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Block Break Newsletter

Dear Parents and Alumni,

Block 7 was filled with wonderful news from our graduating seniors about fellowships secured, jobs accepted, graduate school plans finalized, and of course, celebrations planned for these last few weeks. Senior Soiree 2016I am always thrilled to hear of the successes of our students and proud of them for doing the hard (and good!) work of making decisions about their first steps into their post-CC futures.

Just a sampling of the news coming into the President’s Office includes word that Annika Hansen, Brad Hale, and Olivia Foster have accepted positions as analysts; Annika with Blue Canyon, Brad with GLC Advisors, and Olivia with Citibank. Olivia will begin her job following a year of Citibank-sponsored service with ServiceYear, a nonprofit founded by CC alumnus CEO Matt Ronen ’04 – news that is doubly exciting!

We’ve also heard from Jacob Jones, who wins a prize for best title for his new position as “Creative Process Engineer” for Fractl, in Denver; Corey Baron will begin a fellowship with El Pomar Foundation; Annika Kastetter will be working for the United Nations; Scott Godde and Ellen Atkinson have found jobs in the classroom for Teach for America; as has Lykke Bonde, who will teach at United World Colleges’ Dilijan College in Armenia.

Ingrid Wilt and Zhi Yao Philip Zhu both head to graduate school in chemistry; Ingrid to Emory University and Philip to the University of Georgia. Julia Terman will begin research in psychology at DePauw University, Dana Gornick heads to UC Davis Law School, and, as I’ve been sharing in my blogall spring, many CC students will begin prestigious academic awards and fellowships across the globe in the coming months.

Maia Chin and Sophie Ramirez, who have secured jobs in physical therapy and orthopedics research, respectively, will be joined by a number of their fellow seniors who are embarking on medical careers. We have heard news of medical school acceptances from Dartmouth College, Creighton University, and the Universities of Arkansas and Nebraska, as well as Baylor University and Kansas City University.

With all of this exciting news, I want to remind all current students that these successes are the fruit of seeds planted much earlier. To support those efforts, CC’s Career Center is sponsoring our second annual Rising Senior Symposium immediately following graduation to help prepare for the transitions ahead. I encourage all our juniors to sign up for this great opportunity!

Block 8 brings many celebrations of our seniors. Honors Convocation 2016In addition to Commencement Weekend, one of my favorites is the Senior Soiree, an elegant evening at the Fine Arts Center that I am pleased to co-host with Dean of Students Mike Edmonds. I am also looking forward to celebrating the excellent work of our students on May 2, at Honors Convocation. All are welcome to attend Honors Convocation and Commencement, and you can find plenty of information online. In addition, both of these events will be live-streamed and available via CC’s YouTube channel.

It’s an exciting time at CC and I welcome you to join us, however you can!

With warm regards,


President Jill Tiefenthaler

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