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CC Swimmers Give Locks for Love

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!

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Happy Chinese New Year!

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.

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The Teenage Brain

At the Board of Trustees meeting this past November, Professor of Psychology Tricia Waters helped college leadership understand adolescent brain development and its impact on the variety of impulses being managed by our students.  This brain science informs many of the programs we offer and decisions we make.
As a parent of two teens myself, I was fascinated to hear a NPR interview with Dr. Frances Jenson, Chair of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (my copy just arrived).  I encourage you to listen to the interview (which starts at 30:05).

Sylvia Nasar to Visit CC

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.”

College’s Priceless Value

I highly recommend this New York Times piece by Frank Bruni entitled “College’s Priceless Value: Higher Education, Liberal Arts and Shakespeare.

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