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CMC welcomes new students to Steamboat campus

Move-in day kicks off week of Alpine Campus events

Tim Stiles, left, helps his son Benjamin Stiles move into his dorm room Monday at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Students from across the country moved in to Hill Hall on Monday and will begin classes next week.
Scott Franz

Schedule of events at CMC’s Alpine Campus

■ Thursday

3 p.m. Fish Creek Falls hike (meet at Hill Hall)

7 to 9 p.m. Bowling (Snow Bowl)

■ Friday

11 to 11:50 a.m. Academic Convocation (Soccer Field)

■ Saturday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bookstore opens (Willett Hall)

6 p.m. Strawberry Park Hot Springs outing (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Sunday

2 to 4 p.m. Alpine Slide and volleyball (meet at Howelsen Hill)

■ Monday

Regular meal plan hours begin

■ Tuesday, Aug. 31

9 p.m. New roommate game (Hill Hall)

■ Wednesday, Sept. 1

8 to 10 p.m. Free gelato and game night (Ciao Gelato on Yampa Street)

■ Thursday, Sept. 2

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Kick-off barbecue (Willett Hall)

■ Friday, Sept. 3

10:30 a.m. Spring Creek hike (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Saturday, Sept. 4

11 a.m. Mount Werner hike (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Sunday, Sept. 5

7 p.m. RHA Super Sunday program (meet at Hill Hall)

Stephanie Fletcher, left, takes Dan Parker’s student ID photograph Monday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Students from across the country moved in Monday and will start classes next week.Scott Franz

Schedule of events at CMC’s Alpine Campus

■ Thursday

3 p.m. Fish Creek Falls hike (meet at Hill Hall)

7 to 9 p.m. Bowling (Snow Bowl)



■ Friday

11 to 11:50 a.m. Academic Convocation (Soccer Field)



■ Saturday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bookstore opens (Willett Hall)

6 p.m. Strawberry Park Hot Springs outing (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Sunday

2 to 4 p.m. Alpine Slide and volleyball (meet at Howelsen Hill)

■ Monday

Regular meal plan hours begin

■ Tuesday, Aug. 31

9 p.m. New roommate game (Hill Hall)

■ Wednesday, Sept. 1

8 to 10 p.m. Free gelato and game night (Ciao Gelato on Yampa Street)

■ Thursday, Sept. 2

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Kick-off barbecue (Willett Hall)

■ Friday, Sept. 3

10:30 a.m. Spring Creek hike (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Saturday, Sept. 4

11 a.m. Mount Werner hike (meet at Hill Hall)

■ Sunday, Sept. 5

7 p.m. RHA Super Sunday program (meet at Hill Hall)

— It was a simple and repetitive routine, but Stephanie Fletcher enjoyed every minute of it. After she pushed the shutter button on her camera, a series of blinding flashes raced toward her subject sitting across the room. Then, Fletcher smiled and made an announcement.

“You’re officially a college student,” she told Dan Parker after she took his student ID photograph Monday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Fletcher, the administrative assistant of student affairs at CMC, said her exclamation after every photo turns the occasional grin into a smile.

“Some of them don’t want to smile for the photo,” she said. “But after I tell them they’re starting college, I see their faces light up every single time.”

On Monday, 120 students from across the U.S. were busy getting acquainted with their new home in Hill Hall. It was the first move-in day at Steamboat’s CMC campus.

After they received their room and mailbox keys, students made their way back to the parking lot where dorm room equipment was waiting to be unloaded.

Reni Robbin, who moved to Steamboat from Alaska, already looking was forward to the snowboarding season in Steamboat and the Champagne Powder he had heard so much about.

“It’s beautiful here,” he said. “It’s bigger than I expected.”

Shawndra Winter, assistant coordinator for student life at CMC, said Monday’s move-in day, which will be repeated for another batch of students Thursday, was the ice melt before an avalanche.

“Today is one of our most exciting days,” she said. “The RAs have been busy the last two weeks training and getting ready for the arrival of the new students. It’s full steam ahead after this.”

While students were excited to start classes and explore their new surroundings, their parents began to realize that once the cars were unloaded, a departure would soon follow.

“It’s a little heart grabbing,” said Carol Birdsall, whose son Jake will begin ski business classes at CMC next week. “It’s a long way from home and we’re going to miss him, but we’re also very excited for him.”

Standing in his dorm room for the first time, Jake Birdsall said the move-in had erased some of the fears he had before he arrived in Steamboat from Bristol, Vt.

“You can see everybody is here for the same reason,” he said. “I was pretty nervous this morning, but getting here and meeting everyone has been great.”


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