Updates and happenings for Block 12, Oct. 2022
Updates and happenings for Block 12, Oct. 2022
Professors Dhanesh Krishnarao and Austin Hinkel hosted a skywatching party for an astronomy class in front of the Barnes Science Center, where the students observed the night sky using telescopes and binoculars, on Monday, September 19, 2022. Photo by Mila Naumovska ’26 / Colorado College.

Important Dates

Oct. 13—CC in the Spotlight Virtual Event
Oct. 19—End of Block 2
Oct. 20-23—Block Break 
Oct. 24—Beginning of Block 3

Looking Ahead
Nov. 17-27—Fall Break (Residence Halls close at noon for those not remaining on campus during Fall Break. Students wishing to stay in their residence over break should contact Housing and Residential Experience to learn about the approval process.)

Curious about other dates for the 2022-23 academic year? The calendar is posted online for your convenience. 

Health and Wellbeing

CC in the Spotlight Featuring Health and Wellbeing
The recent tragic loss of a CC student has challenged our whole campus community, and also strengthened our commitment to caring for each other in difficult times. We know there may be questions, concerns, and a desire for community among our parents and families as well. We invite you all to come together virtually at next week's CC in the Spotlight event featuring  Heather Horton, Ph.D., Senior Director of Student Health and Wellbeing at Colorado College. These informal presentations brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Family Relations are designed specifically for parents, families, and supporters of current CC students; they are interactive and will include time for Q&A, conversation, and connection. Watch for information on future events and registration links online and in these newsletters each Block.
Please register in advance to access the Zoom link for this event, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-6 p.m., Mountain Time. There are no easy answers or solutions to the issues our young adults face today, but we hope you'll come connect with other parents and families, and become familiar with the ways CC provides support to our students. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 7-9, 2022
It’s almost here! Campus is buzzing with excitement as we prepare to welcome many of you for this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. There are over 2,200 parents, families, alumni, students, and friends registered for the weekend’s events. We're looking forward to celebrating CC together!
There are many events and activities to choose from. The most complete and up-to-date Family Weekend Schedule is online. We are especially excited about some of the events that feature collaborations between various programs on campus. One of those partnerships is with the Collaborative for Community Engagement. They've extended their Week of Action Food Drive and invite everyone attending Homecoming and Family Weekend to bring a canned food donation with you to Registration Central. These donations will help stock the CC Food Pantry as well as a local Colorado Springs food pantry. You'll also have a chance to participate in a fun competition using these donations during the Regional Family Connections event on Friday afternoon, 2-3:30 p.m., under the tent on Tava Quad.
All guests to campus (pre-registered or not) should make Registration Central your first stop when you arrive. 
Registration Central Hours and Location
1st floor of the Charles L. Tutt Library, 1021 N. Cascade Ave.
Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Safe travels to all those coming to campus. We can't wait to see you soon! 

Explore Like a Local

Explore and Save with the Downtown Discovery Pass
Whether you're in town for Homecoming and Family Weekend, or any other time throughout the year, you can get tips on exploring Colorado Springs plus discounts from downtown businesses through the all-digital Downtown Discovery Pass. Colorado College and the Downtown Partnership are excited to offer this to all CC families, students, guests, and friends.
Visit the website for instructions on how to access your digital savings pass, as well as more information and exploration ideas for your time in Colorado Springs. Other great sources of local information include Springs Magazine and Visit COS

Financial Aid

Important Dates and Reminders
Need help navigating the world of financial aid? A wealth of information as well as contact information for CC's Financial Aid Office can be found online. We encourage students and parents to review the CC Financial Aid Policies Handbook and our Guide to Student Funding at CC webpage for information related to eligibility requirements, common reasons for eligibilty changes, the college's student loan and work expectations, aid as taxable income, options to meet other student needs, and various financial aid opportunities awarded outside of the CC Financial Aid Office. Please also keep in mind these important upcoming dates:
  • Oct. 1: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) is now open for current first-year through junior students to file for the 2023-24 financial aid year. Remember, these must be filed each year.
  • Jan. 15: Early application deadline for returning students to receive financial aid packages by mid-March.
  • Apr. 1: Final deadline for returning students to have CSS Profile, FAFSA, and 2021 tax returns and W-2 forms submitted in order to be considered for financial aid.
All information, along with instructions for how to upload documents and links to file the forms, can be found here.

First Mondays/Common Read 

Lightning Flowers, the 2022-23 CC Common Read
Think back to last summer, and you may recall your student reading CC's 2022-23 Common Read selection"Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life," by Katherine E. Standefer, '07.  The purpose of the Common Read Program at Colorado College is to create a common intellectual experience for incoming undergraduate students, to introduce them to our core values as an academic community, and to teach them how to engage as members of our community of scholars.
Recently Standefer came to CC to lead a conversation about her book with students and the CC community as part of CC's First Monday's series. As part of our extended community around the world, we invite you to read the book and to view the recording of this eventDeeply personal and sharply reported, "Lightning Flowers" takes a hard look at technological mythos, healthcare, and our cultural relationship to medical technology, raising important questions about our obligations to one another, and the cost of saving one life.

Global Education and Field Study

Where in the world might your student go next?
The Center for Global Education and Field Study empowers and supports the CC community to engage in intercultural, international, and experiential learning by leveraging the opportunities of the Block Plan. Your student will have opportunities on campus in the coming weeks and months to learn more about many amazing programs, including CC's Study Away programs. You can help by talking with your student about their interests, and reminding them of upcoming deadlines related to study away:
Oct. 15: Deadline for Spring 2023 Semester Applications. Students interested in one of CC's external partner-led semester programs, or interested in petitioning to join a semester away from beyond our pool of pre-approved programs, must complete the Summit internal application (pre-approved) or petition (not pre-approved) by Oct. 15. Approval for participation is required in order to receive the college's endorsement on the program application and to be eligible for course credit transfer back to the college. 
Dec. 1: Deadline for applications to Block 7-8 Half Semesters. While full-semester spring programs have an Oct. 15 deadline, programs such as the CC Russian, CC Chinese, or CC in France language programs (which allow for Block 7-8 participation) have an application deadline of Dec. 1. All students interested in these language immersion programs should complete their applications on Summit by Dec. 1.
Visit the Global Education website to find out more!

Career Center Half Blocks and More

Half Block Registration is Open! 
In just nine days, your student can get a jump-start on their career development, while earning half a credit. The Career Center at CC is offering two for-credit half-block courses, Jan. 16-26, 2023:
  • “Designing Your Life: Exploring the Academic and Professional Journey through the Lens of Design Thinking” 
  • “Internship and Job Search Strategies for the Liberal Arts Student” 
In addition, for students who will be taking one of the graduate school entrance exams, the Career Center is providing non-credit-bearing Kaplan Test Prep offerings.
Finally, whether your student is considering nonprofit, for profit, government, or graduate/professional school work, excel skills and financial modeling are useful. Talk to your student about taking the non-credit-bearing Wall Street Prep course. Encourage your student to find more details and registration information about all these resources online or by visiting the Career Center!

Contacts and FAQ's
You can find answers to many common questions online in our Parent & Family FAQs section. If you don't find the answer you are searching for, feel free to contact one of the many resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling Center, the Chaplain’s Office, the Office of  Housing and Residential Experience, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, the Office of Student Accounts, and the Wellness Resource Center. Not sure who to contact? Get in touch at parents@coloradocollege.edu and we'll help direct you.
Up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found online, with questions directed to covid19@coloradocollege.edu.
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