Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html David Mason Publishes New Book of Essays Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/david-mason-publishes-new-book-of-essays http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/david-mason-publishes-new-book-of-essays <p>Colorado College Professor of English <strong>David Mason &rsquo;78 </strong>recently published a collection of essays titled &ldquo;Voices, Places.&rdquo; The book explores surprising connections in geography and time, considering writers who traveled, who emigrated or were exiled, and who often shaped the literature of their homelands.<br /><br />Mason, himself a seasoned traveler, writes of other travelers such Patrick Leigh Fermor, Bruce Chatwin, Joseph Conrad, and Herodotus, and of writers as far flung as Omar Khayyam, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, James Joyce, and Les Murray. Near the end of the book Mason turns to his own native region, the American West, and considers the work of Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, Robinson Jeffers, Belle Turnbull, and Thomas McGrath.</p> <p>Two quotes in the opening of book set the geographic and literary terrain. The first is from Seamus Heaney: &ldquo;If you have a strong first world and a strong set of relationships then in some part of you you are always free, you can walk the world because you know where you belong, you have some place to come back to,&rdquo; and the second is from Wendell Berry, paraphrased by Wallace Stegner: &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t know where you are, you don&rsquo;t know who you are.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mason&rsquo;s essays are about familiarity and estrangement, the pleasure and knowledge readers can gain by engaging with writers&rsquo; lives, their travels, their trials, and the homes they make for themselves.<br /><br />&ldquo;How are voices like places?&rdquo; he asks. &ldquo;They move through us as we move through them.&rdquo; An early review from <em>Publishers Weekly</em>&nbsp;states, &ldquo;This special collection leaves readers with a sense of wanderlust and a refreshing new lens through which to view literature and travel.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mason, who was poet laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014, is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently &ldquo;Sea Salt&rdquo; and &ldquo;Davey McGravy.&rdquo; He also has written a memoir, &ldquo;News from the Village,&rdquo; and a verse-novel, &ldquo;Ludlow,&rdquo; which won the Colorado Book Award in 2007, was named Best Poetry Book of the year by the <em>Contemporary Poetry Review</em><em>, and was </em>featured on the PBS NewsHour.</p> Built for the Block Plan — And the Planet Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/built-for-the-block-plan-and-the-planet http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/built-for-the-block-plan-and-the-planet <p><em>By Leslie Weddell, photos by Jennifer Coombes unless otherwise noted</em></p> <p>Where can you find the largest carbon-neutral, net-zero energy academic library in the nation?&nbsp;</p> <p>At 38.84898333 latitude and -104.82388889 longitude, the doorway to Colorado College&rsquo;s recently renovated Charles L. Tutt Library.</p> <p>The library earned the remarkable energy efficiency designation following a renovation that included the addition of approximately 25,000 square feet of space, which incorporated 12,976 square feet of glass and more than doubled the building&rsquo;s seating capability.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Charles L. Tutt Library, built in 1962 and first dedicated during Homecoming 55 years ago, has been reimagined and rebuilt to meet the evolving needs and boundless energy of CC students and faculty,&rdquo; says Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler.</p> <p>The $45 million renovation, which garnered gifts totaling $19.4 million, is the largest capital building project in college history. &ldquo;It is anchored in the strategic plan for the college, &lsquo;Building on the Block,&rsquo; which calls for a reimagined library. Its impact on campus is profound, as it serves as the intellectual hub of the campus and brings the CC community together in structured and unstructured ways,&rdquo; says Tiefenthaler.</p> <p><iframe width="1920" height="1080" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XV7CRqVPfJI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The new Tutt Library already is a huge hit with students, faculty, and staff. The five dedicated classrooms were promptly filled. The Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) lab is a hub of activity, and heavily used by classes ranging from geology to classics to anthropology, as well as the Environmental Program. Faculty members have held office hours on the third-floor terrace, with its sweeping view of the mountains. Nearby Susie B&rsquo;s caf&eacute; buzzes with&nbsp;community, collaboration, colleagues &mdash; and caffeine. And everywhere are students, making the library their own.</p> <p>&ldquo;The library is a place where our people can connect intellectually and socially at the center of campus,&rdquo; says Tiefenthaler. &ldquo;It is the first library built for the Block Plan.&rdquo;</p> <p>Because of the Block Plan, courses at CC &mdash; unlike those on a semester schedule &mdash; conclude at noon every fourth Wednesday. This means the bulk of the student body is wrapping up projects, assignments, papers, and labs, or studying for finals at the same time, putting simultaneous pressure on library facilities. To accommodate the demand, the new library increased its square footage by 35 percent, to 94,317 square feet, and the seating capacity more than doubled, from 495 to 1,078, with more seating&nbsp;on order to accommodate the uniquely CC &ldquo;Fourth Week study rush.&rdquo;</p> <p>The library is set up &ldquo;for students to use intensely and as they need it throughout the day and the block,&rdquo; says JoAnn Jacoby, the new director of the library. &ldquo;The spaces and services have come together in a uniquely successful, uniquely CC way.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The library supports the rhythm of the Block Plan, and the students help define how the building feels throughout the day and throughout each block,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/images/galleries/library-2017/jacoby.jpg" alt="Library director JoAnn Jacoby" width="100%" /><br /><em>Library director JoAnn Jacoby</em></p> <p>The library has been technologically transformed, with a data visualization lab, space for new and emerging technology, Geospatial Information Systems laboratory, and an experimental classroom equipped with teaching technology. Appropriately, one of the first classes to be taught in the new library was President Tiefenthaler&rsquo;s Economics of Higher Education, which she co-teaches with her husband, Research Professor Kevin Rask.</p> <p>Faculty and students are able to access collections and information, and communicate with each other, even while off campus during CC&rsquo;s signature field study and study abroad experiences.</p> <p>Advanced audiovisual and technology-centric systems, including wireless accessibility to meet current and future demand, are central to the new library as well. Students today &mdash; and certainly students of the future &mdash; can have up to five personal devices, all of which need to be powered. The new library has that covered, with 1,174 electrical outlets (some of which also have two USB ports) and 232 floor boxes with two outlets apiece for powering mobile devices.</p> <p>&ldquo;The library is resource intensive,&rdquo; says Weston Taylor, CC&rsquo;s instructional technologist for emerging technologies. &ldquo;One day at CC is like a week on the semester system, so we have to have the resources and high availability to accommodate the students.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new Tutt Library is where music major <strong>Grace Hale &rsquo;20 </strong>turned for help with her improvisational piece for Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots&rsquo; Composition 101 course. But Hale wasn&rsquo;t looking for sheet music or biographical notes on composers. She was seeking help with a virtual reality concept she wanted to try while performing onstage. Although she&rsquo;s been playing the piano since age 5, she&rsquo;s new to virtual reality &mdash; yet had an innate sense of what she wanted to accomplish.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I popped into the library,&rdquo; says Hale, where she connected with Taylor. She explained what she wanted to do, and &ldquo;we totally geeked out about it. He geeked out about the technology and I geeked out about the music,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;He showed me the logistical side of how to make it actually work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>And Hale&rsquo;s project did work. She wanted to play an improv piece with her eyes closed, visualizing a landscape that would inspire her music. &ldquo;But playing with my eyes closed or blindfolded was not enough; it&rsquo;s boring. I wanted something bigger,&rdquo; she says. She wanted to see a dazzling landscape while playing; one that would inspire her music &mdash; and she wanted the audience to be able to see what she saw.</p> <p>The resources at the library enabled Hale to perform a five-minute improvisational piece on a piano in Packard Hall, wearing a VR headset that displayed the Northern Lights, with the images also being projected on a screen so her colleagues could see what she was responding to with her music.</p> <p>&ldquo;Certainly this was a pioneering effort on Grace&rsquo;s part, to combine music improvisation with VR technology and to integrate it into the final concert of our composition class,&rdquo; says Ben-Amots. &ldquo;Grace was very adamant about performing this piece and I am glad she persisted. The end result was an interesting musical journey into a 3D image of a beautiful wintery landscape, which we very much enjoyed.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing that it actually happened,&rdquo; says Hale. &ldquo;Weston was a huge help. Everything fell into place, and I had accessibility to everything, which was phenomenal.&rdquo;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the goal of the renovated Tutt Library. &ldquo;The library is focused on student success,&rdquo; says Jacoby. &ldquo;The block is an intense schedule, and the library brings everything together in one place.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/images/galleries/library-2017/Tutt-VR.jpg" alt="Students and their parents demo virtual reality and augmented reality in the newly renovated Tutt Library." width="100%" /><br /><em>Students and their parents demo virtual reality and augmented reality in the newly renovated Tutt Library.<br />Photo by <b>Jason Edelstein &rsquo;18</b></em></p> <p>In addition to its technological services, the library also is the hub for academic support services, housing the Colket Center for Academic Excellence, Quantitative Reasoning Center, Writing Center, English as a Second Language, thesis support, First-Year Experience Office, Crown Faculty Center, and research librarians &mdash; all on the same floor &mdash; enabling students and faculty to consult with professional staff and each other. &ldquo;You can be confident you&rsquo;ll find somebody to help you in the library, regardless of what you need,&rdquo; Taylor says.</p> <p>&ldquo;Students can stumble across unexpected surprises in the library, which open one&rsquo;s mind to other connections and possibilities,&rdquo; says Jacoby. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s key to the liberal arts. It&rsquo;s opening up new paths, and serendipity is just as important as efficiency.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can see learning happening here,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;CC was rated by <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report </em>as the 10th best college in the country in undergraduate teaching. This library brings that out in a very public way. You can literally see what the college is all about &mdash; learning inside the classroom and the learning and the creativity that happens after class,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>One of the hallmarks of a CC education is collaboration, says President Tiefenthaler, noting that the students frequently work together in small teams on projects, to study, conduct research, access digital and traditional resources, and pursue intellectual passions and personal growth. This type of collaboration happens in spaces made for working together &mdash; and those spaces abound in the new library.</p> <p>In one glass-enclosed classroom, <strong>Jeremy LeMenager &rsquo;20, Matthew Presti &rsquo;19</strong>, and <strong>Christian Fowler &rsquo;19 </strong>block out a movie assignment for their Spanish 101 class. It&rsquo;s a cop and robber film, with a slightly noir feel. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really nice to have all these rooms,&rdquo; says Presti, sketching out scenes on the whiteboard. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t feel like we&rsquo;re bothering people.&rdquo;</p> <p>On the third-floor terrace, <strong>Zhen Loy &rsquo;21</strong>, <strong>Kieran Woerner &rsquo;21</strong>, <strong>Henry Rose &rsquo;21, </strong>and <strong>Kara Thomas &rsquo;21 </strong>collaborate on their Slow Food in a Fast-Food Nation First-Year Experience course, an interdisciplinary Environmental Program and Italian course, in which students compare food systems in Italy and the United States. &ldquo;We come here every day,&rdquo; Thomas says.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We use the hell out of Tutt,&rdquo; adds Rose for emphasis.</p> <p>Three students in an anthropology class, two in a geology class, and one in a satire class gathered in what they call &ldquo;the prime room&rdquo; in the library, a glass-enclosed study room overlooking the library entrance. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice to come to a place that&rsquo;s meant for studying,&rdquo; says <strong>Anya Steinberg &rsquo;21</strong>, one of the anthropology students.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are lots of options here, lots of different settings, for the way you want to study,&rdquo; says <strong>Sophie Wulfing &rsquo;19</strong>, an organismal biology and ecology major, in the library to meet a friend and work on an assignment for a Hinduism class.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another organismal biology and ecology major, <strong>Kate McGinn &rsquo;18, </strong>says &ldquo;this is my home,&rdquo; as she sits at her favorite work station in the back of the GIS lab. Working with Biology Professor Brian Linkhart, McGinn has been studying how owls use their habitat, tracking their foraging patterns early in the evening and late at night, and noting differences from early in the season, when they have no nestlings to feed, to later in the season, when they do. Using tiny backpacks equipped with trackers strapped onto the owls, McGinn has collected the data and is using GIS to dissect the owls&rsquo; patterns of movement, determining how much space they use over time and its variations. &ldquo;Owls have a very complicated relationship with their habitat,&rdquo; she says. The GIS technology is &ldquo;an important way to describe this data I&rsquo;ve collected.&rdquo;</p> <p>McGinn presented her research at the Raptor Research Foundation conference in Utah in early November. One of the students&rsquo; favorite areas of the library is the &ldquo;Tech Sandbox,&rdquo; an area on the first floor designated by the sign &ldquo;Class of 1967 Tech Sandbox.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just what it sounds like,&rdquo; Taylor says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a place where students can build, and play, and make mistakes. They can try new things in a constructive, creative way. And it is like a sandbox; anyone can come up and join in; it&rsquo;s a shared experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;There might be some dissonance, as there is in other sandboxes, but you learn lessons about life,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;When you&rsquo;re a kid in a sandbox, it doesn&rsquo;t matter what someone else looks like, they want to play, and it&rsquo;s more fun to play with them. It&rsquo;s problem-solving with technology.&rdquo; <strong>Georgie Nahass &rsquo;20</strong>, a computer science major, biochemistry minor, and ITS Educational Solutions student intern, frequently works in the Tech Sandbox. &ldquo;3D printing is the future of a lot of things,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It can do some crazy stuff. From making more accurate prosthetics to creating entire houses, 3D printing will eventually change life as we know it. It is still in its infancy, however, so there&rsquo;s going to be a bunch of cool stuff happening very soon in the 3D realm.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Daniel Barnes &rsquo;21 </strong>is planning to make a mouthpiece for his trombone with the 3D printer to use in his trombone adjunct class. Barnes, who&rsquo;s considering a double major in computer science and music education, says the trombone mouthpiece is &ldquo;an absolutely wonderful example of interdisciplinary interaction revolving around the resources offered at the library.&rdquo;</p> <p>The carbon neutral, net-zero energy library also reflects Colorado College&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p>A geothermal energy field adjacent to the library has 80 wells arranged in a grid. The wells, each 400 feet deep and five-and-a-half inches wide, function as a heat exchanger for the reversible geothermal heat pump that provides both heating and cooling in the library. Additionally, a 115-kilowatt rooftop solar array, 400-kilowatt offsite solar array, and 130-kilowatt combined heat and power system are all part of the project. There are terraces on each level and a live green roof consisting of approximately 5,000 sedums.&nbsp;</p> <p>Says Tiefenthaler, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to have a library that&rsquo;s ideal for both the Block Plan and the planet.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/images/galleries/library-2017/TuttLibrary_NetZero_InfoGraphic_Horizontal.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/images/galleries/library-2017/TuttLibrary_NetZero_InfoGraphic_Horizontal.jpg" alt="Tutt Library infographic" width="100%" /></a></p> Tutt Library By the Numbers Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tutt-library-by-the-numbers http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tutt-library-by-the-numbers ]]> <p><strong>1ST </strong>Library built for the Block Plan&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>94,317 </strong>Square feet of space (a 35 percent increase)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12,976 </strong>Square feet of glass&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1,078 </strong>Seating capacity&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7,040 </strong>Cups of coffee served at Susie B&rsquo;s caf&eacute; during Block 1&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1,174 </strong>electrical outlets&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>80 </strong>Geothermal wells on Armstrong Quad (each 400 feet deep and 5. half inches wide)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Six </strong>Ancient cuneiform tablets dating from 500 B.C. or earlier in Special Collections&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>80,000 </strong>Electronic journals, the contemporary equivalent of cuneiform tablets&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>500,000 </strong>Physical volumes in Tutt Library&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>346,000 </strong>Total feet of wire and cable&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5,000 </strong>Sedums on the third-floor terrace live green roof&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>26 to 52 inches </strong>Height variation of adjustable standing desks&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 </strong>Restrooms in the library&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>65 </strong>Degrees (plus or minus 2 degrees) in the Special Collections vault&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>375 </strong>Tons of structural steel used in the building&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>318 </strong>Photovoltaic panels, including 264 on the building and 54 on the trellis&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6,230,000 </strong>Pounds of concrete used on the project&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>42 </strong>Percent relative humidity (plus or minus 4 degrees) in the Special Collections vault&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>39 </strong>Number of costumes Chas has worn since 1929, including Hawaiian grass skirt with coconut bikini top, King Tutt ensemble, and Furby outfit&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>86 </strong>Study carrels, each with a USB port&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>27 </strong>screens on the Data Visualization Wall&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ZERO Estimated net annual carbon emissions!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/built-for-the-block-plan-and-the-planet">Learn more about CC's newly-renovated Tutt Library.</a></p> Delizioso! Elementary Italian More Than Just Language Skills Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/delizioso-elementary-italian-more-than-just-language-skills http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/delizioso-elementary-italian-more-than-just-language-skills <p>Photos by <strong>Jason Edelstein &rsquo;18</strong></p> <p>Students in Elementary Italian obtain basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations. They also sometimes learn how to make homemade pizza and gnocchi from scratch!</p> Theo Hooker ’18 Headlines All-SCAC Selections Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/theo-hooker-18-headlines-all-scac-selections http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/theo-hooker-18-headlines-all-scac-selections ]]> <p>Colorado College goalkeeper <strong>Theo Hooker &rsquo;18 </strong>was named co-Defensive Player of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and was one of five Tigers who earned all-conference honors for their efforts during the 2017 season.</p> <p>Joining Hooker as first-team selections were midfielder <strong>Joel Frykholm &rsquo;18</strong> and defender <strong>Griffin Wesley &rsquo;19</strong>. Forward <strong>Sam Markin &rsquo;18</strong> and senior defender <strong>Henry Schuler &rsquo;18</strong> earned spots on the second team, while defender <strong>Keenan Amer &rsquo;19</strong> received honorable-mention accolades.</p> <p>Hooker, who landed a spot on the first team for the second year in a row, earned all-SCAC honors for the fourth time. He also was a two-time second-team selection, including his freshman season when he was named the league&rsquo;s Newcomer of the Year.</p> <p>The native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, posted an 11-4-4 overall record and a 9-2-3 mark in conference play. Hooker led the SCAC with an .841 saves percentage and tied for first with nine clean sheets and a 0.65 GAA. He holds the program goalkeeping records with 35 shutouts and 51 career victories. He also is second with a 0.63 goals-against average and fifth with 215 saves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Frykholm, last season&rsquo;s SCAC Newcomer of the Year, led the Tigers with seven goals and 16 points, both of which were personal single-season highs. He scored a pair of game-winning goals, and set up the deciding score in the 2-1 victory at the University of Dallas. In conference games only, he tied for seventh with five goals and tied for 10th with 12 points.</p> <p>Wesley helped anchor the Colorado College defense that tied for first in the conference by allowing only 13 total goals. The team&rsquo;s 0.61 GAA ranked 19th nationally and tied for first in the SCAC.</p> <p>He scored his first career goal in the 2-1 victory at No. 32 Luther College in the season opener and struck for his first game winner in the 1-0 win over Centenary College.</p> <p>Despite being limited to eight games due to injuries, Markin tied for second on the team with four goals and was fourth with nine points, which were both personal single-season highs.</p> <p>In conference games, Markin finished third in the league averaging 0.57 goals and tied for fifth in the conference averaging 1.14 goals per game.</p> <p>Schuler led the team with 1,885 minutes at his center back position and went the distance in all 10 shutouts, three of which were 0-0 ties.</p> <p>In 14 league games, the Tigers posted seven clean sheets and allowed only 10 goals, good for a 0.68 GAA which ranked second in the SCAC.</p> <p>Amer, who ranked second on the team with 1,865 minutes, was a key contributor at both ends of the field. He was a fixture on the Colorado College defense that ranked second in the conference with 10 shutouts.</p> <p>At the offensive end of the pitch, Amer tied for third on the team with four assists and tied for fifth with six points, both of which were single-season highs.</p> <p>CC finished the season with an overall record of 11-4-5 and a 9-2-3 mark in conference play.</p> Lizzy Counts ’20 Named First-Team AVCA All-American Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lizzy-counts-20-named-first-team-avca-all-american http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lizzy-counts-20-named-first-team-avca-all-american <p><strong>Lizzy Counts &rsquo;20</strong> became part of an exclusive group of Colorado College volleyball players by earning first-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the recently completed 2017 season.</p> <p>Right side hitter <strong>Aria Dudley &rsquo;19</strong> and sophomore outside hitter <strong>Jordan Mullen &rsquo;20</strong> were named honorable-mention All-Americans.</p> <p>In the 39-year history of the program, Counts and <strong>Cathy Costello &rsquo;90</strong> are the only Tigers to be named to the AVCA&rsquo;s first team as sophomores.</p> <p>Costello, CC&rsquo;s only four-time All-American, was a second-team selection during her freshman season in 1986 and went on to earn first-team certificates in each of her final three seasons.</p> <p>Counts and Costello are two of the eight Colorado College student-athletes who have earned first-team All-America honors. The other six are Elissa Breitbard (1987), Amy Smith (1987), Sara Boyles (2001), Emily Perkins (2009, &rsquo;10), Abbe Holtze (2013, &rsquo;15, &rsquo;16), and Courtney Birkett (2015).</p> <p>&ldquo;Being an All American is a great honor and Lizzy definitely deserves it,&rdquo; head coach Rick Swan says. &ldquo;Not only is she a great teammate, Lizzy is the consummate competitor who always plays her best when the match is on the line. She has worked hard all year and has done so much for her team.&rdquo;</p> <p>Counts led the Tigers to a 33-2 record, the SCAC regular-season and tournament championships, as well as the program's 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.</p> <p>This season, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year led the conference averaging 10.19 assists per game and was fourth with 54 service aces and an average of 0.45 aces per game.</p> <p>Counts also ranked third on the team with a .290 hitting percentage and 276 digs, and was fifth with 42 total blocks.</p> <p>The Oakland, California, native also guided Colorado College to a .259 team hitting percentage, which led the SCAC and ranked fourth nationally.</p> <p>After just two seasons, Counts is fifth on the program&rsquo;s career list with 2,120 assists. This year, she finished with a personal high of 1,223 assists, which ranks third on the program&rsquo;s single-season chart. <a href="https://cctigers.com/news/2017/11/14/volleyball-counts-named-first-team-avca-all-american.aspx">Read more here.</a></p> TREE Semester Earns Environmental Education Accreditation Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tree-semester-earns-environmental-education-accreditation http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/tree-semester-earns-environmental-education-accreditation ]]> <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s Teaching and Research in Environmental Education (TREE) Semester is now one of only eight accredited environmental education programs in North America and one of only two undergraduate programs in the country to receive this distinction.<br /><br />The designation comes following a recent accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The only other undergraduate program accredited by NAAEE is the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.</p> <p>CC&rsquo;s TREE Semester is a 16-week, residential semester program that mirrors the traditional study abroad experience. Undergraduate students live and learn inat the scenic Catamount Center in the montane forest outside Woodland Park, Colorado.</p> <p>The TREE Semester is for students of all academic interests, but is specifically designed for those interested in exploring both environmental and educational fields. These scholars cultivate their own and their K-12 students&rsquo; conceptions of environmental stewardship and respect for the natural world. Where traditional programs provide only limited teaching opportunities, the TREE Semester allows undergraduates to learn about their students&rsquo; development through almost 100 hours of experiential teaching.</p> <p>"The TREE Semester, created as part of the CC strategic planning process, is an excellent example of our innovative approach to education," says Howard Drossman, professor of environmental science and education.</p> <p>NAAEE&rsquo;s accreditation process provides third-party, standards-based recognition of high&nbsp;quality higher education programs that engage in the preparation and professional development of environmental educators.&nbsp;Regardless of the setting &mdash; whether rural, suburban, or urban areas, environmental educators need practices and materials that effectively foster a high standard of&nbsp;environmental literacy.</p> Thirty Years On, Film Festival Grows Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/thirty-years-on-film-festival-grows http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/thirty-years-on-film-festival-grows <p>By Brenda Gillen, photos by <strong>Jason Edelstein '18</strong></p> <p>The 30th Annual<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://coloradocollege.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a2ffa14c4a3c79ddcc1b20faa&amp;id=207c2892ef&amp;e=8c92db037e">Rocky Mountain Women&rsquo;s Film Festival</a><span> (RMWFF) held&nbsp;</span><strong>Nov. 10-12</strong> featured several films by CC alumni. It&rsquo;s the longest-running women&rsquo;s film festival in North America, and it showcases documentary, narrative shorts, and animated films. More than 60 films were screened throughout the weekend at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, and Cornerstone Arts Center. Approximately 1,600 people attended the event.</p> <p><span>RMWFF</span> honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it and that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversation. Linda Broker, executive director of the festival, says RMWFF&rsquo;s connections to the Fine Arts Center go back to the first festival held in 1988. Over the years as the festival has grown, it has added venues at Colorado College, and this year CC was a presenting sponsor of the festival.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think anyone is more delighted than us with the construction of the Cornerstone Arts Center. For a city the size of Colorado Springs to offer such great venues all within walking distance of each other really contributes to the quality of this event,&rdquo; says Broker. &ldquo;Without Colorado College, our festival wouldn&rsquo;t exist in the form that in exists with this partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sixteen filmmakers attended this year&rsquo;s festival, which featured several films about strong women. Among the women showcased were farm worker activist Dolores Huerta, restauranteur Ella Brennan, primatologist Jane Goodall, and open-water swimmer Kim Chambers. &ldquo;Behind the Lens&rdquo; panel discussions with attending filmmakers expanded to four sessions on various topics this year. In celebration of RMWFF&rsquo;s 30th anniversary, programming also included a &ldquo;Best of the Fest&rdquo; series revisiting films from past festivals.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had films that were accompanied by a filmmaker who had a current film with the festival,&rdquo; says Broker. For example, we had a film called &lsquo;My Love Affair with the Brain&rsquo; and those two filmmakers were here. In our Best of the Fest track, we showed a film of theirs that we screened 20 years ago at the festival called &lsquo;The Story of Mothers and Daughters.&rsquo; For our attendees it&rsquo;s that much more interaction with filmmakers, which is why coming to a film festival is so different from going anywhere else to watch films.&rdquo;</p> <p>Colorado College alumni whose films were featured at the festival include <strong>Clara-Aya Blanco &rsquo;17, </strong><strong>Judy Kreith &rsquo;83</strong><span>, </span><strong>Renan Ozturk &rsquo;02</strong>, <strong>Charlie Theobald &rsquo;17</strong>, <strong>Sophia Capp &rsquo;17</strong>, and <strong>Celestine Manno &rsquo;17</strong>. <strong>Mari Young &rsquo;18</strong> served as a fellow for this year&rsquo;s festival, and students in the CC Film and Media Studies program created two one-minute-long &ldquo;bumper&rdquo; films, that alternated preceding the feature films during the weekend. Additionally, several CC staff members were festival volunteers.</p> <p>Capp and Manno wrote, directed, and produced the 10-minute film &ldquo;Tendencies.&rdquo; Capp says the film was the senior capstone project for the two Film and Media Studies majors. The project&rsquo;s inspiration was the famous photo by Robert C. Wiles of the body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale resting atop a crumpled limousine after she jumped from the Empire State Building observation platform to her death on May 1, 1947. In the haunting image, McHale appears to be resting peacefully. Capp was intrigued by the photo, which was displayed at Old School Bakery at Ivywild School, in Colorado Springs, where she once worked.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wrote a script about Evelyn McHale that had flashbacks of her living with her mother when she was little. In a lot of ways, women&rsquo;s lives today connect with the past,&rdquo; Capp says.</p> <p>Capp served as a fellow for the festival last year, and since her graduation this year has worked as a paraprofessional for the Film and Media Studies program. She&rsquo;s found that connecting with other filmmakers has positively influenced her view of the industry.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was absolutely wonderful to be in a community of women. In light of events in Hollywood this year, there&rsquo;s been quite the movement for women to be seen as great filmmakers,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>Other films by CC alumni screened at the festival included:</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;<a href="https://rmwfilminstitute.org/films/cubas-forgotten-jewels-haven-havana">Cuba&rsquo;s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana</a>&rdquo; directed by <strong>Judy Kreith &rsquo;83</strong></li> <li>&ldquo;Denali&rsquo;s Raven&rdquo; directed by <strong>Renan Ozturk &rsquo;02</strong></li> <li>&ldquo;May&rdquo; directed by <strong>Charlie Theobald &rsquo;17</strong></li> <li>&ldquo;Estamos&rdquo; by<strong> Clara-Aya Blanco &rsquo;17 </strong></li> </ul> <p>This year&rsquo;s Madelyn&rsquo;s Choice Award was presented to Serena Dykman for &ldquo;NANA.&rdquo; The award memorializes Madelyn Osur, who was an active member of the festival until her death in 2005.</p> Seattle Alumni Connect with CC Students Over Block Break Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:45:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/seattle-alumni-connect-with-cc-students-over-block-break http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/seattle-alumni-connect-with-cc-students-over-block-break ]]> <p>Colorado College students completed the Fall 2017 Tiger Trek in October with a tour of the Seattle area that featured successful alumni and highlighted potential career paths. The four-day trip over the second block break provided them with valuable insights as well as the opportunity to make connections in their fields of interest.<br /><br />This experience was provided free for 12 students thanks to the Colorado College Career Center, Office of Alumni and Family Relations, and generous donors.<br /><br />Students visited Amazon, Boeing, K2 Sports, Meriwether Partners LLC, Microsoft, Sound Transit, Starbucks, and Third Place Books. In addition to site visits, students met in person with area alumni during a networking social with more than 50 participants. <br /><br />&ldquo;The trip improved my skills at networking while expanding my professional network,&rdquo; says <strong>Noah Hirshorn &rsquo;20</strong>. &ldquo;Tiger Trek is a great opportunity to get an idea of what type of environment you want to work in and whether or not the city that you visit is a good fit.&rdquo;<br /><br />The students who participated were competitively selected and held a range of career interests. Each of the sites and alumni hosts detailed their own career paths, and provided advice and information on getting started through internships and job opportunities.<br /><br />&ldquo;This trip has shown me the importance of being open-minded in regard to my career development, and has emphasized that one&rsquo;s career path is not always linear,&rdquo; says <strong>Lauren Stierman &rsquo;20</strong>. &ldquo;It has also highlighted the importance of engaging in work that I am passionate about and of finding the right fit in regard to work environment.&rdquo; <br /><br />Each student left with not only important insights, but also with the opportunity for future mentoring from dedicated alumni.<br /><br />The success of the last three Tiger Treks, which took students to San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., has led to consideration for additional future programs, including a trip to New York City in April 2018. <br /><br />&ldquo;We are excited to keep these trips going, and New York City seems like natural fit,&rdquo; says Michael McNamee, assistant director, career volunteer initiatives. &ldquo;We are focusing on innovative alumni working in creative fields. It should be an incredible experience for the students.&rdquo;<br /><br />As part of the $435 million &ldquo;Building on Originality&rdquo; fundraising campaign announced in October 2017, Colorado College aims to raise $100 million for student financial aid, including $90 million for endowed scholarship support and $10 million for expendable funds for scholarships. When raised, these funds will enable the college to provide 180 new scholarships as well as support internships, networking opportunities, and career preparation. <br /><br />Gifts for these life-changing Tiger Trek experiences make a difference for CC students, and they count toward the campaign. Contributions can be designated for the &ldquo;Tiger Trek Fund&rdquo; when making a gift to Colorado College. <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/donate" target="_blank" title="Give to Colorado College">https://www.coloradocollege.edu/donate</a><br /><br /><br /></p> Three Tigers Named Academic All-District Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/three-tigers-named-academic-all-district http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/three-tigers-named-academic-all-district <p>Three members of the Colorado College men&rsquo;s soccer team &mdash; <strong>Theo Hooker &rsquo;18</strong>, <strong>Cam Stopforth &rsquo;18</strong>, and <strong>Keenan Amer &rsquo;19</strong> &mdash; were rewarded for their dedication to academic and athletic excellence by earning a spot on CoSIDA&rsquo;s Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team and now are eligible for Academic All-America consideration.</p> <p>&ldquo;High academic standards continue to be set in the men's soccer program,&rdquo; head coach Scott Palguta says. &ldquo;Theo, Cam, and Keenan have been exemplary both on the field and in the classroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It's become the norm to see these three &mdash; as well as many of our other players &mdash; studying tirelessly in hotel lobbies at all hours during our fall road trips. Their strong grade-point averages and significant on-field contributions make them outstanding candidates for recognition on the national level. It's always nice to see hard work rewarded.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hooker, a mathematical economics major who owns a 3.557 grade-point average, added to his list of academic awards that includes being named a Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches and a three-time member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.</p> <p>On the pitch, Hooker holds the program goalkeeping records with 35 shutouts and 51 career victories. He also is second with a 0.63 goals-against average and fifth with 215 saves. This season, Hooker led the SCAC with an .841 saves percentage and tied for first with nine clean sheets and a 0.65 GAA.</p> <p>Stopforth, who has a 3.848 GPA as a molecular biology major, has earned multiple appearances on the college&rsquo;s Dean&rsquo;s List and a spot on the conference&rsquo;s Academic Honor Roll during both seasons in which he was eligible.</p> <p>In his final season as a Tiger, Stopforth set personal single-season highs with four goals, six assists, and 14 points. He tied for fourth in the conference in assists and tied for sixth averaging 0.30 assists per game. Stopforth factored in six of CC&rsquo;s 11 game-winning goals, scoring two and assisting on four others.</p> <p>An organismal biology and ecology major with a 3.863 GPA, Amer earned a spot on the SCAC Academic Honor Roll during each of his first two seasons.</p> <p>Amer was a force at both ends of the field during the recently completed season. He helped anchor the Colorado College defense that tied for first in the conference with a 0.61 overall goals against average and finished second with 10 shutouts. In the offensive third, Amer tied for third on the team with four assists and tied for fifth with six points, both of which were single-season highs.</p> <p>It marks the fifth time in the last seven years the CC men's soccer program has had&nbsp;<a href="https://cctigers.com/index.aspx?tab=soccer&amp;path=MSOC">two or more players advance</a> to the national ballot.</p> <p>The 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5.</p> <p>Colorado College finished the season&nbsp;with an 11-4-5 record and a 9-2-3 mark in the SCAC.</p>