Christina Feng '08, a Teach-for-America business and economics teacher at the High School for Arts and Technology in New York City, was determined to connect her students with top community leaders, so she asked Barclays PLC president Robert E. Diamond '73 to speak to her students about finance. "What CEO invites high school students to his office?" asked Lissette Paulino, one of Feng's students, who plans to major in accounting at Lehman College in the Bronx. "Ms. Feng has really opened up doors for us." The full story is online.
Jessica Boyle '12, majoring in sociology and philosophy, may seem like a typical Colby student. She "has lots of good friends, excellent professors, [and] unending opportunities to learn fascinating things." She also has "a roof over her head and no worries about where her next meal will come from." But it hasn't always been so, said a Morning Sentinel story. Before coming to Colby on a full scholarship and making the dean’s list, Jessica was in a transitional living program for homeless young adults and never thought she could afford a private college. Story online.
After 40 years studying the presidential appointments process, Colby's Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, G. Calvin Mackenzie, told Congress that, "Watching the travails of the Reagan administration as it sought to get its appointees in place, it was hard to imagine that things could get much worse. But in retrospect that seems almost like the golden age for presidential appointments." More »
For NPR's All Things Considered, James Fleming (science, technology, and society) answered Robert Krulwich's question about why the United States used a nuke to try to blow up the Van Allen belts in 1962: In 1958 space scientist James Van Allen discovered that the Earth is surrounded by belts of high-energy particles—mainly protons and electrons—that are held in place by magnetic fields. "The very same day, after the press conference [Van Allen] agreed with the military to get involved with a project to set off atomic bombs in the magnetosphere to see if they could disrupt it." The NPR story is online.
A newspaper reporter covering one of the most dangerous beats in the world—Mexican drug cartels and the U.S.-Mexico border—will receive Colby’s Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Sept. 26. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, has endured threats against his life and is regarded as the most intrepid reporter on that beat. American Journalism Review published a profile announcing the honor. Corchado will accept the Lovejoy award and an honorary degree when he gives the annual convocation address, and he will remain on campus for several days to interact with students. More »
You have to love it when a wildly successful bestselling writer says: "I went to Colby College in Maine, which had an outstanding creative writing department, and I took every class it offered. I went on to graduate school ... for my M.F.A. in creative writing, but the program wasn’t as strong as my undergraduate program so I quit after a year." That was Gossip Girls phenom Cecily von Ziegesar '92 on the website "Fresh Fiction." Her latest novel, Cum Laude, is set at a liberal arts college on a hill in Maine. Emily Fleming '12 reviews Cum Laude and interviews the author in the summer Colby magazine.
Just before the June 30 conclusion of the Reaching the World campaign, Colby reached its goal of raising $370 million for important College initiatives. Some of the new initiatives, along with inspiring stories of the lasting impact of the campaign, have been shared with the Colby community through a series of flash presentations over the past six months. If you missed any of them or want to remind yourself of the value of your support, the presentations are viewable on Colby's website.
"Colby represents the time in my life when I became comfortable and confident in my own skin," said Whitney Dayton Brunet '01. "It was a community that offered countless opportunities." Whitney was captain of the varsity squash team for two years, a junior class officer, SGA secretary, and a member of the Judicial Board. As an alumna she still finds ways to stay involved with Colby, serving on the gift committee for her fifth reunion, as a class agent, and as an admissions volunteer. More »