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Patty Limerick to bring balanced discussion about oil and gas to CMC in Rifle

By Carrie Click

Flyer promoting Patty Limerick talk at CMC RilfeIt’s not easy to pigeonhole Patty Limerick. She’s a tough Western woman and a Yale graduate. She’s known as being energetically funny, and she’s highly educated too, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Best of all, Dr. Limerick takes a balanced, academic look at tough issues, helping guide others to more fully understand. The faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, she’s also a professor of history. She exemplifies the quintessentially objective educator ­– so balanced in her approach to controversial issues that it is often difficult to tell where she stands.

And that’s often her point. She lets the facts speak for themselves and respectful dialog shape the discussion.

“We have been longtime admirers of Patty’s work and we decided to see if we could get her to travel to the Western Slope,” said Nancy Genova, campus vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. “Her work in applying historical perspectives to current issues seemed a good way to guide us in building a Read more

CMC instructor featured in digital photography text

Unique perspective a resource for photographers

Page from “The Wonders of Photography”

Matt Lit’s feature page in the textbook “The Wonders of Photography,” by Dennis P. Curtin.

In a new photography textbook, author Dennis P. Curtin included photos from and acknowledged review support from Colorado Mountain College photography instructor Matt Lit.

Lit’s Holga toy camera film-based photography is featured in “The Wonders of Photography: A Resource for Contemporary Photographers,” even though the book is about digital photography.

“I was pretty surprised when Dennis asked for my Holga work,” said Lit. “He explained being intrigued by a comment I made Read more

CMC promotes five faculty from assistant to associate professors

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Faculty hail from Eagle, Garfield, Routt counties

Five Colorado Mountain College assistant professors from the college’s campuses in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley and Edwards recently received promotions, said Dr. Brad Tyndall, the college’s vice president of academic affairs.

All five faculty were elevated from assistant professors to associate professors. Tyndall explained that the difference between assistant and associate professor is reflected in higher standards for academic or career and technical education; teaching, student support and performance evaluations; and service to Read more

CMC holds registration for GED prep, basic skills classes

Colorado Mountain College helps adults improve their lives, job opportunities

The Colorado Mountain College Adult Learning Labs in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale help adults who want to improve their basic academic skills, improve job opportunities or advance to college-level classes.

The labs are there to help members of the community improve their reading, writing and math skills; improve their English listening and speaking skills; or prepare to take the GED test. Learning Lab classes are held days and evenings, and are open to students over 17 years of age.

Classes are held in Glenwood Springs at the CMC Glenwood Center in the mornings Monday through Thursday (9-11:50 a.m.), and in the evenings Tuesday and Thursday (6-8:50 p.m.). Classes are held in Carbondale at the CMC Lappala Center Wednesday mornings only, 9-11:50 a.m.

Registration will be held and classes begin at the Glenwood Center on Aug. 25 at 9:00 a.m. and Aug. 26 at 5:00 p.m. Registration will be held and classes begin at the Lappala Center in Carbondale Aug. 27 at 9:00 a.m. Information regarding schedules, costs and information regarding GED testing will be available at those times.

Please contact Gina at 947-8259 with any questions.

Colorado Mountain College RagNerds

CMC’ers help raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado

Nearly two dozen Colorado Mountain College employees, family members and students came together from throughout the college’s numerous campuses to take part in the 194-mile, Copper Mountain to Snowmass, Ragnar Relay Colorado over the weekend to raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado.

CMC Team at Ragnar Relay Colorado

Shown here are CMC RagNerd team members (left to right, back row): Evan Weatherbie (Edwards), Carlos “Charlie” Estrada (Glenwood Springs), Lourra Barthuly (Eagle), Alisa Harnden (Steamboat Springs), Chris Harnden (Steamboat Springs), Tony Mendez (Basalt), Todd Schuster (Denver), Amy Blakey (Edwards); (left to right, front row) Stephanie Beste (Dillon), Nicole Fazande (Dillon), Jen Cantway (Glenwood Springs), Stacy Yarnell (Eagle) and Amanda Ingle (Rifle). Not pictured are team drivers Wendy Boomhower (Eagle), Kim Arnold (New Castle), Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury (Glenwood Springs) and team volunteers Debbie Novak and Deb Cutter. Photo Wendy Boomhower

First $1 million donated to Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College

Walter Isaacson announces Fullerton pledge

[ASPEN] – Today Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, announced the first $1 million pledge to the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College.

Aspen Institute, CMC, Issacson School for New Media, Aug. 4, 2014.

John Fullerton and his wife, Jessica, explain why they are supporting the Isaacson School for New Media with a $1 million dollar leadership gift. Walter Isaacson, right, thanked the couple for their generous donation which will help the Isaacson School grow to become a leader in New Media education. Photo: ©2014 Steve Mundinger

The donation is from Aspen residents John and Jessica Fullerton, who have previously demonstrated their support of the program by creating the Isaacson School’s first full-ride scholarships for out-of-state students, to draw them to the digital journalism, marketing, media production, graphic design and photography programs offered at the Isaacson School.

“Jessica and I are pleased to make this leadership gift to the Isaacson School,” said John Fullerton. “This program is assisting local students to enter this exciting new career field, and we believe it will also attract students from across the county to our region and will help increase the profile of new media in the Read more

Northwest Colorado SBDC to host statewide Professional Health & Wellness Symposium in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an Read more

Getting a head start on higher ed with concurrent enrollment

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

Patrick Gucwa held a 4.0 grade point average while simultaneously attending Glenwood Springs High School and Colorado Mountain College. He earned his associate degree (at left) weeks before receiving his high school diploma (at right). Photo courtesy Patrick Gucwa

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ­– During this year’s springtime graduation season, Patrick Gucwa attended more than one commencement ceremony. The high school senior – one of his class’s seven valedictorians – received his diploma from Glenwood Springs High School.

But several weeks earlier, he’d already participated in another graduation: the commencement exercises at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, where he collected his associate degree.

In some ways, Gucwa is quite unusual. The bilingual (Polish and English) student held a 4.0 GPA at both GSHS and CMC, was awarded six scholarships and is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree by the time he’s 19. Read more

Isaacson School students reach new heights at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Carrie Click


Curtis Tucker covering the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Photo: Seth Andersen.

ASPEN – More than 20 Isaacson School for New Media students and faculty threw themselves headlong into the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, which brings top business leaders, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and world leaders to the Colorado mountains for 10 days of deep conversation, debate and interaction.

The opportunity for students to take part in the massive Aspen think-fest happened very quickly. Initially, the plan was for them to demonstrate to attendees Microsoft’s newly released Surface Pro 3 tablet, but soon these digital media students expanded their responsibilities.

“We had far more freedom than the original plan to stay based at kiosks,” said Robert Martin, director of Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media.

One minute, the students were shooting photographs of world leaders; the next, they were listening to a panel of experts discussing global dynamics while creating posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“It was definitely overwhelming and chaotic,” said recent graduate and Isaacson School support team member Curtis Tucker. “We had mixed roles. Twenty of us were running around using the [Surface] tablets, then mobile-editing our photos. And we were always listening, always documenting.”

“Our circumstances were fluid and changing,” said Brian Tinker, associate professor and graphic design program director within the school. “These students came in completely cold, and were able to be highly adaptive. I saw students who are normally retiring and awkward interact and gain confidence. It was fantastic.”

Tucker said probably the most surprising part of the festival was the accessibility of the participants, some of whom come from high levels of authority and are well known.

Keynote speakers included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcaster Katie Couric, civil rights icon John Lewis, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, former Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There were 344 more, including Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, who participated in a panel about the future of education.

“Katie Couric was shoulder to shoulder [with everyone else],” Tucker said. “No one was on a pedestal. Walter Isaacson was wearing a T-shirt. Tony Blair was having lunch. There was no filter.”

The emphasis at the Isaacson School ­– which holds classes at Colorado Mountain College campuses in Aspen and Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs, as well as online ­– is on digital applications. But the goal is the same as it’s always been for mass communication.

“What doesn’t change is the importance of learning to communicate,” Martin said of the associate degrees, occupational certificates and noncredit and credit courses the school offers students and mid-career professionals in digital marketing design, media production, journalism and photography. “Number one, it’s about storytelling.”

Thanks to a donation from the Isaacson School’s namesake, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, student Justin Patrick received a full scholarship to attend this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. Students will also have free access to world-class events at the Aspen Institute year-round, including the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. The program will take place over the next three years to build a formal connection between Isaacson School students and the Aspen Institute.

Annual business forum slated to happen July 22

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser to speak at Vail Valley Business Forum event

First printed in the Vail Daily News.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Partnership will host the eighth annual Vail Valley Business Forum July 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Regional Challenges, Local Solutions.” Attendees will gain access to the latest ideas and information in the areas of regional economic development, workforce, healthcare and transportation. The Vail Valley Business Forum is the Partnership’s largest educational event.

Following a TED-like format, four keynote speakers will first present on their areas of expertise, followed by question and answer sessions with local industry leaders. The format will provide attendees with a high-level regional understanding of a variety of topics, with a locally focused perspective on solutions. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $30 for everyone else.

Keynote speakers and local panelists include:

• Workforce: Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. Local leaders moderating the Q&A will feature Johannes Faessler and Read more