Colby's capital campaign, Reaching the World: A Campaign for Colby, launches publicly with the campus kickoff celebration on October 22, 2005, but behind the scenes Colby's College Relations team, trustees, and some faculty, alumni, and friends have been hard at work over the past few years getting a solid start. As of October 20, the campaign has raised $107 million toward the goal of $235.
Evidence of the Reaching the World campaign's early success is apparent around campus. The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, named for trustee donor William H. Goldfarb '68, is sponsoring events and linking teaching and research at Colby with contemporary political, economic, and social issues. The center enhances interdisciplinary approaches to social, economic, and political issues on the local, national, and international levels. Also critical to the Goldfarb Center's mission is the creation of additional service-learning opportunities for students. In 2006, the center will move to its permanent home in the Diamond Building, currently under construction on the Colby Green.
Continued funding for the Davis United World College Scholars Program, established by Shelby M. C. and Gale Davis and their son Andrew Davis '85, constitutes a significant stop toward the Reaching the World goals and to diversity at Colby. From all over the world, students apply to very competitive United World Colleges (UWCs). Any UWC graduate accepted to Colby (or one of four other institutions) becomes a Davis UWC Scholar and receives a scholarship. At Colby alone the Davises have paid the full financial aid, sometimes called the calculated financial need, for 93 students.
The synthetic turf Bill Alfond Field, named for trustee donor William L. Alfond '72 and completed in fall 2004, already is helping Colby remain competitive both in athletic competitions and in attracting applicants for admission. The field can be plowed of snow, allowing spring teams to begin outdoor practices earlier, and it is equipped with lights, bleachers, restrooms, and a scoreboard.
The Mayflower Hill campus, considered by many to be one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses, is in the midst of its most ambitious expansion since the move from downtown Waterville more than 50 years ago. Construction of the Colby Green, a visionary concept for anchoring four buildings around a village green that is balanced opposite the stately academic quadrangle, is a large part of that expansion. The Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, which provides a venue for alumni gatherings and other events at the center of campus as well as housing the Division of College Relations, has joined Lunder House on the verge of the green. Colby will sustain its commitment to sound environmental design and practices by seeking certification of the alumni center through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.
The three-story Diamond Building for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, named for trustee donor and campaign co-chair Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73, is currently going up on the Colby Green. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, it will feature a 180-seat auditorium, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, and a 60-seat case-study classroom. Additional spaces will further enable the College's state-of-the-art pedagogy: three group work rooms, 17 student research offices, and eight seminar or conference rooms. Colby will seek LEED program certification of the Diamond Building as well.
Construction projects on the horizon include the Pulver Pavilion, named for trustee donor David Pulver '63, his wife, Carol, and their daughter Stephanie Pulver '93. A 7,000-square-foot addition to the student center, the Pulver Pavilion will bridge the space between two wings of Cotter Union. A vast, open space with high, barrel vaulted ceilings, it will include a café, a snack bar, and a lounge area. Designed to become an informal gathering place for Colby students, the pavilion will become the focal point of Cotter Union, with most areas of the existing building leading to and from the new addition.