Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Lynne Gratz Lead Principal Investigator on $1.6 Million NSF Grant Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lynne-gratz-lead-principal-investigator-on-1-6-million-nsf-grant http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/lynne-gratz-lead-principal-investigator-on-1-6-million-nsf-grant <p>Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Lynne Gratz will be the lead principal investigator on a $1.6 million, multi-institution National Science Foundation grant.</p> <p>The research project, a collaboration between Colorado College, Utah State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Utah, will focus on the chemistry of atmospheric mercury, a hazardous air pollutant of both local and global importance. Colorado College&rsquo;s portion of the grant, $254,471, will support two student researchers each in the summer of 2021 and 2022, as well as Gratz&rsquo;s participation in the fieldwork and data analysis over the next three years.</p> <p>The project will explore the chemical mechanisms by which the persistent, globally-transported form of atmospheric mercury is converted to its more water-soluble, readily-deposited oxidized form that ultimately can bio-accumulate within ecosystems, posing environmental and human health risks. Gratz notes that the main way humans are exposed to environmental mercury is through the consumption of contaminated fish. Mercury enters the aquatic ecosystem through atmospheric deposition and can bio-accumulate in fish tissues (i.e., higher food-chain fish can accumulate more mercury).</p> <p>The main study objective is to identify the important mercury chemical mechanism(s)&nbsp;in different air masses and under different meteorological conditions. There is uncertainty about the important chemical reactions that convert mercury to its oxidized form in the atmosphere, making it difficult to understand environmental mercury cycling and fate, says Gratz. The project will develop improved methods for measuring oxidized mercury and then utilize the measurement system at the Storm Peak Laboratory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.</p> <p>&ldquo;These measurements from a high elevation site over the course of two spring-summer periods will allow us to study the chemistry and meteorology that affect oxidized mercury levels,&rdquo; says Gratz. &ldquo;Our results will fill key knowledge gaps about mercury cycling in a continental environment, and our dataset can ultimately be used to evaluate models that inform public health discussions about mercury.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gratz is excited about the opportunities this multi-institution project provides CC students. &ldquo;This project gives our students a chance to collaborate with faculty and students from other institutions of higher education in the region including large research-oriented schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;CC students will meet and work with undergraduates as well as graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from those schools [Utah State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Utah], which will open up both formal and informal mentoring opportunities as well as conversations about career paths in the field. Students also will be involved in community engagement and science communication as we prepare posters and presentations for the local community about the work we are doing at Storm Peak Laboratory,&rdquo; she says. Gratz also aims to incorporate the project into her courses where appropriate, thus exposing more students to the project and its outcomes.</p> Professor Amy Kohout Awarded Fellowship for Work on Book Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-amy-kohout-awarded-fellowship-for-work-on-book http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-amy-kohout-awarded-fellowship-for-work-on-book <p><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/history/people/profile.html?person=kohout_amy_lee">Assistant Professor of History Amy Kohout</a> has been awarded a David J. Weber Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.</p> <p>This prestigious award will allow her to complete work on her first book, tentatively titled &ldquo;Taking the Field: Soldiers, Nature, and Empire on American Frontiers.&rdquo; The book explores the intersection of ideas about nature and empire through an examination of the experiences of American soldiers in the U.S. West and the Philippines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an incredible opportunity to focus on my book project, and to discuss it with leading scholars in my field,&rdquo; says Kohout. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted to join the Clements Center community, and I&rsquo;m grateful to CC for supporting me to pursue this fellowship during the 2020-21 academic year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kohout joined the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/history/">History Department</a> at Colorado College in the fall of 2016. She works on American cultural and environmental history, and her research and teaching interests include the U.S. West, the history of natural history, American empire, museum studies, world&rsquo;s fairs, and the history of technology.</p> <p>Kohout&rsquo;s work has been published in the <em>Museum History Journal</em>,&nbsp;<em>Rethinking History</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Appendix</em>,&nbsp;<em>Sustainability Science</em>, and in&nbsp;&ldquo;A Companion to the History of American Science<em>.</em>&rdquo; She is a co-founder of&nbsp;Backlist, a digital site where historians recommend books they love, and before that she served as an editor at&nbsp;<em>The Appendix</em>, a journal of narrative and experimental history.<br /><br />The Clements Center hosts a small cohort of fellows each academic year and organizes manuscript workshops for each fellow&rsquo;s project. Kohout&rsquo;s book is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press and slated for inclusion in its new Many Wests series.</p> Nonprofit Initiatives at CC Provides Lessons in Leadership Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/nonprofit-initiatives-at-cc-provides-lessons-in-leadership http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/nonprofit-initiatives-at-cc-provides-lessons-in-leadership <p>by <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</strong></p> <p>Eight Colorado College students have been active board members of the Fountain Creek Watershed District, as well as the Mountain Song Community School and the YMCA&rsquo;s downtown location as part of CC&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/nonprofit-initiatives/">Nonprofit Initiatives at Colorado College</a> program.</p> <p>These organizations held open eight places on their boards for Colorado College students, allowing the selected students access and opportunities for real growth and skill-based learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think water stewardship is very important. Being a Colorado native, it blows my mind just how far water comes from to get to my sink, and the enormity of it makes me really appreciate the work involved,&rdquo; says <strong>Jennifer Lam &rsquo;22</strong>, who serves on the board of the Fountain Creek Watershed District, helping to plan their annual Creek Week, a nine-day event that helps clear the watershed of litter and engages the community in learning about water issues, security, and health.</p> <p>Gaining board-level experience in the workplace takes time and application, and these leadership roles are usually taken up by experienced, seasoned professionals. For students, especially at the undergraduate level, to take these positions and excel in them, is rare.</p> <p>&ldquo;The NPI seeks to build student interest and engagement in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy through real-world, experiential opportunities,&rdquo;explains Cari Hanrahan, the staff director of the Public Interest Fellowship Program and the Nonprofit Initiatives program. Together with her faculty counterpart, Assistant Professor of Economics Kat Miller-Stevens, they both facilitate the entire NPI experience from application to culmination.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since the nonprofit sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country, with approximately 12.3 million jobs in the workforce, we believe it&rsquo;s important for students to understand the purpose, impact, and opportunities this sector provides,&rdquo;says Miller-Stevens.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the NPI program, we want students to learn the role and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member, one of the most important leadership positions in a nonprofit.&rdquo;</p> <p>Integrating students immediately into that leadership role, the NPI provides a vital link for ambitious and committed students between their college experience and the larger community of Colorado Springs.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the Y, we&rsquo;re looking for passionate board members who&rsquo;re motivated and committed to strengthening the community through their volunteer work. <strong>Maddison (Maddi) Schink &rsquo;23</strong> fits that beautifully,&rdquo; says Kim Stewart, the executive director at the YMCA&rsquo;s downtown Colorado Springs location.</p> <p>&ldquo;We actually actively wanted a college student on our board, so we can allow a younger voice in our meetings and committee work. Maddi brings that perspective to our work, and while it&rsquo;s easy for a young person to be intimidated coming into an experienced board space, Maddi&rsquo;s voice is being heard and respected &mdash; she&rsquo;s a real asset to the Y,&rdquo; Stewart adds.</p> <p>Speaking to the younger voice element of the NPI, Miller-Stevens remarks that, &ldquo;learning these skills at a young age will put our students on a trajectory to nonprofit leadership, both in volunteer and paid positions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Launched in the fall of 2019 with grant support from the JH&nbsp;Edmondson Foundation, the NPI program was supplemented in January with a nine-day <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/half-block/">Dynamic Half Block</a> class called Nonprofits and Philanthropy: You Really Can Change the World. Students in that class, including the students participating in the Nonprofit Initiatives program, learned about philanthropy and nonprofits as a real career option, as well as the time, energy, and skills necessary to succeed in that professional space. The class &mdash; especially when combined with the NPI experience &mdash; untangles the complex web of the nonprofit sector and equips the students with the knowledge of how they can make a difference.</p> <p><strong>Heather Carroll &rsquo;89</strong>, president and executive director of the JH Edmondson Foundation as well as a member of CC&rsquo;s Board of Trustees, is uniquely placed to speak to program&rsquo;s assets and strengths.</p> <p>&ldquo;The NPI serves as the primary bridge between the CC student experience and the Colorado Springs nonprofit community, with our local nonprofits and philanthropic institutions greatly benefitting from the depth and breadth of viewpoints, experiences, skills, and knowledge that CC students have to offer,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p>Those students come to the NPI experience from all approaches and with their own passions and motivations. For <strong>Maitland Robinson &rsquo;21</strong>, it&rsquo;s a combination of reasons.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve worked for several nonprofits and NGOs over the past few years,&rdquo; says Robinson. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m specifically drawn to the close-knit environment that it provides, as well as the sense of transparency between roles and the organization&rsquo;s goals.&rdquo;</p> <p>Robinson, who is serving on the Fountain Creek Watershed District board along with Lam, was drawn to the NPI and the water-focused work in particular because of a &ldquo;love for the environment, which has guided me thus far and will continue to guide me,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>The eight students in the NPI program, through the course of their time serving on the local boards, all gain invaluable experience in a leadership role within a changeable, impact-focused sector. These roles are challenging, but with the guidance of Hanrahan and their board colleagues, the students adapt and thrive.</p> <p>&ldquo;Creating community impact takes a village,&rdquo; says Lam. &ldquo;Collaboration and communication are essential.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d say you should recognize your place within the board &mdash; you&rsquo;re young, and you have passion, so take advantage of your drive,&rdquo; adds Robinson.</p> <p>&ldquo;Also, recognizing that we at CC &mdash; most of us didn&rsquo;t grow up in this community, and thus may lack the expertise or insight that some of our fellow leaders do. Listen, take notes, and ask questions.&rdquo;</p> Dr. Nadia Guessous Published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Wed, 04 Mar 2020 08:33:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dr-nadia-guessous-published-in-signs-journal-of-women-in-culture-and-society http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dr-nadia-guessous-published-in-signs-journal-of-women-in-culture-and-society <p>Dr. Nadia Guessous (Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Feminist and Gender Studies) was recently published in <em><a href="http://signsjournal.org/about-signs/">Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society</a></em> (Volume 45, Number 3, spring 2020).</p> <p>Recognized as the leading international journal in women&rsquo;s and gender studies, <em>Signs</em> is at the forefront of new directions in feminist scholarship.&nbsp; <em>Signs</em> publishes pathbreaking articles, review essays, comparative perspectives, and retrospectives of interdisciplinary interest addressing gender, race, culture, class, nation, and sexuality. Whether critical, theoretical, or empirical, articles published in <em>Signs</em> generate theories, concepts, analytical categories, and methodological innovations that enable new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing, and new ways of living.</p> <p>Based on extensive fieldwork with founding members of the Moroccan feminist movement who come out of a leftist political tradition, &ldquo;Feminist Blind Spots and the Affect of Secularity: Disorienting the Discourse of the Veil in Contemporary Morocco&rdquo; provides an ethnography of leftist feminist aversion toward the hijab (modern headscarf) in contemporary Morocco. The article situates the preoccupation with the hijab among Moroccan secular feminists within a broader affective economy and civilizational discourse about the veil that contributes to its intensity and tenacity. It argues that this incitement to discourse about the hijab conscripts Moroccan secular-leftist feminists into a global moral panic that prevents them from engaging with veiled and nonsecular women on their own (diverse) terms or being in solidarity with them. It also keeps them conveniently invested in the Orientalist idea that feminism in places like Morocco requires vigilance against the threat of religion and tradition rather than the conscripting logics of colonialism, capitalism, and neoliberalism. In doing so, the article suggests that the discourse of the veil not only perpetuates notions of Western superiority and makes lives less livable for Muslim minorities in the West, it also keeps postcolonial feminists embroiled in the Western battle of the veil and estranged from each other.</p> Allison Leialoha Milham is at The Press Sun, 01 Mar 2020 16:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/allison-leialoha-milham-is-at-the-press http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/allison-leialoha-milham-is-at-the-press <p>Allison Leialoha Milham is an educator, artist and songwriter of Native Hawaiian descent, and a visiting professor at The Press at CC this block. She is teaching book arts and letterpress printing.</p> <p>She holds a BFA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Her award-winning, hand-printed and bound project, Uluhaimalama &ndash; Legacies of Lili&lsquo;uokalani, is an immersive and layered work which uses her own renditions of Queen Lili&lsquo;uokalani&rsquo;s compositions as a lens to explore Hawai&lsquo;i&rsquo;s political history and contemporary struggles for sovereignty. Milham&rsquo;s work is held in multiple public collections including The Library of Congress, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and Yale University Arts Library.</p> <p>Find out more about her and view some of her work online at <a href=" https://www.morninghourstudio.com/">Morning Hour Studio</a>.</p> <h3 style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Artist Statement</h3> <p class="" style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><em>Art-making allows me to explore and bridge gaps in my understanding of myself and the world. I aim to illuminate aspects of our humanity with which we&rsquo;re unaware of or have lost touch with; giving voice to unsung heroes and untold histories. Art becomes simply a vehicle for putting forth information, raising awareness and encouraging positive action. I value community-engaged creative practices, and focus on raising awareness around social and environmental issues I see as critical. My work is increasingly influenced by Indigenous social movements and relationship with place.</em></p> <p>Artist Allison Leialoha Milham will speak about her interdisciplinary work in printing, book arts, music and activist as part of CC's Design Week. Her talk is over lunch at 12:15 pm (with food!) in the Tutt Event Space, on Tuesday, 3/3.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p></p> <p>For the full Design Week schedule: <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/art/newsevents/design-week/2020.html">https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/art/newsevents/design-week/2020.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Finalists Pitch Ideas, Earn Seed Money at Big Idea Event Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/finalists-pitch-ideas-earn-seed-money-at-big-idea-event http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/finalists-pitch-ideas-earn-seed-money-at-big-idea-event ]]> <p>Four 2020 Big Idea finalists presented their venture ideas on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Colorado College&rsquo;s Big Idea competition, now in its eighth year.</p> <p>CC&rsquo;s Big Idea competition, put on by <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/innovation/index.html">Creativity &amp; Innovation at Colorado College</a>,&nbsp;invites groups of students to develop new, innovative ideas and pitch their proposals in front of local investors&nbsp;for seed funding in a traditional business-pitch format.</p> <p>This year saw a new format, with student teams competing before a panel of judges in the semifinal round for four spots in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/innovation/the-big-idea.html">The Big Idea</a> final event. The finalists presenting their ideas in Celeste Theatre were:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Journalista<br /></strong>Journalista is a community marketplace connecting journalists directly with readers in order to promote the ideals of robust local reporting and ethical journalism. Team members are<strong> Noah Weeks &rsquo;20</strong>, <strong>Benedict Wright &rsquo;20</strong>, and <strong>Kobi Bhattacharyya &rsquo;20</strong>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Geek Girl<br /></strong>Geek Girl works to close the gender gap in technology by identifying young girls who have taken an interest in computer science and providing them with mentorship opportunities to maintain their enthusiasm for technology. Team members are <strong>Lauren Weiss &rsquo;21, Melissa LaFehr &rsquo;20,</strong> <strong>Sara Hanahan &rsquo;21, </strong><strong>and Maddi Schink &rsquo;23.</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>MemorMe<br /></strong>MemorMe is an app based upon the premise that objects are often homes for our memories and feelings; this app uses psychological association to ensure that memories outlive their physical shells by providing them with a new digital home. Team members are <strong>Tony Mastromarino &rsquo;23</strong>, <strong>Saigopal Rangaraj &rsquo;23</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>James Dollard &rsquo;22.</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Infinite Chemistry</strong><br /> Infinite Chemistry is software that allows users to import molecules from any online chemical database and manipulate them in virtual reality, providing an opportunity to get data on the molecules&rsquo; symmetry and observe molecules interacting and reacting in real time. Team members are <strong>Prakhar Gautam &rsquo;20,</strong> <strong>Paul Price &rsquo;20,</strong> <strong>Cameron MacDonald &rsquo;20, Tian Lee &rsquo;20,</strong> <strong>and Pietro Giacomin &rsquo;20.</strong></li> </ul> <p>The four teams each received $7,500 in seed funding to continue to develop their ideas. The new format ensures that the finalist teams are guaranteed seed funding, and also provides an opportunity for the teams to gain professional experience pitching their ventures in front of an audience.&nbsp; The Big Idea competition&nbsp;seeks to give students an opportunity to develop their business ideas through mentorship and collaboration, supporting students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds to access the program.&nbsp;</p> <p>Serving as judges in the semifinal round were <span>Lisa Tessarowicz, </span>co-founder, Epicentral Coworking; <span>Yemi Mobolade, </span>Small Business Development administrator for the City of Colorado Springs; <span>Alexandra Fiorillo, </span>founder and principal, GRID Impact;<span> Kathy Zehringer,</span> founder and empowerment coach, A Shift Happens; and <span>Jacob Montoya, </span>founder, FitSW.</p> CC Places 13th on Peace Corps Volunteer List Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-places-13th-on-peace-corps-volunteer-list http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-places-13th-on-peace-corps-volunteer-list <p>Colorado College has placed 13th this year among the Peace Corps top volunteer-producing colleges, with 11 CC alumni currently serving in countries around the world.</p> <p>Since the agency&rsquo;s founding in 1961, nearly 390 Colorado College alumni have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.<br /><br />CC is launching a new <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/our-work/student-learning-and-programs/peacecorpsprep.html">Peace Corps Prep program</a>, one that will result in an undergraduate certificate that provides prospective volunteer applicants with sector-specific job skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, and professional leadership development skills.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to be a part of the Peace Corps Prep Program alongside the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/">Collaborative for Community Engagement </a>and the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/globalandfieldstudy/">Center for Global Education and Field Study</a>,&rdquo; says Gretchen Wardell, career coach at CC&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/careercenter/">Career Center</a>. &ldquo;This program will allow students to organize their activities and goals while at CC which in turn will enable them to tell their story in order to be the best Peace Corps applicant.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Small colleges are defined as those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates; medium-size schools are those with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates; and large institutions are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates.</p> <p>Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps nearly 60 years ago, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide.</p> Students Tackle Food Waste on Campus as they Learn ‘Design Thinking’ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/students-tackle-food-waste-on-campus-as-they-learn-design-thinking http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/students-tackle-food-waste-on-campus-as-they-learn-design-thinking <p>What does &ldquo;design thinking&rdquo; have to do with food waste?</p> <p>During <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/half-block/">Half Block 2020,</a> students spent five days tackling the question, &ldquo;How might we transform students&rsquo; relationships with food to radically reduce food waste at Colorado College?&rdquo;&nbsp;<strong>Toddi Gutner P&rsquo;21</strong>, design thinking strategist, award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and contributing writer for&nbsp;<em>The Wall&nbsp;Street Journal&nbsp;</em>(and a parent of a CC student) taught the design thinking class The Art of Innovation: An Immersion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Life is about learning and that means learning skills that are beyond the books. I believe giving students these lifelong skills in a setting where they aren't graded or credited gives them useful capabilities that will make them more adaptable and marketable in the real world,&rdquo; says Gutner. &nbsp;</p> <p>Students created solutions for food waste on campus, working as a team with students from other classes to experience the importance of &ldquo;radical collaboration.&rdquo;&nbsp;The hands-on course aimed to prepare students to be future innovators in design thinking, the methodology pioneered by IDEO and Stanford University d school founder David Kelley.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to IDEO, design thinking is a process for creative problem solving which has a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they're creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes.</p> <p><iframe width="1920" height="1080" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A32jGKkovoU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>In design thinking, you pull together what&rsquo;s desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows those who aren't trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. The process starts with taking action and understanding the right questions. It&rsquo;s about embracing simple mindset shifts and tackling problems from a new direction.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the class, the students presented their prototypes to members of the CC administration for possible pilot projects.</p> <p><strong>Deming Haines &rsquo;21</strong> was a student in the Art of Innovation design thinking class.</p> <p>He worked on a prototype for a coffee shop that consisted of popsicle sticks/people sliding along cut out grooves on a paper plate.</p> <p>He explains the design like this: &ldquo;This prototype of an interior floor plan for a coffee shop is designed to push people to socialize without making them put in any extra effort. Upon talking to my &lsquo;client&rsquo;, Liza, she says that she loves going to coffee shops and always wants to strike up a conversation with people, but finds it hard and awkward to introduce herself.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This coffee shop&rsquo;s furniture (chairs and tables) are on a moving track. If you choose to sit at a table far in the corner, this table won&rsquo;t be there for long. As time passes, you slowly start to notice your chair and table drifting along the floor. What was once an isolated seat, is now next to many other seats. This gives people an incentive to at least say hello as they slowly drift and pass people around the coffee shop. Not only will this encourage the mingling of everyone in the shop, but it would also make it a subtly engaging experience that may help people stay alert when they need to work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Half Block at Colorado College provides for-credit and&nbsp;non-credit opportunities for students looking to capitalize on their Winter Break. During this nine-day period, students explore unique courses and offerings aimed at better preparing them with the academic, professional, and practical skills needed to transition to life after college.</p> Six Faculty Members Awarded Tenure; Four Granted Emeriti Status Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/six-faculty-members-awarded-tenure-four-granted-emeriti-status http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/six-faculty-members-awarded-tenure-four-granted-emeriti-status <p>Six Colorado College faculty members were approved by the Board of Trustees for tenure and promotion to associate professor following the board&rsquo;s annual February meeting. CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, Provost Alan Townsend, and Dean of the Faculty Claire Oberon Garcia visited each promoted faculty member, congratulating them and bestowing a gift. Additionally, at the same meeting the Board of Trustees&nbsp;awarded emeriti status to four professors who are retiring at the end of the academic year.</p> <p>Each faculty member has met Colorado College&rsquo;s expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pamela Reaves,&nbsp;Religion</strong><br />Pamela Reaves, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has taught at Colorado College since 2014. Her research interests are diverse, ranging from the construction of Christianity in the early formative centuries to gender and sexuality in the ancient world. Reaves has taught courses such as Apocalypse; The Bible: Myth and History; Gnosticism; the Hebrew Bible; Excavating Israel, and other topics new to the Religion Department She regularly teaches FYE courses. Reaves also has served on several departmental and non-departmental search committees and was a member of the Advancement Advisory Committee. She played a leading role on the Curriculum Executive Committee during the development and implementation of the general education requirements.<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Christiane Steckenbiller, German, Russian, and East Asian Languages</strong><br />Steckenbiller has taught at the college since 2014, having earned her doctorate in comparative literature in 2013 from the University of South Carolina. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly works spanning the history of ethnic minorities in Berlin, the refugee experience, and the use of Twitter in the intermediate German classroom. Steckenbiller has taught 15 different courses (most of which she developed herself) while at CC, including Green Germany; Migrants Minorities and Refugees; Representing the Holocaust; the History of German and Italian Culture in Film; and other topics. Within the department, she has played a leadership role in the modernization and optimization of the German program. One faculty member commented during the tenure process that Steckenbiller &ldquo;brought the program fully into the 21st century.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Elizabeth Coggins, Political Science</strong><br />Coggins earned her degree at the University of Chapel Hill, and has taught at CC since 2014. Her research interests are in political behavior and ideology. She is known as a rigorous but caring professor who is as influential as she is inspiring. The many student, advisee, and alum letters are notable for how substantial, detailed, and careful they are in describing Coggins&rsquo;s pedagogical gifts. In terms of scholarship, Coggins is already a star in her field. One external reviewer of her scholarship stated that her work provided &ldquo;perhaps the most subtle and important treatments of the concept of ideology in the last decade.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Rebecca Barnes, Environmental Studies</strong><br />Barnes has taught at Colorado College since 2014, and is a 2008 graduate of the forestry and environmental studies program at Yale University. She has&nbsp;more than&nbsp;35 published academic works to her credit, ranging from geochemical processes near the stream-aquifer interface to hydrological processes to the role of soil erosion on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements. Her expertise on inclusive pedagogies in STEM fields has garnered national recognition. Barnes&rsquo; colleagues look to her as a model for drawing a diversity of students of varying backgrounds and genders to her classes. She also has a strong and distinctive record of service on the departmental, college, and national levels. In her service statement she &ldquo;view[s] service as an opportunity to learn about and give back to the communities that I am a part of: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and the larger geoscience community.&rdquo;<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Amanda Bowman, Chemistry and Biochemistry</strong><br />Bowman is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University, having earned her doctorate in chemistry. She has taught at Colorado College since 2011, offering courses such as Bioinorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Art, General Chemistry, and Principles of Chemistry among others. Bowman&rsquo;s research interests include Porphyrin-based metal-organic frameworks, electronic structures of the electron transfer series, and the synthesis of reduced manganese compounds. She has taken the leadership role in the department&rsquo;s periodic review from the American Chemistry Society for its degree certification. On the college level, she served on the Curriculum Executive Committee at the time of its most intense work on the new general education requirements.<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Kevin Holmes, Psychology</strong><br />Holmes began teaching at CC in 2014, having earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2012 in cognition and development. His research interests include mental number lines, horizontal organizational structures, linguistic relativity, and other related fields. At CC, Holmes has taught courses in Cognition, Language and Thought and the Psychology of Concepts. In his committee assignments, he often serves as the voice of reason. One colleague mentioned that &ldquo;&hellip; he is always able to be the voice of reason, not by being neutral, but by being calm and rational. He asks questions rather than making statements. He listens attentively and genuinely tries to see everyone&rsquo;s perspective.&rdquo; Holmes is a major voice for diversity, equity and inclusion college-wide.</li> </ul> <p>The Board of Trustees also awarded emeriti status to the following faculty members, who will retire from Colorado College at the end of the 2019-20 academic year:</p> <ul> <li>Victoria Levine, Professor Emerita of Music; started in 1988</li> <li><strong>David Hendrickson &rsquo;76</strong>, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; started in 1983</li> <li>Jeff Noblett, Professor Emeritus of Geology; started in 1980</li> <li><strong>Dave Mason &rsquo;78</strong>, Professor Emeritus of English; started in 1998</li> </ul> Brain Surgery Journey Marked by Openness and Courage Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:00:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/brain-surgery-journey-marked-by-openness-and-courage http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/brain-surgery-journey-marked-by-openness-and-courage ]]> <p><span>Through her captivating memoir, &ldquo;Living in a Brainstorm<em>,&rdquo; </em><strong>Erica Egge Hageman &rsquo;07</strong> shares her courageous journey to undergo two back-to-back brain surgeries.</span></p> <p>Hageman <span>lived with simple partial epileptic seizures and their draining side effects for 18 years when she decided to take action. She comments on the support she received along the way.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Learning how positive and helpful people were when I told them about my epilepsy, especially when I was having a hard time with it, taught me that advocating for myself is important and will most often be well-received,&rdquo; Hageman says.</p> <p><span>She also explains that the Colorado College community was particularly supportive.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;There were a lot of times I struggled with my seizures and, even more, with side effects from my medication while at CC. The people around me made all the difference,&rdquo; Hageman says. &ldquo;My friends were always supportive and truly wanted to learn more about my epilepsy and how to help me.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>During her journey for treatment, doctors discovered they wouldn&rsquo;t be able to determine if they could remove the area of her brain triggering the seizures until after the first surgery. If they determined it was operable, there were still significant risks for sensory loss in one hand and her face. The doctors ultimately determined to operate and remove this section of her brain.</span></p> <p><span>Hageman did have to focus on recovery after the operation. &ldquo;It took many months of physical therapy &ndash; particularly typing and knitting &ndash; to get my hand function back to normal but fortunately I didn&rsquo;t have any long-term sensory or motor loss,&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p><span>She allowed herself to be vulnerable throughout this journey and communicated via a blog to her friends, family, and eventually other supportive followers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Being open and honest about my epilepsy made life much easier than if I had tried to hide it and deal with my health issues on my own,<span>&rdquo; she says.</span></p> <p><span>In her memoir, Hageman guides readers from her surgery planning through her recovery, with insightful flashbacks to her childhood, when she learned how to live with her diagnosis.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;At CC, I learned the value of being myself, not who I think other people or situations require me to be. Being yourself is so important because it is exhausting to pretend to be someone else and other people will see right through it. We each have something unique to contribute to this world.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Hageman remains involved with Colorado College. She recently hosted CC students at Target during our Tiger Trek in Minneapolis, where she currently works as a senior merchandise specialist. She reflected on the uniqueness of the rigorous Block Plan and on the benefits a liberal arts education brought her. She shared her insight on the transferability of the skills she learned at CC, including: problem solving efficiently, adapting well to new projects, and possessing an eagerness to learn.</span></p> <p><span>Three months after her second surgery, she started dating her future husband. They have two children.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;My passion these days is spending time with them and soaking up as much of this time in our lives as I can because I know it&rsquo;s fleeting,&rdquo; she says.</p>