For many alumni, parents, and friends of Colby, the calendar year end is a traditional time to make gifts to Colby. Your gift to Colby in December opens doors to endless possibilities for current students and may also yield a tax savings. If you are making a gift to the College by check, and for tax purposes you want your contribution to count for the current calendar year, your envelope must be postmarked by December 31. Please be aware that for mailed credit card gifts the legal gift date is the date the charge is posted to your account, rather than a postmark date. Make a gift » Ways to give » Why give?
Teresa E. Cowdrey has been named vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 14. She will join the Colby staff at the end of the academic year. Terry is currently vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she has served since 1997. More »
Francesco Tisch '12, Eva Ludwig '12, and Ai Yamanaka '11 were nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships competition for their performances in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, produced by the Department of Theater and Dance. The scholarships are awarded annually by the Kennedy Center program, and the students were invited to the regional festival in January after their performances were judged by a respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Festival. InsideColby story about the play. More »
Women's basketball ranked 19th in the nation at the end of November in the USA Today-ESPN Division III poll, and the team cruised to a 6-1 record before winter break. A loss to Bowdoin set the Mules back to a number-25 ranking early in December, but the wins resumed with a close contest vs. UNE and a shellacking of UMPI later in the month. An ambitious schedule of basketball and hockey webcasts resumes Jan. 15, when men and women roundballers seek revenge against the Polar Bears. All Mule news all the time » Game results via Twitter »
When selective colleges in the Northeast put quotas on the number of Jewish students they would accept in between the world wars, Colby was the notable exception. That's according to research titled "Jews and Baptist Institutions in Maine During the Interwar Years" that Desiree Shayer '12 and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies David Freidenreich will present at the national Association for Jewish Studies later this month. Shayer's initial research paper is online, and the new research will be online by the end of the month. More »
Reactions ranged from laughter to awkward silence when sociologist and author Michael Kimmell spoke to an overflowing Page Commons audience about the culture in which young men are socialized and how it affects their values, pursuits, and relationships. Kimmell, a leading researcher on masculinity in America and professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook, discussed the topic of his most recent book, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. "Guyland," as he calls it, refers to the period of development between ages 16 and 26 -- the time between adolescence and adulthood. It's a relatively new phenomenon, he says, emerging since the 1950s, when people were expected to be married with children (i.e. adults) around age 20. More »
International students using the Colby Alumni Network were keeping Voytek Wieckowski '00 and Sambit Pattanayak '00 busy enough with questions about finding jobs that would get them H1B non-immigrant work visas that the two friends from New York City decided to scale up their advice service. They've launched a website, and they came to Waterville in November for two days to counsel international and domestic students on the subtleties of the job search. More »
Recent graduates Devon Anderson '09 and Jonathan Guerrette '09 won second place in the Collegiate Inventors Competition for their bioresorbable surgical sponge. The Colby-Dartmouth duo, in a one-year capstone course at Thayer School of Engineering, along with a third teammate, created a sponge that breaks down in the human body, causing no harm to the patient. Anderson is now working full time on the project at a Veterans Administration medical center in Vermont and plans to begin an M.D./Ph.D. program combining medicine and engineering. Guerrette is in the M.S. program at Thayer while he continues to conduct part-time research on the project with Anderson. More »
Warner Nickerson '05, an NCAA Div. I All-American skier at Colby, earned his first FIS World Cup points in a giant slalom in Colorado Dec. 5. He finished 24th, four places ahead of Bode Miller. The Vail Daily said, "The feel-good story of the day had to be Nickerson. . . . 'Four years ago, I raced here and blew out on The Abyss,' Nickerson said after the first run. 'I was so mad that today was my retribution. It's been four years and I'm going to crush that thing. I had a good run and I'm totally psyched.'" Full story »
Robert Edward Lee Strider II, Colby's president from 1960 to 1979, died Sunday, Nov. 28, of an apparent heart attack at the age of 93. Strider was instrumental in the creation of Colby's landmark Jan Plan, oversaw the implementation of residential coeducation, and broadened the curriculum to include foreign study opportunities, women's studies, African-American studies, and non-Western studies. On news of his death, Colby President William D. Adams noted that Strider led Colby "during one of the most challenging times in its history, and in many ways Colby's national reputation is his legacy." More »
Morning Sentinel story »
Alumni are invited to join the Friends of the Goldfarb Center for the Golden Palate Tour, a sumptuous look at and taste of the best of Italy's food and wine. Visit producers, vineyards, and five cities known as culinary hotspots. The tour will depart from Colby in early May for 11 days in Italy led by Zacamy Professor of English, Emeritus, Patrick Brancaccio. A brief language seminar, four-star accommodations, breakfast, and a daily group meal with a discussion led by Professor Brancaccio are included in the trip fee of $3,800 (airfare not included in the fee). A deposit is due by Jan. 4. For more information please contact Alice Elliott, associate director of the Goldfarb Center, at 207‐859‐5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colby Fund for Parents