Greetings, classmates! As humanities chairperson at Central Maine Community College, last year Ethel Bowden had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a select group of college educators participating in a National Endowment for the Humanities program called “The Irish Sea Province: Crossroads of Medieval Literature and Languages.” The group spent five weeks in Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, and Scotland discussing medieval texts, including some from the 10th century, visiting ancient sites, and studying Viking burials, Celtic crosses, castles, and abbeys. Ethel presented her paper on the experience at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2016. The international travel program has been discontinued due to NEH funding cuts; Ethel notes that former Colby President Bro Adams, who currently leads the NEH, is fighting to restore funding for these rich opportunities to broaden our knowledge of the world. * Doug Giron’s son Matthew graduated from Colby in May with a degree in biology. * In early June Doug and Chip Child attended the retirement ceremony for soccer coach Mark Serdjenian ’73 who took over in 1976. Chip and Doug were Mark’s first captains, and Mark also coached Doug’s son, making them one of three father-son combinations to play for him. * Alix Land started taking group guitar lessons this year—the first time she’s ever played a musical instrument. Alix writes, “It’s incredibly difficult and really fun. I can’t remember the last time I learned something completely new. It requires coordination (obviously), and I never knew that guitar players got calluses on their left-hand fingers. It’s a bit strange to not have any feeling in the tips of my fingers, but it’s making those steel strings far less painful! And I can now play “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Land is Your Land”—painfully slowly, but play them I do!” * Ron Clement just graduated from Harvard University School of Public Health with a master’s degree in health care management—Ron says it was a wonderful two-year experience. * The daughter of Ethel Bowden and Steve Jacobs, Emily, graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. Steve was privileged to be on stage and “hood” her at the ceremony. She will begin a pediatric residency at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Steve teaches pediatrics full time now at Central Maine Pediatrics in Lewiston. Looking back on his 31 years of pediatric practice there, Steve recalled his interview for the job, during which he accompanied his future partner seeing patients. Two of the new moms they saw were Colby friends—Sue Raymond Geismar ’79 and Pauline Belanger Rodrigue. “Needless to say, I was offered the job since I knew more patients than the physicians there! And 31 years later, I’m still loving it,” Steve says. * Earlier this year I had my own coincidental experience when Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik spent a weekend with me in Wilbraham, Mass. Somehow I had never known that she grew up in the adjoining town of Monson, and one of her childhood friends saw us chatting on Facebook and made the connection. He stopped by my house to visit and I had the wonderful experience of watching two people connect after more than 40 years, catching up on news and sharing family stories and cherished memories.