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Welcome Back!

Dear Students,

Welcome – or welcome back – to Colorado College!  I hope you had a wonderful summer.  My family traveled to Germany for our vacation and enjoyed time in Munich, Cologne and Berlin.

As beautiful as Colorado is in the summer, I am always excited to begin another academic year. And 2016-17 is going to be an adventurous one! As you look around campus, you can see evidence of good things happening here. We welcome the Class of 2020! They are the result of another record-breaking year for admissions, and will contribute much to our community! We also welcome an amazing group of new faculty including 11 new tenure track faculty members, 4 Riley Scholars and a number of visiting professors.

New staff members have also joined the CC community over the summer months. As the college ramps up to celebrate five years of The Big Idea led by Patrick Bultema, CC alum Dez Stone Menendez ‘02 joins the innovation program as its new director. Katherine Menendez is our new Women’s Basketball Head Coach. And a familiar face steps into a new role. Long time CC librarian Lisa Lister will serve as the interim leader for Tutt Library during this year of transition.

I am sure you have noticed the renovation of Tutt Library is underway. Many worked hard over the summer months to ensure students will have access to all of the academic support services and plenty of study space during this year of construction. I hope you have seen the cool, new study space known as the Mod Pod and the transformation of Gates Common Room.  Last year, Tutt Library had 11,576 square feet of dedicated study space. Today, between the ModPod, Gates Common Room, Tutt South, the Music Library, and the evening study space in East Rastall, we have 21,517 square feet available for study. Team Tutt is planning some fun events to help us enjoy this unusual year and will be sending you regular messages with the latest news on library programs, services, and construction.

There is more construction happening on East Campus as we build a new housing village that will welcome students in the Fall of 2017.  Like the new green roof on Honnen Ice Rink and our net zero library, this new residence will incorporate our commitment to sustainability. I hope these visible signs of continued progress on the campus will help us “embrace the disruption”.

Another exciting “disruption” this year will be the Presidential Election.  The Department of Political Science has put together an impressive line-up of prominent speakers for the Sondermann Presidential Symposium, starting with veteran Democratic party strategist Donna Brazile on September 1.

Our sense of place will be reinforced by a new alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. We are excited about the possibilities for our faculty to integrate the nearly 20,000 pieces of Southwestern and indigenous art into the curriculum; for our performing-arts students to have broader opportunities on the stage and behind the scenes; and for the college to positively influence the Pikes Peak region and beyond by providing greater depth, understanding, and context to arts and cultural offerings.

Dean Sandi Wong and our dedicated and talented faculty will be leading efforts to review our general education requirements. I encourage those of you who are interested in sharing your ideas to reach out to members of the Curriculum Executive Committee, which includes student representatives.

A lot is going on in our world and a lot is going on here at the college.  At a small place like CC, each of you contributes to the experience for everyone. I encourage you to make your contribution! And don’t forget, we are here for you. You are surrounded by faculty and staff who are committed to your success and well-being. If you need help or want to share ideas, reach out!

I continue to hold scheduled open office hours, and I hope you will come see me. Also, your representatives on CCSGAHeads of State, and President’s Council want to hear your ideas and concerns.

Have a great year!

Best regards,

Jill

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