On my drive to Denver, I took a quick side trip to see Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. It had been about 40 years since I had graduated in June 1968, and I was curious to see if it had changed. The college had been founded in 1941, and many of the old buildings were now gone. I especially remembered the army barracks that had been moved in from the Army base north of town, where I had taken many of my classes. Calculus, taught by Bernard Sharp, was the class I remember best.
The campus looked great! There were many new buildings, but a few of the older ones from my time were still there, like the library and the Kiva (a building for a Boy Scout Troop of Koshare Indian Dancers which was begun in 1933, before the college was established.) The Otero Junior College main building had an imposing new front entryway and a sculpture representing two college students, plus a decorative well filled with flowers in the back.