizations as Delaware North Companies (largest privately held hospitality company in the world), The Broadmoor Hotel, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels, Yosemite National Park, and past Vice President of the Southern Colorado Business Travel Association.  Most recently, Elizabeth was President & CEO of Visit Estes Park May 2014 – December 2017.  The award for the Best Marketing campaign at the 2016 Governor’s Tourism Conference was a significant accomplishment. Her other interests include skiing, motorcycles, hiking, camping, rafting, cooking and community outreach. 

Jun 20, 2018

Outgoing Presidential Address

Jun 27, 2018

Incoming Presidential Address

Jul 11, 2018

Miss Colorado USA 2018

Topic: Chloe will be speaking today about her story, path and how she was able to get to where she wanted to be in her career and with her year-long fulfillment as Miss Colorado USA.

Bio: Chloe Brown grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2017, Chloe graduated from Arizona State University, as a member of Pi Beta Phi, with a bachelor-of-science in health policy. She is currently working as an orthopedic sales consultant for DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction as well as being Miss Colorado USA 2018.  Chloe will compete on May 21st for the title of Miss USA live on FOX Television this spring.  If she wins, she will advance to compete for the coveted title of Miss Universe.  Some of the most rewarding projects of Chloe's include working with dental charities such as Give Kids a Smile and Special Smiles through the Special Olympics.



Jul 18, 2018


Jul 25, 2018


Aug 01, 2018

Young Entrepreneur Program

Aug 08, 2018

The Little Lead Soldier, World War I

Aug 15, 2018

Report from the US Department of State

Aug 22, 2018

Western Region OneSource

Aug 29, 2018

Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Sep 05, 2018

Grand Junction Sports Commission

Sep 12, 2018