Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Jennifer Garcia Receives $235,000 Boettcher Biomedical Research Grant Fri, 22 May 2020 10:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/jennifer-garcia-receives-235-000-boettcher-biomedical-research-grant http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/jennifer-garcia-receives-235-000-boettcher-biomedical-research-grant <p>Colorado College Assistant Professor of <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/molecularbiology/">Molecular Biology</a> Jennifer Garcia has been awarded a $235,000 grant from the highly competitive <a href="https://boettcherfoundation.org/webb-waring-biomedical-research/">Boettcher Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award Program</a>. The program supports early career investigators in Colorado whose research has a direct impact on human health.</p> <p>The three-year grant will fund a study in baker&rsquo;s yeast that investigates a new cellular process that discards RNA, a type of genetic material, to help cells survive stress. Garcia says some of the molecular players she has implicated in this novel decay pathway also have been shown to play a role in the fatal neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig&rsquo;s disease. This suggests that lessons learned in her study could illuminate future clinical studies on ALS and other diseases.</p> <p>&ldquo;Using baker&rsquo;s yeast, proven to be a model organism where rapid experiments can yield significant knowledge into complex processes, we aim to uncover the finer details of this cellular discard process and how impairments within this pathway can lead to cellular dysfunction.<span>&nbsp; </span>Hopefully this research can help motivate future research to further understand and treat this terrible and fatal neurodegenerative disease.&rdquo; Garcia says. &ldquo;Those with ALS lose control of muscle movement, leading to paralysis and death.&rdquo;</p> <p>Currently, treatment options have been limited as ALS is a complex disease, associated with mutations in many different genes that perform a variety of functions and can develop sporadically without any familial history. Garcia&rsquo;s study seeks to understand how various dysfunctions related to ALS are connected to stimulate more clinically relevant research for ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a teacher-scholar, I&rsquo;m excited by the opportunity to not only perform research that may impact human health, but also to be able to teach students at Colorado College through research opportunities supported by the Boettcher Foundation,&rdquo; Garcia says. &ldquo;My hope is that these research experiences will help foster the growth of our students to become contributing members of the biomedical community in Colorado and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>Garcia joins <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/amy-dounay-receives-225-000-biomedical-research-award#.XsgFZJ5Ki1t">Associate Professor of Chemistry Amy Dounay</a>&nbsp;as Colorado College&rsquo;s second &ldquo;Boettcher Investigator,&rdquo; as recipients of the award are called. The grants help Boettcher Investigators establish themselves and their research, and as a result, they become competitive for major awards from federal agencies and private sources. To date, the 68 Boettcher Investigators have gone on to receive a total of $80 million in NIH awards for the State of Colorado.</p> <p>Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, San Francisco. Additionally, she was a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder.</p> <p>She joined the Colorado College faculty in 2016 and teaches Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology, Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and upper division courses in Yeast Genetics, the Regulation of Gene Expression and Epigenetics. She also has co-taught a course in the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/bridgescholarsprogram/">Bridge Scholars Program</a>.</p> How $10 Million for Scholarships Grew to $43 Million Wed, 20 May 2020 10:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/how-10-million-for-scholarships-grew-to-43-million http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/how-10-million-for-scholarships-grew-to-43-million ]]> <p><strong>For Will Smith &rsquo;74, alumni giving is a key philanthropic focus.&nbsp;</strong>Smith launched the Endowed Scholarship Challenge 101 in 2015 with a $10 million commitment to inspire others to join him in supporting Colorado College students. The goal of the challenge was to encourage 100 other donors to participate and to raise at least another $10 million, for $20 million total.</p> <p>The challenge resonated so strongly with the 100 donors who participated that the fundraising wrapped up in January 2020 with more than $43 million raised for CC scholarships, including Smith&rsquo;s initial commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;This challenge was unique because donors had the option to give through estate commitments, in addition to outright gifts,&rdquo; says President Jill Tiefenthaler. &ldquo;For some donors who had not believed they could establish an endowment, this flexibility allowed them to fund a scholarship and support CC students.&rdquo;</p> <p>The challenge was so successful that Smith recently pledged an additional $5 million to initiate a new challenge in which he will match gifts of $50,000 or more for scholarships. His motivation is simple: He wants to make supporting scholarships more accessible for donors and ensure that future CC students can experience a transformative education.</p> <p>&ldquo;CC opened my eyes and my mind, both in the classroom and as a community. The college cared for me, and I&rsquo;m in the fortunate position to give back,&rdquo; says Smith.</p> <p>Smith is passionate about inspiring others to give. Typically, establishing a scholarship endowment requires a minimum commitment of $100,000. However, through Smith&rsquo;s new challenge, donors who give $50,000 or more qualify for matching funds, lowering the point of entry for establishing a Colorado College scholarship.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Scholarship Challenge 101 was a tremendous success and ensures that CC can better support students with financial need in the coming years. We are beyond grateful to Will and the donors who participated in this effort. I&rsquo;m excited to see how alumni and friends will respond to this new challenge,&rdquo; says President Tiefenthaler.</p> <p>Smith believes that an investment in scholarships today will have a lasting impact.</p> <p>&ldquo;Investing in a student&rsquo;s education is the most valuable gift you can make, no matter the amount,&rdquo; Smith says. &ldquo;It lessens their burden, and the impact lasts a lifetime. One day, they&rsquo;ll pay it forward.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to his charitable work at CC, Smith also has given generously in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, through the William S. Smith Charitable Trust and the Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation, supporting the Tulsa Ballet, the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Boys Home, Metro YMCA, the downtown Rotary Club, the Salvation Army, the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, and the Riverview Lawn at Gathering Place project.</p> <p>Along with his sister&nbsp;<strong>Susie Burghart &rsquo;77</strong>, who serves as chair of the Colorado College Board of Trustees, Smith made a generous gift in 2011 and named the Interdisciplinary Experimental Arts (I.D.E.A.) Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center.</p> <p>Since the funds raised through Endowed Scholarship Challenge 101 are invested in the college&rsquo;s endowment, they will ensure that students continue to benefit from these scholarships in perpetuity.</p> <p>Gifts from those who participated in the Scholarship Challenge 101 and those who participate in the new challenge will count toward the&nbsp;<em>Building on Originality</em>campaign, which has a $100 million goal specifically for scholarships. To date, nearly $78 million for scholarships has been raised during the campaign.</p> <p>&ldquo;Throughout my life, I&rsquo;ve felt how powerful human connection is, and I learned how important it is to give,&rdquo; says Smith. &ldquo;Really, I just feel lucky. For those of us who have benefitted from Colorado College, we are the lucky ones.&rdquo;</p> Sam Sanson ’20 Wins Denver Press Club Award Fri, 15 May 2020 13:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/sam-sanson-20-wins-denver-press-club-award http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/sam-sanson-20-wins-denver-press-club-award <p><strong>Samantha &ldquo;Sam&rdquo; Sanson &rsquo;20</strong>, a <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/filmandnewmedia/">film and media studies</a> major and <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/curriculum/catalog/thematicminors/journalism">journalism minor</a>, has received <a href="https://denverpressclub.org/about/scholarships/">The Denver Press Club &lsquo;s top award</a> for her impressive student journalism.</p> <p>Sanson&rsquo;s work includes a podcast called &ldquo;<a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/per-sistence/id1501609262" target="_blank">Per-sistence</a>,&rdquo; an in-depth series that explores toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances&mdash; PFAS for short &mdash; and their impact on a community just south of Colorado Springs. The five-part podcast series was produced as her senior thesis.</p> <p>Sanson&rsquo;s reporting on PFAS was notable for its ambition and execution, says Environmental Program Visiting Assistant Professor Tyler Cornelius, who was one of Sanson&rsquo;s thesis advisers.</p> <p>&ldquo;PFAS pollution is a very difficult subject to communicate with any type of nuance, and the local story she reports is full of just that,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;There are very few journalists in the entire country who have put in the time and effort to detail the ups and downs, the contradictions and tragedies of our local PFAS tragedy and what it has meant for the families who have lost loved ones and the many others who are struggling to have their voices heard.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sam reported this story for nearly a year, built relationships with local community members, national experts, and other key stakeholders involved in this important environmental justice issue,&rdquo; says Cornelius. &ldquo;I can't stress this enough:&nbsp;Sam's work in investigating and reporting this story is<span>&nbsp;</span><em>exceptional</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>The judges agreed, with Daniel Petty, president of The Denver Press Club, noting that several of the judges cited Sanson&rsquo;s podcast as &ldquo;something that really pushed her over the edge&rdquo; to secure the top prize.</p> <p>Sanson took visiting Assistant Professor Corey Hutchins&rsquo; Block 7 <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/curriculum/course/introduction-to-journalism-201820">Introduction to Journalism</a> last year, and the following block, he asked if she was interested in a summer environmental podcasting opportunity. She was, and soon thereafter met with Cornelius to learn more about the project.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a short meeting, but I knew this was a story that needed to be told and felt honored I would have the chance to tell it,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>She spent the summer of 2019 as a research fellow for the Fountain Valley Water Project, an interdisciplinary research team led by Cornelius and Eli Fahrenkrug, assistant professor of chemistry, exploring various ways to help Fountain Valley residents deal with PFAS contamination. The summer research informed her thesis, the &ldquo;Per-sistence&rdquo; podcast, which she worked on with the Colorado College<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/journalism-institute/"> Journalism Institute</a>.</p> <p>The podcast series reveals the depth and breadth of Sanson&rsquo;s research.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had never heard of PFAS before. Which is crazy considering there&rsquo;s probably millions of people drinking these toxic chemicals,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;So, I was really starting from scratch.&rdquo;</p> <p>To that end, she spent the month of June 2019 learning about the chemicals.</p> <p>She says that, &ldquo;In the end, starting from scratch was really valuable to the project. I wanted to make the podcast accessible to everyone and remembering the initial questions I had in May [2019] was helpful to that the process.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sanson, who is from Littleton, Colorado, also has produced several documentary films. One, which she made with <strong>Ella Grossman &rsquo;20</strong> in a documentary film class taught by Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies Dylan Nelson, who also served as one of Sanson's thesis advisers, explores the lives of young &nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZL_1Ut1xmQ&amp;t=" target="_blank">rural Colorado camel farmers</a>. Another, which was a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/venturegrants/">Keller Venture Grant</a> project, looks at young <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3igV7HZ-eU" target="_blank">musicians</a> in Ireland &mdash; both of which Rocky Mountain PBS has aired. Her other work&nbsp;<a href="https://www.krcc.org/post/city-council-candidates-debate-parks-drake-power-plant-and-renewable-energy">covered city politics</a> for CC&rsquo;s NPR-member station, 91.5 KRCC.</p> <p>&ldquo;The judges were really impressed with the range of her storytelling abilities,&rdquo; says Petty, of The Denver Press Club. &ldquo;The diversity of storytelling that she produced was deep, it was authentic, and it was empathetic as well.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important story for our community and our state,&rdquo; says Steven Hayward, associate professor of English and director of CC&rsquo;s Journalism Institute. &ldquo;Sam not only tells it but does so in an utterly absorbing way. It&rsquo;s an ambitious and impressive work of audio journalism &mdash; hundreds of people have already downloaded it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Each year, <a href="https://denverpressclub.org">The Denver Press Club</a>, the oldest in the nation, awards scholarships to journalism and communications students who attend colleges and schools across the state. In 2019, The Denver Press Club&rsquo;s board voted to expand journalism scholarships for students at additional schools, including Colorado College.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> CC Honors Students, Faculty, Staff at Honors Convocation Thu, 14 May 2020 09:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-honors-students-faculty-staff-at-honors-convocation http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-honors-students-faculty-staff-at-honors-convocation <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s annual Honors Convocation, traditionally held in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/chaplainsoffice/spaces/shove-chapel-history.html">Shove Memorial Chapel</a>, celebrates outstanding students, faculty members, and staff, and includes the bestowing of departmental awards, all-college awards, and awards from the CC Student Government Association.</p> <p>This year the event, celebrating Colorado College&rsquo;s 146th academic year, will be marked with a <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/honors/">virtual Honors Convocation </a>on Thursday, May 14, in which approximately 260 awards will be presented. Viewers can watch a special invocation by Chaplain Kate Holbrook, opening remarks from <a href="http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/bluekey/">Blue Key Honor Society</a> President <strong>Kathryn Kenny &rsquo;20, </strong>and a message from President Jill Tiefenthaler, along with presentations of all honors and awards.</p> <p>In a message in the program, President Tiefenthaler notes that, &ldquo;If we were all on campus, as usual, you would experience Honors Convocation as it occurs every year, the 3,065 pipes of Shove Chapel&rsquo;s Welte-Tripp organ sounding the prelude, our faculty marching into the chapel in their colorful regalia, and each of you receiving your honors individually, from faculty and staff. Your honors medal would be placed around your neck, and we would cheer in congratulations.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is no ordinary year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we learn, teach, and work at CC, requiring us to move forward, but at a distance to minimize risk to our communities and loved ones. It prevents us from celebrating your achievements in person. But it cannot diminish the amount of pride and inspiration we feel as we bestow these honors upon you.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the departmental awards, a series of awards are presented by President Tiefenthaler. They include the:</p> <ul> <li><span> </span>Ann Rice Memorial Award, presented to a female student from the junior class in recognition of her personal contributions to the college through dedication to the goals of a liberal arts education<span>: </span><strong>Shoshana M. Holt-Auslander &rsquo;21</strong></li> <li><span> </span><span>Dreamkeeper Award</span><span>,</span> presented to student who has demonstrated an active commitment to addressing issues of multi&shy;culturalism and improving the quality of campus life for historical&shy;ly oppressed peoples<span>: </span><strong>Andres G. Talavera &rsquo;21</strong></li> <li><span> </span>Mary Stearns Barkalow Award, given to a senior woman who has made significant contributions to residence halls and campus life through positions of leadership: <strong>Kekai Wong Yuen &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li><span> </span><span>Juan Reid Award, </span>presented to the senior best combining scholastic excellence and involvement in extra-curric&shy;ular activities:<strong> Ethan M. Greenberg &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>Van Diest Award, given to an outstanding male athlete who demonstrates sound character, scholarship, and citizenship<span>: </span><strong>Antonio Calderon &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>Laura Golden Award, awarded to the female athlete who exemplifies excellence in athletics, leadership, and college contributions: <strong>Riley A. Wadehra &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li><span> </span>Crown-Goodman Presidential Scholarship, established in 1990 to recognize the accomplishments of deserving Colorado Col&shy;lege students. The selection of recipients is based on the students&rsquo; academic record and contributions to the total life of the college. These scholarships are intended to reduce the loan component of the recipients&rsquo; financial aid award in their senior year. Recipients include: <strong>Martina Alvarez &rsquo;21, Isabelle M. Aragon-Menzel &rsquo;21, Magali A. P. Blasdell &rsquo;21, Stuart L. Callinan &rsquo;21, Nik Lane Chapleski &rsquo;22, Evan A. Foster &rsquo;21, Charles W. Fox &rsquo;21, Aydin S. Gates &rsquo;21, Michael F. Gorman &rsquo;21, Katie Hands &rsquo;21, Lauren E. Hecht &rsquo;21, Isobel (Izzy) Hensley &rsquo;22, Celia A. Herdic &rsquo;21, Mary S. Jenkins &rsquo;22, Tali Juliano &rsquo;21, Maddy N. Mahaffey &rsquo;21, Patrick William Mallory &rsquo;21, Melissa A. Manuel &rsquo;21, Laila E. Marshall &rsquo;21, Josie M. McCauley &rsquo;22, Ely S. Merenstein &rsquo;21, Dervla A. Moore-Frederick &rsquo;21, Madeline D. Ng &rsquo;21, Inez C. Olivas &rsquo;21, Emma K. Olsen &rsquo;21, Ryan S. O&rsquo;Meara &rsquo;21, Case Osborn &rsquo;21, Katie Pell &rsquo;20, Maysie L. Poland &rsquo;21, Emileigh G. Rafidi &rsquo;21, Liam Reynolds &rsquo;21, Danielle J. Richardson &rsquo;21, Ankita Sharma &rsquo;20, Grace R. Spratley &rsquo;21, Skyler O. Stark-Ragsdale &rsquo;20, Anya I. Steinberg &rsquo;21, Laurel E. Sullivan &rsquo;20, Alethea C. Tyler &rsquo;21, Abby E. Walz &rsquo;21, Reilly M. Williams &rsquo;21, </strong>and <strong>Zoe L. Zwecker &rsquo;21</strong>.</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, Colorado College&rsquo;s Collaborative for Community Engagement hosts an event at the end of the academic year to celebrate the various ways in which <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/stories-and-highlights/cern.html">campus members engage in community-based work</a>. Many of those recipients were recognized also at the Honors Convocation, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong> </strong>Exemplary Achievement in Community-Engaged Teaching: Florencia Rojo, sociology</li> <li>Exemplary Achievement in Community-Engaged Research: Rachel Paupeck, art</li> <li>Community-Engaged Staff Award: Julianne Gavino, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College</li> <li>Community Collaborator Award: <strong>Natalie Sarver &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>Advocacy and Activism Award: <strong>Elam Boockvar-Klein &rsquo;20, Liam Reynolds &rsquo;21,</strong> and <strong>Max Kronstadt &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>CBO Capacity Builder Award: <strong>Angelina Chen &rsquo;22</strong></li> <li>Campus Organizer: <strong>Kadin Mangalik &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director&rsquo;s Award: <strong>Madeline Ng &rsquo;20</strong></li> <li>Public Problem-Solver: <strong>Brita Mackey &rsquo;22</strong></li> <li>Outstanding Student Initiative Award: Mandarin Teaching Association, co-founded by <strong>Karla Iruegas &rsquo;21</strong> and <strong>Yurong Ye &rsquo;22</strong></li> </ul> What is Mindfulness; How are You Coping Now? Wed, 06 May 2020 16:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/what-is-mindfulness-how-are-you-coping-now http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/what-is-mindfulness-how-are-you-coping-now <p>What does mindfulness mean to you?&nbsp;In a new series of Q&amp;As, we asked people around the Colorado College campus what mindfulness means to them and how they are surviving and thriving in the new circumstances we find ourselves in. Any guesses as to who said this?&nbsp;&ldquo;At times, the best thing you can do for yourself is to wrap up in a blanket, break out the Doritos, and watch Netflix. We just need a break sometimes.&rdquo;<br />Check it out:<br /><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-with-jane-hilberry/">Jane Hilberry<br /></a><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-with-heather-horton/">Heather Horton</a>&nbsp;<br /><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-with-cosette-coco-turvold-21/">Coco Turvold '21<br /></a><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-with-isabel-lanzetta-marshall-22/">Isabel Marshall '22<br /></a><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-with-kara-thomas-21/">Kara Thomas '21<br /></a><a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/atb/2020/05/06/what-is-mindfulness-molly-seaman-21/">Molly Seaman '21</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Creativity Quarantine Boxes to Go, Courtesy Professor, Collaborator Tue, 05 May 2020 11:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/creativity-quarantine-boxes-to-go-courtesy-professor-collaborator http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/creativity-quarantine-boxes-to-go-courtesy-professor-collaborator ]]> <p>Sometimes a box can help you think outside the box. Especially if two creative people put a lot of considered care into packing that box.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/people/profile.html?person=hilberry_jane_elizabeth">Jane Hilberry</a>, Colorado College professor of creativity and innovation, and Sam Stephenson, of <a href="https://www.convergelectureseries.org/">Converge</a>, joined forces to develop the Converge Quarantine Boxes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The boxes contain a week&rsquo;s worth of creative exercises and activities, drawing on exercises that Hilberry has developed for her creativity classes at CC. She also developed a series of creative exercises for children for this purpose: Stephenson says the activities are suitable for &ldquo;anyone who can sit still for 10 minutes.&rdquo; The boxes come complete with all art supplies, wooden blocks, papers, and glue sticks needed for the creative exercises. Copies of Natalie Goldberg&rsquo;s creative writing classic,&nbsp;&ldquo;Writing Down the Bones,&rdquo; also are included in some of the boxes. All boxes include a downloadable activity guide, as well as coffee from Switchback Coffee Roasters and candles poured by Skye Candle Company.&nbsp;(A donation from Zach and Nikki McComsey allowed them to purchase materials from local businesses, which was important to Hilberry and Stephenson.)</p> <p>So far, Hilberry and Stephenson have distributed 73 Converge Quarantine Boxes, and are working with Harrison High School to distribute boxes to all 13 members of the English Department. They also are working with Palmer and Atlas high schools and plan to build out the distribution <a href="https://www.convergelectureseries.org/donate">as funding allows</a>. Additionally, boxes have been sent to families in six states &mdash; Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, Utah, Illinois, and California &mdash; as well as a box delivered to South Africa.</p> <p>The downloadable <a href="https://www.convergelectureseries.org/book-box/cc">creative activity guide</a> is structured so that an individual, couple, or family can follow it for a week, with different exercises provided each day.&nbsp;The morning starts with practicing mindfulness; in the mid-day there are activities designed to engage stuck-at-home children; and the evening activities are in-depth exercises designed for the adults to come to know, understand, and appreciate each other better.</p> <p>&ldquo;With all the anxiety during this uncertain time it helps to be doing something creative. Doing something positive, making something, helps address anxiety,&rdquo; says Hilberry.</p> <p>Stephenson, co-founder, of Converge, a Colorado Springs organization that seeks to build bridges of connection between disparate parts of the Colorado Springs community, conceived of creating the quarantine activity boxes in mid-March and quickly enlisted the help of Hilberry, who he had worked with in the past, in designing the contents. They wanted tangible tools to help people feel more connected in a time of isolation and Zoom meetings.</p> <p>&ldquo;This has felt like one of the more meaningful&nbsp;programs I have ever been a part of,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hilberry says she&rsquo;s a &ldquo;connoisseur of exercises that take someone very quickly to a level of creativity they might not get to by themselves.&rdquo; A well-structured exercise &ldquo;can do a lot of work. It can take people places quickly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Those are the exercises she turned to for inclusion in the creativity boxes. These exercises, the ones she can always count on, can have strong bonding effects. &ldquo;You get to know yourself and your own closest and dearest friends better. Deprived of each other during the social isolation, we don&rsquo;t get to have the kind of exchange across households that we used to have,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>The block activity included in the box uses 1&frac12;-by-1&frac12;-inch wooden cubes and&nbsp;invites people &mdash; kids included in this one &mdash; to find images or words to put on the six sides of the block that&nbsp;&ldquo;represent pieces of who they are,&rdquo; says Hilberry.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really simple thing to do &mdash; making the blocks is not hard &mdash; but you feel like you&rsquo;ve created a little sculpture when you finish. It&rsquo;s very satisfying. &nbsp;We call the activity of making these together a &lsquo;Block Party&rsquo;,&rdquo; says Hilberry, with a nod to Colorado College&rsquo;s signature <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/blockplan/">Block Plan</a>.</p> <p>The boxes took about two weeks to develop, with Stephenson and his wife, Kelli, assembling the contents in their 490-square-foot home and then delivering the free boxes to the recipients. People were excited to get something physical on their doorstep, says Stephenson. &ldquo;Tangibility is so important now, seeing as we&rsquo;re separate from each other.&rdquo;</p> <p>Going forward, the plan for the creativity boxes is to begin delivering boxes to communities prone to social isolation: area nursing homes, child welfare organizations, and Colorado Springs families working from home.</p> <p>Converge also offers a fellowship program for area high school students from Harrison High School Atlas Preparatory School, and James Irwin Charter School to engage in literature-based programming intended to generate exposure to the life of the mind and action in the public square.</p> Susanna Penfield (‘20) joins the National Alliance of Community Development Tue, 05 May 2020 10:17:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/susanna-penfield-20-joins-the-national-alliance-of-community-development http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/susanna-penfield-20-joins-the-national-alliance-of-community-development <p>Please join me in congratulating our very own Susanna Penfield (Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science double major, &lsquo;20) who will &nbsp;begin a year-long position as Program Assistant for the <a href="https://www.naceda.org/">National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)</a> in Washington, DC starting this June. Sponsored by both AmeriCorps and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), the program assistant will support NACEDA in further building the capacity of state and regional community development associations to provide support to locally-based organizations that serve low- and moderate-income communities across the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>Congratulations Susanna!</p> Sakina Bhatti (‘22) Elected CCSGA President Tue, 05 May 2020 09:33:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/sakina-bhatti-22-elected-ccsga-president http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/sakina-bhatti-22-elected-ccsga-president <p>Please join me in congratulating our very own Sakina Bhatti (Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science double major, &lsquo;22) on her recent election as President of the <a href="../../other/ccsga/index.html">Colorado College Student Government Association (CCSGA)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the CCSGA website, &ldquo;The Colorado College Student Government Association (CCSGA) is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. CCSGA gives students a crucial role in the campus-wide development of an enriching college experience. CCSGA strives to make life at Colorado College not only intellectual, but also enjoyable and meaningful. In addition to being a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students.&rdquo;</p> <p>Congratulations Sakina!</p> Emma Carlson ’20 Wins Fulbright to University of Sheffield Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/emma-carlson-20-wins-fulbright-to-university-of-sheffield http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/emma-carlson-20-wins-fulbright-to-university-of-sheffield <p><strong>Emma Carlson &rsquo;20&nbsp;</strong>has been awarded a Fulbright study award to the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, where she&rsquo;ll be enrolled in the world's only MSc program in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).</p> <p>Carlson, of Helena, Montana, is a double major in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/molecularbiology/index.html">molecular biology</a> and <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/classics/">classics</a>, with a minor in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/chemistry/">biochemistry</a>.</p> <p>During the research component of the master&rsquo;s program at the University of Sheffield, Carlson will be researching antibiotic resistance in strains such as&nbsp;<em>S. aureus,&nbsp;</em>or MRSA,&nbsp;and other bacteria.</p> <p>&ldquo;Microbiology, especially the subfield of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), has been at the forefront of my academic interests and the driving force behind my pursuit of an M.D./Ph.D.,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;AMR, or the superbug, has become an alarming problem because bacteria have evolved faster than medicine has adapted thus far, leaving doctors lacking efficient treatment options for patients with life-threatening infections.&nbsp;The past seven years of my education, including coursework in advanced chemistry and microbiology through my molecular biology major, and research experiences including investigating epigenetic regulation, have inspired me to be part of the solution.&rdquo;</p> <p>The program she has been accepted to is a Master of Science&nbsp;utilizing cutting-edge scientific technology combined with a multi-disciplinary approach.&nbsp;It is designed to investigate antibiotic processes and resistance to those mechanisms/processes in emerging strains. The program offers nine months of coursework coinciding with six months of research.</p> <p>Carlson&rsquo;s research within the program will focus on antibiotics known to inhibit treatment options for AMR that currently remain elusive.</p> <p>Carlson notes that a large part of her family immigrated from England and says, &ldquo;that aspect of the grant is also really exciting; I feel like I already have a connection to the place and people who live there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carlson conducted research every summer since her freshman year in high school to eventually pursue this kind of research, she says. She worked closely with Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology Jennifer Garcia <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/chemistry/research/index.html">researching gene silencing</a> in&nbsp;<em>S. pombe&nbsp;</em>for two summers at Colorado College.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was during this time that I completed an honorary thesis and presented my work. This experience was critical to solidifying research principles and fundamental knowledge while challenging myself. Ever since I was 13, I have been pursuing research, but I have always been most interested in studying microbiology in a clinical setting,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>She also took a microbiology course with Associate Professor of Microbiology Phoebe Lostroh, which Carlson says was one of her favorite courses at CC.&nbsp;</p> <p>While at Colorado College, she also was involved with service work and completed the EMT training while volunteering at Colorado Springs&rsquo; Penrose Hospital. At Sheffield she plans to continue her community engagement by volunteering at the Sheffield Research Hospital. &ldquo;As a clinical researcher, it&rsquo;s important to understand the dynamics of healthcare, which are impacted by cultural customs. I have volunteered at local hospitals in Colorado to engage with individuals and understand other health field perspectives. At Sheffield&rsquo;s hospital, I hope to gain deeper insight into healthcare by comparing US and UK systems, broadening my perspective, and providing an exchange of practices and ideas.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carlson, who was active in music performance while at CC, is trained in classical singing, opera, and musical theater, and is excited to participate in public performances and programs at the University of Sheffield.</p> <p>&ldquo;I look forward to sharing the unique American performance styles of Kander, Ames, and others I have studied during my collegiate years while learning to master the highly stylized Old English arias where they originated and are practiced in their original form,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a dream of mine since high school to be able to study antibiotic resistance, and to be able to start right after college and before completing an M.D./Ph.D. is really exciting,&rdquo; says Carlson. &ldquo;I hope these studies will reinforce skills I learn in the dual degree program and allow me to start making a difference in the clinical research field early on.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carlson hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. following completion of the Master of Science at Sheffield University.</p> Alesandra Tejeda ’20 Receives Watson Fellowship for Photography Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/alesandra-tejeda-20-receives-watson-fellowship-for-photography http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/alesandra-tejeda-20-receives-watson-fellowship-for-photography <p><strong>Alesandra &ldquo;Ale&rdquo; Tejeda &rsquo;</strong><strong>20 </strong>has been named a 2020 Thomas J. Watson fellow for her project &ldquo;<a href="https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwatson.foundation%2Ffellowships%2Ftj%2Ffellows%2Fa0C2I00000Z2VYMUA3&amp;data=02%7C01%7Clweddell%40coloradocollege.edu%7Ccb29b9c227214169e31b08d7d6485d24%7Ccfc7b13c12964387b3085de08fd13c99%7C1%7C0%7C637213478611029807&amp;sdata=nQvpyeZX99XMqX4JLThzt%2B7ti%2Becry%2B2t0lX%2BUfY1FY%3D&amp;reserved=0"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Navigating Impermanence Through Photography</span></a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tejeda, an <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/environmentalprogram/">environmental studies</a> major and <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/curriculum/catalog/thematicminors/journalism">journalism</a> minor from Mexico City, Mexico, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says photography and impermanence are inextricably linked. &ldquo;My dream is to understand. This project gives me the opportunity to explore something deeply tied to my understanding of myself and life and change on my own terms. That&rsquo;s a huge gift and opportunity,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p><strong> &ldquo;</strong>Generally, I'm a storyteller,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I'm passionate about communication and the environment, among other things. In that way, everything I do is related to my award because I believe deeply in the rich interconnection of ideas and disciplines. Specifically, I think my studies in environmental studies, as they relate to change, and in journalism are relevant to this award.&rdquo;</p> <p>Her initial proposal called for her traveling to England, Spain, India, and Australia to explore the philosophy of photography and how it&rsquo;s used as a tool for memory, documentation, and connection. Because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, the Watson Foundation is working with fellows to adjust their travel plans to ensure their safety.</p> <p>Tejeda says she selected the locations because of opportunities they offered her: &ldquo;For example, volunteering at a museum in England to learn of its photographic archival process, or working for photographers. However, these details were already changing before I got the award. Especially during these times, I expect my locations will change dramatically,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>In addition, to working as a photographer for <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/publications/"><em>The Catalyst</em>,</a> Colorado College&rsquo;s independent student newspaper, and <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/publications/"><em>Cipher Magazine</em></a>, an alternative news magazine published by students, Tejeda took advantage of the off-campus opportunities available.</p> <p>During her first year, she took time off to be an intern and apprentice at a permaculture farm in Hawai'i. She also received aid to go on a trip that summer to Iceland; the trip was a partnership between <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/outdooreducation/">Outdoor Education</a> and the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/sustainability/">Office of Sustainability</a>, centered on the topic of eco-tourism.</p> <p>She also went to Nepal for Colorado College&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/globalandfieldstudy/global-education/summer-off-campus/nepal-ev120-himalayan-odyssey-culture-environment-and-change-among-the-sherpa-of-shar-khumbu.html">Himalayan Odyssey&nbsp;course</a>, and last summer traveled to New York City on a <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/venturegrants/">Keller Venture Grant</a> to learn more about the Sherpa diaspora in Queens, a continuation what she learned in Nepal on the outmigration of the Sherpa people.</p> <p>This past summer Tejeda went to Mexico City on a grant from the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/">English Department</a> to pursue an oral history and memoir project on her father and his family, which she is still working on. She received a second Venture Grant this past spring break to travel to Mexico City to investigate Mexican identity and heritage through 20th-century art (her grandfather was a painter) although was unable to make the trip because of COVID-19.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope to make the Watson Fellowship the best thing it can be, especially during these difficult times,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;This project contributes to my future because it&rsquo;s so tied to who I am and how I see the world. I don&rsquo;t see it as&nbsp;a stepping stone for my career, even if it has inadvertent effects on that, but as an opportunity to explore questions in a deeper way than I already do on a daily basis.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <a href="https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwatson.foundation%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Clweddell%40coloradocollege.edu%7Ccb29b9c227214169e31b08d7d6485d24%7Ccfc7b13c12964387b3085de08fd13c99%7C1%7C0%7C637213478611029807&amp;sdata=1G09Fqv8V2FF02Ck5wShm4b%2FBjCYaHKDJH%2BR7qLMQN8%3D&amp;reserved=0"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Watson Fellowship</span></a> supports college graduates for a year of experiential learning through a project that the applicant designs. This year&rsquo;s class, the 52nd Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows,&nbsp;hails from 20 states and eight countries. They are scheduled travel to more than 80 countries.</p>