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President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog

Block Break Newsletter

Dear Parents and Alumni,

Block 7 was filled with wonderful news from our graduating seniors about fellowships secured, jobs accepted, graduate school plans finalized, and of course, celebrations planned for these last few weeks. Senior Soiree 2016I am always thrilled to hear of the successes of our students and proud of them for doing the hard (and good!) work of making decisions about their first steps into their post-CC futures.

Just a sampling of the news coming into the President’s Office includes word that Annika Hansen, Brad Hale, and Olivia Foster have accepted positions as analysts; Annika with Blue Canyon, Brad with GLC Advisors, and Olivia with Citibank. Olivia will begin her job following a year of Citibank-sponsored service with ServiceYear, a nonprofit founded by CC alumnus CEO Matt Ronen ’04 – news that is doubly exciting!

We’ve also heard from Jacob Jones, who wins a prize for best title for his new position as “Creative Process Engineer” for Fractl, in Denver; Corey Baron will begin a fellowship with El Pomar Foundation; Annika Kastetter will be working for the United Nations; Scott Godde and Ellen Atkinson have found jobs in the classroom for Teach for America; as has Lykke Bonde, who will teach at United World Colleges’ Dilijan College in Armenia.

Ingrid Wilt and Zhi Yao Philip Zhu both head to graduate school in chemistry; Ingrid to Emory University and Philip to the University of Georgia. Julia Terman will begin research in psychology at DePauw University, Dana Gornick heads to UC Davis Law School, and, as I’ve been sharing in my blogall spring, many CC students will begin prestigious academic awards and fellowships across the globe in the coming months.

Maia Chin and Sophie Ramirez, who have secured jobs in physical therapy and orthopedics research, respectively, will be joined by a number of their fellow seniors who are embarking on medical careers. We have heard news of medical school acceptances from Dartmouth College, Creighton University, and the Universities of Arkansas and Nebraska, as well as Baylor University and Kansas City University.

With all of this exciting news, I want to remind all current students that these successes are the fruit of seeds planted much earlier. To support those efforts, CC’s Career Center is sponsoring our second annual Rising Senior Symposium immediately following graduation to help prepare for the transitions ahead. I encourage all our juniors to sign up for this great opportunity!

Block 8 brings many celebrations of our seniors. Honors Convocation 2016In addition to Commencement Weekend, one of my favorites is the Senior Soiree, an elegant evening at the Fine Arts Center that I am pleased to co-host with Dean of Students Mike Edmonds. I am also looking forward to celebrating the excellent work of our students on May 2, at Honors Convocation. All are welcome to attend Honors Convocation and Commencement, and you can find plenty of information online. In addition, both of these events will be live-streamed and available via CC’s YouTube channel.

It’s an exciting time at CC and I welcome you to join us, however you can!

With warm regards,


President Jill Tiefenthaler

CC Joins with 15 Colleges to Launch New Online Calculator

Developed by Wellesley Economics Professor Phil Levine, who struggled to figure out his son’s financial aid eligibility when he went through the process, MyinTuition is an innovation to simplify the process for families.

The new simplified online calculator asks six questions and takes a few minutes to produce an estimate of what college will actually cost you. Prospective students are then encouraged to then fill out a more extensive calculator and invited to engage with our financial aid staff about overall affordability.

Colorado College is one of 15 colleges nationwide to adopt MyinTuition, which is receiving positive reviews.

Jared Russell ’18 Named Humanity in Action Fellow

Jared Russell ’18, a Boettcher Scholar, was just awarded a Humanity in Action fellowship. Jared is the third consecutive CC winner! He will study in Copenhagen this summer.

You can check out the latest news on student and alumni awards here.

Future Tigers Visit Campus

Over the past two weeks, CC’s Admission Office organized two very successful Admitted Student Open Houses, bringing the entire community together to welcome prospective students.  Altogether, CC hosted more than 350 admitted students — and more than 500 parents and family members.

Pancakes at midnight, visits to classrooms, an academic fair showcasing departments and programs, residence hall stays, and meeting potential future classmates are all key parts of building the CC Class of 2021!

The admission reply date is May 1 and it is too early to determine the exact make-up of the entering class.  Yet, deposits are strong and the class appears to, once again, be remarkably talented and diverse.

CC’s Nordic Ski Team

Last week, I had a great dinner with CC’s newest club sport – the Nordic Ski Team. The team invited me to join them in Rastall to hear about the growth of their program and how much fun they are having competing in regional competitions. They are an incredibly inclusive group – experts and beginners alike!

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