“We’re so impressed with Colby today. It’s remarkable to see how successful our classmates have become as a result of our time together,” says Mike Schafer. Mike is in his ninth year as head of school at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. Both Kimball and Colby were founded in 1813, which leads Mike to hope that the bicentennial celebrations don’t conflict, as is often the case with alumni weekends. “The schools share some interesting similarities in their founding, particularly in the longstanding coeducational missions. On a campus visit and interview with our daughter, I had a chance to read excerpts of Professor Bassett’s Colby history, especially the “modern” era—our years—and read the deliberations on the fraternity issue. From my perspective as a school head, I found the entire process fascinating from an educational and leadership standpoint. While there are varying viewpoints still on the whole matter, it was a courageous and I think prescient decision that has helped position Colby today as a leading school of its kind. We have a number of Colby alumni on the faculty—most recently we added Cole Conlin ’94. We’re well represented by Kimball students in Colby’s current student body and enjoy hearing about their engagement and success. We also have a number of Colby alumni whose children attend KUA and last year graduated the son of Chris Murphy ’82.” Mike and Gayle’s daughters study at KUA, Joanna, a freshman, and Hannah, a senior. Their son, Jon, 11, loves life as a “fac-brat.” * Mair Sirakides Hill celebrated her 50th birthday by spending two weeks in Australia. Her oldest son is a freshman at Tufts. * We send prayers to the family of Norman Crook ’52, Becky Crook Rogers’s dad, who died last October. Becky works part time at the YMCA in central Ohio and leads new staff orientations. She’s gone back to school to obtain a human resource management certificate. She’s also raising her second Canine Companion puppy, Steel, a black lab-golden retriever cross. Her son, Michael, is a sophomore at Ohio State studying international law and will continue on to law school. * We’ll need details, but Katy Spencer Donovan, Janet Wyper, Sonya Thompsen Halsey, Bridget Callahan, Leslie Gregory, Theresa Lynch, and Laurellie Jacobs Martinez ’84 got together in Florida for their 50th birthdays. * Deb Fenton and Richard Manley had a great weekend hosting son George ’13 and his mock trial team from Colby when they competed at Brandeis. There were 10 great kids from the Classes of 2012 through ’15. Spent a lot of time poring over old yearbooks and comparing notes on professors still there like Cal Mackenzie, Sandy Maisel, and Ira Sadoff. They heard lots of entertaining stories about frats and the Echo. “It was a great group of talented, smart, and fun kids. Glad to see Colby hasn’t changed.” * Deb Bombaci Pappas now works at Children’s Hospital Boston as senior director of marketing. Deb’s office is literally next to Fenway Park and she’s been told to watch for Red Sox player sightings in the parking lot.