Block Break Newsletter
Dear Alumni and Parents,
The 2016-17 academic year is underway as Block 1 draws to a close. As always, Colorado College is an incredibly dynamic place! As I walk across campus, I see signs of progress as our new library takes shape before our eyes and the northeast corner of campus has been transformed from a parking lot to a construction zone for our upper-class housing village that will open next fall. These projects, and many others, are guided by our strategic plan. We first presented “The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block” in 2013; since that time, we’ve implemented many of the plan’s initiatives. The plan also articulates our essential strengths as an institution. As the only national liberal arts college in the region, our location is one of those strengths and our vision includes more fully embracing our special place of learning in the Southwest.
One recent development on campus is an exciting opportunity that aligns perfectly with nurturing our sense of place: a new partnership with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. This alliance will help us to deeply embed the study of the Southwest into our curriculum, through the study of the arts, and interact with the Colorado Springs community in new ways. The alliance presents new opportunities to further diversify our curriculum and build an inclusive community.
Since the announcement, we have embarked upon a 10-month long strategic planning process that will guide the integration of the FAC with the college. CC faculty and staff are joining with FAC staff and patrons to develop plans for each of the three program areas of the Fine Arts Center. Over the next three years, we will implement the plans, focusing on one area each year, beginning with the museum, then on to the Bemis School and finally, the theatre. We will officially take over the operations of the FAC next summer, with the name changing to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will continue to provide excellent arts programming for the Colorado Springs community but it will now also provide special opportunities for our students. We envision bringing visiting scholars and artists, creating new internships in museum studies and collection management, and supporting new ways to enhance teaching and research opportunities for our talented faculty. Even if you are far from campus, I invite you to become involved in this process through the web. Please stay informed about the process and share your ideas with us. The next time you are on campus, I encourage you to visit the Fine Arts Center.
CC is known for its creative and innovative thinkers. We just got word that CC alumna Anne Basting ’87 has received a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Award.” This follows John Novembre ’00 being named as a Fellow in 2015. CC can now claim two MacArthur “Geniuses” in two years!
As we turn our thoughts to Block 2 just around the corner, I am excited about the progress in our mission to offer the finest liberal arts education. Thank you for everything you do to support our success!
President Jill Tiefenthaler