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Issue: Spring 2019

Tava Quad Named in Honor of Native Peoples

Armstrong Quad has been named Tava Quad in response to a request from the indigenous and native Peoples at CC. “Tava” means “Sun Mountain,” and is the name used by the Tabegauche Band of the Ute People for Pikes Peak. A group of native faculty and staff began meeting during the Fall of 2017 to discuss…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Oprah Winfrey to Deliver Commencement Address

Colorado College will bestow an honorary degree on global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey, who is this year’s Commencement speaker. She will deliver the Commencement address at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 19, in a ceremony on Tava Quad (formerly known as Armstrong Quad). Ticketed seating will be limited to graduating seniors and…

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Issue: Spring 2019

What’s on Your Reading List, Andrea Bruder?

We asked Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Andrea Bruder What’s on Your Reading List? “‘Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics’ by Talithia Williams features biographies of 30 female mathematicians, spanning 300 years of history. Williams showcases each woman’s accomplishments and tells their stories of overcoming significant obstacles in order to be taken seriously. Highlights include the story of 18th-century French mathematician Sophie Germain whose parents took away her light, clothing, and heat to stop her from doing mathematics (with little success!); Katherine Johnson, a black mathematician who in the early days of NASA calculated the trajectories for America’s first human space flight; and Maryam Mirzakhani, the…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Obituaries

’44 Marjory “Marge” Reid Abbott passed away Jan. 4 at age 96. Those who predeceased her include her father, former CC professor W. Lewis Abbott, and a brother, John Herbert McKeever ’41. ’45 Charlotte Lewis Skiffington started a career as a medical technologist before marrying an Army officer and living on various military bases in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. She and her husband raised five children. Charlotte died Dec. 5 at age 94. ’47 Richard T. “Doc” Blowers, a Navy veteran, owned five separate optometry practices. Four were still in operation when he died Oct. 21 at his longtime Riverside, California, home. He was 94. ’49 Ellsworth George “Bud”…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Births & Adoptions

’99 Katie Jenkins ’99, a daughter, Hannah Jean, March 21, in Bismarck, North Dakota. ’05 Megan Fitzgibbons ’05 and Yusuke Fitzgibbons, a son, Kai Michael, Sept. 25, in Yokohama, Japan. John Lanham ’05 and Eve Ardell Lanham ’06, a daughter, Sienna Claire Lanham, July 10, in San Diego, California. ’07 Jaime Boswell Cammack ’07 and Christopher Cammack, a daughter, Adelaide Elizabeth, Dec. 29, 2017, in Fairfax, Virginia.  

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Issue: Spring 2019

Weddings & Celebrations

’78 Elizabeth Frank ’78 and Steve Achelis, June 16, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. ’91 Sandy Buffett ’91 and Timothy Perez, Oct. 6, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ’06 Chris Petersen ’06 and Lauren Seno, Sept. 22, in Door County, Wisconsin. ’08 William M. Copp ’08 and Emma Craft, Oct. 20, in Oyster Bay, New York. ’10 Kristin Rider ’10 and Peter Polite Fisco ’10, July 28, in Redcliffe, Colorado. ’11 Eric Atherley ’11 and Jessie Hughes Atherley ’11, Oct. 6, in Portland, Oregon. ’12 Fransiska Dannemann ’12 and Brannon Dugick, Oct. 6, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ’14 Kendall Bentsen ’14 and Jesse DuMond, Nov. 10, in New York City.

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Issue: Spring 2019

CLASS NOTES: 2012 – 2016

2012 Fransiska Dannemann and Brannon Dugick celebrated their marriage in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Oct. 6. They live in Santa Fe and both work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Fransiska is a dual graduate research assistant in the Geophysics Group and Ph.D. student in the Geophysics Department at Southern Methodist University. Pictured front row, left to right: Carl Slater ’13, Natalie Nicholls ’13, Fransiska, Sarah Giesse ’13. Second row: Emily Faxon ’13, Colin McCarey ’12, Caleb Birchard ’12. 2014 10 in New York City, with many classmates in attendance. From left to right, front row: Damen Erf, Nathan Hahn, Lauren Traub, Michaela Neville, Kelly Latterman, Lauren Dinsmore, Ellie Nesbit, and Seema Ibrahim. Second row: Eliza Carter,…

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Issue: Spring 2019

CLASS NOTES: 1996 – 2011

1996 Kenny Harris has been hired as assistant professor of painting and drawing at Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California. He lives in Venice Beach with his wife, painter Judy Nimtz, and continues to exhibit his art on both coasts. 1999 Jamie Torres ’99 is running for a seat on Denver’s City Council. Her campaign website is jamietorresforcouncil.com.     2006 Chris Petersen married Lauren Seno on Sept. 22 in Door County, Wisconsin. Though living in Chicago in early 2019, the couple hopes to move to Minneapolis later in the year. Chris invites those who are up for cross-country skiing or canoeing the Boundary Waters to get in…

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Issue: Spring 2019

CLASS NOTES: 1977 – 1980

1977 David Banks reports that during a very busy Homecoming weekend for the CC rugby family, highlights included one married couple (Caitlin Barbera ’12 and Andrew Larson ’10, above) and one father-son tandem (Mark Osmond ’78 and Alex Osmond ’12) playing as teammates.     Patti Freudenburg and her husband, Tony, recently visited Steve Simasko at his mountain cabin in Jewel Lake, Idaho. Patti is retired, while Steve is a professor of integrative physiology and neuroscience at Washington State University. Though Steve and Patti hadn’t seen each other since graduation in 1977, Patti reports that their conversation about philosophy and world politics picked up as naturally as if they had…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Creating Bridges of Relevance and Big Ideas

The Big Idea pitch competition provides an opportunity for students to win up to $25,000 for business, nonprofit, or social enterprise innovations. And while the competition is focused on making real startups successful, the overarching objective is learning and building experiences that create bridges of relevance to the careers and activities of students beyond life at Colorado College. Ahead of the 2019 competition, the Big Idea Half Block course taught by Director of Innovation Dez Stone Menendez ’02 and Jake Eichengreen, director of the Quad Innovation Partnership, aimed to help students prepare for the Big Idea competition. Last year, the total prize money was $50,000. This year, half the funding…

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