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Changes Aim for Better Utilization of CC Legal and Business Resources

As a result of the substantial improvements in dining services and the bookstore, and with a desire to use college resources even more effectively, CC is reallocating oversight responsibilities for several of the college’s auxiliary functions.

In 2006 the positions of legal counsel and director of business were combined when Legal Counsel Chris Melcher joined the college. The college benefitted from having one individual with significant legal and business experience manage both areas of responsibility, and achieved immediate salary and benefit savings. Now with dining services and the bookstore on firm footing, the college will eliminate the director of business position, and redistribute oversight of auxiliaries. Effective March 22, the dining service and bookstore contracts will be managed by Vice President of Finance and Administration Robert Moore, and the college’s managed properties and insurance and risk management functions will be managed by Legal Counsel Melcher, in addition to his current legal responsibilities.

In his business role, Melcher oversaw significant transformations and improvements in the dining service and campus bookstore. In 2007-08, the college completed a competitive new food service bid process, won by Bon Appetit, which was overseen by Melcher and the Campus Food Service Committee. The change to Bon Appetit has resulted in improved food service, progress on sustainability, an improved sense of community, and a contribution from Bon Appetit of $3.5 million toward the renovation of CC’s food service facilities.

Additionally, in 2008-09, the ad hoc Bookstore Advisory Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students and supported by Melcher, spent months exploring the future of campus bookstores and textbooks, ultimately reaching a unanimous recommendation to award a contract for management of the campus bookstore to Validis (Nebraska Books). The college secured a beneficial contract, and the transition took place in Block 6.

As a result of these improvements, the college now has an opportunity to reorganize these responsibilities and make permanent the savings realized from combining the positions of legal counsel and director of business.

Robert Moore and Chris Melcher will work closely to ensure a smooth transition and look forward to the greater effectiveness these changes will produce. CC is continuing its efforts to fulfill the Board of Trustees request that the college look for ways to improve efficiencies and operations. Feel free to call either Moore or Melcher, or others in their offices, with questions regarding these changes, or go to:

Ed Eng to leave CC at the end of June

For personal and family reasons, Ed Eng has decided to leave Colorado College at the end of June 2010.  A search committee will be formed to select a qualified individual to replace him as the director of facilities services.  In his  tenure at CC, he was able to shepherd the Long Range Development Plan through the city planning process, including,  at neighborhood meetings, presentations to the City Planning Commission, and ultimately City Council for their approval.  He successfully managed a 15 percent reduction in facilities staffing and planned for continued maintenance despite a $1 million reduction in the  renewal and replacement (R&R) projects budget.  Through his initiative, a Long Range Maintenance Plan is being developed to assist in guiding the college in the judicious expenditure of facilities operations and maintenance dollars.  The college wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Board of Trustees Meeting Actions

The Board of Trustees met February 25-27, 2010 and conducted the following business: 
Voted to approve:

  • Tenure and promotion to associate professor for Assistant Professors David Brown, Emily Chan, Gail Murphy-Geiss, Andrew Price-Smith, Wade Roberts, and John Williams.
  • Professor Emeritus status for Marie Cort Daniels. 
  • Awarding honorary degrees during Opening Convocation in September 2010 to Vincent Bzdek ’82, Ryan Haygood ’93, and Diane Rayor ‘80.
  • Clifton Gunderson, LLP as the college’s new external auditor beginning with the fiscal year 2009-2010 audit.
  • The 2010-2011 budget.
  • Trustee Mike Lampton as the new secretary of the Board.

While on campus, trustees met with the Student Alumni Association, Colorado College Student Government Association, and class officers; dined with the athletes and coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball, swimming and diving, and tennis teams; and cheered on the CC men’s hockey team as they competed against the University of North Dakota.

CC Fridays are here!

 Story and photo by Erin Thacker, Coordinator of Sports Services
“TGIF” Thank goodness it’s Friday!  The end of a week often is a cause for celebration.  Why not turn Fridays on campus into “TGICCF,” or thank Chas dressed croppedgoodness it’s CC Friday!  What are CC Fridays, you may ask?  It’s a day when the entire campus can rally together and celebrate the unique Colorado College community of which we are a part.  What started as an idea this fall has been transformed into a vision to start a new and lasting tradition across campus.
Each Friday we encourage faculty, staff, and students to show their support of CC and wear black, gold, or CC gear.  For those of you who have a hard time picking out your wardrobe each day, Friday now is a no brainer … wear black, gold or CC gear! 
Not only do we hope this turns into another great CC tradition, but we see CC Fridays as a way to increase campus morale and a great way to support where we work and the wonderful students that we work with.  What a great way to display the uniqueness of our community to prospects visiting campus.  How exciting for an alumnus back to visit campus to see how much the community has grown over the years.  How exciting for a student walking to class to be reminded that they are at CC, the best place to continue their intellectual adventure through life.  A student competing and representing Colorado College that weekend will be reminded that they are supported across campus.  A CC employee walking into work on Friday is reminded yet again of the great place where they work and is rejuvenated and motivated to make a positive impact in the lives of our students.
With so many great reasons to participate in CC Fridays, the question isn’t should I, but rather which CC gear, black or gold item will I wear today? Each Friday … black, gold or CC gear will do … show your support of Colorado College !

Get to Know: Pamela Train Leutz, Assistant to the Dean of the College/Faculty

Pam_L_013Walk into the dean’s office, and you’ll immediately recognize Pamela Leutz’s desk: It’s the one with the miniature bookbinding press and plough. Leutz, who relocated to Colorado Springs from Dallas almost three years ago, started as the staff assistant in the CC sociology department in 2008, and became assistant to the dean of the college and faculty in June 2009.

Following college, Leutz found her passion for bookbinding when she moved to Dallas in 1977 and for more than 30 years, she has studied, taught, and trained under experts throughout the world.

Living in Dallas and raising a family, Leutz’s passion for bookbinding began with a class at the Craft Guild of Dallas in 1979. She later served as chairman and co-chairman of the bookbinding department and then as an instructor for many years. Leutz has studied with master bookbinders in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. She studied bookbinding techniques such as design bindings, decorative paper making, box binding and conservation, and continued teaching the craft to others.

In 1985, Leutz embraced her craft and began binding books for friends and clients. In 1990, she became inspired by other talented artists upon joining the Guild of Book Workers. For the past 18 years, Leutz taught bookbinding classes at places such as The Craft Guild of Dallas, The Dallas Museum of Art, Imagination Celebration, Southern Methodist University’s informal courses, The Press of Colorado College, and her own private studio.

Leutz’s passion for the craft grew into the love of the artisans who keep bookbinding alive. She recently published a book, “The Thread that Binds: Interviews with Private Practice Bookbinders,” a result of interviews she conducted between 2004-08 with bookbinders across the country, as well as overseas. In the book, 21 independent bookbinders tell their stories. “I believe stories to be more valuable than any material possession. It is my passion to preserve them in well-crafted, hand-bound books that last through generations,” Leutz says.

Bookbinders and book artists will use unbound editions of her book, “The Thread That Binds,” and bind them into innovative and stunning one-of-a-kind bindings for two upcoming exhibitions. The first, an online exhibit in the fall of 2010, is “The Bindorama,” available through the Books Arts web site: The second, sponsored by the Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, opens in Dallas in the spring of 2011. In addition, Leutz has her own bookbinding business, also called The Thread That Binds (formerly called The Gilded Edge in Dallas).

A native of Chicago, Leutz was born in Oak Park, Ill., and grew up in Barrington, Ill., where she lived for more than 14 years. She attended Denison University and Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with a teaching degree. When she is not bookbinding, she enjoys long walks with her yellow lab, Sadie, and spending time with family and friends. She is most proud of her three grown children, JoAnn, Julie, and Jack.

Recyclemania Competition results as of February 18

By George Eckhardt, Facilities Services

Colorado College is making news in the current 2010 Recyclemania Competition, the second year of participation; some good and some not-so-good news. Recyclemania began on January 17 and runs for 10 weeks through March 27. The college is participating in three categories of the competition: Grand Champion, Per Capita Classic, and Waste Minimization.  At this moment, CC is running 24th overall in recycling rate, second in recycling pounds per person, and a lowly 179th in total waste generation pounds per person. 
Last year, the college ended up 24th out of a field of 234 in the Grand Champion division with a 46.01 percent recycling rate, compared to our current competition standing of 24th with a 47.88 percent recycling rate.  In the Per Capita Classic last year, the college was 12th with 41.75 cumulative pounds per person recycle rate, compared to our current outstanding ranking of second out of 305 with 8.5 pounds recycled per person.  In the Waste Minimization category, Colorado College did not fare well last year, finishing 130th out of 148 with 90.75 cumulative pounds of trash per person. This year, the college is currently running 179th out of 185 with 17.64 cumulative pounds per person.  There are reports from the grounds department that early morning visitors are “donating” trash and recycle materials to college trash and recycle areas. This could account for our less than stellar numbers for overall waste generation. Being a mostly residential campus may also contribute to higher waste generation. 
Competition updates can be seen by typing in , and clicking on results page.
For more information about Recyclemania, go to:

Arthur House gets state restoration grant

Arthur House after west porch restoration and installation of ADA ramp. Photo courtesy George Eckhardt.

Arthur House after west porch restoration and installation of ADA ramp. Photo courtesy George Eckhardt.

Colorado College has been awarded a second State Historical Fund grant in the amount of $133,800 to continue the challenging exterior stone and wood trim restoration of Arthur House, 1106 N. Nevada Ave. The restoration of the wraparound porch was completed last summer, thanks to the first grant award of $115,000. An ADA ramp also was incorporated, using ADA improvement funds.
This new grant brings Colorado College’s State Historical Fund preservation grant awards to a total of $1,765,012. The college has received 18 grant awards since its initial 1993 historic property survey.

Tigers place 42 on SCAC fall honor roll

Slightly more than half of the CC student-athletes competing in sports sponsored by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference earned a spot on the SCAC Honor Roll for excellence in the classroom during the 2009 fall semester.
Forty-two of 83 Tigers were honored for posting a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 for the semester. The men’s cross country and men’s soccer teams had the most players honored with 13 apiece.
 The volleyball team had the highest percentage of athletes recognized, with nine of 16 players earning the distinction, just slightly ahead of the men’s and women’s cross country teams which had half of their rosters honored.
Ten CC student-athletes earned all-conference honors for their accomplishments in competition and the classroom – Meredith Ballard (volleyball); Jackson Brainerd (cross country); Trevor Cobb (soccer); Brian Engle (soccer); Dan Kraft (cross country); Emily Perkins (volleyball); Jordan Reese (soccer); Amy Schornack (volleyball); Andrew Wagner (cross country); and David Wilder (cross country).
“It is wonderful for the SCAC to recognize not only the athletic ability of our students but also recognize their exceptional work in the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Ken Ralph. “We have high expectation of our students and they meet the challenge at every opportunity.”
Here’s a list of Colorado College student-athletes who achieved the honor by sport:
Men’s Cross Country: Jackson Brainerd, Sean Buck, Rob Caseria, Mike Dougan, Brad Dsida, Adam Edelman, Colin Gazley, Nicholas Geyer, Dan Kraft, Ian Shiach, Andrew Wagner, Christopher Waters, David Wilder.
 Women’s Cross Country: Megan Hurster, Georgia Ivsin, Molly Lynch, Devin Nadar, Nina Roumell, Rebecca Thompson, Hannah Wear.
 Men’s Soccer: Trevor Cob, Keith Drury, Joel Dungan, Chris Ellis, Brian Engle, Ben Hancock, Anthony Hyatt, Warren King, Nick Lammers, Chris Lutz, Andrew McGhie, Jordan Reese, Dan Wright.
 Volleyball: Meredith Ballard, Annie Bernacchi, Haley Hamilton, Kameron Moding, Holli Palmer, Emily Perkins, Amy Schornack, Krista Tani, Hannah Varnell.

‘Trash Peak’ raises awareness

People were talkin’ trash at Colorado College on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Not only were they talking it, but they were also sorting and analyzing it.
Trash Peak 022About 30 cubic yards of trash was piled high around the Earle Flagpole on Worner Quad – visual reminder of how much trash CC accumulates in a single day.
“Trash Peak,” sponsored by EnAct and the Office of Sustainability, highlights the college’s participation in the 10-week national Recyclemania competition among colleges and universities to see which college’s recycling numbers are best.
Members of EnAct sorted the trash and audited it, determining that approximately 40 percent of the material could have been diverted from the landfill by recycling, composting, or reusing. Emily Wright, CC’s sustainability coordinator, says, “From our first week of tracking, we Trash Peak carnivorecalculated CC’s waste diversion rate to be between 45 and 50 percent. So, theoretically, we could get up to 80 or 90 percent waste diversion if all of the recyclable material generated on campus was sent through the single stream system.”
The goal is to increase awareness of the college’s waste minimization rate by cutting down on trash and promoting use of such items as reusable mugs and water bottles, Wright said.
CC’s Carnivore Club also participated in the event, grilling burgers outside Worner Campus Center for those who wanted them. And “Art of Recycling” barrels, painted by the students the previous weekend, lined the walkways. Most of the painted barrels will be placed around Worner to promote Recyclemania, and a few will be donated to municipal buildings.

Film by two ’92 grads nominated for Academy Award

Daniel Junge

Daniel Junge

A documentary film by Henry Ansbacher and Daniel Junge, who both graduated from Colorado College in 1992, has been nominated for an Academy Award. The  film, “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” is a nominee in the short documentary category. The film focuses on Booth Gardner, the former governor of Washington, who leads a campaign to legalize assisted suicide while dealing with the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Henry Ansbacher

Henry Ansbacher

The winners of the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced on March 7. More information about the film is available at: