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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.

Easterbrook ’76 on “What Happens When We All Live to 100″

This month’s Atlantic Monthly arrived, and I am pleased to share that the cover story, about the new science of aging, was written by CC alum Gregg Easterbrook.  This member of the class of ’76 brings a wide lens to the topic—exploring sustainability, ethics, biological science, and anthropological consequences.  Known for his sports writing as the Tuesday Morning Quarterback, and his love of CC, Gregg proves that a liberal arts background is a great foundation for a productive and meaningful life – maybe even more important if the average life expectancy increases to 100.


Mandela Washington Fellows Visit CC

Last week, Mandela Washington Fellows Abdirisak Yusuf Ali (Somalia) and Mustapha Dauda Gwary (Nigeria) visited with a group of faculty, students, alumni and me over lunch at Stewart House. Hosted by the El Pomar Foundation, the Fellows spent six weeks in Colorado Springs.

In its inaugural year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI’s goal is to support young African leaders as they spur economic growth, strengthen democracy, and enhance peace across Africa. It is an incredibly competitive fellowship. Last year, there were over 50,000 applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s 500 slots! To learn more about Ali and Mustapha and the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit YALI’s website.