Students earn CPOY awards, publication, career advancement
The professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College is gaining momentum and earning national and international recognition, as students and alumni earn awards and build careers.
“It’s rewarding,” said CMC photography professor Derek Johnston, “to see our students succeed like they have.” The photography program has most recently again garnered international attention through the College Photographer of the Year awards – for the third year running – on top of several other student Read more
This column was first published in the Steamboat Today, where you can catch CMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News column every Tuesday to learn cool skywatching and photography tips. Want to view more of Westlake’s beautiful astrophotography? Visit his website at www.jwestlake.com and purchase “Jimmy’s 2014 Cosmic Calendar.” Proceeds benefit CMC’s Sky Club.
One-hour time exposure of Geminid meteor shower over Brasstown Bald, Georgia. You can view more of CMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s astrophotography at http://www.jwestlake.com. Photo: Jimmy Westlake.
Steamboat Springs — The best annual meteor shower of the year is in progress this week and is rising toward a spectacular peak before dawn next Saturday morning Dec. 14. It’s the Geminid meteor shower, and it could bring as many as 120 shooting stars per hour to our sky.
Geminid meteors are so named because they seem to spring from the stars of our constellation of Gemini the twins, conveniently marked this year by the dazzling planet Jupiter. Each bright streak that you see is caused by a tiny bit of space dust entering the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burning up about 60 miles high. Most of the particles are so small that you could hold a thousand of Read more
This column ran in the 12/9/13 Post Independent. By Chris Jackson
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics share a passion for helping people and many have chosen their career because they want to help save lives. As a paramedic, I have personally had the incredible experience of successfully reviving a number of patients who have lived to express their gratitude directly to me.
Photo of Chris Jackson, EMS faculty
But I don’t feel that saving a life is necessarily the biggest difference I can make. I believe that educating the public is probably where emergency services professionals can make the biggest difference.
Consider the fact that a person in cardiac arrest reduces their chance of survivability by 10 percent each passing minute without intervention. By the time five minutes have passed, they have a 50-50 chance of survival. Consider also that it takes an average time of five to seven minutes for emergency services personnel to arrive on the scene. The critical hand which makes a difference may not be that of the EMT, but may well be your Read more
December 17 deadline to drop off cans of food items or checks
Employees of Colorado Mountain College’s Central Services, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and U.S. Bank have joined forces to organize a food drive for Lift-Up, Feed My Sheep, CARE and the Salvation Army. Through Dec. 17, members of the public are invited to drop off cans, or checks payable to any of the four nonprofit beneficiary organizations, at the Chamber’s front desk at 802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.
Pictured from left to right are: Andrea Tombley, Maggie Niehoff, Caitlin Causey, Kim Loving, Liza Muro, Sandi Anderson and Ken Keister. The group has collected nearly as many cans as they did last year – and their goal is to double that amount. Photo Julie Albrecht
The mid-week storm brought over a foot of snow to our mountains. Several campuses closed due to the weather and hazardous roads; several intrepid staffers found ways to combine their outdoor passions with their commute. Thanks Ken Keister for the photo – and for the dedicated, sustainable commute!
The Reel Awards showcases four homegrown Colorado films
Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat will host The Reel Awards tonight at the Allbright Family Auditorium, from 6:30-10 p.m. The event showcases films from Yampa Valley and national filmmakers and includes screenings of Way of Life from Bent and Broken, A Dreamy Place from Martin Clay, The Infamous from Phase Media and Bumming Colorado Ski Country from Kent Gunnufson.
A short discussion on backcountry safety follows the screenings. All proceeds benefit the Backcountry Club, which educates members on safe travel in the backcountry. Get pumped for the season, and get safe, all while supporting a great cause. General Admission: $10
Colorado Mountain College’s first theatre graduate tackles new role
This article appeared in the Glenwood Spring’s Post Independent. By April Clark.
Santaland Diaries is a one-man comedy show, directed and performed by Nick Garay at the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse located in 4018 Sky Ranch Drive in the Park East subdivision in Glenwood Springs. Photo: Kelley Cox.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — In just nine days, at a rate of three pages per day, actor Nick Garay memorized 27 pages of script.
In theater, that’s not necessarily an easy feat. Especially with only a three-week window to put on a one-man production.
“I only gave myself three weeks because I couldn’t really do the show during December,” said Garay, of Glenwood Springs, who is directing and performing in “Santaland Diaries” opening at 7 p.m. Friday and running through the holiday weekend at the Cardiff Schoolhouse. Read more
Sara Pederson discovers a home and a passion in Leadville
Sara Pederson works full time as an outdoor educator with SOSOutreach while pursuing her Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree at CMC in Leadville. Pederson hopes to graduate with her degree this spring.
Sara Pederson landed at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville thanks to a random Google search. Now she’s found there’s no other place that’s ever felt so much like home.
“I Googled all the things I wanted to learn in college, and CMC came up first on the list,” said Pederson. “Choosing to come here was the best decision I ever made. The opportunities I’ve gotten; the people I’ve met; the beauty that’s around me every day.”
Pederson grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota. Her family also had a cabin in the small village of Luck, situated across the Wisconsin border in the forests of Polk County. They visited the cabin frequently, a fact that “meant that I basically grew up in the woods,“ said Pederson.
All that childhood time in Wisconsin’s hardwoods grew into a yearning for more outdoor adventure and skills. When Pederson landed at CMC in Leadville, she enrolled in the outdoor recreation leadership program in order to pursue that Read more
Due to adverse winter weather conditions, the CMC Edwards location closed at 3 p.m. today. This closure is in addition to the morning closures of Colorado Mountain College’s campuses and learning locations in Aspen/Basalt, Buena Vista/Salida, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Spring Valley for Wednesday, December 4.
This cancellation includes Aspen CMC classes held at the Basalt Middle School and Basalt High School. CMC classes meeting at Basalt Health and Fitness will be held as usual.
We will update campus Facebook pages and eNews with any additional closures. You can also follow CMC’s home page ticker at coloradomtn.edu. Be safe out there!