Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,
Commencement this spring held extra meaning for me as I watched “my” first class receive their diplomas. The class of 2006 entered Colorado College just weeks after I did; we learned building locations, professors’ names, and favorite caffeinated beverages at Benji’s at the same time. The transition from government life to academe and beautiful Colorado was a major one for me, as was the students’ transition from the familiarity of their homes and high schools to the unique intellectual adventure awaiting them here.
This issue of the Bulletin focuses on transitions, a constant aspect of CC’s stimulating atmosphere. Feature stories look at transition on several scales, from one individual whose transformation from activist student to engaged trustee has only deepened his commitment to improving his alma mater, to a group of ’68 alumni approaching traditional retirement age and pondering the changes they have gone through, to communities in transition, including New Orleans, where many CC students and alumni are actively involved in the rebuilding effort.
Changes on campus continue, too. Libby Rittenberg has successfully converted from economics professor to dean of summer programs. The class officers of 2006 developed the Senior-Year Experience program to help seniors navigate the transition from college to post-graduation life. Two of its members developed a student-funded scholarship to help incoming students. Many of CC’s sports teams will be playing in leagues over the next two years. In April, the annual State of the Rockies conference offered both scholarly and hands-on assessments of ongoing change in the Western United States. And as spring arrived, photographers captured the energy and enthusiasm that overtakes us all (pages 10-11).
Last but not least, Commencement is a transition we all look forward to with pride, excitement, and a certain sense of nostalgia. The class of 2006 has left its mark on the college; perhaps in 40 or so years, the Bulletin will check back with them to see how they are approaching another phase in their lives.
Richard F. Celeste