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Professor Mason ’78 and The Scarlet Letter

This weekend marked the world premiere of the opera, The Scarlet Letter, by composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason ’78, CC English professor and poet. Staged by Opera Colorado, The Scarlet Letter will be performed again at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver on May 10th, 13th and 15th.

In an article in The Daily Camera, Professor Mason discusses the process of writing the libretto: “My goal was to be as true to Hawthorne as I could, but with a much simpler, lyrical poetic rendition that would be comprehensible for a modern audience. I worked hard to find language that would convey the emotional material of the scene without being as dense and overwrought as Hawthorne’s prose.”

The Scarlet Letter is only one of several collaborations between Ms. Laitman and Professor Mason. Following the publication of Professor Mason’s verse-novel, Ludlow, about the deadly labor dispute in southern Colorado in 1914, the two collaborated on an opera of the same name. In this Colorado Public Radio interview, Professor Mason shares his thoughts about writing the verse-novel and then converting it to a libretto.

Congratulations Professor Mason on the premier of The Scarlet Letter!

Men and Women’s Lacrosse Host NCAA Games

HUGE news from our men’s and women’s Tiger Lacrosse teams!  Both teams have made the NCAA tournament and CC is hosting both games this week.

Wednesday, the Tiger men will host Whittier College on Washburn Field (4 pm) and on Sunday, May 15, the Tiger women will play Rhodes College at 1:00 pm on Stewart Field. Come out and support our two great lacrosse teams!

Go Tigers!

PIFP and CCE – Community Impact


Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending two events on campus that honor the civic impact of our students on the wider community. CC has been recognized as one of the top schools for students who want to change the world and PIFP and the CCE are key reasons why.

The welcome dinner for the fellows and partner organizations of the 2016-17 Public Interest Fellowship Program celebrates the students who have been matched with organizations that will provide them with the opportunity to integrate their CC experiences with work in the community. Jesús Loayza ’16 will be a yearlong fellow with The Colorado Center on Law and Policy. He chose to apply for a PIFP fellowship because there were partner organizations on the list that he could see himself “working passionately for.” He graduates this May with a degree in Sociology and says, “I am taking with me a rich theoretical background, allowing me to ask the right questions. I’m confident that the research skills that [my major] provided me with has prepared me to delve into issues that affect real people.” By pairing students with the nonprofit organizations, PIFP gives students the opportunity to see how their ideas, their work, their commitment can make a difference.

The Collaborative for Community Engagement gathered later that evening to celebrate the students and faculty whose leadership in the community is noteworthy (the award winners, in the photo above). The evening included awards to honor exemplary achievement for sustained engagement in the community, work with K-12 youth, exceptional promise in social justice work, outstanding community service by a graduating senior, and the Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award, as well as recognizing excellence in community-engaged teaching by a CC faculty member.

Congratulations to the winners of CCE awards and to our newly launched PIFP Fellows!

Senior Soirée


What a fun way to enjoy time with our seniors as they embrace their upcoming graduation! Last night’s Senior Soiree at the Fine Arts Center is a new tradition at CC, and one that helps to launch our wonderful Class of 2016 into the world ahead of them. It was Dean Mike Edmonds’ and my pleasure to host.

2016 Honors Convocation

2016 Honors Convocation

The 2016 Colorado College Honors Convocation celebrates the accomplishments of our students and faculty, recognizing top students in departments across the college as well as the exceptional faculty who guide and support their work.  It is a wonderful tradition.  Here I am, posing in front of Shove Chapel, with some of our student award recipients – Mohammad Mia ’16, DeAira Cooper ’16, Jake Walden ’16, and Emily Lawrence ’16.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!