October Observations

This semester is flying by. It's already the end of October. How the heck did that happen?

I've been thinking about a bunch of things that I thought I'd share with you before we flip to the next page on the calendar and turn back the clocks for the winter - don't you hate that? Anyway, here goes:

Oh What a Beautiful Morning... I hope you've taken the time to pause and take in how spectacularly beautiful the campus looks on these blue sky autumn days we've been having. It's easy at this time of the year to get caught up in all the work you have to do and lose sight of everything else. But Mayflower Hill on brilliant fall days is a gift not to be taken for granted so try to remember to look around on your way to chem lab or back from the library.

No Ordinary Joe: A huge nod goes to Pat Adams '13 who in September was among a small handful of young people nationally honored at a dinner for up and coming LGBTQ leaders at Vice President Joe Biden's home. How cool is that? Of course, those of us who know Pat, and are aware of all that he has done at Colby see this as hard-earned and well-deserved recognition for exceptional leadership. Well done and thanks, Pat.

Tell Me a Story: Big appreciation and credit to the SGA for starting the Story Time program where students share their remarkable personal stories with the community.  Thanks also to Pandit Mami '14 and Saboor Sheerazi '13 for being the first two presenters.  The next installment is this weekend.  Go and listen to Anna Caron '13 share her story.  You'll be glad you did.

Birthday Bash: The Bicentennial Celebration Kick-Off last weekend was as good as it gets. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the Bicentennial Planning Committee - can you even imagine how much time, energy, love, and creativity went into organizing Friday night? There are too many people to thank by name here but you know who you are and we want you to know how much we appreciate all you're doing. Oh, and a big shout out to the Colby Eight and the Colbyettes for their outstanding performances at the kick-off dinner on Friday.  And that was just the beginning. There will be lots of other very cool Bicentennial happenings taking place on campus all year.

Mule Tracks: Some Colby sports news of note include:

  • Congratulations to new coach Jonathan Michaeles, captains John Gilboy '13 and Phil Amato '13, and the Colby football team on their exciting win over Hamilton at home on October 20th. And, an extra tip of the cap goes to Henry Nelson '15 for being selected as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following that game and to Dave Bendit '13 for being named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Amherst game.
  • It's a big weekend for the volleyball team with home matches against Amherst and Trinity tonight (8 p.m.) and tomorrow (2 p.m.). The Mules are battling for playoff rankings so head over to Wadsworth Gymnasium and cheer them on.

  • Congratulations on a terrific regular season and good luck to women's soccer in their NESCAC quarterfinal match-up at Amherst tomorrow.

  • Both men's and women's cross country teams will be in action this weekend at the NESCAC Championships at Bowdoin.  Good luck to captains Brian Desmond '13, Berol Dewdney '13, and Morgan Lingar '13 and all the Colby runners.

  • I want also to commend the tennis teams, the golf team, men's and women's crew, men's soccer, and field hockey for your fall seasons.

  • Not to be forgotten - though you don't get the same coverage or recognition that varsity sports do, I know that dozens of you who play club sports (rugby, ultimate Frisbee, etc.) work just as hard at your sports. Well done.

  •  Finally, I want to give a special nod of thanks and congratulations to all the seniors who are finishing up their final fall seasons as Colby Mules. You should be enormously proud of what you have accomplished as athletes and leaders. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into doing what you do and are grateful for the opportunity to watch and support you. Way to go!  And, again, thank you.

All the World's a Stage: The Colby Symphony Orchestra is performing tomorrow night (October 27th) at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel.  And, the fall theater production of Lysistra opens on Thursday, November 8th and runs through November 10th in Strider Theater. Mark your calendar, you won't want to miss these shows.

Hook-up Culture Redux: Kudos to SHOC for its second (hopefully annual) event sharing student's stories about the hook-up culture on campus. These conversations help us all gain a better understanding of student life on campus and, in turn, help us identify ways to make life on campus safer for everyone.

It's Not Too Late:.... To participate in the final events of Africa Week with food and performances tonight in Page Commons.

Comings and Goings: We were sorry to say goodbye to Paul (Campus Life) and Barb (Goldfarb Center) Spangle and Shauna Hirshfield who left Colby at the end of September to pursue new opportunities closer to their homes and extended families. But we are very excited to welcome back Sam Helm '12 as a member of the Campus Life staff for the remainder of this year. And as long as we're on the subject of welcoming new members of the Colby family then we can't pass over Lillian Grace Nelson, daughter of Kurt (Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life) and Joanna Nelson, who made her debut on the planet on September 27th. Congratulations to the Nelson's and a warm welcome to Sam and Lillian.

Something to Talk About: PCB, the Pugh Center, the Gender and Sexual Diversity program, and Religious and Spiritual Life have done a great job of creating opportunities for the community to come together and have meaningful and thoughtful conversations about a number of important issues recently. Specifically, the discussions about religious observance and sexuality, and marriage equity have been outstanding. I encourage everyone to be on the lookout for more of these sorts of events where we have collective opportunities to discuss issues and topics of real significance both on campus and in the world at large.

Speaking of Speaking: There will be a community open forum on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium. President Adams and I will be on hand with SGA leaders and other members of the administration to participate in an open discussion. I hope you will be able to join us and participate in the conversation.

That's all for now. I'm sure I have forgotten some individuals and events deserving of acknowledgement. Please know it's not intended as a slight. If you drop me a line I will do my best to get you the public shout out you deserve next time.

Jim Terhune
Dean of Students