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    Copper Mountain College Foundation (CMCF) Installs 2011-2012 Board of Directors

     CMC Foundation Directors are true “friends” of the college as they actively participate in decision making, fundraising, and hosting events. According to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Sandy Smith, “The Board of Directors bring a variety of skills to the table and are a cohesive team dedicated to promoting the college and leading the Foundation in a positive direction.

    Copper Mountain College Announces Appointment of Executive Director of the Copper Mountain College Foundation

    Copper Mountain College announced today the appointment of the Executive Director of the Copper Mountain College Foundation, Ms. Sandy Smith was selected following an extensive and thorough search process.

    Copper Mountain College Foundation Honors Greg Gilbert as a
    Lifetime Honorary Director

    Greg Gilbert was recently honored as he retired from Copper Mountain College. He served for 16 years with distinction on the CMC faculty from the College’s beginnings and for five years preceding its formal separation from College of the Desert.


    12TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION REAPS RECORD PROFITS FOR SMALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

    Copper Mountain College, just about the smallest of California’s Community Colleges, set an all time high for proceeds from its 12th Annual Art Auction held Saturday, February 27, in Joshua Tree. The event, hosted by the college’s charitable Foundation, raised over $12,000 that will be used to support scholarships and the college’s Art programs.

    CMC Foundation Accepting Applications for the F. Roy Greenleaf Jr. Scholarship

    JOSHUA TREE, Ca- The Copper Mountain College Foundation is now accepting applications for the F. Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. The Greenleaf Scholarship will be awarded to a local high school senior that demonstrates: a strong determination to succeed; an abiding desire to help others in their school, family and community; financial need; and an interest in serving the Morongo Basin upon completion of their education.

    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION ALUMNI ART AUCTION SCHEDULED

    The Copper Mountain College Foundation will host its 12th Annual Alumni Association Art Auction, on February 27, 2010 at the Helen Gray Education Center, 6601 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252. Proceeds from the auction will support the CMC art program and provide funding for scholarships. (For admission information, click here.)


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION’S 25th ANNIVERSARY FALL DINNER RAISES $12,000

    JOSHUA TREE, Ca –The Copper Mountain College Foundation raised almost $12,000 at its annual Fall Dinner “25 Years: Living the Dream,” held on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the Helen Gray Education Center. Master of Ceremonies Huell Howser delighted attendees with anecdotes about each guest speaker in a way that reminded the crowd of his many years of insightful interviewing as the host of PBS’ California’s Gold.

    Dinner raises $12,000 for college

    Hi-Desert Star 10-28-09


    JR. PHILHARMONIC GUITARIST AND QUILT AUCTION FEATURED AT CMC FOUNDATION FALL DINNER

    Local classical guitarist Megan Roberson will be the featured soloist at the Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Fall Dinner on October 24, 2009, at the Helen Gray Education Center.

    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION WILL HAVE HUELL HOWSER AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES

    In 1984, after years located in only temporary facilities, Copper Mountain College finally moved into its permanent location in Joshua Tree.  25 years ago our own local citizens transformed a “diamond in the rough” into the “jewel of the Morongo Basin,” and for their efforts the CMC Foundation was honored by President Ronald Reagan with a Volunteer Action Award.

    CHANCELLOR JACK SCOTT TO SPEAK AT FOUNDATION FALL DINNER

    In support of the 25th Anniversary of the CMC campus, the Copper Mountain College Foundation is holding their annual Fall Fundraising Dinner Saturday October 24, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. 


    Hi-Desert Star: "College is one of community's gifts."

    5/24/09
    For years, I have heard locals say, with pride, “We built Copper Mountain College ourselves.” In fact, President Reagan recognized the nearly impossible accomplishment of founding our own college by presenting to the Friends of Copper Mountain College the Friends Volunteer Action Award for 1984.


    Hi-Desert Star: "College sets records with registered nurses."

    5/23/09
    "This is the biggest graduating class of registered nurses!” exclaimed Copper Mountain College Nursing Program Director Leslie Moody as she beamed over the 46 students assembled to receive their nursing pins Thursday night. “We value them.” College Superintendent Dr. Roger Wagner called it “a great day” as he congratulated the new RNs for their successful completion of an extensive and demanding program.


    CMC FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION BELL CENTER CAMPAIGN

    5/4/09
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation announces “Living the Promise: 25 Years Later,” a $5 million capital campaign to equip the new multi-use Bell Center and its adjacent baseball and track/soccer field. The state and a 10% local match by Leota Bell and her late husband Bill provided funding for construction of the complex, but environmental delays coupled with rising costs have resulted in a substantial shortfall of funding to meet equipment and infrastructure needs.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2009 GREENLEAF SCHOLAR

    5/1/09
    Copper Mountain College Foundation held its annual awards ceremony Wednesday, April 29, 2009 to announce this year’s Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Educational Fund scholarship finalists and winner. A Twentynine Palms High School senior is this year’s recipient, with Yucca Valley High School, Monument High School and Joshua Springs Christian High School also being represented among the finalists.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

    4/16/09
    Copper Mountain College proudly announces that we are celebrating our 25th anniversary on April 24th at 10:00 a.m. on the Copper Mountain College Campus. Copper Mountain College (CMC), is renowned as the college built by the community, its first phase having been paid for almost entirely with local private money and subsequent phases with substantial private help 25 years ago. Now governed by its own locally elected board of trustees, CMC's road to independence was accelerated by legislative action in recognition of the college's uniquely strong local support.


    CMC FOUNDATION HOSTS ROY GREENLEAF, JR. EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY

    4/16/09
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation will hold its annual Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Education Fund Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th at 5:30 p.m. in Bruce's Coyote Kitchen on the CMC campus and the public is invited to attend.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HOLDS PHI THETA KAPPA INAUGURATION

    3/31/09
    Copper Mountain College (CMC) is proud to hold its first inauguration for the Phi Theta Kappa (Beta Rho Pi) Honor Society Friday, April 3nd at 6:00 p.m. in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the campus. (Note: This program is funded by the Copper Mountain College Foundation.)


    GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL CELEBRATE ITS 25TH YEAR

    3/05/09 The Copper Mountain College Foundation will hold its 25th Annual Golf Tournament in April of 2009. This event is a highlight of the year for local golfers, and we hope you will plan to attend. The Awards Ceremony is a favorite of family and friends, so you need not be a golfer to join in the fun!


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDENT LISA MARSHALL PLACES THIRD AT THE PACIFIC SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGIATE FORENSICS ASSOCIATION SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

    3/5/09
    Copper Mountain College is proud to recognize Lisa Marshall for her achievements in the Pacific Southwestern Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship Tournament (PSCFA). Lisa Marshall a CMC student and current Debate Team President took third place at the competition in the Novice Parliamentary Debate and was a finalist in Novice Impromptu Speaking.


    SUSAN LANG RETURNS TO COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

    3/3/09
    Author Susan Lang will return to Copper Mountain College as part of an author series on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room CMC 126, Phase II Susan will read from her novel Moon Lily; in this final volume of Susan Lang’s Ruth Farley trilogy, Ruth discovers the limits of her autonomy and struggles to make peace with her painful past.


    NEW TERRY WAITE MEMORIAL ART SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    2/28/09
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation announces the new Terry Waite Memorial Art Scholarship at the 11th Annual CMC Alumni Art Auction in honor of local sculptor who helped establish the successful fundraiser.


    CMC FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP

    2/17/09
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year. The Greenleaf Scholarship will be awarded to a local high school senior that demonstrates a strong determination to succeed, an abiding desire to help others in their school, family and community, financial need, and an interest in serving the Morongo Basin upon completion of their education.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ART AUCTION CELEBRATES 11 YEARS

    2/13/09
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Alumni Association Art Auction will be celebrating its 11th year on February 28th when bidders meet at 6 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center to raise funds for 33 CMC scholarships, the CMC Art Department and the Boys and Girls Club.


    Hi-Desert Star: "Hospital thanks college for contributions to nursing."

    2/18/09
    The Hi-Desert Medical Center directors honored Copper Mountain College Tuesday for providing clinical training programs that benefit the hospital district and the community.


    Hi-Desert Star & The Desert Trail: Letter to the Editor "Locals involved in CMC construction," Dr. Roger Wagner, CMC Superintendent/President

    1/17/09
    After reading Mark Thomas' recent letter to the editor objecting to the lack of local construction jobs for the new Bell Center at Copper Mountain College, I feel compelled to respond. Copper Mountain College is committed to serving the needs of its community, including creating opportunities for job growth and economic development.


    Hi-Desert Star: "College to break ground for gym"

    12/24/08
    Copper Mountain College will break ground for the new Bell Center at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in the start of an expansion project that will transform the college over the next few years. The Bell Center will be a multi-use gymnasium that will support a number of CMC programs.


    CMC FOUNDATION ACCEPTING ART AUCTION DONATIONS

    12/12/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation is accepting donations for its 11th annual Annual Alumni Association Art Auction, to be held February 28, 2009, at the Helen Gray EducationCenter. Benefits from the auction support the CMC art department and provide funding for 33 scholarships, including 16 awarded annually to seniors at all 4 local high schools.


    WELLS FARGO ALERTU FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

    12/12/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation announced today that Wells Fargo will sponsor the cost of the college’s new AlertU emergency notification system. In August, Copper Mountain College announced the activation of AlertU, an emergency alert notificatioin system that enables the college to send critical text updates to students, faculty and staff during a campus emergency. With AlertU, school administrators can send text alerts to subscribers’ mobile devices that communicate critical, potentially life-saving information in real-time.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW BELL CENTER

    9/23/08
    Copper Mountain College (CMC) will break ground for the new Bell Center at 9:00 am on October 1st. The groundbreaking of the new Bell Center will signify the start of the expansion project that will greatly transform the college over the next few years. The Bell center is being funded as part of Copper Mountain Colleges Capital Outlay projects.


    CMC FOUNDATION'S FALL EVENT FEATURES ASSEMBLYMAN PAUL COOK

    9/22/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation will hold its annual Fall Fundraising Dinner Saturday evening, October 25th at the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree.


    The Desert Trail: "CMC tortoises get their own space."

    9/18/08
    Copper Mountain College will begin breaking ground for its tortoise habitat by fencing in the tortoise translocation area on the college campus next week. As many in the community are aware, CMC has started an expansion project that will transform the college over the next few years.


    Hi-Desert Star: "Community college activates emergency text system."

    8/20/08
    Copper Mountain College officials announced Tuesday they have activated AlertU, an emergency alert notification system that enables the college to send critical text updates to students, faculty and staff during a campus emergency.


    Hi-Desert Star: "Scholarship will aid Sky High grads in Junker’s name."

    8/15/08
    An annual $500 scholarship will be given to Sky High School graduates who attend Copper Mountain College in memory of Rebecca A. Junker.
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation announced this week $3,621 has been donated in Junker’s memory to fund the scholarship.


    REBECCA A. JUNKER SCHOLARSHIP WILL AID SKY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    8/13/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation is administering a scholarship in the name of Rebecca A. Junker to aid Sky High School Students who wish to attend Copper Mountain College.



    Golf_4_21_08_II_small_for_webLOCAL GOLFERS RAISE FUNDS FOR COLLEGE FOUNDATION

    4/23/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation held its Annual Golf Tournament on April 19th and 20th at the Roadrunner Dunes Golf  Resort in Twentynine Palms, marking twenty-four years of community participation in this charitable event.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HOLDS MULTIMEDIA COMPETITION

    4/15/08
    Copper Mountain College will hold its fifth year of MultiMedia student competitions on April 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 119 A.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TO HOST AUTHOR DR. DONALD SACHS

    4-1-08
    Copper Mountain College (CMC) will host author and former student Dr. Donald Sachs on Monday, April 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the CMC Campus.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

    3-20-08
    Copper Mountain College Foundation will hold its 24th Annual Golf Tournament on April 19th and 20th at the Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms.


    COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES F. ROY GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    3-17-08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation announces the scholarship from the Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Education Fund to a local high school senior that will enable that student to complete two years of college at Copper Mountain and then continue his/her education at a California State University or University of California campus.


    CMC RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FROM MOJAVE WATER AGENCY

    2-26-08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation will receive scholarship funds from Mojave Water Agency to help increase the potential labor pool. 


    GENEROUS COMMUNITY HELPS COLLEGE REACH GOALS

    2/22/08
    The Copper Mountain College Foundation thanks the community for making its Annual Campaign a huge success.


    Foundation Donates Sophisticated Mannequins to Nursing Program

    10/3/07
    Copper Mountain College Foundation has donated $45,631 to help provide realistic practice opportunities for the students in the laboratory environment at the Copper Mountain College Nursing Program.