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Realizing Our Vision


A Message from the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Friends,

We are optimistic and excited about Colorado College’s future as we continue to invest in our people, place, and program.

Through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends, the college has raised $361.8 million toward our $435 million goal through Building on Originality: The Campaign for Colorado College, as of the end of the fiscal year 2019. We also hope that at least 50 percent of our alumni will participate in the campaign, and so far, 42.8 percent of alumni have contributed.

Donors are having an impact across the college. Generous gifts are funding scholarships that make Colorado College accessible for high-promise students. We opened an award-winning library that was designed to support the Block Plan and initiated an ambitious performing arts program that is a collaboration between the Fine Arts Center, Colorado College academic departments, and talented alumni and students.

Our top remaining campaign priorities are fundraising for scholarships and supporting Innovation at Colorado College. We have raised $58.5 million toward our $100 million goal for scholarships as of June 30, 2019. Raising $40 million for an innovation building as well as Creativity & Innovation at CC will support programming like the Risk Project, Innovators in Residence, and collaborations across the curriculum that foster students’ creative confidence.

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A Colorado Student’s Perspective


El Pomar Scholarship Opens Doors to CC Education for Chloe Brooks-Kistler ’23

Chloe Brooks-Kistler

While she was growing up in Colorado Springs, Chloe Brooks-Kistler ’23 never thought she could afford to attend Colorado College. As a high school student, she excelled by producing an award-winning citizen journalist documentary about Teen Court, where she served as a student attorney for cases involving youth offenders.

Her work caught the attention of 91.5 KRCC’s Operations Manager Mike Procell, who offered Brooks-Kistler a volunteer position that led to voiceover work for their “Looking Up” programming. She also completed an associate’s degree in political science at Pikes Peak Community College.

Yet, even though she had compiled a prolific record of achievement, Brooks-Kistler never believed she could attend her dream school, Colorado College.

Despite hearing from others that CC was out of her reach, she applied for an El Pomar Scholarship and was selected. The scholarship covers her tuition, room, and board for four years at Colorado College.

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Susie B’s Challenge to Match Gifts for the Colorado Pledge

CC mascot with students

In an effort to help raise funds to permanently endow scholarships for the Colorado Pledge, Board of Trustees Chair Susie Burghart ’77 has generously initiated Susie B’s Challenge. Through the challenge, new gifts of $50,000 and more that are directed to the Colorado Pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $2.5 million.

“Our sense of place in the Rocky Mountain West factors prominently into the CC experience. As the only liberal arts college in the region, we need to ensure that Colorado College is financially accessible for students from Colorado,” says Burghart.

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Our Vision for an Innovation and Creativity Hub at CC


Imagine a building that brings people together and inspires them to reach new heights.

Student Innovating

Let our mind dream for a moment. The top-floor tech-free zone is designed to support the practices of logic, mindfulness, and self-reflection with views of Pikes Peak as a backdrop. The second-floor convergence space brings people together — residents, visitors, students, and faculty collaborate while learning and creating. The first-floor changemaker area fosters a solve-the-problem state of being in a space where ideas become reality.

We’re raising funds for a building like no other to support our new model for innovation in higher education.

Creativity & Innovation at CC works in curricular and co-curricular areas of the college to develop the essential skills and aptitudes of creativity, creative problem solving, risk/failure/ resilience, and mindfulness.

Recent dramatic changes to the CC campus, in combination with an increasing commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning, make this a particularly fruitful moment to create a building designed to support exploratory learning. Creativity & Innovation at CC’s new building will bring the college together to prepare students to develop creative confidence — an essential skill for their success in our rapidly changing world.

To learn more about this bold vision for our building, contact: Laura Rosendo ’06 at (719) 389-6270 or

Interpreting RNA Sequences as Sounds


Creativity & Innovation at CC Collaboration Leads to New Way of Thinking

Students Innovating

Creativity, fun, play, artistic expression. These are not descriptors you usually hear ascribed to an upper-level molecular biology class. But Sara Hanson’s class MB350 Laboratory in Genomics is a bit different.

The class was part of a collaboration with Creativity & Innovation at CC, which seeks to equip students with creative confidence, resilience, and practices of mindfulness to be changemakers in a complex and ever-changing world.

Hanson’s Block 4-5 course, taken primarily by upper-level students majoring in molecular biology, as well as some biochemistry and organismal biology and ecology majors, introduces students to laboratory methods in advanced molecular biology and genomics.

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Tutt Library Awards Stack Up

Tutt Library

One of the first projects completed during Building on Originality: The Campaign for Colorado College was the renovation of Charles L. Tutt Library, completed in 2017 with $20 million in gifts from generous donors.

The dramatic transformation of this space has garnered attention from far beyond campus, including several notable awards. It’s the largest academic library to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. A total of 318 photovoltaic panels and 80 geothermal wells helped make that possible.

In 2017, Tutt Library won the Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers in recognition of its status as a carbon-neutral, net-zero energy facility. Earlier this year, the library was one of six libraries that received the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award for best library architecture and design. The library also won a 2019 Architizer award.

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A Role for Everyone


Office of Performing Arts Debut Sets Stage for Change, Collaboration, and Continued Excellence

Ryan Bañagale

When Ryan Bañagale ’00 exited Olin Hall one evening after a chemistry lab, he had no way of knowing an eight-word question was about to change his life’s path.

“I was basically groomed for medicine,” Bañagale says. “That had been my whole academic upbringing.”

With one slight deviation: He’d taken piano lessons from the age of 5. Other than that, his limbered fingers brushed mostly through science books.

So, on that night, after that lab, which he describes as “particularly grueling,” this question written in chalk on the bricks greeted him: “Do You Really Love What You are Doing?”

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Collaboration Floats ‘Men On Boats’

Cast prepares for performance

A textbook example of robust collaboration at Colorado College is the making of “Men On Boats,” the play that retells the 1869 expedition of the Grand Canyon.

The production marks the first time the Fine Arts Center’s Theatre Company has joined with CC’s Music and Theatre and Dance Departments, says Shawn Womack, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“We came together for the love of a play,” Womack says.

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