| A record number of students and faculty from 20 academic departments converged to present and learn about research conducted at Colby at the 4th annual Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat (CUSRR) July 21-22 in The Forks, Maine. Day two—white-water rafting on the Kennebec. More » Watch the insideColby video about summer research on campus.
Central Maine is taking a new approach to economic development, nurturing entrepreneurial initiatives in cooperation with area colleges. Mainebiz magazine described efforts of Colby's Career Center in an Aug. 8 article by Doug Rooks '76 under the subhead "Students Turned Entrepreneurs." That's not the only entrepreneurial activity blossoming on campus. Read the insideColby story about Toni Tsvetanova '11 and the Colby Social Entrepreneurs, which had 90 students sign up in its first year.
John Sylvan '80 "quit his job and by the early 1990s was experimenting with single-serving coffee pods in his condo. ... 'If you'd been there, you'd have seen things exploding in my kitchen and [the whole place] covered in coffee grinds,' he recalls. To help put together a business plan, Sylvan brought in a former Colby roommate, Peter Dragone ['79]..." Read the full story of the founders of the Keurig coffee juggernaut in the Boston Globe.
With more than 900 images entered, competition was fierce in the World Learning online community 2011 photo contest. But, after 15 finalists were chosen, online voting gave the $500 grand prize to anthropology major Jennifer Gemmell '12 for "Yellow in Ifotaka," which she took during her semester in Madagascar. Runner-up? Justin Fahey '05, with a great shot from his junior year abroad in Tanzania. World Learning has programs in 77 countries and runs the Experiment in International Living and SIT programs.
|| Last semester a sociology class not only got to write and review grant applications for area nonprofits, the students actually had $10,000 to give away. Dana Professor of Sociology Tom Morrione '65 developed his Learning by Giving: Nonprofits and Philanthropy course with funding from Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Students learned consensus doesn’t mean everyone gets what they asked for. Read the summer 2011 Colby magazine story »
English Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan has a weekly guest-columnist gig with the New York Times for the month of August. Columns thus far: "This Astronomical Recession" about a visit to the model solar system in Aroostook County, "We Want Cake, Too" about equality for transgender people, and "All My Old Haunts" on ghosts and her deceased parents' approach to getting along with people with whom they disagreed.
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InsideColby.com received an eduStyle award for best integration of social media/networking. The site includes blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook functionality. The winners were announced at the eduWEB Conference Aug. 2.
David Kato, a gay activist in Uganda, had applied for an Oak Fellowship at Colby, but was brutally murdered in January. Ellen Morris '11, working as a student assistant for Colby's Oak Institute for International Human Rights at the time, wrote for Colby magazine about how Kato's murder affected her and how it should serve as a warning of the sometimes dangerous power of Americans abroad.
Escar Kusema '09 received a MILEAD Fellowship from the Moremi Initiative in recognition of her "accomplishments as a leader and her passion for education, women, and development" in her native country, Zimbabwe. One of 25 young women selected for the prestigious training and award, she has launched initiatives to help women and children in Zimbabwe and internally displaced people there and in other African countries.