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Student life at Colby is centered on the notion that learning extends beyond the classroom into all aspects of the college experience. As shaped by the College’s mission and precepts, a Colby education is characterized by academic rigor, a strong community, a friendly campus atmosphere, global reach, and active engagement with diversity of thought and human difference.

Student Affairs Mission Statement

Colby’s Student Affairs Division exists to support and enhance the College’s mission to provide students a broad acquaintance with human knowledge designed to enable each student to fulfill his or her own unique potential. The student affairs staff provides instruction, advice, and support to help students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, ethical leaders, engaged citizens, and creators of knowledge with broad exposure to and understanding of human difference and diversity.

To All Colby Students:

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer break.  With much of July already behind us and the start of August fast approaching I am writing to update you on the latest news from Colby and some items of particular interest to students. This message is a bit longer than usual - but that's just because there is so much to report.

Out With the Old: Congratulations and Good Luck Class of '13. A little - okay a lot - of rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the Class of 2013 when they graduated on May 26th. Throngs of Class of '13 family and friends crowded into Wadsworth Gymnasium and the field house along with faculty, staff, trustees, and 8 prominent Colby graduates who received honorary degrees as part of the Bicentennial celebration to cheer on the 502 seniors as they received their diplomas. Despite the week long deluge that would have prompted Noah to build another boat and start rounding up animals again, '13ers had a terrific Senior Week and made the most of their valedictory tour of Mayflower Hill as undergraduates.

They're Off to Great Places...Speaking of the Class of '13, 441 graduates (88%) completed the annual Baccalaureate Survey over graduation weekend and the results are very exciting. 55% of respondents are already employed, 13% are headed to graduate school, 3% have secured post-graduate fellowships, and 4% report "other" plans for the coming year. These numbers are consistent with last year so if the pattern holds by September we would expect to see the employment number climb another 7-8%, the grad school number another 3-5%, and the fellowship number another 1-2%. All this adds up to the fact that there really is life, opportunity, and success after Colby.

In With the New: Welcome Class of '17. While most of you are scattered across the country and around the world doing your summer thing, those of us on campus are busily preparing for the arrival of the Class of 2017. Drawn from a record number of applicants (5,407) the entering first-year class is the most selective in Colby history (with an admit rate of 26%). Other Class of '17 items of note include:

  • Balanced enrollment by gender (49% women/51% men)
  • Mean SAT scores - 2,010 (combined): 660 (CR)/680 (M)/670 (W)
  • 49% attended public high schools: 51% attended private high schools
  • 56% from outside New England
  • 21% US students of color
  • 13% international students
  • 11% students from Maine
Of course, as with all of its predecessors, the sum of the Class of '17's 487 student parts is and will be far greater than the tally of all related admissions statistics. We are looking forward to greeting the first-year class and excited to participate in their journey across the next four years.

Affirming Accountability.
  Inspired by student-led efforts to consider the state of student accountability at Colby, last year a task force made up of students, trustees, faculty, and administrators engaged in a year-long comprehensive review of this important topic. The task force concluded that Colby would benefit from a heightened commitment to promoting and advancing a "long-term, sustained effort to create a meaningful and durable culture of integrity and accountability," (Report of the Task Force on Student Accountability). At the center of this effort is a statement about academic integrity and social accountability dubbed The Colby Affirmation which states:

Colby College is a community dedicated to learning and committed to the growth and well-being of all its members.

As a community devoted to intellectual growth, we value academic integrity. We agree to take ownership of our academic work, to submit only work that is our own, to fully acknowledge the research and ideas of others in our work, and to abide by the instructions and regulations governing academic work established by the faculty.

As a community built on respect for ourselves, each other, and our physical environment, we recognize the diversity of people that have gathered here and that genuine inclusivity requires active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another.  We agree to respect each other, to honor community expectations, and to comply with college policies.

As a member of this community, I pledge to hold myself and others accountable to these values.

Throughout the coming academic year, we will be having many on-campus conversations about The Colby Affirmation - and about accountability and integrity at Colby. We hope you'll become familiar with The Colby Affirmation and that you will participate actively in these conversations.

If You Build It They Will Come. Okay, they'll come anyway, but as usual there is a lot of building and construction work going on all over campus this summer. In no particular order projects of keen interest to students include:

  • Miller Library Renovation: The first part of a two phase comprehensive renovation of Miller is taking place. Phase 1, which will be completed this summer, includes renovating three floors of the west wing of the library, providing for increased study space (group and individual), and relocating the Farnham Writers' Center, Academic ITS, the Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Teaching and Learning within the library space. Phase 2 of construction will happen in summer 2014 and will create a dramatically improved entrance into the library, improve vertical circulation, restore the reading room to the south end of the library on the first floor, and renovate the fourth floor of the west wing of the library.
  • Drummond and Piper: As those of you who were on campus in the spring are well aware, work is underway to give Drummond and Piper the same sort of upgrade and facelift as the rest of the Roberts Row buildings have gotten over the last several years. The work is on schedule and the buildings will be ready for move-in at the end of August.
  • New Science Building: Work on the new science building at the north end of the Colby green is progressing at an incredible pace. The building is fully enclosed, the finished roof is on, and the brick exterior is nearly complete. With the exterior of the building is nearly done and the emphasis of the work is already starting to shift to the inside. The project is on budget and on schedule to open for the start of the 2014 fall term. The new building will provide state of the art lab and classroom spaces for Psychology, Computer Science, and Mathematics.  As many of you know, after the Psychology and Computer Science departments move into the new building work will commence on converting the top two floors of Roberts Union to student residences. Likewise, additional office and lab space for Physics will be developed in Mudd when Math relocates to the new building.
  • Colby Art Museum: Alfond-Lunder Pavilion: The spectacular new Alfond-Lunder Pavilion of the Colby Art Museum was officially dedicated and opened on July 13th. The grand opening weekend included a ribbon cutting and a number of celebrations for the Colby family and the entire central Maine community. The inaugural exhibition for the new space, The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, is on display now through June 8, 2014 and open to the public. The space and the collection are breathtaking.  You will never again have such easy and free access to a museum and collection of art of this quality. Go see it. And go see it often.
Crazy Fast X 4.  Congratulations to Brittney Bell '13, Frances Onyilagha '14, Emily Doyle '16, and Emily Tolman '16 for finishing second in the 1,600 meter relay at the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor National Track and Field Championships in May, and earning All-American honors for the second time this year (they finished fourth at the indoor nationals in March). The foursome broke and reset the Colby record for the event five times after May 1st; including setting a new record each of the three times they ran at the national meet. In the final each of the four team members ran her personal best time and the record they set was a breathtaking five seconds faster than the one they first broke at the beginning of May. Amazing!

New Faces on the Hill.  We are excited to be welcoming a number of new staff members in a variety of positions of particular interest to students. Specifically:

  • Alisa Johnson, Director of Career Services. Alisa Johnson joined us earlier this month and is already hard at work with the rest of the Career Center team. Alisa brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, energy, and creativity to the Center and is eager to build on and expand the existing career education/services programs to support the breadth of interests and ambitions of the entire student body at Colby. Prior to coming to Colby she served in a number of senior administrative roles at Unity College including Dean of Enrollment Management, Strategic Projects Coordinator, and Assistant Dean. She has a B.A. from Wheaton College (MA) a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maine, Orono, and a Master of Science in Enrollment Management from Cappella University. 
  • Eric Johnson, Director of Counseling Services. Eric Johnson (no relation to Alisa) is coming to Colby from Ohio Wesleyan University where he served as Assistant Director for the past 15 years. He brings an exceptional record as a counselor and team leader. Dr. Johnson has a B.A. from Ohio University and an M.A. and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
  • Emily Schusterbauer. Director of the Gender & Sexual Diversity Program/Assistant Director of the Pugh Center. Emily Schusterbauer started in her new role leading the GSD program on July 1st. Before coming to Colby, Emily taught Women's and Gender Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana University, Bloomington, and The Ohio State University.  She has a B.A. (University of Michigan) and an M.A. (The Ohio State University) in Women's Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies at Indiana University.
That's the big stuff. Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you on campus at the end of the summer.


Jim Terhune
Dean of Students