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

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Partnership for Education reaches successful end – and beginning

Students can go from pre-K through college along one-mile stretch in Eagle County

By Carrie Click

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards was completed in 2004, but as enrollment quickly increased, college administrators realized that community needs would require a larger facility. Work began in summer 2010 on more than 33,000 square feet of additional space. The expansion was completed in 2011.

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards was completed in 2004, but as enrollment quickly increased, college administrators realized that community needs would require a larger facility. Work began in summer 2010 on more than 33,000 square feet of additional space. The expansion was completed in 2011.

The Partnership for Education was supposed to take 50 years to achieve its goal of constructing a college campus and integrating it into the Edwards community – yet it took just a dozen. So at an Eagle County School District board meeting on Oct. 8, with Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards campus constructed and fully operational, the partnership that enabled the campus to be built was dissolved.

The conclusion of the collaboration among Colorado Mountain College, Eagle County, the Eagle County Schools, and the Edwards and Berry Creek Metropolitan Districts offered an opportunity to look back on what was accomplished and to look forward to the future.

“This isn’t the dissolution of a partnership,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College. “It’s the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration to serve the needs of Eagle County and beyond.” Read more

‘Cabin Fever’ author visits Colorado Mountain College campuses for Common Reader tour

Tom Montgomery Fate’s book tour Oct. 20-25

By Carrie Click

Tom Montgomery Fate, author of “Cabin Fever,” will speak at seven Colorado Mountain College campuses this month as part of the eighth annual Common Reader program.

Tom Montgomery Fate, author of “Cabin Fever,” will speak at seven Colorado Mountain College campuses this month as part of the eighth annual Common Reader program.

On the back cover of Tom Montgomery Fate’s memoir, “Cabin Fever,” is a synopsis about this, the author’s fifth nonfiction book. “Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan,” it reads.

No matter that Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century author, abolitionist and philosopher, was a lifelong bachelor from a well-to-do family who never had children and certainly never had the opportunity of driving a minivan. Fate’s point instead is that even living in modern times, he still has some elemental needs in common with a man who lived 150 years ago – and so might the rest of us.

“That’s a rather playful rumination,” Fate said about the irreverent description on the back of his book. “I think of Thoreau as amazingly eloquent and extremely disciplined. But he was also decidedly Read more

College hires new general counsel

Richard Gonzales has been hired as the first in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

Richard Gonzales has been hired as the first in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

Pueblo native and Denver-based attorney Richard Gonzales has been hired as the new in-house general counsel for Colorado Mountain College.

“We are pleased to offer this position to such an extraordinary, well-qualified candidate and Coloradoan,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College. “Not only was Richard Gonzales the first university counsel at the University of Denver, his depth and breadth of experience in nonprofit, general business, real estate finance, litigation and contract law will serve the college well. In addition, throughout his distinguished career he has also been a stellar community leader and role model.”

“My career passion is to work for the public interest,” said Gonzales, “and by joining Colorado Mountain College I will be able to do exactly that on a full-time basis. Over the years, my private legal practice and volunteer work have evolved so that I have been working almost exclusively for clients that serve the public. I am excited about working for Read more

Two new campus deans named at Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College has named Rachel Pokrandt and Linda Crockett as campus deans in, respectively, Rifle and Aspen.

The new deans were selected through an internal search process, in which employees could apply to fill positions that were created following the retirement of two long-time campus vice presidents, Nancy Genova and Joe Maestas.

The campus deans will be the face of the college in the communities they serve, leading their campuses and centers on a day-to-day basis. They will report to a regional vice president, who is currently being recruited through a national search.

In addition, an expanded search will soon be conducted for the dean of the Roaring Fork Campus, a multi-site campus with community locations in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs and a residential campus at Spring Valley near Glenwood Springs. The interim dean of that campus is Daryl Yarrow, who is also the college’s associate vice president of online learning.

Linda Crockett has been named Colorado Mountain College’s campus dean for Aspen. Photo: Beth Zukowski

Linda Crockett has been named Colorado Mountain College’s campus dean for Aspen. Photo: Beth Zukowski

Crockett to serve Aspen campus, community

Crockett first joined Colorado Mountain College in 2006 after a long and accomplished career as the national education director of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors. At CMC she has been an editor in the public information office, and has also taught as an adjunct instructor at several campuses.

For the past six years she has served as an instructional chair at the Roaring Fork Campus, where she coordinated courses in science, mathematics, outdoor education, and health and fitness. She holds a Master of Science in physical Read more

Earth Science Week Speaker Series at CMC Leadville

Curious to learn more about avalanches, the Yellowstone Caldera (more active than you think!), earthquakes, and the environmental impacts of mining? Catch a CMC Leadville Earth Science Speaker Series event, ongoing all week. For schedule, see poster below. Enjoy the learning!

Poster for CMC Leadville Earth Science Week Speaker Series events