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NPR’s Peter Breslow on Campus

Colorado College is pleased to host National Public Radio senior producer, Peter Breslow. Breslow is teaching Radio Journalism this block. In addition, as part of the CC Journalist in Residence Lecture Series and the NEH Professorship, the campus and community will enjoy stories from this eminent journalist when he speaks in Gates Common Room this Thursday evening in a talk entitled “From War Zones to O2-Less Zones”.

Expect to hear anecdotes from his travels across the globe – one that gets smaller and more familiar with a warm and engaging host like Peter.  He will also share insights into the weekly production of NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”

Commencement Speaker 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Colorado College alumnus William “Bro” Adams, Ph. D., the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will give this year’s Commencement address. Adams is former president of Bucknell University and Colby College. He is nationally known as a strong advocate for the humanities and the liberal arts and has a long history of leadership in higher education.

On the recommendation of the Academic Events Committee and with the approval of the Board of Trustees, the college will award honorary degrees to three individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their fields.

  • Bruce McCaw, who attended Colorado College for two years, is an accomplished businessman and generous philanthropist. He is currently co-chair of Talaris Institute, a nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.
  • Paul Morin is director of the Antarctic Geospacial Information Center at the University of Minnesota. He is regarded by many as one of the top visualization technology developers in the geosciences.
  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak has served as chancellor of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs since 2002. She has been a leader in promoting economic growth and access to higher education in the Pikes Peak region.

Information about this year’s Baccalaureate speaker will be announced at a later date.

I look forward to honoring all of these individuals, along with our graduates, at Commencement on May 18.

Best regards,


Extending the Line

For the past month, CC’s IDEA Space has hosted a multi-media exhibit, entitled Extending the Line, featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, fiber arts, music, video, theater, poetry, and dance.  I was treated to a tour of the exhibition by Jessica Hunter Larsen ’81 to see how a variety of artists explore the idea of line in multiple contexts.

IDEA programs regularly engage other departments around campus. However, one of the especially fun elements of this exhibit was made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts grant that enabled CC to develop interactive educational experiences for area K-12 students.  It was a great opportunity for CC education students to work with Jessica and Education Lecturer Kris Stanec in developing gallery-based activities for local after-school programs.

Gold Trapezoid by Krysten Cunningham

Gold Trapezoid by Krysten Cunningham


Exciting News from the Soup Project

Colorado College is excited to announce the next phase of the CC Community Kitchen’s 23-year legacy. The campus came together to create The Soup Project, imagining creative new ways of addressing poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Colorado Springs. Colorado College is supporting these efforts in three ways:

1.) The President’s Office recently awarded funding for several innovative new internships through the Collaborative for Community Engagement. These internships began in Block 5, with student interns and their interested peers being supported with time and space devoted to their projects at The Soup Project’s new Collaborative Impact Hub. Students convene on the first, second, and third Wednesdays of each block from 4-9 p.m. in the Morreale Carriage House. The internships run throughout the academic year.

2.) Additionally, four new food coalition internships will launch this summer. The coalition works to coordinate various student groups working on food-related issues. Students may submit applications for opportunities at the CC Farm and Greenhouse, and The Soup Project by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. For more information, please visit the Student Employment page.

3.) Four teams will deliver their final pitches in the $20,000 Soup Project Challenge at this year’s Empty Bowls benefit Thursday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. in Bemis Hall. The Challenge, spearheaded by The Collaborative for Community Engagement and The Innovation Institute at CC, will fund student-designed social innovation projects to address poverty, hunger, and homelessness locally. Seating is limited, so please register by taking a short survey for your free ticket HERE.

The Soup Project’s success depends on your support and participation. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in weekly conversations at The Soup Project from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sunday in Sacred Grounds at Shove Chapel. Student leaders will continue to serve a free hot meal through their final day in Shove on Sunday, May 10.

Following the results of the Soup Project Challenge, The Soup Project team will report to the campus community about the future plans for the kitchen and how CC will continue to address hunger and homelessness. To learn more about how you can get or stay involved, please contact the CCE​

CC Swimmers Give Locks for Love

For the past four years, our CC swim team has worked with yoga instructor Misty Banta. This fall, Misty was diagnosed with cancer.  So what do Tigers do to support one of their own?  When Misty walked into the final yoga class for this year, one by one the swimmers and head coach Ann Goodman James entered the room with their heads shaved (or hair cut short for Locks of Love) to support her.  Misty shared not only this story, but how much the team and their act of solidarity meant to her. These same Tigers went on to take second (our women) and fourth (our men) at the SCAC swim championships last week. We’re rooting for you too, Misty!