Around the Block Campus News – Block A Edition

Pair of Tigers Earn All-America Accolades

Story by Jerry Cross ’91/Photos by Charlie Lengal
Women’s cross country runner Elliot Singer ’25 and volleyball player Georgia Mullins ’22 joined an exclusive club of Tiger student-athletes to earn All-America honors for their exemplary athletic performances last Fall. Singer achieved All-America status by placing 29th at the 2021 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. Mullins solidified her status as one of the most dominant players in the 43-year history of CC volleyball with a pair of outstanding performances during the 2021 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.

“RACE the Opera” Early Presentation Premieres on July 2

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum will host a workshop performance of “RACE the Opera” on Saturday, July 2, from 2-3 p.m. The opera is inspired by the story of Kelley Dolphus Stroud ’31, a Black runner who qualified for a 1928 U.S. Olympic tryout spot but was denied funding to travel to the trials.

Stroud graduated with a degree in political science and was the first Black student at CC to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Stroud was on the school’s track team for all four years and was inducted into CC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Stroud was the sole Black student at CC until his younger sister, Effie Stroud Frazier ’31, joined him the next year. Frazier was the third Black woman to ever graduate from CC. 

The workshop performance is the first early presentation of “RACE the Opera,” where guests can meet the creative team behind the show and hear from members of the Stroud family. The entire opera will be shown in Colorado Springs in 2024.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required here.

Jaiel Mitchell ’18 Releases Her New EP

Jaiel Mitchell ’18 was recently featured in Westword about the release of her EP “The Magical World of Black Girlhood.” Now a Denver-based R&B-pop singer, Mitchell’s new EP is a love letter to the Black women and artists who have shaped her. Mitchell was the first Black woman to graduate with a degree in music from CC, and she says her time in and outside of the classroom helped inform her work.  

Arts & Crafts Has a New Director: Rebecca Parker

The Office of Campus Activities and Division of Student Life announces the new director of the Arts & Crafts Program. After a national search, Rebecca Parker has been hired to lead this well-established and beloved co-curricular program, located in the basement of Worner.

Parker is an artist, educator, and administrator. Her creative practice takes many forms from ceramics to relational and socially engaged work to arts programming and administration in cultural organizations. She is passionate about spaces at the intersection of art, education, and community, and is interested in examining how trust, vulnerability, and risk-taking play a part in expanding personal growth.

Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Parker was the senior director of academic programs at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Mich., which is affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her seven years at Ox-Bow, Parker worked closely with faculty, visiting artists, artists-in-residence, and students to create programming and pedagogy that connected artists to the landscape as a site of community and experimentation. Parker received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and B.F.A. in ceramics from Middle Tennessee State University. She continues to work as a practicing artist and is often found in the ceramic studio.

City Happenings

USOPM’s Hall of Fame Festival

Celebrate the legacies of America’s greatest athletes right here in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA. We’re excited to host the Hall of Fame Festival taking place on June 25-27 in downtown Colorado Springs.

This citywide celebration includes a parade featuring 30+ Team USA Hall of Famers, athlete meet and greets at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, and a Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert at Weidner Field featuring Olympic- and sports-themed music, free of charge. The International Sports Film Festival is also presenting a pop-up film festival. A schedule of events and list of participants can be found here.

Street Closures

June 25-27: United States Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame Festivities

  • S. Sierra Madre St. between E. Cucharras St. and E. Costilla St 12 p.m. June 23 through 2 p.m. June 25.
  • Sahwatch St. between E. Cucharras St. and E. Costilla St. from 12 p.m. June 23 through 2 p.m. June 25.
  • Vermijo St. from S. Sierra Madre St. and Sahwatch St. 12 p.m. June 23 through 2 p.m. June 25.
  • Vermijo St. from S. Sierra Madre and Tejon St. from 7 a.m. June 25 to 2 p.m. June 25.
  • S. Cascade Ave. between E. Cucharras St. and E. Costilla St. from 7 a.m. June 25 through 2 p.m. June 25.
  • Tejon St. between Colorado Ave. and E. Costilla St. 7 a.m. June 25 through 2 p.m. June 25.

July 4: Stars, Stripes & Symphony 

  • Southbound Cascade Ave. between Colorado Ave. and Vermijo Ave. from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4.

Downtown Shuttle

Colorado Springs is now offering a free downtown shuttle. You can find shuttle hours and stops on the Colorado Springs website.

Fire Restrictions

The City of Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) has reduced the burn restrictions within the city limits. Much needed precipitation has reduced the “Burn Ban” to “Burn Restriction.” The burn restriction prohibits recreational fires and outdoor welding without a CSFD-issued permit. Portable or fixed outdoor fireplaces fueled by solid materials (wood, pellets, or charcoal), charcoal grills, pellet stoves, or outdoor appliances fueled by gas can be used.

All Hot Work activities must be permitted, whether inside or out, with the Environmental Health and Safety Department prior to work commencing. Permits may be issued for multiple days if needed.

Please contact CCEHS at or (719) 389-6678 to discuss permitting for any activities that may be taking place in any building on campus where hot work activities such as welding, brazing, or torching may be utilized. 

Additionally, the following restrictions are in place for our other campuses in Divide and Crestone:

  • Teller County (CC Cabin) – Stage I Ban: The use of charcoal grills, barbecues, gas stoves may be used providing they are at least 10 feet from combustible materials. Campfires that are contained in a permanent fire ring in designated campgrounds/picnic areas that are 25’ away from structures are permitted. This order went into effect June 3.
  • Saguache County (Baca Campus) – Stage I Fire Restriction: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, burning ditches, fence rows, and trash, including household trash is prohibited. Welding or operating an acetylene or similar torch and smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle are also prohibited under these restrictions. These restrictions went into effect on May 10.

Please check with local resources before going camping or spending time outdoors to ensure area restrictions are understood and followed.

Video of the Month

CC in One Word

Students from the Class of 2022 share one word to describe their CC experience.

Video by Isabel Mansour ’22 and Julia Fuller
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