Around the Block Campus News – Block B Edition

Mike Edmonds Announces His Retirement

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After a 30+ year career at Colorado College, Mike Edmonds, senior vice president, has announced that he will retire in May 2023. Edmonds changed the landscape of CC, illustrating the power of inclusive leadership. He is the first Black leader to serve as president in the college’s history and has been integral to advancing the college’s institutional initiatives including the college’s commitment to antiracism, creating greater access for students, and the partnership with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He served and mentored countless students through his many years leading Student Life.
In celebration of his tremendous career and the lasting impact he has made on CC, the college has established the Mike Edmonds Legacy Fund to provide resources for future generations of students from all backgrounds and to allow access to all CC has to offer.

CC and Air Force to Play in City for Champions Cup at Weidner Field

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The Colorado College Tigers and Air Force Falcons women’s soccer teams will contend in the inaugural City for Champions Cup at Weidner Field. The match is set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale.
Home to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC of the USL, Weidner Field is an 8,000-person capacity venue located in downtown Colorado Springs. It will be the host site for the City for Champions Cup, a two-year endeavor between two excellent NCAA Division I women’s soccer programs.
“With the 50th anniversary of Title IX, this is the perfect opportunity to bring three City for Champions venues together for an event that will showcase our two Division I and Mountain West women’s collegiate women’s soccer programs in the Springs,” said Lesley Irvine, Colorado College vice president and director of athletics. “We’re excited to provide this platform to our student-athletes and build community. Everything about this points to why Olympic City USA is such a remarkable place and Colorado College is thrilled to lead in this way.”

The elevator in Worner Campus Center will be out of service until August 15.

Italian Film Course in Italy

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Carla Cornette, visiting assistant professor of Italian, and her students spent Block B in Italy for their course Cinecittà: The Italian Hollywood. During the course, students received an introduction to Italian cinema from the post-World War II period until the present and experienced the spaces and places of Italian film and filmmaking. Experiences included meeting film director Alice Rohrwacher and the child protagonists of the film “The Pupils”, viewing a restored century-year old film, “Foolish Wives,” in Piazza Maggiore accompanied by a live orchestra, visiting the National Museum of Cinema in Turin, and more. The course culminated with a research project where students created their own original documentary on an aspect of their choice of Italian cinema from post-World War II to today.

2023 International Jump Rope World Championships Come to CC

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CC is hosting the 2023 International Jump Rope World Championships at Ed Robson Arena next summer. The event will bring 3,000 participants from over 30 countries to campus and will mark the first time the event will be held in Colorado Springs.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to host the World Jump Rope Championships in Robson Arena,” said Lesley Irvine, vice president and director of athletics. “It’s so energizing to see the vision for the arena come to life as we serve and build community while collaborating with key partners such as the Sports Corp and city leadership. We can’t wait to welcome these talented athletes to campus in the summer of 2023!”
This event, held July 16-23, 2023, will be a combination of the World Championships, as well as the International Open Tournament and the Junior World Championships. The finals for the World Championship event will be July 22-23. Featured events include:  
  • Double Dutch Contest – urban culture fuses with acrobatics, dance, and music
  • Single Rope and Double Dutch Speed – the fastest jumpers alive
  • Single Rope and Double Dutch Freestyle – acrobatics with unlimited skill combinations and endurance

Castle and Canyon – Our First Excursion in Spain

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Zeke Lloyd ’24 is studying in Spain during Summer 2022 as part of CC’s Summer in Spain program, based in Soria. Students live with host families and participate in city life during the two summer blocks. In addition to immersive language learning, the program incorporates multiple cultural activities and excursions to places such as Madrid and San Sebastian, to learn about the history and cultures of Spain. Zeke is sharing stories and images of his summer experience throughout the course.
The province of Soria is a deserted battleground. A thousand years ago, the landscape was rarely free from skirmishes between two states: the Caliphate and the Christians. Today, the area is almost entirely populated by quiet farmlands which show little trace of its medieval history. In a few places throughout the province, however, you can find stone strongholds which stand as testaments to the conflict that took place.  
Castillo de Gormaz lies roughly 30 miles from Soria. We arrived late in the morning on June 5. The castle still held much of its structure, even though the northern outpost was built by the Caliphate in 965. For over an hour we explored ruins, climbed ramparts, and gazed out at the expanse of beautiful Spanish countryside.  
It was difficult for that to measure up against natural beauty of the Cañón del Rio Lobos. The only edifice within is a small hermitage that sits modestly in the middle of the forested valley. After eating lunch under a shady tree, we began our exploration of the canyon, where we followed a small stream that cut through the valley.

Artist-in-Residence Depicts Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation in Operatic Form

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Photo by Lonnie Timmons III
Visiting Artist-in-Residence Nora Chipaumire and her contemporary dance company protest against the perception of what an opera should be in their production “Nehanda.” Ferocious in intensity, layered with song and movement, the five-hour production tells the legend of Nehanda, a powerful ancestral Shona spirit, who inhabited a Zimbabwean woman named Charwe Nyakasikana in 1896. Channeling Nehanda’s spirit, Charwe led fellow Zimbabweans to revolt against British colonization in 1896, before giving herself up to be hanged.

Chipaumire taught and performed at CC as the Pamela Battey Mitchell Artist-in-Residence, a program that provides an experimental laboratory for contemporary dancers to share their knowledge with CC, and create art that pushes the limits of their work.

“The Artist-in-Residence program is not about producing art as some kind of cultural artifact,” says Ryan Platt, associate professor of performance studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance. “It’s about finding and bringing to CC people who are interested in activating the work.”

The program, launched in 2021, was created with a $530,000 gift in honor of Pamela Battey Mitchell ’58, who studied contemporary dance at CC. The “activation” Platt speaks about is part of the program’s twofold purpose: to bring artists-in-residence to CC who both teach and perform.

Athletics Wins Two Gold, One Silver “Best Of” Awards for Marketing Excellence

In the wake of the inaugural season at Ed Robson Arena, the Department of Athletics claimed three prestigious National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) “Best Of” Awards for the 2021-22 academic year, including two golds and one silver.

The team won the gold medal in Group III for the 2021-22 Hockey Fan Engagement Video and Intro or Hype Video, and silver for the Hockey Season Ticket Campaign. 

“To receive this type of national peer recognition for our marketing and fan engagement strategies is truly special,” said Lesley Irvine, vice president and director of athletics. “The external team, in partnership with 3-Point Productions, helped us transform our approach as we introduced a brand-new facility and coaching staff to campus. I am proud and so grateful for the efforts and recognition.”

In addition to 3-Point Production’s work with the videos, local graphic designer Marco Hernandez was vital in assisting with the season-ticket campaign.

Initiated in 2003, the NACMA “Best Of” awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 16 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness.

Photo of the Month

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Flowers bloom outside of Worner Center on July 12. 
Photo by Lonnie Timmons III
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