Milestones & Moments
Ethan Klickstein ’22 and Kieran Blood ’22 use their bodies as paintbrushes as they explore the creation of large, playful, action-based paintings in a workshop at the Cornerstone Arts Center. The workshop was part of the Art Department’s Design Week 2020, held the first week of March and hosted by Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich of KVA Architecture. Photo by Vivian Nguyen ’20
JANUARY The year 2020 began with an incredible moment in the history of the college — finally reaching our long-standing goal of carbon neutrality. President Jill Tiefenthaler and her husband, college research professor Kevin Rask, co-taught their final CC class, Economics of Higher Education, during which they and students visited the Colorado state capitol building in Denver and took in the Hall of Presidents.
A New Home for Glory
February The excitement of the year continued as we broke ground on the Ed Robson Arena, a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art, sustainable sports arena and the new home of CC Tiger Hockey games, along with the adjacent Mike and Barbara Yalich Student Services Center. The CC Tiger Athletics logo got its first update in three decades, ushering in a new era of excitement. Last but by no means least, Prowler, our much-loved mascot, finally graduated, and RoCCy matriculated into the role.
March Some members of the Class of 2020 held an impromptu celebration on March 11 at the Earle Flagpole, trying to keep tradition alive with a quick moment in the sun (and champagne!) before social distancing orders went into effect. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, classes were shifted to remote learning, bringing the curtain down early on the on-campus experience for the 2019-20 academic year.
April/May Staff from Advancement and Alumni Relations work in Reid Arena on May 25 to coordinate and pack graduation boxes that were delivered to members of the Class of 2020. The boxes, which featured a photo from the Class of 2020’s first days on campus and their class motto, “Hindsight is 2020,” were organized in lieu of a graduation ceremony, which was canceled due to COVID-19. Inside the surprise graduation boxes was the message “You’ve Earned This!” along with diplomas, caps, and other gifts.
With the rapid spread of the pandemic, we strove to help our campus and community address the threat. Innovating through 3-D printing of masks and other PPE, CC students, faculty, and staff provided needed relief and supplies to first- and frontline-responders.
June/July/August From re-configuring a campus for the day-to-day of living through a pandemic, to practicing self-care and community, Summer 2020 was a busy time. Our acting co-presidents, Robert G. Moore and Mike Edmonds, took the reins after President Tiefenthaler’s departure in July, with Edmonds being the first person of color to serve in the presidential capacity.
Genaveve Davis ’21 and her father, Claude Davis, return to campus in early June from Tucson, Arizona, to clean out her room. Like many students, Davis left campus in March and returned at the end of the semester to gather personal belongings.
With safety as a top priority, Colorado College organized an on-campus COVID-19 screening for students, just one of many to come. Students arrived at scheduled times and waited six feet apart from one another to register for and receive their quick and easy COVID-19 tests at the Hybl Community Center. Here, Abigail Opperman ’23 registers for her screening as other students social distance and wait their turns. Photo by Josh Birndorf ’20
The New Normal
September/October As fall approached, we welcomed first-year students to campus for New Student Orientation. Following “enhanced social distancing” and enduring whole-hall quarantines, students took classes online, in-person, or through a hybrid of the two. It wasn’t normal, but it was us as a college carrying on, as safely as possible and in support of each other.
A New Era
December On Dec. 9, the college announced the appointment of its 14th president, L. Song Richardson — the first Black and Korean woman president in our history. A legal scholar, educator, lawyer, and expert on racial and gender bias, Richardson’s forthcoming leadership marks a new and exciting chapter in the college’s history, one that will drive us as a community toward a more inclusive, equity-driven, antiracist future, while retaining and developing the best of what makes our CC experience challenging and invigorating.