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Best of the Boat: Jimmy Westlake voted best professor

CMC outdoor education professor John Saunders takes runner-up honors

This article was printed in the Steamboat Today. By Teresa Ristrow.

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Colorado Mountain College professor Jimmy Westlake lectures a class of students. Westlake was voted “Best Professor” in the Steamboat Today’s “Best of the Boat” contest. CMC professor John Saunders was voted runner-up. Photo: John F. Russell.

It’s not hard to find out why Colorado Mountain College Professor Jimmy Westlake is considered a star among the community — not a shooting one, but a shining one.

The diehard astronomy professor, who moved to Steamboat in 1998 from Georgia and is now in his 17th year teaching at CMC, is also the advisor for the college’s Sky Club and organizer of the annual Screamboat haunted house. He says it’s his strong connection with his students, whom he holds to high standards, that has earned him such praise from his pupils.

“I hold the bar really high, and I expect a lot,” Westlake says. “But I help them get over that bar, and I think they like a class that’s challenging.” Click for full article

Wall Street Journal consults Isaacson School teacher

New headset makes virtual reality mobile

Wall Street Journal Video recently reviewed Altergaze, a 3D-printed headset which connects to smartphones, giving users a virtual reality experience from their mobile device. For the review, WSJ Video sought the expertise of Steve Kaufman, an instructor at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media. Kaufman is involved in cutting edge technology projects in the Roaring Fork Valley and is an investor in Altergaze. Here’s the review:

Eagle and Pitkin counties host open house events for veterans

Eagle County Veteran’s Services Officers Pat Hammon and Tyson Ivie will host two open houses in October to allow veterans and their families to meet them and receive information regarding veterans’ services and benefits.

The first open house will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in room 258 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The second will be co-hosted by Joe Carpenter, veteran’s services officer for Garfield and Pitkin counties, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Mt. Sopris Room of the Eagle County Community Center, located at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel.

During both events, representatives from Eagle and Pitkin County Department of Human Services and other community organizations will be available to answer questions. Bob Herrera, State Veterans Service Officer for the Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, will conduct a formal presentation on veterans’ benefits at 3:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. during both open houses. Information concerning veterans’ education, vocational rehab and VA medical care will also be available.

In their roles, Hammon, Ivie and Carpenter assist veterans and their families with information regarding veterans’ rights and benefits, as well as with submitting claims for benefits and securing necessary documents for completing claims.

For more information, contact Hammon at 970-390-4686 or Carpenter at 970-625-9484.

Jimmy Westlake: Partial solar eclipse coming Thursday

Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News column appears Tuesdays in the Steamboat Today. Find more columns by Westlake here.
hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus.

hursday afternoon, the moon will sideswipe the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse like the one shown in this image taken May 20, 2012. At maximum eclipse at about 4:35 p.m., 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. Warning: Never look directly at the sun without a proper solar filter, or permanent eye damage can result. The SKY Club at Colorado Mountain College will host a public “Solar Eclipse Watch” with safe solar telescopes set up for public viewing Thursday afternoon on the CMC campus. Photo Courtesy Jimmy Westlake.

— The shadow of the moon will swoop across almost all of North America on Thursday when the moon crosses paths with the sun

This eclipse will not be total or annular from anywhere on Earth; it’s just a glancing blow by the moon’s shadow, creating a partial solar eclipse. Depending on where you live in Colorado, about 55 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon.

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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