Free Parent Information Day at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is hosting a free Parent Information Day for residents living anywhere from Aspen to Parachute from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1. The event is designed to give parents information they need to support their children’s current educational needs and their future higher education goals.

Topics include concurrent enrollment, Accuplacer assessment, ESL and GED programs, students with disabilities, Dreamers/ASSET bill, community resources, financial aid, scholarships, college admissions and career pathways. Discussions will also be held on parent involvement and how to support kids in school. All sessions will be provided in both English and Spanish.

A continental breakfast will be served and no RSVP is needed. Childcare will be provided.

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is at 3695 Airport Road. Contact 625-1871 or coloradomtn.edu/campuses/rifle for more information.

 

Best of the Boat: Jimmy Westlake voted best professor

CMC outdoor education professor John Saunders takes runner-up honors

This article was printed in the Steamboat Today. By Teresa Ristrow.

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Colorado Mountain College professor Jimmy Westlake lectures a class of students. Westlake was voted “Best Professor” in the Steamboat Today’s “Best of the Boat” contest. CMC professor John Saunders was voted runner-up. Photo: John F. Russell.

It’s not hard to find out why Colorado Mountain College Professor Jimmy Westlake is considered a star among the community — not a shooting one, but a shining one.

The diehard astronomy professor, who moved to Steamboat in 1998 from Georgia and is now in his 17th year teaching at CMC, is also the advisor for the college’s Sky Club and organizer of the annual Screamboat haunted house. He says it’s his strong connection with his students, whom he holds to high standards, that has earned him such praise from his pupils.

“I hold the bar really high, and I expect a lot,” Westlake says. “But I help them get over that bar, and I think they like a class that’s challenging.” Click for full article

EcoFlight: Putting it in perspective

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

Amber Parnow, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, looks out the window of an EcoFlight plane as it flies over oil and gas development in Wyoming.

EcoFlight is an Aspen-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the protection of wild lands and wildlife by flying people over landscapes located mostly in the American West, to gain a “big picture” perspective of these areas.

From Oct. 11 to 14, eight college students – each of whom wrote an essay that won them a spot on the trip – flew together with EcoFlight in three Cessnas from Colorado to Wyoming to Utah and back to Colorado. Among the students was Amber Parnow, a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student from Breckenridge. She is the third student from CMC in Breckenridge in as many years who has won a spot on the annual flight.

In this post-flight essay, Parnow writes about some of her impressions from the flight, and describes how the experience has affected her.

By Amber Parnow

When was the last time you spoke out for something you believed in? And I don’t mean asserted your opinion about how much snow we’ll be getting this year (a lot) or who’s going to the Super Bowl (the Broncos). I mean really stood up and made an honest effort to voice your opinion, or called on your government to Read more

Wall Street Journal consults Isaacson School teacher

New headset makes virtual reality mobile

Wall Street Journal Video recently reviewed Altergaze, a 3D-printed headset which connects to smartphones, giving users a virtual reality experience from their mobile device. For the review, WSJ Video sought the expertise of Steve Kaufman, an instructor at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media. Kaufman is involved in cutting edge technology projects in the Roaring Fork Valley and is an investor in Altergaze. Here’s the review:

Eagle and Pitkin counties host open house events for veterans

Eagle County Veteran’s Services Officers Pat Hammon and Tyson Ivie will host two open houses in October to allow veterans and their families to meet them and receive information regarding veterans’ services and benefits.

The first open house will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in room 258 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The second will be co-hosted by Joe Carpenter, veteran’s services officer for Garfield and Pitkin counties, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Mt. Sopris Room of the Eagle County Community Center, located at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel.

During both events, representatives from Eagle and Pitkin County Department of Human Services and other community organizations will be available to answer questions. Bob Herrera, State Veterans Service Officer for the Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, will conduct a formal presentation on veterans’ benefits at 3:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. during both open houses. Information concerning veterans’ education, vocational rehab and VA medical care will also be available.

In their roles, Hammon, Ivie and Carpenter assist veterans and their families with information regarding veterans’ rights and benefits, as well as with submitting claims for benefits and securing necessary documents for completing claims.

For more information, contact Hammon at 970-390-4686 or Carpenter at 970-625-9484.

Novak passes presidential baton for ACCT Professional Board Staff Network

 Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, let, and Deb Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president October’s Association of Community College Trustees Annual Congress marked the ending of an era for Debbie Novak, executive assistant to Colorado Mountain College’s president and staff secretary to the CMC Board of Trustees.

For the past year Novak has been the president of the Professional Board Staff Network of ACCT, and at the annual congress she passed the presidential baton to Mechell Downy of Seminole State College. Novak has spent the past nine years on the executive committee of the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN).

During this year’s congress she facilitated a three-hour work session for the PBSN. Also taking part in the session was Pat Chlouber, CMC’s elected trustee from Lake County, as seen at left in this photo. (Novak is on the right.)

“It has been a great honor to serve as president of the PBSN this past year,” Novak said. “This is a group of wonderful professionals always willing and Read more

Volunteer Fair in Edwards

Several organizations from the Vail Valley that are seeking volunteers will be at the Volunteer Fair at Colorado Mountain College today from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and learn how you can get involved in our community by volunteering for one of the awesome volunteer organizations in the valley.

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Jimmy Westlake: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News column appears Tuesdays in the Steamboat Today. Find more columns by Westlake here.
hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus.

hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus. Photo Courtesy Jimmy Westlake.

— The shadow of the moon will swoop across almost all of North America on Thursday when the moon crosses paths with the sun

This eclipse will not be total or annular from anywhere on Earth; it’s just a glancing blow by the moon’s shadow, creating a partial solar eclipse. Depending on where you live in Colorado, about 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon.

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Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College opens its season with one of its ‘most challenging shows’

This article was published in the Post Independent. By Jessica Cabe.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch." The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch.” The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

Gary Ketzenbarger, artistic director for Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company, says in many ways Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch” is his favorite American play.

“It captures that kind of small-town Americana atmosphere, and it’s also so experimental,” said Ketzenbarger, who also acts in the play.

The show is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri, a town marked by its Christian zeal and economic disenfranchisement after the coal mines closed. It centers on a murder trial, but the story is told through very short, disconnected click for full article

1000 Words: Happy Trails

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