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Mark Fiore ’91 Wins Herblock Prize

Mark Fiore ’91, pioneer in the field of animated cartoons and dubbed “the undisputed guru of the form” by the Wall Street Journal, has been recognized once again for his work, this time receiving the 2016 Herblock Prize.  The prize honors “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous, independent standard set by Herblock.”

While a student at CC, an aspiring cartoonist majoring in political science, Fiore traveled to Washington D.C. to meet the legendary Herb Block, renowned for his decades-long career that tackled the divisive issues of the 20th century. Fiore returned to D.C. earlier this summer, 25 years after his initial journey, to accept the award named for his idol.

Fiore credits his CC education with preparing him for the unpredictable path his career has taken. In a Colorado College Faces of Innovation video, he explains: “it stems from my upbringing at Colorado College and the whole liberal arts attitude, and what that meant to me was that you have to be able to adapt and be able to change along the way … the liberal arts background trained me and gave me the tools to be able to take the twists and turns along the road.”

Those twists and turns include creating print cartoons at the San Jose Mercury News, winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning, and even his earliest cartoons, created for The Catalyst while he was a student at CC.

Congratulations Coach Castaneda!

CC cross country and track & field coach Ted Castaneda will be inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 17. Coach Ted ran cross country and track for the Buffaloes from 1970-74 and was a five-time All-American. He briefly held the American record in the 3-mile run at the 1973 NCAA Outdoor Championships. His record time of 13:10.6 was broken in the next heat by the legendary Steve Prefontaine.

Coach Castaneda has been coaching at CC since 1980. He led the CC women’s cross country team to back-to-back Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in 2014 and 2015 and guided the men’s team to its fifth conference title in 2014. Ted is the two-time reigning SCAC women’s cross country Coach of the Year and has won the men’s cross country Coach of the Year award five times.

The Class of 2020 – Norberto Orellana Profiled

I love meeting our new students and hearing their stories and questions, their hopes and dreams for CC, and beyond.

While I don’t get to know most of these students until New Student Orientation in August, occasionally we get a preview. In recent months, Norberto Orellana ’20, has been profiled in The Miami HeraldGO!Latinos, and on CBS Miami. Just last week, he was the topic of a story on NBC News.

Norberto’s story is one of remarkable achievements, under difficult circumstances.  He experienced homelessness for much of the last four years, while undergoing the fifth and final surgery to treat cerebral palsy. Invited to talk at TEDxYouthMiami 2016, Norberto credited his experiences and hardships with teaching him valuable lessons:

What I have done is extraordinary, but I always say at the same time it isn’t. And I say that because I know I have the power to do extraordinary things. I know there’s nothing that can stop me. But that isn’t unique to me; you have that power, too. You have the power to do unimaginably great things. It really is all about believing in yourself and your capabilities … Explore the possibilities. Chase your dreams. Kindle your passions. And always know that no matter the circumstances, you can and will always find the path to new heights of achievement.

And this photo, below, is from just last week when Norberto showed up at an admissions event, ready to help out. Certainly, the Class of 2020 holds incredible potential; I look forward to welcoming Norberto and the rest of our new students to campus this fall!

Norberto Orellana

Honoring Sue Woolsey P’97, P’98, P’99

Last August, as part of the New Student Orientation Priddy Trips, a group of students gathered on a beautiful summer’s day to build and install a new solar array at the Baca Campus. The panels supply enough power for all the buildings at Baca.

That day captured much of the spirit of CC, but one thing was missing – an opportunity to honor the woman who made it possible.

Last week, we are able to do just that, recognizing former chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and Life Trustee Sue Woolsey, when many from across the college gathered to dedicate the Baca solar array in her name. Sue was instrumental in strengthening the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Sue’s three sons – CC grads all – Rob ’97Dan ’98, and Ben ’99, were on-hand for the festivities, as were daughter-in-law Morgan, and granddaughters Kayla and Olivia.


BOT Meeting Update

Dear Campus Community,

The Board of Trustees met for its annual summer retreat this past weekend.

New trustees (Mayss Al Alami ’17; Martha Wolday ’14; Kishen Mangat ’96; Liza Mallott Pohle ’85; and Amy Louis ’84) were welcomed and sworn in, and outgoing trustees were recognized for their service to CC (Van Skilling ’55, P ’79, P ’82; Karen Pope ’70, P ’04James Lonergan ’16; Cole Wilbur; and Kalen Aquisto ’13).

The retreat’s agenda focused on our students and our mission of providing the finest liberal arts education. The trustees were deeply engaged in important conversations, including the alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, possible revisions to the student code of conduct, and campaign messaging.

I shared with the trustees updates on the continued implementation of our strategic plan and success in fundraising. Over the past year, the college received more than $40 million in new cash and pledges with approximately 6,000 alumni contributing.

The board approved several items during its Saturday business meeting, including:

  • Faculty promotions of four associate professors to full professors.
  • Several revisions to the faculty handbook (approved by the faculty this past spring).
  • Endorsed the alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and empowered the Executive Committee to approve final details on the agreement.

The trustees are excited about our continued success. Their next meeting will be on campus in November.

With warm regards,