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Get to Know ... Heather Horton, Director of the Wellness Resource Center

It's appropriate that there's an art to Heather Horton's psychology - after all, Horton, the newly named director of CC's Wellness Resource Center, majored in psychology but was one class shy of also being an art major.

Horton, who joined CC in 2005 as the college's sexual assault response coordinator and therapist at the Colorado College Counseling Center, became the director of CC's newly created Wellness Resource Center on July 1. She holds B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Davis, and a master's and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University.

Horton has a talent for seeing the larger picture, a skill that will be useful in her new role. The nascent Wellness Resource Center will be the nucleus of a variety of interconnected health and wellness programs and will serve as the hub of campus-wide efforts to promote health and prevent health problems.

If that sounds like a broad canvas, it is. Among the areas the center will focus on are healthy relationships, healthy sexual engagement, alcohol and other substance use and abuse, mental health, stress management, and life balance - all important issues on a college campus. Her message to students and others: "We all have a responsibility to create the community we want to live in."

More Heather Horton facts:

  • Husband Kyle works in the environmental remediation division of Shell Oil; son Spencer, 12, is a seventh-grader at Challenger Middle School
  • Enjoys camping and backpacking
  • Also enjoys home improvement projects and working in the yard
  • The almost-art degree comes into play often; Horton loves art and art projects, and currently is making a mosaic tabletop with glass tiles. "It's a fun, creative outlet," she says. "I like to do things; make things."
  • Reading interests: Mysteries; also recently finished "Empires of Ice," a book about Antarctica
  • Is a self-described "language nerd" and keeps the Oxford English Directory (the OED, to those in the know), close at hand
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