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Building Effective Teams

Do you work on a team? Lead a team? Wish you could be part of a better team? So much of the work we do every day both in and out of the office is collaborative and involves “playing well with others.” There are plenty of complexities and challenges when it comes to building effective teams. In a recent conference focused on developing leadership skills in higher education, one of the memorable remarks was something along the lines of: “People leave bosses, not jobs,” reinforcing the fact that effective supervisors can make all the difference in having a happy and productive team and overall work environment. Several of the strategies…

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The CC Email Signature is Another Way We Express Our Brand

*UPDATE: Here are instructions on how to add the email signature to Outlook* Did you know that CC has an email signature generator? The generator was launched in 2016 when CC introduced the new college logo. It’s very easy to use — you enter in your name, contact information, and office/department area in the form fields and the generator formats the signature automatically. Just copy the formatted signature and paste it into your email application. You may also include additional information like a cell phone number, office location, and preferred pronouns to reflect diversity and inclusion efforts at the college. Signatures were adopted as a best-use practice for email communications…

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Academic Storytelling & Student Voice

For over four years, I’ve been tasked with finding, researching, and writing academic news stories that get to the heart of the Colorado College student experience — the classes they take, the learning they journey towards. For a CC alumnus such as myself (a member of the legendary Class of 2012!), getting this messaging right is vital. I highly value my CC experience and the community I found here. Simply put, I would not be the person, friend, partner, or professional I am today without the four years I spent here at CC. I grew into myself here, and that’s something I don’t take lightly. The college commissioned a recent…

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Write better link text for the web

Want to make sure your website is awesome and easy to use? Learn how to write better link text! A common issue seen on websites is poor link text, especially non-descriptive links such as “click here” or “here.” Poor link text makes your website less functional and not accessible, so it is very important to adhere to the following guidelines. Ensure links make sense out of context Sighted users visually scan pages for links to help them find what they’re looking for. Visually impaired users using a screen reader can scan pages by tabbing through links on a page. Therefore, link text should be descriptive, unique, and start with keywords. The link…

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C-SPAN Films Migrant Caravan Presentation

C-SPAN covered journalist and author Alice Driver’s talk, titled “On the Road with the Migrant Caravan,” which was held in Gaylord Hall on Feb. 5. The event, sponsored by Colorado College’s Journalism Institute, can be viewed at https://www.c-span.org/video/?457371-1/inside-migrant-caravan

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CC Cited in National Publications

Colorado College has been cited numerous times recently in national publications. Among them are extensive quotes from President Jill Tiefenthaler in U.S. News & World Report in an article titled What a Liberal Arts College is and What You Should Know  (Dec. 7, 2018). The article notes that CC’s signature Block Plan allows for more experiential learning opportunities and quotes President Tiefenthaler as saying that a liberal arts college is typically centered around helping students “learn to learn” and nurturing a love for education. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal recently mentioned Colorado College in two articles, New Front in College Admissions: Nudging Students to Decide Early (Jan. 3, 2019) and Welcome…

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(Most) Everything You Need to Know About the Print Shop Move & PageDNA

The CC Print Shop is moving on Monday, Jan. 14 to a new location on campus. The following Q&A format will address most questions related to the move as well as PageDNA, the new print ordering website portal that the college will launch on Monday, Feb. 4. If you have further questions after reading this post, contact the Office of Communications at communications@coloradocollege.edu. Details About The Move When Is the Print Shop Moving? The Print Shop is moving on Monday, Jan. 14 and will reopen Monday, Jan. 21 at the start of Block 5 2019. While the Print Shop is closed, orders may be sent to Centennial Printers: print@centennialreproductions.com. Please…

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Get the Word Out About Your Event

A successful and well-attended event depends on collaboration and a commitment to completing a few simple tasks. You, or your representative, must reserve space and post your event information to the Campus Calendar. For an event to be included on the Campus Calendar, the event status must be 31+ and the “Campus Calendar(s) Display Option” must be set appropriately. Posting your event on the Campus Calendar by the 15th of the month prior to your event, with complete event details and a photo, sets in motion the promotional support from the Office of Communications. Incomplete calendar listings will not be shared with media or with community members via the distribution…

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Big Changes Coming for the Print Shop

To make way for the proposed arena in the southeast area of campus, the Print Shop will find a new home at the Creekside facility. The move will occur at the end of Block 4. Because of the new location and disrupted access, the college will institute a new web portal called PageDNA through which the campus community can order print products. This puts you in charge of the ordering and you are able to track billing and delivery and save your order history for reprints. No more emailing the Print Shop with your orders! Other changes include: Single sign-on access that incorporates your personal profile, billing, and delivery information…

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Capturing Commencement

Three weeks ago today, over 500 CC students became CC graduates on Armstrong Quad under a tempestuous Colorado sky. Regardless of the unpredictable weather, Commencement and the preceding Senior Week is one of my favorite times of the year. From start to finish, it’s a mad dash for my colleagues and I, as we do our best to capture the experience for the grads, their families, the campus community, and more. This year, a team of three, including myself, covered Senior Week for video. We tweak our approach every year (since every graduating class is different), but it usually goes something like this. Wednesday (the last day of the block)…

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