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CMC Culinary Institute hosts “A Celebration of Haute Cuisine”

The Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute together with Keystone Resort presents “A Celebration of Haute Cuisine,” a six-course culinary adventure, on Thursday, Feb. 20. The evening features cuisine presented by the third-year apprenticeship class of the CMC Culinary Institute, under the direction of Executive Chef Steve Vlass (CMCCI 2005 alumnus), paired with wines selected by Claude Robbins, GWE, MWE, president, International Wine Guild.

Proceeds from the fundraiser dinner endow the student scholarship program at the college’s Culinary Institute at Keystone and Breckenridge resorts. Sponsored by Vail Resorts Echo. Reservations required; contact 970-947-8361 or cschiller@coloradomtn.edu, or go to cmcfoundation.org/keystone-culinary-dinner.html. $165 per person. ($125 of each ticket is tax-deductible) 6:30-10 p.m. Keystone Ranch.Restaurant, 1437 County Road 150, Keystone.JamesBeard07 005

 

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Walter Isaacson and Jim Calaway at at CMC Foundation event in Aspen.Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs biography, spoke about the future of media and CMC’s Isaacson School of New Media last Friday at a CMC Foundation event in Aspen. Learn more about the Isaacson School at isaacsonschool.org. There’s still time to register for fall 2013 classes.

Saed Tayyara: Alumni make mark in Colorado, the world

Early this summer, Colorado Mountain College faculty and students gathered in a special ceremony at the college’s Glenwood Center to honor the first-ever class of alumni inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame.

The five individual alumni inducted into the inaugural class come from different backgrounds, and found success in myriad ways. We’ll be featuring each inductee in eNews. Today’s article highlights Syrian emigree and entrepreneur Saed Tayyara.

Saed Tayyara forged new life in politics, business

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Saed Tayyara, who was honored posthumously, was nominated by classmate and alumni board member Charlie Eckstrom. Eckstrom said, “I believe Saed is worthy of being a member of the inaugural CMC Alumni Hall of Fame because he truly lived the American Dream, thanks in part to Lucile Bogue.”

Bogue, founder of Yampa Valley College, which became Colorado Alpine College and then CMC’s Steamboat Springs campus in 1981, took Tayyara under her wing. “All I want is a chance to make a difference,” he told her.

Tayyara emigrated from Syria in 1963 to escape political persecution, becoming an American citizen in 1972. In 1965 he moved to Steamboat Springs, where he attended Yampa Valley College.

After graduating, Tayyara forged a political and entrepreneurial career that spanned periods of boom and bust in Moffat County until his death in 2008.

Tayyara achieved many noteworthy accomplishments. He opened the Red Stone Hotel and Tartus Restaurant in Hayden; opened Kentucky Fried Chicken in Craig; served three terms as Craig mayor and two terms as Moffat County commissioner; served on the Club 20 board of directors and executive committee; established the Lucile Bogue/Saed Tayyara Scholarship for Colorado Northwestern Community College; and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal.

Copi Vojta: Alumni make mark in Colorado, the world

Colorado Mountain College faculty and students recently gathered in a special ceremony at the college’s Glenwood Center to honor the first-ever class of alumni inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame.

The five individual alumni inducted into the inaugural class come from different backgrounds, and have found success in myriad ways. We’ll be featuring each inductee in eNews. Today’s article highlights the passionate and creative CMC photography graduate and fly fisherman Copi Vojta.

Copi Vojta transformed passion into great job

Copi Vojta, an inductee into Colorado Mountain College’s Alumni Hall of Fame, receives his honorary vase from Crystal Schiller, CMC Foundation development coordinator. Photo Stefanie Kilts

Copi Vojta, an inductee into Colorado Mountain College’s Alumni Hall of Fame, receives his honorary vase from Crystal Schiller, CMC Foundation development coordinator.

Derek Johnston, program director of photography at CMC, said that when Copi Vojta arrived at Spring Valley, he brought a passion for fly-fishing.

“His love and understanding of the sport – and more importantly, an understanding of why the pursuit of fish on a fly rod and being in these environments was special to him – allowed him to make images that went beyond the typical ‘grip and grin’ images and other clichés that Read more

David Allen: Alumni make mark in Colorado, the world

Colorado Mountain College faculty and students recently gathered in a special ceremony at the college’s Glenwood Center to honor the first-ever class of alumni inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame.

The five individual alumni inducted into the inaugural class come from different backgrounds, and have found success in myriad ways. We’ll be featuring each inductee in eNews. Today’s article highlights the deeply inspiring journey of CMC graduate David Allen.

David Allen demonstrated tenacity to succeed

DavidAllen1-199x300After sustaining extensive injuries in a car accident, David Allen attended the CMC campus in Spring Valley, graduating in 1991 with an associate degree. He went on to study business at Phillips University in Oklahoma. Allen, who was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame posthumously, left a lasting impression on many of his classmates and leaves an ongoing legacy at CMC.

His family gives credit to the college’s staff and faculty for assisting him in overcoming the many challenges he faced. In his honor and through his estate, a CMC scholarship was established to support students experiencing personal or financial difficulties while endeavoring to achieve their goals in Read more

María Teresa Puerta-Giraldo earns assistance to attend CMC

Alpine Bank awards CMC scholarship to local student

María Teresa Puerta-Giraldo received the 2013 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship for Summit High School. Photo Stefanie Kilts

María Teresa Puerta-Giraldo received the 2013 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship for Summit High School. Photo Stefanie Kilts

When instructors at Summit High School recommended María Teresa Puerta-Giraldo for the Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic scholarship, they spoke at length about her determination and bravery.

The recent high school graduate moved with her mother and two brothers from Columbia two years ago. She arrived knowing very little English. Her mother struggled to support the family, as Puerta-Giraldo’s father had passed away when the girl was 2 years old.

But in two short years, she has pushed herself to overcome these challenges, she said. She excelled in the English language acquisition program, earned an academic recognition award, maintained a 3.4 GPA at her new high school and adjusted to a new culture in Colorado. To prepare for college and her professional career, she took pre-collegiate courses and last summer participated in a pre-collegiate academic boot camp at the University of Colorado Read more

Maegan Carney: Alumni make mark in Colorado, the world

Colorado Mountain College faculty and students recently gathered in a special ceremony at the college’s Glenwood Center to honor the first-ever class of alumni inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame.

The five individual alumni inducted into the inaugural class come from different backgrounds, and have found success in myriad ways. We’ll be featuring each inductee in eNews. Today’s article highlights the deeply inspiring extreme skier, outdoor educator, and psychologist Maegan Carney.

Maegan Carney excelled in skiing, academicsMaegan Carney Chamonix photo

While a student at CMC in Steamboat Springs, Maegan Carney maintained impressive academic and athletic records alike. She was the National Collegiate Ski Association slalom and overall ski champion in 1988 and 1989, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being named the student athlete of the year both years.

Carney, who could not be present at the alumni induction ceremony, wrote to the CMC Foundation: “A lot of people see CMC as a stepping stone to greater projects, which is wonderful, but I also want to remind people that it is an incredible experience in and of itself. When I was a student, CMC was full of brilliant professors who truly cultivated our minds, but more importantly, I knew that they really cared about us. My teachers nurtured me as a whole person and my time at CMC was clearly the best years of my formal education.”

After graduating from CMC, Carney transferred to the University of Colorado, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with honors. She then went on to earn a master’s in counseling psychology from Naropa University. She continued to excel at skiing, being named the world champion in extreme skiing in 2001 and 2002.

After earning her master’s degree, Carney went into private practice as a therapist – originally in Boulder and currently in Canada, where she now resides. She also spent 21 years as an instructor and course director with the Colorado Outward Bound School.

Michael O’Hara: Alumni make mark in Colorado, the world

Colorado Mountain College faculty and students recently gathered in a special ceremony at the college’s Glenwood Center to honor the first-ever class of alumni inducted into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame. The five individual alumni inducted into the inaugural class come from different backgrounds, and have found success in myriad ways. We’ll be featuring each inductee in an eNews. First up, successful business leader and entrepreneur Michael O’Hara.

Michael O’Hara launched international careerOHara Headshot

Michael O’Hara, who graduated from the Spring Valley campus, started his prestigious career at an early age. At 26 years old, he was promoted to vice president of a multi-million-dollar retail company.

Since that promotion, the serial C-level executive and change agent has established a career that has spanned companies with revenues ranging from start-up to $7 billion. O’Hara has spent more than half of his 25-year career focusing on venture capital/private equity backed technology, software, SEO, lead-generation, media, e-commerce and financing and his international experience includes work on four continents in sales, technology, mergers and Read more

Colorado Health Foundation awards CMC $559,276 grant

Grant to support potential bachelor’s in nursing

CMC staff teach nursing skills at the Spring Valley campus

Nursing students working toward an associate degree participate in a class at Colorado Mountain College. The college is studying the feasibility of adding a Bachelor of Science in nursing, with support from a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. Photo Ed Kosmicki

The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded Colorado Mountain College a two-year grant of $559,276 to seed the proposed new Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

“We are thrilled, excited and grateful to have the opportunity to advance the educational opportunity for practicing RNs, CMC nursing students and graduates, and to improve the quality and access to health care in our communities,” said Betty Damask-Bembenek, CMC director of nursing education.

Since the mid-1990s, Colorado Mountain College has offered the Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing, which enables graduates to be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam to obtain a license as a registered nurse. A bachelor’s degree in nursing provides the education that can open up opportunities for greater career advancement and higher salary options.

After extensive surveys and data collection showed an unmet demand for bachelor’s degrees in the mountain communities served by CMC, in 2010 the college received authorization from the state legislature, Colorado Department of Read more

Leading improvisational violinist and band bridge musical genres

Jeremy Kittel Band performs at CMC in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood March 21, 22

Violinist Jeremy Kittel and his acoustic band will perform at two Colorado Mountain College campuses on March 21 and March 22 as part of the Jim Calaway Honors Series.

Violinist Jeremy Kittel and his acoustic band will perform at two Colorado Mountain College campuses on March 21 and March 22 as part of the Jim Calaway Honors Series.

What do you get when you put together a violinist, a mandolinist, a cellist and a hammered dulcimer player?

You might think “basic folk music,” but in the case of the Jeremy Kittel Band, you would be wrong. Way wrong. The musical compositions they play can be as diverse and unpredictable as jumping from a Beatles cover to an old Irish folk tune to a jazz improvisation.

That’s because the young and multitalented Kittel said his band, set to perform at two campuses at Colorado Mountain College in March, draw from Read more

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