1000 Words: Summer

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Jimmy Westlake: Super moon to stifle meteor shower

CMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News column appears Tuesdays in the Steamboat TodayCatch his sum up of this weekend’s full moon, first printed in the Steamboat Today, below. For more columns by Westlake here.

Next weekend’s full moon will be a “super moon,” when the full moon coincides with lunar perigee and the moon will look 7 percent larger than your average full moon. The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks early next week, will be washed out by the bright moonlight. Photo: Jimmy Westlake.

Sunday’s full moon will be a “super moon,” when the full moon coincides with lunar perigee and the moon will look 7 percent larger than your average full moon. The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks early next week, will be washed out by the bright moonlight. Photo: Jimmy Westlake.

— Ordinarily, I would be writing this week to tell you all about the upcoming Perseid meteor shower, arguably our best annual meteor shower.

As luck would have it, the Perseid meteor shower will be washed out by the nearly full moon this year. You might witness a few of the really bright Perseids Read more

What will drive future state economic success?

CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser and Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, addressed economic development at a recent Vail Valley Partnership event. A Vail Daily News recap of the event, first published in the Vail Daily, is reprinted below.
CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, left, with Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer, right, participated in the July 22, 2014, Vail Valley Business Forum. Dr. Hauser spoke about how higher education can support changing workforce needs in the valley.

CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, left, with Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer, right, participated in the July 22, 2014, Vail Valley Business Forum. Dr. Hauser spoke about how higher education can support changing workforce needs in the valley.

VAIL — Colorado’s first regional economic initiative was completed before statehood. What comes next?

As the first transcontinental rail line was built in the 1860s, it soon became clear the line would skip Colorado — due mainly to the giant mountains bisecting the state. A group of business leaders in Denver communities to the north banded together to finance a rail line north from Denver to Cheyenne, the closest town to the transcontinental line.

The line was a boon to the mostly-farming communities along the new north-south line. Today, “Denver is Denver, and Cheyenne, is, well, Read more

Tickets on sale now for upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser in Edwards

CMC Edwards “bowl-a-thon” creates hundreds of bowls for fundraising event.

This article was first printed in the Vail Daily News. By Zachary Johnson.

Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins. Special to the Daily.

Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins | Special to the Daily.

EDWARDS — The sixth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser returns to the Vail Valley on Aug. 12. Guests are encouraged to take part in a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert contributed by local restaurants in exchange for a cash donation of $20.

Those who join are provided with a bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls throughout the United States and the world. The money raised is donated to the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry in an effort toward ending hunger and food deficiency locally. According to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, one out of eight Americans struggle with food inadequacy every Read more

First $1 million donated to Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College

Walter Isaacson announces Fullerton pledge

[ASPEN] – Today Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, announced the first $1 million pledge to the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College.

Aspen Institute, CMC, Issacson School for New Media, Aug. 4, 2014.

John Fullerton and his wife, Jessica, explain why they are supporting the Isaacson School for New Media with a $1 million dollar leadership gift. Walter Isaacson, right, thanked the couple for their generous donation which will help the Isaacson School grow to become a leader in New Media education. Photo: ©2014 Steve Mundinger

The donation is from Aspen residents John and Jessica Fullerton, who have previously demonstrated their support of the program by creating the Isaacson School’s first full-ride scholarships for out-of-state students, to draw them to the digital journalism, marketing, media production, graphic design and photography programs offered at the Isaacson School.

“Jessica and I are pleased to make this leadership gift to the Isaacson School,” said John Fullerton. “This program is assisting local students to enter this exciting new career field, and we believe it will also attract students from across the county to our region and will help increase the profile of new media in the Read more

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick catches up with CMC at the Aspen Ideas Festival

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick always wanted to go to college in Colorado. He never got here as a student, but he did get a chance to interview Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, Isaacson School for New Media faculty member Corby Anderson and Isaacson School for New Media student Justin Patrick at the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this summer. The three discussed the college’s envy-inducing mountain locations, affordability, and hands-on, innovative programs. Click the arrow on the brown bar below to catch the full interview.

Sirius XM Radio host interviews Isaacson School of New Media student Justin Patrick and Carrie Besnette Hauser at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest.

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick, center left, interviews Isaacson School for New Media faculty Corby Anderson, left, student Justin Patrick, second from right, and Carrie Besnette Hauser, right, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

CMC creates strolling history tour in downtown Glenwood

This article was published in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Randy Essex.

Willa Kane talks about the new historical plaques on the CMC building at 8th Street and Grand Avenue.  PHoto: Christopher Mullen/ Post Independent.

Willa Kane talks about the new historical plaques on the CMC building at 8th Street and Grand Avenue. Photo: Christopher Mullen/ Post Independent.

Glenwood Springs has some new history.

It’s downtown, right across the street from where Doc Holliday died, at the heart of Glenwood’s earliest developments — and connected to one of the newest things in town.

Thirteen plaques that outline key moments in Glenwood’s early history were placed last week on the north side of the building Colorado Mountain College shares with U.S. Bank and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

People strolling by can learn about some of the town’s early key figures such as Katie Bender and David Delaplane; its history as a ski destination; where and how it got its first water supply; and how some of the town’s iconic Read more

Fall 2014 registration is open

Spread the word to your students, friends, family and neighbors: Registration for Fall 2014 classes is now open! Most classes start August 25. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes.

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Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=registration#sthash.YJPpDJzD.dpuf

Registration for Colorado Mountain College Summer 2014 classes starts today!  Explore a new interest or take the first steps towards a new career. Summer semester begins May 12 and ends August 8; registration begins today. Search, register and pay for classes at http://coloradomtn.edu/classes/. – See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/?s=registration#sthash.YJPpDJzD.dpuf

Northwest Colorado SBDC to host statewide Professional Health & Wellness Symposium in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an Read more

1000 Words: Colorado Association of School Executives conference at CMC Breckenridge

Left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; President Hauser; and COO Gianneschi.

Colorado Mountain College recently hosted a reception for CMC district K-12 superintendents and principals at the annual Breckenridge conference of the Colorado Association of School Executives. Guests at the reception heard Dr. Matt Gianneschi, the college’s chief of operations, and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO, speak briefly about ways the college can partner with the schools to help high school students succeed and be better prepared for college. In the photo above are, left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser; and CMC COO Matt Gianneschi.