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Rising Senior Symposium scheduled for May 12-13

For students who will be seniors in the 2016-2017 academic year, the Career Center has created an invaluable opportunity to help students frame their thinking about their final year at CC and the transition from college student to college graduate. The Rising Senior Symposium, offered Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, will guide students in developing a strategy for making the most of the upcoming summer months and their senior year. Sessions will focus on standing out to potential employers and developing a network; alumni will share what worked well for them and what they would have done differently. If you are a parent of a CC junior, I hope you will encourage your student to register for this exciting opportunity – registration starts Monday!

Doggett ’92 Appointed VP at Carbonite

Congratulations to Chris Doggett ’92 for his recent appointment as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Carbonite. In this new position, he will oversee all sales, focusing particularly on consumer and small business markets. After graduating from CC with a major in anthropology, Chris earned his M.B.A. and M.S.–M.I.S. from Boston University, and then went on to work for Sophos and Kaspersky. To read more about the work Chris will be doing with Carbonite, check out this interview.  I love to hear how a liberal arts background helps to make our graduates effective and nimble in a variety of fields and occupations!

Class Field Trip to Denver

This block, my husband Kevin Rask and I are teaching Advanced Topics in Microeconomicsand yesterday we took our class on a field trip to Denver.  We met and discussed education, TABOR, income inequality and the impact of technology on the future of the Colorado economy with staff members at the Colorado Fiscal Institute (where we were hosted by CC alumna Thamanna Vasan ’13) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. We were lucky to end our day with a special tour of the Capitol, which included a rare trip on the floor and balcony of chamber of the House of Representatives.

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Professor Barnes Gets Girls Interested in Science

Professor Rebecca Barnes (Environmental Program) is a national leader in addressing the shortfall of women in the sciences and engineering.  Most of her work is aimed at women in college, but she’s also engaged with budding, future scientists at even earlier ages in our local community.

She met with a group of 6th grade girls who are part of a district-wide program to encourage girls’ interest in STEM-related fields, with Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 teacher and CC alumna Ann Pederson ’89, MAT ‘93.

In addition to exploring how to use the scientific method with the group, Professor Barnes also shared her story of how she discovered science.

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Professor Mason ’78 Profiled

In an interview published this month in The Writer’s Chronicle, Professor David Mason ’78 shares his thoughts on a broad range of topics including writing poetry, reading and books, teaching, revision, travel, and advice to students on creating a writing life. It’s a pleasure to read.

A few favorite excerpts:

“I’m not sure greatness can be pursued … but beauty can be pursued, and a charged expression of full-bodied experience can be pursued, and a willingness to be vulnerable to life as well as a rigorous technique–these things can be pursued.” 

Advice for his students: “You are going to die. Your life will be short. That defines everything. Try not to waste time pleasing other people … If you have a passion in life, then follow it … Pay your bills and work at your own pace, learn everything you can learn. Try not to owe anybody anything but acknowledge your debt to the dead. Hard, I know. But try.”

To learn more about Professor Mason’s work, check out his Colorado College profile or read some of his poems.

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