Colorado College News: Campus Activities, Cornerstone Arts Week: Feb. 22-26 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:30:00 MST ]]> <p><a href="">Colorado College&rsquo;s Cornerstone Arts Week&nbsp;</a>is a series of talks, screenings,<span>&nbsp;</span>performances, and exhibits that celebrates artistic collaboration around an annual theme. The theme for 2016 is &ldquo;Where Is Hollywood?&rdquo; and director, actor, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich is the keynote speaker. The week is part of the larger Cornerstone Arts Initiative, a 13-year-old program that stresses collaborative interdisciplinary arts teaching linked by current and developing technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the 2016 keynote speaker, Bogdanovich joins a long line of renowned Cornerstone Arts Initiative speakers, including Camille Paglia, Sandra Bernhard, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Jane Krakowski, Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, Maz Jobrani, Art Spiegelman and, last year, Robert Pinsky.<br /><br />The Friday, Feb. 26 event features&nbsp;<strong>Andrew Goldstein &rsquo;09</strong> and Robyn Tong Gray, co-founders of Otherworld Interactive, who&nbsp;<a href="">will discuss virtual world-making</a>. After the presentation, participants will be able to view Otherworld&rsquo;s mobile virtual reality apps and experience their Sundance-selected project, &ldquo;Sisters.&rdquo;</p> <p>All events in CC's 2016 Cornerstone Arts Week are free and open to the public.</p> CC’s Mortar Board Chapter Receives National Awards Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:16:00 MDT <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s Mortar Board chapter was among the outstanding chapters to be honored at the 2012 Mortar Board National Conference.<br /><br />The CC chapter received the Silver Torch Award, which is presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The chapter also received a Project Excellence Award, in conjunction with its regional group, for the project &ldquo;Garden of the Gods.&rdquo; Participants included Colorado College, Colorado State University, University of Denver, &nbsp;University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado, University of Utah, and University of Wyoming. This is the ninth consecutive year the group has participated in this project to clean up the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.<br /><br />Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. Since its founding in 1918, the Society has grown from four to 229 chartered collegiate chapters with more than a quarter-million members across the nation. The chapter at Colorado College was chartered in 2002 and currently has 18 members.</p> Get to Know…Ryan Hammes, Director of Outdoor Education Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:07:00 MDT <p>Ryan Hammes has what many would consider a dream job: director of outdoor education at Colorado College. &nbsp;His resume is unlike most others, listing certifications (CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Top Rope Site Manager, Single Pitch Guide, High/Low Angle Rescue Training); professional development (Association of Challenge Course Technology, Bioneers National Conference, Winter Injury Sports Symposium); and a nine-page experiential transcript that includes multi-pitch rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and canoeing, alpine and ski mountaineering, caving, and backpacking.<br /><br />As a child growing up in Onalaska, Wis., Hammes (pronounced &ldquo;ham&rdquo; and &ldquo;mess,&rdquo; snapped together tightly like a carabiner) enjoyed the outdoors but never considered that as a profession. Instead, he earned a B.S. in geology with an emphasis in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, but eventually came to the realization that he did not enjoy the mapping fieldwork as much as he thought he would. He returned to school, earning an M.S. in physical education teaching with an emphasis in adventure education.<br /><br />Prior to joining CC in July, Hammes was the coordinator of outdoor recreation at Sonoma State University, an 8,000-student school located in Sonoma Valley. Hammes and his wife had always said it would take a lot for them to leave the California wine country; however, Hammes had been an Outward Bound instructor in Leadville, Colo., for four years, and was willing to leave Sonoma for the opportunity to return to Colorado.<br /><br /></p> First-Year Students to Participate in Off-Campus Priddy Experience Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:08:00 MDT <p>This year 522 first-year students, as well as 31 transfer and eight international exchange students, will participate in the 10<sup>th</sup> annual Priddy Experience, part of Colorado College&rsquo;s New Student Orientation.</p> <p>CC&rsquo;s New Student Orientation is unique in that it provides the opportunity for new students to participate in a five-day off-campus experience.&nbsp; This year, students will take part in one of 64 trips &ndash; 18 to the backcountry and 46 to urban and &ldquo;front country&rdquo; sites &ndash; in which they fan out across the Southwest working on community service projects. Students depart from campus on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and return Sunday, Sept. 2. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 3, immediately following Opening Convocation. <br /><br />The community service component of the Priddy Experience trips provides an excellent bonding opportunity for new students, and underscores CC&rsquo;s strong service ethic. More than 80 percent of CC students participate in community service projects in the course of their college career.</p> <p>Among the front country and urban sites students will work at are the Explora Science Center in Albuquerque, N.M.; the Tapetes de Lana, a vocational training program in Northern New Mexico; La Puente in Colorado&rsquo;s San Luis Valley; DAWGS, an animal sanctuary in Dalhart, Texas; and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. Backcountry opportunities include working with the Colorado Fourteener&rsquo;s Initiative, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and Coalition for the Upper South Platte, among others.</p> <p>This is the 10<sup>th</sup> year CC has undertaken the massive project. During the summer months, five student interns worked under the direction of Elizabeth Pudder, assistant director of outdoor education and orientation, on all aspects of organizing the trips, including coordinating paperwork, compiling incoming student information, contacting work sites, and setting up and breaking down more than 300 tents that will be used on the trips.</p> <p>More information on&nbsp;Colorado College's&nbsp;Priddy Experience is available at: <a href=""></a></p> New CC Students Embark on Service Trips Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:27:00 MDT ]]> <p>First-year and transfer students at Colorado College fanned out across the Southwest on Wednesday, Aug. 31 embarking on their five-day Priddy Experience trips. The 54 new-student orientation trips are led by student leaders and include opportunities in the backcountry for trail maintenance and campsite restoration work, as well as volunteer work at animal shelters, charter schools, museums, and emergency food and shelter sites.</p> <p>Together the 491 first-year and 22 transfer students, led by 121 New Student Orientation leaders, will contribute 10,000 hours of community service to organizations throughout the region &ndash; before Block 1 even begins!</p> Welcome New Students Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:23:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College welcomes the 491 first-year students and 22 transfer students who moved in this weekend. Students and their families were assisted by CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, residential life staff members, and New Student Orientation leaders.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s class brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the campus. The incoming class features:</p> <ul> <li>Students who speak 30 different languages, including Tamil, SiSwati, Malayalam, and Tagalog.</li> <li>46<strong> </strong>editors of student publications, 16 student government presidents, 31 service organization leaders, 195 varsity team captains, seven junior Olympians, and 90 heads of school groups, ranging from Hip-Hop Freestyle to Athletes for Afghanistan.</li> <li>A world-class dressage rider, two nationally ranked rock climbers, and an individual who placed second at the World Series of Birding.</li> <li>A member who started a music blog that receives more than 250,000 hits a month.</li> <li>Two members who have professionally recorded music albums.</li> <li>Seven Eagle Scouts and three recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.</li> <li>A student who gave a presentation on women&rsquo;s rights in Turkey and another who has done research in Geneva that has helped make headway on the treatment and identification of parts of melanoma.</li> <li>13 nationally ranked competitors, including a sprinter who is on track to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, a national champion sprint kayaker, and a soccer player dubbed &ldquo;the best left-footed player in the country.&rdquo;</li> <li>Multiple small business owners, including one who started a silk screening business and another whose business fabricates steel protection parts for off-road vehicles.</li> </ul> <p>After completing a new student orientation on campus, all new students and their leaders will leave Wednesday for a variety of community service trips throughout the Southwest.&nbsp;</p>