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Conservation in the West Poll

CC students get many opportunities to hone and apply their liberal arts skills. The State of the Rockies annual Conversation in the West Poll is a case where the impact of their work, in partnership with faculty mentors and practitioners, can be measured by the headlines it has generated.

The Poll has gotten lots of media attention as newspapers across the region reference our students’ work – from Missoula to Reno, from Santa Fe to Casper, as well as a headline in The Denver Post and a reference in the Huffington Post just this week.

Congratulations to our students for the great work they are doing!

Boettcher Finalists Visit CC

Last evening, I was pleased to welcome a group of almost 40 students and parents from across Colorado to CC’s annual Boettcher Finalist weekend. Colorado College (and other colleges and universities in the state) partner with the Boettcher Foundation to woo some of the state’s best and brightest to stay in the state for their undergraduate educations.

The Boettcher Foundation awards 40 of these prestigious scholarships each year.  The scholarship covers about half of the cost of a CC education and is matched by the college. I can always identify the Boettcher Scholars at CC – they standout in the classroom and are leaders on campus!

CC Honors Distinguished Former Students

CC will honor eight distinguished former students by bestowing their names on residential buildings in the new East Campus housing community. 

These individuals are:

  • Marcellus Chiles, Colorado College’s only Medal of Honor recipient.
  • Marian Williams Clarke, the first CC graduate, and among the first 20 women, to be elected to national office.
  • Albert Ellingwood, the college’s first Rhodes Scholar and an accomplished mountaineer.
  • Peggy Fleming, the Olympic gold medalist who dominated women’s figure skating in the late 60s.
  • Glenna Goodacre, internationally-recognized artist, best known for designing the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
  • James Heckman, Colorado College’s only Nobel laureate, winning the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2000.
  • Frederick Roberts, the first African American elected to the California State Legislature.
  • Ken Salazar, Colorado College’s first U.S. senator and first presidential cabinet member.

The East Campus housing community will house 154 students in eight residential buildings and is scheduled for completion this summer.

Read more about the honorees.

90% of CC Students Participate in Athletic Programs

The Department of Athletics Annual Report highlights some incredible successes from 2015-16:

  • Olivia Dilorati ’16 finished third in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA DIII National Championships.
  • The women’s volleyball team appeared in the NCAA DIII tournament for the 18th consecutive year.
  • Both the women’s and men’s lacrosse teams made the NCAA DIII tournament.
  • Students were recognized with 185 academic honors (conference, district, region, etc.), including 4 Academic All-Americans.

However, the nugget of information that stood out to me was that “90 percent of CC students partake in departmental programming.”

Thanks to Director of Athletics Ken Ralph and his staff for the great work that they do for so many of our students!

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Last Thursday evening, I joined students and faculty for Chinese New Year festivities, a traditional celebration with a CC flavor.

Our Chinese students and students studying Chinese language and culture entertained the packed house with instrumental music played on traditional Chinese instruments, beautiful dancing, singing of both traditional folk songs and current pop hits, and even some Kong-fu. The audience even learned to say Happy New Year in Chinese.

It was wonderful to welcome faculty and students from the Air Force Academy to the celebration. Their skit was a hit!

This event exemplified the myriad ways in which CC is enriched by our international students and faculty, who weave the thread of a global perspective into the classroom and throughout our community. Thanks to our students for inviting me!