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Team-Taught Class Goes to Chile

Author Antonio Skármeta, Professors Pamela Tala and Salvino Bizzarro with their 33 students from CC enjoy a break during Block IV in Chile. Next to Skármeta (in the blue dress) is Miranda Bodenhofer, actress in the Academy Award Spanish entry in 2010 of Fernando Trueba's film, “The Dancer and the Thief.” Skármeta's book, "Il Postino," is the basis of the movie by the same name and the opera “El Cartero de Neruda” by Daniel Catán, which premiered with the Los Angeles Opera in September, 2010, and started Placido Domingo.

Bryan Rommel-Ruiz Publishes “American History Goes to the Movies”

Associate Professor of History Bryan Rommel-Ruiz has a new book out, titled “American History Goes to the Movies: Hollywood and the American Experience.” The research and writing for the book evolved from the film and history class that he teaches at Colorado College. Using films from many different genres, the book draws together movies that depict the Civil War, the Wild West, the assassination of JFK, and the events of 9/11, to show how viewers use movies to make sense of the past. “American History Goes to the Movies” addresses not only how we render history for popular enjoyment, but also how Hollywood’s renderings of America influence the way Americans see themselves and how they make sense of the world.

Brew Tasting Proves to be Popular — and Educational

Students attending the Brew Tasting in Gaylord Hall on Dec. 8.

Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, and few would argue that it is also the most popular alcoholic beverage on college campuses.

That’s why a group of CC students recently organized a beer tasting dinner, in which a variety of beers were paired with accompanying foods.

“Because of the relationship between alcohol abuse and sexual safety, I find it important to have events on campus that foster a safer drinking environment,” said Nathan Brand ’11, who was instrumental in organizing the Dec. 8 Brew Tasting, which was held in Gaylord Hall and attended by 60 guests. “While some campus events already do serve alcohol for students to enjoy, they do not incorporate an educational component. The purpose of events such as Brew Tasting is to teach people how to enjoy alcohol as an art form, rather than just simply as a means to an end.”

“The event was an opportunity for students over 21 to experience alcohol in a mature setting, in which they learned about beer and beer-food pairings.  Students also had the opportunity to interact with staff member in a social setting,” said Heather Horton, CC’s sexual assault response coordinator.

Brand, who was last year’s co-chair of SOSS (Student Organization for Sexual Safety) enlisted seniors Nick Hawks and Chris Shambaugh to lead the event, which featured eight craft brews.

Hawks, who writes the popular Brew-HaHa column in the Catalyst, said one of the goals of the Brew Tasting was to educate fellow students so they would know and appreciated what they were drinking.

He and Shambaugh selected craft beers in a variety of categories to complement a five-course meal that started with grapes and cheese and included a Caesar salad, red vegetarian chili, lamb chops, and tiramisu for dessert. “We wanted students to sip slowly and learn to identify the flavors they were experiencing. We asked them to describe and label what they were tasting,” Hawks said.

He labeled the evening a success, adding that students came up to him after the event, saying they had no idea beer could have so much complexity. The evening also had an inferred lesson, he said, which was that beer can be sipped and enjoyed; that drinking doesn’t have to lead to drunkenness, and that imbibing with a meal is a form of drinking that is an enjoyable way to consume alcohol.

The event was sponsored by Horton’s office, along with SOSS and Campus Activities.  Hawks said there are plans to hold another Brew Tasting in the spring semester, with a completely different line-up of beers. “There’s just so much great beer out there that I want to introduce people to,” he said.

Tiger-rific! Residential Life and Housing Wins CC Fridays Contest

The Winners: Residential Life and Housing.

Apparently, CC is a well-dressed group. Or at least, when it comes to donning CC apparel.

Alumni and Parent Relations. Photo by Alex Truax '11.

Erin Thacker, coordinator of sports services, reports broad participation in the CC Fridays Best Dressed Contest, which

Development Office.

began in Block II and concluded last week. The winner was Residential Life and Housing, which submitted five photos taken on five different Fridays. For their donning of black and gold and all

Finance and Administration.

things Tiger, they will receive a complimentary pizza and pasta party.

 Departments across campus submitted “Friday photos” to Thacker. “All in all it was a great contest and we had

President's Office.

wonderful participation across campus. It was great to see pictures come across my email each Friday.  Each picture was even more creative than the one before,” she says.

KRCC Receives $5,000 Grant for Local News, Cultural Programming

KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.

Delaney Utterback, KRCC’s general manager, said the grant would be used to help support KRCC’s local news and cultural programming.

“We’re thrilled and grateful for the support from the Inasmuch Foundation and look forward to making our local news and cultural programming even better.” said Utterback.

KRCC’s mission is to offer broadcast radio programming that reflects Colorado College’s commitment to the liberal arts and diverse ideas and people. In 2003, KRCC added news coverage from the state capitol, the “Capitol Coverage Project.”  On Jan. 1, 2005, KRCC began broadcasting locally in the form of a weekly news magazine entitled “Western Skies.”  Two years later, “Western Skies” evolved into KRCC local news with daily news segments broadcast during NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”  “Western Skies” recently returned as a monthly news magazine, focusing on a single topic affecting the Pikes Peak region and southern Colorado.  In the spring of 2009, KRCC expanded its coverage of local culture and history with the online program “The Big Something.”

In 2007, the station completed the installation of hybrid-digital (HD) broadcasting equipment and upgraded its signal to HD.  This included multi-casts with two additional channels of programming on HD2 and HD3, in addition to an HD simulcast of the main channel. HD2 is a mix of national news and music programs.  HD3 is a CC student-run station called the Sounds of Colorado College or SOCC.

Currently, the station is heard in Westcliffe, Gardner, Limon, Manitou Springs, Trinidad, Buena Vista, Salida, Villa Grove, Canon City, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Raton, N.M., and globally online at www.krcc.org.

CC Recognized as a Leader in Study Abroad

Colorado College is recognized in the Open Doors 2010 Report on International Educational Exchange as a school in which more than 70 percent of its students study abroad at some point during their undergraduate careers. 

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For the first time in the 25 years that the data has been tracked, the total number of U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit decreased, albeit by 0.8 percent. However, the report found notable increases in the number of U.S. students studying in less traditional destinations. Fifteen of the top 25 destinations were outside of Western Europe and nineteen were countries where English is not a primary language.

While large institutions dominate in terms of total numbers of students studying abroad, many smaller institutions send a higher proportion of their students abroad. Colorado College is one of 29 such institutions.

The complete report can be viewed at: http://www.iie.org/en/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-Releases/2010/2010-11-15-Open-Doors-US-Study-Abroad

‘Focus’ on CC and Win a New Camera

The annual Flash Photography Club contest is underway, which means it’s time to turn the lens on Colorado College. The contest is open to faculty, staff, and students, and the club has $800 worth of prizes available, including a fully manual Canon Powershot S95 and a waterproof digital camera.

The theme this year is “focus on CC” (academics, activities, life). This can involve anything that represents the CC experience, and many of the submitted photographs will be displayed on the Colorado College website.

To submit, go to http://cr-multimedia.coloradocollege.edu/rs/, enter your CC username and password, then click the “contribute new resource” link. [Note: this site is only available on campus.] Then simply fill out the submission form and upload your photographs. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Contest rules include:

  • All submissions must be about CC.
  • You may only submit your own work. Do not submit someone else’s photographs.
  • Each entry must consist of five photos, with at least one in each of these categories: student life, student activities, academics.
  • Flash Photography Club will do the initial screening to determine which entries will be displayed.
  • You retain all rights to any photographs submitted, but you grant Colorado College non-exclusive rights, in perpetuity, to use them for college purposes.

The message of “focus” can be reinforced with high-quality photography that literally “focuses” on the people and environment of CC.

Make sure that graphic elements capture the power-surge experience of life on the Block Plan; the intense energy that ebbs and flows and ultimately creates a balance between hard work and hard play.

Instead of panoramic shots of crowds of graduates, classes on the quad, or sports teams (which could be taken on any campus and do not differentiate CC or its experience), highlight individuals or elements of Colorado Springs and the CC campus. Get close up and personal in tone, content, and photography.

Possible topics: landscape views, library studying, architecture, studying abroad, face shots, club activities, whatever expresses the Colorado College experience.

“Tiger Pride – Eight Decades of CC Hockey” to Air on Television Nov. 26

CC hockey fans, if you haven’t already seen the recently released film featuring your favorite hockey team, you’ll get your chance over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Tiger Pride – Eight Decades of CC Hockey,” available on DVD since last month, makes its prime-time premiere on the NHL Network at 7 p.m. EST (5 p.m. MST) Friday, Nov. 26. 

The movie, produced by Rival Films, LLC, traces the CC hockey program’s evolution from a rag-tag industrial league outfit in the mid-1930s to its two national championships in the 1950s to its present-day status as a perennial powerhouse in the ranks of NCAA Division I.

Narrated by Mike “Doc” Emrick, voice of the NHL on Versus and NBC, it features rare footage and photographs dating back more than half a century as well as interviews with players, administrators, and other key individuals connected with Tiger Hockey.

The film makes its television debut 2½ hours before the Tigers play host to the University of Alaska Anchorage in the opener of a two-game WCHA series at the World Arena that same night.

A DVD version of the film is available online for $14.95 at http://www.thewchashop.com/category_s/270.htm and http://www.rivalfilms.com/store.

 It also can be purchased in person at the Colorado College Bookstore, as well as at the World Arena during all CC home games.

Venture Grant Program Receives Equivalent of $2 Million Endowment

Allison Stewart ’12 describes her research project “Movement of Cuba: Study of Rueda de Casino Style Dance” to Jeff Keller ’91 at the Venture Grant Forum on Nov. 9.

Colorado College’s venture grant program, in which students are awarded up to $1,000 for research or other academic projects of their choosing, has received a grant from the Keller Family Foundation that will fund the program indefinitely.

The program, which will be named the Keller Family Venture Grant Program for Student Research, allows approximately 100 Colorado College students to imagine, articulate and pursue original research or an academic project of their choosing.  The Keller family will provide 100 percent of the grant funding, which runs about $100,000 each year, making the gift the equivalent of a $2 million endowment.

Jeff Keller ’91 made the announcement on behalf of his family, parents Dennis and Connie, and brother David ’95, at the 2010 Venture Grant Forum, held Nov. 9 at Colorado College.

The venture grant program was established at Colorado College in 1970. While some schools have money available for advanced research, the funds are largely for conventional academic, lab or classroom research and are not broadly available to students. At Colorado College, the spirit of the venture grants program is different: It is expected that a student’s experience will be an adventure, a departure from the norm, whether the research takes place on campus or on some far corner of the earth.

The 92 venture grants awarded during the 2009-10 academic year include:

  • Magdalena C. Reinsvold ’10, research in India for a project titled “Politics of Polio: The Resurgence and Reemergence of Poliomyelitis in India and Nigeria”
  • Anais Gude ’10, research in Beijing, China, for a project titled “Aging in Beijing: An Analysis of What it Means to Grow Old in China’s Capital”
  • Will Rosenheimer ’10, research in Guatemala for a project titled “Where Does Your Coffee Dollar Go? Democracy, Transparency and Social Consciousness of Guatemalan Fair-Trade Coffee Cooperatives”
  • Drew Thayer ’11, a project titled “The Effects of Glacial Recession on Geohazards in the Cordillera Blaca”
  • Kerry Cavanaugh ’12, a project titled “Western Medicine Practitioners in Rural Uganda”

Susan Ashley, dean of the college and the faculty, says “There are three keys to a successful venture grant. The first is to imagine the project in the right way. The second is to articulate the project vision. And the third is to execute.”

All proposals for a venture grant must have academic merit; applicants must have a faculty sponsor and the maximum grant awarded is $1,000. For more information, go to: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/resources/dean/VentureGrants/

Does Your Office or Department Have What it Takes to Be “CC Fridays Best Dressed”?

by Erin Thacker, Coordinator of Sports Services

Are you an avid wearer of your black and gold CC gear each Friday?  Do you find yourself having a hard time picking out exactly what you will wear each Friday because your wardrobe is now bursting with black, gold, Colorado College or tiger print wear?  Do you walk around your office each Friday and find that everyone is donning their CC gear? 

 If this is the case, we want to see it!  During blocks II, III, and IV we will be running a photo contest to see which department on campus is “CC Fridays Best Dressed.”  Gather up your group and snap a picture of all those wearing their CC Fridays gear from now until Friday, Dec. 10. 

The winning office/department will receive a complimentary pizza and pasta party on Friday, Dec. 17.  Submit your photo by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10 for your chance to win!  The winning office/department will be randomly selected the week of December 13 and will be notified prior to the 17th.  Offices/departments can submit one  photo each Friday.  Submit your photos to Erin Thacker at erin.thacker@coloradocollege.edu

Want to see what the competition is like across campus?  Take a look at the CC Tigers Athletics Facebook page and check out the “CC Fridays Best Dressed” photo album.  Weekly submitted pictures will be posted.  Let’s see which office/department on campus will be crowned “CC Fridays Best Dressed”!