’Hawks’ Hall will enshrine 3 new

Herald Staff Report

Another trio has heard the hall’s call.

Barbara Culmer, Joel M. Jones and Curt Slaughter will be inducted into the Fort Lewis College Athletic Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Henry Strater Theatre.

Culmer was a women’s basketball standout for the then-FLC Raiders from 1986 to 1990, earning first team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and All-NAIA District VII honors as a senior – leading FLC to a share of the league title – and an All-NAIA District VII honorable mention nod as a junior.

She’s one of just four players to score 1,000 points and pull in 700 rebounds in her career. Culmer is eighth in program history with 1,040 points and sixth with 700 rebounds.

“Barb was one of the top performers on our team and for our program,” former FLC head coach Cathy Simbeck said in a news release.

Jones was president of FLC from 1988 to 1998, overseeing the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. During his tenure, FLC added men’s soccer in 1990, women’s soccer in 1993 and cycling in 1994 while discontinuing wrestling in 1995 and men’s and women’s tennis in 1989. The school also changed the nickname from Raiders to Skyhawks in 1994.

Under Jones’ watch, FLC left the RMAC and NAIA to join the Colorado Athletic Conference and Division II before rejoining the RMAC upon its jump to Division II in 1994.

The men’s soccer program has gone on to win three national titles, while cycling has accrued 20. And women’s soccer has become a player on the national stage, making consistent appearances in the national rankings.

“He made decisions in regard to gender equity, budget and personnel that were at times difficult but ultimately positioned the athletic department for the tremendous amount of success that we’ve enjoyed in the past decade,” assistant director of athletics for communications Chris Aaland said.

Slaughter was a four-year letterwinner for the FLC men’s soccer program from 1998 to 2001, helping the Skyhawks emerge as a national player with their runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament in 1999. He’s sixth in program history with 28 goals and ninth in points with 69.

“He scored in the semifinals and had a bunch of other big-time goals; he became an All-American,” former teammate and FLC Hall of Famer Luc Cisna said in the release.

Also on Saturday, FLC will dedicate and rename the weight room after the late Robert A. Deguelle, who died May 5, 2012. DeGuelle was a former football player and assistant coach at FLC, where he also wrestled. Deguelle was inducted into the FLC Hall of Fame in 2006.

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