Glenwood Springs event engineered to entice kids into science

CMC in Glenwood Springs hosts CU Boulder Science Discovery workshop for young Western Slope students.

This article appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Will Grandbois.

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent Eric Carpenter explains the muscle wire station at the 21st Century Materials lab at the CU Science Discovery program. The event, known as "Engineering is Everywhere," took place at Colorado Mountain College Blake Avenue campus on April 16.

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent Eric Carpenter explains the muscle wire station at the 21st Century Materials lab at the CU Science Discovery program. The event, known as “Engineering is Everywhere,” took place at Colorado Mountain College Blake Avenue campus on April 16.

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up!” Eric Carpenter proclaimed with the aplomb of a stage magician. Carpenter was one of three members of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Science Discovery program presenting hands-on engineering to Western Slope students.

The all day event, titled “Engineering is Everywhere,” drew teachers and fourth- through eighth-graders from Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, and as far away as Rangely. Mountain BOCES arranged to bring the workshop to Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Springs campus. Rose Ley, director of Read more

Wolf Pack Reunion 2014

On March 16, 2014, two hundred alumni from CMC Steamboat Springs returned to campus to remember and celebrate the lives of two classmates, Shawn Pace and Corey Eardley. The group had been tightly knit while they were CMC students, bonded together by the immediate sense of community they felt in Steamboat Springs and their passion for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. They often rode and skied on the hill together in a large gang they named The Wolf Pack.

Originally envisioned as a small gathering, the reunion grew in numbers immediately once word spread about the potential event. They group created a scholarship in memory of their fallen classmates – The Wolfpack Scholarship Fund – and returned to campus to reconnect, remember their friend, and take some turns together on the mountain once again. CMC sustainability studies student and adjunct faculty Ben Saheb documented this special reunion for the Wolf Pack Alums.

The path to self-sufficiency

This CMC Corner column by Sonny Conley ran in the Glenwood Post Independent.

Sonny CorleyMy path after high school didn’t take me immediately to college. At the time, I wasn’t in a position to invest in a college education without knowing what I wanted to do. I wanted to first see the world and backpack through Europe — and that’s what I did, visiting 17 different countries along the way, putting a college education on hold for the time being.

Years later, however, I found myself in a situation where I knew I had to do better for my kids. In 1997, as a young, single mother of two with no child support, I was struggling to make ends meet. That’s when a friend told me about a program that could help.

The Gateway Program, a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS), gave me Read more

One for the books: Colorado Mountain College student balances skiing, class

This article appeared in the Steamboat Today. By Joel Reichenberger.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort's closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn't miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor's degree.

Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort’s closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn’t miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor’s degree. Photo: Joel Reichenberger.

Steamboat Springs — Brett Somen can’t make it across Gondola Square without seeing five people he knows, and that’s before he even makes it into the gondola building, where the lift operators know him and often greet him by name, as well.

That’s one of the perks of skiing every day, a task Somen, 22, didn’t set out to accomplish this year, and one he, in fact, didn’t accomplish.

He missed a day, one day, after a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that went on a little too long — at least, that’s how it looked in the light of the following Read more

Colorado Mountain College welcomes new vice president

Taylor brings deep, broad experience to CMC in Leadville, Buena Vista

James Y. Taylor

James Y. Taylor will soon be joining Colorado Mountain College as campus vice president in Leadville and Buena Vista.

A new campus vice president will soon head up Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Buena Vista, a leader whose experience encompasses administrative leadership and teaching environmental and earth sciences at the college level in the West and Midwest, but also much more.

“James Taylor has spent years studying biology and wilderness in Yellowstone National Park,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. “This, plus his experience in K-12 and higher education, certification as an emergency medical technician and personal experience in numerous technical rescues are just a few of the extraordinary qualities he brings that will enhance his ability to lead our college’s residential campus in Leadville and commuter location in Buena Vista.” The two locations allow the college to serve residents of Lake and Chaffee counties, as well as diverse residents from throughout Colorado and the U.S.

“I am excited to join Colorado Mountain College, to unify, build and expand so that as a campus, college and community we can work together to reach new heights,” Taylor said.

Taylor is currently the vice president of campus education and the executive Read more

“CMC Recommends” is looking for your submission!

The CMC Libraries are looking for a few good recommendations! If you are a CMC student, staff, faculty, tell us your favorite book or film – one that is ideal for long summer days. It’s easy to add your two cents, just use the online submission form here. The recommendations will be distributed to the collegewide community during the last week of April in the newsletter CMC Recommends.

CMC Library staff is especially looking for recommendations for books that “are funny, relaxing, reflective, gripping, suspenseful, romantic or tragic,” according to CMC Library Director Sarah Smith. Film recommendations are also welcome. You can also email your submissions to Smith at sismith@coloradomtn.edu. The deadline to submit is April 17th.

Screenshot of "CMC Recommends" website

Lindsey Thomson earns collegewide recognition

Edwards adjunct Faculty of Year named awardee for all CMC campuses

Lindsey Thomson celebrates with class

Lindsey Thomson (center), Colorado Mountain College’s adjunct Faculty of the Year for both the campus in Edwards and the college as a whole, celebrates with her students and a few surprise guests after the award announcement made by college president Dr. Carrie Hauser during Thomson’s class recently. Photo Kristin Anderson.

On a recent Wednesday night, Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, along with several faculty and staff, burst into adjunct instructor Lindsey Thomson’s classroom in Edwards to surprise her with an announcement: She has been honored as adjunct Faculty of the Year for all of the college’s 11 locations in north-central Colorado.Thomson, who teaches English as a second language and GED classes, was stunned, but her students and colleagues Read more

CMC Theatre’s ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ pulls out all stops

Raucous musical comedy combines vaudeville antics with Broadway song, dance

1536669_10152329659669311_1618592392_nColorado Mountain College Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” capitalizes on all of vaudeville’s most beloved gags: zany one-liners, bad puns, physical humor and slapstick comedy. The result is an extravaganza of hilarity that makes fun of one of the world’s most ridiculous experiments – human civilization.

The original production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” starring Zero Mostel, opened on Broadway in 1962 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards. Stephen Sondheim composed the music and lyrics for the book created by Bert Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The show has enjoyed two successful Broadway revivals, including the Tony-winning production that earned Nathan Lane a Read more

‘Big Water, Little Boats’ author Tom Martin coming to Colorado Mountain College

Tom Martin

Author Tom Martin will appear at CMC locations in Carbondale (April 10) and Breckenridge (April 12) to talk about his book, “Big Water, Little Boats.” The Carbondale appearance will also feature a panel discussion about the Colorado Water Plan.

CMC in Carbondale and Breckenridge to host free talks

Tom Martin, author of “Big Water, Little Boats,” a history of river-running on the Colorado River from the 1940s and ’50s, will speak at two April appearances at Colorado Mountain College.

The free, 45-minute program features original photographs from various Grand Canyon river trips over several decades, including Boulder Narrows at 126,000 cubic feet per second in 1957. The presentation tells how Moulty Fulmer happened upon the McKenzie River hull design of today’s Pacific Northwest boats, and how he used that design to build his boat the Gem, Grand Canyon’s first decked dory.

Martin will also touch on the building of a full-sized replica of the Gem and taking the replica through the Grand Canyon. He will show photo rematching of original pictures from the 1940s and 1950s river Read more

GarCo Sewing Works stitches lives back together

This article was published in the Post Independent. By Amy Hadden Marsh.

Screen capture of Garfield Sewing Works websiteGarCo Sewing Works celebrates its second anniversary this month. Founded with the goal of lifting single mothers out of welfare by teaching skills and providing work, the organization has helped 11 women so far find meaningful employment.

The women, referred by Garfield County’s Department of Human Services or Colorado Mountain College’s work/study program, work as nurses’ aides, administrative assistants, and in early childhood education. “They are wage-earners and support their families,” crowed Beth Shaw, dean of Business and Industry at Colorado Mountain College and co-founder of GarCo Sewing Read more

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