CC Stories

How Has CC Impacted Your Journey?

My daughter graduated from CC in 2008. This was possible because of generous scholarship assistance. As a high school guidance counselor, I have visited many colleges and I know about many more. I think CC is truly an outstanding school, and I am so grateful that my daughter got to go there.
Lisa Andrews P’08

CC provided me with foundations of thought and skill to pursue my graduate degree in psychology and professional activities. It also enabled me to think critically and strategically in everyday life and bring value to the organizations I’m involved with.
Liz Bernhard ’87

After graduate work at Oxford and the University of Chicago, I can say that CC provides a truly world-class liberal arts education. The intellectual and social environment prepared me for a Rhodes Scholarship, a successful career, and the pursuit of life-long learning. Not only are the faculty top-flight intellectually, they prize teaching – deepening the minds and souls of students with genuine care – even as they contribute leading scholarship in their respective fields. I learned much from my fellow students, whose intellectual seriousness was matched by a genuine love of life. I’m proud that my daughter is a current CC student. Thirty years on, CC is providing for her that same rigorous intellectual and social adventure.
Todd Breyfogle ’88, P’17

I know I can learn very fast if I focus my energies. I know I can survive anything for 3 ½ weeks.
Teresa Micek Buch ’97

Interestingly, the farther removed I am from CC, the more valuable my CC experience becomes. Only after experiencing life – profession, friendships, family – and understanding other people’s experiences have I fully come to appreciate how amazing the CC experience really is. I am fortunate and grateful to be a CC grad.
John Carron ’89

It has given me a unique appreciation of the power of a liberal arts education. I cannot recite John Donne, but I can solve my way out of a predicament with grace and reflection. It’s all about the power and richness of the mind. That’s what I learned at CC.
Lisa Betty Cline ’89

My favorite high school teacher was a CC alum. When I described wanting to attend a college with bright thinkers who were also learning by experiencing and doing, she told me to explore CC. The framework (Block) and environment (joyful engagement) have guided me ever since!
Eleanor Collinson ’02

CC made me question the world and think about things outside the box. Wonderful four years. I wish I could do it again.
Alison Dunlap ’91

My CC experience has been an integral part of my journey through life. It helped set the foundation for everything that I’ve done since.
William Glaves ’89

I’m grateful for the profound personal and intellectual growth that I experienced at Colorado College. The school and community transformed me in ways I could not have anticipated. I continue to value this foundation in career and community leadership experiences. CC taught me to listen, think, reflect, voice my ideas, and collaborate with others. These skills are rooted in the Block Plan, the small class discussions, the faculty who truly embrace learning and the community that is impact-oriented.
Lara Talbot Gund ’91

My CC experience provided me with the skills to learn almost any subject and, most importantly, think critically and communicate ideas, which has allowed me to take on leadership roles.
Anne Robb Levinsky ’02

CC taught me to be organized, not to procrastinate, and to deal with life in short (roughly 3 ½ week) chunks. It taught me to think and question. It taught me I could do anything for a short period and work harder in that time than I thought possible. The professors taught me that my opinion was worth as much as theirs or anyone’s. They taught me that I couldn’t sit back and let others do the work. Deciding to transfer to CC was a critical moment in my life and has made my journey richer, more thoughtful, and more engaging. I’m proud that my oldest son, Ethan Genz ’13, is now also an alumnus and we have great conversations and adventures. CC was the starting point for a great journey.
Suzanne Libra ’87, P’13

It opened the world to me. I still appreciate my education at CC every day.
Jane Spahn Brown ’81

I was profoundly impacted by CC through my experience on the debate team under the mentorship of Al Johnson. Through debate, I learned to create strong arguments and I learned how to write – all useful skills at CC. After graduation, Al encouraged me to continue in debate through graduate school. I finished my advanced degrees and went on to administer a forensics program at the University of Nebraska. Now I’m more of a homebody, administering a women’s gender studies program at NDSU. Al and I remained in contact until his death a few years ago. He and the team impacted me at CC and throughout my career.
Ann Burnett ’80

A liberal arts background/experiences make life worthwhile beyond just earning a living. Appreciation of art/music/literature is what one should have to make life complete.
Barbara Rogers Diehl ’73

It prepared me for life, work, and citizenship. A liberal education still is the most important foundation for acting with impact, understanding, and responsibility in our world.
Bentley Gilbert ’70

John Riker instilled confidence and passion in me for independent creative thought. I used this in my master’s program. Ray Werner showed me there is some logic in human behavior. These skills helped me become a better problem solver. The entire CC experience positively affected the rest of my life so much so that I have been assisting Admissions for many years, in the hopes of continuing that tradition.
Steven Johnson ’79

My CC experience provided the basic knowledge for my career in Southwest arts. By being able to visit many different places and have intensive learning experiences through the Anthropology and Southwest Studies Departments, I was able to gain an appreciation and understanding of different cultures. I have been able to share these attributes with both collectors and novices. Of course the most important impact of my CC experience was meeting my wife-to-be there, Deborah Dawson Jones ’83, stealing her from her Air Force Academy fiancé, and convincing her that CC men are better!
Christopher Jones ’83

While I graduated from CC nearly 40 years ago, its importance in my personal and professional life has remained a constant. I learned how to learn at CC, how to think deeply and critically about subjects, and how to read carefully. After a 20+ year career as a reporter and editor, those skills count as a major part of the work I did in my professional life. Forty years ago I needed to be challenged and to discover my strengths as a student. Now I have returned to literature and poetry as a forever English major.
Susan Barney Jones ’76, P’96

CC was extremely welcoming to me as a transfer student. My academic and social experiences prepared me very well for my future career as a physician. I didn’t start medical school until I was 30. My younger cohorts who had also graduated from CC (some 10 years after I did) really stood out in our class. Thank you CC!
Rosalyn Israel Knepell, M.D. ’68

CC continues to keep my mind open to broader and different perspectives, challenging me to engage life in new and interesting ways.
Jim Lorenzen ’76, P’09 

I’m from California. I chose CC because I wanted to go to a small school, liberal arts orientation, out of state. It exceeded my expectations – small classroom environment with greater teacher/student interaction, excellent learning environment, opportunity to know most of the student body, and proximity to lots of outdoor activities. Greek life was very important in facilitating all these objectives.
Richard “Gus” Bonner ’67, P’96

It gave me a thirst for firsthand experiences in the world.
Marlyn Wallace Coleman ’57

A CC education is a great foundation for almost all activities as we go through life. The emphasis on speaking and writing when I was a student helped me excel in most situations. It was wonderful to discover such a wonderful college in Colorado Springs when my father’s job moved here.
Alma Cremonesi ’64

Colorado College in 1940-44 – World War II atmosphere – I still managed to have a happy college experience while getting a good education, which prepared me for life. Very proud of my CC experience; would love to have been able to participate in the modular system. Also very proud of what CC is now.
Barbara Freeman Mills Diaz ’44

I had never heard of CC in 1958 when Jerry Carle offered me a football scholarship. I was a dumb little Iowan. My freshman year I had to write a paper on irony in the “Red Badge of Courage.” I didn’t know what “irony” meant! But after four years, I improved and ended up with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern U and a very solid and happy professional life. Thanks to CC and all associated with it!
Jim Dunlop ’62

More than anything, in my time at CC (1959-63), I grew socially. I was not a strong student at all. But by becoming more socially confident, I was able to begin my teaching career with a certain personal strength and conviction. Maybe I would have done some growing up elsewhere, but CC is where I landed. And I did learn some things, too – academic things. And I had a most satisfying teaching career that lasted for 48 years.
Ben Eastman, Jr. ’63, P’93

My experience with KRCC-FM, and thanks to Prof. Woodson Tyree, along with a good overall liberal arts education gave me qualification to become a special features reporter with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Europe during my military tour of duty after college. Afterwards, I entered the investment industry and concluded a successful career after more than 40 years. The cumulative benefits of a liberal arts education enabled me to think, be flexible, and learn about a lot of things!
Thomas Freund ’54, G’09

I learned how to critically analyze, write more clearly, and expand my intellectual interest. These general abilities enabled me to take advantage of opportunities such that I ended my career as director of business operations for the University of California System.
Pamela Smith Kast ’66

My class with Darnell Rucker on Plato and Aristotle changed my approach to learning. My class with Tim Fuller changed my appreciation for political philosophy. The opportunities given to me by Gilbert Johns, Glen Brooks, and Lew Worner started my career. Nothing today would be the same without Rucker’s, Fuller’s, Johns’, Brooks’ and Worner’s mentorship.
Gary Knight ’67

CC is my life and my journey.
Michael Grace ’63, P’87, P’92
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It created passion for service learning and introduced me to great people. It was a wonderful place to work.
David Lord


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