What it means to be Western

What it means to be Western
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The Western Community

Take a peek into campus life and explore the strong Western community. Our students push beyond their comfort zones because they know they have the support of fellow Mountaineers.

What it means to be Western
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Hands-On Learning

HAEP has partnered with the local hospital to offer five research assistantships, providing students with patient and research experience along with a monthly tuition stipend.

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Career Success

From their first day on campus, students have the support of Career Services. Plus, HAEP 3+2 students work closely with well-connected professors,who guide students in planning and preparing for life after graduation.

Success Stories
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Bryant Byrd

Bryant Byrd is a dedicated student and accomplished distance runner. As a two-time NCAA Academic All-American, senior care volunteer, wellness trainer and avid researcher, Byrd has struck a balance between academics, athletics and health advocacy.   

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Christina Buchanan, Ph.D.

Buchanan is both a professor of and the director of the High Altitude Exercise Physiology program. As an avid outdoor athlete and researcher, she is passionate about combining field-based research with coursework.

Success Stories
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Erin Smith

Erin Smith’s dedication and passion in graduate school landed her a lecturer position in Western’s Exercise & Sport Science Department. She also manages the Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) Wellness, Elevated program.