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CC’s Annual Harvest Banquet

Every summer, students work on the CC Farm behind the President’s House. The produce is used in Rastall and to feed the farm’s supporters at the annual Harvest Banquet at Stewart House.

The banquet was held on Wednesday night, where I snapped a photo of this year’s summer interns – Rebecca Glazer ’18, Abby Williams ’20 and Rachel Frizell ’19 (as well as Jules Olliff ’20 who has been helping at the farm out this fall).

Musicians Abigail Washburn ’99 and Béla Fleck Play on Campus

Last week, the CC community was treated to a concert by Grammy-winning musicians Abigail Washburn ’99 and Béla Fleck. Mohrman Theatre was packed, as a mix of students and community members gathered to listen to the banjo duo. It was fun to hear Abigail tell stories about her time at CC, including explaining how her Asian Studies major has influenced her music.

In addition to their wonderful performance, Abigail and Béla also spent time with students over lunch and in the classroom. They visited with students in the FYE course, Emotion and Meaning in Music, and an Asian Studies class. The passion and creativity the duo continues to spark in our campus community is inspiring!

Grilling with the Carnivore Club

On Sunday, I joined members of CC’s Carnivore Club to feed hungry students outside of McHugh Commons for an impromptu tailgate – CC Tiger-style! We set up near Stewart Field, grilling burgers for students watching our Women’s Soccer team play Army. The event was an all-around success, with a victory for the Tigers and over 100 burgers served to our students.

Thanks to the Carnivore Club for welcoming me into their fun-loving grilling community!

Sargent’s Miss Elsie Palmer Leaves FAC for England

Artist John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer” is one of the iconic works in the Fine Arts Center’s permanent collection, and the piece, which depicts the daughter of Gen. William Jackson and Queen Palmer, is well known in Colorado Springs and borrowed by museums across the world.

Miss Elsie is currently being exhibited at the family’s former estate in England, Ightham Mote, where Elsie lived much of her life. The return of the painting to the English manor house, after 125 years, has met with wide acclaim. Press coverage of the painting’s exhibition has emphasized “the spirit of the place” as described in this article in the National Trust’s spring edition.

In addition, a new book, “Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas,” by Donna M. Lucey, enriches our own sense of place, and brings the Palmer family to life. Lucey’s book takes Elsie Palmer out of the frame, and introduces her as a young woman whose privileged life was divided between her father’s Rocky Mountain West castle, Glen Eyrie, and Ightham Mote, home of her arts patron mother.

CC’s Summer Program in Spain

As students get into the swing of their Block 1 classes, memories of summer are fading. However, for the students who spent time in Spain as part of our summer programs, the language and cultural skills they acquired will remain.

I’m sharing this short film our students produced as a reminder of the richness of CC’s summer offerings!