Sopris Theatre Company brings Renaissance-era comedy to Glenwood

This article on CMC’s Sopris Theatre Company’s latest production, The Glorious Ones, was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. The production runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 7 at the New Space Theatre at CMC in Glenwood Springs.

Sopris Theatre Company presents "The Glorious Ones," a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Glorious Ones,” a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

The latest production from Sopris Theatre Company bounces from over-the-top humor to quiet, empathetic moments — and right back again.

“The Glorious Ones,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (who also wrote “Ragtime,” “Seussical” and more), is a bawdy show that follows a 16th century Commedia dell’arte acting troupe onstage and off during the Italian Renaissance.

Commedia dell’arte was a style of improvisation during the Renaissance that set the foundation for modern sitcoms. It uses a set of stock characters, most of them masked, and places them in different situations. Click for full article

CMC photo students to give free portraits via Help-Portrait Dec. 5

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2012 Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. Students from Colorado Mountain College's Professional Photography program have participated in the event for the past five years.

A family gets ready for their portrait during the 2011Help-Portrait event in Glenwood Springs. The 2014 Help-Portrait event takes place this Friday, Dec. 5, at CMC in Carbondale and marks the fifth year that students from Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program will be volunteering their time and expertise. Photo: Klaus Kocher.

The faculty, staff and students of the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will be at the college’s Lappala Center in Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., providing free portraits as part of the international Help-Portrait movement.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. There will be multiple portrait studios set up at the Lappala Center and portraits will be printed and delivered that night.

This is a charity event and there is absolutely no cost for the portraits.

This is the fifth year the professional photography program has participated in Help-Portrait, bringing hundreds of free portraits to the residents of the Roaring Read more

Women bring apparel manufacturing to Rifle

New sustainable venture partners with CMC and Garfield County’s Garco Sewing Works to bring new apparel business to Rifle.

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Bob Ward.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

Tired of seeing “Made in China” tags on your clothing? Then take a look at The Whole Works, a new apparel-manufacturing operation coming to Rifle.

Launched by a group of Roaring Fork Valley women, this entrepreneurial venture surpassed its online fundraising goal just in time for Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, The Whole Works reached its $35,000 Kickstarter campaign target. The money will cover basic start-up costs — sewing machines, training, build-out and so forth. That means the campaign now becomes a for-profit business, a small-run, high-quality clothing production facility.

Here’s how the founders pitched their project on Kickstarter: “Invest in women, provide stability through well paying jobs, and create the infrastructure to help women become leaders.” Click for full article. Read more

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 2, is a #GivingTuesday‬, a day dedicated to giving back. Countries around the world have initiated their own #GivingTuesday movements to encourage individuals to give back to their communities.

At CMC, we’d like to celebrate #GivingTuesday by thanking the individuals who have generously given to the CMC Foundation to provide scholarships and other support to students in need. The foundation’s current annual report shares stories detailing the deep impact these gifts have on the lives of CMC students, and shares donors’ words detailing why they choose to give. Click here to read these stories, and look for hard copies of IMPACT on your campus.

If CMC has made a positive impact on your life, consider a gift to the CMC Foundation: http://cmcfoundation.org/. Then download and share this image and post to your own social media to share the good word of your deed.

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Restorative justice event at CMC Leadville

Reprinted from the Leadville Herald Democrat.

Full Circle of Lake County will present a program on restorative justice on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center at Colorado Mountain College.

The main speaker of the night will be Sharletta Evans. In 1995, Evans lost her 3-year-old son in a drive-by shooting. During the presentation, Evans will talk about her story and how the restorative justice process assisted in not only providing healing to herself, but the offender and the community.

Evans organizes anti-gang programs, advocates for judicial reform in Colorado and across the country and was featured in the film “Lost for Life,” a documentary about juveniles serving life in prison.

The night will also include presentations by Colorado Representatives Pete Lee and Millie Hamner. Lee has been a champion of restorative justice programs and legislation in Colorado.

Full Circle instituted a community wide restorative justice program as well as one in the Lake County School District this fall. The night will also include a presentation about Full Circle’s restorative justice programs. Light food and beverages will be provided and Spanish interpretation is available. There is no cost to attend.

CMC grant pays forward two years’ tuition for in-district students

Application deadline Dec. 12

Imagine a high school graduate handing his Colorado Mountain College tuition checks to a trustworthy source for safekeeping while he earns his associate degree at CMC. At graduation, that same tuition money is paid forward to a four-year college or university to help the student complete his bachelor’s degree.

That’s essentially what a grant offered by Colorado Mountain College does. Dick Martin was among those who helped to establish the college and served on CMC’s board of trustees for 14 years. When he retired from the board in 1984, his fellow trustees established the Richard C. Martin Grant in his name to encourage local students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The catch? Students must apply for the grant during their first semester at Read more

#GivingTuesday

Don’t just buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Give.‪ #‎GivingTuesday‬, Dec. 2, is day dedicated to giving back. Countries around the world are initiating their own #GivingTuesday movements to encourage individuals to give back to their communities.

Find a way to give between now and Tuesday, Dec. 2, to a favorite non-profit whose work you value. If CMC has made a positive impact on your life, please consider a gift to the CMC Foundation to support students in need:  http://cmcfoundation.org/ . Then download and share this image and post to your own social media to share the good word of your deed.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope tomorrow brings you great food, much laughter, and countless things for which to give thanks. ENews will be taking a short break over the holiday. We’ll be back in touch December 1st.

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Colorado Mountain College wins marketing, public relations awards

CMC's award from NCMPR for Online Marketing and AdvertisingMaterials and a website created for Colorado Mountain College recently received three regional awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. In addition, a Denver-based digital agency earned a fourth award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its work with the college.

Within NCMPR’s six-state District 4 region, the Colorado Mountain College marketing department won a gold Medallion certificate for its online marketing and advertising efforts.

The college received a silver Medallion award for the First Choice Review, in the category of foundation annual reports. The report was a collaboration among the Read more

Get Cosmic for the holidays

Cover of CMC Professor Jimmy Westlake's 2015 astrophotography calenderCMC professor Jimmy Westlake’s Cosmic Calendars are back for 2015! The theme of the 2015 Cosmic Calendar is “Fire and Ice” and features twelve celestial images from Westlake’s travels in Hawaii, Alaska, and across the United States. Westlake’s full-color,  8.5”x11”, heavy card stock glossy finish calenders are full of  information about cool celestial events that will be taking place in the coming year, including meteor showers, eclipses, and more.

Five dollars from the sale of each calendar goes directly to the CMC Sky Club, the CMC Steamboat Student Astronomy Club. You can order your calender by emailing Jimmy Westlake directly with your order at  jwestlake@coloradomtn.edu.  Alternately, visit professor Westlake’s website at shop.jwestlake.com. Prices for calenders are listed below. Happy skywatching!
Special CMC Pricing:
1 calendar is $18
2 to 5 calendars are $17 each

6 to 9 calendars are $16 each

10 or more calendars are $15 each