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Block 5 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Alumni,

We started off the Spring Semester with our reinvigorated Half Block program. Participation continues to increase with more than 950 students taking part in one of the many for-credit courses, career development opportunities, and outdoor education trainings. Professor Jim Parco’s MLK Day 2017 at Colorado College(Economics & Business) course, Personal Financial Planning, is very popular with students and also open to staff as part of our Excel@CC professional development program.

Block 5 began with a number of events on campus, from our campus-wide celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, to a discussion of the Supreme Court by attorney Cate Stetson, to Cornerstone Arts Week. And if those events weren’t enough, CC joined with the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership to kick-off The City Center, a series on urban planning and design. Most of our visiting scholars and experts also joined classes, giving students an opportunity to engage with them in a more intimate setting. It was a high-energy start to what I know will be an exciting spring here on the Colorado College campus.Tutt Library under construction

If you have been on campus recently, dropping off your student for Spring Semester, or as part of a reunion planning committee, or attending any of these Block 5 events, then you have a good sense of how the campus will look next fall.

The upward and westward construction on Tutt Library presents a new profile facing Cascade Avenue, and the views from the third and fourth floors will be among the best in the city. Tutt South will be removed this summer, opening up Armstrong Quad for the first time since 1980, when that addition was built.

The interest in watching the evolution has inspired many requests for tours of the project. Members of the planning committees, as well as alumni, parents, trustees and others on campus have toured the building during construction, and the common theme is a big “wow!”

East Campus construction Feb. 2017At the southeast corner of Uintah Street and Nevada Avenue, the campus is visibly changed by the emergence of the new East Campus residential development. This project was designed to build a strong sense of community for the 154 students who will reside in the eight townhouses, cottages and brownstones. The community building that will anchor this development includes a communal kitchen and laundry facilities as well as a second-story patio facing the mountains.

We recently announced that the new residences will be named for distinguished former students, an opportunity to connect today’s students to CC’s history. From figure skater Peggy Fleming, to Nobel Laureate James Heckman, to Frederick Roberts, the first African American elected to the California State Legislature, the alumni being honored have achieved first or great accomplishments that deserve to be recognized for generations to come.

The spring holds much promise, and I look forward to sharing more news as the year progresses. Thank you for your support in all that we do!

Best regards,

President Jill Tiefenthaler

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