President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog
Our Summer Institutes are special, two-block classes offered during the CC Summer Session, allowing faculty and students to take on projects that benefit from the extended format.
Rocky Mountain PBS created a new series to showcase the work done during one of our Summer Institutes, The Colorado Documentary Project. Taught by Professors Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell, this Institute is a popular offering, attracting students from other institutions as well.
The first in the series, “In Short,” airs tonight. Below is a schedule of the upcoming episodes. I hope you’ll tune in to enjoy the amazing work being done by CC students.
- Djake Carroll ’16 – Zinesters: The Art of Individualism in the Era of Mass Media
- Thomas Crandall ’16 – Movement for Movement’s Sake
- Angela Kong ’17 – Home
- McKenzie Ross ’15 – Open
- Robert Mahaffie ’15 – On Track; For Spacemen, and Earth Families
- Paul Partridge (Wesleyan University) – Center Stage
- Ana Pena ’15 – Magic at Miramont
- Jeremy Flood ’15 – The Rescuers
- Mitra Ghaffari ’17 – Zero Waste
- Charlie Theobald ’17 – Turning Point
- Brooke Davis ’16 & Nick Tucker (University of Vermont) – Thrown to the Wolves
- Eliza Densmore ’15 – Movement
- Josh Lauer ’19– In Training
Best big city? Colorado Springs! Colorado College calls the Springs home and Money magazine just named our hometown its top big city in the Mountain region. Money selected one bustling metropolis in each of six regions based on criteria including strong job growth, affordable housing, good schools, low crime, and great quality-of-life. Our “sun drenched” urban location in the Rocky Mountains helps CC draw top students, faculty,and staff. It’s a big part of our distinctive identity.
In its coverage Money specifically identified CC as part of what makes Colorado Springs great – “Another major employer is the small, private Colorado College, which has burnished its reputation as a top liberal arts institution. The campus’s new, award-winning $25.5 million Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center has helped address one need in the community—more access to cultural programming—with two theaters, exhibition space, a soundstage, and screening room.”
What makes CC one of the finest liberal arts colleges in America? US News does a nice job of capturing our distinctive culture in the most recent issue. In addition to spelling out the traditional strengths of the liberal arts, they tell the story of our Block Plan, this special place, the ample opportunity for field-based study that our schedule permits, and the people who are drawn to both the proven and the original.
Engaging parents, families, and friends in the mission of CC is one of the ways we support our students. With more than 1300 registered guests, this year’s Family and Friends Weekend was a huge success. I heard about many special moments from those who came to campus.
On Friday, some parents joined their students in classes while others sat in on special “TigerTalk sessions” with faculty. One father in a TigerTalk session listened as the professor shared his latest research while also opening up about the questions he asks himself while he teaches. “If I ask this question, what will it clarify for my students? If I ask it another way, will it draw out this other, also important insight?” For this father, it was a compelling opportunity to pull back the curtain on the magic that happens in the CC classroom.
And of course, just being in the Rocky Mountains over a beautiful fall weekend, enjoying time together is another part of the CC experience. The FunFair on Saturday (photos below) featured student singing, Carnivore Club grilling, and popcorn popping. Students enjoyed sharing their family and friends with each other.
Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center have received grants from the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation to support arts in the community and new educational initiatives. The gifts, which total $3.5 million, come from local as well as national philanthropic foundations, and follow on the heels of the recent announcement about the historic alliance between CC and the FAC.
The $2 million grant from the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation is committed to a permanent endowment held by Colorado College for the exclusive support of the Fine Arts Center. This newly established endowment will provide funding in perpetuity for the FAC’s diverse, ongoing mission to inspire community vitality through performing arts, visual arts, and arts education. The addition of these endowed funds enhances the ability of the Fine Arts Center to build on its decades-long tradition of producing art exhibitions in its museum, theatre and performing arts experiences on its stages, and classes and workshops in the Bemis School of Art.
The potential of the recent alliance also has aligned with the priorities of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a leading international foundation making grants in higher education, humanities, and the arts, which awarded a $1.2 million grant to forge deeper academic connections between Colorado College and the interdisciplinary arts. The grant will allow Colorado College to expand existing teaching strategies and introduce a more diverse set of individuals on campus and within the community to the arts, with particular focus on programs related to the American Southwest.
A major gift to the Fine Arts Center from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation also supports educational initiatives by providing a scholarship fund for youth who show interest, initiative, and talent in visual arts and who don’t have the financial resources to undertake serious arts education. The $330,000 gift was made to the Fine Arts Center Foundation, which continues alongside the alliance with the college. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation has funded arts education and aspiring visual artists for many years, and this year, their board made the decision to close the foundation and disperse its assets to like-minded arts programs. This carries on the legacy of their founder, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and is being made in honor of the foundation’s late executive director, Joyce Robinson, who had deep ties to the Fine Arts Center and served as the FAC’s director of education for many years.
See full press release.