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CC’s Block Plan highlighted by Airbnb’s Chesky

Our Block Plan was mentioned by Airbnb’s co-founder Brian Chesky as an example of the future of education at a session of the recent Aspen Ideas Festival. You can watch the session on How the Sharing Economy is Redefining the Marketplace and Our Sense of Community at (the discussion on education and the mention of CC starts around 53:30). Thanks to Tanyu Yuba ’13 for bringing this mention to our attention.

For those of you who haven’t yet heard about Airbnb and the growth of the sharing economy, there is a good article by Tom Friedman on Airbnb and Chesky in today’s New York Times Sunday Review.

CC Attracts Students from Across the Country

Recently, a CBS News article, “Look where top students are going to college,” notes that a new study conducted by Niche discovered that “High-achieving students are much more likely to attend colleges farther away from their homes than other teenagers.” On the article’s list of the colleges and universities that attracted undergrads from farthest away, Colorado College ranked 10th in the country. Visit here to read the article.

Our students come from across the US and, as a result, so do our alumni.  More than half of CC alumni live more than 1000 miles from campus.

CC Students Intern at KRCC

KRCC, CC’s radio station, has hired a number of student interns over the years, giving students invaluable opportunities to work with professionals. Recently, several of these student interns worked on impressive stories for KRCC.

During her time at KRCC, Sarah Stockdale ’14 produced the series, “A Sense of Place,” that covers “environmental histories and issues in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.”

Maggie Spencer Deadrick ’14 and Martha Perez-Sanz ’14 worked on a collection of articles about the possibility that Amtrak’s Southwest Chief through Southern Colorado might be rerouted, “bypassing Western Kansas, Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely” if upgrades to the rail line are not completed. You can find links to these articles below:

CC Alumnus Selected for the Aspen Institute’s First Movers Fellowship

Toby Gannett ’96, owner of the consulting company BCR Management in Colorado Springs, recently became the first Colorado Springs resident ever to be selected for the Aspen Institute’s First Movers Fellowship. The Aspen Institute created the fellowship to recognize, “exceptional innovators in business who are creating new products, services and management practices that achieve greater profitability and positive social and environmental impacts.” For more information, please visit here. Congratulations to Toby!

Sue Grace Wins Spirit of the Springs Award

Yesterday, director of Colorado College’s Summer Music Festival, Susan Grace, was presented with the “Spirit of the Springs Award” by Mayor Steve Bach. Sue also serves as senior lecturer, associate chair, and artist-in-residence with our Music department. Please visit here for more information on this award and Susan’s illustrious career. Congratulations to Sue on this honor!