CMU event to showcase student efforts

Students will showcase more than 200 projects as part of an annual event at Colorado Mesa University.

The CMU Student Showcase is scheduled for 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 29 on the Grand Junction campus.

A presentation titled “Higher Education Today: A Town Hall Debate” will begin the showcase at 1 p.m. in the Meyer Ballroom at the University Center. The CMU chapter of the Alpha Chi national honor society will sponsor a discussion of issues affecting higher education, including increased tuition and decreased state funding. CMU faculty and administrators will answer questions. An awards ceremony will follow the showcase at 5 p.m. in the Meyers Ballroom.

A total of 565 undergraduate students at CMU and Western Colorado Community College will showcase 236 projects, including artistic exhibits, demonstrations, performances and scholarly presentations.

The projects will involve everything from hovercraft and lightsabers to moose on the Grand Mesa and mental illness in artistic expressions. A variety of dance, musical and theatrical performances also are planned.

More information about the CMU Student Showcase is available at

The showcase is the final event of what what’s billed as Innovation Week at CMU that also included a luncheon presentation on energy technology and annual Entrepreneurship Day event featuring sessions on varied business topics.

The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance has scheduled its annual Western Colorado manufacturing summit for April 28 at CMU. The summit will include a keynote presentation on innovation, breakout sessions addressing different topics and trade show.