The goal of CRMS Interim is to immerse students, and faculty, in experiences and pursuits that enable students to learn by doing. Interim week exposes students to new ideas, experiences, and environments. The opportunity to immerse oneself in this quest for knowledge in a specific discipline beyond a regular academic schedule allows students and faculty to broaden their skills, appreciation, and awareness for the world in which we live.
Interim succeeds by:
- Challenging students to learn and develop new ideas, awareness, and skills
- Helping students better understand the workings of communities and the value of service to others
- Promoting active learning and experiential education
- Assisting students to develop sustainable life skills that will help them in reaching their full potential and personal goals
Sample Interim projects include:
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- Ancestral Puebloan: At Native American sites in southeastern Utah, students study rock-art panels, ruins, and archaeological sites.
- Avalanche safety and winter skills: At locations near campus and in the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains, participants study avalanche science and avalanche safety.
- Challenge Aspen: Students work with disabled skiers through this established local organization and volunteer with and observe day programs for disabled adults throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
- Glassblowing: Through demonstrations and hands-on instruction, participants explore different ways of shaping molten glass to create beads, vases, and other objects.
- Ski Building: Students learn the art of building their own pair of skis; from determining the size to the final graphics.
- Language and cultural trip, Mexico: By taking formal language classes and living with host families, students immerse themselves in another culture and language.
- Tropical Ecology, Costa Rica: In seminars with respected field biologists and individual research projects, participants study flora and fauna of the tropical forest canopy.
- Santa Fe, NM: Students participate in a multi-day cooking school and discover art and food throughout the southwest region.