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Historical Perspective: Buddha Statues

April 11th, 2014

Colin McCarey

In 1368, the final Mongol emperor of Kublai Khan’s 80-year-old Yuan Dynasty in China fled in the face of a sweeping peasant rebellion.  After nearly twenty years of multi-factional civil war, his retreat and the subsequent ascension to the throne of the former Buddhist monk Zhu Yuanzhang, marked the turn of an era and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.  The Ming’s 276-year span saw the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the completion of the Great Wall, massive naval expeditions as far abroad as the African coast, and a golden age of art and literature. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

April 4th, 2014

Matt Weigel

Consider a college library – a mammoth, gothic space filled with dark wood, musty books, and miserable students – a place to sequester yourself during finals week while binging on caffeine and poring over arcane tomes in search of an A on your exam. It is not a place to meet friends, socialize, and pass a few hours in conversation – it is not a place associated with fun or engagement in any sense of the word. I have been to that library; I have studied in that library.  Many of us have. The University of Denver has rejected that antique notion of a library, introducing an entirely new approach to the way its students and faculty live, socialize, and learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Tessie, the Empress of Arkansas

April 2nd, 2014

Ashley Cornelius
El Pomar founder Spencer Penrose left his mark in Colorado by establishing key landmarks such as The Broadmoor, the Pikes Peak Highway, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Less known about Mr. Penrose today is his notorious sense of humor. Read the rest of this entry »

A Good Morning for a Night Owl

March 21st, 2014

Zoe Goodman

I’m not a morning person. I do everything in my power to avoid getting up before 7:10am, leaving just enough time to get to work at 8 on a typical day. Two Saturdays ago, however, I was happily up by 5:30am and on my way to Pikes Peak Community College for El Pomar’s College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP). Once every few months, a dedicated team of community volunteers, school counselors, representatives from each institution of higher education in Colorado Springs, and several El Pomar staff members come together to host a day-long college and career readiness seminar for over 100 high school students from military families and diverse ethnic backgrounds, many of whom could be first generation college students. During the seminar, students attend college classes, meet with college counselors, fill out financial aid forms, and interact with community leaders who are invested in their success. Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Better World

March 17th, 2014

Colin McCarey

As an anthropology major, I am deeply interested in human nature and action.  I tend to believe that altruism is not inherent in our nature, but is nonetheless critical to societal prosperity.  Actions taken for the benefit of people other than yourself and your immediate kin strengthen and enrich humanity, and establish a precedent that will enhance the future quality of human life. Read the rest of this entry »

Applied Leadership 101: Rattlers Case Study

March 14th, 2014

Beau Kelly

My first day as the head coach of the Academy Little League Rattlers was a little overwhelming. Nine and ten year old boys ran wild at Keller Park. After four years of college baseball and a few weeks of preparation, I drew up a practice plan for a group of all-stars. After my assistant coaches and I spent the first five minutes of our practice corralling the Rattlers, I realized I needed to revise our game plan. Thankfully, the leadership training provided in the Fellowship prepared me for the challenges I faced throughout the season. Read the rest of this entry »

25 Years Strong: CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

March 10th, 2014

Justin Coughlin

In 1979, Judge David Soukp, of Washington, saw a need for abused and neglected children to have better personal and meaningful representation in court.  The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) movement was born to fulfill this need.   To date, there are 933 programs with more than 77,000 CASA volunteers who have advocated for approximately 234,000 abused and neglected children nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating Change through Cavity Prevention

March 6th, 2014

The competitive advantage of the Regional Partnerships program is that each Regional Council is geographically-based, allowing for the full utilization of local knowledge and expertise. According to the Telluride Foundation’s 2006 Health Needs Assessment, oral health care and the lack of dental care providers for low income children was one of the top health concerns for residents in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. With this data in hand, the San Juan Regional Council began exploring opportunities to make an impact. Ultimately, the Telluride Foundation, headed by former San Juan Regional Council Member, Paul Major, founded the San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program (SKIPPY) in partnership with the Montrose Community Dental Clinic and the Forsyth Institute in Boston as a local health initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

Stories of Impact: Westside CARES

March 5th, 2014

Joanna French

Westside CARES proves that it takes the generosity and commitment from the community to assist our residents in need. Through the partnership of 21 member churches on the west side of Colorado Springs, many individuals and families receive the emergency assistance and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Read the rest of this entry »

My Love Affair With Colorado

March 3rd, 2014

Devanie Helman

I was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado and attended the University of Denver. The mountains have become a permanent fixture in my concept of natural beauty, and the laid-back, loving nature of Coloradans has become commonplace. I am a true Colorado native, yet I have never felt more connected to the state than I do right now. As I consider my future plans, I decided to begin by looking outside Colorado’s borders.  The opportunity to leave the state forced me to look inward, and I began to realize how desperately committed to the state of Colorado I am. Read the rest of this entry »