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Tiger Update

With the season of fall championships upon us, I am pleased to share good news and updates from athletics!

  • The women’s volleyball team ended the season with their best ever record (33-2 overall, 14-0 in conference play) taking the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) regular-season title. This weekend they are in Georgetown, Texas for the conference tournament.
  • The SCAC recognized three volleyball players for their individual performance: Courtney Birkett ’16, Player of the Year; Sophie Merrifield ’16, Backrow Player of the Year; and Myca Steffey-Bean ’19, Freshman of the Year.
  • For the second year in a row, the women’s cross country team won the title at the SCAC Championships.
  • Leah Wessler ’16, CC women’s cross country, earned her second consecutive SCAC Runner of the Year award after becoming the first female runner to defend the SCAC individual title since 2004.
  • CC’s women’s soccer team defeated the University of Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West conference championships. The Tigers play top-seeded San Diego State in the semifinals on Thursday night.
  • Sarah Schweiss ’17 was recognized for her outstanding play on the women’s soccer team, being named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
  • The men’s soccer team hosts the SCAC tournament this weekend. The Tigers are the No. 2 seed and will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
  • And, perennial rivals CC and DU meet on the ice for the first time this season on Friday night in Denver. The two teams will play at The Broadmoor World Arena on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Congratulations are also in order for SCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year, Rick Swan.

Go Tigers!  You can follow the action all weekend at

The Allocation of Resources Matters

It’s the season of budget planning — that annual time when I ask departments across campus to think about what is needed most to fulfill our mission of educating 2,000 exceptionally bright, talented, and passionate young people for the future.

As an economist, the process of thinking about how we measure what we do and how we mark our priorities is critically important to me.  It’s a passion for data that I share with my husband, Research Professor of Economics Kevin Rask.  His latest work, with co-author Amanda Griffith, featured in Inside Higher Ed on Monday, indicates that quality matters, and that how colleges allocate resources has an impact on student outcomes. Their results point to the importance of high-quality faculty, as well as certain student services (for example, career services), for post-graduation success.

Grits Launches

Last night, Gritsone of the student-led projects that emerged from the Soup Project Challenge last year, held a “launch party” in 802 N. Nevada to celebrate their first publication in this week’s issue of the Colorado Springs Independent. It is a four-page piece, right in the center of this week’s edition, which hit newsstands yesterday.

With moving writing and photography featuring members of the Colorado Springs community who are in need, this piece is the result of months of work by Caitlin Canty ’16, Paige Clark ’16, Ben Criswell ’16, and Reed Young ’17. Congratulations!

Volleyball Team SCAC Champs

Colorado College women’s volleyball team earned the title of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champions after beating Trinity University and Texas Lutheran University during the SCAC Cross-Divisional Matches, Saturday in Reid Arena.

Those weekend wins set our Tigers up as the top-seed in the conference tournament, which will be held November 6 and 7 in Georgetown, TX at Southwestern University. The team still has three regular season games to go, with opponents who are not part of the SCAC. With an overall season record of 29-2, we have high hopes for a finish that mirrors the great season they’ve had so far.

Go Tigers!

CC Journalist-in-Residence Hampton Sides

Longtime writer, editor-at-large for Outside magazine, and regular contributor to National Geographic, Hampton Sides continues his second year as CC’s Journalist-in-Residence. His role includes teaching two nonfiction writing courses on campus this year, as well as many informal occasions for sharing his incredible experience with our students and bringing his wide circle of fellow journalists to campus.

Tonight kicks off the “Visiting Journalist” speaker series with Grammy-award winning writer, Robert Gordon, whose latest documentary “Best of Enemies” portrays the origins of today’s personality-driven politics, looking back at a 1968 series of televised debates between conservative William F. Buckley, Jr, and liberal Gore Vidal. Daniel James Brown, author of “The Boys in the Boat,” and Helen Thorpe, author of “Soldier Girls” and “Just Like Us” will be visiting later this fall.

The wider Colorado Springs community has embraced having him here as well.  Pikes Peak Library District selected Sides’ most recent book, “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette,” as one of this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads titles.