CMC Leadville, the highest altitude college campus in the country, hopes to raise awareness for backcountry safety and avalanche education through Twitter.
Colorado Mountain College Leadville students study a fracture line.
One thing is for sure in Leadville, Colorado; Leadville Knows Snow. At, 10,200 feet above sea level, snow isn’t just precipitation, it is a culture. This past winter has proven impressive in terms of powder accumulation, but with big snow years come big slide years. Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is an excellent community resource for those looking to educate themselves on avalanches and backcountry safety. CMC Leadville is dedicated to using the knowledge and experiences of their avalanche educators to raise awareness and help prevent unnecessary tragedies from Read more
Colorado Mountain College received a thoughtful endorsement in the Steamboat Pilot’s editorial pages this week. The editorial reflected on CMC president Carrie Hauser’s recent visit to Steamboat Springs and the valuable role CMC plays in the Steamboat Springs community. The full editorial is reprinted below.
Our View: CMC elevates Steamboat’s educational offerings
Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, which sits high above the western edge of downtown offering spectacular views of Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill, serves as a brick and mortar reminder of the visionary work undertaken by a group of committed community leaders who realized the value of keeping a college in Steamboat Springs and fought hard to save it more than 30 years ago.
The dramatic $20 million campus addition, built in 2011, pays tribute to that effort and has become one of Steamboat’s most iconic landmarks. The architecturally impressive building also is a symbol of the community’s generosity and the willingness of school district voters to tax themselves to support the local Read more
CMC screens film on 10th Mountain Division Saturday, March 8
This article was published in the Summit Daily News.
‘Climb to Glory’ tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II.
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Following a successful 2013 festival, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is seeking to expand its offerings in 2014, beginning with the nearly sold-out Summit County premiere of “Climb to Glory,” a film by Warren Miller Entertainment and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.
The film tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. Scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, the screening will be accompanied by a presentation by 10th Mountain Division veteran Dick Over, as Read more
“Sweet, I Got an A” event celebrates student achievement
Steamboat student Connor Croasdale selects a Colorado beanie as his prize for getting four A’s on his transcript last semester. Connor is a member of the Alpine Ski Racing Team and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Business degree. He currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA.
Last week, Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs celebrated students’ academic achievement by recognizing any student who has earned an A this year, whether it was on an academic transcript or on an assignment, and celebrating their success with prizes and ice cream.
The “Sweet, I Got an A” event was held on Thursday, Feb. 20 and was hosted by the TRiO Success Center and Student Activities professionals. Seventy five students participated. The event as created to encourage students to remember that overall academic success is built upon smaller building blocks.
“All the little A’s add up to the big A’s,” says Amy Phillips, Coordinator of the TRiO Success Center at CMC in Steamboat Springs. “Each A starts one quiz or paper at a time, and as these build you find yourself with an A in the course.” Read more
New college president to address how access to higher education transforms lives, communities
What would draw a high-powered, rising star – one who has built a career on enhancing educational access for people who might not otherwise have that opportunity – to serve the small towns on Colorado’s Western Slope?
As Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser explains, it’s because of the opportunity to help lead Colorado Mountain College toward becoming the premier and most innovative institution of its kind.
Hauser, the ninth and newest president of CMC, and the second woman in the job, will address her vision for the college and for student success as the inaugural speaker of the 2014 Roaring Fork Cultural Council speakers’ series in Carbondale March 10. She will also share her thoughts about how access Read more
The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Speaker Series continues Wednesday, March 5, at CMC in Breckenridge with a screening of the Norwegian ski movie “Supervention.” The screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the college’s Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium. Tickets are $10, and there will be giveaways from Voile, Swany and Kind Snacks.
The film, produced by Norwegian-based Field Productions, was listed as one of the top 10 films to see this season by Outside Magazine and has been on a limited tour in the United States. Produced by Filip Christensen, the film follows a group of world class skiers and snowboarders on a journey to big mountain and urban terrain in Norway, Alaska, California, Sweden and New Zealand. Don’t miss this visual winter feast!
Tickets are available at www.CMCBreck.com
CMC adjunct Nick Harris researches ground-breaking energy technology
This article was published in the March 2, 2014 Aspen Daily News. By Nelson Harvey.
Nick Harris, an assistant instructor and biofuels researcher at CMC in Rifle, rotates a test tube of bacteria inside an anaerobic chamber at the school’s lab. Harris’ bacteria production will eventually be scaled up and used in a test project to “eat” grass and produce butanol, which is a direct replacement for gasoline. Photo: Chris Council, Aspen Daily News.
Nick Harris is a very slow dishwasher. And while his girlfriend at home may loathe him for it, such cautious deliberation has come to serve him well in the lab.
On a recent afternoon, in a fluorescent-lit back room on the Rifle campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Harris snapped on latex gloves, carefully sterilized a glass beaker and filled it with nutrient solution. He dropped a hose in the brew and began bubbling through pure nitrogen gas to drive out any oxygen. Finally, he poured the solution into a set of small glass test tubes, then capped and deposited them in a nitrogen-filled anaerobic chamber. Click for full article
Conniff named Colorado Mountain College adjunct Faculty of Year for campus
Michael Conniff was recently named the campus adjunct Faculty of the Year for Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen Campus.
Colorado Mountain College instructor Michael Conniff sees his students in the Isaacson School for New Media as full partners in their own education, and his classes are designed to help them make substantive changes in their lives.
Conniff’s hands-on, real-world approach paid off with a surprising dividend recently, when he was named adjunct Faculty of the Year at the college’s Aspen Campus.
Every year, each of Colorado Mountain College’s seven campuses, as well as the college’s department of online learning, can nominate adjunct and full-time instructors for the Faculty of the Year award. From those honorees, senior administrators then select a Read more
Bob Von Achen was recently named the full-time Faculty of the Year for Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle.
CMC Rifle campus names full-time, adjunct Faculty of the Year
Bob Von Achen, instructor of English and literature at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, went into teaching because he knew he would enjoy the analytical components – reading papers, employing his editing skills and offering textual insights. But within two weeks of classroom teaching, he found that it was engaging with students which gave him the deepest satisfaction.
“It’s gratifying to be able to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Von Achen, shortly after he’d been notified he’d been named the campus’s Read more
CMC names Roaring Fork campus full-time, adjunct Faculty of Year
Senior administrators and colleagues surprised theater faculty Gary Ketzenbarger recently with the announcement he’d been named his campus’s full-time Faculty of the Year. Left to right are campus dean of academic affairs Terry Miller; collegewide VP of academic affairs Brad Tyndall; Ketzenbarger and his wife, Kelly Ketzenbarger; and adjunct theater instructor Brad Moore. Photo Beth Zukowski
When Gary Ketzenbarger’s Theatre Script Analysis class was interrupted recently, students thought the intruders might be part of a performance-art flash mob.
A closer look revealed an enthusiastic group of administrators, instructors and staff members, some wearing masks made from a photo of Ketzenbarger’s face, all there to celebrate the theatre instructor’s campus Faculty of the Year Award.
“What a great thrill and an honor,” he said. “I’m just one teacher amongst a host of teachers who are very good, very talented. That’s one of the true joys of Read more