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CMC Board of Trustees votes for zero increase for in-district, bachelor’s tuition

Keeps tuition among lowest in Colorado

At its meeting on Monday, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees unanimously voted in support of keeping Colorado Mountain College among the most affordable colleges in the state.

Looking ahead to the 2015-16 academic year, they approved a zero increase in the tuition rate for in-district students enrolled in associate-degree-level courses: at $57 per credit hour, the most affordable tuition in Colorado.

Trustees also voted for zero increase in tuition for in-district, in-service-area, in-state and out-of-state students in bachelor’s-level courses. These tuition rates are among the most affordable in the state.

At the associate-degree level, the trustees voted to increase in-state tuition by $6.50 per credit hour to $107. They voted to increase the tuition of students living in the college’s three service area counties – Chaffee, Grand and Jackson – by $6 per credit hour to $103. They also voted to increase out of-state tuition by Read more

Colorado Mountain College offers info nights at three Colorado locations

poster image of CMC Info nightsProspective students and parents from the Front Range and Western Slope can learn more about educational opportunities at Colorado Mountain College during several upcoming information nights.

Colorado Mountain College faculty, staff, students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions about academic programs, residential life, admissions and financial aid. All sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates in Westminster, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction:

• Westminster: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Westin Westminster Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd.; more at
Colorado Springs: Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 7290 Commerce Center Dr.; more at
Grand Junction: Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Holiday Inn Grand Junction Airport, 2751 Crossroads Blvd.; more at

Colorado Mountain College offers bachelor’s degrees in business, sustainability Read more

‘Less is More’ in Aspen

CMC students, staff, faculty express what sustainability means to them. By Carrie Click

At a time when more people are talking about sustainability and reducing humans’ impact on the environment, an upcoming exhibit at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen is focusing on these principles through artistic interpretation.

In “Less Is More: Sustainable Art and New Media in a Culture of Excess,” exhibit curator and Colorado Mountain College art instructor K Rhynus Cesark has gathered nonjuried work from approximately 25 Colorado Mountain College students, faculty and staff from throughout the college’s nine-county service area.

Colorado Mountain College offers a bachelor’s degree in sustainable studies at several campuses, though the exhibit’s contributors come from not only those locations but from other campuses as well.

“We have participants from Aspen, Spring Valley, Rifle, Steamboat, Leadville and Breckenridge,” said Rhynus. “This call for entries has encouraged dialogue between students and faculty, and faculty to faculty, [about] creating work that Read more

1000 Words: Colorado alpenglow


1000 Words: Early Childhood Education’s Caitlyn Shaffer

Caitlyn Shaffer pursued her degree in CMC’s Early Childhood Education program to expand her skills and income potential while working as a teacher at Our School preschool. Learn what she loves about the program – an catch a fun childhood memory of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

A whole-system approach to pork

This Aspen Times feature on the good work of CMC sustainability studies student Merrill Johnson, who is reducing waste, upcycling, and creating locally-sourced and sold food on her family’s farm, was published last summer. We’re reprinting it belatedly in Enews as it escaped our media monitor. Enjoy the read!

140816_pigs1_JCMerrill Johnson never planned to be a farmer, but at 25 years old she is running a ranch, raising endangered heritage pigs and contributing to the sustainability of the Roaring Fork Valley. Much like a tomato pulled from the vine tastes much richer, she’s trying out a theory that pigs raised on organic fruits and vegetables taste better than something shrink-wrapped in plastic on the supermarket shelves. Johnson has developed an earth-conscious business model to bring better products to consumers while reducing the environmental impact of waste in the valley.

Less than a century ago small farms covered this valley, and it was not unusual to see a 500-pound hog foraging the land for its next meal. But these old breeds, known as “heritage,” have fallen out of the mainstream because the modern food industry wants a pig that can grow fast for supermarket Read more

Noted astrophysicist speaks about mission to Pluto

NASA's New Horizons robotic spacecraft.

NASA’s New Horizons robotic spacecraft.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – January signals the beginning of a journey to reach a new planet, the first time NASA has launched such an effort since 1989. Between January and July NASA’s New Horizons robotic spacecraft will explore planet Pluto – yes, even the space agency says it’s a planet – and its five moons.

Steamboat Springs audiences will be able to learn about the much-anticipated flyby from University of Colorado professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences Dr. Fran Bagenal this month. Bagenal is a noted researcher in the fields of space plasmas and planetary magnetospheres. Among the planetary sciences missions she has worked on are the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

The free talk, hosted by Colorado Mountain College’s student astronomy club, the SKY Club, will be held at the Allbright Family Auditorium on the CMC campus in Steamboat at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

School Helping Make Snow Dreams Come True

Colorado Mountain College is playing a key role in the next generation of ski area groomers, snowmakers and mechanics thanks to its Ski Area Operations program.

This article was published in the January, 2015 issue of Snow Grooming magazine. By Jim Timlick. 

Photograph of article on CMC in Snow Grooming magazineIt sounds like a young skier or snowboard enthusiast’s dream – a college course that teaches you everything from snowmaking and grooming trails to building a lift and creating a world-class half-pipe.

For a select group of students at a Colorado college, it’s more than just a dream; it’s a reality. About two dozen students enroll each year in the Ski Area Operations program offered at Colorado Mountain College’s Timberline Campus in Leadville, Colorado.

The two-year degree program is designed to prepare students for a career in the mountain resort industry and com­bines technical and academic instruction with on-the-job training at some of Colo­rado’s finest world-class resorts. Read more

Justice Snow’s and Isaacson School partner for Writ Large storytelling series

Inaugural Isaacson School and Justice Snow’s “Writ Large” event takes place tonight, Jan. 14, at 8:30 p.m.

This article was first published in the Aspen Times. By Andrew Travers.

Justice Snow’s and the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College are launching a new storytelling series this week at the downtown bar and restaurant.

Titled “Writ Large,” the bimonthly series will feature true personal stories, told live, from Isaacson School students and members of the general public in a forum reminiscent of the popular radio show “The Moth.”

“Expect to be touched,” said organizer Alya Howe. “When I watched the rehearsal, some made me laugh and some made me cry.”

Storytellers at the inaugural free event Wednesday, Jan. 14 include local comedian Glenn Smith, Aspen-based voice actor Susan Terra (whose work has Read more

‘Traces of Place’

This story about a CMC ArtShare exhibit featuring Alix Knipe, an internationally recognized ceramic artist and CMC ceramics instructor who lives in Carbondale, was written by Glenwood Post Independent arts editor Jessica Cabe. It appeared in the Jan. 8 Post Independent.

Potter Alix Knipe stands among a few of her pieces in the CMC ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs. "Traces of Place," a new solo exhibit of her work inspired by landscapes, opened on Jan. 9 and is on display through Feb. 27. Jessica Cabe/Post Independent

Potter Alix Knipe stands among a few of her pieces in the CMC ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs. “Traces of Place,” a new solo exhibit of her work inspired by landscapes, opened on Jan. 9 and is on display through Feb. 27. Jessica Cabe/Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Alix Knipe, an internationally recognized ceramics artist living in Carbondale, lost her fear of failure when failure became inevitable.

She was working in Avanos, Turkey, in 2011 and 2012 on a Fulbright Research Fellowship Grant. Avanos is one of the two largest pottery towns in the country, with caves carved out of the soft hillsides serving as studios. Knipe learned a lot about the philosophy of creating ceramics in Turkey, a philosophy rooted in tradition and quite the opposite of America’s need for innovation in art. But she also learned that she will push boundaries harder when failure is the only option.

Knipe said that with other artforms, it’s common to fail frequently in the beginning and less so as you hone your craft. With ceramics, failure is consistent and Read more