NEW FACULTY ADDITIONS
With the growth of the college in number of students there has inevitably come
about an increase in the number of members on the teaching staff. This increase
in Faculty members has not been due altogether to the growth of the College
numerically but to the desire of President Roberts and the trustees to lessen
the number of students to each Faculty man. Smaller divisions of classes has
been the rule and the wisdom of this is becoming daily apparent. Last year
several new men were added to the teaching stay, and these have, with one
exception, been reselected for another year of service. This year, eight new
additions are to be noted, making a total of 25 Faculty members.
A brief account of the additional instructors added this year is given below. Without exception, they are men of pleasing address, most of them having had teaching experience, and all of them with long theoretical training. Four of them have received the degree of Ph. D. from leading universities.
Thomas Brace Ashcraft, Ph. D., is the new head of the department of mathematics to succeed Professor F. J. Holder, resigned. Professor Ashcraft was born in Marshville, N. C., attended the public schools of his native town, and was graduated from the Wingate High school. He entered Wake Forest college in North Carolina, graduating therefrom with magna cum laude honors, and with the degree of A. B. in 1906. He was principal for a time of the Wingate High school, and then entered Johns Hopkins. During his last year at the University he was instructor in the Polytechnic Institute of Baltimore. In 1911 he was granted his degree of Ph. D. from the department of mathematics in Johns Hopkins.
Edwin J. Roberts, Ph. D., is the new instructor in Chemistry to succeed David M. Youg, A. M., resigned. Dr. Roberts was born in Laconia, N. H., and is a graduate of the New Hampshire College, class of 1906. From New Hampshire College he entered Yale University and obtained his Ph. D. degree from the department of Chemistry in 1911. While a student in Yale, Dr. Roberts was an assistant in the laboratories of the Chemistry department.
Frank Burnham McLeary, A. B., one of the new instructors in the English department, is a native of Maine, having been born in Farmington, his present home. Mr. McLeary is a graduate of the Farmington Normal school and has had experience as a teacher. He entered Harvard College in 1907, and after three years of study, received the degree of A. B. He did graduate work in Harvard in the department of English.
Henry E. Trefethen, A. M., is a new instructor in the department of mathematics. Mr. Trefethen was born in Wilton, Maine, educated at Wilton Academy, Kent's Hill Seminary, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1881. For over 25 years he was connected with Kent's Hill Seminary during four of which he served the institution as its president. He is a contributor to astronomical and mathematical journals. In Colby he has classes in mathematics, astronomy, and Latin.
Frederick Warren Grover, Ph. D., has been elected to the position made by the resignation of Professor Gilbert Tolman, of the Physics department. Dr. Grover was born in Lynn, Mass. He was graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, with the degree of S. B.; from Wesleyan University in 1901, with the degree of M. S.; from George Washington University in 1907, with the degree of Ph. D.; and from the University of Munich, in 1908, with the degree of Ph. D. Since graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Grover has held the following positions: In 1899, he was Volunteer Observer at the Harvard College Observatory; 1899-1901, he was assistant in Physics and Astronomy, Wesleyan University; 1901-1902, Instructor in Electrical Engineering, Lafayette College; 1902-1904, Laboratory assistant, Bureau of Standards; 1904-1907, Assistant Physicist, Bureau of Standards; 1907-1908, studying in Germany; 1908-1911, Assistant Physicist, Bureau of Standards; 1911, Associate Physicist, Bureau of Standards. Dr. Grover has written many valuable articles for scientific journals, many of which have appeared in the Bulletin issued by the Bureau of Standards.
Sherman Brown Neff, A. M., one of the new instructors in the English department, was born in Bolton, Missouri. He was educated at the Ridgeway High School, Ridgeway, Missouri, entering the University of Missouri in 1901. In 1907 he attended the summer school at the University of Wisconsin, after which he entered Yale college, receiving his degree of A. B. in 1908. A year later he received his Master's degree from Yale, and in 1910, his Master's degree from Harvard College. During 1910-1911, he continued his graduate work in English in Harvard University.
George B. Obear, Ph. D., is the new instructor in the department of Physics. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has done graduate work at Brown University.
Arthur J. Adams is the newly elected athletic director. During the spring of 1911, Mr. Adams was engaged as coach in track athletics at Colby and his work proved so satisfactory that he was engaged for the present year as director. He has had long experience in the work of coaching athletic teams. He first served as coach at the Concord (Mass.) High School, then at Pinkerton Academy, Derry, N. H., then two years later at Brewster Academy, Wolfboro, N. H. After his work at Brewster Mr. Adams was engaged in business until he came to Colby.
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