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Nancy Gibbs ’71 Wins Tony for “Fun Home”

Now we can add “Tony Award-winning” to the long list of CC alumni accolades.

CC alumna, Nancy Nagel Gibbs ’71, has built a career as general manager for a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, to include her current production “Fun Home” which was awarded “Best Musical” at this year’s Tony Awards.  Her life and career in the entertainment industry will be the subject of an alumni profile in our next issue of The Bulletin.  Congratulations Nancy!

Summer Music Festival

This week, we kick-off one of CC’s great summer traditions, the 2015 Summer Music Festival. Sitting and listening on the Armstrong quad or enveloped by the beautiful sounds in Packard Hall with some of the best classical music in the country are two of the most wonderful summer events at Colorado College. I would love it if your plans could include one of this year’s stellar performances.

But if you can’t make it to Colorado Springs, Festival Director and Colorado College Lecturer/Artist-in-Residence Susan Grace has a new release that might be the next best thing. This new collection of works by artist Stefan Wolpe is performed by Grace, along with colleagues from UCLA and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Professor Vicki Levine’s New Book

Congratulations to Colorado College Professor of Music Vicki Levine on her recent publication - ”This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl”

The back cover of the book describes her topic well:  “For distinguished scholars in the field of musicology and related areas of the humanities and social sciences, the search for music — in its vastly complex and diverse forms throughout the world characterizes the lifetime of reflection and writing by Bruno Nettl, the leading ethnomusicologist of the past generation. “This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl”salutes not only a great scholar and beloved teacher, but also a thinker whose search for the meaning and ontology of music has exerted a global influence.”

Professor Levine co-authored the introduction and contributed one of the 35 essays in the volume, entitled “Regional Songs in Local and Translocal Spaces: The Duck Dance Revisited.”

Akpablie ’16 profiled as “young African innovator you should know”

There is nothing more rewarding for me as president of CC than sharing news of the impact being made by our students, faculty, and alumni. Our own Paul-miki Akpablie ’16 is profiled in this week’s Huffington Post as one of four “young African innovators you should know.”

This profile on Paul-miki highlights how CC’s education is providing students with opportunities to try out their ideas, fail, and try again. Paul-miki’s Kadi Energy won CC’s Big Idea competition this past spring, but they didn’t make the final three in last year’s contest. Research has told us that resilience and grit are key ingredients for success in work and life, and in our small classes and co-curricular programs, our faculty and staff are committed to supporting our students to build these vital attributes.

Professor Seward Wins Book Prize

At this year’s American Literature Association annual conference, the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for Best Edited Work will be awarded to CC English Professor Emerita Adrienne Seward and her co-editor, Justine Tally, for “Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning.”

The Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for an edited collection “is  given to the book that represents the best edited collection of work on Toni Morrison.  The committee … evaluate[s] the book based on the quality of the editing as evidenced in the introduction which provides context, the importance of the archival material collected, the quality of the editing, and the impact of the edited book on Morrison scholarship.”

Congratulations on this outstanding scholarly achievement, Adrienne!