Gleanings from Earl Smith's campus newsletter, FYI, including:
attack of the killer squirrel,
Susan Sterling on dogs in Europe,
a tribute to Carl Nelson
and more. . .
Assault with a Bushy Tail
Anyone who's spent time on Mayflower Hill knows our friendly chipmunks. Several buildings have them as pets, and security dispatcher Joe Roy even had one that would come indoors and climb onto his head. The gray squirrels are usually more standoffish. Early this fall, one juvenile squirrel set up shop at the south entrance of Miller Library and chased away anyone who tried to use that door. "It would run up to people and scare the crap out of them," said Security Officer Ron Cutter, who took the call. Working solo, Officer Cutter rerouted traffic and, armed with just a cardboard box, approached the perpetrator. When the squirrel parried, Ron brought the carton of justice down swiftly. He sat for an hour with his feet on the box flaps waiting for Waterville's animal control officer. Happy ending: Ron reports the young rodent was deemed healthy and was treated at a squirrel rehab facility in Vassalboro and released.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its
Fall 2000 All-Academic Team, which consists of the top five men and women
from each conference school. Each must have a GPA above 3.35. Colby's classroom
stars are: Justin Amirault '01 (Plymouth, Mass.) soccer; Chris
Cogbill '02 (LaCrosse, Wis.) cross country; Jason Cummings '02
(Pittsfield, Maine) football; Drew Johnson '01 (Minneapolis,
Minn.) football; Sara Lovitz '01 (Fairfield, Maine) soccer;
Maria Mensching '02 (Newburyport, Mass.) cross country; Jon
Ryder '02 (Willington, Conn.) soccer; Carolyn Szum '01 (Amherst,
N.H.) soccer; Jessica Weisbein '01 (Rydal, Pa.) volleyball;
and Mary Zito '02 (Manhasset, N.Y.) field hockey. We salute
A flock of wild turkeys was spotted milling around the Colby sign at
the Mayflower Hill Drive approach to campus in September. . . . The
biggest applause line at this year's freshman matriculation convocation
came when Parker Beverage (admissions) told the assembled Class
of '04: "One of you is named Colby, and none of you is named Bates or
Bowdoin"a fine welcome for Colby Schroath '04 from Garrettsville,
Ohio. Meanwhile, at a small liberal arts college down the turnpike,
Amanda Colby, a standout volleyball player for Bates, was recently in
the news as a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year . . . and you may
remember a hard-fought Colby-Bates volleyball match two or three years
ago, when Ms. Colby was the standout player for Bates and Jackie
Bates '98 was the standout player for Colby. . . . Timothy A.
Meckel '95 was one of 32 graduate student-aid recipients singled
out for Outstanding Mention by the Geological Society of America, for
a proposal "of exceptionally high merit in conception and presentation"
Tim is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin. . .
. The kindness of security officer Tim Lynch, who went out of
his way to help a recent visitor at the Museum of Art, resulted in a
generous gift to the museum's art acquisition fund. The check arrived
out of the blue with a note commending Tim as "an excellent ambassador
To the Dogs
"Who Let the Dogs Out? Europeans!" says sometimes Colby teacher Susan Sterling. In a November 26 essay in the travel section of The New York Times, Sterling writes about the abundance of dogs that she, husband Paul Machlin (music) and daughter Erica saw while traveling in Europewhile their own dog was in a Maine kennel: "Perhaps, as my acquaintance suggested, I was romanticizing European dogs, seeing them as embodying qualities of order and freedom our own restless and excitable American dog lacks."
Retired director of Colby's health services and lead athletic trainer Carl Nelson is the subject of an article in the November issue of NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) News. The piece recounts Carl's illustrious 34-year career at Colby and as a national leader in the growth of athletic training as a profession. "I can't say enough about the small liberal arts college with a great attitude toward recognizing individual pursuits," Carl says. "Colby College is great!"
Congratulate Ken Gagnon, who, so far as we can tell, is the first-ever full-time Colby employee to take a seat in the Maine Senate. Ken, a Democrat, defeated Charlie Gaunce in the District 14 race, 8,979 to 7,587, winning all seven of Waterville's wards and the towns of Mount Vernon, Benton and Winslow as well. The director of administrative services at Colby, Ken has a modified appointment, which allows him to tend to legislative duties.
A Tangled Web We Weave
The installation of President Bro Adams was webcast around the world on October 21, marking the first time ever that a major Colby event was made available live on the Internet. While it is impossible to know how many people tuned in, the off-site server recorded 645 requests. Credit Karen Oh '93 in the Communications Office, who spearheaded the venture, and our helpful colleagues in information technology services as well.
Tom Tietenberg (economics) and Wendy Naysnerski Morrison '90 are editors of a new series of publications that explore the influence of economics on the development of environmental and natural resource policy. The series is published by the International Library of Environmental Economics. Morrison, who formerly taught at Middlebury, is now at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Pretty "High Touch"
Folks like to borrow the marketing term "high touch" when describing Colby's very personal approach to student services in their myriad facets. There are always plenty of examples, but we think it will be tough to top the high (geographic, if not otherwise) touch of our elegantly mustachioed registrar, George Coleman. While on vacation in Prince Edward Island last summer, George, remembering the name of an entering freshman from that land who had not yet pre-registered for classes, went to the house, knocked on the door and got the job done.
Long on Computers
Colby's information technology services director Ray Phillips reports that more than 2,000 cubic feet of computers (measured in their boxes) were distributed on campus this fall. One quarter of Colby's fleet of 1,200 College-owned computers was replaced. ITS crews set up 300 new machines and reallocated 250 "old" ones. Seventy-six percent of the new machines run the Macintosh system, 24 percent the Microsoft Windows.