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President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog

Distinguished Visitors In-Residence

When we brainstormed how to realize the potential of our pioneering Block Plan, many alumni suggested inviting more distinguished writers, scholars, and artists to campus to teach a block. They remembered wonderful classes during their time at CC that were taught by special visitors. As a result, our strategic plan, Building on the Block, calls for developing in-residence programs for artists, scholars, innovators, journalists, postdocs, writers, and filmmakers.

Our first Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, Hampton Sides, is giving proof to the concept, enriching both our campus and our community. In addition to teaching several (very popular) blocks, Hampton is engaging with Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak Library District named Sides’ recent work “In the Kingdom of Ice” as their 2015 All Pikes Peak Reads selection for the city-wide reading program.

Read more about the impact Hampton Sides is having on campus and in Colorado Springs here.

KRCC Recognized – Again!

This spring, two KRCC featured programs have been garnering awards for the college’s public radio station, and these pieces continue to be recognized.

In addition to their recent wins at the regional 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards, the regional Associated Press Television and Radio Association also recognized the station’s great work.

Congratulations to Andrea Chalfin, news director, along with contributing student reporters, journalism minors Martha Perez-Sanz ’14 and Maggie Spencer ’14, who won the award for Best Coverage of an Ongoing Story for “Railroad West.”

Production team Noel Black and Jake Brownell ’12 won for Best Special Program for their “Wish We Were Here” Episode 3: “The Beginning of the End of Homelessness.”  Congratulations to them as well!

CC Tiger Hockey Plays Outdoors in 2016!

No, the Tigers aren’t leaving the World Arena as their home ice, but next season’s Pioneers-Tigers hockey game will be staged at Coors Field in downtown Denver. Dubbed the ‘Battle on Blake’, this will be the first collegiate hockey game ever played at Coors Field and will mark the first time that DU and CC have faced off in an outdoor match.  Mark your calendars for this fun event, scheduled for February 20, 2016.  Athletic Director Ken Ralph shares “We are thrilled to be taking our rivalry with the University of Denver outside.”

Men’s Lacrosse Heads to the NCAA Tournament

Congratulations to our CC Men’s Lacrosse team, as they head to the NCAA Division III tournament, the Tiger’s third consecutive postseason appearance.  They will be playing Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., on Wednesday, May 6, in the first round.

The game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time ( 5:00 p.m. Eastern).  I’ve been told to watch for live stats and video at, so I hope you’ll join me in cheering our Tigers on against the Endicott Gulls.

Community-Engaged Leadership

Yesterday, I attended the Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL) Program’s Capstone Celebration. The CEL, supported by an endowment gift from the Boettcher Foundation, assists students who develop their interests in service, social justice, leadership and public engagement. Completion of the certificate requires two years of engagement in the program and a capstone project. The four seniors who completed the CEL certificate (pictured below) are:

  • Rebecca Celli – “Silenced Film Series”
  • Matt Nadal – “Accessibility to Athletics: Providing Water Safety Lessons and Self-Awareness Practice to Marginalized Youth in Colorado Springs”
  • Charlotte Allyn – “Re-envisioning the CEL Program: A Self-Study
  • Maia Wikler – “Indigenous Rights Movements in Vancouver: Understanding the Cross-Cultural Communication Barrier”

Congratulations to all!