It’s graduation time for Colorado Mountain College students this weekend. Rifle CMC students graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Rifle High School. Roaring Fork Campus graduation starts at 10 a.m. May 1 at CMC’s Spring Valley location.
Summer semester is on its way; registration starts May 10, and classes start May 17. Look for bulletins in your mailboxes. The bulletins highlight summer classes available for degree-seeking students, as well as classes ranging in topics of interest for any learner.
And this Friday, April 30, visit the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts for a reception with CMC student artists from 6:30-8 p.m. This is their graduation exhibit which has been on display at the center during the month of April. Refreshments will be served.
A “hot” class is available immediately. Only ten spots are open in CMC’s Southwest Field Exploration Class. If you are interested, register May 10; the first class is May 12, and the class leaves May 19-23 to study in the field. The class meets twice in the classroom; once before a tour of major ruins, excavation sites and laboratory facilities in the Four Corners region, and once afterward. Last semester it was so popular that a wait list formed.
“The southwest has a real calling as far as the openness, the expanses and people who were there before us, it gives someone real thought as far as our place in the cosmos. We don’t often stop and reflect on life, where we are and how we go about our lifestyle. This gives us another dimension to think about,” says Bruce Kime, CMC Associate Professor of Outdoor Education.
The class introduces social, religious, economic and cultural development of the Anasazi peoples. A Ute guide will take the class into the Ute Mountain Tribal Park to explore 800-year-old dwellings near Cortez. The class also goes through the Anasazi Heritage Center in Cortez; the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Bluff, Utah; Mesa Verde National Park near Durango and on a guided interpretive hike to unique Ancestral Pueblo art panels in southeastern Utah.
The Southwest Field Exploration class is part of CMC’s degree program in Outdoor Education, but this class is open to anyone who is interested.
Kime says it’s personally enriching, a mental process reflecting one that an archeologist does in literally sifting through ruins: “The students gain a lot of different dimensions and must sift through and determine the true meanings they gain from the active learning experience. We study ancestral culture, architecture, art, pottery and lifestyles as best we can interpret them.”
Students travel by car and camp outdoors. The cost for in-district students is $82 for the class, plus $152 for museum entrance fees, four dinners and four breakfasts, campground fees, tribal park and interpretive guide fees. Registration is available at any campus location or online. For questions, call Kime at 947-8246.
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