Colorado College News Professor Emeritus Ray O. Werner Passes Away Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:30:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College Professor Emeritus of Economics Ray O. Werner passed away Saturday, March 17, at his home in Colorado Springs. He was 95 years old.</p> <p>Werner left an indelible mark on CC: He co-founded the international political economy major in 1968, chaired the Economics and Business Department from 1956-77, was inducted into the Colorado College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, won numerous awards for excellence in teaching, and has two awards named after him, the Ray O. Werner Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Liberal Arts and the Ray O. Werner Thesis Award. Additionally, Werner was one of five Fellows in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School from 1965-67.<br />&nbsp;<br />Werner arrived at the college at age 26 as an instructor of economics in 1948; his final day as a professor was June 1, 1987. In the intervening years he won the Sidney G. Winter Award for Outstanding Teacher of Economics and Business Administration, the Chapman Fellowship for Research in Economics, the Louis T. Benezet Faculty Rotating Fellowship, the Lucile and David Packard Professorship, the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, and the Gresham Riley Award, among others.<br /><br />&ldquo;When folks outside CC ask me what I majored in, I say &lsquo;economics.&rsquo; When CC folks ask that question, I say &lsquo;Ray Werner,&rsquo; &rdquo; says <strong>John Chalik &rsquo;67</strong>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Werner also left his mark on athletics and community engagement. He served on the college&rsquo;s Athletics Board for 17 years and was the NCAA and WCHA faculty representative for 22 years. Named to both the WCHA and CC Athletics Hall of Fame, he also received the WCHA&rsquo;s Distinguished Service Award in 1986.&nbsp;The Ray O. Werner Classroom in the El Pomar Sports Center was named in his honor in the fall of 2012. Having never been to a hockey game before starting at Colorado College, he first fell in love with the sport because &ldquo;it sounded interesting on the radio.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />In the wider Colorado Springs community, Werner has served as president of the United Way, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs National Bank and United Bank of Colorado Springs. Additionally, he was a church deacon and co-founded the Colorado Springs Chess Club.</p> <p>Werner was born April 21, 1922 in Edgar, Nebraska, the son of German farmers. He earned a scholarship to Hastings College, working as a janitor and living in low-income housing to pay his way through college,&nbsp;graduating with&nbsp;a BA in economics.</p> <p>Werner joined the Army in 1943 and for nearly two years taught inductees who had&nbsp;failed the Army General Classification Test before he was deployed. As part of the Sixth Armored Division in Europe, Werner served on active duty until 1946, with his&nbsp;division seeing action at Normandy and assisting in freeing Allied prisoners and liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman&rsquo;s Badge and the Bronze Star. Honorably discharged after the war, Werner remained a reservist with both the Army and Air Force until 1982, when he retired with the rank of major. Of his military service, he&nbsp;said that the &ldquo;greatest significance was having convinced me that I not only had the ability to teach, but that it was the career I hoped and planned for.&rdquo;</p> <p>He went on to the University of Nebraska, earning a master&rsquo;s degree in 1947. While at Nebraska, he won a highly competitive year-long fellowship to the University of Tennessee, where he studied economics. He then held research assistant positions at the University of Nebraska and the University of Illinois before moving to Colorado Springs with his wife, Donna Mae Hansen Werner, upon accepting a position at CC.</p> <p>Werner&rsquo;s&nbsp;time at CC coincided with the adoption of the college&rsquo;s pioneering Block Plan in 1970. As&nbsp;an opponent of the plan, Werner demonstrated his ability for bridging divides when &mdash; following the Block Plan&rsquo;s passage with 58 percent of the vote from the Academic Program Committee &mdash; he said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a fair fight, I move to implement the plan.&rdquo;</p> <p>Werner pursued his Ph.D. during summers between academic years of full-time teaching, earning the degree in 1960 and becoming a full professor in 1964. Four years later, he was instrumental in launching the political economy major, now known as the international political economy major. Said Werner, &ldquo;Economics, without a recognition of the sphere of power relations in which it functions, is sterile.&rdquo;</p> <p>Numerous former students have recalled Werner&rsquo;s legendary red pen. Says <strong>Bill Campbell &rsquo;67</strong>, &ldquo;Even the most carefully thought-out essay or exam question received constructive comments written in Nebraska &lsquo;Big Red&rsquo; ink. That feedback is why so many of us learned to write, not in a literature class but in economics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chalik concurs. &ldquo;As papers were returned to me, it seemed as if Ray&rsquo;s corrections and suggestions exceeded my own input. To this day as I write, I hear his voice telling me to &lsquo;clean it up, get rid of that unnecessary language, prove the point&hellip;&rsquo; And as tough as he could be, his office door was always open and he would patiently devote as much time as necessary to help with a passage, a paper, or the dissertation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Werner is survived by sons Brian and his wife Tina De Ponte of Centennial, Colorado; <strong>Blake &rsquo;79 </strong>and his wife Ellen E. of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and <strong>Craig &rsquo;74</strong> and his wife Leslee Nelson, of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren Shelby Thayne of Olympia, Washington; Chelsea Werner of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Taryn Werner of Telluride, Colorado; Kiel Werner and his wife Samantha of Jenks, Oklahoma; Shannon Werner of Denver; Riah Werner and her husband Bill Flexner of Abidjan, Cote d&rsquo;Ivoire; and Kaylee Werner of Madison, Wisconsin.&nbsp;His great-grandchildren are Forrest Ray Thayne and Penelope Mae Thayne of Olympia, Washington; and Adelia Ray Werner and Annabelle Mae Werner of Jenks, Oklahoma.</p> <p>In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in his memory to the Ray O. Werner Professorship in Exemplary Teaching in Liberal Arts. Gifts can be made&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or mailed to Colorado College, P.O. Box 1117, Colorado Springs, CO&nbsp;80901.&nbsp; Please reference the Werner Professorship&nbsp;with your gift.</p> Jake Brownell ’12 Wins CBA Award of Excellence Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:45:00 MDT ]]> <p><a href="">Jake Brownell &rsquo;12</a>, a reporter and producer at 91.5 KRCC, Colorado College&rsquo;s NPR-member station, recently won a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence for his news feature, <a href="">&ldquo;Guns to Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares.&rdquo;</a> The story aired Oct. 12, 2017, shortly after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas, Nevada, shooting which left 58 people dead and 851 injured. &ldquo;Beating Swords Into Plowshares&rdquo; examines one Colorado Springs man's efforts to offer people a symbolic way to dispose of their firearms by taking unwanted guns and turning them into gardening tools.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a local reporter, I'm always on the lookout for how national and international stories impact Southern Colorado, and in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting&nbsp;it felt as though people everywhere were struggling to make sense of the unimaginable scale and viciousness of that tragedy,&rdquo; says Brownell, who graduated <em>magna cum laude</em> from Colorado College as a philosophy major and has been at the station since 2012. &ldquo;A few days after the shooting, I saw a Facebook post from someone I know here in Colorado Springs referencing RAWtools, an&nbsp;organization that converts unwanted guns into garden tools. I was intrigued&nbsp;and reached out to Mike Martin, the founder of the organization, who invited me to his workshop,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>&ldquo;The problem of gun violence in America is vast and multifaceted, and at times it can seem utterly intractable. I was fascinated by Mike Martin&rsquo;s choice to meet this complex problem with such a simple solution. In a world where the political and cultural obstacles to addressing gun violence can seem so insurmountable, Martin provides a space for people to process their grief and frustration in a very tangible and direct way,&rdquo; says Brownell.</p> <p>&ldquo;On one hand, it struck me as somewhat innovative &mdash; a novel, local response to a national problem &mdash; but it&rsquo;s also a practice with ancient roots, based as it is in the Old Testament call to beat &lsquo;swords into plowshares.&rsquo; Sadly, I think the story continues to resonate as we continue to see similar tragedies regularly unfolding across the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>Brownell&rsquo;s work has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for News Documentary, as well as awards from The Associated Press Television and Radio Association, Colorado Broadcasters Association,&nbsp;Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and others.&nbsp;His stories have been featured on WBEZ, CBC&nbsp;Radio 1, and NPR stations across Colorado.</p> Baheya Malaty ('18) to Join Summit Public Schools Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:16:00 MDT <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that Baheya Malaty (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '18) was recently awarded a fellowship in the <a href="" target="_blank">Summit Learning Teacher Residency Program</a>&nbsp;at <a href="" target="_blank">Summit Public Schools</a> in the Bay Area of California.</p> <p>Summit,&nbsp;a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, consists of seven schools serving close to 2,000 students in California and Washington that aims "to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society."</p> <p>The&nbsp;residency program,&nbsp;designed in collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Stanford University Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity</a>,&nbsp;is a one-year program during which residents "are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential and a Master&rsquo;s of Arts in Teaching. The residency program is operated in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Alder Graduate School of Education</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at the University of Pacific</a>." Further, the program aims to help residents learn how to engage "students in deeper learning projects, empowering them as self-directed learners, helping students develop the habits and skills that lead to success, and nurturing them to build a strong sense of community."</p> Professor Cronin on C-SPAN to Discuss Newest Book Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Retired Colorado College Professor of Political Science Tom Cronin will discuss his latest book, &ldquo;Imagining a Great Republic: Political Novels and the Idea of America,&rdquo; at 6 and 9 p.m. MDT (8 and 11 p.m. EDT), Sunday, March 18 on <a href="">C-SPAN&rsquo;s &ldquo;Q&amp;A.&rdquo;</a> The show, hosted by Brian Lamb, founder and former CEO of C-SPAN, is a weekly program aimed at &ldquo;highlighting today&rsquo;s most compelling thinkers in politics, media, education, and science.&rdquo;<br /><br />Lamb&rsquo;s interview with Cronin was taped in Washington, D.C. in late February. In the hour-long segment, they discuss Cronin&rsquo;s book, &ldquo;Imagining a Great Republic,&rdquo; which tells the story of the American political experiment through the eyes of 40 major novelists, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Hunter S. Thompson to Edward Abbey. They have been moral and civic consciousness-raisers as the country has navigated the successes and setbacks, and the slow awkward evolution of the American political experiment.<br /><br />The book, an exploration of American political literature, is a departure from Cronin&rsquo;s previous books on politics and the presidency. Among them are &ldquo;Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox,&rdquo; &ldquo;Colorado Politics and Policy: Governing a Purple State,&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Paradoxes of the American Presidency.&rdquo;</p> Savanah McDaniel ('18) Awarded PIFP Fellowship at CCHI Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:59:00 MDT <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that&nbsp;Savanah McDaniel (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '18)&nbsp;was recently awarded a year-long fellowship at the <a href="" target="_blank">Colorado Consumer Health Initiative</a> (CCHI) through the&nbsp;<a href="../../offices/publicinterest/" target="_blank">Public Interest Fellowship Program</a>&nbsp;(PIFP).</p> <p>CCHI "is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization working so all Coloradans can get affordable, high-quality and equitable health care. CCHI represents 50 nonprofit organizations&mdash;mobilizing well over 500,000 consumers&mdash;to shape effective health care policy." During her fellowship, Savanah&nbsp;will&nbsp;serve as a Policy Fellow, researching healthcare policy changes and lobbying for more accessible and transparent healthcare at the State Capitol.</p> <p>Regarding the PIFP program at Colorado College, President Jill Tiefenthaler notes,&nbsp;&ldquo;At Colorado College, we value active participation in our community and state, and the PIFP is one wonderful way to show our commitment to that value. This program is a win-win! Our students gain valuable experience and mentoring, while local non-profits get bright, talented, and energetic young people who I expect will make real contributions to their organizations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Board of Trustees Rescinds Slocum Honors Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:30:00 MDT ]]> <p>In the fall of 2017, members of the Colorado College community raised allegations that William F. Slocum engaged in sexual misconduct while he was president of the college. President Jill Tiefenthaler fully investigated this matter and then brought it to the CC Board of Trustees for their consideration. Based upon its review of the matter, the board finds that there is overwhelming and uncontroverted evidence that Slocum engaged in instances of sexual misconduct and egregious sexual assault while he was president of the college. Such behavior was reprehensible and is in direct conflict with the mission and values of Colorado College.<br /><br />Accordingly, the board decided unanimously to rescind the honorary degree bestowed on him in 1917 and has ordered the immediate removal of his name from the residence hall and commons building on the corner of Nevada and Cache la Poudre. Those facilities will be known temporarily as South Hall and South Commons. After a period of one or two years has elapsed, the board will initiate a naming process and solicit input from the campus community for a new name for the building.<br /><br />Because Slocum also accomplished important and necessary achievements for the college during his tenure, for which he had been recognized as one of our greatest presidents, the board has asked President Tiefenthaler to form a committee of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to recommend ways to represent his full legacy on campus. This should include considering the appropriate placement of his portrait that currently hangs in Palmer Hall.&nbsp; Consistent with our mission and values, the college should neither ignore his accomplishments nor his disturbing flaws.<br /><br />The board has taken these actions because sexual assault and sexual harassment are unacceptable today, and were unacceptable in Slocum&rsquo;s time. Such behavior is in direct conflict with CC&rsquo;s mission and values, and must neither be tolerated nor overlooked.</p> <p></p> Linda Martín Alcoff Delivers the Annual Gray Lecture Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:15:00 MDT <p>Linda Mart&iacute;n Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center delivered the 2018 J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Lecture on Thursday, March 1st on the topic of "<span class="s1">Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance</span>."&nbsp; For details on the lecture, which was co-sponsored by the Feminist and Gender Studies Program, see the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em> article</a> by Emily Kressley.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dorsa Djalilzadeh ('18) Awarded PIFP Fellowship at The Bell Policy Center Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:37:00 MDT <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Political Science '18)&nbsp;was recently awarded fellowship at <a href="" target="_blank">The Bell Policy Center</a> through the&nbsp;<a href="../../offices/publicinterest/" target="_blank">Public Interest Fellowship Program</a>&nbsp;(PIFP).</p> <p>The mission of The Bell Policy Center is "to ensure economic mobility for every Coloradan" by "shifting demographics, growing inequality,&nbsp;lack of community investment, and technology&rsquo;s effect on&nbsp;how we work and learn. Through our research and advocacy, we provide policymakers, advocates, and the public with reliable resources to create a practical policy agenda that&nbsp;raises the economic floor, builds a diverse and thriving middle class, and&nbsp;sparks innovative ideas&nbsp;to prepare Colorado for the future." Dorsa will support the advancement of this mission by&nbsp;conducting policy research and analysis, working with coalitions and constituencies that collaborate with the Center, and assisting the Communications Director with the Center's social media presence.</p> <p>Regarding the PIFP program at Colorado College, President Jill Tiefenthaler notes,&nbsp;&ldquo;At Colorado College, we value active participation in our community and state, and the PIFP is one wonderful way to show our commitment to that value. This program is a win-win! Our students gain valuable experience and mentoring, while local non-profits get bright, talented, and energetic young people who I expect will make real contributions to their organizations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> What Lies Beneath Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Steve Taylor, an associate research professor at Colorado College, recently received a grant from the Cave Conservancy Foundation to fund research on small, shrimp-like animals called subterranean amphipods.<br /><br />In Summer 2018, Taylor and one or more students will sample groundwater beneath streams and in springs and caves across numerous river basins in the Colorado Rockies to collect amphipods and record environmental parameters. <br /><br />&ldquo;As stewards of this little jewel of a planet floating through time and space, are we not better equipped to make decisions when we know what lives here?&rdquo; says Taylor. &ldquo;Shallow groundwater is one of the easiest habitats to contaminate through human activities such as leaking septic or gasoline tanks, or contaminated runoff from roadways,&rdquo; but it is often overlooked. Human activities have a broad array of impacts on surface and groundwater, meaning that knowledge of &ldquo;new populations or new species of amphipods could feed into all sorts of decisions in the future.&rdquo; <br /><br />The Cave Conservancy Foundation grant will permit Taylor to take on one research student this summer, and possibly a second if additional CC funding allows.</p> Mellon Artist-in-Residence Embodies Originality Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:00:00 MDT <p>Raven Chaon, the first Mellon Artist-in-Residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, produced diverse exhibits at the FAC, which were on display Oct. 14, 2017 to Jan. 7, 208. The works of "Lightning Speak" ranged from sculptural sound installations, to site-specific performances and collaborative projects.<br /><br />Chacon, who is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, an educator, and an installation artist, also worked with CC professors Carrie Ruiz, Spanish and Portuguese; and Vicki Levine, Music. Together, they taught the Block 2 course Song, Poetry, and Performance in the Southwest. <br /><br />The interdisciplinary course was bilingual, and cross-listed between the Departments of Music; Spanish and Portuguese; and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies. Intercultural performance and collaboration were key themes of the course, and students worked together on group projects, which they presented during the final Monday of the block. <br /><br />While at the college, Chacon also joined FAC Curator Candice Hopkins for &ldquo;Sounding the Margins,&rdquo; a lecture about collaborative practices, and the new landscape of international exhibitions. <br /><br />The Mellon Artist-in-Residence program was made possible by a $1.2 million grant Colorado College received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2016. The grant supports forging deeper academic connections between the college and the interdisciplinary arts. <br /><br /></p>