Michele Boucher surrounded by family and Colby friends

Care Package

And then she went back to the people who run Sweetser—the Maine nonprofit for which Boucher designed and executed the “secret shopper” project that sent her out in these roles—and reported on her experience with the health care agency’s providers. “Her internship is legendary,” said Sweetser President and CEO Deb Taylor. “She’ll live on in […]
Henry Ackerman ’17

His Own Path '17

Hailing from Seattle, he knew Colby had a strong government department and a strong biology department and planned to pursue both. “I didn’t end up doing either one of those things,” he said, smiling. Ackerman did start his Colby career as a government major, before switching to biology. What he ended up falling in love […]
Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94

Q&A: Paying It Forward/Karlene Burrell-McRae

Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94, a former trustee and an innovative leader in higher education, joined Colby this summer as dean of the college. In this role she will have broad oversight of the student experience at Colby and will work to fully integrate Colby’s academic and campus life programs. She will oversee the several departments that […]

Smallest Creatures Could Change the Big Picture '18

It takes an expansive mind to connect microscopic marine copepods (certain crustacean plankton) unwittingly chomping on floating microplastics with a bigger picture: the planet’s carbon pump and global climate change. But that’s what Brian Kim ’18 decided to investigate during Jan Plan, working with Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist David Fields. The story unfolds with […]
Lisa Arellano

No Easy Answers

In other words, if this is Queer Politics Lite, it’s not for me. “Somehow she had mistakenly thought that we were going to talk about why homophobia is bad,” said Arellano, associate professor of American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. “I think the class would have been about that ten years ago. So […]

Learning from the Road

Born in New York City, Emily Colin ’10 has been at home in the great outdoors since her first toddler’s steps in Central Park. Now she’s spreading her love for road cycling and adventure through her nonprofit—PEDAL for Change—founded with a friend shortly after graduating in 2010. PEDAL (People for Environment, Diversity, Action, and Learning) […]
Meiko McKay ’01

Bigger Picture

McKay is senior program officer for Save the Children, overseeing women’s and children’s health programs in Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Tanzania, and working on Ebola management in Guinea. It’s a tremendous responsibility and the latest stop in a journey that began with McKay’s eye-opening discovery of anthropology at Colby. That led to a […]
BioCarbon drone

Shooting for the Sky '12

Martin Tengler ’12 can picture a time when aerial drones fan out to map vast reaches of deforested land, and then plant thousands of seed pods that will turn wasteland into new forest. In fact, he can show you the video. Tengler is part of a startup called BioCarbon Engineering, the brainchild of a team […]

Lifting the Curtain '89

When as a sophomore Susan Stucker ’89 agreed to manage the Colby Symphony Orchestra, she didn’t know she was setting the course for her entire career. Stucker is chief operating officer for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She joined the organization a couple of months after graduation and has been with it ever since—with no […]

Hiding in Plain View

Clare Byarugaba, the 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow, is a prominent advocate for LGBT rights in Uganda, where a law was recently passed that outlawed homosexuality and “promotion” of it. She continued to work under threat of arrest and violence, and her photograph was published in a popular Ugandan tabloid, identifying her as “a gay […]