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Celebrating Ellis Ulysses Butler, Jr. ’40

June 10th marked the 100th birthday of the late Ellis Ulysses Butler, Jr. ’40. Butler attended Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) and came to CC in 1936. He passed away in 2009.

At CC, Butler ran track and won the Van Deist award, graduating magna cum laude in physics in 1940. Butler was a long-time annual donor to Colorado College and left a generous final donation to the college in his will, with which CC established the Ellis U. Butler Center in his honor. In 2014, CC expanded the Butler Center in Worner Campus Center.

While Butler and his wife Ora did not have any children of their own, the couple served as mentors and caretakers for many, including their great-niece Cherokee Benavidez. Benavidez remembers how her great uncle taught her to “stand up for yourself and don’t let anyone disrespect you, no matter what your color or situation.”

Thank you to the Butler Center staff for hosting a birthday celebration for Mr. Butler, and thank you to those who joined us to honor his legacy. Read more about Mr. Butler here.

Gabby Palko ’19 in Alaska Magazine

Gabby Palko ’16 appeared on the cover of the April edition of Alaska magazine. She was featured on “Road Trip Central” where “savvy Alaskans share their favorite haunts.” While at CC, Palko studied environmental policy and served as co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Council.

People of Impact: Professor Emeritus Loevy

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Bob Loevy has served Colorado College for five decades. Even in his retirement, Loevy is an engaged community member and citizen.

Loevy discovered his passion for politics when he read “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren in high school. Following his undergraduate education at Williams College and master’s and doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University, he began his career as a journalist, reporting on the civil rights movement.

Loevy went on to work on Capitol Hill prior to beginning his professorship at Colorado College in 1968. Read the full Bulletin article here.

Join Us to Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth will be held on East Campus’s Hershey Courtyard and in the Hybl Community Center on Saturday, June 15, from noon-6 p.m. Attendance is free to the public and the event will feature vendors, food for purchase, and live entertainment throughout the afternoon as well as a bounce house for kids.

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

Now at the FAC: Barnum the Circus Musical

Tickets are available for Barnum the Circus Musical, now at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A classic Tony Award-winning musical, the story is based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum. With jugglers, clowns, and trapeze artists, this exciting musical is perfect for the whole family.

Shows run Wednesday through Sunday until June 16. Buy tickets here.

  • Wednesday – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinées 2 p.m.

Explore the Fine Art Center’s theatre program, art school, and museum.