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Cipher Recognized

Later this month, CC’s Cipher publication staff will travel to Austin, Texas as finalists in the National Associated College Press Pacemaker Awards, for their eighth block issue, “Bones.” Commonly known as “the Pulitzer Prize of Student Journalism,” the Pacemaker is the most prestigious award for college and university publications.

Cipher co-editor Anna Cain said “No matter what happens in Austin, this is definitely a victory.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Congratulation to Anna and the entire Cipher staff!

Chuck D Visits CC

Emcee, producer and writer Chuck D packed Armstrong Hall’s theatre on Friday night. Professor Idris Goodwin interviewed the leader of Public Enemy about the origins of hip hop, the impact of the internet on the music business, and his advice for young artists. Chuck D generously signed copies of his book “Fight the Power” for over an hour following the interview. Thanks to Professor Goodwin and NEH Professor Steve Hayward for organizing this great campus event!


Student Loan Default Rates Released by DOE

On Wednesday, the US Department of Education released new data on default rates on student loans. The federal default rate was 11.8% for all students who entered repayment in the 2012 fiscal year (that is, 11.8% percentage of students who started paying on student loans in 2012 had defaulted in three years). This was a 2 percentage point decline over the previous year – a sign of an improved labor market for young people.

At Colorado College, our FY2012 official default rate is much lower at 0.9%. At CC, our financial aid packages are generous and our students have significantly less cumulative debt ($19,970 for the Class of 2012) than the national average ($29,400 for 2012 graduates). Most importantly, the vast majority of our students graduate (87% for this cohort) and secure good jobs that allow them to meet their debt obligations.

Conversation with the Presidents

CCSGA President Jacob Walden and I provided updates to students last night at the semi-annual Conversation with the Presidents. Jake outlined student government’s initiatives for the year, including providing new professional development opportunities for students, and I overviewed our upcoming building projects, including the renovation and expansion of Tutt Library and the new East Campus residence for upperclass students. Following a lively Q&A, the group joined CC leadership for some great food and conversation in Bemis Lounge.

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Summer Research Symposium

Yesterday, the CC community gathered in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center for the 2nd Annual Summer Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Symposium. Dozens of students presented on their research experiences in panel and poster sessions, and their faculty mentors were on hand to provide encouragement and support.

I am grateful to faculty members Phoebe Lostroh (Molecular Biology) and Jane Murphy (History) who organized both the symposium and a summer seminar series for our student researchers. I am also grateful to the Mellon Foundation for providing financial support for these programs and summer stipends for students working with faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Of course, none of these opportunities would be possible without the commitment of our faculty mentors. Thank you!

The aim of the summer research program is to fund collaborative research between faculty and students to both support faculty scholarship and provide students with first-hand research experiences as undergraduates. Expanding opportunities for undergraduate research is an initiative of The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block.