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SASA Hosts Diwali Celebration

Last Friday, I attended Diwali, a celebration of the festival of lights hosted by Students for the Awareness of South Asia (SASA). We enjoyed dance performances and delicious South-Asian food.

Thanks to SASA for sharing their traditions with the campus community!

CC Archivist’s Findings on President Slocum Receiving National Attention

With the national attention on sexual harassment in light of the Weinstein and other prominent cases, there has been increasing interest in former CC President William F. Slocum’s actions over a century ago.

Articles questioning Slocum’s behavior toward women have been written and discussed in the past, but recently CC Archivist Jessy Randall found papers with comments from women who specifically describe incidents of sexual assault and harassment by Slocum.

The findings are highlighted in recent articles in The Catalyst and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In turn, there have been calls from some in the CC community for Slocum Hall to be renamed.

The Board of Trustees has sole authority for naming buildings and bestowing college honors, and the authority to remove such honors. At their meeting two weeks ago, the Board appointed a trustee committee to recommend a process for the consideration of the removal of honorary designations (named buildings, honorary degrees, etc.). The process will be proposed to the full Board for approval and once approved, the campus will be informed. With a process in place, the board can carefully consider this matter.

Barbara Whitten Named Oersted Medal Recipient

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has named Professor Emerita of Physics Barbara Whitten the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Oersted Medal.

The award, to be presented by the AAPT on Jan. 9, recognizes Professor Whitten’s work on diversity and inclusion in physics. Throughout her career, she contributed pioneering research on gender in physics, as well as co-founding CC’s Feminist and Gender Studies program.

Congratulations, Barbara –we are so grateful for your contributions to physics, both on campus and nationally!

CC Alumnae Win on Election Day

Election Day was a success for two CC alumnae: Angela Cobian ’11 won a seat on the Denver Public School Board and Jacquelin Maycumber ’02 won a seat in Washington’s State House of Representatives.

Angela will represent District 2 on the Denver School Board, the district in which she grew up and later taught in through Teach for America. She has been an active member of the CC community –serving as student body president, and later, as CC’s Young Alumni Trustee.

Jacquelin will represent Northeast Washington as a Republican in the State House. She earned her bachelor’s in biochemistry from CC, and served as a biomedical research scientist, law enforcement officer, and elected school board member.

Congratulations to Angela and Jacquelin on their accomplishments!

CC Figure Skating Hosts “Tiger Challenge”

Last weekend, 11 schools came together in Honnen Ice Arena for the CC “Tiger Challenge” Intercollegiate Figure Skating Competition.  Over 100 athletes competed in 36 judged events, with CC’s figure skating team placing 5th.

Our club figure skating team consists of 10 members and is open to anyone –from newcomers to advanced skaters. With the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame just across town and former CC student and Olympian Peggy Fleming Jenkins in attendance to cheer on the Tigers, CC is an inspiring place to figure skate!