Building on Originality
Given the Opportunity, We Thrive
CC Launches Crowdfunding Platform
This spring, Colorado College launched its first crowdfunding campaign and successfully drew the connection between personal activities and the real ways that giving can enhance the CC experience for today’s students. These special initiatives drew nearly $15,000 in funding from all corners of the CC community.
CC’s fledgling Nordic Ski Team, a club sport, which provides equipment to introduce new skiers to the sport, surpassed its $2,500 goal by raising $2,830. A full set of cross country ski gear — two pairs of skis, poles, and boots — runs about $500. Club captains, in concert with the Athletics Department and Office of Annual Giving, raise their own funds.
The 30-member ski team has participated in four division collegiate races, and sent one skier to the college Nordic club nationals. Additionally, it has hosted two learn-to-ski events, each of which introduced 15 new skiers to the sport.
Rowan Kowalsky ’18, a geophysics major, came to the sport two years ago during her freshman year at CC.
“The fundraising campaign helped ensure the continuation and growth of our club. As one of the first members, I’m invested in this group and its presence on campus,” she says. “The majority of the donors supported this team because they want to see their friends, nieces, and grandsons have an opportunity to create meaningful college experiences.”
Gwen Ifill Speaks to CC Students
Colorado College hosted the taping of “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Colorado Edition” on Friday, Sept. 9 in the Celeste Theatre in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. The crew also taped a second session, “Washington Week EXTRA: Colorado Edition”; both programs air this evening on Rocky Mountain PBS.
Panelists joining Ifill on stage included Molly Ball, national political correspondent for The Atlantic; Michael Scherer, Washington bureau chief for Time magazine; Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for The Washington Post; and Jackie Calmes, national correspondent for The New York Times.
Inspired to be Generous
Students in Math & Computer Science Benefit
Students in Colorado College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will benefit from two gifts from donors who were motivated to see future generations of students thrive at CC, go on to succeed, and contribute to society.
A $5.6 million estate commitment from an anonymous donor will honor retired Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Steven Janke and help support financial aid. Of the total gift, $2.5 million will be directed toward a chaired professorship established in honor of Janke, who joined the faculty in 1975. The estate commitment also will benefit students by providing more than $3 million in financial aid.
“The main purpose of endowing the chaired professorship,” according to the donor, “is to honor the fine tradition of excellent teaching and intellectual development at Colorado College, which have been exemplified throughout Steven’s career.”
Additionally, Jeanne Lenhoff Williams ’58, a CC mathematics major and career analyst, programmer, and software developer, made a significant commitment to the previously established Euclid Scholarship Endowment through her estate.
Focused on Returning
Davis UWC Scholars Co-Founder Shares Road Map
Shelby M.C. Davis, co-founder of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, met Colorado College’s Davis UWC Scholars when he received an honorary doctor of humane letters from CC. Davis UWC Scholars are those students who attended United World College high schools before coming to CC.
Davis, who was accompanied by his wife Gale, spoke about his motivation for giving. According to the Davis family “road map,” which was passed down to him by his parents, the first 30 years of life should focus on learning, the second 30 years on earning, and the final 30 years — or third stage of life — on returning. His third stage began when he learned about UWC from Philip O. Geier, with whom he co-founded the Davis UWC Scholars Program.
According to the 2016 Report of the Davis UWC Scholars Program, the program supported 43 students worldwide in its first year and has since grown to become the largest international undergraduate scholarship in the world, enabling 6,909 students from 152 countries to attend college in the U.S. During the Spring 2016 semester, Davis UWC scholarships supported 46 students at CC.
Ricardo Tenente ’16 from Portugal (UWC-Mahindra, India) said, “The Davis UWC scholarship was not only an academic vessel to all of us, it guided us to each other and to life-lasting friendships that no education can match.”
Nearly 20 new students from UWC high schools enrolled at CC this fall, bringing the total enrollment of CC’s Davis UWC Scholars to more than 50.
By the Numbers
Gifts at Work
Alumni Propel Fundraising Success
Colorado College announced July 19 that $42.2 million in cash, pledges and estate commitments were received during its 2016 fiscal year, which concluded on June 30. During the year 6,005 alumni gave to the college, the most since 2008. The total raised bests last year’s $37.1 million and 5,755 alumni.
“Over the last several years, more of our alumni, parents and friends have stepped forward to support the college because they understand that their gifts enrich the education that we provide our students,” said CC President Jill Tiefenthaler.
Tiefenthaler explained that in order to make a greater impact the college is focusing intensely on three funding priorities: scholarships, a library renovation, and innovation.
Reunion Gifts Help CC Students
Alumni reunion committees have established class giving goals and pledged their support in honor of their reunions — this year classes ending in 1 and 6 are returning to campus.
While gifts can be designated to any area, program, or effort at Colorado College, some reunion classes have decided to support the Annual Fund or particular programs of interest. For example, the Class of 2006 supports the student-founded and student-run AppreCCiate Scholarship, and the 50th reunion class has established the Class of 1966 Scholarship.
“Our gift centers on the importance of giving back to CC,” says Dan Cooper ’66, “because many of us in the Class of 1966 have been able to do great things in life as a result of our Colorado College educations.”
The Class of 1966 has already exceeded its overall class gift goal of $792,092, and is still working to reach its $100,000 goal.
Class Supports Library Renovation
Despite the long hours many students have spent in Tutt Library over the years, the building itself is not remembered as warmly as the camaraderie fostered there.
“Tutt was our go-to place when we needed to crank out work,” says Laura Jenney Roe ’91, who is serving on her class’s 25th reunion committee. “It was our sole resource for academic research, and it provided a shared space for collaborative endeavors. Who can forget the endless slabs of concrete, the crowded tables, the lack of sunlight, the lifeless décor, or that creepy tunnel?” asks Roe.
When Roe and her classmates discovered they could play a role in funding the renovation of Tutt Library to create CC’s library for the future they stepped forward. By creating the Class of 1991 25th Reunion Library Renovation Fund and asking classmates to contribute to it, the class is bringing the library renovation to life. The class has exceeded its overall $250,000 scholarship goal.
Innovative Endeavors Take Hold
Driving Our Commitment to Making a Difference
By connecting students, faculty, and staff to resources, mentors, and workspaces to put their ideas into action for impact, the Innovation at CC program brings together the skills of the liberal arts — creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication — with CC’s innovative spirit and commitment to making the world a better place.
Innovation at CC is up and running. An advisory board, made up of faculty and staff, supports students as they take their ideas to the next step.
The program hosts innovators-in-residence, workshops, and lectures; offers a digital marketing crash course; and helps students who want to launch a business or social innovation programming venture through The Big Idea pitch competition. The Big Idea, started in 2013, is one of six programs affiliated with the new initiative that are already in full swing at the college.
Dez Stone Menendez ’02 began her role as director of CC’s innovation program in September. Prior, she founded the Possibility Room, which began as a startup incubator in Seattle.
“I am honored to be in this position and I see it as an opportunity to create a container for young people to take risks and experiment with their ideas,” says Menendez.
Patrick Bultema, who formerly led the innovation program, will lead the Big Idea program in a consultancy role during the 2016–17 academic year.
Class of 2016 Challenge Succeeds
The 2016 Senior Gift Challenge garnered a record 85 percent participation rate. Altogether, 439 seniors gave $2,929, with seniors designating their gifts toward the Annual Fund generally or specifically toward the Annual Fund for Financial Aid or Annual Fund for Athletics, CC Eco Fund, or the Butler Center.
Lila Rosenman ’16 was hired to manage the senior gift effort and function as a liaison between the senior class committee and the Annual Giving office in October 2015.
“I approached it in a sociological way and developed a plan to engage seniors,” Rosenman says. “There’s a way to frame philanthropy that can take it from the macro level of donating to a much more personal level that connects how students are impacted by other people’s generosity.”