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Block Break Newsletter

Colorado College

Dear Alumni and Parents,

blockbreak7_1During Block 7, Colorado College welcomed several hundred students who were admitted to the Class of 2020 at two Admission Open Houses. These future Tigers get an opportunity to envision themselves as part of our CC community, visiting classes, attending events, learning about the special opportunities made possible by our Block Plan, and, of course, meeting our amazing students, faculty and staff.

And what a fun and busy time it is on campus! The 4th annual Big Idea competition put our creative students on stage — literally — pitching their ideas, and demonstrating CC’s commitment to connect innovation and application to our outstanding liberal arts education. Another CC tradition, Dance Workshop, showed off the talents of students who choreograph, produce, and perform the entire show. Students also performed beautifully in the Music Department’s production of The Wild Party, a jazzy 1920s whodunnit.

blockbreak7_2Block 7 also included events focused on raising awareness on important issues. The Native American Student Union co-hosted a Native American film festival and an exhibition powwow with One Nation Walking, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing poverty among elders and children in our seven-state region. The Colorado College Prison Project sponsored “Inside the Box,” to bring attention to the practice of solitary confinement. The weekend of events centered on several students and faculty who voluntarily experienced a 24-hour period of confinement and isolation.

blockbreak7_3I am looking forward to Block 8 and the opportunities it brings to gather, reflect, and celebrate. In a few weeks, we will recognize students for their academic achievements at Honors Convocation. Dean Mike Edmonds and I will celebrate our seniors at the 2nd Senior Soiree, an elegant reception at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Of course, our 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 16 is the highlight of the academic year. It is such a pleasure to honor accomplished alumni, inspiring faculty, and, of course, our graduating seniors.

Welcoming students who will make up the CC class of 2020, and preparing to say farewell to the Class of 2016 — Block 7 is always a special time at CC.

Best regards,

President Jill Tiefenthaler

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