The Student Affairs Staff

 
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
 
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James S. Terhune is the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students.  Dean Terhune oversee the staff, departments, and programs that comprise the Division of Student Affairs including Advising Deans, Campus Life (residential education, housing, leadership programs, outdoor education, and student activities), the Career Center, Chaplains, Counseling Services, Student Health Services, International Student programs, the Pugh Center and Multicultural Affairs, and Student Conduct and Discipline. 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.  Dean Terhune earned his A.B. in English from Middlebury College in 1986. He did his graduate work at Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy in 1991. Dean Terhune has been with Colby since 2006 as Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Colby.  Prior to his tenure on Mayflower Hill, he worked for 15 years at Colgate University in a number of leadership roles including director of student activities, dean of first-year students, associate dean of the college, and dean of student affairs. He began his career in higher education at Middlebury where he spent four years in student activities and the Dean of Students Office (and part-time as the men's and women's varsity diving coach).  Dean Terhune enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons; skiing, golfing, hiking in Acadia, reading good fiction, and following the Red Sox.  Dean Terhune's email address is jterhune@colby.edu.   

 
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Barbara Moore is the Assistant Vice President/Senior Associate Dean of Student.  Dean Moore oversees the Advising Dean program, serves as liaison to academic affairs in the areas of academic support and first year advising.  She serves on a number of college committees including Academic Affairs, Committee on Academic Standing, Independent Major and Senior Scholars Committee, Off-Campus Study Advisory Committee, Enrollment Committee and the 100 Projects for Peace.  Dean Moore works closely with Campus Life on the fall and mid-year Orientation programs. Prior to her role in the Dean of Students Office, Dean Moore worked as Assistant Vice President of EFL Associates, an executive search firm for higher education professionals and as Director of Career Services at Colgate University.  She has 19 years experience in higher education in the areas of student affairs, residential life and career development at highly selective liberal arts colleges. Dean Moore holds a BA from the State University of New York, College at Oswego and an M. Ed from St. Lawrence University in Counseling and Human Development.  She lives in Belgrade, Maine with her husband and three children. Dean Moore's email address is bemoore@colby.edu.

 
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Paul Johnston is the Senior Associate Dean of Students.  His office is located on the second floor of the Eustis Building and he can be reached at 207-859-4252 or email him at pejohnst@colby.edu. Dean Johnston is a Posse mentor for Posse Eight, and is responsible for the Student Conduct and Discipline program at the College.  This means that he works closely with the Security office to investigate and administer sanctions in cases where the code of behavioral expectations has been violated.  Dean Johnston also oversees the judicial process when a case is referred to the Conduct Board (primarily student-to-student disputes) or to the Appeals Board (appeals from a Conduct Board case or allegations of academic dishonesty).  Outside of the judicial realm, Dean Johnston consults with members of the Health Center staff on cases of alcohol and/or substance abuse and mental health situations which require a student to be separated from the College. Dean Johnston earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and pursued a Counseling degree with a concentration in Student Affairs and Higher Education at the University of Maine (at Orono).   Dean Johnston has been working in the Dean's office at Colby since August 1982 when he arrived to manage the Housing program.  At that time, this meant pairing the freshmen roommates and overseeing the room changes throughout the year.  In the spring, he would coordinate the Room Draw process (along with a student committee which reviewed the process each year and made recommendations for changes where needed).  He is responsible for enrollment management and working with Admissions office to determine the size of each year's entering class.  Working with PPD and the architects on residence hall renovations projects was particularly rewarding.  Twenty years later, Dean Johnston moved from the Housing office to managing the hall staff and the residential life programs.  In this capacity, he selected, trained and supervised forty-eight undergraduate community advisors.  In the fall of 2012, Dean Johnston began his sixth year as the chief conduct officer. Dean Johnston grew up in Maine and lives locally in Belgrade with his wife Sandra (who works in the Admissions Office) and two children Liam and Giada.  Dean Johnston's email address is pejohnsto@colby.edu. 

 
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Joseph E. Atkins is the Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Multicultural and Student Programs.  Dean Atkins has been a Posse mentor since January 2005 for the Posse Program of New York.   He is co-founder and director of Campus Conversations on Race, organizer of the Multicultural Literacy Initiative (faculty group developing diversity curricula), Senior Book Recommendation, and Learning Difference Coordinator.  (Also, professor for ED197A- Metacognition and Academic Success, advisor for senior honors thesis in psychology, college representative for SOAR (Society organized Against Racism), and co-founder of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative under the Goldfarb Center. Dean Atkins received a Bachelors from Vassar College in 1997 (double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science), Doctorate from the University of Rochester in 2003 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences).  Dean Atkins came to Colby in the fall of 2002 as a sabbatical replacement professor in psychology right out of graduate school, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor Of Psychology.  Dean Atkins maintains a lab in the psychology department and remains interested in exploring decision making and human and artificial intelligence.  Dean Atkins' email address is jeatkins@colby.edu.  

 
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Dr. Tashia Bradley is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Pugh Center.  Dr. Tashia Bradley brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and educator in higher education.  She comes to Colby from Berea College where she served as the Director of the Black Cultural Center from 2005 - 2011.  Prior to Berea, Dr. Bradley was Director of Diversity, Gender and Leadership Educational Programs at New College of Florida, Director of Multicultural Affairs/International Student Services at Millikin University, and worked in the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Bradley has a B.A. from Florida A & M university, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Florida State University.  In addition to her extensive experience in administration, Dr. Bradley also served as an academic advisor and taught courses in the General Studies department at Berea College.  

Dr. Bradley joined the Colby Staff on July 1, 2011. Her email address is tbradley@colby.edu.

 
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Sue McDougal is the Associate Dean of Students for International Affairs.  She is the Primary Designated Student Official for the F-1 student visas and the Alternate Designated Official for J-1 student and professor category visas.   She is the international student advisor.  Dean McDougal maintains the SEVIS immigration system for students and faculty on F-1 and J-1 visas. She also oversees work authorization procedures and maintenance of status for current and recent graduates on OPT. Dean McDougal conducts semester immigration, study abroad, work permit (OPT), and tax workshops. She organizes and conducts the International Orientation each fall and coordinates campus programming, including the weekly International coffee hour, the fall International Food Festival, and the spring International Extravaganza.  She coordinates the year long Host Family program and the Community Outreach program - a program which connects Colby International students and students returning from study abroad with our local schools and groups.   Dean McDougal provides support and guidance to ESL (English as a second language) students to fulfill their requirements during their first year and verifies the language proficiency of non-native English speakers whose languages are not offered at Colby.  She also serves as an Adviser to the International Club. Dean McDougal is a member of NAFSA (international Educators).  Dean McDougal attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. She moved to Taiwan after college and studied Chinese and taught English as a Second Language for 2 1/2 years. From there she moved to Chicago and worked at the University of Chicago for nine years in the Office of the Dean of Students as a Director of Residential Life. She now lives in Maine and in 1996  spent her first year in the Admissions office at Colby College and then joined  the Office of the Dean of Students. Her current position is Associate Dean of Students for International Affairs. Dean McDougal lives in Fairfield with her husband Bruce. She loves to travel, sail and garden.  Dean McDougal's email address is smmcdoug@colby.edu.

 
EmilyEmily Schusterbauer is the Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program and Associate Director of the Pugh Center.  Emily implements campus initiatives aimed at fostering a safe and supportive climate for Colby students, faculty, and staff who express a full range of gender and sexual identities.  In this effort, she collaborates with student organizations that emphasize gender and/or sexuality in their campus work.  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 completed a B.A. and a M.A.. in Women's Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies. Emily's email address is eeschust@colby.edu.
 
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Regina Ouimette is the Administrative Secretary for the Vice President of Student Affairs.  She provides support for various programs within the student affairs division.  The programs include but not limited to Orientation, Carols and Lights, Posse Retreat, Awards Ceremony, Senior Exit Interviews and Commencement.  Regina manages Dean Terhune's calendar and monitors the student affairs division's budget and updates the student affairs webpage.  She attended college in California and received her Associated Degree from Allen Hancock Community College.  She is an advocate of lifelong learning and attends the University of Maine Augusta from time to time.  Regina spends her free time doing yoga, reading, gardening, kayaking and snowshoeing.  Regina's email address is rmouimet@colby.edu.

 
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Deb Thurston is the Administrative Secretary for the Dean of Students.  She reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Senior Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Students/Director of the Pugh Center.  Deb provides support to the following program areas:  the Advising Dean Program, Academic Support and the Committee on Academic Standing, Tutoring program, Fall and January Orientation, support services for students with learning differences, the Pugh Center and Multicultural Programming, Commencement and the Student Awards Program.  Deb worked at Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area for six years as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator and the Youth Services Coordinator.  Deb holds a BA in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.  She resides in Waterville will her husband Jim and their two daughters, Anna and Olivia.    Deb's email is dbthurst@colby.edu.

 
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Cindy Vassey  is the secretary for the Senior Associate Dean of Student and the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Colby College.  Cindy coordinates the Dean's List cards, fines and disciplinary logs. Prior to joining Colby College two years ago, Cindy worked in the travel industry as a Travel Consultant for 17 years.  She resides in Benton with her husband Geoff and their children. Cindy's email address is cavassey@colby.edu.

 
Campus Life
 
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Jed Wartman  is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life.  Jed works with the rest of the campus life team to ensure that Colby students maximize their growth and development through an intentional, co-curricular experience that offers support, challenge, and opportunity.  The specific areas that are included in Campus Life are: residential life, leadership development, outdoor experiential learning, and student activities.  Jed received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his graduate degree from Harvard University.  When Jed is not engaging with colleagues and students he is most likely found enjoying the outdoors, running, biking, and skiing or spending time with his wife Brynn, son Micah,  family, and friends. Jed's email address is jwartman@colby.edu.

 
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Kim Kenniston is the Associate Director of Campus Life and Residential Education.   Kim is responsible for the residential life program, which encompasses room draw, first year housing, and the faculty resident program. She also strides to make a seamless integration between the classroom and the residence hall room through various programs that push individual growth within the residence halls.  Kim received her B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington in Psychology and her M Ed in Education from Bridgewater State College.  Kim has been with Colby since 2008 and prior to Colby she spent seven years in the Residential Education and Living Department at Dean College in Massachusetts. Kim was born in Hallowell, Maine and attended Hall Dale High School. Kim's email address is kakennis@colby.edu.

 
Career Center
 
AlisaAlisa Johnson is an the Director of the Career Center.   Alisa oversees all the functions within the career center including career counseling and programming, internships, employment, employer relations, graduate school and fellowships.  She works with her team to ensure every student has requisite knowledge and skills to obtain post-Baccalaureate success.  Colby Connect, a four year career development curriculum, is the cornerstone for acquiring these skills, Alisa received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, her Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education from the University of Maine and a M.S. in Education, focusing on Enrollment Management from Capella University.  She is a summer fell of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College for Higher Education Management, class of 2008.  A personal passion is working with the MELMAC Foundation to improve Maine students' college and career aspirations.  Alisa lives in the Waterville area with her husband and son.  Alisa's email address is ajohnson@colby.edu.
 
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Cate Talbot Ashton is an Associate Director of the Career Center.   Cate focuses her attention on graduate study advising, particularly assisting students with the complexity of preparing for and applying to schools in the health professions and preparing for the somewhat less complex process of applying to law, masters, and doctorate programs.  Cate graduated from Colby in 1980 where she completed the "ever-versatile" English major.    After graduating she spent time working for a law firm in Boston, a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, and as an admissions counselor for Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT before completing a Master's degree in Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Upon completing her masters in student affairs, she returned to Colby in the Career Center.  Cate also earned a masters in library science through a distance education program provided in Maine by the University of South Carolina,  which allowed her to learn more about children's literature and fed her passion for connecting Colby students with the information that can help them make informed career and life decisions.  In her spare time she exchanges text messages with her two sons who are recent graduates of UNH and Allegheny College, takes advantage of the wonderful Maine State Park system, and indulges in her obsession with knitting.  Cate's email address is ctashton@colby.edu.

 
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Erica Humphrey is an Assistant Director of the Career Center who manages employer relations including on-campus recruiting.  In this role, Erica provides general counseling to students on a variety of topics,  does focused coaching on job search strategies and job applications, performs interview preparation such as mock interviews, as well as manages employer relationships.  In addition, Erica teaches Colby Connect and other workshops, and co-directs the Entrepreneurial Alliance program.  Erica joined the Career Center in August 2009 as the internship Coordinator and an Assistant Director.  She has worked at the College since 2007, having held a previous post in College Relations. Erica earned her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine; an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Boston College. Erica is a member of a variety of national, state, and local professional associations;  she also earned her certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Erica was born and raised in Waterville, and in her free time enjoys hiking and the outdoors, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Erica is married and has two teenage stepdaughters and a black lab pup.  Erica's email address is elhumphr@colby.edu.

 

 
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Tammi-Lynn Hamm  is the Administrative Secretary for the Career Center. She joined the Career Center Team on August 17, 2009 and as Administrative Secretary she manages all student workers, including hiring, task responsibilities, office training, and performance evaluations. Tammi provides administrative support to Roger Woolsey, Director of the Career Center, by overseeing the department budget, including payables and receivables. She collaborate with other staff members to post information sessions, workshops, and internship and job opportunities into Colby Connect. Also using the Colby Connect system she create and collect reports as well as managing the career center webpage and student reference files. Tammi received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in legal at Kennebec Valley Community College in 2002. On a personal note, Tammi is married and has four amazing children. Darian her oldest has a great love for animals and rides horses, Kristopher is into sports like football, basketball and wrestling, Jamie is her dancer and cheerleader and then there is Ephraim who just loves to play and to round out the family.  They have two dogs and two cats.  Tammi's email address is tlhamm@colby.edu.

 
Chaplains
 
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Kurt D. Nelson is Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Colby College.  He works with Chaplains and Student Leaders to help create a hospitable environment for religious community, asking big questions, and engagement across religious lines.  Kurt is available for support, counseling, and conversations of all kinds.  He's eager to work with students, faculty and staff of all sorts – members of the world's religious traditions, atheists, agnostics, seekers, and everywhere in between – and he's always ready to discuss new ideas and initiatives.

Prior to arriving at Colby in August of 2012, Kurt spent five years at Dartmouth College initiating and advising multi-faith programs and leading ecumenical Christian worship.

Kurt is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Yale Divinity School.  His passions include multi-faith community, being a Lutheran, radical hospitality, green theology, being happily married, frisbee, and the Nintendo Wii. He is soon-to-be the fourth most charming member of his household following (in some order) his wife Joanna, their daughter, who is scheduled to arrive in October, and their dog Grover.

 
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Rachel Isaacs, is the Jewish Chaplain on campus.  She serves on the faculty and advised the campus Hillel, in addition to being the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville.  Rabbi Isaacs was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011 as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and was the recipient of prizes in Jewish Thought and Homiletics. She graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College in 2005 and was chosen as commencement speaker for her class.  During her time a Wellesley, Rachel served as co-president of her campus Hillel.  After graduation, she studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and at ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv, and served as a research assistant to Dr. Michael Oren. Rachel's email address is risaacs@colby.edu.