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Sept. 12, 2018

I'd Rather Be on the Block Plan

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“Denver Skyline at Sunset” by Larry Johnson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and
Board of Trustees Member Jack Wold '75, P'06, P'10 hosted 
“I’d Rather Be on the Block Plan”    

Celebrating our unique place together in the Rocky Mountain West    
And on our innovative Block Plan

Colorado College students who shared their stories
Updates about exciting new developments happening at CC   

Annie Bronfman is studying English literature with a focus on creative writing: poetry. She has an extensive background in theatre and won an award for Best Director of a High School Production at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During middle school, Bronfman participated in an innovation lab where Stanford University researchers observed the implementation of innovation. Building on these experiences at Colorado College she has completed The Moving Line course, which was sponsored and co-envisioned by Professor of English Jane Hilberry and Innovation at CC. Bronfman plans to pursue her master’s degree in teaching and become a high school literature teacher.
Cristina Garcia is a double major in religion and Southwest studies with a focus on Indigenous studies. She participated in the Bridge Scholars Program in her first year at CC and has served the program as a mentor for two years. Garcia also has been a co-chair of SOMOS (Latinx and Chicano Student Union) and NASU (Native American Student Union) and worked at Tutt Library. Garcia is a recipient of the Carl L. and Shirley L. Roberts Endowed Scholarship. At the end of her junior year, she was awarded a Crown-Goodman Scholarship for her academic records and contributions to the campus community.
Emily Gardner is a psychology major, the artistic director of Theatre Workshop, an admission ambassador, and a student guide in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College museum. She has performed in over 10 productions at CC, including the FAC’s professional production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Last summer, she interned at Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis and completed an educational psychology research project at the University of Minnesota. She received the William Arthur Blakely Award in Psychology, and a Keller Family Venture Grant to investigate how the performing arts are taught in high schools in the United Kingdom.

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"I'd Rather be on the Block Plan" held in Denver Sept. 12, 2018, celebrated Colorado College's unique place in the Rocky Mountain West and on our innovative Block Plan. The event was part of the CC Across the Country series.


June 21, 2018


Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Jeff Keller '91 hosted Changemakers Who are Defining the CC Experience in Chicago.

Student presenters discussed their CC opportunities, and a panel of alumni had a conversation about Colorado College and their life experiences.

Student Presenters
Maddie-Lucey_200sqMaddie Lucey ’18 graduated from Colorado College in May with a B.A. in physics and an emphasis in astrophysics. While at CC, she completed a Keller Family Venture Grant project on the topic of “Astronomy in Thailand: Inspiring Young Scientists.” This fall, she will attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a Ph.D. in astronomy. There, she will study hypervelocity stars and stellar evolution with Professor Keith Hawkins.

Alison-McGarigal_200sqAlison McGarigal ’19 is a senior environmental science major and philosophy minor at Colorado College. She was born in Bend, Oregon, and spent eight years living in Beijing, China, before joining the CC community. Outside of class, she can be found singing, playing the double bass, flying drones, working in the GIS lab, cooking a yummy meal, or enjoying the outdoors. She is excited to spend the fall of her senior year participating in the Semester in Environmental Science program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before returning to CC for her final semester.

Lili-Uchida-Photo_200sqLily Uchida '19 is a junior neuroscience major at Colorado College. In high school, Uchida was a snowboard cross racer at the international level. She discovered her interests in neuroscience and sports concussions after recovering from a brain hemorrhage that occurred while she was training for a snowboard competition. This summer, she is pursuing these interests at CC as a research intern for Professor of Psychology Bob Jacobs and as a weekend commuter to the mountains. Outside of research, Uchida is active across campus as a Career Center peer intern and a residential advisor in Loomis Hall.

Changemakers’ Perspectives: A panel discussion moderated by Tomi-Ann Roberts

Tomi-portrait-2017-200sqTomi-Ann Roberts has been a professor of psychology at Colorado College since 1993. She earned a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research focuses on the psychological consequences of the sexualization and objectification of girls and women. Her first article on this topic, “Objectification Theory,” is the most cited article in the 40-year history of the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. At CC, she teaches a course that introduces students to psychology as it relates to personality theory, emotions, and gender. She often incorporates art (sometimes at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, sometimes for a block in Florence, Italy) to examine questions of empathy, individuality, and expression.

Heckman_Preferred-headshot-Ed-(4)_200sqJames Heckman ’65 received a B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. Heckman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Heckman is noted for his contributions to labor economics and the micro-economics of diversity and heterogeneity. His innovations in these areas garnered him the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2000. Heckman’s later research focuses on inequality, skill formation, and social mobility, with emphasis on the economics of early childhood.

Susan-Kuczmarski_200sqSusan Smith Kuczmarski ’73, Ed.D., is the author of six books, three on leadership and three on the contemporary family, including her just-released, “Lifting People Up: The Power of Recognition.” She has taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for 10 years and currently teaches “How Values, Norms and Praise Impact Culture and Leadership.” She co-founded Kuczmarski Innovation (KI), an internationally recognized innovation consulting firm that provides thought-leadership on innovation, culture, and values. KI is home to Chicago Innovation, the year-long series of events designed to educate, connect, and celebrate the innovation community in the Chicago region.

MontellTaylor_194sqMontell Taylor ’94 earned a B.A. in political science from Colorado College. He has been senior vice president of claims for Combined Insurance Company of America since 2016. Taylor is responsible for the strategic and operational execution of the global accident, health, and life claim organization, which includes the North American, European, and Asia/Pacific Regions. He previously worked at Travelers Insurance for more than 20 years, where he held roles that included vice president of business insurance operations, claim center vice president, and vice president of customer experience-claim marketing.

Yee_portrait_200sqNatalie Yee ’11 graduated from Colorado College with a major in anthropology and a minor in Asian studies. She left CC with the ability to read a book in a night and an overflowing box of costumes. Since graduation, she’s done anthropological field work in Europe, worked in e-commerce in Minneapolis, earned an M.S. in information from the University of Michigan, and now works as an experience designer at The Nerdery in Chicago. In addition to her design work, Yee started and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at her company.

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New York

April 19, 2018


President Jill Tiefenthaler and Colorado College Trustee John Troubh ’79 hosted Changemakers Who are Enlivening the Arts in New York City.

Presenters from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College included Rebecca Tucker, Joy Armstrong, and Quang Vu '18.

  • Rebecca Tucker is associate professor of art at Colorado College and museum director at the Fine Arts Center. Her field is art history in the early modern period in northern Europe. She focuses on patronage, collecting, and display, as well as trade, cultural transmission, and artistic exchange between Europe, India, and the New World. She has published Art History, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, and The Seventeenth Century. Tucker received the 2011 Ray Werner Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Liberal Arts, served as the Schlosser Professor in Arts in 2014-17, and was director of the Crown Center for Faculty Development in 2015-16. Tucker’s projects include a digital visualization analysis of female patronage from the museum’s database; new courses supporting the Art Department’s major track in museum studies; and a book on court patronage in the art of the Dutch Republic.
  • Joy Armstrong is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Fine Arts Center. The Pikes Peak Arts Council recognized her with Curatorial Excellence and Creative, Intriguing, Astonishing awards for Pamela Joseph’s “Sideshow of the Absurd.” She curated the exhibition “El Mac: Aerosol Exalted,” which inspired the award-winning event JAM FAC. Armstrong was honored as a Colorado Springs Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence” in 2016. Armstrong’s recent projects include “Everyday Extraordinary: From Rembrandt to Warhol (Selections from the Morton and Tobia Mower Collection),” Bruce Munro’s “Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game,” and “Yoshitomo Saito: millionyearseeds.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and communications from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in art history from Kent State University.
  • Quang Vu '18 is a studio art major at Colorado College. In 2018, he worked with Haitian artist Ralph Allen to paint a mural, “The Spell,” ahead of Allen’s show at the Fine Arts Center in February. During Summer 2017, Vu also collaborated with CC Art Department Chair Scott Johnson on “Fissure & Terminus,” a permanent installation that reused books to create a stone-like structure for the newly renovated Charles L. Tutt Library. This project was highlighted during CC’s 2017 Summer Research Symposium. In 2017, he received a CC Art Department scholarship to learn about CNC machines at the Anderson Ranch Art Center. Vu spent Fall 2016 with the CC Mediterranean Semester. In 2015, he participated in intramural hockey at Colorado College.

A discussion with Nancy Nagel Gibbs '71, Gareth Saxe '93, and Marc Webb '96 was moderated by Tom Lindblade, Colorado College Professor of Theatre and Dance.

  • Nancy Nagel Gibbs '71 is a Tony Award-winning producer who has been a producer, general manager, and company manager for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and international productions for more than 40 years. Her producing credits include “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which garnered nine Tony nominations and five Tony Awards; “Come From Away,” which received a Tony nomination; “Bat Boy: The Musical,” which received the Lortel Best Musical Award; “Fun Home,” and Tony Best Musical Award winner; and many other. Gibbs will deliver the Commencement address at Colorado College’s 144th Commencement ceremony on May 21. She earned a bachelor’s degree in drama and dance from Colorado College and a master of arts from the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Gareth Saxe '93 is an actor with numerous Broadway performances that include roles as Scar in “The Lion King,” Joey in “The Homecoming,” and Randall Utterword in “Heartbreak House.” His Off-Broadway roles have included performances as Harper Regan in “The Atlantic,” Richard III in “The Winter’s Tale,” and performances in “Echoes of the War,” “The Daughter-in-Law,” and “The Wax.” His regional performances include “A Moon to Dance By,” “Hamlet,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” “iWitness,” “The Rivals,” and “Pericles.” His work for film and television include Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He earned a bachelor’s in drama from Colorado College and a master of fine arts from New York University.
  • Marc Webb '96 is a producer, and music video, short film, and film director. His directorial credits include “500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” “Gifted,” and many others. Webb will next executive produce the CBS series “Instinct.” He also is executive producer of the critically acclaimed CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Webb has been honored with multiple MTV Video Music Awards, including the Best Director Award for Green Day’s “21 Guns.” The Music Video Production Association honored him as Director of the Year in 2006. His feature film debut, “500 Days of Summer,” received two Golden Globe Awards nominations, including Best Picture, and two Critics Choice Awards nominations. Additionally, The National Board of Review honored Webb with its Spotlight Award in 2009. Webb earned a bachelor’s in creative writing from Colorado College.

  • Tom Lindblade is a professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Colorado College, and served 14 years as chair. His courses include: Origins of Theatre: Ritual, Greek Tragedy, and Early Comedy; Modern Theatre: Realisms and Anti-Realisms; and an introduction to acting. Since 1982, he has been an active theatre professional in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has provided directing, musical directing, conducting, and dramaturgy for more than 40 theatre productions. He writes extensively on contemporary performance, publishing articles in Comparative Drama, Theatre Survey, The Semiotic Bridge, and New Art Examiner on subjects as varied as John Jesurun, George Coates, Robert Wilson, and David Saunders. Lindblade received his bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin, master’s from the University of Minnesota, and Ph.D. from Stanford University in drama and humanities.

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Jonny Goldstein ’91 attended the “Changemakers Who Are Enlivening the Arts” event and made a video from his sketchnotes. Learn more on his blog.

More than 150 people attended “Changemakers Who Are Enlivening the Arts” in New York on April 19, 2018. The event was part of the CC Across the Country series. Photos by Daniel Rader.

San Francisco

March 15, 2018

More than 150 attendees joined President Jill Tiefenthaler and Board of Trustees member and Campaign Co-Chair Bob Selig ’61 for "Changemakers Who Are Shaping Our World."

Dez Stone Menendez ’00 spoke about Innovation at Colorado College and shared a video about what is happening at the college to empower all students with the creative confidence to be changemakers. Menendez started as Selig Family Chair in Innovation at CC in September 2016. She began working as a serial entrepreneur at age 23 and the orienting principle of her work is to empower people to lead larger and more creative lives. Driven by a commitment to intuition and curiosity, her experience is broad and varied: from building tiny homes and designing and manufacturing lifestyle products to incubating tech applications; there is no subject that Menendez doesn’t find interesting. She is the founder and owner of the Possibility Room, which began as a startup incubator in Seattle focused on executing new businesses and expanding existing businesses.

Sixth annual Big Idea pitch competition winners presented their projects. Their teams, which garnered $50,000 total in funding, included:

  • Chica Chocolate, which took second place in Colorado College’s Big Idea competition last year, returned to take first place and $25,000 in prize money at CC’s sixth annual Big Idea competition. Chica Chocolate consists of team members Cassidy Lam ’19 and Elise Morgan, a student at the University of Colorado—Boulder. The company’s high-quality chocolate truffles are infused with a Chinese herbal formula designed to promote hormone balance and are delivered to customers on a subscription basis.

  • Raw Sauce, led by environmental science major Alex Harros ’18 and geology major George Fowlkes ’18, is a sustainable fermented foods business with an end goal of internally sourcing produce through their own hydroponic grow operation. The company strives to create food that causes no unnecessary harm from seed to sauce. Raw Sauce placed second in the 2018 Big Idea competition and secured $15,000 in funding.

  • Momentix is led by physics major Alana Aamodt ’18, physics and studio art major Anna Gilbertson ’19, and Josie Eichers, a finance and international business student at the University of Minnesota. Momentix is an open-ended toy kit for children ages 8-12 that leverages the viral culture of Rube Goldberg machines to engage and excite them about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by upcycling old toys to create chain reaction machines. Momentix was awarded $10,000 for its third-place finish.

Additionally, a panel of changemakers provided a variety of perspectives. Panelists included:

  • Paul-Miki Akpablie ’16, Kadi Energy Founder and CEO
    Akpablie founded Kadi Energy to help increase Africa’s energy independence. He was still a teenager when he started developing the fledging company’s signature product: a long-lasting, portable, storage battery that can be charged with solar power. He has attended many energy summits and is an advocate for the provision of financially sustainable renewable energy to change the lives of Ghanaians in the short-term and all Africans in the long-term. Akpablie graduated from Colorado College in 2016 and starts his M.B.A. at Stanford in September.

  • Bracken Darrell P’15, P’21, Logitech President and CEO
    Darrell has a B.A. in English from Hendrix College in 1985 and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1991. He has worked at Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Whirlpool, and now Logitech, Inc. His real love is creating great products and great brands. Darrell has led growth and reinvention of iconic brands including Old Spice, Braun, and Logitech. He has made a lot of mistakes ... from most of which he has learned. Since 2013, he has been the chief executive officer and president of Logitech. Since his start as Logitech CEO, the company has been the #1 performing stock on the Swiss stock exchange and in the top 7 percent of the NASDAQ.

  • Em Havens ’09, IDEO Senior Community Designer
    Havens is a senior human systems designer at IDEO U, an education startup within the world famous design firm, IDEO. With a background in leadership education and social finance, Havens has tackled innovation challenges in a wide variety of contexts, from venture philanthropy to healthcare technology. Passionate about education, Havens currently acts as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Social Impact Strategy and guest lectures at the Stanford She holds an M.B.A. in sustainable systems from the Presidio Graduate School and a B.A. in environmental anthropology from Colorado College.

  • Margaret Liu ’77, M.D., ProTherimmune Principal
    Liu obtained a B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, Colorado College, the Epreuve pour le Diplôme d’Enseignement, à l’unanimité (judges’ unanimous decision), piano at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School. She consults world-wide and is a foreign adjunct professor at Karolinska Institutet, and an Adjunct Full Professor at University of California, San Francisco. Past appointments include senior advisor in vaccinology at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council. Honorary lectureships include: the Nobel Committee, University of Cambridge, and Columbia University. Honorary Doctorates include: Medical Doctor (Karolinska Institutet) and Doctor of Science (Colorado College). Discover magazine named her one of “The 50 Most Important Female Scientists.”

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Sixth annual Big Idea pitch competition winners presented their projects at "Changemakers Who Are Shaping Our World" in San Francisco March 15, 2018. The event was part of the CC Across the Country series. Photos by  Brittany Hosea-Small.