News & Updates from the CMC Foundation
March 27th, 2024
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President Hauser to Step Down in August
Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, the esteemed President and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, will be stepping down in August after an 11-year tenure marked by achievements in educational access and community investment. Under Hauser's leadership, CMC flourished as a beacon of open-access higher education, serving diverse student populations across Colorado's mountain region. Her strategic vision propelled the college to significant milestones, including recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution and securing CMC's unique position in state law as a Dual Mission institution.

Hauser's departure prompts the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees to initiate a comprehensive search for her successor. With a focus on maintaining CMC's upward trajectory, the board has opted for an internal search process, inviting current employees to apply for the position. Led by Board President Peg Portscheller, the board aims to appoint a new president by the start of the 2024 fall semester, ensuring a seamless transition to continue the furthering of CMC's mission.

The Board of Trustees is seeking input from community members on what they would like to see in CMC's next president. Please visit the page below to learn more and complete the survey.
Kristina Brooks-Olk's.
CMC Grad Named Dean of School of Business
Kristina (Kristy) Brooks-Olk's educational journey has taken her from CMC student to teacher and now dean of the college's School of Business. Kristina achieved several milestones along the way, including being a first-generation Latina graduate of CMC, earning multiple degrees, and excelling as an educator.

From being named interim dean in 2023 to passing all certified public accountant license exams on her first attempt, her journey showcases dedication and resilience. Reflecting on her experiences, Brooks-Olk stresses the significance of listening to the diverse voices of students and the community, ensuring that education remains relevant and accessible.
Tomato plant growing at a on campus green house.
CMC Sustainability Conference
Mark your calendar! CMC is thrilled to announce its annual Sustainability & Ecosystem Science Conference, taking place on Friday, April 19, 2024, from 9 am to 12 pm.

You’re invited to a captivating exploration of "Native Knowledge for the New Earth.” Highlights include our keynote speaker, Forrest S. Cuch, along with original research presentations by our talented Sustainability and Ecosystem Science students, and opening remarks from CMC President & CEO, Carrie Besnette Hauser.

Forrest S. Cuch, a member of the Ute Indian Tribe, will delve into how ancient Native American wisdom is shaping a vision for the future, addressing crucial topics such as racism, environmental justice, and climate change.
TRIO student reading to local kids.
TRIO Helping Empower Students
Established in 1965, TRIO is a federally funded higher education program aimed at providing support and resources for underserved students, including those with disabilities, from low-income families, or striving to be the first in their families to attend college. 

At CMC, TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services play significant roles in empowering students. TRIO Upward Bound, operating for 19 years, supports 123 students from various high schools in the region, offering crucial college preparation assistance. Meanwhile, TRIO Student Support Services, running for over two decades across multiple CMC campuses, aids over 300 college students with academic and personal support.
For a full list of scholarships available please visit
Evelyn & Richard Boggs Tribute Scholarship
QUALIFIED STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE UP TO $2500 / Evelyn & Richard Boggs, longtime Leadville residents and educators, had a tremendous impact on the lives of the thousands of students who entered their classrooms. Inspired by their dedication to education and passion for teaching and learning, their good friend John T. McDonough created the Evelyn & Richard Boggs Tribute Scholarship in their honor. This scholarship is intended to help students achieve their educational goals in science related fields, become better citizens, and contribute to building a better world.
For a full list of events at CMC please visit
April 1 & 8
CMC Breckenridge
NON-CREDIT COOKING CLASSES / Join us for our community cooking classes, where we'll explore delicious recipes and culinary techniques together!
Learn more about the art of creating Danish pastries on April 1st »
April 5
CMC Summit County
ALUMNI SKI DAY AT ARAPAHOE BASIN / We’ll host a repeat day of last year’s “Beachin’ at the Basin,” complete with discounted lift tickets, coffee/doughnuts in the morning, lunch, and après ski sunbathing.
RSVP for the Arapahoe Basin Ski Day »
April 10 - May 1 
CMC All Campuses
REDISCOVERING COMMON GROUND / Rediscovering Common Ground is a year long series of events that will engage people from different viewpoints in learning how to disagree productively and move our country forward during what promises to be a tumultuous election year. CMC is offering a free seminar series this spring open to anyone featuring conversations with local community and thought leaders.
Learn more about the Rediscovering Common Ground events »
April 13
CMC Steamboat Springs
BALL OBSERVATORY STAR PARTY / Join the Colorado Mountain College Sky Club and Engineering Club for an exciting evening (weather permitting) of exploring the universe at CMC’s Ball Observatory on campus in Steamboat Springs. All are welcome, including kids. No previous knowledge necessary.
Learn more about the Steamboat Star Party »
June 23
CMC All Campuses
CMC DAY AT THE COLORADO ROCKIES! / Join the CMC Alumni Association for a day at the Colorado Rockies as we watch them take on the Washington Nationals! Bring your family & friends!
Learn more and get tickets for CMC Day at the Rockies »
Open to community members,
for a full list of available trips visit
May 2024
BAJA, MEXICO - SEA KAYAK TOURING / Immerse yourself in and on the land, sea, and culture of Baja, Mexico while refining your sea kayaking/outdoor leadership skills and learning the natural history of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems! The coastline and islands of the Baja peninsula provide an unparalleled ‘classroom’ to be trained in kayaking guidance on the open water and explore the marine life and natural history of the region’s ecology.
Learn about the Baja Mexico study abroad opportunity »
December 2024
NEPAL EVEREST REGION / Through the 21-day experience, students will not only learn about the unique physical geography and environmental science of the Kathmandu and Khumbu Valleys, but they will adjust to the local lifestyles by living with host families. Student will experience language, cooking, farming, and community cultural events in the Kathmandu Valley and the Khumbu Valley culminating in an exploration of villages below the highest mountain on earth: Mount Everest, and a possible visit to Everest Basecamp.
Learn about the Nepal study abroad opportunity »


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