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Eric Perramond Publishes New Book on Mexican Cattle Ranching

Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest studies and environmental science, has published a new book, “Political Ecologies Perramond bookof Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions.”
The book, published by the University of Arizona Press, examines the Río Sonora region of northern Mexico, where ranchers own anywhere from several hundred to tens of thousands of acres. Perramond evaluates management techniques, labor expenditures, gender roles, and decision-making on private ranches of varying size. By examining the economic and ecological dimensions of daily decisions made on and off the ranch, he shows that, contrary to prevailing notions, ranchers rarely collude as a class unless land titles are at issue, and that their decision-making is as varied as the landscapes they oversee.

Recipients of Named Professorships Announced

Colorado College has announced the recipients of the Reed, McKee, and Hochman named professorships. Each faculty member was chosen based on exemplary teaching and scholarship. They are:

  • Marc Snyder, professor of biology, is the Thomas M. McKee Professor in the Natural Sciences.
  • Paul Myrow, professor of geology, was appointed the Verner Z. Reed Professor in Natural Sciences.
  • Anne Hyde, professor of history, was awarded the William R. Hochman Endowed Chair in History.

Chili Cook-Off Stirs Up Competition, Camaraderie

By Jane Newberry, executive athletics  assistant
 March 17 heralded the celebration of not only St. Patrick’s Day, but also the Second Annual Colorado College Athletics Department Chili Cook-Off.
An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a wide variety of chili styles, including the green chili entered by Cecelia Gonzales of facilities services, which took first prize.  Closely following was a smoky pork green chili created by Glen Luther, assistant manager of the Honnen ice rink, and a sophisticated wine-infused green chili by Darrold Hughes, athletic field specialist.
In the red chili category, Athletic Director Ken Ralph took first place.  Ann DeStefano, psychology staff assistant, was close behind with an “old-school” red chili (as described by her grandson), but believes she’ll be trying out approximately 365 new versions over the course of next year to try to come in on top.  A rookie at chili cook-offs, Budget Director Lyrae Williams had a spicy red entry that was very good.  Head soccer coach Horst Richardson and his wife, Helen, entered their famous bison chili, while Assistant Athletics Director Rick Swan brought in Beth’s Best Chili.  Jane Newberry, athletics executive assistant, brought in a red competitor “just like Mom’s.”
The competition was followed with prizes and a women’s lacrosse contest with Colorado College vs. Skidmore on Washburn field (CC defeated Skidmore College, 14-13).
“We really enjoy hosting the competition,” said Nancy Luther, athletics office assistant.  “It gives us a chance to see people from all over the campus that don’t always come to see us here.”
The athletics department sincerely hopes more people enter next year—and remember, you don’t have to enter to come over, taste chili, and have a great time.

CC’s Interdisciplinary ‘Art Bus’ Project Wins Davis Project for Peace Award

Three Colorado College students have been awarded the Davis Project for Peace for their project featuring traveling art workshops serving homeless and impoverished communities. Shire Brown ’10, an English major; Jody Joyner ’10, a studio art major; and Eddie Hazera ’11, a biology major, have received $10,000 for their collaborative project,  “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Da Bus: Traveling Art Workshops for Peace.”
The three will travel to San Francisco and Portland, Ore., for eight weeks this summer, where they will partner with existing agencies currently serving the homeless and impoverished, but which lack artistic and creative outlets. The students will live in and work out of the “Art Bus,” a retrofitted school bus, conducting workshops and presentation which incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to music, poetry, and visual art. They will conclude their stay in both cities with a final presentation, allowing the participants to display or perform their work.
Kathryn Davis, a 103-year-old philanthropist, launched the Davis Projects for Peace initiative in 2007, on her 100th birthday. The program is designed to encourage and support college students seeking to promote peace throughout the world. Each of the 100 selected projects receives $10,000 in funding.
“The competition on more than 90 campuses was keen and we congratulate the students who proposed the winning projects,” said Philip O. Geier, executive director of the Davis UWC Scholars Program.

Senior Jody Joyner Receives Watson Fellowship

Jody Joyner 10Jody Joyner ’10, a studio art major from Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for her project, “The Art of Place: Where We Are.”
Joyner will travel to the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Japan, and Canada to study how artists visually convey their perceptions of and connections to the natural world, how their artwork reflects knowledge of local geographies, and whether art cultivates a sense of place.
The fellowship provides for a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States. During her year, Joyner will investigate pre-historic, traditional, and contemporary artistic traditions that incorporate nature. While immersed in unique landscapes – from the deserts of Central and Western Australia to the lowlands of the United Kingdom – she hopes to better understand how artists respond to the lands they inhabit and how their response reflects their community and culture.
Joyner is one of only 40 college seniors to receive a Watson Fellowship.
The 42nd class of Watson Fellows come from 23 states and three foreign countries, and will traverse 76 countries during their Watson year.

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.