The new Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, opened in July 2005, addresses several of the College's most critical priorities. Located on the new Colby Green, the site of the largest and most ambitious expansion of campus facilities since Colby moved from downtown to the Mayflower Hill campus more than 50 years ago, the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center contains an alumni library for the display of Colby memorabilia and historical photographs as well as flexible event space for dinners, board meetings, or auditorium style seating.
Colby offers one of the most extensive, varied, and ambitious programs of alumni activity among NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) colleges. The Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center provides a venue for alumni gatherings and other events, helps alleviate administrative overcrowding, and consolidates College Relations functions in one building. The opening of the center permits a series of office moves in other buildings that will significantly increase the amount of office space available for faculty. The building also is used by student groups, academic departments, and administrative offices.
The late Doug Schair '67, Kurt Swenson '67, and Tom Watson '67 jointly gave the naming gift for the new alumni center. At the groundbreaking President William Adams said, "Doug's vision on this was singular, powerful, and relentless," as he worked first to speak to various groups about the strategic necessity of the building and then to raise the necessary capital to make the April 2004 ground-breaking possible.
Read "New Alumni Center is Monument to Friendship" in Colby magazine.