CMC 50th Anniversary Campus Celebrations

Because of you – the theme for CMC’s 50th anniversary year – the college continues to evolve, thrive and reinvest where we all live and play. Starting this month and continuing over the next year, we will celebrate five decades of serving our communities – and we invite you to join us.

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Thanks to our 50th Anniversary sponsors for supporting our celebrations...

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Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art

A survey of artwork by CMC Western Region's faculty and staff, past and present.

Art Reception following CMC 50th Anniversary Program and Celebration.

Watch Video of the Aspen Event...

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50th Celebration / Aspen

DATE:  April 7, 2017

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INFORMATION: Call 970-925-7740



Welcome Back To School & Reunion

CMC Open House at both Breckenridge and Dillon sites, followed by 50th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion at the Breckenridge campus.

CMC Dillon:
10am - 12 noon
Join us for some birthday cake and see what makes Summit's Dillon campus unique and how we've grown over the years. Families welcome!

10-11:30 am

  • Student Showcase Exhibit (Lobby)
  • Lake Dillon Historical Walking Tours with Dr. Sandra Mather, Summit Historical Society (every 20 minutes)
  • Drop in Zumba Dance demonstrations with Letica Diaz (Room 101)
  • Children’s tent with CMC Mascot “Swoop”

10:30-11:30 am
Indoor Plant Initiative Tours with Stephanie Beste (every 20 minutes)

11:30 am- 12 noon
Welcome and 50th anniversary cake cutting with Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC President & CEO, and Dave Askeland, CMC Vice President Summit Campus

Snack at the Farmer's Market before heading to Summit's Breckenridge campus.

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CMC Breckenridge:
1 - 3:15pm
Back to School Open House, campus tours of new housing facilities, and faculty led mini-classes including culinary demonstration by Chef Ian Buchanan. Come be a "student for a day” and get a taste of student life and all CMC Summit has to offer.

3:30 - 4:45 pm
50th Anniversary Program, Finkel Auditorium

5 - 7pm
50th Anniversary Celebration & Party. Evening reception of culinary delights prepared by our very own culinary institute students in partnership with Keystone Resort

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50th Celebration / Summit County

DATE:  August 25, 2017

TIME: Dillon campus 10am - 12 noon
Breckenridge campus 1-7pm

CMC Dillon
333 Fiedler Avenue
Dillon, CO 80435

CMC Breckenridge
107 Denison Placer Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424


INFORMATION: Call 970-453-6757 / Breckenridge
970-468-5989 / Dillon



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50th Celebration / Chaffee County

Giving Back To Our Community

CMC Team Build Day at Habitat for Humanity work site

DATE: August 16, 2017

Please contact Amy Dennis at 719-395-8419 or if interested in volunteering or for additional information.


Uncle Jimmy’s Pig Roast and Carnival

CMC 50th Anniversary celebration followed by a Pig Roast luncheon and carnival. Pig donated by Uncle Jimmy & family (aka the Nieslanik Family).

  • 9:30am — Dedication of Dr. Carter Jackson’s memorial tree (meet at the Vet Tech farm parking lot)
  • 9:30-10:30am — Check-in: Student Services, Spring Valley Center. Light refreshments and pastries served.
  • 10am - 10:30 am — Welcome Reception (Summit Student Center)
  • 10:30am - 11:45am — 50th Anniversary Program (Summit Student Center Gymnasium)
  • 11:45am - 2pm — Uncle Jimmy's Pig Roast & Carnival (Dining Hall and Center Lawn)

Friends of CMC, graduates, students, former and current staff, faculty and children are invited.

Attend our family-friendly event that will be filled with carnival events, face painting, a magic show, campus tours, storytelling with Radio CMC and more!

Parking is available in the Calaway Building Lot, Soccer Field Lots and behind the Summit Student Center and Quigley Library.

See photos of the Roaring Fork Valley event...

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50th Celebration / Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Carbondale

DATE:  April 28, 2017


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INFORMATION: Call 970-945-7481



50 Years of Historical Treasures

Get decked out in 60s-70s clothes and join us for a celebratory reception. Enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres and a DJ spinning groovy tunes while perusing displays of 50 years of CMC history. CMC Leadville archives and plans for organizing, preserving and providing online access for years to come will be exhibited.

1:30 - 3:30pm – 50th Anniversary 50hm (5k) races. Skate Ski, Fat Bike Race, Snowshoe Race
1:30pm- Skate Ski 5km Race
2:15pm- Fat Bike 5 km Race
3:00pm- Snowshoe 5 km Race

3 - 4pm – Campus Tours, Art Exhibit

4-5pm – Reception, hors d’oeuvres, DJ spinning 1967 tunes, view archives and speak with presenters

5-6:15pm – 50th Anniversary Program

6:15-7pm – Dessert Reception

See Photos of the Leadville event...

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50th Celebration / Leadville

DATE: March 21, 2017

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INFORMATION: Call 719-486-4206


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50th Celebration / Rifle

DATE: April 21, 2017

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See Rifle Event Video

INFORMATION: Call 970-625-1871


Fine Art Show

Join us for a special Art Opening Reception during our Annual Fine Art Show and a 50th Anniversary program and dessert celebration. Enjoy beautiful hors d’oeuvres and beverages, music and conversation, and connect with old friends and new while perusing a wide variety of fine art created by our diverse artist community here in Garfield County.

  • 6:30 – 7:30pm - Welcome Reception and Art Opening
  • 7:30 - 8:30pm - 50th Anniversary Program and Celebration
  • 8:30 – 9pm - 50th Anniversary Cake and Reception

Colorado Mountain College Rifle has invited artists living within Garfield County to enter works in all media (2- and 3-dimensional) in our spring juried fine art exhibit. Prizes will be awarded: 1st - $250; 2nd - $150; 3rd - $50.  Awards will be announced the night of the opening reception.

Rifle Event Flyer

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Download the Rifle Campus Slideshow (.ppsx)


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50th Celebration / Steamboat Springs

DATE: February 11, 2017

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INFORMATION: Call 970-870-4423

Steamboat Springs

Winter Carnival

Join us at the Neas Family Student/Community Dining Center for a Welcome Reception and Program from 4:30 – 6:30 pm followed by the Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza and Fireworks.

Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be served.

In partnership with the Winter Carnival, event buttons will be available for a suggested donation of $10 at check in.

See Parking Map for campus parking information. Additional guest parking is available just down the hill at the Community Center, located at 1605 Lincoln Avenue. A shuttle bus will run from the Community Center to the campus beginning at 4:15 pm and continuing throughout the evening.

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Photo by Couloir Images, Rory B. Clow Photography.

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Dancing Through The Decades

CMC 50th Anniversary celebration followed by Dancing Through the Decades with popular music from each decade.

Our event runs 5-10pm.

    • 5 - 6:15pm - Wine and Cheese Reception
      Take a self-guided campus tour with appetizer and drink stations located throughout the building. Learn about our history, and “Make Your Mark” on a commemorative 50th anniversary community art project.
    • 6:15 - 7:15pm - 50th Anniversary Program
      Learn more about how CMC started and where we’re going.
    • 7:15 - 8pm - Noshes & Nibbles
      Sample signature dishes from some of the Valley’s iconic establishments.
    • 7:15pm - 50th anniversary cake cutting.
    • 8 - 10pm - Dance party
      Dance to the hits from 1967 through today with
      DJ Prodeezy.

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Save the date! Please check back frequently for additional information and details.

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50th Celebration / Vail Valley at Edwards

DATE: September 8, 2017

TIME: 5-10pm

CMC Vail Valley at Edwards
150 Miller Ranch Road
Edwards, CO 81632


INFORMATION: Call 970-569-2900


Community Events and Celebrations

To thank our communities for their long-standing partnership, Colorado Mountain College will also be participating in the following local festivals and events.  Look for a CMC presence at each event and join us to enjoy some refreshing beverages and various giveaways.

There are no upcoming events at this time.