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Education Briefs

Lauren Atkinson of New Castle has been placed on the dean’s list at Mesa State, recognizing academic achievement in her criminal justice/pre-law course of study. The dean’s list honor is for students who achieve a grade point average of between 3.50 and 3.99 while enrolled as a full-time student.

Mount Sopris Conservation District is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is considering a career in agriculture, conservation or resource management. This scholarship is available to students who live in the Mount Sopris District: Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, El Jebel and Aspen, and who have a GPA of 2.5. Applications must be received by April 1. The application is online at or you can call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105, to obtain an application and guidelines.

Colorado Mountain College recently welcomed three accomplished leaders to replace three administrators who retired last year.Jill Boyle, who has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts, joined the college in December as the new senior vice president. Boyle most recently served as the first female president of Florida Keys Community College. Over the past 15 years she has held positions of increasing responsibility in student affairs and residential life at American Jewish University, Southeastern Louisiana University and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Boyle lived in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific for five years and has traveled extensively to destinations ranging from Bulgaria to Spain.Brad Tyndall, who earned a doctorate in economics from Colorado State University, is the new senior vice president for academic affairs. He has been a chief academic officer at Crowder College, San Juan College (New Mexico) and Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus. In addition to his 15 years in higher education he has studied or worked in France, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Yemen and is proficient in French and Arabic. A Fulbright Scholar, he worked for five years in economic development in Africa and the Middle East. Jan Aspelund is the college’s new vice president of human resources. Most recently she’s been the director of human resources at Ohio Northern University. Before that she held the same position at Missouri Western State University and Saint Leo University. She’s also been a senior human resources administrator at Golden Gate University. She holds an M.B.A. in marketing from Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University.

Meet and mingle with local environmental education (EE) organization providers and educators from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Bluebird Caf, 730 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.Meet EE teachers, get free resources, and schedule classes in a social atmosphere. Teachers, parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Roaring Fork Environmental Education Network (including Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – Rock Bottom Ranch, Colorado River District – H2O Outdoors, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Solar Energy International: Solar in the Schools, Walking Mountains Science Center, Mount Sopris Conservation District, Osage Gardens, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute). For more information (970) 510-0697 or

Berklee College of Music announces that Dayle Duran of Carbondale has earned placement on the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2010 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.The Berklee curriculum focuses on practical career preparation for today’s music industry. Four-year degrees are offered in Performance, Jazz Composition, Music Production & Engineering, Film Scoring, Music Business/Management, Composition, Music Synthesis, Contemporary Writing & Production, Music Education, Songwriting, Music Therapy, and Professional Music.Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

The marketing and public information departments at Colorado Mountain College recently received several awards from the regional chapter of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.The group honors outstanding community college communicators from Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Colorado Mountain College’s marketing team earned a gold award for its online newsletter (, silver for its website (www.coloradomtn. edu) and bronze for a 30-second television ad. The public information office took home silver for feature writing and bronze for the category of media success story.

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