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The Press at CC’s Aaron Cohick Recognized

Aaron Cohick has worn many hats since he arrived at CC in 2010 as the printer at The Press at Colorado College. As printer, he has created booksbroadsides, and posters. He continues to print experimental literature and artists’ books through his independent publishing company, The NewLights Press, and has exhibited in the IDEA Space and Coburn Gallery, not to mention his engagement with the community through endeavors like Mountain Fold Books.

But it is Aaron’s work as a teacher that led to his recognition from the Colorado Book Arts Association: the Emerging Educator Award. He teaches “Book Arts and Letterpress“ and regularly shares his expertise in other CC courses including Professor Carol Neel’s (History) “Civilization in the West: Beasts, Books, and Human Beings”, which featured the press in a C-SPAN video.

Congratulations to Aaron Cohick for well-deserved recognition for the contributions he makes to his field and to our community.


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Schwarzenbach’s ’15 “Generation of Uncertainty”

Congratulations to Breton Schwarzenbach ’15 on “The Generation of Uncertainty,” his solo exhibit of large-scale photographs at Naropa University’s Lounge Gallery in Boulder.

Breton lived among the Changpa nomads in Changthang, a Himalayan grassland on the Indo-Tibetan border, with support from the Keller Venture Grant program, the Edith Gaylord Prize in Asian studies, and funding from the CC Career Center.  He recorded his experiences and observations in writing and photography, marking the possible end-days of this pastoral life in the wake of globalization, climate change, and geo-political factors. Read more about his experience in CC’s Around the Block e-newsletter.

The Generation of Uncertainty - Breton Schwarzenbach

State of the Rockies Program: Conservation in the West Poll

Every year for the last twelve, the State of the Rockies has played an important role in educating the Rocky Mountain community about issues important to the region.

Most recently the program completed the sixth annual Conservation in the West poll.  The poll surveys voters in seven states about hot button issues related to conservation, public lands, energy, and water. Once again, the bipartisan poll yielded interesting results. For example, the poll revealed strong public support for the protection and maintenance of national public lands. The poll broached the controversial topic of new national monument designations of public lands and found overwhelming support for such presidential actions.

Read more about the contributions of CC’s State of the Rockies program:

2016 Conservation Poll Colorado Infographic


This year’s Martin Luther King Day festivities at CC had special significance as the college takes inspiration from Dr. King to build a more inclusive community. Thanks to all who made the day a success!

Welcome Back!

Dear Campus Community,

Happy 2016 and welcome back! For those of you who are new to campus, welcome to Colorado College! I hope everyone had a joyful and restorative winter break and is ready for the energy and excitement of spring at CC.

Many students – over 760! – took part in the Dynamic Half Block offerings, making a third year of incredible success with this expanded program. I think it is safe to say that this strategic initiative has become an important piece of the college’s calendar.

Last fall, I highlighted three major themes for the year – 1) improving and adding to our facilities, 2) continuing our work on building a more diverse and inclusive campus, and 3) better defining our innovation and creativity initiatives. There is news to share in each area.

Exciting progress has been made as we add to and improve our campus facilities. I’m happy to announce 921/923 E. Nevada Avenue, the building just north of the Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children’s Center, opens this block as new apartments for visiting faculty. This new resource helps to make our distinguished scholar/artist in residence program even stronger. Also over the break, our ITS team made additional improvements to our wireless network, doubling our internet bandwidth on January 1 and adding a new firewall, helping to improve our connectivity and security.

Construction is a major theme for 2016, as we anticipate breaking ground on new East Campus Housing and the renovation of Tutt Library after graduation in May. Dean Sandi Wong and VP Robert Moore are leading the transition plan. The library transition plan includes identifying alternative spaces for studying, library services, offices, the Writing Center and QRC, copying and printing, and carrels for seniors. More details will be shared with the campus community this spring.

In terms of building a more inclusive campus culture, we have made much progress but still have work to do. With a mission to prepare our students for global leadership in a world that is changing at a fast pace, CC’s ability to lead in this regard is paramount. I am eager to share with you news of a new program to better support the small group conversation that allows us to dialogue on important topics and build relationships with one another – students, faculty, and staff. Similar to the Breaking Bread program that funds small dinners, a gift from the Packard Foundation, with the support of Trustee Cole Wilbur, will help support coffees, teas or meals that contribute to community building.

Finally, we ended the semester with the very exciting news of an $8.5 million gift to support our innovation initiatives. Along with all the wonderful activity coming from Morreale Carriage House, this gift moves us significantly closer to our vision of dedicated space for fostering the innovative and creative spirit that has characterized Colorado College for many, many decades.

2016 will challenge us in new ways. But it is going to be exciting! Progress will be all around us, very visibly, every day. I look forward to the semester ahead and thank you all for being part of the shared successes we are experiencing and those we have in store!

Best regards,