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CMC Alumni Hall of Fame Recognizes Exemplary Graduates

The CMC Foundation inducted five alumni, as well as the first class of bachelor's graduates, into the college's inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame. Among those at the June ceremony were, left to right: (front row) David and Joan Allen (parents of the late David Allen), with inductees Silvestre Arvizo, Stacey Novak, Eugenia Arcely Duran, Jena Thompson, Alesha Frederick, Copi Vojta and Jacob McCoola, and (back row) Rebecca Kanaly, Kimerly Cassady, Brett Moore, Kyle Ballinghoff, Roy Pentecost, Michael Schrimpf and LUke Kimmes.

The CMC Foundation inducted five alumni, as well as the first class of bachelor’s graduates, into the college’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame. Among those at the June 2013 ceremony were, left to right: (front row) David and Joan Allen (parents of the late David Allen), with inductees Silvestre Arvizo, Stacey Novak, Eugenia Arcely Duran, Jena Thompson, Alesha Frederick, Copi Vojta and Jacob McCoola, and (back row) Rebecca Kanaly, Kimerly Cassady, Brett Moore, Kyle Ballinghoff, Roy Pentecost, Michael Schrimpf and Luke Kimmes.

Colorado Mountain College faculty and students, past and present, gathered at the Glenwood Center in June 2013 to honor the first inductees into the CMC Alumni Hall of Fame. Students were selected from high achievers who attended the college during the past six decades, from the 1960s to the present.

In an effort to honor noteworthy alumni and share the amazing stories of students who have been influenced by Colorado Mountain College, the alumni board  selected one alumnus or a group of alumni to represent each decade of CMC’s history.

The first honorees included Copi Vojta ‘09, David Allen ‘91, Maegan Carney ‘90, Michael O’Hara ‘76 and Saed Tayyara ‘68.

Each of these five former students overcame unique challenges, ranging from language barriers and economic hardships to a major head injury, and each possessed a deep desire to succeed. Their accomplishments include outstanding contributions in the fields of business, athletics and the creative arts.

In addition to the five individual recipients, all spring 2013 graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees were given a place of honor in the college’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame. The college began offering bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies in the fall of 2011. Two years later, the first enrollees who began at CMC with previous college credits or associate degrees were among this historic graduating class.

Maegan Carney, who could not be present at the alumni induction ceremony, wrote to the CMC Foundation: “A lot of people see CMC as a stepping stone to greater projects, which is wonderful, but I also want to remind people that it is an incredible experience in and of itself. When I was a student, CMC was full of brilliant professors who truly cultivated our minds, but more importantly, I knew that they really cared about us.”

Copi Vojta echoed Carney’s sentiments when he spoke at the ceremony. “The best thing this school has going for it is the passionate faculty and staff,” he said.