Archive for August 30, 2012

Explore Historic Leadville Weekend Sept. 14-16

Discover Leadville and Lake County’s colorful and wild past


Leadville's Delaware Hotel

The Delaware Hotel in Leadville, Colorado

Miners, cowboys, ranchers and madams helped shape the colorful history of Leadville, Colo., one of America’s richest and long-lived mining boomtowns. History buffs can learn more about the lives of these hardworking, rough-and-tumble settlers during the fun and educational Explore Historic Leadville weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. Presented by Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Leadville, the weekend activities include tours of a stagecoach trail, underground mine, cemetery, museums, ranch and historic buildings, as well as a theatrical performance.

The weekend will begin on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 14, with a welcome and tour of the Colorado Mountain College campus, a tour of the historic Hayden Read more

Our View: CMC building good for the community

The following editorial about the value of Colorado Mountain College’s new academic center to the community of Steamboat Springs appeared in last weekend’s Steamboat Pilot.

Thursday’s grand opening of Colorado Mountain College’s spectacular new academic center overlooking Steamboat Springs is an achievement that stands to benefit the community for decades to come.

The 60,000-square-foot building with an $18 million price tag is a crowning accomplishment for a CMC system that has aggressively expanded its reach in the past two years. Last year’s introduction of new four-year degree programs in business administration and sustainability studies gave students a low-cost option for earning bachelor’s degrees at a college that traditionally could award only associate degrees.

The college also has forged and grown powerful relationships with local public school districts that allow high schoolers to concurrently earn transferable college credits while completing their high school diploma requirements.

But perhaps nothing speaks to CMC’s growth as a viable post-secondary option than its new facility off Bob Adams Drive in downtown Steamboat. Thursday’s Read more

Splitboarding the Cerro Catedral Sidecountry with SASS Global Travel

Dustin Eldridge, a student at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat, has spent the past two summers in Argentina as an intern with SASS Travel.   Here’s his second report on life interning and boarding in the Southern Hemisphere with SASS.  This article was first posted in SASS’s blog, From the Mind of an Intern.

Dustin Eldridge in Cerro Categral, Argentina

Dustin Eldridge in Cerro Categral, Argentina

I’m currently down in Argentina with SASS Global Travel, enjoying the winter fun that Catedral, near Bariloche, has to offer.  The backcountry around Catedral is endless, and on a clear day a view out West gives one a true glimpse at the massive scale of the Andes.  Today’s crew, consisting of myself, Daniel Ochoa, and SGT guide Chris Coulter and pro snowboarder Robin Van Gyn, had hopes of touring out to the Zebra Chutes, an hour or so out into the Catedral backcountry.  The four main chutes descend up to 2,000 feet of vertical and are broken up further by hundreds of vertical granite rock formations, giving the appearance of zebra stripes.  The stripes create a maze of smaller chutes, all incredibly steep and with narrow chokes and run-outs.  These epic lines can only come together with the perfect concoction of snowpack, Read more

CMC starts new chapter in Steamboat with opening of building

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Today. By Scott Franz

Crowds walking up stairs at the Open House for the new CMC Steamboat Academic Center.

A crowd makes its way up the stairs of the new academic center Thursday night at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. Hundreds of people attended the grand opening for the 60,000-square-foot building. Photo: Scott Franz.

Steamboat Springs — As she looked up and admired the atrium of the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus on Thursday night, Bonnie Bogue was thinking about her mom.

“In my heart, I know she would have loved this building,” Bogue said about her mother, Lucile, who in 1962 founded Yampa Valley College, which eventually grew into the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Lucile Bogue, who was an educator and an award-winning author, died in 2005.

“She had such a dream for this college,” Bonnie Bogue said. “I think this is the kind of building she had in mind to put here someday.” Read more

President Jensen Talks About Steamboat’s New Academic & Student Center

Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Stan Jensen, on Steamboat’s new Academic and Student Center.

Dr. Stan Jensen talks about the value of CMC’s latest building for Steamboat Springs and students. He was interviewed by Ben Saheb, a Colorado Mountain College bachelor’s degree student and blogger who is working this summer at Steamboat TV18.

New Faces at Colorado Mountain College

CMC will be welcoming a handful of new faculty this semester.  We’ll be sharing a few of their stories and introductions on eNews. First up, in her own words: Dr. Tina Evans, new Sustainability Studies faculty based in Steamboat Springs. Welcome, Tina! 

Dr. TIna Evans

Dr. Tina Evans is a recent addition to the Sustainability Studies faculty. She will based in Steamboat Springs.

I’m thrilled to begin working in this innovative and forward looking program! I’m excited to begin working with the members of the faculty, staff, and administration whom I met during my interview, and I look forward to meeting more members of the campus community. I especially look forward to working with CMC students. My decision to join the faculty at CMC was very much influenced by the people I met during my interview process, by the highly integrative nature of the Sustainability Studies program course offerings, and by my love of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado as my home. By way of introduction, I’d like to share with you some highlights of my background and experience.

My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in English and History (double major) also from the University of Arizona. My work in sustainability spans diverse areas of thought and action, including Read more

New Steamboat Springs Academic Center Grand Opening slated for today

Starting at 4 PM on Thursday, August 23, all friends, staff, faculty, and students of Colorado Mountain College are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Academic Services building at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

The celebration moves inside to the new auditorium after the ribbon cutting.  Guest speakers including CMC leadership, alumni, students, and donors will speak about the history of CMC in Steamboat Springs and the building’s role in the college’s future. A reception will follow in the Neas Dining Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Staff and faculty from Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs contributed items to a Time Capsule that will be sealed and installed in the new building until 2112. Items that were within included: Read more

Race Across the Sky 2012

CMC Leadville student Becky Aurora offers a quick wrap-up of the plethora of summer endurance races offered in Leadville, Colorado, in the post below, first published in her blog, Life at 10,200 feet.  CMC had several staff compete in the races, including Ken Keister, in the Leadville MTB 100, and Johann Aberger, in Saturday’s Leadville 100 Trail Run. Congrats to all!  (If you know other CMC’ers who took part, let us know!)

This is it. The race of all races. One hundred miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. Created for only the most determined athletes. Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breath — while the views try to take it away.

This year’s Leadville Trail 100MTB race took place on Saturday, August 11th and involved 53 men and 12 women racing in the pro division.  Overall 1,481 athletes completed the race- a mere 146 of them female.  Athletes competed on single and multi-speed bikes along with tandems.

Among those competing in the race, all 50 states and 38 countries were represented including Germany, England, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Canada, and Mexico.  CEOs, cancer survivors, and a winner of The Bachelor competed alongside athletes representing the Phoenix Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and the Challenged Athletes Read more

New programs aim to ease transition to Re-2 four-day school week

This article first appeared in the Rifle Citizen Telegram.  By Nelson Harvey.

As summer wanes, parents of students in Rifle, Silt and New Castle scramble to plan for the four-day school week that begins Monday with the start of the Garfield School District Re-2 2012-13 school year. And in recent weeks, several area businesses and nonprofit organizations have unveiled programs aimed at keeping students occupied on Fridays, when school won’t be in session.

Colorado Mountain College, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, and Rifle’s ArtillumA Dance Company are among the entities offering activities. Others include the Rifle-based Synergy Gymnastics Academy, and possibly the Rifle branch of the Garfield County Public Library.

“We realized there would be a need, so when the school district contacted us, we agreed to do something,” said Lynn Churchill, director of the ArtillumA Dance Company.

According to Churchill, her company plans to offer four hours of educational programming from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, in subjects such as critical thinking, art and music, storytelling, and fitness. Each session will Read more

First Pow Day at SASS Travel

Dustin Eldridge, a student at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat, has spent part of the last two summers down in the Southern Hemisphere winter as an intern with SASS Travel.   Here’s his report from his first week with SASS this year.  This article was first posted in Dustin’s blog, Steamboat Livin’.

Photo of some turns in Patagonia. By Thomas Tikos

As I type this, I’m sitting in the Soul Max hotel, located directly at the base of Cerro Catedral, a ski resort outside of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.  My first week has been a blur of powder, partying, good times, and great people, and I’m sure the second week will live up to the hype.  Here’s a little write-up I did for SGT’s blog about our first powder day a couple days ago.  Get ready for more updates, amazing photos and videos to come in the next couple weeks. Salud!

Today was the first powder day for Session Two down here at SASS Global Travel.  With only two inches at the base this morning, everyone was preparing for Read more