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This fall Professor Kate Leonard (Art and Art History) worked with another fantastic group of CC students engaged in integrative design and graphic arts. This is the second year of her new yearlong course “Graphics Research Lab” that brings together students who are interested in design and social engagement.
The students work as a collective group on projects that connect to community and engage with entrepreneurship. This year they studied the work of Christine Gaspar at the Center for Urban Pedagogy and Alan Ricks of MASS design, and learned design thinking pedagogies from Stanford’s dschool.
This morning, I was thrilled to welcome members of the campus and Colorado Springs communities to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day All-People’s Breakfast. It is such a privilege for CC to host this event, and we were especially excited to feature our own Professor Idris Goodwin as the keynote speaker. The breakfast began two days of honoring Dr. King’s important legacy.
In addition to today’s events, the celebration will continue next Monday (Jan. 23) as CC kicks off the spring semester with Block 5 classes. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Russell Rickford, history professor at Cornell University, and the much-anticipated annual performance of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
This morning was a packed house, and I look forward to seeing many members of our wider community over the course of the celebration!
We were very say to learn that Professor Emeritus of Biology Jim Enderson passed away on Tuesday. Jim taught at CC for 39 years before retiring in 2001. His contributions to CC were recognized in 2004 when he was awarded the Gresham Riley Award and through the Enderson Award in Conservation Biology, which has been awarded annually to CC students involved in biological conservation research.
Jim had an impact on many CC students over decades. The alumni posts to CC’s Facebook page highlight his dedication to being a teacher and mentor.
More positive evidence on the benefits of a liberal arts education! Earlier this week, Inside Higher Ed reported on a study on the impact of attending a liberal arts college by Richard Detweiler, president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
Detweiler’s interviews with 1000 college grads suggest that the experiences of attending a small liberal arts college – talking with faculty members outside of class, taking a large role in class discussions, discussing ethical issues in class, taking classes in the humanities, and taking a majority of classes outside one’s major – result in several positive outcomes including becoming a leader, being a lifelong learner, being an altruist, feeling personally fulfilled and earning more.
In addition to winning the Florida Hockey Classic (beating both Merrimack and Cornell) and upsetting #1 University of Minnesota-Duluth over the college’s Winter Break, the CC Tiger Hockey Team also found some time to skate with local children at Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs. Check out this cute piece on KOAA.