Archive for CMC In The News

Six men embark on nine-month canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

Two Colorado Mountain College graduates take part in “Rediscover North America” expedition.

This article was printed in Steamboat Today. By Audrey Dwyer.

Photo of six men canoeing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean, these six men embarked on their "Rediscovering North America" expedition Jan. 2. From left, are Winchell Delano, Adam Trigg, Luke Kimmes, John Keaveny, Jarrad Moore and Daniel Flynn

Canoeing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean, these six men embarked on their “Rediscovering North America” expedition Jan. 2. From left, are Winchell Delano, Adam Trigg, Luke Kimmes, John Keaveny, Jarrad Moore and Daniel Flynn. Photo: Luke Kimmes.

— Encountering strong winds, snow and ice in the Midwest are only minor obstacles for six men taking part in a daring feat.

For nine months, Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Jarrad Moore, Daniel Flynn, John Keaveny and Luke Kimmes will canoe from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Paddling upstream, they will connect the Mississippi River, the Red River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca, Great Slave Lake and the Hood River to reach their destination.

The “Rediscover North America” canoe expedition started on Jan. 2. And as of Monday, the six outdoor enthusiasts are on day 52 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

“People always ask us why, and I still can’t give you that answer,” said Kimmes during a telephone interview Sunday.

As one of the outdoor education instructors at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, Kimmes approached Big Agnes about outfitting the six guys on their trip.

“When I first read Luke’s request, I immediately noticed which direction they were paddling — up,” Big Agnes marketing specialist Rob Peterson said. “That in itself caught my eye because Click for full article

 

 

Think you can’t afford college? Think again

This corner column ran in the Feb. 9 Glenwood Post Independent . By Tom Valles, director of financial aid at Colorado Mountain College.

Photo of Tom VallesDuring my years in financial aid, I have met with folks who believe they cannot afford college and will not qualify for financial aid. Unfortunately, some people never go to college because they have believed such myths. Here are just a few I would like to address:

Myth #1: There is no point in filling out the aid application; I’m not going to get any money for college.

The only way to not get aid is if you don’t apply. It is well worth your time to fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Federal and state loans, grants, work study and even need-based scholarships look to the FAFSA to determine eligibility. For many schools, the FAFSA is the only tool they use to determine financial need, and completing it is a crucial step toward making sure you have the best resource Read more

CMC student Brooke Potter wins gold at the World University Games

Brother and Sister duo medal in Freestyle Ski Slopestyle competition

This article reprinted from the World University Games website. Follow the results of the four additional CMC students competing at the Games at the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) website, click here.

medal winners at World University GamesGranada, Spain – The Slopestyle competition held in Snowpark Sulayr of Loma de Dílar, Sierra Nevada featured some of the best skiers from around the world.  USA Team capitalized on perfect conditions and spectacular runs to bring three more medals home for the United States.

With three tricks, ‘switch 540 screaming seamen’, ‘cork 900 truck driver’ and ‘switch right side 900 mute’, Fabian Braitsch reached the top on the podium. It has not been the first gold that the Austrian has gained, since he already got the Gold in the European Cup in Brand last year.   The rest of the podium on the Men’s side with filled with Amercians as Broby Leeds captured the Silver and teammate Cody Potter snagged the Bronze.Cody_potter_y_aficion

In the female category, Brooke Potter has achieved the first place on the podium after having performed a ‘switch 180′, a ‘360’, different ‘grabs’ in the third module and 270 out off-axis. The USA has stated that she got very nervous after the fall of her colleague, but it has not stopped her for winning the gold. ‘I love Sierra Nevada, I wish to come back´. The freestyler is also happy for his brother Cody, who reached the third position in the same discipline.  Alexis Keeney who had the best score in the qualification rounds suffered a knee injury going into the finals.  Keeney tried to fight through the pain for one run in the finals but fell on the first jump and was unable to finish.

MALE FINAL RANKING:

Best score

1.- Fabian Braitsch (AUT)                               81.83

2.- Broby Leeds (USA)                                       78.00

3.- Cody Potter (USA)                                        75.33

10.- John Leonard (USA)                                  65.50

FEMALE FINAL RANKING:

Best score

1.- Brooke Potter (USA)                                   73.16

2.- Zuzana Stromkova (SVK)                          69.83

3.- Stefanie Moessler (AUT)                         58.00

5. – Alexis Keeney (USA)                                9.83 (injury)

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

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

Women bring apparel manufacturing to Rifle

New sustainable venture partners with CMC and Garfield County’s Garco Sewing Works to bring new apparel business to Rifle.

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Bob Ward.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

Tired of seeing “Made in China” tags on your clothing? Then take a look at The Whole Works, a new apparel-manufacturing operation coming to Rifle.

Launched by a group of Roaring Fork Valley women, this entrepreneurial venture surpassed its online fundraising goal just in time for Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, The Whole Works reached its $35,000 Kickstarter campaign target. The money will cover basic start-up costs — sewing machines, training, build-out and so forth. That means the campaign now becomes a for-profit business, a small-run, high-quality clothing production facility.

Here’s how the founders pitched their project on Kickstarter: “Invest in women, provide stability through well paying jobs, and create the infrastructure to help women become leaders.” Click for full article. Read more

Restorative justice event at CMC Leadville

Reprinted from the Leadville Herald Democrat.

Full Circle of Lake County will present a program on restorative justice on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center at Colorado Mountain College.

The main speaker of the night will be Sharletta Evans. In 1995, Evans lost her 3-year-old son in a drive-by shooting. During the presentation, Evans will talk about her story and how the restorative justice process assisted in not only providing healing to herself, but the offender and the community.

Evans organizes anti-gang programs, advocates for judicial reform in Colorado and across the country and was featured in the film “Lost for Life,” a documentary about juveniles serving life in prison.

The night will also include presentations by Colorado Representatives Pete Lee and Millie Hamner. Lee has been a champion of restorative justice programs and legislation in Colorado.

Full Circle instituted a community wide restorative justice program as well as one in the Lake County School District this fall. The night will also include a presentation about Full Circle’s restorative justice programs. Light food and beverages will be provided and Spanish interpretation is available. There is no cost to attend.

CMC art instructor featured in prominent Arkansas exhibit

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Teresa Ristow.

Steamboat Springs — Joel S. Allen has spent about 15 years working on a series of hand-wrapped hanging fiber sculptures, an art installation he calls “Hooked on Svelte.”

Steamboat Springs — Joel S. Allen has spent about 15 years working on a series of hand-wrapped hanging fiber sculptures, an art installation he calls “Hooked on Svelte.” Photo: Dustin Bartholomew/courtesy.

Despite his obvious commitment to the project, he was surprised when he was contacted by two men traveling the country in search of exceptional art for a gallery exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The curatorial duo from the museum drove nearly 100,000 miles across the United States in 2013, meeting nearly 1,000 artists in their hometowns, searching for work that otherwise might go unappreciated on a national level.

The team conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with artists to select those whose work they found the most compelling. Click for full article

United Way of Eagle River Valley announces CMC graduate as new executive director

Alumna Rebecca Kanaly was a top graduate of the inaugural class of the bachelor’s in business administration program at Colorado Mountain College. First published in the Vail Daily.

VAIL — The board of the United Way of Eagle River Valley has appointed Rebecca Kanaly as executive director, replacing Karen Lechner, effective Dec. 1. As executive director, Kanaly is tasked with expanding United Way’s leadership presence, reach and impact in our community by providing increased opportunities to, and by working strategically with, local nonprofits who are demonstrating excellence in service.

Kanaly has lived in Vail since 2006 after leaving a career in Denver with an award-winning custom home builder. She has co-founded several organizations in Colorado and served on the executive boards of Cancer League of Colorado, Eagle Valley Senior Life and Helmet Heads. Additionally, she has provided consulting to Wapiyapi Cancer Camps and, as a Daniel’s Consulting firm project manager to the city and county of Denver. A top graduate of the inaugural class of the Bachelor of Science in business administration degree program at Read more

Jimmy Westlake: First comet landing

The first successful landing of a space probe onto a comet took place yesterday. CMC physics professor Jimmy Westlake’s column, written the day before Wednesday’s successful landing in the Steamboat Today and reprinted here, gives the back story on this landmark event.

Photo Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 This mosaic of images reveals the unusual shape and surface of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander. Philae made the first controlled landing on a comet’s nucleus Wednesday morning.

Photo: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
This mosaic of images reveals the unusual shape and surface of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander. Philae made the first controlled landing on a comet’s nucleus Wednesday morning.

— If all goes according to plan, a little space probe named Philae will separate from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft late Tuesday and make the first controlled landing on the surface of a comet Wednesday morning.

It took the Rosetta spacecraft 10 years to chase down and reach Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or Comet C-G for short. On Aug. 6, it became the first spacecraft in history to orbit a comet nucleus. ESA scientists hope to double-down on Wednesday and make the history books once again with the first-ever comet landing.

Robotic spacecraft have visited several comets over the past few decades, including Halley’s comet, click for full article