Did a Colby professor inspire you, push you to accomplish more than you thought you could, or open the world to you intellectually? Have you ever wondered how to let that professor know how much you appreciated his or her efforts?
A group of alumni recently created the Sandy Maisel Student Research and Internship Fund to honor a professor who had a profound impact on their lives. At a recent birthday party for L. Sandy Maisel (government), Class of 1978 alums Richard Abrams, Alan Donnenfeld, Daniel Hoefle, Douglas Kaplan, Susan Kenyon, and Jeffrey Shribman announced the creation of the fund and guaranteed $100,000, which will be matched by Trustee William Goldfarb '68, P'00. The fund will directly benefit Colby students by supporting the programmatic activities of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, with a preference for student internships, student research, and joint student-faculty research.
Donnenfeld, Hoefle, Kaplan, Kenyon, and Shribman, all government majors at Colby, were among Maisel’s earliest students at Colby. Abrams, a roommate and close friend of Kaplan, joined the group when he married Kenyon. Sharing a passion and a purpose, they have remained friends, with each other and with Maisel and his wife, Grossman Professor of Economics Patrice Franko, over the decades. Get-togethers have included golf weekends and a trip to Alaska to celebrate the 50th birthdays of the '78ers.
Colby’s Department of Government is recognized as one of the best at any liberal arts college in the country, and L. Sandy Maisel, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center, is its longest-serving faculty member. A leading expert in American politics, he is often contacted by reporters seeking comment or counsel on state and national political issues. He is a regular columnist for Maine newspapers and is frequently quoted in national and international media.
Students and alumni appreciate Maisel because of his dedication to his students. Drawing from real-life political experience, his teaching ignites their interest in national politics. He incorporates students in his research and frequently has student co-authors present at conferences and meetings. He also encourages students and graduates to take on political and government-related internships at the state, federal, and international levels, and he has helped them arrange internships with government agencies, national and international organizations, and political campaigns.
“You taught us how to think critically, how to examine and challenge assumptions, how to challenge authority, and how to engage in life, whether in the political process or just in our careers,” Hoefle told Maisel when the group announced the fund. “We are so appreciative for all that you’ve done for us that we’ve started a fund in your honor. We hope you’ll take this gift in the spirit in which it’s given—with great love and affection.”
Alan E. Donnenfeld '78, M.D., is a physician at Main Line Perinatal, Inc., in Wynnewood, Pa.
Susan M. Kenyon '78, P'12, is a retired attorney of business law and lives in Lexington, Mass., with her husband, Richard D. Abrams '78, P'12, who is general manager of Tom Snyder Productions/Scholastic, a global children's publishing, education, and media company.
Daniel C. Heofle '78 is a partner/president of the business law firm Hoefle, Pheonix, Gormley & Roberts, P.A., of Portsmouth, N.H.
Douglas S. Kaplan '78, P'13, is a partner of the personal injury law firm Kaplan & Grant of Portland, Maine.
Jeffrey N. Shribman '78 is a partner at the real estate and corporate law firm Shribman & Stelman, LLP, in Salem, Mass.