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'First Mondays' campus-wide series officially approved

Colorado College has initiated “First Mondays,” a campus-wide event held at midday on the first Monday of the block, designed to bring the entire campus community together around a shared academic experience. CC President Jill Tiefenthaler says the series allows the campus to gather, build community, and unify around a common theme.

“First Mondays” will officially launch on Monday, Feb. 20 (the first Monday of Block 6) with a performance by the Bowed Piano Ensemble, CC’s internationally renowned experimental music group. Directed by Music Professor Stephen Scott, the ensemble performs using items such as fish line, horsehair, guitar picks, rubber, and plastic tape on the interior components of a grand piano, creating music that is as fascinating to watch as it is to hear. The ensemble will preview three of Scott's compositions, and the performance will be followed by an all-campus reception for students, faculty, and staff.

The initial event, a lecture by Ralph Nader, was held on a trial basis in January and drew overflow crowds in the campus’s two largest venues. The “First Mondays” series was formally approved on Feb. 13. Block 7's “First Monday” event features Kirk Johnson, chief curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.