Posts from July, 2010

Udis-Kessler Blogs on LGBT Spirituality for Tikkun Daily

Amanda Udis-Kessler

Amanda Udis-Kessler

Amanda Udis-Kessler, CC’s director of institutional research, has become a regular LGBT spirituality blogger for the interfaith Tikkun Daily, which aims to provide “a spiritual progressive perspective on politics, art, religion, and activism.” Tikkun Daily is the multimedia blog site of Tikkun, the bimonthly Jewish and interfaith magazine associated with the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

Udis-Kessler’s first blog post was on the spirituality of same-sex marriage. More recently, she wrote about Colorado Springs’ 20th annual LGBT PrideFest and Pride Parade.

She and her partner, Associate Professor of Biology Phoebe Lostroh, co-wrote a piece, “The Hands of the Holy: Re-Envisioning LGBT Welcome in Faith Communities,” in the July-August issue of Tikkun Magazine.

Udis-Kessler has published widely on issues of sexuality, religion and social justice, including her 2008 book, “Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church.” At CC, she chairs the Institutional Review Board, recently co-chaired the Diversity Task Force, and serves on a number of other committees.

Extension Of Coverage For Dependent Children Up To Age 26

Colorado College will voluntarily implement the dependent children provision of federal health care reform, which states that employers must allow the coverage of child dependents, regardless of marital status, up to the age of 26. Coverage for these dependents must begin no later than the college’s next plan year, beginning July 1, 2011. However, with the cooperation of Great West Health Care, Delta Dental of Colorado, Eye Med Vision, and The Standard, we will offer the extension of the benefit starting September 1, 2010.

A month-long open enrollment period from August 1-31, 2010 will be solely for allowing plan enrollment for any child dependent(s) whose coverage ended, who were denied coverage, or who were not eligible for coverage at the initial date of enrollment because they did not meet the eligibility requirements at the time.

Coverage will be extended for dependent children up to age 26, regardless of tax dependency or student status. However, child dependents who are eligible for other employer-sponsored group coverage will be excluded from this open enrollment period. 

Please watch the staff and faculty digests in August for more information or visit the benefits website: www.employeebenefitswebsite.com/coloradocollege,
id: coloradocollege, password: benefits. If you have questions, please contact Shaleen Prehm, human resources manager and benefits administrator, at 389-6422.

Summer Reading List Dwindling? Check Out Class of 2014 Assignments

What are college students reading this summer?  In preparation for New Student Orientation, CC’s  Class of 2014 is reading “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World ” by Tracy Kidder.

Popular themes at other colleges  include the Middle East, climate change, social justice, race in America, world politics, and the classics. Here’s a peek at what other colleges have assigned their incoming freshmen. Who knows, you might want to add one or two to your own summer reading list.

  • The College of Wooster: “Children of Dust” by Ali Eteraz. This memoir is about his coming of age in Islam as a resident of rural Pakistan, the American Bible Belt, and the modern Middle East.
  • Saint Michael’s College: “Field Notes from a Catastrophe” by Elizabeth Kolbert. The subtitle of this 2006 book tells more about its focus: “Man, Nature, and Climate Change.”
  • University of Dayton: “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. The book details the lives of Japanese-American family members who were interned during World War II.
  • Lehigh University: “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. The book details how the author came to build schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County: “The Translator” by Daoud Hari. The memoir reads like a novel and speaks about the horrors of the conflict in Darfur.
  • Bentley University: “A Hope in the Unseen” by Ron Suskind. The book describes the journey of Cedric Jennings, a young African American male, from the classrooms of an inner city Washington, D.C., high school into the world of higher education at Brown University.
  • St. John’s College: “Iliad,” attributed to Homer.  Set in the Trojan War, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.

Darlene Garcia Wins National Outstanding Career Practitioner Award

DarleneDarlene Garcia, career counselor at the Career Center, was awarded the National Career Development Association’s Outstanding Career Practitioner Award for 2010 at a conference July 1 in San Francisco.

The award recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants, or teachers for outstanding performance in day-to-date service for people and takes into consideration:

  • Years of service in direct work with people in regard to career development in education, business and industry, and/or private practice;
  • Quality of service as indicated by innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, etc;
  • Service to the profession as indicated by participation and leadership in professional associations at the local, state, and/or national levels.

Garcia has been a career counselor at CC since August 2001. She developed a method for combining in-depth assessments (MBTI Step II and Strong College and Career) to help students learn more about who they are, including their strengths, interests, and values. As an MBTI Master Practitioner, Garcia helps students identify their personal themes, so that they may explore and consider opportunities that fit them, simplifying the career exploration, preparation, and job search process. Over the years, these assessment appointments have become very popular among students, especially sophomores and seniors, she says. Beyond her own work with students, Garcia has brought Myers-Brigg theory to staff to help them understand themselves and CC students.  She has also used the MBTI to help students understand their own and others’ preferred learning styles.

In addition to her work with MBTI and Strong, Garcia was involved in the development and leadership of the First Generation Group on campus, which provides support and education by staff and faculty to students who are one of the first generation to attend a four-year college. Outside of CC, she regularly presents on career issues and provides career counseling to the Colorado Springs community.

Sue Aiken, CC ’62, is a career counselor who encountered Garcia a few years ago at a career conference in Sacramento, Calif.  After the initial conversation at the conference, Aiken called Garcia to ask her if there are any special projects she would like funded.  Garcia told her she would like to combine the assessments and Aiken agreed to help fund the pilot. As a past recipient of the NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner award herself, Aiken was present at the awards luncheon at the San Francisco conference.

KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin Wins Two Awards

KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin has received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

Chalfin received second place in the news feature category for “Confronting Suicide in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.” She also received second place in multimedia presentation for “Following the Harvest.”

PRNDI held their annual conference in Louisville, Ky. KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station, won in Division C, featuring organizations with one or two full time news staff. The award-winning broadcasts can be heard at:
http://krccnews.org/rccnews/confronting-suicide-in-el-paso-county-and-colorado-springs/2009/05/19/5970
and
 http://krccnews.org/rccnews/following-the harvest/2009/08/27/6822