Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Four Faculty Promoted to Full Professor Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/four-faculty-promoted-to-full-professor http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/four-faculty-promoted-to-full-professor <p>The Colorado College Board of Trustees approved promotion to full professor for four faculty members at their final meeting of the academic year, held June 13-15. Associate professors promoted to full professor include Tamara Bentley, Art; Genevieve Love, English; Gail Murphy-Geiss, Sociology; and Rebecca Tucker, Art.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Tamara Bentley, Art<br /></strong>Bentley earned her B.A. in history and her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has taught Introduction to Asian Art; Art of China and Art of Japan, as well as Art and International Trade 1550-1800, Print Culture and International Exchange in Early Modern Art<em>, </em>and a first-year experience course, Conflict and Confluence in Asian Culture. Students describe Bentley as &ldquo;an exceptional professor&rdquo; who has &ldquo;incredible knowledge and a genuine desire to help students learn. As one student wrote, she is &ldquo;an encyclopedia of everything art (and even more, Asian art.) Her ability to answer questions that lead to extensive discussions is unmatched.&rdquo; Echoing her peer, another student observed, &ldquo;She seemed to know absolutely everything about what she was teaching. You could ask any specific question and she would respond with an answer and supporting anecdote and article.&rdquo;<br />Bentley&rsquo;s scholarly work includes &ldquo;The Rhetoric of Emotion in 17<sup>th</sup> Century China and Japan&rdquo; in <em>Concepts and Categories of Emotion in East Asia</em>; a book, &ldquo;The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets&rdquo;; and an article currently under review in an edited volume.<br />Bentley has served on the Humanities Executive Committee since 2016, and as co-chair of the Art Department from 2012-2015. She is an active participant in the Asian Studies program and helped plan the college&rsquo;s Semester in Asia and Semester in Singapore programs. In 2014, she co-organized an interdisciplinary symposium, &ldquo;Picturing Commerce: Visual Forms in Motion in and from the Asian Maritime Circuits, 1550-1800,&rdquo; on the Colorado College campus. In 2017, she and two CC colleagues prepared a keynote panel for the Consortium of Independent Colleges&rsquo; teaching workshop on developing informational literacy.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Genevieve Love, English<br /></strong>Love earned her B.A. in English, with high honors, from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in English language and literature from Cornell University. Love teaches Introduction to Shakespeare, Shakespeare&rsquo;s Tragedies on Film, Milton&rsquo;s Paradise Lost, Renaissance Drama, Introduction to Poetry, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Literature. One alumnus wrote, &ldquo;Her genuine enthusiasm for my work was infectious and encouraging, her guidance and feedback were invaluable and I will always be thankful that I was able to learn from her. Professor Love is a strong, reliable educator, a boundless resource and above all a wonderful and caring person.&rdquo; A student who took three of Love&rsquo;s courses referred to these classes as &ldquo;among the most rewarding I took in my four years at CC.&rdquo;<br />This year Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare will publish Love&rsquo;s book, &ldquo;Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability.&rdquo; She also prepared the introduction to &ldquo;The Fair Maid of the Exchange,&rdquo; an edited volume to be published by Routledge in 2019. Her record of scholarship includes eight other essays, chapters, or entries, and she has presented at 18 conferences since receiving tenure and promotion in 2008. She has served as Book Review Editor of the <em>Shakespeare Bulletin</em> and as a member of <em>The Hare&rsquo;s</em> editorial board.<br />At Colorado College, Love currently serves on the Curriculum Executive Committee, a committee she chaired from 2011-13 during a previous term. She chaired the English Department from 2012-15, served on the Rhodes Scholarship Committee from 2010-16, and has mentored several pre-tenure colleagues in recent years.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Gail Murphy-Geiss, Sociology<br /></strong>Murphy-Geiss earned her Ph.D. in religion and social change at University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology and became an assistant professor at Colorado College in 2004. She teaches Gender Inequality, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Family, Research Design and Thinking Sociologically. She also teaches courses in the Feminist and Gender Studies program and has taught the course, Contemporary French Society in Lyon, France. One student described Murphy-Geiss&rsquo;s teaching as follows: &ldquo;She worked to provide an alternative to the narrative that permeates our culture &mdash; the idea that everything around us can be traced back to individuals and their psychology, rather than social forces. At its core, this required constant (and frequently uncomfortable) critical thought. Given the nature of sociology, this also required us to think critically about our own lives and social positioning. It takes a special person to cultivate such a space for this. She always contextualized the need for such critical thought, as well.&rdquo;<br />Since earning tenure in 2010, Murphy-Geiss has authored or co-authored three journal articles and two book chapters. The most recent article, &ldquo;One Size Does Not Fit All: A Case Study of an Alternative Intimate Partner Violence Court,&rdquo; was published in <em>Feminist Criminology</em>. A second article, &ldquo;Married to the Minister: The Status of the Clergy Spouse as Part of a Single Two-Person Career&rdquo; was published in <em>Family Issues</em>, and a chapter, &ldquo;From Side Street to Main Street: American Methodism in Social Context,&rdquo; appeared in the 2012 edited volume, <em>Women, Church, and Leadership: New Paradigms in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century</em>.Murphy-Geiss currently chairs the Curriculum Executive Committee and has served as associate chair of the Sociology Department since 2014. She also has served as co-director of the Feminist and Gender Studies program, and as a member of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board and the Faculty Executive Committee, which she chaired from 2013-15.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Rebecca Tucker, Art<br /></strong>Tucker earned her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her A.B. in the history of art at Bryn Mawr College. She joined the Art Department in 2003 and received tenure in 2009. Tucker has taught Introduction to Art History, Renaissance Culture, The High Renaissance and After: Italian Art of the 16<sup>th</sup> Century, Art of the Dutch Republic, and Art of the Baroque: Art and Empire in the 17<sup>th</sup> Century, History of Collecting, and Introduction to Museum Studies. One student described Tucker as &ldquo;an outstanding professor that does a wonderful job of engaging students with thoughtful, probing questions. She is extremely approachable and has consistently good rapport with students. She makes for a comfortable learning environment where students can ask hard questions and push the content of the class,&rdquo; this student wrote. Another recalled, &ldquo;Professor Tucker encouraged us to think of artworks in terms of movements, social contexts, and exchange within a larger matrix of geopolitical, aesthetic, religious, and social issues, and demonstrated how art historical practice fits into a larger understanding of the world.&rdquo;<br />Tucker&rsquo;s scholarship includes &ldquo;Urban Planning and Politics in the City Center: Frederik Hendrik and The Hague Plein&rdquo; in <em>Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art</em>, and &ldquo;The Politics of Display at Honselaarsdijk,&rdquo; published in <em>Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek</em>. Her book manuscript, &ldquo;Prince Frederik Hendrik and the Golden Age of Dutch Art,&rdquo; is in preparation.<br />Currently Tucker is museum director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. She was the Schlosser Professor in the Arts from 2014-17, and has served as director of the Crown Faculty Center and as a member of the Humanities Executive Committee, a committee she chaired from 2012-14. She also has served on advisory committees for the Crown Center, IDEA, and Southwest Studies. She has been a member of the Front Range Art History Committee since 2002.</li> </ul> Five New Members Appointed to Board of Trustees Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/five-new-members-appointed-to-board-of-trustees http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/five-new-members-appointed-to-board-of-trustees <p>Colorado College has named five new members to its Board of Trustees. They are <strong>Joe Ellis &lsquo;80</strong>, <strong>Natalie Pham &rsquo;99</strong>, <strong>Tafari Nia Lumumba &rsquo;05, Jarod Rutledge &rsquo;17</strong>, and student trustee <strong>Eyner Roman-Lopez &rsquo;19</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Joe Ellis &rsquo;80 </strong>is president and CEO of the Denver Broncos. He graduated from Colorado College with B.A. in history and political science and joined the Broncos in 1983 as their marketing director. In 1985 he left the team to purse a master&rsquo;s degree from Northwestern University. He joined the NFL in 1980 as vice president of club administration and stadium management, and returned to the Broncos in 1998 serving as the executive vice president of business operations. He became COO in 2008 and was promoted to president in 2011.</p> <p><strong>Natalie Pham &rsquo;99</strong>, graduated from CC with a degree in international political economy. She serves as an education consultant for numerous international, private and public schools, is an advisor at the consulting firm Ma Nguyen and Partners and is central manager of the Agliardo Mach Award Education Foundation, which awards scholarships to underprivileged students who aspire to be teachers at universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Da Nang. She has been an administrator at multiple educational institutions in the United States and Vietnam. Additionally, she consults and teaches at universities and schools and trains teachers worldwide. &nbsp;She&rsquo;s a strong advocate of incorporating innovative educational advancements and entrepreneurship into curriculum. Her approach to education led the Lawrence S. Ting School (Dinh Thien Ly High School) to become one of the leading high schools in Vietnam.</p> <p><strong>Tafari Nia Lumumba &rsquo;05</strong> is a litigation associate in the Denver offices of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP. He graduated <em>cum laude </em>and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College with a B.A. in English, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2011. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, corporate compliance and complex business litigation, and he advises companies and their boards on the changing policies, procedures and organizational cultures. At CC, Lumumba was a member of the Diversity Taskforce, co-president of the Glass House, and received the CC Dreamkeeper Award for addressing issues of multiculturalism. He was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship in 2005, and then served as a member of the CC Watson selection committee. As an El Pomar Foundation fellow from 2006-08, Lumumba learned about management, leadership and fundraising before going on to Yale Law. He was president of Yale Black Law School Students Association and was named an &ldquo;Up and Coming Lawyer&rdquo; by Law Week Colorado in 2016.</p> <p><strong>Jarod Rutledge &rsquo;17</strong> will begin a Ph.D. program at Stanford in genetics this fall, having served as a genetics research associate at Northern Arizona University during 2017-18. He graduated <em>magna cum laude </em>from Colorado College in 2017 with an American Chemical Society-certified degree in biochemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At CC, Rutledge led the college orchestra for four years and founded the Colorado College String Quartet. He was a leader for the Outdoor Recreation Club for four years, a member of the Synergy house and the chair and treasurer of the environmental action club, EnAct. He also founded an interdisciplinary journal club to bring students from across the sciences together to discuss recent discoveries. Rutledge served as a peer tutor for the QRC for three years, as a learning assistant in the Chemistry Department, and represented CC in prestigious national and international research programs through the NIH, the Amgen Foundation and Harvard University. </p> <p><strong>Eyner Roman-Lopez &rsquo;19</strong> is majoring in mathematical economics, with a minor in dance. He also holds an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma from the United World College of South East Asia. At CC, Roman-Lopez has been named a Future Global Leaders Fellow, a Davis United World College Scholar and International Student Grant Recipient. He is a peer intern at the Career Center, serves as a tutor for the Spanish Department, and choreographs and performs at Dance Workshop and DanSIX. A native of Peru, Roman-Lopez has held internships at the Peruvian Ministry of Education and the architecture firm DLPS Arquitectos, and worked for the United World Colleges Peru National Committee.</p> <p>Trustees finishing their terms and moving off the board are <strong>Heather Carroll &rsquo;89, Ben Kieklak &rsquo;18, Martha Wolday &rsquo;14, Robert Selig &rsquo;61,</strong> and <strong>John Chalik III &rsquo;67</strong>.</p> CC Offers New Thematic Minor in Indigenous Studies Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-offers-new-thematic-minor-in-indigenous-studies http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-offers-new-thematic-minor-in-indigenous-studies <p>Colorado College&nbsp;recently approved a new thematic minor in Indigenous Studies. Students have expressed a strong desire for this minor, and the college has an active group of students, faculty, and staff with current and growing connections to First Nation communities in North America who helped bring the proposal to fruition.</p> <p>&ldquo;An Indigenous Studies thematic minor sends a message to everyone on campus, in our larger community, and throughout academe that we value and need Indigenous perspectives alongside a full picture of the land&rsquo;s history to understand and accept our role as global citizens,&rdquo; notes the proposal. &ldquo;In creating, supporting, and growing this minor we can honor a deeply essential, shared history no matter how complex and significantly tragic, and we can ensure a long-lasting Indigenous presence in all we do.&rdquo;</p> <p>The minor also addresses the college&rsquo;s mission and initiatives toward diversity and inclusion by supporting Indigenous presence and awareness on campus.</p> <p>Colorado College has offered various courses over the decades that have related to the collective story of Indigenous traditions, narratives, experiences, and arts, but has not had a coherently designed program linking the different offerings. Although the creation of such a program has been a topic of discussion for years, it wasn&rsquo;t until Spring 2015 that the effort gained traction. Among the reasons for the proposal&rsquo;s success: the hiring of new faculty members who can help support and sustain the program.</p> <p>Requirements for the multi-disciplinary thematic minor, which was approved in May, include three required core courses, including Introduction to Native American Studies, two electives, and an Indigenous Studies project or additional capstone course. The capstone project need not be time-intensive or exhaustive, but should be &ldquo;deliberate, service-oriented, and in the scope of indigenous community-based learning,&rdquo; according to the proposal.<br /><br />&ldquo;The Indigenous Studies thematic minor has been long in the making,&rdquo; says Assistant Professor of English Natanya Ann Pulley, who is Din&eacute; (Navajo). &ldquo;For me, this doesn&rsquo;t just mean it&rsquo;s been a topic of discussion or an idea for a program for a long time. But for many Indigenous people and for those committed to indigenous knowledge, our learning experiences are shaped by the very land we stand upon today.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new minor is more than a catch-all for courses containing indigenous content. Instead,&nbsp;it is an introduction to and support system for indigenous ways of knowing, learning, teaching, and living. The proposal notes that Indigenous Studies can disrupt Western mythologies of wilderness, discovery, and benevolent settlers, etc., in order to address social constraints Native Peoples face as contemporary beings with distinct cultures.</p> <p>&ldquo;The earliest people&rsquo;s vibrant and diverse life upon this land is not just one course or chapter in a book &mdash; nor need it be one&rsquo;s sole discipline. Instead, Indigenous theories of knowledge and lived experience inform all majors, areas of study, and all of our students. It both deepens and expands one&rsquo;s major, as well as one&rsquo;s understanding as a particular being in this particular area, in this particular time itself,&rdquo; says Pulley.</p> <p>Among those working with her on the proposal were Associate Professor of Anthropology Christina Leza, Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies Dwanna Robertson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Mathematics Mike Siddoway, and Professor of Music Victoria Levine, who brought a symposium celebrating Indigenous music and culture to CC last fall. Additionally, faculty from a number of disciplines including Southwest Studies, History, Anthropology, and Computer Science, as well as staff from the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College also contributed in developing the proposal.</p> <p>Colorado College itself is situated on land that flourished for centuries amid the ebb and flow of First Nation Peoples before Europeans arrived. Ute, Apache, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Lakota tribes, among others, contributed significantly to the history of the region, with Native Peoples continuing to play a vibrant role in Colorado&rsquo;s artistic, political, and social narratives.</p> Ivy Wappler ('18) to Join The Island School Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:49:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/ivy-wappler-18-to-join-the-island-school http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/ivy-wappler-18-to-join-the-island-school <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that Ivy Wappler ('18) earned a position teaching a course entitled "Histories" at The Island School!</p> <p><a href="http://www.islandschool.org/" target="_blank">The Island School</a>, in partnership with&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.ceibahamas.org/" target="_blank">Cape Eleuthera Institute</a>,&nbsp;aims to help high school sophomores and juniors "develop a sense of place in students through immersion experiences in the natural and cultural environment; model sustainability of individual lifestyles, larger communities, and the systems that support them; and create an intentional community in which members are cognizant of their abilities, limitations, and effect on others."</p> Inspire Others Challenge Raises Funds for Scholarships Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/inspire-others-challenge-raises-funds-for-scholarships http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/inspire-others-challenge-raises-funds-for-scholarships ]]> <p>This June, a group of Colorado College alumni are challenging 1,000 fellow Tigers to make a gift to the college. Gifts of any amount count toward the Inspire Others Challenge, and if 1,000 alumni give by June 30, it will unlock $100,000 for student scholarships and financial aid.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is a great opportunity for alumni to make a gift before the end of the college&rsquo;s fiscal year and really make it count,&rdquo; says Kerry Brooke Steere, director of Annual Giving. &ldquo;Some of our alumni are choosing to make gifts in the amount of their class year, which is a fun way to give back and ensure that we&rsquo;re opening doors to future trailblazing students who will thrive at CC.&rdquo;<br /><br />When <strong>Nancy Nagel Gibbs &rsquo;71</strong> gave the Commencement address at CC May 21, she recalled how much her Colorado College education had given her.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;At CC I learned how to learn, how to analyze, how to commit to goals, to collaborate, to build community, and believe that I could make a difference and change the world,&rdquo; Gibbs said.<br /><br />The anonymous alumni who issued the challenge believe that alumni who give back by June 30 will appreciate that their gift helps students who might otherwise not be able to access a CC education. <br /><br /><a href="https://crowdfund.coloradocollege.edu/project/10201&amp;utm_source=AG&amp;utm_medium=online&amp;utm_content=CCwebsite&amp;utm_campaign=InspireOthersChallenge" target="_blank">Take part in the challenge</a>.</p> Clare Holtzman ’17 Named Princeton in Africa Fellow Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/clare-holtzman-17-named-princeton-in-africa-fellow http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/clare-holtzman-17-named-princeton-in-africa-fellow <p><strong>Clare Holtzman &rsquo;17</strong> has received a highly competitive yearlong <a href="http://www.princetoninafrica.org/">Princeton in Africa</a> fellowship, one of only&nbsp;51 recent college graduates accepted into the program this year.</p> <p>Holtzman, who graduated from Colorado College with a major in English and minor in Russian, Nonviolence, and Music, will work with the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania.<br /><br />The daughter of anthropologists, Holtzman spent extended periods of her life living with livestock herders in East Africa, where she learned firsthand the daily challenges impoverished rural families face in developing countries. During high school she also spent time in Japan, learning about Kyoto&rsquo;s education system. From these widely varied experiences, she developed a commitment early on to eliminating barriers to high quality education and an interest in the policies that shape people&rsquo;s everyday economic and educational realities globally.</p> <p>At CC, Holtzman worked on political campaigns, served as a legislative intern for two United States senators, and founded a college organization addressing socioeconomic challenges.<br /><br />In her study abroad to Russia, she conducted research about Russians&rsquo; understandings of their identities from a contemporary global perspective. After college, Holtzman served as a youth specialist for the non-profit Joint Initiatives, where she developed new strategies for strengthening youth voices at all levels of child and family systems and services.<br /><br />&ldquo;The fellowship with the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania has a mission I love &mdash; providing high quality education supported by the indigenous community the organization serves,&rdquo; says Holtzman.</p> <p>Princeton in Africa, founded in 1999, develops young leaders committed to Africa&rsquo;s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.<strong><br />&nbsp;<br /></strong>This year&rsquo;s fellows are from 31 colleges and universities, and are working with 31 organizations in 13 African countries. Since Princeton in Africa&rsquo;s founding, they have had 545 fellows in 36 countries.</p> Rachel Hyppolite '18 Receives Princeton in Asia Fellowship Tue, 29 May 2018 16:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/rachel-hyppolite-18-receives-princeton-in-asia-fellowship http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/rachel-hyppolite-18-receives-princeton-in-asia-fellowship <p><strong>Rachel Hyppolite '18</strong>, who recently graduated from Colorado College as a neuroscience major and music minor,&nbsp;has been awarded a highly competitive, yearlong&nbsp;<a href="http://piaweb.princeton.edu/">Princeton in Asia</a> Fellowship to teach at Deebuk School in Phang Nga, Thailand.</p> <p>Princeton in Asia&rsquo;s mission is to&nbsp;promote goodwill and understanding and to facilitate the free interchange of the best ideals in the civilizations of both East and West. The organization aims to foster &ldquo;mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Founded in 1898, PiA sponsors more than 150 fellowships and internships in 21 countries, and is the oldest and largest organization of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. The essence of PiA is to provide transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and to serve the needs of Asia as determined by host institutions and Asian partners.<br /><br /> PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations that contribute to important global issues at the local level: education, public health, environmental sustainability, access to information/media, economic development and social justice. Fellowships are the means of fostering person-to-person diplomacy, enhancing mutual understanding, contributing to communities with unmet needs and providing transformative experiences for fellows and host communities.</p> <p>Hyppolite joins <strong>Miles Cooper &rsquo;17</strong> as a Colorado College Princeton in Asia fellow. Cooper worked in Cambodia with ChildFund, an organization that promotes children&rsquo;s rights, during the 2017-18 fellowship cycle.</p> CC Featured in Upcoming Spike Lee Film Wed, 23 May 2018 11:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-featured-in-upcoming-spike-lee-film http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-featured-in-upcoming-spike-lee-film ]]> <p>Colorado College features in legendary filmmaker Spike Lee&rsquo;s upcoming film, &ldquo;BlacKkKlansman.&rdquo; The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14 to a standing ovation and&nbsp; praise.</p> <p>The film tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s. Stallworth, whose memoir &ldquo;Black Klansman&rdquo; serves as the basis for the film, moved to Colorado Springs at just 19; he joined the police force via a cadet program aimed at increasing diversity. At 22, he became the youngest detective in the history of the department.</p> <p>Stallworth is played by John David Washington, the eldest son of Denzel Washington and co-star of HBO&rsquo;s hit series &ldquo;Ballers.&rdquo; Adam Driver&nbsp;&mdash; of &nbsp;&ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; and &ldquo;Girls&rdquo; fame &mdash; plays his partner in the investigation. Members of Colorado College&rsquo;s Black Student Union play a prominent, if fictional, role in the film, with Laura Harrier of Marvel Studio&rsquo;s &ldquo;Spider-Man: Homecoming&rdquo; fame playing Patrice Dumas.</p> <p>&ldquo;My character, Patrice, is an amalgamation of people I spoke to who had been in the Black Student Union at CC, as well as influenced by Kathleen Cleaver and Angela Davis,&rdquo; Harrier said.</p> <p>&ldquo;CC Alumni Relations was also super helpful in my research to create Patrice.&rdquo;</p> <p>The film is scheduled for an August 10 release in the United States.</p> Professor Neena Grover Wins Award for Teaching, Scholarship Wed, 23 May 2018 11:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-neena-grover-wins-award-for-teaching-scholarship http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-neena-grover-wins-award-for-teaching-scholarship ]]> <p>Colorado College Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Neena Grover has been selected as a 2018 Midstates Consortium for Math and Science <a href="https://mathsciconsortium.org/janet-andersen-award">Janet Andersen Lecture Award</a> recipient. The award, established in 2008 in honor of Janet Anderson, a member of the Mathematics Department at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan, is presented annually to faculty members in the Midstates Consortium who have vigorous research programs involving undergraduates, are exceptional mentors for undergraduate research students, are engaged and skilled teachers, and create interdisciplinary research opportunities for undergraduate students.</p> <p>In notifying Grover of the award, the director of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science said that her nomination &ldquo;described your impactful collaborative research program with undergraduates, the creative and rigorous approaches you have taken in the classroom to facilitate student learning, your exceptional role as a mentor for biochemistry and molecular biology students, and the involvement of your students in community outreach.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a recipient of the award, Grover will be a speaker at the Consortium&rsquo;s 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology, to be held at the University of Chicago in early November.</p> <p>The materials submitted by CC nominating Grover for the award note that she incorporates community-based learning in her biochemistry II course: &ldquo;The traditional topics on &lsquo;information transfer&rsquo; (DNA/RNA) are not just learned as book topics, but also as concepts that are important in understanding HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, and treatment.&rdquo; Grover &ldquo;has built a relationship with the Southern Colorado Aids Project (SCAP) office in Colorado Springs, which regularly engages students from Professor Grover&rsquo;s class to present a community presentation on these topics. This challenges her students to step out of their comfort zone and apply their conceptual learning into interdisciplinary community engagements.&rdquo;</p> <p>The nomination also included several students&rsquo; comments. Among them: She is &ldquo;a creative and hands-on teacher who adopts a learning-centered pedagogy&rdquo;; &ldquo;very hands on, relating the material to different analogies or current day applications&rdquo;; &ldquo;the time spent working with others and solving problems really helped me learn how organic chemistry works&rdquo;; and &ldquo;her teaching style always keep the bigger picture in mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>Additionally, the nomination notes that Grover&rsquo;s aptitude with students in the classroom is equally impactful in her collaborative research with students. &ldquo;She has consistently mentored undergraduate research students in the past decade and has regularly published and presented with her students. Her department has been extremely successful in recruiting, retaining, and supporting the thriving of their majors and these successful outcomes are equitably seen across gender, ethnicity, first-generation demographic groups,&rdquo; states the nomination. &ldquo;Grover&rsquo;s impact on the creation of this learning and research environment was integral on multiple levels &mdash; in her direct mentoring of the students, in her teaching and contributions to curricular development, and in her leadership in the department and the college.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to students, Colorado College faculty members also praised her, with a faculty member of color saying, &ldquo;She reached out to me soon after I arrived on campus and mentored me to navigate, as a minority woman faculty, the early pre-tenure years.&rdquo;</p> <p>Grover recently was recognized by the Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for her service as an ASBMB Student Chapter advisor and a mentor for biochemistry and molecular biology majors at Colorado College. &ldquo;Dr. Grover&rsquo;s support of the Colorado College chapter has allowed students to actively engage in science outreach and research,&rdquo; says the letter of commendation. &ldquo;In addition to providing mentorship on campus,&nbsp;Professor Grover once told a&nbsp;group of faculty, &lsquo;The joy of science is really in doing it. It&rsquo;s really about having a sense of wonder. I want students to get an idea of why, as well as how one does research, and to see that they can ask and make progress toward answering complex questions.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Joseph LoyaconoBustos ('15) to Join George Washington University Tue, 22 May 2018 11:07:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/joseph-loyaconobustos-15-to-join-george-washington-university http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/joseph-loyaconobustos-15-to-join-george-washington-university <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that Joseph LoyaconoBustos (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '15) will be pursuing a Master's degree in <a href="https://americanstudies.columbian.gwu.edu/" target="_blank">American Studies</a> at <a href="https://www.gwu.edu/" target="_blank">George Washington University</a> this fall!</p> <p>With the support of a&nbsp;Dean's Office Fellowship and an Americorps Service scholarship, Joseph plans to examine contemporary constructions of masculinity in popular music with a particular focus on Hip-Hop and Punk. More specifically, he intends to highlight these genres' relationship to&nbsp;vulnerability as a core component of a more dynamic masculine identity.</p>