Colby Magazine - Colby News Stories about alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Colby, as well as a class notes section. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:41:23 EDT en Copyright 2014 Colby College (Colby College) (Colby College) Colby Magazine - Colby News Anonymous Alum Funds Nonprofit Course for Local Causes Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Tom Morrione &rsquo;65 thought he might have shot himself in the foot. For three years, Morrione, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, had taught a popular seminar, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy, in which students write grants for area nonprofits and donate $10,000 to the nonprofit(s) deemed most deserving. The success of the course at Colby, which was funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation, endowed by Doris Buffet, landed Morrione on the foundation&rsquo;s academic advisory team. One of his recommendations: that after three years colleges fund the course themselves. &ldquo;Somebody who is doing well with it ought to be able to find funding elsewhere,&rdquo; Morrione said. In Colby&rsquo;s case, the funding found the course. &ldquo;I had &hellip; noticed [in <em>Colby</em> magazine] the interesting course my old Colby Professor Tom Morrione had put together on philanthropy, focused on writing proposals to fund worthy charities,&rdquo; the alumnus wrote in an e-mail, asking to remain anonymous. &ldquo;When I saw Tom I let him know that I would be happy to support the funding of awards to the charities.&rdquo; The class attracts students from a variety of disciplines, he said. &ldquo;Environmental studies, government, economics,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re coming from all over the place.&rdquo; Typically Morrione turns away as many students as he can take&mdash;an indication of great interest in nonprofits on the part of Colby students, he said. &ldquo;Students have come back and told me that when they had job interviews, one of the things that comes up is this course,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They ... send a copy of the grant that they wrote and describe the course. It&rsquo;s been exceptionally helpful.&rdquo; &nbsp;Morrione hopes the donation leads to the course being offered long into the future, he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not going to be here forever.&rdquo;&nbsp; Concussion Study Expands to Include Alumni Alumni;,Faculty; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Concussions among National Football League players led to a $765-million settlement earlier this year and have fueled dialogue about head injury. The takeaway&mdash;that concussions can cause lifelong problems and lead to degenerative brain disease&mdash;has left some with nagging questions about the effects of concussions in less severe cases.&nbsp; A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital are embarking on research to determine the effects of less frequent and/or severe concussions. And for that they&rsquo;ve asked for the help of the Maine Concussion Management Institute (MCMI)&mdash;a Colby initiative run by the College&rsquo;s medical director and biology research scientist Paul Berkner.&nbsp; When Berkner started MCMI within the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement in 2009, he wanted to get better tools for tracking concussions into the hands of high school coaches. Now, with 89 schools involved in that program, a new project is being planned that will tap into Colby&rsquo;s alumni community.&nbsp; &ldquo;The goal for this project is to survey our alumni and look at their quality of life as compared to their self-reported concussion history,&rdquo; Berkner said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re asking, &lsquo;does the concussion history in college affect quality of life in middle age?&rsquo;&rdquo; To answer that question, Berkner and his interdisciplinary faculty research team and nine students have teamed up with two of the most prominent researchers in the field of concussion study&mdash;Rebekah Mannix and Bill Meehan of Harvard and Boston Children&rsquo;s. Together, they&rsquo;re inviting alumni of several NESCAC schools including Colby, Williams, and Wesleyan to take an online survey that asks respondents whether they played sports in college and if they experienced any concussions to determine whether certain injury patterns are associated with any long-term difference in neurologic quality of life. They think the answers may be surprising. Mannix, for one, hypothesizes that the known positive effects of playing sports&mdash;better physical and mental health, namely&mdash;will for most alumni outweigh the rare instance of concussion. Concussions in professional athletes can have serious long-term effects, but the experience for most NESCAC graduates is likely different, she says. &ldquo;My thinking is that it is, like all things, a dose response effect,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;If you get whammed in the head a hundred times in your career that&rsquo;s a different person than someone who sustains one concussion in a division three athletic endeavor.&rdquo; Berkner said he&rsquo;s hoping as many Colby alumni as possible will take the survey. Combined with the responses from other participating NESCAC schools, strong participation could provide enough data for a definitive conclusion that allows Colbians&mdash;both those working on the MCMI project and the alumni who take the survey&mdash;to address a significant healthcare question being asked across the country. Alumni can take the survey at All Colby alumni are invited to participate, including those who did not participate in athletics at Colby and have never experienced a concussion. Roisman Edits Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy Academics;,Academics:Classics,Faculty; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Three-volume, million-word tome is first comprehensive reference.</p> Presidential Search Committee Now Evaluating Candidates Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) The committee searching for the next president of Colby is evaluating candidates as the process moves forward, reported Michael Gordon &rsquo;66, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Gordon said he is encouraged by the process so far and confident of an excellent outcome for the College. &ldquo;The feedback our candidates are sharing &hellip; confirms what we believe to be true&mdash;that Colby is held in very high regard in the world, both inside and outside of higher education,&rdquo; he said in an e-mail to the Colby community on July 8. The search has moved into a silent phase as evaluations continue, Gordon said, though two lines of communication with the committee remain open: the comment box on the search website and the e-mail address Letters can be sent to the committee in care of Sally Baker at 4600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901. &nbsp; President William D. Adams, on sabbatical this summer, will return to campus for the academic year. President since 2000, Adams will soon begin his last year at Colby. First the Baton, Then the Diploma for All-American Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Brittney Bell &rsquo;13 poses with Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer. Bell returned to campus from the NCAA championships too late to take part in the regular commencement. At approximately 3:15 p.m. on May 26, Brittney Bell &rsquo;13 walked across the stage in Wadsworth Gymnasium. It was her second finish line in 18 hours. The previous night, Bell, from Poland, Maine, ran the anchor leg for the Colby women&rsquo;s 1,600-meter relay team at the NCAA Division III championships in La Crosse, Wis. Bell and her teammates, Emily Doyle &rsquo;16, Frances Onyilagha &rsquo;14, and Emily Tolman &rsquo;16, placed second in the country, just behind host school Wisconsin-La Crosse. Two weeks before, Bell thought she&rsquo;d have to make a difficult decision: run in Wisconsin or march with her classmates at the 10 a.m. commencement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m the first person in my family to graduate from college, to go to college, so I knew it was really important to my family,&rdquo; said Bell, a biology major. &ldquo;When we found out [the race] was at 6:20 in Wisconsin, I cried.&rdquo; But Colby administrators made sure Bell could do both. When Emily Hackert, assistant track and field coach, approached Assistant Dean of Faculty Jim Sloat with the Bell dilemma, he didn&rsquo;t hesitate. &ldquo;I knew as soon as the request came in, this was exactly the kind of thing that we&rsquo;d do,&rdquo; Sloat said. Bell flew from Chicago to Portland Sunday morning, arriving on campus at 1:30 p.m.&mdash;shortly after the big commencement ceremony concluded. A little more than an hour later, surrounded by family, friends and teammates, she took a seat in the front row in front of the stage in Wadsworth Gymnasium. Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Marcella Zalot spoke, followed by Associate Professor of Biology Judy Stone, one of Bell&rsquo;s favorite teachers.&nbsp; Then Sloat presented the candidate for graduation. &ldquo;Brittney Nicole Bell,&rdquo; Sloat said. His voice echoed through the nearly empty gym, and Bell walked across the stage and received her diploma from Lori Kletzer, Colby&rsquo;s dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs. To polite applause, Brittney Bell ended her college career with a smile, as an All-American track athlete and the first in her family to earn a college degree. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s unbelievable,&rdquo; said Brittney&rsquo;s mother, Nancy Bell. &ldquo;We are still stunned. This whole event that they threw for my daughter.&rdquo; &mdash;<em>Travis Lazarczyk</em><em>A version of this story first appeared in the Waterville</em> Morning Sentinel. Halfway There Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Progress on the new science building is continuing, both inside and out. Masonry and roofing are underway on the exterior of the building. Inside, workers are putting up walls and running plumbing, ductwork, sprinklers, and electrical lines. The building is scheduled for completion in April 2014, with faculty to move in that summer to be ready for the 2014-2015 school year. Photo by Office of Communications An Athlete Acts to Protect Women from Sexual Assault Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Connor Clancy \'15 Football offensive lineman Connor Clancy &rsquo;15 is protecting more than his quarterback. &nbsp; Off the field, Clancy was also involved with a petition in reaction to the Steubenville, Ohio, case in which star high school football players sexually assaulted a young girl in 2012. The assault was documented via social media, and some members of the community blamed the victim for the assault and the negative publicity it caused for the Steubenville football program. Efforts by Clancy and others resulted in a pledge by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) to provide education for coaches across the country about sexual assault. &ldquo;As a nation, we have a history of overlooking assault when it&rsquo;s committed by athletes, from the high school level to university programs to professional sports,&rdquo; reads the petition started by Clancy &rsquo;15 and Carmen Rios, an activist with the SPARK movement to end sexualization of women and girls in the media. &ldquo;But most athletes and coaches, like most men and most people, think sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence need to stop.&rdquo;&nbsp; The goal of the petition was to gather signatures and support to help &ldquo;empower coaches, who are mentors to young men, to begin difficult and complex conversations about sexual violence [that] could create long-lasting change in communities across the nation and lead to curbing, and even ending, sexual violence.&rdquo; Almost 68,000 people signed the petition. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know it was going to become so big,&rdquo; said Clancy.&nbsp; In May, two months after the petition launched, the petitioners declared victory. &ldquo;In March, we asked that the NFHS bring a coalition to the table to craft a curriculum for coaches willing to take on the important work of advocacy and education around sexual assault in their communities,&rdquo; wrote Rios on &ldquo;Now, these resources will be reaching over 18,500 schools, 11 million athletes, and countless more students.&rdquo; Clancy&rsquo;s role in the petition stemmed from his involvement with Colby&rsquo;s Mules Against Violence group, which works to promote awareness around sexual violence and challenge stereotypes of men&mdash;and male athletes. Clancy and Rios gathered support for the petition through the social action platform; &ldquo;The more people are educated,&rdquo; Clancy said, &ldquo;the more it will help.&rdquo;&nbsp; After Some 50 Years, Colby Eight Members Release New CD Fri, 09 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Members of the Colby Eight from the classes of 1955 to 1963 at a recent rehearsal. There are lots of a cappella groups on campus, but the Colby Eight was the first. Formed in 1947, the Colby Eight quickly achieved popularity and spawned many other groups, including the all-female Colbyettes. In addition to music, the Colby Eight has provided a sense of camaraderie and connections that persist long after graduation, with many members reuniting to sing at Colby reunions and other events. That decades-long bond has held for a group of members from 1955 through 1963 who recently reunited to record new material. The Colby Eight was particularly active in those years, releasing several albums and traveling to New York City to perform. They&rsquo;ve continued to sing at reunion events over the decades, and their recent release combines new material and old favorites. <em>Try to Remember</em> is a collection of 25 songs the Colby Eight released between 1955 and 1963, plus one newly recording song. In April 2013 Keet Arnett &rsquo;59, Peter Merrill &rsquo;57, Ed Tomey &rsquo;59, Peter Vogt &rsquo;63, and Doug Riis &rsquo;61 recorded a new arrangement of the song &ldquo;Try to Remember&rdquo; from the Broadway musical <em>The Fantasticks</em>.&nbsp; <em>Try to Remember</em> can be purchased at the Colby bookstore. Colby Leads Way to Net Zero Emissions Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; &nbsp; Colby\'s biomass heating plant, completed in 2012, substantially cut the College&rsquo;s emissions. When it comes to carbon-neutral campuses, 668 colleges and universities have signed the pledge. On April 4 Colby became the first among NESCAC, Ivy, and comparable colleges to achieve net zero carbon emissions. &nbsp; Colby is the fourth in the nation and the largest institution to reach the goal to date, according to David Hales, president of the nonprofit Second Nature, which supports the American College and University Presidents&rsquo; Climate Commitment and its 668 signatories. The achievement was a decade in the making, as Colby worked to calculate, reduce, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.&nbsp; A tradition of Yankee thrift has made energy efficiency projects a priority at Colby for many years. Cogeneration of electricity at the steam plant started in the late 1990s, and energy improvements have been part of renovations since the Arab oil crisis 40 years ago. Having switched to sustainably generated electricity contracts 10 years ago, the College came within striking distance of net-zero carbon emissions after its new biomass fueled heating plant became operational last year. Though the plant wasn&rsquo;t running at full capacity as systems were tested and adjusted, Colby purchased 700,000 fewer gallons of oil in 2012 than in previous years, according to Director of Physical Plant Patricia Whitney. While there is some disagreement whether sustainably harvested biomass is &ldquo;carbon neutral&rdquo; or &ldquo;carbon lean,&rdquo; Colby used national standards established by the nonprofit Clean Air-Cool Planet for calculating carbon emissions and then hired an independent firm to check and confirm methodology and calculations.&nbsp; Both the College&rsquo;s analysis and that of Competitive Energy Services of Portland agreed that after all the measures to reduce emissions, the College still produces about 8 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. The biggest source is transportation&mdash;both employee and student commuting and business travel by employees.&nbsp; The final piece of achieving carbon neutrality was purchasing carbon offsets&mdash;investing in greenhouse gas reduction projects elsewhere in Maine and the United States that countervail Colby&rsquo;s remaining emissions. Those offsets, which invest in projects including preventing methane from going into the atmosphere at the Presque Isle landfill for example, cost $50,000. That amount is more than covered by fuel cost savings of biomass and is expected to decline as Colby continues to reduce emissions. Vice President for Administration Doug Terp &rsquo;84 said shifting from oil to biomass saved Colby $1.2 million in the first year. And, he told employees in April, &ldquo;instead of spending a couple million dollars that goes out of the state of Maine, and much of it out of the United States, the bulk of our fuel purchases now, on the heating side, are going back into the woods of Maine, which is supporting the local economy.&rdquo; For additional information on Colby&rsquo;s carbon neutrality, including answers to frequently asked questions, see; &nbsp; Steinem Connects With Activism at Colby Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <em>Ms.</em> magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed house in Lorimer Chapel. Famed activist and political figure Gloria Steinem spoke to a packed Lorimer Chapel Feb. 28, the same day Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act. She served as the keynote speaker of S.H.O.U.T!, a week of multicultural celebration organized by the Pugh Community Board. Steinem took passage of the act earlier that day as a point from which to jump into a discussion of the need to think closely about our connections with people, the effects our actions have, and the current state of the feminist movement. Steinem, who came to prominence in the late Sixties after she published an article titled &ldquo;After Black Power, Women&rsquo;s Liberation,&rdquo; referenced the 1970 takeover of Lorimer Chapel by 18 African-American students as she spoke about the shared efforts and effects of diverse activisms. The argument that feminism is no longer relevant to young people is a myth, she said. Women and men have different patterns of activism, and the more that women &ldquo;experience life, the more likely we are to be activists.&rdquo;&nbsp; Framing activist movements as struggles to first establish an identity and then achieve equality, Steinem said that while the feminist movement&rsquo;s identity is firmly established, it remains for young people, such as those before her in Lorimer Chapel, to continue the work of gaining equality. Those efforts, she said, are only half complete, and finishing them requires careful consideration of our relationships with one another. \"The act of behaving ethically is understanding that everything we do matters,\" she said. \"The means we choose every day will form the ends we get.\" Relay Team Wins New England Championship Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Frances Onyilagha \'14 Frances Onyilagha &rsquo;14 runs her leg of the 1,600-meter relay as she and Emily Doyle &rsquo;16, Emily Tolman &rsquo;16, and Brittney Bell &rsquo;13 won the event at the New England Division III Track and Field Championships at Colby&rsquo;s Harold Alfond Stadium May 4. The women&rsquo;s team took third place overall in a field of 25, finishing behind MIT and Tufts University. Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Competing in Pro Leagues Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; With his college lacrosse career behind him, Ian Deveau \'13 was planning to head for California, hoping to play for a new league, the LXM Pro Tour. Already competing in LXM is Whit McCarthy &rsquo;10, who plays for Team Maverik. Also playing in the pro ranks are Caddy Brooks &rsquo;09, who was drafted this spring by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, and Craig Bunker \'11, in his second season with the Cannons. &nbsp; Deveau Best in NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; &nbsp; Ian Deveau &rsquo;13 averaged 3.71 points per game, with 52 points in 14 games this season. Ian Deveau &rsquo;13 is the top men&rsquo;s lacrosse player in a very competitive conference. &nbsp; Deveau, a former NESCAC rookie of the year and three-time all-conference midfielder, was named NESCAC Men&rsquo;s Lacrosse Player of the Year in May.&nbsp; Deveau, said head coach Justin Domingos, &ldquo;embodies what playing college lacrosse is all about.&rdquo; The Portsmouth, R.I., resident finished his career ranked fifth in scoring in the history of men&rsquo;s lacrosse at Colby with 99 goals and 80 assists for 179 career points. He is sixth all-time in goals, sixth in assists, and tied for sixth for most points in a season (52 in 2013). Deveau ranks first in the conference in points per game (3.71) this year, with 36 goals and 16 assists. Deveau&rsquo;s teammate John Jennings &rsquo;13 was selected to the All-NESCAC second team at attacker. &nbsp; Terrell Looks at Activism at Colby, Encourages Speaking Out Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Trustee Charles Terrell &rsquo;70 reflected on Colby&rsquo;s history of activism&mdash;and his own&mdash;at a student-organized event in March. One week after a group of students interrupted the ceremonial end to the Bicentennial Address Feb. 27, Charles Terrell &rsquo;70&mdash;an icon of activism at Colby for his leadership in the chapel takeover&mdash;delivered the endnote address for the Pugh Community Board-organized S.H.O.U.T! week activities exploring activism.&nbsp; &nbsp; Terrell&rsquo;s presence March 6 was timely given the recent events. His message to admiring students included inspiration and realism. He encouraged students to speak out, but he said speaking does not guarantee being heard. &ldquo;The same thing doesn&rsquo;t matter to everybody,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but it&rsquo;s important I think to speak to those things that you think are important.&rdquo; In a walk through the history of activism at Colby, Terrell reminded students that speaking up is not always easy. &ldquo;Activism is messy. It&rsquo;s disruptive. It&rsquo;s always inconvenient,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp; He spoke briefly about his involvement in the Lorimer Chapel takeover, though he expressed wonder at how he continues to be identified, at least at Colby, by this small part of his life. &ldquo;It truly amazes me that students find this action so meaningful all of these years later.&rdquo; Terrell mentioned the student film <em>Bicentennial</em> that drove some of the activism on Feb. 27. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s very much a part of where Colby is now, and it certainly highlights a number of issues, things that matter,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But again, I want to remind us: everything does not matter to everybody. I just think it&rsquo;s important that we have artists on campus who will bring things that they think matter to the surface.&rdquo; In closing, as music by Marvin Gaye filled the room, Terrell read the names of each member of the &ldquo;Chapel 17,&rdquo; most of whom he had lost touch with, he said. The dramatic ending clearly resonated with students present. <em>[In 2007 Terrell talked about his experience at Colby and his role as a trustee with Colby editor Gerry Boyle \'78.</em>] &nbsp; Colby Volunteer Center Puts Service in Spring Break Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Ten Colby students helped build the foundation of a small school in Las Cebitas, Nicaragua. &nbsp; There was a time when thoughts of spring break conjured images of beaches and beer. And they may still&mdash;for some. But these days demand for alternative spring break programs exceeds capacity. The Goldfarb Center, which oversees some of Colby&rsquo;s trips, is considering expanding its program.&nbsp; Currently the Colby Volunteer Center oversees three student-led trips each year. This year, students traveled to Nicaragua, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and New York City to lend many hands. Other students worked with Native American children in Maine, sang for children in the Bronx, and tested their paddling and physical skills in Kentucky.&nbsp; These trips, says Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Terhune, provide leadership training, teach life skills, and help students connect what they learn in the classroom with personal experience&mdash;all elements of the &ldquo;Colby 360&rdquo; plan. Almost all of the trips are organized entirely by students. As it prepares to expand ASB options, the Goldfarb Center will consider the cost of its trips, which are paid for through student-organized fundraisers according to Associate Director Alice Elliott. Beyond soliciting donations from family, this year students shoveled out cars and held bake sales. &ldquo;You name it, they do it,&rdquo; she said. &nbsp; &nbsp; Library Renovation To Restore Reading Room Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Substantial renovations in Miller Library will remodel the entrance and the first floor and will restore the historic main-floor reading room over the next two years. The $8.7-million project approved by trustees in April will significantly expand study space for students and will bring together academic support including the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Farnham Writers&rsquo; Center, Information Technology Services, and the new humanities center. Some administrative offices will be moved to the ground floor. The project got underway in early May, when some of the collection was moved so construction could begin. Both phases of the two-part project will be completed by fall 2014. &nbsp; Lectures Look to the Future of the Liberal Arts Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) William Bowen Martha Nussbaum David Oxtoby Celebrating 200 years since Colby was chartered, a theme often repeated this year was the importance of looking ahead as well as remembering the past. In that spirit the Distinguished Bicentennial Lecture Series brought four leading American intellectuals to campus to talk about the future of the liberal arts. David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College and chair-elect of the Harvard Board of Overseers, wrapped up the series April 8 with an address that envisioned a bright future for colleges like Colby and Pomona.&nbsp; Oxtoby followed a March 18 lecture by William Bowen, president emeritus of Princeton, past president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and &ldquo;one of the most-respected voices in higher education,&rdquo; according to President William D. Adams in the introduction. Earlier speakers in the series were Wendy Ewald, a pioneer in visual literacy and learning, and Martha Nussbaum, a political philosopher on the University of Chicago faculty.&nbsp; Oxtoby, a renowned scientist, described two approaches to the study of chemistry: analysis (breaking something down to see what it&rsquo;s made of) and synthesis (combining materials to make a more complex compound). &ldquo;These steps of breaking down and putting together,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;characterize many of the activities we engage in through the curricula of our colleges.&rdquo; While the focus in higher education has long been on analysis, he said, echoing Ewald&rsquo;s thesis, more attention needs to be paid to synthesis. Liberal arts colleges &ldquo;should be centers of interdisciplinary innovation in order to foster this type of synthesis,&rdquo; Oxtoby said. &ldquo;From poverty to climate change to religious intolerance,&rdquo; he said, solving the problems we confront will require contributions from many disciplines. He advocated interdisciplinary work and more attention to nonlinear, intuitive, and visual &ldquo;left-brain&rdquo; thinking. Ultimately, he argued, &ldquo;the people who will be successful are those who can integrate their entire brains,&rdquo; right and left hemispheres. In his talk Bowen led with a challenge: that Colby and its kin cannot dismiss digital technology as a potential part of their teaching. &ldquo;Heresy of heresies,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;I suspect&mdash;though no one knows as yet&mdash;that such pedagogies may even be helpful in intimate, bucolic settings such as this one.&rdquo; &ldquo;We should remain open to the possibility that emerging technologies can complement more-traditional forms of teaching,&rdquo; Bowen said, &ldquo;and thereby allow valuable faculty time to be put to higher-value uses, such as seminar instruction and one-on-one guidance of independent work.&rdquo; Nussbaum discussed her recent work, particularly European laws targeting Muslim customs, in a Feb. 21 talk titled The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear.&nbsp; Ewald&rsquo;s talk, Secret Games: A 21st-Century Education, was covered in the winter <em>Colby</em> magazine.&nbsp; Capitol Hill to Mayflower Hill Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Just after the budget sequester took effect and as partisanship in Washington seemed elevated, two former congressmen&mdash;one Republican and one Democrat&mdash;visited campus to clarify how the government got here and where they think it should go next.&nbsp;</p> Adams Announces Plans to Retire; Search for Successor Begins Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; President William D. Adams will retire in June 2014. President William D. Adams announced in January that he will retire in June 2014. The news set in motion the process of selecting Colby&rsquo;s 20th president. &nbsp; Adams, president since 2000, guided the College through many significant changes and milestones.&nbsp; He has overseen the growth of the academic program, most notably in the areas of environmental studies and the visual arts. Adams also oversaw the founding of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and a new center for the arts and humanities. He led a $376-million capital campaign, the largest in Maine history, which included numerous building projects, the College&rsquo;s expansion on the Colby Green, and the gift of the Lunder Collection of American Art. &ldquo;I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead such a remarkable place,&rdquo; Adams said.&nbsp; Adams, however, stressed that he has three more semesters in the job and much left to accomplish in support of Colby&rsquo;s mission. &ldquo;This is not the time for a valedictory note,&rdquo; he said, in a message to alumni. Some of the unfinished business, he said, includes the College&rsquo;s bicentennial celebration and completion of Colby&rsquo;s 2013 strategic initiatives. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a lot to do and a lot I want to accomplish in my remaining time here,&rdquo; he told a staff gathering in February. <strong>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a lot to do </strong><strong> and a lot I want to accomplish in my remaining time here.&rdquo;</strong> President William D. Adams Running parallel to Adams&rsquo;s work in the coming 15 months will be the search for his successor. A presidential search committee, which first met in January, is headed by Trustee Emeritus Michael L. Gordon &rsquo;66. The 19-member committee includes nine trustees, five faculty members, an administrative representative, the head of the Alumni Council, two students, and Gordon. According to Sally Baker, vice president and secretary of the corporation, it is customary to have a new president in place six months before the preceding president steps down. Baker said the Colby community will be asked to participate in the process in open forums on campus and via electronic forums. Updates on the search committee&rsquo;s progress will come periodically from Gordon, she said. &ldquo;One of my tasks is to ensure that the committee gathers&mdash;and considers thoughtfully&mdash;the views of those who work and study at Colby and of those with other connections to the College,&rdquo; Gordon said, in a statement on the presidential search page on the Colby website. The process, he said, &ldquo;embraces every constituency in our community.&rdquo; While Adams will remain president until the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, he plans to take a sabbatical this summer, he reported at the staff gathering in February.&nbsp; Adams, who holds a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, said he plans to spend the summer in France doing research for a book project. He described the book as &ldquo;part memoir, part travel narrative, part intellectual history,&rdquo; prompted by and organized around the French philosopher on whom he wrote his dissertation, Maurice Merleau-Ponty. One part of the project, Adams said, was prompted by his experience at Colby, specifically with the Colby Museum of Art. He has spent time thinking about painting, and Merleau-Ponty was interested in art, especially the work of C&eacute;zanne.&nbsp; Asked by Tony Marin, a plumber in the Physical Plant Department, to explain the premise of the book he is taking time off to write, Adams smiled and said he wasn&rsquo;t sure he was taking time off, but rather, was exploring a long-held interest in Merleau-Ponty. &ldquo;I want to revisit that interest,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;but in a very friendly and not precisely academic way.\" &nbsp; Winter Construction Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) The new science building is taking shape. Workers have not let cold, wind, or snow get in the way of erecting its steel frame and roof. The 36,400-square-foot building, which will house the computer science, mathematics and statistics, and psychology departments, is located across Mayflower Hill Drive from the Colby Museum of Art. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Task Force to Consider Student Accountability Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Basketball co-captain Jonathan Kalin &rsquo;14 knows his teammates don&rsquo;t need rules to motivate them to work out in the off-season. That motivation stems from a culture where players feel accountable to each other and responsible for the team&rsquo;s success. This fall Kalin joined the newly created Accountability Task Force to help explore how this sort of culture can be more intentionally integrated into the Colby experience.&nbsp; The task force comprises five Colby trustees, five faculty members, and five students. &ldquo;We were very clear that it would be equal parts students, faculty, and trustees,&rdquo; said Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer, head of the academic-integrity subcommittee. &ldquo;The people who live here are the centerpiece, and a community commitment to [accountability] has to be owned by the students.&rdquo; Many students chosen to be on the committee are visible leaders on campus who have already shown an interest in shaping a campus culture of greater accountability. Kalin helped start Mules Against Violence and Party with Consent, campus groups that raise awareness of sexual violence and challenges gender roles at Colby.&nbsp; Morgan Lingar &rsquo;13 worked with a group of students gauging student opinions of accountability and a possible honor code. Last fall this group received more than 500 completed surveys, an unusually strong response, Lingar said. Responses expressed different and often opposing viewpoints. &ldquo;We have to recognize that the campus contains such a variety,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp; Conversation is an important step toward greater accountability, Kletzer said. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t talk enough about [academic] integrity,&rdquo; Kletzer said. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s room to be clearer.&rdquo; She said that often the conversation around academic integrity is negative and reactive to some incident of academic dishonesty.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to imagine it as proactive and positive.&rdquo;&nbsp; Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Terhune, whose office deals with social life on campus, also said he wants the process to be a positive one. &ldquo;Making rules isn&rsquo;t what changes behavior,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about disciplinary action.&rdquo; Terhune hopes the effort will lead to a meaningful campus conversation surrounding these issues and helps students identify and implement the changes that need to take place. &ldquo;There has been a real appetite for a kind of accountability that is positive and fits with our values,&rdquo; said Julie Sands Causey &rsquo;85, a Colby trustee and the task force chair. Tharakan and Silverman Nominated as Alumni Trustees Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; Joerose Tharakan &rsquo;08 Two new alumni trustees have been nominated to join the Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning in May.&nbsp; &nbsp; Joerose Tharakan &rsquo;08 works for Microsoft Corporation&rsquo;s Academy of College Hires, based in Pittsburgh. Tharakan came to Colby from Cochin in southern India. She studied at the London School of Economics and earned an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. At Colby Tharakan was a member of the Emerging Leaders program, which prepares students for leadership positions. Moses Silverman &rsquo;69 is a partner in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &amp; Garrison LLP. Moses Silverman &rsquo;69 The former campus activist joined the firm after graduating from law school in 1973. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society and is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration.&nbsp; &nbsp; Silverman served as a Colby Overseer from 2002 to 2010 and was on visiting committees for education, religious studies, Spanish, and anthropology. He and his wife, Betty Robbins, also an attorney, live in Manhattan.&nbsp; &nbsp; Simpson Speaker for Mitchell Lecture Series Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Sen. Alan K. Simpson Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson will deliver the keynote lecture for the 2013 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series April 10. The lecture series is sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby. Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell will be the special guest for the evening and will provide the lecture&rsquo;s introductory remarks. Simpson served as a U.S. Senator from Wyoming from 1979 to 1997. In 2010 he was appointed as co-chair of President Barack Obama&rsquo;s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair Erskine Bowles of North Carolina.&nbsp; The plan is intended as a way to stabilize growing national debt. After Denying Gay Student a Role, Christian Group Opts Out Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) A campus Christian group that refused a student a leadership role because she is a lesbian opted to decline College funding and status after being found to have violated Colby&rsquo;s nondiscrimination policy. Colby Christian Fellowship was named in a complaint filed with the Office of Campus Life in September by a student CCF member who had sought the position of Bible study leader. After discussions with College officials, the group decided to opt out of Colby funding and recognition by the Student Government Association in order to continue to &ldquo;gather around beliefs that are informed by their specific interpretation of scriptural authority,&rdquo; said Jed Wartman, director of campus life. The group is a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, a national evangelical and interdenominational organization. The situation has cropped up at other colleges and universities with various outcomes.&nbsp; &ldquo;This is one of those instances where an institution and probably a majority of the people at an institution, myself included, understand this as a really important category of identity that is deserving of protection,&rdquo; Kurt Nelson, dean of spiritual life,&nbsp; said,&nbsp; &ldquo;whereas [the CCF] would understand this specific instance as a question of Biblical interpretation.&rdquo;&nbsp; The student in question is a sophomore who was an active member of the group as a first-year student. In an interview with an online student publication the student who was denied a role in the CCF described the experience as &ldquo;heartbreaking.&rdquo; She said she remained &ldquo;a strong Christian.&rdquo; &ldquo;I want to make it very clear that I love all the CCF members and respect their beliefs and the freedom they have to hold them,&rdquo; she said in the interview. &ldquo;I just don&rsquo;t support the idea that an organization can act on such beliefs by kicking anyone out of leadership because of their sexual orientation, especially not at Colby.&rdquo; The student asked that her name not be disclosed in <em>Colby.</em>&nbsp; If I Were President... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Students, staff, and faculty packed Page Commons in Cotter Union for a Bicentennial Day student speech contest. The subject: If I Were Colby&rsquo;s President. Above, Jon Kalin &rsquo;14 talks about his plans for the College. Marking the Centuries Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) President William D. Adams gives the Bicentennial Address in Lorimer Chapel on Feb. 27, the 200th anniversary of the signing of Colby&rsquo;s charter. Dance Party Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Members of the Colby African Society perform in Pulver Pavilion as part of the Bicentennial Day festivities Feb. 27. From left, Phile Shongwe &rsquo;15, Pamela Alakai &rsquo;14, and Annick Hirwa &rsquo;15 <em>Lincoln</em> Puts Goodwin in Celebrity Spotlight Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) For Doris Kearns Goodwin &rsquo;64, this was a winter for posing with movie stars and moguls. At there she is with Steven Spielberg, with Sally Field&rsquo;s arm draped around her shoulders, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Tony Kushner mugging for the camera. Goodwin&rsquo;s award-winning book <em>Team of Rivals</em> was the basis of Spielberg&rsquo;s celebrated film <em>Lincoln</em>, starring Day-Lewis and Field. The <em>New York Times</em> reported that a chance conversation with Spielberg in 2000 led to the collaboration, and that Goodwin sent Spielberg a chapter at a time as she wrote. The book, published in 2005, was rereleased last year in anticipation of the movie, which opened to dazzling reviews and garnered 12 Academy Award nominations and two statues. Interest in the film had Goodwin all over the media talking about Abraham Lincoln&mdash;in between her commentary on modern politics, Barack Obama, and the inauguration, that is. A month before the movie&rsquo;s release, Goodwin told some of her Lincoln stories on Mayflower Hill as keynote speaker at Colby&rsquo;s bicentennial kickoff banquet before her latest media marathon began.&nbsp; Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin &rsquo;64 at Colby just prior to the release of the movie Lincoln. Even Comedy Central took note. In a special birthday greeting honoring Goodwin&rsquo;s 70th on Jan. 4, the network&rsquo;s &ldquo;Indecision&rdquo; site editorial producer Mary Phillips-Sandy (a Waterville native), collected Goodwin&rsquo;s greatest hits on <em>The Daily Show</em>. &ldquo;Watching Doris Kearns Goodwin tell stories about Abraham Lincoln is even better than watching Daniel Day-Lewis act stories about Abraham Lincoln,&rdquo; Phillips-Sandy wrote. &nbsp; &nbsp; Culinary Feat Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Students photograph a Miller Library cake, complete with blue light, prepared by Colby Dining Services for Bicentennial Day. In short order, the library was eaten.&nbsp; Belgrade Lakes EPSCoR Research Has Impact Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Colby faculty and student research in the Belgrade Lakes earned widespread attention in Maine this fall&mdash;and an extension of the National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant that funded much of the work. Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King learned in September that the grant, received in partnership with the University of Maine and other institutions, is fully funded for a fourth and final year ending in August 2013. Interdisciplinary analysis of the environment and the economy of the Belgrade Lakes is helping researchers understand the dynamics among environmental, biogeochemical, and socioeconomic systems in a study held up as a model for other lake systems in Maine. In September MPBN television&rsquo;s Emmy-nominated science series <em>Sustainable Maine</em> opened its second season with a show titled &ldquo;Saving Our Lakes,&rdquo; which featured seven Colby professors and numerous student researchers. Maine Public Radio also ran several feature stories on the project in 2012. Katherine Murray &rsquo;12 works in the shallows of one of the Belgrade Lakes. Colby has done extensive study of the lakes&rsquo; ecosystem in recent years. Let the Celebration Begin Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin &rsquo;64 gave the keynote address at the College&rsquo;s bicentennial kickoff celebration on campus Oct. 19.&nbsp; <em>Photo by Fred Field</em> Two Hundred Years Young Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <em></em> Students hit the dance floor by the hundreds at a ball marking the kickoff of Colby&rsquo;s bicentennial year. Music was by Pearl, an alumni band dating to the late 1970s. &nbsp; <em>Photo by Fred Field</em> &nbsp; South African Reconciliation Advocate is Oak Fellow Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Zandile Nhlengetwa, a South African activist who worked toward reconciliation in the midst of violence and retribution, is the 2012 Oak Human Rights Fellow.&nbsp; Nhlengetwa, a longtime educator in KwaZulu-Natal, is spending first semester at Colby discussing the history of the conflicts that claimed the lives of her husband, brother, and adopted son. She worked for many years to stop political and criminal violence in the region, often at great personal risk. Nhlengetwa, the principal of Ulusda School, has founded programs centering on gender inequity, sexual abuse, and violence. Her goal is for young people to choose education over violence, school over gangs and militia.&nbsp; Nhlengetwa founded the Harambe Women&rsquo;s Forum, for women widowed by conflict in the region. She also assisted with the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone, working with former child soldiers there. &ldquo;Youth are in the forefront of violence, so the approach for me was to start with the youth,&rdquo; she said. <em>Nhlengetwa discusses her work in a Q&amp;A</em> <em> Oak Fellow Zandile Nhlengetwa of South Africa leads a classroom discussion. </em> Tobacco Banned on Most of Campus Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) An ashtray at one of three smoking areas on the Colby campus. The temporary smoking areas will be removed in September. Colby is moving toward becoming tobacco-free. On Sept. 1 use of tobacco was prohibited throughout the campus, with the exception of three designated smoking areas (located in Hillside and Coburn parking lots and near the biomass boiler). On Sept. 1, 2013, the temporary smoking areas will be removed and the entire campus will be designated tobacco-free, the administration announced. Colby joins some 500 other colleges and universities in the United States where tobacco&mdash;including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco&mdash;are prohibited. The policy applies to anyone who is on the Colby campus, including faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors.&nbsp; The change was made to offer a safer and healthier environment on campus, according to the administration, with recognition that tobacco use is a serious health hazard and that nonsmokers are endangered by secondhand smoke. The ultimate goal of the policy, said President William D. Adams, is &ldquo;providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive work and study environment for all faculty, staff, and students.&rdquo; &nbsp; Colby Volunteers Boost SAT Scores for Local Students Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) &nbsp; Lily Steig &rsquo;16 assists a Waterville-area high school student during SAT prep classes at Colby this fall. Maine high school students are boosting their SAT scores thanks to a free test preparation class offered by Colby students. MulePrep was founded by Matt White &rsquo;14, an education minor and English major who in high school saw his Massachusetts classmates availing themselves of expensive tutoring and SAT prep classes. At Colby he noted there were few affordable SAT preparatory courses in the Waterville area&mdash;and he resolved to give central Maine high school students equal access. White, a cross-country and track athlete, spent his sophomore-year Jan Plan writing curriculum for the SAT class with the help of Professor Mark Tappan (education). Last spring White enlisted fellow Colby students as instructors, and MulePrep was offered free of charge to students at Waterville High School and Messalonskee in Oakland. &ldquo;Getting Colby students involved wasn&rsquo;t a problem,&rdquo; he said. The first class had 18 students, with sessions held Sunday afternoon in Lovejoy. This fall White opened MulePrep up to any high school student and found the word had spread. Seventy-five students signed up from 14 area high schools. White had student instructors (education minors Anna Caron &rsquo;13, Katie Curran &rsquo;14, Ben Carlin &rsquo;16, Lizzie Woodbury &rsquo;15, Lily Steig &rsquo;16, and Lindsay Peterson &rsquo;13) for the seven-week SAT prep session. A bonus included sessions on the college application process, led by Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Terry Cowdry; college interview tips from Career Center Director Roger Woolsey; and application essay-writing classes with tutors from Colby&rsquo;s Farnham Writers&rsquo; Center.&nbsp; The response from high school students and guidance counselors has been &ldquo;overwhelmingly positive,&rdquo; White said. Anna Caron &rsquo;13 works with a student. The free course is taught by Colby volunteers. The Colby junior said he plans to bring on an assistant next year who, he hopes, will take over administration of the program after he graduates. He&rsquo;s also mulling expanding the program by offering the curriculum to other colleges in Maine and beyond.&nbsp; Even as MulePrep grows, he said, the goal remains the same: to offer a quality SAT prep class at no cost. &ldquo;If we have the resources,&rdquo; White said, &ldquo;we won&rsquo;t turn anyone away.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>For more information go to MulePrep&rsquo;s website or contact Matt White at</em> &nbsp; &nbsp; Message in a Box Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p><br /> <p class="p1">What should we tell Colbians of the future?</p><br /> <p class="p1">That&rsquo;s the question facing Professor Jenny Boylan (English) as she ponders the time capsule to be sealed Feb. 27 in conjunction with Colby&rsquo;s bicentennial celebration.</p><br /> </p> Shea Is New Goldfarb Center Director Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Daniel M. Shea Daniel M. Shea is the new director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and joined the faculty as a professor of government this fall. He takes the center&rsquo;s reins from William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel, the first director of the Goldfarb Center.&nbsp; Shea came to Colby from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where in 2002 he initiated the Center for Political Participation. When Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer introduced Shea at a reception in September and described the job and the search, she concluded, &ldquo;The path led exactly to Dan.&rdquo; He is the author or editor of more than 15 books and dozens of articles or chapters on the American political process. In 2012 he published <em>Let&rsquo;s Vote: The Essentials of the American Electoral Process</em>, and he coedited <em>Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics</em>.&nbsp; Shea said he will initially spend time listening as he determines what is next for the Goldfarb Center. Maisel, who is a Fulbright visiting scholar in Brazil this year, returns to campus at the start of the 2013-14 academic year and will continue to teach government. Colby Covers the Campaign Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Amy Walter &rsquo;91 and Dan Harris &rsquo;93 anchored the presidential debate coverage for ABC News Digital this election season.&nbsp; A longtime political forecaster, Walter is political director for the network. Harris is anchor for ABC&rsquo;s <em>World News Sunday </em>and a veteran correspondent. They are shown during broadcast of the first debate in Denver. Digging Deep Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) &nbsp; Excavation and construction work continues on the foundation of a new science building on Colby Green. The building will house computer science, mathematics and statistics, and psychology and will free up space for Roberts to be turned into a residence hall. &nbsp; New Storage Facility To Be Boon to Colby Libraries Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p><br /> <p class="p1">Construction got underway this fall on a new library storage facility that will ease a space crunch and open the way for new and innovative use of Miller Library.</p><br /> </p> Student Affairs Adds Deans for Spiritual Life, Sexual Diversity Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Two newcomers to the Office of Student Affairs are taking steps to bring the Colby community together.</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bold Reflections: New Museum Wing Takes Shape Academics:Museum of Art,Campus/Facilities;,Campus; Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) Springtime brought the installation of the glass exterior to the Colby Museum of Art&rsquo;s new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Each of approximately 360 rectangular glass panes is treated with a ceramic pattern to moderate solar heat gain and light transmittance, one of many environmental measures it is expected will lead to LEED-silver certification of the building. Construction continues with a grand opening planned in July 2013. Brown's Organization SPARKs Change Academics:Education,Faculty;,Faculty:Faculty Accomplishments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>A movement cofounded by Lyn Mikel Brown (education) in 2010 has helped girls learn to be activists. And they're already making change.</p> Career Center Hits the Road Academics:Career Center,Parents;,Students; Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>A new Career Center program takes Colby students off the hill for site visits at potential places of employment.</p> Two Hundred and Counting Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>With lectures and events nationwide, Colby prepares to celebrate a big birthday.</p> Alums Walk for Charity Alumni;,Civic Engagement;,Inspired:Lives,Inspired:World Citizenship,Students; Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Sam Rouleau, ready for volunteer duty in Texas. When Nick Tucker &rsquo;10 and Sam Rouleau &rsquo;10 set out to walk across the country, volunteering along the way, the distance seemed vast. But they&rsquo;re measuring the trip not in miles but in the parade of people they meet. The founders of Making Strides left Maine in August and have stayed with Colby alumni along the way. In late December they were in Dallas, Tex., with the families of Katherine Roberts &rsquo;93 and Katherine Tagtmeier &rsquo;92. Tucker and Rouleau bid their hosts goodbye with the prospect that their Colby connection may lead them to meet again. Not so for many of the people the pair has met along their trek, including the children in an AIDS center where Tucker and Rouleau built a brick walkway and, as a reward, played with the kids. &ldquo;They seemed happy,&rdquo; Tucker wrote on the pair&rsquo;s blog. &ldquo;That is until we had to leave and Reginald started to cry. Sam and I had a hard time walking out that door. Usually people could say &lsquo;it&rsquo;s ok, i&rsquo;ll be back.&rsquo; But that&rsquo;s not necessarily the case with us.&rdquo; The Making Strides site has blog posts, a map showing the walkers&rsquo; location, news coverage of their journey, and contact information. Trading Places Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) How would life at Colby be different if you were of the opposite gender? Students in the course Girls and Activism asked that of their peers, then took photos of them with their responses. The resulting exhibition hung in the Diamond Building in November. To read some of the responses, see \\\'Trading Places\\\' at Biomass Plant Models Clean Energy Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) One million. That&rsquo;s the number of gallons of oil Colby will no longer be burning annually. It&rsquo;s also a conservative estimate of the number of dollars Colby will save annually. But the new biomass facility, which became operational in January, is a boon to Colby for more reasons than that. A number of factors make Colby&rsquo;s $11.25-million facility a model for green energy. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve gone above the minimum requirements to try and have the cleanest emissions we can,&rdquo; said Director of Physical Plant Patricia Whitney. Biomass has recently been criticized for not being as clean-burning as was previously thought. A 2010 report by researchers at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences cast doubt on biomass as a carbon-neutral fuel and sparked a media blitz. <em>The New York Times</em> reported on plans for multiple biomass facilities being dropped because of public disapproval. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve gone above the minimum requirements to try and have the cleanest emissions we can.&rdquo;-Patricia Whitney, director of physical plantBut proponents of biomass point to factors that make for a cleaner plant, and Colby meets those criteria, according to Whitney. One major factor is that Colby&rsquo;s plant is producing heat, which is more efficient than producing electricity with biomass. Another key factor is that Colby&rsquo;s biomass&mdash;low-grade wood chips and forest waste including bark and treetops that would otherwise be left on the forest floor&mdash;is coming from sustainable forestry operations within a 50-mile radius, keeping trucking to a minimum. The holding area for biomass fuel, which includes twigs and branches that would have been left on the forest floor. Colby&rsquo;s plant uses advanced technology, including a gasification combustion system, to create cleaner emissions. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a two stage burn&mdash;you burn the gas [along with] burning the wood&mdash;so it&rsquo;s cleaner and more efficient,&rdquo; said Whitney. Cyclonic dust collectors and a $480,000 electrostatic precipitator minimize pollutants entering the atmosphere. &nbsp; The plant itself has been built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications and is expected to receive at least LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In burning approximately 22,000 tons of wood instead of 1 million gallons of oil, the College estimates a reduction of more than 9,500 tons of carbon annually. The plant is a major component in Colby achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2015. A Conversaton About Sexual Conduct Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Professors Adam Howard and Lisa Arellano moderate the November 15 community conversation about sexual conduct. Allegations of sexual misconduct&nbsp; this fall prompted the first of a series of community conversations about sexual conduct and sexual assault on campus. On Nov. 15 more than 500 students, faculty, and staff convened in Page Commons for a two-hour discussion moderated by professors Adam Howard (education) and Lisa Arellano (American studies and women&rsquo;s, gender, and sexuality studies). The volume of questions made it clear that this discussion would only begin to address the community&rsquo;s concerns about sexual assault at Colby and the larger cultural issues that feed behaviors. Questions ranged from the specific (What is Colby&rsquo;s procedure when an assault is reported? What resources exist for students?) to the more broad (What can we do to make people feel safer on campus? How does silence contribute to the problem?). In response to calls for more education about Colby&rsquo;s policies and the procedures around reporting sexual assault, Director of Counseling Services Patti Newmen discussed the process from the counseling perspective. &ldquo;Whether it happens with a student coming in weeks, months, even years after the event, or within minutes of the event, we&rsquo;re available to help them through the steps,&rdquo; she said. Senior Associate Dean of Students Paul Johnston shared the procedure for filing a complaint&mdash;from working with the Colby administration to filing criminal charges, if a victim so chooses. Knowing how difficult these conversations can be, Johnston said, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t feel like you have to come alone, and don&rsquo;t feel like you have to bear that by yourself.&rdquo; The Dean of Students Office, he said, supports victims in whatever course of action they choose to take. Students criticized the use of a student handbook to disseminate procedural information and discussed how to better reach students. Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life Jed Wartman encouraged students to share ideas on how to &ldquo;get more creative&rdquo; about sharing Colby&rsquo;s policies. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One reply&mdash;&ldquo;A great way to disseminate this information would be a gender resource center&rdquo;&mdash;was followed by thunderous applause. Professor of Education Lyn Mikel Brown and Berol Dewdney &rsquo;12 proposed a gender and sexuality diversity resource center last year, and discussions are ongoing. A proposal for a full-time position will go to the Board of Trustees in February, according to Brown. A resource center, advocates say, would create a place for ongoing discussion of this and other related issues. Issues of consent came up repeatedly&mdash;from what qualifies as consent to creating a culture in which &ldquo;enthusiastic consent&rdquo; is the only acceptable form. Students in the group Male Athletes Against Violence talked about how men can contribute to change. And students began to discuss action steps&mdash;not what the College could do, but what they could do. &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t know some of the ways in which communities have taken care of themselves and each other, you owe it to yourselves to learn those things,&rdquo; said moderator Arellano. &ldquo;I am just suggesting that you don&rsquo;t want to entirely concede your power to take care of yourself to somebody else.&rdquo; Students&rsquo; ideas flowed. <em>Think about the language you use and how it may disrespect others. Pass community standards to freshmen. Know what consent is. Don&rsquo;t use alcohol as an excuse. Hold everyone to a high standard. Model respect.</em> Said one student, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re here because we&rsquo;ve been used to meeting high expectations in all areas of our lives, and I don&rsquo;t think this should be any different.&rdquo; TwitterFEED Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) A selection of tweets from @colbycollege. Click here to see links, catch up on tweets, or sign up.<strong>Waterville to get $50K from </strong><strong>@MaineArts Commission. Colby Museum Dir. Corwin: City is &ldquo;poised to become a destination for arts.&rdquo;</strong>Dec. 16<strong>Fri. @ 1, @MPBNews Speaking In Maine: Maria Fenwick &rsquo;03 on young teachers and urban school reform </strong><strong>@TeachPlus #education</strong>Dec. 16<strong>Walk. Bike. Telecommute. Other. Ezra Dyer &rsquo;99 talks to @ColbyCollege classmate @NFallat about </strong><strong>@UnDriving @NYTimes</strong>Dec. 14<strong>RT @emmaloupearson: First day of finals @colbycollege #playedhardworkingharder | Time </strong><strong>for all that hard work to pay off. </strong><strong>Good luck to all</strong>Dec. 14<strong>RT @elisa_anne: Love this </strong><strong>@insideColby post: &ldquo;Never pass up opportunity to learn.&rdquo; Easy to forget, but so important</strong>Dec. 12<strong>Reid Farrington &rsquo;99&rsquo;s production of A Christmas Carol is on the cover of @TCG&rsquo;s American Theatre mag. #theater</strong>Dec. 5 <strong>RT @inthecac: Definition of the Day: Dana Sauce</strong>Dec. 5<strong>3 Mule teams played Bowdoin 12/3: men&rsquo;s hockey won after trailing, women&rsquo;s hockey won in OT, women&rsquo;s b-ball won by 15 </strong>Dec. 5<strong>Prof. Catherine Besteman&rsquo;s student-produced immigration exhibit wins national museum award | Sun Journal</strong>Dec. 2