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March 30th: A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director: March 30, 2020

The last couple of weeks have been challenging for all of us, individually and collectively. In many ways, being apart has highlighted how important it is to come together. Fort Lewis College students are starting their online classes today and our interns are continuing to work on their projects for the Center of Southwest Studies remotely. During this time of social and physical distancing I miss our students and their discussions about classes, family and life, as they work on projects in the museum workroom and run up and down the elevator with collection items as they work with Liz and Amy. I miss seeing them huddled behind archives boxes as they work on projects for Nik and Gretchen. I miss seeing them behind the library desk or in the book stacks as they serve library patrons or work on the book inventory for Clyde. My staff and I are here for them and will do whatever we can to ensure that they successfully complete this semester.

We are fortunate to live in a caring and giving community here is the southwest corner of Colorado. I want to take a moment to thank those on the frontlines at FLC and in the community who are working to protect us and to keep us all safe. This includes our first responders and medical professionals who are working to save lives during these extraordinary times. The FLC essential employees who are assisting those students who are remaining on campus. I also want to thank those working in our local grocery stores who are keeping the shelves stocked, the restaurants who are providing carry out and delivery services, and those who are feeding our school kids and the needy in our community. I send a BIG THANKS to all of you as we work through this crisis together.

To all, stay safe and stay well!

Shelby J. Tisdale, Ph.D.


Monday, March 30, 2020/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (359)/Comments (0)/
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An update from the Center's Director

A Message from the Director: March 24, 2020

The arts and the humanities unite and heal us and during stressful times; museums and libraries serve as safe places of refuge. For the safety and health of you and my staff the Center of Southwest Studies is currently closed, and staff are teleworking. That said, we are here for you during these unprecedented times and will do everything we can to assist you and to answer your questions. The best way to reach us is via email. You can find our contact information on our website at swcenter.fortlewis.edu. 

As you already know we had to cancel the opening of the PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art exhibit. The curatorial staff will finish the installation when we return, and we look forward to opening the exhibit shortly after that. We do not know when that will be, so we are planning to hold a special event in the fall when the students are back on campus, and when the guest curators and some of the artists are able to join us. We also canceled the rest of our spring programming and will be moving some of the programs, such as the Duane Smith Lecture, to a later date. 

We want our Fort Lewis College students, faculty and the public to know that we are here to assist you in any way that we can with your classes and research. We don’t know how long this will last but we will keep you informed as things develop at the Center of Southwest Studies.  

We are all in this together, and I and my staff wish you and your loved one’s good health. 

Shelby J. Tisdale, Director 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (534)/Comments (0)/
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