Around the Block
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.
Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest studies and environmental science, has published a new book, “Political Ecologies of 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.
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.
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.
The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs presented a check for $13,443 to Colorado College on Wednesday, March 24, in a ceremony in Slocum Hall. The money will be added to a scholarship fund the Woman’s Club established at CC in 2002.
Jim Swanson, director of financial aid, accepted the gift on behalf of Colorado College.
The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs Scholarship Fund provides scholarships each year for two female CC students who are from Colorado Springs and who have participated in community service during high school or college.
The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs was formed in 1902 to support the philanthropic needs of the community.
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.
Jody 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.
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: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/welcome/presidentsoffice/melcher.asp
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.