Project Fun Way: Students strut stuff

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Students Robert Rowsam, left, and Cole Hanson with the Colorado University and Colorado Mesa University Engineer program feed canola seeds into a press they built to make oil at the CMU Showcase Program Friday. The project is sponsored by the CSU Western Colorado Research Center, which hopes to encourage farmers to grow canola seed to use for fuel. Students from all disciplines gave presentations and demonstrations to highlight their learning at the university.


Work put on display at university campus

Some people pour blood, sweat and tears into a project. Stephen Cochran, Cooper Parsons and Clinton Pruitt decided to go with lavender and liquid carbon dioxide.
The trio of Western Colorado Community College students designed and built a supercritical carbon dioxide extraction device, which extracts oil from a variety of substances, including lavender, hops, basil, rosemary, sunflower seeds and cocoa beans. They presented the finished product Friday afternoon on the outdoor plaza at the center of Colorado Mesa University, one of six locations on campus hosting the 236 student projects, papers and performances on display during the sixth-annual Student Showcase.

Downtown boards will be managed
 by two directors

The board in charge of downtown capital improvements and special events in Grand Junction plans to hire two people to do the job previously performed by one.



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