President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
This month’s Atlantic Monthly arrived, and I am pleased to share that the cover story, about the new science of aging, was written by CC alum Gregg Easterbrook. This member of the class of ’76 brings a wide lens to the topic—exploring sustainability, ethics, biological science, and anthropological consequences. Known for his sports writing as the Tuesday Morning Quarterback, and his love of CC, Gregg proves that a liberal arts background is a great foundation for a productive and meaningful life – maybe even more important if the average life expectancy increases to 100.
Last week, Mandela Washington Fellows Abdirisak Yusuf Ali (Somalia) and Mustapha Dauda Gwary (Nigeria) visited with a group of faculty, students, alumni and me over lunch at Stewart House. Hosted by the El Pomar Foundation, the Fellows spent six weeks in Colorado Springs.
In its inaugural year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI’s goal is to support young African leaders as they spur economic growth, strengthen democracy, and enhance peace across Africa. It is an incredibly competitive fellowship. Last year, there were over 50,000 applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s 500 slots! To learn more about Ali and Mustapha and the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit YALI’s website.
Our Progress ✓
As we work together to advance our strategic plan, it’s exciting to provide updates as we turn our ideas into action. Track our ongoing efforts at Building On the Block: Our Progress. In the first of four updates throughout the academic year, we share details on success in implementing our strategic plan, work that supports our mission to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Thanks for the work you do to support our goals!
In 2013-14 the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching funded ten pilot projects that advanced the center’s vision. One of those successful projects was an adjunct writing course focused on senior theses.
Building on the success of the Office of International Programs, CC has created an Office of Field Study by hiring its first director, Drew Cavin. The Office of Field Study will assist faculty in all disciplines as they design and incorporate field study into their courses.
CC launched its Premier Summer Learning Experience with three signature programs. The Colorado Documentary Institute was a huge success that culminated with the production of short films.
CC now moves into phase two of the library renovation project: design architect selection.
It was a great weekend for our teams! The women’s soccer team extended a home unbeaten streak to 20 games with a victory over Boise State. Our volleyball team (currently ranked No. 10) beat SCAC rivals Texas Lutheran and Schreiner to improve to a 17-4 record. Yesterday, our men’s soccer team beat Dallas on Stewart Field to move to 9-1 overall.
Dear Alumni and Parents,
With the arrival of intellectually curious students and fall’s crisp, cool nights, the 2014-15 academic year has officially begun at Colorado College!
The beginning of the academic year is one of my favorite times on campus. In addition to the excitement of welcoming new students, I always look forward to hearing about the summer adventures of our students and faculty and particularly enjoy hearing about the opportunities afforded to them through CC support.
For example, Rosa Baum ’15 worked as a press assistant at the White House. Rosa translated Spanish-language articles for White House officials, and assisted in translating and writing the Spanish weekly address. Melissa Kolano ’15 (pictured at left) spent her summer working as an executive team intern for TerraCycle, Inc. Melissa worked with the CEO as she researched potential market-expansion opportunities in the disposable medical-waste industry. Both Rosa and Melissa received internship funding from our Career Center.
CC has so many dynamic teacher-scholars, and the summer allows time for them to focus on their scholarly endeavors. Miro Kummel, associate professor of environmental studies, received a Colorado College Faculty Opportunity Grant to support his research, “Micro-Climatological Feedbacks at the Treeline: The Role of Turbulence in Upslope Heat Transport.” David Hendrickson, professor of political science, received a Benezet Grant to support preparation of his book manuscript on isolationism and American foreign policy. Anusha Kedhar, assistant professor of theatre and dance (pictured at bottom left), also received a Faculty Opportunity Grant to support her research on British South Asian dancers in the UK.
I also am reminded of what a special place Colorado College is when I get to spend time with our remarkable alumni. During Opening Convocation, we had the opportunity to honor three such alumni with honorary doctorate degrees: Charity Haygood ’96, a leader in urban public education who is currently the principal at B.R.I.C.K. (“Building Responsible, Intelligent, and Creative Kids”) Avon Academy in Newark, N.J.; Joseph Auner ’81, professor of music at Tufts University and former editor-in-chief of the prestigious Journal of the American Musicological Society; and Woody Fischer ’00, a professor at California Institute of Technology whose work has done much to define the emerging field of geobiology.
In reflecting on these successes, I want to ensure that Colorado College continues to create opportunities for those students, faculty, and alumni who follow. This means that CC has to continue to put the ideas of our strategic plan into action: providing additional support for our Block Plan; taking advantage of our distinctive place of learning; and extending our reach. Please follow our progress by visiting our website.
This promises to be another great year at CC!