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New social sciences faculty welcomed to CMC Steamboat Springs

CMC Steamboat Springs welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Patrick W. Staib. Kathy Kiser Miller, Dean of Academic Affairs at CMC in Steamboat Springs, recently welcomed Dr. Staib in an email message to the college community. Her letter of welcome, along with Patrick’s self-introduction, is reprinted below:

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

New CMC Steamboat Springs faculty member Dr. Patrick W. Staib.

“Dr. Staib earned his Doctorate and Master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Dissertation: Coffee and Countryside: Small Farmers and Sustainable Development in Las Segovias de Nicaragua.  He earned his BA in Spanish and Religion from Dickinson College.

Patrick most recently served as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in anthropology, but other areas that Colorado Mountain College is embracing and expanding.  It is extremely fortunate for us and our students that he has expertise in farmer/rancher outreach programs, civic engagement, first-year learning and ethnic diversity initiatives.  Please extend a warm welcome to Patrick.  We are delighted he will be joining our Colorado Mountain College and Steamboat Campus family.”

From Patrick Staib:
“I am an applied anthropologist with interests in organic agriculture and sustainable development. I am a first generation American and grew up in suburban Philadelphia. My mother is from Nicaragua and my father from the Black Forest region of Germany.

My parents and relatives impressed the value of agrarian lifestyles early on my life. I spent summers in New Hampshire on my Uncle’s year-round organic farm and in the 1990s my parents opened the City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia. This historical recreation abides by historical authenticity in all aspects of its operation. I worked with my father who sought to source his products locally and support local Amish farmers.

My initial scholarly interest was in US-Latin American relations in the Post-Cold War era. I took interest in free trade accords instituted with the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 and the effect on Latin American peasants (or campesinos) and their livelihoods. I worked on organic farms in the Rio Grande valley in preparation to work as an observer and evaluator for USAID-funded sustainable development projects that focused on organic crop production. Eventually, I spent two years in the Segovian highlands of Nicaragua living and working with a community of small-scale coffee farmers whose territory was the battleground of the 1980s Contra War. I worked on small family farms, I assisted in crop transport, I translated and marketed exportable product, and I assist in routine tasks. I researched these farmers’ receptivity and embrace of organic production schemes that were imposed on their local industry.

Most recently, I’ve worked in development projects to increase access and production of local produce, meats, dairy, and processed foods. I coordinated the formation of a small farmer-owned brokerage in Albuquerque, NM. We established year-round farm production with passive solar cold frame structures and instructed traditional communities in high value, specialty crop production. I also worked in Farmer and Rancher Outreach in the New Mexico Acequia Association. In this role I assisted farmers in obtaining subsidies and supports for infrastructural improvements in their production and irrigation operations.

In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my wife Kelly, who is a bilingual elementary school teacher, and two sons Sebasian (4) an Diego (2). We are avid skiers. Our boys are just getting on the slopes. I also enjoy camping, biking, hiking, trail running and gardening. We are really thrilled to move to Steamboat and join the community at Colorado Mountain College! “

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!