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Sarah Schweiss ’17 ESPN Player of the Week

Junior, Sarah Schweiss, has been named the ESPN National Player of the Week in recognition of her overtime goals that put the Tigers in first place in the Mountain West.  Sarah’s well-deserving of this honor, having been a consistent powerhouse on the CC Women’s Soccer Team all season long, with game-winning goals in CC’s last four match-ups.

Sarah and her teammates will be playing at home this afternoon and on Sunday.  I hope you’ll come out and cheer our Tigers on to another victory.

Professor Siddoway receives NSF grant

CC’s contributions to environmental sustainability, alumni travel, and a grant from the National Science Foundation have one key thing in common lately: Geology Professor Christine Siddoway.

Professor Siddoway and her colleagues from Columbia University, Oregon State University, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support a project nicknamed ROSETTA-ICE. Short for “Uncovering the Ross Ocean and Ice Shelf Environment and Tectonic setting Through Aerogeophysical Surveys and Modeling,” the ROSETTA-ICE team will assess the impact of the warming ocean and atmosphere on the Ross Ice Shelf, a critical structure keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet stable.

Thanks to Professor Siddoway’s long-standing and well-respected research in Antarctica, our students have front-row seats to some of the most important research being done today on ocean-ice sheet systems. CC’s portion of the award includes funding for six student research stipends over the course of the grant.  And not just our students are benefiting: 30 alumni, parents, and friends joined Dr. Siddoway on a Block Breaks Away trip last Winter Break and enjoyed a sneak preview of this ground-breaking work.

Congratulations, Professor Siddoway!

Cipher Recognized

Later this month, CC’s Cipher publication staff will travel to Austin, Texas as finalists in the National Associated College Press Pacemaker Awards, for their eighth block issue, “Bones.” Commonly known as “the Pulitzer Prize of Student Journalism,” the Pacemaker is the most prestigious award for college and university publications.

Cipher co-editor Anna Cain said “No matter what happens in Austin, this is definitely a victory.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Congratulation to Anna and the entire Cipher staff!

Chuck D Visits CC

Emcee, producer and writer Chuck D packed Armstrong Hall’s theatre on Friday night. Professor Idris Goodwin interviewed the leader of Public Enemy about the origins of hip hop, the impact of the internet on the music business, and his advice for young artists. Chuck D generously signed copies of his book “Fight the Power” for over an hour following the interview. Thanks to Professor Goodwin and NEH Professor Steve Hayward for organizing this great campus event!


Student Loan Default Rates Released by DOE

On Wednesday, the US Department of Education released new data on default rates on student loans. The federal default rate was 11.8% for all students who entered repayment in the 2012 fiscal year (that is, 11.8% percentage of students who started paying on student loans in 2012 had defaulted in three years). This was a 2 percentage point decline over the previous year – a sign of an improved labor market for young people.

At Colorado College, our FY2012 official default rate is much lower at 0.9%. At CC, our financial aid packages are generous and our students have significantly less cumulative debt ($19,970 for the Class of 2012) than the national average ($29,400 for 2012 graduates). Most importantly, the vast majority of our students graduate (87% for this cohort) and secure good jobs that allow them to meet their debt obligations.