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Colorado Springs Ranked 2nd Best Place to Live

In the U.S. News & World Report’s recently released “Best Places to Live in the USA” ranking, Colorado Springs climbed to the number two spot! Falling just behind Austin, Texas, Colorado Springs topped third-ranked Denver.

The rankings are based on affordability, job prospects, and quality of life. Colorado Springs’ booming job market, relatively low cost of living and outdoor recreation opportunities were all factors in the city’s number two ranking.

With CC located in the heart of the city, we weren’t surprised by this ranking. Colorado Springs is a great place to live!

Mark Glaze ’92 Presents on Gun Debate

Mark Glaze ’92, former director of the bi-partisan coalition Everytown for Gun Safety, joined us on campus this week as an Executive in Residence.

On Monday, Mark hosted a lunch session with students titled “From CC to Fighting for Gun Control.” Additionally, he presented a lecture Tuesday evening on “Gun Violence in America.”

Thanks to Mark for sharing his perspective on a critically important national debate!

Nick Halloran ’20 Wins NCHC Award

The NCAA Division I men’s college hockey season wrapped up last weekend with another team from our league (NCHC), Minnesota Duluth, winning the national championship.

In recognition of a strong season, forward Nick Halloran ’20 was named to the 2017-18 All-America West Second Team and the First-Team All-NCHC, and also won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Three Stars Award.

Additionally, head coach Mike Haviland was a finalist for Coach of the Year, Mason Bergh was named Honorable Mention All-NCHC, and Alex Leclerc ’20 tied for third in the Three Stars category.

Congratulations to these Tigers!

Dinner with Seniors

Last Wednesday, seniors Abbey Lew, Erika Hiromitsu, Caitlin HeggEmily Komie, and Cate Ellison graciously hosted me for dinner in their home. I enjoyed getting to share delicious food and great conversation with this engaging group of young women.

Thanks to Abbey, Erika, Caitlin, Emily, and Cate for their hospitality!

Dinner w/ seniors

Executive in Residence Denise Young Smith

On Thursday, I enjoyed a meeting and dinner with Denise Young Smith, the former VP of Diversity & Inclusion at Apple. As an Executive in Residence, she joined us on campus last week to share her experiences and expertise.

Denise offered a variety of opportunities for dialogue on being a woman of color in the technology space, as well as creating a richer culture of diversity and inclusion in the professional world. She spoke at a lunch session with students on “Doing Your Life’s Best Work,” and at a dinner with students, faculty, staff, and Colorado Springs community members (Denise grew up the Springs). Denise also met with our Seniors of Color and the Coding Club.

Thanks to Denise for the insight and mentoring she provided to our campus community!

Denise Young Smith speech

Denise Young Smith Dinner

(Photos by Zak Kroger)