In This Issue

– From the Director
– Event Recap
– Madison Louis ’13 Finds Her Focus with the Colby Volunteer Center
– Colby Cares About Kids Hosts CCAK BBQ
– Colby Volunteer Center by the Numbers
– Coming This Summer: Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine

From the Director

If you have visited our website and browsed through our events calendar in the past few months, you are well aware that the Goldfarb Center has just concluded a very busy spring semester. In addition to a full calendar of events, we celebrated another successful year with a record-breaking number of Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) mentors and were fortunate to partner with several outstanding nonprofit organizations to bring in community leaders from across the state. We are certainly moving forward with the wind in our sails.

The end of the year is also a time of transition. We had an incredible group of seniors graduate this week, and it is bittersweet to know they won’t be joining us again (at least, in the same capacity). I am pleased to share, however, that the students who will return in the fall are remarkably talented on many levels, and we look forward to working alongside them for another year of programming and initiatives in the Goldfarb Center.

To that end, the planning process for the fall is well underway. With new approaches to event programming, a healthy dose of new initiatives in the works, and the development of new ways to communicate with students, alumni, parents, and friends like you, there is much to look forward to.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. As an invested partner, we want to hear from you!

Daniel M. Shea

Event Recap

Mitchell Lecture064The Goldfarb Center hosted a wide array of events through the spring semester. The Center’s premier spring event, the George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture, took place April 10 and featured former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson. Simpson spent the entire day with the Colby community, where he engaged in a very active classroom discussion with government majors, visited with faculty and administration, and took a brief field trip to tour the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine. He gave a candid and insightful lecture in Ostrove Auditorium, which was filled to capacity. Introductory remarks were provided by special guest former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell.

DSC00146Author and Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY Cortland Robert Spitzer joined the Goldfarb Center in April to explore the issue of gun control and politics in light of recent events. Leaving plenty of time for discussion, Spitzer, considered a top scholar of gun control policy, engaged the audience on many facets of this hotly debated issue.

The Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government Cal Mackenzie first saw Vietnam and Cuba as a soldier in 1970, then made a return trip 42 years later as a Fulbright Scholar. Each time, he explored the countries’ people and places through the lens of a camera. The Goldfarb Center hosted a lunchtime lecture with Mackenzie, who shared his stunning photographs and reflected on his personal experiences.

Philanthropy Awards021 1The Goldfarb Center partnered with the Maine Association of Nonprofits to hold the fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference, the largest nonprofit leadership conference in the state. Professor Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of the best-selling book Bowling Alone, provided the opening keynote remarks.  The day concluded with the Maine Philanthropy Awards dinner, which recognizes philanthropists and volunteer community leaders at the state, local, high school, and college level. This year’s state-wide recipient was Roxanne Quimby, philanthropist and co-founder of Burt’s Bees. Additional award recipients included Stanley Marshall Jr. with the Community Award, Georgeanne Oliver with the High School Award, and Matt White ’14 with the Colby College Award.

BostonEventThe Goldfarb Center went on the road to Boston, Mass. for a special reception to introduce Director Daniel Shea to alumni and parents April 23. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the many different programs of the Center and ways to get involved. Several students representing different aspects of the Center’s programming made the trip to share their experiences about how their involvement had an impact on their college careers. Pictured here are Director Daniel Shea, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer, Madison Louis ’13, Grace DeNoon ’15, and Noah VanValkenburg ’13.

Rounding out the event’s calendar this spring was Barbara Leonard ’83, vice president for programs at the Maine Health Access Foundation, who led a lunchtime lecture to discuss current issues related to health care access and reform in the state. 

Madison Louis ’13 Finds Her Focus with the Colby Volunteer Center

madiThe Goldfarb Center is fortunate to work with a group of talented, engaged students who set a high standard for future generations. One of the center’s most dedicated and involved student leaders, Madison Louis ’13, shares reflections about her time with the Goldfarb Center and how it has prepared her for her future.

Coming to Colby as an undeclared major, Louis was unsure of where here college career would take her. After becoming involved in several volunteer opportunities offered by the College, she was encouraged to join the leadership team of the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC). Her knack for leadership and passion for volunteerism allowed Louis to rise quickly through the ranks of the student-run organization, and by the time she reached her senior year, she was serving as the CVC’s executive director. 

“I attribute much of my growth as a leader and professional to my time with the CVC,” she said. “I learned hands-on how to manage and lead a team, write grants, develop and implement programs, and make connections in the community, just to name a few things. It is an experience that I know will serve me well in my future career, and I am so glad I had the opportunity. I don’t think I would have been able to do all that I have anywhere other than Colby.” 

Louis was recognized by the College with two highly regarded awards — the Dean Ninetta M. Runnals Scholarship Prize and the Condon Medal — for her many accomplishments while at the helm of the CVC. After graduation, Louis plans to return to Boston, her hometown, and intern for Seed Global Health. There she will assist the nonprofit in their efforts to strengthen health systems in resource-limited communities.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about Louis and several of her fellow seniors in the Goldfarb Center’s inaugural issue of its yearly magazine. Please see the article in this issue for more information about the new publication slated to be mailed in August.

Colby Cares About Kids Hosts CCAK BBQ

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Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) held its largest event of the year, the CCAK BBQ, May 9. More than 400 mentees representing grade schools and middle schools from across the greater Waterville area met their mentors in the Alfond Athletic Center for several hours of fun activities and a barbeque lunch. The event is held each year to provide each mentoCCAK124 1r and mentee an opportunity to celebrate their time together and recognize another successful year for CCAK.

There are many seniors graduating who have served as mentors for their entire Colby career. In fact, over the course of their four years at Colby, this year’s seniors have donated a total of 14,736 hours, valued at over $250,000 worth of services to Waterville-area school systems.

For more information about CCAK, please visit


Colby Volunteer Center by the Numbers


Each year, the leadership team in the CVC comes together to review and measure the results of the center’s volunteer programming. The CVC is pleased with their results this year — the student-led organization enlisted the help of 374 program volunteers who provided an incredible 4,151 hours of service in to the greater Waterville community.

The CVC’s premiere annual event, Colby Cares Day, was held April 20. Now in its 17th year, Colby Cares Day brings together hundreds of Colby community members for a day of volunteer service throughout greater Waterville. This year, close 350 volunteers provided much-needed volunteer services to 30 organizations ranging from the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter to the Hart-to-Hart farm. Colby Cares Day received considerable media attention, including an article in USA Today as well as Waterville’s Morning Sentinel.

The CVC also started a new initiative this year called “Good Deed of the Week” with the goal of not only recruiting more Colby students to volunteer, but also increasing the organization’s outreach in the local community. The CVC was able to enlist 152 Good Deed of the Week volunteers, which amounted to 382 hours of volunteerism — all in addition to its normal programming.

The CVC has already begun making its plans for the fall, which will bring exciting new initiatives to engage a whole new class of Colby students in their good work within the community.

Coming This Summer: Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine

The Goldfarb Center is pleased to announce it will launch a new, hard-copy magazine, which will be mailed to those like you who have expressed interest in the Goldfarb Center. Slated for publication each August, the magazine will feature an overview of the year and a preview of future plans for the center. For more information, please contact Assistant Director Amanda Kitchen at