Two Colby seniors, Jessica Frick of Eddington, Maine, and Yanica Faustin of Brooklyn, N.Y., were visiting Faustin's family in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when the earthquake hit January 12. In the aftermath they endured a mugging and several days of sleeping in the backyard and eating one meal a day of rice and beans before both were safely flown out on a military plane. Read a Wall Street Journal account of their ordeal.
Women's basketball got off to its best start ever and was ranked 25th in the nation last week following a victory over eighth-ranked Bowdoin Jan. 16. After beating Bates this weekend the women’s record was 13-2. Men’s basketball also started strong, sporting a 12-2 record, (3-0 in NESCAC) after two OT defeats of Bates and a recent victory over Bowdoin. Men’s ice hockey is riding a 13-game unbeaten streak following NESCAC victories over Conn College and Tufts last weekend. News of all the winter sports is online.
". . . it is a fantastic little show," wrote Daniel Kany in the Portland Press Herald about Myths and Metamorphosis, an exhibit curated by Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics Kerill O'Neill. On view in the museum's teaching gallery, the show was part of the Metamorphoses Project, a series of programs and courses engaging the Colby and Waterville communities around the theme of myth and its ongoing importance in contemporary life. Opening Jan. 28 is the show All Puns Intended: Wordplay and Visual Imagery in China, curated by Associate Professor of Art and East Asian Studies Ankeney Weitz and three students.
A Q&A with art professor and sculptor Harriett Matthews probes the role that her work plays in her teaching, how travels in Greece inspire her work, and how she is still refining her artistic vision. Matthews, who started teaching at Colby in 1966, talked with Colby magazine for the piece, and additional images and audio are online.
Eric DeCosta '93 credits his Colby education with preparing him for his success as director of player personnel for the Baltimore Ravens, who made it to playoffs this year. "Colby prepared me to do anything. Given the opportunity, I felt I would be successful," DeCosta told Colby magazine. Ed Mestieri, who coached DeCosta here and remembers him as thorough and determined, said of DeCosta, "I had time to sit him down and explained the work ethic that was required and the time commitment that was required. You work until the job is done." Read more in Colby.
In his annual report, President William D. Adams breaks tradition and looks ahead rather than back. Now in his 10th year as president of Colby, Adams describes an intensive review of the curriculum being conducted by the faculty, and he outlines efforts to change the campus culture as Colby grapples with patterns of abusive drinking. He also looks at budgetary challenges and at some ambitious plans for Colby going forward. The full President's Report is online, including financial highlights, a special report on endowment performance, and lists of college officers, trustees, overseers, museum governors, and alumni and parents executive committees.
At the annual kickoff event for the Career Center’s Colby Connect program, Jan. 5, first-year students learned about the benefits of the four-year career development program. After meeting with Career Center staff and enjoying good food, games, prizes, and music from WMHB 89.7FM, 231 first-year students registered for Colby Connect, bringing the program’s overall membership to 531. More about the Career Center is online.
Has your son or daughter been missing a favorite dish while at Colby? Colby's Dining Services challenges you to a recipe contest that might remedy that situation. The winning recipe will be made in one of Colby's dining halls and will be recognized in Parents Out of the Blue. Send your favorite recipe (or your student’s favorite recipe) to Associate Director of Dining Services Joe Klaus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your dish should be simple and suitable to be prepared on a large scale. Please make submissions by March 1, 2010.
Alice Domar '80 now has a regular column in Redbook magazine, and her new book, Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health, with co-author Susan Love, M.D., is getting plenty of press as well. The book challenges popular health rules that are based on little data, and it recommends common sense and flexibility. See reviews in Time, the New York Times, and USA Today.
Mary Farrell Lacombe '42 was well versed in the benefits of gift planning. She established 14 charitable gift annuities at Colby, put the College in her will, and named Colby a beneficiary of a retirement plan. Her philanthropic planning supplied her with an income after the death of her husband, Raymond Lacombe '42, and enabled her to establish a scholarship fund that supports students from Maine who are studying chemistry. More »