President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
It’s Half Block! As part of CC’s strategic plan, we added non-credit opportunities and new for-credit opportunities for students looking to make the most of their Winter Breaks. During this nine-day period, Jan. 9-19, students can take courses for credit on environmental engineering, personal financial planning, survival Japanese, and the films of Humphrey Bogart and noncredit workshops on mental health first aid, video production, writing for the marketplace, and prepping for the LSAT, MCAT and GRE.
From the mountains of Colorado to the coasts of Thailand and everywhere in between, we asked alumni and students to share their holiday greetings. So, wherever you happen to be this holiday season, we wish you all the best and hope you remember you’re a part of CC’s thriving, global community.
William “Bro” Adams ’68, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, told a packed crowd at Gonzaga University how the study of the humanities at Colorado College helped him make sense of his experience as a veteran of the Vietnam War, making the point that the power of the humanities is just as relevant today.
I’m also touched by Bro’s description of the close relationship he had with faculty mentor, Philosophy Professor Glenn Gray, himself a war veteran.
Bro explained how Professor Gray demonstrated — through the way he lived and his work — a path to personal integration after war. “It changed my life in this way: I became aware of how I could get perspective on my experience by way of his reflections on his own experience,” Bro said. “It taught me how these resources, these literary resources in the humanities, can help us see ourselves with a little bit of distance and that’s the key. It’s seeing yourself by way of something else, which is powerful because sometimes the unmediated information or material is just too difficult, too intense, or too close.”
Last night, thirteen seniors gathered in Bemis Hall with members of their families and faculty and staff mentors to celebrate their upcoming graduation. CC’s Winter Celebration honors our mid-year graduates with a seated dinner, beautiful music, and ceremonial touches that make clear that ending their college career is a meaningful event.
Even though some of these graduates plan to participate in Commencement ceremonies in May, not all of them will. They all enjoyed the opportunity to be recognized for their accomplishments. Keynote speaker Professor Heidi Lewis picked up on the class motto, a quote from Nelson Mandela – “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – to encourage our graduates to follow his advice and go big!
Congratulations to all!
The first major phase in the strategic planning process undertaken by CC and the Fine Arts Center has wrapped up, with approximately 1,800 people participating in the listening and information gathering process.
Between now and early February, the subcommittees that are developing plans for each FAC program – the museum, Bemis Art School, and performing arts – are hard at work! The next phase involves reviewing all of the feedback and developing the first draft of a shared vision for the future.
Check here for more information and updates on the planning process.