Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Tuning In – Bluegrass Class Hits the Road Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tuning-in-bluegrass-class-hits-the-road http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tuning-in-bluegrass-class-hits-the-road ]]> <p>By<strong> Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Bluegrass&nbsp;makes community,&rdquo; says Keith&nbsp;Reed, banjo, guitar, and bluegrass ensemble teacher with Colorado College&rsquo;s studio faculty in the Department of Music.<br /><br />&ldquo;You add players, you add community.&rdquo;<br /><br />It&rsquo;s a simple premise, but one that&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;and CC&rsquo;s&nbsp;bluegrass ensemble&nbsp;are putting to the test this Block A as they tour the Midwest and Southeastern United States.<br /><br />&ldquo;I wanted the students to get the real road experience, to feel what it&rsquo;s like to do the hard miles,&rdquo;&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;says with a huge smile.<br /><br /><img width="400" height="300" align="right" style="float: right;" alt="Bluegrass web" src="/newsevents/newsroom/images/Bluegrass web.jpg" />A lifelong bluegrass player and touring musician himself,&nbsp;Reed is uniquely positioned to present the realities of a musical life on the road to his students. Having performed across the country and around the world, including shows at the Ryman Auditorium&nbsp;in Nashville&nbsp;and&nbsp;Washington D.C.&rsquo;s&nbsp;Kennedy Center,&nbsp;Reed&rsquo;s&nbsp;band of merry musicians have been hitting the road since early June.<br /><br />In one of CC&rsquo;s most immersive Summer Session courses, Advanced Topics in Music:&nbsp;On the Road &amp; American Bluegrass, the students are playing festivals, campsites, and clubs across the American heartland and Southeast. Additionally, they will be getting up close and personal with professional musicians across a number of venues and stages across the country.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is such a great group of students,&rdquo;&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;says. &ldquo;They want to do the work of touring musicians, to be exhausted, to perform, to form that community.&rdquo;<br /><br />"This class has shown us what life on the road is like,&rdquo; says <strong>Garrett Blackwell '17</strong>. &ldquo;Traveling from the West to the East, we experienced a wealth of culture. We get to meet many musicians who have been on the road for dozens of years with valuable insights to share. Overall, this class has epitomized the experiential learning opportunity that makes CC such a magical place."<br /><br />It&rsquo;s one of the most&nbsp;&ldquo;CC&rdquo;&nbsp;experiences anyone could think of putting together&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;a month, on the road, in a 12-person van, touring across the country, living and breathing the experience.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are huge opportunities here, and not strictly musical ones. For students interested&nbsp;in the industry, we&rsquo;re meeting with music executives and producers, working with sound engineers and roadies&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;every person has worth on this trip, every single role is incredibly valuable,&rdquo;&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;explains.<br /><br />So far, the ensemble&nbsp;has&nbsp;played, camped, and&nbsp;AirB&amp;B&rsquo;d&nbsp;their way across Montana&nbsp;and&nbsp;South Dakota, and were at a major festival in Indiana through June 15. From there, they headed east to Asheville, North Carolina, then to Nashville, Tennessee, and finally onto Owensboro, Kentucky,&nbsp;for the Romp Festival.<br /><br />"We're experiencing almost everything that a bluegrass band would on the road,&rdquo; says <strong>Yuexin Chen &rsquo;18</strong>. &ldquo;From camping and jamming, long drives, inevitable junk food at the rest stops, to the exciting parts such as recording and busking late night on the streets."<br /><br />&ldquo;Along the way,&rdquo;&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;says, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re playing with some extraordinary&nbsp;musicians&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;real legends of bluegrass and folk&nbsp;&mdash;like Chris&nbsp;Thile of Nickel Creek, the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, and so on. We&rsquo;ll see them perform, getting to see world-class live music, and to pick with them along the way.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Every time we play, we hit it hard,&rdquo;&nbsp;Reed&nbsp;goes on. &ldquo;We want to live that experience, that road life.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;What this course does, this experience, is it allows us to get a real feel for the country as a whole. We go through so many places with unique music cultures, through Utah, Montana, the Badlands, down into the South &ndash; it&rsquo;s amazing.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Music doesn&rsquo;t pay attention to age groups, what people do, what they believe,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;As long as you love it, you&rsquo;re accepted. That&rsquo;s what this class is all about.&rdquo;<br /><br />Follow the latest updates from the road via CC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/coloradocollege/">Instagram page</a>, as the students share their touring experience.</p> CC Tigers to Play Hockey Exhibition in Breckenridge Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-tigers-to-play-hockey-exhibition-in-breckenridge http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-tigers-to-play-hockey-exhibition-in-breckenridge <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">The Colorado College hockey team will play its 2017-18 exhibition game against the University of Lethbridge in Breckenridge at 5p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30. The game will be played the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">&ldquo;We are thrilled to bring Division I hockey to Breckenridge,&rdquo; says Ken Ralph, CC&rsquo;s director of athletics.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our game with Lethbridge will give the terrific hockey fans in Summit County the opportunity to see the Tigers up close.&nbsp;This will be an exciting way to kick off the 2017-18 season.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Colorado College has been looking into a game in Breckenridge for several years.&nbsp;This season provided the perfect opportunity as a full slate of 17 home contests ensures CC&rsquo;s season ticket holders a full complement of games.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">&ldquo;The Town of Breckenridge is thrilled to host the exhibition game between Colorado College and Lethbridge,&rdquo; says Pete LaGrange, guest services coordinator for the Breckenridge Recreation Department. &ldquo;This is the first time our rink has hosted a Division I hockey game and it is exciting to welcome such a high level of hockey for our community. We expect a great turnout for this event. This will be a highlight for kicking off our fall hockey season.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Several special activities will take place during the weekend in Breckenridge, including an open practice at the arena at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. Following the practice, fans will be able to join the team on the ice for a &ldquo;Skate with the Tigers&rdquo; event.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">&ldquo;We want to thank Pete and the entire staff at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for making this event possible,&rdquo; says Ralph.&nbsp;&ldquo;It is clear they are passionate about ice hockey and fully committed to making this a special event.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Colorado College Head Coach Mike Haviland hopes the local community will be as excited for the game as his staff and players.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">&ldquo;We want every resident of Summit County to be a Tiger fan on September 30th,&rdquo; Haviland says.&nbsp;&ldquo;We are looking forward to seeing black and gold all over town as we prepare to do battle with Lethbridge.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Tickets for the exhibition game will go on sale at a later date.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Colorado College officially opens the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, Oct. 6, with a two-game series at the University of Vermont in Burlington. A week later, the Tigers face off with Alaska-Anchorage in their first home games of the year at The Broadmoor World Arena.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </span></p> CC Students, Alumni in Regional Problem-solving Consortium Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:45:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-students-alumni-in-regional-problem-solving-consortium http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-students-alumni-in-regional-problem-solving-consortium <p>Students and recent alumni from four area colleges and universities &mdash; Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy &mdash; will share proposals involving challenging community issues during <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/calendar/details.html?EventID=20980&amp;Title=Quad-Summer-Intensive-Demo-Day&amp;View=Day">Quad Innovation Partnership Demonstration Day</a>.</p> <p>Teams members will present ideas to help resolve energy demand, homelessness, transportation access, food insecurity and small business sales channel competitiveness at the collaborative event, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>&ldquo;These issues were selected for this year&rsquo;s program through collaboration with major community stakeholders,&rdquo; says Jacob Eichengreen, executive director of the Quad Innovation Partnership. &ldquo;The teams spent a month designing, validating and prototyping a scalable solution to address major community issues.&rdquo;</p> <p>Four Air Force Academy faculty members are leading the four-week Quad Innovation Partnership Summer Intensive Program. The program focuses on helping students develop innovation and entrepreneurship skills related to specific opportunities in Colorado Springs.</p> <p>Participants spent the first week identifying and understanding specific problems and building three- to five-person teams to develop solutions. In the second week, participants use the Google 5-day Sprint process to rapidly incorporate feedback and provide direction. The Google-developed process led to Gmail and other innovations. In the third week, students will prototype solutions and collect feedback from community leaders. The final week focuses on validation and pitch development.</p> <p>Throughout the program, participants also are able to connect with key community experts and practitioners. Some secure jobs directly from the program.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Quad created the right environment for me to build a foundation in Colorado Springs,&rdquo; says Sage Vogt of Seattle, who graduated from CC last month with a degree in international political economy.</p> <p>Vogt secured a position with Borealis Fat Bike after connecting with the company&rsquo;s founder during the first week of this year&rsquo;s Quad Summer Intensive.</p> <p>Through the Summer Intensive Program, and a host of additional experiential learning opportunities and professional development experiences, the Quad Innovation Program hopes to incubate the next generation of community leaders and develop the opportunities to keep them in Colorado Springs.</p> <p>The Quad Innovation Partnership is an initiative of Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy to support innovation and career development in the Pikes Peak region. Unlike other entrepreneurship and innovation centers, which focus on incubating companies and technologies, the Quad Innovation Partnership incubates talent and leadership. The program is supported by the leaders of the four institutions, Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College; Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy; Lance Bolton, president of Pikes Peak Community College; and Venkat Reddy, chancellor of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.</p> 91.5 KRCC Extends Coverage in Woodland Park Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/91-5-krcc-extends-coverage-in-woodland-park http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/91-5-krcc-extends-coverage-in-woodland-park <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s NPR-member station, 91.5 KRCC, is extending and improving its coverage northwestward with a newly acquired 100-watt transmitter located in Woodland Park.</p> <p>The new transmitter, which will be operating at the frequency 89.5 FM, will carry 91.5 KRCC programming by July 5. The Woodland Park transmitter will improve signal coverage, allowing for continuous coverage as motorists wind their way from Colorado Springs to Lake George, Hartsel, and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>The transmitter currently has the call letters KILE, but 91.5 KRCC has applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a call letter change to KWCC-FM.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are really excited to better serve the growing population to the&nbsp;northwest. Our dedication to providing the best and most relevant local news coverage&nbsp;and NPR has never been stronger, as well as developing&nbsp;our evening&nbsp;music service. We are very happy to strengthen our signal to include more communities,&rdquo; says 91.5 KRCC General Manager Tammy Terwelp.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are several other strong public radio signals in that area and we wanted to make sure we are having an impact since we are the hometown public&nbsp;station for that area of Colorado,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>The signal purchase is part of 91.5 KRCC&rsquo;s recent strategic&nbsp;growth as well their planned&nbsp;move to a new 10,000-square-foot broadcast facility located at 720 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs.</p> <p>91.5 KRCC operates 10 transmitters and translators, and one HD signal, covering 20,000 square miles of Southern Colorado. KRCC has been a part of&nbsp;Colorado College since 1951.</p> Professor Emeritus James Yaffe Passes Away Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-emeritus-james-yaffe-passes-away http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-emeritus-james-yaffe-passes-away <p>Colorado College Professor Emeritus of English James Yaffe died Sunday, June 4, at his home in Denver at the age of 90. He was born in Chicago on March 31, 1927 and moved to New York as a young child.<br /><br />Jim taught at Colorado College from 1966 until 2002, first as writer-in-residence, then as a full-time member of the English Department. He was a beloved teacher whose classes regularly had long waiting lists; he also taught literature courses on Shakespeare, Shaw, and Chekhov. With English Professors Joan Stone and Jane HIlberry, he co-founded the Creative Writing Track of the English major.<br /><br />Jim was the author of 11 novels, two short-story collections, and two works of nonfiction. His play &ldquo;The Deadly Game,&rdquo; based on a story by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt, was produced on Broadway in 1960 and off-Broadway in 1966 and was adapted for television in 1982. A later play, &ldquo;Cliffhanger,&rdquo; ran off-Broadway in 1985.<br /><br />His writing career began early: <em>Ellery Queen&rsquo;s Mystery Magazine</em> bought one of his short stories when he was just 15. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II and earning a bachelor&rsquo;s degree <em>summa cum laude</em> and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1948, he published his first book &ndash; &ldquo;Poor Cousin Evelyn,&rdquo; a short-story collection &ndash; in 1951. During the 1950s and &rsquo;60s, he wrote for television anthology programs such as &ldquo;The United States Steel Hour&rdquo; and &ldquo;Alfred Hitchcock Presents&rdquo; while continuing to publish novels and short stories.<br /><br />In 1966 he wrote &ldquo;The American Jews,&rdquo; a nonfiction look at a diverse and vibrant community. A second work of nonfiction titled &ldquo;So Sue Me!&rdquo; followed in 1973, telling stories mined from the archives of New York&rsquo;s Jewish community court.<br /><br />Jim was a lifelong fan of detective stories, on both the page and the screen, and between 1988 and 1992 he published a four-book mystery series starring a detective known simply as &ldquo;Mom.&rdquo; Originally featured in short stories that ran in <em>Ellery Queen&rsquo;s Mystery Magazine</em> in the 1950s and &rsquo;60s, Mom was a Jewish mother whose crime-solving prowess relied on a bone-deep knowledge of human nature gleaned from years of coping with troublesome neighbors and relatives.<br /><br />Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Elaine Gordon; three children, Deborah, Rebecca, and Gideon; and three grandchildren, David Yaffe-Bellany, Rachel Yaffe-Bellany, and Oona Yaffe. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 7 in New York City. Donations may be made to the Elizabethan Club of Yale University.</p> Professor Michael O’Riley Reviews Charlie Hebdo Forum Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-michael-o-riley-reviews-charlie-hebdo-forum http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-michael-o-riley-reviews-charlie-hebdo-forum <p>Colorado College Professor of French and Italian Michael O&rsquo;Riley has been commissioned by <em>H-France Salon</em>, an interactive journal, to review the summer 2016 issue of&nbsp;<em>Contemporary French Civilization</em>, which presented a fascinating forum on&nbsp;<em>Charlie Hebdo</em>&nbsp;in the wake of the tragic events of January 2015, in which two brothers forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Riley&rsquo;s review is in response to roughly 15 of the top scholars and writers across disciplines such as history, political science, and sociology who had contributed to a special issue on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> and terrorism in France.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Riley&rsquo;s article, <a href="http://h-france.net/Salon/ORiley.pdf">&ldquo;Post-<em>Charlie</em>: &nbsp;Community, Representation, and Terrorism's Foreclosures,&rdquo;</a> appears in Vol. 9, Issue 1, No. 1 of <em><a href="http://h-france.net/Salon/Volume9.html">H-France Salon</a></em>, an issue titled &ldquo;The Impossible Subject of Charlie Hebdo,&rdquo; a collaboration between&nbsp;<em>Contemporary French Civilization</em><strong>&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<em>H-France Salon.</em></p> <p>O&rsquo;Riley notes that one of the great strengths of the ensemble of articles on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> in <em>Contemporary French Civilization</em> is the portrait that emerges of the French Republic. &ldquo;The contributions taken as a whole seem to say (albeit in different ways) that the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> attacks and the reactions and implications surrounding them underscore some of the mechanisms by which the French Republic creates a discourse of collective identity,&rdquo; writes O&rsquo;Riley. &ldquo;A predominant undercurrent that unites the essays in this special issue is that of community and representation and, namely, the specific question of inclusion and exclusion.&rdquo;</p> <p>The summer 2016 issue of&nbsp;<em>Contemporary French Civilization</em>, guest edited by Mayanthi Fernando and Catherine Raissiguier, features a forum that includes an introduction, six articles, four vignettes, and two education portfolios.&nbsp; In order to introduce this material broadly, the editor, Denis M. Provencher, and the journal&rsquo;s publisher, Liverpool University Press, have agreed to make the <a href="http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/pdf/10.3828/cfc.2016.7">Introduction available</a> until July 17.</p> Chemistry Creates Bonds, Crosses Disciplines Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/chemistry-creates-bonds-crosses-disciplines http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/chemistry-creates-bonds-crosses-disciplines ]]> <p><strong>By Laurie Laker &rsquo;12<br /><br /></strong>The &ldquo;liberal arts&rdquo; have always encompassed the natural and physical sciences, and Colorado College is no different in featuring these disciplines at the forefront of its curriculum. In our classrooms across all eight and a half blocks, science is everywhere at CC &ndash; often right in front of you. Nearly 1,000 students take classes in the Department of Chemistry during any given academic year &ndash; around half of the student population of the college.<br /><br />With the Block Plan, CC students dig deep on their very first day in class &ndash; for four hours plus afternoon lab work in the case of CH107, or General Chemistry 1 as it&rsquo;s more commonly known. It&rsquo;s a lot of work, but for the huge number of students who take this course, it provides a scientific foundation for their hugely varied academic journeys at Colorado College.<br /><br />&ldquo;On the Block Plan, the pace is incredibly fast and the workload especially time-consuming. We'd have to learn thermochemistry in the morning, perform a thermos lab that afternoon, then take a group quiz the next day,&rdquo; says <strong>Vivian Nguyen &rsquo;20</strong>, of Texas. &ldquo;I took general chemistry as a requirement for the neuroscience major, but I always had a passion for chemistry in particular so I was excited to take this class.&rdquo;<br /><br />Professor <strong>Murphy Brasuel &rsquo;96</strong> has been teaching CH107 (General Chemistry 1) at CC for 13 years. He has had ample time to come to an appreciation of the versatility and applicability of the course across the disciplines at Colorado College.<br /><br />&ldquo;The range of students and their experiences, in this class, is really all over the map,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;While it&rsquo;s mostly first- and second-year students, the challenge is to teach the material in a way that allows this massive range of student backgrounds to learn and thrive in my classroom.<br /><br />&ldquo;I equate this class to an introductory language class, where you&rsquo;re learning the vocabulary and structure of a language &ndash; it&rsquo;s the same with chemistry as a discipline; you have to learn the language.&rdquo;<br /><br />Introducing students to a range of terms, theories, and practices of the discipline, General Chemistry is one of the most frequently taught courses across the entire college.<br /><br />Why? Simply put, it&rsquo;s a required course for so many majors at CC.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a requirement for chemistry majors, biochemistry majors, molecular and organismal biology majors, geology majors, and neuroscience majors &ndash; that&rsquo;s at least six majors right off the top of my head,&rdquo; Brasuel clarifies.<br /><br />The Department of Chemistry graduates anywhere between 16 and 24 seniors per year, making it one of the smaller majors at CC. That wouldn&rsquo;t seem, at first glance, to mandate the class being taught so many times in an academic year. It&rsquo;s the aforementioned multiple majors, as well as most medical schools&rsquo; pre-health requirements, that mean the department sees 800-900 students pass through its classes in any given academic year.<br /><br />&ldquo;We teach it nine times a year, the ninth time being one where it&rsquo;s taught simultaneously by two professors,&rdquo; Brasuel says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about the nomenclature of chemistry, how we balance equations, understanding how chemicals are transformed from reactants into products, how they bond, and interact.&rdquo;<br /><br />Embracing science is about being creative. If that sounds unconventional, that&rsquo;s the point, though it is understandable that one can get caught up in the volume of content and miss the creativity.<br /><br />&ldquo;Once the foundation of knowledge is there,&rdquo; Brasuel explains, &ldquo;creativity comes in the pushing and understanding of natural boundaries, how things work, through the lens of chemical interaction.<br /><br />&ldquo;Chemistry gives us the ability to measure and engage with the world on a micro and nano level, to put together things you can&rsquo;t see, to create new measurement tools for medicine, biological research, and so on.&rdquo;<br /><br />Such is the intensity of learning with CC&rsquo;s Block Plan that students in the sciences, or the languages for that matter, often cover the semester equivalent of an entire week&rsquo;s worth of material in a single day.<br /><br />&ldquo;Yeah, it&rsquo;s intense! Our professor made sure to have us perform demonstrations as a fun escape from all the lectures and practice problems we had to do, like igniting thermite on the Olin yard,&rdquo; says Nguyen.<br /><br />The classroom is a quiet one. Not the quiet borne of disengaged students, but rather the quiet that comes with deep concentration. The sounds you hear are the clinking of beakers, the whirr of lab equipment, the whispers of students collecting and updating data.<br /><br />They&rsquo;re testing the concentration of iron in Kellogg&rsquo;s All-Bran, a process that requires the pressurization, liquidation, and distillation of the chemical structure of the cereal. It&rsquo;s the chemist&rsquo;s way of checking the nutritional data.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s an experiment that comes with practiced intensity, vital for the specificity of the discipline. Brasuel is among the louder people in the room, bouncing from group to group, encouraging students, checking in on measurements, clarifying the lab for his students.<br /><br />&ldquo;Lab is tied to the lecture, demonstrations, and other course material to help students tie together a theoretical, quantitative, and practical understanding of chemistry. But oftentimes, before these aspects of the course can work together, the students need to become comfortable enough with each other to ask questions and to make mistakes on their initial solutions to problems,&rdquo; Brasuel says.<br /><br />&ldquo;Lab work was always hectic, but exhilarating, to be applying the concepts we learned just earlier into the experiments we had to perform that afternoon,&rdquo; says Nguyen.<br /><br />&ldquo;CC students don&rsquo;t want to, aren&rsquo;t used to, being wrong, and so part of the reason I switch up the groups as often as I do is to engage the students with each other, to get that comfort in making mistakes and asking questions,&rdquo; Brasuel explains.<br /><br />What is perhaps most important about the sciences at CC is that teaching is at the heart of the discipline. &ldquo;Student-centered is who we are and who we should continue to be,&rdquo; says Brasuel.<br /><br />Nearly all science faculty do conduct research &ndash; Brasuel&rsquo;s own research focuses on nano-level structure and design &ndash; but that work largely takes place over the summers, with student researchers assisting faculty members for the experience and publication opportunities.<br /><br />&ldquo;We want students coming here because we&rsquo;ve got teachers here, not researchers who teach on the side,&rdquo; Brasuel says.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been really impressed with my peers and colleagues who engage in teaching courses like this one, and who value it as a really important part of what we do &mdash; giving students a foundation of knowledge regardless of their direction or focus here. It&rsquo;s a really liberal arts mindset, the idea that all knowledge, all ways of knowing, has value.&rdquo;</p> Katlyn Frey ’17 Receives Critical Language Scholarship to China Tue, 30 May 2017 10:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katlyn-frey-17-receives-critical-language-scholarship-to-china http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katlyn-frey-17-receives-critical-language-scholarship-to-china <p><strong>Katlyn Frey &rsquo;17</strong>, has been awarded a highly competitive U.S. Department of State <a href="http://www.clscholarship.org/">Critical Language Scholarship</a> (CSL) to study Chinese in Suzhou, China, during the summer.</p> <p>The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, defined as those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America&rsquo;s engagement with the world. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.</p> <p>Frey, a psychology major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is one of approximately 550 selected U.S. students selected for this award. While at Colorado College, she studied abroad in China twice, first in Shanghai during her freshman year and again in Beijing during her junior year.</p> <p>She hopes to become fluent in Chinese, so that as a psychology major, she can make psychological therapy more cross-culturally effective. She is greatly influenced by the work of Arthur Kleinman, a clinical psychologist who conducted cross-cultural therapy research in Taiwan.<br /><br />&ldquo;If I wish to follow in his footsteps, then I need to be able to conduct therapy sessions in Chinese. By doing so, I can test therapies effectiveness on populations that are largely underrepresented in psychology,&rdquo; Frey says. &ldquo;In addition, I can learn about healing practices outside of Western academia, broadening my perspective on what constitutes &lsquo;therapy.&rsquo; Therefore, I hope to enter a career that would allow me to input more internationalism into an established school of thought, such as psychology.&rdquo;<br /><br />She notes that &ldquo;many psychologists assume that certain well-studied therapies are bound to work on every patient. Yet, most therapies have only been empirically tested on white European and North American participants. I want to challenge psychologists&rsquo; assumptions by using Chinese-speaking participants in empirical studies on therapies.&rdquo;</p> Melissa L. Barnes (Feminist & Gender Studies and Psychology '15) Helps Author New Discrimination Policy at the University of Oregon Sun, 28 May 2017 10:25:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/melissa-l-barnes-feminist-gender-studies-and-psychology-15-helps-author-new-discrimination-policy-at-the-university-of-oregon http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/melissa-l-barnes-feminist-gender-studies-and-psychology-15-helps-author-new-discrimination-policy-at-the-university-of-oregon <p class="MsoNormal">Recently, <a href="https://psychology.uoregon.edu/profile/mbarnes5/" target="_blank">Melissa L. Barnes</a> (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Psychology &rsquo;15) was part of a <a href="https://senate.uoregon.edu/2016/08/08/the-senate-responsible-reporting-working-group/" target="_blank">working group</a> that assisted with the creation of a new policy &ldquo;defining reporting responsibilities for employees who learn of a student who has experienced sex or gender-based discrimination,&rdquo; according to <em><a href="http://around.uoregon.edu/content/new-reporting-responsibilities-policy-take-effect-sept-15?utm_source=ato05-23-17" target="_blank">Around the O</a></em>. The new policy received the signature of University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, and will take effect on September 15.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to <a href="http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/jjf/" target="_blank">Jennifer J. Freyd</a>, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Editor of the <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjtd20/current" target="_blank">Journal of Trauma &amp; Dissociation</a>, &ldquo;The core idea of this policy is that in most instances students discussing sexual and gender based harassment and violence with trusted mentors will have the option to determine whether their information is kept private or passed on to official sources. There are exceptions (for instance some employees such as administrators and coaches will remain required reporters) and additional responsibilities (for instance all employees will have to provide some information to students), but overall the change will allow students much more control over their private information which we believe will benefit them and ultimately lead to more reporting. The UO&rsquo;s policy will be a first in the country due to the requirements to ascertain the student&rsquo;s wishes and to provide information to students. Most other policies are simply mandatory reporting across the board or a list of required reporters without clarity about additional responsibilities. The UO&rsquo;s policy also stands out as being informed by behavioral science on disclosure and response to sexual and gender based harassment and violence.&rdquo; Further, <a href="https://prevention.uoregon.edu/about" target="_blank">Darci Heroy</a>, Associate Vice President&nbsp;and&nbsp;Title IX Coordinator at the University of Oregon, notes, "The new policy is designed to increase both campus safety and confidence in our institutional response by encouraging even more students to seek support, receive services and report sexual harassment. It accomplishes this by demonstrating our resolve to protect victims and survivors as much as possible by allowing them to choose when, if, and how to engage with the comprehensive and compassionate resources that we offer.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Melissa is currently a doctoral student in&nbsp;Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon in the <a href="http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/" target="_blank">Freyd Dynamics Lab</a>. Her research and clinical interests focus on racially/ethnically marginalized women's experiences of sexual trauma. She is also concerned with the direct and indirect effects of systemic discrimination on individual experiences of trauma through the lens of <a href="http://jmgomez.org/ " target="_blank">cultural betrayal trauma theory</a>.</p> NCAA Honors Soren Frykholm ’16 With Jim McKay Scholarship Fri, 26 May 2017 12:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/ncaa-honors-soren-frykholm-16-with-jim-mckay-scholarship http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/ncaa-honors-soren-frykholm-16-with-jim-mckay-scholarship <p>An NCAA committee has named<strong> Soren Frykholm &rsquo;16 </strong>one of two recipients of this year&rsquo;s Jim McKay Scholarship, awarded to students pursuing sports communication careers.</p> <p>The $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study recognizes student-athletes&rsquo; outstanding academic achievement and their potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry. The scholarship was created in 2008 to honor the legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay.</p> <p>Frykholm, a member of the Colorado College men&rsquo;s soccer team, graduated with distinction with a degree in Romance Languages and plans to pursue a master&rsquo;s degree in journalism.</p> <p>&ldquo;The challenge facing the next generation of quality sports journalists is to be relevant without losing a sense of humility and compassion,&rdquo; Frykholm says.</p> <p>Associate Dean of the College Pedro de Araujo, who also is Colorado College&rsquo;s faculty athletics representative, knows Frykholm is ready to help set the standards for future journalists.</p> <p>&ldquo;Colorado College does not offer a communications major, but we have a very strong journalists-in-residence program,&rdquo; de Araujo says. &ldquo;Students who desire to pursue a career in communications tend to combine their selected major with classes in this program. Soren went beyond this as he applied what he has learned in the classroom to the real world by choosing to spend time with less fortunate communities, helping develop educational programs that involve formal and informal education as well as sports.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In a mass media world that increasingly emphasizes instant gratification, ruthlessness and perhaps even a lack of regard for the truth, I&rsquo;ve come to value the journalistic values embodied by Jim McKay,&rdquo; Frykholm says.</p> <p>During his three seasons as a member of the CC men&rsquo;s soccer team, he helped lead the Tigers to a combined overall record of 45-10-6 (.787). At the same time, Frykholm took advantage of CC&rsquo;s Block Plan and studied abroad extensively, which allowed him to expand his global commitment to community service.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Frykholm also was named a recipient of the highly prestigious <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/soren-frykholm-16-earns-ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship#.WShvBknrvcs">NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship</a>, awarded to a select group of student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.</p>