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Women’s Volleyball Heads to NCAA Tournament

After a five-set victory at the SCAC Championship last weekend, our women’s volleyball team earned a spot in the national playoffs this weekend – their first game is at 3 pm (Central Time) tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 10th).

The #1-ranked Tigers are the top seed as they head to the NCAA Division III Regional Championship in Texas this weekend. For live updates from the games beginning today, check out the NCAA Georgetown Regional site.

Let’s cheer on the Tigers as they finish out this record-breaking season!

CC Class and Wikler ’15 Attending UN Climate Talks

This week, Maia Wikler ’15 is serving on a delegation of youth climate justice activists at the UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany (COP23). Maia’s delegation, SustainUS, works to expose the disproportionate effect of climate change on youth and indigenous peoples.

Additionally, Professor Mark Smith’s Economics of International Climate Policy class is currently in Bonn until Nov. 18th for the UN Conference of the Parties. To get an inside look at the class’s experience in Germany, check out the EC385 Student Blog.

BOT Meeting Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, the Board of Trustees was on campus for its regular November meeting. Several trustees attended the Keller Venture Grant Forum on Wednesday, which is always an inspiring display of our students’ curiosity and creativity.

On Thursday, the board was joined by Fine Arts Center staff and President’s Council members for a dinner at the FAC. The dinner was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate CC’s alliance with the Fine Arts Center and our progress in implementing the “Excellence, Access, and Collaboration” strategic plan.

On Friday, VP for Enrollment Mark Hatch and Director of Financial Aid Shannon Amundson presented on admission and financial aid in relation to our strategic goals. Additionally, the board’s Strategic Project Teams (Athletics, Innovation, and Transitions) and standing committees (Investment, Governance, Buildings, Grounds, & Infrastructure, and Budget & Finance) met.

In the plenary session Saturday, Susan Edmondson of the Downtown Partnership and Hannah Parsons of the CS Chamber of Commerce presented on the economic development and future of Colorado Springs. Beka Adair ’16 and current CC student Rachael Maxwell ’18 also took part in the plenary session presentation.

During their Saturday business meeting, the board approved several items including:

  • Revisions to the Campus Master Plan
  • Candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded at Commencement. The campus community will be updated as soon as those to be recognized are informed.
  • An addendum to the strategic plan that extends our workplace excellence initiative, incorporates the Fine Arts Center into our strategy and includes a new recommendation to enrich and integrate the parts of the student experience and connect the CC experience to our students’ next steps.

The board also heard reports from Dean Sandi Wong, Faculty Executive Committee Chair Professor Carol Neel, CCSGA President Dorsa Djalilzadeh, and me. VP for Advancement Sean Pieri provided the board with an update on the comprehensive fundraising campaign.

The trustees are excited about the progress we’ve made on campus this fall: the completion of the Tutt Library Renovation, East Campus Community and the Ahlberg Annex, our successful alliance with the Fine Arts Center, and the launch of our Building on Originality campaign. They are eager to build on this momentum in the months and years ahead!

The next board meeting will be February 22-24, 2018.

Best regards,

In Memory of Phil Kannan

We are all saddened by the passing of Phil Kannan, our distinguished lecturer and legal scholar-in-residence at the college for many years. Phil has been a committed and inspiring teacher-scholar at CC since 1997, teaching in our environmental program, advising our pre-law students, and writing about environmental, Native American, and discrimination issues. Phil was kind and wise and had great positive impact on his students and colleagues at CC. He will be missed.

During this time of sadness, please keep Phil’s wife Kay and his CC colleagues and students in your thoughts.

Keller Venture Grant Forum

Last week, five captivating student presentations were the centerpiece of our annual Venture Grant Forum. The Venture Grant Program, funded by a generous endowment gift from the Keller Family Foundation, allows CC students to imagine an original research project, then receive funding to pursue it. Last year, the Venture Grant Program awarded nearly $100,000 in funding to 109 students.

A few research topics from this year’s forum included Organic Farming in Cuba, Astronomy in Thailand, and Refugee Integration in Germany. Thanks to the Keller family for giving students this opportunity to explore their interests outside of the classroom!