CMC professor Jimmy Westlake captured this rare appearance of the northern lights in Colorado at Rabbit Ears Pass on March 17, 2013. Westlake will head to Alaska with 22 CMC students, faculty and staff on Thursday to view and study the northern lights in the Arctic Circle.
CMC professor Jimmy Westlake and 22 CMC students, faculty, and staff — all members of the CMC SKY Club — are embarking on a five-day Alaska Northern Lights Expedition. The trip commences Thursday and includes stops in Anchorage, Denali National Park, Delta Junction, and Fairbanks. Westlake hopes the group of CMC astronomy buffs will be able to “experience, photograph and study the northern lights up close and personal from their Arctic home.”
The northern lights make an occasional appearance in Colorado and regions further south. Follow the NASA-sponsored website www.spaceweather.com for aurora borealis forecasts and updates. Spectacular real time photos from sky watchers around the world can be found on the site’s photo gallery page. If weather and timing allow the Sky Club to catch some spectacular displays, Westlake promises to share more stunning photos with viewers upon the group’s return from Alaska. Stay tuned!
Steamboat Springs student Dustin Eldridge has worked as a blogger and photographer for Colorado Mountain College for two years, sharing his insights and vision about CMC’s outdoor programs and the Steamboat community. Dustin recently graduated with an AA in Outdoor Education and is moving on to Jackson Hole to explore new adventures. Dustin’s last post, shared below, shares his thoughts on the value of his time at CMC. We’ll miss his fine writing.
Learning from those who inhabited the land before us.
This past Saturday marked my graduation from CMC’s Steamboat Springs campus. I received an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Outdoor Education and also Ski/Snowboard Guide Certification. While some may chuckle at job prospects for someone with a specialty in Outdoor Education, they might not realize that an AA from CMC guarantees a transfer to and junior status at any of Colorado’s public higher education institutions. I also shared my graduation with the inaugural class of Bachelor’s graduates from the Steamboat Springs campus; who earned degrees in Business and Sustainability. In the current age of astronomical tuition costs, Colorado Mountain College offers affordable degree options coupled with the benefits of small class sizes and the intangible beauties of Read more
Free dialogue on “Partnering Social Justice with Sustainability”
Jordana DeZeeuw Spencer, Ph.D, will lead a discussion on partnering social justice with sustainability.
Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs will hold a free dialogue titled “Partnering Social Justice with Sustainability” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in the Allbright Family Auditorium on campus. The evening of exploration will center on social justice, sustainability and the challenge to expand the understanding of inclusivity, and will be led by Jordana DeZeeuw Spencer, Ph.D.
DeZeeuw Spencer teaches at the college level and has taught at both public and private colleges, nationally and internationally. Her work explores human capacities to connect in solidarity across “difference.” Her passion lies in social justice education and she focuses on gender and sexuality as well as anti-racism studies.
The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tina Evans at 870-4517.
This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot. By Matt Stensland.
A group of Colorado Mountain College students will take in the sights, culture and history of Cuba when they travel there in March during a study abroad trip. Photo: Matt Stensland.
Steamboat Springs — A group of Colorado Mountain College students is preparing to travel to Cuba on a trip that was forbidden just a couple years ago.
President Barack Obama’s administration in January 2011 eased travel restrictions that made it possible for educational groups like CMC’s to visit the country. American tourism to the country since has rocketed, and an estimated 400,000 Americans visited Cuba last year. Cuba, though, remains the only country in the world where U.S. citizens are forbidden to travel to for leisure. Before the Obama policy change, about 50,000 Americans visited the country each year, often times illegally.
CMC Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor Bob Gumbrecht jumped at the opportunity to take a class legally.
“Cuba was always on my list,” Gumbrecht said.
During summer 2011, he went with a group of about 20 educators on click for full article
The cover of the ‘Year of the Comet” 2013 Cosmic Calendar. The calendars, created by CMC professor Jimmy Westlake, showcase Westlake’s renowned astrophotography along with information on key celestial events of 2013.
It’s that time of year again. CMC professor and astrophotographer Jimmy Westlake has created another edition of his annual Cosmic Calendar. The 2013 version, titled the “Year of the Comet,” is now available for purchase.
Chock full of Westlake’s unique and beautiful celestial images, the calendar also keeps you alerted to the cosmic highlights of 2013. It’s full of intriguing facts about meteor showers, eclipses, comets and other celestial events. Two highlights include March’s Panstarrs comet, and November’s recently discovered Ison comet, which may, according to Westlake, possibly be the brightest comet in centuries.
Westlake’s full color calendar is printed on heavy cardstock and measures 11 x 8.5 inches. Best yet, three dollars from each calendar sold goes directly to the CMC SKY Club, an astronomy club based at the Steamboat Springs Colorado Mountain College campus.
If you are interested in ordering a calendar, send professor Westlake an email at email@example.com and let him know how many calendars you’d like to order. The calendars are priced at $19 each if you order 1 – 4 calendars, $18 each if you order 5 – 9 calendars, and $17 each if you order 10 or more. You can also order calendars directly through Westlake’s astrophotography web store at www.jwestlake.com.
This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. By Tom Ross.
Lowell Whiteman School student Logan Banning, owner of Parka, shows off one of his custom hoodies this week in his office at the new Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College. Photo: Tom Ross.
Steamboat Springs — Seemingly every office in the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College has a great view of Steamboat Ski Area, and the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center is no exception.
The message scrawled there on a dry-erase board in one of eight new gleaming offices Wednesday read: “Stop looking at the mountain and get some work done!”
The message was intended to amuse guests at an open house for the new facility. The expectation is that new tenants of the offices will find it to be an Read more
Student Dustin Eldridge shares a class trip to a local ski guiding business, and reflects on why CMC Steamboat is an incredible place to pursue a degree in Ski & Snowboard Business or a Professional Ski and Snowboard Guide certificate. This post was first published in Dustin’s blog, Steamboat Livin.’
Two of Chris Davenport’s ski lines in the Maroon Bells. Davenport was the first person to climb and ski all of Colorado’s 14′er’s in one year. Students in CMC Steamboat’s “The Business of Ski Guiding” class recently interviewed Davenport as part of a class project.
I’m currently taking The Business of Ski Guiding, which is taught by Kent Vertrees, the operations manager for Steamboat’s local cat-skiing company, Steamboat Powdercats. Kent has been working at Powdercats for the past twelve years and has an abundance of knowledge to share about the guided powder skiing industry.
Last week, the class had the opportunity to go investigate the Powdercats’ office, as well as one of their snowcats. We were able to see firsthand the things that lead to a successful guiding operation.
Every week, the class conducts at least one interview over the phone with different industry profesionals. We’ve had the opportunity to interview Read more
National award-winner at CMC-Edwards Sept 26
Jimmy Westlake, an astronomy and physics professor at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Steamboat Springs, captured this image of Orion rising over the mountains east of Camp Hale, north of Leadville, on Dec. 8, 2002. Westlake will talk about “The Poets and the Stars,” and show some of his renowned astrophotographs, Sept. 26 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Photograph Jimmy Westlake
Some people try to capture the beauty and majesty of the starry sky with a camera or on canvas. Others try to capture it with words.
In an evening called “The Poets and the Stars,” Colorado Mountain College astronomy Professor Jimmy Westlake will present verses about the stars written by some of the world’s most beloved poets, mixed with some of his own original poems and rhymes, and illustrated by many of his original astrophotographs. This unique program will leave audience members with a renewed sense of Read more
Learn civic engagement in free speech at Steamboat Springs campus
Internationally acclaimed writer and speaker Paul Loeb will present a free talk Sept. 13 in the new academic and student services building at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.
Paul Loeb, internationally acclaimed writer and speaker on civic engagement, will present a free talk Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Allbright Family Auditorium in the new academic and student services building at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.
Loeb’s books “Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times” and “The Impossible Will Take a Little While” have inspired people everywhere to take action in improving their world.
With more than 135,000 copies in print, “Soul of a Citizen” has become a classic handbook for anyone who wants to make a difference, large or small. An antidote to powerlessness and despair, it has inspired thousands of citizens to make their voices heard and actions count – and then Read more