President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
Yesterday, Professor Carol Neel delivered the Baccalaureate address – “Packing Light.” Professor Neel began teaching at Colorado College in 1980 and during her time here has had a significant impact on the Colorado College community. As one of the students who nominated Carol wrote, “There is no other faculty member that I believe better represents the spirit of Colorado College than Professor Carol Neel. I have taken a class with her every year I’ve been at CC and she has shaped me not only as a student, but also helped me grow into the person that I am today.” It was a wonderful speech and a beautiful service.
Last Thursday, Colorado College partnered with The Gazette to host a panel discussion on homelessness. This forum is part of the “Community Conversations” project that The Gazette recently kicked off to offer different viewpoints and seek input on important and sometimes divisive community issues. “The Homeless Divide” is the first of many community forums to be held at CC.
The six-member panel included:
- Suzi Bach, the wife of Mayor Steve Bach who has been actively involved in homelessness in the Springs.
- Richard Skorman, co-owner of Poor Richard’s stores and restaurant downtown and a longtime community volunteer.
- Bob Holmes, executive director of Homeward Pikes Peak.
- M.J. Thomson, a Colorado Springs Police Officer and member of the Colorado Springs Police’s Homeless Outreach Team.
- Sarah Stacy, director of the Resource Advocate Program at Springs Rescue Mission.
- Richard Peitzman, Director of Community Relations at Set Free Bikers Church.
You can view a few highlights from the forum at
On Friday, the Colorado College community collectively thanked Adam Press, the El Pomar Foundation and several other donors at the dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Adam F. Press Fitness Center and the El Pomar Sports Center. It was wonderful for our students, faculty and staff to have the opportunity to express their gratitude for these fantastic new facilities.
On Saturday night, I attended Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts that included guest speakers, musicians and dancers from Bali, five gamelan orchestras and the Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble. This was a special performance as it celebrated the 20th year of gamelan at CC. In addition to teaching Indonesian performing arts, CC offers an academic course on the ethnomusicology of Indonesia, as well as a summer study abroad course on the arts and culture of Bali.
Congratulations to Professors Vicki Levine and I Made Lasmawan who organized this festival and started our program in 1993!