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Family Weekend: How Do You CC?

September 25-27, 2015

Last schedule update: August 24, 2015

Did you know that Colorado College, CC, is not just a proper noun? For Family Weekend 2015, we've turned CC into a verb, complete with the energy and excitement associated with this active part of speech.

  • Attend a presentation?
  • Climb a rock wall?
  • Visit an academic department?
  • Run a 5K?
  • Enjoy dinner with other families?
  • Take a hike or a walking tour?

With a wide variety of academic, artistic, athletic, cultural, and social opportunities available on our beautiful campus and in the surrounding community, there will be many ways for families and students "to CC" together!

The Family Weekend schedule is now posted below though subject to change. Events will be added or updated as they are confirmed. Please check in at Registration Central when you arrive on campus for a final schedule and any last-minute information.

Please contact the Office of Parent and Family Relations at parents@coloradocollege.edu or (719) 389-6103 with any questions regarding registration or events.

We look forward to seeing you September 25-27!

Registration

Registration is now open! Please click the red Register Now icon below, and you will be directed to our secure registration portal. Please note that registration will close on September 18.

Online registration is the preferred method of registration for Family Weekend. There is no fee to register. Most events are free, although some events do require reservations for planning purposes, and a few events require payment. Please be courteous and make reservations only for those events you plan to attend.

Two events require registration through separate websites. Please use the links in the schedule of events below to register for these events:

  • Downtown Core Culture Tours on Saturday, September 26
  • CS Marathon and 5K on Sunday, September 27

Schedule of Events

Registration Central

(Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center)

  • Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon

Upon arrival on campus, please check in here to receive your official Family Weekend nametags and to pick up final schedules and tickets for reserved events. Enjoy some hospitality and a chance to connect with other CC families.

Colorado Coffee

(Worner Campus Center)

  • Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Colorado College Bookstore

  • Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Adam F. Press Fitness Center

  • Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy access to the Adam F. Press Fitness Center by showing your Family Weekend Guest Pass.

Friday, September 25

9 a.m.-Noon

TigerED Talks
(Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center)

Engage with faculty and professional staff in a series of presentations designed to give you a taste of your student’s experience at Colorado College, both inside and outside the classroom. The full schedule of presentations will be available at Registration Central.

9 a.m.-Noon
and
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Special Collections Open House
(Tutt Library, Second Floor)

Visit CC Special Collections in the library and hear a bootleg recording of The Doors playing at Homecoming in 1967, touch a 4000-year-old clay tablet, and see a book made of glass. Plus lots more!

Noon-5 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Program Open House
(Worner Campus Center, Lower Level)

You are invited to tour the Student Life Arts and Crafts Program. Please stop in to see the clay, metals, and fiber studios, watch students working  on projects, and learn about the opportunities available to enrolled students at CC! Refreshments available.

Noon-5 p.m.

KRCC Open House
(KRCC Studio, 912 N. Weber Street)

KRCC, “Radio Colorado College,” has grown considerably since its humble beginnings as a two-room public address system in the basement of Bemis Hall. Now KRCC is the choice for National Public Radio (NPR) in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. A vital part of the local radio scene, KRCC is also online worldwide at krcc.org. Come and tour the studio, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about ways to be involved!

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Renovating Tutt Library: Informal Discussion with Architects
(Fireside Lounge, Worner Campus Center)

You're invited to stop by to see the evolution of the design of the Tutt Library renovation project and share your thoughts as the college moves towards finalizing the design in early November.

 

Times Vary

 

Lunch Options

  • Lunch on your own. A list of nearby restaurants is available at Registration Central in Gaylord Hall or at the Worner Center Desk.
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rastall Café (Worner Campus Center) accepts Gold Card, cash or credit cards.
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Feature Lunch: The Work of the Innovation Institute at CC (Bemis Great Hall)
    See event detail below.

12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

Feature Lunch: The Work of the Innovation Institute at CC
(Bemis Great Hall)

Please note that this event has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email parents@coloradocollege.edu.

Reservations are required for this free lunch presentation.

The Innovation Institute at Colorado College provides support and opportunities for students to explore—and become inspired—by innovative thinking, problem solving, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset, all within the context of their liberal arts education. The institute additionally seeks to connect students, faculty, staff, and alumni to resources related to innovation and idea formulation. The institute’s mission is to facilitate not only the creation of ideas but also the translation of ideas into innovative action for a real-world impact. As one of the cornerstones of CC’s Strategic Plan, the Innovation Institute operates as a complement to CC’s robust liberal arts curriculum by explicitly building synergy across the disciplines around the concept of innovation.
     Join us for lunch and an overview of the Innovation Institute’s programming, followed by a discussion with one of CC’s Big Idea student teams, who will talk about their experience with the competition.

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Lo-Fab
(IDEA Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center)

Focusing on their designs for the cholera treatment center in Port au Prince Haiti, MASS Design Group’s exhibition, Lo-Fab, explores the capacity of buildings to save lives. Co-founded by Alan Ricks ’05, MASS is an international architectural design company dedicated to the idea that a building is more than a neutral container, but rather functions as an embodiment of the ideals and aspirations of those who inhabit it. Whether building schools in the Congolese jungle, hospitals in New York, or cholera treatment centers in Haiti, MASS Design is committed to a community-driven model of architectural practice, and believes that good design choices in the built environment promote equity and dignity and help people live healthier, more prosperous lives.

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Rediscovering the Prairie
(Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, South Hallway)

Traversing the Great Plains of North America by horseback, CC alumnae Robin Walters '12 and Sebastian Tsocanos '12 became intimately acquainted with the places, people, and ecosystems of the American West. Their multimedia exhibition celebrates the beauty of of the North American grasslands, while exploring the region’s rich historical past and its present condition. Merging science, art, education, and outreach, the project aims to excite a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place within it, and inspire creative possibilities for the prairie’s future.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Colket Center Open House
(Colket Center in The Learning Commons, Tutt Library)

Meet the professional staff of this important academic resource and learn more about the programs and services they offer CC students.

1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Academic Department Open Houses
(Locations Across Campus)

Meet faculty in participating departments. Feel free to visit any department in which you or your student are interested, whether or not your student has declared a major. Open to all! The full schedule of open houses will be available at Registration Central.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Colorado College in Costa Rica: Language Immersion and Research in the Tropics
(Celeste Theatre in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center)

For over 50 years students from colleges in the United States have completed academically rigorous field studies in Costa Rica through an Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) study abroad program. From three-toed sloths to tropical beaches and delicious traditional dishes, this program gives students the unique opportunity to explore Costa Rica while completing field studies projects and developing their language skills. Three students from the Spring 2015 semester have teamed up to share individual stories that will paint a picture of this amazing experience.

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Internship Experience Forum
(Worner Campus Center, First and Second Levels)

Browse the many poster presentations and give students an opportunity to share their internship experiences with you!

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

NEW EVENT!

Parent/Student Career Networking
(IDEA Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 1st Floor)

Sponsored by the Colorado College Career Center and the office of parent and family relations, this event is an opportunity for parents to serve as resources for CC students in their career exploration. Parents will be separated by self-identified industry and will be asked to share their career experience and professional expertise with small groups of students during an informal reception.

If you would like to participate, please complete and return this form by September 18.

Times Vary 

 

Dinner Options

  • Dinner on your own. A list of nearby restaurants is available at Registration Central in Gaylord Hall or at the Worner Center Desk.
  • 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rastall Café (Worner Campus Center) accepts Gold Card, cash or credit cards.
  • 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Regional Dinners
    See event detail below.
  • 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Shabbat Dinner
    (Interfaith House, 1004 N. Weber Street)
    This Jewish tradition welcomes the end of the week and the day of rest. All students and families are welcome! No RSVP required. 
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Regional Dinners

Advance reservations and payment are required for all attendees, as seating will be limited. Dinner cost is not included in the student meal plan. No refunds after September 18, 2015

New this year, four separate on-campus Regional Dinners will give students and families from different regions a chance to meet each other and make connections while enjoying a formal dinner and brief program. Choose from the following options:

  • East Coast (including MA, NY, FL, etc.)
  • West Coast (including CA, OR, WA, etc.)
  • Rocky Mountain (including CO, NM, AZ, etc.)
  • Central (including IL, MN, TX, etc.)
7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Dance:Film
(Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center)

A collection of dance for film shorts created by Colorado College students, alumni, and faculty that tell stories through dance, music, and experimental filmmaking. These unique choreographic works have been created specifcally for the camera, made as dances that come to life only on the screen. Come discover the world of dance films!

8 p.m.-10 p.m.

A Shove Beckett
(Shove Chapel)

A totally unique simultaneous performance of three short plays by the greatest playwright of the 20th century – Samuel Beckett. NOT I, COME AND GO and OHIO IMPROMPTU – live and continuous – you can drop in whenever you like! It’s free and performed by CC students and directed by CC Theatre professor Andrew Manley. Different, unusual and exciting theatre - Don’t Miss!

7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Ice Skating Open Session
(Honnen Ice Arena)

Free for students and families with a Family Weekend Guest Pass.

 Saturday, September 26

6 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation
(Shove Chapel)

Additional spiritual life activities occur throughout the weekend at various on- and off-campus locations. Contact Chaplain Kate Holbrook for more information.

8 a.m. Morning Yoga
(Louis Multi-Purpose Room in Adam Press Fitness Center) 
9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Contemplative Learning and Integrative Practices at CC
(Shove Chapel)

An experiential opportunity for parents and students to explore how they can use contemplative practices to integrate their own experience into the theoretical material they are being taught in order to cultivate and develop attention, deepen their understanding, foster greater connection to and compassion for others, and engender engaged inquiry into their most profound questions. Facilitated by Kate Holbrook, chaplain, and David Gardiner, associate professor of religion.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Presidential Keynote
(Armstrong Theatre)

 

Times Vary

 

Lunch Options

  • Lunch on your own. A list of nearby restaurants is available at Registration Central in Gaylord Hall or at the Worner Center Desk.
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rastall Café (Worner Campus Center) accepts Gold Card, cash or credit cards.
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch and Outdoor Concert (Worner Quad) See event detail below.
Noon-1:30 p.m.

BBQ Lunch and Outdoor Concert
(Worner Quad)

Sponsored by the Carnivore Club, a student-run club known for serving up meat to the Colorado College community.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Admissions Information Session
(Cutler Hall) 

Information sessions are a chance to hear from an admission director about the Block Plan, student life, and the admission and financial aid processes. Information sessions tend to last about 45 minutes.

1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Lo-Fab
(IDEA Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center)

Focusing on their designs for the cholera treatment center in Port au Prince Haiti, MASS Design Group’s exhibition, Lo-Fab, explores the capacity of buildings to save lives. Co-founded by Alan Ricks ’05, MASS is an international architectural design company dedicated to the idea that a building is more than a neutral container, but rather functions as an embodiment of the ideals and aspirations of those who inhabit it. Whether building schools in the Congolese jungle, hospitals in New York, or cholera treatment centers in Haiti, MASS Design is committed to a community-driven model of architectural practice, and believes that good design choices in the built environment promote equity and dignity and help people live healthier, more prosperous lives.

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Rediscovering the Prairie
(Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, South Hallway)

Traversing the Great Plains of North America by horseback, CC alumnae Robin Walters '12 and Sebastian Tsocanos '12 became intimately acquainted with the places, people, and ecosystems of the American West. Their multimedia exhibition celebrates the beauty of of the North American grasslands, while exploring the region’s rich historical past and its present condition. Merging science, art, education, and outreach, the project aims to excite a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place within it, and inspire creative possibilities for the prairie’s future.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Field Trip: Marketing Natural Beef and Cutting Out the Middleman
(Ranch Foods Direct, 2901 N. El Paso Street)

Please note that this event has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email parents@coloradocollege.edu.

Reservations are required for this free program, and transportation will be provided. Maximum of 10 participants.

Join Mark Smith, professor of economics, for a field trip to Ranch Foods Direct, a meat packing facility and local farmer's retail market delivering healthful, high quality, naturally tender meats and foods to consumers direct from the ranch. Trip participants will have the opportunity to tour the facility and talk with owner Mike Callicrate about his beef: regular/grass-fed/organic/natural, the economics of beef production, FDA inspection, and Mike's particular business model of ranch to customer sales. Participants will debrief the experience discussing what we learned and how this was different from a “regular” class field trip.

1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Catamount Center Mountain Campus Tour and Ecology Hike
(Catamount Center, Woodland Park, CO)

Reservations are required for this free program. Please meet promptly in front of Cutler Hall at 1:30 p.m. for transportation to Catamount.

An adventurous afternoon at 10,000 feet! Colorado College partners directly with the Catamount Center to offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including the Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester program. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about one of Colorado College’s innovative off-campus study programs, see first-hand the numerous advanced learning opportunities of an experiential education, and enjoy some famous Colorado mountain air and picturesque views of Pikes Peak. Attendees will enjoy a tour of the Catamount Center’s beautiful mountain campus and facilities, a short presentation about Colorado College’s TREE Semester, and guided hikes throughout our extensive trail system. Join us in celebrating the unique and adventurous intellectual pursuits of Colorado College students, and the ecology and cultural history of the surrounding area. Please remember to dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, and wear comfortable shoes!

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Campus Tours
(Meet at Cutler Hall)

Open to all attendees, whether or not you have a sibling planning to apply or have previously taken a tour.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Downtown Core Culture Tours

Tours meet at the Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon Street. All tickets include a free coffee beverage from Wild Goose. Ticket holders should arrive at Wild Goose 30 minutes prior to tour start time to order and enjoy a beverage.

$10 per person (including CC students). Space limited to 25 guests per tour.

2 p.m. Core Culture Tour: Click here to register

5 p.m. Core Culture Tour: Click here to register

This hour-long guided walking tour through Downtown Colorado Springs will include stops to see a variety of public art - from the 17th annual Art on the Streets exhibit to downtown murals. Tours will also point out historic architecture and share a bit about the history of the city of Colorado Springs.

Core Culture tours are presented by Downtown Colorado Springs, with partners Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Wild Goose Meeting House and KRCC. Support comes in part from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boettcher Foundation as part of Downtown’s Creative District programming. Additional Core Culture tours are presented the second Saturday of every month. Details at www.DowntownCS.com/tours.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Open Rehearsal: "The Marriage"
(Norberg Studio Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center)

Everybody is welcome to drop in and view this open rehearsal of the theatre and dance department’s Block 2 production of “The Marriage” by Nikolai Gogol, “a Totally Ridiculous Event in One Act.” As wild and wacky as when first written in 19th-century Russia! Directed by Professor Andrew Manley.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.

How to Apply to CC (...or any selective school)
(Cutler Hall)

Designed for parents and siblings of current CC students who are interested in learning more about the college application process.

Times Vary

Dinner Options

  • Dinner on your own with CC's Night on the Town, sponsored by Colorado College Student Government Association (CCSGA). See details below.
  • 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Rastall Café (Worner Campus Center) accepts Gold Card, cash or credit cards.
Times Vary

CC's Night on the Town
(Downtown Colorado Springs)

Sponsored by Colorado College Student Government Association (CCSGA)

The CC Night on the Town is an effort to help families and students discover the best that the vibrant downtown area has to offer. Local Colorado Springs restaurants will be offering discounts this night only to the CC community, ranging from 10-20% off from total bill to free drinks or desserts. CCSGA hope that, by the end of the night, students and their families will have discovered their favorite local spot to treat themselves to a night out! A list of participating establishments will be available at Registration Central.

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Climbing Gym Open House
(El Pomar Gym)

Come and give indoor rock climbing a try. First-time and experienced climbers welcome! Outdoor education student leaders will also be on hand to answer questions about the outdoor education program.

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Ice Skating Open Session
(Honnen Ice Arena)

Free for students and families with a Family Weekend Guest Pass.

8 p.m.-10 p.m.

A Shove Beckett
(Shove Chapel)

A totally unique simultaneous performance of three short plays by the greatest playwright of the 20th century – Samuel Beckett. NOT I, COME AND GO and OHIO IMPROMPTU – live and continuous – you can drop in whenever you like! It’s free and performed by CC students and directed by CC Theatre professor Andrew Manley. Different, unusual and exciting theatre - Don’t Miss!

 Sunday, September 27 

Start Times:
Half Marathon—7:30 a.m.
5K—8 a.m. 

The Colorado Springs Half Marathon and 5K
Presented by: Penrose-St. Francis

(Acacia Park, Downtown Colorado Springs)

Registration available at: www.spreeracing.com/coshalf

The Colorado Springs Half Marathon, presented by Penrose-St. Francis, is a loop course beginning and ending at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. The course will showcase the city of Colorado Springs by taking runners on Wood Avenue, Cascade Avenue (through the Colorado College campus), Platte Avenue, through America the Beautiful Park, Monument Valley Park, around Memorial Park, by the Olympic Training Center, and through downtown. A 5K run/walk is available for shorter distance runners. This family-friendly race is a premiere half marathon, attracting people from 26 different states.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Downtown Sunday Market
(Acacia Park, Downtown Colorado Springs)

An open-air artisan market with fresh-baked goods, jewelry, art, Colorado-grown produce, ready-to-eat treats, live music, and more. Come cheer on the runners in the Colorado Springs Half Marathon and 5K, who will start and finish at Acacia Park.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Brunch
(Rastall Dining Hall, Worner Campus Center)

Reservations requested. $8.85 per person. Payment also accepted at the door. CC students on the meal plan will be admitted with no charge.

Enjoy a traditional Colorado College Sunday morning brunch!

Accommodations

Hyatt Place - Garden of the Gods
503 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
www.hyatt.com/hyatt/place
(719) 265-9385
Click here or use group code G-CCFW for room block reservations.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs
1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
www.doubletree.hilton.com
(719) 576-8900
Click here or use group code CCF for room block reservations.

The Mining Exchange - Wyndham Grand Hotel
8 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
www.wyndham.com
(719) 323-2030
Click here or use group name Colorado College Family Weekend 2015 for room block reservations.

Antlers Hilton Hotel
(Please note that the Antlers is sold out for the evening of Friday, September 25. This option is available only for the evening of Saturday, September 26.)
4 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
www.antlers.com
(719) 955-6202
Click here for room block reservations.