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It Starts with Originality

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A Message from the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

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Dear Friends,

Homecoming at CC is always a special time and this year that was especially true. During the excitement of dedicating the renovated Charles Tutt Library, we also announced Building on Originality: The Campaign for Colorado College. We launched this $435 million fundraising initiative, the largest ever undertaken by the college, because we believe that Colorado College offers an unparalleled liberal arts education, one that is more relevant than ever.

We’re calling the campaign Building on Originality because we’re investing in our People, Place, and Program – all of which are characteristically original. The CC community is strongest when we’re all involved. Accomplishing our goals for the college through this campaign will require broad and consistent support from alumni, parents, and friends —a group that we are certain shares our ambitions for Colorado College’s future.

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Building on Originality

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Colorado College Launches $435 Million Fundraising Campaign

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On Oct. 14, during the dedication of the newly renovated Charles L. Tutt Library, CC President Jill Tiefenthaler launched Building on Originality: The Campaign for Colorado College. The campaign is a $435 million initiative that will advance the college and support CC’s people, place, and program. She was joined by Board Chair Susie Burghart ’77, Campaign Co-Chair Bob Selig ’61, Trustee Thayer Tutt P’15, Trustee Bob Ross, and Life Trustee Van Skilling ’55, P’79, P’82, G’19.

“We are embarking on this campaign because a Colorado College education is more relevant today than ever,” says Tiefenthaler. “The academic rigor of our pioneering Block Plan and our unique place in the Rocky Mountain West have positioned our students, alumni, and faculty to make a difference in the world. Through the campaign, we will invest in the extraordinary potential of a Colorado College education.”

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Scholarship 101

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Will Smith ’74 Discusses Scholarship Challenge

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Dear Friends and Fellow Graduates of CC,

I have had many wonderful opportunities in life, but the most important step I ever took to achieving my goals started the first day I stepped onto the Colorado College campus. It was a life-changing experience for many reasons. The most fundamental and important reason being that it taught me how to make decisions and solve problems by weighing different opinions and perspectives, what I feel to be the true cornerstone of a liberal arts education.

That is why I elected to commit $10 million to the college in the form of an estate gift, meaning the pledge will be honored at the time of my passing. I did so anonymously at first, as I detest the spotlight. As time has gone on, I decided it was time to step up and rally all my fellow alumni to consider giving generously to our alma mater. I would find it hard to believe that in some way Colorado College was not also transformative for you, too.

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In Support of Trailblazers

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Field Study and Study Abroad Experiences Provide Foundations for In-Depth Discovery

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Sometimes the best classroom is no classroom at all.

Instead it might be something more expansive — say New York City, Boston, or even Berlin. Classrooms — without walls.

Indeed, Colorado College has carved a deep niche in off-campus studies because it knows students are, above all else, explorers and seekers. The tradition is continuing with new options — and the experiences are transforming students’ lives.

In the course FemGeniuses in Berlin, students get to learn about issues related to global oppression, such as racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Heidi Lewis, associate director and assistant professor of Feminist and Gender Studies, says students learn to challenge “existing narratives about marginalized people in Berlin that have been overlooked and that have also served to further their subjugation.”

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Outdoor Education Provides Adventure and Leadership Training

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New Ahlberg Outdoor Education Center Annex Opens

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During Family and Friends Weekend in October, CC held an open house at the new Ahlberg Outdoor Education Center Annex.

CC Board of Trustees member Eben Moulton ’68, in memory of Jerry Ahlberg ’68, who was his college roommate and longtime friend, made a transformational gift to support the Outdoor Education Center Annex. The annex is a 1,500-square foot space where students rent outdoor equipment and get advice on expeditions. Equipment used for Priddy Experience service trips comes from the annex.

The space aims to increase accessibility and convenience by bringing all gear and outdoor resources together under one (solar-paneled) roof. From renting a daypack, kayak, or snowshoes, to advice on following maps, winter-weather layering, or meal preparation, the new space on the north side of the Outdoor Education Center, 931 N. Nevada Ave., less than a block away from the new East Campus Housing Community, is the place to go for all outdoor-related resources. Open to students, faculty, and staff, the annex solves the former problem of having gear and rentals stored in various locations across campus.

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