In This Issue
– From the Director
– Jan Plan in Action
– Spring Events
From The Director
Happy New Year!
All is well on Mayflower Hill. These days, however, I am too often reminded of Robert Frost's line that, “you can't get too much winter in the winter.” Perhaps, but we've been experiencing an ol' fashioned cold snap with few days nudging over 20 degrees — and many hovering near zero!
And yet, special moments abound. Driving home from the office last night I noticed a few dozen students on Johnson Pond playing hockey, twirling on figure skates, or standing around having a grand time. Don't 20-year-olds feel the biting cold? Perhaps the tug of Jan Plan camaraderie is omnipotent. I doubt they even noticed that Miller Library was ablaze, illuminated by yet another spectacular sunset. It was a fleeting, picture-perfect moment.
A few days earlier we were all so impressed by a story in the Morning Sentinel of how a large group of students from the Colby Volunteer Center chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day service in the community. One of the students commented, “I wanted to give back to people that have come before me, and this seemed like a great way to do it.”
So even with the darkness and cold come special Colby moments.
At the Goldfarb Center we have been busy running a few Jan Plan programs and laying the groundwork for a busy spring semester — as you will read below. I am pleased to announce that our 2014 George Mitchell Distinguished Lecturer will be former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota. Senator Daschle was a key player in many of the most consequential policy debates in the last three decades, including health-care reform, and it will be a thrill to have him on campus. Additionally, we will have the honor of bestowing the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Service Award on U.S. District Justice D. Brock Hornby of Maine. By all accounts, Judge Hornby has had an exemplary career, earning the deep respect and admiration of his peers.
As always, we hope you will join us at some of these events. And, who knows, perhaps you will witness yet another special Colby moment. They happen all the time!
Wishing you the best in 2014,
Daniel M. Shea
Jan Plan in Action
During Jan Plan the halls are notably quiet and many students are either home or abroad, but activity at the Goldfarb Center continues. This Jan Plan it included a unique field trip and the introduction of a new initiative to serve the greater community.
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Day of Service
More than 75 Colby students set out to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service Jan. 18. Inspired by President Barack Obama's United We Serve program, the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC) reached out to six local organizations, ranging from retirement homes to animal shelters, to offer volunteer hours in whatever way would be most beneficial to their operations. That translated into students spending the day washing dishes, organizing food pantries, walking dogs, playing bingo with elders, and much more.
“We are pleased to report that the numbers exceeded our expectations, allowing us to have an even greater impact on these deserving organizations,” said CVC Co-director Josh Balk '14.
Photo: Gift Ntuli '14 makes a new friend at the Waterville Humane Society.
On Jan. 10 the center offered its third Uniquely Maine field trip. The program was established to bridge the gap between the greater community and Mayflower Hill by confronting important but perhaps less obvious public policy questions. It also provides an opportunity to meet some of the people and see some of the places that make Maine unique. A group of more than 20 traveled to the town of Hope to meet Rosie and Opal, more commonly known as the “Hope Elephants.” A hidden Maine gem, the facility that houses Rosie and Opal operates as a nonprofit to provide a caring home for injured and aging elephants. The organization also provides an educational program that inspires visitors to participate in wildlife conservation.
In the afternoon the group enjoyed guided tours of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Celebrating Maine's role in American art, the Farnsworth offers works from many of America's greatest artists.
For more information about the Uniquely Maine program, please contact Assistant Director Alice Elliott at email@example.com.
Feb. 10: Russian Media and the 2014 Olympics, 7 p.m.; Diamond 122
Ekaterina Sivyakova, lecturer in journalism, Moscow State University
As a specialist in public policy and political journalism, Sivyakova has written extensively on the role of media in shaping political discourse in Russia, on the protest movement of 2011-12, and on issues of civic engagement and social media. Her visit will coincide with the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cosponsored by the Russian Department.
Feb. 11: Arts and Revolution in Egypt; 7 p.m.; Diamond 122
Jessica Winegar, associate professor of anthropology, Northwestern University
Anthropologist Jessica Winegar will talk about contemporary Egypt and art, her academic specialty. Her visit will coincide with an exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art featuring contemporary Egyptian artists.
Feb. 13: Maine State Legislative Panel; 7 p.m.; Diamond 122
Four members of the Maine Legislature will discuss opportunities and challenges facing the state today. The panel will include Maine State Representatives Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston), Robert Nutting (R-Oakland), Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham), and Gary Knight (R-Livermore Falls).
Feb. 14: Colby Cares About Kids Documentary Sneak Peek; 11:30 a.m.; Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
The Goldfarb Center is pleased to host guidance counselors and school administrators who have helped make the CCAK mentoring program one of the best in the nation. Lunch will be served and there will be an advance showing of a new documentary film about CCAK.
Feb 24: Colby Cares About Kids Film Screening; 4:30 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Members of the Colby community are invited to a screening of the CCAK documentary and a Q&A period with CCAK film director Dana Rae Warren.
Feb. 27: True Life After Colby; Noon; Diamond 146
Mitchell Bartkiewicz '07, assistant principal and science teacher, KIPP Memphis University Middle School
As part of the True Life After Colby lunchtime talk series, Mitch Bartkiewicz '07 will share his experiences in the education field and provide advice for those soon to enter the workforce. Bartkiewicz is the founding assistant principal and a science teacher at KIPP Memphis University Middle School, and he will move into the role of principal in the coming year.
March 7: Uniquely Maine: Hardwater. Ice Fishing, Dinner, Film Screening, and Discussion; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Maine Lakes Resource Center
Hardwater is a made-in-Maine feature-length documentary exploring the state's quirky, oft-misunderstood ice-fishing culture. Filmed over the course of three winters in 11 Maine counties, Hardwater was produced, directed, and edited by Daniel Sites and Ryan Brod. Brod, a registered Maine fishing guide, will lead an afternoon of ice fishing, which will be followed by a dinner and film screening.
March 11: Life After War: America's Veterans Today; 7 p.m.; Diamond 122
Quil Lawrence, NPR Veterans Correspondent
America's newest veterans have stories to tell, stories of their time at war but also of their transition back into life at home. Award-winning NPR correspondent and Maine native David Aquila “Quil” Lawrence seeks out these veterans' stories, which cast light on the unusual and often hidden challenges facing our veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawrence will recount some of their most memorable stories and share some of his own. Cosponsored by the Anthropology Department.
March 14: Annual Maine Nonprofit Leadership Conference; All Day; Diamond Building
The Goldfarb Center will team up with the Maine Association of Nonprofits for the sixth annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference. This year's theme will be “Leadership from the Ground Up.” This year's keynote speaker will be Paul Schmitz, author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up.
March 19: Policy Tools for Mitigating Carbon Emissions; 11:30 a.m.; Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
During his visit to Colby, Economist and Stand-Up Comedian Yoram Bauman will take part in a lunchtime panel discussion about mitigating carbon emissions, which will include potential topics such as carbon taxes, policy tools to address greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change mitigation and adaptation as it relates to Maine. Cosponsored by the Economics Department.
March 20: Maine Technology Integrators Conference; All Day; Diamond Building
Technology integrators representing K-12 schools throughout the state will discuss challenges and opportunities they face in infusing technology in the classroom to help educators meet their teaching goals and develop new approaches to learning. The keynote speakers will be renowned education technology scholar Elliot Soloway of the University of Michigan and his colleague Cathleen Norris, Regents Professor of Learning Technologies at University of North Texas.
April 6: Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award; 5:30 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
D. Brock Hornby, Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Maine
The greater Colby community will join jurists from around the country to honor an outstanding United States federal or state judge who embodies the qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity, and judicial craftsmanship exhibited by longtime Colby friend and community leader Judge Morton A. Brody. D. Brock Hornby, this year's recipient of the Brody Award, has served as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine since 1990.
April 8: Lecture with Dr. Ross Zafonte; 5:30 p.m.; Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Ross Zafonte, chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative and the Goldfarb Center will host Dr. Ross Zafonte, who will discuss issues relating to new research and developments in concussion management for those involved in high school and college sports programs.
April 16: Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture; 7 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Thomas A. Daschle, former U.S. senator from South Dakota and majority leader
Each year this series welcomes a prominent foreign policy leader to campus for a lecture to foster interaction among students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George Mitchell. Daschle served in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005. He is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader. During his tenure Daschle steered the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges. In 2003 he chronicled some of those experiences in his book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever.
May 9: Colby Cares About Kids BBQ; Alfond Athletic Center
Nearly 400 grade school and middle school students will meet their mentors for an afternoon of food, games, and activities to celebrate another successful year.