President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
One of the great assets of our Block Plan is the ability to bring in fascinating scholars and practicing experts for intense engagement with our students as block visitors. In the blocks ahead, we have some outstanding visitors in our CC classrooms. Among them:
In Southwest Studies, Professor Jeanne Rubin, general counsel for the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIRM) and director of the annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival currently is teaching Indigenous Film. Also this block, students are taking songwriting with alternative rock legend and author Dave Bidini.
In Block 7, Professor Mervyn Tano, IIRM president and adjunct faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, will teach Traditional Knowledge Systems. Czech composer Jan Jirasek will teach a course on music composition and film scoring, cross-listed between Music and Film and New Media Studies.
Also in Block 7, David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, will teach Shakespeare and the Ancient World. Harold Bloom has called Bevington “one of the most learned and devoted of Shakespeareans.”
Bringing distinguished scholars and practicing professionals to campus to interact with Colorado College students and faculty is only one of the ways that we are “building on the block.”
The TODAY Show did an online story on CC students’ nonprofit, The Colorado Springs Food Rescue. You can view the spot at this link: http://www.today.com/food/colorado-college-students-rescue-healthy-food-feed-hungry-1D80236944.
Dear Campus Community,
Colorado College is more committed to diversity and inclusion than ever before.
Over the last few weeks, some members of our community have been in touch with me to share concerns about the campus climate and ask what more we can do to build a community that every member — students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends — can feel proud of and connected to. I take these concerns seriously. I write today to affirm my commitment to building a stronger, more inclusive institution; to detail what we are doing to achieve this goal; and to ask for your input.
Our mission is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Building a diverse and inclusive campus community is central to this mission. We want the best minds and the most creative people — faculty, students, staff — to view CC as a top choice for learning, teaching, and working. This requires being a welcoming environment for all. In addition, our mission requires engaging the community in a vibrant exchange of ideas, which thrives when we bring a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Assembling a diverse campus community with many voices at the table and modeling how to consider the variety of viewpoints in the world respectfully is what a liberal arts education is all about.
The importance of diversity and inclusion to our mission is clearly spelled out in our strategic plan, Building on the Block. Since the plan was launched, two action teams have worked on suggesting and prioritizing specific initiatives to achieve these goals; see “Diverse and Inclusive Campus: Supporting our Students” and “Workplace Excellence.”College leadership is now working on making these recommendations come to life. We have made a lot of progress in recent years! In particular, we have more diversity in CC’s student body, leadership, faculty, and staff.
We still have much work to do. We must all continue to work hard to cultivate a more inclusive climate here and now.
At CC, there are so many people who are committed to this goal. Throughout Block 3, I am asking the campus community for continued input. I invite you to attend one of the following dialogue sessions. Each one-hour dialogue will be led by the teams listed below. If you cannot attend a dialogue, contact me or any of the individuals listed below for a one-on-one conversation.
John Lauer/Rochelle Mason – Monday, Nov. 3, 12:15 -1:15 p.m., Worner 213
Caitlin Apigian/Alejandro Salazar - Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:00 p.m., Spencer Boardroom
Brett Gray/Emily Chan - Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:00 p.m., TLC3
Barbara Wilson/Mike Edmonds – Monday, Nov. 3, 8:45 a.m., Slocum Commons
Paul Buckley/Robert Moore – Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:00 p.m., WES Room
Heather Horton/Jane Turnis – Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Commons
Emily Chan/Paul Buckley – junior faculty – Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Cossitt Faculty Commons
Sandi Wong/Jill Tiefenthaler – all faculty – Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m., Cossitt Faculty Commons
In addition, Dean Wong will be leading a session with faculty chairs, Dean Edmonds will lead a conversation with the CCSGA, and I will be getting input from the President’s Council, Heads of State (student leadership), college leadership team, Staff Council, FEC, and Board of Trustees.
At the conclusion of these listening sessions, we will share the summary with the campus community.
This is our shared work! More than ever, I invite your commitment and engagement in productive dialogue that will help move Colorado College forward.
Dear Alumni and Parents,
Homecoming and Family Weekends were resounding successes, and with over 1,300 alumni and 1,200 family members registered for the two weekends, I am happy to report that splitting these two events has become a great, new CC tradition.
Both events remind me what a wonderful community we have at Colorado College. CC draws such special and interesting people.
Over Homecoming Weekend, we inducted members of the Class of 1964 into the Fifty Year Club. This class was recognized for their giving, raising $245,000 for the Class of 1964 Scholarship Endowment for their reunion. At our annual Scholarship Lunch, we celebrated seven new scholarships; introducing donors to the students their generosity supports is only one of the many ways the CC generations connect over Homecoming.
Alumni accomplishments also inspire our students. At Convocation on Saturday morning, we honored several of our distinguished alumni and friends:
David C. Phillips ’78 received the Louis T. Benezet Award
Jack T. Pottle ’77 received the Lloyd E. Worner Award
Daniel Crossey ’74 and Professor Emerita Marianne L. Stoller each received the Gresham Riley Award
Jane McAtee Sanborn ’70 received the Spirit of Adventure Award
Another highlight of the weekend was a panel on the CC experience for our students and alumni of color, sponsored by Colorado College Alumni and Students of Color Association (CCASCA). The event featured an inspiring panel of four alumni and our current CC Student Government Association president, Alejandro Salazar, and was followed by a reception with almost 200 alumni and students hosted by CCASCA in Bemis Hall – a wonderful Homecoming tradition was born.
“Horstoberfest” was a celebration of Professor Horst Richardson’s 50 years of coaching CC men’s soccer. It isn’t every day that lederhosen and accordion music make an appearance on the CC campus. It was a fitting tribute to Horst and his wife Helen, and a career of dedication to Colorado College.
Over 500 families participated in CC’s second annual Family Weekend. Events included a lunch panel on climate change research, mock classes taught by CC faculty, and information sessions led by a number of our student life professionals.
Almost 100 students shared their research and exposure to professional work during the Internship Experience Forum. And, of course, students reconnected with their families over coffee, sporting events, hikes, and dinners. Parents expressed, over and over again, their gratitude for the education their children are receiving at the college.
As alumni, parents, and friends, you encourage and support our strategic plan through your giving, internships, mentoring of students, and acting as ambassadors for the college to prospective students and donors. We couldn’t do it without you, and I appreciate this chance to share with you these updates from CC!
The blue tape is off the walls, most of the furniture and all of the people are in place, and we can now officially welcome visitors to Spencer Center, the college’s newly renovated central administrative building. Named after William I. Spencer, a college trustee and chair of the College’s Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1991, the restored Spencer Center represents the best of CC’s past and future.
Almost 25% of the college’s over 400 employees are now housed together in Spencer Center, making our shared work more efficient and cohesive. Spencer Center is home to the following departments:
1st Floor – Human Resources, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts
2nd Floor – Business and Finance, President’s Office, and Information Technology Services
3rd Floor – Advancement
4th Floor – Communications
Although the interior of Spencer Center has changed dramatically, the historic charm of the building remains, in particular on the first floor with a grand lobby that harkens back to the building’s original identity as the Plaza Hotel, built in 1900. Spencer Center is now the most energy efficient building on campus (having previously been the least efficient).
President’s Office Reception – The artwork in my office is by CC alum Michael Franceschi ’14.
Spencer Board Room – Located on the 1st floor.
Stained Glass – The stained glass was reclaimed from the house that was next door to Spencer.