As other colleges announced they were scaling back their no-loan financial aid pledges, a new survey finds Colby among those institutions that will stick by their initiatives. Since 2008-09 Colby has not expected students to borrow to pay College costs and no longer assigns loans as part of aid packages (though families may still borrow if they choose). More » Colby also showed up on the CNN site in connection with the study.
Colby has been named the NESCAC green power champion for the third year in a row by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Colby makes 10 percent of its electricity through cogeneration and buys the rest of its power from 100-percent renewable sources—hydro or wind. The College's use of green electricity is listed as 103 percent because the Colby purchased Green-E certified renewable energy credits to ensure LEED certification for recent building projects. Colby had the highest percentage among participating colleges and universities nationwide in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and had the second-highest percentage in 2009-10. Colby's move to 100-percent renewable electricity sources in 2003 helped establish a market for green power in Maine and led to national recognition for green power use. More »
J. Sarah Sorensen and Blair Braverman, both juniors majoring in environmental policy, were named 2010 Udall Scholars by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Eighty scholars nationwide were selected from 537 candidates on the basis of their commitment to careers in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy. Leadership potential and academic achievement also are criteria. Sorenson and Braverman each will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 for their senior year and will participate in a Udall conference Aug. 4-8 in Tucson, Ariz. More »
When Colby asked parents to submit recipes for Dining Services to prepare for their children (and all Colby students), mothers and fathers from Maine to Bulgaria participated in the contest. The response was so strong and recipes so tasty that it proved impossible to pick only one or two winners. Instead seven finalist recipes were chosen based on their suitability for large-scale preparation and adding variety to what Dining Services already offers. See the winning recipes, which are being prepared for students at different times in various dining halls.
Sui Kim Cheah '99 (admissions) introduced the 25th-anniversary International Extravaganza April 16 in the same Malaysian outfit she wore to the 10th extravaganza as a student. Scores of students, international and domestic, took the stage for songs, dances, recitation, comedy, and skits, followed by a fashion show of outfits from around the world. The Colby Eight kicked it off with a South African work song, and other acts came from Ireland, Japan, Nepal, Germany, India, Zimbabwe, China, Kenya, Rwanda, Albania, and Korea with a lot of cross-cultural assistants. Cheah said 3 percent of the students were international when she arrived; today 10.5 percent are international, and students represent 66 different countries.
Judith A. McHale, current undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State and former president of Discovery Communications, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Colby's 189th Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 23. McHale was appointed by President Obama to help lead America's engagement with the people of the world. More »
Colby parents are invited to make personal phone calls to the parents of incoming first-year students to help welcome them to the Colby community. Welcome Committee members answer questions about the College and provide valuable insight into the Mayflower Hill experience. The committee's goal is to create a dialogue and, in turn, build a stronger, more vibrant parent community. If you would like to become a member of the Welcome Committee, please contact the Office of Parents Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loss of habitat and poaching have reduced the wild tiger population of the world to fewer than 3,200, and China's tiger population could be as small as 50. As the new Year of the Tiger was celebrated by 1.3 billion Chinese, tiger expert Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) was interviewed by China International Radio about threats to wild tiger populations. See "Is 2010 The Year of Saving China's Tigers?" to listen to the interview (10 min.).
In a Morning Sentinel op-ed, Wiswell Associate Professor of Government Joseph Reisert argued against the idea of capping the cost of higher education. "The idea that the government should step in to limit the prices charged in the marketplace has perennial appeal. But price controls are an arbitrary interference with individual freedom, and they have a long track record of failure." The full article is online.
Chemistry Professor Julie Millard completed the 2010 Boston Marathon April 19, running in commemoration of her great uncle Fred Cameron on the 100th anniversary of his victory in the race. An article in the March/April New England Runner magazine by Professor of History Paul Josephson (who also completed this year's marathon) said Millard trained for the anniversary run after more than a decade since running marathons earlier in her career. Professor Bruce Maxwell (computer science) had the fastest time of the three Colby faculty members running: three hours, 20 minutes. Millard finished in 4:05, Josephson in 4:10.
We sometimes do things without knowing the impact for years. Take, for example, Clifford "Bump" Bean '51. As a student he sang in the Glee Club, played in a dance band, and participated in varsity shows at the Waterville Opera House and sometimes even in Boston. He also founded, with seven other students, an a cappella singing group called the Colby Eight. More »