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CMC sustainability studies program featured in Homelink magazine

The cover of HomeLink magazine. CMC sustainability studies student Whitney Chandler recently had two features published in the magazine, which focuses on sustainable building and living.

The cover of HomeLink magazine. CMC sustainability studies student Whitney Chandler recently had two features published in the magazine, which focuses on sustainable building and living.

Whitney Chandler wrote about her experience as a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student for the Summer 2014 issue of Homelink magazine. A second article penned by Chandler featured the college’s first annual Sustainability Conference and was published in the same issue.

“Being a part of the program has opened doors for me in ways I never thought possible,” wrote Chandler in her article “In My Green Cape Everyday: My Experience as a CMC Student.”  Click here to read more of Chandler’s words on her student experience. For her sum-up of the sustainability conference, click here.

 

 

 

Regional: Son of Storm King firefighter reflects on 20th anniversary

This article featuring Andy Tyler, recipient of the CMC Foundation‘s Storm King 14 Memorial Scholarship, first ran in the Glenwood Post Independent. 

uoteWhen Tulane University student Andy Tyler began looking at internship possibilities for the summer before his senior year, it seemed only natural that he would end up in western Colorado, where he was born 21 years ago.

“For a number of reasons it just made sense,” said Tyler, who is studying public health and political science and is now completing his internship at the Mesa County Health Department in Grand Junction.

“I already knew a lot of people out here, including some I hadn’t seen in a long time … and, of course, with the 20th anniversary coming up,” Tyler said of the July 6 anniversary of the tragedy on Storm King Mountain west of Glenwood Springs, where a wildfire in 1994 took the life of 14 wildland firefighters, including Read more

Roaring Fork Valley veterans raise funds, inform through acting

CMC Theatre director directs play raising awareness of veterans’ issues

This article first appeared in the Aspen Times.  By Karl Herchenroeder

Michael Lemke, a medically retired Army sergeant who fought during the Iraq invasion, rehearses with fellow veterans in Snowmass on Wednesday. The group performs "Make Sure It's Me," a play about post-9/11 veterans, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paecke Auditorium. Photo: Kari Herchenroeder.

Michael Lemke, a medically retired Army sergeant who fought during the Iraq invasion, rehearses with fellow veterans in Snowmass on Wednesday. The group performs “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play about post-9/11 veterans, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paepcke Auditorium. Photo: Kari Herchenroeder.

Coming to grips with the loss of cognitive functioning and codependency on family members are a couple of the issues returning veterans with traumatic-brain injuries experience. They are issues happening in living rooms and around kitchen tables all over America.

“And the mass of people are unaware of it,” said Adam McCabe, who joined the U.S. Marines after being motivated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

As a way of informing the general public, McCabe and a group of veterans are acting in “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play written in 2009 by Kate Wenner, who interviewed doctors, veterans, wives and mothers dealing with brain injury.

“This is a great vehicle to get a snapshot, a glimpse, an inside view into what a lot of homes look like, what a lot of people are dealing with,” McCabe said.

Directed by Brad Moore, a Colorado Mountain College theater instructor, the play Read more

Art on the Rockies returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards

Art on the Rockies returns to CMC Edwards July 11-13, 2014. The 2014 event's poster artist, Santiago Michelak, will bring a selection of paintings of vintage Volkswagons, motorcycles and other vehicles.

Art on the Rockies returns to CMC Edwards July 11-13, 2014. The 2014 event’s poster artist is painter Santiago Michelak.

Art on the Rockies, a three-day arts festival event that is part of the Colorado Artists Tour, returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards this summer from July 11-13. This year’s event will showcase 115 fine artists, including painters, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, woodworkers, glassblowers and fiber and mixed media artists.

The Vail Valley Arts Guild fundraises for local community arts programs through this event. For complete schedule and exhibiting artist information: http://www.vailartsfest.com/.

 

Northern crown adorns summer sky

CMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s “Celestial News” column appears weekly in the Steamboat Today newspaper. This repost of yesterday’s column shines a light on Corona Borealis. Catch the beta on this unique constellation below. 

— One of the smallest of our 88 constellations shines down on us in the late spring and early summer. It’s not particularly bright, but its distinctive shape makes it a favorite among sky watchers. It represents the golden, star-studded crown of Greek Princess Ariadne and is known as our constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.

To locate Corona Borealis, look high up in the eastern sky after darkness falls for a small half-circle of stars, like a letter ”C.” It’s about a third of the way from the bright star Arcturus toward the comparably bright star Vega to the east.

A person with normal vision should be able to see seven glittering stars outlining the celestial crown. The brightest of the seven is a star known by two different names, Alphecca, meaning “the broken circle,” and Gemma, meaning “the jewel Read more

Strawberry Days is the best of small-town character

CMC’s Kathy Trauger reflects on the joys of Strawberry Days

This article first appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Kathy Trauger.

Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days logoAfter a morning rain shower, I am basking in sunshine in my backyard, watching my neighbor mow his yard and listening to the hummingbirds zing by my head. Oh, how I enjoy summer — even more so now that I am a “mature” citizen! As I enjoy the warmth, it makes me think about everything that I love about summer, and in particular, summer in Glenwood Springs.

We have sped through Memorial Day weekend and are careening toward Strawberry Days, Glenwood Springs’ celebration about everything that is summer! Our community has come together since 1898 to revel in the bounties of the season with neighbors and friends. Much has changed about the festivities Read more

My advice to the 18-year-old me

This CMC Corner Column was first printed in the Glenwood Post Independent.

Joe Maestas, a vice president at Colorado Mountain College, CEO of the Aspen Campus and interim CEO of the Roaring Fork Campus.

Joe Maestas, a vice president at Colorado Mountain College, CEO of the Aspen Campus and interim CEO of the Roaring Fork Campus.

Before I became the vice president of the Aspen and Roaring Fork campuses at Colorado Mountain College, I was a college counselor. Over the course of eight years, I advised hundreds of students on career choices, class schedules and how to achieve their degrees.

I asked them a lot of questions about their dreams and goals, and I gave them the best advice I could to set them on a journey to realize those dreams. As high school seniors are now anticipating graduation, a lot of dreams are being envisioned. I remember, too, when I was in their shoes — it sets me to thinking: Would my own life be different if I knew back then what I know now? How would I have advised my younger, not-yet-so-wise, 18-year-old self?

So here is what I came up with if I could sit down and have a talk with myself Read more

Sustainability panel discussion at CMC to be led by local environmental leaders

CMC in Breckenridge hosts sustainability panel tonight

This article first appeared in the Summit Daily News. By Krista Driscoll.

Organizations in Summit County are now peeling back the layers of their energy use and studying ways to reduce their impact on the environment. At the forefront of this push in our community are a handful of groups for which sustainability has become not just another buzzword but a way of doing business.

On Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m., Summit County residents and visitors will have the rare opportunity to interact with these environmental leaders all in one place as they come together for a panel discussion about sustainability. The impetus of the conversation is this year’s Summit Reads Community Project book, “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” by Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co.

Panelists include representatives from Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado Mountain College, the High Country Conservation Center and Read more

Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef of Corner House, on giving Brussels sprouts a break

This interview with Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef of Corner House and graduate of CMC’s Culinary Institute, was printed in Westword Magazine’s “Chef and Tell” section. By Lori Midson.

Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef at Denver's Corner House, Photo: Lori Midson.

Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef at Denver’s Corner House, Photo: Lori Midson.

It’s a tradition in Mexico to “gather our families together for big meals, usually at our grandmother’s house,” says Sharif Villa Cruz. And Villa Cruz, today the executive chef at Corner House, spent much of his youth lingering in the kitchens of his kin, “cleaning dried hominy” for his grandmother’s posole and eating lots of butter — which his mother used instead of lard, much to the chagrin of other family members. “My mom never let us have soda, bad food or fast food,” he recalls. “She made dinner every night using fresh ingredients from the market, and she always cooked with butter, which everyone else thought was weird.”

But in Silverton, the Colorado mountain town where Villa Cruz moved when he was twelve, butter was prevalent in most kitchens, at home and in restaurants. And during a dinner at Keystone’s Ski Tip Lodge, Villa Cruz realized that butter had equally magical counterparts, ingredients that had “never looked so pretty on the plate.” That dinner, combined with a high-school shadowing day at the Ski Tip, convinced Villa Cruz that culinary school — and cooking — was his calling.

He enrolled in the culinary program at Colorado Mountain College, rotating through various Keystone restaurants, including Keystone click for full article

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Colorado Mountain College hands out degrees and certifications at ceremony

This article was printed in the Vail Daily News. By Randy Wyrick.

EDWARDS — Tassel turning season opened yesterday as Colorado Mountain College conferred its second group of four-year degrees, along with dozens of associates and professional degrees and certifications.

“For me, this is the happiest day of the year,” said Peggy Curry, CMC’s vice president of its Edwards campus.

Colorado Mountain College is home to many non-traditional students, said Celia Franklin, who gave the graduate address.

Franklin earned her bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies. She has been accepted to four different master’s degree programs and plans to start this fall. Read more