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Colorado 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!
The May 8 “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” show can be heard at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=35
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.
The 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.
Colorado 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.
Photo by Steve Weaver
The 2010 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card, which is dedicated to agriculture in the Rockies, is now available online. Currently in its seventh year, the annual State of the Rockies Report Card, a research project of Colorado College students and faculty, tackles complex and pressing regional issues that often have greater ramifications for the entire nation. The 132-page Report Card delves deep into the region’s agricultural history, land and water use, demographics, production, finance, and organization, providing a “foodprint” of Rockies’ agriculture. Kudos to this year’s student researchers:
* Patrick Creeden ’10, researched threats to ranching, ways to preserve ranchland, and open space
* Zoe Wick ’10, researched demographics in agriculture, American Indians, women operators in agriculture, and migrant farm labor
* Katherine Sherwood ’10, researched land in agriculture, organics and the new food economy, and the Big Thompson water project
* Emil Dimantchev ’11, researched the financial side of agriculture, subsidy allocation, and alternative agricultural enterprises
* Jayash Paudel ’10, researched farm organization and alternative agricultural enterprises
* Russell Clarke ’10, researched agricultural production, particularly bison, dairy, and beef production
During 2009-10, Colorado College also hosted a related series of State of the Rockies Food and Agriculture panels and speakers as part of the college’s outreach activities and efforts to strengthen its engagement in the region. To view the Report Card, go to: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/StateoftheRockies/reportcard.html
Six Colorado College faculty members have been approved for tenure and promotion to associate professor. They are:
David Brown, mathematics. Brown joined Colorado College in 2004. He earned a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1992 and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Davis, in 2001. Brown is a mathematical biologist, using mathematical models to investigate biological phenomena. His research is in population biology and ecology, with a recent foray into bacterial genetics. In his dissertation work, he studied stochastic (i.e. incorporating chance) models of the spatial spread of plant diseases. As a postdoctoral candidate, he studied the interactions between global climate change, soil food webs, and nutrient fluxes.
Emily Chan, psychology. Chan joined Colorado College in 2004. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Princeton University in 1997 and a
Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2002. Chan’s research interests include social psychology; interpersonal perception and self-presentation; prejudice and stereotyping; conflict and negotiation; judgment and decision making; evolutionary psychology; and cross-cultural social psychology.
Gail Murphy-Geiss, sociology. Murphy-Geiss joined Colorado College in 2004. She has a B.A. from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, a master’s of divinity from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Her doctoral work in religion and social change culminated in a dissertation on family values among mainline Protestants. She teaches in the areas of gender, religion and family, and research methods. Her most recent research projects focus on sexual harassment in the United Methodist Church and women arrested for domestic violence. She also is interested in religion in relation to social institutions, especially law (civil religion and globalization; secularization; Supreme Court decisions on the “separation” of church and state and their social roots/consequences), church-sect-cult development, and new religious movements. Within the sociology of family, she is interested in changing family structures and domestic violence.
Andrew Price-Smith, political science. Price-Smith joined Colorado College in 2005. He has a B.A. from Queen’s University in Ontario, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto, where he also served as founding director of the Project on Health and Global Affairs at the Munk Center for International Studies. Before coming to Colorado College, Price-Smith taught in the government and environmental sciences departments at the University of South Florida. He is a specialist in international health and development and biosecurity issues and the author of “The Health of Nations,” which was short-listed for the Grawemeyer Award, and “Contagion and Chaos: Disease, Ecology, and National Security in the Era of Globalization.”
Wade Roberts, sociology. Roberts joined Colorado College in 2004. He holds a B.A. from Minnesota State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches courses in political and environmental sociology, the sociology of health and medicine, and quantitative research methods. He also teaches a field-based course on development in Sierra Leone, where he is conducting a case study to examine both the institutional origins of state failure and the present organization of development efforts in a failed state context. That research builds on his continuing cross-national research on the institutional determinants of economic and social development. Roberts is particularly interested in the broad-based impacts of national family planning programs for a variety of development outcomes, and remains engaged in an ongoing project on the politics of institutional design of the U.S. welfare state, examining privatization reform efforts of Social Security and Medicare.
John Williams, history. Williams joined Colorado College in 2004. He earned a B.A. from Indiana University in history and East Asian languages and literature in 1990, an M.A. from Harvard University in East Asian regional studies in 1993, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005. His dissertation, titled “Fraud and Inquest in Jiangnan: The Politics of Examination in Early Qing China,” studied the political culture of Qing China using a civil service examination scandal as a point of departure for examining the relationship between ethnic tension, social mobility, and corruption in the early 18th-century. His research interests include 18th-century Qing political culture; Manchu aristocratic politics; the Yongzheng succession; popular religion and peasant militias in 20th-century China; and China, the Columbian exchange, and the Pacific Rim.
Steve Lawson, humanities librarian at Tutt Library, was featured in Library Journal, one of the major trade magazines for librarians.
Each year the magazine runs a feature called “Movers and Shakers,” in which it profiles about 50 peer-nominated librarians who have been doing interesting things. This year, Lawson was profiled along with his friend Josh Neff, a librarian at Johnson County Library in Kansas. The two started the Library Society of the World (LSW), which Lawson calls “a sometimes-jokey, sometimes-serious association of librarians.” LSW serves as a way for librarians to join a supportive personal and professional network online. The group has a running chat session on the FriendFeed social networking site and has raised money for the Louisville Free Public Library, which was flooded last year. Lawson and Neff also initiated the Shovers & Makers awards, a parody of the Library Journal‘s Movers & Shakers. The Library Journal profile of Lawson (and Neff) can be viewed at:
English Professor Dave Mason was featured on the PBS NewsHour on Thursday, April 1, and a few days earlier one of his poems was featured as the weekly poem. Mason ’78 is the author of “Ludlow,” a novel in verse that tells the story of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre in southern Colorado. It was named best poetry book of 2007 by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Other books include “The Buried Houses,” winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, “The Country I Remember,” winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and “Arrivals.” The featured weekly poem is at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/03/weekly-poem-from-ludlow.html.
The extended interview, which includes two additional poems and three interview excerpts, is featured on PBS at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/entertainment/poetry/
Andrea Chalfin, news director for KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member radio station, won second place from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association for “Mise en Place” in the “Best Mini-Documentary or Series” category.
“Mise en Place” is a monthly series based on “Colorado Proud,” which comes from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and highlights a Colorado agricultural product. Chalfin or one of KRCC News freelancers typically visits a farmer and a chef for each one, though there have been variations, including speaking with a CSU-Pueblo professor about the historical significance of squash in the region. The show also provides recipes online, one from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and one from the chef who is interviewed.
“Mise en Place” airs at 5:45 p.m. (actually, 5:44:30) the first Friday of each month, and again at 10 a.m. on Sunday, prior to the beginning of “The Splendid Table.” Be sure to tune in to KRCC 91.5 FM on Friday, April 2, for a story on herbs. To view the series, which often has extra content such as slideshows and audio, go to:
A group of 10 Colorado College students participated in one of the alternative spring break trips sponsored by BreakOut, a student-led, student-organized association that coordinates service trips during Block and Spring breaks. The students drove four hours south to volunteer their time at a Texas animal shelter. While there, they were featured on the local television news:
By Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, interim director of the office of minority and international students
The office of minority and international students is pleased to share some wonderful news! Construction will begin this summer on the Ellis U. Butler Jr. Center for Intercultural Leadership (the current working title), which will be located in the ground level of the Lennox/Glass House.
Butler was an African American student who graduated from Colorado College in 1940. This past year, he passed away, leaving $150,000 to Colorado College. In 1982, when Butler’s wife, Ora Brandon Butler, died, he began giving an annual gift to the college in her name. With that gift, he wrote a moving letter highlighting “certain unpleasant experiences I went through as a negro student” while at CC; but he went on to say that he not only survived, but thrived. It was through his reflective comparisons of his “unpleasant experiences” at Colorado College with the “soul-killing racial discrimination” his wife experienced in her native state of Louisiana, that he seemed able to reconcile his own experiences, cast them in a new light and see his circumstances as challenging, but not nearly as challenging as what his wife had endured. In a very real sense, Ellis Butler and his relationship with CC moved to a place of gratitude and forgiveness. His generous gifts throughout the years were certainly indicative of the high esteem in which he still held his alma mater.
Construction is scheduled to begin July 1 and will hopefully be completed in September. The current Student Cultural Center, which has served the needs of students over the years, will be re-designated back to the college in the interests of overall space considerations; its specific use is yet to be determined. While the current structure has served an important role over the past several years, it is currently not the most optimal space in which to host cultural programming for large groups, support student technology needs, or serve as an academic/classroom space. The newly constructed facility will accomplish this, and much more, as it offers:
- A larger, more expansive area to hold greater numbers of people for large meetings and events but also can be divided when necessary for smaller meeting spaces.
- Ideal study spaces—small, intimate corners for individuals or groups of students.
- Creation of a “smart” classroom that automatically increases the usage of the building.
- A kitchen that is twice the size of the current Student Cultural Center kitchen, providing increased counter space and a dining room table for meetings.
- A “bar” area that will be converted into student computing portals.
- Several unused corners and spaces for additional storage, allowing greater management of and access to student organization supplies and materials.
- ADA accessibility through the construction of an architecturally non-invasive lift, thus ensuring complete accessibility for all students and campus members.
- Access to the center through a separate entrance on the north side, eliminating safety issues for residents and designating the center as a public campus space.
Naming this space after Ellis Butler, in a very appropriate way, honors the presence and experience of all minority students—past, present, and future—at Colorado College. We are excited to bring you this wonderful news and hope that you will visit the new center once it is completed. During Homecoming Weekend, we hope to host a large celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for current students and alumni, so please watch for details.