May 21, 2020

Dear Friends of the Goldfarb Center,

During extraordinary times like this, the true strength and character of an institution is exposed. If you are an active member of the Colby community, you have likely already heard of Colby’s Pay It Northward campaign, which promises to secure jobs for each of its 2020 graduates. No other college is doing this. It is an ambitious pledge only made possible by the large network of Colby alumni, parents, and friends who understand that their support is needed to help graduating seniors navigate the job market during an economic disaster. It shows that Colby is an institution prepared to shift priorities and put its resources where and when it is needed most.

How can you contribute? If you can offer a job, or if you know of a potential internship for a Colby senior, you can help. Consider reaching out to your network to see what opportunities exist or could be created to give graduates meaningful professional experiences that will shape their future. Short-term or volunteer opportunities can work. Be creative. To learn more about Pay It Northward, I encourage you to listen to President David Greene’s interview on Marketplace Morning Report and read the press release. Then, go to the Pay it Northward website and fill out a form to join the Colby network of friends who have the ability to step up and help out.

The Goldfarb Center has been busy. First and foremost, last week we held remote student elections for the Goldfarb Student Executive Board. It was an exceptionally tight race, and we want to congratulate the winners: Co-chairs Gen Cazalez ’21 and Andrew Ordentlich ’22, and Class Representatives Meredith Allen ’21, Lukas Alexander ’22, Lauren Gervais ’22, Halle Carroll ’23, and Josué González ’23. Their leadership is critical now more than ever as we reimagine public affairs programming during a pandemic. I look forward to their ideas and energy.

I am also pleased to share with you that, thanks to a generous donation from Patrice Franko and Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Center will be awarding the first-ever Franko-Maisel Prize for Public Policy to a senior who has demonstrated a commitment to public affairs while at Colby and is planning a career in public affairs. The cash prize is a testament to Patrice and Sandy’s decades of leadership and impact at Colby, as well as a needed boost to a senior who may have a non-paid internship or need help with relocating. We will announce the winner in early June after graduation.

Your feedback is always welcome. Reach out to me at to tell me about your connection to the Goldfarb Center. As I spend the summer working on a strategic plan and overhauling the website, I want to hear from friends like you about what has kept you engaged and inspired.


Kimberly Flowers

Executive Director

Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs