Fall 2014 registration is open

Spread the word to your students, friends, family and neighbors: Registration for Fall 2014 classes is now open! Most classes start August 25. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes.

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Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=registration#sthash.YJPpDJzD.dpuf

Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=registration#sthash.YJPpDJzD.dpuf

Northwest Colorado SBDC to host statewide Professional Health & Wellness Symposium in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an Read more

1000 Words: Colorado Association of School Executives conference at CMC Breckenridge

Left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; President Hauser; and COO Gianneschi.

Colorado Mountain College recently hosted a reception for CMC district K-12 superintendents and principals at the annual Breckenridge conference of the Colorado Association of School Executives. Guests at the reception heard Dr. Matt Gianneschi, the college’s chief of operations, and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO, speak briefly about ways the college can partner with the schools to help high school students succeed and be better prepared for college. In the photo above are, left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser; and CMC COO Matt Gianneschi.

 

Getting a head start on higher ed with concurrent enrollment

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ­– During this year’s springtime graduation season, Patrick Gucwa attended more than one commencement ceremony. The high school senior – one of his class’s seven valedictorians – received his diploma from Glenwood Springs High School.

But several weeks earlier, he’d already participated in another graduation: the commencement exercises at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, where he collected his associate degree.

In some ways, Gucwa is quite unusual. The bilingual (Polish and English) student held a 4.0 GPA at both GSHS and CMC, was awarded six scholarships and is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree by the time he’s 19. Read more

Isaacson School students reach new heights at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Carrie Click

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Curtis Tucker covering the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Photo: Seth Andersen.

ASPEN – More than 20 Isaacson School for New Media students and faculty threw themselves headlong into the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, which brings top business leaders, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and world leaders to the Colorado mountains for 10 days of deep conversation, debate and interaction.

The opportunity for students to take part in the massive Aspen think-fest happened very quickly. Initially, the plan was for them to demonstrate to attendees Microsoft’s newly released Surface Pro 3 tablet, but soon these digital media students expanded their responsibilities.

“We had far more freedom than the original plan to stay based at kiosks,” said Robert Martin, director of Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media.

One minute, the students were shooting photographs of world leaders; the next, they were listening to a panel of experts discussing global dynamics while creating posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“It was definitely overwhelming and chaotic,” said recent graduate and Isaacson School support team member Curtis Tucker. “We had mixed roles. Twenty of us were running around using the [Surface] tablets, then mobile-editing our photos. And we were always listening, always documenting.”

“Our circumstances were fluid and changing,” said Brian Tinker, associate professor and graphic design program director within the school. “These students came in completely cold, and were able to be highly adaptive. I saw students who are normally retiring and awkward interact and gain confidence. It was fantastic.”

Tucker said probably the most surprising part of the festival was the accessibility of the participants, some of whom come from high levels of authority and are well known.

Keynote speakers included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcaster Katie Couric, civil rights icon John Lewis, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, former Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There were 344 more, including Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, who participated in a panel about the future of education.

“Katie Couric was shoulder to shoulder [with everyone else],” Tucker said. “No one was on a pedestal. Walter Isaacson was wearing a T-shirt. Tony Blair was having lunch. There was no filter.”

The emphasis at the Isaacson School ­– which holds classes at Colorado Mountain College campuses in Aspen and Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs, as well as online ­– is on digital applications. But the goal is the same as it’s always been for mass communication.

“What doesn’t change is the importance of learning to communicate,” Martin said of the associate degrees, occupational certificates and noncredit and credit courses the school offers students and mid-career professionals in digital marketing design, media production, journalism and photography. “Number one, it’s about storytelling.”

Thanks to a donation from the Isaacson School’s namesake, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, student Justin Patrick received a full scholarship to attend this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. Students will also have free access to world-class events at the Aspen Institute year-round, including the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. The program will take place over the next three years to build a formal connection between Isaacson School students and the Aspen Institute.

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New social sciences faculty welcomed to CMC Steamboat Springs

CMC Steamboat Springs welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Patrick W. Staib. Kathy Kiser Miller, Dean of Academic Affairs at CMC in Steamboat Springs, recently welcomed Dr. Staib in an email message to the college community. Her letter of welcome, along with Patrick’s self-introduction, is reprinted below:

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

“Dr. Staib earned his Doctorate and Master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Dissertation: Coffee and Countryside: Small Farmers and Sustainable Development in Las Segovias de Nicaragua.  He earned his BA in Spanish and Religion from Dickinson College.

Patrick most recently served as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in anthropology, but other areas that Colorado Mountain College is embracing and expanding.  It is extremely fortunate for us and our students that he has expertise in farmer/rancher outreach programs, civic engagement, first-year learning and ethnic diversity initiatives.  Please extend a warm welcome to Patrick.  We are delighted he will be joining our Colorado Mountain College and Steamboat Campus family.”

From Patrick Staib:
“I am an applied anthropologist with interests in organic agriculture and sustainable development. I am a first generation American and grew up in suburban Philadelphia. My mother is from Nicaragua and my father from the Black Forest region of Germany.

My parents and relatives impressed the value of agrarian lifestyles early on my life. I spent summers in New Hampshire on my Uncle’s year-round organic farm and in the 1990s my parents opened the City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia. This historical recreation abides by historical authenticity in all aspects of its operation. I worked with my father who sought to source his products locally and support local Amish farmers.

My initial scholarly interest was in US-Latin American relations in the Post-Cold War era. I took interest in free trade accords instituted with the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 and the effect on Latin American peasants (or campesinos) and their livelihoods. I worked on organic farms in the Rio Grande valley in preparation to work as an observer and evaluator for USAID-funded sustainable development projects that focused on organic crop production. Eventually, I spent two years in the Segovian highlands of Nicaragua living and working with a community of small-scale coffee farmers whose territory was the battleground of the 1980s Contra War. I worked on small family farms, I assisted in crop transport, I translated and marketed exportable product, and I assist in routine tasks. I researched these farmers’ receptivity and embrace of organic production schemes that were imposed on their local industry.

Most recently, I’ve worked in development projects to increase access and production of local produce, meats, dairy, and processed foods. I coordinated the formation of a small farmer-owned brokerage in Albuquerque, NM. We established year-round farm production with passive solar cold frame structures and instructed traditional communities in high value, specialty crop production. I also worked in Farmer and Rancher Outreach in the New Mexico Acequia Association. In this role I assisted farmers in obtaining subsidies and supports for infrastructural improvements in their production and irrigation operations.

In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my wife Kelly, who is a bilingual elementary school teacher, and two sons Sebasian (4) an Diego (2). We are avid skiers. Our boys are just getting on the slopes. I also enjoy camping, biking, hiking, trail running and gardening. We are really thrilled to move to Steamboat and join the community at Colorado Mountain College! “

CMC summer camps spark career interests

Colorado Mountain College and Reach Your Peak Colorado, an organization funded by El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council, presented three week-long camps in Carbondale and one camp in Rifle during July. The camps are designed to spark student interest, from elementary through high school, in education and future careers. The slideshow below shares a few views of students taking part in last week’s Technology Camp in GameMaker Studio as they prepare their final projects, shared with their parents at the end of the day.

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Maroon Bells 50th Birthday Bash

Maroon Bells 50th birthday bash posterThe Maroon Bells celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. On August 2, you can attend a birthday bash for the iconic peaks hosted by  Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service.

An outdoor festival at the base of Aspen Highlands will run from 3 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music, an address by author/activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, various kids’ activities and wilderness displays. A film sharing the stories of individuals involved in the creation of Colorado Wilderness areas, created by students from CMC’s Professional Photography program, will also be shown at the event.  Click here to see the schedule of events.

Advance tickets are just $10 for adults, with kids 12 and under free (and that includes cake!). The Highlands Alehouse will offer special food and drink deals. For more info: http://www.maroonbells50.org/about/bash/

Annual business forum slated to happen July 22

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser to speak at Vail Valley Business Forum event

First printed in the Vail Daily News.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Partnership will host the eighth annual Vail Valley Business Forum July 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Regional Challenges, Local Solutions.” Attendees will gain access to the latest ideas and information in the areas of regional economic development, workforce, healthcare and transportation. The Vail Valley Business Forum is the Partnership’s largest educational event.

Following a TED-like format, four keynote speakers will first present on their areas of expertise, followed by question and answer sessions with local industry leaders. The format will provide attendees with a high-level regional understanding of a variety of topics, with a locally focused perspective on solutions. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $30 for everyone else.

Keynote speakers and local panelists include:

• Workforce: Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. Local leaders moderating the Q&A will feature Johannes Faessler and Read more