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Tomorrow: CC Conversation on Facing the Pandemic

Join Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Phoebe Lostroh tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, at 1 p.m. MDT as she engages alumni scholars and other experts in discussing how we face the pandemic given the ever-changing nature and information about COVID-19. The panel will include alumni at the front lines, including Margaret Liu ’77, referred to as “the mother of DNA vaccines,” Sonlatsa Sunshine Jim-Martin ’94, P’19 who works on the Navajo Nation’s Coronavirus emergency response team, and Tia Tummino ’16, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California who is studying how the Coronavirus attacks human cells.

Pre-register here for the Zoom webinar, or join us via Facebook Live. You may submit your questions before the event to

Standing with our International Students

Colorado College stands firmly and proudly with our international students. They are vital to our mission and community as an institution, and to the diversity, creativity, and quality of our country. On Friday, July 10, Colorado College joined over 180 other institutions of higher education in litigation opposing the new guidance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You can access updated FAQs and further information on our website.

Advancing Our Antiracism Initiative

We are thrilled to welcome Peony Fhagen (pictured below, left), who will join the CC community as the new senior associate dean for equity, inclusion, and faculty development, and Rosalie M. Rodriguez (pictured below, center), who will join CC as the senior associate dean of students for equity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center. Additionally, Barbara J. Wilson (pictured below, right) has been named to serve as the interim director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for staff.

To enhance and accelerate the work of the new DEI leadership team, CC Board of Trustees Chair Susie Burghart ’77 has donated $1 million to further the college’s Antiracism Initiative.

“I wanted to underscore how important this initiative is to all of us — as educators, parents, students, staff, and alumni,” Burghart says. “These experts will guide the college in long-needed work that is now even more crucial. This is a moment when CC can lead and make a difference.”

Read the full article here. Thank you to each member of the CC community, near and far, for your engagement as we work together towards an equitable future.

Welcoming Our New Trustees

We are thrilled to welcome eight new trustees, who began their terms on July 1. Joining the board of trustees are Alan Woo ’71; Jane Franke ’84, P’17; Frieda Ekotto ’86; So Yong Park ’87; Eric Duran ’91; Onyx Bengston ’18; Elliott Williams ’21; and France Winddance (pictured below clockwise beginning from the top left). Read about these dynamic trustees here.

Hello from CC’s Acting Co-Presidents

We are honored to serve as your acting co-presidents during our search for Colorado College’s next president. Thanks to the invaluable leadership during Jill Tiefenthaler’s nine-year tenure, Colorado College is favorably positioned during this challenging time.

While we know many of you already, we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves. Mike Edmonds has been with Colorado College since 1991. He most recently served as Dean of Students/VP for Student Life. Edmonds is also an executive in residence in the Economics and Business Department. He holds a bachelor of arts, master’s, and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, where he was inducted as a Hall of Fame graduate in 1984, and inducted into its School of Education Hall of Fame in 2019, as well has the National Speech and Debate Hall of Fame. He completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.

Robert Moore most recently served as Senior Vice President of Colorado College and Vice President of Finance and Administration/Treasurer. Prior to coming to Colorado College, Moore served as the Vice President for Budget and Finance at the University of Colorado and as the Vice President for Finance and Operations at the Colorado School of Mines. He also has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and as the Staff Director for the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support! We are looking forward to the year ahead.