In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Steamboat Magazine asked people, “What does wilderness mean to you?” The staff talked with artists, ranchers, naturalists, land managers, photographers and many Steamboat Magazine contributors featured in the magazine’s pages throughout the years.
CMC professor Tina Evans was one of contributors whose words were featured in the final printed piece published in Steamboat magazine. You can find Tina’s essay on wilderness towards the end of the compilation of voices, reprinted below, that was edited by Jennie Lay and first printed in Steamboat Magazine. “We learned just how much these wild landscapes mean to Yampa Valley folks,” wrote Steamboat Magazine, in their introduction to the piece. There was “a unified reverence for wilderness is palpable; they express their individual passions in the words that follow.”
Gold Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Photo by Jim Steinberg
Johnny Spillane: Steamboat FlyFisher owner, life-long hunter, four-time Nordic Combined Olympian and three-time silver medalist
My favorite thing to do is get into Wilderness areas with a capital W. When access to an area is limited I always feel my outdoor experience is enhanced. Read more
The cover of HomeLink magazine. CMC sustainability studies student Whitney Chandler recently had two features published in the magazine, which focuses on sustainable building and living.
Whitney Chandler wrote about her experience as a Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies student for the Summer 2014 issue of Homelink magazine. A second article penned by Chandler featured the college’s first annual Sustainability Conference and was published in the same issue.
“Being a part of the program has opened doors for me in ways I never thought possible,” wrote Chandler in her article “In My Green Cape Everyday: My Experience as a CMC Student.” Click here to read more of Chandler’s words on her student experience. For her sum-up of the sustainability conference, click here.
CMC athletes earn Phi Theta Kappa and All Academic honors
Students on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Ski Team juggle academics with an intense travel schedule. Despite the extra challenge incurred by life on the road, the team managed to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.55 during the spring 2014 semester.
CMC Ski Team Assistant Coach Jaymes Elkins and team members Owen Wattenmaker, Christina Rennie, Will Cutler, and Connor Croasdale. Cutler and Croasdale won All Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa recognition.
Two students, Will Cutler and Connor Croasdale, also earned All Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa honors. “The cooperation between students and professors is outstanding,” says Coach Terry Leonard. “Their willingness to work with students that have almost impossible travel schedules is second to none. Without this support and cooperation the team could not accomplish what they do.”
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.
Three historic educational bills passed by the Johnson administration, which created what are now known as the TRIO programs, are still opening doors for students locally and nationwide. Colorado Mountain College is helping students via TRIO programs at five of its campus locations. Our public information staff recently explored how these programs are changing the lives of students in each of these communities. The article below highlights how CMC’s TRIO program is improving lives of residents in Rifle.
This article was published in the Rifle Citizen Telegram. By Kristin Carlson.
Cheryl Strouse of Silt credits one of several student support programs offered through the federal TRIO program at CMC in Rifle with helping her land a job at the Rifle office of the Garfield County Housing Authority. Photo: Mike McKibbin.
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty, at least one front has demonstrated clear victories in improving economic success: higher education.
According to a Pew Research Center study released in February, college-educated workers are less likely to be unemployed and can expect to earn significantly more each year than their peers with high school diplomas alone. As this income gap grows, more than doubling since the passage of Johnson’s anti-poverty bill, higher education has become a critical weapon in the fight for economic opportunity.
Thanks to an Upward Bound grant, Colorado Mountain College in Rifle has helped disadvantaged high school students finish school and succeed in Read more
Three historic educational bills passed by the Johnson administration, which created what are now known as the TRIO programs, are still opening doors for students locally and nationwide. Colorado Mountain College is helping students via TRIO programs at five of its campus locations. Our public information staff recently explored how these programs are changing the lives of students in each of these communities; eNews will be running their stories and additional stories from regional media this week. Stay tuned to get inspired! The article below highlights CMC’s TRIO program in Steamboat Springs.
This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Ben Ingersoll.
Steamboat Springs — The students who walk into the Colorado Mountain College’s Student Success office are, more often than not, looking for help and direction.
TRiO Program Director Laurie Marano has seen them all, from single mothers in their 20s toting two kids to the 50-year-old return student fighting an uphill battle in an aggressively competitive workforce.
Their stories and appearances may vary, but one thing remains a near-constant for every student interested in the TRiO program to help them on their Read more
CMC student Shannon Fatjo will be graduating From Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs in May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Two faculty members at the college had an especially important impact on her educational journey. Shannon wrote about those professors in a Letter to the Editor in the Steamboat Today last week; her letter is reprinted below.
As I near the end of my academic career here in Steamboat at Colorado Mountain College, I can’t help but reflect on the experiences I have had, the diversity of the campus within students and staff, the knowledge I have gained and the growth I have experienced.
I have spent the better part of the past six years off and on attending a variety of courses through CMC both online/IVS and on campus. I successfully earned an AAS in 2011, mainly through online/IVS courses, and will be concluding my endeavors this May (May 3 to be exact!) with earning my BSBA. I must say, I have felt the most growth academically, personally and professionally within the past two years, mainly in part due to two professors I have had the privilege and Read more
On March 16, 2014, two hundred alumni from CMC Steamboat Springs returned to campus to remember and celebrate the lives of two classmates, Shawn Pace and Corey Eardley. The group had been tightly knit while they were CMC students, bonded together by the immediate sense of community they felt in Steamboat Springs and their passion for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. They often rode and skied on the hill together in a large gang they named The Wolf Pack.
Originally envisioned as a small gathering, the reunion grew in numbers immediately once word spread about the potential event. They group created a scholarship in memory of their fallen classmates – The Wolfpack Scholarship Fund – and returned to campus to reconnect, remember their friend, and take some turns together on the mountain once again. CMC sustainability studies student and adjunct faculty Ben Saheb documented this special reunion for the Wolf Pack Alums.
This article appeared in the Steamboat Today. By Joel Reichenberger.
Colorado Mountain College student Brett Somen cuts through the trees at Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday, the resort’s closing day. Somen skied 119 days at Steamboat and 149 overall, every day but one during the season. He also didn’t miss a class and maintained a 3.5 GPA while working on a sustainability bachelor’s degree. Photo: Joel Reichenberger.
Steamboat Springs — Brett Somen can’t make it across Gondola Square without seeing five people he knows, and that’s before he even makes it into the gondola building, where the lift operators know him and often greet him by name, as well.
That’s one of the perks of skiing every day, a task Somen, 22, didn’t set out to accomplish this year, and one he, in fact, didn’t accomplish.
He missed a day, one day, after a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that went on a little too long — at least, that’s how it looked in the light of the following Read more
CMC class travels to Wyoming to boost their skills
A class of prospective guides taking part in Colorado Mountain College’s Professional Ski & Snowboard Guide Certificate program caught sunset recently during a ski tour at Wyoming’s Three Rivers Ranch. The program introduces students to guiding techniques, risk management, Snow Cat and Heli-Skiing operations and small business skills. Check out CMC’s upcoming Summer 2014 class schedules online next week for great outdoor summer classes!
Intro to Ski Guiding students practiced their skills recently at Three Rivers Ranch in Savery Wyoming. Photo: Bingman/Osteen.