A Tabloid Fellowship?
While reading the admiring article on alumnus and press baron Kevin Convey’s arguably scalawag empire (“Ink In His Veins,” fall 2011 Colby), I found my natural satisfaction on reading about a fellow grad who’s found the tenacity and ingenuity to achieve his vision mingled with a strange unease. As near as I can define that unease it consisted of wondering if Mr. Convey, in gratitude for his recognition by Colby, should offer us money for a fellowship modeled after, say, the Oak Fellowship, but in this case to hire a tabloid crusader or maybe a visiting poet of tabloid “haiku,” whether we would find our own vision compromised.
I also wondered if Mr. Convey ever considered hiring a repentant English major from his old school and, if so, whether he would consider yours truly.
James Foritano ’65
On Botswana, advertising and the liberal arts
As an anthropology and biology double major turned marketer, I welcomed reading President William D. Adams’s essay, “On the Liberal Arts and the Lesson of Steve Jobs,” (fall 2011 Colby). While its critics may see it as unfocused and impractical, as the president points out, one of the values of a liberal arts education is in the exploration itself. Through exploration, students develop “basic intellectual capacities,” which they can then use to excel in any field. For instance, one of the most important things I learned at Colby wasn’t a particular skillset, but rather the skill of how to learn—something I have been able to consistently apply as I teach myself the world of marketing. Yet perhaps a less recognized but equally deserving value of a liberal arts education is how the seemingly unrelated knowledge accumulated during a student’s “exploration” can directly impact one’s future career. For instance, who would have guessed that Jobs’ calligraphy course would influence his design of the Mac, or that I would discover my love of advertising in a public health clinic during my Botswana study abroad? During economic times that may cause many to doubt the value of a liberal arts education, I’m thankful for President Adams’ reminder of the benefits of an education like Colby’s (some of which we many not even consciously be aware of), and for pushing us to keep exploring.
Darcy Taylor ’08
- A news article in the summer 2011 issue of Colby included a report on the granting of an honorary degree to Adelaide Cromwell, who directed the African Studies program at Boston University. The article incorrectly reported Cromwell’s age. She is 92. We regret the error.
- Due to an editing error, the title of Euripides’ Electra, by Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Classics Hanna M. Roisman was misspelled in the spring 2011 issue. Colby regrets the error.
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In the almost five short years that I’ve been out of college, I have worked for Make-A-Wish, freelanced as a Spanish interpreter, freelanced as a writer/editor, taught child development classes on the side to children in the Midwest, and am currently on the marketing team of a non-profit providing transitional housing and social services to families with children fleeing domestic violence and homelessness. I used to think I was scattered and had too many interests to settle down and pick one path. Now I know that I am blessed with an incredible skill set and the tools I need to live out each and every one of my dreams no matter how big or small they may seem. Colby kept my spark for living and DOING alive and continues to do so as I make connections and hear about the amazing things my classmates are accomplishing.
Mariah Buckley ’07
I entered Colby knowing what I wanted to do for a career. I left Colby and worked in the Human Services field. I never followed the career that I had desired (I wanted to join the Foreign Service), but I learned how to learn while at Colby. The twists of life have brought me a wonderful son (who wants to go to Colby!!!) and my working hard at my MBA.
Steven Witherell ’91
I graduated from Colby with a major in Religion/Philosophy with intent to become an Episcopal priest. However, my father, a Maine superintendent of schools, suggested that I take education courses in order to support myself until I went to Seminary. I ended up spending 40 years in education, 29 years as superintendent in Fairhaven, MA. At the same time I served 62 years as a lay Eucharistic Minister in the Dioceses of Maine and Massachusetts.
Lynwood Harriman ’49
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