Latest News – April 24
Same As It Ever Was – No Change for LCHS Name
CMC News: VP James Taylor and a FREE Concert.
James Taylor will be coming to Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville and there’s a free concert tomorrow night. Now, just so readers are not mislead, the new Vice President at CMC is a man whose name is James Taylor, which is completely separate from the FREE concert on Friday, April 25.
But now that you’re paying attention, here’s some CMC news:
A new Vice President will soon head up CMC in Leadville and Buena Vista. James Taylor is a leader whose experience encompasses administrative leadership and teaching.
“James Taylor has spent years studying biology and wilderness in Yellowstone National Park,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president of CMC.“This, plus his experience in K-12 education, certification as an emergency medical technician and personal experience in numerous technical rescues are just a few of the extraordinary qualities he brings that will enhance his ability to lead our college’s residential campus in Leadville and commuter location in Buena Vista.”
The two locations allow the college to serve residents of Lake and Chaffee counties, as well as diverse residents from throughout Colorado and the U.S.
Taylor is currently the Vice President of campus education and the executive campus director for Ameritech College in Salt Lake City, where he has also served as Dean of Academic Affairs and an adjunct faculty member.
He has also taught for Brigham Young University, Grand Canyon University, Ashford University and DeVry University. At Montana State University he was an instructor in environmental geology, environmental science, sustainability and general earth sciences as well as an academic counselor for first-generation students. For six years, Taylor was a biologist and wilderness researcher in Yellowstone National Park.
“Our search committee was quite impressed with James’s experience, and we think he’ll be a great asset to our campus and community,” said Dr. Susanna Spaulding, professor of entrepreneurship at CMC in Leadville and co-chair of the search committee. “He also received strong recommendations from faculty, staff, students and community members. We are looking forward to him joining us soon.” Taylor is expected to start at the campus within the next month.
He holds a Master of Science in earth sciences from Montana State University and a Bachelor of Science in biogeography from the University of Utah, and is completing his doctorate in educational leadership and organizational development from Grand Canyon University. In addition to his college leadership and instructional credentials, Taylor has significant experience in K-12 education, having been part-owner, headmaster, chief executive, board member and science teacher for the Carden Memorial School in Salt Lake City.
His personal interests and passions include volunteering as a technical rescue team member, leading and assisting in more than 50 technical rescues in extreme conditions – including avalanche, alpine rock and ice, desert and mountain environments involving extensive medical training and heavy equipment. His rescue team was nationally recognized multiple times as the top trained alpine rescue team. He has been a lead high-altitude alpine guide and has completed dozens of ultra-marathons.
Public Invited to Meet New CMC VP, Campus Director
The public is invited to meet the new campus vice president for Colorado Mountain College in Lake and Chaffee counties, James Y. Taylor, and the new interim director of campus operations at the Chaffee County Academic Center, Mary Banks.
A reception will be held Tuesday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at the college’s Chaffee County Academic Center in Buena Vista. Please RSVP with your choice of sandwich: grilled chicken, veggie, cold cuts or tuna, to email@example.com.
FREE Concert at CMC Gym on Friday Night
Tomorrow, Friday April 25 there will be a FREE concert at 8 p.m. in the Climax Gym up at CMC in Leadville. Admission is FREE and open to all ages. The show is part of the Street Mic Tourz and will feature musicians: Miss Emily & Tony Rosario.
Miss Emily is described as one half classic soul and one half a modern funk/pop diva sensation. Sprinkle that with a little jazz sugar and you have a dynamic, fiery lady with a vintage sound that’ll curl your toes.
Tony Rosario is a true son of the soil and a Colorado favorite. The self-appointed Trailer-park Troubadour and “regular folks” representative. He’s described as a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide.
Celebrate CMC Graduates Friday May 2
Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Buena Vista will celebrate student graduation this spring on May 2 at the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center gym, on the college’s Leadville campus.
Community members are invited to the commencement ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, to honor students earning associate degrees, occupational certificates or GEDs (general equivalency diplomas), and, for the second year, bachelor’s degrees.
The keynote speaker is Patrick Torsell, director of IT operations at Ski Cooper. For more information, contact Skip Lee, campus dean for student services at 719-486-4290.