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I just read the fall Colby and was thoroughly impressed when I read the article "A Global Forum" about the Davis-United World College program. The diversity that Colby students are now being exposed to has always been so critical for intellectual and personal growth but is even more important as the world becomes more complex and interactive. I also believe the opportunity for students from other countries to learn about Americans is at least, if not more, important. Additionally, the excerpt from President William D. Adams orientation address for the Class of 2006 addressed, at least in part, the criticality of this diversity. How else can we learn "a respect and tolerance for individuals not simply in the way in which they are like us but most especially in the ways they are not like us"? For the last 20 years I have been an Army officer and have served in numerous places in the U.S. and overseas, including the Balkans and Southwest Asia. My service has allowed me an opportunity to meet and work with people from about two dozen countries. These were great learning experiences for me and, I believe, for those with whom I interacted. These are the types of experiences that Colby students can now take advantage of before they "go out into the world." I think that is absolutely fantastic. It is just one more reason I am proud to say that I am a Colby grad.

Paul C. Veilleux '82
Storrs, Conn.


Having graduated in the spring of 2002, I am writing to you first hand about life after Colby, something I hope would be of extreme interest to the college community. After examining Colby's latest Strategic Plan, I am not convinced that the initiatives are focused clearly enough on what Colby needs to make its educational experience more effective. I feel strongly that the principal gap in my education was the lack of mental and practical preparation for the ineluctable job market following graduation. While at Colby, I earned the honors of Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, yet I have spent the last five months in an unemployed smog of conflicting ideologies. Colby gives its students the coveted privilege of studying academics in great depth, for the pure wonder and challenge of the subject. Professors at Colby have the ability to engage students with such a passion that the here-and-now of the classroom can very much become a student's reality. The comprehensive design is such that the student must embrace this passion in many diverse subject areas. This premium placed on diversity of ideas and perspectives is one of the most important lessons learned at Colby. The view of the world as limitless, creative and beautiful is our liberal arts view. I know that the exquisiteness of humanity and the marvel of the world will continue to enrich my life eternally. While I strongly believe the ideas espoused in the previous paragraph, its lofty intellectualism is a clear example of the ideological smog mentioned earlier. The smog develops when one is no longer in the Colby world; the subsidized, liberal arts world. I can honestly say that my Colby education was so here-and-now, so intellectualized, that I gave no consideration to what will happen when I am no longer a student. Obviously, much of the lack of preparation must be attributed solely to me and my failure to recognize the world beyond Colby. However, if Colby's ultimate goal is for a total, rounded education of its students, then it seems that a major piece of the puzzle is missing. As a student, I was led to believe that by graduating from such a prestigious institution, my diploma alone would yield all the keys to the world. Sadly, just as I graduated, the world changed the locks on its doors. . . Such a notion seems naïve and absurd to anyone in "the real world." Yes, but I really felt that way, and so did many of my Colby colleagues. Therefore, I believe Colby's education could be strengthened immensely by devoting more attention to students' preparation for life after Colby. Professors are so wrapped up in what they're teaching that few have the insight to ask what you, the student, plan to do with your newly acquired knowledge. Do you have plans at all? Do you know that by not studying certain things you are limiting yourself in the job market? Do you know that there is a job market? Do you know that in a market there is competition, and our country loves a good competition? Again, these concepts are so blatantly clear to me, no longer a student, being unemployed in a slumping economy. But at Colby, I was simply not asked to consider any of it as reality, and I know that hurt me and many others. Perhaps students could meet with some kind of career counselor or mentor, early on (like first week, freshman year) and often. Someone who is an opposing force, if you will, to the professors who are stuck forever in academic, intellectual Colby land; someone to even things out and force the student to start thinking about how they're going to put food on the table when it's not slapped on your plate by the guy at Dana. In other words, for $37,200 plus travel expenses, I expect my alma mater to devote more resources toward making sure its students know that Colby is a tiny world, a preparation for the big world. Silly meetings with career services during junior and senior year are not enough. Professors and career counselors would do their customers a great favor by making an effort to acknowledge that Colby ends after fours years, and accordingly train students for the impending, inevitable job market that students will have to face.

David C Hauser '02
Shaker Heights, Ohio


We appreciate your willingness to include in the Fall 2002 issue our article on John Hedman (class of 1895). However, it appears that in the final editing process two key points were omitted from the text. We'd like to state them here. First, the article is based largely on primary source materials located in the college archives and, in part, we sought through this publication to demonstrate the richness of the Colbiana collection as a research resource. Special Collections contains many fascinating, untold stories for students, staff and faculty to explore.

An important non-Colby source of information for the article was John Hedman of the Washburn/New Sweden area, descendent of John Hedman '95. The second key point is that our archival research and conclusions were greatly enhanced by Mr. Hedman's contributions of family history and personal memories. We are dismayed that our acknowledgment of his contributions was deleted and we wish here to thank him publicly for his help.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify these two omissions.

Pat Burdick
Special Collections Librarian

Luis Millones-Figueroa
Assistant Professor of Spanish


Your profile of David Donnelly '91 (Colby, summer 2002) demonstrates two things: his unwavering commitment to campaign finance reform and his lack of political acumen. Congressman Tom Andrews did not, as Donnelly believes, lose his Senate bid because of a lack of campaign funds. He lost because a Republican tidal wave developed in 1994, his support for gun control alienated voters in [Maine's] 2nd District, and moderate Republican Congresswoman Olympia Snowe's views fit the state better than did Andrews's unbridled liberalism. Why is this important? Because if Donnelly understood the political process a bit better, he might have a more sensible view of campaign finance.

Stuart Rothenberg '70
Editor/Publisher, The Rothenberg Political Report
Washington, D.C.


I just received a postcard advertising new wares from the Colby bookstore. One featured item was the word "mules" across the "butt" of gym shorts. Considering our school mascot is the ass, I was wondering if this nomenclature was considered.

Cinda Jones '90
North Amherst, Mass.


I am always delighted to receive my copy of Colby because it is interesting and keeps me connected to my alma mater. In the latest issue was a review of Linda Greenlaw's The Lobster Chronicles. I recommend highly to everyone the Chronicles as well as her book The Hungry Ocean. I saw Linda interviewed on C-Span, which inspired me to get her books. Keep up the good work with the magazine.

Connie Daviau Bollinger '45
Cincinatti, Ohio

 


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