Colorado College News Grace Hale ’20 Takes First Place in Music Competition Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:00:00 MST <p><strong>Grace Hale &rsquo;20</strong> won first prize in the 2018 Colorado Collegiate Composition Competition with a composition titled &ldquo;Rhapsody on a Cityscape.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hale, a music major from Lake Bluff, Illinois, says &ldquo;Rhapsody on a Cityscape&rdquo; is an ode to her imagination and undying love for her Chicago roots. &ldquo;The&nbsp;piece is a depiction of one of my fondest childhood memories &mdash; driving into the city, watching the&nbsp;skyscrapers emerge from the depths of the horizon,&rdquo; says Hale.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am delighted that Grace received the prestigious Rocky Mountain Brassworks Composers Competition,&rdquo; says Professor of Music Composition Ofer Ben-Amots. &ldquo;She has been one of the most prolific, talented, and promising young composers we have seen in many years. Grace is a very quick writer, and has already shown a true creative voice through many of her new compositions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Her music is powerful, exciting, and original,&rdquo; says Ben-Amots, who also is chair of the <a href="">Colorado College Music Department</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Rhapsody on a Cityscape&rdquo; is not what one might consider a British brass band-style piece, Hale notes, but rather contains more of an American vernacular. She believes it more pertinent to express a musical narrative most honest to her own; therefore, she chose to showcase the influences in Chicago jazz and blues.</p> <p>The competition was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Brassworks, a British-style brass band in Aurora, Colorado. The organization notes that brass bands were an integral part of the evolution of the modern military band and historical in the Salvation Army. One hundred years ago, there were approximately 2,000 British-style brass bands in Colorado. As of 2018, there were three left &mdash; Pikes Peak Brass Band, Colorado Brass, and Rocky Mountain Brassworks. The Rocky Mountain Brassworks hosted the composition competition in order to spark interest in brass bands.</p> <p>Hales says that British brass bands originated among common middle-class people in Britain, thus, she sought to contribute to that sentiment with a spacious, tonal, and sonically inviting piece.</p> <p>The competition&rsquo;s guidelines required that all compositions have the instrumentation of a traditional British brass band and be between 5 and 7 minutes in duration.</p> <p>An improvisational undertaking by Hale &mdash; one involving her playing composition with a virtual reality headset that displayed the Northern Lights to both her and the audience &mdash; was featured in a story about Colorado College&rsquo;s state-of-the-art Tutt Library in the <a href="">Winter 2017 issue of the <em>Bulletin</em></a>.</p> Bringing the Body into Mindfulness Practice Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST <p>...</p> Untold Stories: Sonlatsa Sunshine Jim-Martin ’94, P’19 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST <p>...</p> Ryan Bañagale '00 Publishes in The Conversation Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:30:00 MST <p>Colorado College <a href="">Associate Professor of Music Ryan Raul Ba&ntilde;agale</a> published an article in The Conversation on Monday, and by Wednesday it had more than 17,000 views. His article, &ldquo;<a href="">Weezer&rsquo;s Cover Album: Is the Rock Band Honoring or Exploiting the Originals?</a>&rdquo; has been picked up by 21 outlets so far, including<em> Salon</em>, the <em>San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle</em>, and <em>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</em>. It also has been read by more than 2,000 people overseas.<br /><br />Ba&ntilde;agale, a musicologist, writes, &ldquo;If you&rsquo;ve noticed the 1980s hit &lsquo;Africa&rsquo; playing on the radio more than usual, you likely weren&rsquo;t listening to the original version by Toto. Instead, it was probably the recently released cover by Weezer, which has already been heard over 25 million times on Spotify.&rdquo; Ba&ntilde;agale goes on to discuss the question of &ldquo;who gets to cover whom&rdquo; and some of the problematic aspects of the genre.</p> <p>Ba&ntilde;agale, who&nbsp;graduated from CC&nbsp;in 2000 with a degree in music and drama,&nbsp;wrote another piece, &ldquo;<a href="">&rsquo;Oklahoma!&rsquo; at 75: Has the Musical Withstood the Test of Time</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">,</span>&rdquo; for The Conversation in March 2018.</p> Teaching and Learning by Creating Art Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST <p><strong>The Charge</strong>: <em>Develop a premier art educator program that focuses on innovation in teaching and learning through arts integration</em>.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s Happening:</strong> A &ldquo;messy collision between the theory and the practice of teaching community-based studio arts,&rdquo; had seven students wheel-throwing, sculpting, painting, and making collages during at 10-day Half-Block course. &ldquo;We practiced how to identify, and fill, the gaps between what a student already knows and what they are about to learn,&rdquo; says Jeremiah Houck, who taught the course. &ldquo;Our students worked hard on the thought processes necessary to teach people how to both make things and create art.</p> <p>Houck and Mike Taber, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education, developed the dynamic Half-Block course to provide an early arts education experience closely tied to the vision, mission, and programming at Bemis School of Art. &ldquo;We wanted undergraduate students to develop a better understanding of the important role of education in informal educational contexts,&rdquo; says Taber.&nbsp;The goal was to get CC students excited about arts education. &ldquo;I am hopeful students will consider art teaching as a logical career choice, whether that be formally through our Master of Arts in Teaching, K-12 art program or informally through becoming an education minor and continuing to work in schools&rsquo; art programs, including Bemis,&rdquo; Taber says.</p> <p>The CC students developed curriculum and lesson plans to pass on their new and/or improved studio arts skills to the children of Colorado Springs. &ldquo;Whether people are creating teapots from clay, or creating their own concepts of morality, learning how to teach the skills needed to draw, paint, and sculpt bestows an infinitely large range of tools that can be used in each aspect of life during and after college,&rdquo; Houck says.</p> Colorado College Named a 2018 Tree Campus USA Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:15:00 MST <p>Colorado College has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management with a 2018&nbsp;Tree Campus USA recognition.</p> <p>The Tree Campus USA program recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.</p> <p>Colorado College&nbsp;achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA&rsquo;s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project. Currently there are 364&nbsp;campuses across the United States with this recognition.</p> <p>According to CC Campus Arborist Mike Spruce, trees provide multiple benefits to the CC campus. In addition to their aesthetic appeal within the landscape, trees help reduce storm water runoff, provide oxygen to the air, help cool buildings during the summer months, and provide habitat to numerous birds, animals, and insects. Trees also provide areas for students to relax and enjoy the outdoors amid the hustle and bustle of the Block Plan.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>The Tree Campus USA designation reflects CC&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability. By providing proper tree management and maintaining a healthy campus forest, the CC Grounds Crew is actively contributing to a sustainable campus. By investing in trees, CC is investing in the future of the campus,&rdquo; Spruce says.</p> <p>Students are involved in the CC tree care program too, according to Spruce. They plant trees at events such as Arbor Day and in the summer, student workers help with the day-to-day maintenance of the campus trees. In addition, students have helped inventory and map all of the roughly 2,400 trees on campus and they have been important members of the Tree Advisory Committee.&nbsp;</p> <p>What does the future hold for the trees on CC campus?</p> <p>&ldquo;There are several challenges that the campus trees face, including ongoing drought stress, campus construction projects, current and potential insect outbreaks, and a high amount of trees that are passing their natural maturity (old age) and going into decline. Despite these challenges, the future looks positive for CC&rsquo;s trees due to the establishment of a tree management plan and investing in the addition of new trees throughout campus,&rdquo; says Spruce.&nbsp;Check out a <a href="">walking tour of the CC forest</a>.</p> The Life-Changing Power of Scholarships Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST ]]> <p><strong>Antonio Skarica &rsquo;12</strong> remembers the day as clearly as yesterday. <br /><br />&ldquo;It was one of the happiest days of my life,&rdquo; Skarica says. &ldquo;I was on a Spring Break service trip in New Orleans when I found out.&rdquo;<br /><br />The news came via e-mail with two items: an admission letter from Colorado College and a Davis United World College scholarship statement.<br /><br />&ldquo;I immediately called my family over a particularly spotty Skype connection, yelling, &lsquo;I got in, on a full scholarship&rsquo;.&rdquo; <br /><br />Skarica is recalling that memorable day from his office at International Finance Corporation, an investment, advisory, and asset-management firm in Washington, D.C., that is part of the World Bank Group. His work there helps shape the world into a better place. As a global economics and strategy analyst, he brings development and opportunities to the people of Latin America. &nbsp;<br /><br />It&rsquo;s an impressive position and he&rsquo;s quick to link his career success back to his time at CC and that scholarship. &ldquo;My job is essentially a professional application of my degree,&rdquo; says Skarica, who graduated with a bachelor of arts in international political economy. &ldquo;At CC I picked up both the understanding of the main concepts plus many relevant technical skills like statistical analysis and research.&rdquo;<br /><br />During his time at the college, Skarica completed summer research on international energy security and a project on consumer ethnocentrism focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina.<br /><br />And he adds that scholarship &mdash; a combination of a Davis United World College Fellowship and an international student grant, which covered tuition and living expenses &mdash; was a true game-changer. &nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to attend without it,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;The scholarship was also a source of inspiration because the college recognized my potential and entrusted me with all these resources. That made me even more committed to taking full advantage of all the opportunities the college had to offer.&rdquo;<br /><br />Looking back, Skarica says he believes CC and his scholarship helped open the world for him. And now it&rsquo;s all about using what he learned to do what he can to improve that world.</p> Charting Our Course – President’s Class Examines CC’s Place in Higher Education Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST <p>By Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</p> <p>Examining oneself is never easy. Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler&rsquo;s Block 5 class, The Economics of Higher Education, which she is team teaching with her husband and college research professor Kevin Rask, is one such opportunity for CC students and faculty to do that work.</p> <p>A higher-level economics course, this class takes a unique look at the shifting financial landscape of higher education, applying economic theory, data analysis, and meetings with local and national experts to discuss and dissect issues of prestige, admissions, financial aid, endowments, and so on.</p> <p>The class often turns the lens on Colorado College itself, offering students a rare insight into the college&rsquo;s decision-making process, with direct access to both the college&rsquo;s president and another of the field&rsquo;s foremost experts (Rask).</p> <p>&ldquo;Jill teaches a lot of the higher education-specific material,&rdquo; explains <strong>Elianna Clayton &rsquo;20</strong>, an economics major. &ldquo;I actually took econometrics with Kevin, and he encouraged me to take this class when it was next offered. Jill&rsquo;s brilliant, truly brilliant. She&rsquo;s very messy on the board, re-drawing loads of graphs and charts, but she&rsquo;s such an expert in this material, too.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s rare that the heads of prominent institutions set foot in classrooms at all, never mind take on a daily teaching commitment on top of their administrative and leadership duties.</p> <p>&ldquo;It gives me a chance to be with students in a different way,&rdquo; explains Tiefenthaler. &ldquo;I interact regularly with a lot of student leaders and groups, but it&rsquo;s rare that I get to meet them in an everyday capacity. This class allows me to get to know them on a more personal level.&rdquo;</p> <p>The focus of the class isn&rsquo;t new to Tiefenthaler or Rask, both of whom are field experts, professors, and longtime economics researchers with a higher education focus.</p> <p>&ldquo;That interest started for us when we were teaching at Colgate University,&rdquo; explains Rask. &ldquo;At the time, Colgate didn&rsquo;t have an institutional research office. I was teaching statistics and econometrics, and Jill was juggling professorial and administrative roles. I found that my students had questions about how things worked in higher education, so my research was really a coming together of three interested parties &mdash; the university, my students, and myself.&rdquo;</p> <p>One such interested party for the class at present is economics and political science double-major (and Chinese minor) <strong>Rowan Rockafellow &rsquo;20</strong>.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s probably the most quintessentially CC class I&rsquo;ve ever taken,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Jill and Kevin both have an insane amount of access to people in this field, from the presidents of other universities in Colorado Springs to the Colorado Department of Education and CC&rsquo;s lobbyist in Denver, the network we&rsquo;ve been able to interact with is second-to-none.&rdquo;</p> <p>The class met locally with leaders and students at both Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, as well as with members of the Colorado Department of Education in Denver in recent weeks.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so important to get us thinking about the larger decision-making process involved in the college experience,&rdquo; says Clayton. &ldquo;Every single thing I experience as a student here, it has a purpose and a decision behind it. It&rsquo;s about learning how the money invested in me, in my time here, is put back into the market in an effective way.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s quite unusual in economics that the consumers of an industry simultaneously become outputs from that same industry. In higher education, &ldquo;the students are the consumers, but they&rsquo;re also a direct output of the experience they&rsquo;re consuming,&rdquo; explains Rask. &nbsp;&ldquo;This class positions our students with knowledge, hopefully allowing them to take away an appreciation for the inherent issues and challenges that are involved in running a nonprofit business such as CC.&rdquo;</p> <p>The future of higher education itself, and indeed CC in particular, hinges upon that understanding &mdash; both from the student level and the administrative.</p> <p>&ldquo;For the first time, we&rsquo;re seeing closures of institutions beyond one or two a year, and we continue to see more stress placed on small, private institutions like CC,&rdquo; says Tiefenthaler.</p> <p>&ldquo;The stronger schools keep getting stronger, and my job &mdash; both in the classroom and beyond &mdash; is to make sure CC remains one of those. What contributes to our strength is what every other college would wish to have, our distinctiveness and consistent financial support.&rdquo;</p> Foundations Support Milestone Anniversaries, Conservation Poll Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST <p>Some of the grants the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations</a> at Colorado College recently has helped CC secure include one from the Hewlett Foundation and two from Inasmuch Foundation.<br /><br />A $280,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation&nbsp;was used&nbsp;primarily to conduct a professional, non-partisan poll on public opinion regarding natural resource and conservation issues in the Rocky Mountain West. This&nbsp;was&nbsp;the ninth year that the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Conservation in the West poll</a> was&nbsp;conducted. A small part of the grant&nbsp;funds&nbsp;student engagement around the poll findings, including a photo contest and support for student journalism on issues related to the polling results.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;Every year, the poll results generate substantial media attention and offer insights to decision-makers regarding how Westerners value and prioritize use of their public lands,&rdquo; says Corina McKendry, director of the State of the Rockies Project and associate professor of&nbsp;political science.<br /><br />The Inasmuch Foundation awarded a $225,000 grant for the college to produce a book, a podcast, and documentary film that will tell the story of the adoption, implementation, and evolution of the Block Plan to mark its 50th anniversary in 2020.<br /><br />&ldquo;Our goal is to capture and convey the uniqueness of the people and circumstances behind the creation of the Block Plan,&rdquo; says Steven Hayward, chair of English and associate professor. &ldquo;It's also a look at the present &mdash; at the stories of those who inhabit the Block Plan today. The combination of the two are a powerful testament to the plan&rsquo;s continued relevance and vitality.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hayward is conducting interviews alongside Professor Susan Ashley (History), who is also deep in archival research. <br /><br />In another grant, Inasmuch Foundation awarded $50,000 to support a symposium timed to celebrate the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">100th anniversary</a> of the founding of the Broadmoor Art&nbsp;Academy (predecessor of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College). The symposium, to take place in late 2019,&nbsp;aims to provide a new forum for inquiry into the development of American Scene, Regionalist, New Deal, Modernist, and other art movements of the mid-20th&nbsp;century.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are honored to have essential support from the Inasmuch Foundation for a very special symposium. Our hope is to illuminate both the&nbsp;role the Broadmoor Art Academy&nbsp;(like other art colonies) played as a crucible for&nbsp;artists and the new paradigms that emerged from the creative mixing of artists&nbsp;of different backgrounds, stylistic bents, and philosophies,&rdquo; says Rebecca Tucker,&nbsp;museum director of the FAC.<br /><br /></p> On Navigating 2,650 Miles, Life’s Changes, and a Lasting Legacy Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 MST ]]> <p>In April 1999, <strong>Henry Shires &rsquo;82</strong> stood on the Mexican-U.S. border gazing northward over a California desert trying to grasp how he was going to get to the Canadian border on foot in five months. It was a daunting sight. <br /><br />But then a three-word phrase hit him: break it down. &ldquo;I realized that all I needed to do was focus on getting to the next food drop,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Then the entire trip and summer became a series of much smaller problems.&rdquo; <br /><br />Chalk up the practical thinking in part to his Colorado College education. He recalled the title of his CC Commencement address by Justice Sandra Day O&rsquo;Connor, &ldquo;One Step at a Time &mdash; And Keep Walking.&rdquo; <br /><br />Shires and his wife, <strong>Cynthia Gilbert &rsquo;82</strong>, are no strangers to change. The two met nearly 40 years ago in Loomis Hall, and they led relatively normal lives &mdash; Shires working in software, Gilbert teaching biology &mdash; until summer 1997. That&rsquo;s when they came across five hikers on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.<br /><br />Shires grew mesmerized with the idea of hiking the 2,650-mile trail. &ldquo;Their dream became mine,&rdquo; he says. At that same time, he grew disillusioned with work and soon quit to begin his two-year prep for the trek. <br /><br />A year before the hike, Shires visited his local Sears for a sewing machine &mdash; he wanted to make a few things to take with him &mdash; one being a simple shelter. All told, it ended up being a kind of modified tarp with a mosquito net. He then decided to publish how to make it on the internet for fellow adventurers. Before long, folks began asking him to make the tarps for them. <br /><br />But Shires says what truly improved the tent was Gilbert&rsquo;s feedback. She said it was too hard to set up. So, Shires reworked it and eventually they launched their own company,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tarptent</a>, now celebrating 16 years of covering campers. <br /><br />Looking back on it all, both Shires and Gilbert say they began to realize just how vital it had been that their CC education prepped them for life&rsquo;s changes. And they&rsquo;re grateful, so much so that they&rsquo;ve opted to name Colorado College in their wills, qualifying them for the Barnes Legacy Society.<br /><br />&ldquo;For me, it&rsquo;s a recognition of what the Colorado College experience meant and still means in the context of my development as a thinking person,&rdquo; Shires says. &ldquo;The older I get, the more I appreciate how much and how well my Colorado College experience taught me to think critically. It isn&rsquo;t what you learn at CC but rather that you learn how to learn.&rdquo;<br /><br />Gilbert adds, &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t plan on starting a small company, but it has been a broadening experience that I know started with the friends I met at CC and the professors that always pushed me to ask questions. I want future CC students to have this opportunity.&rdquo; <br /><br /><em>To learn more about including Colorado College in your estate plans, contact Stephany Marreel at (719) 389-6231 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>