CMC resort management professors earn top honors
Instructors selected by peers, students
Steamboat Springs — Two resort management instructors received top awards at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.
After sifting through applications, a committee of students, faculty, staff and instructors named Terry Hunter the college’s top full-time professor and Darcy Trask its top adjunct instructor for 2008.
Brian Hoza, assistant campus dean of student services, served on the committee. He said the instructors, who have long histories at the Alpine Campus, earned the award at least partly because of their continuous expansion of the program.
“They have a high-powered program, and they have some high-caliber students who come through there,” Hoza said. “We were looking for leaders : who engage with students inside and outside of the classroom.”
Hunter began teaching resort management classes at the Alpine Campus 25 years ago. Colleagues describe him as an instructor who teaches his students more than can be found in books.
“He takes his students seriously, teaching them life skills and not just course content,” John Saunders, an Alpine Campus associate professor in wilderness studies, said in a news release. “His office door is a revolving door. He’s the kind of teacher who has an impact on students.”
Hunter led an employee training course at Steamboat Ski Area before transitioning to the college and said he still uses his business experience to teach students the skills they need.
“As a business manager, I found the best way to have good employees was to teach them how to do their jobs,” Hunter stated in the release. “Along the way, I learned one of my strong suits was that I was a really good trainer.”
Hoza said Trask’s selection as adjunct faculty of the year was not the first award she has received from CMC – Trask is a former CMC student who earned the first alumni of the year award about eight years ago.
Dedicated to learning
Trask works as a part-time instructor with Hunter, teaching two courses a year: Human Resources and Training and Development.
“I know Terry and I do work together on a regular basis to see how we can improve,” she said. “We have a wonderful incubator to develop hospitality professionals.”
Assistant Campus Dean of Instruction Anita “AJ” Janis said she also has seen the teachers go out of their way to help students.
“I think both Darcy Trask and Terry Hunter are totally dedicated to student learning. Everything leads to that, and they go above and beyond what the average person might do in a classroom,” she said. The teachers were notified of their selection in August and will be presented with their awards at the school’s graduation ceremony May 2.
Full-time English professor Tal Hardman and part-time business instructor Jessica Lorah, from the Roaring Fork Campus in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, received the overall designation as CMC’s college-wide faculty of the year, according to a news release.
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