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Professor Gratz & Students Retrofit Springs Homes

Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics with Professor Lynne Gratz (Environmental Science) combines physics- and chemistry-based concepts of thermodynamics to study energy generation, use, and conservation. The class partners with the Energy Resource Center to conduct preliminary energy audits, assess the results, and then plan and implement retrofits of homes in Colorado Springs.

“I think the project just has multiple benefits — students get to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a practical, meaningful way; the ERC gains visibility and community partnership; the homeowner gets a free energy upgrade and a new awareness about their home’s energy use; and slowly we make a positive impact on energy use in the Colorado Springs community,” says Gratz.

Read more about the course here.

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

CC hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, open to the entire Colorado Springs community, beginning with the All People’s Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. in Reid Arena in El Pomar Sports Center. While the ticketed breakfast is sold out, you are invited to attend; overflow viewing is available for free in the Reid Arena balcony as well as in the Worner Campus Center and online at

Breakfast will be followed by a community rally and march, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet in the Worner Campus Center lobby to learn more about how you can get involved with community partners before marching in unity to Acacia Park for a brief program featuring local speakers and artists.

The observances will continue at First Mondays with a presentation from CC trustee and alumnus Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq., at 11 a.m. His talk is entitled “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Visionary, the Truth Teller, and Most Hated Person in America.” One of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, Haygood is the executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. A passionate advocate for equity, Ryan  works to empower urban communities and also speaks and writes regularly on race, law, civil rights, and democracy.

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in Mohrman Theatre. The Ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies, performing dynamic bodies of work inspired by the African-American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. The program also features special guests from the Gospel Music Workshop of America-Colorado Springs Chapter. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; reception to follow.

Additional details are available online.

A Peek Inside Half Block

Tomorrow is the first day of Block 5 and last week we wrapped up a successful Half Block.

One of the courses offered during Half Block was The History and Future of the Book co-taught by Jessy Randall, curator of Special Collections, Steve Lawson, librarian, and Aaron Cohick, printer at the Press at Colorado College. The class began the timeline of the book by looking at some of the earliest printed books held at the library’s Special Collections, including a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible.

Photo by Vivian Nguyen ’20

CPR and CC Announce Partnership to Expand 91.5 KRCC and Create Public Media Center

Colorado Public Radio and CC have entered into a long-term agreement to create a new public media center bringing together 91.5 KRCC, the Rocky Mountain PBS Regional Innovation Center and college journalism resources. As a part of this agreement KRCC will be affiliated with, and operated by, CPR in partnership with the college.

The station will continue to be identified as KRCC. This collaboration will increase KRCC’s ability to produce and deliver original local content and will provide KRCC’s audiences with CPR’s state-wide resources. CPR and CC are committed to maintaining KRCC’s strong local and regional news presence and will continue to employ Colorado Springs-based personnel.

Read more here.

CC Hockey in the News

Captains Chris Wilkie ‘20 and Nick Halloran ’20 are forwards on the men’s hockey team. They were recently featured on KKTV for their outstanding performance on the ice.

Enjoy the video below, and access the full game schedule here.