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

1000 Words: Happy Trails

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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

1000 Words: Got College?

Approximately 2,000 high school students attended the Colorado Western Slope College Fair on Oct. 5 in Aspen. Buses, sponsored by CMC, brought students to the fair from 79 rural and mountain communities; some students had to travel for hours and spend the night in Aspen High School’s gym in order to attend.

Representatives from CMC also sat on numerous panels, sharing valuable insights on financial aid, the ASSET bill, support available for first generation students and other options that can help expand access to college for all. Below, CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, with Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy and Aspen HS Principal Kimberly Martin, shares the day’s key message.

CMC President and CEO Carrie Besnette Hauser at the recent college fair held in Aspen, Colorado

Free shuttle bus runs for CMC students

Colorado Mountain College students and employees can now save money and be greener by catching free rides between college locations in Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley and Carbondale.

RIDE CMC is a free shuttle service operating Monday through Thursday between three local CMC locations and the Thunder River Market on Highway 82 at the Spring Valley turnoff. A CMC student or employee ID is required to ride, or a photo ID plus a class schedule.

“If you have always wanted to take a class at Spring Valley but didn’t have access to a car, this is a great opportunity,” said Lisa Doak, campus dean for student affairs. “We’re glad to be able to provide this additional, free access to students from our communities. This semester an average of 25 students or employees have been using the shuttle every day.”

Stop locations (look for a “RIDE CMC” sign) are in front of the Calaway Academic Building at Spring Valley, on the west side of the Glenwood Center, in front of the Lappala Center in Carbondale and at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority connection (south end of the parking lot) at Thunder River Market.

RIDE CMC is provided by the college thanks to contributions from the Student Government Association. Fees or charges may apply in future semesters for the shuttle service.

For information, call 947-8200 or go to coloradomtn.edu/ridecmc/.

Community invited to annual veterinary technology facility tour and open house

Colorado Mountain College's veterinary technician center, in summer.

Colorado Mountain College’s veterinary technician center, located at the college’s Spring Valley campus, in summer..

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Club invites the community to tour the program’s 220-acre center and teaching hospital at Spring Valley on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Refreshments and a silent auction will also be available.

The comprehensive tour is free and open to anyone who is interested in veterinary technology or to those individuals and families who just want to visit the facility. High school students who are interested in veterinary medicine are highly encouraged to come.

The center and teaching hospital house a variety of animals including horses, llamas, goats, birds, snakes and more. The tour coincides with Read more