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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.

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.

Commercial by Char Lee ’09 contender for Super Bowl airing

Check out the Super Bowl Doritos commercial competition.  CC alum and English film track major Char Lee was casting director for a commercial that has made it into the top six of 4,000 entries. Three of the finalists will air during the Super Bowl.  If you’re interested in watching her commercial (and voting for the top three), Google “Crash the Superbowl” or go to the following online link: http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/.  Char’s commercial is “CASKET.” Unfortunately, she won’t know if her commercial has been selected until it airs during the game.

CC senior receives USA Cycling scholarship

Kay Sherwood '10Colorado College senior Kay Sherwood has been awarded a Stenner Scholarship from USA Cycling. Sherwood, an senior environmental policy major, received the scholarship for her academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, and service to the community with an emphasis on collegiate team involvement and leadership. 
Sherwood maintains a 3.4 grade point average while competing both on the road and in mountain biking for the CC’s cycling team. After being introduced to cycling as a first-year student, Sherwood was quick to enter her first bike race and went on to qualify for road nationals that year. The Tiger squad then introduced her to mountain biking where she went on to take the Division II short track national title as a sophomore. The Ipswich, Mass. native has since collected four USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship medals on both the road and the mountain bike while working tirelessly to introduce more women to the sport and her Tiger team.

Steve Weaver photo featured in Audubon magazine

A photograph taken by Steve Weaver, Colorado College’s technical director of geology, placed 12th out of more than 16,000 entries in a contest sponsored by Audubon magazine. The photo of two sandhill cranes, which appears in the January-February issue of the magazine, was taken at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, and earned Weaver an honorable mention. Weaver, whose photos have appeared on CC’s State of the Rockies Report Card and posters, says the photo, which was taken about on a cold January morning last year, captures what he calls the yin/yang of the crane’s flight patterns. His award-winning photo may be viewed here: http://audubonmagazine.org/features1001/bigpicture.html and his State of the Rockies photos here: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies/

Two CC students take top prize at microbiology meeting

Nguyen Nguyen and Nicole Laniohan in front of their prize-winning poster.

Nguyen Nguyen and Nicole Laniohan in front of their prize-winning poster.

Colorado College students Nicole Laniohan ’09 and Nguyen Nguyen ’11 took first prize for the best undergraduate poster presentation at the Rocky Mountain Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Laniohan and Nguyen, who worked with CC Associate Biology Professor Phoebe Lostroh, presented a poster on “Effects of Oxidative and Nitrosative Damaging Agents on Vibrio fischeri” in Denver in late November.
Vibrio fischeri are facultative light organ symbionts for specific squids and fishes.  Strains isolated from one host species show adaptation to that host. In future experiments, Lostroh and the students plan to identify genes needed to detoxify various agents in a particular strain.

Susan Grace honored for Summer Music Festival

Susan Grace, lecturer and artist-in-residence with Colorado College’s music department, was honored at the ninth annual Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards for her work as music director of Colorado College’s Summer Music Festival.
Grace, who has served as music director of CC’s Summer Music Festival since 1989, received the “Vision, Courage and Achievement Award” on Sept. 20 at Colorado Springs’ Stargazers Theater. 
In April Grace received a Pikes Peak Arts Council “Force for the Arts” award, which celebrates Colorado Springs community members who contribute to the arts in education. She is a member of the Quattro Mani piano duo and a 2005 Grammy nominee for her work on George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children.”

Mike Taber elected president of Geoscience Teachers Association

Colorado College Education Professor Mike Taber has been elected president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Taber, who is director of the secondary teaching program and director of the environmental program at CC, will serve as president for a year. He was formally inducted at the Geological Society of America meeting held in Portland, Ore., in mid-October. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels.

Anjali Desai and Nguyen Nguyen awarded Gilman Scholarships

Two Colorado College students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships for study abroad. Anjali Desai ’12 will study Spanish in Salamanca, Spain, for six weeks next summer, where she will live with a family. Nguyen Nguyen ’11 will study at the University of Botswana during the spring semester. She will take courses in political science, history, and Setswana, the local language. She also will be working on a yet-to-be-determined independent research project.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. The program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, allows undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study-abroad programs worldwide.