President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
For the past four years, our CC swim team has worked with yoga instructor Misty Banta. This fall, Misty was diagnosed with cancer. So what do Tigers do to support one of their own? When Misty walked into the final yoga class for this year, one by one the swimmers and head coach Ann Goodman James entered the room with their heads shaved (or hair cut short for Locks of Love) to support her. Misty shared not only this story, but how much the team and their act of solidarity meant to her. These same Tigers went on to take second (our women) and fourth (our men) at the SCAC swim championships last week. We’re rooting for you too, Misty!
Last evening I attended CC’s Chinese New Year Celebration. What a wonderful event! Students from the US Air Force Academy joined our students in performing, dining, and socializing.
The performances included – Zijing Wu ’17 playing his Erhu (a traditional Chinese two string bowed instrument), Shiying Cheng ’17 dancing to Dropping Flowers, and students who are currently studying Chinese language and culture singing and dancing.
Thanks to Professors Hong Jiang and Fanny Zhang and East Asian Languages Staff Assistant Michelle Christiansen for working with our students to plan this celebration.
Sylvia Nasar, Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University, will be on campus to deliver the annual H. Chase Stone Lecture on Thursday, February 19th at 7 pm in Cornerstone. Professor Nasar is the author of A Beautiful Mind - the biography of Nobel Prize-winning economist John Nash. Her most recent book, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, is the story of those who influenced modern economics. According to The Economist, this book “deserves a place not only in every economist’s study but also on every serious reader’s bedside table.”
I highly recommend this New York Times piece by Frank Bruni entitled “College’s Priceless Value: Higher Education, Liberal Arts and Shakespeare.“