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Professor Cronin on C-SPAN

Professor Emeritus Tom Cronin (Political Science) will discuss his latest book, “Imagining a Great Republic: Political Novels and the Idea of America,” at 6 and 9 p.m. MDT this Sunday on C-SPAN’s “Q&A.”

The show, hosted by C-SPAN Founder and Former CEO Brian Lamb, is a weekly program aimed at “highlighting today’s most compelling thinkers in politics, media, education, and science.”

Lamb’s interview with Professor Cronin was taped in Washington, D.C. in late February. In the hour-long segment, they discuss Cronin’s book, which tells the story of the American political experiment through the eyes of 40 major novelists.

Filming “The Block Plan” Documentary

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Block Plan in 2020, a group of faculty, staff, alumni, and students are creating a documentary about the Block Plan. The documentary, funded by the Inasmuch Foundation, will explore the past and present of the Block Plan through the perspectives of its foundational figures and current students and faculty.

Joined by a crew of students and alumni, Professor Steven Hayward (English), Professor Clay Haskell (Film & Media Studies), Bryan Beasley, and Jaime Roman ’13 began filming the documentary on campus this week. They interviewed Professors Emeriti Glenn Brooks, Bill Hochman, and Dave Finley (and Dave’s wife Judy Finley ’58), as well as Professor Susan Ashley (History), who is currently writing a book on the history of the Plan.

I am looking forward to the completion of these projects and our celebration in 2020!

CC Project Featured in Davis Annual Report

The Davis Projects for Peace recently released its 2017 Annual Report, which highlights a project implemented by CC’s Lucy Marshall ’17 and Eva McKinsey ’17 (see page 22).

Last summer, Lucy and Eva traveled to the town of Oxpampa, Peru, where they promoted coffee production through the development of a community mill.

Their project sparked sustainable growth in the community, as proceeds from the coffee operation are re-invested in local education.

Congratulations to Lucy and Eva for initiating a project with a lasting impact!

Seniors to Present Research at National Conference

Anna Hessler ’18 (computer science and Spanish major), Nick Crews ’18 (computer science and physics major), and David Radke ’18 (comp science major and discrete math minor) had their poster accepted for presentation at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill conference.

The three seniors will present their poster, “Using Artificial Neural Networks to Predict Wildfire Growth,” at the conference in Washington, D.C. this April.

With wildfires on the rise across the nation, the students’ wildfire model could play an important role in improving fire control efforts. Congratulations to Anna, Nick, and David on designing this relevant and impactful project!

WCHA Trophy to Honor Jeff Sauer ‘65

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) recently announced a new WCHA Championship Trophy to honor the memory of hockey legend Jeff Sauer ’65.

Jeff had an accomplished career, beginning with his time as a player and later a coach for the CC Tigers. He went on to coach the University of Wisconsin to two national titles and guide the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to gold at the 2014 Paralympic Games.

Jeff passed away in February 2017, after battling pancreatic cancer. We are grateful for his countless contributions to the college, and I am pleased that the WCHA will commemorate his legacy for years to come.