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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 www.recyclemania.org/ , and clicking on results page.
For more information about Recyclemania, go to:  http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/doc/publicity/prop_presentationAP.ppt

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:
http://oscar.go.com/nominations/nominees/the-last-campaign-of-governor-booth-gardner/3229

CC alumna becomes sixth nominee for U.S. administration

cynthia_chavez_lamarCynthia Chavez Lamar CC ’92 has been nominated to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development by President Barack Obama. She becomes the sixth Colorado College alumni to be selected for a position with the current administration. Chavez Lamar is the director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M., where she works to foster collaborative relationships and projects among Native peoples, organizations, and institutions. She is the former museum director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and the former associate curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Colorado College presented her with an honorary doctorate in 2008 and she received a governor’s appointment to the New Mexico Arts Commission in 2009. Chavez Lamar also was the guest lecturer at the October 2008 Aficionados Luncheon and Lecture, where she discussed “Respecting the Past, Engaging the Present: Pueblo Artists of the 21st Century.”

The other five CC alumni in the current administration are:

  • Harris Sherman ’64, agriculture undersecretary for natural resources and environment
  • Jane Lubchenco ’69, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Marcia Kemper McNutt ’74, director of the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Ken Salazar ’77, Secretary of the Interior
  • Lori Garver ’83, deputy administrator at NASA

Marion Hourdequin awarded NSF grant for military land restoration

Marion Hourdequin, assistant professor of philosophy at Colorado College, has been awarded a $244,881 grant from the National Science Foundation. Hourdequin received the grant in collaboration with David Havlick, assistant professor of geography and environmental studies at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The funding supports three years of research on the ecological restoration of former military lands, focusing specifically on lands now managed as National Wildlife Refuges. The grant also provides research opportunities for two CC undergraduate students and a UCCS graduate student, as well as a workshop for land managers.
Hourdequin and Havlick, a husband-and-wife team, will examine restoration goals at these military-to-wildlife (M2W) sites, many of which are heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals and unexploded ordnance, yet also are ecologically rich and relatively undeveloped.
To view the Gazette’s story, go to: http://www.gazette.com/articles/colorado-93336-grant-military.html

C.J. Pascoe co-authors youth and digital media book

C.J. PascoeC.J. Pascoe, assistant sociology professor, is co-author of a new book, “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.” The book provides a grounded and nuanced description of today’s digital youth culture and practices as they negotiate their identity, peer-based relationships, and relationships with adults. The data comes from an ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. The book, published by MIT Press, was written as a collaborative effort by members of the Digital Youth Project, a three-year research effort funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The veiled birthday celebration

VeilsGina Lujan’s 50th birthday was kept under wraps, sort of.
Lujan is the benefits specialist in the CC Human Resources department. And Tuesday, she discovered one of the “benefits” of working in that office: The entire department wore black and adorned themselves in veils to commemorate Lujan’s 50th birthday.
All six members of the department wore black tulle veils that Human Resources Manager Pam Butler whipped up the night before. Lujan had no idea what was in store when she arrived at work, and at first was mystified when one by one, her coworkers walked into her office wearing the black veils. (They later presented her with a veil too.) Shaleen Prehm, human resources manager and benefits administrator, baked a “dirt” cake with gummy worms for the occasion, and decorated Lujan’s office with balloons.

Dan Johnson’s Olympic predictions making media waves

Dan Johnson, CC associate professor of economics, is making waves in the media world with his Olympic medals predictions. Television stations, newspapers, and blogs around the world are picking up his predictions, which were released January 18. Within 36 hours, he was featured in Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/19/olympic-medal-predictions-business-sports-medals.html; on Canadian television: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/ID=1390655465;
in the Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/sports/vancouver2010/news/2010/01/19/12531926.html; on a Reuters blog: http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2010/01/22/economic-model-sees-winter-olympics-gold-for-canada/; in an Italian newspaper (link not available); and cited in an on-air report by Bloomberg.
Johnson uses only non-athletic data to make his forecasts. He considers per capita income, population, climate, and political structure of the nations competing, along with the obvious advantage of hosting the Games. This last factor works heavily in Canada’s favor this year, putting them one medal ahead of the United States and Norway in the model’s predictions.
As a Canadian-born economist, that prediction warms Johnson’s heart, but he insists that the results are pure statistics.
Johnson first constructed the model with a colleague before the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Since then, the model has proven itself over five consecutive Olympics, averaging a correlation of 94 percent with actual medal counts, and 87 percent for gold medals specifically.
The big story this year, from Johnson’s perspective is that Canada should win three more medals than it won in Torino in 2006, due primarily to its home-field advantage. Canada is predicted to narrowly edge out the U.S., Norway, Austria, Sweden, Russia, and Germany for the title. However, Russia is predicted to win the race for gold medals, edging out Germany and winning three more than Canada or the U.S.
Why does he do it? Johnson says that he treats the model’s predictions as ‘benchmarks’ to help set national expectations at realistic levels. “We all subconsciously know,” he says, “that small, poor, warm nations are at a disadvantage when it comes to the Winter Games. Our model quantifies those effects, so that each nation can celebrate victory if they exceed the model’s predictions. For a small nation, winning three medals is an amazing accomplishment. For the U.S. or Germany or Russia, it’s appropriate to expect a lot more.”
This year, Johnson decided to publicly report only the predictions for nations that are expected to win 10 or more medals. “We can all celebrate with the nations not on the list, every time that they win a medal,” he says.

Accuracy rate of Johnson’s predictions for total medals won by a country:
2008 Beijing Summer Games: 93 percent
2006 Torino Winter Games: 93 percent
2004 Athens Summer Games: 94 percent
2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: 94 percent
2000 Sydney Summer Games: 95 percent

Accuracy rate of Johnson’s predictions for gold medals won by a country:
2008 Beijing Summer Games: 92 percent
2006 Torino Winter Games: 89 percent
2004 Athens Summer Games: 86 percent
2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: 85 percent
2000 Sydney Summer Games: 84 percent
A complete news release with Johnson’s predictions can be seen at: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/news_events/releases/2010/Jan.%2010/Olympic%20predictions.asp