Archive for September 26, 2012

Welcome, Veterans

Colorado Mountain College President Stan Jensen reached out to veterans recently to share the benefits of a CMC education.  Check out the video through the link below!


Westlake to speak about poetry, stars

National award-winner at CMC-Edwards Sept 26

Orion Rising by Jimmy Westlake

Jimmy Westlake, an astronomy and physics professor at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Steamboat Springs, captured this image of Orion rising over the mountains east of Camp Hale, north of Leadville, on Dec. 8, 2002. Westlake will talk about “The Poets and the Stars,” and show some of his renowned astrophotographs, Sept. 26 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Photograph Jimmy Westlake

Some people try to capture the beauty and majesty of the starry sky with a camera or on canvas. Others try to capture it with words.

In an evening called “The Poets and the Stars,” Colorado Mountain College astronomy Professor Jimmy Westlake will present verses about the stars written by some of the world’s most beloved poets, mixed with some of his own original poems and rhymes, and illustrated by many of his original astrophotographs. This unique program will leave audience members with a renewed sense of Read more

Get Ready for CMC Day!

Colorado Mountain College staff at CMC DayCMC Day is just around the corner.  The Day begins at 8:30 AM ending at 3:00 PM and will be held at the 4 Eagle Ranch on September 25th.

The day starts off with an early morning run with Benedictine Jeanson from 7:30 to 9:00 AM, followed by  breakfast and networking from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. Dr. Jensen will give a “State of the College” address from 9:45 to 10:30, after which you can join on a hayride or one of the many breakout sessions, which explore everything from flycasting, mountain biking, and winemaking to website editing and Read more

Isaacson School Workshops kick off Friday, Sept. 21

Photo of iPhone and iPadThe first in a dynamic series of workshops sponsored by the Isaacson School for New Media kicks off this week at CMC in Aspen. The Isaacson School’s Digital Black Diamond Workshops start Friday September 21, 2012.  The workshops are designed to get both beginners and mid-career professionals up to speed in new media, with short-term workshops featuring some of the top local and national names in new media.

All workshops move from from Beginner Level, to Intermediate Level, then on to Advanced Level skills. All four sessions can be purchased at a discount of $299. Pre-registration is much appreciated.

The Isaacson School Workshops for fall 2012:

Interactive Marketing And Advertising. Learn to build a killer interactive branding and marketing plan. Faculty: Steve Wilhite, senior marketing roles with major corporations, including Apple, Volkswagen, and Nissan; Scott Gilbert, former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi (Los Angeles) and co-CEO (New York); Pat Curry, Founder & Principal of Footsteps Marketing & Blue Tent Read more

A Trip to the Nature Conservancy

CMC student Dustin Eldridge traveled to the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch near Steamboat Springs recently with his Environmental Science class to learn about ecosystems and environmental challenges. Follow along in his post below, first published in his blog, Steamboat Livin’.

River bank at Carpenter Ranch, a Nature Conservancy site near Steamboat Springs, ColoradoToday my Intro to Environmental Science class took a trip to the local Nature Conservancy site located on the Carpenter Ranch outside of Hayden, CO.  The ranch sits along the Yampa River, the last relatively free-flowing river in America, and the unique ecosystem it fosters.  Because the Yampa is free-flowing, it creates flood plains, oxbow lakes, and stream beds dry to channels.  This unique habitat has supported the evolution of an unlikely trio of plants, unseen together anywhere else in the world.  Here at the Carpenter Ranch, Narrowleaf Cottonwoods, Box Elders, and Red-Osier Dogwoods grow together to create a riparian habitat that is entirely unique to Colorado and the world.  The environment, however, is not without its challenges.

A ranch that neighbors the Carpenter Ranch has their irrigation pump built in one of the formerly filled in channels created by a free-flowing, dynamic, and Read more

One-woman show roller-coaster ride of ‘Bad Dates’

CMC production explores thrills, spills of modern romance in one-weekend run

By Kristin Carlson

Kelly Ketzenbarger in "€œBad Dates"

Kelly Ketzenbarger, above, takes the stage in “€œBad Dates,” a one-woman comedy at Colorado Mountain College’€™s Spring Valley campus Sept. 20-23 that explores the ups and downs of stepping into the dangerous arena of modern love. The play is presented in association with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Photo Christopher Alleman, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, January 2012.

Theresa Rebeck’s “Bad Dates,” a poignant comedy about a single mom who braves the world of modern dating, armed only with her high-heeled shoes, opens at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley Sept. 20. The one-woman play has a one-weekend run, closing after the Sept. 23 matinee.

“It’s a fun piece,” said Kelly Ketzenbarger, who first performed the show through the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in January. “The show offers a lot of laughter but it’s dramatic too. Anyone who has ever been on a bad date will be able to relate. The woman I play goes through a range of emotions and personal growth and insight that are both funny and heartbreaking.”

The contemporary piece is essentially a monologue delivered to the audience, a setup that Ketzenbarger described as challenging at first. During a particularly nerve-racking dress rehearsal, she struggled to make eye contact with specific audience members. “It was easier to look at chairs instead of people in the beginning,” she admitted.

Experience taught actress to trust herself

Ketzenbarger credits Joshua Blanchard, executive director at Lake Dillon Theatre, who staged and directed the Read more

CMC-Rifle features free showing of ‘Half the Sky’

New film aims to turn oppression into opportunity for women around the globe

Interview for documentary "Half the Sky"

Filmmakers interview women around the globe for the documentary “Half the Sky”. Photo from PBS website.

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and Chevron kick off the third year of free PBS Community Cinema screenings on Sept. 28 with “Half the Sky,” the story of turning oppression into opportunity for women throughout the world.

The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality – which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds – present the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.

“Half the Sky,” based on the bestselling book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Pulitzer prize-winning author Sheryl WuDunn, was filmed in 10 countries. It follows celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of Read more

Sustainability Studies student picnic at CMC Edwards

Poster for September 29, 2012 Sustainability Student picnicCMC is hosting a picnic for Sustainability Studies students on Saturday, September 29th. The event is designed to give BASS students from all CMC campuses a chance to meet fellow students from other campuses and spend some down time with their professors.

Participants are asked to bring a visual or spoken “image” of their interpretation of sustainability, and what inspired them to care for it.  Images can be songs, poems, quotes, stories, drawings, photos, or books- anything that inspired students to care about sustainability.

The event takes place September 29, 2012, from 1-6 pm, at the CMC Edwards Campus. Significant others and children are welcome, and carpooling is encouraged.

CMC’s Jan Hubbell’s work recognized at 2012 Colorado Film Awards and in Literary Magazine

Aspen adjunct faculty Jan Hubbell’s screenplay “The Perfect Gentleman” was recently honored with the fourth place prize in the 2012 Colorado Film Awards Screenplay Competition.

Hubbell’s work was also recently published in Sugar Mule Literary magazine. her poem, His World, was selected for the publication’s “Women Writing Nature” issue, a special issue of Sugar Mule Literary Magazine that came out in August on-line.

“Poetry is having a huge resurgence in this country,” says Jan Hubbell, English Adjunct at the Aspen Campus.  “Every weekend there are Poetry Slams across the nation that draw thousands of entrants and observers.”

“My poem, His World, was partly inspired by my father’s life-long love of birds, which knew no bounds,” says Hubbell.  “But it is also a double-entendre representing the spiritual aspect of God’s Creation.”

“Nature gives us a chance to connect with the spiritual world in a tangible Read more

Energy abuzz at Colorado Mountain College

New faculty and integrated energy technology at CMC’s Rifle campus

This article was first published in the Rifle Citizen Telegram. By Nancy Genova

Nancy Genova

Nancy Genova, chief executive officer of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and a college vice president

A new school year has started, marked by a new burst of energy from students and instructors alike. But there’s a different kind of energy bubbling at Colorado Mountain College – integrated energy.

Integrated energy technology has become the flagship program of Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle. Under the umbrella of integrated energy, we continue to develop education and training in process technology, instrumentation, solar and biofuels. These fields of study have been developed to prepare our students to enter or to find better jobs in the marketplace of oil and gas and renewable energies.

We’ve recently hired new faculty and staff to help provide students with Read more