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Celebrating CC Authors

Tutt Library and the Crown Faculty Development Center hosted its Annual CC Authors Reception, celebrating 70 faculty and staff authors with publications since May 2014. What began in the mid-1990s as a relatively small gathering has blossomed into a showcase of scholarship and creativity. Many of the works are co-authored by two or more CC faculty members, and some are co-authored with students.  It goes to show how collaborative our community is as well. Congratulations to all of our Colorado College authors!

One of our authors, archivist Jessy Randle, pointed out in her own blog how impressive it is for an institution focused on teaching to have such a prolific scholarly community. I couldn’t agree more!

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“Declare!”

Spring semester sophomores were reminded that it is time to declare a major.  This long-time college policy got a nice dose of publicity thanks to the Dean’s Office and the Sophomore Jump Program when they hosted the “Declare” event on Wednesday, April 8, to encourage sophomores to declare prior to their junior year.  Carnivore Club provided food and the Mutton Busters provided music.

Much more fun than just a reminder from the Registrar’s Office!

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Block Break Newsletter

 
Banner photo by Bryan Oller

Jeremy Flood ’15

Annaliese Schroeder ’15

Meredith Bird ’15

Alex Suber ’15

Dear Alumni and Parents,

It’s that time of year when awards and recognitions roll in and seniors share news of exciting fellowships, graduate school admissions, and job offers. The adventures ahead for our students are inspiring! I’d like to share a few of their stories.

Jeremy Flood ’15 will work on voter outreach and registration on college campuses and underrepresented communities for New Era Colorado. This non-partisan organization has partnered with CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program for three years, and former FellowLizzy Stephan ’11 is their Denver organizing director.

Annaliese Schroeder ’15 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in South Korea. During her Fulbright year, Annaliese will work as an English teaching assistant, seeing first-hand how the high esteem for education in that country affects the secondary school classroom.

Nicole Pey ’15 is heading to New York City to work for UBS. She will join their Wealth Management Graduate Training Program with 30 other recent college grads. Nicole reports, “Within this rotational, two-year program I will be an analyst for various groups, from market research, to business strategy, to philanthropy. I’ll spend an intensive three months in each group — kind of like continuing the Block Plan in New York!”

Political science major Rosa Baum ’15 is taking a job with consumer protection law firm Kenmitzer, Barron & Krieg. Her position will give her a broad view of the firm’s work, and will include doing everything from clerical work, to reading financial documents, to helping the firm expand their outreach into Latino communities.

Meredith Bird ’15, a Southwest studies major, drew on her experiences with Colorado Springs Food Rescue, NSO trip leadership, and the Outdoor Recreation Club to plan a compelling adventure on a serious topic as a Watson Fellow. Her project will take her to Spain, India, Tanzania, and Uganda to study food inequality.

Another Watson Fellow, Alex Suber ’15, will travel to China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Egypt to explore the impact of storytelling in cinema on building empathy across cultures and nations.

These are young people who are ready to take their next steps. They have developed the can-do confidence, liberal arts skills, and work ethic to create new paths forward. I am so proud of our graduating seniors! Commencement is just around the corner. It’s a bittersweet moment, but one filled with so many great stories.

In this season of recognition, I hope you will keep watching for updates from campus. There is much good news and I am eager to share it with you.

With warm regards,

Our Progress

Building on the Block (11_14)

The CC community has made great strides during this academic year to advance our strategic plan, putting ideas into action. While significant work remains to be done, it’s exciting to celebrate progress on these strategic initiatives.

CC strives to build a diverse and inclusive campus, which enriches the learning experience for every student. The Board of Trustees approved the college’s Diversity Commitment, faculty initiated the creation of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, and two groups, one made up of faculty and staff and one composed of students, provided key recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion following on-campus listening sessions.

Hampton Sides, author of the best-selling “In the Kingdom of Ice,” and editor-at-large for Outside magazine, taught a course during Block 5 and will teach again in Block 8 as CC’s journalist-in-residence, part of the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching.

Workplace Excellence occurs when staff and faculty are afforded opportunities to enhance their knowledge and engagement through programs like this year’s Excel@CC offerings. Nearly 290 people participated in at least one session within the six programs offered.

Track all progress on the Strategic Plan and learn more about these initiatives on the Progress page

Celebrating Daniels Scholars

This is the season of recognition and awards. Last week, CC Daniels Scholars joined Tracey Lovett and Camilla Lara from the Daniels Fund and me for our annual luncheon. This program provides scholarships to students who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities and is the legacy of Bill Daniels, a pioneer in Colorado television and communications.

The Daniels Scholars are among a number of named scholars who are part of our Colorado College community. I am grateful to those foresighted philanthropists who have built amazing legacies of scholarship, such as the Daniels Scholars, Boettcher Scholars, Walton Scholars, and the Davis United World College Scholars.

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