This winter's Colorado Moun--tain College Alpine Enrichment Program spans the gamut from online romance to Mormonism, from life on Mars to life on the border.
The program begins Wed--nes--day night with the presentation "Earth Acupuncture: Getting Rid of Negative Energy through Dowsing" led by Karen Rice King.
CMC Alpine Enrichment Program schedule All presentations are free and take place at 7 p.m. in Bogue Hall, room 300 on the CMC campus. Sept. 14: "Earth Acupuncture," getting rid of negative energy through dowsing by geobiologist Karen Rice King Oct. 5: "Romancing the Stones," an introduction to Gemology with Natalie Beiber, jeweler Oct. 12: "Was your dinner historic? Pioneer Food Preparation and Anecdotes" by Rita Herold, a longtime local Oct. 26: "Meet your Match through the Internet" by Dr. Leah Bornstein, Alpine Campus interim dean and Professor Janie Swartz Nov. 16: "Is There Life on Mars?" by Jimmy Westlake, professor of astronomy at CMC Dec. 7: "Crossing the Border" by Autumn Phillips and Tyler Arroyo of the Steamboat Pilot & Today Dec. 14: "Under the Banner of Heaven," a discussion facilitated by David Willis, a CMC librarian
"I know George Tolles is our local dowsing expert, but he is always in demand," said Janie Swartz, professor of communications and coordinator of the Alpine Enrichment Program. King is a certified dowser and healing arts practitioner near Boulder.
King's presentation kicks off a lineup that is considerably lighter than last year's list of touchy subjects that focused on religion and politics.
"I didn't really do it on purpose," Swartz said. "I was just following up on people's suggestions."
Although most of the topics in this semester's program will be of wide interest, only two may spur heated debate.
CMC librarian David Willis will lead a discussion of Jon Krakauer's book "Under the Banner of Heaven."
"A lot of people have been talking about this book," Swartz said. "(Willis) had read the book and had some real insight into it."
The other debatable topic could be the December discussion of immigration, led by Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Autumn Phillips, with a slideshow by photographer Tyler Arroyo. The discussion will be an "off the record" exploration of immigration's effect on Northwest Colorado.
But the most popular presentation of the series is already proving to be one led by the enrichment program coordinator, Swartz, about how to find love through the Internet.
The talk, titled "Meet Your Match through the Internet," will help participants write an effective online profile.
"Everybody was shocked when they found out that I was about to marry someone I met online," Swartz said. "Since then, I've been helping other friends rewrite their profiles and even people I hardly know have been asking for help."
Swartz will be joined in her presentation by CMC interim Dean Dr. Leah Bornstein who also married a man she met on the Internet.
"If you're older and well-educated, (online dating) is just about the only way to meet people with similar interests and values," Swartz said.
This is the fifth year for the Alpine Enrichment Program, which has grown every year since its inception.
"The main idea was to give the college a way to reach out to the community and provide a forum for discussion on popular and controversial topics," Swartz said. "It's a nonthreatening place for an exchange."
All Alpine Enrichment Pro--gram presentations take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Bogue Hall, Room 300. The audience is limited to the first 50 people who arrive.
For more information on the series, visit http://faculty.coloradomtn.edu/aep/.