Colorado College will inaugurate Jill M. Tiefenthaler as its 13th president at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., on the Colorado College campus.
The installation ceremony will cap a series of weekend activities that include a campus-wide community service project in Colorado Springs, faculty research presentations, and a variety of film, art, dance, drama and athletic offerings. A reception on Armstrong Quad will follow the ceremony.
“I am deeply honored to lead Colorado College as its 13th president,” Tiefenthaler said. “It’s an exciting time to be president of a premier liberal arts college, and I look forward to the challenges and abundant opportunities that it offers. As we go forward, I hope to continue to strengthen the engaged teaching and learning that is a hallmark of a Colorado College education, and to build on the strengths of our remarkable curriculum and Block Plan. CC truly is a distinctive place of learning,” she said.
“I’m also proud that the inauguration activities reflect how central the students, faculty and staff are to the success of our college. The activities help to showcase a wide variety of CC interests and accomplishments,” she said. “We have a great group of students who have been very active in helping to plan an inauguration that is true to the CC spirit.”
Inauguration events begin on Friday, Sept. 21, when Colorado College students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees work together on a series of projects in the neighboring Shooks Run Park, in which they will plant trees, build picnic tables, do hillside restoration and paint a large mural. “It’s a good way to show the Colorado Springs community that CC values being here,” said Hana Sayeed ’13, one of the student leaders involved in the project. The community service project reflects a core CC value, as more than 80 percent of Colorado College students participate in community service sometime during their college career. The project is being led on campus by the Greek life student leaders, who are working in conjunction with Concrete Couch, a Colorado Springs nonprofit led by a CC alumnus.
An outdoor reception featuring student bands and food provided by CC’s Carnivore Club will follow for those involved with the community service project.
For a complete list of the inauguration events, go to: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/inauguration/
A transcript of the acceptance address is available at: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/presidentsoffice/inauguration/address.dot