Building on Originality
Venture Grant Leads to In-Depth Discovery
By Alana Aamodt ’18
Keller Venture Grants of up to $1,000 allow Colorado College students to create and implement their own research projects.
Last Spring Break, Celia O’Brien ’18 pursued her project titled “Teachers at Busesa Mixed Day and Boarding Primary School, Uganda.” She spent three months teaching fifth grade students at this same school in 2014, which served as inspiration for her project. O’Brien investigated the growing role of English in the classroom, the factors shaping teachers’ lives, their challenges, and the experiences that motivate them.
“I was surprised to learn how much of themselves they invest in their students in unseen, or at least subtler ways,” O’Brien says of her results. “They spend so much time, energy, and thought on the kids. This quality, I learned, isn’t very common in Ugandan schools; at this one (Busesa), the high quality and dedication of the teachers attracted new students every day I was there.”
This popularity, O’Brien learned, brought new challenges to the school, leading her to explore not only the successes of the school but also the consequences of success, all thanks to her Venture Grant.
Venture Grants are made possible by Dennis and Connie Keller P’91, P’95; Jeff ’91 and Molly Keller; and David ’95 and Avery Keller.
Ideas into Action
Three Student Startups Split $50,000 Big Idea Prize
Colorado College’s fifth annual Big Idea competition, with $50,000 in seed money at stake, yielded three different — and creative — winners.
In first place was FlyPhone, which received $30,000 for its concept of using a drone to turn a cellphone into a personal cameraman. As they explain, “By leveraging the power of your smartphone, our purpose-built software and drone body capture HD video from a more natural distance than a ‘selfie stick,’ while affording a more intimate shot than any other drone on the market.”
In second place was Chica Chocolate, which received $10,000 for its high-quality chocolate truffles infused with a Chinese herbal formula designed to ease monthly hormone cycles and delivered to customers on a subscription basis.
Also receiving $10,000 was third-place Ogugu, a business analytics platform empowering owners of Tanzanian micro enterprises with inventory management, bookkeeping, reporting, and forecasting services.
Two other teams made it to the final competition, culled from an initial field of 17 teams.
The judging panel featured entrepreneurs Meriwether Hardie ’09, Richard Koo ’82, Kishen Mangat ’96, Susan Smith Kuczmarski ’73, P’06 and five-time judge Bob Selig ’61.
Embracing the Challenge
Alumni Set Single-Day Giving Record
During Giving Week, two anonymous CC alumni committed $75,000 toward Colorado College scholarships, with one condition: 750 CC alumni had to join them by making a gift of any amount on Dec. 9. The final number — 711 alumni — was extraordinarily close to the goal and established a new record for the most donors to the college in a single day.
During Giving Week, Dec. 5-9, 2016, more than 403 parents and 344 members of the community joined alumni to contribute nearly $400,000 in support of CC. They were able to earmark their funds to the areas that mattered to them — in memory of a favorite professor, to help students with financial aid, or to supply an athletics team with the funding to travel, among other causes.
“I’m convinced that CC alumni can do anything. Imagine the possibilities if all alumni made a gift of $25. The size of the gift truly does not matter, but participation does,” says Director of Annual Giving Kerry Brooke Steere.
CC alumni proved her right. Inspired by all the alumni who made a gift on Dec. 9, the two anonymous donors proposed a new challenge: if we could achieve 1,000 alumni donors by the end of the month, the gift would increase to $100,000 for student scholarships. By New Year’s Eve, more than 1,400 alumni shattered the goal to capture $100,000.
CC Hockey Moves Forward
CC Receives $8 Million for the Edward J. Robson Arena
Edward J. Robson ’54, P’79, G’11 has given Colorado College $8 million to build a new on-campus hockey arena. Robson, a former CC hockey player, has served on the college’s Board of Trustees and has established endowed scholarships for CC students.
The Edward J. Robson Arena, to be located on the west side of Nevada Avenue between Dale and Cache La Poudre streets, is part of the Campus Master Plan the college’s Board of Trustees approved in 2015. The $10 million project will commence during the 2018-19 academic year, and the 900-seat facility will replace the Honnen Ice Arena.
CC’s Division I hockey team will practice in the new facility and continue to play its games in the Broadmoor World Arena. The new arena also will serve intramurals, club teams, student life activities, and community hockey leagues.
“Athletics matter, and academics are even more important,” says Robson, a developer of communities for active adults and Arizona business leader. “This new arena will give CC hockey players a high-quality ice rink, while keeping them on campus and part of the student body. Doing so will help uphold the college’s commitment to rigorous academics for athletes.”
By the Numbers
Gifts at Work
Building on the Block
When You’re Involved, Originality Thrives
In the college’s strategic plan, “The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block,” recommendations were made to provide additional support for maximizing the capability of the Block Plan and enhancing CC’s distinctive place of learning. From those recommendations, several priorities emerged, including the renovation of Tutt Library, increased investment in student scholarships, and the creation of Innovation at CC, a collaborative focal point for new ideas and creative visions.
To date, $18.2 million has been raised toward the $25 million funding goal for the library renovation, which will be completed by Fall 2017. By the end of 2016, $33.1 million was raised in support of student scholarships and financial aid. The college aims to raise $90 million, including $80 million for endowed scholarships and $10 million in expendable funds. Additionally, the college raised $14.3 million toward its $40 million goal for Innovation at Colorado College.
Tutt Library Renovation
Project Hits Halfway Mark
By February 2017, the renovation of Tutt Library was halfway completed.
Since crews started digging the geothermal system on Armstrong Quad the day after Commencement 2016, much progress has been made. Crews placed the new roof, laid the rail system for the book stacks, made headway on drywall and painting, and installed steel studs and walls. The library will be reopened for the 2017‒18 academic year. You can monitor progress via the Team Tutt blog.
The modernized library will meet the evolving needs of students and faculty. Through the support of alumni and friends of the college, CC will realize the $45 million library renovation, which requires $25 million in private funds. To date, $18.2 million has been raised for the project, including $5 million from Inasmuch Foundation and $2 million from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation.
East Campus Housing
Residential Development Honors Eight Alumni
Colorado College will honor eight distinguished former students by bestowing their names on residential buildings in the new East Campus housing community: Marcellus H. Chiles, Marian Williams Clarke 1902, Albert R. Ellingwood 1910, Peggy Gail Fleming, Glenna Maxey Goodacre ’61, James Joseph Heckman ’65, Frederick M. Roberts 1906, and Ken Salazar ’77.
The East Campus housing community, which will accommodate 154 students in eight residential buildings, is scheduled for completion this summer. Located on the southeast corner of Nevada Avenue and Uintah Street, the new development will include a community center and a combination of cottages, small houses, and apartments. These residences will face an outdoor common area, helping to promote a sense of neighborhood.
President Jill Tiefenthaler states, “Naming the buildings of this new student housing community for distinguished former students highlights the college’s rich history and connects today’s students to the generations of accomplished alumni who have lived and studied on the Colorado College campus.”
The naming dedication will be held during CC’s Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 6-8, 2017. Learn more about the honorees.
Tiger Trek to DC Broadens Perspectives
The Career Center and the Office of Alumni and Family Relations piloted Tiger Trek, a four-day student tour of the Washington, D.C., area in October 2016. This experience was provided free for 12 students thanks to CC’s Student Government Association and a generous gift by Simon P’16 and Nancy Sidamon-Eristoff P’16.
In addition to site visits to the New York Times D.C. Bureau, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. State Department, among others, students met with 35 area alumni. They capped off their trip with a meeting with CC Alumni Association Board President-elect Jesse Horn ’07, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and a young alumni panel focusing on living and working in D.C.
Each site and alumni host detailed their own career path and offered advice on internships and job opportunities, broadening students’ perspectives on their post-graduation plans.
“This was a great opportunity to talk to graduates about the transition from CC to living on your own,” says Savanah McDaniel ’17. “Not only did the alumni give fantastic advice, they are willing to keep in touch and lend a hand if we need one.”
Inspired to be Generous
Alumni Celebrating Reunions Give Nearly $5 Million
A total of 2,163 Colorado College alumni made gifts amounting to $4,807,967 to CC during their class reunions in 2016. See the participation and giving goals and outcomes for each class year.