Toni Tsvetanova '11 won a $25,000 Watson Fellowship and will explore France, South Africa, Brazil, and Bangladesh developing models of social entrepreneurship to help change lives of homeless people. More » ... Two students won $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants for this summer: Sulaiman Nasseri '12 will work to empower women in Afghanistan by helping them establish small embroidery businesses; Tamer Hassan '11 will make documentary films about intentional communities in collaboration with Armand Tufenkian '10. More »
The 2009-10 women's basketball team made history by going to the second round of the national championship, so the bar was set high for this year's new head coach Christine Clancy and returning players. And rise to the occasion they did. After a final-four appearance in NESCAC, the Mules went to New Jersey as one of 64 teams in the Division III NCAA tourney. They beat Stevens Institute of Technology in round one before falling one round shy of the Sweet Sixteen. More on the season in Colby magazine online.
Within 24 hours of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 10, Taro Funabashi '12, Hillary Sapanski '13, and Kimi Kossler '12 researched groups that were most in need and organized a charity raffle to raise money for the victims. The students, all in East Asian studies, aim to raise at least $5,000 for the Japanese Red Cross. Their effort will culminate with an event in April where they'll draw raffle prizes and sell white wristbands with "Colby Loves Japan" written in red. Morning Sentinel article »
Johnson Day, a Colby tradition from the 1950s and '60s of students cleaning up campus and planting trees, returns Saturday, April 2. Richard Schwartz '11, in conjunction with the Colby Volunteer Center, is intent on reviving the tradition, hoping to strengthen the sense of community on campus through a day of community service. Schwartz also helped resurrect the tradition of Winter Carnival over the last three years. More »
Sara Lezin '14 spent her first semester in Salamanca, Spain, on one of two study-abroad programs for first-year students offered by Colby. (Dijon, France, is the other.) Two weeks after arriving on campus, the California native spoke with Hannah DeAngelis '12 about her salsa-dancing host sisters, learning Spanish, and getting used to the Maine cold. Read the full interview in insideColby.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor '77 is back with a revealing book, The Civil War of 1812. His thesis is so original that it prompts the reader to reexamine what it means to be an American and how we mentally divide a continent that until then was politically undefined. The book is due in part to Taylor's Colby advisor, the late Professor Hal Raymond, who read Taylor's senior thesis on Maine's role in the War of 1812 and encouraged him to apply to graduate school. Taylor won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes in 1996 for his book William Cooper's Town. More »
Dick Whitmore, one of the all-time leaders in NCAA Division III men's basketball for career victories and one of the top 50 winning coaches in all divisions, stepped down March 15, inspiring a flurry of media tributes:
WABI-TV from Bangor
Waterville Morning Sentinel
Portland Press Herald
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With 637, Whitmore has the seventh-highest number of career wins of Division III coaches. More »
Alex Jospe '06 listened in 2007 when her dad said, "You dummy, go to Russia." As she was wrapping up a successful Nordic ski racing career at Colby, a friend encouraged her to take a shot at the U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships. She had participated in recreational orienteering on foot, so she gave it a try and came in second in the women's nationals. Orienteering USA soon invited her to go to Russia for the 2007 world championships. The Boston Globe recently reported that she was headed for her third world championships.
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 insights into the Mayflower Hill experience. The committee's goal is to create a dialog and, in turn, build a stronger, more vibrant parent community. If you would like to become a member of the Parents Welcome Committee, please contact the Office of Parents Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reunion Planning committees and the Office of Alumni Relations are planning a fun-filled weekend for all reunion classes, and all alumni and Colby friends are welcome to join in. Open events begin with the Presidential Golf Tournament at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club Friday morning for alumni, families, faculty, and friends; register for golf. Friday afternoon faculty lectures and presentations will be followed by a chance to mingle with faculty and friends at a reception. Later join a reunion carnival with kids or visit with old friends in the new pub. Saturday's activities include a children's tent, an ice cream sundae bar, alumni presentations, and the alumni authors book signing. Saturday afternoon faculty and friends of Professor Charles Bassett will celebrate his life with a ceremony in Lorimer Chapel followed by a reception. Register online.
The 27th annual Trek Across Maine, June 17-19, will see thousands of cyclists pedal 180 miles from Sunday River to the sea. Team Colby, led by Nordic skiing coach Tracey Cote and including President Bro Adams, will feel right at home the second night of the three-day ride, when the entourage camps at Colby. Alumni, parents, and students are encouraged to join the team for the ride. For information contact Coach Cote at Tracey.Cote@colby.edu.
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