Homecoming kicks off Thursday, Oct. 11 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14, with a full schedule of events for the nearly 1,200 people registered. Events range from the annual sunrise bike ride on Gold Camp Road to a cappella performances, the traditional Freedom and Authority class, which will discuss “Frankenstein,” and a variety of reunions, receptions, performances, athletic events, and open houses.
Those visiting campus also can take a tour of the newly renovated, award-winning Charles L. Tutt Library, the largest carbon-neutral, net-zero energy academic library in the country; the new East Campus Housing Community; and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
The Class of 1968, celebrating its 50th reunion, graduated at a time marked by protests, social unrest, and civil disobedience. A Class of ’68 Tiger Talks — Think TED Talks, but CC style — will be offered, as well as a two-day, pre-Homecoming symposium titled “1964-68: Music that Changed CC and the World.” The mini-symposium will be devoted to the music and movements that defined the 1960s. The class also is organizing an art sale of their classmates’ works, including those by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Burnett ’68 and acclaimed Southwest artist Darcie Peet ’68, to benefit the Class of 1968 Scholarship.
An annual highlight of Homecoming is Homecoming Convocation and the Alumni Awards Ceremony. President Jill Tiefenthaler and the Alumni Association Board will present the Benezet, Worner, Riley, and Spirit of Adventure Awards at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 in Shove Memorial Chapel. The honorees will later participate in a panel discussion, “The Wonderful Things I’ve Done with My CC Education,” in which they will talk about their career paths. The 2018 award recipients are:
- D’Ann Campbell ’72 and Charles H. “Chip” Collins ’77 are the recipients of the Louis T. Benezet Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in one’s chosen field, excellence through unusual success or contribution, innovation or research that has advanced a profession or a cause, and/or extraordinary contributions and achievements that have impacted people’s lives and exemplify the values of a liberal arts education.
- Artie Toll Kensinger ’53 is the recipient of the Lloyd E. Worner Award, which recognizes outstanding loyalty, service, and generosity to the college as evidenced by continuing concern and support for students and the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the general well-being and future excellence of the institution.
- David C. Hendrickson ’76, professor of political science, is the recipient of the Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment, and accomplishment.
- Lee Sessions ’86 is the recipient of the Spirit of Adventure Award, which recognizes an alumnus/a who exemplifies the unique CC experience through a life of intellectual, social, or physical adventure.