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Celebrate 50 years of the Maroon Bells

BBashhomepage2The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness turns 50 this year, and Aspen is celebrating. The August 2 Maroon Bells Birthday Bash takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the base of Aspen Highlands. The event features cake, candles, kids’ activities, wilderness displays, a keynote speech by author and activist Rick Bass, Ute Nation performance and four live bands – the Shook Twins, Paper Bird, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, and Let Them Roar. Hikes led by wilderness rangers, ranchers, and naturalists will take place prior to the event at trails surrounding Aspen, check the schedule here.

The event is presented by the Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 2, a 9 a.m. and the first fifty tickets are FREE! Go to http://www.maroonbells50.org/ for ticket purchase information.

Leadership Steamboat Alumni Program to be held May 29

Thursday, May 29, Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will host a Leadership Steamboat Alumni luncheon event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CMC in Steamboat Springs. The Leadership Steamboat Alumni program is a Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association/Colorado Mountain College initiative to provide leadership training and continuing education to Leadership Steamboat program alumni.

Thursday’s event features speakers Steve Muntean and Greg Wooldridge. Muntean, co-founder of the Muntean Leadership and Wooldridge, former Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, will address the topic “Creating an Effective Leadership Team,” touching on tools that attendees can  use to improve team performance in their businesses and organizations.

General admission to the event is $40. Tickets are discounted to $30 for Steamboat Chamber Members and $20 for Leadership Steamboat Alumni. Register in advance at www.steamboatchamber.com/LSAlumni.

Colorado Mountain College’s campus location in Steamboat Springs is located at 1275 Crawford Dr, Steamboat Springs. The event takes place in the Fulbright Family Auditorium.


Sustainability Conference

Sustainable housing, hydroenergy, Real Food Challenges: Just a few of the solutions CMC Sustainability Studies students created as part of their capstone projects. If you missed Colorado Mountain College’s recent Sustainability Conference, you can now catch the wrap up on the students’ inspired ideas and the conference through the eyes of CMC’s Ben Saheb:

Sustainability panel discussion at CMC to be led by local environmental leaders

CMC in Breckenridge hosts sustainability panel tonight

This article first appeared in the Summit Daily News. By Krista Driscoll.

Organizations in Summit County are now peeling back the layers of their energy use and studying ways to reduce their impact on the environment. At the forefront of this push in our community are a handful of groups for which sustainability has become not just another buzzword but a way of doing business.

On Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m., Summit County residents and visitors will have the rare opportunity to interact with these environmental leaders all in one place as they come together for a panel discussion about sustainability. The impetus of the conversation is this year’s Summit Reads Community Project book, “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution,” by Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co.

Panelists include representatives from Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado Mountain College, the High Country Conservation Center and Read more


CMC faculty and staff gathered together for CMC Day on May 8 to connect, share ideas, and learn from each other. Throughout the day, they also wrote, on circulating white boards, a small act they could do to help implement CMC’s new vision and mission. Their thoughts were captured in the video below. Enjoy the inspiration!

Local woman juggles career, coursework to earn bachelor’s degree

Celebrated milestone at Colorado Mountain College ceremony in Keystone May 2

Shawn Biehl never set out to be an overachiever, but the title stuck after she graduated from Colorado Mountain College with three associate degrees in 2008 – an Associate of Arts in business and two Associate of Applied Science degrees (one in accounting and the other in office administration).

Biehl is celebrating yet another milestone of achievement – this May she earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in management and marketing. Her accomplishments are especially notable because she is a working adult who graduated from high school 28 years ago, returning to the classroom many years later.

“Looking back, it was probably the right decision not to go to college right away,” Read more

Grit, tenacity helped hard-working students earn degrees

Students celebrate success at CMC Rifle campus graduation

[RIFLE, Colo.] – Ida Vasquez attended high school as a teenager but didn’t finish. For 25 years she longed to return to school and earn her general equivalency diploma, or GED, but four kids and a full-time job made her goal seem like an impossible dream.

“I work nights as an auditor and sleep during the day, like a vampire,” she laughed. Going to school seemed impossible, but Vasquez was determined. Once she made up her mind, and garnered the support of the faculty at Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus, she became unstoppable. “I’d come in with two hours of sleep some days,” she said, “but I never missed a class.

“I think I graduated in six months from start to finish,” she said. “My teachers kept saying I needed to give myself a break.” But Vasquez didn’t want a break; Read more

Sustainability summit wows students, employees in Steamboat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANearly 250 Colorado Mountain College students, faculty and staff came together in Steamboat Springs April 17 and 18, 2014, for the inaugural Sustainability Summit. This was the first time even many long-time CMCers remember a gathering like this, and it was empowering, surprising, and, well, a lot of fun.

Among the numerous highlights were:

• CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser opening the summit with an overview of the sustainability progress we’ve made so far:

• Signing the American College Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which includes pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050

• Investing $3.6 million in energy-saving measures throughout the college Read more

Colorado Mountain College hands out degrees and certifications at ceremony

This article was printed in the Vail Daily News. By Randy Wyrick.

EDWARDS — Tassel turning season opened yesterday as Colorado Mountain College conferred its second group of four-year degrees, along with dozens of associates and professional degrees and certifications.

“For me, this is the happiest day of the year,” said Peggy Curry, CMC’s vice president of its Edwards campus.

Colorado Mountain College is home to many non-traditional students, said Celia Franklin, who gave the graduate address.

Franklin earned her bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies. She has been accepted to four different master’s degree programs and plans to start this fall. Read more

CMC grads celebrate well-earned degrees

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Kristin Carlson.

Brent Bagen, who graduated from Colorado Mountain College Saturday with an Associate of Applied Science in nursing, was one of two students honored with the David Allen Outstanding Student award. Photo: Ian Edquist.

Brent Bagen, who graduated from Colorado Mountain College Saturday with an Associate of Applied Science in nursing, was one of two students honored with the David Allen Outstanding Student award. Photo: Ian Edquist.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Brent Bagen graduated with an associate degree in nursing, an admirable achievement for any student. But it’s especially impressive for Bagen.

“I have dyslexia,” he explained, “so I read quite a bit slower than the average student.” Rather than letting the hurdle curtail his ambitions, Bagen faced the challenge with determination, ingenuity and tenacity.

His hard work, passion for learning, and stellar academic and clinical performance earned the notice of the staff at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley, particularly Dr. Anne Moll, disability services coordinator, and Karen Hamick, associate professor of nursing. Both nominated Bagen for the Read more