January 2013 Living Colby Essays


 It's Colby Time

It's time!

Close up the boxes. Shove those last few pairs of socks and sweaters into the suitcase. And pack up the car.

It's time to head to Colby!

We're ready for your arrival and starting right away on Sunday afternoon we have a full slate of orientation activities and programs planned for you that will extend over the next few weeks. We'll give you time to settle into your room and to get to know other students who, like you, spent the fall term away from campus. You will spend some time with faculty and members of the staff who are prepared to help show you the ropes. And, in keeping with Colby tradition, you will get to go on Iced COOT which will also include a number of students who were here this fall so as to help you extend your network of Colby connections.

Okay, let's move past the typical orientation brochure kinds of information. You want to know the low-down on starting your life on Mayflower Hill so I am going to do my best to tell you the really important stuff.

So this probably qualifies as stating the brutally obvious but life on Mayflower Hill during Jan Plan is totally
different than it is during the fall and spring terms. First, about one in three students spends Jan Plan away from campus. Second, everyone takes only one course (another searing insight, I know). Third, many faculty don't teach Jan Plan in any given year so they use the time to work on their own scholarship and research which often means that they are not on campus as much. This is all a long-winded way of saying that there are a lot fewer people on campus in January and it's trickier to meet those who are here since your course load is only 25% of what it is during the regular semesters.

But, (this is the good news) taking only one course during Jan Plan means you have a whole lot more time to get to know the people who are here and to figure out how to make your way around campus. The key is taking advantage of the time and doing your best not to fall into a narrow routine too soon. You have, in all likelihood, already started getting lots of unsolicited helpful advice on how to make the most of your transition to life at Colby, and I can assure you that there will be much more to follow.

Lucky for you, though, right here right now I am going to offer you five pieces of can't miss, 100% proven
effective, if-you-do-these-things-your-life-will-be-filled-with-joy-and-meaning advice. Seriously. No joke. Really, I mean it.

1.    Go to everything on the orientation program and any activities that your Link Leaders are holding. Go
even if you're pretty sure that it will be a waste of your valuable time. Go even if you're rolling your eyes right
now as you're reading this because you know that orientation will be lame and there is no way an old fart like me could possibly know what I'm talking about. Go because you'll learn things that will be useful. Go because getting out of your room and meeting people makes it worthwhile no matter what. Just go. Trust me. Or don't, but go anyway.

2.    Introduce yourself to at least three new people every day. For the first week you won't even have to try.
You'll meet three people just by getting up in the morning and going to class and eating lunch and dinner.
After that, just make a point of saying hi to people you pass on the way to class or in the mailroom. This is
Colby. People are nice and they want to meet you.

3.    Go to class and do all your assignments on time. (What did you expect? I'm the dean, I can't help

4.    Embrace winter in Maine. It's going to be cold and snowy for most of the next three months no matter
what. So you can celebrate winter by doing outdoor things like skiing (downhill or cross-country or both),
snowshoeing, skating, ice fishing, etc. Or you can celebrate it by doing indoor things like going to plays and movies or basketball and hockey games or learning to knit or cook or the like. And if you embrace winter the time will fly by and you will have a blast. But if you choose rather to pull the covers over your head and whine about the cold and the snow it will be a long and not particularly fun stretch. So get your winter on!

5.    Maximize real life personal interactions and limit electronic communication. Look, I'm not some
luddite dinosaur who doesn't get that you guys text and tweet and call and Facebook each other all the time. And I'm not saying don't do those things. I'm saying you get a very short window of time to be in this place with these people and you should do everything you can to spend as much of it as possible talking with and listening to and learning from each other through real conversations.

So that's it. We're psyched to see you on Sunday. Be well and travel safely. 

Jim Terhune
Dean of Students


 New Year's News

Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and were able to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation over the break. With the first week of Jan Plan now behind us this seems like a good time for me to bring you up to date on some recent happenings and assorted stuff.

49 New Mules: The ranks of the Class of 2016 on Mayflower Hill grew on January 6th when the 49 FSA's (first semester away) arrived on campus. The new '16ers are already fully embroiled in the Colby community thanks to the assistance of the Link Leaders who are helping to settle into life on campus and terrific orientation and Iced COOT programs organized by Campus Life. I know you will join me in extending all the FSA's a warm Colby welcome.

Bicentennial Countdown: Forty-two days and counting to Colby's big birthday bash. February 27, 2013 will mark the 200th anniversary of the granting of the College's charter by the State of Massachusetts (Maine was still part of MA and didn't become a state for another six years). Classes will be cancelled on Feb.  27 and a full day of activities and events is planned to celebrate two centuries of Colby College. You don't want to miss it. The next celebration of this magnitude won't be until 2113 and most of us are unlikely to be in attendance for that one.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Okay, so you know that President Adams has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. We have 18 months to adjust to and prepare for C.A.B. - Colby After Bro. I encourage you to email me stories and memories you have of President Adams. I will share some of the more poignant and interesting (now don't go getting silly on me here) anecdotes in future Living Colby installments. Or maybe I'll just make some up. Stay tuned.

It turns out, though, that Bro's pending departure isn't the only recent personnel news from Mayflower Hill. Other changes of note include:

  • Katherine Sawyer joined the health center staff in December as the new Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Programs. We are very excited to welcome Katie, who brings exceptional experience in substance abuse counseling and education.
  • Todd MacFarlane has joined the counseling center staff as a part-time counselor.
  • Roger Woolsey, director of career services, will be leaving Colby at the end of April to accept a position at Dartmouth College. Roger has provided outstanding leadership to the career center program since his arrival at Colby in February of 2008. We are grateful for his many contributions to Colby and Colby students and wish him all the best. The search to identify the next director of career services is already underway.

Remembering Dr. King: Colby has put together a rich program of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the MLK holiday this month. Specifically:

  • Social Class Goes to College, presented by the Multicultural Literacy Course, tonight (Wednesday, January 16th) at 7 p.m. in Page Commons.
  • A Community of Faith Celebration, sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Sunday, January 20th at 6 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel.
  • MLK Day Keynote Address: Dr. Freeman A Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Monday, January 21st at 2 p.m. in Page Commons.
  • Eyes on the Prize DVD Showing, presented by the African American Studies Program's Sociology of Martin Luther King Jr. course, Monday, January 21st from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 -11 p.m. in Diamond 243.

The Carnival is Coming to Colby:  Colby's NCAA Division 1 Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams will host the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association races January 25 - 27. We don't often get the chance to watch Colby's exceptional skiers compete close to home so circle the dates on your calendar and make plans to go. If you've never seen ski races in person it is an experience you don't want to miss out on. The Nordic events will take place for the first time at the new Quarry Road facility right here in Waterville. The Alpine races will be at Sugarloaf. So break out your cowbells and cruise down to Quarry Road and up to the "Loaf" to cheer on the skiing Mules.

Tell Me a Story: Huge thanks to the SGA and the students who have shared their remarkable stories with the community through the Story Time program. It's a great way to learn more about the truly incredible people who are your friends and classmates and their fascinating personal stories. And there are cookies and other assorted treats so it just keeps getting better. Seriously, Story Time is great stuff so keep your eyes and ears open for the next installment.

Accountability Update:
The Student Accountability Task Force has begun its work and will be conducting open forums on campus later in Jan Plan and during the first few weeks of the spring term. Your perspectives, thoughts, and ideas about the climate and culture of accountability at Colby are crucial to this process so please make an effort to attend the forums and add your views to this critical campus conversation.  

Mule Tracks: As always, Colby athletes have been making their mark in a variety of venues over the past several months. There are way too many highlights to list here but some of the noteworthy moments include:

  • Football: Colby 17 - Bowdoin 0.
  • Kudos to John Gilboy '13 for being named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 Football Team and to Ryan Veillette '13 for making the All-Region team. Gilboy and Veillette also made the All-NESCAC team along with Derrick Beasley '13 and Jason Buco'15.
  • Congratulations to the women's soccer team for earning a spot in the NESCAC play-offs, and to Annie Pappadellis '14 and Alex Yorke '14 who were selected to the All-NESCAC team.
  • Andrew Meisel '13 was a first team All-NESCAC selection and Nick Nowak '13 earned honorable mention on the NSCAA College Division Scholar All-East team. There's no award for it but it's worth noting also that Nick not only started every Colby men's soccer team during his four years on the team, but he also played every minute. Amazing!
  • Megan Fortier '16 made All-NESCAC and All New England honors in field hockey as a first-year. Well done!
  • Berol Dewdney '13 had a remarkable senior campaign in cross-country finishing third at the Maine state meet, earning All-NESCAC honors, and qualifying for and competing in the NCAA National Championship meet.
  • Props to alpine skiers Craig Marshall '15 (4th) and Marc Massie '13 (6th) for their individual top ten finishes in leading the Colby men's team to an outstanding 2nd place finish in the slalom at the UVM Carnival last weekend. Jim Ryan '14 and Sam Glaisher '15 also had top finishes at UVM for the men. Cassady Roberts '13 and Paige Whistler '16 had top finishes at UVM for the women.
  • Men's basketball is off to a solid start with Chris Hudnut '16 already twice being selected as the Rookie of the Week in Maine college basketball.
  • Women's and men's basketball and hockey seasons are in full swing with lots of home contests coming up. So break out your Colby garb and get out to support the Mules.
LeaderShape: There is still room available for the LeaderShape leadership development retreat that will take place over the Jan Plan break. It is an outstanding program at a beautiful retreat center on the Maine Coast. For more information contact Jed Wartman in Campus Life.

And that's the news from Mayflower Hill.

Jim Terhune
Dean of Students

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