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Building on Originality

Whether you have been on campus recently or haven’t, there’ll be many obvious changes and an air of excitement that will no doubt pique your curiosity.

The iconic Tutt Library, where architects, geothermal experts, construction workers, and others have been working every day to reimagine in time for the start of the school year. This breathtaking, modern complement to CC’s historic buildings is a powerful testament of how the college is building on its original approach to the liberal arts. We can’t wait for you to see the fabulous new space that was truly built with the Block Plan in mind.

Evidence of how the college is celebrating originality — and building on it — is abundant across campus. A week before Homecoming 2017, during Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 6-8, the college will honor eight distinguished former CC students — ranging from figure skater Peggy Fleming ’70 to Nobel Laureate James Heckman ’65 to Frederick Roberts, class of 1906 who was the first African American elected to the California state legislature — by bestowing their names on buildings in the new East Campus Residential Development. The residences, comprised of eight buildings, are home to 154 CC students who are following in the footsteps of these buildings’ trailblazing namesakes.

You’ll notice further evidence of how the college is building on originality during a spirited celebration of the arts with our recent alliance with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, bringing together two neighbors in a synergistic way for students and community alike to enjoy. This year, we are offering something entirely different, a week-long program dedicated to art immediately preceding Homecoming Weekend and culminating on Friday with our first-ever CC artist showcase where each artist presents his or her work digitally in a syncopated set timeframe — just a taste to whet your appetite or imagination.

Of course, there will be the usual goings-on with class reunions, Convocation honoring CC’s decorated alumni and community members, athletics and social gatherings, Freedom and Authority, and more. We will close out the weekend remembering those who have been lost to our classes in a special memorial service where names of your friends and classmates will be read aloud. Though not with us in flesh, they will be with us in spirit, and we will nod in fond remembrance of a shared time together in long ago days.

We hope you join us for an extraordinary time on campus.

See you Oct. 12-15.

With best wishes,

Anita Pariseau
Director of Alumni Relations and Assistant Vice President for Advancement

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