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Study Busts Myth about Underemployment of Young College Grads

In a new NBER study, “Underemployment in the Early Careers of College Graduates Following the Great Recession,” economists Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz (both at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York) study the jobs held by recent college grads in the years after the Great Recession.

They find that “Contrary to popular perception, … relatively few recent graduates were working in low-skilled service jobs, and that many of the underemployed worked in fairly well paid non-college jobs requiring some degree of knowledge and skill.” They also find that underemployment is a temporary spell for most recent grads and that they move on to better jobs after getting some work experience.

Homecoming 2016

What a weekend! More than 1,200 alumni and friends joined us to celebrate Homecoming. The weather was perfect, the programming was outstanding and the thoughtful attention to detail was greatly appreciated.

While here, alumni enjoyed reconnecting with former classmates and mentors and sharing memories of their college years. They also enjoyed connecting with today’s CC – a place that is vibrant and thriving, with people as wonderful as ever!

I heard from many of our alumni how excited they are about current projects like the library renovation and Fine Arts Center partnership. They expressed pride in their alma mater, and excitement that we are building on the things they love about this special place.

Thanks to our staff, faculty and students for making the weekend a success!


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CC’s Veggie Van in the News

CC’s veggie van, which can run on vegetable oil leftover from Rastall, got good coverage in Tuesday’s Gazette. Fox News also came out and covered our Green Team doing the fuel-cleaning process.

CC Announces $8M Gift For New On-Campus Hockey Arena

Today’s Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 12, 2016 – Colorado College alumnus Edward J. Robson has given the college $8 million to build a new on-campus hockey arena. The facility, which will be located on the west side of Nevada Avenue between Dale and Cache La Poudre streets, is part of a campus master plan the college’s Board of Trustees approved in 2015. CC’s Division I hockey team will practice in the new facility and continue to play its games in the Broadmoor World Arena.

“Ed Robson is an extraordinarily successful and generous Colorado College alumnus and former CC hockey player,” said Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. “He has previously served on our Board of Trustees, established endowed scholarships for CC students and been one of the strongest advocates for the college, its mission and our Division I hockey program.”

The new facility, which will be named the Edward J. Robson Arena, is a $10 million project that will break ground during the 2018-19 academic year. It will replace the Honnen Ice Arena, the college’s current on-campus facility, and include about 900 seats. In addition to the varsity team, the new arena will serve intramurals, the college’s club teams, student life activities and community hockey leagues.

“Athletics matter, and academics are even more important,” said Robson, a developer of communities for active adults and Arizona business leader. “There’s nothing like a Colorado College education. This new arena will give CC hockey players a high-quality ice rink, while keeping them on campus and part of the student body. Doing so will help uphold the college’s commitment to rigorous academics for athletes.”

News of Robson’s gift was met with enthusiasm by the college’s Athletics Department.

“I believe this gift and the arena it will support will be game-changing for our entire program,” said CC Head Hockey Coach Mike Haviland. “This is a great day for Colorado College and our hockey program.”

Robson, who graduated from CC in 1954 and received an honorary degree from the college in 2014, credits former CC hockey coach Cheddy Thompson for the program’s success, calling him the “father of CC hockey.” Thompson guided the college’s hockey team to the program’s first NCAA championship in 1950 and the team went 149-72-6 with six NCAA bids during his 10-year career as head coach at the college.

“We are thrilled that Ed Robson has chosen to invest in the hockey program at CC,” said Ken Ralph, director of athletics for Colorado College. “The construction of Robson Arena highlights the college’s continued support for its hockey program at the highest levels.  This facility will allow our coaching staff to best prepare our players while providing them the very best collegiate experience both on and off the ice.  This facility also will benefit the entire campus and the Colorado Springs community.”

Robson Arena will be constructed using sustainable building practices and materials, building on the college’s commitment to sustainability. Currently the Honnen Ice Arena is the least energy-efficient building on the Colorado College campus. In 2015, CC received a gold-star rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), improving on a silver designation awarded the previous year.

Billy Joel Conference in the NYT

Colorado College is home to many teacher-scholars doing ground-breaking work in their academic disciplines. For Professor Ryan Banagale ‘00 (Music), the added fun is that hundreds of people can sing along with his scholarship.

With a specialty in American music history, Professor Banagale has published on Gershwin and other, familiar music icons. The conference on the music of Billy Joel he co-hosted at CC last weekend with fellow music scholar Joshua Duchan from Wayne State University, attracted hundreds of scholars and fans from all over the country. The broad mix of attendees and presenters gained the attention of the singer, who called in, and the New York Times, which reported on the two-day conference as a lively combination of great scholarship and good old rock and roll.