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Block Break, President Tiefenthaler’s E-Newsletter


Dear Parents and Alumni,

I heard great feedback from those who attended Family and Friends Weekend this past block. Parents talked about how their students benefit from the process of discovery that takes place at Colorado College – intellectual discovery and self-discovery. They were delighted that their children are becoming stronger communicators and deeper thinkers who are making connections across subjects and better understand their place in the world.

parents-at-posterThese liberal arts skills make for a sound educational foundation. But, at CC, in addition to knowledge and skills, we also build character. Our students learn to persevere, to recover from failure and try again, to break with convention and challenge the status quo, and to focus on one thing at a time.

Parents also discussed the importance of supporting our Career Center, alumni and parents sharing their professional experience, and our Half-Block and summer course offerings that link the liberal arts to the world of work. These opportunities for student professional development are an important addition to our liberal arts foundation.

Fifty Year ClubWelcoming alumni for Homecoming only two weeks later highlighted that there is something truly special about a Colorado College education. From our most recent graduates to members of the Fifty Year Club, our alumni are living lives of meaning and impact.

Our alumni award winners are great examples. Paul Liu ’81 is chair of the plastic surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital and President of the Wound Healing Foundation, yet he makes the time to volunteer for short-term medical missions abroad and provide valuable research opportunities for CC students. Trinity Ludwig Wells ’06 took a break from her career as an investment banker to hike the spine of South America, gathering data for the Pacific Biodiversity Institute along the way.

alumni-awards-winnersI am convinced that what sets CC apart are our program, our place, and our people. Our innovative approach to education, especially the Block Plan, builds on the strengths of a traditional liberal arts education, and makes it more relevant for today’s students. Our place in the West inspires us to reach higher and nurtures a sense of adventure. Together, our Block Plan and Rocky Mountain location draw the people that make Colorado College special—people who see the world a little differently, and use original thinking to make it a better place.

Best regards,

President Jill Tiefenthaler

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