Historic photograph of Waterville Main Street

From Newsboy to the Corner Office

As a teenager, Lewis Lester Levine, Colby Class of 1916, stood on the sidewalk in front of what was then the Waterville Savings Bank every Sunday, peddling newspapers. Levine, who grew up in a very modest household in the city’s North End, had regular customers who chatted with him and left him a tip. One […]

The Painter from Maine

Gerry Boyle ’78 Managing Editor Colby Magazine Following in the Footsteps of “the Painter from Maine” It was a truly remarkable feat. A child born to immigrants in a Maine mill town, whose mother died when he was young, who left school at 15, goes on to become one of the most important American artists […]
Former Vice President Joe Biden at Commencement

A look back at the #YearofColby

It starts at the top Get to know President David A. Greene and his vision for Colby. Colby students are changing the world Last year we followed Benard Kibet ’18 as he made a life-changing contribution to his village in Kenya. This story, Maji, just earned one of the highest accolades in higher ed. But […]
Elly Bookman '09

Q&A: Elly Bookman ’09

The poet and teacher speaks to Colby Magazine about publishing in The New Yorker, 5 a.m. writing sessions, and the inspiration of middle-schoolers.
Russ Cole retirement dinner

Russell Cole Retires After Pushing Colby to New Scientific Heights

As Oak Professor of Biological Sciences, Cole taught a variety of biology and ecology courses; led regular student research trips to Belize, Bermuda, and other locations; and published nearly continuously during his Colby career. From bog shrubs to rodents in Hawaii to Argentine ants, his interests were myriad, and student researchers were often coauthors. Even […]
Alyson Churchill '17 and Oriana Battifarano '17 examine late Permian rocks on the Bethel Farm, Free State, South Africa, where the end Permian extinction event was thought to have occurred.

New Clues to a Mass Extinction

An article in the October GEOLOGY magazine concludes that we need to reconsider the global collapse model long used to explain how ecosystems responded during those mass extinctions. Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo is the lead author, with scientists from South Africa, Canada, and the United States as coauthors. Their latest evidence suggests that […]
Cedric Bryant

Of Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, and (Atticus) Finches

Time, it seems, has radically altered, or perhaps more accurately, simply revealed, Atticus Finch’s complex views on racial equality, “due process,” and “equal protection”—basically all the best parts of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. In narrative time this stunning revelation has happened in just 20 years, between the 1930s era of To […]

No Break after Stanley Cup Win

After winning the franchise’s sixth Stanley Cup in June, Chicago Blackhawks players were feted before 2 million people at a downtown parade in Chicago and then stepped into a well-deserved summer break. Not Mark Kelley ’80. As the Blackhawks senior director of amateur scouting, Kelley enjoyed three days of family time and then flew to […]

How Soon We Forget

When super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, hit the Philippines in November 2013, the damage was catastrophic. An estimated 6,000 people died and 3.6 million were displaced or otherwise affected. More than a year has passed, but I haven’t forgotten. My father was born and raised in the Philippines, and […]

Tapping New Markets

Every spring a bit of natural magic takes place in millions of maple trees across the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. Days thaw, sap begins to run, and enterprising farmers collect and boil the watery liquid down into viscous, delicious syrup. Or not. Maple sap, it turns out, is a nutritious, tasty, and hydrating drink […]