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Maroon Bells 50th Birthday Bash

Maroon Bells 50th birthday bash posterThe Maroon Bells celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. On August 2, you can attend a birthday bash for the iconic peaks hosted by  Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service.

An outdoor festival at the base of Aspen Highlands will run from 3 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music, an address by author/activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, various kids’ activities and wilderness displays. A film sharing the stories of individuals involved in the creation of Colorado Wilderness areas, created by students from CMC’s Professional Photography program, will also be shown at the event.  Click here to see the schedule of events.

Advance tickets are just $10 for adults, with kids 12 and under free (and that includes cake!). The Highlands Alehouse will offer special food and drink deals. For more info: http://www.maroonbells50.org/about/bash/

Summer Camp at CMC

Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, in partnership with the El Pomar Foundation, held a summer camp for middle school students last week to help spark their interest in future careers. Students at the Rifle camp, titled “Crazy Scientist Week,” explored biofuels and natural gas, green chemistry, social equity and health careers and solar cell production. Below are a few photos capturing students at work in Chris Ellis’ “Solar Day” lab. Additional summer camps, hosted by the CMC Roaring Fork campus and exploring media and technology continue this week and next at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.

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Phase One of CMC IT single sign-on completed

CMC’s Information Technology Department (IT) has been busy creating a process to allow CMC staff and students to possess a single username/password that will work across many systems at CMC.

Phase One is now complete. This phase includes WebAdvisor, MyCMC and CMC provided e-mail. Other systems, such as Canvas, will follow in the next phase.

On the morning of July 14th, these systems started authenticating against a single source using your standardized username. Faculty, staff and students need to register to use the CMC Password Manager. It is easy and fast to complete. Please follow the directions and screen shots provided by the IT department Read more

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Student who began studies at CMC graduates from Harvard

Saling Simon began his college education at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. The recent Ivy League graduate credits the core classes he took at CMC for providing a solid academic foundation. Photo Steph Stevens

Saling Simon began his college education at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs and graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. The recent Ivy League graduate credits the core classes he took at CMC for providing a solid academic foundation. Photo Steph Stevens.

[STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.] – Saling Simon took an unusual route from the mountains of Colorado to the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, with one of the most definitive legs of his journey beginning at Colorado Mountain College.

This spring CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser received Simon’s Harvard graduation invitation, along with a handwritten note thanking the college for kick-starting his higher education. Simon began his coursework at CMC in Steamboat Springs in 2006 and graduated this May from Harvard with a degree in psychology.

Originally from Evergreen, Simon began playing in a piano duo with his concert pianist father at the age of 6. “I grew up on stage,” he said. “All through Read more

CMC hosts Reach Your Peak summer camps

Middle students dream big this summer with help from Colorado Mountain College

Reach Your Peak logoColorado Mountain College Rifle and Roaring Fork campuses, in a partnership with several Western Colorado higher education institutions, are offering low cost summer camps to middle school students this summer.

The summer camps are part of Reach Your Peak Colorado. Reach Your Peak was developed by the El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council as a vehicle to provide opportunities for students who otherwise would not pursue higher education and to create an effective educational pipeline from middle school to college. The goal of the program is to spark interest in careers and college among middle school-aged Read more

CMC Ski Team shines with academic honors

CMC athletes earn Phi Theta Kappa and All Academic honors

Students on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Ski Team juggle academics with an intense travel schedule. Despite the extra challenge incurred by life on the road, the team managed to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.55 during the spring 2014 semester.

CMC Ski Team Assistant Coach Jaymes Elkins and team members Owen Wattenmaker, Christina Rennie, Will Cutler, and Connor Croasdale. Cutler and Croasdale won All Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa recognition.

CMC Ski Team Assistant Coach Jaymes Elkins and team members Owen Wattenmaker, Christina Rennie, Will Cutler, and Connor Croasdale. Cutler and Croasdale won All Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa recognition.

Two students, Will Cutler and Connor Croasdale, also earned All Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa honors. “The cooperation between students and professors is outstanding,” says Coach Terry Leonard. “Their willingness to work with students that have almost impossible travel schedules is second to none. Without this support and cooperation the team could not accomplish what they do.”

 

Cabin Fever

CMC’s Common Reader engages students, staff and community members and culminates with local author visits – See more at: http://coloradomtn.edu/partnerships/common_reader/#sthash.dOj45UME.dpuf
CMC’s Common Reader engages students, staff and community members and culminates with local author visits – See more at: http://coloradomtn.edu/partnerships/common_reader/#sthash.dOj45UME.dpuf

Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader engages students, staff and community members in critical conversations and culminates in author talks in the fall. Get introduced to this year’s book, Cabin Fever, in the book trailer below. For author visit dates and other important info, click here.  Enjoy the read!

Tom Gillis, former dean at CMC in Leadville

LDV-Tom GillisThe following obituary was originally published in the Leadville Herald Democrat.

Thomas (Tom) Gillis died at home on May 9 with his wife and children by his side.

Gillis was born in Ipswich, Mass., on Nov. 28, 1939, the youngest of eight siblings in a French Canadian family.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and attended the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he learned Russian. After leaving the army he earned degrees in Russian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He later worked for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in Chicago and then for Colorado Mountain College in Leadville as campus dean.

After moving to Boulder in 1986, Gillis worked Read more

Celebrate 50 years of the Maroon Bells


BBashhomepage2The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness turns 50 this year, and Aspen is celebrating. The August 2 Maroon Bells Birthday Bash takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the base of Aspen Highlands. The event features cake, candles, kids’ activities, wilderness displays, a keynote speech by author and activist Rick Bass, Ute Nation performance and four live bands – the Shook Twins, Paper Bird, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, and Let Them Roar. Hikes led by wilderness rangers, ranchers, and naturalists will take place prior to the event at trails surrounding Aspen, check the schedule here.

The event is presented by the Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 2, a 9 a.m. and the first fifty tickets are FREE! Go to http://www.maroonbells50.org/ for ticket purchase information.