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1000 Words: Colorado Mountain College giving elves

 

Colorado Mountain College employees and daughter-mother Emma Axelson (administrative technician) and Mary Axelson (professor of developmental education and studies) were among the college’s many Christmas elves this year. In the Roaring Fork Campus’s fourth annual toy drive, employees brought toys to the campus Christmas party, some of which are pictured here. Students attending the Learning Labs in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, as well as students from the Gateway Program, were then allowed to pick out gifts to give to their children. In all, college employees donated close to 1,000 pounds in canned goods to community food banks, “adopted” local families in need by providing food for a holiday meal and gifts, and donated to charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and Camfed.

Colorado Mountain College employees and daughter-mother Emma Axelson (administrative technician) and Mary Axelson (professor of developmental education and studies) were among the college’s many Christmas elves this year. In the Roaring Fork Campus’s fourth annual toy drive, employees brought toys to the campus Christmas party, some of which are pictured here. Students attending the Learning Labs in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, as well as students from the Gateway Program, were then allowed to pick out gifts to give to their children. In all, college employees donated close to 1,000 pounds in canned goods to community food banks, “adopted” local families in need by providing food for a holiday meal and gifts, and donated to charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and Camfed.

 

Adult learning labs grant 30 years of second chances

 This CMC Corner Column appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Suzanne W. Kirch.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsCommunity colleges are, “an American invention, designed to give people a second chance,” according to Charles “Chick” Dassance, former interim president at Colorado Mountain College. The Adult Learning Lab in Glenwood Springs is just one way that CMC has been reinforcing this sentiment.

Brainstormed into existence 30 years ago by Karen Dunbar, Alexandra Talk and Diane Deford, CMC’s Adult Learning Lab has endeavored to adhere to the definition of community colleges, as outlined by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), which states: “Community colleges have been inclusive institutions that welcome all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience.” (www.aacc.nche.edu/about).

Classes offered at the Adult Learning Lab include support in reading and math skills, practice in English language communication and General Educational Read more

‘The Glorious Ones’ comes to Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House in January

Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Glorious Ones,” a bawdy musical about a 16th century Italian theater troupe, at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House Jan. 23-24. From left are cast members Allie Kurzka, Jesse Monsalve, Paige Ulmer, David Collier, Ciara Morrison, Scott Elmore and Chris Walsh. Photo Scot Gerdes

Colorado Mountain College’s Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Glorious Ones,” a bawdy musical about a 16th century Italian theater troupe, at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House Jan. 23-24. From left are cast members Allie Kurzka, Jesse Monsalve, Paige Ulmer, David Collier, Ciara Morrison, Scott Elmore and Chris Walsh. Photo Scot Gerdes

When the X Games comes to Aspen in January, Colorado Mountain College’s theater troupe, Sopris Theatre Company (formerly CMC Theatre), will offer up an entirely different kind of spectacle when it presents “The Glorious Ones,” a fun and bawdy musical about a 16th century Italian Commedia dell’arte troupe.

Directed by Brad Moore, seven archetypal characters will carouse their way through this memorable performance. Read more

‘Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe’ opens on Jan. 9 at CMC ArtShare Gallery

“Language of Lost and Found,” 25” x 19”, is one of Alix Knipe’s ceramic sculptures that will soon be on display at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs. A free opening reception for “Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe” is set for Jan. 9, and the exhibit will be on display through Feb. 27.

“Language of Lost and Found,” 25” x 19”, is one of Alix Knipe’s ceramic sculptures that will soon be on display at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs. A free opening reception for “Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe” is set for Jan. 9, and the exhibit will be on display through Feb. 27.

Internationally recognized ceramic artist Alix Knipe will be the focus of “Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe,” a solo exhibit of her work, opening Jan. 9 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Based in Carbondale, Knipe has taught ceramic arts at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and Aspen. She has received numerous academic and fine arts scholarships and awards, among them a Fulbright Research Fellowship studying pottery in Turkey and a National Council for Ceramic Arts Graduate Student Fellowship studying ceramics in Burma.

Knipe’s exhibit opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 9. The show runs through Feb. 27. CMC ArtShare Gallery, 802 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 947-8367 or visit cmcartshare.com.

It’s time for spring (registration)

Many classes start week of Jan. 12

Spring tulipsThe snow’s starting to fly – which means that registration for spring classes at Colorado Mountain College is well underway. Many classes start the week of Jan. 12, a few in Aspen start sooner and others start throughout the spring semester.

Remember that new students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past 12 months need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person at one of the college’s 11 locations if they want to take a credit class.

Students who have taken a credit class within the past 12 months and students only interested in noncredit (continuing education) classes do not need to Read more

Not too early to plan for financing college

College Goal Sunday returns Feb. 8

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If you are a college-bound student, it’s not too early to begin looking at the options available to you for paying for college next fall.

Mark your calendar for 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 8, when Colorado Mountain College hosts its second annual College Goal Sunday, a national event that sets aside a Sunday in February for any prospective college students and their parents to receive free professional help in applying for financial aid for college. This includes nontraditional and independent students as well.

Help isn’t just for those applying to Colorado Mountain College. College Goal Sunday is for all students intending to go to any college or Read more

CMC photo students to give free portraits via Help-Portrait Dec. 5

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2012 Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. Students from Colorado Mountain College's Professional Photography program have participated in the event for the past five years.

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2011Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. The 2014 Help-Portrait event takes place this Friday, Dec. 5, at CMC in Carbondale and marks the fifth year that students from Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program will be volunteering their time and expertise. Photo: Klaus Kocher.

The faculty, staff and students of the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will be at the college’s Lappala Center in Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., providing free portraits as part of the international Help-Portrait movement.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. There will be multiple portrait studios set up at the Lappala Center and portraits will be printed and delivered that night.

This is a charity event and there is absolutely no cost for the portraits.

This is the fifth year the professional photography program has participated in Help-Portrait, bringing hundreds of free portraits to the residents of the Roaring Read more

CMC grant pays forward two years’ tuition for in-district students

Application deadline Dec. 12

Imagine a high school graduate handing his Colorado Mountain College tuition checks to a trustworthy source for safekeeping while he earns his associate degree at CMC. At graduation, that same tuition money is paid forward to a four-year college or university to help the student complete his bachelor’s degree.

That’s essentially what a grant offered by Colorado Mountain College does. Dick Martin was among those who helped to establish the college and served on CMC’s board of trustees for 14 years. When he retired from the board in 1984, his fellow trustees established the Richard C. Martin Grant in his name to encourage local students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The catch? Students must apply for the grant during their first semester at Read more

Colorado Mountain College wins marketing, public relations awards

CMC's award from NCMPR for Online Marketing and AdvertisingMaterials and a website created for Colorado Mountain College recently received three regional awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. In addition, a Denver-based digital agency earned a fourth award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its work with the college.

Within NCMPR’s six-state District 4 region, the Colorado Mountain College marketing department won a gold Medallion certificate for its online marketing and advertising efforts.

The college received a silver Medallion award for the First Choice Review, in the category of foundation annual reports. The report was a collaboration among the Read more

Startup Weekend Western Colorado to turn ideas into business ventures

[Glenwood Springs, CO] – The weekend of Nov. 21-23, entrepreneurs and creative minds are invited to Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center for Startup Weekend Western Colorado. This event will provide not only inspiration, but the resources required for building and launching a viable, scalable company.

During the weekend, participants share ideas, form teams around top vote-getting ideas, get advice and hear talks from successful entrepreneurs. They can learn needed skills, build prototype products and take the first steps in launching startup businesses.

Startup Weekend at CMC in Glenwood Springs will join more than 1,800 Startup events around the world in 2014 alone. Glenwood’s event coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23, which celebrates business innovators and job creators. As part of that celebration, Glenwood’s Startup Weekend will take part in the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide competition involving Startup teams from more than 100 countries. Glenwood’s winning team will be in line to Read more