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Professor Price-Smith on Ebola

“Containing Ebola: Global Health, Politics, and Human Rights in stopping the Ebola Epidemic” was the topic of an important event on campus Wednesday night. CC Professor Drew Price-Smith, author of Contagion and Chaos: Disease, Ecology and National Security in the Era of Globalization and director of our Global Health Program, provided an overview of the issues and then led an engaged discussion. You can watch the video of the event at

CC Facts

What would you like to know about CC? We’ve created a new resource to help you track down the information you need. CC Facts is an interactive dashboard of information about our students, faculty, staff, and finances. It’s a living website that helps keep our community informed.

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CC First Years are Reading “Hamlet”

In a LA Times article about first-year reading assignments at colleges and universities across the nation, Colorado College is in the news for our selection of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  National attention for how CC presents the liberal arts…our way.  Read more about how the first-year experience is unfolding on campuses this fall.

President’s Office Changes

The new academic year brings changes, and that includes changes here in the President’s Office.

Chief of Staff Jermyn Davis has been my right hand during a vibrant time at Colorado College, and I’ve depended on his often unsung, behind-the-scenes leadership. In addition to supporting development and implementation of our strategic plan, Jermyn has been an invaluable resource to the President’s Cabinet, extended leadership team, and Board of Trustees. Jermyn recently told me that he is ready for a new challenge and so he has begun to transition his duties at CC. I will miss him greatly. Please watch for a celebration of his contributions as we wish him well in his new endeavors.

At the end of the summer, Program Coordinator Andrew Streight ’12 left to backpack across Europe. Over the past two years Andrew staffed strategic planning committees, conducted research, prepared reports, and helped develop In the Loop all-staff meetings. We thank him for his outstanding service to the college.

I am pleased to announce a new arrival to my office. Mary Frances Kerr will join the President’s Office with the new title of special assistant to the president. Mary Frances will serve as a resource to the Cabinet, extended leadership team, and other college committees. She also will facilitate presidential communications, work with the leadership team as the strategic plan continues to move from plan to action, and assist me with relationships with our donors and friends.  Mary Frances has been at the college for nearly six years, and she has strong leadership and management experience, as well as great relationships across campus.

A familiar face will be taking on a new role: Caitlin Apigian will become special assistant to the Board of Trustees. Caitlin will be my primary staff liaison to the board.  Her new role will be especially critical as the board members move into their leadership roles in the capital campaign. Caitlin also will work on my behalf with President’s Council and with Staff Council on In the Loop.

With the change in Caitlin’s role, there is a vacancy in the administrative support needed to effectively serve the office and the college. Therefore, we recently posted an opening for an executive assistant position.

Carolyn Madsen will still be the smiling face greeting you. Lyrae Williams continues in her role as assistant vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness. Along with research analyst Ben Moffitt, her work ensures that we continue to successfully implement our strategic plan; putting our ideas into action.  Debra Zarecky continues as our primary contact for parents.  You also will continue to see Christine Odegi ‘15 returning among the student workers in our office.

It’s a great team with a great mission!  All of us look forward to working with you again this year!

The “Value” of a College Degree

A recent study by two researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that college is a great investment. In fact, the monetary value of a bachelor’s degree is near an all time high. One big reason is that the opportunity cost (foregone earnings) of going to college is declining as good jobs for high school graduates are harder to find. You can find the study here and a nice summary of it in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education.