Please join us as we welcome CMC's new president, Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D. Before joining Colorado Mountain College in December, Dr. Hauser served
as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Prior to joining Kauffman, she was vice president
for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver and executive director of its foundation. She also served as vice president and an
original senior officer of the Daniels Fund. She has held governor's appointments to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Colorado Blue Ribbon
Commission on Health Care Reform. At the national level, she is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), and has served on the
Pathways to College Network executive committee and as an Educational Policy Institute board member. She will share her vision for Colorado Mountain College,
and her thoughts on how access to an affordable higher education can transform lives.
An avid outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (raising funds for the NSPA), has climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp, and was a Grand
Canyon river guide for more than a decade. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy skiing, backpacking, biking, and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places
around the world.
The main purpose and mission of the council’s events is to make an affordable,
lovely opportunity for all the people in the Roaring Fork Valley.
I hope it will last into the future, long after I’m gone, to enrich and benefit our lives.
I’ve always had a dream about using the Thunder River Theater Company
to have some presenters of distinction come and talk about cultural, political,
ecological and all kinds of issues that we want to know about … and some we
ought to know about.
– Jim Calaway
Jim Calaway has been involved with the Aspen Institute for over 30 years.
He is currently the Chairman of the Institute’s Lifetime Trustees.
In 2004, Jim created the Jim Calaway Charitable Trust that benefits several local entities that are dear to him –
the Colorado Animal Rescue, Colorado Mountain College, the Aspen Music Festival and School,
the Aspen Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and TRTC.
His local philanthropy reaches from one end of the valley to the other:
The new Young / Calaway Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital,
Founder on TRTC's Black Box Theatre, the Connie and Jim Calaway Academic Building at CMC Spring Valley,
the Third Street Center, to name just a few of his "pet" projects.
RFCC'S ANNUAL PATRONS - 2014
Connie & Jim Calaway * Peggy DeVilbiss * Kathy & Dr. Greg Feinsinger * Marcia & Donald Flaks * Karen & Steven Hessl
Randi Lowenthal * Donna & Geno Rossetti * Nancy Sheffield & Jeff Steck * Eric Smith * Charlotte & Dr. William Zilm
Recent Guests for the RFCC
* *Madeleine Albright * * *Thomas Friedman * * * Amb. Henry Catto * * * *Dr. Kirk Johnson* * * * Sen. Gary Hart* * * * *Amb. Chris Hill
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