Making geology fun, interesting at CMC

Frick’s passion for environment, teaching noted in faculty honor

Betsy Frick

Betsy Frick was named 2014 adjunct Faculty of the Year for the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs.

“Dynamic” and “spatial” may not be the words most people think of when it comes to geology.

But they are among the ones Betsy Frick uses to describe the subject she has taught for five years at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Frick’s efforts to make geology fun and interesting for her students helped her to earn recognition as the campus adjunct (part-time) Faculty of the Year for 2014. Tim Baldwin, emergency medical services coordinator, is the full-time honoree at the campus.

Each year, students, staff and faculty of Colorado Mountain College nominate one outstanding full-time and one adjunct faculty member from each of the college’s seven campuses and the online learning department. From those Read more

High standards in class prepare students for real world

Conifer-based adjunct online Faculty of the Year receives collegewide honor

Even though Colorado Mountain College has some of the most stunning campuses in the country, placed at some of the state’s most picturesque mountain towns, some students never even set foot on campus.

Even still, they are fortunate to be learning online from some of the college’s best faculty – including two who have recently been honored as Faculty of the Year for online learning. One of these instructors was also named for two years running as full-time Faculty of the Year for a physical campus, and the other just learned she is this year’s adjunct Faculty of the Year for the entire seven-campus college. Read more

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Spring evenings in Colorado, near our Aspen location.

Photo of alpenglow on Aspen Highlands Mountain

11th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam March 28th

CMC Leadville hosts annual Rail Jam event at new location

Photo of CMC Rail Jam signStudents and terrain park enthusiasts will be excited to learn that this year’s Rail Jam event will be in a brand new location: The backyard freestyle terrain park. The backyard freestyle terrain park at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is located directly behind the Mountain View Residence Hall, with views of Mt Elbert and Mt Massive, the two highest peaks in Colorado.

The 11th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam is an event entirely put on by the Ski Area Operations Event Management Class, as part of their Read more

Hittin’ the Road with CMC Culinary Institute director Kevin Clarke

Rocky Mountain PBS profiled Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute Director Kevin Clarke as part of a recent Hittin’ The Road series last week. The series explores the West’s unique adventures, from rafting to fossil digs to wine making. The segment featuring Clarke explores the various uses of olive oil, from healing to the tantalizing recipes Clarke whips up in his kitchens.  His segment appears at approximately 11:45 to 23:58 in this video.



“Good Morning Vail” features new CMC Edwards campus dean Kathyrn Regjo

Kathryn Regjo, Colorado Mountain College’s new campus dean in Edwards, was interviewed on the “Good Morning Vail” program  on Vail Resort’s TV8. Whether via concurrent enrollment courses that enable high school students to get a jump on college, noncredit courses for lifelong learning, or any of our many other offerings, we help our students reach their educational goals.

Justice Snow’s, CMC hold storytelling show

This article aired on Aspen Public Radio

Writ-Large-Logo-SmallStanding on stage and telling a very personal story can take nerves of steel. Tonight, more than a handful of locals are giving it a try. The event is similar to the radio show The Moth. It’s part of a new local series by Justice Snow’s and Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

On a quiet afternoon in Aspen at Justice Snow’s, a small group waits for a microphone and speakers to get set up. David Cook is here. He’s co-owner of local TV station Aspen 82.

“I’m at Justice Snow’s for our final dress rehearsal for the Writ Large performance,” says Cook.

Like The Moth, people here will tell a personal story in front of a crowd. Cook is used to being in the spotlight. He participated in the Aspen Cares benefit fashion show this past weekend. That meant being “literally in underwear on stage, dancing around, which is very exposing and sort of outside of my comfort zone. Whereas this is quite personal,” Cook continues, “in that it’s a story about me and my life, and my family, that I’ve never click for full transcript and link to audio

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Alumni to Embark on Alaskan Expedition

This article was first posted on ‘Education at Elevation,” CMC Leadville’s blog site.  By Lauren Swanson, CMC Leadville Social Media Coordinator.

Photo of three Outdoor Recreation Leadership grads rally to raise awareness for Paradox Sports, by embarking on an Alaskan Expedition.

Three Outdoor Recreation Leadership grads rally to raise awareness for Paradox Sports, by embarking on an Alaskan Expedition.

Three Colorado Mountain College Leadville alumni, Ryan Edwards, Eric Crosby and Michael Elges, are participating in a fundraising expedition to the Alaska Range with the Boulder Mountain Institute.  All three are graduates of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) program in Leadville who entered the program in 2007 or 2008.

The group has been climbing together since they met at CMC and have built a strong partnership climbing routes in Red Rocks, NV, the Cordillera Read more

Sunday Profile: CMC and Rotary fulfill youngest president

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post-Independent. By Will Grandbois.

Tony Mendez, the president of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork.

Tony Mendez, the president of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork.

As the world’s youngest Rotary president, Tony Mendez has had a close-up look at the issues his club is working on.

Mendez was 21 when he took the helm of the Rotary Club of the Roaring Fork, better known as Club Rotario, a small, Glenwood Springs-based group that devotes time to educating the community and creating opportunities, particularly for the Hispanic community.

An avid runner, skier and traveler, Mendez, now 22, will receive his bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado Mountain College in May and plans to put his experience to use as a paralegal in his pursuit of a law degree.

His parents, Dora and Milton, grew up in the same part of El Salvador but didn’t meet until after they fled the Salvadoran Civil War and moved to California. Mendez was born in Orange, California, but grew up in El Jebel and Read more

CMC selects regional vice president to serve campuses spanning Rifle to Aspen

Higher education executive Richard Maestas begins new role June 1
Richard Maestas will begin his new position as regional vice president for Colorado Mountain College’s western region – overseeing campuses from Aspen to Rifle – June 1, 2015.

Richard Maestas will begin his new position as regional vice president for Colorado Mountain College’s western region – overseeing campuses from Aspen to Rifle – June 1, 2015.

After receiving more than 200 applications and a search process involving dozens of Colorado Mountain College staff and faculty, a well-regarded community college administrator has been selected to fill a new position at the college.

On June 1, Richard Maestas will become the first regional vice president in CMC’s history, overseeing the college’s western region. Maestas’ territory will include five locations in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, where he’ll work with existing campus deans and administrators at the college’s locations in Aspen, Carbondale, Spring Valley, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

“I am delighted that Richard Maestas has agreed to join the Colorado Mountain College family,” said CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser. “Richard is not only a highly accomplished higher education executive, but he absolutely believes in CMC’s mission, values and future.” Read more