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Posts from the December 2012 issue

In Memoriam: Faculty

Professor Emerita Ruth Barton, November 23, in Colorado Springs, the guiding force in the early years of the Writing Center, the journalism program, Cutler Publications, and a host of other writing-related endeavors at Colorado College. She was 78. Barton, known for her love of poetry and her dedication to students, first began teaching at CC in…

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Homecoming and Parents Weekend a Real Success

Homecoming and Parents Weekend 2012 was a tremendous success! Attendance soared to 2,313 participants, making this Homecoming one of the largest ever at CC. More than 100 events took place over four days. Highlights of the weekend included induction of members of the Class of 1962 into the Fifty Year Club, athletic and arts events,…

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A New Take on College Presidential Inaugurations

When I started thinking about what I wanted my inauguration as president of Colorado College to look like, I knew a community service component was an important element. I wanted to find a way to connect the inauguration not only to the Colorado College community, but also to the larger Colorado Springs community. I also…

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A Year of Planning

Elliot Mamet, a sophomore at Colorado College and a member of the Extending Our Reach strategic planning committee, offers a visualization of the strategic planning process that is truly fitting, “grounded in the unique character of Colorado College, strategic planning allows us to draw a roadmap of where we are headed and how we are…

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To Live in Peace

I am a partly haunted war veteran. In the Second World War, I was a junior officer on a landing ship tank. My ship was in the North African campaign and in the invasions of Sicily, Italy, and Normandy, where it was torpedoed and sunk. I was fished out of the English Channel by a…

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Dorothy Christenson Williamson ’34: Living through those times

Ken Burns’s most recent documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” which premiered in November on PBS, interviews 26 survivors of what he calls the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Among those interviewed is a 21-year-old social worker who recently graduated from college. That young social worker is Dorothy Christenson Williamson ’34, and the college is…

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Digging Up the Past: CC Alumni Help Uncover Major Ice Age Discovery

It’s an incredible view of the Rocky Mountains 100,000 years ago,” said Gussie Maccracken ’11. “It’s unprecedented,” said Ian Miller ’99. “This is giving us a crystal clear window into Colorado’s recent past. It can tell us about climate, fire frequency, drought, and pine beetles,” said Miller, discussing what scientists are learning now from the…

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Linking Curriculum to the Local Landscape: CC students, professors study Waldo Canyon fire site

Several professors at CC incorporated parts of the 18,000-acre Waldo Canyon wildfire area into their coursework during the fall semester. Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest Studies and Environmental Science, took his Political Ecology of the Southwest class to the burn site during Block 1, barely nine weeks after the fire raged on the west…

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A Perfect Firestorm

When friends and parents of the Colorado College extended family saw the dramatic pictures of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire just west of campus last June, they were stunned and alarmed over what they were seeing. How could this happen? Was our beloved campus in danger? Some called in and were relieved to learn that the…

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CC Grads Help Map Flooding Effects of Hurricane Isaac

Three CC grads had a whirlwind encounter during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, which struck the northern Gulf Coast in late August. I had been asked to join a pilot project studying the flooding effects of the hurricane through my work using Terrestrial LiDAR (T-LiDAR) as a post-doc at the United States Geological Survey…

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