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Year of Planning Update: Winter Conference on Jan. 18

Now that the goals have been submitted and approved by the steering committee, the strategic planning committees are ready to begin working on the next phase of the Year of Planning after the holiday break.  In order to start the “initiatives” phase off on the right foot, the committees will be relying on the Colorado College community’s input and participation during the Year of Planning Winter Conference on Friday, January 18. 

The conference will provide an opportunity for President Jill Tiefenthaler and the committee chairs to share the goals that were developed through the committees’ outreach during the fall semester. The Winter Conference is intended to be community-building and energizing as the college community begins translating goals into initiatives.  Since the initiatives are specific steps that are taken to accomplish a goal, it is crucial that the community has the chance to offer feedback about the presented goals before offering ideas about the upcoming initiatives. 

Similar to the structure of Fall Conference, the Winter Conference will kick off in El Pomar Sports Center with a Continental breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m.  Following breakfast, the committee chairs will present each committee’s goals to the community.  Next, the Winter Conference attendees will head to the break-out sessions that are being offered across campus.  Finally, attendees will stay in their break-out classrooms to meet in small groups to discuss the goals and initiatives. 

Since the “break-out sessions” were developed in line with each committee’s submitted goals, the idea is that community members will attend break-out sessions that are relevant and interesting to them.  After the break-out sessions, during which attendees will be engaged in a topic pertinent to the committees’ goals and possible initiatives, the Winter Conference will re-convene so that attendees will have the chance to give their feedback regarding the goals as well as offer their suggestions for initiatives.  

To register for the Winter Conference, go to http://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/winterconference2013 or contact Director of College Events, Rachel Frisch, at rachel.frisch@coloradocollege.edu