1000 Words: Advocating for higher ed in rural communities

US Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell sports Colorado Mountain College’s colors at a recent Rural College Alliance meeting of college presidents in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Mitchell was CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser’s PhD advisor back when she was a graduate student at UCLA.  The Rural College Alliance advocates for the 600 rural and tribal colleges in the U.S., with the goal of positively impacting the millions of students, businesses and communities they serve. We’re thankful for the work they do for CMC and college access.

UnderSecretary of Education Ted Mitchell with Carrie Hauser

Backcountry Film Festival features 90 minutes of stunning shorts

poster for Backcountry Film FestivalThe Colorado Mountain Club – the other CMC – is bringing the 10th annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival to Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. This year, the event is on Friday, Feb. 13, as part of its Colorado tour, which wraps up in Grand Junction Feb. 25.

Get ready for a night of some of the year’s greatest short ski films from both small independent filmmakers and renowned professionals who tell visual and audio stories of the backcountry, nonmotorized recreation and environmental preservation. These films have been selected by a jury and assembled into a 90-minute program.

The event is being held at the college’s Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center Gym, 901 S. Highway 24, in Leadville. Tickets are $10/Colorado Mountain Club members, and $12/nonmembers. Tickets are just $2 for current full-time CMC students. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. and proceeds benefit the Colorado Mountain Club.

Think you can’t afford college? Think again

This corner column ran in the Feb. 9 Glenwood Post Independent . By Tom Valles, director of financial aid at Colorado Mountain College.

Photo of Tom VallesDuring my years in financial aid, I have met with folks who believe they cannot afford college and will not qualify for financial aid. Unfortunately, some people never go to college because they have believed such myths. Here are just a few I would like to address:

Myth #1: There is no point in filling out the aid application; I’m not going to get any money for college.

The only way to not get aid is if you don’t apply. It is well worth your time to fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Federal and state loans, grants, work study and even need-based scholarships look to the FAFSA to determine eligibility. For many schools, the FAFSA is the only tool they use to determine financial need, and completing it is a crucial step toward making sure you have the best resource Read more

CMC student Brooke Potter wins gold at the World University Games

Brother and Sister duo medal in Freestyle Ski Slopestyle competition

This article reprinted from the World University Games website. Follow the results of the four additional CMC students competing at the Games at the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) website, click here.

medal winners at World University GamesGranada, Spain – The Slopestyle competition held in Snowpark Sulayr of Loma de Dílar, Sierra Nevada featured some of the best skiers from around the world.  USA Team capitalized on perfect conditions and spectacular runs to bring three more medals home for the United States.

With three tricks, ‘switch 540 screaming seamen’, ‘cork 900 truck driver’ and ‘switch right side 900 mute’, Fabian Braitsch reached the top on the podium. It has not been the first gold that the Austrian has gained, since he already got the Gold in the European Cup in Brand last year.   The rest of the podium on the Men’s side with filled with Amercians as Broby Leeds captured the Silver and teammate Cody Potter snagged the Bronze.Cody_potter_y_aficion

In the female category, Brooke Potter has achieved the first place on the podium after having performed a ‘switch 180′, a ‘360’, different ‘grabs’ in the third module and 270 out off-axis. The USA has stated that she got very nervous after the fall of her colleague, but it has not stopped her for winning the gold. ‘I love Sierra Nevada, I wish to come back´. The freestyler is also happy for his brother Cody, who reached the third position in the same discipline.  Alexis Keeney who had the best score in the qualification rounds suffered a knee injury going into the finals.  Keeney tried to fight through the pain for one run in the finals but fell on the first jump and was unable to finish.


Best score

1.- Fabian Braitsch (AUT)                               81.83

2.- Broby Leeds (USA)                                       78.00

3.- Cody Potter (USA)                                        75.33

10.- John Leonard (USA)                                  65.50


Best score

1.- Brooke Potter (USA)                                   73.16

2.- Zuzana Stromkova (SVK)                          69.83

3.- Stefanie Moessler (AUT)                         58.00

5. – Alexis Keeney (USA)                                9.83 (injury)

‘The Women of Lockerbie’ shows that love can come from hate

Poster for Sopris Theatre's production of 'The Women of Lockerbie'The next production of Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, formerly CMC Theatre, illustrates the kindness which can come from a horrific act.

“The Women of Lockerbie” is a play based on the actual 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Wendy S. Moore, the play introduces a grieving American mother who scours the Scottish countryside searching for her son’s remains. There, she meets Scottish women from Lockerbie, and they go through the grieving process together.

Season producers are Jim and Connie Calaway; associate producers of “The Women of Lockerbie” are Kelly and Jim Cleaver, Sharon Anderson and Alex De la Garza, and Debra and Lon Winston. Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 19-21, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs – Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114. Tickets are $15/adults; $10/CMC students, staff, faculty and seniors.

Contact 947-8177 or svtickets@coloradomtn.edu for tickets or go to bit.ly/1wcGFsb for more information.

Info Session for Costa Rica Study Abroad at CMC Edwards Feb. 10

poster advertising CMC's Study AbroadRainforests. Volcanos. Progressive sustainability. Beaches. Colorado Mountain College offers another opportunity to study abroad this summer, when Study Abroad Costa Rica kicks off May 30. Students can learn transfer-level Spanish and Environmental Science credits while immersing themselves in Spanish language classes and sustainability. Homestays with Costa Rican families add a powerful intercultural immersion.

Learn more about the upcoming Study Abroad Costa Rica at an information session scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 to 6:30pm on the Edwards campus in Room 242. If you can’t make the event but want to learn more, contact Carol Koch at 970.569.2914  ckoch@coloradomtn.edu or Tim Loes, 970.569.2944, tloes@coloradomtn.edu for more information. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2015.

1000 Words: George Stranahan

Educator, photographer, physicist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur extraordinaire George Stranahan at the opening reception of The Stranahan Collection at CMC Edwards. The collection is comprised of world-renowned black-and-white photographs he and his wife Patti have collected over decades.
photo of George Stranahan at opening of The Stranahan Collection at CMC Edwards

Body of Missing Student Located

[LEADVILLE, COLO.] – With the help of a K9 team from Colorado Forensic Canine, at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Friday Feb. 6, Lake County Search and Rescue located the body of Colton Wilson, a student from Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus. He was located in an area on or near the south end of campus, near the Mineral Belt Trail and Highway 24.

The Lake County Coroner is investigating the cause of death, but the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has stated there is no reason to believe there was any foul play. Wilson had been missing since the afternoon of Jan. 29, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating this as a missing person’s case.

“The Colorado Mountain College community is greatly saddened at the loss of such a young and promising life,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, who upon hearing the news today traveled to the college’s campus in Leadville to provide support. “Along with our board of trustees, we extend our sincere condolences to Colton’s family and friends, and are providing support services to our students and employees.” Read more

Stranahan Collection comes to CMC in Edwards

Some of finest photography of 20th century travels to campus for viewing  By Carrie Click

"Hyeres, 1932" by Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Hyères, France (Bicycle), 1932,” by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is one of more than 60 photographers’ work that is part of the George & Patti Stranahan Collection being exhibited at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards beginning Feb. 5. Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson

For Coloradan George Stranahan – educator, photographer, physicist, philanthropist, purveyor of good beer and finer whiskey – the collection of world-renowned black-and-white photographs he and his wife Patti have collected over several decades should be seen by as many people as can appreciate them.

The collection is appreciable: It contains collected the work of more than 60 photographers, including Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary Ellen Mark and Edward Read more

Jake Black to compete at international games in Spain

Snowboarder, CMC student among 2,000 at WWUG By Kate Lapides

Jake Black, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College, is competing in the Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14, 2015. Photo: Kate Lapides.

Jake Black, a sustainability studies student at Colorado Mountain College, is competing in the Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14, 2015. You can follow the Games on Twitter @WUGUSA. Photo: Kate Lapides

Snowboarding and sustainability: Jake Black has weaved the two together seamlessly throughout his college years, successfully balancing a career as a professional snowboarder while studying for a bachelor’s degree at Colorado Mountain College.

Black has an opportunity to compete specifically as a college student this February when he competes in the 27th Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain. The International University Sports Federation, known as the FISU, produces this international collegiate festival to promote the perseverance, integrity, cooperation, fair play and fraternity inherent in university sports. More than 2,000 athletes from over 50 different countries are expected to attend the games, and the event is expected to be broadcasted worldwide by more than 100 television channels.

Though Black’s not new to competing against an international field –– he has competed amongst 50 to 100 male competitors in the Dew Tour and the Grand Prix Tour, among other high-profile winter sports events –– the opportunity to compete as a college student is a novel experience for the homegrown Read more