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Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College opens its season with one of its ‘most challenging shows’

This article was published in the Post Independent. By Jessica Cabe.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch." The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

From left) Jaime Sklavos, Anne Moll, Heather Ardley and Monica Morgan act in a scene from “The Rimers of Eldritch.” The play opens the season for Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and runs Oct. 17 through 26.

Gary Ketzenbarger, artistic director for Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company, says in many ways Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch” is his favorite American play.

“It captures that kind of small-town Americana atmosphere, and it’s also so experimental,” said Ketzenbarger, who also acts in the play.

The show is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri, a town marked by its Christian zeal and economic disenfranchisement after the coal mines closed. It centers on a murder trial, but the story is told through very short, disconnected click for full article

‘Cabin Fever’ author visits Colorado Mountain College campuses for Common Reader tour

Tom Montgomery Fate’s book tour Oct. 20-25

By Carrie Click

Tom Montgomery Fate, author of “Cabin Fever,” will speak at seven Colorado Mountain College campuses this month as part of the eighth annual Common Reader program.

Tom Montgomery Fate, author of “Cabin Fever,” will speak at seven Colorado Mountain College campuses this month as part of the eighth annual Common Reader program.

On the back cover of Tom Montgomery Fate’s memoir, “Cabin Fever,” is a synopsis about this, the author’s fifth nonfiction book. “Try to imagine Thoreau married, with a job, three kids, and a minivan,” it reads.

No matter that Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century author, abolitionist and philosopher, was a lifelong bachelor from a well-to-do family who never had children and certainly never had the opportunity of driving a minivan. Fate’s point instead is that even living in modern times, he still has some elemental needs in common with a man who lived 150 years ago – and so might the rest of us.

“That’s a rather playful rumination,” Fate said about the irreverent description on the back of his book. “I think of Thoreau as amazingly eloquent and extremely disciplined. But he was also decidedly Read more

Two new campus deans named at Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College has named Rachel Pokrandt and Linda Crockett as campus deans in, respectively, Rifle and Aspen.

The new deans were selected through an internal search process, in which employees could apply to fill positions that were created following the retirement of two long-time campus vice presidents, Nancy Genova and Joe Maestas.

The campus deans will be the face of the college in the communities they serve, leading their campuses and centers on a day-to-day basis. They will report to a regional vice president, who is currently being recruited through a national search.

In addition, an expanded search will soon be conducted for the dean of the Roaring Fork Campus, a multi-site campus with community locations in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs and a residential campus at Spring Valley near Glenwood Springs. The interim dean of that campus is Daryl Yarrow, who is also the college’s associate vice president of online learning.

Linda Crockett has been named Colorado Mountain College’s campus dean for Aspen. Photo: Beth Zukowski

Linda Crockett has been named Colorado Mountain College’s campus dean for Aspen. Photo: Beth Zukowski

Crockett to serve Aspen campus, community

Crockett first joined Colorado Mountain College in 2006 after a long and accomplished career as the national education director of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors. At CMC she has been an editor in the public information office, and has also taught as an adjunct instructor at several campuses.

For the past six years she has served as an instructional chair at the Roaring Fork Campus, where she coordinated courses in science, mathematics, outdoor education, and health and fitness. She holds a Master of Science in physical Read more

Events to showcase local harvest

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Audrey Dwyer.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Tickets are $75 and include beer and wine.

Colorado Mountain College students, from left, Brent Bessey, Maggie Tucci, Kelsie Buccino and Brett Somen Tuesday morning clean potatoes that recently were harvested at the Legacy Ranch. The potatoes will be part of the Yampatika Garden-to-Table dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Ranch. Photo: John F. Russell.

— Planting a seed evokes feelings of anticipation, hopeful expectations and patience while waiting for the first sight of a sprout, Robyn Washburn said.

“That’s why you garden: for that magic that happens when you put a little tiny seed in the ground, and then you can get huge amounts of food just from that,” said Washburn, a student with the sustainability studies program at Colorado Mountain College.

With a bountiful harvest that came from the initial planting in May, Yampatika has partnered with CMC’s sustainability studies and culinary programs for the second annual Garden-to-Table event at Legacy Ranch at Yampatika’s Environmental click for full article

CMC Partnership Puts Solar Atop Another Library

This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Garfield County Libraries Page by Page publication.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

CMC student Eric Black (left) works with Master Electrician Jordan Arnhold (center) and CMC instructor Chris Ellis (right) to install the final row of solar panels atop the Carbondale branch of Garfield County Libraries.

In 2012, the Garfield County Libraries first partnered with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to put a 10 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system on the New Castle Branch Library. In 2013, CMC returned to put a 19.6 kW array on the Silt Branch Library. This summer CMC returned yet again to install the biggest solar array to date on the Carbondale Branch Library.

What makes this partnership so unique is the fact that it’s the CMC students and their instructor, Chris Ellis, who are doing the work. Ellis and his eight students in Read more

Electric rally takes advantage of Western Slope charging stations

The Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created by electric car advocates to highlight the growing viability of electric cars as a regional transportation option, took place Friday, Oct. 3 and wrapped up at Colorado Mountain College in Carbondale. The event received coverage from CBS Denver, the Glenwood Post Independent, the Aspen Times and Vail Daily News. A reprint of the Post Independent article by Will Grandbois recapping the event is below.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday's Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado's Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder charges up his Nissan Leaf at CMC in Carbondale. Fielder took part in Friday’s Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies, an event created to highlight the growing viability of electric vehicles as a transportation option on Colorado’s Western Slope. Photo: Kate Lapides.

As the line of seven electric vehicles passed through downtown Carbondale on Friday evening, the drivers did their best to make up for their nearly silent vehicles with horns and whoops, hoping to spread public awareness about the increasing viability of driving an electric car on the Western Slope.

Before converging for a party in Carbondale, the Electric Vehicle (EV) Rally of the Rockies toured prime fall colors from Grand Junction to Aspen to Vail.

The event, sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Colorado Mountain College, and the starting communities, comes as click for full article

‘MLK in My Living Room’ is topic at forum

Jonathan King to speaking “MLK in My Living Room: How a Southern Civil Rights Movement Changed the World,” Thursday, Sept. 25

Jonathan King, formerly of CMC, will speak at the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series on Sept. 25. Contributed photo.

Jonathan King, formerly of CMC, will speak at the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series on Sept. 25. Contributed photo.

This article first appeared in the Herald Democrat.

Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, a free lecture series in its 11th year, presents Jonathan King speaking on, “MLK in My Living Room: How a Southern Civil Rights Movement Changed the World,” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Buena Vista.

King, former interim vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, will tell personal accounts, using historical video and audio, and give an explanation of the history leading up to and after the 1960s Civil Rights movement in his presentation.

“MLK in My Living Room” is a depiction of significant events that preceded the civil rights struggle in Albany, Ga., and focuses on how a small group of activist leaders were able to work collaboratively to overturn a segregation system that had been in effect since the Reconstruction Era. As a young boy, Read more

Colorado Mountain College partners with Climax Molybdenum to offer electrician apprenticeship

This article first appeared in the Summit Daily News. By Alli Langley. 

Colorado Mountain College partnered with Freeport MacMoRan, parent corporation of the Climax Molybdenum Co. and Henderson Mill, so the college can provide diagnostic electrician training for company employees in Leadville and Summit County

Colorado Mountain College partnered with Freeport MacMoRan, parent corporation of the Climax Molybdenum Co. and Henderson Mill, so the college can provide diagnostic electrician training for company employees in Leadville and Summit County.

Climax Molybdenum Co. needed help, and Colorado Mountain College came to the company’s aid.

The company found its industrial electrician positions hard to fill and approached Colorado Mountain College about creating a Summit County program where Climax employees could learn the trade.

The college worked with Climax parent company, Freeport-McMoRan, over the last few months to develop the program, and its four apprentices started class at the CMC campus in Dillon on Saturday, Sept. 6.

“This is the first time that we’ve done anything like this,” said Matt Gianneschi, COO for the college, adding that he hopes the agreement will become a model Read more

Tom Ross: CMC biology professor witnesses aftermath of rare geothermal event

This article was published in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. By Tom Ross.

ourtesy photo  Colorado Mountain College biology professor Shawn Sigstedt, on sabbatical from the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, poses in front of the rare sight of the Steamboat Geyser venting a roaring column of steam in Yellowstone National Park this week. Sigstedt joined the Geyser Gazers group three years ago.

Colorado Mountain College biology professor Shawn Sigstedt, on sabbatical from the Steamboat Springs campus, poses in front of the rare sight of the Steamboat Geyser venting a roaring column of steam in Yellowstone National Park this week. Courtesy photo.

— Colorado Mountain College biology professor Shawn Sigstedt was thrilled this week to witness the roar of a towering plume of steam issuing from the Steamboat Geyser. But residents of Steamboat Springs needn’t leap up from their desks to rush out and see it. The Steamboat Geyser is in Yellowstone National Park.

“It was emotionally overwhelming because there’s so much power, and the steam can go on for hours and days,” Sigstedt said. “It goes up 1,000 feet, and it sounds like a jet engine. It’s very, very powerful.”

Sigstedt was visiting Yellowstone in the midst of a year-long sabbatical with encouragement from CMC to work on a book about his concept of “World Park.” It’s an effort to protect ecosystems and biodiversity by looking at Earth as one big park. Read more

Online learning: Past, present and future

This CMC column originally appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent.

Daryl Yarrow is the Colorado Mountain College vice president who oversees distance learning. The number of students taking distance learning classes through the college increased 29 percent compared to the same time last fall.

Daryl Yarrow is the Colorado Mountain College vice president who oversees distance learning. The number of students taking distance learning classes through the college increased 29 percent compared to the same time last fall.

New technologies have changed today’s classroom – at all levels – in ways unimaginable two decades ago. Students can reach for their iPad to access texts or reading material. They can connect with others in another city via video or web conferencing. And what’s more, they can create their own classroom at their home computer, completing courses or entire degrees online.

Maybe you’ve formed an opinion about online classes or degrees. Proponents say they add more options and flexibility. Critics fear students miss out on lively face-to-face debate. Over the years, online learning has changed by leaps and bounds from the days of its predecessor “telecourses” consisting of prerecorded, videotaped lectures and mail-in assignments.

Like most universities and colleges across the country, Colorado Mountain College offers many classes that can be taken online. These include a variety of general education as well as specialty courses. In the past 10 years, the number of online classes offered at CMC has doubled, as has student enrollment in online courses. We now offer six associate degrees and eight certificates completely online.

As you might expect, online learning classes do provide students with more options and flexibility as a course can be completed on the student’s schedule – day or night – allowing adaptation into a busy work or family schedule. Whereas schedules might only permit students to take two or three face-to-face classes in a semester, online learning allows them to possibly take four or five, thus moving them more quickly toward degree completion. Our department’s unofficial motto is: Online learning helps make graduation possible.

What might be the most surprising element of online learning is that it is highly engaging – and may in fact provide more opportunities for engagement than the face-to-face class. Consider the shy student who won’t speak up in class but will open up at the keyboard. Discussion boards provide a venue for teacher-to-student as well as student-to-student interaction. Teachers and students can also easily share timely and relevant information that supplements their discussions by posting links to news articles, streaming video, photos and more.

Online learning classes are equally or even more demanding than their face-to-face counterparts. Students need to have time management and independent study skills. With no set meeting times, students need to take the responsibility of engaging in their course on a regular basis.

Many instructors teaching online learning classes also teach on campus and bring those same qualities of teaching face-to-face to their online learning classrooms. Online learning opens up a greater diversity of course offerings: Within CMC’s dispersed service area, students benefit by having access to a course taught by an instructor at another campus.

Seeing how far online learning has come in the past decade, it will be interesting to see where the next 10 years in learning takes us.

Daryl Yarrow is the associate vice president for online learning at Colorado Mountain College and the interim campus dean of the Roaring Fork Campus, with locations in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.