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Isaacson School students reach new heights at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Carrie Click


Curtis Tucker covering the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Photo: Seth Andersen.

ASPEN – More than 20 Isaacson School for New Media students and faculty threw themselves headlong into the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, which brings top business leaders, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and world leaders to the Colorado mountains for 10 days of deep conversation, debate and interaction.

The opportunity for students to take part in the massive Aspen think-fest happened very quickly. Initially, the plan was for them to demonstrate to attendees Microsoft’s newly released Surface Pro 3 tablet, but soon these digital media students expanded their responsibilities.

“We had far more freedom than the original plan to stay based at kiosks,” said Robert Martin, director of Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media.

One minute, the students were shooting photographs of world leaders; the next, they were listening to a panel of experts discussing global dynamics while creating posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“It was definitely overwhelming and chaotic,” said recent graduate and Isaacson School support team member Curtis Tucker. “We had mixed roles. Twenty of us were running around using the [Surface] tablets, then mobile-editing our photos. And we were always listening, always documenting.”

“Our circumstances were fluid and changing,” said Brian Tinker, associate professor and graphic design program director within the school. “These students came in completely cold, and were able to be highly adaptive. I saw students who are normally retiring and awkward interact and gain confidence. It was fantastic.”

Tucker said probably the most surprising part of the festival was the accessibility of the participants, some of whom come from high levels of authority and are well known.

Keynote speakers included former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcaster Katie Couric, civil rights icon John Lewis, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, former Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There were 344 more, including Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, who participated in a panel about the future of education.

“Katie Couric was shoulder to shoulder [with everyone else],” Tucker said. “No one was on a pedestal. Walter Isaacson was wearing a T-shirt. Tony Blair was having lunch. There was no filter.”

The emphasis at the Isaacson School ­– which holds classes at Colorado Mountain College campuses in Aspen and Spring Valley-Glenwood Springs, as well as online ­– is on digital applications. But the goal is the same as it’s always been for mass communication.

“What doesn’t change is the importance of learning to communicate,” Martin said of the associate degrees, occupational certificates and noncredit and credit courses the school offers students and mid-career professionals in digital marketing design, media production, journalism and photography. “Number one, it’s about storytelling.”

Thanks to a donation from the Isaacson School’s namesake, Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, student Justin Patrick received a full scholarship to attend this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. Students will also have free access to world-class events at the Aspen Institute year-round, including the McCloskey Speaker Series, the Hurst Lecture Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series. The program will take place over the next three years to build a formal connection between Isaacson School students and the Aspen Institute.

Maroon Bells 50th Birthday Bash

Maroon Bells 50th birthday bash posterThe Maroon Bells celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. On August 2, you can attend a birthday bash for the iconic peaks hosted by  Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service.

An outdoor festival at the base of Aspen Highlands will run from 3 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music, an address by author/activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, various kids’ activities and wilderness displays. A film sharing the stories of individuals involved in the creation of Colorado Wilderness areas, created by students from CMC’s Professional Photography program, will also be shown at the event.  Click here to see the schedule of events.

Advance tickets are just $10 for adults, with kids 12 and under free (and that includes cake!). The Highlands Alehouse will offer special food and drink deals. For more info: http://www.maroonbells50.org/about/bash/

Annual business forum slated to happen July 22

CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser to speak at Vail Valley Business Forum event

First printed in the Vail Daily News.

VAIL — The Vail Valley Partnership will host the eighth annual Vail Valley Business Forum July 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Regional Challenges, Local Solutions.” Attendees will gain access to the latest ideas and information in the areas of regional economic development, workforce, healthcare and transportation. The Vail Valley Business Forum is the Partnership’s largest educational event.

Following a TED-like format, four keynote speakers will first present on their areas of expertise, followed by question and answer sessions with local industry leaders. The format will provide attendees with a high-level regional understanding of a variety of topics, with a locally focused perspective on solutions. Tickets are $15 for Partnership members and $30 for everyone else.

Keynote speakers and local panelists include:

• Workforce: Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College. Local leaders moderating the Q&A will feature Johannes Faessler and Read more

CMC partners with Glenwood Adventure Park to create info panels

Glenwood Adventure Park Glenwood Canyon sign

Garry Zabel, professor emeritus of geology at Colorado Mountain College stands by one of the educational signs he helped to create for Glenwood Adventure Park. The newly installed panels are a joint project of the college and the park owners, Steve and Jeannie Beckley. Photo Beth Zukowski

The view from the deck at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has always been spectacular. Now, guests can learn about the geology of the area while they admire its natural wonders.

A series of geologic panels, commissioned by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park owners Steve and Jeannie Beckley, were installed at the park’s Lookout Grille deck at the top of the Iron Mountain Tramway earlier this month. Produced in collaboration with Colorado Mountain College, the panels invite viewers to take a closer look at the unique geological features that give the Roaring Fork Valley Read more

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CMC president Carrie Besnette Hauser, Aspen Ideas Festival, 2014, sharing a light moment with University of California Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks during Tuesday’s “Who Is College for, Anymore? The Future of Public Education” session. Stay tuned for an expanded story!

CMC president Carrie Hauser, Aspen Ideas Festival, 2014. Sharing a light moment with University of California Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks during the "Who Is College for, Anymore? The Future of Public Education" session.

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CMC New Media students document Aspen Ideas Fest

Students from Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media have been capturing the action at Aspen Ideas Festival all week. CMC grad and New Media lab guru Seth Anderson captured Curtis Tucker capturing a conversation between Walter Isaacson and Hillary Clinton while testing out the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The festival ends tomorrow.

Curtis Tucker captures Walter Isaacson and Hilary Clinton at "The Afternoon of Conversation" with the new MIcrosoft Surface Pro 3 during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Curtis Tucker captures Walter Isaacson and Hillary Clinton at “The Afternoon of Conversation” with the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Photo: Seth Anderson/Isaacson School for New Media.

Boot camp for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held at Colorado Mountain College



Gene Ahn, regional vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, spoke at the opening of the PTK Chapter Officer Boot Camp held recently at CMC in Leadville. Ahn, a student at Aurora Community College, gathered with fellow student PTK officers and their mentors to hone their leadership skills. Photo Brent Neumeier

Colorado Mountain College in Leadville recently served as the base camp for 32 Colorado leaders of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Nine PTK chapters from across the state were represented at the first Chapter Officer Boot Camp to be held at a CMC campus.

“This is a selective group of students,” said Leigh Bessey, PTK regional director. Over the course of the weekend, they learned how the honor society works, envisioned new projects and determined how they might contribute to the success of their local chapters. They were also invited to join CLIMB (Colorado Leadership Institute: Motivation and Beyond) to help foster their growth as leaders throughout the coming academic year.

Phi Theta Kappa is the only international honor society specifically for community college students. Since 1918, PTK has encouraged and recognized the Read more

Roaring Fork Valley veterans raise funds, inform through acting

CMC Theatre director directs play raising awareness of veterans’ issues

This article first appeared in the Aspen Times.  By Karl Herchenroeder

Michael Lemke, a medically retired Army sergeant who fought during the Iraq invasion, rehearses with fellow veterans in Snowmass on Wednesday. The group performs "Make Sure It's Me," a play about post-9/11 veterans, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paecke Auditorium. Photo: Kari Herchenroeder.

Michael Lemke, a medically retired Army sergeant who fought during the Iraq invasion, rehearses with fellow veterans in Snowmass on Wednesday. The group performs “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play about post-9/11 veterans, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paepcke Auditorium. Photo: Kari Herchenroeder.

Coming to grips with the loss of cognitive functioning and codependency on family members are a couple of the issues returning veterans with traumatic-brain injuries experience. They are issues happening in living rooms and around kitchen tables all over America.

“And the mass of people are unaware of it,” said Adam McCabe, who joined the U.S. Marines after being motivated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

As a way of informing the general public, McCabe and a group of veterans are acting in “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play written in 2009 by Kate Wenner, who interviewed doctors, veterans, wives and mothers dealing with brain injury.

“This is a great vehicle to get a snapshot, a glimpse, an inside view into what a lot of homes look like, what a lot of people are dealing with,” McCabe said.

Directed by Brad Moore, a Colorado Mountain College theater instructor, the play Read more

Art on the Rockies returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards

Art on the Rockies returns to CMC Edwards July 11-13, 2014. The 2014 event's poster artist, Santiago Michelak, will bring a selection of paintings of vintage Volkswagons, motorcycles and other vehicles.

Art on the Rockies returns to CMC Edwards July 11-13, 2014. The 2014 event’s poster artist is painter Santiago Michelak.

Art on the Rockies, a three-day arts festival event that is part of the Colorado Artists Tour, returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards this summer from July 11-13. This year’s event will showcase 115 fine artists, including painters, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, woodworkers, glassblowers and fiber and mixed media artists.

The Vail Valley Arts Guild fundraises for local community arts programs through this event. For complete schedule and exhibiting artist information: http://www.vailartsfest.com/.


Strawberry Days is the best of small-town character

CMC’s Kathy Trauger reflects on the joys of Strawberry Days

This article first appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Kathy Trauger.

Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days logoAfter a morning rain shower, I am basking in sunshine in my backyard, watching my neighbor mow his yard and listening to the hummingbirds zing by my head. Oh, how I enjoy summer — even more so now that I am a “mature” citizen! As I enjoy the warmth, it makes me think about everything that I love about summer, and in particular, summer in Glenwood Springs.

We have sped through Memorial Day weekend and are careening toward Strawberry Days, Glenwood Springs’ celebration about everything that is summer! Our community has come together since 1898 to revel in the bounties of the season with neighbors and friends. Much has changed about the festivities Read more