John Gilboy '13 was one of only five athletes named to the National Football Foundation's 2009 academic team in New York Dec. 8. The students were recognized for "accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens" in high school. More »
There are 13 students named Smith currently at Colby, but the College's top men's and women's squash players, Samantha '10 and Harry Smith '12, share more than just the surname. They're brother and sister. They're also leaders who have pushed teammates to a higher level, according to Head Squash Coach Sakhi Khan. Alexandra Desaulniers '11 profiled the pair for the winter Colby magazine.
A Harry Potter-themed dinner in Foss, NPR's "Math Guy" returns, students celebrate the first snow. Those are some of the stories students wrote for insideColby.com, but there's more. Videos probe the mysteries of laundry, A Week in the Life, and the Dazzlin' Asses (Ultimate Frisbee). Audio podcasts cover student EMTs and the rhyme and reason of first-year housing. Themed photo essays supplement the popular Student Lens. Produced by students, InsideColby.com was conceived to show prospectives what it's like on campus, but it's turned into a key source of news and commentary for current students and a fascinating window into life on Mayflower Hill for parents and alumni.
Know a premed student? Registration is open for MCAT exam dates in 2010, and juniors and seniors who have expressed interest in med school have been so notified by the Career Center. Associate Director of Career Services Cate Talbot Ashton '80 suggests parents should encourage premed students to make appointments with the center’s pre-health advisor ASAP to discuss application timeline and strategy. Anyone seeking admission to medical school in fall 2011 needs to take the MCAT no later than May 2010. Regardless of their timetable, all students interested in health professions are welcome to discuss their plans with the pre-health advisor.
The LinkedIn group called Colby Alumni and Friends now has 11 different industry-specific subgroups that make it easier for alumni to communicate, network, and mentor their peers. The subgroups also
make it easier for the Career Center to get specific employment news to alums and for the Office of Alumni Relations to distribute announcements about job-related events. LinkedIn is the top online professional networking Web site. Non-members can join here, then join the Colby
Trustee Larry Pugh '56, P'80, has helped elevate U.S. biathlon prospects for the Vancouver Olympics since the U.S. Biathlon Association hired him as its national chair. ESPN and AP reported that the U.S. biathlon organization liked the blend of corporate and nonprofit experience in the former Colby board chair's resume. More »
Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73, P'12, chair of Colby's Board of Trustees and president of Barclays, addressed the Council on Foreign Relations Dec. 14 in a talk titled "Too Big to Get Wrong: Getting Financial Regulatory Reform Right." CFR posted video of his talk, and a similar piece ran as text in the Huffington Post.
As the calendar year draws to a close, please take a moment to remember your Colby experience. The holidays can be a busy time, and people often forget about making their donations until it's too late. Checks must be postmarked by Dec. 31, and credit card gifts must be processed by the
College before midnight on Dec. 31 in order to count for the 2009 tax year. Gifts to the Colby Fund help Colby remain one of the preeminent liberal arts colleges, and they yield significant and timely tax savings for the donor. Please consider supporting the Parents Fund today.
Two professors have won fellowships to work in Asia. Associate Professor of East Asian Studies Hong Zhang is in China as a Fulbright Scholar studying the effects of urban migration on family structures and gender roles. Professor of Anthropology Mary Beth Mills has an Associated Kyoto Program Fellowship for 2010-11. She will teach in Kyoto and continue research on regional patterns of labor
mobility in Asia. Associate Professor of Government and International Studies Jennifer Yoder also is a Fulbright
Scholar, having spent two weeks in Germany examining changes in the political party system since unification. More about the Fulbrights »
The Smithsonian Institution honored Trustee Paula Lunder and Overseer Peter Lunder '56 Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's "Celebrating 21st Century Leaders" dinner. The Lunders, whose 2007 gift to Colby was one of the most important collections of American art ever to be donated to a liberal arts college, have strong ties to the Smithsonian. Peter is a former vice chairman and national board member of the Smithsonian Institution and commissioner emeritus of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Lunder Foundation endowed the Lunder Conservation
Center and the Lunder Education Chair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Jane Perry Lindquist '51 and her husband, Bob, want to be sure they help students who otherwise could not afford a Colby education. They have created a future scholarship fund through a gift annuity, and they took advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover provision of the Pension Protection Act to make recent Colby Fund gifts. "Using the IRA for our Colby Fund gifts just makes such good sense; it doesn't really affect our cash flow, we don't pay any tax on the distribution, and it allows us to support Colby to help ensure critical accessibility for bright, smart, motivated students,"
said Jane. More »
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