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Generosity Day

Happy Generosity Day!  Today we celebrate and thank the thousands of donors who are helping to make the outstanding quality of a Colorado College education possible.  Because of their generosity, all students are subsidized through the endowment and annual giving. Therefore, every CC student receives a “scholarship”, as the actual cost of CC education is more than the full comprehensive fee.

The ability of philanthropy to support the missions of colleges and universities is currently a topic of national conversation.  In this feature story by U.S. News & World Report, I join other leaders in higher education in discussing how some liberal arts colleges are evolving within a context of change.  CC’s financial well-being allows us to remain distinctive and to support students by providing additional funding beyond tuition, and for that, I want to join our students in expressing my thanks to our many generous alumni, parents and friends.  Thank you!

The Big Idea

The April 7 Big Idea competition (4:00 pm, Cornerstone Arts Center) is both the highlight and the culmination of CC’s year-long Big Idea program, but it isn’t the only arena in which are students are competing.

One of the Big Idea teams, Fredrik Lindseth ’15 and iDro (formerly City Roots), recently pitched their idea to angel and venture investors at the Rockies Venture Club Conference and won! They competed against teams from the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Denver, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the United States Air Force Academy.  Most of these schools’ teams include PhDs and graduate students, backed by technology-transfer programs.

Watch for more updates on the success of the CC teams pitching in another competition tomorrow (March 31) at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Thanks CCSGA!

As we begin Block 7 and CCSGA is gearing up for elections for the 2015-2016 academic year, I wanted to thank this year’s student government leaders for their dedicated work. On Wednesday, we celebrated their successes and enjoyed conversation and chocolate fondue together at the President’s House.


SunShare on the Move

Four years ago, David Amster-Olszewski ’09, was talking about “a crazy new idea” called community solar in which customers could choose what type of energy they used.  Community solar, or “solar gardens” give businesses, nonprofit groups and residents the opportunity to participate in solar projects without building their own systems, allowing them to subscribe to the garden and get credits on their utility bill in return.

Today, SunShare, the business David launched, is growing by leaps and bounds.  This past January, utility powerhouse NRG Energy financed a $25 million development of five new solar garden projects: four in the metro Denver area and a 2-megawatt one in Colorado Springs.  Craig Cornelius, an executive at NRG, effused “SunShare’s business model is exactly the type of market-ready innovation we are interested in to establish a firm foothold in this arena.”  The model is taking off nationwide, as David describes in this recent New York Times article.

I am excited to share stories of CC’s great innovators, and David is certainly among them!

2015 Baccalaureate Speaker

Earlier this semester, I invited our seniors to nominate a faculty member to deliver this year’s Baccalaureate address. After receiving many excellent nominations, it is my pleasure to announce that Michael Grace, Robert C. Fox Professor of Music, will be our 2015 Baccalaureate speaker.

Professor Grace has been a member of the Colorado College faculty since 1967, and in addition to his faculty appointment, he has served Colorado College as interim president, chair of the Music Department, and dean of the Summer Session. He has held the Lloyd E. Worner Distinguished Service ProfessorshipProfessor Grace has performed with CC’s Collegium Musicum as an instrumentalist since its inception and directed the Collegium vocal ensemble which toured to the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

As a music historian, Professor Grace’s research has included investigations in the 17th-century oratorio, performance practices in the Renaissance and, more recently, the relationship between piano music and painting.  These themes are reflected in his teaching. Professor Grace holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, and bachelors and masters degrees from Colorado College.

I am thrilled to have Professor Grace as this year’s Baccalaureate speaker and look forward to celebrating with our community in May.