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Sopris Theatre Company at CMC calls for actors for two productions

Sopris Theatre Company, formerly known as CMC Theatre, will hold open auditions for Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch” on Sept. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. By appointment, auditions will take place at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

In “The Rimers of Eldritch,” a murder trial in a small Missouri hamlet brings to light prejudice, lies and inhumanity – not just on the part of the culprit, but within the souls of all. The cast consists of seven male roles and 10 female roles. Performance dates are Oct. 17-19 and 23-26. The play is directed by Sue Lavin.

Those auditioning for “The Rimers of Eldritch” are asked to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue.

Sept. 6 presents another opportunity to perform in a Sopris Theatre Company production when auditions will be held, also by appointment, for the musical “The Glorious Ones,” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Callbacks will be Sept. 7, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

“The Glorious Ones,” with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, follows a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance both onstage and backstage, and contains rollicking good humor and bawdy fun. Seven male and female actors make up the cast. Performance dates are Dec. 4-7 and 11-13 at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and Jan. 23-24 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The play is directed by Brad Moore.

Those auditioning for “The Glorious Ones” are asked to prepare one two-minute monologue, and one short vocal performance displaying your range.

Call 947-8177 to make an appointment to audition for either play, or for more information.

Auditions for both performances will be held at the New Space Theatre, Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114.

Maestas, Genova retire from Colorado Mountain College


While they waited for commencement exercises to begin this past May, Nancy Genova, Colorado Mountain College campus vice president in Rifle, spoke with students such as GED recipients Claudia Carrasco, left, and Jacobed Carrasco. Genova is retiring from the college after 27 years. Photo Charles Engelbert

While they waited for commencement exercises to begin this past May, Nancy Genova, Colorado Mountain College campus vice president in Rifle, spoke with students such as GED recipients Claudia Carrasco, left, and Jacobed Carrasco. Genova is retiring from the college after 27 years. Photo Charles Engelbert

Both campus vice presidents are retiring this month; between them, they oversee all five CMC learning locations from Aspen to Rifle, also including Carbondale, Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs.

“It’s been an honor to work with Nancy, who’s been a compassionate leader in guiding her campus, our students in Garfield County and her peers within the college through nearly 30 years of learning,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of the college.

“And Joe has played a key role in simultaneously leading two campuses over several years. I am grateful for his calm perseverance and flexibility in managing our campuses from Aspen to Glenwood Springs,” Hauser said. “We will miss their strong leadership and advocacy on behalf of their students and their communities.”

Joe Maestas, Colorado Mountain College’s campus vice president in Aspen, and interim vice president at the Roaring Fork Campus, welcomed graduates, family and friends to May’s commencement in Spring Valley. Maestas is retiring from the college after 20 years. Photo Ian Edquist

Joe Maestas, Colorado Mountain College’s campus vice president in Aspen, and interim vice president at the Roaring Fork Campus, welcomed graduates, family and friends to May’s commencement in Spring Valley. Maestas is retiring from the college after 20 years. Photo Ian Edquist

Maestas, who is retiring this month as the college’s campus vice president in Aspen and interim campus vice president for the Roaring Fork Campus in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley, started as an adjunct instructor teaching psychology and career development. In his 20 years at CMC he has also been Aspen campus dean, student services counselor and instructional supervisor.

Genova’s first job at the college was as the director of student services for the Roaring Fork Campus. For many years she was Roaring Fork Campus dean, moving several years ago to the college’s campus in Rifle, where she was campus dean, and then vice president. Most recently in her 27-year tenure, she has also overseen collegewide sustainability initiatives, which last spring earned Read more

Tribute to Cuhatlique Cardenas

VEV-Cuhatlique Cardenas_smThe Colorado Mountain College family, and the Edwards campus in particular, lost a special person and remarkable student last week when Cuhatlique Cardenas passed away following an automobile accident. She had been awarded the Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship in 2009, and was studying in the sustainable cuisine program.

We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of such a promising young woman. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and classmates. “Quat” was a graduate of Battle Mountain High School, and in high school knew that she wanted to eventually own and operate her own restaurant. In addition to working 20 hours a week at a restaurant in Avon even back then, she also managed to intern for The Youth Foundation in Eagle County.

“Cuhatlique was one of the kindest, gentlest souls I have ever met,” said Student Support Services coordinator Heather O’Malley, who knew Cuhatlique through SSS. “She will be greatly missed.”

“It was always a pleasure to have Cuhatlique walk into my classroom with her infectious smile and easy laugh,” said Todd Rymer, director of the sustainable cuisine program. “She was one of the hardest-working students in the school, as is evidenced by the beautiful garden she planted and nurtured.”

“Cuhatlique was a joyful young lady, full of life and dreams,” said Yesenia Arreola, youth outreach coordinator, who said it was an honor to be her scholarship mentor. “She worked hard to help provide for her household and to achieve her educational goals. I close my eyes and I can hear her laugh, see her smile. It hurts to know she is no longer here.”

The Edwards campus invites students and employees to gather in her memory on Tuesday, Aug. 26, on the back patio. Todd Rymer and Heather O’Malley will say a few words, and friends will also be invited to share their memories. We will then observe a moment of silence. Counselors will be on hand and available to talk with anyone who needs support.

Memorial for Cuhatlique Cardenas

Tuesday, Aug. 26 at noon

Back patio, near the fire pit

In addition, there will be a viewing of her body on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Minturn. A rosary will follow at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. there will be a mass at the same location. The family is accepting donations to help with Cuhatlique’s funeral. Individuals can deposit money at Academy Bank under the name of Rosa Maria Cardenas (Cuhatlique’s mother).


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