PI photographer headed to Africa

CMC professional photography program grad Christopher Mullen is off to Africa to photograph for the non-profit CURE International. This article was published in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Will Grandbois.

 Christopher Mullen photographs an abandoned building by the Salton Sea in Southern California, September 2 . Photo: Tyler Eichhorst.

Christopher Mullen photographs an abandoned building by the Salton Sea in Southern California, September 2 .
Photo: Tyler Eichhorst.

After years looking for a steady job in photography, Christopher Mullen landed two of them.

A week after signing on part time with the Post Independent after months of freelancing, Mullen, 23, got an offer to serve as a CUREkids coordinator in Uganda. He departs in late January and will spend a year sharing the stories of children treated at the CURE Children’s Hospital in Mbale.

CURE International is a Pennsylvania-based Christian nonprofit that takes its mission from Luke 9:2: “…and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”

It operates hospitals throughout Africa and the Middle East and has a presence in more than 30 countries, with a particular emphasis on children suffering from orthopedic and neurological conditions.

For Mullen, it’s the perfect fusion of his passion for photography and his faith.

“I like projects that positively affect people and tell the story of a person in need,” he said.

“They’re actually doing something. They’re living out the Bible.”

Although he’ll be without a car and relying on a translator, Mullen says he isn’t worried. After all, he’s made a cultural adjustment before click for full article Read more

Patients benefit when nurses have advanced education

This CMC Corner column by Judy Evans, MS, RN ran in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on Dec. 8. Evans is an associate professor of nursing at Colorado Mountain College and an acute care nurse who has been in the nursing profession for 38 years. For more information on CMC’s nursing degrees, visit coloradomtn.edu/nursing.

Were you to find yourself as a patient in a hospital, you would want to know you are receiving the very best care and the best monitoring of your health status. Because nurses have the greatest amount of contact with patients, your progress is to a large extent dependent upon their care and intervention. One factor that consistently shows benefits to patients is having nurses with advanced education.

Consider the statistics: hospitals that have a higher percentage of nurses who hold bachelor’s degrees in nursing have patients with better outcomes, lower mortality rates and fewer adverse effects from treatment or hospitalization. These hospitals also have lower “failure to rescue” rates – that is to say, the patient Read more

Avalanche safety classes available at CMC

Snow near summit of Williams Peak.For those wanting to venture into the backcountry this winter, now is a prime time to plan to take an avalanche safety course at Colorado Mountain College. Both lecture and field classes are filling up quickly in preparation for the winter season.

Colorado Mountain College’s locations in Edwards, Breckenridge, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Steamboat Springs are offering avalanche classes, courses and/or workshops that can teach backcountry recreationists how to recognize and avoid dangerous terrain and unstable snow conditions.

Students can take their knowledge as far as they’d like to go, from learning how to make sound personal decisions about traveling in winter environments, to Read more

It’s time for spring (registration)

Many classes start week of Jan. 12

Spring tulipsThe snow’s starting to fly – which means that registration for spring classes at Colorado Mountain College is well underway. Many classes start the week of Jan. 12, a few in Aspen start sooner and others start throughout the spring semester.

Remember that new students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past 12 months need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person at one of the college’s 11 locations if they want to take a credit class.

Students who have taken a credit class within the past 12 months and students only interested in noncredit (continuing education) classes do not need to Read more

Gone Clubbin’

This article on the Pottery Club of Aspen’s annual Holiday Pottery Sale was first printed in the Aspen Daily News. The event runs from Dec. 11-13 at CMC in Aspen. Numerous CMC faculty and students take part.

Two Dozen Potters Find a Common Interest, and Put it On Sale
Photo of pottery by Jordan Curet.

Photo: Jordan Curet.

We’ve got ski clubs and equestrian clubs. There are mushroom-hunting clubs and broomball clubs, running clubs and book clubs. The Roaring Fork Valley is home to hundreds of groups of people who get together and bond over a shared interest.

Most of them don’t get their time in the spotlight, but for the Pottery Club of Aspen, this is their chance to shine. Every holiday season, the nearly 25 members of the group put their products on sale at Aspen’s Colorado Mountain College  annual pottery sale.

But, the sale is not just a sale, say members, and the group is not just a group. Read more

Not too early to plan for financing college

College Goal Sunday returns Feb. 8

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If you are a college-bound student, it’s not too early to begin looking at the options available to you for paying for college next fall.

Mark your calendar for 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 8, when Colorado Mountain College hosts its second annual College Goal Sunday, a national event that sets aside a Sunday in February for any prospective college students and their parents to receive free professional help in applying for financial aid for college. This includes nontraditional and independent students as well.

Help isn’t just for those applying to Colorado Mountain College. College Goal Sunday is for all students intending to go to any college or Read more

1000 Words: Help-Portrait

Since 2008, photographers around the world have taken portraits, often of people in need, through the organization Help-Portrait, then printed and delivered them free of charge. Professional photo program students in CMC’s Isaacson School donated their time to Help-Portrait for the fifth year running Friday night, Dec. 5, at CMC in Carbondale, creating free portraits for Roaring Fork families.

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1000 Words: Dedication

Four students arrived at CMC’s Rifle campus at 4 a.m. last Monday with blankets and pillows to register for classes – and try to secure a spot in CMC’s certified nursing program. From left: Lynn Shackelford, her daughter Brooke Shackelford, Vanessa Bracamontes and Kristen Ford.

Four students camped out at CMC Rifle last Monday, hoping to secure a spot in the certifed nursing program.



Sopris Theatre Company brings Renaissance-era comedy to Glenwood

This article on CMC’s Sopris Theatre Company’s latest production, The Glorious Ones, was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. The production runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 7 at the New Space Theatre at CMC in Glenwood Springs.

Sopris Theatre Company presents "The Glorious Ones," a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Glorious Ones,” a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

The latest production from Sopris Theatre Company bounces from over-the-top humor to quiet, empathetic moments — and right back again.

“The Glorious Ones,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (who also wrote “Ragtime,” “Seussical” and more), is a bawdy show that follows a 16th century Commedia dell’arte acting troupe onstage and off during the Italian Renaissance.

Commedia dell’arte was a style of improvisation during the Renaissance that set the foundation for modern sitcoms. It uses a set of stock characters, most of them masked, and places them in different situations. Click for full article

CMC photo students to give free portraits via Help-Portrait Dec. 5

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2012 Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. Students from Colorado Mountain College's Professional Photography program have participated in the event for the past five years.

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2011Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. The 2014 Help-Portrait event takes place this Friday, Dec. 5, at CMC in Carbondale and marks the fifth year that students from Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program will be volunteering their time and expertise. Photo: Klaus Kocher.

The faculty, staff and students of the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will be at the college’s Lappala Center in Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., providing free portraits as part of the international Help-Portrait movement.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. There will be multiple portrait studios set up at the Lappala Center and portraits will be printed and delivered that night.

This is a charity event and there is absolutely no cost for the portraits.

This is the fifth year the professional photography program has participated in Help-Portrait, bringing hundreds of free portraits to the residents of the Roaring Read more