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Sharing Our Progress: Strategic Plan Updates

Building on the Block

Our Progress 

As we work together to advance our strategic plan, it’s exciting to provide updates as we turn our ideas into action. Track our ongoing efforts at Building On the Block: Our Progress. In the first of four updates throughout the academic year, we share details on success in implementing our strategic plan, work that supports our mission to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Thanks for the work you do to support our goals!

In 2013-14 the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching funded ten pilot projects that advanced the center’s vision. One of those successful projects was an adjunct writing course focused on senior theses.

Building on the success of the Office of International Programs, CC has created an Office of Field Study by hiring its first director, Drew Cavin. The Office of Field Study will assist faculty in all disciplines as they design and incorporate field study into their courses.

CC launched its Premier Summer Learning Experience with three signature programs. The Colorado Documentary Institute was a huge success that culminated with the production of short films.

CC now moves into phase two of the library renovation project: design architect selection.

Great Weekend for CC Athletics

It was a great weekend for our teams! The women’s soccer team extended a home unbeaten streak to 20 games with a victory over Boise State. Our volleyball team (currently ranked No. 10) beat SCAC rivals Texas Lutheran and Schreiner to improve to a 17-4 record. Yesterday, our men’s soccer team beat Dallas on Stewart Field to move to 9-1 overall.

Go Tigers!!

E-Newsletter – Block Break 1

Block Break

Dear Alumni and Parents,

With the arrival of intellectually curious students and fall’s crisp, cool nights, the 2014-15 academic year has officially begun at Colorado College!

The beginning of the academic year is one of my favorite times on campus. In addition to the excitement of welcoming new students, I always look forward to hearing about the summer adventures of our students and faculty and particularly enjoy hearing about the opportunities afforded to them through CC support.

melissa-kolano-15For example, Rosa Baum ’15 worked as a press assistant at the White House. Rosa translated Spanish-language articles for White House officials, and assisted in translating and writing the Spanish weekly address. Melissa Kolano ’15 (pictured at left) spent her summer working as an executive team intern for TerraCycle, Inc. Melissa worked with the CEO as she researched potential market-expansion opportunities in the disposable medical-waste industry. Both Rosa and Melissa received internship funding from our Career Center.

img_3034-students-and-towerCC has so many dynamic teacher-scholars, and the summer allows time for them to focus on their scholarly endeavors. Miro Kummel, associate professor of environmental studies, received a Colorado College Faculty Opportunity Grant to support his research, “Micro-Climatological Feedbacks at the Treeline: The Role of Turbulence in Upslope Heat Transport.” David Hendrickson, professor of political science, received a Benezet Grant to support preparation of his book manuscript on isolationism and American foreign policy. Anusha Kedhar, assistant professor of theatre and dance (pictured at bottom left), also received a Faculty Opportunity Grant to support her research on British South Asian dancers in the UK.

anushaI also am reminded of what a special place Colorado College is when I get to spend time with our remarkable alumni. During Opening Convocation, we had the opportunity to honor three such alumni with honorary doctorate degrees: Charity Haygood ’96, a leader in urban public education who is currently the principal at B.R.I.C.K. (“Building Responsible, Intelligent, and Creative Kids”) Avon Academy in Newark, N.J.; Joseph Auner ’81, professor of music at Tufts University and former editor-in-chief of the prestigious Journal of the American Musicological Society; and Woody Fischer ’00, a professor at California Institute of Technology whose work has done much to define the emerging field of geobiology.

In reflecting on these successes, I want to ensure that Colorado College continues to create opportunities for those students, faculty, and alumni who follow. This means that CC has to continue to put the ideas of our strategic plan into action: providing additional support for our Block Plan; taking advantage of our distinctive place of learning; and extending our reach. Please follow our progress by visiting our website.

This promises to be another great year at CC!

Best regards,

Jill Tiefenthaler

CS Food Rescue on the Today Show

A segment on Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a non-profit founded by CC students, is scheduled to air in the 9 a.m. slot on Oct. 7, as part of the TODAY’s  show “Hope to It” series.

Colorado Springs Food Rescue, founded in the fall of 2013, helps to meet the hunger needs of the community while reducing the amount of food that is wasted. CC volunteers use bicycles whenever possible to transport fresh produce, baked goods, and prepared hot foods to local food kitchens and shelters. This allows them to achieve what many say is impossible: “nutritious fast food.”

Part of the story was filmed in CC’s Rastall Café, when the production crew was in Colorado Springs in late August. Other segments were filmed at participating food collection and drop-off locations in town.

Please tune in to see these CC students in action!

A CC Artisan Entrepreneur

Moriah Cowles graduated from CC in 2007 with a major in religion.  As blade smith and owner of Orchard Steel LLC, she makes hand-forged knives noted for their balance and artistry. And it all started with an art class that she took at CC!

Thoughtful artisan?  Successful entrepreneur?  Indicator of a culturally-significant economic shift?  All of the above.

Creating lives filled with meaning and professional excellence is exactly what CC alums do, and this is one of their stories.  I hope you enjoy Moriah’s story as much as I did.