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Welcome to the 2015-16 Academic Year

August 24, 2015

Dear CC Students,

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic year! The summer months are about recharging our batteries, and I hope that your time away included relaxation, reconnecting with friends and family, and some adventure. My family and I vacationed in Iceland and Scotland. After that time away, I am energized and thrilled to welcome you back to campus. 

There are many new faces on campus. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting our new tenure-track faculty members, our visiting professors, and Riley Scholars. I am so excited about the impact these energetic teacher-scholars will have on our intellectual community. In addition, Maggie Santos ’86, a CC alumna and long-time member of the Colorado Springs Police Department, joins the college as our new director of Campus Safety.

And of course, welcome to our new transfer and first year students! Class of 2019, you join a student body of thinkers and doers. Our Rocky Mountain location, our creative spirit that gave rise to the Block Plan, and our bold and adventurous people have created an institution like no other. Your talents and interests will enrich the campus, making Colorado College even stronger.

It was a busy summer at CC! Four-hundred thirty-seven students (288 of our own and 149 others) participated in Summer Session. Classes like Professor Idris Goodwin’s on hip hop got out into the community, and a group of our chemistry faculty collaborated with an art preservationist, developing a new interdisciplinary course — The Science of Painted Art. The Documentary Film Institute had a successful second year. In addition, 165 students participated in 12 off-campus courses, like two blocks of Portuguese in Brazil, with Professor Naomi Wood, or study in Alaska with Chaplain Bruce Coriell. And in July, the Office of Alumni Relations launched their new alumni summer programming with The Art of the Pitch, co-led by Innovation Institute Director Patrick Bultema and Professor Steve Hayward. In addition, the Symposium on Field Study brought our faculty together with other national experts to share best practices for experiential learning, which is a hallmark of CC.

We also made some improvements to our campus over the summer months. The narrowing of Cache La Poudre Street, which will be finished by mid-September, will slow traffic and better connect the campus. This project, a recommendation of our Master Plan and built with our commitment to sustainability in mind, includes a rain garden on the north and south sides of the road. 

You will also notice progress on improving our wireless environment. Tigernet2 has been replaced by WiOfTheTiger, which should be a noticeable improvement for everyone to varying degrees, depending on the building. New equipment will provide the best experiences in Loomis, Mathias, Slocum, Armstrong, Barnes, Tutt Science, and the CC Inn. Other buildings on campus will be upgraded in the coming years. 

Planning for additional improvements is underway! The architects for East Campus housing have been enlisted to help us keep up with the growing demand to be part of our residential community. And of course, the planning to renovate Tutt Library continues, with a goal of breaking ground by the end of this academic year.

As always, I want to hear your ideas. In addition to working through CCSGA, the President’s Council, Heads of State, and other student organizations, you can talk with me directly during my Monday afternoon office hours in Worner, by scheduling an appointment, or informally in Rastall or walking across the quad. Please reach out to discuss an issue, ask a question, or just say hello.

It is so wonderful to have you all back on campus. It is going to be another invigorating year. Welcome to it! 

Jill Tiefenthaler, President