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PIFP Information Session Today

Each year, students participate in CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program, working in nonprofits in Colorado. Partner organizations for 2019 include the ACLU of Colorado, The Bell Policy Center, and Parent Possible, among others. Summer fellowship opportunities are available for current students, and seniors can apply for postgrad yearlong positions.

Students are invited to attend an information session at 4:00 P.M. today, Thursday, December 13, in the WES room in Worner. Learn more about the program and apply here.

Follow us at COP 24!

It was an exciting week at the COP 24 conference in Katowice! We saw leaders from across the globe come together to work on putting the Paris Agreement into action. Our students are witnessing this complicated collaborative process as delegates attempt to find solutions that can meet the needs of many stakeholders.

Besides attending the conference for 8-12 hours per day, students went ice skating, attended a concert performed by the Katowice National Symphony, visited a salt mine, and ate perogies!

Many, many thanks to Professor Mark Smith (Economics) for organizing the trip for the CC delegation. I am grateful to trustees Marc St. John ’80 and Kishen Mangat ’96, Professor Corina McKendry (Political Science), and alumni Theo Hooker ’18, Holly Moynahan ’15, and Courtney Shephard ’09 (an environmental lawyer who co-taught the course with Professor Smith) for being a part of the event.

Lily Weissgold ’20, a junior double major in Economics and Environmental Policy, is blogging from Poland. Follow her blog here to hear the latest from our CC delegation, pictured below.

Jacob Eichengreen among Top 50 Young Professionals

Congratulations to Jacob Eichengreen, who is one of the 50 finalists for the Colorado Biz’s GenXYZ prize. The annual GenXYZ Awards honor young business and community leaders in Colorado who shine in the workplace and give back to their communities. Jacob is the Executive Director of the Quad Innovation Partnership, a partnership between CC, UCCS, PPCC, and USAFA.

The final reveal of the winners is at the ColoradoBiz Magazine’s GenXYZ Awards event in January, where they will name the top twenty-five young professionals as well as 5 standouts.

Congratulations to Jacob on a very worthy nomination!

Alex Kronman ‘12 Featured in Forbes

Alex Kronman ‘12 was recently featured in Forbes magazine’s November 28 article, “15 Tech Founders on the First 30 Seconds of a Winning Pitch.” Alex spoke to the importance of personal connection when pitching an idea to potential investors or clients, noting that finding commonality is the first step to building rapport.

Alex was the editor of The Catalyst while a student at CC. He received the Ruth Barton Award for Journalism and the Cutler Publications Award. Alex is the founder and CEO of Flytedesk, a platform that helps advertisers reach college students through media – print, digital, outdoor, social, and radio.

I’m excited to see Alex’s continued success. He is an example of the innovative spirit we nurture in our students – developing practical solutions in a field he knows and cares about.

Read the article here.

CC Delegation Attends COP 24

I am excited to join Professor Mark Smith (Economics & Business) and Courtney Shephard ’09’s class, Economics of International Climate Policy, for the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland.

This year’s conference brings together nearly 30,000 individuals from across the globe to address international climate change concerns and solidify enactment of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Participants include diplomats, scientists, advocates, and activists, among others.

This is the second year that CC students have attended the conference. In November of 2017, Mark’s students attended COP 23 in Bonn Germany.

The conference will inform students’ research and outreach projects, and they will attend specific meetings on their subjects of interest. Research topics range from the effect of climate change on water resources to examining the role of local governments in climate action. Through their outreach projects, students will share information about climate change with the CC community and national organizations.

Read more about the conference here.