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Issue: Winter 2020-21

Faces of Innovation

The Faces of Innovation project honors alumni, students, and faculty who embody the innovative and adventurous CC spirit with creativity and collaborative ideas. True liberal-arts thinkers, they make connections across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. They are addressing some of the world’s most challenging problems, delighting us with artful approaches, and always surprising us. Below are the latest individuals Colorado College has chosen as Faces of Innovation. Creating a Home in the Trees With Class of 1985 Alumni Judy & Pete Nelson Judy and Pete Nelson ’85 have made a life out of creating cozy, natural treehouses for people to buy, rent, or just admire. Their journey to…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Keith Kester died suddenly from illness on July 17, in Denver, Colorado. Keith taught inorganic chemistry at CC for 44 years from 1967 until he retired in 2011. Keith’s love of science and its interconnectedness with the wider world was no secret and something he shared openly with his students. He maintained a contagious sense of curiosity and wonder his whole life. He likened the interconnectedness of the liberal arts to how he saw essential chemistry, “with the nature of bonds between atoms and molecules playing a central role in his courses.” Keith designed and co-taught the popular CC course Science, Religion, and Society for 15…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

Milestones

Births & Adoptions ’00 Sydney Stoner and husband, Dr. Erik Kish-Trier, welcomed a baby girl, Abbey Kish-Trier, on March 16, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. ’07 Alden Parker and his wife, Taryn, welcomed their first child, Connelly Ann “Nell,” on May 28, 2019. (Alden says, “CC might just be getting a new Tiger from Scottsdale, Arizona, in Fall 2037!”) ’16 Abby Mietchen Allen and her husband, Luke Allen, had a little boy, William “Will” Scott, on March 24, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Weddings & Celebrations ’12  Claire Petersen and Jeff Hester were married in Nicasio, California, on Sept. 14, 2019. ’14 Emma Volk McDermott married Eamonn McDermott…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

Class Notes

1975 Mark Johnstone recently relocated to Trinidad, Colorado, and sits on the Corazon de Trinidad Creative District board. He spent the last 16 years in Hailey and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, working at the local and state levels with Arts Idaho. He was also public art adviser for the entire state, 2012-13. Prior to that, Mark was a curator, writer, and educator in Los Angeles for 27 years, during which time he was administrator of the Percent for Art program with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. He was a visiting professor from 1975-84 in the CC summer Photography Institute. 1978 John Traeger took a coast-to-coast bike trip…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

CC Financials 101

Colorado College has an endowment of approximately $804 million. The full-pay cost for the 2020-21 academic year was $74,256. Why is the sticker price for CC (and higher education as a whole) so high when our endowment is well over half a billion dollars? This is a question that frustrated me for years as a student, until I learned more about the nuts and bolts of CC’s financial model. Now, in my role as student trustee, I am learning more about financial planning. The Board of Trustees focuses on long-term implementation, ensuring that the college is in a strong financial position for years to come. During open office hours with…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

A Moment in Time

Class of 2020 Alumni Reflect on This Year The Class of 2020 ended their time at CC like no other before them. So where are they now? What are they doing? And how has their unique perspective shaped their path forward? We caught up with eight recent graduates to hear about their experiences.   Molly Hiniker Major: Economics Hometown: Edina, Minnesota The high from my quarantine was getting to play a lot of golf. I played a lot in high school but didn’t get the chance to play much while at CC, and I played probably three rounds per week from mid-April until the end of the summer. The low from…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

These Miles Hold Memories

Celebrating 50 Years of the Aspen Bike Trip The first-ever block break at Colorado College occurred in September 1970, marking the end of the very first class conducted on CC’s new academic schedule, now the iconic Block Plan. Coincidentally, this also marked the genesis of a now-beloved CC tradition, the Aspen Bike Trip. For the…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

Happy 50th Block Plan!

The Block Plan celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Colorado College’s innovative one-class-at-a-time academic system — the Block Plan. The Block Plan celebration involves a year of events and programming highlighting the impact the Block Plan has had on those who have experienced it as faculty, staff, and students. And as we celebrate the past,…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

Homecoming 2020 Virtual Dance Party

In true 2020 form, this year’s annual Homecoming became a home-staying. But even with canceled on-campus events, the COVID-19 global pandemic couldn’t keep CC alumni from connecting across the miles. Virtual Homecoming events organized by CC’s Office of Alumni and Family Relations allowed alumni to engage with one another in new ways over Homecoming weekend.…

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Issue: Winter 2020-21

“What’s on Your Reading List, Ibrahima Wade?”

“I am re-reading Paul Gilroy’s ‘L’Atlantique Noire,’ in French this time! In his work, ‘The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness,’ Gilroy articulates engaging and provocative postulations that could help frame current socio-cultural and political occurrences in America and in Europe. Gilroy’s book, to me, remains one of the outstanding critical approaches which seek to…

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