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Empty Bowls soon to be filled at Grand River’s Meals on Wheels event

CMC, Grand River Health form partnership for fundraising on March 11

empty bowls potter

On March 11, an “Empty Bowls” luncheon – where you can purchase a bowl (made by Colorado Mountain College-Rifle ceramics students) filled with soup (made by Colorado Mountain College-Rifle culinary arts students) – will raise funds for Grand River Meals on Wheels. The luncheon will be at the Grand River Café, at Grand River Health.

Two entities in the Rifle community are preparing to raise funds while providing students opportunities to use their artistic and culinary skills for a worthy cause.

Organizers are busy getting ready for the March for Meals “Empty Bowls” Lunch event on March 11 at the Grand River Café at Grand River Health. The fundraiser – which provides a handcrafted bowl to keep, soup to fill it, bread and beverages in exchange for a $20 donation – raises money for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program. It’s being coordinated by staff from Grand River Health, and faculty and students from Colorado Mountain College in Rifle (see breakout box).

The idea for the collaboration started with Michelle McCurdy, an Read more

Photojournalist, CMC instructor’s photo exhibit at Glenwood Springs Branch Library

"Pamela" by Colorado Mountain College instructor Klaus Kocher.

“Pamela” by Colorado Mountain College instructor Klaus Kocher.

Photographs by noted photojournalist Klaus Kocher are on exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library beginning Feb. 24. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the library.

Kocher, who is on the faculty of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, teaches photo history, composition, wet darkroom and photojournalism. His photos reflect his international upbringing. Born in Santiago, Chile, to his Swiss father and Dominican mother, he has lived in the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany and Mexico.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is at 815 Cooper Ave. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the library at 945-5958 or go to for more information.

Just try not to have fun at upcoming Swing Je T’aime concert

Colorado Mountain College presents lively ‘community music’ Feb. 20. By Carrie Click

Swing Je T'aime is coming to CMC in Rifle. Photo Kendra Gaines

Swing Je T’aime is coming to CMC in Rifle. Photo Kendra Gaines

By this time, winter may be getting you down, but an upcoming live concert at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is sure to pick up the spirits of even the most ornery among us. Not only that – the concert is free and Grand River Health is sponsoring a complementary post-concert reception.

Swing Je T’aime will perform in the Clough Auditorium at CMC’s campus in Rifle from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Swing Je T’aime is a Denver-based group that features a six-piece band and female vocalist. If you like the music of the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Read more

Theater professor named CMC Faculty of the Year

Gary Ketzenbarger takes top collegewide honors

Gary Ketzenbarger and Carrie Hauser

Gary Ketzenbarger, associate professor of speech and theater and director of the college’s theater program, receives the full-time Faculty of the Year award for all of CMC’s 11 locations, from CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser. Photo Cicely Kohler

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It was standing room only recently in Associate Professor Gary Ketzenbarger’s classroom at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

That’s because a cadre of college administrators and guests interrupted Ketzenbarger and the dozen or so students in his Theatre Script Analysis class for a special announcement.

“We have a surprise,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of the college, smiling and holding a small statue as she approached the professor at the front of the class while the guests Read more

CMC Alumni Hall of Fame inducts seven honorees

Colorado Mountain College recently inducted seven new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame.   The induction ceremony was held at the college’s campus in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 7 and included the following honorees:

Brian Allen – Colorado Alpine College alumnus (1969)
Yesenia Arreola – Spring Valley alumna (2007)
George Bagwell – retired faculty, honorary member
David Delaplane – Colorado Mountain College co-founder, honorary member
Amy Jackson – Breckenridge alumna (1999)
George Jardine – Spring Valley alumnus (1974)
Janice Kauvar – Spring Valley alumna (1976).

Colorado Mountain College Alumni Hall of Fame inductees

Among those attending the recent induction ceremony for the Colorado Mountain College Alumni Hall of Fame were, left to right, Blake Saffell, son of honoree and the late Janice Kauvar (Spring Valley alumna ’76); Steve Saffell, former husband of Janice Kauvar; Yesenia Arreola, Spring Valley alumna ’07; David Delaplane, Colorado Mountain College co-founder, honorary member; Amy Jackson, Breckenridge alumna ’99; Brian Allen, Colorado Alpine College alumnus ’69; and George Bagwell, retired faculty, honorary member. The induction ceremony was held recently at the college’s campus in Steamboat Springs. Photo Ed Kosmicki

Colorado Mountain College Alumni Hall of Fame class was honored in 2013, and inductees were drawn from alumni who had attended the college at any time since the 1960s. Also inducted that year were all the members of the college’s first class of bachelor’s degree graduates.

The college’s alumni board selects alumni for the honor based on noteworthy accomplishments and contributions to their communities. Besides alumni, this year’s class includes two honorary members: Colorado Mountain College co-founder David Delaplane and retired professor George Bagwell.

For more information about the Colorado Mountain College Alumni Hall of Fame, contact the CMC Foundation at

Scholarship due date nears for Colorado Mountain College students

More than $600,000 in scholarships are available for qualified students attending Colorado Mountain College, but the time to act is now. Deadlines vary, but applications for many of the college’s scholarships are due March 1.

The CMC Foundation offers and administers more than 300 scholarships. In order to apply for these, students must be pursuing either a two-year or four-year degree or working toward a certificate of occupational proficiency.

Applying for a scholarship at CMC has never been easier. Now, applicants only need to fill out one online application for all scholarships administered by the CMC Foundation. Once an application is submitted, applicants are automatically matched to qualifying opportunities.

To get started online or find out more, go to

For more information in the Roaring Fork Valley, Rifle and Steamboat Springs, contact Carol Efting at 970-947-8355 or For information in Breckenridge, Dillon, Buena Vista, Edwards and Leadville, contact Kathy DesPortes at 970-569-2969 or

Backcountry Film Festival features 90 minutes of stunning shorts

poster for Backcountry Film FestivalThe Colorado Mountain Club – the other CMC – is bringing the 10th annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival to Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. This year, the event is on Friday, Feb. 13, as part of its Colorado tour, which wraps up in Grand Junction Feb. 25.

Get ready for a night of some of the year’s greatest short ski films from both small independent filmmakers and renowned professionals who tell visual and audio stories of the backcountry, nonmotorized recreation and environmental preservation. These films have been selected by a jury and assembled into a 90-minute program.

The event is being held at the college’s Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center Gym, 901 S. Highway 24, in Leadville. Tickets are $10/Colorado Mountain Club members, and $12/nonmembers. Tickets are just $2 for current full-time CMC students. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. and proceeds benefit the Colorado Mountain Club.

‘The Women of Lockerbie’ shows that love can come from hate

Poster for Sopris Theatre's production of 'The Women of Lockerbie'The next production of Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, formerly CMC Theatre, illustrates the kindness which can come from a horrific act.

“The Women of Lockerbie” is a play based on the actual 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Wendy S. Moore, the play introduces a grieving American mother who scours the Scottish countryside searching for her son’s remains. There, she meets Scottish women from Lockerbie, and they go through the grieving process together.

Season producers are Jim and Connie Calaway; associate producers of “The Women of Lockerbie” are Kelly and Jim Cleaver, Sharon Anderson and Alex De la Garza, and Debra and Lon Winston. Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 19-21, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs – Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114. Tickets are $15/adults; $10/CMC students, staff, faculty and seniors.

Contact 947-8177 or for tickets or go to for more information.

Stranahan Collection comes to CMC in Edwards

Some of finest photography of 20th century travels to campus for viewing  By Carrie Click

"Hyeres, 1932" by Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Hyères, France (Bicycle), 1932,” by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is one of more than 60 photographers’ work that is part of the George & Patti Stranahan Collection being exhibited at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards beginning Feb. 5. Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson

For Coloradan George Stranahan – educator, photographer, physicist, philanthropist, purveyor of good beer and finer whiskey – the collection of world-renowned black-and-white photographs he and his wife Patti have collected over several decades should be seen by as many people as can appreciate them.

The collection is appreciable: It contains collected the work of more than 60 photographers, including Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary Ellen Mark and Edward Read more

Jake Black to compete at international games in Spain

Snowboarder, CMC student among 2,000 at WWUG By Kate Lapides

Jake Black, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College, is competing in the Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14, 2015. Photo: Kate Lapides.

Jake Black, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College, is competing in the Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14, 2015. You can follow the Games on Twitter @WUGUSA. Photo: Kate Lapides

Snowboarding and sustainability: Jake Black has weaved the two together seamlessly throughout his college years, successfully balancing a career as a professional snowboarder while studying for a bachelor’s degree at Colorado Mountain College.

Black has an opportunity to compete specifically as a college student this February when he competes in the 27th Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain. The International University Sports Federation, known as the FISU, produces this international collegiate festival to promote the perseverance, integrity, cooperation, fair play and fraternity inherent in university sports. More than 2,000 athletes from over 50 different countries are expected to attend the games, and the event is expected to be broadcasted worldwide by more than 100 television channels.

Though Black’s not new to competing against an international field –– he has competed amongst 50 to 100 male competitors in the Dew Tour and the Grand Prix Tour, among other high-profile winter sports events –– the opportunity to compete as a college student is a novel experience for the homegrown Read more