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Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in Leadville

[LEADVILLE] – Colorado Mountain College’s Board of Trustees held its September 2014 meeting Monday at the college’s campus in Leadville, one of CMC’s three residential campuses.

During the meeting the board unanimously voted to approve:

  • Articulation agreements with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for two dozen associate degrees with specific discipline designations
  • Accepting the preliminary financial report for the first quarter of the current fiscal year
  • Amending the contract for President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, changing the date of her first annual performance evaluation to coincide with the end of the college’s fiscal year June 30, 2015
  • Several new college policies in the area of human resources.

The new policies approved by the board included shifting paydays for hourly employees to every other Friday, supporting a drug-free workplace in accordance with recommendations from the state Office of the Attorney General, and phasing out compensatory time while still allowing overtime pay as appropriate.

Trustees approved a recent action from the Partnership for Education (a partnership between the Eagle County School District and Eagle County) to convey acreage in Edwards to Colorado Mountain College, land that has been held by the college in a lease. Trustees voted to approve the relocation of Colorado Mountain College’s instructional site in Salida to 349 E. 9th Street, in the Salida School District’s main administrative building.

In addition, trustees approved that the college president negotiate and execute a contract with Ellucian, which currently provides computer software operating systems to the college, allowing CMC to upgrade mission-critical student information systems at a cost of no more than $750,000 in the current fiscal year and no more than $1.5 million total over three years. Many of the software modules the college currently uses have not been updated in nearly 10 years.

“The software upgrades will provide usability from the student side,” said Dr. Matt Gianneschi, chief operating officer for the college. “They will allow us to modernize all our student-facing technology, including registration and payment. Improving our organizational effectiveness, empowering students to be successful and improving access are three of the goals in our new strategic plan.”

The trustees received a report regarding a partnership between the college and Freeport-McMoRan Inc., parent corporation of the Climax Molybdenum Co. and Henderson Mill, in which Colorado Mountain College is providing diagnostic electrician training for company employees in Leadville and Summit County. The training is delivered in a hybrid format and through use of the college’s mobile technology lab, which is based at the Rifle campus. The courses are funded by Freeport-McMoRan and will qualify employees to be eligible for the highest salary range locally.

The trustees also received preliminary information about some proposed initiatives at the campus in Summit County, including a greenhouse and solar panels.

CMC in Edwards celebrates inaugural student art show

Colorado Mountain College and the Vail Valley Art Guild are presenting an inaugural student art show at CMC in Edwards on Sept. 12 with a free public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening features works by CMC students and faculty, and includes refreshments and music by the Jeremiah Johnson Jazz Quartet.

Colorado Mountain College and the Vail Valley Art Guild are presenting an inaugural student art show at CMC in Edwards on Sept. 12 with a free public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening features works by CMC students and faculty, and includes refreshments and music by the Jeremiah Johnson Jazz Quartet.

On Friday, Sept. 12, the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards will come alive with art and music. To celebrate the campus’s inaugural student art show, CMC ArtShare and the recently formed Vail Valley Art Guild will be hosting a free, public opening reception in the auditorium from 5 to 8 p.m.

The evening will feature drinks, appetizers, a renowned jazz quartet and the artwork of more than 30 talented Colorado Mountain College students and faculty. All artwork will be for sale and on view throughout the building during the month following the opening.

The impetus for the show came from a small but dedicated group of students, faculty and community members, excited to showcase the incredible work of local artists and engage the local community, said Roger Sheffield, CEO of the CMC Foundation and the college’s vice president for advancement. From mid-September through mid-October, the campus will be transformed into a Read more

Colorado Mountain College offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing

First two-year college in Colorado to offer BSN degree

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Nursing students at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge practice their clinical skills during a lab in the spring of 2014. Working registered nurses can now earn their Bachelor of Science in nursing with a new degree program offered this fall at Colorado Mountain College. Photo Ed Kosmicki

This summer, when Colorado Mountain College made public that its accrediting body had approved a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a number of Colorado nurses’ lives changed.

Instead of wondering when and how they’d ever be able to advance their education, working registered nurses suddenly were given the opportunity to enroll at Colorado Mountain College at a reasonable cost and in a program that allows them to continue to work while living at home. It’s an unprecedented offering in Read more

Chevron Summer Science Institute teaches the teachers

CMC expands science education program, nearly doubles enrollment

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Teachers at the Chevron Summer Science Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, June 2014. Photo Ed Kosmicki

While many of their students were enjoying summer break this past June, more than 40 regional elementary and middle school teachers were at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, learning how to keep those same students engaged and excited about science.

The Chevron Summer Science Institute has nearly doubled in size since it began in the summer of 2013. Last year, funded by Chevron, two dozen K-8 science teachers gathered at Colorado Mountain College for a week to learn how to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM subjects. They Read more

Colorado-based photographer to exhibit work at CMC-Steamboat

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“Counterbalance” is one of the abstract photographs from Gayle Waterman that will be on exhibit at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs Aug. 28-Oct. 28

An exhibit of Basalt, Colo., photographer Gayle Waterman’s abstract work will be on display at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs beginning Aug. 28.

Through use of color and interpretative design, Waterman’s work shows an affinity for 20th century abstract painters Wassily Kandinsky and Georgia O’Keeffe. Waterman says she has a passion for taking an object, such as an antique, and focusing on one aspect of it, giving the viewer a new way to see the piece in a new context.

Through Oct. 28, Waterman’s abstract photography will be exhibited by CMC ArtShare on the first floor of the college’s academic and student services building in Steamboat Springs. Her work has also been featured in a solo exhibit at Colorado Mountain College’s ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs in 2012.

Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Steamboat Springs is located at 1275 Crawford Ave. The academic and student services building is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College launches new name, season

Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, formerly known as CMC Theatre, is preparing another new season of dramatic fare for audiences up and down the valley.

The season, produced by Jim and Connie Calaway of Carbondale, consists of four productions that will run from Oct. 17, 2014, through April 19, 2015. All performances will take place at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, near Glenwood Springs. One of this season’s productions will also enjoy a run at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

Opening the season is “The Rimers of Eldritch” Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 23-26, a play that focuses on a murder trial in a small Midwestern town. Next, Dec. 4-7 and 11-13 at Spring Valley and Jan. 23-24 in Aspen is the 2007 musical “The Glorious Ones,” which follows a theater troupe’s antics during the Italian Renaissance. “The Women of Lockerbie” runs Feb. 13-15 and 19-22 and tells the true story of the aftermath following the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988. The season closes with the French farce “A Flea in Her Ear,” a 1907 play set in Paris and full of belle epoque fun, April 10-12 and April 16-19.

Following the season’s offerings, a free student workshop on April 23 is open to the public.

Season tickets are on sale for the four-production series for $60, or $40 for students, seniors and CMC employees. All season ticket holders receive one additional ticket voucher, good for any one of the productions: Bring a friend, or see a show twice.

The Colorado Mountain College campus in Spring Valley is at 3000 County Road 114. Contact 947-8177 or svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu for more information and credit card purchases.

Painter Andrea Kemp comes home to Glenwood

Exhibit at CMC ArtShare Gallery showcases local artist now making impact on Front Range, internationally

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Andrea Kemp’s “Unraveled” is one of the paintings in a solo exhibit of the artist’s work at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs. Kemp was born and raised in Glenwood and taught at CMC before moving to Golden on the Front Range. An opening reception of her show is on Sept. 5.

The next featured artist at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs will be coming from the Front Range to open her new solo show on Sept. 5. But for this figurative painter – Andrea Kemp – Glenwood Springs will feel like home. That’s because it is.

Kemp was born in 1981 in Glenwood, and was raised here as she developed her drawing, sketching and painting skills into her life’s calling.

“At first it wasn’t a thought in my mind that I would be able to make a living in the arts,” Kemp said. “For me, I was so fortunate to have family who not only appreciated the arts but also had artistic backgrounds themselves. On top of that, the community here is close-knit and supportive of the arts and youth. There are Read more

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).