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TODAY Showcases CS Food Rescue

The TODAY Show did an online story on CC students’ nonprofit, The Colorado Springs Food Rescue. You can view the spot at this link:

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Campus Community, 

Colorado College is more committed to diversity and inclusion than ever before.

 Over the last few weeks, some members of our community have been in touch with me to share concerns about the campus climate and ask what more we can do to build a community that every member — students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends — can feel proud of and connected to. I take these concerns seriously. I write today to affirm my commitment to building a stronger, more inclusive institution; to detail what we are doing to achieve this goal; and to ask for your input.

Our mission is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Building a diverse and inclusive campus community is central to this mission. We want the best minds and the most creative people — faculty, students, staff — to view CC as a top choice for learning, teaching, and working. This requires being a welcoming environment for all. In addition, our mission requires engaging the community in a vibrant exchange of ideas, which thrives when we bring a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Assembling a diverse campus community with many voices at the table and modeling how to consider the variety of viewpoints in the world respectfully is what a liberal arts education is all about.

The importance of diversity and inclusion to our mission is clearly spelled out in our strategic plan, Building on the BlockSince the plan was launched, two action teams have worked on suggesting and prioritizing specific initiatives to achieve these goals; see “Diverse and Inclusive Campus: Supporting our Students” and “Workplace Excellence.”College leadership is now working on making these recommendations come to life. We have made a lot of progress in recent years! In particular, we have more diversity in CC’s student body, leadership, faculty, and staff.

We still have much work to do. We must all continue to work hard to cultivate a more inclusive climate here and now. 

At CC, there are so many people who are committed to this goal. Throughout Block 3, I am asking the campus community for continued input.  I invite you to attend one of the following dialogue sessions. Each one-hour dialogue will be led by the teams listed below.  If you cannot attend a dialogue, contact me or any of the individuals listed below for a one-on-one conversation.

For students:

John Lauer/Rochelle Mason – Monday, Nov. 3, 12:15 -1:15 p.m., Worner 213

Caitlin Apigian/Alejandro Salazar - Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:00 p.m., Spencer Boardroom

Brett Gray/Emily Chan - Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:00 p.m., TLC3

For staff:

Barbara Wilson/Mike Edmonds – Monday, Nov. 3, 8:45 a.m., Slocum Commons

Paul Buckley/Robert Moore – Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:00 p.m., WES Room

Heather Horton/Jane Turnis – Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4:00 p.m., Slocum Commons

For faculty:

Emily Chan/Paul Buckley – junior faculty – Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Cossitt Faculty Commons

Sandi Wong/Jill Tiefenthaler – all faculty – Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m., Cossitt Faculty Commons

In addition, Dean Wong will be leading a session with faculty chairs, Dean Edmonds will lead a conversation with the CCSGA, and I will be getting input from the President’s Council, Heads of State (student leadership), college leadership team, Staff Council, FEC, and Board of Trustees.

At the conclusion of these listening sessions, we will share the summary with the campus community.

This is our shared work! More than ever, I invite your commitment and engagement in productive dialogue that will help move Colorado College forward.

Best regards,


E-Newsletter – Block Break 2

Dear Alumni and Parents,

Homecoming and Family Weekends were resounding successes, and with over 1,300 alumni and 1,200 family members registered for the two weekends, I am happy to report that splitting these two events has become a great, new CC tradition.

The classes of 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 returned to campus for their reunions.

Both events remind me what a wonderful community we have at Colorado College. CC draws such special and interesting people.

The class of 1964 was inducted into the Fifty Year Club.

Over Homecoming Weekend, we inducted members of the Class of 1964 into the Fifty Year Club. This class was recognized for their giving, raising $245,000 for the Class of 1964 Scholarship Endowment for their reunion. At our annual Scholarship Lunch, we celebrated seven new scholarships; introducing donors to the students their generosity supports is only one of the many ways the CC generations connect over Homecoming.

The Colorado College Alumni Award recipients were honored.

Alumni accomplishments also inspire our students. At Convocation on Saturday morning, we honored several of our distinguished alumni and friends:
David C. Phillips ’78 received the Louis T. Benezet Award
Jack T. Pottle ’77 received the Lloyd E. Worner Award
Daniel Crossey ’74 and Professor Emerita Marianne L. Stoller each received the Gresham Riley Award
Jane McAtee Sanborn ’70 received the Spirit of Adventure Award

Colorado College Alumni and Students of Color Association (CCASCA) sponsored a panel discussion.

Another highlight of the weekend was a panel on the CC experience for our students and alumni of color, sponsored by Colorado College Alumni and Students of Color Association (CCASCA). The event featured an inspiring panel of four alumni and our current CC Student Government Association president, Alejandro Salazar, and was followed by a reception with almost 200 alumni and students hosted by CCASCA in Bemis Hall – a wonderful Homecoming tradition was born.


“Horstoberfest” was a celebration of Professor Horst Richardson’s 50 years of coaching CC men’s soccer. It isn’t every day that lederhosen and accordion music make an appearance on the CC campus. It was a fitting tribute to Horst and his wife Helen, and a career of dedication to Colorado College.

Over 500 families participated in CC’s second annual Family Weekend. Events included a lunch panel on climate change research, mock classes taught by CC faculty, and information sessions led by a number of our student life professionals.

One hundred students participated in the Internship Experience Forum.

Almost 100 students shared their research and exposure to professional work during the Internship Experience Forum. And, of course, students reconnected with their families over coffee, sporting events, hikes, and dinners. Parents expressed, over and over again, their gratitude for the education their children are receiving at the college.

As alumni, parents, and friends, you encourage and support our strategic plan through your giving, internships, mentoring of students, and acting as ambassadors for the college to prospective students and donors. We couldn’t do it without you, and I appreciate this chance to share with you these updates from CC!

Best regards,


Spencer Center Renovations

The blue tape is off the walls, most of the furniture and all of the people are in place, and we can now officially welcome visitors to Spencer Center, the college’s newly renovated central administrative building.  Named after William I. Spencer, a college trustee and chair of the College’s Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1991, the restored Spencer Center represents the best of CC’s past and future.

Almost 25% of the college’s over 400 employees are now housed together in Spencer Center, making our shared work more efficient and cohesive.  Spencer Center is home to the following departments:

1st Floor – Human Resources, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts

2nd Floor – Business and Finance, President’s Office, and Information Technology Services

3rd Floor – Advancement

4th Floor – Communications

Spencer Center







Although the interior of Spencer Center has changed dramatically, the historic charm of the building remains, in particular on the first floor with a grand lobby that harkens back to the building’s original identity as the Plaza Hotel, built in 1900. Spencer Center is now the most energy efficient building on campus (having previously been the least efficient).

President's Office Reception

President’s Office Reception – The artwork in my office is by CC alum Michael Franceschi ’14.

Spencer Board Room

Spencer Board Room – Located on the 1st floor.

Spencer Center Stained Glass

Stained Glass – The stained glass was reclaimed from the house that was next door to Spencer.

Gallup Study on College Success

A recent report by Gallup – based on a study of more than 30,000 college graduates — finds a strong link between elements of the college experience and long term success. They found that students who “felt supported during college” (professors cared, professors made them excited about learning, and they had a mentor) were more engaged at work and more likely to be thriving in overall well-being. College grads who had the opportunity to engage in “experiential and deep learning” (worked on a long-term project, had an internship, and were extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations) were also more engaged at work and slightly more likely to be thriving in all areas of well-being.

This study validates what we do at CC. Our alumni report that the support that they received from faculty and other mentors was critical to their success and happiness. I heard this again and again over Homecoming weekend. From the celebration of Horst Richardson’s 50 years at CC to the service honoring Dick Beidleman’s life, and so many moments in between, alumni expressed their gratitude for the support and care they received from their CC mentors.