—Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Annie Kloppenberg, shown performing in Coldness and Lightness at the Kennedy Center in New York
open, honest, and transparent;
Maine + Jewish
From September to October, the Maine State Museum in Augusta told a long-overlooked story: Jewish life in Maine. David M. Freidenreich, Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and his students from the past couple of years played a major role in the exhibit Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries, which used objects and photographs to represent the Jewish experience since 19th-century immigrants to recent residents.
For a booklet accompanying the exhibit, Freidenreich wrote an essay in which he recounted stories of Jewish immigrants coming from northern parts of Russia, Poland, and Germany to Maine—a place that reminded them of home.
With a time of 21 minutes and 28.6 seconds, Sophia Gorman ’21 placed 11th at the NCAA cross country meet last November in Oshkosh, Wis. Among the youngest top finishers, Gorman secured her title as one of two NESCAC most outstanding performers. Gorman was also awarded All-American honors and a place on the First-Team All Conference. And she was only a year and a half into her Colby career. Colby to NESCAC: catch her if you can.
The number of Thomas J. Watson Fellowships won by Colby students, including 2019 winner Hannah Springhorn ’19, since the program was started in 1968. An astrophysics and art history double major, and cross-country runner, Springhorn will travel to Ecuador, Japan, Ethiopia, and Kenya for a project titled “Food Culture within Distance Running.” For more about the project and to hear from Springhorn directly, read and listen to Food, Culture, and Running at Colby Magazine.
Colby on the Fringe
Starting in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Fringe Festival has spread across the globe. This year, it came to Mayflower Hill. From April 9 to 27, the Theater and Dance Department was host to Colby’s very first Fringe Festival, where works by professional guest artists, faculty, and students were showcased. Radical artist-activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s performance kicked off the week. Other performances featured senior capstones, curricular productions, and student club performances.
For more information, visit Colby Fringe Festive 2019
Number of records broken by Addie Paige ’22, the NESCAC Women’s Swimming Rookie of the Year. Shattered were the seven-year-old school record for the 1,000 freestyle, the six-year-old 200 butterfly record, and finally, the 1,650-yard freestyle record, which had stood since Sally White ’91 set it 31 years ago. All three of Paige’s historic swims occurred during the conference championship meet at Wesleyan University this February. Her races helped Colby finish ninth overall in the final meet.
Rack ’Em Up
Sam Jefferson ’20 did just that on the basketball court. With awards that is. The week of Jan. 28 Jefferson locked down not only NESCAC player of the week—with an average of 27.3 points and an 86.4 shot percentage from the foul line—but also Maine player of the week, Division III national player of the week, and the week’s top NCAA D-III performer. Just in case that wasn’t enough: the United States Basketball Writers Association named Jefferson national player of the week. He was the first NESCAC player to receive the honor this season. We can’t wait to see what he does next.
For the two Jan Plan internship positions in their office, lawyers Tom Nale ’05 and Tracy Nale ’07 received seven applications via DavisConnects. They didn’t want to turn anyone down, so they found places for all seven. Three students interned at the Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office in Augusta, while two worked with other lawyers in Waterville, including James S. LaLiberty ’02. Said Tracy Nale, “Different places, but definitely a different experience for everyone as well.”
NFL Grant Steps Up Concussion Research
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI), based at Colby, has held numerous trainings, collected thousands of data points, and published cross-cutting research to reduce the number of concussions suffered by student athletes. Now, with $475,000 from the National Football League, the research goes to the next level.
With the NFL grant, the Colby initiative— headed by Health Center Director Paul Berkner and former class dean Joseph Atkins, who holds a doctorate in brain and cognitive science—will significantly expand its data set to better understand the effects of concussion in young athletes with pre-existing conditions, identify predictors of recovery, and develop new approaches for athletes with lingering symptoms.
More than Harry Potter
When Emmanuel Cheruiyot ’21 first came to Colby from rural Kenya, he was asked one question again and again: Have you read Harry Potter? He hadn’t. Now, he’s found a way to ensure other Kenyan children don’t miss out on reading in the future.
Thanks to a Davis Project for Peace Award, this summer Cheruiyot, a psychology and environmental policy double major, will take a $10,000 prize to his Rift Valley community—burdened with high illiteracy rates among children and adults—and construct a library to create a culture of reading where none currently exists.
“I expect to see better writers, better readers, and better thinkers … who are ready to solve the problems we face as a community.”
LEEDing the Way in Sustainability
Colby’s renovated Grossman Hall, home of DavisConnects, has received LEED Platinum certification, the highest level from the U.S. Green Building Council, acknowledging the building’s exceptional environmentally conscious design and construction. Across campus, the new athletic fields received certification through the Sustainable SITES Initiative. New England’s first SITES certification, the project includes a design for stormwater filtration and an irrigation system that conserves water by automatically adjusting to precipitation and evaporation rates.
—Carolyn Finney, cultural geographer, environmental justice activist, storyteller, in her keynote address for S.H.O.U.T!, an annual student-run event sponsored by the Pugh Community Board, on March 11.