Colby Magazine From the Hill Articles Stories about alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Colby, as well as a class notes section. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:32 EDT en Copyright 2014 Colby College (Colby College) (Colby College) Colby Magazine From the Hill Articles Changing the Face of Science Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Shamika Murray &rsquo;14 was a high-achieving science student from a big public high school in Philadelphia. But soon after arriving on Mayflower Hill she learned that Colby academics were at a whole new level. &ldquo;I had a really tough freshman year,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Academically, I wasn&rsquo;t ready for the workload. It was nothing like my high school. I probably only made it through because of CAPS.&rdquo; &ldquo;What Colby has done I believe is extraordinary to a great degree. It may even be revolutionary.&rdquo; &ndash; Charles Terrell &rsquo;70 CAPS scholars Alaba Sotayo &rsquo;14 and Benji Benjamin &rsquo;14 work in the laboratory in the Arey Life Sciences Building during Jan Plan. Science Faculty Finds a Solution Charles Terrell &rsquo;70 spent his career working to &ldquo;change the face of medicine to reflect the face of America.&rdquo; A Colby trustee who formerly worked in minority recruitment at Boston University Medical School and the Association of American Medical Colleges, Terrell says the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) is, in fact, changing the face of science. &ldquo;What Colby has done I believe is extraordinary to a great degree,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It may even be revolutionary.&rdquo; The formidable task is to change the climate in the sciences in American higher education, which Terrell says is often not welcoming to students from underrepresented groups. Many of those African-American, Latino, and Native American students have been prepared in school systems where science resources are inadequate. &ldquo;On top of being college-ready, being able and prepared to work in the sciences is yet another hurdle for underrepresented groups,&rdquo; Terrell said. Even for those who excel in high school, challenges remain, he said, with stereotypes that tell them they won&rsquo;t succeed and few role models to show otherwise. Colby&rsquo;s science faculty has come up with a solution, he said, with professors committing time and energy to solving a problem that many institutions have addressed with far less success. &ldquo;To find the kind of faculty openness that the Colby science faculty is providing is absolutely unheard of,&rdquo; Terrell said. A Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences scholar, Murray spoke from Australia, where she was spending a semester abroad last fall. The psychology-neuroscience major does laboratory research at Colby on addiction and plans to go to graduate school in psychology. But Murray remembers vividly the nervous student of four years ago&mdash;and now makes sure to dispense advice to younger CAPS scholars. &ldquo;I tell them, &lsquo;This is going to get better. You&rsquo;re going to get used to this. It&rsquo;s okay,&rsquo;&rdquo; Murray said. It&rsquo;s been more than okay for participants in CAPS, which for the past four years has given selected students from underrepresented groups a jump start in the sciences&mdash;and now is seeing its first class approach graduation. Crafted by Colby faculty members and funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the program is aimed at keeping students like Murray in the laboratory, which in the past they&rsquo;d fled in droves. Often underprepared in math skills, many struggled in science gateway courses, especially chemistry. And when they looked around and saw few minority students in their science classrooms, they felt they didn\'t belong and left. No more. CAPS, says codirector Andrea Tilden, the J. Warren Merrill Associate Professor of Biology, &ldquo;has been the most successful diversity initiative Colby has ever tried.&rdquo; The intent is to remove obstacles that have historically kept minority students from succeeding in sciences, especially rigorous study in chemistry and biology. &ldquo;This is a national problem,&rdquo; said Charles Terrell &rsquo;70, whose career was spent working to increase diversity in the nation&rsquo;s medical schools (see sidebar). Colby, by all accounts, has found a fix. The summer before their first year, CAPS scholars come to Mayflower Hill for six weeks of work in the classroom and the laboratory. Once classes begin, CAPS students have a ready-made group of science-leaning friends, connections to faculty, and enough momentum to carry them through the most difficult stages of the science majors. Grant funds are available for summer research jobs on campus or off. &ldquo;I had come in knowing I was going to do chemistry, and this whole process, this support system, helped me stick with it,&rdquo; said Courtney McIntosh-Peters &rsquo;14. &ldquo;I just kept going. Head down.&rdquo; And while CAPS students kept their heads in their books, the numbers went up. In the 25-year period leading up to CAPS there were just 43 African-American and Latino/Latina science majors, Tilden said. This year alone there are 86 science majors among African-American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students at Colby. The science grade point average for students of color before CAPS was 1.8. The science GPA for current students of color is 2.7 and climbing. Pre-CAPS, &ldquo;students were just not feeling that they belonged in the sciences,&rdquo; Tilden said. &ldquo;And when they did start to struggle, as nearly all first-year students do, instead of coming to us for help, they felt more or less alone and isolated.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s no longer the case, and the results were evident with the first class. &ldquo;It was really successful right from the start,&rdquo; said Associate Professor of Chemistry and program codirector Jeffrey Katz. CAPS 1, as the first group is called, began with 13 students. One student withdrew for personal reasons. Of the remaining, 10 have majored in a science (including a religious studies double major), one in sociology, and another in human development&mdash;and several said CAPS has been the key to their academic and general success. &ldquo;I think it gave me a good running start and the foundation I needed to get to that next level,&rdquo; said Kristen Robinson &rsquo;14, a chemistry-biochemistry and religious studies double major who is weighing a career in public health or pharmacy. Not only do CAPS scholars have faculty mentors and a solid group of science-oriented friends, but they are go-to students for others who are looking for tips on how to cope. Murray advises non-CAPS students to find what she has: a solid support system of students and professors. &ldquo;You can always come talk to them,&rdquo; she said. That plan worked for the CAPS 1 group, still close four years after their first summer on campus. &ldquo;We know we can depend on each other,&rdquo; Robinson said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like a little family.&rdquo; Added Ebunoluwa &ldquo;Benji&rdquo; Benjamin &rsquo;14, &ldquo;Everyone struggles at Colby &hellip; and it takes time to find your niche. We had each other to lean on.&rdquo; The group still eats dinner together, meets for lunch, studies together in the science buildings. According to Tilden, they&rsquo;ve drawn other students to them. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s international students. It&rsquo;s students of color who were not in CAPS. You see students working together in ways that we&rsquo;ve always wanted to see our students do.&rdquo; If students do leave the sciences, it isn&rsquo;t because they don&rsquo;t feel welcome or comfortable, she said. &ldquo;They just found something they loved more.&rdquo; Most have found a niche in science, though. For Benjamin, it&rsquo;s microbiology and public health, which she studies with Professor Frank Fekete. Benjamin, who is from New Jersey and studied in Cork, Ireland, said she sorely missed her CAPS 1 friends and science professors when she was abroad. &ldquo;Relationships I&rsquo;ve built with people in CAPS,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;are something I&rsquo;ll cherish for the rest of my life.&rdquo; Colby Donor Funds CAPS for Five More Years The CAPS 1 scholars&rsquo; experience will be available for incoming students, thanks to a private donor who has funded the program as the HHMI grant has ended. This news was embraced by present CAPS program participants, including seniors and juniors who actually discussed sharing some of their internship and research funding if it would help the program continue. Their generous gesture, which proved unnecessary, said a lot about CAPS participation. &ldquo;Other students,&rdquo; said Ebunoluwa &ldquo;Benji&rdquo; Benjamin &rsquo;14, &ldquo;will experience the same joy that my CAPS students bring to me.&rdquo; Q&A with David A. Greene, Colby's 20th President Academics;,Faculty;,Office of the President;,Students; Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) David A. Greene, who has worked in leadership roles at Brown University, Smith College, and the University of Chicago, will take office at Colby July 1. He will be joined on Mayflower Hill by his wife and three children. David A. Greene, currently executive vice president at the University of Chicago, will take office as Colby&rsquo;s 20th president on July 1, 2014. On Sept. 10 Greene attended a reception at Colby along with his wife, Carolyn, daughters Madeline, 15, and Nora, 13, and son Declan, 12. During his first visit as president-elect, Greene sat down with <em>Colby</em> to talk about his vision for the College. <strong>What drew you to Colby? </strong>When I started looking at Colby I saw all of the things that make a college absolutely great&mdash;a first-rate faculty, a staff that was fully committed to the College, a student body from around the world that was talented and held great promise. And then I also saw more. I saw a place that took community seriously and always wanted to be better. And that to me was so exciting. It was in part about what Colby is now, what Colby has been for its last 200 years, but it was also about what Colby can be in its future. <strong>What can it be in its future? </strong>A small handful of places sit at the very top of the pyramid in higher education around the world&mdash;places that are revered for the quality of their education and for the quality of the scholarship of their faculty. Colby has all of that in abundance, and it has more. I hope Colby can really step out, take a leadership role among U.S. higher education institutions&mdash;among global higher education institutions&mdash;and set a path forward for what the absolute best liberal arts colleges in the world can do. Watch a video Q&amp;A to learn more about David Greene\'s background and accomplishments &gt; <strong>Where do you see the best liberal arts colleges going?</strong> Colleges like Colby are going to need to think about themselves as being, in a very direct way, deeply engaged with the wider world. The nature of partnerships between liberal arts colleges and other organizations is likely to change over time, and the opportunities that we provide to students will need to be fully global in every way&mdash;intellectually, but also in terms of the opportunities students have for work or graduate study after Colby.&nbsp; <strong>How do you explain the staying power of colleges like Colby?</strong> These are places that have core values, core principles that inform everything that happens. At the same time they&rsquo;re not static institutions. New fields develop, new buildings come online. These places become more global, more integrated overall. These are all changes that are happening, and Colby has been well positioned to address these changes when they come up. I hope Colby will continue to be a place that does that and in fact will be the place that leads. <strong>Can you talk a little about your leadership style?</strong> I believe deeply in the values of shared governance. There are so many people who have a legitimate stake in this college&mdash;the faculty, students, alumni, staff, and the board all have such an important ownership role. Bringing people together to consider the best direction for Colby, the best decisions we can make for Colby&mdash;that takes a real process. The best way to get there is to bring many different voices to the table, to have a full diversity of perspectives, and to be able to argue, to challenge one another, and to really get to the essence of Colby and what it&rsquo;s about and where it&rsquo;s going. 1,000 Miles Alone Across the Arctic Class Year:Class of 2010,Class Year:Class of 2009 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Superhiker Kristin Gates '10 takes wolves, high water, and tainted food in stride</p> Recent Releases Alumni;,Faculty; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>The Kingdom of Golf in America</em></strong> <strong><em> The Kingdom of Golf in America</em></strong><strong>By Richard J. \"Pete\" Moss (history emeritus)</strong><strong>University of Nebraska Press (2013)</strong> Starting in 1915, Charles Beach and a few friends launched a golf club called Olympia Fields outside Chicago. Just nine holes on flat farmland. The initiation fee was $60 and annual dues were $25. By 1929 Olympia Fields had four 18-hole courses. It had a clubhouse with a dining room for 800, men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s locker rooms, a swimming pool, a laundry, a tailoring and valet service, a small hospital, an ice-making plant, a dance pavilion, a hotel with 80 rooms, and a dormitory for 300 employees. It had 4,000 members and 1,400 registered caddies. In 1927 dollars, it was appraised at $3.5 million. There were other private clubs like it around the country. Olympia Fields was the embodiment of what Richard J. &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Moss, emeritus Gibson Professor of History, calls &ldquo;the Golden Age of American golf,&rdquo; from the 1890s through 1930. Moss&rsquo;s latest book, <em>The Kingdom of Golf in America</em>, is a page-turner for those who share his devotion to the sport. He has a deep bag of facts, anecdotes, colorful personalities, and personal opinions, the package of which contains sound ideas for another book or two. (He previously published <em>Golf and the American Country Club</em> and <em>Eden in the Pines: A History of Pinehurst Village</em>.) Treatments of racism, gender inequality, and the influence of the game on presidential politics rarely surface in most golf literature, but Moss doesn&rsquo;t flinch in examining the dark side of the first two and the convoluted nature of the last. The caddy system and state and regional player organizations spurred early development of some black golfers and the trickle upward of women players. Tiger Woods may be the most successful golfer, but few blacks have been successful on the PGA tour, and African-American women still are not a force in the way Asian women are. Corporate sponsorship and big television deals seriously favor the men&rsquo;s game. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, in the role of Charles Beach, is creating a chain of ever-longer, harder, and more expensive courses from Scotland to California. Moss is not in favor of such things. Turn off the water, he says. Brown up the courses. Return the game to what it once was. <em>&mdash;Bob Moorehead</em> <em></em> <strong><em>Acoustronika</em></strong> <strong><em> Acoustronika (CD)</em></strong><strong>Lawrence Collins &rsquo;89</strong><strong>(2013)</strong> Collins, who was born in France and brought up in France, England, India, and the United States, is based in Bordeaux. A guitarist, singer, and composer, he formed the Lawrence Collins Band more than 15 years ago and now plays more than 100 shows a year, mostly in France. <em>Acoustronika</em> is his 10th album. It blends acoustic rock, electro, reggae, jazz, and funk. Think Dave Matthews with a distinctive world-music/techno influence.&nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>Midnight in Mexico</em></strong> <strong><em> Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter&rsquo;s Journey through a Country&rsquo;s Descent into Darkness</em></strong><strong>Alfredo Corchado, LL.D. &rsquo;10</strong><strong>Penguin Press HC (2013)</strong> &ldquo;Fear is a survival skill,&rdquo; Corchado said in Lorimer Chapel when he won the 2010 Lovejoy Award for his fearless coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border for the <em>Dallas Morning News</em>. Drug cartel death threats against Corchado cited at the Lovejoy Convocation also figure prominently in his book, which explores his complicated relationship with the country where he was born. <em>Midnight in Mexico</em>, praised widely in popular press reviews this summer, succeeds in part because Corchado transcends the dispassionate voice he learned as a journalist. Nowhere is this more affecting than when he drives his parents back to their hometown in Laredo to pay their respects at the grave of a sister who died there as an infant. Confrontations on the highway with cops that can&rsquo;t be trusted and cartel caravans cast ominous shadows over Corchado&rsquo;s errand to confront a very dark passage in his own history. <em>&mdash;Stephen Collins &rsquo;74</em> <em></em> <strong><em> </em></strong> <strong><em>Self-Storage</em></strong> &nbsp; <strong><em>Self-Storage</em></strong><strong>Rebecca Hoogs &rsquo;97</strong><strong>Stephen F. Austin State University Press (2013)</strong> This is Hoogs&rsquo;s first full-length book of poetry, and it&rsquo;s deceptively powerful, with everyday images interwoven with bits of history, archaeology, and all of it spun into the thread of the things we think when no one is reading our thoughts. There are poems that call it like it was or could have been, right from the get-go. Like &ldquo;Woodwinds.&rdquo;&nbsp; First chair, first clarinet&mdash;I had no choice but to lead a section of uglies./The blonds all played the flute, silver tips in a hollow-boned flutter at the feeder./I kept my mouth against the reed,/the lick of the wood, the bamboo buzz./And while they perfected the head tilt/trill&mdash;the purse and kiss&mdash;we plowed/through Souza&rsquo;s oompas.&rdquo; This is just a piece of the poem, which follows full disclosure with a question, turns the poem into a mirror, and demands the reader look at the image full in the face.&nbsp; A former student of Colby professors Peter Harris and Ira Sadoff, among others, Hoogs leads us back through places we know we&rsquo;ve been but somehow missed the signposts that she adroitly arranges, playing language, hitting just the right&mdash;but delightfully unexpected&mdash;note.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp; &mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> Winifred Tate Ponders the Resilience of Colombian Women Civic Engagement;,Faculty; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Anthropologist Winifred Tate considers the ways Colombian women work and survive in a place steeped in conflict</span></p> Bridging Jewish Communities Faculty;,Students; Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Rabbi Rachel Isaacs links Colby and Waterville, bringing Jewish students and local residents together.</p> Rowing with the World's Best Alumni;,Class Year:Class of 2005 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Rower Steve Whelpley set out to become one of the world&rsquo;s best&mdash;and succeeded.</p> Outing the NYPD's Surveillance of Muslims Alumni; Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">New book coauthored by Matt Apuzzo '00 reveals spying that scrutinized the law abiding and missed real terrorists.</p> Passing the Test Students; Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Real-life accident challenges COOT leaders with worst-case wilderness scenario&nbsp;</p> For First-Gens, Ways To Be "Their Whole Selves" Students; Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) One first-generation college student at Colby was perplexed when a roommate told him parents were responsible for paying for students&rsquo; books. Another student looks for a familiar place to take a break from his new life on campus. &ldquo;Sometimes he goes to Walmart, because that&rsquo;s what reminds him of home,&rdquo; said Tashia Bradley, associate dean of students. &ldquo;He just sits in there for a while.&rdquo; Twenty years after Patricia Marshall &rsquo;94 graduated from Colby, &ldquo;first-gen&rdquo; students still face challenges, but they are finding new opportunities to talk about their experiences. Marshall came from extreme rural poverty and a difficult home life but arrived academically prepared. Other students may have their own sets of challenges. But programs&mdash;instigated by Jessica Boyle &rsquo;12, a first-generation student who pushed for services at Colby for students like her&mdash;are in place, with much more to come, Bradley said.&nbsp; A supply closet offers students school supplies. First-generation students, and others, meet monthly for dinner with guest speakers. Incoming students this fall (53 identify as first-generation) will be matched with student mentors. Bradley has hired two students as first-generation fellows to develop ways to increase awareness and gather resources.&nbsp; <strong>\"It isn\'t enough for us to be in a group and be with ourselves. How do we educate other people to understand our experiences?\"</strong><em><strong>&mdash;Tashia Bradley, associate dean of students</strong></em> &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t enough for us to be in a group and be with ourselves,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;How do we educate other people to understand our experiences?&rdquo; Those experiences often center on socioeconomic issues and what Bradley calls &ldquo;social capital.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;Just trying to figure out where they belong in this environment,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;All students have this experience, but for first-gens, it&rsquo;s an added layer.&rdquo; Many first-generation students can&rsquo;t turn to their parents for help navigating the social, academic, or financial world of college. And they feel they can&rsquo;t reveal this to other students, Bradley said. &ldquo;Often they&rsquo;re ashamed,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;They feel very secretive about it.&rdquo; She said another project, a website for parents and/or guardians of first-generation students about life at Colby, will answer questions that have not been addressed in traditional orientation efforts. &ldquo;It can be super-intimidating,&rdquo; Bradley said. &ldquo;How do we not cut them out of the experience but rather create opportunities so they too can be part of the experience?&rdquo; At one orientation session, she said, many parents were asking about how their children at Colby would have access to the Sugarloaf Mountain ski area, long part of Colby culture. &ldquo;For me that was eye-opening. I could imagine a parent sitting there thinking, &lsquo;One, what is Sugarloaf? Two, why are we talking about skiing?&rsquo;&rdquo; The work Bradley and others are undertaking is aimed at encouraging an atmosphere where first-gen students&rsquo; experiences aren&rsquo;t looked down upon. &ldquo;So they can come and be their whole selves here,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So they can feel this is their institution as well.&rdquo; <em>&mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> Recent Releases Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong></strong> <em><strong>Let the Water Hold Me Down</strong></em><strong>Michael Spurgeon \'92</strong><strong>Ad Lumen Press (2013)</strong>&nbsp; When you&rsquo;re witness to the beginning of a revolution and your future wife serves lasagna to the guerillas, you know you have material for a novel. Michael Spurgeon &rsquo;92 published <em>Let the Water Hold Me Down</em> (Ad Lumen Press) in June with a plot that mirrors his own experiences laced with healthy helpings of invention. Soon after graduating from Colby, Spurgeon spent a year in Chiapas, Mexico, where the Zapatista Rebellion unfolded in 1994.&nbsp; &ldquo;This was far and away the most dramatic moment of my life,&rdquo; said Spurgeon, &ldquo;falling in love with this woman while this conflict was going on.&rdquo; Spurgeon had come home to the United States for the holidays and watched on TV as his girlfriend&rsquo;s apartment was shown at the epicenter of the conflict. &ldquo;The moment I could go back [to Mexico], I did. &hellip; I was politically and socially conscious before the uprising, but I became a lot more aware as a result.&rdquo; Spurgeon&rsquo;s novel is about a young man who has lost his wife and daughter and goes to Mexico to grieve, becoming caught up in the political turmoil just as Spurgeon did. He sees it as a call to action. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping it gets people to say, &lsquo;I have a responsibility to be engaged.&rsquo;\" Spurgeon and his wife now have two children and live in Sacramento, Calif., where he teaches English at American&nbsp;River College. He&rsquo;s also an active volunteer who remembers his commitment to be involved. He created an&nbsp;annual writers conference that lasted seven years, and he organized an affordable creative writing colloquium at&nbsp;his college that has now run for two years. He also created 916 Ink, a literacy project for at-risk youths in Sacramento loosely based on author Dave Eggers&rsquo;s 826 Valencia program. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re about turning kids into published authors. Every child in our program gets published. That&rsquo;s what we do.&rdquo;&nbsp; The 12-week project involves six weeks of writing, six weeks of revising, and a launch party for the resulting anthology that makes parents and kids swell with pride. There&rsquo;s a secret agenda, says Spurgeon: &ldquo;We really want to make them avid readers. We&rsquo;re a literacy project posing as a writing project.&rdquo;&nbsp; Spurgeon was off to Chiapas this summer for a book tour, and he&rsquo;s already been featured on the home page of, a website for English language speakers in Mexico that claims to be one of busiest websites in the world. What&rsquo;s next? He&rsquo;s working on two new novels, both with a political bent.<em>&mdash;Erika Mailman &rsquo;91</em> <em></em> <strong><em>Hawai\'i</em></strong><strong>Mark Panek \'90</strong><strong>Lo\'ihi Press (2013)&nbsp;</strong> This isn&rsquo;t the Hawaii of sun, hula dancers, and Waikiki Beach. Nor is it James Michener&rsquo;s <em>Hawaii</em> or even the Hawaii of <em>Hawaii Five-O</em>.&nbsp; Mark Panek&rsquo;s Hawaii is a place that the tourism industry would like to keep a deep, dark secret. In this sprawling, bowl-you-over novel, Panek blows that secret world wide open, serving up a place that may be paradise but that is also replete with political corruption, racial conflict, drug addiction, and conflicting loyalties.&nbsp; Panek, who teaches at The University of Hawaii at Hilo, takes readers a long way from the familiar. The plot follows the maneuvering of State Senator Russell Lee, who needs to cash in before his leveraged life implodes. Developers, underworld wheeler-dealers, gambling magnates, gangbangers&mdash;this is the Hawaii honeymooners miss. &nbsp; <em>Kekoa knew his own dad never would have allowed it back when he was alive, except that after weeks of getting turned away even for the ten-dolla-whore jobs that these frikken mainland community college dropouts seemed to walk straight into, he&rsquo;d worked it out that the old man would have understood that nowadays Javen&rsquo;s offer was all you had left, the only way to equal Dad&rsquo;s tremendous pride for Hawai&rsquo;i, the only chance Hawaiians had anymore to take charge of their own land, put this place on the map, a map that was looking more and more like a map of California.</em> This is a breathless book, with shifting allegiances, crime kings clinging to power as younger toughs circle like sharks, and backroom deals that worked 10 years ago&mdash;so why aren&rsquo;t they working now?&nbsp; Panek, a New York City native who has lived in Sydney, Tokyo, and Honolulu, is a quick study when it comes to absorbing culture and tradition and creating a sense of place. Serving up Hawaiian brah slang and the double-talk of influence peddling, Panek whips it all into a harrowing froth. It&rsquo;s a Hawaii that&rsquo;s been there all along. This novel will leave you wondering how you missed it. &nbsp; <em>&mdash;Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78</em> &nbsp; <em><strong>Lid to the Shadow</strong></em><strong>Alexandria Peary \'92</strong><strong>Slope Editions (2011)&nbsp;</strong> Emily Dickinson said poetry made her feel as if the top of her head were taken off. For Alexandria Peary &rsquo;92, the sensations are similar. &ldquo;I actually tremble when I read my poem &lsquo;The Gift&rsquo; at poetry readings,&rdquo; she said. The poem arose out of her daughter&rsquo;s premature birth and long hospital stay.&nbsp; This summer Peary received the prestigious Iowa Poetry Prize for her book <em>Control Bird Alt Delete. </em>When she got the call, she reacted with slow-motion pleasure, &ldquo;like some sort of happy pavement was being poured everywhere.&rdquo; Peary&rsquo;s previous poetry volumes include <em>Lid to the Shadow </em>(Slope Editions 2011) and <em>Fall Foliage Called Bathers &amp; Dancers </em>(Backwaters Press 2008). She earned two poetry M.F.A.&rsquo;s (from the Iowa Writers Program and UMass Amherst) and a Ph.D. in composition studies (at UNH) and leads a busy life of scholarship and teaching. Currently associate professor of English at Salem State University, she writes articles and often presents on the art of teaching. She&rsquo;s wrapping up a book currently titled <em>Creative Writing Studies: A Guide to Its Pedagogies</em>, coedited with Tom C. Hunley, for Southern Illinois University Press<em>.</em> &ldquo;I like the balance I think I&rsquo;ve struck in the past four to five years in my career&mdash;I have a lot of play space with the different genres I write&mdash;poetry, creative nonfiction, and scholarship,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Each writing session, I sit down and ask myself, without predetermination, which genre or project I feel like working on right now. And then I follow my writing instincts.&rdquo; Peary urged young writers, &ldquo;Do quality work. Be patient. If your eyes stay on that goal&mdash;of doing art&mdash;and are not distracted by secondary matters like status, acceptance, or attention&mdash;then you may very well have a rewarding life of writing ahead of you.&rdquo; She credits Roberts Professor of Literature Ira Sadoff, as well as visiting professor Laura Mullen, for nurturing her at Colby. &ldquo;Ira&rsquo;s keen insight on language probably tilted me toward my interest in meta language.&rdquo; She grabs inspiration from the visual, the random, the evocative. &ldquo;For instance, with &lsquo;The Entrance of Spring,&rsquo; the image was of a stained-glass window of a blossoming cherry tree that I just happened to see in a fashion magazine while on the Stairmaster at the gym. Just happened to see&mdash;but then I had to deal with the consequences for months, because the image haunted me until I got it right. &ldquo;Writing has formed me. Writing is my form of meditation practice in the sense that it has begun to teach me great patience and self-acceptance: I feel I am in sync with the act of living because of what my writing practice has shown me. I am in love with writing ability&mdash;my own and those of other people.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>&mdash;Erika Mailman &rsquo;91</em> &nbsp; <em><strong>The Destructive Element</strong></em><strong>Harris Eisenstadt \'98</strong><strong>Clean Feed (2013)&nbsp;</strong> Two-sport athlete Harris Eisenstadt &rsquo;98 came to Colby in the mid-1990s hoping to play collegiate hockey and baseball. The Toronto native tried out, only to discover that he&rsquo;d be a benchwarmer on both squads. So he let his dream of athletic stardom die and opened himself up to what he calls &ldquo;the life of the mind in the middle of the woods.&rdquo; He immersed himself in literature, discovering the complexities of Nabokov and Conrad while delving deeply into existentialism. A drummer in his high school band and jazz ensemble, Eisenstadt reconnected with the world of music and percussion on Mayflower Hill. He spent the spring semester of his junior year in Manhattan studying jazz and literature at the New School.&nbsp; This spring with his group September Trio Eisenstadt released his 14th album. Its title, <em>The Destructive Element</em>, comes from a famous passage in Conrad&rsquo;s classic <em>Lord Jim</em>, in which the hero declares his decision to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Eisenstadt juggles his musical career, which includes annual concert tours in Europe, with his work as an assistant professor of humanities at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, where he teaches freshman English, introduction to literature, world music, and Western music.&nbsp; Eisenstadt, who majored in English at Colby, is now living the liberal arts life, performing jazz around the world and teaching the literature that touches him to the core. He earned his M.F.A. in African-American improvisation music from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great balance,&rdquo; said Eisenstadt, 37, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sara Schoenbeck, a freelance bassoonist, and their son, Owen, 4. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll be touring about two months a year in Europe. My department chair values my artistic career, so I can teach some classes online while I&rsquo;m on the road.&rdquo; &nbsp;This summer, Eisenstadt has gigs lined up in Poland, Italy, Spain, and Manhattan. In March he led a group playing for a handful of listeners in the cramped basement of a Brooklyn bar a few blocks from his home. Mindful of the intimate setting, Eisenstadt played softly, with a deft touch, exploring African and Cuban rhythms with his fingers, drumsticks, steel brushes, and mallets as part of a trio that improvised off compositions he&rsquo;d written.&nbsp; &ldquo;This is the reason I moved back to New York in 2006,&rdquo; said Eisenstadt, who is writing a commissioned work for the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra that is set to premiere in November. &ldquo;I do concerts and also these informal, small things. I&rsquo;ve got several working groups and one-offs, like this one with some neighbors. I play to big audiences in Europe, and I come back to New York to play and live my life.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>&mdash;David McKay Wilson &rsquo;76</em> Smashing the Cycle of Poverty Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Patricia Marshall reveals her past to help disadvantaged students have a future</p> Tested on Stage Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>For these students, the exam begins when the lights go down</p> What's On Your Mind? Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Professor Erin Sheets studies how Facebook really makes us feel&mdash;and finds that it isn&rsquo;t always better</p> Q&A: Associate Professor John Turner Academics:History,Faculty; Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Professor John Turner on teaching Islam at Colby and why we all need to know more</p> "Old and Cool" Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Sports-camp coaching turns Colby athletes into mentors</p> Into the Forests of Gondar Green Colby; Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Colby researchers plumb the secrets of Ethiopia's ancient "church forests"</p> Where There Now is a Campus, There Once Were Farms Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: Professor Charles Ferguson (Associate Professor of French, emeritus) spent 28 years in classrooms on the Colby campus before retiring in 1995. &nbsp;In 2008 he took a very different look at Mayflower Hill&mdash;the pastoral land that preceded Colby&rsquo;s move from downtown Waterville. &nbsp;What was there? Who farmed the fields that now are Colby&rsquo;s sprawling lawns? Where were the houses that existed before Colby stately brick buildings?</em> <strong>MAYFLOWER HILL BEFORE COLBY</strong> By Charles Ferguson In the fall of 2008 I began looking into the land Colby acquired in 1931 as the site for its new campus. Starting with Ernest Marriner\'s <em>History of Colby College</em> (1962) and Earl Smith\'s <em>Mayflower Hill</em> (2006), I then looked through the documents and pictures covering the new campus in Special Collections, Miller Library. Once I\'d seen something of the Hill as it was before 1931, I sent an inquiry to the <em>Morning Sentinel</em>, and on December 8 it was published:&nbsp; I\'m seeking records of what Mayflower Hill looked like when it was farmland rising past \"Maple Court\" up to \"Beefsteak Grove.\" If you have memories of the families who once lived on the Hill -- reminiscences, souvenirs, snapshots -- I would much appreciate hearing from you.&nbsp; Thanks in advance for your replies. Charles FergusonEast Several persons responded to my query (one phoned the morning it appeared), and thanks to their recollections and guidance I have been able sketch out this description of the Hill as it was on March 30, 1931, when a dozen parcels of land were deeded to \"the President and Trustees of Colby College.\"&nbsp; Read the story of early Mayflower Hill &gt; &nbsp; Recent Releases Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; <strong><em>Religion and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Mexico</em></strong><strong>Ben Fallaw (Latin American studies)</strong><strong>Duke University Press (2013)</strong> The Mexican Revolution was intended to set off a wave of agrarian and education reform. But, as Ben Fallaw&rsquo;s new book shows, the Roman Catholic Church remained a force at local and state levels and had a profound effect on the extent of state reformation. Fallaw examines the history of Catholicism in four under-studied Mexican states and shows that religious influence frustrated the secular vision of anti-Catholic leader Plutarco Elias Calles and President L&aacute;zaro C&aacute;rdenas. Fallaw&rsquo;s prodigious research and careful analysis have resulted in a rethinking of the process of state formation in Mexico and produced what one critic calls &ldquo;a key text in Mexican revolutionary history.&rdquo; <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: Read a Q&amp;A with Fallaw on ongoing political change in Mexico</em> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire</em></strong><strong>John P. Turner (history)</strong><strong>I.B. Tauris (2013)</strong> Most people know about the Inquisition, which began when Roman Catholic authorities decided to root out heresy in 12th-century France, setting off a process that spread throughout Europe and continued for some 700 years. But the Roman Catholic version came nearly 400 years after the ruling Islamic caliph, Abbasid Caliph al-Ma&rsquo;mun, launched a similar effort in Baghdad, interrogating religious scholars to make sure they adhered to and taught the &ldquo;correct&rdquo; Islamic beliefs.&nbsp; As in the Inquisition that would follow centuries later, those who didn&rsquo;t toe the theological line suffered greatly. And though the Islamic inquisition, known as the mihna, lasted just 15 years, it was a pivotal moment in the struggle between secular and religious authorities. The period was marked by a new definition of heresy, which emerged from a series of trials, vividly recreated by Turner in this new study.&nbsp; Says scholar Sir James Montgomery, Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, &ldquo;The mihna was, as Turner persuasively argues, one of the many complex steps backwards and forwards which culminated in the articulation of sunni Islam.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em></em> &nbsp; On the Golf Course, Father and Son Come to Grips with Life and Each Other Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>Walking with Jack: A Father&rsquo;s Journey to Become His Son&rsquo;s Caddie</em></strong><strong>Don J. Snyder &rsquo;72</strong><strong>Doubleday (2013)</strong> &nbsp; No one can accuse Don J. Snyder &rsquo;72 of living an unexamined life. Novelist, nonfiction writer, and memoirist, the author of <em>The Cliff Walk</em> has spent his career reflecting deeply on relationships, real and fictional.&nbsp; In his latest memoir, <em>Walking with Jack: A Father&rsquo;s Journey to Become his Son&rsquo;s Caddie</em>, Snyder turns his unflinching gaze to the story of his pursuit of a dream&mdash;to caddie for his son Jack, a college golfer with PGA aspirations, on the professional tour. That Snyder had never caddied&mdash;had never even used a caddie&mdash;did not deter him. A few months after a farewell father-son golf trip to Scotland, Jack begins his collegiate golf career at the University of Toledo; Snyder heads in the other direction, the venerable courses of Scotland to begin his life as a caddy. It&rsquo;s 2008. He&rsquo;s a 57-year-old American with a bum knee. One golf course rejects him after learning he&rsquo;s a writer. Another course allows him in, and the professional caddies, a platoon of weather-beaten, philosophizing veterans, see him as a curiosity but take him on. He may be Don J. Snyder the writer back home, but to them he&rsquo;s &ldquo;Donnie&rdquo; who could use a pointer or two. Snyder and his compatriots are like hunting guides, ushering golfers from around the world along the challenging Scottish links, imparting advice like diplomats. Snyder knows his golf and golf history, and the anecdotes are sprinkled like birdies throughout.&nbsp; But this is more a book about a father and son and their fitful relationship than it is a book about golf.&nbsp; Jack Snyder is kicked off the team for bad grades, loses his bid for a full-ride scholarship, and two dreamers&mdash;father and son&mdash;are rudely awakened. But Snyder won&rsquo;t give up on his son and returns to Scotland for a second caddying season. Jack eventually graduates from the university and decides to give the pro tour a shot. Father and son are reunited as golfer and caddy for a satellite tour in Texas.&nbsp; It would spoil the suspense&mdash;and Snyder&rsquo;s hole-by-hole account of the tournament rounds is close to gripping&mdash;to reveal Jack Snyder&rsquo;s fate on the tour. And in the end, this is a book about trying to hold onto something&mdash;children, defining moments, innocence&mdash;that slips through our fingers no matter what.&nbsp; &ldquo;Part of falling in love with all of you when you were babies,&rdquo; Snyder writes of his four children, &ldquo;was believing that I would have you forever. And there was a moment when it became clear to me that I wouldn&rsquo;t.&rdquo; But he won&rsquo;t let go without a fight, or at least without doing everything possible to create those special times and commit them to memory. Even non-golfers will find it worthwhile to follow him around the course. &nbsp; "Let’s Get Dinner Sometime" Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p><br /> <p class="p1">Students practice the lost art of dating</p><br /> </p> Food for Thought Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Documentary Explores Lives of Immigrant Farm Workers in the United States</p> The Secret Is Out Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>More Chinese students choose Colby&mdash;and the liberal arts&mdash;over big American universities</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p> Paradox or Paragon? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Boylan memoir about parenting is a new and powerful love story</p> The Birth of His Nation Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p class="p1">Former refugee Charles Data returns home to take part in the rise of South Sudan</p> To the Colby Community, a Marine Says Thank You Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <strong>Related Stories </strong> <strong> -&nbsp;The Road from Marja -&nbsp;Back On His Feet&nbsp; </strong> The whole of my Marine Corps career involves positions of mentorship if not outright instruction. Rewarding as the teaching aspect of leadership is, it can come with a side effect; you can find yourself seeking opportunities to impart knowledge, which may narrow your vision. Such was the case during my last meeting with <em>Colby</em> Managing Editor Gerry Boyle &rsquo;78.&nbsp; While interviewing me on camera at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in December, Mr. Boyle asked, &ldquo;Is there anything you would like to tell the Colby community?&rdquo; Immediately my mind went to the current student body and my inner instructor came out. As the cameraman packed his gear, that sinking feeling of a forgotten commitment began to develop. I heard my father&rsquo;s voice, &ldquo;Perhaps you&rsquo;d consider taking a moment to reflect and thank those who have selflessly supported you.&rdquo; Shame on me; please allow me to adjust course. Mr. Joe Boulos &rsquo;68. Mr. Boulos was the first Colby alumnus to reach out to me, within days of my injury. Marines are always inspired by those who went before them, and I can only be humbled by his experiences as a Marine aviator in Vietnam. Early on he provided both an &ldquo;Emblem Injection&rdquo; (Marine-speak for a rush of pride despite the trials of Marine life; references the Marine Corps emblem) and a Mayflower Hill injection. He religiously checks in on and provides support to me and my wife, Liz Czernicki Quist &rsquo;98. Semper Fidelis, Mr. Boulos. Professor Jim Meehan was the first person I thought of to provide a non-military recommendation when I was applying to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. His standards were high and he was appropriately unforgiving to those who did not meet them. There was no Colby professor whose work ethic paralleled the Marine Corps ethos more, and I knew if he felt I was unprepared for the challenge, he would rightfully refuse to write the recommendation. He wrote that recommendation and was bedside in the military hospital at Bethesda, on multiple occasions, nine years later. Annie &rsquo;98 and Craig &rsquo;97 Lundsten. Annie and Craig were first on the scene at the hospital bearing magazines, food, and support for Liz in particular. They have always been close friends, and even in the midst of a household move to New England, they were there for us. Nancy Nasse was my recovery care coordinator at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. She spent more than her fair share of time bedside offering guidance and humor. She is married to Dave Nasse &rsquo;99, a Marine logistician. It cannot be easy providing care, assistance, and levity to injured Marines while your own husband is serving in Afghanistan. Adam Davis &rsquo;99 and Heather Hilton &rsquo;99. Both were frequently seen bedside as my recovery progressed; all visits came complete with comfort food. Heather was preparing for a deployment to Iraq at the time. Adam was in the midst of a total home renovation. Thank you guys. Tony Pasquariello &rsquo;99. I read his letter in the fall 2012 issue of <em>Colby</em>. Thank you, Tony, for adding awareness of those classmates serving, and as you stated, thank you for your service, John Ginn &rsquo;97 and Ben Lester &rsquo;99. John Maddox &rsquo;99. I ran into John Maddox, a Naval lieutenant and surgeon, at Bethesda just days into my stay there. I remembered John&rsquo;s involvement with the woodsmen&rsquo;s team, but that was about it. It didn&rsquo;t matter; he was in my hospital room multiple times to see how I was doing. Whit Bond &rsquo;63 and Marian Leerburger &rsquo;84 both heard of my injury through the grapevine. They reached out immediately, offering support and help at any point I needed it. Brent and Jill Stasz Harris, both &rsquo;86, met Liz at a lecture Professor Meehan gave in Washington, D.C. They have kept in touch with us, offering any needed support.&nbsp; President William &ldquo;Bro&rdquo; Adams took time to visit Liz and me early on after surgery. He offered multiple times to help in any way possible. Liz and I could not be more thankful. To the family of Elizabeth Hanson &rsquo;02, the CIA agent who died in Afghanistan. I knew of, but little about, your daughter while at Colby. I can only thank you for creating the hero we have come to know in Elizabeth. She, among others, remains an inspiration and driving force behind recovery and the desire to get back into the fight. God Bless. To my family. To not consider all of you part of the Colby community would be criminal. I do not know how you remained bedside and sane, and I will hold eternal guilt for putting you through all of it. I am truly lucky to have such a family; one that finds and forever holds the additional strength from such adversity. I know I have missed some of the Colby community, but to the whole, thank you.&nbsp; Marines love the camaraderie and &ldquo;smallness&rdquo; of the Corps. It builds lifelong relationships and a huge supporting community. I have experienced nothing like it&mdash;with the exception of that of the Colby students, staff, and alumni. I should have said thank you on camera. I hope this communicates my gratitude as well, if not better. <em>Capt. Erik Quist &rsquo;99, U.S.M.C.</em> <em>Occoquan, Virginia</em> &nbsp; Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) The tag line for Greenlaw&rsquo;s latest? &ldquo;Famed swordfish boat captain Linda Greenlaw faces her greatest battle with nature&mdash;a newly adopted teenage daughter.&rdquo; Fans of the bestselling writer launched by the book and movie <em>The Perfect Storm</em> know Greenlaw as one tough customer. She can wrestle an 800-pound swordfish, manage a crew of obstreperous fishermen, and navigate the roughest reaches of the icy North Atlantic. But guardian of and companion to a troubled teenager? That&rsquo;s a side of the Maine fishing captain that Greenlaw&rsquo;s legions of readers have not yet seen. The memoir, years in the making, begins when 15-year-old Mariah arrives to live with her uncle on Isle au Haut, the rockbound Maine island that Greenlaw calls home. The uncle, new to the island, is thought to be a regular guy coming to the aid of his niece&mdash;until it&rsquo;s revealed that he&rsquo;s been abusing Mariah. Islanders come to the teenager&rsquo;s aid, and the independent Greenlaw is nominated as the best person in the community to provide a safe home&mdash;and to serve as a mentor. Greenlaw, who has no children of her own, is thrust into a new and challenging role. This memoir recounts her journey with Mariah as the unlikely pair learn about each other and themselves. Advance blurbs describe the book as &ldquo;remarkably candid and tenderly funny.&rdquo; Judging by Greenlaw&rsquo;s earlier works, it will also be unflinchingly honest.&nbsp; Recent Releases Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) &nbsp; <strong><em>The Laundry Monster</em></strong> Jeanne Morrison Cook &rsquo;87 Minor Storm Press (2011) Cook&rsquo;s first children&rsquo;s book (there are more coming in the &ldquo;I Can Help!&rdquo; series) was inspired as she waded through real-life laundry generated by four children, a husband, and a dog named Colby. Perhaps not the dog, but the rest of the family dirtied enough clothes to create a monster of a problem. The story unfolds on a day when the laundry really does take on a life of its own, threatening to envelop Mom forever in socks, sheets, and underwear. The kids come up with a way to save her. Not to reveal too much, but Cook&rsquo;s book also includes a couple of pages of laundry tips, including &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Fun To Fold!&rdquo; (She suggests making a contest out of matching socks.) More at; &nbsp; <strong><em>Nets Through Time: The Technique and Art of Knotted Netting</em></strong> Jacqueline Bendelius Davidson &rsquo;59 Maine Authors Publishing (2012) Davidson was introduced to the technique of knotted netting at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. It was an auspicious meeting, as she went to write an award-winning book (honored by the New England Book Festival) about the history and craft of knotted netting. It&rsquo;s a technique that produces everything from fishing nets to fine doilies to bed canopies to Native American adornments. And, as with many commonplace items, careful study and consideration reveals that there is more to knotted netting than meets the casual eye. Netting tools made of wood, bone, and ivory have been passed down through generations. Fishermen knotted nets in biblical times, and they are represented in art on the walls of the pyramids. Davidson traces the history and also offers simple instruction so readers, if they are so moved, may join the long and largely unsung lineage of netmakers.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>A Guide to Groups, Rings, and Fields</em></strong> Fernando Q. Gouv&ecirc;a (mathematics) Mathematical Association of America (2012)&nbsp; Those looking for a way to review and refresh their basic algebra will benefit from reading this guide, and it will also serve as a ready reference for mathematicians who make use of algebra in their work. In addition to the standard material on groups, rings, modules, fields, and Galois theory, the book includes discussions of important topics often omitted in the standard graduate course, including linear groups, group representations, the structure of Artinian rings, projective, injective and flat modules, Dedekind domains, and central simple algebras. All of the important theorems are discussed, without proofs but often with a discussion of the intuitive ideas behind those proofs.&nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>The Roots of a Family: Life in Rural Maine</em></strong> Gail Anne Glidden Rowe &rsquo;72 (2012)&nbsp; What better way to learn about life in rural in Maine than from the story of a family that weathered good times and bad, from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War. Rowe recounts experiences of her extended family, three generations of rural Mainers, including hard-working Irish immigrants, an ancestor who left his bed in a Civil War field hospital to take refuge in Canada, and a roster of hunters, fishermen, and farmers. It&rsquo;s a family story replete with telling details, from the real workday of a dairy farmer to letters home to Maine from the front during World War II. Rowe, retired from the faculty of Southern Maine Community College, writes both a family story and a Maine story, and in the process a compelling and true story of our times.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The Spiritual Life of Colby College: Then, now, next Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) I was 25 years old when I took my first job in college chaplaincy. Tasked with bolstering the programmatic life of Dartmouth College&rsquo;s Tucker Foundation, I operated under the fairly meaningless and entirely made-up title Multi-Faith Program Advisor. Weeks into the job, I was asked to lead a memorial service for an alumni class celebrating its 70th year. I was terrified. I spent my days talking and planning with 18- to 22- year olds of vague and varied religious expressions. What had I to say to alumni older than my grandparents? Had not the context changed so drastically that there wasn&rsquo;t a bridge between? &nbsp; After a few deep breaths and some well-timed advice, however, I regained my stride. For all that had changed over the course of 70 years&mdash;demographics, buildings, job titles&mdash;was not the college experience still made meaningful by deep friendships, hopeful futures, and the pursuit of purpose? Not so many years later and now operating with the almost-as-made-up title Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, I find myself facing similar questions. Especially as we at Colby enter our 200th year: What meaningful connections can be traced back to the Maine Theological and Literary Institution? How does the spiritual life of Colby College today connect with those who came before? What does our Baptist past mean to us as we look forward? The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has declared this the year of the &ldquo;religiously unaffiliated.&rdquo; For those of us working with college populations, this is not especially surprising. Demographically speaking, the landscape of religious and spiritual life has shifted. Based on an incoming survey of the Class of 2016, the stalwart denominations of Colby&rsquo;s past&mdash;Baptists, Congregationalists, and Episcopalians&mdash;make up less than 10 percent of our incoming student body. The population of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists is growing. The Catholic and Jewish populations remain substantive. Fully a third of Colby students come in identifying as atheist, agnostic, or no religious preference. We are officially a multifaith community. Mixed religious families are as normal as nonreligious families. Students&rsquo; parents are as likely to be atheist or evangelical as to belong to a mainline denomination. We have entered an era, according to sociologist Robert Putnam, LL.D. &rsquo;12, of &ldquo;polarization and pluralism.&rdquo; <em>The staffing for the Colby chaplaincy has evolved from college president to director of religion to college chaplain to faculty chaplain to three part-time chaplains to dean of religious and spiritual life. Perhaps the only constant of religious and spiritual life at Colby is change.</em> There are those who will grieve this shifting landscape. Any shared language of faith and religion has surely gone. Cultural Christianity is gone and, without drastic measures, is not going to return. There is, in a sense, no religious &ldquo;normal&rdquo; at a place such as Colby. But one wonders how concrete that shared language or normal ever was. Despite a clear purpose from the beginning to train Baptist clergy, the College never closed its doors on sectarian grounds. And more than half of early graduates went into professions other than the ministry. A 1938 article in the <em>Colby Alumnus </em>by Director of Religious Activities Herbert Newman spoke of a desire to &ldquo;build closer fellowship between various religious groups&rdquo; including, &ldquo;Mohammadean, Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant.&rdquo; Ernest Marriner, Class of 1913, devotes the last chapter of his excellent <em>History of Colby College </em>to religion at Colby. The central goal? Clearly to assure his readership that the &ldquo;sudden divorce&rdquo; from the Baptist church was neither sudden nor a divorce. The staffing for the Colby chaplaincy has evolved from college president to director of religion to college chaplain to faculty chaplain to three part-time chaplains to dean of religious and spiritual life. &nbsp; Perhaps the only constant of religious and spiritual life at Colby is change. Call me an optimist, but such context leaves me hopeful. In the absence of an assumed religious normal, perhaps we can get to the good, hard, and important work of thinking and talking about faith. Recent surveys suggest that while this may be the least religious generation ever, the desired connection to something beyond ourselves is as strong&mdash;if not stronger&mdash;than ever. And despite the shifting landscape, colleges and universities are beginning to understand that holistic education demands some attention to spiritual pursuit. While meaning, hope, purpose, and community are by no means the exclusive property of religious faith, if we are to take them seriously, religion must be on the discursive landscape. Thus, change is underway. Much as it has been over the past two centuries. &nbsp; If you find yourself on Mayflower Hill on a given evening, you&rsquo;ll find both familiar and unfamiliar forms: Catholic Mass and college chapel services of the ecumenical Christian variety happen each week. Shabbat candle lighting and dinners come with sunset on Friday evenings, led by a rejuvenated Hillel and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs. A small group gathers for Juma prayer each Friday at 1 p.m. beneath a list of Colby missionaries dating back to the early 19th century. Though it may not be the norm, interest in traditional religious observance and community is consistent among some students. And such groups will always have a place. Holiday observances&mdash;from Diwali to Carols and Lights&mdash;brighten the dark Maine evenings. And Colby is now home to not one but three meditation groups. Intervarsity and the Global Friends Christian fellowships gather often, and enthusiastically. And budding Quaker, Hindu, and ecumenical Christian student communities are in the process of forming. Some new forms have taken hold this year. A new student multifaith council graces the chapel lounge each Wednesday evening. Together we ponder the ways in which Christians, Jews, Muslims, seekers, atheists, and others are both irreducibly different and undeniably similar. Together, a wide swath of religious communities&mdash;and some others&mdash;are tackling the question of food and hunger in our local community as part of the White House&rsquo;s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. Such groups include members and leaders of the aforementioned religious communities as well as those outside of traditional forms who are yearning for conversation, exploration, and community. Much has changed&mdash;names, forms, demographics, buildings, job titles, and programs. While any semblance of shared language may be gone, we are now free to pursue these deep questions together. And as I sit with Colby students and hear about their hopes and plans and fears, I cannot help thinking those conversations would resonate across generations of Colby students. Students connect to spiritual life through community, in one-on-one conversations, in moments of struggle, and&mdash;even occasionally&mdash;through their studies and quest for a vocation. And we will continue to pursue ways to meet them where they are, in the midst of an always changing &ldquo;normal.&rdquo; To ponder life&rsquo;s biggest questions. To build meaningful relationships. To encounter new ideas and be challenged by them. To find a sense of purpose in life. This is what a place like Colby is for. And this is, at its best, the role of religious and spiritual pursuit. In words penned by Marcia Chaplin as she sailed toward Waterville on the Sloop <em>Hero</em>, &ldquo;To do good.&rdquo; This is what we challenge ourselves to do. And I am ever-hopeful that religious and spiritual life will continue to be an important part of the ever-changing landscape. <em>Kurt Nelson is the dean of religious and spiritual life.</em> &nbsp; Back On His Feet Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Prosthetic device allows injured Marine Corps Capt. Erik Quist to walk, run, sprint&mdash;and maybe lead another day</p> Discovering Miss Runnals Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Samantha Eddy &rsquo;13 learns that a special Colby woman paved the way.</p> Three Sports? For Standout Athlete Kate Pistel Play is Nonstop Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Kate Pistel &rsquo;13 played three sports in high school, so playing varsity soccer, squash, and lacrosse throughout her time at Colby is no big deal to her. But not everyone sees it that way.</p> Silver Tsunami Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p>Colby research project examines challenges facing China&rsquo;s aging population</p> Old Glories Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <strong><em>Catherine Courtenaye &rsquo;79, Modernism gallery, San Francisco (Sept. 13-Oct. 27, 2012)</em></strong> Courtenaye&rsquo;s work is inspired by and incorporates handwritten artifacts of the 19th century. Her oil paintings recontextualize the handwriting in documents she has examined in museums, libraries, and in her own collection. I am especially interested in ferreting out instances of deviation from Victorian writing standards,&rdquo; Courtenaye wrote in an introduction to the San Francisco show. &ldquo;These tiny gestures express an improvisatory spirit at odds with strict rules of stylistic conformity. Here one can see the human impulse to let the mind stray, with pen in hand. &hellip; In my work, I want to remember that, despite the radical social transformations that technology has brought, those ancestors are not so different from us.&rdquo; There is more about Courtenaye&rsquo;s work at Gardner Colby's Remarkable Mom Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) If 19th century philanthropist Gardner Colby is the namesake and savior of Colby College, what of Sarah Davison Colby, the woman who raised him along the Kennebec River and saw her son go from modest beginnings to become a successful Boston industrialist? That Gardner Colby gave the College $50,000 to rescue it from financial crisis in 1864 is remarkable. His mother&rsquo;s story, fictionalized by her descendant Cynthia Lang, is in some ways more remarkable still, as the single-mother persevered through financial reversals and eventually flourished. <strong>Sarah Carlisle&rsquo;s River and Other Stories</strong>Cynthia LangMill City Press (2012) Lang based her story on a 40-page letter Sarah Davison Colby wrote (under the name Sarah Carlisle) to a nephew in 1840, reassuring him during hard times. &ldquo;Having known what such adversity is, I can appreciate the distress you are in.&rdquo; And well she did. Lang&rsquo;s carefully rendered account, including verbatim quotes from a transcription of the letter, takes us back to the Kennebec River towns of the dawn of the 19th century, when shipbuilding was a burgeoning industry. Davison Colby&rsquo;s husband (in a marriage that her parents wouldn&rsquo;t bless) and Gardner&rsquo;s father, Josiah Colby, was an entrepreneur shipbuilder in Bowdoinham, below Augusta, who rode the wave of booming American trade. Colby built ships, opened a chandlery business, and ordered fine furniture from abroad. Life was good, and then came the Embargo Act of 1807, prohibiting trade with Britain, and the War of 1812, which disrupted shipping even more. The highly leveraged shipbuilding industry ran aground. Josiah Colby never recovered. &ldquo;Crushed with disappointments, numb from the shock of his losses, blurred from drink, and unfit for work, my husband could not enjoy, let alone protect, what remained to him&mdash;his wife and children,&rdquo; Sarah laments in Lang&rsquo;s story. The young mother took over, going to work as a seamstress and later moving to Waterville. She scrimped and saved while her husband did odd work to keep himself in rum. &ldquo;Over Christmas I attended an illumination at the college, where a bright candle shone in every window. I met the head, a Rev. Jeremiah Chaplin, and his wife, a very pleasant, open woman.&rdquo; Chaplin offered counsel, and it was decided that Sarah would leave Waterville alone for Boston. She did, became a dressmaker, and was reunited with her children. Her son, Gardner, opened a store, and in his first year made $3,000 profit. The rest is history, and a lovely story that gives readers a sense of the people who lived and worked around then Waterville College and new respect and admiration for those who have gone before.&nbsp; <em>More about </em>Sarah Carlisle&rsquo;s River <em>at</em> Recent Releases Faculty:Faculty Accomplishments Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <strong><em>Alexander&rsquo;s Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors </em></strong>Joseph Roisman (classics)University of Texas Press (2012) Alexander the Great is known as one of the most formidable military commanders of all time. But what of the vaunted Greek soldiers who fought for him, conquering Persia, invading India, and creating a vast empire? Scholars have studied Alexander and his ilk, the heavy hitters of ancient Greece. In this groundbreaking book, Roisman looks at the experience of the Macedonian veterans who made Alexander great. How did they behave off the battlefield? What was their relationship with commanders? What effect did they have on the outcome as successors divided up Alexander&rsquo;s spoils after his death in 323 B.C.? Roisman isn&rsquo;t the first to consider this tumultuous and important period in history, but he is one of the first scholars to look at it through the lens of the rank-and-file warriors who made it all possible.&nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland</em></strong>James &ldquo;Huey&rdquo; Coleman &rsquo;70<strong><em>(2011)</em></strong> Since its release last year, this documentary about jazz legend Marian McPartland has continued to garner acclaim at both jazz and film festivals, and from both the music and general press. Longtime filmmaker Huey (Coleman&rsquo;s professional <em>nom du cin&eacute;ma</em>) has produced an intimate and comprehensive portrait of McPartland, whose illustrious jazz career begged for this sort of treatment. &ldquo;A marvelous documentation of a true artist,&rdquo; said NPR&rsquo;s Susan Stamberg. (More at &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong><em>World of Wonders: the Lyrics and Music of Bruce Cockburn&nbsp;</em></strong>James Heald &rsquo;74Amazon (2012) Heald has written an appreciation of the lyrics and music of iconic guitarist Bruce Cockburn, the first comprehensive look at the works of the Canadian singer-songwriter from the 1960s to the present. While Cockburn hasn&rsquo;t achieved megastar status in the United States, he is revered in Canada, and for good reason, Heald writes. Cockburn is a visionary artist: an engaging and probing songwriter, a spiritual seeker, a truth teller, and an extraordinary guitarist. Heald, a guitarist and singer-songwriter himself, doesn&rsquo;t want us to miss a beat. &nbsp; D-I Vet MacDonald Takes Over Men's Hockey Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) An NCAA Division I veteran who has won national championships as a coach and player takes over the Colby&rsquo;s men&rsquo;s ice hockey program this year. Blaise MacDonald, former head coach at Niagara University and University of Massachusetts at Lowell, takes over the team from longtime head coach Jim Tortorella, who left to become assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire, and Stan Moore, who stepped in as&nbsp; interim coach for the 2011-12 season. MacDonald is the 18th head coach since men&rsquo;s hockey was started at Colby in 1922-23. MacDonald returns to Division III hockey for the first time since the first two years at Niagara. &nbsp;&ldquo;As long as you have standards of excellence, it doesn&rsquo;t really matter what level of play you are at,&rdquo; MacDonald said. &ldquo;You can be a player who exceeds expectations or be a high performer for the team as long as you have standards of excellence.&rdquo; Ravens Assistant GM DeCosta Prepares for Future Role Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) &nbsp; Eric DeCosta is ready. Prior to the 2012 season Eric DeCosta &rsquo;93 was in demand as a possible general manager for several National Football League teams, according to <em>Sports Illustrated</em>. He had spent 15 years with the Baltimore Ravens, but his path to the GM post with that team appeared blocked by long-time GM Ozzie Newsome. Before a possible departure, DeCosta was promoted to assistant general manager. So how will the promotion increase the skill set of DeCosta, 41, a former linebacker at Colby? &ldquo;The biggest thing is I have the opportunity to learn some of the big-picture things,&rdquo; he said during training camp in August. &ldquo;It gives me a chance to see things from a different perspective. I am excited to stay, hopefully to be the GM at Baltimore at some point in the future.&rdquo; &ldquo;The Baltimore Ravens&rsquo; brand has grown to be one of the strongest brands in the NFL,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;We have a tremendous stadium. We have fabulous training facilities. We have a great relationship with [sponsor] Under Armour and a strong roster of players. We have made the playoffs five of the last six years. I think the future is bright.&rdquo; DeCosta joined the Ravens in 1996, the team&rsquo;s first year. He guided the college scouting department for six years and was promoted to director of player personnel in 2009, overseeing college and pro scouting. &ldquo;Being able to delegate is one [skill] I learned from Ozzie,&rdquo; DeCosta said. &ldquo;He steps back and lets people like myself do our jobs.&rdquo; During his tenure as scouting director, the Ravens drafted future All-Pros Terrell Suggs, Le&rsquo;Ron McClain, and Haloti Ngata and quarterback Joe Flacco, who led the Ravens to within a play of the Super Bowl in 2011 (losing to the Patriots in the AFC title contest). DeCosta said his promotion means he is more involved in salary cap issues and all facets of player personnel. He also said he needs to improve his knowledge of league-wide issues and some of the challenges facing the NFL, such as player safety and concussions. &ldquo;Safety is paramount. The clubs understand that. Our players are the future of the game, and we want them to remain safe. ... Without the players the league does not exist,&rdquo; he said. Another issue facing the NFL is the health and future of retired players, many of whom are left nearly crippled after playing the violent sport. &ldquo;The health of retired players is something the league has to spend more time looking at,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We have to make sure our retired players lead a healthy life after football.&rdquo; DeCosta said he is excited about his future with the Ravens but did not give a possible timeline for a GM move. &ldquo;Baltimore has really become a home for my family. I can&rsquo;t imagine leaving for another opportunity. It is the right fit,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp; &nbsp; Scouting in the NFL Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) Mark Azevedo &rsquo;04 had finished his career as a tight end at Colby, but with his playing days behind him, he spent spring 2004 with an eye on his football future. &ldquo;Coach [Ed Mestieri] gave me some work with coordinating possible recruits,&rdquo; Azevedo said. &ldquo;I got my feet wet a little bit.&rdquo; That led to a football position at Springfield College, where he recruited in several states. After that season he joined the Baltimore Ravens, where he is area scout for the Southeast. Azevedo has evaluated free agents and scouted college teams in preparation for the NFL draft. &ldquo;I enjoy the people I work with and the people I meet,&rdquo; said Azevedo. &ldquo;The biggest challenge is being away from home. It gets long at the end of three weeks of being on the road.&rdquo; Poems that Explore "A World of Haunting Absences" Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <em>Given Away</em>Jennifer Barber &rsquo;78Kore Press The lyric sequence comprising Jennifer Barber&rsquo;s <em>Given Away</em> begins in August and ends in August, recording the speaker&rsquo;s interactions&mdash;one almost wants to say &ldquo;intercessions&rdquo;&mdash;with a world of haunting absences where &ldquo;quiet reigns&rdquo; and &ldquo;heat gathers in the crown / of an oak&rdquo; so the speaker can &lsquo;sow the light of reckoning.&rsquo;&rdquo; One might think of <em>Given Away</em> as a travelogue except that, even while traveling in the course of the year&mdash;to Ireland and to a variety of cities in Spain&mdash;the speaker turns real landscapes into a topography of the interior where she seems oddly content to wait &ldquo;for the rain / to start and stop&rdquo;&hellip; and &ldquo;for emptiness to fill / the fireplace&rdquo; in a cottage on Achill Island. The conflict underpinning this section of &ldquo;Achill Island Fears&rdquo; is the speaker&rsquo;s &ldquo;reckoning&rdquo; with a companion who has been gone for three hours when the speaker just &ldquo;wanted an hour alone.&rdquo; But even this brief narrative retelling diminishes the poem&rsquo;s grace&mdash;its almost saintly acquiescence and stillness&mdash;for <em>Given Away</em> is not interested in stories or in the characters who open their mouths to tell them. To borrow a phrase from Robert Hass on Whitman&rsquo;s first truly imagistic poems, the poems of <em>Given Away</em> &ldquo;simply present and by presenting [assert] the adequacy and completeness of our experience of the physical world.&rdquo; Only here, in Jennifer Barber&rsquo;s hands, the goal is not so much to represent the real physical world verbally as to use representative imagery to make a series of portraits of the more internal experience of being a &ldquo;revved-up soul&rdquo; &hellip; &ldquo;in the garden / on the shred of a stalk.&rdquo; That is, the startling images Barber conjures out of the landscape of a year are the real story of <em>Given Away</em>. Even the book&rsquo;s wranglings with thoughts of death and mysterious romantic encounters far from America do not overcome the overarching drama of the speaker&rsquo;s willingness to relinquish or give over&mdash;to give away&mdash;whatever the self or soul is in order to understand &ldquo;the angels on the lid / of the cookie tin&rdquo; more fully. The poems of <em>Given Away</em> are a series of platforms upon which Barber prayerfully retorts to everything&mdash;God, the universe&mdash;because it is the way of this poet to &ldquo;study&rdquo; things and therein to &ldquo;steady&rdquo; them. In this hyperactive, multiphonic age of bits and bits on top of bytes (in which the now archaic-seeming idea of an &ldquo;information overload&rdquo; can seem more and more like information sickness), such contemplative gestures feel essential. A School for Leaders Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) &nbsp; Colby College is the first NCAA Division III school to conduct a leadership academy for athletes through the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. The Colby Leadership Academy develops and supports Colby student-athletes and coaches in their effort to become leaders in athletics, academics, and life, said Harold Alfond Director of Athletics Marcella Zalot. Said Zalot, &ldquo;I know the program will provide the support and skills our students need to effectively lead themselves, their teams, and also be leaders on campus.&rdquo; Janssen also helped develop academies at University of Arkansas, Colgate University, University of North Carolina, and Yale University, among others. &nbsp; A History of Putting a Spin on Vigilante Justice Academics:American Studies,Academics:Womens Gender and Sexuality Studies,Faculty; Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <em>Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives </em><em> of a Community and a Nation</em> <strong>Lisa Arellano </strong>(American studies and women&rsquo;s, gender, and sexuality studies) Temple University Press (2012) Associate Professor Lisa Arellano&rsquo;s research for what would become <em>Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs</em> took her to archives in Louisiana, Idaho, Montana, and California. And though the specific incidents in the accounts and commentary she studied included ostensibly unique events&mdash;measured vigilante justice of the Wild West and brutal racial lynch mobs of the Deep South&mdash;Arellano found herself reading the same narratives over and over. The stories, she writes, &ldquo;all contained similar and recurring formulations such that they were virtually interchangeable.&rdquo; How could that be? Her book, which is more historiography than history, shows that the propagation and ritualization of such violence relied upon a selective reality that emphasized barbaric (and always unprecedented) crime, inept officialdom, and a valorous and even heroic response. Arellano examined the stories attached to vigilante movements in the 19th-century West, and that alone is a fascinating snapshot into that period of our history. There was something distinctly American in this romanticized do-it-yourself brand of justice and commentators of the time. In fact, in one noted study of the time, Arellano shows, the author revised his accounts of &ldquo;popular tribunals&rdquo; before publication to ensure that only the most idealized version emerged. Omitted was the sometimes racially motivated selection of targets by vigilantes (in California Chinese laborers were a convenient &ldquo;other&rdquo;). While it was acknowledged that there were rogue elements, the principled vigilantes, wrote self-published historian Hubert Howe Bancroft, were the embodiment of democracy, &ldquo;watching the welfare of the commonwealth, using force only when all other means fail, using its power with moderation, tempering justice with mercy, and gladly relinquishing its distasteful duties the moment it can do so with safety.&rdquo; The reality was sometimes very different, as some vigilantes in the West included torture and even taking of human trophies in their dispensation of justice, Arellano writes. The skin of one &ldquo;ferocious bandit&rdquo; hung by vigilantes in 1891 was tanned and made into various items, including a medical bag and a pair of lady&rsquo;s shoes (displayed at a local bank in Wyoming).&nbsp; This was justified by the alleged heinousness of the criminals, a rationalization that extended to the narratives that later accompanied southern lynchings, Arellano writes.&nbsp; The &ldquo;uncontrolled criminal conditions&rdquo; that made vigilantism necessary took the form of the alleged sexual assaults on white women by black men. Lawlessness was assigned a racial identity, and in the Jim Crow South it was the chivalric duty of white men to defend their women against such crimes (mostly unsubstantiated) in the most brutal ways possible.&nbsp; Arellano explores the work of Ida B. Wells, an anti-lynching activist whose pamphlets began to erode the southern lynching myth in the 1880s and 1890s. Wells not only described the horrific reality of southern lynching but also helped dismantle the narrative that made it defensible and disguised its role in helping one race control another. It&rsquo;s strong and discomfiting stuff, and Arellano notes that when she teaches this subject her students find it hard to imagine how brutal vigilantism could be explained as heroic or part of an American ideal. But it was and still is, and many of the elements of early vigilante narratives survive today. &ldquo;We need to be fully able to name and understand the construction of this past,&rdquo; Arellano writes, &ldquo;in order to engage with its &lsquo;historically&rsquo; continuing presence.&rdquo; Arellano&rsquo;s goal in this book, she wrote, &ldquo;is to muddy seemingly clear historical waters.&rdquo; She&rsquo;s done that and, in the process, it becomes apparent that this particular form of violence is tied to a carefully constructed and perpetuated narrative intended to obscure our view of our past and ourselves. Believe it at your own risk. Remembering Hugh Gourley Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) It was our summer to visit colleges, and as we walked around the beautiful Colby campus we arrived at the museum. Standing at the door was Hugh Gourley. He was wearing his characteristic impeccably pressed kakis and a colorful tailored shirt. A slight, very proper man, Hugh appeared large as he stood at the door of his museum. This was Hugh&rsquo;s kingdom, a place he built with dedication, determination, and creativity. Slowly he guided us through the galleries. Hugh&rsquo;s love of art was not communicated by lengthy monologues, but by a gentle silence interrupted by morsels of profound information. In his quiet way he told us the history of the museum and the aesthetic reasons why he had placed one work next to the other. Art here did not stand in isolation but in a dialogue that spanned the centuries and created a conversation between different aesthetic movements. By the end of the tour, Bree had decided that this was the place she wanted to go to college. Sidebar: An Enduring LegacyAs he did for so many students, Hugh provided Bree with a very special and profound education, not only in art, but in the ways museums function, exhibitions are formed, collections are created, and collaborations are developed with other museums. Students found sanctuary and stimulation at the museum and Hugh provided a place where they could go, usually unannounced but always welcomed. As he did with us on our first tour of the museum, Hugh offered students the opportunity to see and experience differently. The museum truly was a magical place.&nbsp; We both watched Hugh as he realized his dreams and turned the museum into the jewel of Colby College and one of the great American cultural institutions. When Hugh first became director of the Colby Museum it was just a small college museum without a particular direction or curatorial vision. He soon began growing the collection in a systematic and careful way. Hugh had ambitious plans, and he lived to see them realized. &nbsp; The list of Hugh&rsquo;s accomplishments is long and impressive. When he had the opportunity to build the Lunder Wing, Hugh searched for the best architect for the project. He wanted to work with someone who could design a building that would blend into the campus, adapt the vernacular architecture of Maine, but most importantly be sensitive to the art it housed. Fred Fischer, Paula D.F.A. &rsquo;98 and Peter Lunder &rsquo;56, D.F.A. &rsquo;98, and Hugh produced that building.&nbsp; The same was absolutely true of the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz. Hugh and Alex worked in collaboration with Max Gordon and created a space that not only responded to Alex&rsquo;s work, but provided the perfect showcase.&nbsp; In addition to building an exciting and appropriate physical space for the museum, Hugh remained focused on the art it housed. He identified a need for contemporary art in the collection and, with a strong and supportive board, he aggressively searched for and added not only sole, extraordinary works of art, but entire archives such as the Terry Winters print archive, a magnificent tool for research. In an unusual move for a college museum, Hugh also identified the importance of acquiring public art. Hugh commissioned two bold and controversial pieces. The Richard Serra piece &ldquo;4-5-6&rdquo; is a perfect prelude to the museum. A site-specific piece that stands at the entrance, it alerts the visitor to the depth and range of the collection within the museum walls.&nbsp; In our opinion, one of Hugh&rsquo;s boldest accomplishments during his tenure was the commissioning of Sol Lewitt&rsquo;s <em>Seven Walls</em>. This was a brave move that created a heated but healthy debate about the role of public art. Now,<em> Seven Walls</em> stands as a symbol of a college that is open to dialogue, has an open mind, and encourages creative and forward thinking. &nbsp; Hugh&rsquo;s entire professional career was the Colby museum. When he retired to New York City he spent his days visiting museums and galleries. His love for Colby and art was always informing his life. When visiting a show he would so often say, &ldquo;This would be great piece for the collection.&rdquo; The &ldquo;collection&rdquo; he was referring to was, of course, Colby&rsquo;s. In New York Hugh became a veritable encyclopedia of ongoing exhibitions and art happenings. He experienced the art community in New York much as his adoring students had experienced the art at Colby&mdash;with passion and awe. His favorite place of discovery was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He visited almost daily, taking in one wing at a time. He slowly, methodically, and with an eager eye studied the collection. His elegant figure was seen at openings and lectures.&nbsp; Hugh would often call and ask, &ldquo;Have you seen the new Fred Wilson show (or whoever was recently up and opened)? Would you care to join me?&rdquo; And off we would go on a wonderful afternoon adventure with Hugh. It was always a delight to experience a new show through Hugh&rsquo;s unique, enthusiastic, and informed viewpoint. Hugh&rsquo;s love of art truly knew no limits. When his health began to fail, he retired to what he knew best: the comfort of Maine, his museum, and his very many friends. He lived surrounded by his art books and visitors. We talked to Hugh often. He was always eager to hear of New York goings on, and we were always curious to hear what he was learning through books and friends and to share his thoughtfulness. The many of us who had the luck to be his friend also had the privilege to engage in his conversation and gain his gentle, thoughtful, and informed advice. &nbsp; We like to think of Hugh as a strong tree that grows in the Maine forest, like one would find in an Alex Katz landscape. Under his shade grew many friendships and mentorships and a very particular and vital museum. He shall be remembered as such. &nbsp; A Hand Up Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">Alumni consultants organize to give small businesses a boost</p> Business-Ready Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">Entrepreneurial Alliance has students flocking to the drawing board</p> Joining the Club Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">Ex-refugees, Somali boys have big impact on elite soccer team</p> Hard Hitter Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">In the chemistry lab and on the field, John Gilboy is &ldquo;a no-quit kind of guy&rdquo;</p> Q&A: Zandile Nhlengetwa Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">Personal loss leads to role as leading advocate of nonviolence in South Africa</p> Child's Play Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST (Colby College) <p class="p1">Shelley Wollert wants kids to clamor for Elska, a musical, magical friend</p> A Soul’s Hunger for Community Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:00:00 EDT (Colby College) <p>Monty Hobson reaches out to help others and help himself</p>