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Wolf Pack Reunion 2014

On March 16, 2014, two hundred alumni from CMC Steamboat Springs returned to campus to remember and celebrate the lives of two classmates, Shawn Pace and Corey Eardley. The group had been tightly knit while they were CMC students, bonded together by the immediate sense of community they felt in Steamboat Springs and their passion for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. They often rode and skied on the hill together in a large gang they named The Wolf Pack.

Originally envisioned as a small gathering, the reunion grew in numbers immediately once word spread about the potential event. They group created a scholarship in memory of their fallen classmates – The Wolfpack Scholarship Fund – and returned to campus to reconnect, remember their friend, and take some turns together on the mountain once again. CMC sustainability studies student and adjunct faculty Ben Saheb documented this special reunion for the Wolf Pack Alums.

“CMC Recommends” is looking for your submission!

The CMC Libraries are looking for a few good recommendations! If you are a CMC student, staff, faculty, tell us your favorite book or film – one that is ideal for long summer days. It’s easy to add your two cents, just use the online submission form here. The recommendations will be distributed to the collegewide community during the last week of April in the newsletter CMC Recommends.

CMC Library staff is especially looking for recommendations for books that “are funny, relaxing, reflective, gripping, suspenseful, romantic or tragic,” according to CMC Library Director Sarah Smith. Film recommendations are also welcome. You can also email your submissions to Smith at The deadline to submit is April 17th.

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Rail Jam 2014

The final for Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations degree students may just be one of the hippest exams in the country. Instead of multiple choice questions and final term papers, students get to design terrain park features and market a festive ski and snowboard event. The result? CMC Leadville’s 10th Annual Rail Jam, captured by Brent Neumeier.

TV8 Vail interview with CMC President Dr. Carrie Hauser

Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Carrie Hauser shared her thoughts on CMC’s incredible value and future vision with TV8 Vail last week. You can catch the interview below if you missed it!

Jeffery Wium to screen ‘Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino’ at CMC Breckenridge

A screenshot from filmmaker Jeffrey Wium's film website

A screenshot from filmmaker Jeffrey Wium’s film website shows off the beautiful imagery in his film “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino.” The film screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, as part of the CMC Speaker Series.

Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge will screen filmmaker Jeffery Wium’s  “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 as part of the college’s Speaker Series.

Filmed on location in the Peruvian highlands, Wium’s documentary journeys into the heart of the Andean Paqos culture, which places a premium on living in harmony with the natural world. Wium will facilitate a question-and-answer session after the screening.

Tickets are $10; students can attend for free. Contact Heidi Kunzek at 453-6757 or, or visit for more information.

Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center hosts Success Steps Seminar event March 20

Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE will host a talk by Steve Muntean, of Muntean Leadership Group, on Thursday, March 20. The topic of the talk is “How to Grow Your Business Results Now,” and is geared towards business owners.

Thursday’s event is part of the Success Steps Seminar Series, and takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 213 at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The cost is $15 and includes coffee and light snacks. Registration is required by calling 970-870-4491.

CMC Steamboat Springs event recognizes student success

“Sweet, I Got an A” event celebrates student achievement
Steamboat student Connor Croasdale selects a Colorado beanie as his prize for getting four A’s on his transcript last semester. Connor is a member of the Alpine Ski Racing Team and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Business degree. He currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA.

Steamboat student Connor Croasdale selects a Colorado beanie as his prize for getting four A’s on his transcript last semester. Connor is a member of the Alpine Ski Racing Team and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Business degree. He currently holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA.

Last week, Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs celebrated students’ academic achievement by recognizing any student who has earned an A this year, whether it was on an academic transcript or on an assignment, and celebrating their success with prizes and ice cream.

The “Sweet, I Got an A” event was held on Thursday, Feb. 20 and was hosted by the TRiO Success Center and Student Activities professionals. Seventy five students participated. The event as created to encourage students to remember that overall academic success is built upon smaller building blocks.

“All the little A’s add up to the big A’s,” says Amy Phillips, Coordinator of the TRiO Success Center at CMC in Steamboat Springs. “Each A starts one quiz or paper at a time, and as these build you find yourself with an A in the course.” Read more

Faculty Stories: Tim Widmer

Faculty are the heart of Colorado Mountain College. We’re featuring them all week in eNews via articles on CMC’s faculty and adjuncts of the year. We’ve also started a video series profiling a handful of additional faculty stories.

Our first video shares ski and snowboard business faculty Tim Widmer’s passion for teaching and for Steamboat Springs. We’re inspired by Tim and other CMC faculty’s dedication daily. Find and follow upcoming faculty stories projects at #CMCFacultyStories on Instagram and Twitter. And, if you like the work of the filmmaker, you can follow CMC student (and adjunct!) Ben Saheb at

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Photo of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

The iconic arches of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, will be on the itinerary of Professor Garry Zabel’s four-day geology field trip course April 3-6.

Veteran geologist Garry Zabel is leading a four-day field trip this spring to the popular desert destinations, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

This two-credit geology course is open to all students across the college. The pre- and post-trip classroom lectures are available via the Interactive Video System at all campuses. The field trip is Thursday through Sunday, April 3 to 6.

Students will consider the geologic forces that created these stunning natural wonders. The itinerary also includes stops at Deadhorse Point, Upheaval Dome, Island in the Sky and the Needles District.

Interested students may contact Professor Zabel at 970-948-5194 for more information about the course. Individuals can register at any site for Syn #82024/GEY-175-RL02. The cost is two credits of tuition plus a $215 supplemental charge that pays for all food, campground fees and transportation. The first class meeting is March 27, and a follow-up lecture will be held April 10.

CMC Sky Club’s Crystal Observatory through the lens

The Crystal Observatory, built by the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club, will be open four more days. If you can’t catch the sculpture in person today, Feb.6 through Sunday, Feb. 9, you can now check out this unique ice-and-snow sculpture on video, thanks to CMC student Ben Saheb.

The unique ice and snow sculpture recreates a to-scale model of the solar system sculpted in ice. Visitors are also treated to snow-sculpture version of Stonehenge, views from a telescope and a giant, walk-in, flying saucer carved from snow. The final stop is the crystal observatory, where the tour’s largest telescope is located, surrounded by enormous stalagmites.

The Crystal Observatory will be open for four more days on the CMC campus in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 6, 7, 8 and 9, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased on nights when the observatory is open, at the ticket table located on the second level of CMC’s new academic and student services building, where tour guides will lead visitors to the observatory grounds.

Tickets are $10 per person, with all proceeds going to support the CMC Sky Club. Kids under six and students with a valid CMC ID get in for free. Appropriate winter footwear is advised.

For more information, contact Westlake at 970-870-4537.

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