Colby’s 2018 Alumni Awards

The Alumni Council is proud to annually recognize extraordinary alumni and faculty that have been chosen by their peers. Complete descriptions of each award and citations for each award winner are provided.

Blue Key Awards 2018

Established in 2013, the Blue Key Award is presented annually, during Reunion Weekend, and recognizes up to four young alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. This award is presented to young alumni who have distinguished themselves by providing consistent and dedicated service to Colby.

Palmer McAuliff DePre ’08

In the 10 years since her graduation, Palmer McAuliff DePre has remained as dedicated to Colby as when she was co-chair of the Senior Pledge. She’s helped break fundraising and fifth-year reunion attendance records, she’s been a loyal and reliable Colby Magazine correspondent, and her support of regional clubs has not wavered. With unbounded enthusiasm and an infectious smile, she made outstanding contributions as a class agent while working collaboratively with her co-chair, she volunteered consistently with the Colby Club of Boston, and she now serves on the Alumni Council. As a member of Colby’s Alumni Relations team from 2008 to 2012, she single-handedly galvanized support for and redefined regional clubs, and she breathed new life into Reunion Weekend. We are so pleased that she followed in her mother’s footsteps to Colby, and we are honored to present Palmer McAuliff DePre with a 2018 Blue Key Award.


Dustin Hilt ’08

Dustin Hilt, consistently a high-performing volunteer, has taken the helm as co-chair of the Colby Fund Class Gift Committee and leads his committee by example and while maintaining the momentum established by his predecessor. In a class with strong leadership, he stands out, taking on extra work and mentoring younger alumni leaders. He brings a spirit of collaboration and a dedication to teamwork, meeting goals and keeping his class in the forefront of participation and engagement. He’s a regular participant at events, he returns to campus to sit on career panels, and he pours himself into everything he does for Colby. We thank Dustin Hilt for his commitment and willingness to step up by presenting him with a 2018 Blue Key Award.


Patrick Sanders ’08

Dubbed “Mr. Colby” by fellow Millennials, Patrick Sanders embodies an enthusiasm for alma mater rarely seen. Following his stint as co-chair of the Senior Pledge, he became co-chair of the Colby Fund Class Gift Committee and played a key role in helping his class crush the fifth-year reunion attendance record and surpass fundraising goals. He builds community everywhere: as cohost of regional events in Washington, D.C.; over coffee with prospective students and athletes; as a mentor to young alumni; with people on the street he spots wearing Colby gear. Influential and motivational, he advocates and collaborates, connects and invests, and brings unparalleled energy to every event, encounter, and idea. He is respected by his peers and appreciated by his Colby partners, and we stand in awe of the breadth and depth of his dedication. We salute Patrick Sanders, and we proudly honor him with a 2018 Blue Key Award.


Nick Zeller ’13

Nick Zeller carried forward his involvement as a student to become an engaged young alumnus, leading his class as co-president for the past five years. He built enthusiasm for his first- and fifth-year reunions by working closely with Colby staff and learning how best to ensure successful, well-attended events. Reliable and organized, he takes his involvement seriously, invests in recruitment efforts, and works diligently on fundraising as a member of the Colby Fund Class Gift Committee. He’s a familiar face in Washington, D.C., attending Colby events and stepping in to help however he can. Nick Zeller is someone to watch and someone to celebrate—his class is lucky to have him, and so is Colby. It’s a pleasure to present him a 2018 Blue Key Award.


Brick Awards 2018

Awarded annually at Alumni Reunion Weekend to three to five recipients who are members of the Colby family, not necessarily alumni, who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty to the College through consistent and dedicated service in its behalf.

John Leopold ’68

The Class of 1968 has John Leopold to thank for his role in the success of its 50th Reunion. He has served as vice chair of the 50th Reunion Executive Committee, and he’s handwritten more than one hundred letters encouraging classmates to attend this momentous affair. But his service to the College reaches back further, including years as a key player on his Colby Fund Class Gift Committee, as a member of Colby’s Legal Services Connection Affinity Group, and as a mentor and sponsor of internships. He’s been instrumental in the development of the Colby Club of Denver, notably its sendoff events for incoming students and their parents, and as host of alumni events in the Mile High City, including Colby’s bicentennial celebration. It’s a pleasure for the Alumni Association to present John Leopold, a hard-working alumnus who demonstrates great pride in his alma mater, with a 2018 Brick Award on the occasion of his 50th Reunion.


Lisa Kehler Bubar ’73

Lisa Kehler Bubar stands solidly in Colby’s corner, displaying rare grit and determination as a fundraiser, volunteer, and leader. She has worked tirelessly for Colby, first as an employee in the Financial Aid Office after she graduated and then steadily in volunteer roles, including as an admissions interviewer, Reunion Planning Committee member, class president, and chair of her Colby Fund Class Gift Committee, a role she’ll hold through her 50th Reunion. Her service on the Alumni Council has been exemplary, including as chair of the Colby Fund Committee, where her tough work ethic and positive attitude have motivated countless other Colby Fund volunteers and donors. She shows up when Colby needs her and never hesitates to roll up her sleeves and work. We are most appreciative for all the times that Lisa Kehler Bubar, a dedicated alumna par excellence, says “yes” to Colby, and we congratulate her on receiving a hard-earned 2018 Brick Award.


Alexander Buck Jr. ’78

Loyal, generous, and kindhearted, Sandy Buck has, through his vision and philanthropy, been a driving force in positioning Colby as a leader in environmental education. He established the Alexander K. Buck Jr. Environmental Studies Internship Fund in 2008, and in 2016 he and his wife, Sissy, established the Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab at Colby. Through the Bucks’ generosity Colby students are able to work with leaders in the environmental field toward innovative solutions to climate change problems. First as a Colby overseer then as a trustee since 2012, he has led with a collaborative spirit, self-effacing humor, and the deepest commitment to Colby’s values. Sandy Buck is a man of integrity whose insights and wise investments have strengthened Colby. The Alumni Association is honored to present him with a 2018 Colby Brick Award.


James Crook ’78, P’11

Jim Crook is someone to have on your team, and Colby is fortunate that this former basketball captain is suited up in blue and gray. A trustee since 2012, he supports the College at every turn. He rallied support from fellow alumni to establish the Richard L. Whitmore Legacy Fund and a fund for the John “Swisher” Mitchell Assistant Coach for Colby Men’s Basketball, and he continues to inspire others to step up for Colby athletics. A generous donor, he established the Jim and Andrea Crook Athletic Project Fund in 2012, and in 2017 he gave the new athletics complex the boost it needed with extraordinary support to build the basketball arena. Energized by the incredible, winning experience his daughter Lexi had playing lacrosse at Colby, he challenges us to dare to imagine a culture of competitiveness like the one he experienced. It’s easy to see why Jim Crook was named the 2012 C Club Person of the Year, and it’s no surprise that the Alumni Association is celebrating his contributions with a 2018 Colby Brick Award.


Ari Druker ’93

In Ari Druker’s adopted home of Tokyo, he would be named kenshinteki na sotsugyosei, “dedicated alumnus,” for his role in placing Colby on the global stage. He started the Colby Club of Tokyo nearly 20 years ago and then initiated a plan to make Colby’s Welcome to the City event international. Shortly thereafter Tokyo became one of the first two host cities abroad. To this day he goes above and beyond expectations to ensure smooth-running alumni events, culturally rich tours and dinners, and thoughtful interviews with prospective students. When the 2011 tsunami hit Japan, he was an invaluable liaison, communicating about people’s safety on the ground and relaying Colby’s concern from afar. In countless ways, Ari Druker is a kandai de subarashii hito, “a generous and great person,” who keeps Japan’s Colby community connected to one another and to the College. The Alumni Association applauds his efforts with a 2018 Colby Brick Award.


Distinguished Alumnus Award

Awarded periodically, preferably annually, at Alumni Reunion Weekend to an alumnus/a who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her profession or avocation.

Leigh Bangs ’58

A polymer chemist, inventor, and businessman, Leigh Bangs has committed his career to identifying and developing microspheres for the life sciences. He earned a master’s and a doctorate from M.I.T. and then worked for almost 20 years at Dow Chemical Company, where he was awarded eight U.S. patents in six different scientific fields. In 1988 he founded Bangs Laboratories, which makes uniform latex particles sold worldwide to the medical diagnostics industry, and he served as its chairman and CEO for 15 years. He’s developed courses on applications of latex technology, been invited to present lectures on the topic in more than 10 countries, and written numerous articles on those lectures. He has also authored a book given to 20,000 users of the lab’s products. For his visionary work in the chemistry lab and his business prowess, Leigh Bangs has been selected by the Alumni Association to receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Timothy B. Hussey ’78, P’14 (Posthumous)

Tim Hussey believed in family, he believed in his family business, and he believed in Colby. The sixth generation to lead Hussey Seating Company, he served as president, CEO, and chair of the board of the North Berwick, Maine, business from 1995 until his untimely death in 2016. He grew the company into a multinational business that sold stadium seating worldwide that employed more than 300 people in Maine. He was a generous and committed volunteer, serving as a Colby trustee and in various capacities with the Maine Economic Growth Council, Educate Maine, the Maine Compact for Higher Education, the United Way of York County, among many other organizations. His insight and professionalism were matched by his humanity and humility, and he earned the respect of his extended family, his Colby family, and his broader communities alike. With deep appreciation for his contributions and profound sorrow over his passing, the Alumni Association bestows a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award posthumously on Tim Hussey, a successful businessman, a true gentleman, and a loving family man.

Ernest C. Marriner
Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented periodically, but not necessarily annually, during Reunion Weekend and recognizes a member of the Colby family (not necessarily an alumnus/a) for exceptional commitment to Colby, demonstrated by lifelong dedication to the support of the College and its goals. The recipient should clearly stand out from others in his or her devoted service to the College.

John B. Devine ’78, P’06

If anyone is willing to show up time and again for Colby, it’s John Devine. A trustee emeritus since 2012, he served as a trustee from 2006 to 2012 and as an overseer from 1994 to 2002. He has also served the College as a member of his Colby Fund Class Gift Committee, chair of the Alumni Council, class president , a campaign and career services volunteer, and a mentor. A committed volunteer and an engaged participant at events and on social media, he supports his classmates and the College with genuine enthusiasm, a friendly smile, and a welcoming spirit. In the ultimate expression of trust and loyalty, he supported his daughter Kim’s attendance at Colby as well. John Devine exudes passion for this place and he shows no sign of slowing down. We trust he can make room next to the Colby Brick he received in 1993 and the Edson Mitchell Distinguished Service Award he received in 2002 for the 2018 Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award, which the Alumni Association so proudly presents.

Outstanding Educator Award

First presented in 1988, this award is presented periodically (but not necessarily annually) to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional distinction in the classroom. The recipient should be recognized by peers and students as an outstanding teacher or professor who has shown those qualities that most encourage students to learn and that inspire them to continue learning.

Carl Glickman ’68

A respected educator and author, Carl Glickman began his career as an intern in the rural South as schools were being desegregated. He blossomed into a teacher and principal at an award-winning school in New Hampshire, and for more than two decades he was a professor at the University of Georgia (UGA), where he remains an emeritus professor of education. He was awarded UGA’s highest distinction, the University Professorship, in 1997 and held the first Mitte Endowed Chair in Education at Texas State University-San Marcos, from 2002 to 2004. He has fostered partnerships with educational organizations, led seminars, and served on national boards, and he’s written extensively, including 14 internationally recognized books. His collection of papers, which includes material from educators, policymakers, and writers spanning a half century, is housed in UGA’s special collections library. The Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Carl Glickman, a true pioneer in education renewal and school leadership, with the Outstanding Educator Award.