President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
CC attracts people with passion for ideas and commitment to making things better. Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and CC alum Bro Adams ‘72 is making a case for the importance of the humanities in everyday life, especially in addressing some of the most vexing issues in society today. An optimistic, solutions-oriented public intellectual, Bro displays on a national stage what we value at CC.
Fine Arts Center President and CEO David Dahlin and I have hosted two of our four “open to the public” strategic planning listening sessions. Colorado Public Radio asked “what the alliance means for Colorado Springs” and I’m pleased to share that is a question that we are answering together.
At our listening sessions, we’ve had a great mix of almost 150 members of the CC and Colorado Springs communities come together to explore the possibilities for the partnership.
Folks share ideas, listen to updates, ask questions.
It’s an exciting time and I hope that more members of the community will join the conversation.
There are two more public listening sessions scheduled. Mark your calendar for Monday, Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Music Room, and Monday, Oct. 3, 5-6:30 p.m. at Gaylord Hall, Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. If you can’t make one of them, find out about the strategic planning process online, and contribute your ideas!
Yesterday, the Gazette covered a heartwarming story of members of our Tiger Hockey Team visiting a newborn intensive care unit at St. Frances Medical Center in Colorado Springs. As the reporter notes, the visit was an impactful learning experience as well as a meaningful way to connect to our community.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal indicates that while liberal arts majors often start out with lower salaries than their peers with vocational and technical degrees, by their peak-earning years they out-earn many of those who started ahead of them. In addition, the article cites a recent study by Brookings that found college major didn’t matter for ultrahigh earners, as “computer science’s stars rang up lifetime earnings of at least $3.2 million. Nice work, but not as impressive as philosophy majors’ $3.46 million or history majors’ $3.75 million.”
The liberal arts prepare students for their lives, not just their first jobs. As a CC alumna said “CC trained me for nothing but prepared me for anything!”
CC alumnus Joe Barrera ’72 has founded a literary journal devoted to exploring the rich topic of Colorado and the West, The Almagre Review. Insightful contributing writers, poets, and artists from the Rockies and the Prairie consider this place we call home. The Review is available online and in print from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. They will celebrate the launch with a reading at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla Street in Colorado Springs), which is managed by another CC graduate – Han Sayles ’15.