Summer 2012 Contents
Homeless in high school, Jessica Boyle '12 fought to make Colby a place where students from all backgrounds can thrive.
After 38 years as dean, vice president, dancer, and friend, Janice Kassman retires. But her legacy lives on.
From the Hill
Victoria Esser '94 has her finger on U.S. government's digital diplomacy
Jean-Jacques Ndayisenga ’13 on economics, giving back, and why there's more to Rwanda than the movie
Students become collaborators in Professor Adam Howard's study of affluence and education
Bernhard Professor Paul Machlin conducts farewell concert, ending a 38-year run
Tribute gives Wadsworth Professor of Economics James Meehan a reason to learn how to use Facebook
Creative writing class sends students into the community, with recorders, to tell stories in sound
Nonprofit builds industry in Latin America and Africa by going beyond microfinance
Track team walk-on Dominique Kone '13 sprints to two national championships
Three years, three trips to the NCAA Div. III quarterfinals
From a remote biology research internship, the national champion answers questions by e-mail
Painting Stories of Hope
The Art of Attraction
Editorial & Opinion
How many Colbians does it take to walk across the country?
Thirty-five plus, say Nick Tucker ’10 and Sam Rouleau ’10, former Colby roommates who tapped the Colby community as they walked coast to coast, a 3,000-mile trek that ended in Los Angeles in March.
They crossed the country in seven months, stopping along the way to work to “inspire change and do good.” Their community service efforts, and the monumental achievement of walking from Maine to California, were inspiring to many. But Tucker and Rouleau say they also were inspired by the support... Read more »
Where Have All the Letters Gone?
Editor’s note: There was a time when we worried that comments left in the online version of Colby would siphon off actual letters to the editor. No more. Now we find that comments in the online magazine have been replaced by comments on Colby’s Facebook page.
Of course this reflects changes in technology, the advent of social media, and the ways we now communicate. And as you can see, we have evolved with the times—we are now using Facebook comments on a page once reserved for letters to the editor. That said, we are concerned that we aren’t hearing from readers in the substantive... Read more »
||Mike Eckel ’93 (“Managing @StateDept”) is a writer and editor who has reported throughout the former Soviet Union and much of Southeast Asia for the Associated Press, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, AOL News, and other publications. He currently spends his time writing for the Christian Science Monitor, studying for his master’s degree at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and tweeting at @mike_eckel.
||Alexis Grant ’03 (“Fueling the Engine of Growth”) is an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist. She worked as a journalist for six years, first at the Houston Chronicle on the health beat and later at U.S. News & World Report covering the job market. Now she’s growing her own business, helping small businesses with blogging and social media, and selling digital guides and courses at alexisgrant.com. Follow her on Twitter at @alexisgrant.