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Frykholm ’92 Makes an Impact in Leadville Community

Spending hours volunteering to transform an abandoned zinc smelter into an athletic facility is just part of the adventurous life of CC alumnus Peter Frykholm ’92. And it’s only one of the many ways he is contributing to the community of Leadville, Colorado.

Peter also coaches a high school boys’ soccer team with a mission of keeping 25 first-generation boys in school. Peter works hard to make a difference in their lives; many of them face the daily decision of whether to choose paid work to help their families make ends meet or to pursue academic opportunities and responsibilities. Peter helps them hold onto the longer term vision.

Peter shares “Need is everywhere. Because of that, so is the opportunity to make a difference. You can’t help but feel that you’re someplace special, that there’s important work to do.”

In addition to his volunteer work, Peter’s business, Precision Peaks, produces detailed pine carvings of the most celebrated peaks, passes, and ski areas of the mountain west and beyond.

Peter has that trailblazing spirit that is so common among our CC alumni!

Joe Ellis ’80 Named CEO of the Year

President of the Denver Broncos since 2011 and chief executive officer since 2014, Joe Ellis ’80, was named CEO of the Year by ColoradoBiz magazine. Under his superb leadership, the team has enjoyed remarkable success. Known for his “understated, deliberate, and above all, deferential” manner, Joe has created a work environment in which creative problem solving is the norm and risk-taking is encouraged. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Joe!

UCCS Celebrates First Responders in Honor of Officer Swasey

On Monday night, I was pleased to join University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak to celebrate “First Responders Appreciation Night in Honor of Officer Garrett Swasey.” Officer Swasey was killed when he responded to the shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic on November 27, 2015.  The appreciation night was organized around the annual CC vs.UCCS men’s basketball game. Although the Tigers lost the contest, it was a great evening for our community to come together.


Renovated Buildings Named for Katharine Lee Bates and Rosie Collins

Following extensive renovations to two campus buildings, earlier this month, I shared with the Board of Trustees our plan to name these facilities in honor of notable individuals from the CC community.

The building at 921 N. Nevada Ave. is apartments for visiting faculty, and will be named Bates House after the college’s most famous faculty visitor, Katharine Lee Bates. She was a visiting faculty member in the CC Department of English when she penned her famous, “America, the Beautiful.”

The house just south of Spencer Center at 818 N. Tejon St., the current home for ITS leadership, will be named Collins Hall in honor of Theodore Roosevelt “Rosie” Collins, CC’s athletic trainer from 1935-1970. Collins was the athletic trainer for two CC NCAA Hockey National Championship teams, and the first person of color in a professional position at the college.

Signage for Bates House and Collins Hall will be installed later this year.

CC’s naming policy for facilities and programs is a way to honor distinguished service to the college.

View the full policy to learn more about the naming and approval process.

Dee Bradley Baker’ 86 Speaks Tonight

Dee Bradley Baker ’86, a successful voiceover artist (he plays both Perry the Platypus and Daffy Duck) with over 20 years of professional experience, talks about life after CC and his career in movies, animated television series, and video games tonight (Monday, Nov. 28) at 7 p.m. in the Cornerstone Screening Room. Then, on Tuesday, Dee is leading a 2-hour workshop with a voice acting adjunct class, working with students both as a group and individually.

Thanks to Dee for his generosity in giving back to CC in this way and to Soeren Walls ’17 who worked to get Dee to campus!