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CC Launches Crowdfunding Platform

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.”

Washingtone Week

Washington Week

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.

View video from both Sept. 9 tapings.

Students in Math & Computer Science Benefit

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.

Davis UWC Scholars Co-Founder Shares Road Map

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

5 “Innovative Minds” speakers came to campus to share their startup experiences in the past year.
40+ Over 40 years combined experience among the innovators in residence featured during 2015–16.
$8.5M An anonymous donor committed $8.5 million to support the innovation program’s development.

Gifts at Work

See the Spring 2016 issue