Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html CC Places 13th on Peace Corps Volunteer List Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-places-13th-on-peace-corps-volunteer-list http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-places-13th-on-peace-corps-volunteer-list <p>Colorado College has placed 13th this year among the Peace Corps top volunteer-producing colleges, with 11 CC alumni currently serving in countries around the world.</p> <p>Since the agency&rsquo;s founding in 1961, nearly 390 Colorado College alumni have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.<br /><br />CC is launching a new <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/our-work/student-learning-and-programs/peacecorpsprep.html">Peace Corps Prep program</a>, one that will result in an undergraduate certificate that provides prospective volunteer applicants with sector-specific job skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, and professional leadership development skills.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to be a part of the Peace Corps Prep Program alongside the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/">Collaborative for Community Engagement </a>and the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/globalandfieldstudy/">Center for Global Education and Field Study</a>,&rdquo; says Gretchen Wardell, career coach at CC&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/careercenter/">Career Center</a>. &ldquo;This program will allow students to organize their activities and goals while at CC which in turn will enable them to tell their story in order to be the best Peace Corps applicant.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Small colleges are defined as those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates; medium-size schools are those with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates; and large institutions are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates.</p> <p>Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps nearly 60 years ago, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide.</p> Students Tackle Food Waste on Campus as they Learn ‘Design Thinking’ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/students-tackle-food-waste-on-campus-as-they-learn-design-thinking http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/students-tackle-food-waste-on-campus-as-they-learn-design-thinking <p>What does &ldquo;design thinking&rdquo; have to do with food waste?</p> <p>During <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/half-block/">Half Block 2020,</a> students spent five days tackling the question, &ldquo;How might we transform students&rsquo; relationships with food to radically reduce food waste at Colorado College?&rdquo;&nbsp;<strong>Toddi Gutner P&rsquo;21</strong>, design thinking strategist, award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and contributing writer for&nbsp;<em>The Wall&nbsp;Street Journal&nbsp;</em>(and a parent of a CC student) taught the design thinking class The Art of Innovation: An Immersion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Life is about learning and that means learning skills that are beyond the books. I believe giving students these lifelong skills in a setting where they aren't graded or credited gives them useful capabilities that will make them more adaptable and marketable in the real world,&rdquo; says Gutner. &nbsp;</p> <p>Students created solutions for food waste on campus, working as a team with students from other classes to experience the importance of &ldquo;radical collaboration.&rdquo;&nbsp;The hands-on course aimed to prepare students to be future innovators in design thinking, the methodology pioneered by IDEO and Stanford University d school founder David Kelley.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to IDEO, design thinking is a process for creative problem solving which has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes.</p> <p><iframe width="1920" height="1080" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A32jGKkovoU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In design thinking, you pull together what&rsquo;s desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows those who aren't trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. The process starts with taking action and understanding the right questions. It&rsquo;s about embracing simple mindset shifts and tackling problems from a new direction.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the class, the students presented their prototypes to members of the CC administration for possible pilot projects.</p> <p><strong>Deming Haines &rsquo;21</strong> was a student in the Art of Innovation design thinking class.</p> <p>He worked on a prototype for a coffee shop that consisted of popsicle sticks/people sliding along cut out grooves on a paper plate.</p> <p>He explains the design like this: &ldquo;This prototype of an interior floor plan for a coffee shop is designed to push people to socialize without making them put in any extra effort. Upon talking to my &lsquo;client&rsquo;, Liza, she says that she loves going to coffee shops and always wants to strike up a conversation with people, but finds it hard and awkward to introduce herself.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This coffee shop&rsquo;s furniture (chairs and tables) are on a moving track. If you choose to sit at a table far in the corner, this table won&rsquo;t be there for long. As time passes, you slowly start to notice your chair and table drifting along the floor. What was once an isolated seat, is now next to many other seats. This gives people an incentive to at least say hello as they slowly drift and pass people around the coffee shop. Not only will this encourage the mingling of everyone in the shop, but it would also make it a subtly engaging experience that may help people stay alert when they need to work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Half Block at Colorado College provides for-credit and&nbsp;non-credit opportunities for students looking to capitalize on their Winter Break. During this nine-day period, students explore unique courses and offerings aimed at better preparing them with the academic, professional, and practical skills needed to transition to life after college.</p> Six Faculty Members Awarded Tenure; Four Granted Emeriti Status Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/six-faculty-members-awarded-tenure-four-granted-emeriti-status http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/six-faculty-members-awarded-tenure-four-granted-emeriti-status <p>Six Colorado College faculty members were approved by the Board of Trustees for tenure and promotion to associate professor following the board&rsquo;s annual February meeting. CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, Provost Alan Townsend, and Dean of the Faculty Claire Oberon Garcia visited each promoted faculty member, congratulating them and bestowing a gift. Additionally, at the same meeting the Board of Trustees&nbsp;awarded emeriti status to four professors who are retiring at the end of the academic year.</p> <p>Each faculty member has met Colorado College&rsquo;s expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pamela Reaves,&nbsp;Religion</strong><br />Pamela Reaves, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has taught at Colorado College since 2014. Her research interests are diverse, ranging from the construction of Christianity in the early formative centuries to gender and sexuality in the ancient world. Reaves has taught courses such as Apocalypse; The Bible: Myth and History; Gnosticism; the Hebrew Bible; Excavating Israel, and other topics new to the Religion Department She regularly teaches FYE courses. Reaves also has served on several departmental and non-departmental search committees and was a member of the Advancement Advisory Committee. She played a leading role on the Curriculum Executive Committee during the development and implementation of the general education requirements.<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Christiane Steckenbiller, German, Russian, and East Asian Languages</strong><br />Steckenbiller has taught at the college since 2014, having earned her doctorate in comparative literature in 2013 from the University of South Carolina. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly works spanning the history of ethnic minorities in Berlin, the refugee experience, and the use of Twitter in the intermediate German classroom. Steckenbiller has taught 15 different courses (most of which she developed herself) while at CC, including Green Germany; Migrants Minorities and Refugees; Representing the Holocaust; the History of German and Italian Culture in Film; and other topics. Within the department, she has played a leadership role in the modernization and optimization of the German program. One faculty member commented during the tenure process that Steckenbiller &ldquo;brought the program fully into the 21st century.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Elizabeth Coggins, Political Science</strong><br />Coggins earned her degree at the University of Chapel Hill, and has taught at CC since 2014. Her research interests are in political behavior and ideology. She is known as a rigorous but caring professor who is as influential as she is inspiring. The many student, advisee, and alum letters are notable for how substantial, detailed, and careful they are in describing Coggins&rsquo;s pedagogical gifts. In terms of scholarship, Coggins is already a star in her field. One external reviewer of her scholarship stated that her work provided &ldquo;perhaps the most subtle and important treatments of the concept of ideology in the last decade.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Rebecca Barnes, Environmental Studies</strong><br />Barnes has taught at Colorado College since 2014, and is a 2008 graduate of the forestry and environmental studies program at Yale University. She has&nbsp;more than&nbsp;35 published academic works to her credit, ranging from geochemical processes near the stream-aquifer interface to hydrological processes to the role of soil erosion on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements. Her expertise on inclusive pedagogies in STEM fields has garnered national recognition. Barnes&rsquo; colleagues look to her as a model for drawing a diversity of students of varying backgrounds and genders to her classes. She also has a strong and distinctive record of service on the departmental, college, and national levels. In her service statement she &ldquo;view[s] service as an opportunity to learn about and give back to the communities that I am a part of: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and the larger geoscience community.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Amanda Bowman, Chemistry and Biochemistry</strong><br />Bowman is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University, having earned her doctorate in chemistry. She has taught at Colorado College since 2011, offering courses such as Bioinorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Art, General Chemistry, and Principles of Chemistry among others. Bowman&rsquo;s research interests include Porphyrin-based metal-organic frameworks, electronic structures of the electron transfer series, and the synthesis of reduced manganese compounds. She has taken the leadership role in the department&rsquo;s periodic review from the American Chemistry Society for its degree certification. On the college level, she served on the Curriculum Executive Committee at the time of its most intense work on the new general education requirements.<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Kevin Holmes, Psychology</strong><br />Holmes began teaching at CC in 2014, having earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2012 in cognition and development. His research interests include mental number lines, horizontal organizational structures, linguistic relativity, and other related fields. At CC, Holmes has taught courses in Cognition, Language and Thought and the Psychology of Concepts. In his committee assignments, he often serves as the voice of reason. One colleague mentioned that &ldquo;&hellip; he is always able to be the voice of reason, not by being neutral, but by being calm and rational. He asks questions rather than making statements. He listens attentively and genuinely tries to see everyone&rsquo;s perspective.&rdquo; Holmes is a major voice for diversity, equity and inclusion college-wide.</li> </ul> <p>The Board of Trustees also awarded emeriti status to the following faculty members, who will retire from Colorado College at the end of the 2019-20 academic year:</p> <ul> <li>Victoria Levine, Professor Emerita of Music; started in 1988</li> <li><strong>David Hendrickson &rsquo;76</strong>, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; started in 1983</li> <li>Jeff Noblett, Professor Emeritus of Geology; started in 1980</li> <li><strong>Dave Mason &rsquo;78</strong>, Professor Emeritus of English; started in 1998</li> </ul> Brain Surgery Journey Marked by Openness and Courage Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/brain-surgery-journey-marked-by-openness-and-courage http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/brain-surgery-journey-marked-by-openness-and-courage ]]> <p><span>Through her captivating memoir, &ldquo;Living in a Brainstorm<em>,&rdquo; </em><strong>Erica Egge Hageman &rsquo;07</strong> shares her courageous journey to undergo two back-to-back brain surgeries.</span></p> <p>Hageman <span>lived with simple partial epileptic seizures and their draining side effects for 18 years when she decided to take action. She comments on the support she received along the way.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Learning how positive and helpful people were when I told them about my epilepsy, especially when I was having a hard time with it, taught me that advocating for myself is important and will most often be well-received,&rdquo; Hageman says.</p> <p><span>She also explains that the Colorado College community was particularly supportive.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;There were a lot of times I struggled with my seizures and, even more, with side effects from my medication while at CC. The people around me made all the difference,&rdquo; Hageman says. &ldquo;My friends were always supportive and truly wanted to learn more about my epilepsy and how to help me.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>During her journey for treatment, doctors discovered they wouldn&rsquo;t be able to determine if they could remove the area of her brain triggering the seizures until after the first surgery. If they determined it was operable, there were still significant risks for sensory loss in one hand and her face. The doctors ultimately determined to operate and remove this section of her brain.</span></p> <p><span>Hageman did have to focus on recovery after the operation. &ldquo;It took many months of physical therapy &ndash; particularly typing and knitting &ndash; to get my hand function back to normal but fortunately I didn&rsquo;t have any long-term sensory or motor loss,&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p><span>She allowed herself to be vulnerable throughout this journey and communicated via a blog to her friends, family, and eventually other supportive followers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Being open and honest about my epilepsy made life much easier than if I had tried to hide it and deal with my health issues on my own,<span>&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p><span>In her memoir, Hageman guides readers from her surgery planning through her recovery, with insightful flashbacks to her childhood, when she learned how to live with her diagnosis.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;At CC, I learned the value of being myself, not who I think other people or situations require me to be. Being yourself is so important because it is exhausting to pretend to be someone else and other people will see right through it. We each have something unique to contribute to this world.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Hageman remains involved with Colorado College. She recently hosted CC students at Target during our Tiger Trek in Minneapolis, where she currently works as a senior merchandise specialist. She reflected on the uniqueness of the rigorous Block Plan and on the benefits a liberal arts education brought her. She shared her insight on the transferability of the skills she learned at CC, including: problem solving efficiently, adapting well to new projects, and possessing an eagerness to learn.</span></p> <p><span>Three months after her second surgery, she started dating her future husband. They have two children.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;My passion these days is spending time with them and soaking up as much of this time in our lives as I can because I know it&rsquo;s fleeting,&rdquo; she says.</p> DVD of the Block Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dvd-of-the-block http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dvd-of-the-block ]]> <h4>DVD of the Block:</h4> <p><strong>Block 6 2020: <em>A Room of One's Own</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=1041432&amp;query_desc=ti%2Cwrdl%3A%20A%20room%20of%20one%27s%20own" title="A Room of One's Own">PR6045.O72 R66 2004</a></strong></p> <p><strong>"</strong>A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."&nbsp; So spoke Virginia Woolf in 1929 as she discussed the problems of the writer and of women in general.&nbsp; Woolf's talk represents perhaps the most persuasive of all her writings on liberty, literature, and the role of women in her society.&nbsp; Woolf spoke not only about writing, but about writing as a woman--speaking in an age when women were deprived of virtually every possibility of earning their own living.&nbsp; In this program, the actress Eileen Atkins re-creates her acclaimed one-woman stage show based on Woolf's talk, in the original lecture hall at Girton College, Cambridge, with its distinguished colleges and elegant riverbanks that were the original inspiration for Woolf's noble and exhilarating talk.</p> <hr /> <p></p> <p><strong>Block 5 2020:&nbsp;<em>Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=797277" title="Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights">E185.615 .R44 2013</a></strong></p> <p>Where do black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and '70s?&nbsp; This feature-length documentary unearths the story of black women's political marginalization--between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class--showing how each failed to recognize black women's overlapping racial and gender identities.&nbsp; Prominently featured activists include Frances Beale, Angela Davis, Kola Boof, Nikki Giovanni, Rosemari Mealy, Judy Richardson, Gwendolyn Simmons, Deborah Singletary, and Eugenia Wiltshire.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Half Block 2020:&nbsp;<em>The Color of Paradise</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=232857" title="The Color of Paradise">PN1995.9.F67 C636 2000</a></strong></p> <p>Academy Award-nominee&nbsp; Majid Majidi explores the world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father's crippling sense of shame in <strong>The Color of Paradise</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mohammad joyfully returns to his tiny village on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind, unaware of his widowed father's intentions to disown him in order to win the hand--and dowry--of a local woman.&nbsp; With the wedding swiftly approaching, Mohammad's future hangs precariously in the balance as his father struggles against his destiny, unable to see the wonder of life and love that's so clear to his son.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Block 4, 2019:&nbsp;<em>Free CeCe!</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=985857" title="Free Cece!">HV6773.54.M5 F74 2016</a></strong></p> <p>On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrisaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald was brutally attacked.&nbsp; While defending her life, a man was killed.&nbsp; After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men's prison in Minnesota.&nbsp; An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox.&nbsp; Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CeCe! and committed to exploring the role race, class and gender played in CeCe's case.&nbsp; &nbsp;In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><strong></strong></p> <p>Documentarian Jac Gares pushed past the every day narratives of victim-hood surrounding the lives of transgender people to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere.&nbsp; CeCe's powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Block 3, 2019:&nbsp;<em>Mankiller</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=1027396" title="Mankiller">E99.C5 M336 2018</a></strong></p> <p>This is a story of an American hero and legend, one who stands tall amidst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King, Jr.--and yet few people know her name.&nbsp; Wilma Mankiller is someone who humbly defied the odds to fight injustice and give a voice to the voiceless.&nbsp; She overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nations first female Principal Chief in 1985.&nbsp;<em> Mankiller</em> examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller and reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful film.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Block 2, 2019:&nbsp;<em>FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=926196" title="FIXED">RA418.5.M4 F59 2013</a></strong></p> <p>From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body.&nbsp; <em>FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement</em> takes a close look at the drive to be "better than human" and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.&nbsp; Through a dynamic mix of verite, dance, archival and interview footage, FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.</p> <hr /> <p><b>September 2019:&nbsp;<em>Dolores</em></b></p> <p>Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history.&nbsp; An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized.&nbsp; Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century--and she continues to fight to this day at 87.</p> <p><b><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=1025727" title="Dolores">HD6509.H84 D65 2018</a></b></p> <hr /> <p><strong>August 2019:&nbsp;<em>Inside the Chinese Closet</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=1025733" title="Inside the Chinese Closet">HQ76.25.C6 I57 2018</a></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Inside the Chinese Closet</em> is the intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai.&nbsp; They are homosexual but their families demand a heterosexual marriage from them and a baby.&nbsp; Being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live.&nbsp; Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parent's wishes?&nbsp; Their stories mirror the legal and cultural progress that is happening in China against a backdrop of a nation coming to terms with new moral values.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>July 2019:&nbsp;<em>Indian Relay</em></strong></p> <h3><a href="https://cocollege.bywatersolutions.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=1025715" title="Indian Relay">E98.G2 I54 2013</a></h3> <p>The hope and determination of modern-day Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today.&nbsp; Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, Indian Relay follows three teams as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season, all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>June 2019:&nbsp;<em>Close Knit</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/tClose+Knit/tclose+knit/1%2C2%2C2%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tclose+knit&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="Close Knit">PN1995.9.F67 K364 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Tomo is an 11 year-old girl.&nbsp; One day, her mother leaves her with her uncle and his pretty girlfriend Rinko.&nbsp; Rinko is kind and caring, but the other mothers do not seem to like her.&nbsp; Tomo finds it hard to understand because Rinko takes care of her in the best possible way.&nbsp; She even teaches Tomo to knit in order to channel her anger.&nbsp; However, life as a transgender family is not easy when ignorance and discrimination are everywhere.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>May 2019:&nbsp;<em>White Right: Meeting With The Enemy</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/twhite+right/twhite+right/1%2C2%2C2%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=twhite+right+meeting+with+the+enemy&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="White Right: Meeting With The Enemy">HS1703 .W55 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan meets U.S. neo-Nazis and white nationalists including Richard Spencer face to face and attends the now-infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as she seeks to understand the personal and political motivations behind the resurgence of far-right extremism in the U.S.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>April 2019:&nbsp;<em>I Am Not Your Negro</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/ti+am+not+your+negro/ti+am+not+your+negro/1%2C3%2C4%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=ti+am+not+your+negro+a+major+motion+picture+directed+by+raoul+peck&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="I Am Not Your Negro">E185.61 .B196 2017</a></strong></p> <p>Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, <em>Remember This House</em>.&nbsp; The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.&nbsp; <em>I Am Not Your Negro i</em>s a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter<em>.&nbsp; </em>It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.&nbsp; And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>March 2019:&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;Revival: Women and the Word</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cPS591.N4+R48+2018/cps++591+n4+r48+2018/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=cps++591+n4+r48+2018&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="Revival: Women and the Word">PS591.N4 R48 2018</a></strong></p> <p><em><strong>The Revival: Women and the Word</strong>&nbsp;</em><em></em>chronicles the tour of the U.S. of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color.&nbsp; The journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux.&nbsp; As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race and sexuality.&nbsp; This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood--one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>February 2019:&nbsp;<em>Black Girl in Suburbia</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cE185.86+.B53+2018/ce+++185.86+b53+2018/-3,-1,,B/browse">E185.86 .B53 2018 </a></strong></p> <p><em></em>For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground, and living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating.&nbsp; <strong><em>Black Girl in Suburbia</em></strong> looks at the suburbs of America from the perspective of women of color.&nbsp; Filmmaker Melissa Lowery shares her own childhood memories of navigating racial expectations both subtle and overt--including questions like, "Hey, I just saw a Black guy walking down the street; is that your cousin?"&nbsp; Through conversations with her own daughters, with teachers and scholars who are experts in the personal impacts of growing up a person of color in a predominately white place, this film explores the conflicts that many black girls in homogeneous hometowns have in relating to both white and Black communities.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>January 2019:&nbsp;<em>Breaking Silence</em></strong></p> <h4><em><a href="HV6250.4 W65 B74 2017">HV6250.4 W65 B74 2017</a></em></h4> <p>Three Muslim women share their stories of sexual assault and in a deeply personal way, they challenge the stigma that has long suppressed the voice of survivors.&nbsp; Through out America, many Muslim communities persist in stigmatizing all discussion of sex-related subjects.&nbsp; Even though sexual assault and abuse are widespread, conversations about it are rare and the pressure for victims and their families to "keep it a secret" helps perpetuate abuse.&nbsp; <em>Breaking Silence</em> takes a radical and humanizing approach to the emotional scars of sexual assault, giving women the space to share their voices without shame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>December 2018:&nbsp;<em>A Fantastic Woman</em></strong></p> <p><em></em></p> <p><em><strong><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cPN1995.9.F67+M85+2018/cpn+1995.9+f67+m85+2018/-3,-1,,B/browse">PN1995.9.F67 M85 2018</a> &nbsp;<br /><br /></strong></em>Marina works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer.&nbsp; When her&nbsp; older boyfriend dies suddenly, instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated unkindly and with suspicion. Marina, as a trans woman, is seen as a perversion by most of Orlando's family.&nbsp; Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.</p> <hr /> <h4>November:&nbsp;<em><strong>Ohero:kon - Under the Husk<br /><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cE99.M8+O44+2018/ce++++99+m8+o44+2018/-3,-1,,B/browse">E99.M8 O44 2018</a> &nbsp;<br /></strong></em></h4> <p>A documentary that follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S./Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called ohero:kon "under the husk" that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h4>October:&nbsp;<strong><em>Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)<br /><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cJV7048+.D66+2015/cjv+7048+d66+2015/-3,-1,,B/browse">JV7048 .D66 2015</a> &nbsp;<br /></em></strong></h4> <p>This documentary about Angy Rovera won a 2015 <a href="http://peabodyawards.com/">Peabody Award</a>. Angy Rivera lived for 20 years in the USA as an undocumented person at the start of this film. The film follows her path as she becomes an activist for immigrants when she began writing a popular advice column called "Ask Angy&rdquo;. It also shows her proceeding through the process of obtaining a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/victims-human-trafficking-other-crimes/victims-criminal-activity-u-nonimmigrant-status/victims-criminal-activity-u-nonimmigrant-status">UVisa,</a> a visa for "victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity".<em> </em></p> <hr /> <h4>September:&nbsp;<em>Showing Roots<br /><a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S5?/cPN1997.2+.S47+2017/cpn+1997.2+s47+2017/-3,-1,,B/browse">PN1997.2 .S47 2017</a> &nbsp;<br /></em></h4> <p>Two women, played by&nbsp;Uzo Aduba and Maggie Grace, look to integrate the 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks of their small southern town. Set in 1977, these young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence and self-discovery that ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.<em><br /></em></p> <p><em></em></p> <hr /> <h2>Ask for these films at the Circulation Desk.</h2> <p><strong>Check in next month for the new DVD of the Block.&nbsp; <br />Check out&nbsp;<a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S2">other dvds at Tutt Library</a> now.</strong></p> CC Named a 2019-20 Top Producer of Fulbrights Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-named-a-2019-20-top-producer-of-fulbrights http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-named-a-2019-20-top-producer-of-fulbrights <p>Colorado College has been named a Fulbright top-producing institution and appears on the 2019-20 <a href="https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/248001">Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students</a>, a list published annually in <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>. Being named a Fulbright top-producer is based on the four Colorado College grantees awarded in Spring 2019 and currently in the field.&nbsp; In that competition cycle, CC had 23 applicants, with six finalists offered grants and four accepting.</p> <p>For this&nbsp;year&rsquo;s competition cycle, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has announced its semifinalists for the 2020-21 grant year, and Colorado College has 11 Fulbright semifinalists. Of the 11, eight are study/research semifinalists and three are English teaching assistant semifinalists, and their grant proposals encompass the globe.&nbsp; Notifications of final award status will be announced later this spring, with the timing of notifications varying by country.</p> <p>This year more than half of CC&rsquo;s 19 Fulbright applicants, or 58%,&nbsp;advanced to semifinalist status.&nbsp;Colorado College's 2020-21 Fulbright&nbsp;semifinalists are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Emma Carlson &rsquo;20</strong>, University of Sheffield study award in Medical Sciences, United Kingdom</li> <li><strong>Kenneth Crossley &rsquo;19</strong>, research award in materials science, Spain</li> <li><strong>Spencer Daigle &rsquo;20, </strong>English Teaching Assistant award, Russia</li> <li><strong>Allison Gish &rsquo;20</strong>, English Teaching Assistant award, Czech Republic</li> <li><strong>Natalie Gubbay &rsquo;20</strong>, research award in economics, Argentina</li> <li><strong>Bita Kavoosi &rsquo;20</strong>, research award in international relations, China</li> <li><strong>Daniel Lopez &rsquo;19</strong>, research award in ethnomusicology, Indonesia</li> <li><strong>Charlotte Majercik &rsquo;20</strong>, English Teaching Assistant award, Nepal</li> <li><strong>Sarah Pokelwaldt &rsquo;20</strong>, research award in biology, Panama</li> <li><strong>Willa Serling &rsquo;20</strong>, research award in public health, Indonesia</li> <li><strong>Naomi Tsai &rsquo;19, </strong>study award in marine biology, New Zealand</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;This is a tremendous achievement,&rdquo; says Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. &ldquo;Making it to the semifinalist round is an enormous accomplishment, and reflects the hard work and dedication of our students.&rdquo; Tiefenthaler also noted the work of CC&rsquo;s Fulbright committee, consisting of Fulbright Program Adviser Roy Jo Sartin, and committee members Heather Powell Browne, Tess Powers, Allen Bertsche, and Chelsea Walter.</p> <p>Colorado College has had numerous Fulbright semifinalists; last year CC had a record 12 semifinalists, six of whom went on to become finalists. In 2018, CC had seven semifinalists, with five going on to become finalists, and in 2017 the college had five semifinalists, with two becoming finalists. Read about&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/scholarships-and-grants/scholarships/fulbright-program-for-u.s.-students.html">CC's previous Fulbright winners</a> and the various <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/awards/">awards received by CC&rsquo;s students and recent alumni</a>.</p> <p>The semifinalist applications&nbsp;have been&nbsp;forwarded by the Fulbright National Screening Committee to the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the host country for final review.</p> <p>The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. During their grants, Fulbright recipients meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.&nbsp;The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others&rsquo; viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.</p> Natanya Pulley Publishes Short Story Collection Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:45:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/natanya-pulley-publishes-short-story-collection http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/natanya-pulley-publishes-short-story-collection ]]> <p>Colorado College Assistant Professor of English and Din&eacute; writer <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/people/profile.html?person=pulley_natanya_ann">Natanya Ann Pulley</a> has published a new book of experimental and speculative fiction, &ldquo;With Teeth.&rdquo; In this collection of short stories, Pulley reimagines and fuses fables, mysteries, horror, and ghost stories with the surreal and hallucinatory. She experiments with voice, form, and genre, crafting a chorus of women&rsquo;s voices who are in the process of reclaiming and telling their own stories as they slip through the cracks of spacial and temporal reality.</p> <p>A writer of fiction and nonfiction, Pulley&rsquo;s clans are Kinyaa&rsquo;&aacute;ani (Towering House People) and T&aacute;chii&rsquo;nii (Red Running into Water People). Her writing has been described as &ldquo;fierce, harrowing, haunting, and holy,&rdquo; and &ldquo;lit by&nbsp;love and throbbing with sorrow.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the &ldquo;With Teeth&rdquo; collection, Pulley explores how we tell stories, personally and collectively as a society, as we become stories ourselves. She crafts pieces that are by turns haunting, playful, and tragic, as the storytellers spiral in crisis, caught in the webs they weave around themselves.</p> <p>&ldquo;Narrative, throughout my childhood, was always fraught, unstable, nebulous, but also always housing many truths,&rdquo; says Pulley. &ldquo;Like my mom&rsquo;s weaving of stories, the ones in &lsquo;With Teeth&rsquo; are a truth as well: a grappling of what it means to not only be human, but creatures accumulating memory, time, and aftermaths in order to make sense of a world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pulley has published in numerous journals including&nbsp;<em>Split Lip, Monkeybicycle, The Offing, Waxwing</em>, and&nbsp;<em>As/Us</em>. Her essays have been anthologized in&nbsp;&ldquo;Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics,&rdquo;&nbsp;&ldquo;#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women,&rdquo; &ldquo;Women Write Resistance,&rdquo; and most recently&nbsp;&ldquo;Shapes of Native Nonfiction.&rdquo; A former editor of&nbsp;<em>Quarterly West</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>South Dakota Review</em>, she is the founding editor of&nbsp;<em>Hairstreak Butterfly Review</em>.</p> <p>She received a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in fiction with an emphasis in the evolution and de-evolution of novel forms and joined the CC <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/english/">Department of English</a> faculty in 2016. Pulley teaches texts by contemporary Native American writers, fiction writing, and experimental forms in ethnic literature. &ldquo;With Teeth,&rdquo;&nbsp;published by New Rivers Press, was <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-natanya-pulley-wins-writing-competition#.Xjs6LdOG_cs">the winner of the 2018 Many Voices Project competition</a>.&nbsp;</p> CC’s Tiger Changes its Stripes! Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-s-tiger-changes-its-stripes http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-s-tiger-changes-its-stripes <p>CC&rsquo;s Department of Athletics unveiled refreshed logos on Friday, Feb. 7, amid several events celebrating and showcasing the updated design.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been 30 years since the current tiger shield logo was designed, and a lot has changed at CC in three decades.</p> <p>The development of the Ed Robson Arena provided the ideal opportunity to consider an athletics logo update, and the construction of the new building, currently underway, allows for the unveiling and display of the refreshed logo to CC, the Colorado Springs community, and regional fans.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an exciting day for the Tigers,&rdquo; says Colorado College Vice President and Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. &ldquo;The logo refresh speaks directly to the momentum of CC athletics on campus. It also allows us an opportunity to build on visibility and identity in a focused and consistent way. <a href="https://youtu.be/f3AqGF6QqrE">We love the new look</a>!&rdquo;</p> <p>The refreshed logo and accompanying visual identity system provide the opportunity for all Colorado College athletics teams to appear unified and consistent in their uniforms and sports gear. This allows CC teams to look their best during competition, and promotes a modern, professional-looking presentation to opponents and the public.</p> <p>CC engaged alumni, students, faculty, and staff, and worked with Joe Bosack and Co., a leader in sports team logos and identity. Last spring, the firm held a series of focus groups with student athletes, athletics staff, student leaders, faculty and staff, local alumni, and the Board of Trustees to review logo versions and discuss the essential elements that the updated logo needed to express. Athletics staff and the Board of Trustees weighed in on options and the stakeholder group selected the final logo.</p> <p>The interlocking CC logo will be displayed at center ice at the Broadmoor World Arena and center court in Reid Arena in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/campus/tour/campus-highlights/el-pomar.html">CC&rsquo;s El Pomar Sports Center</a>.</p> CC Hits Carbon Neutral Goal Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-hits-carbon-neutral-goal http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-hits-carbon-neutral-goal ]]> <p><strong>Charge:</strong> As part of CC&rsquo;s identity and responsibility as the only liberal arts college in the Rocky Mountain West, the college is committed to working toward carbon neutrality. That process will ensure that the college is recognized as a model of environmental stewardship and innovation by advancing both the study and the practice of sustainability.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s Happening:</strong> Colorado College has <a href="http://www.coloradocollege.edu/carbonneutral2020">achieved carbon neutrality</a>, a goal it set in 2009 when it committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. After a decade of work, the ambitious target has been met &mdash; even as the college increased its building footprint by more than 10% during that time. CC is only the eighth higher ed institution in North America, and the first in the Rocky Mountain region, to achieve this goal. A campus celebration marked the achievement January 24.</p> <p>&ldquo;This achievement is a shared effort; the result of the hard work, commitment, and resourcefulness of the entire Colorado College community,&rdquo; says President Jill Tiefenthaler.</p> <p><span class="inline-left" style="margin-right: 3em;"><img src="/other/strategicplan/progress/img/SP_CarbonNeutral2_500w.jpg" alt="SP_CarbonNeutral2_500w" width="300" height="214" class="" /></span>Colorado College stands out among other schools that have reached carbon neutrality in an important way: It has the greatest emission reductions on campus while buying fewer offsets than any other U.S campus. This means the milestone has been achieved primarily by steep reductions in the college&rsquo;s carbon footprint on campus.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done the difficult work of reducing our on-campus emissions first, rather than what some see as &lsquo;buying our way&rsquo; to neutrality through offsets,&rdquo; says CC Director of Sustainability Ian Johnson. Colorado College has done this in a replicable and scalable way, meaning nearly any other institution could apply the strategies used by CC to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another significant factor is that Colorado College is the only carbon-neutral institution located in a high-carbon-intensity electric grid with two functioning coal plants operating in and near the city. This is noteworthy, Johnson says, because &ldquo;electricity use in our region generates more carbon emissions than most any other region, making major reductions in our footprint all the more difficult to achieve as our electricity use pushes up emissions faster than other institutions.&nbsp; It also means our renewable energy generation and use have bigger impacts on global emissions than in other regions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Colorado College embarked on its journey to carbon neutrality in 2009, when then-president Richard F. Celeste signed the American College and University Presidents&rsquo; Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now known as the Second Nature Carbon Commitment.</p> <p>Because climate change is linked to and influenced by many different factors &mdash; from environmental racism to human health and income inequality, clean water, food production and access, and more &mdash; achieving carbon neutrality impacts far more than</p> <p>just the college&rsquo;s operations, says Johnson. Many of the initiatives the college is undertaking, from adding more sustainability courses to finding new ways to make the college more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, increase students&rsquo; literacy in sustainability and help build the resilient society that will be needed to adapt to impacts from climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the college&rsquo;s major initiatives:</p> <ul> <li>A behavioral change program involving 14 weeks, 14 habits, and a 14% reduction in electricity, heat, and water use. CC saved nearly $100,000 in utility costs through the &ldquo;aCClimate14&rdquo; effort.</li> <li>Colorado College&rsquo;s first high-performance energy design guidelines were written for new and renovated buildings.</li> <li>Tutt Library is the nation&rsquo;s largest academic net-zero energy library following a massive underground geothermal energy project and major renovations.</li> <li>East Campus Housing opened with sustainable architecture and energy systems.</li> <li>Numerous solar PV installations constructed on and off campus, originally initiated by a student in 2008.</li> <li>CC has worked with Colorado Springs Utilities over the past decade, a partnership that led to the addition of the 255 megawatts of solar in current and planned projects for the utility.</li> </ul> <p><span class="inline-right"><img src="/other/strategicplan/progress/img/SP_CarbonNeutralEvent1_500.jpg" alt="SP_CarbonNeutralEvent1_500" width="300" height="194" class="" /></span>To account for remaining emissions, which include college-related air travel, study abroad, commuting, and wastewater, Colorado College is investing in carbon offsets &mdash; innovative projects that reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere. Specifically, CC has invested in a methane destruction project at the Larimer Country landfill in Northern Colorado. This project prevents methane (CH4), a very potent greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere, and instead uses the CH4 to generate electricity directly to the Larimer County community.</p> <p>The Larimer County landfill project has co-benefits that go beyond reducing emissions; it has opened doors for future carbon-related markets, reduced air pollution in the Front Range by adding renewable energy to the grid and supports the local community of Larimer County.</p> <p>Although CC has met its carbon neutrality goal, it does not mean the work is finished. President Tiefenthaler and the Board of Trustees have put together a Climate Change Task Force, led by Provost Alan Townsend, to take on a &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Next&rdquo; project looking at operations, leadership beyond CC, academics and the co-curricular, and the endowment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Addressing climate change will take strong, consistent work from institutions of every kind,&rdquo; Townsend says. &ldquo;CC has shown that significant progress in the climate impact of operations is possible in a relatively short period of time, and we are committed to showing that can be done in other sectors as well.&rdquo;</p> <p><iframe width="1920" height="1080" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/feZhIJRmZcs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Reimagined Block Breaks and Festivals Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/reimagined-block-breaks-and-festivals http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/reimagined-block-breaks-and-festivals ]]> <p><strong>Charge:</strong> The CC experience is richer for each student when surrounded by talented and curious students from different backgrounds, cultures, and places &mdash; and with different talents and gifts.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s Happening:</strong> CC has renewed the focus of block breaks and festivals to provide students with an opportunity to attend fully funded trips that blend the curricular with the co-curricular, and to support events that are inclusive, providing a sense of place and purpose to the entire campus community.</p> <p>There is no denying that the Block Plan can be intense. So, when Wednesday at noon of the fourth week of the block rolls around and block break begins, students are excited for a well-deserved four-and-a-half day break. Historically block breaks have been about students leaving campus for a mini-vacation and go afield for adventure.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Block Break Planning Committee works to offer events and programs over block breaks that encourage students to be intentional with their time and more centered, grounded, and well. The aim is for students to rest, relax, reconnect, reflect, and rejuvenate in advance of the next block for at least a few of the block breaks.</p> <p>The Block Break Planning Committee is made up of representatives from Campus Activities, the Butler Center (#ImStaying), the Wellness Resource Center, the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub, and the Bemis School of Art. This group of staff uses student feedback, local attractions, and current events to offer a schedule of free, low-key, and local opportunities to our students. These opportunities supplement the many other extended-format block-break trips offered by other campus departments. They allow students the opportunity to meet other students and explore with others.</p> <p><span class="inline-left" style="margin-right: 3em;"><img src="/other/strategicplan/progress/img/SP_ProvostBlockBreak_500.jpg" alt="SP_ProvostBlockBreak_500" width="300" height="225" class="" /></span>New Provost Block Break Trips were added at the start of the 2019-20 academic year. During Block 2, 16 students visited Toronto for a Canadian cultural experience. Led by Professors Steven Hayward (a Toronto native) and Nate Marshall, the group visited the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Art Gallery of Ontario, saw two plays, went to a Maple Leafs hockey game, learned about Canadian government and law, and gained an understanding and overview of the world&rsquo;s most culturally diverse city.</p> <p><strong>Cody Leong &rsquo;20</strong> says that in his previous experiences, block break trips have focused on the outdoors. The trip to Toronto was different. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s distinct from other trips that CC makes available to students, as it is aimed more at a cultural experience than a specifically academic one.&rdquo;</p> <p>The purpose of the Provost Block Break Trips is to provide students with an opportunity to attend fully funded trips that blend the curricular with the co-curricular. The trips are also meant to serve students who may not have the interest or resources to take part in &ldquo;typical&rdquo; CC student block break activities, which have traditionally included skiing, backpacking, etc.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wanted to participate in the trip to Toronto because it seemed like a very unique opportunity to explore a new place with a diverse group that provided opportunities for fun and relaxation but also learning and cultural exploration,&rdquo; says<strong> Oliver Jones &rsquo;20. &ldquo;</strong>The most impactful aspect of the trip was the connection I formed with other students who I otherwise would likely never had met. The trip drew students from all parts of campus, and this made it a very special experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe strongly in the necessity of programming over block breaks to create a more inclusive campus. While it's true that economic inequality is an issue on campuses across the country; here at CC we have an interval every month where disparities in disposable income are on full display,&rdquo; says Hayward. &ldquo;For me personally, it was also an opportunity to take students to Canada, my home and native land, on the eve of the federal election there. As an educator, I felt it was an opportunity to offer an experience to students that would educate them about Canada in a way that was both fun and informative, and that would inform their understanding of North America as a whole.&rdquo;</p> <p><span class="inline-right"><img src="/other/strategicplan/progress/img/SP_ProvostBlockBreak2_500.jpg" alt="SP_ProvostBlockBreak2_500" width="300" height="225" class="" /></span>&ldquo;Hearing Professor Hayward&rsquo;s insight and information about the city was especially interesting at each of the places that we visited. In addition, one morning we had the opportunity to speak with a former CC guest professor about housing issues in Toronto, something that I thought was especially interesting,&rdquo; says Leong.</p> <p>&ldquo;There's a kind of connection that emerges from spending empty time with each other that is almost impossible to program and absolutely necessary. You really get to know each other. You eat together, laugh together, and that forms the basis for an academic engagement that can be profound,&rdquo; Hayward says. &ldquo;This is the liberal arts in motion.&rdquo;</p> <p>In its second year, LoCCalFest 2019 featured a local and diverse array of musicians, food, and vendors for the afternoon music festival. It kicks off the school year and the beginning of Block 1, welcoming new students to the Colorado Springs community and encourage returning students to engage with the local arts and music scene. LoCCal Fest replaced Blues &amp; Shoes in the hopes of providing a more inclusive tradition for students.</p> <p>&ldquo;In redesigning Blues &amp; Shoes into LoCCal, <strong>Olivia Dawn-Martinez &rsquo;20</strong> and I wanted to expand what this CC tradition was and who it was for,&rdquo; says <strong>Cameron Mongoven &rsquo;21</strong>, who at the time was CCSGA&rsquo;s first vice president for inclusion. CCSGA took over the planning and organization of the event at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. &ldquo;The biggest immediate changes were the type of food and music being played. There was a lot of feedback that Blues &amp; Shoes did not offer inclusive food options and the music could represent more genres and people.&rdquo;</p> <p>An event like LoCCal, timed at the start of the academic year, exposes students &mdash; many from outside of Colorado &mdash; to some of the things the state has to offer. &ldquo;We can establish a sense of place and purpose within the CC community at the beginning of the year; symbolically, LoCCal represents the expansion of who and what interests are recognized on campus,&rdquo; Mongoven says.</p>