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Winners of Lewis Award for Student Film of the Year Announced

The winners of the Lewis Award for Student Film of the Year have been announced. Arielle Gross ’12 took first place with “Contact: The Eye,” and received a $500 prize. Nick Wellin ’10 took second place for “Showdown,” and received $300. The other two finalists were Connie Jiang ’12 for “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and Rachel San Luis ’10 for “Bullet in the Brain.”

The selection committee, consisting of retired Lecturer in Film Studies Tom Sanny, English Professor John Simons, and History Professor Peter Blasenheim, looked at films chosen from the English department’s filmmaking classes as well as the student film festival.

The Richard A. Lewis Memorial Film Award was endowed by Estelle and Barton Lewis in 2002 to honor the memory of their son Richard ’75. The award serves to recognize high-quality student work as well as provide encouragement and support for future film projects. DVDs of the finalists for each year are on file in Special Collections at Tutt Library, and there is a DVD of this year’s finalists in the English department office. To view all the past winners, go to:

Two CC Students Named Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars

Colorado College students Rachel San Luis ’10 and Rakhi Voria ’11 have been named Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. San Luis graduated cum laude as an English/film studies major and Spanish minor; Voria is an international political economy major and journalism minor.

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, awarded by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, provides a $26,000 grant for a year of study in any university in the world outside the United States. San Luis will spend a year at the Denver School of Science and Technology as a Colorado College Public Interest Fellow before using the Rotary scholarship to study filmmaking abroad. She hopes to study in Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Vancouver, or Auckland, N.Z. Voria plans to use the grant to pursue a degree in international development at Oxford, Cambridge, or the London School of Economics after she graduates.

The purpose of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to further international understanding and relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

CC Shoes Sent Walking Worldwide

Lauren Paley, Kasi Carter, and Andrew Baird spent two days boxing donated shoes.

Lauren Paley, Kasi Carter, and Andrew Baird spent two days boxing donated shoes.

CC’s Soles4Souls shoe drive was a resounding success, as many faculty, staff, and students stepped up and donated their old shoes. The campus-wide project was launched in conjunction with a children’s book published by Charlotte Blessing, CC’s director of international programs.

The book, “New Old Shoes,” is told from perspective of a pair of shoes, and was inspired by the secondhand clothing and shoe markets in East Africa, where Blessing lived for 13 years.

Blessing’s book is narrated by a pair of red sneakers, and follows their journey from their first home with a young American boy to children in Africa. When the sneakers become worn-looking, the family sends them to Africa, and a boy there receives the shoes with as much excitement as the original owner. After adventures with him, the shoes end up with a girl who walks to school in them, and ultimately uses them as the hands for a scarecrow.

Blessing read her book to “Little CC” at the CC Children’s Center, and the children, parents, and staff there donated shoes there as well.

The Colorado College community donated enough shoes to fill 22 boxes. Lauren Paley ’11, Kasi Carter ’11, and Andrew Baird ’12, Center for Service and Learning interns, spent two days sorting and boxing the piles of shoes, which ranged from flip-flops and pumps to running shoes and consstruction boots. The shoes were shipped to a Soles4Souls warehouse, where they will be sorted and distributed around the world.

Board of Trustees Meeting Actions

The CC Board of Trustees met May 13-15 on campus and conducted the following business.
Voted to approve:

  • Isabel Werner ’08 as the first “young alumni trustee.”  She will serve a non-renewable two-year term.
  • Renewal of terms for trustees Neal Baer, John Chalik, Eben Moulton, Adam Press, Jane Rawlings, Bob Selig, Mike Slade, and Hans Utsch.
  • 2010-11 trustee committee assignment changes.
  • Professor Emeritus status for Mike Hoffman and John Watkins.
  • Six tenure-track hires: Daniel Arroyo-Rodriguez (Spanish), Andrea Bruder (Mathematics and Computer Science), Mona El-Sherif (Arabic), Maroula Khraiche (Economics and Business), Ryan Platt (Drama and Dance), and Carrie Ruiz (Spanish).
  • Self-funded health, legal, and scholarship reserves as Board-designated funds.
  • The final phase of Cossitt Hall renovations, not to exceed $503,000.

The Board dined with members of the Faculty Executive Committee and Staff Council and recognized outgoing trustees Meg Mathies ’57 and Ed Robson ’54.

‘Wait, Wait’ a Huge Success for KRCC

WWDTM Sidecar High ResColorado College’s NPR-member radio station KRCC was hugely successful in bringing the popular radio show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” to Colorado Springs. KRCC Program Manager Jeff Bieri said the event had been two years in the making, dating from 2008 when Bieri contacted NPR’s main office in Washington, D.C., asking to host the Saturday morning show. “They said, ‘Sure, you can host in it May 2010,’” Bieri said.
“Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” billed as the “oddly informative news quiz,” has an audience of 3 million listeners and 1 million podcast subscribers. The show featuring Host Peter Sagal, Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell, and panelists Tom Bodett, Faith Salie, and Paul Provenza was taped live before a sellout crowd at the Pikes Peak Center on May 6, and aired on May 8.
“People came from all over the state – Boulder, Greeley, Montrose – to see this,” Bieri said. “People were coming in from everywhere. This is the only time this show is happening in Colorado this season, and people from around the state knew about it and were coming. The audience was hungry for this thing.”
Colorado College, as one of the underwriters of the show (Fountain Valley School was the other), had to develop a 10-second tagline. Delaney Utterback, manager of KRCC, and others came up with a spot that mentioned Colorado College “challenging students to mono-task, one class at a time,” and provided the web address for information about the college’s Block Plan.
That “mono-task” phrase resonated with panelist Salie, who used it while on the air. And it also resonated with a listener in Chicago.
The same day the show aired, Colorado College received an e-mail from Marne Glaser in Chicago, which read:

I want to tell you that as I was listening to “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell  Me” on the radio this morning, my ears perked up when I heard the words “mono-task,” “Block Program,” and “Colorado College” mentioned. I am many decades past college, and have no college bound kids, but the idea of one course at a time really cheered me.  I have been a school psychologist for many years, and just been so disappointed in the continuation of “whoops, there’s the bell—put your work away– next!” practices in the schools.  Perhaps it’s my Montessori training that sensitized me to the need for children to focus and mono-task.  I think it’s no wonder that kids are so unable to concentrate these days—we sure don’t help them.  Likewise, I have been disappointed in the way higher education continues to operate—every day and week fragmented so that success in school has more to do with your ability to administratively orchestrate all the required tasks, while deep learning, thinking, and understanding are short-changed.  It gave me a little feeling of hope that some college honored those needs, as well as fortified the connection between the real world and the academic. I wish my college (university) experience could have been like that!
So I just want to say, whatever resources you put toward your advertising, they were effective in getting at least one person’s attention and admiration!  Keep up the good work!
Best wishes,
Marne Glaser

The May 8 “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” show can be heard at:

State of the Rockies Photo Displayed at DIA

Traveling through Denver International Airport this summer? If you’re going out of Terminal A, be on the lookout for a photo taken by Steve Weaver, CC’s technical director of geology.

Layout 1The image, which appears on this year’s State of the Rockies Report Card and poster, is of a herd of grazing bison with the Crestone Peaks in the background, taken on the Medano Ranch in the San Luis Valley.  It will be on display at DIA until July, when it will move to the Colorado State Capitol Building for three months. Because the photo is in a terminal, it can only be viewed by passengers who have cleared security.

The image also was hanging in the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins as part of the Artists’ Association of Northern Colorado (AANC) 19th National Art Exhibition and Sale. It was one of 130 works selected out of a total of 800 entries.

Jim Lewis ’79 Nominated for Tony Award

Jim Lewis ’79, a history and philosophy major at Colorado College, has been nominated for his work on “Fela!,” the Broadway musical that has received 11 Tony Award nominations. Lewis and Bill T. Jones were nominated for “Best Book of a Musical,” which is awarded to librettists of the spoken, non-sung dialogue, and storyline of a musical play. The award  originally was called the “Tony Award for Best Author,” until musicals were split from dramas. 
“Fela!” is about 1970s Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and explores the extravagant, decadent, and rebellious world of the Afrobeat legend. The Tony Awards will be presented on June 13 at Radio City Music Hall. “Fela!” is tied with musical revival “La Cage aux Folles” for the most nominations.

Paul Maruyama Publishes ‘Escape From Manchuria’

Escape from ManchuriaPaul Maruyama, a Colorado College lecturer in Japanese in the German, Russian and East Asian languages department, has published a book titled “Escape from Manchuria.”
The book details the story of Maruyama’s father, Kunio Maruyama, then a 37-year-old Japanese citizen, and his two friends who, together in 1946, devised a plan to escape to Japan from Soviet-occupied Manchuria. The three men personally appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, who was then the Supreme Commander for Allied Power occupying the defeated nation of Japan. The book tells of the courage and perseverance of the three men who eventually brought about the repatriation of 1.7 million Japanese held captive under Soviet occupation in Manchuria. More information about the book is available at: and

Center for Service and Learning Presents Recognition Awards

Awards 002The Center for Service and Learning held its service awards recognition dessert on Wednesday, April 28, presenting awards to 15 recipients.
The Annabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award, presented to a senior who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the Center for Service and Learning, was presented to Jennie Vader ’10. Courtney-Rose Harris ’10 was awarded the Class of 1981 Outstanding Community Service Award, and Lauren Jenkins ’10 received the Organizational Leadership Award, which is presented to a student who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills.
Matt Reuer, technical director of EV science, received the Partnership Award, with numerous nominators citing his dedication and work on the international service trip to Peru.
B Torres ’10 received the award for Commitment Beyond the Course, specifically her work with immigration issues along the U.S./Mexico border. Marley Hamrick ’13 won the Outstanding Initiative by a First-Year Student for her work in reinstating the Disabilities Awareness Club and initiating Project Fuzzy, a benefit for cancer patients. Joel Minor ’10 received the Innovative Leadership award, which is presented to a student who has the insight to recognize an existing community problem and the ability to discover and implement solutions. Colin McCarey ’12, manager of the CC kitchen, received the award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Change, and Gail Murphy-Geiss, associate professor of sociology, received the award for Curricular Innovation and her “Justice Watch” program that monitors the quality of judges.
Spirit Awards, which recognize those volunteers whose community service work has had a substantial impact upon one or more volunteer projects, were awarded to five recipients: Jacqueline Danzig ’10, Bridgett Shephard ’11, Amy Markstein ’10, Kristin Sweeney ’11 and Cristina Landa ’11.
The Teamwork Award went to CREATE, a collaborative program that works with 10 girls at Mann Middle School.

Why I Was Late to Class: Too Much Volcanic Ash

Andrew ManleyColorado College’s drama in London class is experiencing more drama than might be indicated by the syllabus.
CC has 18 students enrolled in Andrew Manley’s Drama 330 course titled “Drama Away – London,” which runs April 19 through May 12. Many students, however, were late for the start of class, stranded across the United States and Europe by the volcanic ash that disrupted air traffic throughout northern Europe.
Manley says the students are scheduled to see 20 performances – mostly plays, but some dance – while studying in London. He arrived a week before the students, and has been busy trying to exchange tickets for later performances, in hopes that the students will eventually make it to class.
And it looks as though they will. By Monday, April 26, all the students but one were expected to be in London, with the last student arriving on April 27, and only one student dropping the course.
“It isn’t the end of the world,” Manley said via cell phone from London. “There are worse things than cramming in a lot of great theater.”
One of his biggest concerns was that some students may not arrive in time to see “Jerusalem,” a new comic play that is billed as “wildly original.” Their playbill also includes the “Pirates of Penzance,” “Enron,” “Spymonkey’s Moby Dick,” and several Shakespeare plays.
“People have been really, really good about working with me, and have been willing to exchange the tickets we have for other days. They realize this is a natural disaster,” Manley said.
Manley’s hope that all the students would arrive in London by the second week of the Block seems to have been granted. And it looks like most of the students will have had plenty of experience in drama by then.