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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.

Homecoming 2014

It was a wonderful weekend! Hundreds of alumni came back to campus to enjoy each other and this beautiful place. My Homecoming highlights were the Fifty Year Club Induction Ceremony (more than a quarter of the Class of 1964 attended the reunion and they raised $100,000+ for scholarship support), Homecoming Convocation (we honored five amazing people for their achievements and contributions to CC) and the panel and reception organized by the newly-formed Colorado College Alumni and Students of Color Association (CCASCA).

Homecoming 2014 Award Winners

Homecoming 2014 Award Winners – David Phillips ’78, Jack Pottle ’77, Jane McAtee Sanborn ’70, Dan Crossey ’74 and Professor Emerita Marianne Stoller


Students Design New Summit House

If you were to design the summit house, perched on top of Pike’s Peak, what would it look like? Professors Howard Drossman and Marie Davis-Green had their interdisciplinary Environmental Inquiry and Environmental Design class come up with five different conceptual designs for a new summit house for “America’s Mountain.” Here is some media coverage on their work -

I love this story because it shows CC faculty and students’ interest in and involvement with the Colorado Springs community. It helps our students to develop their sense of place and is beneficial to our region.