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Tristan Amond '16

Syracuse, NY

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Majors: Film & New Media Major, Computer Science Minor

Living in Colorado has allowed Tristan to successfully complete his goal of living in all four time zones. Originally from the West coast, he now considers Syracuse, NY to be his home-away-from-CC. After transferring from Carnegie Mellon University, Tristan has taken well to both the lifestyle and academic pursuits offered a CC. His passions include singing, tinkering with computer parts, petting furry dogs, riding motorcycles, reading military history, and drinking coffee. Tristan’s interest in flight began at an early age and was both inspired and encouraged by his father; this lifelong love of flying manifested itself through many trips to flight museums, programs at Lockheed-Martin, and an unusually high amount of R/C airplane casualties. At CC, Tristan studies both Film and Computer Science, finding a nice intersection in aerial photography. When he’s not in class, you can usually find him spending time with friends, flying quadcopters in Tutt Science, or standing in line at Colorado Coffee.

Activities: Intramural Sports, a capella, Aerial Photography, hiking


Katie Osborn '16

Belmont, MA

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton

Major: Economics, Political Science Minor

Katie was born in Belmont, MA and has called it home since. Rising through the public school system (while taking brief breaks to exchange places with a student in northern England and attend the mountain school – both sparked a passion for education and environmental stewardship), she became a true northeasterner, walking at a run and blindly supporting all her sports teams. Nonetheless she still feels home in Colorado where she can explore her passions and share a phenomenal college experience with a plethora of inspiring people. Katie is an Economics Major and Political Science minor, and has studied a good amount of Spanish Language.  She was able to combine her love for all these subjects (and her love for travel) studying abroad for a block in Santiago, Chile where she explored the modern effects of Chilean economic and political history (in Spanish). While on campus, Katie can be found making friends, climbing with said friends, cooking constantly and shakily longboarding to class.

Activities: Mighty Math, Scratch Club, New Student Orientation, FYE Program, BreakOut, Outdoor Recreation Community, CC Yoga, Intramural Sports, Unofficial Cheerleader for fellow Tigers and their passions


Anya Powers '16

Naperville, IL

“What-what is a weekend?” – the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey

Major: Political Science

Born and raised just outside Chicago, Anya began her studies at Colorado College as a winter-start in 2013.  A former Varsity Track athlete, Anya abandoned the track for trail marathons after falling in love with the sport while studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. An avid world traveler Anya has gone from living in a convent with the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Spain to conducting research through a Venture Grant on the European Union across Europe.  Since training as an Officer Candidate in the Marine Corps she has decided to pursue chaplaincy in the military and hopes to continue to graduate school after CC to follow her dream.

Activities: Marathon Trail Running, Co-President of CC Blues and Ballroom, Krav Maga

Carly Stafford '16

Littleton, CO

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - M.K. Gandhi

Majors: Neuroscience and Classics

Carly hails from Littleton, Colorado, and was too much of a fan of the state to go anywhere but Colorado College. A council member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado for seven consecutive years, Carly has a long-standing passion for brains, and she developed a love for classics after taking a summer course in Greece in 2013, leading her to declare a double major in Neuroscience and Classics. From taking classes as diverse as Neuropharmacology and Advanced Greek, Carly's academic experience at CC truly embodies a liberal arts education. An avid outdoor enthusiast from a young age, Carly enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, paddle-boarding, backpacking, and sailing. In her spare time, Carly can be found swing dancing, translating ancient texts in the Cossitt amphitheater, or doing a midnight Incline summit. Curious, adventurous, and spontaneous, Carly adds spunk to the Colorado College community.

Activities: Greek tutor, Latin tutor, Neuroscience Club, PanHellenic President, Chair and Instructor of Swing & Ballroom Dancing Club, ORC member, Former Resident Advisor, Kappa Kappa Gamma events/social chair, Studied abroad in Greece


Jacob Walden '16

Larkspur, CO

“Gravity’s reciprocal: the planet rises to the sparrow’s landing.” - James Richardson

Majors: Political Science, Philosophy Minor

Jacob Walden is studying political science and philosophy. He has participated in the Public Interest Fellowship Program, human trafficking research in the United States and Albania, completed a Venture Grant to study early Norse Sagas and political systems in Iceland, and is working on a Sheffer Grant on the political transformation of Catholic, Jewish, and secular state ideologies during and after the Holocaust. Last year, he spent a term studying European and British politics at Oxford University. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, reading Russian classics, hiking, and skiing.

Activities: Honor Council, Writing Center Tutor, Community Engaged Leadership Program, President’s Council, Blue Key Honor Society, Design Team, Colorado College Strategic Plan, Former Communications Manager and CCSGA Vice-President

Emma Whitehead '16

Denver, CO

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.” - Mary Oliver

Majors: Political Science/ International Relations, Spanish Minor

A proud native of Colorado, Emma was glad to end up at Colorado College after a six month world tour with Up with People, a global education non-profit. Since then, she has gotten the full liberal arts experience, studying everything from global health policy to Spanish poetry to Japanese modern dance. She has also taken advantage of the block plan to solidify her fluency in Spanish and French, as well as basic sign-language. Last summer Emma was sponsored by the Dean of Student’s Office and the Keller Family Venture Fund to walk a 600 mile pilgrimage through Spain on the Camino de Santiago. She also studied political psychology in Eastern Europe in partnership with the US Air Force Academy. Her passion for higher education has been fueled by her work in Financial Aid and Admission, and she looks forward to another year of working with prospective families. Emma can often be found hiking, playing ukelele, and eating chocolate-covered ginger.

Activities: Room 46 A Cappella, Financial Aid Intern, BreakOut, Political Science Club, New Student Orientation Leader, President’s Council, Outdoor Recreation Club, Intramural Sports.


Elizabeth Benedict ‘16

New York, NY

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend." 

Major: Education

Needing a change from the busy streets of New York City, Elizabeth sought out CC and was accepted as a winter start. During the fall of her freshman year, she worked for the head of marketing and events at Longchamp in NYC. As an Education major, she enjoys the small classes and wonderful professors at CC. For the past four summers Elizabeth has worked as a camp counselor and loves mentoring and helping kids of all ages. At CC she is a teacher's aide in an elementary school classroom and a mentor to 4th and 5th grade students through Volunteer Action. In her free time, Elizabeth can be found skiing, playing with dogs, attending hot yoga classes, laughing with her friends, and eating delicious pizza from Poor Richard’s, one of her favorite Colorado Springs restaurants. 

Activities: Volunteer Action Mentor, Elementary school teacher's aide in education adjuncts 

Co-author with professor Mike Taber of "The Cognitive Development of Visual Literacy for Scientific Symbolic Problem Solving", Former resident of arts for social change LLC, Intramural Innertube waterpolo, Studied abroad in Athens, Greece


Esther Chan ‘16

Diamond Bar, CA

Major: Independently Designed Major - Visual Media and Social Change

Esther was raised and slowly braised among good Asian food in a suburb outside of LA. She graduated from Diamond Bar High School and found her way to CC as an independently designed major in Visual Media and Social Change. As her major suggests (hopefully), she is passionate about creating inclusive communities and bringing social change through the media and education. She's been living out this passion by making films in classes like Documentary Form and Filmmaking, interning at a social change content creation agency in Singapore, and volunteering as a Pablove Shutterbugs Photo Teaching Assistant for kids with cancer. When she has time, she's on the hunt for the best pho in Colorado Springs, laughing hysterically at TWIT performances, pretending to study in The Learning Commons, or obsessively staring at Pikes Peak's sunsets. If you spot her on campus, she'll most likely be toting around a camera, a smile, and giving out hugs.

Activities: Head Mentor for The Bridge Scholars Program, Co-facilitator of the extended format course Youth Empowerment, Co-President of Photography Club, Staff Photographer for The Catalyst and guest artist for The Cipher, Interned in Singapore for a semester at a social change content creation agency called Big Red Button, President's Council, Resident in the Arts for Social Change LLC, Photographer and videographer for The Communications Office, BreakOut volunteer 


Colleen Leong ‘16

Westminster, CO

“Ad astra per aspera; through hardships to the stars” – Unknown

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology; Minor: Classics

Colleen Leong grew up a Navy brat and describes herself as “California born, Colorado raised, and Texas transplant.” After spending the last decade in Colorado, she couldn’t bear to leave the Rocky Mountains and follow her family to the big city of Houston, TX. Colleen found herself at CC as a molecular and cellular biology major with a minor in classics. She has taken full advantage of CC’s liberal arts opportunities, merging her love for microbiology with the romance language, Latin. Colleen is a big proponent of the Keller Family Venture Grant, which has brought her to conferences in Chicago, IL, San Diego, CA, and Athens, Greece to present her research on Acinetobacter baylyi, which she claims is her spirit bacterium.

In her free time, she is “preschooler demi-god” (i.e. youth ski instructor) at Copper Mountain Ski Resort and enjoys volunteering at dental-related events. Colleen hopes to go to dental school, but not without helping build the talented class of 2020. Come give Colleen a high-five in the Writing Center or the Lostroh-Lang laboratory in Barnes Science Center.

Activities: Research Assistant - Lostroh-Lang Microbiology-Physics Laboratory, Peer Tutor - The Ruth Barton Writing Center, Ski Instructor - Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Former Program Assistant- Pre-College Summer Program, President - Health Professions Club, Representative - Colorado College Student Government Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma women’s fraternity, Order of Omega Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Three-time NSO leader, Former co-chair - Asian Student Union


Joel Fisher-Katz ‘17

Northampton, Massachusetts

"That which builds is better than that which is built." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Major: Philosophy

Born and raised in Northampton Massachusetts, Joel left a community of passion and art after graduating from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Joel moved to Colorado for the climbing but ended up staying for Colorado College after discovering a passion for philosophy during a year at Piles Peak Community College. He is pursuing a philosophy major along with an English minor. When not philosophizing, Joel plays Ultimate Frisbee for Colorado College Wasabi and takes part in numerous IM sports including being a 2015 Broom Ball champion. Joel plans on continuing his education after CC and eventually teaching at the college level. Along with his admissions work Joel helps to construct sets for the theater department under the tutelage of CC's technical director Paul Martin and spends as much time as possible exploring the innumerable beauties of the Southern Frontrange. As a Junior and a transfer, Joel hopes to bring an energetic and motivated spirit to the job of admission fellow and to offer his experience of CC as a resource for prospective students.

Activities: Colorado College Men's Frisbee, IM participant, Spoken Word Performance, Rock Climbing, Scene shop employee, General Enjoyment of the South Platte


Freda Hawver Pachter ‘16

San Francisco, California

“A daydreamer is prepared for most things.” - Joyce Carol Oates

Major: Political Science; Minor: English Literature

Freda is a loud and proud San Francisco native. After flirting with an English Literature major, she settled for a minor and decided Political Science is more her type. An endless fan of study abroad, Freda has had the pleasure of studying Islam in Turkey, political oppression in Central Europe, and is coming back from a semester abroad in Thailand studying environmental sustainability. In the locations she studied, Freda, who is an amateur weaver, bought excessive amounts of hand woven fabric to take back to the US and uses them to decorate every available surface. In her free time, Freda enjoys reading and rereading Joyce Carol Oates and Dorothy Allison novels, pretending to be athletic, and being silly with friends.

Activities: Craft Studio Teacher, BreakOut Leader, FOOT Trip Leader, NSO Leader, Resident Advisor for the Russian and German houses, Member of CC Hillel, Founder of the organization Farangs Lounging in Paseens of Thailand (FLIPT), Adjuncts: Hebrew, Fiber Arts, Spanish


Kimiko Tanabe ‘16

Manitou Springs, CO

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the rune without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Major: English, creative writing track; dance minor

Kimi grew up in Manitou Springs, Colorado and couldn’t bring herself to leave her beloved home state of Colorado when it came time for college. At Colorado College, Kimi is able to combine her passion for writing, language, art, and history with her major in English with a fiction creative writing emphasis. Kimi is interested in studying minority literature, specifically Asian American literature and seeing how it influences her own short stories. Kimi is always looking for ways to connect her passion for writing and reading to her passion for dance. Her love for dance led her to Salvador, Brazil to study the Silvrestre Modern Dance Technique and the Orixa Dance Technique. While she loves studying dance technique in the classroom, Kimi can also be spotted bopping around to music on the quad or in her living room. She is just into breaking it down. On campus, Kimi can be found attending the Visiting Writer Series workshops, drinking tea in the library, or spending copious amounts of time in Rastall Dining Hall.

Activities: Resident Advisor, Dance Workshop dancer/Choreographer, SPILL Student Responder , Sexuality and violence prevention talks with Air Force Cadets participant, Sanctuary of Movements Installation dancer


Lila Rosenman ‘16

Montclair, NJ

Major: Sociology; Minor: Race and Ethnic Studies, India Studies

Lila had never been to Colorado before she booked a plane ticket for herself to visit CC, just five days before the Early Decision deadline. She was hooked from the info session (particularly the part about taking blocks abroad!), and knew that her love of experiential learning would fully be realized at CC. Lila was a Winter Start and spent the semester off working three jobs before taking herself couch surfing through Germany, France, and England during the last month. She absolutely loves the winter start program, has led winter start orientation for the last two years, and considers herself a winter start enthusiast.  Lila found her academic passion within Sociology, particularly Race and Ethnic Studies, and hopes to pursue a career in Public Health.  Last fall Lila studied abroad in Pune, India and researched how social media communication outlets have created an autonomous space for young women to engage in romantic relationships. When she's not cooking Indian food, Lila loves to ski, take study break trips to the Humane Society Animal Shelter, watch documentaries, and stare at Pikes Peak as much as possible.

Activities: NSO/WSO Leader, Breckenridge Adaptive Ski, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Dance Workshop, Kappa Alpha Theta, Panhellenic Council, Volunteer - Deerfield Hills Community Center

Adjuncts: Pilates, Calligraphy, Thesis Writing for Juniors; Intern, Women In Need NYC; Block Abroad - Politics of Central Europe: Oppression, Resistance, and Reconstruction (in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland); Semester Abroad - Pune, India

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Haley Parco '16

Monument, Colorado
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw
Major: Economics & Business
Haley can proudly say she’s one of the happiest students at Colorado College, and choosing to attend CC was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Haley grew up as a part of a military family and has lived all over the United States. She attended two elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. After spending 4 years at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama, Haley and her family moved back home to Colorado, where she finished her senior year and graduated from Lewis Palmer High School. She knew she wanted to stay in Colorado for college, and CC was the perfect fit. Haley started CC as a biology major on the pre-med track, with the intentions of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. At the end of Haley’s sophomore year after taking a few economic courses, Haley changed her major to Economics & Business with this goal of pursuing a career at the nexus of business and healthcare. In addition to her time spent on campus, Haley spent 2 months studying Spanish abroad in Salamanca, Spain and lived with a host family. She is passionate about travel and wants to spend time adventuring through Europe and/or South America when she graduates. When Haley is not in the Econ Lab helping students with their accounting homework, you can usually find her organizing sorority events, running on the trails near campus, or hanging out with friends. After graduation, Haley will move to Denver to work as a business analyst for a healthcare company.
Activities: President of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity, CCSGA Finance Representative, Resident Advisor, NSO Leader, Lab Assistant (Financial Accounting), Lead Teaching Assistant (Personal Financial Planning half block course), Admission Office Tour Guide and Overnight Hosting Coordinator, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, Children’s Literacy Center Tutor