As this will be my final article as president of the recently renamed Colorado College Alumni Association Council, I am grateful for what has been a very rewarding opportunity. As I prepare for the transition for AAC President-Elect Kyle Samuel ’92 to take office in July, I’m also aware of the transition our graduating seniors will make this spring as they become CC alumni. Have you talked with current CC students lately? What an amazing group of people! I hear about their accomplishments and I wonder how they’ve managed to make such an impact so early in their lives, and I wonder what I’ve been doing with my time. I can’t wait to see what they do as they join an already amazing alumni group.
Many of these outstanding students would not be able to receive an education at our alma mater without the generous support of our alumni donors who’ve helped provide scholarships for talented students. Colorado College is committed to providing opportunities to all deserving students, regardless of their economic background. In addition to our longstanding pledge to meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, we also aim to graduate students with debt far lower than the national average. In conjunction with the college, I am proud of the efforts the AAC has made over my last two years to address this need.
The Alumni Association Council’s Student Leadership Scholarship is one of the ways you can contribute to a student’s education. This scholarship is intended to encourage students to remain engaged as CC leaders after graduation. I invite you to join us in contributing to this scholarship fund and helping to reduce the indebtedness of some of our outstanding students. Please visit the AAC website to see last year’s winners. Through your contributions to this scholarship fund — or to another — you can help take Colorado College to new heights, and help blaze a trail for our next generation of leaders.
This column has mentioned Tiger Link before, and I just want to remind you that everyone who is part of the CC community has the opportunity to participate in this network. The joint venture between the Office of Alumni and Family Relations and the Career Center is a powerful tool to help connect students with mentors and opportunities for professional growth. Information on Tiger Link is on the CC website.
Finally, I encourage you to nominate extraordinary alumni (including yourselves!) to serve as a member of the AAC. Anyone who is interested should submit a nomination through the AAC website. As I depart my duties, I am excited to see what future alumni will join this amazing council.
I wish you success and fulfillment in all that you do. Always remember that Colorado College is your home. So come back soon, come back often, and keep in touch. I look forward to seeing you around, whether at the foot of Pikes Peak or wherever our travels may take us.