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Leslie Kinson wins first Raiments Award, is featured in Time and on Today show

Leslie Kinson, a CC sophomore, is the recipient of the newly established Raiments Award sponsored by the Colorado College Costume Shop. Kinson's proposal is focused on the study of bias-cut garments, and in particular the work of Vionnet.  Her research project will include reconstruction of Vionnet gowns, and documentation on the experiences of the models wearing these gowns. She was awarded funding for drafting supplies, fabric for mock-ups and gowns, notions, findings and other miscellaneous expenses for research and construction of the dresses. Her construction projects and final paper are expected to be completed before the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, with public showing of the gowns to be announced.

Kinson said she considered fashion-design schools but felt Colorado College was the best choice for her. Immediately upon arrival, she asked the campus activities department if the college had a sewing club. "They said, 'No, but do you want to start one?' I thought that was amazing," she said. She founded the CC Sewing Club as a first-year student; members create their own clothing lines for the annual student-run CC Fashion Show in February. Kinson was quoted in a November 2006 Time magazine article about the resurgence of sewing, and she and members of the club were featured in a January 2007 "Today" show story about sewing's comeback.

CC jumps four spots to rank seventh in Peace Corps volunteers among small colleges

Colorado College moved up four spots and now ranks seventh among small schools and universities with alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

The college has 21 alumni currently serving. Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, 306 Colorado College alumni have joined its ranks. This year’s jump from 11th to seventh place is the highest CC has ranked on the list. The second-highest ranking was in 2003, when Colorado College placed eighth.

“I am excited by the news that CC has joined the Peace Corps small college top 10 – but I am not surprised,” says Colorado College President Richard F. Celeste, who joined the college in 2002 and served as director of the U.S. Peace Corps from 1979 until 1981.

"I have found an eagerness on the part of many of our students to put their education to work in the developing world, to hone their skills at the same time as they help make a real difference in the lives of others. In fact, I regularly get email from our alums serving in Peace Corps assignments around the world, reporting on their activities and discussing how to take the next step in a journey of international service," Celeste says.

The Peace Corps ranks the top 25 colleges and universities producing volunteers according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates; medium-size schools are those with between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates; and large schools are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates. Colorado College has 1,945 undergraduate students.

CC senior Ruth Jones attends exclusive Women of Color Leadership Institute

Ruth Jones, a Colorado College senior from Denver, was one of just 51 students in the United States chosen to attend the Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Institute this fall in Baltimore. The conference, sponsored by the Foundation for Independent Higher Education, is part of a yearlong program that identifies campus leaders among women of color who are seniors at independent colleges across the nation. The program helps prepare these women for future leadership roles.

 “It was so inspirational to be in the company of so many young aspiring black women leaders,” said Jones, who was assigned a mentor who will work with her throughout her senior year. ”There were women who were successful business owners, CEOs of multi-million dollar corporations, Peace Corps alumni, and CEOs of non-profit organizations. As a black woman who is trying to decide what step to take next, I found the diversity among women extremely powerful. It allowed me to think outside of the box, rather than confine myself to typical roles of success and leadership.”

Participants were awarded a $2,500 stipend to help fund a leadership project on their home campus or neighboring community during their senior year. For her project, Jones, 21, plans to work on a mentoring program for middle-school-age boys. Jones is scheduled to graduate in May 2007 with a self-designed liberal-arts studies degree in urban justice with an emphasis in black studies.

The Back Row makes a cappella CD history with debut appearance

The Back Row, Colorado College’s all-male a cappella singing ensemble, has been selected for Best of College A Cappella 2007 (BOCA), an award-winning compilation CD of collegiate a cappella music. “Peaches,” the ninth track on the Back Row’s debut album, “Unleash the Periscope,” was culled from more than 1,000 submissions for one of only 19 spots on the CD. It is the first time the Back Row had submitted a CD for consideration, and the first time in BOCA’s 10-year history that a debut group has been selected.

The BOCA award is to college a cappella groups what the Oscar is to movies. Every fall, collegiate a cappella groups from around the country submit their albums in hopes of being selected for the prestigious CD.

In “Peaches,” the members of the Back Row use only their voices to mimic the alternative guitars and rock drum backgrounds of the original song performed by the band Presidents of the United States of America. The Back Row will perform “Peaches,” as well as many other songs, at its annual winter concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in Armstrong Hall.

“It’s so difficult to get onto BOCA, so we were really excited to hear the news,” says Ian Goldstein, Back Row founder and co-producer of “Unleash the Periscope." “To be chosen for a CD with so many top a cappella groups in the country –  the same ones who’ve been role models for us over the past four years – is an amazing feeling,” Goldstein said.

“I’m so proud of the high level of success we’ve attained,” says Ford Kerr, musical director of the group from 2003 to 2006 and co-producer of “Unleash the Periscope.” “It’s a true testament to the fact that with the right people and the right mindset, anything is possible,” he said.

Jim Swanson, director of financial aid, receives national award

Jim Swanson, director of financial aid at Colorado College, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded a National Leadership Award from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators in October. Swanson has been director of financial aid at Colorado College for 13 years, and has been involved in the financial aid profession for 29 years.

The NASFAA’s Leadership Awards are given to individuals for their strong and consistent leadership on a regional and state level, for their untiring efforts, and for their willingness to continue their contribution to the aid profession after serving in top elected positions in their region and states.

He is past president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Financial Aid Administrators, current member and past chair of the association's governance committee, and recipient of its Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service awards. He also is a past member of the NASFAA board of directors. In addition, Swanson is a member of the College Board’s Financial Aid Standards and Services Advisory Committee.

Germany holds world premiere of Ofer Ben-Amots' “Klezmer Concerto"

The world premiere of Ofer Ben-Amots “Klezmer Concerto,” a piece he composed for the clarinet and orchestra, was performed by internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer in Michelstadt, Germany, on July 15. The three performances, held on the same night, were part of the Michelstadt Music-Night (Musiknacht) 2006.

The Portland Chamber Orchestra, with soloist David Krakauer and conductor Yaakov Bergman, also performed Ben-Amots work in a concert titled “From Darkness to Light” on Oct. 14. The piece was described by The Oregonian as “a bolt of lightning” and “a delirious delight.” Last week the Portland Chamber Orchestra board of directors selected the Oct. 14 concert recording of the “Klezmer Concerto” to be published as a promotional CD.
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Ben-Amots’ compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and festivals worldwide, including such orchestras as the Zurich Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, ORF-Austrian Radio Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Moscow Camerata, the Filarmonici di Sicili, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the symphonies of Heidelberg, Erfurt, Brandenburg, and Colorado Springs, among others. His compositions have been professionally recorded by the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Barcelona Royal Symphony, the BBC Singers, and the renowned Czech choirs Permonik and Jitro.

CC geologists present research at Geological Society of America meeting

Two professors and two recent graduates presented their research at the 118th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Approximately 6,200 geoscientists attended the meeting, held October 22-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

Henry Fricke, professor of geology, presented his research based on recent studies that indicate that short-term variations in climate occurred over western North America during the early Eocene.  His research suggests the existence of dry intervals that predate a known cool period in the Bighorn basin. Melissa Barton ’06 presented research conducted in conjunction with Fricke in which they addressed the ongoing debate concerning whether the Rocky Mountains eroded after the Laramide orogeny and subsequently underwent a third orogeny or whether they simply remained high throughout the Cenozoic.

Jessica Creveling ’06 presented research conducted in conjunction with Paul Myrow, professor of geology, in which they revealed an improved isotopic record of the late Devonian, and ALFIE, a new positive carbon isotopic excursion of the late Fammenian.

Weddle heads region for American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature

David Weddle, CC professor of religion and chair of the religion department, has been named president of the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains region of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. Weddle will preside over the regional planning meeting at the national meeting of the two societies in Washington, D.C., in November. The American Academy of Religion was founded in 1909 and is the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 and has more than 6,000 members from every continent.

Weddle's research on American revivalism resulted in a book on the relation of social reform to the theology of Charles Finney. His other publications have focused on Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as the relation between Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mary Baker Eddy. Weddle joined CC in 2000.

Professor Jane Hilberry wins Colorado Book Award for "Body Painting"

Jane Hilberry, Colorado College professor of English and co-chair of the English department, was awarded a 2006 Colorado Book Award for her book of poetry, "Body Painting," published in 2005 by Red Hen Press.

Hilberry credits much of her win to a meeting of great minds and talents. Two years ago she and five other Front Range poets - Aaron Anstett, David Keplinger, Jennifer Koiter, Rebecca LaRoche and Jake York - began meeting for their own poetry writers' workshop sessions. They exchanged book-length manuscripts and critiqued each others' work.

Defying odds in the poetry world, four of the writers' books were accepted and published that first year, and they were released within months of each other. Then three of the poets - Hilberry, Anstett and Keplinger - were named among the six finalists for the 2006 Colorado Book Award in the poetry category. On Oct. 18, Hilberry won the award, but in spirit, she shares it.

If ever there was a joint victory, this was it," she said. "I think what made the group so amazing was the high level of seriousness, matched with a high level of humor. I've never been in any workshop before in which I got such intelligent suggestions for revision. We knew we had something great even before the great things started to happen."

The poets call their group What Would Lorca Do? Perhaps they've figured it out.

Rotzien wins, sets records at triathlons on American Cancer Society team

CC student Jon Rotzien ’07 has placed impressively in recent triathlons.  Rotzien placed first and set course records in both the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon held in August in Kenosha, Wis., and the Fort Collins Triathlon held in September in Fort Collins, Colo.  Rotzien also placed third out of 1,700 participants in August’s Accenture Chicago Triathlon.

He accomplished these victories despite being sidelined for 18 months after he was hit by a car while competing in the cycling portion of a triathlon.

As a charity athlete for the American Cancer Society, Rotzien is competing this season in honor of one of his best friends who is struggling with breast cancer.  “I try to make my miles count,” Rotzien said.  So far, Rotzien has raised more than $1,500 for the ACS, with donations still coming in. Rotzien is a geophysics major, and hopes to one day work for the government.

CC's "adopted" flower beds reap city's top garden honors for second year

For the second consecutive year, CC's spectacular Cascade Avenue public-median flower beds, "adopted" by the college's grounds crew, have won the City of Colorado Springs' 2006 Golden Trowel Award in the service organization category. Since 2004, the city's Springs In Bloom program has sought out individuals, families, clubs and businesses to adopt any of approximately 70 flower beds located throughout Colorado Springs. CC has been involved from the beginning, adopting the long medians that stretch down the center of Cascade Avenue between Uintah and Cache La Poudre streets.

Grounds Supervisor Jerry Switzer said the two 1,100-square-foot flower beds each hold at least 3,500 plants. CC horticulturist Cecelia Gonzales and a crew of grounds workers tackle the ambitious project, spending 100 hours preparing and planting each bed. When the beds, filled with flowers and ornamental grasses, are established, it takes an entire week to weed them (it helps that passersby regularly compliment the gardeners on their stunning results). Each year, the city honors just three flower-bed adopters with the Golden Trowel Award, and CC has fared well: The college was a finalist for a Golden Trowel Award in 2004, won the Golden Trowel Award in 2005, and now adds a second Golden Trowel Award to the collection.

ACE Fellowship brings Elrod to CC for year of leadership development

Susan Elrod, associate professor of biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, has chosen Colorado College for her American Council on Education Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. Designed to prepare leaders for higher education, the ACE Fellowship requires that each recipient commit his or her time and energy to developing expertise on issues of importance to their host institutions, with the ultimate goal of bringing to both their home and host institutions new perspectives and information. Potential areas of focus for Elrod include CC's reaccreditation, an upcoming external review of the Crown Center, and research on interdisciplinary and integrated models of higher education.

Elrod holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in biological sciences from California State University, Chico. After completing her Ph.D., she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Novozymes Biotech, Inc. in Davis, California, where she received several patents for her work on enhancing protein production using genetic techniques. At Cal Poly, she has taught courses in bioinformatics, biotechnology, and genetics. She co-authored a genetics textbook and is developing another genetics textbook project. Elrod’s administrative experience includes service as associate chair of the Biological Sciences Department and as special assistant to the provost. Elrod also served as the assistant director for Cal Poly’s Center for Teaching and Learning and has been a workshop facilitator there for the past five years. She also was vice chair of the Academic Senate and chaired the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee and the Status of Women Committee. Elrod attended Harvard University’s Management Development Program in 2004.

CC-authored books named finalists for Colorado Book Awards

Books authored by CC writers have been named finalists for Colorado Book Awards, which are presented annually by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. The CC finalists are:

In the Anthology/Collection category:

- Gwen Gregory, head of bibliographic services for Tutt Library, nominated for her book, "The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Strategies from Library Leaders"

- Walter Hecox, professor of economics and environmental science; F. Patrick Holmes III '03; and Bryan Hurlbutt '04, for "The 2005 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card"

In the Poetry category:

- Jane Hilberry, professor of English and co-chair of the English department, for her book "Body Painting"

In addition, in the non-fiction category, Dan Chiras, visiting professor of environmental science, was named a finalist for his book, "Ecokids: Raising Children Who Care About the Earth."

The 15th Annual Colorado Book Awards will be presented on Oct. 18 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Ericson named president-elect of Association of Teachers of Japanese

Joan Ericson, CC associate professor and chair of the German, Russian and East Asian languages department, was recently elected to the executive board of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, the professional organization in North America of university faculty in the fields of Japanese literature, language pedagogy and linguistics. Ericson's term will last three years; she is the current president-elect, then will become president, and finally past president.

Ericson teaches Japanese literature, language and culture courses at CC. Raised in Japan, she is bilingual and bicultural, and holds degrees in Japanese Literature from the University of Hawai'i and Columbia University. She has published on the development of the concept of modern Japanese women's literature, and is researching Japanese children's literature in the context of modernization.

U.S. News rates CC a “Best Value” college

U.S. News & World Report's annual “America's Best Colleges” report named Colorado College the 13th best value among national liberal arts colleges for the second year in a row. The report's "Great Schools, Great Prices," included in its 2007 guidebook, considered only the most highly ranked colleges overall for this category. The ranking relates a college's academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. In overall rankings, CC placed 26th (one better than a year ago) among the nation's 215 liberal arts colleges.

CC Mortar Board honor-society chapter wins two national awards

The Colorado College chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, was presented with the Golden Torch Award and Project Excellence Award for the 2005-2006 academic year. The awards were presented at the organization’s national conference held July 28-30 in Columbus, Ohio. The chapter was one of 19 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to chapters going above and beyond timeliness and excellence while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. In addition, the CC chapter was among 27 chapters to receive a Project Excellence Award. It was honored for the project, “Garden of the Gods,” held in conjunction with the University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado and University of Wyoming. This is the third consecutive year the group has participated in this project to clean up Garden of the Gods, a beautiful public park in Colorado Springs. Mortar Board has 214 collegiate and 43 alumni chapters with more than 240,000 initiated members across the nation. The Colorado College chapter was chartered in 2002.

Reynolds named APPA Fellow for longtime leadership in higher-education facilities

Gary Reynolds, director of facilities services at CC, was awarded the prestigious APPA Fellow designation recognizing longtime contributions to the association. According to APPA Fellow Douglas Christensen, advocate, office of administrative services for physical facilities at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Reynolds “is truly an example of what this status stands for—exceptional leadership characteristics, skills, and performance.”

Reynolds has served in higher education facilities since 1981 and has been an active member of APPA since 1982. He has served APPA as president, director of the Facilities Management Institute, co-director of the Center for Facilities Research, vice president of Educational Services, and dean of Track I of the Leadership Academy.

Reynolds has been a member of the faculty of APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management for nearly 20 years and is a graduate of APPA’s Professional Leadership Academy. His research project, “The Impact of Facilities on the Recruitment and Retention of Students,” conducted through CFaR with co-investigator David Cain of Carter & Burgess, Inc., was featured in the March/April and May/June issues of Facilities Manager, APPA’s official publication. Reynolds and Cain presented the study at the Campus of the Future conference on July 10.

Cypher awarded scholarship from Circolo Italiano for study in Italy

Jillian Cypher ’08 won a $1,000 scholarship from The Circolo Italiano, a Denver Metro nonprofit organization that promotes the Italian culture and language by awarding $6,500 in scholarships to Colorado students and teachers for the study of Italian at Colorado institutions and/or Italy. Cypher will use her money for her studies with Colorado College in Sorrento and Villetta Barrea, Italy.

Randall's full-length poetry collection "A Day in Boyland" to be published

“A Day in Boyland,” a collection of about 70 poems by Jessy Randall, archivist and curator of special collections at CC’s Tutt Library, is due out from Ghost Road Press in spring 2007. The book will be Randall's first full-length collection. It contains love poems, sex poems, poems on breaking up, marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. Some of the poems in it first appeared in the literary journals “Antietam Review,” “Mudfish,” and “Painted Bride Quarterly.”

The poet David Graham has written about Randall's work: "Many contemporary poems present themselves like examinations, often in a language no one speaks. They aim to put you in your place by exposing your vast ignorance. Jessy Randall's poems arrive like gifts when it isn't even your birthday. They aim to please, and they do. Witty, deliciously bite-sized, frisky, strange and real as dreams, these are poems you will savor and show your pals."

Randall is organizing an open reading for poems concerning Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland” as part of the All Pikes Peak Reads celebration in fall 2007.

A Day in Boyland

Their bodies
surround her; whose
leg is this? Whose
arm? The wind
cuts their faces equally
on the ride down;
on the way back up
she never has to carry
the sled

For more of Randall's poetry, visit her web site.

Graduates show they "AppreCCiate" socioeconomic diversity at commencement

Usually, the graduates are on the receiving end at commencement. So it was surprising on Monday, May 22, when cap-and-gown-clad student after student shook hands with Colorado College President Richard F. Celeste – and, while casually patting his shoulder or arm, taped a dollar bill on his robe before accepting the diploma. As more diplomas were handed out, the collection of dollar bills grew, covering Celeste’s shoulders, back, chest, even his own mortar board, dangling in a chain of greenbacks that rivaled his cap’s tassel.

The barrage of bucks was an impromptu fund-raiser, benefiting the student-initiated AppreCCiate Scholarship, which was created during the academic year by graduating seniors Ari Stiller-Shulman and Robin Dunn to provide need-based student financial aid and promote socioeconomic diversity at Colorado College.  

“AppreCCiate raises awareness among current students about economic diversity at Colorado College and about the disparity between people of different economic backgrounds in attending institutions of higher education,” the AppreCCiate web site states. “AppreCCiate encourages Colorado College students to stop and consider the value of their education here and challenges them to show their appreciation by beginning the lifelong habit of giving back to Colorado College.”

Stiller-Shulman and Dunn spread their message throughout the academic year, generating hundreds of gifts from students in all four classes. The two men will depart August 15 on a cross-country bicycle tour to raise even more money for the scholarship fund. They topped off these plans by masterminding the commencement gift. 
 
Once all of the diplomas were handed out, Celeste was adorned with $378 in bills, one of them a $10 note from Barbados. Celeste, who dubbed the stunt “Pin the Dollar on Dick,” announced he’d match the amount. Later, a graduating senior wrote out a check for $200, and two pairs of parents contributed more, making the grand total of the morning’s generosity a cool $1,048.25.  

Up until commencement, about 40% of the CC student body donated to AppreCCiate, contributing about $4,500. Through fund matching and support from the college alumni association’s development committee, the scholarship fund is expected to have about $15,000 by the end of the next academic year. See the AppreCCiate web site.

Celeste received more than money on Monday. He arrived at CC the same year as this year's graduating seniors. Balin Anderson, president of the class, made that bond official when she presented to Celeste a special certificate making him an honorary member of the Class of 2006. 

Goldstein Wins National 'Best College Arrangement' Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, CC student Ian Goldstein has won the Best College Arrangement Award from Contemporary A Cappella Publishing’s Contemporary A Cappella Arrangement Competition.

Goldstein, a junior from Bellevue, Wash., won the award this year for his arrangement of the song “Buddy Holly,” a single made popular by Weezer. His winning arrangement can be heard on “Unleash the Periscope,” the debut CD released in April by The Back Row, an all-male a cappella group Goldstein founded at Colorado College in 2003.

Goldstein’s prizes for Best College Arrangement include a "Best of College A Cappella" CD collection; the possibility of being published in a future CAP songbook and receiving a cash royalty fee; and the possibility of being added to the UAAS roster of custom arrangers. Last year he won two of the five awards given: the Best College Arrangement award and the Best Public Domain Arrangement award. Read a Contemporary A Cappella Society review and the Recorded A Cappella Review Board's reviews of "Unleash the Periscope."

Singh to Study at University of Oxford for Rotary International Scholarship Year

Namrita Singh, a paraprofessional in the Colorado College Institutional Research office, has been accepted to a yearlong master’s in science interdisciplinary program at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, for her Rotary International Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship. Singh won the prestigious Rotary International award shortly after graduating from Colorado College in 2005. Singh is a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Society, and she won the Cornelia Manley Sabine Award in Psychology, the William Arthur Blakely Memorial Award in Psychology, and the Outstanding Commitment to Social Change Award. She was a Barnes Science Scholar and a CC Presidential Scholar.

Rotary International scholarships are valued at up to $26,000, and help fund a year of study in another country. Singh graduated magna cum laude from CC with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies. She will study Forced Migration at Oxford beginning in September.

At the same time that Singh was awarded her scholarship, Adrian Davis, a 2004 CC graduate, was awarded a Rotary International World Peace Scholarship for peace studies.

Norrington Wins Fulbright Scholarship and NCAA's Highest Academic Award

Bryan Norrington, a senior from Atlanta, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a year of study in Japan, and the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, the NCAA's highest academic award. Norrington is an international political economy major with minors in Asian studies, black studies and Central American culture. While in Japan beginning in September, he plans to study the relationship between Japanese nongovernmental organizations and Japan's official development assistance in order to understand whether collaboration between these entities would improve the effectiveness of development projects in client countries, and improve the image of Japan in the international community. 

Before his Fulbright year, Norrington plans to travel to France as a Humanity In Action Fellow. After his year abroad, he will pursue a joint master of arts degree in international relations/master of health sciences degree in International Health at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Norrington is a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. He is one of just two recipients nationwide of the NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship; see a press release here. Norrington is the Colorado College record holder for the 400 intermediate hurdles.

Carlson, Thacher Awarded Luce Scholarships for Year of Study in Asia

CC senior Edward Carlson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and 2003 alumna Chessie Thacher originally of Bedford, N.Y. and now Bozeman, Mont., have been awarded prestigious Luce Scholarships to live and work in Asia for a year. Carlson will begin his year abroad in 2007; Thacher will begin hers later this year.

The Henry Luce Foundation named 19 scholars this year, chosen from about 125 candidates nominated from the top-ranked colleges and universities in the country. The Luce Scholars Program is intended to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.

Carlson is majoring in political science and Italian Studies. After graduation in May, he will be a fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union in Denver, conducting research, outreach, event planning and fundraising. He plans to attend law school after his year abroad, and wants to pursue a career in public policy. Thacher graduated from Colorado College with a degree in biology and environmental science, and currently works as grants manager for the Yellowstone Park Foundation. While in Asia, she hopes to do work involved with the connections between endangered species conservation, local practices and larger economic systems.  

Debate Team Takes Second Place Among 98 Schools in National Championships

The Colorado College Speech and Debate Team clinched second place in the Overall Team Awards among 98 competing colleges and universities at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships, which ended March 26.

The NPDA championships, held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., March 23-26, featured debate teams from 98 competing college and universities from the United States and several foreign countries. This competition is the largest debate competition in the world, with 273 individual teams entered this year. In addition, Colorado College’s team was ranked 15th out of 435 colleges and universities for the Season Long Sweepstakes awards.

This is our best effort to date, and it is the result of a great showing from all of our individual teams,” said Bonnie Stapleton, Colorado College director of speech and debate.

Journal Nanotechnology to Feature CC Physics Students', Professor's Work

The May 2006 issue of the journal Nanotechnology will feature a paper by Kristine Lang, assistant professor of physics, and recent CC physics majors Shon Cook, Katie Chynoweth, and Mahlon Wigton. Cook, Chynoweth, and Wigton completed the work on the project with Lang while they were Colorado College students; the resulting paper is titled “Practical Implementation of Dynamic Methods for Measuring Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever Spring Constants.” Chynoweth and Wigton graduated from CC in 2004; Cook graduated in 2005. Cook and Chynoweth are currently in graduate school.

Adam Gibney Competes in 2006 North American Alpine Snowboarding Finals

Adam Gibney, a CC junior from Mt. Sinai, N.Y. and Bondville, Vt., competed in the parallel giant slalom on March 25 and parallel slalom on March 26 in the 2006 North American Alpine Snowboarding Finals at Crystal Mountain, Wash. He placed 27th in the PGS and 25th in the PSL events, competing against members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams and several former Olympians.

Gibney has competed in alpine snowboarding for seven years, with outstanding results. He placed first in both parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom at the United States of America Snowboard Association's 2003 Nationals; was named to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Junior Gold Snowboard team in 2001 and 2003; and placed first in USASA PGS and PSL competitions in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in December and at Copper Mountain, Colo., in February.

Gibney is a history major who chose Colorado College because its block plan, in which students take one course at a time in intense 3½-week blocks, accommodates his competition schedule. “Only at CC can I take time off from school and focus on my snowboarding aspirations, to then return in April without having missed a required course or a full semester of classes,” he said.

Malcolm Murray Awarded Watson Fellowship for Independent Year Abroad

CC Senior Malcolm Murray has been awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent study and travel abroad. Murray’s fellowship project, which combines his interests in filmmaking and skateboarding, is titled “Lies, Dreams, Love: Is Skateboarding a Language?” Murray will travel to Vietnam, Brazil and Argentina, where he will distribute video cameras to skateboarders and work with them to collaboratively craft “the world’s first film identifying, documenting and translating what can be communicated on a skateboard.”

“My Watson year will take me to one of the founding fathers of skateboarding, to a school teaching the language and philosophy of skateboarding, and to the streets and skate parks of Hanoi, Curitiba, and Buenos Aires,” Murray said. His project description states, “This project will explore communication outside of words in the hopes of connecting people who wouldn't otherwise be able to connect.”

Murray, who is slated to graduate in May with a degree in history and political science, is from Cedar Crest, N.M. He won Best Picture awards at the Colorado College student film festivals in 2004 and 2005, and the Lewis Prize for best film by a CC student in 2004. Murray was awarded the Colorado College Award in Literature for his screenwriting. During the current academic year, he spent several months in Seattle writing screenplays and making short films.

The Thomas J. Watson Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships per year to offer college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel outside of the United States to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.

Chaverim/Hillel Jewish Student Group Wins Soref Advancement Initiative Grant

Chaverim/Hillel, a Jewish student group, was awarded a $5,000 strategic grant from the 2006 Soref Advancement Initiative (SAI) program in Washington, D.C. Colorado College senior Ari Stiller-Shulman was instrumental in securing the grant, which is one of only eight awarded to college groups nationwide. Stiller-Shulman, working with faculty adviser Ofer Ben-Amots, listed three goals: Increase the organization’s membership; establish a relationship with a community leader who will take an active role in Hillel activities; and make the group’s volunteer program, Mitzvah of the Month, more visible. The monthly mitzvah, or good deed, was initiated by Stiller-Shulman, and is open to all students. Previous projects include working at a local soup kitchen, helping the elderly with yard work and reading to elementary schoolchildren.

The grant will be used to invigorate Hillel and make the group more visible on campus and in the community. One plan is to provide brochures to incoming students, detailing opportunities to get involved with the Jewish student organization. The group sponsors weekly Shabbat dinners at the Interfaith House, a Passover Seder every year, a Purim Party, the annual Potato Latke Cookoff and discussions and presentations about issues in the Middle East. The events are open to the entire student body. Stiller-Shulman is from Pueblo, Colo.

Caitlyn Ross One of Three Debaters Nationwide to Challenge Irish Champs

Caitlyn Ross, a CC senior, is one of three top college debaters nationwide chosen to challenge the three champion debaters from Ireland. Ross, Darryl Stein of University of California, Berkeley, and Meredith Price of Lewis & Clark College will represent the National Parliamentary Debate Association in the annual Irish/U.S. Debate. They will debate the three Irish champions on Friday, March 24 at the opening assembly of the NPDA Nationals, held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. The Americans will be opposed by Ireland's three best debaters, who were chosen at the Irish Times debate final in Galway on Feb. 24.

Ross, of Greenwood Village, Colo., is a Boettcher Scholar who plans to attend law school with a specialization in biological patent law and scientific ethics after she graduates from CC in May. Her double majors are biochemistry and classics/history/politics. Ross reached finals at NPDA nationals in 2004, losing to Truman State. The Colorado College Debate Team is coached by CC Director of Speech and Debate Bonnie Stapleton.

Artist-in-Residence, Pianist Susan Grace Nominated for Grammy Award

A performance by Colorado College lecturer, artist-in-residence and Summer Music Festival music director Susan Grace is on a Grammy Award-nominated recording. Grace was the pianist on "Ancient Voices of Children," a piece nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance (With or Without a Conductor) from "Complete Crumb Edition, Volume Nine." The George Crumb composition was performed at Colorado College in fall 2004 during a tribute celebrating the well-known contemporary composer's 75th birthday. Grace is a highly accomplished pianist who performs internationally. Her duo Quattro Mani will make its fourth appearance on Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall stage on Feb. 22, 2006.

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