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Rebecca Celli ’15 in the New York Times

These first days after graduation, I always wonder when I am going to hear about what our new graduates are achieving.  Rebecca Celli ’15, such an impressive student, is the first to let me know that she is an equally formidable alumna.

Her senior sociology thesis took on the topic of gender bias in how films by female directors are marginalized through the language of reviews with words like “sweet,” “sentimental,” and other diminutive terms.  The film series she put together while a student drew wide attention to the politics behind the film rating system.  And two days post-Commencement, her letter to the editor appeared in this morning’s New York Times, pointing out a recent study by the A.C.L.U. that documents the threats to equal opportunity for women in the film industry.

Rebecca, and all your fellow graduates of the class of 2015, keep me and your alma mater posted – I am eager to hear about all the amazing things you will continue to do!



Earlier this week, I hosted a celebration for the faculty and staff members who have completed an entire course in one of the six Excel@CC professional development programs.  More than 130 college employees were recognized for their demonstrated dedication to continued professional growth; 277 employees participated in the program overall.

Participation and completion of the program signifies a commitment to professional development, but also a commitment to the college’s mission of providing the finest liberal arts education to our students.

Excel@CC, an initiative of our strategic plan, is a significant example of the college’s commitment to workplace excellence.



Promotions to Full Professor

There are three new full professors on the CC faculty. Last Friday, Dean Sandi Wong and I had the pleasure of sharing the good news – and conferring the new titles – in person. I hope you will join me in conveying much deserved congratulations to Professor Tracy Coleman (Religion), Professor Aju Fenn (Economics), and Professor Esther Redmount (Economics, pictures below)!


Block 8 Printmaking

Art Professor Kate Leonard’s printmaking class in Block 8 has a nickname — “the organic chemistry of the Art Department” — based on the notoriously intense experience with an equally well-known following. Says Professor Leonard, “The students work long days and nights in Packard Hall, and it always amazes me what these CC students can produce in 8th Block.”

These pictures — from the last Friday afternoon of the academic year — are of our students cutting their large-scale woodcut blocks. The students printed these large-scale woodcuts using a steamroller in a college parking lot!! The final prints are on display at the class’s open house, Tuesday (today!), May 12, from 4-6 p.m. in Packard Hall, Room 39.

Abby Wigdale and Robin Fassett-Carman

Abby Wigdale and Robin Fassett-Carman

Christina Bowman

Christina Bowman

Mackensie Lewis and Henry Weaver

Mackensie Lewis and Henry Weaver

Commencement Speeches

With less than a week until Commencement, I’m reminded of the inspiring speeches that I’ve heard over the past few years and am looking forward to hearing the advice that William “Bro” Adams ’69, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will share with the Class of 2015.

NPR has launched a list of the best Commencement speeches, going all the way back to 1774. I’m happy to report that several of CC’s recent speakers made this list: our 2010 speaker, Wade Davis P’88, our 2012 speaker, Abigail Washburn ‘99, and  poet Billy Collins, who spoke in 2008.

So if you need a little inspiration, here are some great CC Commencement moments to get you ready for the next one – May 18, 2015.