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Colorado CollegeBulletin | December 2006

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

Since 1975, Colorado College has been making it possible for students to pursue independent, innovative, intellectual adventures through its venture grant program.

While some schools provide funds for advanced lab and classroom research to a limited number of students, CC’s venture grant program is broadly available to its students. Plus, venture grant funds support projects that go beyond the norm, whether here on campus or in some far corner of the Earth. This issue of the Bulletin explores the many ways these grants transform students’ experiences, and also the lives of those with whom they come in contact on their intellectual journeys.

The magazine’s feature section offers a range of exciting venture grant stories. From the seeds of an idea to a multi-purpose venture taking root, CC grants bring students, faculty, and alumni together in a unique collaboration on the CC/Venetucci Farm project. Among the goals of those associated with the farm are community outreach, campus integration into a wide variety of disciplines, and collaborative relationships.

Also read about Jessica Alderman ’07, who travels to Kenya to research traditional healing and Western medicine and ends up teaching CPR and delivering babies. Learn how Luke Wallens ’06 gains professional confidence at a Shakespeare Festival in Alabama. Enjoy the story of how soccer captain Brian Tafel ’07 deals with a physical setback by engaging himself intellectually at the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The Keller Family Foundation, which is supporting five years of CC’s venture grant program, sponsored the inaugural venture grant forum on campus in September. Jeff Keller ’91 and David Keller ’95 attended the event. Read more about the forum.

The campus was a vibrant place this fall. Those unable to join us for the October symposium will not want to miss Professor Bill Hochman’s account of how 20 speakers and hundreds of college and community members engaged the topic of “Religion and Public Life: Why Be Afraid?” in 10 sessions over four days. As always, Homecoming and Parents Weekend included a spectacular array of events; check out the photos.

Venture grants and symposia are two components of CC’s Vision 2010, moving us toward a new level of intellectual rigor as we increasingly match our performance — and opportunities — to our promise.



Richard F. Celeste