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Issue: Spring 2019

Allen Bertsche is New Director of Global Education

Allen Bertsche joined CC in January as the director of global education after eight years serving in a similar capacity at Augustana College in Illinois. Prior to transitioning full-time to the field of global education, Bertsche was a faculty member in Augustana’s Spanish Department for 14 years, with a specialization in modern Spain. Originally from Long Island, New York, Bertsche received his B.A. from Indiana University, with a year spent at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before receiving both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked, lived, or traveled in more than 35 countries — and hopes to reach 50 before he retires.

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Issue: Spring 2019

New Director of Alumni and Family Relations Named

Tiffany Williamson Kelly has been named the new director of alumni and family relations at Colorado College. An experienced constituent relations and events manager, she has a strong background in both independent schools and higher education. Kelly was the associate director of admission and financial aid as well as the director of tuition assistance at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and was the director of admission and financial support at The Colorado Springs School, where she also is an alumna.  She has held numerous positions at The Broadmoor hotel in conference services and in sales including as an executive meetings manager and has served on nonprofit boards,…

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Issue: Spring 2019

From the President

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, It has been an exciting start to the spring semester! We welcomed 52 Winter Start and transfer students and saw record participation in this year’s Half Block. This spring has been especially rewarding for me, as I co-taught the Economics of Higher Education with my husband, Professor Kevin Rask, during…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Teaching and Learning by Creating Art

A “messy collision between the theory and the practice of teaching community-based studio arts” had seven students wheel-throwing, sculpting, painting, and making collages during a 10-day Half-Block course, Art Education and Learning Laboratory. “We practiced how to identify, and fill, the gaps between what a student already knows and what they are about to learn,”…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Cornerstone Arts Week 2019

Oglala Lakota poet, writer, and artist Layli Long Soldier read from her book “Whereas,” winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Poetry, during Cornerstone Arts Week. The weeklong series of free talks, film screenings, performances, and exhibits, which ran Jan. 29-Feb. 3, examined this year’s theme, “Can We Get Real?” The week kicked off with a faculty reading and open mic session, and included student art, the Native American Student Union screening of “We Shall Remain,” a discussion by cultural arts worker and Native American visual artist and curator Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and two theatre productions, Mike Bartlett’s “Contractions,” directed by Emily Gardner ’19 and performed by Jessie Berger…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Summer Bluegrass Workshop Offers Exceptional Lineup

CC is bringing several of the “first ladies of bluegrass” to campus this summer for a three-day intensive workshop. Acclaimed bluegrass musicians Sierra Hull, mandolin; Courtney Hartman, guitar; Alison Brown, banjo; Becky Buller, fiddle; and Missy Raines, bass, will be conducting the bluegrass workshop June 25-27, with a focus on instrumental techniques, singing, songwriting, and ensemble performance. Participants must be 18 or older, and the workshop size is limited to 25 students. Information available at kreed@coloradocollege.edu

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Issue: Spring 2019

CC Presents Colorado Pledge

CC has launched the Colorado Pledge, an initiative designed to ensure Colorado College is as affordable for students from Colorado as the state’s flagship public institution, the University of Colorado, Boulder. As part of Building on Originality: The Campaign for Colorado College, a $435 million fundraising initiative that includes a $100 million effort to secure funds for financial aid, the college is raising $20 million specifically to support the Colorado Pledge during this campaign. Currently, about 15 percent of CC students are from Colorado. Through the Colorado Pledge, families who earn less than $200,000 with typical assets will not pay more than the cost of attendance at CU-Boulder. The pledge comes…

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Issue: Spring 2019

CC Helps Launch Gap Year Research Consortium

CC has been instrumental in the launching of the new Gap Year Research Consortium, a first-of-its-kind consortium bringing together admissions deans and researchers from top colleges and universities to study the outcomes of taking an intentional gap year before college. “As long-time supporters of the gap year movement, we believe that creating a clearinghouse for the research that is going on at colleges and universities around the country is the logical next step in better understanding the positive outcomes that can come from taking a gap year,” says Vice President for Enrollment Mark Hatch. “CC is proud that nearly 10 percent of each incoming class opts to pursue a meaningful gap…

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Issue: Spring 2019

Robson Arena Update

At its February meeting, the CC Board of Trustees approved a change to the Campus Master Plan that updates the Robson site plan and provides additional parking for the campus community and visitors. The revised plan situates the arena at the north end of the block near Cache La Poudre and Tejon streets, and provides for a parking garage for 300-350 vehicles south of the arena. In addition to providing a new home for CC’s Division I hockey team, and club and intramural ice sports, the arena will include academic and co-curricular spaces and uses, as well as host national governing body and other community events. This also means the college…

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