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Date: March 20
Where: Gym – Student Services Bldg.
Hosted by Student Activities and Career Services
CMC ArtShare will host an opening reception for “Current Works: Students of the Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography Program” at the CMC ArtShare Gallery March 22.
The show provides an opportunity for students in the college’s Isaacson School of Communication, Arts and Media to experience exhibiting their work in a public gallery and to share and discuss their work with members of the community. “Our students enjoy this real-world experience that goes beyond what they’re taught in the classroom,” said Derek Johnston, photography professor and program director.
The reception for “Current Works” will be held 6-8 p.m. on March 22 at the ArtShare Gallery at Morgridge Commons, 815 Cooper Ave., 2nd floor, in downtown Glenwood Springs. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
The exhibit will remain on view in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 20 through April 25. For more information, contact Julia Bennett at the CMC Foundation at 947-8360 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cmcfoundation.org/events/.
Organizers are busy getting ready for the fifth annual “Empty Bowls” luncheon on March 6 at Grand River Health’s Grand River Ballroom. The fundraiser – which provides a handcrafted bowl to keep, soup refills while they last, bread and beverages in exchange for a $20 donation – raises money for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program. And this year for the first time, veterans are free (just show your card at the door).
“Empty Bowls” is coordinated by staff from Grand River Health, and faculty and students from Colorado Mountain College Rifle. Kaaren Peck and Michelle McCurdy are both up to their elbows in clay as they plan the fifth annual “Empty Bowls.” For the first time, Peck, director of Grand River Meals on Wheels, is taking ceramics from McCurdy at CMC Rifle, bringing the event to a poetic full circle.
The idea for the collaboration started in 2015 with McCurdy, an adjunct ceramics instructor at Colorado Mountain College Rifle. It was a greater success than organizers dreamed. That first year the 187 bowls were sold out within 45 minutes. This year the ceramics students will have crafted almost 600 bowls and 36 gallons of soup for guests to choose from. The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 6. CMC students will demonstrate bowl making at the pottery wheel throughout the event.See CMC ENews Story
By Heather McGregor
For its collaborative work on electric cars, wildlife surveys and a broad range of other efforts that address climate change, Colorado Mountain College recently earned national recognition.
In January, the U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature honored the college as one of eight U.S. institutions receiving the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Awards.
CMC’s award, an honorable mention, is for cross-sector collaboration. It recognizes the college’s students, faculty and administration for partnering with many other organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, monitor changes in climate and support land preservation.
Collaborative efforts cited for the award include working with the Colorado Energy Office to install electric car charging stations at 10 CMC locations, strategizing with community and utility leaders to accelerate renewable energy, and using student scientists to help land and climate organizations create biological baselines.
For example, students in the Roaring Fork Valley are monitoring soil moisture content at stations throughout the valley to provide valuable data for the Aspen Global Change Institute, according to Adrian Fielder, assistant dean of instruction at CMC Spring Valley.
In another project, students and faculty are working with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to conduct a “bio-blitz” survey, documenting plant and animal life in and near the Spring Valley campus and setting a biological baseline.
In Aspen, students and faculty are working with The Farm Collaborative at Cozy Point Ranch to create a demonstration farm, tool library and incubator space for food entrepreneurs, with the aim of building local food resilience as the climate changes.
CMC’s Bachelor of Arts in sustainability studies program hosts annual conferences open to students and invited members of the public. The conferences feature workshops on efforts to develop clean energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate.
College connects on local, national stage
CMC is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a national organization for college-level climate and sustainability programs. The association’s resources help keep CMC’s faculty and staff on the leading edge of sustainability education.
These and many other examples of cross-sector collaboration were included in CMC’s successful award application, written by Dr. Kevin Hillmer-Pegram, associate professor of sustainability studies at Spring Valley, and Ed Chusid, CMC grant coordinator.
“Recognition for cross-sector collaboration is an honor and truly symbolic of our sustainability successes here at the college,” said Nathan Stewart, chair of the college’s sustainability studies bachelor’s program and associate professor at CMC Steamboat Springs.
The Higher Education Climate Leadership Awards focused on three key areas in which colleges can make a difference: climate innovation, student preparedness and cross-sector collaboration.
CMC offered examples of its work in all three sectors. For the U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature, CMC’s collaborative work stood out.
“Combining the expertise of higher education institutions with businesses, cities, states and other stakeholders creates climate solutions at the scale needed to meet today’s environmental challenges,” said Betsy Painter, communications manager for Second Nature.
Award winners are being recognized at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit February 2019 in Tempe, Arizona.
Colorado Mountain College will present “Black History Live: Maya Angelou,” a one-woman performance by Becky Stone in partnership with Colorado Humanities, at CMC Spring Valley Feb. 26 and CMC Rifle Feb. 27.
Come “meet” the late, great writer Maya Angelou, whose voice indelibly changed American culture and literature, in this chautauqua performance. Sponsored by Colorado Humanities and Colorado Mountain College, this chautauqua brings history alive with Stone’s dynamic rendition of Angelou.
This portrayal of the poet and writer is appropriate for all ages and will showcase why her words have become a voice of conscience for the entire nation. In addition to her best-known book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Angelou published numerous books of poetry, essays and memoirs.
“Black History Live: Maya Angelou” will take place Feb. 26 at the New Space Theatre, Calaway Academic Building, CMC Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs; and Feb. 27 at the Clough Auditorium, CMC Rifle, 3695 Airport Road. Both performances will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
For more information about the Spring Valley performance, contact Adrian Fielder at 947-8246 or email@example.com. For the Rifle performance, contact Tinker Duclo at 625-6926 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit coloradohumanities.org for more information.