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Sopris Theatre Company at CMC calls for actors for two productions

Sopris Theatre Company, formerly known as CMC Theatre, will hold open auditions for Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch” on Sept. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. By appointment, auditions will take place at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.

In “The Rimers of Eldritch,” a murder trial in a small Missouri hamlet brings to light prejudice, lies and inhumanity – not just on the part of the culprit, but within the souls of all. The cast consists of seven male roles and 10 female roles. Performance dates are Oct. 17-19 and 23-26. The play is directed by Sue Lavin.

Those auditioning for “The Rimers of Eldritch” are asked to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue.

Sept. 6 presents another opportunity to perform in a Sopris Theatre Company production when auditions will be held, also by appointment, for the musical “The Glorious Ones,” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Callbacks will be Sept. 7, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

“The Glorious Ones,” with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, follows a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance both onstage and backstage, and contains rollicking good humor and bawdy fun. Seven male and female actors make up the cast. Performance dates are Dec. 4-7 and 11-13 at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley and Jan. 23-24 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The play is directed by Brad Moore.

Those auditioning for “The Glorious Ones” are asked to prepare one two-minute monologue, and one short vocal performance displaying your range.

Call 947-8177 to make an appointment to audition for either play, or for more information.

Auditions for both performances will be held at the New Space Theatre, Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114.

Oil and gas ‘conversation’ covers health, fracking, water

This article first appeared in the Post Independent. By Heidi Rice

Former Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt, left, and keynote speaker Dr. Patty Limerick chat during a break at CMC's Community Conversations seminar at the Western Garfield County Campus on Saturday afternoon.

Former Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt, left, and keynote speaker Dr. Patty Limerick chat during a break at CMC’s Community Conversations seminar at the Western Garfield County Campus on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Heidi Rice.

RIFLE — Health, fracking and water were the main topics of discussion at Saturday afternoon’s “Community Conversations” event held by Colorado Mountain College at the West Garfield County Campus in Rifle.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Patty Limerick, a faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University Colorado and also a history professor.

Limerick kicked off the free event, which was attended by about 25 people, talking about her philosophy on education, communication and the application of historical perspectives to current issues and how to discuss them in a constructive way.

The seminar was called “Oil and Gas: The Adventures of a Historian in Tense Terrain.” Limerick used her expertise to analyze how people talk about Read more

Patty Limerick to bring balanced discussion about oil and gas to CMC in Rifle

By Carrie Click

Flyer promoting Patty Limerick talk at CMC RilfeIt’s not easy to pigeonhole Patty Limerick. She’s a tough Western woman and a Yale graduate. She’s known as being energetically funny, and she’s highly educated too, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Best of all, Dr. Limerick takes a balanced, academic look at tough issues, helping guide others to more fully understand. The faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, she’s also a professor of history. She exemplifies the quintessentially objective educator ­– so balanced in her approach to controversial issues that it is often difficult to tell where she stands.

And that’s often her point. She lets the facts speak for themselves and respectful dialog shape the discussion.

“We have been longtime admirers of Patty’s work and we decided to see if we could get her to travel to the Western Slope,” said Nancy Genova, campus vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. “Her work in applying historical perspectives to current issues seemed a good way to guide us in building a Read more

Colorado Mountain College RagNerds

CMC’ers help raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado

Nearly two dozen Colorado Mountain College employees, family members and students came together from throughout the college’s numerous campuses to take part in the 194-mile, Copper Mountain to Snowmass, Ragnar Relay Colorado over the weekend to raise funds for Special Olympics Colorado.

CMC Team at Ragnar Relay Colorado

Shown here are CMC RagNerd team members (left to right, back row): Evan Weatherbie (Edwards), Carlos “Charlie” Estrada (Glenwood Springs), Lourra Barthuly (Eagle), Alisa Harnden (Steamboat Springs), Chris Harnden (Steamboat Springs), Tony Mendez (Basalt), Todd Schuster (Denver), Amy Blakey (Edwards); (left to right, front row) Stephanie Beste (Dillon), Nicole Fazande (Dillon), Jen Cantway (Glenwood Springs), Stacy Yarnell (Eagle) and Amanda Ingle (Rifle). Not pictured are team drivers Wendy Boomhower (Eagle), Kim Arnold (New Castle), Kirsten Gauthier-Newbury (Glenwood Springs) and team volunteers Debbie Novak and Deb Cutter. Photo Wendy Boomhower

What will drive future state economic success?

CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser and Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, addressed economic development at a recent Vail Valley Partnership event. A Vail Daily News recap of the event, first published in the Vail Daily, is reprinted below.
CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, left, with Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer, right, participated in the July 22, 2014, Vail Valley Business Forum. Dr. Hauser spoke about how higher education can support changing workforce needs in the valley.

CMC President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, left, with Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Chris Romer, right, participated in the July 22, 2014, Vail Valley Business Forum. Dr. Hauser spoke about how higher education can support changing workforce needs in the valley.

VAIL — Colorado’s first regional economic initiative was completed before statehood. What comes next?

As the first transcontinental rail line was built in the 1860s, it soon became clear the line would skip Colorado — due mainly to the giant mountains bisecting the state. A group of business leaders in Denver communities to the north banded together to finance a rail line north from Denver to Cheyenne, the closest town to the transcontinental line.

The line was a boon to the mostly-farming communities along the new north-south line. Today, “Denver is Denver, and Cheyenne, is, well, Read more

Tickets on sale now for upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser in Edwards

CMC Edwards “bowl-a-thon” creates hundreds of bowls for fundraising event.

This article was first printed in the Vail Daily News. By Zachary Johnson.

Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins. Special to the Daily.

Willow Murphy makes a bowl at Colorado Mountain College for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photo: Bill Willins | Special to the Daily.

EDWARDS — The sixth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser returns to the Vail Valley on Aug. 12. Guests are encouraged to take part in a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert contributed by local restaurants in exchange for a cash donation of $20.

Those who join are provided with a bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls throughout the United States and the world. The money raised is donated to the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry in an effort toward ending hunger and food deficiency locally. According to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, one out of eight Americans struggle with food inadequacy every Read more

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick catches up with CMC at the Aspen Ideas Festival

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick always wanted to go to college in Colorado. He never got here as a student, but he did get a chance to interview Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Besnette Hauser, Isaacson School for New Media faculty member Corby Anderson and Isaacson School for New Media student Justin Patrick at the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this summer. The three discussed the college’s envy-inducing mountain locations, affordability, and hands-on, innovative programs. Click the arrow on the brown bar below to catch the full interview.

Sirius XM Radio host interviews Isaacson School of New Media student Justin Patrick and Carrie Besnette Hauser at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest.

SiriusXM Radio host Pete Dominick, center left, interviews Isaacson School for New Media faculty Corby Anderson, left, student Justin Patrick, second from right, and Carrie Besnette Hauser, right, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Northwest Colorado SBDC to host statewide Professional Health & Wellness Symposium in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an Read more

1000 Words: Colorado Association of School Executives conference at CMC Breckenridge

Left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; President Hauser; and COO Gianneschi.

Colorado Mountain College recently hosted a reception for CMC district K-12 superintendents and principals at the annual Breckenridge conference of the Colorado Association of School Executives. Guests at the reception heard Dr. Matt Gianneschi, the college’s chief of operations, and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO, speak briefly about ways the college can partner with the schools to help high school students succeed and be better prepared for college. In the photo above are, left to right, Dr. Robert Taylor, CMC trustee from Summit County; Dave Askeland, campus vice president in Breckenridge and Dillon; Kevin Burns, mayor of Dillon; CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser; and CMC COO Matt Gianneschi.

 

Isaacson School students reach new heights at Aspen Ideas Festival

By Carrie Click

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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.