Liam O’Brien and Alane O’Connor ’96 confer in O’Brien’s office at Colby

A Better Way

Before she became an addiction-medicine specialist, O’Connor ’96 studied environmental economics at Colby, and for several years consulted on pollution cleanup and nuclear waste storage. O’Brien first studied physics and mathematics, eyed medical school, and early on put his analytical skills to work for a psychiatric hospital. O’Connor went on to earn a doctorate in […]
Charlotte Wilder '11

All the Tools

So I tap the phone and, sure enough, there’s the story, freshly posted. It’s about the former (as in fired) NFL coach Jeff Fisher and what he’s been up to, other than being the butt of running jokes about football mediocrity. Wilder starts it like this: Jeff Fisher is careening down the side of a […]
Devin Gibbs '14

Doors Pushed Open

As he waited to hear from Colby admissions Devin Gibbs ’14 received an invitation. The letter offered to pay for all his expenses to bring him to campus so he could get a feel for the school. What it didn’t say was he had, in essence, been admitted. Gibbs, who lived in Waterville just minutes […]
Carl Lovejoy ’79 talking with resident

Stepping In

Lovejoy was approached by a board member of a group that ran nonprofits. The group was considering addressing the problem of acute adolescent anxiety—kids who are bright, talented, often have every advantage, and yet are no longer able to bring themselves to go to school. To play sports or music. To have friends. Listening to […]
Cam Coval ’16 and Francisco Rodriguez outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Portland, Oregon

Opening Doors

It’s a common story for people imprisoned in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Thanks in large part to Pueblo Unido of Portland, Oregon, the man was released and able to return to his family and job, assured that he would never be deported. Since April 2017, when Cam Coval ’16 and Francisco Rodriguez […]
Charlotte Wilder '11

On Track

At 29, Charlotte Wilder ’11 has arrived. She’s the youngest senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where her contract was negotiated by her agent at Creative Artists Agency. Her long-form stories about everything from the NFL to the demolition derby at Maine’s Union Fair are both finely crafted and digitally successful. The TV show, The Wilder […]
Marion Thompson Osborne, Colby Class of 1900 (Mrs. Duncan Matheson) with speculative voiceprint. 2004-5. Mixed media (charcoal, monoprinted oil paint) on paper. 44 x 30”

Ground Breaker

Drawn by artist and Colby Visual Resources Curator Maggie Libby ’81, this portrait of Colby’s first female African-American graduate, Marion Osborne (Class of 1900), was displayed at the University of Maine at Farmington Art Gallery from Feb. 7 to March 14. Libby’s exhibition, Across References: Mapping the Paths of Glaciers, Rivers, Women’s Lives, also included […]

Colby Confidential

Dearest Colby Alumni, I have a secret to share. Please do not tell anyone—not even yourself. But I love being class correspondent! Oh sure, I try to make out like it’s an effort. Occasionally I complain about how busy I am or my impending carpal tunnel. But it’s all a deliberate act. Truly, I have […]
Jane Brox portrait photo

Quiet Time

Jane Brox ’78 Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2019) The idea first came to Brox after a visit to the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque in the south of France in 2001: “I was so taken by its architecture and the complex understanding of […]
Women getting ready to pull the chariot of the living goddess Kumari in Kathmandu

Women at the Helm

But I was gripped by a mix of emotions. Nervous at the responsibility shouldered upon me, overwhelmed by the sea of people swarming around, excited about fulfilling a long-held dream, and grateful for the opportunity. The procession was part of Yenyaa, the weeklong Kathmandu festival celebrated by the Newars, the oldest inhabitants of the Kathmandu […]