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To the Members of the Class of 2005:

On behalf of the entire faculty, let me congratulate you on the completion of your high school career and on your impending arrival as a first-year student at Colby.

I have enclosed your copy of Galileo's Daughter, by Dava Sobel, which was selected by a student, faculty, and staff committee as the summer reading for the Class of 2005. Ms. Sobel's biographical work focuses on the life and times of Galileo Galilei, whose inventions and scientific acumen resulted in great discoveries and in great controversy. Her book uses historical narrative interspersed with letters written to Galileo by his eldest daughter to create a deep sense of a time in which profound tensions arose between scientific observation and theological teaching. A faculty panel will lead a discussion of the book on September 2 as part of the first-year orientation program. Later that evening, discussion will continue in the residence halls with your faculty associate or faculty resident.

I would also like to call your attention to the Integrated Studies Program, now in its fifth year, as you choose your courses for the fall semester. Funded by a grant from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation of New York, this program offers one or more clusters each semester of two or three courses, linked by either an historical period or a theme, aimed specifically at first-year students. Each class in the cluster will be small so that lively dialogue and discussion across the subject areas will be the norm. The clusters allow students to enroll in at least one additional course in order to take science or mathematics (especially students considering a major in one of the sciences), or to continue foreign language study. Information on the fall clusters is enclosed.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Colby campus in late August. Until then, I hope that you have a wonderful summer.


Edward H. Yeterian, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty

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