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    Class of 1974, 45th Reunion

    Reunion Events

    Thursday, Oct. 10

    7:30-9 p.m. "Get Together: 1969 and the Music of the ’60s" presented by Craig Werner ’74, Packard Performance Hall
    Craig Werner, who is the son of late Professor Ray O. Werner, taught Afro-American Studies and American cultural history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, until his retirement earlier this year. A long-time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee, his books "A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America" and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" are widely recognized as authoritative works on American rock and soul.

    Friday, Oct. 11

    2-3:30 p.m.
    “The Liberal Arts Advantage” with Jane Lubchenco '69 and Marcia McNutt '74, moderated by Provost Alan Townsend, Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall
    Citizens of today and tomorrow need to be able to solve the challenges of the world, including the existential threats of a changing climate, depleted biodiversity, and disrupted communities with the vision of a scientist, the discipline of an engineer, the heart of a humanist, and the creativity of an artist. This is the goal of a liberal arts education. In this session, Provost Alan Townsend will moderate a discussion with Drs. Marcia McNutt and Jane Lubchenco, two distinguished scientists and CC alumnae who have exemplified a cross-disciplinary and leading approach to science and its relevance to our lives. Drs. Lubchenco and McNutt will talk about the advantages of the liberal arts backgrounds in their own careers, how that approach to education is more important than ever, and how it can help society move forward at a critical time.  

    4-7 p.m.
    , Smith Family Gallery, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
    Visit with classmates, enjoy food and drink, and walk around the museum. Colorado College students will be available to answer questions as you tour the museum on your own.

    Menu: $45/person
    Host Bar: Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
    Tapas Platter: Bacon-wrapped Dates, Spanish Olives, Mercona Almonds, Manchego Cheese, Spicy Sausages, and Grilled Bread
    Grilled Vegetable Platter with Pita Chips and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
    Chef-manned Carving Station with Turkey and Flank Steak, Bakery Rolls, two sauces: Cherry-thyme Chutney and Port Wine Reduction. 
    Dessert bars

    Saturday, Oct. 12

    10-11 a.m.
    Alumni Awards Ceremony
    , Shove Memorial Chapel
    President Jill M. Tiefenthaler P’21, P’24 and the Alumni Association Council will present the Benezet, Worner, Riley, and Spirit of Adventure Awards. Everyone is invited to attend this special ceremony that honors our distinguished award recipients and will feature remarks by President Tiefenthaler. The Louis T. Benezet Award for career achievement will be presented to John Lamson Kessel ’74. The recipient of the Lloyd E. Worner Award for remarkable efforts on behalf of the college is William S. Smith ’74. The Gresham Riley Award recognizing faculty, administrators, and staff who have made a significant difference to the college will be presented to Professor John Simons P’05 and Brenda Soto P’19. Winnie Barron ’79 will receive the Spirit of Adventure Award, given to the alumnus/a who exemplifies the unique CC experience through a life of intellectual, social, or physical adventure. The Reunion Cup, awarded to the reunion class with the best Homecoming Weekend attendance, will be presented during the ceremony.
    11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Alumni Awards Recipient Discussion
    , Screening Room 131, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
    Students and alumni are invited to participate in a panel discussion with this year’s Alumni Association Award recipients. The following individual award recipients have been invited to join the panel, but attendance may vary:
    • Louis T. Benezet Award winner and art major John Kessel ’74 
    • Lloyd E. Worner Award winner and anthropology major William S. Smith ’74 
    • Gresham Riley Award winner Professor John Simons P’05
    • Gresham Riley Award winner Brenda Soto P’19
    • Spirit of Adventure Award winner and art major Winnie Barron ’79 

    6-9 p.m.
    , Armstrong Great Hall
    Menu: $31/person
    Build-your-own Street Taco Buffet
    Host Bar: Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
    Speaker:  Professor Susan Ashley

    In Memoriam

    Please share memories of your Colorado College classmates who have passed away. Tributes submitted by Aug. 30 will be included in the 50th Reunion Keepsake Directory.


    Classmates Who Have Passed Away

    Full Name

    Deceased Date

    Richard Balsam

    Big Richard loved people and brought fun and laughter everywhere he went.- Kile Powers


    Jerry Bridgman 17-Mar-2016
    Steven Brunner 20-Nov-1990
    Neophytos Charalambous Shakallis 3-Oct-2017
    Royal Bucher Cooper
    Gary Dodge 21-Jan-2013
    Michael Espinoza 13-Dec-1998
    Thomas Ferrara 1-Jul-1972
    Pamela Smith Gast 21-Mar-1996
    Dan Goldberg 15-Aug-1994
    Doris Kuhn Hammond 29-Jun-2016
    Madge Williams Hubbard 14-Jan-2010
    Elizabeth Rhoads Hutchinson 25-May-2008
    Charles James 17-Aug-2017
    James Kadyk 17-Aug-2017
    Robert Kaplan 21-Apr-1978

    Vernon King


    Randy Kinskey

    Raul Laurel

    Ellen LeCompte

    Paul Liggitt 23-Sep-2009
    Lawrence Mascetti 2-Mar-1979
    Thomas McMahon 8-Feb-1990
    Paula Merriman 29-Jan-1989
    Elizabeth Work Patterson 5-Jul-1983
    Ron Robertson, D.C. 20-Jul-2016
    Johnnie Rogers 12-Jan-2008
    Donald Rumery 13-Jun-1981
    Malcolm Schuler 12-Nov-1993
    Randy Serna 20-Dec-1998
    Pat Frasca Sertich 21-May-2005
    Charles Severy 14-Apr-1998
    Pete Simpson 15-Apr-1995
    Daniel Thomas 16-Dec-2013
    John Trinkaus 23-Sep-1972
    Chris Tschamler 27-Dec-2010
    Vicente Valdez 6-Apr-2017
    John Villa 21-Aug-1993
    Mia Vye 8-Jun-2011
    Raymond Williams 17-Jun-2004
    John Winsor 16-Mar-1972
    John Zimmerman 1970

    Reunion Committee

    Sue Benson Harding
    Mark Schlessman
    Chris Warfield P’03


    Reunion and Homecoming Weekend Events
    Kristie Damgaard, Assistant Director for On-Campus Programs

    Lily Lauer, Alumni Relations Coordinator, On-Campus Programs

    Reunion Giving
    Matt Kelly, Associate Director of Annual Giving

    CC Network

    Find your friends and classmates just in time for your class reunion!

    1974 Scholarship Goals & Progress

    1974 Scholarship Goal: $50,000
    1974 Scholarship Progress: $27,635

    1974 Scholarship Participation Progress: 7 percent