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Block Break Programming

Campus Activities, in conjunction with many partners, offers programming over all block breaks and many extended breaks*, such as Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks - *for students with extended break stay approval.

While many departments offer extended trips away from campus over breaks, the activities offered by Campus Activities are typically low-key day trips around the local area or events on campus that allow you to use your break to rest, relax, and rejuvenate between busy blocks. If you are interested in trips further afield for block break, keep your eyes on student digest as well as the Collaborative for Community Engagement and the Outdoor Education Summit Portals. 

Campus Activities' Block Break offerings typically consist of at least:

  • 1 on campus event (DIY Spa Day, Community Meals, Art Classes at Bemis, etc.)
  • 1 day-trip to an area attraction (the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds, Denver Musuems, etc.)
  • 1 in town activity (Roller Skating, Bowling, Movie Theater, Shopping, etc.)

These activities are advertised via Block Break Digest which is released on the 3rd Wednesday of each block around noon; they are also posted here.

Have an idea for a new Block Break Offering? Want to advertise an opportunity in the Block Break Digest? Email us at campusactivities@coloradocollege.edu 

Campus Partners who make up the Campus Activities Block Break Committee include:

SPRING BREAK Digest

Dear Students,  

We just wanted to take a moment to congratulate you all on making it through Block 7 – online! and not just making it through, but also showing exceptional creativity, strength, resilience, compassion, grace, and humility with yourselves and each other in these challenging times.  

We also want to affirm that however you are responding to the stress of this pandemic and our transition to remote learning is completely valid; there is no one way to deal with stress and respond to a crisis. We encourage you to continue to do whatever it is you need to do to take care of yourself, those around you in your home, and your immediate as well as our broader global community. If you need any additional help coping and would like to talk to someone, the Counseling Center staff is available for formal counseling and other staff and faculty are available to talk and for general support; please do not hesitate to reach out and remember campus offices and services are still open and available to you now – just remotely.

With next week’s extended block break, we aim to still provide you some low-key and FREE opportunities to practice self-care and engage with each other in community as well as the local area. So we have put together the following activities should you want to and be interested in participating; we have also compiled a list of resources, events, and other things that have been especially helpful to us staff in our own transitions to working from home and managing the stress of the unexpected; you can find it here.  

In physical distance and social solidarity,  

The Block Break Planning Committee*  

Now on to the Block Break 7 Digest…  

All event times are local CC, Mountain time. No preregistration or RSVP required; just show up when, however, and if you are able.

            Coding Key

            Block Break Events (BBE) – these events are just happening for Block Break.

            Weekly/Recurring Events (WRE) – these events are hosted weekly through Block 8 & over Block Break.

            On-campus Students Only (OCSO) – these offerings are just for students with on-campus stay exemption.

Friday, 4/17 

  • Campus Activities Center (OCSO), 12 – 2 pm, Worner 212; Students with on-campus stay exemption can come through to get some art supplies, stress relievers, and small games to take back to your room! Brought to you by Campus Activities with support from the Wellness Resource Center. Contact Amy Hill or Antonio Soto with questions.
  • Board Game Club (WRE) , 3 pm, Discord Server; Board Game Club invites everyone to join in celebrating the completion of our first virtual block with some games! We'll use our Discord server and Board Game Arena.
  • Break the Block (BBE), 4 pm, Zoom;Join The Butler Center staff for the opportunity to “break” from the stress and intensity of the Block Plan – stay at home edition, taking the time to reflect, rejuvenate, relax, and reconnect with peers as you head into this extended block break. Join via Zoom or call in using your local number; meeting ID: 612 801 822.
  • Team Marvel or Team (WRE)  DC?, 6 – 6:45 pm, on Webex; come together with other CC Comic Fans every Friday from 6 - 6:45 on Webex. This week let's grapple with Professor X and his notorious X-Men in the House of X/Powers of X, Part 1. If you are interested, please connect with Kimber Reese in campus activities to get your copy! Limited quantities available. Have a favorite comic or manga you would like to share? Let me know and we may be able to put it in the rotation. 
  • Trivia! (BBE), 7 pm, on Zoom; Think you’re smarter than your friends? Want to earn bragging rights and a cool prize? Then join us for Trivia to show off your knowledge! Contact Xavier Karjohn with questions.

Saturday, 4/18

Monday, 4/20 

  • Gentle & Restorative Yoga (BBE), 6 pm, Zoom (watch the Today @ CC digest for log-in info); Need some time to tune into your own inner rhythms? Join us for a round of relaxing, restorative, calming, yet energizing yoga session in the comfort of your own home/room on Zoom! What to Have On Hand: Yoga Mat or Blanket, Bed Pillows or Sofa Cushions, and space (preferably quiet but headphones work great too) to Sit & Recline. Taught by CC Alum and C-IAYT Certified Yoga Instructor Elaine Schuhrke of Canyon City. Contact Amy Hill or Antonio Soto with questions.
  • Block Break Bingo (BBE), Check your email for more information from your RLC, Do you miss engaging with your favorite offices on campus? Looking to win some awesome CC Swag? Or do you just need an excuse to stop staring at a screen for an hour? Then join us for a round of Block Break Bingo next week! The Residential Experience is collaborating with Outdoor Education, Campus Safety, Athletics, the Wellness Resource Center, The Butler Center, Spiritual Life, Alumni & Family Relations, the Career Center, and other offices across campus to give you the chance to show how you’re engaging from afar! Watch for an email from your RLC with a bingo card and more information about how to share your pictures with different offices on social media for a chance to be featured in their story and win great prizes! Contact your RLC with questions.

Tuesday, 4/21 

  • Live Pre-Registration Workshop (BBE), 12:15 – 1:15 pm,On WebexJoin Nikkita McPherson, Student Success Specialist, to get all your questions answered about the pre-registration advising process. To join via your compute, click this link (Meeting number: 286 039 136 / Password: aJ8mHDwYE25) or join by phone (+1-415-655-0001 US Toll / Access code: 286 039 136) 
  • Jackbox Meet-Up (WRE) , 2 – 4 pm, Discord Server;  Interested in playing online games with other CC students for remote blocks 7 & 8? Never used Jackbox? Join Josh Lauer for a Jackbox Meet-up to learn the ropes. Contact Josh (jwlauer@coloradocollege.edu) for more information. Prior to this event, join the CC Esports Discord Server.
  • Tranquil Tuesdays (WRE) , 7:30 – 8 pm, Zoom; Tranquil Tuesdays is a contemplative space to reflect and pause before sleep that honors that rest is a sacred and radical act. Join the Chaplain's Office for either music, story and poetry, or meditation online at. Join Zoom Meeting; Password: 692780 or call in Audio and enter Meeting ID: 751 259 753. Contact Kate Holbrook with questions.

Wednesday, 4/22 

  • Harry Potter Escape Room (BBE), all day – Wednesday only, online; gather with some friends, or try it on your own, to complete this online Harry Potter Escape Room. Upon successful completion by midnight CC time, email Cody Porter to claim your prize! The first 4 individuals/teams will get a $25 gift card to a local business of your/their choosing; 1 prize per individual/team for a total of 4 prizes overall.
  • Mindful Stress Management (WRE) , 4 – 5 pm, on Webex; Join the WRC staff for this online workshop designed to build resiliency and skill-sets for working through stress! This week’s topic is: Self-Compassion. To join, click this link (Meeting number/access code: 802 946 057 / password: MBtx693U3MM) or call in (+1-415-655-0001 / Access code: 802 946 057). Contact Kate Holbrook with questions.
  • Cake Pop Workshop (BBE), 6:30 pm, Zoom; Always wanted to know how to make the yummy goodness that is cake on a stick, join us and learn how to make the delicious art of Cake pops. Students on-campus can pick-up ingredient kits in Worner on Wednesday from 11:30 am- 1 pm and 5-6 pm. Off-campus students, contact Xavier Karjohn for an ingredient list so you can follow along. In partnership with Bon Appetit and Residential Experience.

Thursday, 4/23 

  • Morning Meditation and Muffins (WRE) , 8 – 8:30 am, Zoom; An opportunity to greet the day, connect with oneself, and to ground oneself in stillness before the start of the day through meditation from 8-8:25 a.m. Join us each week online at: Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/932076648 Meeting ID: 932 076 648. Contact Kate Holbrook with questions.
  • Food Pantry (OCSO), 12 – 2 pm, Worner 211; A joint CCGSA and Campus Activities initiative for students remaining on campus with exemption approval. Living off-campus in Colorado Spring and in need of food? You can also contact Amy or Antonio to request a porch drop off or reach out to Campus Safety. Contact Amy Hill or Antonio Soto with questions or special requests.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Tour & LIVE Q&A (BBE), 2 – 3:30 pm, On Webex ; Join the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff for a 30 minute virtual tour just for CC of the zoo and an up-close look at the Encounter Africa Exhibit and then ask a zookeeper questions! Following the presentation, complete a quick treasure hunt for the chance to win a prize. Contact Amy Hill or Antonio Soto with questions.
  • The Great Colorado College Camp-In (BBE), 7 pm, Zoom; Join us from your living room, back yard, or wherever!  Set up your tents, build your blanket forts, and cozy up in your sleeping bags with a cup of hot cocoa or tea for this live digital group camp-in!  More details to come – follow Outdoor Education on Instagram or join the OE listerv to stay informed! Contact Rachael Abler with questions.

Friday, 4/24 

  • Campus Activities Center (OCSO), 12 – 2 pm, Worner 212; Students with on-campus stay exemption can come through to get some art supplies, stress relievers, and small games to take back to your room! Brought to you by Campus Activities with support from the Wellness Resource Center. Contact Amy Hill or Antonio Soto with questions.
  • Join in and Lego have some fun! (BBE), 3 pm on Webex; do you like to build monumental constructions or simply create fun designs? Bring your best ideas to the table. You'll have 15 minutes to make your magic! We'll share our creations and the construct/design of the night wins a gift card to a favored local vendor. No Legos or blocks? Then use whatever you've got at home; students on-campus can connect with campus activities for a starter set ( 5"x5" baseplate and 60-80 assorted bricks). Contact Kimber Reese, Amy Hill, Antonio Soto with questions.
  • Team Marvel or Team DC?(WRE), 6 – 6:45 pm, on Webex; come together with other CC Comic Fans every Friday from 6 - 6:45 on Webex. This week let's grapple with Professor X and his notorious X-Men in the House of X/Powers of X, Part 2. If you are interested, please connect with Kimber Reese in campus activities to get your copy! Limited quantities available. Have a favorite comic or manga you would like to share? Let me know and we may be able to put it in the rotation. 

*Which campus partners make up the Block Break Planning Committee, working to specifically offer low-key, local, and FREE (or inexpensive) opportunities over block and extended breaks? 

  • Montana Bass, The Wellness Resource Center 
  • Noble Gough, The Butler Center 
  • Amy Hill, Director of Campus Activities & Student Orientation 
  • Jeremiah Houck, Bemis School of Art 
  • Pearl Leonard-Rock, The Butler Center 
  • Cody Porter, Residential Experience Team 
  • Nikkita McPherson, Student Success & Opportunities Hub 
  • Antonio Soto, Office of Campus Activities 

We have a lot of fun planning and implementing these programs and would LOVE to hear from you if you have ideas for future block break trip opportunities; so do not hesitate to let any of us know! Please take care of each other and yourselves; have a great break!