In This Issue

– From the Director…
– Event Recap
– Upcoming Events
– Colby Cares About Kids Draws Largest Number of Volunteer Mentors in Program History
– Colby Ties: The Waterville-Colby Alliance
– Abbott Matthews ’13 Travels to Bogota with Goldfarb Center’s Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant


From the Director…

It is now spring break at Colby, and although the halls in Diamond are quiet, the staff in the Goldfarb Center is preparing for a busy lineup of programming to round out the spring semester. We are thrilled to host some incredible guests, including former U.S. Senators Alan Simpson and George Mitchell, renowned author and Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and leading gun-control scholar Robert Spitzer, among others. We’ve worked diligently to provide the greater Colby community with access to an array of topics and perspectives, and we anticipate this lineup will not disappoint.

The success of the Colby Cares About Kids program continues to astound me. Under the leadership of CCAK Program Coordinator Lori Morin, the program has a record-breaking 486 Colby students actively mentoring one-on-one with children throughout the greater Waterville area. This leads to upwards of 700 school visits each week! It is an incredible testament to the immeasurable impact a dedicated group of volunteers can have in a community, and I’m so proud of the work they do.

With the wind in our sails, it’s also time to look toward the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.  A main goal for the Goldfarb Center is to incorporate fresh, innovative programming, and the possibilities are exciting. Programming ideas come many sources – students, faculty, staff, community partners – and we hope from you, too. If you have an idea, we hope you will share your thoughts with us. It could be the very idea that sparks a whole new line of novel programming for the Goldfarb Center.

Best Regards,

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Daniel M. Shea
Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center


Event Recap

Conservationists, technology integrators, and election scholars are among the guests and Landscapespeakers hosted so far this semester. The Goldfarb Center partnered with Colby’s Environmental Studies Program and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy to host over 100 attendees for the Large Landscape Conservation Conference in early March. The successful event provided students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts in the field of large landscape conservation from North America and beyond. 

The inaugural faculty lecture exchange between Colby College and the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State brought Mikhail Makeenko, a specialist in media theory and economics at Moscow State. Makeenko is the author of two books on the U.S. media and more than 30 scholarly articles. During his residency, he provided an insightful lecture to a standing-room only audience about media censorship in what is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous countries to work as a journalist.

TechConnectTechnology integrators serving K-12 schools from across the state attended the Maine Tech Connect conference hosted by the Goldfarb Center in March. The full-day conference included featured speaker Phillip Nyhus, associate professor of environmental studies at Colby, who led an insightful discussion about the ways he uses mapping software in the classroom to meet his teaching goals and the needs of his community.

The Goldfarb Center also hosted four political scholars from across New England to explore potential trends formed through the 2012 election cycle, including Super PAC’s, microtargeting, novel voter mobilization, record-breaking fundraising, the gender gap, early voting, and much more. The panel includes Ray La Raja, associate professor of political science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jennifer Lucas, associate professor in the School of Politics at St. Anselm College; Michael Franz, associate professor of government at Bowdoin College; and Tony Corrado, professor of government at Colby.  Daniel Shea, professor of government at Colby in addition to his role as director of the Goldfarb Center, moderated the panel.  Leaving plenty of room for discussion with members of the audience, the panelists interpreted recent data and shared their thoughts and perspectives on what these recent trends will mean for future elections.


Upcoming Events

April will prove to be one of the Goldfarb Center’s busiest months of the year. If you are in the area, please join us for one of these upcoming events.

RobertSpitzerApril 2:  The Architecture of the Gun Control Debate, 7 p.m., Diamond 122
“Gun control has proven to be one of the most enduringly contentious, even acrimonious issues in American politics. I set out to discover why.”  Author and Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY Cortland Robert J. Spitzer will explore the issue of gun control and politics in light of recent events. Spitzer plans to lead an active audience in an engaging discussion of the many facets of this hotly debated issue.
 
April 3:  Leadership Unplugged with Tim Hussey, President and CEO of Hussey Seating, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Parker-Reed Room, Alumni Center
The Goldfarb Center will host the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Unplugged program, which serves as a series of conversations with Maine leaders around issues of economic importance. Tim Hussey ’78 is president and CEO of Hussey Seating Company, a family business that has thrived in Maine for 178 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colby in 1978 and his M.B.A. from Cornell University in 1982. He is co-chair of the Maine Economic Growth Council and serves on the boards of RSU#21 School District and EducateMaine.  He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

April 3: The Camera as an Instrument of Observation: Recent Photographs from Cuba and Vietnam, noon, Parker-Reed Room
Professor Cal Mackenzie first saw Vietnam as a soldier in 1970. He traveled to Vietnam again in January 2012 for a six-month Fulbright Fellowship. He’ll show slides of Vietnam and Cuba and reflect on his journeys to the two countries.

A_SimpsonApril 10: George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series, Alan K. Simpson Keynote Speaker, 7 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium
The Goldfarb Center is pleased to welcome former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson for the 2013 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture. Simpson served as the U.S. Senator representing Wyoming from 1979 to 1997. In 2010 Simpson was appointed as co-chair to President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Eskine Bowles, which led to the creation of what is commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles Plan. Through this effort, Simpson and Bowles were able to garner a bipartisan majority of 11 out of 18 Commission members to support a final debt reduction plan. Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell will be the special guest for the evening and will provide the lecture’s introductory remarks.
 
April 26: Common Ground? Facing a New Reality With Compassion and Conviction, Noon, Diamond Building
Colby and Maine Association of Nonprofits will partner to hold the fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Held each spring, the conference features Colby’s Philanthropist of the Year award and a nationally recognized speaker on nonprofits and leadership. This year’s event will focus on bringing community leaders together to start down the pathway of bringing civility back to the conversation and finding common ground in defining a new system dynamic.

The conference begins at noon with a keynote address by Professor Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and concludes with the Maine Philanthropy Awards dinner and celebration.

This year’s statewide recipient of the Maine Philanthropy Award is Roxanne Quimby. In 1989, Quimby and her business partner started Burt’s Bees, a cottage industry that evolved into an internationally renowned personal care products company. A passionate and dedicated philanthropist, Quimby established two foundations. The first awards grants to nonprofit organizations in support of the environment and the arts, and the second is an operating foundation that owns and maintains 120,000 acres of wilderness in the North Woods of Maine. Quimby also serves as the founding director of the Quimby Colony, an artist-in-residence program located in Portland, Maine. In the summer of 2010 she was appointed to the National Parks Foundation by its chair, Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Space is still available in the conference, and those interested should visit www.NonProfitMaine.org or call 207-871-1885.
 
MayLeonard_161resize 1: Health Care Reform and Access: The Road Ahead, Noon, Diamond 146
Barbara Leonard ’83, vice president for programs at the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), will discuss current issues related to health care reform and access to health care at the state and national level. Leonard will also share emerging information from several of MeHAF’s grantmaking and policy research activities. The Maine Health Access Foundation is the state’s largest private, nonprofit foundation focused exclusively on health and health care.


Colby Cares About Kids Draws Largest Number of Volunteer Mentors in Program History

CCAKColby Cares About Kids continues to gain student interest, and this academic year it has reached an all-time high of 486 active mentors. New faces are important, but some familiar faces deserve notice. The Class of 2013 will graduate 131 seniors who were previously involved in the program.  More notable is the duration of their involvement. CCAK requires an initial commitment of three semesters, and three quarters of the senior class exceeded that expectation. These three- and four-year relationships with a child will leave a lasting impact within the greater Waterville community and on the seniors themselves.

Photo: Emily Shankle ’13 is pictured with her mentee, Breuanna.


Community Ties: The Colby-Waterville Alliance

The Colby-Waterville Alliance (CWA) strives to encourage positive collaboration between Colby College and the City of Waterville. The CWA mission is to bridge the divide between the campus and the city, particularly through the sharing of ideas and experiences in order to foster understanding and respect among all members of the community.
 
The 2012-2013 academic year has seen an expansion in many of the CWA’s initiatives. A number of events held were aimed at highlighting the diverse aspects of the community. For example, the highly successful Burst the Bubble program held each semester included an array of events that focused on engaging all members of the community. The annual Battle of the Bands was held in March. A Taste of Waterville concentrated on supporting local businesses as well as raising money for a local organization. CWA continues to introduce students to a growing number of local business through monthly tasting events. A collaboration with Waterville’s PechaKucha organization has allowed the program to tap into the broad range of vibrant interests within the community through evenings of presentations by individuals about their passions.
 
CWA plans to continue encouraging a positive environment for all members of the community by working with both on- and off-campus organizations in the coming years. For more information about the program, please contact Associate Director Alice Elliott at aelliott@colby.edu.


Abbott Matthews ’13 Travels to Bogotá with Goldfarb Center’s Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant

The Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant provides students with an opportunity to conduct research on topics related to public affairs and civic engagement across the globe. Abbott Matthews ’13 shares her thoughts on her research trip to Colombia and its impact on her college experience.

Abbott_Matthews“This past January, I was able to travel to Bogotá, Colombia, with the help of the Goldfarb Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant and spent nearly a month conducting fieldwork for my senior honors thesis in Latin American studies. My research analyzes the use of political graffiti at la Universidad Nacional in Bogotá by alternative, and mainly leftist, parties. The graffiti that covers every white wall at the university nearly always has a political slogan or message that cleverly seeks to critique something about the current political system. Since the 1991 constitution was ratified in Colombia, there have been attempts at restructuring the way that political parties are able to engage in campaigns and elections. As a result of several of these reforms, their relative success and failure, and the perpetual political violence in Colombia’s history, alternative ‘third’ parties, movements, and/or associations are increasingly taking to the walls to express their frustrations. Ultimately, I believe that political graffiti is a great lens through which Colombia’s political system can be critiqued. Bogotá was truly a special experience and solidified my passion for Latin American politics. I’m looking forward to presenting the final product at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.”

The Goldfarb Center offers an array of funding opportunities for students and faculty. The deadline for 2013 grant applications is April 5, 2013. For more information, please visit the Goldfarb Center’s website or contact Associate Director John Turner at jpturner@colby.edu.